SWTOR March Producer’s Livestream Coverage

SWTOR March Producer’s Livestream notes and coverage.

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Agenda

  • State of the Galaxy
  • Chapter 11
  • Odessen Proving Grounds & Rishi Arena
  • Quality of Life Improvements
  • Eternal Championship
  • Chapter 12 story time
  • Next producer livestream will be on Tuesday, April 5.

State of the Galaxy

  • Eternal Championship delayed due to quality issues. It wasn’t fun to play.
  • We know there are a couple issues with Chapter 11 launch. Patch tomorrow morning to fix. Couple more fixes by early next week (hopefully Tuesday).
  • They like to thank the youtubers/podcast for sharing info

Chapter 11

  • Join forces with Major Jorgan and Havoc Squad. Venture deep into enemy territory and change the course of war.
  • New Disavowed Cartel Market Pack is live.
    • Standing mount and Havoc armor most popular

Odessen Warzone/Rishi Arena

  • Coming with Chapter 12 on April 5th (both warzone and Rishi arena)
  • Warzone is for available to all players (both F2P and subscribers)
  • Cross-faction is only available for Odessen Proving Grounds right now, might expand to other warzones in the future.
  • Iteration in progress
    • Control Point active for 90s instead of 75s.
    • Middle control point always available in round 1
    • Battle mods available until used

QoL Improvements

  • Some QoL changes mentioned last livestream that are coming April 5th.
    • 5 strongholds, 50% increase in decoration limits for guild ships, 999 new limit for common decorations
    • 1000 member guild cap, legacy name column with primary character flag, mass selection guild management option
  • Character name improvements – allowing you to have a space in your name.
  • PvE and PvP instance types. Traditionally our servers have being a specific type, we wanted to do away with that. Now you can be on any server you want and through the map you can select PvP or PvE instance.
  • Updated server select screen to reflect the new PvP/PvE instances.
  • Social window improvements like using /who

Eternal Championship

  • Eternal Champion title available for those playing it
  • Launch date will be announced next Producer stream in 4 weeks or beforehand.
  • PTS and blog for Eternal Championship will be available late March (within next 2 weeks)

April Subscriber Rewards

  • HK-55 weapon set: Sniper rifle, blaster pistol, and vibrosword
  • Early access to Chapter 12: Vision in the Dark

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Story Time with Charles Boyd

  • Inside the story video blog coming soon (next week or two, could be even sooner)
  • Chapter 12: New information leads to potentially deadly mission for the alliance. Valkorion has brutal plans for the outlander. Special return appearance from some fan-favorite characters (Satele Shan and the spirit of Darth Marr). You will also get some chance to see some Odessen wilderness.
  • Alliance recruit: Akghal Usar (a dashade like Khem Val). Hidden in a mysterious tomb on Yavin 4. Need to solve an elaborate puzzle to unlock him. A deadly ally with ties to both past and present. He is a side character like Blizz.
  • When are we getting our favorite companion back?
    • They need to be tied to the story, their return need to matter.
  • How much time has passed from the time you were unfrozen to Chapter 11?
    • Couldn’t be more than a month or two
  • What happened to Elara Dorne?
    • It is likely Elora was not allowed to continue with the Havoc Squad due to her previous Imperial afflictions (Saresh wouldn’t allow someone with Empire afflictions near the top Republic elite force).

Producer Livestream Recap 3/9 | 03.11.2016, 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SolarSaenz

How will the stronghold conquest bonus be affected now that our max number of strongholds is increased?

I checked with the team and there should be no effect on the bonus that Strongholds grant towards Conquests.

Quote:

Originally Posted by squirrelballz

Eric can you please address why slicing nodes were nerfed from prototype lockboxes to premium lockboxes? Thanks for the update as well.

Slicing nodes were dropping more credits than intended so that changed allowed us to bring those credit gains back to a more desired range. This is also without impacting Slicing Crew Skill Missions, which can still drop Prototype Lockboxes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by DerSchneider

SO many people asked on the stream and you told nothing.
Will season 7 lauch on 5th april, or you are closing ranked pvp?

The team is still discussing what the plans are for the start of the next Season. As soon as I have more information I will pass it on!
-eric

Producer Livestream Recap 3/9 | 03.11.2016, 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerba

Can you please clarify what this means? How much bonus will there be for four strongholds at 100% each, and how much total bonus will be there be for four strongholds at 100% each?
That sentence can be interpreted in multiple ways (no effect on individual bonus, no effect on total bonus, no effect on “you have to have each stronghold at 100% for max bonus”).

Yup, happy to clarify.

The cap for the Conquest bonus from Strongholds is still 100%. This bonus is now calculated based on your top 4 most completed Strongholds. Meaning even if you have 5 Strongholds at 100%, your bonus will still only be 100%, not 125%. By there being no effect, I mean that if you have 100% right now, you will still have 100% when the 5th Stronghold is activated.

Hope that makes sense!

-eric

  • Sarigar

    “Standing mount and Havoc armor most popular”

    Other stuff might be popular too, if you didn’t make them so hard to get. Equal rarity for all cosmetic gear, and let the peoples’ fashion sense decide what is most popular!

    • Darth Twinge

      Agreed. I actually don’t want either of those things. I’m probably just going to buy the slug companion, orange crystal, and the pet really…

    • Voltzorn

      Plus the price for the item that actually is the most popular/sought after is up to…what, 40 million creds now?

      That price is only because the drop rate is super fucking stupid low too

    • Darth Ji’inx

      How do they know if these items are popular if the timer’s still on them, meaning they can’t be listed on the GTN yet?

      • Sarigar

        Metrics, man. Metrics.

      • SotF

        People talking about them most likely.

  • 888×888+x

    PvE and PvP instance type

    So their plan is:
    PvP players on PvP servers have to move on PvE servers, because they are not empty
    and
    Solo PvE players have to move on the PvP servers because there they aren’t bothered by other players on these empty servers.

    /facepalm

  • David W

    So, based on the Inq story, I guess it has to be Akghal Usar for non Inqs because of the bond between the Inq and Khem val?

    • Darth Ji’inx

      I believe he’s also replacing Khem. (Notice that recently Khem’s class was changed from “Khem Val” to “Dashade.”)

      • Sebastian Susanoo

        Well there better be a way to get Zash back. They talk a lot about choices that matter. One of the few choices that actually mattered was khem or zash.

        • Darth Ji’inx

          I think the “choices that matter” only applies to KotFE. It seems that only romances from before KotFE are tracked.

          Also, Akghal is not Khem, meaning no connection to Zash or the Inquisitor.

          I have a feeling that there might be one of those class specific dialogue options where you could mention Khem to Akghal. Hopefully O.O

          • Darth Twinge

            This is making me sad. Khem was my first companion in this game… and he died alone. :(

            • Darth Ji’inx

              Same. Just because we lose him doesn’t mean he’s dead ;)

  • Przemysław Narbutt

    those hk weapons are legacy?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      Not sure, probably will be legacy. You get one for every toon you make or will make anyways

  • AbnerDoon

    And ignore all mentions of Chapter X still being bugged for some agents. Just like they ignore the thread in the bug report forum. Ah I am so bitter, lol.

    • Vysehrad

      Got to be some kind of random thing with the agents, probably like the Chapter 11 bug. My op got through just fine, and yet in Disavowed tried everything to get it to reset or abandon and nada. My scoundrel is stuck staring at empty ruins at the back of the map.

  • Michal Placha

    I like how they ignored all questions about new OPS in the comments on Twitch…

  • JJDunn

    “PvE and PvP instance types. Traditionally our servers have being a specific type, we wanted to do away with that. Now you can be on any server you want and through the map you can select PvP or PvE instance.”

    So..when he says we can be on any server we want, does that mean we can go between US or EU with our characters, or just in our region? And what about RP tagged servers?

    • Darth Twinge

      I think he means: Your friends are all on a PVP server, but you hate PVP so you dont want to be on their server – now with this change it wont matter. You can transfer to their server and not worry about gankers

      • JJDunn

        Ah that helps, but still sucks if we have to pay to transfer during the change.

      • Confused

        But you’d have to be in different instances and not playing together….

        • Darth Twinge

          Yeah…. but you can be in the same guild, and chat is cross instance (when fleet overflows now) and I suppose that your friend could just switch instances for a bit if you wanted to do something together….

          Kinda curious what this means – if anything for the RP servers though…

    • 888×888+x

      No. You can be on a (former) PvP server and just be in a PvE instance not bothering about open world PvP. Or you can be on a (former) PvE server and be in the PvP instance all the time, where every player is always flagged in the open world.

      RP, I think they forgot them for no reason.

      • JJDunn

        I know about the instances, it’s just the way he said be on what you want and my wishful thinking says be on any with your legacy characters xD

        • 888×888+x

          One may dream.
          :)

  • Darth Ji’inx

    When are we getting an HK-55 codpiece?? XP

    • Andhros

      Right after the bracers that make it look like a tiny HK-55 is perched on your shoulder scoping for targets of opportunity, but before the belt buckle of his head.

  • Shawn Hargrave

    if you play dcuo thier basically doing what dcuo does. You can switch between pve/pvp servers just as i thought lol. Still the rest is a bit confusing though overall /sigh

  • Yallida

    Another HK stuff noooo waaaayyyyy how could know? :D

  • Jonathan Parker

    Why does Bioware think that everyone has a huge HK-55 boner? The companion was good, the jetpack was good, the helmet was really bad, and these weapons look somewhere in between. I guess I’ll wait to see if there’s an assault cannon, and if it’s as ridiculous as the others we’ve gotten since the game launched.

    • Naq

      At least they don’t literally look like his limbs crafted into weapons. Wearing your dead friend’s head as a hat is normally pretty antisocial behavior. I too find all the HK55 pandering to be getting stupid. How about some Hutt stuff from Ogorrob? Or some neat “I have Valkorian in my brain” related regen item? And that is stuff I came up with in seconds, here, since I started writing. Imagine what I could come up with on payroll, with 8 hours a day of subscriber bilked wages to go on.

      • Jonathan Parker

        Right. Unfortunately, you have to imagine if you were on a payroll and told to use the same assets over and over to make new items because people will pay for them anyway.

        • Naq

          Those weapons look like new assets though, with un-necessary HK tie ins. Like he is Kotfe jesus or something….its not like he died for our sins and rose from……oh.

          • Jonathan Parker

            The weapons are new, I’m just referring to the overuse of HK-55. Honestly, he should have stayed dead. He was better as a badass character who gave his life to save you. It’s like if they brought back Darth Marr in ghost form as a companion.

            • Darth Twinge

              Yeah, the other good thing about him dying was that we he didnt continue to take away from HK-51- who now seems….overpriced.

            • Holyfrog

              Why can’t we have a force ghost as a comp? It’s coming, I am sure of it.

          • Heavensrun

            WAIT IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.
            JESUS H. KRIST

        • Heavensrun

          Honestly, I think they just thought it’d be fun and cute if the rewards had a theme, but it’s wearing thin pretty fast.

    • WStevens1701

      This HK-55 fetish is seriously getting out of hand.
      Get him as a companion? Okay.
      Get a jetpack inspired by his look? Okay.
      Get his head as a helmet? Wait, what-.
      Get weapons that are inspired by his design? Okay, this is clearly getting out of hand.
      What’s next, we get gloves, boots, pants, a belt, and chest piece inspired by his look so that everyone who plays looks like HK-55, and then SWTOR becomes a church worshiping the idol that is HK-55 and we march our legions forward to every battle to eliminate all of the pitiable undesirable meatbags?

      Cause if that’s the case…nah, I’m good.

      • MKDAWUSS

        That’s probably how the HK-55 chapter is going to work.

        • WStevens1701

          Please, no…

      • Vysehrad

        Cartel Market item that transforms dialogue of your character into being voiced by Kris Tabori.

        • Shawn Hargrave

          hahahahaha

    • Vysehrad

      Good question. Always felt SCORPIO made him superfluous, even though he’s still somewhat more humorous.

    • Shawn Hargrave

      ea: our email survey showed hk was a huge item we could exploit and use and destroy to no end for subs!

    • HKjockstrap

      HK-55 was set up to be brought back from the dead from the beginning. It’s a key part of their way to make this business model work and keep ppl subbed. He ties back to KOTOR for the nostalgia feels for the coveted new players and the old, received several funny moments to make you like him, and was the only companion from the chapters 1-9 to suffer any real consequence. Of course everyone was going to pick him as their favorite. These mostly sub rewards have been set up for months.

      Unsub, let all the single-player endgame hating fanboys/girls beta test KOTFE for you, and then pay $15 to play through it all at once later this summer.

  • Harbinger

    Why do I have this god awful feeling that alot of people are gonna get f***ed over with thier companions and LI’s?

    • Heavensrun

      Define what you mean by “f***ed over”? I mean, I kinda don’t know why people are so damned insistent that their companions stay with them from now to the end of time anyway. That isn’t how relationships work. People change, drift apart, become enemies, lovers, or just stop talking to each other.

      It’s like the 1-50 game has trained it’s players to view relationships as possessions. Which is kinda fucked up, to be honest.

  • MKDAWUSS

    Surprised there wasn’t a HK-55 lightsaber

    • guest

      That is probably the next subscriber reward

      • Heavensrun

        I want there to be one, and I want it to use the unstable blade. Then I want to spend hours laughing at the people who paid millions of credits to buy one on the exchange.

        Okay, not really. I’d feel bad for them.

        I mean, I’d still giggle a little, but I’d feel bad about it.

    • Shawn Hargrave

      even better!

      • baddog

        Thank you Shawn!!! That picture is now entrenched in my memory.

      • Vysehrad

        Ha. Would only be an in-game shirt. They’d never spend the postage to ship us real world items.

      • awesomea doubleOhseven

        lmao bro, swtor memes 4 lyf

  • zenight

    Why do I feel more and more like our companions have being taken hostage at this point?

    • Vysehrad

      Aye. Never fully understood how much I appreciated those folks (except Quinn) until they were gone, though guilty of using the companion locater as well.

      • Becky

        I tried to wait it out, but it’s been six months now. I expected each new chapter would bring at least four or five new alerts. This chapter we got a whopping 0. =( I finally broke down.

        • Vysehrad

          Yeah. And they’re saying the NPCs that make sense are appearing, but Tanno Vik has extensive black market weapons experience, and would have made a lot of sense for recruiting. Instead the player has already killed him or he’s just lingering in the underworld, eking out an existence. .

          • Heavensrun

            A lot of players hate Vik’s guts, and his original VA passed away. BW had a lot of good reasons to want to retrie that character.

            • Vysehrad

              Why would they hate Vik? Because he wasn’t straitlaced enough? So what if he was a war profiteer on the side? That’s the reality of war zones.

              • Paeniteo

                My Trooper court-martialed Vik for treason.
                Same will happen to Koth, should I get my hands on him.

  • Naq

    Treasure hunting and puzzles, yes please. I am going to let myself get a bit excited for this Not-Khem’s quest. I hope that puzzle is hard. Setting excitement to a 3…cause its gonna be bugged. Completing the puzzle is going to result in an empty inventory, followed by a quest, completely made up of old bugs that have matrix like sentience, that has you traveling the galaxy to get your fleet passes and ops stims back. Upside…one of the bugs is Monica Belucci. :3

    Screw reality, Weeeeeee.

    • AbnerDoon

      The puzzle will be blocks into shape holes. :D Look how many people were screaming for help with the easy puzzle of XI. There were giant colored coded cables next to blinking colored lights and still people failed.

      • Naq

        Admittedly, General Chat made me very sad yesterday. Also “Hey everyone, Aric is Naked.” for the 900000000th time…seconds after the last one, so you know the person who said it was probably crossing the swamp when it was said last, and could have seen it if they weren’t so blind. Bless the hearts of the people who typed out the work around over and over and over etc etc….

        • Van’zan

          I mentioned in game chat that it needed a sticky at top somehow. Naked Jorgan = Exit and rest mission. Was amazing how many times it was said and how to fix.

        • HKjockstrap

          Why would people bother with chat in a single-player game until they needed something? Most ppl these days probably have it completely hidden until they need to ask questions such as “I’m a trooper like Finn, how do I use a lightsaber?!”

          • Paulo Gomes

            Lol… Just yesterday some guy was asking for help with the final Shroud mission on General Chat, the H4… Good luck with that… Not the kind of “can anyone help me with this” quest…

            • Naq

              I…actually love that mission, and sign up every month or so when I see someone doing it. Just did it a few weeks back actually.

              • Paulo Gomes

                Me too! I love it, it’s a remnant of what playing this type of game should be: playing with other people. Some people have asked for it to be converted into a single-player thingy like everything else… I disagree. It must remain a proper group mission, with proper puzzles. Yes, it is difficult to get a group going… But it is worth it.

      • Heavensrun

        What are you talking about? This is a BIOWARE GAME.

        It’s going to be a tower of hanoi puzzle.

      • Kermit

        Hey, EVERYONE loves sticking things in holes!

  • MKDAWUSS

    Sounds like it’s time to take a break for a couple months and binge on the chapters then.

    • iceblaze93

      Exactly what im doing. I will wait until season 1 ends and then subscribe.

  • camelotcrusade

    For Elara Dorne I think you mean affiliations, not afflictions. Also, their answer is lame, if you can’t prove your fitness after saving the galaxy as an integral part of havoc squad then what are you supposed to do? Could they not get the VA or something?

    • zenight

      The real answer:
      “Like Vette, Kira, Jaese and other popular and romanceable companions we feel we can get you to sub for many months while making you wait for their return, gotta milk them players!”

      • Andhros

        More like sprinkle them in well spaced intervals. I think we are getting Vette soon and many people love T7, Blizz and Bowdaar. After all if all the favorite companions don’t show up til season 2 no one would sub until the end of season 2.

        • Vysehrad

          Yep. Even if one doesn’t care for the humor around Blizz, he’s the easiest to please of all npcs. He seemingly appreciates all gifts.

      • Deshik

        I hope that the milking is exclusive to the cartel packs

      • Holyfrog

        This is a stupid argument. If you are only sticking around for a certain comp why would you stay subbed? Why not just come back when that comp was announced? They aren’t that stupid.

        • Qyuo

          Use your brain, Luke

          • Shawn Hargrave

            watch it this ones a rager hell go make a fake account and try to troll you and accuse you of bieng me lol

            • Holyfrog

              Hey always I don’t make up accounts, argue with myself , and then have those posts deleated.
              You really are pitiful, raging against a game that you don’t play and hope dies. I guess that’s what happens when you get banned.

              • Shawn Hargrave

                yeah sure ya dont thanks for proving my point “again” LOL as for bieng banned lolz.

  • Deshik

    Good list, have some Aric ;)

  • Vysehrad

    So it’s true? Zash is gone forever? Damn. She was a treacherous b***h, but she was my treacherous b***h. Will miss her advice.

    • Sebastian Susanoo

      I loved my choice of zash over khem. It was a “choice” that mattered. They should honor choices, isn’t that the whole point of this expansion? Zash offered all the same strength and power of khem (once she has his body) but her knowledge and counsel made her invaluable. This new replacement will be useless if he’s just a brute that wants to kill things. anything fits that role.

      All these companions we recruit arent in the story anyways. they have a recruitment chapter or mission and then they r added to ur comp tab and thats it. Only real characters are lana, theron, etc. The rest r just optional companions for dailies. They serve no purpose. cosmetic only. Making all companions available has kinda ruined the uniqueness of class anyways.

      • Paulo Gomes

        ^^This right here. Was going to write something but you saved me the trouble…

      • Holyfrog

        Class doesn’t matter anymore, we are all Outlander class. There is one class then 8 advancd classes then 16 advanced, advanced classes……

  • John Kosto

    Wow amazing rewards, thanks a lot Bioware

    • Shawn Hargrave

      aaawhahahahahah

    • Darth Ji’inx

      Don’t forget the jetpack ;)

  • iceberg265

    Still nothing on new raids. Or even new FPs.

    • Me

      I think u didn’t get the memo.
      They said that there will be no new ops. After shitstorm that happened later they rephrased it to no ops till we get good story background for ops. Meaning no new ops at least till last chapter. But until then there will probably be no ppl who want a new ops left in the game, so we are getting back to no new ops.

  • Marc Hill

    sooo what about the real Khem Val?

    • emperorbear

      Will the real Khem Val please stand up

    • Darth Ji’inx

      SWTOR_potato said on Twitter that he replaces Khem.

      • MKDAWUSS

        He might be asking about it in terms of lore.

        • Darth Ji’inx

          Khem disappeared while we were in carbonite for 5 years. Then we go to Yavin and find Akghal.

          • Darth-Robin

            so much for that promise that we would get ALL our comps back
            shame on bioware for lying

            • Darth Ji’inx

              I’m assuming that in terms of mechanics, the only difference will be the Dashade’s nametag and default look (looks like the red slightly armored Khem customization). Akghal also has a techblade, but he can still use a vibroblade.

  • Vysehrad

    Afterall, it could be worse today. You could be a SWTOR player AND a Cleveland Browns fan. Sorry Dawg Pound.

  • Guest

    As much as I want some of my favorite companions back, I kind of agree with Bioware that their return needs to matter, like what if Elara had returned in this chapter, she would have been a side character in the chapter like that new girl in Havoc, wouldn’t have really felt like she mattered to the story.

    • Shawn Hargrave

      the problem is they shouldnt have been taken away in the first place and rehashed as “new” content which is what they did but apparently people are to stupid to realize this. Pretty lazy on thier part

      • Lumi

        Gtfo Spruce… just because you make a new account doesn’t mean we don’t know it is you. No one trolls these boards more than you, and certainly no one does a worse job at it.

        • Shawn Hargrave

          /sigh not this “spruce” and im not going anywhere also i wasnt trolling thats my opinion on the matter nothing more

          • Darth-Robin

            please dont bother with that cheap copout of a bioware white knight in shining armor

            • Shawn Hargrave

              not sure what your talking about? but whatever….

  • Darth-Robin

    so this means khem val will not be returning at all? lame reall lame 1 of the most unique comps in the game and this is his treatment, its worse then when tulak hord left him in stasis on korriban

    • MKDAWUSS

      That’s a choice with consequences, and BioWare prefers the Railroad Express.

      • Shawn Hargrave

        the only REAL choice that matters is if you as customer wants to payed to be shit on. I chose dark side option told ea to go f themselves lol

        • HK-51

          when did you stop paying for the game? I stopped when it went F2P

    • Shawn Hargrave

      companions lost uniqueness awhile ago there all cookie cutter molds now hk was the worst what they did absolute shit

      • Darth-Robin

        true but atleast khem val still has his unique quest where you can decide either zash stays or your morose monster (always go for khem <3)
        still this new dashade sounds retarded and i want khem not some fake wannabe

        • Diarrhea

          They are getting rid of Khem Val because they do not know nor want to try to implement a “test” for who kept Khem and who kept Zash. Thus, they can just keep the “beast language,” have Khem be killed or something, and you get a new dashade.

          Its fucked up, but that’s what happened when BW has EA’s dick inside them the whole time.

          • Darth-Robin

            then warriors are also fucked since light/darkside jeassa…..

            • Errtai

              What I said above applies to Jeassa as well. So it’s not 2 versions but 3 versions: Light side, dark side, insta-60 side :), meaning those who never met her and thus never made any decisions for her.

              • Darth-Robin

                insta 60 is automatic darkside but i dont count insta 60 would be a cheap copout by biofail if they go that route

          • Errtai

            Also do not forget the insta-60 toons. They, in reality, never had any convo with Khem. So on one side we have those who kept Zash, then we have those who kept Khem, and finally we have those who never even met him. That’s probably the reason they are replacing him with an “easier” solution.

      • Knight of Senya

        I really like being able to use whatever companion I want regardless of role, but I do wish they kept the little flavor abilities like Temple’s mini Force push. At least Lokin can still turn into a rakghoul.

        • Darth-Robin

          only lokin, tharan, hk51 and treek kept some of their unique abilities
          everyone else got the cookie cutter deal they are all the same its so sad to see khem val not using his devour abilty

        • Shawn Hargrave

          yeah an hk’s assinate or mako’s stun

    • David W

      I guess the thinking is that Khem wouldn’t be able to serve another character besides the Inq. BW wants to have the companion available. Therefore they have to make him a different version of the creature.

      But I would prefer the Inq gets Khem Val

      • CraigMitchell

        Fun fact: If you preview a Companion Customization on Khem when not an Inq and playing KotFE, the name in the preview window says “Akghal Usar”

        • Shawn Hargrave

          HAHAHAHAAH

    • nomial4952

      Who the hell even liked Khem Val anyways? He was a shit character…

      • Darth-Robin

        you sire need to wash your mouth with soap and asap!

        khem val is hands down on of the best comps in the game period
        anyone disliking him never played the inq story and completed his story arc plus he has some really funny things to say. like how skotia is bad for indigestion or that he has a sabacc face when in reality he hates sabacc *he says that in cantina on tatooine(

        • Knight of Senya

          I agree. Khem Val was the ideal Inquisitor companion. Way better than the Agent getting stuck with Kaliyo as their prime companion.

          • CraigMitchell

            IMO, these should be the prime comps:
            Knight – Kira
            Consular – Nadia
            Smuggler – Risha
            Trooper – Jorgan
            Warrior – Jaesa
            Inquisitor – Xalek
            Agent – Lokin/Temple
            Bounty Hunter – Mako/Torian

            • Yallida

              Yo dude Xalek is so suck… For inquisitor’s only Khem

              • CraigMitchell

                I appreciate your opinion, though not the form of it.

              • Darth-Robin

                i tend to agree with him as xalek is obtained really late like before correlia so i cant really bond much with him as i did with khem who has a part to play in chapter 1 and 2 of inq

              • Holyfrog

                What is Yo dude Xalek is so suck?

                Is that the form you wanted?

              • CraigMitchell

                Try +67% grammar and -85% ghetto.

              • Holyfrog

                I thought you were pulling a Trebek on him.

            • Calamity

              Hated Kira. My Jedi Knight would kill her if she could. Having her whininess off of my ship and out of my life is nice. It’s not worth the loss of Doc and Scourge, but I’m pleased she’s gone.

              • CraigMitchell

                I see your point, but honestly, the main chars throughout SW history were whiny. Luke, Anakin, Kylo :D
                And I never really liked Doc. I’d rather take Rusk back. Just for the fact that he uses Assault Cannons…

            • Vysehrad

              Everything but Xalek. Give me Ashara. She actually has personality.

        • Ben Gimson

          The sabaac face line was hilarious XD

      • Errtai

        Liking him is a matter of personal taste but I think all of us can agree that he was unique.

  • therednexus

    I got banned for daring to call them out on their greed. All I was doing was advocating against the continued use of the chance cubes and I wasn’t alone. Another guy got blocked for doing the exact same thing. At this point I am fed up with their shit…I decided then that if they wanna ignore me then that’s fine..until they get their shit together I won’t be buying anything from the cartel market and no amount of subscriber rewards/bullshit Excuses will influence my decision to stay or go.

    • Lumi

      Highly doubtful. I call shenanigans.

      Quite honestly, no one cares if you stay or go.

      • Shawn Hargrave

        forgot to acuse him of bieng spruce

      • Ben Gimson

        Look around fanboy, you’re a dying breed.

  • Darth-Robin

    lol dulfy a typo in last sentence with elara, it says elora :P

  • Zenahk

    The new dashade probably means that we won’t be able to recruit Zash back into the fold. Meh.

    • Diarrhea

      I can confirm this is the case.
      The inquisitor’s dashade has been killed/banished/whatever due to BW not wanting to spend the resources to “test” for who kept Zash in him and who put Zash in the mind trap.

      Source: Bar in Austin

      • Ezra Khan

        I suppose Jaesa’s through too then.

      • Disqus this

        Thats exactly why in my honest opinion. They just didn’t want to put in that effort.

      • Ben Gimson

        Does your BW source ever tell you anything beyond the bloody obvious?

    • David W

      Too bad, I thought that was an interesting part in an otherwise bad storyline (Inq is my least favorite so far)

      • emperorbear

        worst story best play style. in my mind

        • CraigMitchell

          IMO worst story is Agent, possibly Trooper or Smuggler.

          • Ben Gimson

            Agent was so dull. James Bond meets Star Wars, as written by a ten year old.

          • emperorbear

            I thought the Agent story was the best…

            • Vysehrad

              Absolutely. A nice cross between Star Wars and Jason Bourne. Most creative of all the story lines, though Inq is a close second for me because I love a good ghost story.

            • CraigMitchell

              Personal opinion.
              ¯(ツ)/¯
              Many people hate Consular and say it’s the worst story, I liked it.

          • Batorr

            Agent story just gave me onomatophobia of onomatophobia.

        • Vysehrad

          I thought the worst was the 2 Jedi classes. Cliche as hell like a PS1 Star Wars game. VAs that sound shoe saleman. Trooper boring as hell.

  • Shawn Hargrave

    ….

    • Hk-55

      Concerned Query: “Master, what are you doing with my hand? Stop! Stop! That’s unsanitary!”

      • Shawn Hargrave

        lol

  • Heavensrun

    To be fair, if the “HK themed” stuff is like the backpack and the weapons, then what they really are are just some kinda cool weapons with an HK-55 inspired aesthetic. Like, the jetpack is cool independent of it’s HK-ness, and the weapons look pretty neat as well. The “HK-55″ is just a name in this case.

    The helmet was just kinda dopey, tho. I can’t imagine any of my characters wearing it.

    • AbnerDoon

      Hey that helmet is an important part of that HK-55 and Lana Beniko role play EA knows you want.

      I’m ready for my oil bath mistress Lana. “Pow-p-p-p-pow, chica, pow, chica, wow-wow”

    • Ben Gimson

      The helmet will be better if they do the rest of the armour. Given that the next rewards are weapons, though, it’s looking like the HK armour might just be another half finished idea.

  • Heavensrun

    Also, man, they really want me to hate Saresh, don’t they?

    • MKDAWUSS

      They’ll make us hate Acina too.

      • Knight of Senya

        I, for one, welcome our attractive Sith Overlady. I mean, she’s no Marr, Malgus, Lachris, Vowrawn, or Serevin (in that order), but she’ll do.

        • Naq

          Outside of seeker droiding we’ve had so little interaction.

          • Knight of Senya

            She seemed to have a level head in those two cutscenes. Sure, those were just two cutscenes and it’s been five years, but I prefer to remain optimistic in my oppressive magocratic militarized war machine of a dictatorship.

            • Naq

              Funny enough I JUST did arcanum no less than an hour ago, and when she started yelling over the comms I was like “Ohhhh THATS who Acina is?….and she gets to be the new Emperor?….good deal for her, you go girl.”

              Kind of an Ozymandias position now though, all things considered. I always thought Soa’s ramblings were tribute to that poem.

    • Becky

      Maybe this is because I’m a writing student, but I could see Saresh was evil from the beginning. And I mean the very beginning. She’s got the bad vibes going on Taris, and the way she acts at the end of the Trooper storyline is eyebrow raising. Then with every interaction and mention after, she gets worse and worse. More corrupt and evil. It was pretty obvious they were setting her up to be hated. I wasn’t sure if they were ever going to follow through and make the main characters turn against her, but her being terrible did not come out of left field.

      • Ezra Khan

        Same. And I f***ing love it. And her. And her voice actress…

        This game’s story and characters are so good.

        • Knight of Senya

          I agree. I really like how the Republic’s leader turned out to be such a crazy zealot, with it really culminating on Ziost in a charge that only made the situation worse. It’s a very interesting flaw for the Republic to have. I’m an Imperial player, though, so I may be a bit biased.

    • Unoshi

      man, i hated Saresh from the start since i met her on Taris..

      • Heavensrun

        I actually kinda liked her on Taris. She was a go-getter administrator who was determined to make an impossible project happen. She didn’t really come off to me as a total jerk until I ran into her as chancellor, but even then she would listen to reason. But treating a hero of the republic like shit because she happens to come from an imperial background is super low.

  • Naq

    Often immitated, never duplicated. If yer gonna make a shitty meme image, you gotta do it in paint. You post it once, and never again, cause just cause the game recycles it’s content, doesn’t mean we have too.

  • Rob Corrina

    bioware: ” It wasn’t fun to play.” no. no, that’s too easy.

  • RandomFan

    Not a sub atm thus don’t really care what the HK-55 flavor of the month it was, is, or will be, but I would be surprised if none of them is a trainer holo: “What termination technique you wish to learn today master?”

    • CraigMitchell

      ^ THIS

  • Michael

    Where is all the fan boys complaining about story talk during the live stream! Everytime i ask about ops during the live stream some fan boy needs to point out its a story stream. Cause all the streams aren’t story streams.
    What new producer stuff did we learn today? Nothing. Chapters are still buggy. Rewards are still weak. Hey we have some packs to sell!!! Just to reiterate we don’t yet understand what an mmo is so in the meantime we are going to ruin factions with cross server teams. We’re going to ruin servers by doubling the instances. fortunately you won’t notice the extra lag cause hero engine was crap in 2011.
    I love how Boyd says chapter times are roughly relative to real time. Minus the 5 years you were frozen in Carbonite. Except for the operations Boyd. They’ve been frozen for 5 years too. I know the producers forgot about operations so i thought I’d remind you in a forum you can’t ban people from.

    • Shawn Hargrave

      in before its said to you “we know your shawn hargrave” and “gtfo you troll with your dual accounts shawn hargrave”!

      Hey michael i agree with ya and that engine was an alpha engine they bought being cheapasses. chapter times are relative to real time hahah so he doesnt play for more then 5 minutes either eh hahaha.

  • Anonymous

    “It is likely Elora was not allowed to continue with the Havoc Squad due
    to her previous Imperial afflictions (Saresh wouldn’t allow someone with
    Empire afflictions near the top Republic elite force).”

    The word is “AFFILIATIONS”. You’re smarter than all your errors, Dulf.

    • Jo

      Saresh seems to have gotten even worse in five years. Makes one almost miss her predecessor.

      • CraigMitchell

        Almost? ALMOST?! Janarus was a good guy. Don’t remember him doing anything bad.

        • Timothy Pack

          he framed me so I framed him on my wall.

          • Damz

            lololol btw didnt that other guy framed bounty hunter? I remember killing him, but chancellor was tormen’s target i think, but i chose to kill torme. cuz of constant forcechoking whenever i tell him something xD

            • Timothy Pack

              janarus signed off on it.

  • dashade

    Alliance recruit: Akghal Usar (a dashade like Khem Val). Hidden in a mysterious tomb on Yavin 4.
    What if i completed my last comp mission on chapter 3 ,and i choose to keep Zash inside Khem’s body ?

    • Лев Сафаров

      Seems khem will be dead anyway so no matter what you choose. Its bioware’s way to not get all too complicated.

      • Ace

        STFU Lev!

        • Лев Сафаров

          • Ace

            FU Lev!

    • Akghal Usar pls

      What if you made some choice in your Inquisitor? You get a blank-slate Dashade recruit regardless like every Tom, Dick and Harry. Because Choices Matter ™.

      The rage is going to be so fucking awesome when they try to pull something similar with Jaesa. It’s pretty hilarious because first they fucked PVPers over, then it was the raiders’ turn, and now it’s seemingly “story” players.

      Enjoy.

      • Лев Сафаров

        I just realize, they could “kill” light jaessa for, i dunno, she trying save someone on tython or korriban or whatever and dark will just sit and wait you find her. After this events its possible i think.

    • o00ff00o

      BioWare: Here is your new cardboard companion. Be happy!

    • anonymouse

      The original Dashade is not coming back in the story. Tanno Vik didn’t either (Although he made a brief appearence), but Khem Val is not a part of the expansion at all.

      • Darth-Robin

        tanno vik was part of kofte story the only thing was we could not do was recruit him back as he was done with playing hero.

        • anonymouse

          What part of “Although he made a brief appearence” you didn’t understand?

      • j’oe

        what part of “the original VA of tanno died right after hutt cartel was released” you didnt know?

        • j’oe

          and this is why his voice was different, althought he had no lines while exploring…

          yeah well many people came with ideas to overcome that, but they never considered those..

        • anonymouse

          Actors can be replaced if they really wanted to. And although just for a brief appearence, the “new” voice actor they used for the Asylum scenes was good.

          Your point is? No, don’t bother answering, I don’t care about your reply.

    • Darth-Robin

      its bioware giving you the middle finger and saying haha fuck you if you had khem val
      seriously biofail just doesnt want to put forth the small effort to give us back khem val and wrapping a nice litte story around him or he survived so long without the inq.

  • Ben Gimson

    No mention of fixing the horrific Cartel Packs then? Yay.

    And HK weapons are ugly. What happened to the armour? o_o

    • o00ff00o

      Maybe BioWare thinks there is nothing to fix.
      People pay money and get stuff/crap. For BioWare everything is fine.

      • Ben Gimson

        Well they can’t keep it up. People are going to wise up sooner or later.

        • DerpDude

          Hehe, doubtful considering all the fanboys being a subscriber AND pucking up 50$ a month to get Hypercrates and whatnot =P

        • Vysehrad

          Sort of expecting it to end up like LOTRO, mostly for RPGers. That game is mostly LOTR fans and hardcore Tolkien fanatics where “canon” often seems to be the major complaint. Honestly, this game was kind of set up that way from the beginning, the emphasis on stories, voice acting, cinematics.

          • Ben Gimson

            They really should have just done kotor 3 like everybody wanted :/

            • Vysehrad

              It may be the mmorpg term needs re-defining or broken up into new categories. For some it implies raids and/or pvp, and others online rping, it would seem. Maybe for some of these games they just need a term for online, open-ended, mass rpg. Maybe you’re right. Maybe there should have been a KOTOR 3 online for rpers, and an MMORPG with heavy emphasis on raiding/pvp. It seems getting it all in one game is something doesn’t happen very often in MMOs.

    • Vysehrad

      Admittedly there’s A LOT of luck to it. I got Kreia robes and a Grassland Varactyl out of chance cubs. 3 million for the Varactyl on Progenitor. And I’m not somebody who usually very lucky.

      • Ben Gimson

        The issue is the majority of what you get from new packs is old. It’s a totally garbage system, and once again is designed with casual players in mind.

  • 888×888+x

    So this candle stand/sculpture is supposed to be a sword?
    I think BioWare doesnt know the difference between a sword and a club/mace.

    And it’s ugly. Uglier than every ugly weapon BioWare made so far.

    • Andre

      That is nothing surprising. Look at the Exarch fighting moves in Star Fortresses. It is clear they have no idea what is the difference between sword and spear.

  • o00ff00o

    Hm. They really think ppl will transfer from a populated server to an empty one?
    Or are they lying?

    People will tranfer from a empty server to a populated.

    • Ben Gimson

      Allowing them to shut down the servers that are being abandoned.

    • R315r4z0r

      Their subtle goal is to get people to leave low pop servers. They just don’t want to be up front about it.

  • o00ff00o

    Khem Val promised my little Sith he will kill her before this is over!

    Ackghack User, or whatever, is ok for non-inquisitors. But not for the class Khem belongs to.

    • guest

      I was looking forward for the possibility of my sin killing Khem. Thanks BW !

  • Amodin

    Bioware: Please stop with HK. You rode that pony long enough, it’s time to move on meatbags…

  • Cronos

    “When are we getting our favorite companion back?
    They need to be tied to the story, their return need to matter.”
    Yeah, like the returning naked Jorgan, that’s really immersive …

    • Bogdan Paunescu

      To be honest, when I first saw that naked cat I thought the game had actually become interesting. Imagine Jorgan having gone crazy and reduced to a madman running around naked through the swamps shooting at creatures with an imaginary rifle. That would have been a lot better than the actual chapter we got.

      • Biower pls

        http://cdn3.whatculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/NVE00015.jpg

        Somebody ‘shop kitty’s face on top pls.

        This is biower we’re talking about though, so the closest we’re getting to that is… a quest-breaking bug. Kinda funny if you think about it.

      • Лев Сафаров

        I thought first time he is rambo style hiding in the swamps. (:

        • Batorr

          I actually thought this as i had chat turned off and didnt expect it.

  • Phase

    HK-55 weapon set: Sniper rifle, blaster pistol, and vibrosword. I like the idea of legacy weapons for a reward, has usefulness on many fronts, However why won’t they stop with HK-55 themed items and choose something else, I mean the March subscriber reward was pitiful.

    • C’Lore’Snack

      If it has to be connected to HK-55 on any cost, I would prefer a HK-55 Customization instead of random stuff that is golden to pretend it’s HK-55 themed.

      Maybe an Proto-IG-88 Customization for HK-55, or something like that.

  • Sarah

    “999 new limit for common decorations” Does Imperial/republic guards count as common decoration? :D

    • C’Lore’Snack

      Nonono! You won’t get your clone army Master Sifo-Dyas!
      :)

      • Sarah

        Haha^^ It’s in my plans, the council accept my demand, nothing can stop that! I want my army!! I want to invade the galaxy with this powerful army (and not with the 50 mens now^^) My sorcerer will rules Yavin and some other worlds (Yeah, I’m a bit crazy but it’s cool :D)

    • Holyfrog

      Aren’t they limited by the NPC limit though?

      • Sarah

        Nope :) Partener and pets are NPC, all other Personal decos are Deco^^

        • Holyfrog

          Nice. That parade ground area on Yavin is just begging to be filled with troops.

  • Devian

    Firts inqs had Khem crying about his poor fate and beloved master Tulak Hord, now we’ll get Akghal crying about sweet times with Exar Kun. I just simply want to kill Khem, nothing more T_T

  • Firecam

    GIMME BACK MY WIFE!!!!!

  • Raulen

    How to make the Eternal Championship fun: have “We Will Rock You” by Queen play during the fights, done symphonically as if John Williams had remastered it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn9qgn6PpRk

    • guest
    • Paulo Gomes

      Can’t argue with that. Queen – best band in the world, bar none. :)

    • Ben Gimson

      How does one ‘remaster’ a Queen song? :P

    • Naq

      Got Aric back, put on Thin Lizzy “Boys are back in town”(Boys are back in town is universally enjoyable…I know you boys secretly like “girls just wanna have fun”) while saving a village. He’s no Johnny Gat, but it was alright.

      • Paulo Gomes

        Omg… It seems TOR players have great taste in music… Always loved Phil Linott’s way of singing, my favourite Lizzy song is “Opium Trail”… Not sure how that would translate to TOR, but hey… :)

  • Sarigar

    I give Bioware more leeway than just about anyone else, but if they only give us Akghal Usar, and tell us Khem Val died on the way back to his home planet, I will be extremely disappointed. For all their emphasis on meaningful story, to have companions that actually DO mean something just disappear while being replaced with kinda-the-same-but-not-really clones would be exceptionally disingenuous. Knuckle down, spend the money, create class-specific content for meaningful, unique companions!

    • Unoshi

      it seems like he a replacement

    • Disqus this

      I just can’t see them permanently taking Khem Val away from Sorcerers.

      • i

        But I also can’t see Khem following anyone else but the Inquisitor.

        So maybe everyone else finds that Akghal guy instead?

        • Vysehrad

          Yep. That’s probably the real basis for Akghal.

        • Becky

          That’s what I thought, until I saw the datamined conversation between new guy and inquisitor. >.<

        • Holyfrog

          Why even replace him? Why not just give us a little scene like with Vik. This is stupid.

    • Naq

      I don’t even get it, like it would be such a colossal effort to do Khem/zash voice for those that kept her around (I didnt, I like him) to keep such an interesting character intact. I’d say the expense is worth the results, but I’m not an EA executive. It’d be one chapter though and probably never again. He at least deserved an on screen fate. Nobody, not even Quinn deserves offscreen death. (Quinn makes the cut cause we all demand the satisfaction of seeing it though.)

      Unrelated. Ortolan companion for “new” quesh star fortress please.

      • Darth Twinge

        If they really really just don’t wanna check for Zash, I would rather they just handed Khem quietly and storyless back to the inquisitors rather than replace him. Seems like a dashade would be a pretty unusual companion to have anyways. I don’t need him on every class. Same goes for Jaeasa if her ‘choice that mattered’ is an issue as well.

        • Becky

          You can get him quietly and storyless with the companion summoning thing on Odessan. =/ I broke down and did that, when I realized he wasn’t returning in the story.

          • Darth Twinge

            Whoa, waitaminutethere. If thats true then I wonder if inquisitors will end up with 2 dashades? Because otherwise it would give you Akghal right?

            Khem Val: A new hope

            • Becky

              Technically, yes. Inquisitors will have 2 dashades, when it comes to choice of what companion to do dailies and whatever with. But it will be considered “non-canon” and the story will pretend Khem isn’t there. :(

            • Becky

              Khem Val’s class has also been changed to “dashade” instead of “Khem Val”. I’m guessing the purpose of that is to make his customizations work for Usar.

            • Holyfrog

              But the real point in getting Khem back is to be able to interact with him. What’s the point of using the console to get Khem and then do the mission to get Not Khem Just to have him? Im sure you will be able to use the Khem customizations to make Not Khem look like him. You can’t use them both at the same time. They took the easy way out on this. It would have taken very little effort to change some voice acting for Khem/Zash. Let’s face it once you do those comp alert missions the cut scenes with those comps are over.

        • Andhros

          Jaesa I expect will have undergone massive changes in the 5 year gap. It wouldn’t surprise me if they played her as a dark side character with a LS Warrior or perhaps Republic character getting a throwaway line or two about how it is all an act to protect herself while in the Empire.

          • Holyfrog

            With this Khem crap I’m really not expecting to get her back. Makes me sad she was my favorite slutty comp.

      • Andre

        No! No new fortresses! Please, I beg you! One is more then enough and we have six of them already…

    • Andhros

      Bioware has experienced this before. I hate to speculate, but one thing that would not surprise me is if Akghal is the normal companion and if you are an Inquisitor you realize it is Khem Val.

      I don’t think the Khem/Vash choice is the tricky part. I think the lore of how and why he would interact with other Outlanders is more difficult. Even if they don’t have a flag they can always give an Inquisitor a choice.
      I.E.
      “interact with memory box near the suspended Dashade”
      “You remember how Khem had two personalities before you…
      1. Sealed Khem
      2. Sealed Zash
      3. …I need to seal Khem or Zash wil perish
      4. …I need to seal Zash or Khem will perish

      • Holyfrog

        Nope. That would make for a class specific storyline.We are all the same class with the same story.
        Outlander class = best class

      • Darth Twinge

        Or at least have Khem self-sacrifice for the inquisitor the way hk-55 did, so then, at least, the inquistor can say:
        “hmm guess I need a new dashade”

  • Yusefudo

    This is some good news finaly

  • David W

    Akghul Usar… hmm…
    Maybe BW is trying to hint that Khem Val is a Rakghoul User!

    Hmm…maybe I need more coffee? ;-)

  • Unoshi

    “Havoc armor most popular” i hope they mean most popular as in most requested armor and not most bought armor. and look at them milking the HK stuff.

    EDIT: or do they mean the New havoc armor?

    • R315r4z0r

      The new ones in the packs. The one that Jorgan and his squad were wearing.

  • DerpDude

    HK-55 weapon set ? really ? lemme guess the sniper and blaster sound like:
    *MEATBAG* *MEATBAG* *MEATBAG*….*draws breath*….*MEATBAG* *MEATBAG* *MEATBAG*

  • kirk

    Bioware you pieces of shit cant even give me my Feb Rewards? godamn you fuckin worthless ass company

    • Disqus this

      Don’t get your panties in a wad. It’s not that great of a reward and just using the word “reward” for it seem off.

    • ManDingoCC6901

      Careful dude… You may end up with Grand Chance Cubes.

    • Batorr

      You probably werent subbed at the time of the deadline. It wasnt just sub on the 1st it was a set time.

      • kirk

        been subbed for 4 years now.. so thats not it

    • Kubrickian

      I was subscribed and did not get the email that my other guildies verifed in the days they were giving it out. Big long thread on forums about this.

      • kirk

        yeah i was the only one of my guildies to not get the email as well.. no matter how many tickets i put in, forum post, or time spent with customer service i got nada

    • R315r4z0r

      Wait… you WANTED the HK Helmet?

      You can have mine.

      • Shawn Hargrave

        lol

  • Kubrickian

    The 900 pound ewok in the room is server population. Even Harbinger is going ‘light’ mode at times in the day. Small populations mean poor economy people not pvp’ing because they have to get face rolled by the 24/7 premade kids (they’ll be the last people playing this game).

    Merge North American Servers into 3 while updating their capacity: 1 East, 1 West, 1 RP, or implement cross server capabilities.

    • iceberg265

      Or they could start producing MMO content, and then people might come back.

      • dub

        They dont have OPS dev team right now.

      • C’Lore’Snack

        Many people of the pvp server tranfered to the pve server because warzones and arenas pop more often (also ops and fps) on a populated server, and that’s what you want to do. Playing the game, not staring and the queue with nothing happening.

        More contend can’t change this. They wouldn’t transfer back to the pvp server because of new content. Because it still would pop often enough.

    • Gary

      Its not that simple though, there are so many legacy things in place right now like strongholds, cargo bays, and characters themselves, how do you merge all that together. I’ve got friends with legacies and strongholds on multiple servers and more characters across them than what a single server allows so how do they merge servers without destroying all that.

      • Holyfrog

        Legacys don’t merge. In the likely event that a merge happens they will announce what servers will be shutting down. You can choose what server you want to go to before it happens, if you wait they will choose for you. Say there are only 3 servers left you can have 3 legacys. If you have 4 you are SOL.

        “Only the strongest Legacys will survive.”
        -Charles Darwin, 1583-

        • Gary

          I know that legacies don’t merge that’s the problem, if you have a stronghold tied to your a legacy on one server and the same stronghold tied to another legacy and they merge, which stronghold is kept? Also legacy cargo holds, which cargo hold would be kept and where would the items in the one not kept go. And of course characters, if you can only have 14 on a server, assuming you haven’t bought extra, and a server with 10 characters and one with 8 characters get merged what happens to four of the characters.

          So much can go wrong if they merge without considering these things that they would lose more people from a merge than not merging and then the server would still be as empty. Besides transfers are 90 CC, so its super easy for guilds and friends to move to a more populated server, that’s what my guild did when our server died.

          • Darth Twinge

            Well, if you move a character between legacies, the higher rank legacy is supposed to be the one that is kept. So I expect that is what they would do with everything – the stronghold with the highest prestige would be kept and in theory, any overflow characters as a result of the merge would have to be set inactive the way they would be on a f2p account…
            But yeah, I agree that the idea of it all is still yucky, messy, and scary. : /

          • Holyfrog

            It won’t be an unannounced merge. You will have time to move things around. Unless they make one server there will be other servers you can transfer a legacy to. I believe (someone correct me if I’m wrong) you will get to choose to move to a different server before the merge happens. Even if you don’t get to choose you can always move them yourself for about a dollar each.

  • kyuuu

    I read that right?

    Warzone is for available to all players (both F2P and subscribers)
    The finaly gona implement that ? or are they troll people again.

    • huh?

      F2P can solo-queue for 5 warzones per “week” (the “week” resets at sunday AND monday…) and toon, and after that they can still be listed when grouped with a sub.

      • kyuuu

        I am aware of that already… I talking about notes listing “Warzone is for available to all players (both F2P and subscribers” if it removing that limit.. cause it “already” available to all…

        • R315r4z0r

          No, the question that was asked of them was if access to the warzone was only going to be given to subscribers in the same way that chapters are only given to subscribers.

          And the answer they gave was No. You will be allowed to play in the warzone even if you aren’t a subscriber.

          It has nothing to do with the F2P restrictions which are staying in place.

  • Lyn

    I’m actually glad that the I don’t care at all about the weapons or the helmet. I’ll just farm credits by leveling some alts and resub when more (if rewards suck maybe even after all) chapters are released to actually being able to experience the story as a whole. I don’t pay a months suscription for content I’ll play through in a day or two. I hate this monthly content strategy for suscribers. And with the 350k credit limit actually makes it easier for me to save up for the more expensive items I want fron the GTN (impulse buys are my doom)

  • Friðrik Vikingr

    ‘Character name improvements – allowing you to have a space in your name’
    why wasnt this done sooner?

    • iceberg265

      Because no one cares about this.

    • Fly on the wall

      EA CEO: “Name change sales are down. What can we do?”
      EA Intern: “Durr Let’s allow players to put spaces in their names so that they’ll all buy name changes!”
      EA CEO: “Brilliant! Glad I thought of it. I’ll give myself a raise later”

      • Holyfrog

        Name change sales are down because you only have to spend 180cc to transfer change your name.cupir attempt to jab them about being greedy failed. The best comedy is rooted in truth.

        • un-birthday

          Shhh Not so loud! EA will ban you for exploiting the transfer system.

          • Holyfrog

            “You have been banned for exploiting the character transfer system. All your accounts are now belong to us.”

            • captain

              What you say?

              • Holyfrog

                Don’t panic, it was a joke aimed at what un-birthday said.

              • Darth Twinge

                You have no chance to survive. Make your time.

                Ha ha ha

        • AbnerDoon

          That only works if someone makes sure the name is taken on another server. I would never condone creating an alt with the exact same name just to be sure.

    • Leo

      As long as transfers are 90cc the most you’ll have to spend is 180cc. Transfer off, make a place holder, transfer back.

  • SupRun

    Any news about a free character name change since they are giving us a space in our names now? I highly doubt it but you can always dream.

    • Valashar

      I also doubt it, but if they do it will likely be just one or two. Or most likely the name change token will go on sale.

      • SupRun

        It’ll be a money grab.

  • Ragnarok

    The HK rifle and blasters look pretty nice. I will be a subscriber on April 1, but my subscription will end before the release of the early access of Chapter 12. Will I still get my subscriber rewards when I am a F2P in the mail?

    • Batorr

      Should do :)

    • Deshik

      If you are subbed in any day that qualifies you for sub rewards and early acess, then you will get it. So yes if you qualify for the early acces but you drop to preffered status by the time of release, you will still get it.

  • Vysehrad

    More and more, the bottom line just seems to be, if you got attached to your NPCs, stop lvling after Ziost. They believed we’d go along on this ride through Zakuul, and we have, but…

    • David W

      Assuming I haven’t missed your point, I would say to BW: You can do this separation once, but don’t try it again after KotFE is done.

      • Vysehrad

        And for that matter, I definitely wouldn’t do another forward in time again. I think you can only pull that gag once. If I’m them when KOTFE is done, I think I go to a war between the Rakata and Esh-ka with both factions trapped in the middle backdrop.

        • Naq

          And still no old age complexion. We know they exist, we have seen them. But they are not for us.

          • Valashar

            Age is reflected in some of the face options, not complexion. These can then be modified with additional visual effects from complexion.

            • oldschool

              Its not the same as npc ones though.
              You cant really go full Palpatine or anything.

  • SirRobinII

    My assassin and commando are going to like the reward.

  • C’Lore’Snack
  • EyesOfGehenna .

    I remember from a previous livestream that Eric was saying that he had played EC and it was a lot of fun. Suddenly it’s delayed because it’s not fun to play….that seems a bit odd to me.

    • TheWeekendIsHere

      Go back and listen to Eric on the very first TOROcast. Hear how a lot of the fears and doubts he had about BioWare making an MMO have come to pass with KotFE and then realize he’s serving his employers more than the players since he now says everything is awesome. Can’t blame the guy for doing his job to make a living but he’s a hype/PR machine for BW and nothing more.

      • PVW

        If you followed the Shadowrealm game, EM was on the msg boards for it saying “the game is not getting canned” two weeks before it got canned. He’s a marketer/salesman now, not “one of us”.

        • Лев Сафаров

          Can you explain this please for me?

          • PVW

            Eric was the community manager for that other game as well – it was a failed startup Bioware games. People on the message boards were getting concerned that the game was in trouble. And two weeks before the game was officially cancelled, Eric had a post on reddit actually (https://www.reddit.com/r/ShadowRealms/comments/2nym2i/was_the_game_cancelled/cmi4i8t) assuring everyone that the game was not about to be cancelled. I understand that he’s just doing a job and don’t hold it against him personally – it’s possible even that he was lied to, but that killed his professional credibility for me.

            • Лев Сафаров

              Yea, i understand, he seems only messenger.

      • C’Lore’Snack

        BioWare’s marketing and PR is still the worst I’ve ever seen.

  • Popo

    April 1 joke idea for BW:

    Patch 4.5 Notes:

    – Open world exploration including new quests on Odessen and Zakuul!
    – 4 new FP and 2 new Operations (including “The Wrath of Kephess”!)
    – New Elite Bounty Contracts! Hunt down some of the most reviled individuals in the galaxy such as the sniveling traitor, Malavai Quinn!
    – Class specific quest to reconnect with your romance option companion of choice! Activated by speaking to droid 4-1F at your Alliance base!

    • jedimastercosmin

      To obvious mate. Without an HK specific thing in there, people will know imediately that it’s a joke.

      • David W

        -This month’s reward: HK-55 Belt. Yeah, we know that HK doesn’t wear a belt. Shut up.

        • Holyfrog

          Your good just say “HK inspired belt”. Like the jet pack. Like someone else aaid it will have his head on the buckle.

      • Popo

        Damn, you’re right! How about this?

        – Romanceable companion for HK-55 during the special HK-55 subscriber chapter! HK-47 returns and forms a deadly partnership of robotic love match with you!

    • Batorr

      I actually hope they bring back Kephess, they can have Vaylinn use her powers and ressurect him. Fight him, beat him then get him to join us and enact vengence on Arcann and Vaylinn on way they have done to him.

    • Vysehrad

      Be the best patch ever.

  • Noobsshadow

    So to me it sounds like some companions may not be returning at least from a story aspect. That is contrary to previous statements on comps. I can’t see them giving us two Dashade companions, so Khem is mia? And Elara Dorne isn’t in havoc squad, that’s fine. But is she returning at all? I haven’t summoned my old comps back from the terminal on Odessen on any of my characters, and have been patiently waiting for them to return as part of the story. It’s going to be disappointing if the wait was for nothing.

    • Paeniteo

      I don’t think they ever stated that you would get every old companion back via storyline – at least not recruitable.
      I believe they stated that you would get access to all your old companions after chapter 9. This promise is 100% fulfilled by the companion locator terminal…

      • oldschool

        They actually made it made it pretty clear that some companions would NOT return in the story…

        • mehh

          Yep.

          http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=8407848#post8407848

          Much like every potential LI character other than Vette and Jorgan, Khem isn’t coming back this season. He may or may not come back later, but considering that we are getting another Dashade, it probably means they simply took the easy way out of his character arc. Do away with him offscreen and replace him with his dumb cousin. Throw in a (possibly bugged) Lore entry for Inquisitors. Lame.

          • Holyfrog

            Lol dumb cousin. Can anyone say “Coy and Vance”?

    • C’Lore’Snack

      I made Elara second in command. I don’t accept Aric als Havoc leader.

  • http://www.enjin.com/profile/4182071 Darth Cocoabeans

    I wonder if the new companions (from the Star Fortress) will get customizations soon…

    • C’Lore’Snack

      At first I thought they will flood us with Customizations in Cartel Packs, and that’s why we can’t change their armors. But nope, they don’t give us anything.

      • http://www.enjin.com/profile/4182071 Darth Cocoabeans

        Yeah I figured by now we would have something but no. At least something to match any of my 16 customizations.

        • C’Lore’Snack

          I wish they made a Scorpio Customization with less good child-bearing hips. She will never give birth, so it makes no sense at all.

          • http://www.enjin.com/profile/4182071 Darth Cocoabeans

            That voice tho….lol

          • Emprah

            You just need to give her booze and some time with Bender.

  • Heavensrun

    Also I assume that’s supposed to be “Imperial Affiliations” at the end, rather than “Imperial afflictions”. Wait…Unless Elara contracted the Rakghoul plague! Nooooo!

    • Batorr

      Maybe you just cracked the Elara alliance alert! You need lokin to help cure her!

      • Holyfrog

        That would actually be awesome. Actually have a use for one of the thousands of comps we seem to have.

  • Kiri

    Checking back periodically to see if it was a good decision not to renew my membership after 4 years as a sub 2 months ago, and my god: a fan-fucking-tastic decision it was. The game has gone stale

    • Shaggyglint5

      Kiri what are you doing here

    • Shaggyglint5

      U need to come to the spurs page

  • Vysehrad
    • C’Lore’Snack

      Hard to compare.

      Leveling/story: the enemies are no threat at all. You only use other skills than Autoshot because it get’s faster to kill this trash, not because you have to.

      Companions: they have more or less all the same skills. They are just a skin now, for one virtual companion you have. Chooes your favorite, bomb him with gifts to get to max. Done. They are all the same.

      So yes the game is kind of dumbed down.

      • Darth-Robin

        kind of? they removed all challenge the class story end chapter bosses had, all elite and champion enemies that used to have a little challenge are all gone
        heriocs are piss easy
        tacticals well they are hard if you get retards who cant read chat and ask how to do this boss after it being explained
        and ops maybe have some rememblance of challenge if again if you do it with newbs
        everything else? dumbed down to toddler lvl

        • Emprah

          I like it as it is now. If you want to get a challange, go get a job.

          • thadalina

            If you want story, go watch a movie.

      • http://www.enjin.com/profile/4182071 Darth Cocoabeans

        Yeah the game is super easy now. I remember when SWTOR first dropped and you actually had to level a bit to finish certain parts of the story (and learn your basic rotation OMFG). You actually used heroic moments for the elites (not trash 4-player groups and open-world raid ops lol)

    • Shawn Hargrave

      god lord you said nge and the site held up. I think nge with the comps that for sure the comps got nuked and are flat out useless cookie cutter pokemon shit now.

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