The secrets of the galaxy are out there, but you’ll find hints of them in this week’s DevTracker highlights. Lead Designer Daniel Erickson talks about Warzone rewards and the motivations behind today’s patch 1.2.0c. Principle Lead Combat Designer Georg Zoeller teases bits of knowledge about the magenta crystal and the Tauntaun mini-pet. Associate Online Community Manager Joveth Gonzalez posts when the Rakghoul Pandemic event will end. Senior Online Community Manager Stephen Reid discusses the difference between the new Black-Green crystal and the Razer Black-Green crystal. Systems Designer David White discloses why certain Social items disappeared with patch 1.2. Hit the jump to see all the highlights.
Daniel Erickson mentions lowering the minimum amount of medals a player needs to receive rewards in a Warzone that went into today’s patch.
Quote from Daniel EricksonHey folks,
There’s been a lot of discussion about the changes to the Warzone rewards system in Game Update 1.2 and the type of play style that it encourages. I wanted to help out a bit and point out a major change not all players may have noticed and share some of our plans.
First of all, rest assured we are keeping a close watch on the results of our reward changes to Warzones in 1.2 and we will continue to pull constant metrics to make sure they are going in the right direction as players get used to the new rules.
To refresh everyone’s memories, one of the most important aspects of the new changes is that your team’s performance inside the Warzone has a direct impact on a portion of the rewards you are given at the end of the Warzone. Even if your team is losing, the closer you can make the game the better your rewards will be – so don’t give up hope! Giving up and letting the other team ‘win faster’ is now the worst possible route you can take to rewards.
Secondly, one of the things we have already identified to fix is to reduce the minimum amount of medals a player must receive to gain any reward at all. Currently that value is three (3), and we are going to reduce that to only needing one (1) medal to gain rewards. This should make sure we cover that all important backfill player while still protecting against the freeloaders.
As we move forward, we will continue to meet and discuss other possible changes based on the feedback here on the Forums as well as the data coming in from the live servers. As always, we appreciate your comments and want to hear from you.
Georg Zoeller clarifies that the process of acquiring the magenta crystal is open to both factions.
Georg Zoeller illustrates how close the community is to capturing the Tauntaun mini-pet.
Some of you actually had ideas that are pretty close to the truth and I’ve seen at least one comment out there on the internet that indicates the tauntaun was found, but not captured.
Georg Zoeller holds the key to all the secrets of the galaxy.
Quote from Zen-Truehazzrd
people should work hidden stuff in game there self if there not smart enuf to figure it out they dont need the pet. i hate how every lil hiden thing in this game hits the forums and youtube less then 1 week after a patch. heck the egg for the bird was on you tube 12 hours before 1.2 live.
do you really want everyone having these pets it takes away joy of having somehting rare if everyone has it.
game the first time. There’s still a few untold secrets in the game too, but those are for you to find, not us to mention
Daniel Erickson details the reasons for today’s small patch.
Quote from Daniel EricksonHey folks,
Some follow up news from observations of play and feedback over the weekend. In the next couple of days we will be deploying a small patch that will address the following issues:
- As discussed, minimum medals to gain rewards will go from 3 to 1 to better reward those who are backfilled.
- Warzones will once again be shutting down when population imbalance is detected. This was an unfortunate bug where a feature of Ranked Warzones (in full team play it is not desirable to let one team end the game prematurely by quitting out) was incorrectly implemented globally.
- Completion of Warzones will gain a large increase in the percentage of rewards it represents, so while scoring is still the primary driver, you will cease to see games that give no rewards if players have a minimum of 1 medal earned.
- We are extending the time we wait for a full team of eight to better make sure Warzones pop with complete teams.
Joveth Gonzalez gives an update for when the Rakghoul Pandemic Live Event will end.
Quote from Joveth GonzalezAttention citizens:
We are happy to announce that we are starting to make progress in the neutralization of the Rakghoul Plague Outbreak. It is our hope that the outbreak will be completely contained by April 24th at 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST). Citizens have until this time to completely avoid Tatooine and to not engage in investigations of suspicious wreckage on its surface.
Stephen Reid clears up confusion about the newly introduced Advanced Black Green Hawkeye Crystal available through the Rakghoul Pandemic Live Event and the SE Black Green Color Crystal available exclusively from SWTOR-themed Razer gear.
Quote from Stephen ReidHey everyone, we realize there’s some confusion over this so I just wanted to clarify a little.
The two color crystals being discussed are separate items and are subtly different in color. They are both essentially green, but as we are attempting to keep close to the ‘classic Star Wars’ lightsaber/blaster colors in The Old Republic, that was a deliberate choice by the design team.
As there’s been some debate over the different colors, I had some screenshots created that show off the two different crystals in use in a lightsaber. You can see the ‘SE Black Green Color Crystal’ here. (This is the crystal awarded to those who purchase Razer hardware.) You can see the ‘Advanced Black Green Hawkeye Crystal’ here. (This is the crystal available as part of the Rakghoul Plague event.) For comparison, you can see both of them in use by a dual wielding Jedi Sentinel here.
For those who really want detail, I checked the RGB values of both crystals while in use. The ‘SE Black Green Color Crystal’ has RGB values of 217/255/9 at my sample point. The ‘Advanced Black Green Hawkeye Crystal’ has RGB values of 188/255/17 at my sample point (as close as I could to the previous sample point).
While we understand some concerns that the two crystals are similar in color, we feel they’re distinct enough to be valid choices for any player. There are no current plans to alter either of the crystal colors in-game, however we’re listening to your feedback on the issue and may potentially make changes in the future.
As a reminder, the Advanced Black Green Hawkeye Crystal is currently only available in-game as part of the Rakghoul Plague event, by exchanging Rakghoul DNA samples with the event vendor.
Quote from David WhiteHi everyone, we had recently discovered an issue that allowed these items to be used in ways detrimental to other player’s gameplay and have taken the temporary step of removing them from availability. We are in process of determining further steps and will likely alter their functionality before putting them back in or replace them with a different but still cool reward. In the meantime, their value has been changed so that they can be sold back to the vendor at no loss. We apologize for any confusion.