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SWTOR weekly Q&A details Legacy changes, future content

Saturday, 11th February 2012 18:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bioware has posted its first weekly developer Q&A over on the SWTOR forums, and in it, the firm addresses questions regarding upcoming content, and fixes currently in the works. According to the post, patch 1.2 will bring about the first rewards to the Legacy System, and will allow players to combine races and classes. More enhancements for the system are planned for future updates. Also, the next major addition to the MMO will add the Hue to Chest feature, social armor for Medium and Heavy wearers, guild banks, and a new same-faction Warzone. Read the Q&A for yourself through appropriate the link. Thanks, Massively.

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  1. Talkar

    This is really great news, i’ve read the whole Q&A and i really enjoyed the answers given to the various questions, since they aren’t just “yes or no” answers, but they actually give a reason to why they’ve done what they’ve done. For example why people aren’t able to choose which warzone to queue for.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Kabby

    Warzones are a joke. There is no war is Star Wars, just like there is no war in Warcraft.

    There’s just armies of illiterate morons standing around in capital areas queuing for PvP to get purple gear.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Talkar

    @2
    Ilum?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. jacobvandy

    @3 Don’t even open that can of worms!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    Its a typical sort of Q&A from a development bang out of ideas.

    ‘yes, its coming in the future’ – well duh, of course it is but the player base want to know a) why its not included now b) why the hell do you keep farting around breaking the game

    The funniest update has to be their efforts to address the problem THEY created in the first place – the cooldowns.

    It didnt need changing, they changed it – made it worse – changed it again and made it worse and now they have to bring in an options menu for players to select what they want as their cooldown graphics.

    Heres a thought – roll it back and fix the rest of the crap.

    By the end of 2012, this game will be extremely lucky to have 500k players left. For a game that has taken so long to develop, you’d think it would offer something exciting but it falls flat on its face.

    I was at my friends watching him in a ‘war’zone and ended almost choking with laughter as his team held the ball, 3 players from his team dropped as they planned, forcing the zone to shut down. And to my amazement instead of calling the game a draw, HIS team won because they were holding the ball lol. A few of his guild mates have been doing this and notching up their dailies and other crap with ease.
    @3 – Ilum
    The long running ‘joke’. Look on youtube for some of the videos. Its supposed to be open world pvp but due to unbalanced faction populations, stupid crates, lag, kills not counting amongst many other issues.

    Overall though, its fitting that probably the weakest film in the Star Wars saga is out now and so is one of the weakest games ever to hit the PC

    #5 2 years ago
  6. John117

    Harsh words words GrimRita, after reading your comment I guess you havent actually played the game? The game is fine, there are stuff that needs fixing and exploits that needs to be plugged. Seeing as how they have perhaps 300% more endgame content and 500% more leveling content than any other MMO launched until now I would say that’s a fricking big feat… (numbers are entirely fictional)

    All your complains are basicly A) Bioware made a bug, waaah!!!! B) Lol, people aint playing fair, it’s Bioware’s fault that people exploit since they made it that way or C) Bioware is trying to fix something the players complain about but failed, such a noob developer team!

    Would it be better if Bioware forced players to choose another faction that they actually wanted in order to make balanced open world PvP? The few times when lag/bug/hardware failure fails to comply and people rage that it’s not their fault, it’s Bioware!

    Being a long time WoW player and a moderate Star Wars fan I would say this game is incredible for what it managed to do. My experience has been as good as flawless compared to goty games such as BF3, Skyrim, Batman:AC etc. Compared to quite alot of developers, Bioware has been amazing with response time concerning game breaking bugs. When Cataclysm came out there were bugs that let you avoid arena point loses, mass ress bugs and more but god forbid that people exploit a new game that just recently came out :O

    #6 2 years ago
  7. viralshag

    Pretty much all my mates have packed it in now. And I haven’t heard of any decent reason to go back since the first month.

    Still disappointed more than anything else that this game turned out to be pretty bland and boring. It did do some things well but generally, I don’t think they pushed themselves enough to deliver a truly fantastic game.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. GrimRita

    @ John
    Clearly YOU havent played it. There is a big difference between bugs and design flaws. The UI is a GIANT design flaw. The changes to cooldown, a GIANT design flaw, the pvp exploits – design flaws – shall I continue? Six years in development and this is the end result? LOL

    Claiming it has all this end game content – you tell that to the droves who have reached it and are getting bored of repeating the same old crap.

    This Q&A answers nothing. For a change, why dont they focus on what IS coming up in the next update instead of the same copy and paste response ‘Its coming soon’. Maybe its not Biowares fault but EAs – who knows but I did notice a change in direction once EA took over everything from LucasArts – and not for the good of the game.

    Being a WoW player, you already have low standards so I can see how you would be impressed with such a hollow product. The game is simply limited in everything it does. It doesnt improve on anything in the genre at all. Its like buying an old car sold as new. I guess you could throw in ‘well WoW didnt have XXX at launch’ but when was that launched? 2004? Its now 2012 and if you want to dip your toe into the MMO arena, you must have the vital stuff in there from launch. PvP is clearly not an important issue for Bioware, probably because its to do with war – something lacking from an actual Star Wars game.

    If you think Bioware have ‘amazing’ response times, check out Rift and see the difference in how you manage your server down time, fix issues in game – they are DAILY with NO downtime and from a much smaller dev team.

    Warzone wins not counting STILL haunt the game, despite claims(twice) its been fixed, then they add more suffering to the folk on Ilum by breaking the daily kills not counting.

    Ive said it a dozen times on here so if you want to see the detail where I have actually played it (pre-beta and beyond) help yourself but dont insult me by claiming I havent played it, when I have.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kalain

    Grim..

    You obviously hate the game and company, so just move along. You come onto every post about SWTOR and rage on it. I think it’s time to move on, don’t you?

    People enjoy playing, I know I do, but you sound like a broken record now and it’s getting really dull. It’s like you have a vendetta against it. We all know you hate it, now move along and enjoy life.

    Oh, and if your mistaken about RIFT having no downtime, they do, but they do it at night per region which is much better imo. So saying they don’t have downtime is a bit of a fib really, isn’t it?

    Just quit raging mate, there are far better things to do with your life and time than writing posts on a website saying how much EA/Bioware suck and how much crap the game is…

    Time to move on, don’t you think?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Sadismek

    @9 It isn’t hard to hate a company which proved in the past that it can make awesome games (Baldur’s Gate, anyone?) but prostituted for EA. I’m just saying.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. GrimRita

    @9 – I just love how the fan boys ALWAYS seem to say ‘you clearly hate the company’…… Do I? Do I have a reason to? Have I said anywhere that I hate Bioware? I think you’ll find that the answer is no.( I only hate EA for what they did with Origin/Steam/BF3 spyware but thats a different story)

    What I DO hate is that after SIX years of development – this is their best attempt at an MMO. Despite all the hype, huge budget, lots of ‘we cant talk about that right now’ and now we know why.

    All I am saying is, that SWTOR doesnt move the genre forward but backwards. WoW(which I am not a fan of either, before fanboys jump up again) actually brought arenas, pvp shameholes and alot more besides to the table, so people were more forgiving maybe when things were bugged.

    However, its now 2012 and given the superb levels of service you get when you play Rift (which is why I am so looking forward to End of Nations), from a small team, less money etc etc they still manage to deliver an overall quality experience.

    The excuse of ‘its coming soon’ just doesnt wash when a game that lacks almost every basic in MMO gaming has these key things missing. Bioware focused far too much on voicing the game when really, they should have just voiced story and did something else for the lesser quests because its going to end up causing them problems going forward.

    And Kalain, I didnt experience any down time with Rift for the reasons you probably stated – fib? No. But compared to SWTORs twice weekly 6-8 hours a time, its a big difference imo.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    @10 Bioware really went downhill in a hurry after that.

    I think things balance themselves out though. You can only go so far relying on production values and focus groups aimed at the lowest common denominator. At some point someone is going to outdo you on what really matters.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Talkar

    4 hours maintenance, not 6-8.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Kalain

    Grim,

    1.. I’m no fanboy. There is plenty with swtor that I don’t like (customer service is one of them), but I don’t go running around citing how fantastic the game is.

    2. Fair enough, I took it that you didn’t like Bioware since you seam to spit so much venom towards them. Yes, I don’t like EA either but that’s due to different reasons which I’m not going to go into here, and I do agree with you on the Origins fiasco.

    3. Fib, correct. You constantly stated that Rift never has downtime, when a quick look on the forums show that they do have downtime with every patch. Yes, it is around midnight for each time zone, of which I agreed that that was the best way to patch, but they still bring the servers down. BW did 2 days of downtime last week, 1 was a patch which was 6-8 hours whilst the second was 4 hours which was patch issues that came up in the previous patch. Not good, but which MMO company hasn’t done that?

    4. SWTOR does bring the genre forward, but not the direction people wanted. It brings a proper story to the genre for your classes, although I would’ve preferred if the story was different for each Advanced class and not the base class. The only other MMO which had a great story to it was LOTRO, which, IMO, was the no 1 story in any MMO. SWTOR has now taken over that position for me. I like stories, it makes me feel like I’m actually part of the game. WoW, CoH, DDO, EQ1 + 2, and Rift never made me want to do the quests. What advances where you expecting from a stagnant genre?

    5. I’ve never encounter the customer service is Rift and never will since, as a game, it was awful. They might as well as just said “This WoW with a different skin but more tedium”. No the game really wasn’t for me.

    6. The coming soon thing. Every MMO company has done this, BW is no different. Blizzard do it all the time, Turbine are quite stum on some of the new mechanics in the Rohan patch and I’m sure Trion have done it as well. Yes, there are things that should’ve been in swtor from the start, I agree with you, but they decided to go a different route. As for the voicing, I’m glad they did since I really couldn’t stand reading a long pane of text. I read a few of the quests in Rift, but they were so dull, I ended up just clicking accept and looking for the blobs of green on the radar. I did the same with WoW. And how will voicing a quest cause them problems in the future? I really don’t understand that logic there

    7. I like the PvP in swtor, its so much better than in WoW. I know that my Vanguard does have the opportunity to kill that Sorcerer/Operative/Marauder/PowerTech and so on. In WoW, unless you were specced a particular way, you were not competitive or couldn’t beat anyone. I really did not like WoW’s PvP.

    Yes, they did blow the marketing on it and some promises weren’t kept, but others where. Yes, they have already learned a lesson from this and, I hope, will start putting the functionality into the game that the majority of people want. The X-server flashpoint-finder is the next patch, along with a few new flashpoints and a new operation. They are moving in the right direction, so, being the tolerant person I am, I’m giving them a chance.

    Long post TL:DR…

    snaps of it mate, every post about swtor that comes here you come along and slate it. All I’m now saying is that you move on. You’ve stated that you dislike the game, it’s been noted now move on. I really do not like Rift, but I’m not harping on about it, unlike you and swtor. Its dull now, it really is.

    @10
    BW went down hill when they made DA2 imo. BG/BGII/DAO were excellent games, but most things that they have done recently has been a bit dull and lacking, including swtor.

    #14 2 years ago