BioWare delays SWTOR Onslaught to October, but it’s handing out free Nautolans

    
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Hey you know what should be announced today that will totally not get buried by any other major events? The release date for the first Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion to come out in the last couple of years. But that’s just the kind of half-witted, scruffy-looking logic that’s coming from BioWare today, so let’s roll with it!

So yes, SWTOR’s Onslaught expansion just got a launch date of October 22nd, which is a delay from its original release window of September. BioWare said that this was in response to internal testing that showed more work that needed to be done for it. Onslaught is bringing out a new Jedi vs. Sith storyline that takes place on Onderon and Mek-sha. The Dxun operation that is included in the expansion is due to start testing soon.

As a way to counter some of the complaints about the delay, BioWare said that it will now award a free Nautolan species unlock to any and all players who are subscribed sometime in the window between September 1st and October 22nd.

Catch up on everything Onslaught is bringing to the game with these posts:

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Brazen Bondar

Glad for the delay. Was trying to get one Republic and one Empire player to 300 command level before it is eliminated. I made it on the Republic side and I’m only 35 levels away on the Empire side, which is easily achievable with the additional time. I’ll echo the comments that the populations of Star Forge, at least, have been very healthy for several months now.

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Richard de Leon III

wait they are getting rid of command levels? i loved the free gear on my toons :(

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Emiliano Lozada

Not entirely. They are removing the BS parts of CL. No more tiers, all based on equipped ilvl, and supplemental instead of primary way of gearing.

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Richard de Leon III

ok, ill take the compromise, some gear is better than none as a soloer

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Randy Savage

It’ll still launch buggy and broken as fuck because SWTOR.

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Natalyia

The SWTOR Expansion delay is entirely unrelated to the need to implement new “switchsaber” dual lightsaber technology. :)

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Richard de Leon III

I wouldnt say no to the mighty switch-sabre….*hides his crossguard sabre*

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mysecretid

Always with games, I’d rather that they launch late, and get things right (or even substantially better), than stick to their imitial release date and launch new content that’s profoundly broken or incomplete.

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Mikey's Bored

Honestly glad about this, it gives me time to play Greedfall, Borderlands 3, and Destiny 2 Expansion if I can find the time. It’s good to see BioWare taking the time they need to make sure it’s ready.

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John Mynard

I’ll be honest.

I liked SWTOR once upon a time. Every once in a while I toy with the idea of going back and finishing a character story or just troll around looking at stuff.

Then I remember that I’m all the expansions behind and the game never really ceased being a poorly optimized trash fire with mind-numbing combat and truly offensive, player hating monetization and those ideas evaporate like sweat on Tattooine.

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Richard de Leon III

Delay as necessary, i’d rather as bug-free an experience as possible. Besides, I’m on vacation and no where near my PC >.<

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Hikari Kenzaki

Yeah, over the next 45 days or so, lots of people who jump into WoW Classic and are immediately disappointed will be shopping for another game to play.
I expect to see a lot of “Pushed back for [reasons]” and incentives to join/re-join existing games in late Sept through Oct.

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xpsync

What i figured too.

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Dani Reasor

I could definitely see SWTOR reaping gains if they play this right, even if it’s just regaining lapsed players. SWTOR’s player population always seemed pretty evenly divided between (1) fans of the franchise who were playing their first MMO, and (2) WoW refugees.

I mean, look at Dromund Kaas. It’s where Barrens Chat went after the Cataclysm. Jawas and bacon just replaced Chuck Norris and Murlocs.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m okay with this. If it’s true they need more time, then by all means, take it. If it is also true that some behemoth is rising from the dead to suck up all the MMO air in the entire universe, also a good reason to add to the list to delay. They announced this back in April before anyone had any idea what kind of reception WoW Classic would have.

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PanagiotisLial1

As weird as it may sound I like more SWTOR than what I remember WoW Classic to be. There is actually a good amount of games I look forward too and just need to find the time that are ahead of my list.

Sure a LOT people will like it and stay for the long haul but I think many just retry WoW Classic out of curiocity and/or nostalgia

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’ve been working on my Legacy Republic/Empire badge and have been playing Empire for the first time. I’m blown away by how many people there are on the starting planets. Korriban is packed and has been for the last month or so. Balmorra, same. And so on. Lot of people are playing SWTOR.

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PanagiotisLial1

It helps they are easing the walls for free players so people can try it deeper with less annoyances and see if they like it

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mysecretid

Even on my server, Jedi Covenant, which I never found completely empty, even during the worst of times for SWTOR, I’ve seen a lot more people in the game’s hubs lately — both Republic and Empire side.

The “role-play theater” types (i.e. the players who like to role-play as if it’s some sort of shared public performance) were all over the bar at Vaiken Spacedock this past Saturday, doing what they like to do. I don’t think I’ve seen that many of them all in one place since the earliest days of the game.

As you say, a lot of people are playing SWTOR lately. I suspect the promise of new story-based content in a classic Star Wars style (which started with the Ossus content) is giving us all a reason to play again.

Cheers,