Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting its first update tomorrow, a moderately sized update that will add level 50 bracketing for PvP WarZones, a new Flashpoint for max-level players, a 8-16 player Operation for several skill levels, and a much-needed anti-aliasing feature. Despite various bumps in the road during its first month, it is safe to say that The Old Republic has been a sweeping success so far and that the Star Wars brand is still as strong as ever.
Even with BioWare stating that they would do things differently if they had the chance to launch the MMO all over again, The Old Republic is gaining a lot of steam and all signs point to a very large update that looms on the horizon. The Old Republic game director James Ohlen, speaking to in a recent interview, said that Game Update 2 will include three major pieces of content, as well as "full" Legacy game content.
"Game Update 2 is much bigger in scope. It's further out from launch, so we can have much more of the team focussed on it. There's Part 2 of Rise of the Rakghouls, a brand new planet called Denova which has an 8-16 man Operation and a new Warzone. We might also be able to get some new space game missions into it. In addition to that we have single player content that you'll be able to go through as well..."
The "full" Legacy game update will better assist players who like playing alts -- instead of having characters who have no relation to each other, players can create a family, earning valuable experience points for the player's Legacy tree.
"Those then unlock abilities and perks that help improve all your characters. I think that's going to be popular. Characters can be related to your main character in all kinds of ways - siblings, father, son, friend, you could be married to them..."
Ohlen also stated that they have a team working on Guilds, more specifically Guild Banks, and said that there is a ton of new features that will be added to the game over the next several months. PvP has also been a major focus for the development teams, knowing that the PvP community will be looking for additional content for their style of play -- not simply limited to Warzones, but looking at adding additional functionality and new systems. Finally, Ohlen also hinted that some development teams are only focusing on game content which won't be released until sometime in 2013.
It is nice to see The Old Republic marching ahead and enjoying early success. Based on the first update tomorrow, the planned March release, and the ambitious-but-thought-out road map for the entire year, The Old Republic is definitely here to stay.
Ranters, how is your progress in The Old Republic? How will these updates impact your gameplay?
The Old Republic is available now for the PC.
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