Star Wars The Old Republic announces massive fall update, Jedi Under Siege

    
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I feel so much better about an MMO’s longevity when its studio is putting out regular updates and roadmaps heralding those updates. That’s exactly what BioWare has done for Star Wars: The Old Republic today – in fact, it’s promising content “on a continuous basis over the coming years” – which sure doesn’t seem like a throwaway line to me.

So GU 5.9.3, Fame and Fortune, as we know, is currently in testing right now and expected to launch before the end of September with plenty o’ Huttball in store. But what about after that? GU 5.10 is called Jedi Under Siege. Here we go!

“Jedi under Siege, the next phase of the SWTOR storyline will kick off with a bang on the ancient Jedi world. Ravaged by a cataclysm centuries in the past, this beloved planet has been part of Old Republic stories since the original Tales of the Jedi comics, and we’re really excited to bring it to life for our players as a new Daily Area with separate Republic and Imperial storylines. With this ancient world, we will see the return of several fan-favorite characters as well as the introduction of some exciting new characters including a powerful Jedi veteran (not Revan) who will join Republic players on their mission to protect a hidden Jedi base and a deadly commando who will aid Imperial players in their mission to destroy it.”

MOP’s SWTOR expert Larry Everett says that while the planet isn’t actually named, but it’s probably Ossus.

BioWare is likewise promising master mode Gods from the Machine with insanely hard bosses and commensurate rewards, “additional operation content,” craftable-only tier 5 gear (!), and a much better guild experience. “Starting with Game Update 5.10, we will be releasing a variety of Guild features including heraldry, progression system, management, communication, and other general improvements,” explains the studio. “Guilds will also be able to challenge other Guilds directly in PvP matches!”

Jedi Under Siege is rolling out sometime this fall. And as for next year? “You can be sure the conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire is going to explode into full-scale war that will draw your character into battle on new planets, where they’ll fight alongside (and against!) many new and returning fan-favorite characters!”

Source: Official site. Cheers, John!
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Jeremy Zharkov

So they decided to go back to Star Wars after that whole Eternal Empire nonsense?

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Adam Russell

Emperor claims Jedi biased against the dark side.

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John Artemus

I wonder how they are going to explain how Ossus and the secret Jedi base survived the Eternal Empire. I guess it’s a big galaxy and as long as that Jedi base remained a secret, Arcann wouldn’t have known or cared about it. I know Vaylin didn’t about anything at all, except killing her mother.

Anyway, excited to see where this goes. And it’s a relief to still see a lot of activity in my favorite MMO.

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Witches

What about the cantina guy? SWTOR communication is like using sign language to talk to a blind person.

Instead of yet another genocide plot we could have a plot about the children of the emperor, green jedi, a mando uprising, Czerka resurgence, Rakata, Esh-Ka, basically the tons of stuff that is already in the game and is infinitely more interesting than Genocide/Mass murder #7.

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Louie

I’m still waiting for Jadus to come back…

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Brother Maynard

What a difference one character can make!
(that’s it – just a random thought)

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Veldan

Lol, I actually read it like this, and thought to myself “wow, MOP used to be more subtle with their headlines”

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NeoWolf

So tiny bit of story, and a huge map filled with mobs and a few repeatable quest… ooo sounds AWESOME! pffft..

Sorry although my faith in the game and Bioware is not yet at zero my faith in the particular folks making the PVE content atm (i.e the PVP devs) is literally zero.

So until they get some actual PVE folks making PVE again..they can go tell it to the mountain.

Watching the twitch stream regarding the update as we speak but I’m not expecting to be wowed on any level sadly..

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Witches

I don’t think there are any pve peeps left at BW.

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NeoWolf

That is what worries me :(

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spencer quinn

I mean Matt the guy who made the Temple of sacrifice is making new modes for the gods of the machine op he’s PVE dev. but I don’t agree with one thing though, no ones working on something they know nothing about, if someone making the daily area then they know how to make it. depending on you job in games working on PVP and PVE content are not exclusive to each other you could make landscapes for both PVP or PVe or make mechanics . it has nothing doing to with who is making the content, its just their not making content that’s sound interesting to you which I completely understand I do think new modes for PVE to make something fresh imo.

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NeoWolf

When I say PVE to clarify I am speaking to the thing Bioware are RENOWNED for.. .ie STORY, not Ops.. ops have always been niche, as has raiding. Story and Progression content is the crux of PVE, always has been,always will be.
That point aside the Devs remaining consist of the PVP team developers (the ones doing the work), one (imo average) writer in Charles and Keith who “was” initially an EA employee, and is a suit side lead whose knowledge of PVe or PVP is probably minimal as his history is in QA, infrastructure, localisation etc.. Everyone else went to pastures greener.

If you want, good, interesting and appealing PVE content you do not put the PVP team on it.. any more than you would put the PVE team on making PVP warzones its just silly. And exactly why said content of the game has dipped in quality IMMENSELY since it has been that way.

So I disagree it has EVERYTHING to do with who is making the content. Game development is not a general catchall term for an everyman career, it is a huge collection of small and very specialised jobs that work together to produce a whole. And right now Bioware is not working that way.

Hence why many of the players have gone the same way as the other devs.. i,.e ELSEWHERE.

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Castagere Shaikura

To me the last expansions and updates strayed away from the great old republic lore. There are so many stories they could tell. I just would like to see them go back to the old republic roots and this sounds like a good step. I have started playing the class stories again of classes i never tried out. I’m having a blast with them all right now. To me all the other stuff in the game right now is garbage meaning the only good stuff is the solo story content. Class and zone stories are the best thing in this game.

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Rolan Storm

Indeed. Class stories KotOR-level writing as zone stories are. Everything beyond that started to grow in scope and loose in meaning.

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ghostlight

Definitely man, there are some zone stories that I felt knocked it out of the park, like the ‘thing that Czerka found’ on Tatooine, to say nothing of the Thana Vesh arc on Taris.

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Rolan Storm

Oh, yes! Tatooine story arc! Never got tired of that story, by the way. I completed it every time with each new character and still love it.

Tatooine has this magic, I think it is fated for that story to be so good. Every time in any game I visit Tatooine – feels like home. And that’s desert, not a good place to be honest. Love the planet, love SWTOR story arc there and of course love music.

Thana Vesh is good, that’s without any doubt. But I love myself Dromund Kaas story arc any day. The way they show what exactly goes on and how Empire works. They are not just mustache evil dudes with megalomania and maniacal laughter, they are tough people. Empire has a certain order to things, order that got them where they are and they are not afraid to go another mile to get things done, however extreme measures they implement. Even those who do not share their position now can understand how Empire came to be what it is.

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ghostlight

Yes, always loved Tatooine. Probably my favorite SWTOR planet. It gives me my ‘Dune’ fix, as I’m sure it did George Lucas when he created it. “Bi-la kaifa!”

Concerning Dromund Kass, some of my favorite moments:

* Lord Drowel’s hilarious one-liner reply to accusations of being a sadist.

* Lydia Leonard’s over the top voice acting of Grathan researcher Ismar Brengle. Loved her heavy Eastern European accent, and her delivery was hilarious, borderline kinky even.

* The ghost of Kel’eth Ur’s rather poignant take on the Force and the Sith. I was rather touched by the encounter. The voice actor did a great job too, but then again amazing voice acting in swtor was the rule rather than the exception.

*Entering the Mandalorian enclave for the first time, not knowing what dark and sinister things may lurk there, only to encounter the wonderful country girl hayseed Krysta Markon!

Good times :D

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Rolan Storm

Yeah, while I saw Tatooine first technically all this love for desert planets originates from ‘Dune’.

Great highlights, especially with Kel’eth Ur. Being lightsider in Sith Empire is not the same as being darksider in Republic. Sure was hilarious to hear his reaction.

Other highlights I’d add:

* City mission with Renegan (I think), bounty hunter that tagged people for Sith – never took dark side option, even on darkest of my characters.

* Horrible fate of soldiers that was kidnapped from the wall by Lord Grathan. It was tragic and sad. Their stoic commander commands respect, too.

* An officer that meets your on a bridge leading to Grathan’s estate. Nothing special except his description of lord Grathan when he mentioned that he loves different evil villain stuff and ends phrase with ‘ergonomic chairs’. And, of course, a droid that you meet in course of this quest. Telling him “you are a big robot, stop yourself” was hilarious. As another answer in that quest about imagining our enemies as droids.

* When character found out about rebellious lord deploying troops to Dromund Kaas you learn that she has her own planet. Choosing to go with “that’s what I should do” I got funniest answer. :)

* Getting my own ship as a Force-user. That bird looks vicious.

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ghostlight

The only other thing I can think to say atm is in light of the sad news concerning Wildstar, it is good to see that swtor is still showing signs of life. Something about counting your blessings. ;-)

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Rolan Storm

Sad indeed. Wildstar was cute little one.

And yes, SWTOR alive and kicking. It does not have WoW or ESO, but every time I see “this game is dying” phrase in general chat I chuckle. Dying games in maintenance mode does not have roadmaps.

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ghostlight

You nail it with SWTOR as always, Castagere. :) As I’m fond of saying, the original class stories were my only experience with mmo storytelling that actually made me feel special, even when I know I’m not.

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Fred Douglas

Really excited for Jaesa. The edgy teenager within me can’t wait to be reunited with her.

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ghostlight

That dustup where you finally meet Jaesa at the end of Chapter One is one of the golden moments of SWTOR.

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Carebear

Every time I read a title about a Swtor update or expansion I am hoping for a revamped battle system! This tab target combat works in wow but wow has tons of addons and super UIs helping you to easily manage DoTs, Procs, Cooldowns, etc.

Swtor is like playing wow with the default UI which is doable but not enjoyable :( They either need to add lot of UI options or change the battle system to something different…

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spencer quinn

this is great consider me happy with the roadmap