Star Wars The Old Republic devs tease February roadmap, call 2018 the year of returning companions

Ever since the Kotaku article quoting an anon BioWare dev saying that Star Wars The Old Republic’s future is “up in the air” – we covered that here – we’ve been inundated with still-unsubstantiated tips claiming that SWTOR is absolutely doomed and scheduled to be terminated.

But if you’re worried, maybe this will make you feel better: BioWare devs streamed for the community last night to tease some of the incoming content, calling 2018 the year of returning companions, including Jaesa and Kira. The studio has promised the updated roadmap in February (January is reportedly when they do annual planning), and solo-ranked cross faction play is still on the to-do list.

In other words, as Larry argued in this week’s Hyperspace Beacon, despite the rumors and slowed pace of development, it sure doesn’t look like the game’s going nowhere. You don’t build out a roadmap and bring on somebody like Timothy Zahn if you’re preparing to sunset. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time the devs were the last to know, and both Eric Musco and Charles Boyd seemed to pointedly ignore all chat discussions on that article during the stream. Guess we’ll see in February.

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Woetoo

Ah ha.

So the January SWTOR stream is a 7 minute Bioware stream then pad out the time by passing things to a fan site stream.

Translations:

“We want to try something a little interesting”
“We want someone else to do the majority of the work, because we’ve not really got anything we can tell you”.

“Instead of watching us do it poorly, we decided…”
Oh Musco, the irony is strong with this one. How I chuckled too.

So this will be the year of giving you back all those companions you had before, but we took off you?
Sadly, it sounds a long repeated narrative of “We’re focusing on {X}…” then quietly muttering “…and ignoring everything else in the game

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AngryPacifist

Not a bad game but never quite lived up to what players expected.

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Estranged

Do they just not want to pay the voice actors? So incredibly ridiculous for this to continue for year and years.

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Zora

Well, they were there to begin with for crying out loud…

Glad to hear there’s going to be new stories around them but…uniquely for the record: taking something away to return it at a later date just so that you may prove how generous and hard working you are is classified under abusive relationships, you know that folks? :P

Doc, my beloved Bruce Campbell stand-in… where did I misplace you again

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oldandgrumpy

2018 the return of the player base, nah unlikely.

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NeoWolf

The return ofcompanions.. you mean the return of husbands and wives i mean its not like those are relationships that should be you know…important now is it…but hey lets blow those off for a few years…sigh. because you know its not like it would be a priority to your character or that they would try to find them, no lets just form a galactic alliance and play politics instead.. I think maybe they should have brought Timothy Zahn in EARLIER or kept Karpyshyn around a bit longer. I mean sure they have told stories but they have also technically skipped HUGE chapters involving character development in terms of story.

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Estranged

NeoWolf, right. The plan should have been for the most popular companions and potential spouses to return (or die) within one expansion cycle, max.

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NeoWolf

Totally, it is like they see companions now purely as combat pets with no detph or dimension beyond simple combat funtionality (sad side effect of the pvp devs being in charge of game development sadly) and completely forget that many of them are also key NPC’s in our stories who not only played pivotal parts but whom we have ties and relationships too.

We come back from the dead after five years and do almost nothing to find our spouse to let them know we are alive, we run a galactic alliance on the same scale as the empire and republic and they still don’t notice were alive or try to seek us out in return.

Its just really bad story telling whatever way we try to look at it. Not to mention now they have to pretty much use a story maguffin with everyone of them in order to explain it away. (if they even bother, which lets face it, they probably won’t).

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Sally Bowls

May I suggest correcting the first paragraph from

Ever since the Kotaku article quoting an anon BioWare dev saying that Star Wars The Old Republic’s future is “up in the air” – we covered that here – we’ve been inundated with still-unsubstantiated tips claiming that SWTOR is absolutely doomed and scheduled to be terminated.

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Ever since 2012 we’ve been inundated with still-unsubstantiated tips claiming that SWTOR is absolutely doomed and scheduled to be terminated.

:-)

I don’t think SWTOR is in a great space. And regardless of how SWTOR and BW are doing, I think that currently, the main focus of BW is Anthem. OTOH, the SWTOR haters have cried wolf for so long that it is hard for me to take them seriously even though all the future of all MMOs (and their players) is death – so someday they will be correct.

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Toy Clown

Wouldn’t this be a wild idea: They stop all new content releases, but release sandboxy and cosmeticy stuff players can entertain themselves with while saying the game is going nowhere, then all of a sudden announce the game closure because they’ve secretly been working on SWG 2.0 and it will release at the end of the year!

Yeah! Wouldn’t that be wild?

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Vicarious Fan

cosmeticy sandbox stuff… you mean like Player housing.. which they have?

Btw you do know that SWG was bleeding players at an extremely high rate when they just had sandbox stuff to do.

They had to create the NGE to stop the bleeding

Also between the 2 Star Wars MMOs the open world sandbox one is the one that had the fewest players and made the least amount of money. Why would they make a sequel to that?

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Strife

Except creating the NGE to stop the bleeding was like cutting someones head off to fix a papercut.

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Vicarious Fan

losing subs at a rate of 20k per month isn’t a paper cut and they did stabilize after NGE

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Strife

The NGE decimated the remaining population with one chop of the axe. The only people who remained were the hardcore Star Wars fans who would of remained regardless of what SOE did just because it was Star Wars. It’s that same crowd that is barely keeping ToR on life support.

Both are/were horrible “games”don’t get me wrong. I played SWG start to end, and ToR since launch because I am one of those hardcore fans I mentioned before (yep, one of those suckers!). But at least SWG had a personalty, before the dark times, before the NGE.

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Estranged

Strife, thanks for admitting such, I knew a few of you had to be around!

Neither game remotely matched our expectations (overall) for a Star Wars game…

Which is impossible, by the way.

I’ve finally checked out of SWTOR this past year, due to the gearing methods. Stop by to complete new content and go about my business.

However, I’ve met an RP guild which is fun, so I login and clear inventory while we chat.

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Vicarious Fan

that’s not what the developers said. They were bleeding players at an extreme rate and when NGE launched not only did the subs stablize but they actually increased.

Right now as SWTOR is on life support it still has more players then SWG had at its peak.

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Polyanna

Well, Bree, we all know that game companies never lie to players, and they certainly never, ever would lie to the press, so I guess that Kotaku piece should be filed under “fake news.” The reddit thread I saw on the stream said it lasted barely 11 minutes, much of which was consumed with lame companion name puns, and then abruptly switched over to hosting a community stream without as much as a nervous glance toward the elephant in the room.

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connor_jones

Ah yes, Kotaku, that glowing bastion of journalistic integrity. Definitely my goto source for gaming news. ;-)

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Strife

“calling 2018 the year of returning companions”

If its anything like their “new raid”, it will take them all year just to release Jaesa and Kira. And they will probably be just as bugged as the two companions who just returned.