SWTOR subscriber rewards include playing as HK-55

The next chapter for Star Wars: The Old Republic’s expansion storyline won’t arrive until February 11th, but BioWare is attempting to give players a reason to subscribe before that with a new reward program.

In a livestream today, the studio announced its new subscriber reward program and detailed two of the bonuses that players will receive for becoming a member. Subs can not only earn HK-55 as a companion but also get the chance to play as the assassin droid in an exclusive chapter coming sometime next year.

Knight of the Fallen Empire’s Chapter 10: Anarchy in Paradise will arrive in early February and include the return of a certain Imperial Agent companion while giving players a choice that leads to serious consequences.

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SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Space_Ghostal SwobyJ Considering how much they’re treating some droid characters as people, it seems natural.
A future hinted-by-lore event could have all the droids leave to another galaxy so it doesn’t interfere too much with the idea of original canon.

Space_Ghostal
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Space_Ghostal

SwobyJ Space_Ghostal Exactly! A hero class post 65 would work me as long as I can use the class in other things like Ops, flashpoints, or PVP. It really does bother me there seems to be no hope of new classes in the game. I know it would be hard to integrate them into older content but this is why it needs to be like the Death Knight in WOW.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Greaterdivinity A Dad Supreme It’s like when politicians are asked a question and they give a completely unrelated answer. It doesn’t matter what you do or say, the end result is still going to be the same. :P

BryanCo
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BryanCo

SwobyJ BryanCo  So still no Bounty Hunter comps?  They’ll probably end up with Skadge first…….

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

CastagereShaikura DigitalQ Yes. “Make it a choice!” “Nah, kill him off no matter what. We gotta sell him as DLC.”
RP = dead.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

alexjwillis No way I’m subbing several months to this game. So as a story completionist, I just feel a bit burned and more interested in playing other stuff.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Space_Ghostal Droid Class, start late levels. Races being different droids. Story expansion where synthetics from outside the galaxy threaten it. :)

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

TrippinNinja “They probably thought this would be a home run but thanks to the overhype people are bitching up a storm.” Sounds like a normal day in SWTOR PR then.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

BryanCo Its Kaliyo in main story and Bowdaar in side story. Kaliyo main plot, Bowdaar in an arena solo activity. So yes, a Smuggler companion.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Okay, after putting some thought into this, I don’t highly dislike it. It just isn’t going to get and keep me in.

Chapter X – February? I hoped January. In fact, many hoped for a early, late December release as the ‘surprise’. Gives me more time to NOT subscribe and to work on class stories more, I guess. Glad Kaliyo and Bowdaar are returning in whatever forms though.

Sub by Jan 11 for HK-55 and his mission – …No. I haven’t started KOTFE anyway, and I don’t care enough for HK to do this.

Sub through Jan 11-Aug 1 for HK-55 bonus chapter – …No. I’m not subscribing for several months straight, on a wish that I get quality content.

Monthly subscriber rewards – Sounds like HK-55 related cosmetics or fluff or whatever. Okay.

Early access dates – I don’t care about Early Access, especially given the possibility of basically just being an early tester for bugs.

Soo… yeah. Not too excited. Interested, but not excited.

I’m not subscribed now. I was thinking of subscribing soon, but it probably won’t happen. I was considering subscribing in January and that’s still possible, but I do NOT like continuous-subscriber-lures.

If this is just Season 1 of KOTFE and we keep the base and general gameplay of KOTFE going on into ‘Season 2’ (2016-2017?), then I can see things like Niko and HK-55 entering a cash shop. So yeah. I’ll do that instead, probably.

On the plus side, in terms of CONTENT CONCEPT, I’m very pleased. A mission to get HK-55 back? I hope its more than just a short convo. A ‘bonus’ chapter where we play as HK-55! Sounds like it could be like a ‘interim DLC’ between ‘Seasons’ and fun in a new way. Chapter X? I like the concept and what it sounds like it’ll contain – I only wish it was for some point January, not February. Doesn’t give me the highest hopes for Chapter XI for February but we’ll see.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Greaterdivinity A Dad Supreme  I like SWTOR for the most part (enough that I’m still subscribed at least) but the ‘choices matter’ has been mentioned before but never materialized.  No matter how ‘nice’ you try to be as a Sith or ‘dark’ as a Jedi you still keep playing the same storyline with only occasional bits of dialogue (or mail received) commenting on a choice you made.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

“the return of a certain Imperial Agent companion”
So…..Killiks joining the alliance?
Why not the return of Smuggler and Bounty Hunter companions?  Every other class has at least one back already (the agent already has two.)

Damonvile
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ColdinT Damonvile Telos_ Or they could lose money because people paying decide the perks for giving money are no longer worth it because playing free gives them what they want.

Greaterdivinity
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DaemonHardrod Healer mode is back to about 70% of where it was before, so you pretty much can’t die with it.
Haven’t extensively tested out dps/tank yet, but dps seems to be mostly useless and tanks still have some threat troubles. Not to mention I don’t believe they’ve added the defensive stats in for tanks yet so still no defense/shield, have to wait on 4.0.3 for that.

TrippinNinja
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So I’m guessing companion was the top selection on that survey that went out not long ago asking about rewards. They probably thought this would be a home run but thanks to the overhype people are bitching up a storm.

As a subscriber since launch I am pretty happy with these rewards. I would of enjoyed a veteran reward program more but this is definitely better than some gear I probably won’t use. Maybe if they keep cranking out exclusive stuff like this for subs they can finally lighten up restrictions on F2P because in my opinion the only reason they haven’t yet is because it would leave very little incentive for people to sub.

Tandor Shadewalker
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Tandor Shadewalker

asdthefish You can’t blame a developer for wanting to reward/incentivise  those who provide them with a fixed contribution every month rather than those who either pay a bit now and again or else nothing at all but still expect to get everything the subscribers get

ColdinT
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Damonvile Telos_ Honestly, SWTOR purely makes money on it’s IP alone. Even when there’s a large dearth in content, there are still tons of rapid KOTOR fans who will shell out $100 for lockboxes. In that case, it just doesn’t matter how awful their system is, because they’ll make money anyway.

Thing is, they could be making even more money, and have an even more enjoyable game for their subscribers if they were just a bit nicer to their F2P players.

asdthefish
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asdthefish

I wish SWTOR didn’t hate F2P players so much, makes me sad.

Estranged
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Estranged

Well, considering the game contains movie music and planets and races…
Not a big stretch.
The R2 and protocol type droids…

Estranged
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Estranged

Good intentioned Peter Principle club, that is how I see them all now.
Just a soccer ball droid pet! Anything!,

Polyanna
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Polyanna

Subscribe from Jan 11 to Aug 1, play HK-55 bonus chapter where you play as HK-55.

Unsurprising, and uninspiring. Pass.

mrnastybutler
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Janio2 mrnastybutler Why would you expect something from the new movies to be in SWTOR?  Disney and BW both made it very clear that these two items are not connected in anyway shape or form.  SWTOR is not canon and DIsney has no plans or interests to make it.  Putting stuff in the movie into the game would not really work in Disney’s favor.  I would expect more for Disney to have a new game made than give cannon credibility to SWTOR.

Ezekiel_Black
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Ezekiel_Black

The hype for this announcement was extreme. I couldn’t help but feel a little bit embarrassed for them when this “amazing” “unprecedented” subscription reward fell largely flat with everyone. But it is pretty much par for the course with this game, mismanaged from the get go, and nothing has changed. I played through the new expansion but unsubbed today – the story was uninspiring and the “end game” they leave you with is about as stale as it can get.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

That’s such a cool reward!  I loved that guy and hope playing as him will be just as cool.

Janio2
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Janio2

DekuSnow Janio2 Why can they not play it swtor as a regular RPG ? Sorry for question,  but i do not real get it. There are plenty of ways to grape extra xp here and there.

Janio2
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Janio2

DugFromTheEarth Greaterdivinity It also feels that way to me , because blizzard has way more money coming in and is not giving back so much as would expect for the cashflow.

DekuSnow
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DekuSnow

Janio2 DekuSnow Compared to a regular RPG, it’s very grindy and monotonous.  Compared to other F2P mmo’s, it’s very restrictive.

There’s a lot of people who want to play it only for the story, but can’t.

shadowblender
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shadowblender
fahadjafar
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fahadjafar

Damonvile Telos_ They make more money but more players than Rift or Wildstar? Not sure they have that, they have SW name and a fanbase that is willing to pay anything for that name. Just think for a moment if this game was not with SW name and asked you to pay for quick bar would you even bother downloading the game? And that is just one restriction, they ask money to hide helmet, for fp loot, to access more than 5 pvp match and only subscribers can receive all mission rewards, no other game in market would survive even a month with these restrictions.

Janio2
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Janio2

Damonvile Armsbend Estranged They could do something on the new planet.  That not realy related to movie, but may explain why there is a ruine in background. Et cetera

fahadjafar
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fahadjafar

Sub without a stop from january to august to play for 30 minute as HK-55. yep great sub reward. It was a time where just subbing would get us full access to all game content but now that is not enough, now we must stay subbed within the time frame enforced by eaware austin to get access to all content.

Janio2
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Janio2

ChockFull They changed the model break the expansion down in small pieces and make players sub to unlock to last released bit.

Janio2
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Janio2

paragonlostinspace this the friendlier hk not the one from section x. He get blown apart in the story arc.

Janio2
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Janio2

mrnastybutler Thought there would be more like cross marketing with movie in cartel market or an event. Its realy underwelling hoped for some nice like going to the planet jakkul or something.

Space_Ghostal
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Space_Ghostal

Arrrgggg this is good reward but is almost what I wanted. I always said they should but in a HK class in the game! Make it happen Bioware!

Janio2
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Janio2

DekuSnow Ii is an mmo and it way less grindy then before. Then again I have so many perks and credits I find hard to think how it feels to start fresh  f2p account without a near max toon.

Janio2
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Janio2

Aricin Its abit of none shock that they lock away content behind a long sub.  A large number of people thought  you could unsub and resub and get everything. Seems you still need to look and follow the game and some times sub to get something.  But needing to sub for months to get content like special chapter is too much even for me and many others.

Janio2
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Janio2

Ouch, this reward subbing program is to extreme for me. Will just watch it on youtube. Still need to decide if i will buy season pass for battlefront ea. Went through collection I have like less 5% unlocked and am already bored with last expansion and done with running toons from 1 to 60.
Just need listen to all conservations of companions. Darn I feel screwed over by EA. May play kotor 2 again and try  the old battlefront 2. Hope I can find the visual upgrade mod for it.

Aricin
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Aricin

There is quite a bit of entitlement going on this thread. I
think the gripe here should NOT be with the content provided, but with the
wording used by BW Marketing in the lead up to yesterdays reveal
They presented Subscriber Incentives which do NOT equal
Subscriber Rewards. But the wording they used lead a lot of long time subs
anticipate something they didn’t get. That’s the only thing that went wrong
here.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Armsbend Estranged How would they tie this into a movie that takes place 3000+ years in the future ? and this is hardly the last “new” star wars movie we’ll see. Disney didn’t pay Lucas all that money just to make 1 new movie.
What will really suck for the game is when they turn their eyes on the old republic to churn out even more new movies and we see why the game not being canon really fuks over all their lore. They’ll likely be drastically different and we’ll be left with “alternate universe” type stories.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Telos_ I keep reading that but are any of these games actually doing better than SWTOR ? what’s the real incentive to copy another games payment model if the game isn’t making more money or have more players than they do ?

DekuSnow
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DekuSnow

How about making less restrictions on F2P accounts?  I think a lot of people who come to the game in hopes of just playing the story are turned away by how restrictive and grindy the experience is.  The actual story might be good, but you have to jump through so many hoops to get to it that no one is ever going to see this as the KoTOR sequel they say it is.

Give people a reason to play and they might stick around long enough to want to subscribe for the later content.

BuchiBuci
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BuchiBuci
Telos_
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Telos_

They really need to overhaul their F2P and Subscription model.  There are many other MMO games that are better at it.  They give better subscriber incentives and less restrictions on F2P.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

That it ? At least in ESO the pets and stuff were retroactive.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

I wasn’t really expecting much and they managed to live down to even those low expectations.  Maybe the community team need to learn what a big announcement actually is as this wasn’t even close. …. Oh well /sigh
Basically another character affection grind to add to the others I have no interest in doing with the added bonus of playing as something that I have no interest in either.
The really sad thing is that I seem to find myself enjoying swtor inspite of the dev teams best efforts to actively screw things up as I seem to keep creating new characters that I do enjoy playing. Maybe I am just a lost cause

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

lol

alexjwillis
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alexjwillis

The Companion piece is nice and I think a good reward.
The “play as” thing is unexpected…but making it mandatory to sub between Jan and AUGUST 2016 is…underwhelming as an offer.
Try again, BioWare.

mrnastybutler
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mrnastybutler

It’s not terrible.  But I would kind of question the idea of “big announcement”.

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

DigitalQ I wouldn’t put it past them to offer him up in cash shop later after the new subs dry up.

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