SWTOR FTP Interview Questions Compilation

Hey everyone, with FTP (Free to Play) rolling around the corner, I was recently offered the chance to have a written interview with the SWTOR developers about the upcoming FTP patch that is arriving on Nov 15! While I do have a lot of questions that I like to ask the devs, I figured that my readers would also like this opportunity to get some question of theirs answered as well. Here is your chance!

Please use the comment section below to submit any questions that you would like me to ask in the interview. This is done to help me keep track of all the questions and also for other readers to see what has already being asked.

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Time frame

  • Questions will be submitted to Bioware by Monday, Nov 12 so get your questions in as fast as possible

Questions

  1. Make sure it is FTP related, this interview is specifically for FTP
  2. Make sure the answer doesn’t already exist somewhere else
  3. Make sure that it is something the developers can answer – there are a lot of corporate restrictions on what they can and cannot answer
  4. I will be selecting questions from the pool to submit along with my own questions. Not all questions will be answered.

Questions list (Ordered by oldest-recent)

Every couple hrs I will go over the comment section and pull the questions from there so you can easily see what questions are already asked by other readers.If your question is already asked by someone else and listed here , just press the up arrow on that person’s comment.

  1. It seems that this f2p is very generic like other MMO’s that support a f2p option. What does SWTOR f2p offer to the MMO community that other f2p models don’t? What is planned that can be shared, that will improve on this model?
  2. A 1 month subscription gives you 500 Cartel Coins. How many Cartel Coins do you get for a 3 month subscription and how many for a 6 month subscription? Also, do the latter give you the 3 months and 6 months worth of coins all at once?
  3. Some people on the forums have suggested saving the Cartel Coins they get as subscribers to buy future expansion content. Will there be any future content that subscribers will have to pay for (ie, an "expansion")? If so, will this content be purchasable with Cartel Coins?
  4. Some people on the forums have suggested saving the Cartel Coins they get as subscribers to buy future expansion content. Will there be any future content that subscribers will have to pay for (ie, an "expansion")? If so, will this content be purchasable with Cartel Coins?
  5. When a player who starts as Free wants to become a subscriber, do they need to purchase the game (standard or Deluxe, with its free month), before then purchasing a 1/3/6 month subscription or applying game time? Or is the purchase of the game now redundant, and they can go straight to the subscription?
  6. Will character transfers be available through cartel coins soon? Thanks
  7. how will friend referral for the kurtob speeder complete? they still can buy the "standard version" 14.99 and get 1 month sub? do they need to also become subscriber after that in the system to complete the referrer’s speeder award?
  8. Appearance change has been confirmed for the feature can they specify on that if its a in-game barbershop with credits or cartel coins where they just let recreate your character .
  9. Also will the Purple color crystal be able to be used at a lower lvl since some crystal’s will have the 41+ stats on them now at a lower lvl.
  10. Is there a chance that more items (like the armor sets shown on the TOR Launcher) will make it for Cartel Shop launch apart from those that are on PTS?
  11. How often can the players expect new items to be available on the Cartel Market?
  12. Can we be assured that sales of statted gear on par with raid gear will not happen?
  13. With an expected influx in new players with F2P, are there any plans to ever implement any game-integrated voice chat among players in the same group? TeamSpeak and Ventrilo are fine for those already in a guild, terrible for those just trying things out or PUGging out of their guild.
  14. Why are former subscribers forced to pay $15 for a months subscription (before Dec.20) to receive their "free" Cartel Coins for prior months subscribed?
  15. What is the future of server transfers? Will there finally be an option via cartel coins or otherwise? Some of us just want all our characters on the same server can we finally make this possible?
  16. Will more raids be added to group finder soon and thus the F2P group finder pass?
  17. With the addition of armor sets that anyone can wear, we are going to see sorcerers and assassins in heavy armor, guardians and juggernauts in robes, etc. What does Bioware plan to do to make sure everyone keeps their sense of identity? Will higher level armor sets remain unique and unobtainable via cash shop? (Just the skins, I know you wont sell the raid gear!)
  18. How often will we see new items on the Cartel Shop? Can we expect to see weekly updates?
  19. Will there be a way to buy more legacy gear or weapons from the Cartel Market or even change some of the items sold to legacy with more Cartel coins?
  20. Can you tell us about the research and decision making process into which specific colors and which outfits to offer? I am interested to know how the original choices were made and how future decisions will be made.
  21. Legacy perks – I suppose the question is this – for those of us who did dedicate that amount of time and effort would it be possible to get refunded those credits if we already have those perqs, or possibly get refunded those credits via Cartel Coins?
  22. When/if will chat bubbles be implemented? F2P players will have their own preconceived notions of what to expect from an MMO.
  23. Are there any plans on expanding equipment appearance? As mentioned before about preconceptions, Appearances Tabs are industry standard and TOR is still lacking in this department.
  24. Any plans for guild capital ships?
  25. What plans are there for future non-combat mechanics, such as housing (ship or planet-side), large-scale mining and crafting, and mini-games (racing, betting, fishing)?
  26. With the influx of new players coming , the inevitable will happen and we can expect to start seeing rmt (gold or coin farmers/sellers). Aside from the obvious gm banning, are we going to get a report function and is our chat ban list going to be expanded?
  27. Are there plans to allow the credit cap for preferred to be lifted with a purchase from the cartel market? (mainly because this would be bought thus everyone with it would be preferred)
  28. Are there any plans to add new items to the social, CE and Security Key vendors or will all new vanity gear simply be on the Cartel Market?
  29. 2P Players get 2 character slots and subscribers get 12. Does this mean that when this limit goes into effect, any extra characters above the 12 on the server that were consolidated there due to server merges will become unavailable to subscribers? When will the character tokens be available on the cartel market? Will these tokens apply across the board whether the account is F2P or a subscriber? i.e., after applying one of the tokens, as F2P they will have 3 available characters, as a subscriber they would have 13. Will Preferred Status players have a larger number of available character slots than the 2 for F2P?
  30. Is there any information on whether or not faction and/or AC changes are being considered for purchase in the near future?
  31. whats happening with dual spec and ready check?
  32. If they have plans on releasing legendary weapons/armor sets and if they will have special abilitys/quest lines or just different color skins.
  33. Are cartel coin unlocks such as species account bound or server bound?
  34. What is your plan for the APAC servers if/when F2P doesn’t fix their population?
  35. Any plans for new playable species to be made available within the shop, including and beyond Cathar? If so, will these species be governed by the legacy system, as well?
  36. Will they have discounts for a full month of ~ Ops/flashpoints/space missions ~ like buy 3 get 4 the week free????? I think that would b great incentive .
  37. Is there a dedicated team working on Cartel Market items?
  38. What kind of items do you plan on adding in the near future?
  39. What long term goals do you have for Cartel Market content?
  40. Will we see more of the partial sets available at the Light Side and Dark Side vendors?
  41. I’d like to know if we still can expect new story this year as promised or the introduction of F2P is demanding most of BW’s resources and new story elements are delayed because of that?
  42. What were the biggest difficulties and challenges in designing Nightmare Mode Explosive Conflict? How is it different than Nightmare Mode Eternity Vault and Karagga’s Palace?
  • jasoneth

    When a player who starts as Free wants to become a subscriber, do they need to purchase the game (standard or Deluxe, with its free month), before then purchasing a 1/3/6 month subscription or applying game time? Or is the purchase of the game now redundant, and they can go straight to the subscription?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kribie.kribille Kribie Kribille

    GL with it, dulfy ! ur doing great !!

  • http://twitter.com/GeneralShade Shade

    Will character transfers be available through cartel coins soon? Thanks

  • ian c

    how will friend referral for the kurtob speeder complete? they still can buy the “standard version” 14.99 and get 1 month sub? do they need to also become subscriber after that in the system to complete the referrer’s speeder award?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      The Friends of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ trial will continue to exist as it does today. In order for you to receive a reward for referring a friend, your friend must purchase and register a copy ofStar Wars: The Old Republic and they must become a subscriber for at least one month, or apply a Game Time Code to their account. For more information on the Friends of Star Wars: The Old Republic trial program, please click here. For information on the rewards available, please see this page.

      http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6544

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.shoeman Pat Shoeman

    Appearance change has been confirmed for the feature can they specify on that if its a in-game barbershop with credits or cartel coins where they just let recreate your character .

    Also will the Purple color crystal be able to be used at a lower lvl since some crystal’s will have the 41+ stats on them now at a lower lvl.

  • Korwinista

    Is there a chance that more items (like the armor sets shown on the TOR Launcher) will make it for Cartel Shop launch apart from those that are on PTS?

  • Kahvo

    How often can the players expect new items to be available on the Cartel Market?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      about monthly

  • Kathon

    Can we be assured that sales of statted gear on par with raid gear will not happen?

  • The Old New Guy

    With an expected influx in new players with F2P, are there any plans to ever implement any game-integrated voice chat among players in the same group? TeamSpeak and Ventrilo are fine for those already in a guild, terrible for those just trying things out or PUGging out of their guild.

  • Korwinista

    I bought white crystal back in 1.1.5 when 2.5 million was a crazy amount of credits. I didn’t use it much since then because I am role playing a Sith. I am still looking forward to playing Jedi when I will get more time and new computer and I would love him to use the white crystal from his earliest levels. Will 1.1.5 crystals be available (that goes for purple and cyan as well) for lower levels as well?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      the white crystal you get from cartel packs is available from L10 I believe

  • ptd163

    I’ve heard rumors that removing mods and respecing is going to be completely free to subscribers. And I’ve heard that is just going to be a reduced price. Can we get some clarification on this?

  • KrazedOmega

    Why are former subscribers forced to pay $15 for a months subscription (before Dec.20) to receive their “free” Cartel Coins for prior months subscribed? The fact that we’re forced to pay even more on top of the $60 that we originally paid for the game just to unlock our “bonus” seems like a slap in the face. We paid to support this game and are barely getting any more of a bonus than FTP players who spend $5 in the Cartel Market receive.

  • jacobbp25

    Can you ask them why they are requiring previous subscribers to get a sub to get the free cartel coins? To me it seems like a blatant cash grab and I probably won’t even give F2P a try b/c of it. I play other f2p games and this decision doesn’t give me confidence that EA is really serious about this. The other no-no in my opinion is limiting the number of quickslots…that is ridiculous.

  • BonerJohnson

    What is the future of server transfers? Will there finally be an option via cartel coins or otherwise? Some of us just want all our characters on the same server can we finally make this possible?

    Will more raids be added to group finder soon and thus the F2P group finder pass?

  • Mathew Chilton

    With the addition of armor sets that anyone can wear, we are going to see sorcerers and assassins in heavy armor, guardians and juggernauts in robes, etc. What does Bioware plan to do to make sure everyone keeps their sense of identity? Will higher level armor sets remain unique and unobtainable via cash shop? (Just the skins, I know you wont sell the raid gear!)

  • Cial

    How often will we see new items on the Cartel Shop? Can we expect to see weekly updates?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      VarrusTheEthical: How often can we expect new content to appear on the Cartel Market?

      Blaine: You’ll see regular adjustments to the Market that line up with game patches. We plan to make content additions as often as once a month (including new Cartel Packs!), but the major releases will be every 4-6 months.

      http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=546823

  • Frederick Smitherman

    Will there be a way to buy more legacy gear or weapons from the Cartel Market or even change some of the items sold to legacy with more Cartel coins?

  • Mister B

    Not necessarily about FTP, but I would like to know if they have a solution for the crashes that have been happening since 1.4.

  • Kareth

    Can you tell us about the research and decision making process into which specific colors and which outfits to offer? I am interested to know how the original choices were made and how future decisions will be made.

  • Hyperlobic

    This is probably going to sound petty and all, but still…

    Some of us worked our behinds off to purchase stuff like Rocket Boost, Shipboard Training dummies, mailboxes and the like. Now we hear that, not only are they going to be made available in the Cartel Shop, but that they will be available relatively inexpensively compared to the hours and grinding dailies and crafting sales to come up with the millions in credits to pay for those perqs.

    I suppose the question is this – for those of us who did dedicate that amount of time and effort would it be possible to get refunded those credits if we already have those perqs, or possibly get refunded those credits via Cartel Coins?

    • ShepardEbonHawk

      I do not understand how you think you are entitled to a refund? Costs of perks depreciated over time in MMOs, that’s nothing new. The cartel option just means someone can spend cartel coins instead of credits. They aren’t getting anything free out of the deal. You’re 360 or so “cartel coins” ahead of anyone who chooses to buy this stuff. That’s the advantage you have–you can spend your fake currency on something else.

  • Kaimakani

    Are the Cartel Coin prices for the items in the Cartel Market on the PTS the final prices? Many of the Legacy unlocks (especially the Speeder Training and Rocket Boost tiers) are seriously out of whack. I’ve purchased all of these items via hard-earned credits (and speed training on multiple alts!) and feel like a fool and a sucker for my loyalty to the game to see them going so cheaply in the Cartel Market. It’s my opinion that everyone should have access to these fun features, but the level of commitment needed to acquire them should be somewhat equal, whatever the currency.

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      We will know this on thursday and this interview may not be published until then so I will leave this question out for now

  • Demian

    Preferred Status have the ability to send Mail, including one (1) attachmen.
    but what about FTP can also send mail? (including one (1) attachmen).

  • Grom

    Ok so since i didn’t see anything on this yet…
    With the influx of new players coming , the inevitable will happen and we can expect to start seeing rmt (gold or coin farmers/sellers). Aside from the obvious gm banning, are we going to get a report function and is our chat ban list going to be expanded? And also with a person getting preferred status with a $5 purchase in the market, wouldn’t a 15$ purchase be more acceptable to unlock that status?

  • sen

    F2P Players get 2 character slots and subscribers get 12. Does this mean that when this limit goes into effect, any extra characters above the 12 on the server that were consolidated there due to server merges will become unavailable to subscribers? When will the character tokens be available on the cartel market? Will these tokens apply across the board whether the account is F2P or a subscriber? i.e., after applying one of the tokens, as F2P they will have 3 available characters, as a subscriber they would have 13. Will Preferred Status players have a larger number of available character slots than the 2 for F2P?

  • Lenius @ToFN

    Are there any plans to add new items to the social, CE and Security Key vendors or will all new vanity gear simply be on the Cartel Market?

  • Veicht

    Are there plans to allow the credit cap for preferred to be lifted with a purchase from the cartel market? (mainly because this would be bought thus everyone with it would be preferred)

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      preferred status players get increased credit cap compared to FTP players but currently there isn’t an option so increase the cap even further for preferred players other than subbing so I will ask that for you

  • AgentLazyButtocks

    What are the preferred status restriction?

  • Sharktooth from PTS

    If they have plans on releasing legendary weapons/armor sets and if they will have special abilitys/quest lines or just different color skins.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaBouette Joshua Bouette

    whats happening with dual spec and ready check?

  • Porac

    Is there any information on whether or not faction and/or AC changes are being considered for purchase in the near future?

  • Foxesforsale

    Are cartel coin unlocks such as species account bound or server bound?

  • Abkha

    What is your plan for the APAC servers if/when F2P doesn’t fix their population?

  • CelCawdro

    Any plans for new playable species to be made available within the shop, including and beyond Cathar? If so, will these species be governed by the legacy system, as well?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      Cathar is already mentioned to be available in the Cartel market in the 1.4 Livestream Q&A but I am going to rephase it and ask if it is a cartel market exclusive.

      Q: Has there being any discussion on allowing cartel coins to be used for purchase race unlocks instead of credits options we use now.

      The intent would be players would be able to use Cartel Coins to purchase Cathar as the first race to be unlocked when they becomes available. We are certainly more than open to exploring other species option depending on how popular Cathar become.

      http://dulfy.net/2012/09/21/swtor-livestream-qa-transcript/

  • Jinxblog

    What were the biggest difficulties and challenges in designing Nightmare Mode Explosive Conflict? How is it different than Nightmare Mode Eternity Vault and Karagga’s Palace?

  • Messores Republicae

    Is the hardcore raider still a target audience for SW:TOR? Are you hoping to attract lost subscribers with engaging and challenging content that was lacking at launch?

  • Enalis

    Will section X/hk51 be free to subscribers or will they need to pay as well?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      both are free for subscribers

  • Kindalo

    Will the monthly subscription price of 13.99 be reduced?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      There are currently no plans to adjust the monthly cost for subscribers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.g.hennessy Derek Gregory Hennessy

    I’d like to know if we still can expect new story this year as promised or the introduction of F2P is demanding most of BW’s resources and new story elements are delayed because of that?

  • raph

    will ftp players be able to have friends group etc ?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      FTP players can have friends and can group with each other.. Not sure what you mean?

  • rorwa

    subscribers have to use CC to get into section x? not kewl >_<

    • http://www.facebook.com/bollenine Ine Bollen

      No, only F2P players do. Subscribers get that for free.

  • Sen

    Regarding crew skills – I saw somewhere that the ability to queue crafting is a perk for subscribers. Has this been taken away from crafting for F2P? Will they have to buy that with CC? Potentially hundreds of people standing around on fleet just waiting to press the ‘craft’ button when this one finishes..? yikes

  • Lahsbee

    Will we see more of the partial sets available at the Light Side and Dark Side vendors? I’d love to get the rest of the Ascendant’s Alloy set!

  • gpudh

    With free-to-play going live and there being a drop in the online subscription price, will there also be a drop in game card price? It is still $29.95 for a 60 day card. Not everyone likes to use a credit card online for security reasons and to avoid being automatically charged for resubscribe. How many cartel coins does one get for a 60 day game card purchase?

  • Marcus

    I’m a free trial player, what will happen to my account and characters after the free to play launch? there not much thread about free trial players…

  • Marcus

    Would you reconsider the preferred status players ill get 6 character slots while free to play players gets 3?

  • Ixum

    Will subscribers be able to buy additional character slots from the cartel market?

  • recsa

    1- With F2P i expect to see items and content (FPs, OPs, WZs, …) added regularly to the cartel shop, but what about quality of life things long demanded like Dual Spec? will we still see development effort put on those things? and specifically Dual Spec is something we will see any soon? for those of us that like to use LFG, Dual Spec is something that will greatly speed up the queue matching.

    2- Do you have plans to add Faction Respec to the Cartel Shop?

  • swtorguy

    Is Makeb still arriving this year? If not, when is an approximate date (i.e. winter 2012-13, spring 2013, etc.)

  • posthumecaver

    It is said that preferred players would have 10 character slots at the conversion to F2P but can be reduced in the future. Will this means, 10 slots would be active or only 2 of them would be active.

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      10 slots active

      Ripster: There is a welcome screen that lists a benefit of subscribing as 10 additional slots. Will this mean subscribers will have 22 or that F2P will have 2?

      Blaine: Great question and we want to make sure we’re clear on this one. Subscribers will still have 12 character slots available on a single server. F2P players will have 2 (as will Preferred). At Launch, we are not enforcing the penalty on subscribers who convert to Free-to-Play, but we will in a subsequent patch. A further wrinkle is that if you have more than two and you delete characters at Launch, you will not get that slot back. Example: I have 10 characters as a subscriber this November, but in December I cancel my subscription. When I login, I can still use all 10 characters (for now), but I cannot create new ones and if I delete one, I will have 9 and not be able to create another until I go down to 1. Make sense?

      http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=546823

      • posthumecaver

        This sentence confuses me

        “F2P players will have 2 (as will Preferred)”

        So preferred and F2P has only 2 but if you dropdown from subscription then 10 (can be changed on future)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/heidi.vanderzee Heidi van der Zee

    Will character transfers be available through cartel coins soon? Thanks. Also my question.

  • http://twitter.com/Kelhae Kelha

    As I haven’t seen it anywhere else, or on any of the other comments- is there any possibility for a lifetime subscription?

  • cidtheslayer

    Will we maybe see grey side items in the market (such as relics?)

  • Justin Watson

    I understand that there should be a difference between free and sub models, but going so far as “Will not be able to equip most purple gear” and such leans dangerously close to the pay to win model. What reason is there to continue playing for free up to 50 when even if you make it to 50 you’re going to be underequipped to handle the appropriate content?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      The FTP model was designed so that you can get to L50 without having to purchase anything. However, once you are L50 and wish to participate in end game activities you will have to purchase. This is isn’t strictly pay to win since you can’t just buy the raid gear with your real $$. Rather, you pay for content that subscribers have access to at your own pace.

  • Vos_L

    Several of these questions have already been answered….DarthHater has a write-up from the media phone conference that has more details on F2P. Specific ones are: (#2) – They are announcing the extra coins for 3 & 6 month subscriptions this week and you get the coins each month, not all at once. (#5) – The F2P FAQ says free players can download the game and play for free so no game purchase necessary. (#11 & 18) – They are anticipating updating the items on the Cartel Market approximately once a month. (#29) – Character slots will be available for purchase soon after F2P launch but no word on the cap of 12 per server being raised. (#33) – The species unlocks are “legacy” unlocks. Those and other “legacy” unlocks obviously won’t be account wide as they are specific to a legacy. (#36) – They said they don’t want a pricing structure where it becomes more feasible to purchase continuous passes to warzones, ops, etc. than just subbing. If you’re buying passes every single week, they want you subbing instead so I wouldn’t expect discounted bulk passes that make preferred status a better deal than subbing.

  • Murraugh

    Will there be any plan to add cross faction friends. It would be nice to be able to see when my friends are on and just playing the opposite faction.

  • Lenius @ToFN

    This question is not for the devs; it’s for Dulfy: When and how will these questions be answered?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      Questions were sent to Bioware yesterday. Not certain on when they will be answered as they will also need to go through and pick :D

      • Lenius @ToFN

        I see. And will they send their answers back to you or will they be on swtor.com?

        • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

          Answers will be sent back I think.

          • Lenius @ToFN

            Cool. Not that it matters, I check both sites at least once per day :) Thx for the quick answer.

  • Mathew Chilton

    They ever answer these? O_o

    • Neuz

      Yeah, would have liked to see these answered before de update went live. Wil still be checking the answers when there online though :)

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