SWTOR Galactic Living Livestream Notes

SWTOR Galactic Living Livestream notes. This the first of a series of livestream done by Bioware to showcase the upcoming Galactic Strongholds expansion. Primary discussions are layout editors and decorations. Pictures will be added soon.

General

  • New icon for strongholds in the menus and you can open that menu to instantly travel to your stronghold from anywhere. Subscribers can return to their previous location after exiting their stronghold
  • Strongholds are legacywide, any character in your legacy can go to that stronghold. A Jedi knight can go to a Dromund Kaas stronghold for example with some fiction we will add.
  • Stronghold is attached to planet chat. So if you are in a Tatooine stronghold you will be connected to the Tatooine zone chat.
  • You can own multiple strongholds up to four currently (DK, Coruscant, Tatooine, Nar Shaddaa).
  • Achievement UI will show decorations that are tied to achievements. New achievement tracks will also be added just for decorations.
  • You can invite other players to strongholds as long you are online inside the stronghold. If you want to give someone permanent access you can give them keys. You can also list your stronghold for public access so others can visit your stronghold as long you are online.
  • Other players cannot edit your stronghold.
  • You can use mounts inside your stronghold.
  • Duels might be an option we are considering. Unsure at this moment yet.
  • Coruscant and DK strongholds are more affordable than Tatooine/Nar Shaddaa strongholds
  • Guilds can have strongholds – Guild Headquarters. Guild members can come in and edit.
  • F2P players can access strongholds but they cannot own them until October.
  • How many players can visit a stronghold? The max number is still being worked out.
  • You can label your strongholds but you cannot attack or invade other player’s strongholds.
  • Can you paint the interiors? Nope but you can create different lighting effects depends on what light you place.
  • Upkeep cost to maintain strongholds? Nope but if you deactivate/retire a stronghold, it will cost you to reactivate it if you brought it with credits. If you brought it with cartel coins there is no reactivation fee.
  • How do you unlock rooms? Pay a credit cost or a cartel coin cost. It is a one time fee.
  • Summer Pass players will have early access like subscribers since you are considered as subscribers.
  • Can you lock visitors in your strongholds? Nope
  • Is there a max number of rooms? Yes, there is a limit amount of rooms.
  • Are strongholds instanced? Yes they are instanced.
  • Can you sell strongholds to other players. No you cannot.
  • Can you get pizza delivery to your strongholds. No.
  • Every stronghold have an intro cinematic you can activate by clicking on a console.
  • Stronghold in neutral planets have cross-faction public listing.
  • Layouts cannot be saved and pass on to other players.

Hook System

  • We want to make overall decoration system as easy and flexible as possible. With the variety of environments we have on Coruscant/DK, Tatooine, Nar Shaddaa there are issues with the free form system.
  • Space Ship hooks – can put player ships etc there but you cannot use them. GSF ships are unsure yet.
  • Once item is placed inside a hook, you can rotate it, x, y resize. .
  • Different colored hooks for different sizes.
  • Hooks also exist on the walls as well and ceilings.
  • Hooks exist for music boxes (Jukeboxes) that play different music.
  • Hooks can be broken down into different combinations that fill the same space to give you different options to place the decorations.
  • Centerpiece hooks for large items such as Reconstructed Hypergate

Decorations

  • Crafters can make components you can trade in to a crafting droid in exchange for decorations. This droid can be placed in strongholds
    • More info on which crafting disciplines can make what is coming soon. There is a wide variety of crafting options all in line with the crafting professions.
  • Drops from different operations/flashpoints
  • Different vendors such as reputation vendors
  • Cartel Market
  • Good and awesome rewards in pretty much all areas of the game.
  • Maximum item per house limit: There is a finite number of hooks you can use but it is a large amount. Tatooine for example have a huge amount of hooks.
  • Interactivity with decorations – ability to sit in chairs or lay on beds? Some intractable items, not everything is interactable. You can use sit emotes on some of the chairs.
  • We will offer group of decorations that go together in arrangements. They will be a bit harder to get and much more sought for.
  • Lights you place on the ceiling can affect lighting of the room as well.
  • Companions from your other characters can be placed but they will appear as holos if you are not on that character.
  • If you want place the same decoration mulitple times, you must own mulitple copies of that item.
  • Decorations are not consumables, you can pick up them and reuse them elsewhere.
  • GTNs will be something you can place in your strongholds. Other kiosks such as PvP/mission terminals might be placeable as well. Stream showed GTN kiosk and item modification station so far.
  • Decorations are initially “consumables” in your inventory but once you use them they are sent to your strongholds and can be placed infinitely amount of time.
  • Anyways to display weapons/armor sets? Use companions for that. Put them on companions and put companions as decorations.
  • Will furnitures have hooks? No they don’t have hooks but some hooks overlap so you can potentially put a rug under a table since they are different overlapping hooks. This type of decoration on top of decoration is only possible for rugs.
  • Anything special for CE vendors? We can’t talk about those yet as things are being worked out.
  • Ability to place your alt characters in your stronghold? No plans for that yet.
  • If you collect datacrons for example, you can have decorations for dark or light datacrons.
  • Mounts are unlocked as decorations if you have the mount. Even if you use it as a decoration, you can use them as mounts elsewhere.
  • Vodorlo

    Omg, Dulfy, come on. Stream just ended, and you already have the notes up! Amazing! You are the best!

    • exopenelup

      In the official forum is a posting by a guy who has also screenshots.
      😉

      Must be hard work to be faster than Dulfy.

      Sorry I am wrong. It must be hard work to be as fast as Dulfy. And harder to be a little bit faster.

      • Randomno

        Pretty easy to be faster at healing ops.

        What? It was a joke…

  • Unoshi

    Also note to people such as me, who like to know if u can sit, yes u can but not in the way u can sit in your ship at the cockpit section. Stand near a chair and type /sit. Correct me if im wrong

    • Nozyspy .

      That is really not the answer I was hoping for for armour displays, I want to be able to display them clearly and in a neutral manner, not have them plastered on the very limited number of companions you get (compared to the number of cool armour sets I would love to display).

      • Unoshi

        Agreed, Lets say u want to display a gear set on a body type 4 character but you don’t have any companion of that size just or companions which appearance don’t change at all, like Blitz, Tallz in the aspect of gear of course.

    • DocVak

      With all the secret-ness they’ve had with DK, something tells me it’s going to be absolutely incredible.

      • Unoshi

        One can only hope. Haha i for certentantly do

      • Canim

        Sorry, just came back to SWTOR after a break. What is “DK”?

        • Dromund kaas

          • Canim

            Ah, thanks! Wasn’t sure.

    • Arby

      I wouldn’t say it’s QQing, but I see why people are disappointed. I am. If you played SWG with the freedom to deco anything you wanted, anywhere you wanted, any way you wanted inside your house you’d be disappointed to. It’s not crap, but it could be a whole lot better for sure.

      • Unoshi

        The qq part wasnt meant for people who are dissapointed and also should remember swg and swtor are two different company and Cant really build on the fact that Both are from Lucas then they will end up the same but the qq was for people who kept complaining about but wildstar has better housing. But this has better housing but this ans that I mean if they liked it so much then play then game instead of constantly comparing games like wildstar with swtor constantly but still they play swtor.

        Just to say I would like free placing as well and also disappointed but I don’t keep complaining

        • Sciclex

          Edited for Grammar:

          The QQ part wasn’t meant for people who are disappointed. They should remember SWG and SWTOR are two different companies and can’t really build on the fact that both are from Lucas, because they would end up the
          same. The QQ was for people who kept complaining “but Wildstar
          has better housing;” or “but SWTOR has better housing;”, but this isn’t that. I mean if they liked Wilstar so much, then play that game. Instead they are constantly comparing games like Wildstar with SWTOR, but they still play SWTOR.

          Just to say I would like free placing as well, and also disappointed, but I don’t keep complaining.

          P.S. You can get your point across much better if you try and use proper structure. You rambling made me lose grasp on what you were trying to say, and also came across meaning something completely different than what you had meant.

          Grammar Police away! 😀

  • ItsRainingSith

    You can’t get pizza to your Stronghold?!
    Cancelling my sub ASAP.

    • EleniRPG

      Haha. I do hope they let you have a butler droid that sells peppered bantha steaks, though. They’re already in the game…

  • EleniRPG

    I am so excited for this! I’m a little put off that if you want to display weapons and armor, you can only do so by putting it on a companion and placing them in the stronghold. Using my companions as living mannequins is a bit creepy. Plus, I only have one female companion, so that’s kind of limiting if I have more than one pretty dress I want to display. Hopefully they’ll come up with a better solution for this in the future. Though now that I’m thinking about it, armor displays on a mannequin would be a little tacky as decorations go, so I don’t know if I’d use them. Maybe that’s why they didn’t bother? But a weapons display case would be good.

    I still really, really want a Makeb estate. I don’t care if the planet almost fell apart and there are noxious gases leaking into the atmosphere. The buildings and landscaping there are so pretty!!!

    • Tickle Me Dalek

      skyrim mannequins were one of the best things

      i feel like being able to display weapons/armor is imperative. i’d LOVE to have a gun cabinet for my troop

  • Anonymous

    • If you want place the same decoration mulitple times, you must own mulitple copies of that item.

    • Decorations are initially “consumables” in your inventory but once you use them they are sent to your strongholds and can be placed infinitely amount of time.

    This looks to me like a direct contradiction… can you explain?

    • The same decoration (i.e. a red lamp) can be placed and then picked up etc infinite amount of times. However, if you want say place two red lamps, you must own 2 red lamps

  • Daftvaduhh

    No one asked about legacy storage? Their blog post answered nothing.

  • Fabulous

    Lol why can’t u get a pizza to your stronghold? “Pizza the Hutt” would be awesome.

    • Arby

      Saving it for the Hutta stronghold possibly

      • Fabulous

        Yeah I think that’s their secret plan. It’s not secret anymore though because we figured that one out haha

  • mhonde

    Brutalllllllllllllllll

  • Light

    “Anyways to display weapons/armor sets? Use companions for that. Put them on companions and put companions as decorations.”
    Imagine visit of a friend:

    – Here you see that cool Tulak Hord armor set that I told you about

    – It’s twitching!
    – Nadia, behave yourself

    • Fabulous

      I shall display people in my house as a decoration. It seems that bioware thinks that’s normal… but there’s no logic in a video game whatsoever so it works cool for me.

      • Kataal

        I too shall display people in my Stronghold. They will stand and pose where and when I tell them. I am Grand and Powerful, and my Dominance shall be recognized across the Galaxy. Kneel before me, ye pathetic minions…..

        Sorry, got a little carried away….but yeah. I shall dominate all who enter my Epic Stronghold.

    • Diwrnach

      Kinda disappointed by that. I horde all my upgradeable armor and have too much to put on all my toons. Would be nice to do something with it other than leave it in storage or sell it. Be cool to have the option to craft an armor stand or combat dummy you could put gear on.

    • Kylmc715

      “Is this some part of my training? I don’t get it.”

    • Arby

      So next day you pull that armor off of them and put something else on (like their normal modded gear)…will it change the armor on the deco companion as well? Not that it matters for those of us that don’t RP or plan to open our stronghold to the public (doubt I’ll deco mine at all tbh)… but to some people this is probably an important question.

  • Areneth

    “A Jedi knight can go to a Dromund Kaas stronghold for example with some fiction we will add.”

    Ehm… What? So… this gonna be not so far from “Forged Alliance” story plot? Or quickly made story?… hmm…
    I dont get it.

  • JJ

    “Stronghold is attached to planet chat. So if you are in a Tatooine stronghold you will be connected to the Tatooine zone chat.” LOL…. really, not fleet chat? where u can spam ur lfg or trade… EAWARE is full of retards

    • rippled

      And if it were part of fleet chat you’d be here moaning eaware are retards for making a single player mmo where everyone just hangs on their entirely too functional ships, oh wait that’s 2012, entirely too functional strongholds.

  • Brianac

    Will the strongholds be in the same area? Like if people want to go to their stronghold, will we have to go to the exact same location to get to them? or will they be scattered across the planet?

  • Brock Moses

    “Upkeep cost to maintain strongholds? Nope but if you deactivate/retire a
    stronghold, it will cost you to reactivate it if you brought it with
    credits. If you brought it with cartel coins there is no reactivation
    fee.”
    Anyone know what this is about? What would be the need for deactivating or retiring a stronghold? Can you only have one active at a time or something?

    • Trogdor

      That would have been nice for them to mention, don’t you think?

  • Trogdor

    “Strongholds are legacywide, any character in your legacy can go to that
    stronghold. A Jedi knight can go to a Dromund Kaas stronghold for
    example with some fiction we will add.”

    …Hold on, I need to clean up the soda I just sputtered all over my computer

    “Duels might be an option we are considering. Unsure at this moment yet.”
    Uh… you mean player vs. player duels, or stronghold vs stronghold duels? Because the latter would be AWESOME, smashing into each other like barbie’s playhouse vs some GI joe fort

  • Arby

    “Companions from your other characters can be placed but they will appear as holos if you are not on that character. ”
    So what’s the point? I’d rather not see them at all than see them as holos. Really, Risha and Kaliyo chatting, sweet. Holos of the same thing… weeeeaaaaaakkkkkk. I’m going to just say no to this option if they stick to it.

  • Yogi

    Three words: Legacy Storage Locker

    Will we see them in the strongholds? For those who craft, the ability to have all your mats in one legacy bound place is a very desirable thing

  • Heist 101

    I’m really confused now.. We have a WHOLE panel full of armor and weapon collections but to display them in our homes they will be in holo form, so essentially it’s gona feel like my ship still except with blue holos chatting with them.. Whoever in development passed this WILL regret it, you can argue that they’ll do it later after things get going but c’mon – housing = armor and weapons and for SWTOR legacy promoting ALT creation to unprecedented heights – how could full visual companions across legacy and full visual ALT characters for that matter be less than priority #1? I could care less about content decorations from fp and ops until I can showcase my legacy and see it for myself with all the collections armors/weapons that I just sold my soul to obtain. The one thing I was thinking/hoping they’d nail was a complete miss.

  • Bobby

    The holo companion thing really disappoints me. It’d be so much cooler to just see them and interact with them exactly like they are on the ship.

  • Fel

    Question not sure if this was asked already but if you bought your strongholds with creds, can anyone confirm on how much each reactivation costs for each of the houses?

  • “Stronghold in neutral planets have cross-faction public listing.” But it’s broken.

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