During Gabe Amatangelo’s presentation at the Fan Site Summit, BioWare revealed a new Open World PVP area. Normally this would not be huge news, but what Outlaw’s Den entails is news indeed. Outlaw’s Den is Star Wars: The Old Republic’s first Guild versus Guild, Free for All, Open World PVP area. To find out everything you need to know about this exciting and altogether new area, hit the jump.
Gabe Amatangelo began the presentation by explaining the broad idea behind Outlaw’s Den. Outlaw’s Den is an Open World, Free for All PVP area on Tatooine where Guilds and other random players can congregate and attempt to best each other in a neutral, segregated area. To reach the area, players will travel to a remote location on Tatooine nestled between the planet’s mesas and canyons. Once players reach this area, they will dismount and encounter banners warning them of the trouble ahead. Inside, players of both factions will find conveniently placed obstacles that break line of sight: a large building containing a Galactic Market Kiosk, a vendor, high ground and a pit for small groups to combat each other.
Gabe mentioned that players can group into parties up to the Operation Group size limit, which is currently 24. These parties or Operation Groups can then battle it out in this nice, purposefully designed area away from the major cities. It will offer guilds and websites an opportunity to plan PVP events. The most important part of all of this would normally be the rewards for participating in this type of area. Outlaw’s Den does offer rewards, but not in the traditional sense.
During the resulting Q&A, Gabe cautioned players that they cannot gain rewards from the area when it comes to Valor and Commendations, due to potential exploitation. However, random chests that litter the area contain credits and Mercenary Commendations. These chests respawn over time and appear in random locations throughout the area. Crafters will also have a reason to visit, as the area contains valuable resources that players can collect via their gathering Crew Skills. Gabe did not mention if BioWare accelerated the respawn rate of these collectables in comparison to the rest of the world content. If we were to guess, based on this information, it might be a good idea for a guild to capture and hold the area since it includes valuable resources, random chests and a Galactic Market Kiosk within close proximity to each other.
Oh…and then there’s that vendor.
Located at the rear of Outlaw’s Den is a Gamorrean trader with items and gear available in exchange for Commendations. Players can acquire much of what he sells at other locations. However, he does carry specialty items of a cosmetic nature for players concerned about the look of their characters and Commendations to burn. There is one last thing about this Gamorrean – he enjoys his alcohol and is quite territorial about it. Anyone attempting to take or drink his alcohol will meet his blade. In Gabe’s case, the Inquisitor died in two swipes. Gabe did mention that players can kill him, and encouraged them to do so, as he drops some nice stuff. Gabe also added that when players kill the Gamorrean, he will respawn, but it will take a while. Gabe made no mention of exactly how long it would take for him to reappear or what impact the instancing of zones will have on the vendor.
There are plenty of questions that remain about Outlaw’s Den leading up to release but what we saw was encouraging. If you are interested in hearing more on the area, listen to the Q&A.