SWTOR avoids a formal 2019 roadmap but gives a peek at what’s to come

    
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Star Wars: The Old Republic fans eager to hear a detailed roadmap for the game’s 2019 run are bound to be disappointed by BioWare’s response on the matter. The studio said that it doesn’t have any plans to release such a roadmap in the near future, mostly because it’s been delivering “more visibility” via public test server previews.

That said, the game’s community manager did deliver this New Hope to players: “5.10.1 is on PTS now, which you already know. That will come out in the next couple of weeks, more details on timing this week. After 5.10.1 is out the door, look for details on 5.10.2 going to PTS. We are still locking down details so I can’t announce anything just yet, but we fully intend to be at SW Celebration this year. Which seems like a great place to reveal more details on what is coming this year.”

The drive to know more about the future of the game is especially high these days with the anticipation of a new expansion announcement for 2019.

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Eban Smith

The biggest surprise of SWTOR is how is the lights still on at Bioware Austin?
Does King Keith have some naughty footage of a EA executive that he’s blackmailing into preventing inevitable closure of this game?
I’ve released more content from my nose this year than those guys have in 3 years.

Ah remember when King Keith came along, he was all ‘I’m one of you guys!’ ‘I’m a SWTOR player’ ‘I love the grind, it’s not that hard to reach command rank 300!”I’ll come on the forums regularly I promise!’, what a load of bantha crap that was.
He barely posts at all, less than his infamous predecessor Mr Irving the most hated head of devs ever.

That garbage KOTFE and KOTET was over 2 years ago.
They weren’t even full expansions, in any other MMO they’d be called dlc or patch content.
They then dripped content out all of 2017 and 2018 in pathetic amounts.
They barely even speak of 6.0 ‘expansion’ because most likely it’s not even created yet.
It’ll all be concept art waiting on someone to give the go ahead with a budget and then it’ll be trimmed to death since barely anyone works at Bioware Austin and budget won’t allow hiring more devs.

The game is humped.
Around 2.0/3.0 it was an excellent game and sky was the limit but EA is their epic wisdom decided to kick it to death.
I would play on occasion out of nostalgia reasons but the F2P/Preferred model is infuriating and I point blank refused to give them any more money.
I’d rather sub to a MMORPG that I don’t even play than give Bioware/EA money.
They don’t deserve a penny from any gamer.

Hopefully the cartel whales will see the light and stop playing dress up Darth Barbie.

P.S. Keith command rank leveling is utter rubbish btw.

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Armsbend

EA had a HUGE miss on revenue, lowered 2019 guidance and the CEO said they didn’t perform.

Anthem is going to be a huge bust and SW is going maintenance. Disney is going to pull the license and hopefully the NFL will start to look into it as well.

EA and Activision are slow dying before my very eyes. It is beautiful. It is so very beautiful.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/05/ea-q3-2019-earnings.html

Apex could save it but it’s a hail mary.

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Bruno Brito

EA and Activision are slow dying before my very eyes. It is beautiful. It is so very beautiful.

I would be really concerned with your cynicism, but to be fair, these imbeciles deserved.

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Greaterdivinity

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/disney-says-ea-has-been-good-partner-for-star-wars/1100-6464837/

Bad news broskito, Disney is apparently happy with their partnership with EA.

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Armsbend

We shall see. The fact Iger is considering it means that he is considering it. The fact that the question was asked by an analyst on an ER call means they are considering it as well.

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Greaterdivinity

He’s considering what? Analysts are asking because EA hasn’t released too many games yet, so from the analyst/investor perspective (they don’t see in-development titles Disney does) it’s a fair question right now.

But the fact is that Disney is publicly stating that they’re still happy with EA. And now we have the additional layer of detail that they’re not looking to take back publishing duties in-house but want to continue to license the IP to external partners.

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Armsbend

thinking about it.

it’ll be good for us. ride the wave

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Bruno Brito

But the fact is that Disney is publicly stating that they’re still happy with EA. And now we have the additional layer of detail that they’re not looking to take back publishing duties in-house but want to continue to license the IP to external partners.

Sounds a bit more like PR. Maybe they intent on licensing the IP more and more and collect money around the scene? Because maybe that’s how Disney sees it: They don’t do absolutely anything and cash in on the end of the month.

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rafael12104

That would be a long hail mary, but… Apex is catching on. We will see.

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Armsbend

hard to tell with paid sponsorships. only matters when those ads run out. my guess is they paid the big guys for a week or so of playing.

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Ricardo Baião

This game is dead period, I actually had some hope from that petition thing, yep, foolish me, but apparently nothing is coming…

So either they reveal something worthwhile on Star Wars Celebration, or else don’t even bother with this game anymore, this will be shutdown this year or the next.

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Vincent Clark

I can’t even count how many times I’ve tried to play this game. How many times I’ve subbed and then un-subbed in a matter of weeks. I love Star Wars, but this game…

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Cosmic Cleric

I can’t even count how many times I’ve tried to play this game. How many times I’ve subbed and then un-subbed in a matter of weeks. I love Star Wars, but this game…

Honestly curious, what makes you unsubscribe?

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Vincent Clark

I get to the second or third world and it all just seems like it’s on rails and I eventually get bored with it if I’m honest. And because I’ve tried so many times the thought of going back and giving it another go doesn’t appeal to me.

I tried the level boost when we became the “outlander”, thinking a fresh start might help but it just didn’t click. In the end, it may be that I can only devote myself completely to one MMORPG (at the moment, FFXIV).

Don’t get me wrong, I want to like it, but…

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Mark Mealman

The on rails comment is spot on and why I get bored of it quickly too.

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krieglich

No shit: I fell asleep a few times while playing SWTOR, just because everything is so guided, all you do is click click click click – the same few buttons over and over again. And nearly every quest line has the same pattern, your brain just switches to stand by after some time.

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K38FishTacos

I’ve had a similar experience.

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rosieposie

At least they could have given us a road map on when to expect the Road Map.

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Cosmic Cleric

At least they could have given us a road map on when to expect the Road Map.

They probably don’t want to give us a roadmap because they don’t want to commit to anything in case they want to shut down the game, or put it into maintenance mode.

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Sorenthaz

Not exactly a TORTanic but it’s clear the ship’s not really doing more than trying to float in place at this point.

Tbh I wouldn’t be surprised if 2020 sees it in maintenance mode.

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Purewitz

I doubt maintenance mode will happen. I think Disney would rather see SWTOR shutdown and then have EA make a new Star Wars MMORPG. Or Disney will take the Star Wars video game licence away from EA and give it to another publisher to make a new Star Wars MMORPG and other Star Wars games in other video game genres. Disney can’t be too happy with EA as things are. In all the time EA has had the Star Wars video game license, they have continued limited supposed for SWTOR, revived the Battlefront franchise with 2 games and the second one had a very controversial launch, and canceled 2 games.

Right now they only have Jedi Fallen Order still in production, they still haven’t even hinted at a Battlefront 3 even. The way I see it,EA must be on thin ice with Disney. If they cancel Jedi Fallen Order or shutdown SWTOR. I think one and/or the other will be the last straw for Disney with EA. Disney might then start doing with Star Wars like they already have with Marvel. Meaning right now, no one has an exclusive video game license for Marvel. All developers and publisher get a Marvel license on a project by project basis. Pretty much they can make that one game and if it does well, they might be able to make more. I think Disney should do the same with Star Wars, before EA does any more harm to the Star Wars brand.

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Toy Clown

Wait, did I read “new expansion announcement for 2019”? I haven’t kept abreast of TOR news, but this looks intriguing, at least in text.

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Armsman

So, a shift to maintenance mode incoming sometime this year…got it. ;)

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Greaterdivinity

I feel like such a dick that I still hold this opinion but…I still don’t know why Musco has that job, especially nowadays. I’m sure he’s a lovely guy, but damn if he’s never remotely impressed me as a CM.

No formal roadmap? After the past few years and the fact that this game is pretty down in the dumps, you’d figure that they’d want to have SOMETHING to combat any public perception that the game is essentially abandoned. PTS content is immediate, roadmaps look to the future. The people who play SWTOR aren’t as dumb as you think they are, Musco.

But hey, at least this is more than SWL has received on this front : /

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NeoWolf

^ QFT

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I don’t think Musco can be blamed for a lot of that. Let’s remember who the true Overlords are in this case. It’s been SOP for EA and those under their control to deny deny deny then implement radio silence until whatever issue it happens be be blows over. And to never admit to being wrong or making a mistake (the CSM debacle case in point).

Musco is essentially doing a job that relies on communication, but is being forced to wear a muzzle while doing it.

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Greaterdivinity

Do we have any evidence to show that EA is forcing this upon them? Because I’ve seen little that would indicate that. My opinion of Musco is based both off of things like this and his responses to community concerns and controversies over the years. It’s hardly based just on one-off issues like this.

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Bruno Brito

It’s simple: They don’t know what to do with it.