SWTOR offers rewards and a mount for Onslaught expansion testers

    
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SWTOR offers rewards and a mount for Onslaught expansion testers

With September just a shade over a month away, Star Wars: The Old Republic’s expansion is starting to pretty herself up for the big day. BioWare announced today that Onslaught has begun testing on the PTR for anyone who would like to check out the next phase of SWTOR’s lifespan (and, you know, comb through it for bugs. Haha, just kidding, nobody does that anymore!).

Onslaught’s testing will be conducted in several rounds, with the first one looking at the changes to the set bonuses, tactical items, and abilities of the Sorcerer, Assassin, Marauder, and Juggernaut. The next rounds will focus on other advanced classes, with an expected wipe between them.

Volunteers who help test and provide feedback will be able to earn special rewards, including titles and a “very unique mount.” SWTOR recently revealed several screenshots and pieces of concept art from the expansion. Today the game activated a month-long double rewards event to get players geared up for the fall.

Meanwhile, BioWare has released a “what to expect” document on the testing phases, with details on each round and how to hop in.

Source: SWTOR

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

Have they said how the whole galactic command thing is supposed to work in 6.0? It seems to me that raising the level cap is going to wipe out all everyone’s progress, and even with all the improvements that were made, and that is a heavily monetized grind as well. Has literally no one voiced having an issue with progress that they might have spend hundreds of dollars on wiped out overnight, or is there something in place that is supposed to negate from happening?

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I think those people that spent real money are about to learn a valuable lesson in MMOs with Vertical Progression, it’s not pay to win when they release the next big Credit Card sink (it’s more like pay to fail the Stupid Test).

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I personally think that calling the galactic command experience boosts pay to win isn’t entirely accurate: it’s far more about alleviating an ungodly grind. The system was rapidly revamped after 5.0 to once again heavily favor raiders and PVPers, so if you didn’t fall into those categories you faced a terrible grind and paying out for boosts was one of the few ways to make it reasonable. We can argue all day about what is or isn’t pay to win (personally, I find XP boosts be a grey area), but the fact is that this move seems like it’s just going to piss off a bunch of whales.

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Mordyjuice

If we learned anything from Star Trek 4 is that you never want to piss off the whales.