We had a few important developer and CS responses to some of the more pressing questions over on the PTS. For clarification on the difference between Rise of the Hutt Cartel, as well as some clarification on how PvP gearing is going to work, hit the jump.
Come Test Warzones on PTS
This weekend, help is being requested by the developers with regards to PvP on the PTS.
Quote from EricMusco
With PTS up and running for a few days, we hope that all of you have had a chance to hop on and test! If not, what are you waiting for? As with any testing, there are always specific things we would love to have all of you test and for our first organized test, we are looking specifically at Warzones. Here are the details.
Days: Friday 3/1, Saturday 3/2, Sunday 3/3
Time: 7-10 PM CST
Where: Just queue up for Warzones!
Once the test has completed, we would love if you could come back into this thread and offer us your feedback. The things we are specifically looking for feedback on are:
How do you feel about class balance at level 55?
How do you feel about the new abilities and talents in PvP?
How do you feel about the new Bolster system?
Thank you in advance for your help and we look forward to your feedback.
PvP Item Changes Coming Soon
In an effort to provide some clarification on how PvP gearing should work in a post-2.0 environment, we have this:
Quote from RobHinkle
Thought I would pop in and comment here. First an explanation, and then a change follow up! Previous to 2.0 (so WH/EWH land), expertise took a portion of the stat budget to exist. This meant if we took an item of the same rating and converted it into a PvP item, it lost other "PvE" stats to gain expertise. In 2.0, we decided that the item rating needed to represent the power of the item in PvE, and that adding expertise shouldn't affect that rating (this change also goes hand in hand with getting rid of the scaling value of expertise on higher level PvP items). The result is that Partisan gear in 2.0 has the same PvE stats as a PvE item of its rating (146), but also has a bunch of expertise on top of those stats. This new system should make everything easier to understand (and it simplifies our PvP item creation system by a couple steps), but it does give a weird bump in the road as we transition across the system change.
That being said, we 100% agree that it is weird and sorta crappy feeling that the new PvP gear has lower ratings (so lower armor values and weapon DPS values) than the old gear, even if the rest of the stats are better. In a future PTS update, we will be increasing the rating of Partisan and Conqueror gear so Partisan matches the 150 rating of EWH (so the PvE stats are an upgrade, and the weapon damage stat is a side-grade), and Conqueror gear is 154 (upgrades all around when coming from EWH). Additionally, this will increase the bolster target (since the bolster target is tied to the current highest tier of PvP gear), which will mean low geared players coming into the level 55 bracket will be even more competitive as compared to veterans with older PvP gear.
Thanks for your feedback!
Rise of the Hutt Cartel vs. Game Update 2.0
For those of you who've been wondering what exactly, if any, difference there is:
Quote from EricMusco
Here is a bit more clarification on the differences between Rise of the Hutt Cartel and 2.0 put as simply as I can!
What subscribers will get without purchasing Rise of the Hutt Cartel:
Class changes and balancing levels 1-50
Any itemization/world changes which affect levels 1-50
What subscribers will get if they do purchase Rise of the Hutt Cartel:
New Operation: Scum and Villainy
Nightmare Mode Terror From Beyond
Upgraded level 55 Hard Mode Flashpoints
Level cap increase to 55
All new Makeb storyline
The new Operation and Hard Mode Flashpoints in Game Update 2.0 are Level 55 Elder Game Content. The level cap increase to 55 is included with the purchase of the Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. Free-to-Play restrictions apply. Visit the Free-to-Play Features Chart for more information.
Question of the Day
This one is just for fun obviously, but the dev team wants to know!
Quote from CourtneyWoods
In case you missed our first question of the day yesterday, we are going to start posting a fun question every day in various sub forums.
Here is today's question:
Do you like control and power? Tell us about your most "Sith" moment.
My personal answer (In spoiler tags since it involves the Sith Warrior Story):