Tuesday will mark day one of Early Access for many players in Star Wars: The Old Republic. In preparation for heading out into this expansive new world, Darth Hater compiled a list of all of TOR's available Flashpoints. Whether you're a regular visitor that knows this stuff already or a newcomer looking for resources as you begin your early access, this guide will get you acquainted with the game's Flashpoints in time for launch. In the future, this post will serve as a gathering point for guides, videos, boss kills, loot and more. Make sure to bookmark this page as more information will become available over time.
Warning: Possible spoilers ahead on minor story points involving the Flashpoints.
Star Wars: The Old Republic's Cory Butler, Associate Producer, took some time out of his hectic schedule to speak briefly with Darth Hater about the game testing program and handling tester feedback. He also broadly addressed other initiatives the developers are taking to reassure potential players about The Big Day.
What is your role at BioWare on Star Wars: The Old Republic?
Cory Butler: I'm an Associate Producer at BioWare. My primary role is to serve as the liaison to BioWare/EA and LucasArts/Lucasfilm. I work closely with everyone to make sure everyone is involved with the creation process of the game. And then my secondary responsibility is to help manage our external testing and live services of the game.
BioWare winds down from PAX East 2011 in this week's DevTracker Highlights. Principal Lead Combat Designer Georg Zoeller discusses the color of blaster shots, the Taral V Developer Walkthrough video, day and night cycles, the extent of companion use, and the goal of heroic combat. Senior Writer Alexander Freed explains the evolution of Satele Shan in different Star Wars media. Lead Writer Daniel Erickson expands the classes that the Miraluka species can play as. Community Manager Stephen Reid talks pre-orders and Master Otegs voice according to LucasFilm. Hit the jump for the highlights.
Darth Hater had a conversation about conversation with Hall Hood, Senior Writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, at this year's PAX East in Boston. Hood is one of the writers involved in the story of the Jedi Knight as well as the Smuggler, and he also wrote the story for the Taral V Flashpoint available for play at the convention.
As always, the transcript is available after the jump.
The last time we spoke to James Ohlen, Star Wars: The Old Republic Creative Director, it was back at last summer's Gamescom in Germany. He granted us an opportunity to catch up with him at PAX East, and we discussed a bunch of topics ranging from Game Testing and Space Combat to Advanced Classes... and blowing up Alderaan.
Darth Hater's playthrough of the Star Wars: The Old Republic Taral V Flashpoint is online and embedded below. In the video Misenus (Pete Trerice) representing Darth Hater plays the Jedi Knight (Guardian), Eric Musco from TOROCast plays the Smuggler (Scoundrel), Lethality from Ask A Jedi plays the Trooper (Vanguard), and Zach from Mos Eisley Radio plays Jedi Consular (Sage). We hope you guys and gals enjoy Taral V as much as the team did at PAX East.
As promised by Stephen Reid, BioWare released a new video today showcasing the Taral V Flashpoint. The 16 minute video features Director of Production Dallas Dickinson as he walks us through the flashpoint from the point of view of the Trooper, Jedi Consular, Jedi Knight, and Smuggler.
Working Dissection of the walkthrough 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. Check after the jump for the official developer post regarding it.
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.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update is a Developer Blog with World Designer Jesse Sky on the building of Flashpoints. In the developer blog Jesse Sky covers what a flashpoint is, the designing of a flashpoint, building of flashpoints, combat in flashpoints, and what sets flashpoints apart. As always you can find the Official Post after the jump.
Update: Community members have pointed out new screenshots that appeared on Gamespot in their "Most Anticipated of 2011" feature.
It is podcast time this week, and as always, we're looking for questions from the community. If you have any Star Wars: The Old Republic or website related questions you would like to have answered on the podcast, then feel free to ask them in the comment section of this post. This week we are announcing our new voicemail line 559-9HA-TER4 (559-942-8374) for those that would like leave a question/comment in audio form.
This week's community poll/discussion after the jump.
Today's Friday update focuses on Flashpoints. Players participating in the Flashpoints work together to achieve victory. BioWare announced five Flashpoints available to players of varying level and affiliations. These include The Esseles and Taral V for the Republic, The Black Talon and Boarding Party for the Empire and Directive 7 for both groups. Directive 7 takes place end game.
Flashpoint Taral V Trailer
During the Esseles Flashpoint, an early-on event, players defend a covert Republic transport from the Imperials. The Imperial early game Flashpoint, The Black Talon, requires players to deal with a captain ignoring his orders of attack. During Taral V, which players encounter mid-game, an important Jedi needs rescue. The Empire's mid-game Flashpoint uses a similar theme, only instead of trying to free a prisoner, players need to recapture an escaped one. Both Republic and Imperial players work to stop a droid-led revolution during Directive 7. DevTracker post continues after the jump. Our media gallery with screenshots from the Flashpoint Update is below. Our dissection of the Taral V trailer is also available in the prior post.
Gamespot revealed a new flashpoint trailer: Taral V, intended for players level 32 or higher. Your Republic team must rescue an important Jedi prisoner. Gamespot conducted an interview with World Designer, Jesse Sky. When asked about the game's state, Sky said, "Development is going very well, and were all happy to be heading into our homestretch." For our take on the contents of the Flashpoint Taral V Trailer, check the media gallery below for the Working Dissection. Note: As always we will be ignoring things commented on in past dissections. We will be adding more to the gallery over time so make sure to keep checking back throughout the weekend. If you see something that you think we should add, feel free to comment on it and we will credit you for the find in the image.