Today, it was revealed that Game Update 1.7 will be landing pretty soon, and it promises a couple of really interesting features, and will introduce something that many of you have been waiting on for quite some time. For more information about this update, as well as my take on it, hit the jump.
Visitors to the official site earlier today were notified that Game Update 1.7, "Return of the Gree", is headed to live servers very soon. This update features two important additions to the way that you'll be playing:
Relics of the Gree
This recurring event will occur on Ilum's Western Ice Shelf, and revolves around the Gray Secant, a mysterious Gree ship. A deadly foe lies in wait at the heart of the starship for those intrepid, or foolish, enough to make it that far. Also included in this recurring event are the ability to get new weapons and armor. Stay tuned for more on this as it becomes available.
A staple in many other MMOs, reputation is finally coming to The Old Republic. At present there are planned to be six ranks of reputation with the various factions, these include:
You earn reputation points by completing missions for the various factions and races found throughout the galaxy, or for your own military faction. Reputation ranks and points will be shared across all characters on your Legacy, so it has the potential to be a great way to help your alts out by playing on your main.
I think it's high time that we see a substantial content update. End-game Operations and increased difficulties for them are great for people that focus on that kind of advanced PvE aspect, but it's nice to see some attention being given to players that want to focus on smaller engagements, or even things that they can do themselves. As an avid fan of MMOs, I always encourage players to group up and play together, otherwise there's no point to playing an MMO. However, after Ops are done for the week, it's nice to have something to do while you're waiting in the queue; it also gives guilds even more activities to do together.
Revisiting Ilum will be an interesting turn; many players still had kind of a sour taste in their mouths after the initial handling of Ilum went south. Still, it will be nice to see a return to some open-world PvP, which is something many of you have been clamoring for. Let's hope that it turns out to be everything that it has the potential to be.