Star Wars: The Old Republic gives more character slots to everybody

It’s been a weird and woolly week for Star Wars: The Old Republic, with fans enjoying free expansions and mounts while gritting their teeth over an unannounced datacenter move. So add this nugget to the pile: SWTOR is giving all players, free and subscribed, additional character slots.

This is obviously in preparation for November’s server merge — sorry, “United Forces” update — but free bonuses are always welcome. Free players will go from two to four slots, preferred players will go from six to 12, and subscribers will enjoy 24 character slots total. Additionally, the studio said that if subscribers end up with more than 24 characters after the merge (Larry, we’re looking at you), then they’ll be able to play them all.

“These new slot numbers are separate from any character slots which you have purchased,” BioWare said. “This should give a bit of breathing room for players, especially if they played on more than one server which will be brought into a new server on 11/8.”

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Woetoo
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Woetoo

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I never wanted more character slots.
Don’t get me wrong, if I were still actively playing – I’d probably need them after the merger of the 2 EU EN servers (I’ll have 29 characters, 11 of which were 65+). Plus a few more high level toons on the NA EN servers.

But here’s the thing, I only ever really wanted to play 1 character in an MMO. Alts to me have always been a crude solution to a lack of content or a way of boosting my “main”. Which wasn’t so bad in early SWTOR. Okay playing a Mercenary and a Commando were almost identical gameplay from level 1 to 60, but at least the stories added variety.

It’s so difficult to immerse yourself in the world, when you’re juggling over a dozen personas.

I played WoW before SWTOR (in fact, I’ve returned to WOW due to actual content to play, despite thinking I would never return to that social cesspool), and alts had already become a way of fast tracking content or filling gaps in shrinking raid teams. SWTOR took that and dialed it up to 11.

I get why players might have ended up with 8 characters. I can even understand why people have lots more than that. But for me, it’s a symptom of a large(r) problem and not a good one.

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I’d been back in SWTOR for months, but the last second data center move has soured me completely. I’ve been back on ESO all weekend. Having a blast with Clockwork City. EA can suck a fat one.

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ozzie

I installed this yesterday and it’s nauseating how much of the UI is dedicated to pushing the cash shop. Microtransactions have permeated almost every aspect of the game. You’ll see the $$ symbol linking you to potential purchases everywhere (restricting action bars unless you suscribe/buy them is also extremely user-unfriendly).

I remember the single-player campaign being really unique and enjoyable to play through, so maybe that will make up for being constantly bombarded with immersion-breaking cash shop advertising built into the UI.

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Castagere Shaikura

I got an email from them offering me the expansions and mount that i already had payed for. I guess they didn’t check before sending them out.

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zeko_rena

Same, I did have to go “but I already bought them”
Think the mount is new though so I grabbed it

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Knox Harrington

At least the mount is new I think

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Nater

Here’s some cans and string. Oh! And more character slots, too! That’ll fix the problem! :D I don’t hate Bioware per say, but E.A. I often times think they are one of the biggest cancers to gaming.

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mysecretid

I have to wonder if their public relations is actually so tone-deaf as to think this will help smooth ruffled feathers, or if it’s the only gesture EA corporate is allowing public relations to make?

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rafael12104

I don’t know if ping will matter much to me being in Texas, but I know it does to others. They say they are trying to improve the ping times, but honestly, I don’t see how unless they install repeaters along the way. Lol. Doubt that is in the budget.

As for slots? I have 28 toons across three different servers. Don’t judge me. Lol. Some of those slots are paid for so… I don’t want any excuses. I expect all of my toons to be there.

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Peregrine Falcon

When I was living in Germany and playing SWOTR with my friends on a US West Coast server my ping averaged 200ms. Since I didn’t PvP on that server it’d didn’t matter. Most of the time it wasn’t even noticeable.

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zeko_rena

Is this supposed to make up for my ping going from 140ms – 280ms average, because it does not

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BDJ

Hyperbole. Gotta love it.

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Jack Pipsam

It really isn’t. If you’re in Australia, New Zealand, many other places in the world, it really isn’t.

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thirtymil

If you like SWTOR, rather than dismissively commenting on other players’ complaints about the increasing ping times, you may want to consider what this means in broader terms for the future of the game.

Server consolidation is a money-saving move with a detrimental impact on gameplay (however slight – I’m not here to argue that specific), and in general companies don’t make such moves where the game is doing well. Therefore the bigger concern here is not the impact on individual players but rather how well the game is doing – especially when the owner is EA who have a track record in killing anything remotely non-moneymaking.

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zeko_rena

Really?

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Tazuras

280? Where abouts are you playing from? W Canada maybe?

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Tamanous

W Canada? lol

Ping is decent anywhere in the USA from there.

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zeko_rena

New Zealand, 280 is the average, sometimes it jumps up to 450 for short periods but I think that may be packet loss

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rafael12104

Zeko makes a good point. APAC servers were shuttered awhile back, the idea being that they could make do with servers here and EU. And now…. they are making it even harder. Harder to stay that is.

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zeko_rena

You reminded me to try making a toon on Europe servers, which I just did, sadly that is 300-400ms so East Coast is still the better option for me between the last two choices.

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