Details on the forthcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic Game Update 1.3 are continuing to emerge, the latest of which come courtesy of an exclusive interview with BioWare's lead game designer, Daniel Erickson, and a preview trailer over at IGN. Following a whole host of confusion after mention of "Legacy" and "Allies" "content packs" during the recent EA earnings call, it appears (according to the accompanying video) that the 1.3 patch will in fact carry the Allies designation, in reference to the new Group Finder tool making it easier to meet up for PVE gameplay. Perhaps of most interest to many players, Mr. Erickson also seemingly confirms limited server transfers coming with 1.3:
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Most servers seem to be light or standard population density these days, are you considering implementing server merges in the near future so it’s easier for players to find group members?
Quote from Daniel EricksonCharacter transfers for select servers are coming first and we are open to any and all options after that. The important thing is that players can play with their friends and with the type and size of community they enjoy.
James Ohlen further supports this notion in the video preview. We've heard recently (via Stephen Reid's Twitter) that some form of transfers would likely be available prior to 1.3, so this would appear to lay to rest rumors of transfer functionality being pushed beyond 1.3. In addition, Mr. Erickson talks details on new Legacy system features, Adaptive Gear, Augment tables and a tidbit that while 1.3 is primarily a housekeeping patch, we should expect to see "big content" with 1.4.
This is only a small selection from the interview so make sure to head on over to IGN for details in full. For the embed of the trailer, hit the jump.