Star Wars Galaxies emulator Empire in Flames is launching its post-Endor PvP system

    
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about my return to Star Wars Galaxies on the Legends server, an NGE emulator for the long-gone but still beloved sandbox. And some of our commenters flipped out. The NGE was an abomination, they said. Why would you want to play any version of that!? Classic forever!

Welp, get your nostalgia back on because yet another SWG emu – I told you there were dozens! – is gearing up for a big update, complete with a trailer. Empire in Flames is the name of this one, and it’s a custom server that’s been running for over a year, with a blend of NGE and pre-CU mechanics, a custom profession system, an anti-urban-sprawl housing system, a ton of new races, and a post-Endor setting.

The update centers on a rebuilt Galactic Civil War, which vets will recall was the lore-and-score backbone of the TEF-based PvP system. This version includes planetary political systems and planetary invasions “coming soon.”

“GCW battles are designed with tangible goals, strict timelines, and PvP rewards – it’s designed to be a focused, fast-paced experience that rewards planning and teamwork,” the developers write in their new Q&A. “Oh, and combat walkers that players pilot into battle! Walkers allow those who normally don’t enjoy PvP to get involved. […] At launch, non-combat characters are useful both in providing equipment – rocket launchers, for example, are critical – and healing during invasions as combat and death begins to accumulate wounds and battle fatigue. We have further plans to allow non-combat characters (and characters who can’t participate in invasions directly) to both help their faction and acquire war fame, but that system isn’t ready at GCW launch.”

Plus there’s this beauty.

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Mattaui

Tempted to check this out, but alas my discs for the game are long gone, since even back when I played (and I didn’t really play for long) I was pretty sure I was downloading the client and installing that.

Glad to see such classics live on for all those who are fans.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

I’m not certain giving emus this kind of a publicity (especially so close to the last two articles) is a good thing. At the moment Disney is fine with it, but I think it could reach a threshold of too much publicity being a bad thing for everyone involved across the board.

Vaeris
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Vaeris

I don’t know that it matters. Disney is already in a tough place with much of the Star Wars fan base from the movies lately. If one takes an honest look at this the people playing on these emus aren’t costing Disney anything. Disney won’t back an MMO that gives this kind of gameplay. They still believe no one wants to be Uncle Owen, Watto, Wuher or even, Rose Tico!

So if Disney does anything they will only come off looking even more petty for denying people SW fun for the sake of doing it. These folks running these aren’t challenging Disney in any significant way. If Disney wants to capitalize on a good will opportunity…they should hire a bunch of these guys and girls and provide the monetary resources for them to run these servers officially. Then charge $10 monthly subscriptions.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

While that may be the case, it also may not be it. This case in particular, however, the developers are doing more than restoring old use of the IP. In this case they’re modifying and creating new content that uses the IP. That I’m not certain Disney would be too accepting of and could be a catalyst for them.

Regardless, the safest course of action for the community would be to avoid shining spotlights on it.

Vaeris
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Vaeris

I know what you mean. The flip side of not giving these efforts some press is that they go mostly unnoticed by the folks that are their target audience. They have to be talked about somewhere in order to alert folks that loved SWG and would jump back into it in any form while also courting those that missed SWG but are curious as well as brand new folks.

I think the mature thing to do (which means it won’t happen) would be for Disney to embrace them. Sanction them. The new content could either then become a part of canon (with the legalities that go along with that) or just be another entry into the long list of lore that Disney killed/invalidated when they took the IP and thus why would they care (it doesn’t count and as the IP holder they can just shrug and say it never happened).

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Philip Armstrong

Who cares. Just p[lay until you can’t.