Daniel Erickson, Lead Writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, took some time at PAX East to speak with us about what players can experience playing through Taral V and other Flashpoints. He also graciously shed some light on a few debated topics like healing classes.
Hit the jump for the full interview, and enjoy the read as we prepare for our second day of full PAX East coverage.
The team at BioWare just showed off seven minutes of Space Combat via their demonstration stage at PAX. While on stage, Daniel Erickson revealed information on how you can upgrade your ship, general space combat mechanics, how to use the Star Map to reach your destination, and more. Check the video embed below for the demonstration in its entirety.
Working Dissection of the demonstration is in the Media Gallery below. As with all dissections, we will not comment on stuff seen in prior videos. Make sure to keep checking out throughout the weekend for more content for the Dissection as we will add new content as we go.
Live from PAX East 2011, BioWare announces this week's Friday Update - New In-game Trailer. The Trailer recaps the high level story -- Peace in the Republic, Empire Returned, War, all set to clips of in-game footage. We're bringing this content live so watch this post for the Friday Update news.
UPDATE 11a PT: We had a chance to chat with Stephen Reid and we will have the full interview up relatively soon, but we wanted to let you know about something you will see tomorrow:
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We're having a Saturday update; we got something going up tomorrow. I'm not going to spoil it but it is related to Taral V. I think people are going to like it; you're not going to have to work too hard to figure it out but it is something people have been asking for consistently for quite a long time.
No, it isn't a release date. But yeah, we're having an update tomorrow.
Working Dissection of the trailer is in the Media Gallery below. As with all dissections, we will not comment on stuff seen in prior videos. Make sure to keep checking out throughout the weekend for more content for the Dissection as we will add new content as we go. Official DevTracker post follows after the jump.
Darth Hater is back at PAX in full force with our in-depth coverage of everything related to Star Wars: The Old Republic. If you are attending, then please note the community meetup is Friday, March 11 beginning at 7 PM, at the Times Irish Bar. Remember to look for the Darth Hater shirts to identify the team on the show floor and all other events throughout the convention. If you manage to get your hands on the game in any of the sessions, please share your commentary and thoughts with the rest of the Hater community on our official thread.
This week the Penny Arcade Expo meets in Boston for the yearly East version of the mega popular gaming convention. In concordance with this, BioWare announced the panels their developers will be appearing at. While not official panels about Star Wars: The Old Republic, they should still be great panels to attend. Check after the jump for details on the panels from Community Manager Stephen Reid.
Are you one of the many Star Wars fans that cannot wait to get your hands on some more The Old Republic collectibles? Or perhaps you are new to the game and haven't had a chance to catch up on all of the great storytelling that preludes The Old Republic's release. Pre-orders for Blood of the Empire Vol. 2 are now being taken, with a scheduled release date of April, 12th.
Blood of the Empire Volume 2, scripted by Alexander Freed and produced by Dark Horse Comics, was originally a bi-weekly released webcomic that is centered on Star Wars: The Old Republic. Years before the sacking of Coruscant, Blood of the Empire shows off the marvelous storytelling techniques that we can expect to see in BioWare's upcoming MMO.
Teneb Kel is the story's protagonist and arguably the most heralded villain. Love him or hate him, Teneb Kel's adventure was fan-acclaimed. You see many storytelling devices that have a direct correlation to The Old Republic's gameplay mechanics. What morality choices does Teneb Kel make when he crosses a Jedi, how does he treat his companion and how does he combat his adversaries? To find out more about Teneb Kel, his rise within the Sith Order and more backstory about the elusive Sith Emperor, make sure to pick up the paperback comic on April 12th.
After the Star Wars: The Old Republic Official Website came back from what appeared to be routine maintenance, fans were greeted with a new Guild Headquarters page under the Community tab and a new Game Systems page. In it you can create your own guild, which will have the ability to be transported right into the game at release. Or if you want to join an already existing guild, you may do so by searching guild names or member names, while having several different filters at your availability.
UPDATE: We received many inquiries regarding the details of Darth Hater's official guild and its status. Please note anything in the Guild Headquarters area should be considered placeholder and not representative of our guild in any shape or form. Darth Hater's official guild is indeed Sith focused and we will have a Republic outlet. We will make an announcement with details soon. On a side note the Guilds Game System page is detailed after the jump now as well.
Check the jump more details on guild creation, guild system, and for the Official DevTracker Post. Hat tip to Chrohno and Mentok on the heads up.
In the week of DevTracker Highlights before PAX East, BioWare is trying to fit in as much as they can. Principal Lead Combat Designer Georg Zoeller discusses Taris, upcoming PAX East info, Bounty Hunters, exaggerated naming conventions, and developer-community feedback. Lead Writer Daniel Erickson certifies the appearance of a Cathar Jedi in the Bounty Hunter class trailer. Senior Writer Alexander Freed illustrates the attitudes of light and dark sided characters and the Imperial Agents different approaches to combat. All of this and more after the break.
This past week saw the Game Developer's Conference (or GDC) take place in San Francisco. This unique conference is a font of information for everyone following video games. Last week we reported on one talk that might be of interest for fans of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Today, Jef Reahard from Massively gives us a great rundown of another talk by BioWare's own Damion Schubert about creating MMO content with solo players in mind. Hit the jump for some special excerpts from his talk.