Star Wars: The Old Republic delays its next two patches slightly

    
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The next patch for Star Wars: The Old Republic brings with it a new boss and some pretty significant changes to the game’s Conquest system (our own Larry talked about those changes recently). Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait a little longer for it, as the developers feel like the boss encounter needs a little bit more tuning. It’ll be going live now on March 20th, so rather than a week of waiting, you’ve got a week and some change.

Needless to say, this has a knock-on effect for other releases, so patch 5.9 is also getting delayed by a week to May 1st instead of April 24th. Obviously, no one likes delays, but it’s up to you whether or not the transparency overrides your need to have a new thing here right now. But in two weeks you’ll be conquering small portions of planets on your own terms, so that should work out just fine.

Source: Official Site via Dulfy

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Melissa McDonald

it’s high time we had a new star wars MMO with 2018 graphics.

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IronSalamander8 .

Can’t say I’m surprised but it’s still a bad showing for the game. New content has been no more than a trickle and now its delayed? 2017 was so light on new stuff that them not even meeting that low bar in 2018 is depressing indeed.

A new player could still have a blast going through the old stories as they were pretty decent overall and I had a great time back then but after you get to the Zakuul stuff it nosedives hard. I wasn’t a huge fan of ROtHC or SoR but at least they felt like Star Wars and I felt like my character was more than window dressing to the ‘All in Vitiate’s family show’.

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J

I ended my sub after KOTFE. I adore the games setting, but it is void of any sandbox features, so it is 100% dependent on them putting out new content. They are incapable of doing so in a timely manner.

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Richard de Leon III

Unrelated tangent: Now that Rebels pretty much made time travel canon, I wish Bioware could do some short scenarios or exposure to current star wars in some way. Not necessarily a full dive, but more of a hat tip.

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Korithian

It seems they are delivering so very little and even that can’t be delivered on time.

That Keith uses the magic get out of jail free card of talking about quality, so no one can say anything bad about it and gives a weeks notice of the delay so people can gush about the better communication. Doesn’t seem to detract that this is putting half a year between story updates and even more if by story update you mean more than a couple of unrelated cut scenes tagged onto a flashpoint.

So at this point it seems Keith’s vision for his SWTOR is not Bioware Story Telling and if your looking for an MMO that includes rich story in the mix you will have to go elsewhere.

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Richard de Leon III

Considering the resources he has available, i think hes doing as well as can be expected. If its true Bioware transfered most of his crew to Anthem temporarily, hes prolly working with a skeleton crew.

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Korithian

While its probably true that after 2017 and how badly that year went for the game EA are moving staff out to other projects. After all if players are willing to pay for little content they will probably pay for no content, so it make sense from EA’s point of view and recouping what they can from people that will sub and defend the game no matter. It is ultimately an excuse, the game may be awful and very very little content is added between long droughts but thats because of Anthem.

Okay Anthem is bad, but that doesn’t detract from the first part that very little content is added and doesn’t detract that unless your into Raiding and the occasional flashpoint along with running old (mostly group) content with a score next to it for conquest there really isn’t a lot for you. Next to no story and aside from group content with a solo option no solo content, no open world content, little PvP content.

In short it seems Keith loves Raids and Flashpoints and that is all he is really interested in adding for the foreseeable future. Great if your like Keith but if your not then the future of the game (blame Anthem if you like) looks pretty bleak. And even if you do like those things, it appears delaying roadmaps and delaying updates seem to be used to stretch what little there is out as far as possible. First two months waiting on a roadmap, next 3 months waiting on content that was meant to be out in 2017 or early 2018. Is 5 months into 2018 early 2018?

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Richard de Leon III

Agreed. I dont see them adding any significant story progression anytime soon, if only because of the cost involved. Especially after the voice actors strike from last year (2?), the salaries involved prolly break what budget they have allocated from EA.

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Armsman

Who knows what’s true, but they’re damned either way:

– They delay because they say “needs more time, not up to our standards…” and players cry “Bullshit!”

– They release it and it’s a buggy mess poorly tuned and the same players crying BS above, would have been the same one’s asking: “Hey, why didn’t you just delay it a week or two to get it right?”

(And I don’t know what the truth here is – haven’t logged into SWToR for nearly a year now and haven’t subbed for over two years; but yeah, no matter what they do; someone will bitch and moan; so they can never ‘win’.

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Deuter

I’m shocked. Shocked, I say.

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Richard de Leon III

I can dig a delay if its needed. Considering the community’s faith in the game, they need to hit the landing on any patch that has any sort of content.

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Gamer Alek

Yep. If a few more days leads to a better overall experience, good.

Now if they were smart about it, they would give us a double XP event until the patch hits. If – so there is no way they will do it. We will possibly have one after though.

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Zora

Impatience leads to anger, anger leads to subscriptions lapsing out, subscriptions lapsing out leads to more money to sub to another game…

I think if you are still “playing” you are a patient sort, so waiting a wee more shouldn’t prove an issue. We are used to it. :P