SWTOR’s Rise of the Emperor finale is coming next week

    
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SWTOR’s Rise of the Emperor finale is coming next week
BioWare launched Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Rise of the Emperor patch yesterday alongside a brand-new trailer we’ve included below. The patch drops players on the Sith capital planet of Ziost in a continuation of the last expansion’s plotline.

Massively OP’s SWTOR expert Larry Everett wrote about his experiences with the patch on the test server, criticizing the character writing, confusion quest direction, the smallness of the world, and the unsatisfying story ending.

Dulfy reports that BioWare has admitted the “incomplete” feel of the patch isn’t all in Larry’s head; the story just isn’t over yet. “Without spoiling anything, there have been some questions about the end of Ziost currently and whether this is intended or not,” community manager Eric Musco writes on the forums. “It is 100% intended, it is not a bug, and there is definitely more coming… And it is coming soon. The finale event for this story will happen Monday, May 4th and it will not require a patch.”

[Source: YouTube, official site, forums]

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captainzor
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captainzor

I haven’t logged in to play any of it yet, so I guess I’ll wait till the 4th or after.  All I know is that if the zone is as small as people are making it sound, then this may be the lynch pin on my subscription.  If all they can do is make lazy half-baked content additions and crap for the CM with my $15/mo then they aren’t getting it any longer.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

I’m pretty sure you meant “confusing quest direction” not “confusion quest direction.”

Deadborder
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Deadborder

So it will get an ending.

it’ll still have a terrible, small and restricted new world zone, terrible writing, confusing quest direction and poor characterization. It’ll now just come to a likely unsatisfactory ending

DanielReasor
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DanielReasor

Am I the only one who read the whole “there’s no ending, oh wait, there is and it won’t require a patch” thing as “this is a game that nobody cares enough to datamine?”

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Leilonii Polyanna Yeah, dynamic events are super cool when you’re at level, but they kinda suck if you’re a returning player and find out you missed the big event two months ago.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

All I read of yesterday’s article was the title because I haven’t even gotten past level 36 yet and don’t want spoilers, but this is good news because I was kinda like “Aw man, that sucks.”

Silentcrypt
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Silentcrypt

Just coming back to SWTOR since playing for about a week during Hutt Cartel I can say this story was pretty interesting as far as lore goes.  Admittedly this Rise of the Emperor patch left much to be desired as far as a story goes, but I’m going to put off my judgement until May 4th when they release the full story.  The world, however, was abysmal. The new “zones” or “world” was so tiny it could be confused for a dungeon or pvp arena, maybe not even those because some of those are larger than the maps on Ziost, which was incredibly disappointing.  In defense of the small world, it was pretty detailed and organized, but I guess that’s pretty easy to do when dealing with such a tiny environment.  Finally, all the gear I’ve been getting from Ziost is the exact same thing as the gear you buy using commendations from Yevan, but with better stats.  I was hoping they would have added in new gear designs or recycled old (vanilla SWTOR) favorites with better stats, but no same old same old.  I know that the gear can be changed now with the appearance customization, but it just feels like they took an easy way out instead of putting in just a tiny bit of extra effort.  Overall I would give Shadows of Revan a 7 out of 10.  Interesting story, a few interesting zones, cool solo ability for dungeons, appearance customization, and a few fun quests.  However; small tiny worlds, no new gear appearance, and no new companion interactions.

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Polyanna That would not be fun because some of us would miss out. If there’s some epic awesome storyline, I wanna be able to resub and do the whole thing on my own time. This is one reason why I hated GW@’s Living World. For anyone that doesn’t play all the time, you miss out. I really hope they have plans in SWTOR to make sure this story is permanent and re-playable in traditional ways by players in the future.

Polyanna
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Polyanna

Dnote I’ve seen the threads about killing the un-released world boss. But how do we know that is everything there is to the second part?

Dnote
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Dnote

Polyanna They have other things planned for May 4th, they are holding this back to make it more of a bang, but it isn’t anything special, plenty of people have already done the content through exploiting into the area.

Big thread on the game’s forums about it.