Star Wars: The Old Republic’s galaxy map gets a big do-over

    
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Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting a new quality-of-life feature in the form of a revamped galaxy map, BioWare’s Eric Musco told forumgoers this earlier today — expect it in GU52.

“Aside from just being improved aesthetically, it also provides new functionality,” he writes. “We really wanted to improve players’ ability to travel around the galaxy.” You’re gonna need a ship, of course, and legacy perks will help:

“If you’ve acquired the Quick Travel perk, you can travel directly to your personal ship from the Galaxy Map. If you have a Priority Transport/Planetary perks, you will have a zero credit cost to travel to that location from the Galaxy Map. The Priority Transport perks function the same, but they no longer have a cooldown. Allowing you to travel quickly to different locations. You can now use Quick Travel while located inside ship hangers.”

The idea is to help players “travel easily around the Galaxy [and] save you the walk to your ship.”

The studio is showing off the new map — well now, this is convenient — on Twitch, today at 5 p.m. EDT, which is right here and as this post is going live. Enjoy!

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Pedge Jameson

Oh goodie a new UI change, or as BIoware calls it, “expansion”. :D

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Ernost

Will this new feature be open to all players or just subscribers?

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Jeff

Better late than……oh forget it.

I have heard that this is the first step to open space travel but I heard a lot about SWTOR that just never happend.

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Cypher

I’m reading this at 08:15am and I’ve not had coffee so bear with me if I’m missing something here… ““If you’ve acquired the Quick Travel perk, you can travel directly to your personal ship from the Galaxy Map.”… don’t you have to be on your personal ship in order to access the galaxy map?

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Roger Christie

I noticed that. That seems to indicate that there will be some sort of galaxy map you can shove in your pocket.

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Shintar

Yes, the article kind of left out the most important part, which is that the galaxy map will now be accessible from anywhere via a button next to your mini map.

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François Verret

Come on, Musco. It’s “hangar”. With an A.

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Witches

Musco is one of those “would/should off” people, proper english is not something you should expect from him, he also has trouble with numbers and dates.

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François Verret

Ugh. Now, that’s a big pet peeve of mine.

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Bannex

Wow talk about wwwaaaaaayyyy too late lol.

Log in on fleet, run to and zone in to ship dock run to ship, zone in to ship, run to map select planet, load planet, zone out of ship to station, zone to station interior run to transporter zone in to planet.

Nope nothing wrong there….

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wild-abyss

You just gave me flashbacks

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Greaterdivinity

This has been needed for a very long time, curious to see how it actually ends up looking visually.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Going from SW:ToR when it launched to GW2 when i t launched about 8-9 months or so after ToR was such a night and day difference in terms of the map stuff. GW2 was so streamlined.

I don’t mind having to walk or ride somewhere in an open world game where the map is mostly seamless like in LOTRO or BDO, but in an instanced MMO, I just want fast travel. I hated having to ride to my ship, have a loading screen on to the ship, the fly somewhere with a loading screen and another load for landing. Awful.

Making Legacy stuff a part of that is terrible in my opinion as well. BioWare should make speed of travel a convenience for all players, period. If I’m the only one with Legacy unlocks in my entire party I’m still going to be waiting around for people.

That’s a big part of the reason I never went back after they switched biz models. There was little to no concern for treating players like they mattered to the company.