Despite its unprecedented focus on story and character development, Star Wars: The Old Republic is at its heart, still an MMORPG. That means, beyond all the storytelling, decisions and emotional moments there are stats to push higher, equipment to enforce, and weapons to make more deadly. Following in the mold of more traditional MMO titles, SWTOR puts the most straightforward path to this goal through large group encounters, but that is not the only way to achieve the goal of gearing up at endgame. Read on as we discuss the various methods of acquiring “the best” gear available to players who, for whatever reason, cannot participate in Operations.
Game Update 1.2 has added an entire swath of new features and content for players logging into Star Wars: The Old Republic to busy themselves with. Crafting has been keeping a lot of folks occupied, both PvE- and PvP-inclined types alike, and has proved the latest money sink design intended to slow economic inflation. To help replace some of those well-spent creds BioWare has introduced a handful of new [DAILY] missions on Corellia, providing a quick and easy source of additional funding and Daily Commendations. The regular dailies can be completed in 10 or 15 minutes once you're familiar with an optimal travel route, and the [HEROIC] can be 3-manned in another 15 to 20 minutes with a healer or healing companion and a little practice. We'll take you for a walkthrough of both the Imperial and Republic versions after the jump. Each of the quests is listed in the suggested order of completion for travel efficiency.
Note: The [HEROIC] walkthroughs will be added shortly.
The 1.2 game update to Star Wars: The Old Republic includes several new features and pieces of end game content. The planet of Corellia has had a series of new daily and weekly missions added. These missions provide an additional source of earning Daily Commendations as well as many new items that can be purchased with those commendations. The weekly mission provides the new Black Hole Commendations which can be used to purchase Black Hole equipment.
A detailed preview of the new missions and rewards can be found after the jump.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update starts out with new polls. First up is "What did you enjoy most from our E3 coverage?," and next is "What is your favorite piece of extended universe content relating to The Old Republic?" We've also got a Fan Friday, featuring a neat new selection of UI-themed icons, new concept art, and of course some great fan art. Fan site Ask A Jedi receives the light in this week's Fan Site Spotlight, and answers some questions from BioWare.
Coupled with the update was an article on the awards that Star Wars: The Old Republic won at this year's E3. Unfortunately, this year we were unable to don our elaborate post-it note Best Game at E3 award but that award still stands for this year's attendance.
Last but certainly not least, we hear from Ian Ryan, one of Star Wars: The Old Republic's writing team, about what the writing team is doing for this final stage of the game's development. The official DevTracker posts follow the jump. The media gallery below contains all of the images from this week's update.
The Star Wars galaxy is filled with thousands of planets, from barren wastelands to thriving city-planets. The announced planets for Star Wars: The Old Republic are a well-chosen cross section of this diverse spectrum. While some planets are more politically important than others, each will play its role in terms of both gameplay and story. In this overview, you will find a listing of each planet, its faction allegiance, its terrain, relevant , and a brief look at its history and how the planet connects to the Old Republic timeline.
This week's Friday update is the reveal of Corellia, the fifteenth playable planet, and Blood of the Empire Issue 11. A few months ago, there was a dissected image of a music sheet with the word "Corellia" as part of the title during the "Music of The Old Republic" video, and we speculated this meant Corellia was in the game.
For those keeping track, out of the 15 revealed planets, we have the following tally going regarding political alignment: five Republic, two Neutral, six Independent (including the "no government" Hoth), and only two Sith planets so far.
Translation of the Corellia HoloNet page incoming and DevTracker comments after the jump.
Corellia is conspicuously missing from the announced planets in Star Wars : The Old Republic , but its long, rich history, and pivotal role in many of the galaxy's political turning points make it a very strong candidate for a future reveal. Aside from serving as the galaxy's focal point for starship design, development and construction, Corellian natives were responsible for the initial Human discovery of the hyperdrive, and the planet is also included among the original founders of the Galactic Republic. The fascinating thing about Corellia and its brother planets is that none of them are native to Corell, the star they orbit around, having been dragged through hyperspace by Celestials using the nearby Centerpoint Station and placed into an artificial orbit. Read on to learn about Corellia's history and our reasons why we feel it will be revealed as a planet in The Old Republic.
The official Star Wars website posted an original short story today by Rob Chestney entitled Smuggler's Vanguard. Rob Chestney previously brought us the Threat of Peace webcomic. The story focuses on Hylo Visz, a Mirialan smuggler known to us from the timeline series as the leader of the smuggler fleet that broke the Mandalorian Blockade.
There are many interesting references in the story. Planets referenced include Corellia, Talus, and Nal Hutta, as well as Hutta's moon, Nar Shaddaa. Hylo's ship is called the Crimson Fleece, and the supporting characters include a Nikto named Musk, Barrga the Hutt, and an unnamed Weequay.
The story contains a mix of action and subterfuge and fits the concept of the Smuggler to a tee. For more details, follow the link to the full story below. Hat tip to Jedidsm on the heads up.