The 1.2 game update to Star Wars: The Old Republic has arrived. Among the new content in this major update is a new end-game Operation, entitled Explosive Conflict. The story picks up where it left off after Karagga's Palace and takes players to the planet of Denova. A new video has been released providing a preview of what to expect.
In Explosive Conflict, the legendary warlord Kephess has united two warring armies under his flag, declaring Denova’s independence and proclaiming himself its ruler. Now the Republic and the Empire, each battling for control over the planet’s vital resources, send their most powerful heroes to battle through the warlord’s army of soldiers and mercenaries before facing off against Kephess himself for control of Denova.
As we move closer to the release of the 1.2 game update and the introduction of the Lost Island Flashpoint, players may want to make sure they're fully prepared to experience everything 1.2 has to offer. In 1.1 BioWare introduced the Rise of the Rakghouls patch, which chronicled the story of a mad scientist's experiments and the dangers they posed to the Republic and Empire. Kaon Under Siege is the first part of a multi-instance storyline, similar to the Boarding Party/Foundry Flashpoint chain found earlier in the game. Hit the jump for a rundown of what you can expect from this Flashpoint.
One of the main features of the 1.2 update for Star Wars: The Old Republic is the new user interface customization. Players will be able to resize and move the different UI components around the screen to suit their personal preferences. BioWare has posted a video showing some of the details included with this enhancement. The video demonstrates several features, including pre-made layouts, the long-awaited "target of target" frame, how to save and share custom layouts, and different settings available to specific pieces of the UI.
While the Star Wars: The Old Republc Guild Summit panels were live streamed as they happened, players who were unable to attend or watch live have been waiting for videos of the event to be posted. David Bass made a post on the official forums announcing the availability of the first two panel videos and indicating more videos would be coming this week.
We've launched a new YouTube playlist featuring the Guild Summit panels, which were held on March 5th in Austin, TX. Today we are releasing the Operations/Flashpoints panel and the Player Vs. Player panel, and we'll be posting more next week.
You'll find the playlist for these videos on YouTube here:
Since this was our first Guild Summit, we're very interested in hearing your feedback about the entirety of the event (as well as the content within the panels themselves). Let us know your thoughts below!
With patch 1.2 on the way to the live servers in April, it is a perfect time to look at some of the new armor sets in the game. One of the most notable areas where armor sets were added is with the inclusion of Legacy armor sets that players can purchase from vendors for collectable kits on the capital planets of Dromund Kaas and Coruscant. These sets bind to your Legacy of that server and allows players the ability to transfer them from character to character. After the jump, we detail and preview the various Legacy armor sets.
Note: The Legacy armor sets Birthright and Exalted will look the same, as will Inheritance and Renowned. The only difference is the Exalted and Renowned are modable legacy level 10 and 20 sets that players can use to achieve the same look as their lower end counterparts. Those pieces are available for credits instead at the same vendor and cost anywhere from 75,000-200,000 credits per piece. Also, the videos are 720P however they do not autoplay as 720P, fullscreen and set it to that if you'd like to use that functionality.
As players start to reach end game, the importance of gaining the Datacron bonus stats will rise and have a bigger impact on a player’s overall performance. In this Datacron guide, we walk players through the planet of Taris from the Republic perspective. While both Republic and Sith players can visit Taris, they do so at different points - levels 16-20 for the Republic and levels 32-36 for the Sith. Therefore the planets themselves and maps are a bit different. This guide focuses on the experience of Republic players.
A new Developer Dispatch has been made available on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic site detailing the upcoming changes to the Legacy System in patch 1.2. Among the changes is the ability to create a family tree, create new characters with abilities from your previous characters, unlocking race combinations and other goodies like a mailbox on your ship.
The Legacy system in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ will allow you to create your very own family tree, connecting each of your characters together and unlocking a host of skills and abilities that would otherwise be unobtainable. Watch this Developer Dispatch to learn about what Legacy is and how it will continue to evolve with the game.
There are a number of new features coming to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ with Game Update 1.2, “Legacy”. This includes new playable content, like Operations and Warzones, as well as new game systems like Guild Banks, Player-vs-Player Warzone ranking, and the next evolution of Legacy. Check out all of the exciting new content coming up in this video!
After just two months of Star Wars: The Old Republic’s release, BioWare christened the occasion with a new video release. The video coined “A Look At The Old Republic” highlights developer and fan thoughts on the game post release.
No MMO launch is ever perfect, but we are pleased to report that the launch of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ on December 20, 2011 was a tremendous success. More than two million copies of the game have been sold, and the servers are full of players logging in to experience their own personal Star Wars™ sagas and to play with friends through the hundreds of hours of massively-multiplayer content. It’s an exhilarating experience to watch the game grow as more people join, and even more exciting to hear what players are saying they enjoy most about the game.
BioWare released their second Quick Start Guide video today showing how the map and travel system works in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Social Media Coordinator Eric Musco covers taxis, speeders, and calling shuttles to quick transport players from one location in the galaxy to another. He also briefly explains the story locations and instances behind green and red barriers designed for specific classes or missions. You can see the full video embed past the jump.
J!NX also unveiled their line-up of Star Wars: The Old Republic apparel including T-shirts for both men and women of each different class, faction, and alignment. Are you all about your Jedi Knight, or would you rather show-off your affinity for the Dark Side? You can see the full line-up over at the J!NX website.
BioWare released a new trailer today detailing some new features coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Game Director James Ohlen shows off some of the the systems being implemented to the game including a new Warzone, PvP ranks, new Legacy details, guild banks, and UI customization. He finishes by saying they'll be listening to the community for feedback and new features to be added in the future. You can see the full video embed past the jump.
The Space Combat missions in Star Wars: The Old Republic may be a mini-game but the rewards can be rather fruitful in both monetary value and fun. In order to show off and explain the various aspects of Space Combat, the loot that comes from it, experience points and more – we created a guide to walk you through some of the more important aspects of it. After the jump contains a video guide along with several options players have for loot and upgrades that should make the experience more enjoyable as players make their way through the game.
With four days left until the official launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, retailers are in the process of shipping out the game to their customers. The news of a 48-hour grace period that broke yesterday helped quite a bit yet BioWare/Electronic Arts were already in the process of working with retailers to make sure the game arrived on time for those that pre-ordered. Thanks to this, retailers like Amazon and many others have already shipped their copies in preparation for launch. Among those who received their copies of the game were members of our staff including myself and we are now glad to bring you an unboxing of the retail version of the Collector’s Edition.
Darth Hater filmed some Star Wars: The Old Republic's Huttball Warzone PvP action from a Trooper Commando and Sith Sorcerer point of view at PAX Prime. The videos are embedded after the jump, and we'll add all the Huttball PvP videos we get to this post. Enjoy.
Psst. Pay attention to the audio in the Trooper video.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update is a new developer walkthrough based on the Esseles Flashpoint. Republic players will be able to experience this flashpoint early on in their journeys, and will need to band together to protect a high-ranking diplomat and fight off an Imperial boarding party.
Working dissection is in the media gallery below. As with all of our dissections, items noted in prior dissections will not be mentioned here again unless otherwise important. Feel free to add your thoughts and items you noticed in the videos. If we decide to use your find, we will credit you in the dissection. Make sure to check back throughout the day for more. Official Devtracker post follows the jump.
Now that were back from San Diego Comic-Con, we were able to find some time to get our own video up of the Join Us, It Is Your Destiny' panel. Some of you might have seen it already on Gamespot or G4 but our own video gets a better angle/view of the abilities shown in the panel. We will work on dissection images to update the original gallery when we are able to find some time. For now though, the embed of our video follows the jump. Enjoy.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update is a new trailer called 'Join the Fight.' The new, completely in-game trailer, originally premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 and fans loved it. The video is now available for the world to see.
The uneasy peace established by the Treaty of Coruscant is broken and both the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire build their armies. As both sides prepare for open war, a new generation of heroes must rise up to meet the challenges of a volatile age, declaring their allegiances and fighting for what they believe in.
Working dissection is in the media gallery below. As with all of our dissections, items noted in prior dissections will not be mentioned here again unless otherwise important. Feel free to add your thoughts and items you noticed in the videos. If we decide to use your find, we will credit you in the dissection. See the Media Gallery below for the dissection. Video embed and official DevTracker post follow the jump.
This week's Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday Update is the Battle for Alderaan Highlights Video. The video includes footage of a group of players taking on King Ulgo. Before this, a live stage demo from Gamespot featured the quest at E3 2011 along with many others. Up until now, the context of the event was muddy at best. However, we now have a greater understanding of Alderaan's story and more specifically, the self-proclaimed King Ulgo.
A working dissection of both of the videos is in the media gallery below. Make sure to check back for more. As with all of our dissections, items noted in prior dissections will not be mentioned here again unless otherwise important. Feel free to add your thoughts and items you noticed in the video. If we decide to use your find, we will credit you in the dissection.
This Friday brings us an in-depth look at Trooper progression, with a video in the flavor of the previous two progression videos that goes through both Commando and Vanguard Advanced Classes, showing a progression of gear and abilities. Check out the video embed below for more info about one of Star Wars: The Old Republic's emblematic ranged tanks, including abilities like stealth-detection droids and vibroblade attacks.
Official DevTracker post is contained after the jump. Our Working Dissection from the update is in the gallery below. As with all Dissections we will not mention stuff in past Dissections. If you find something you think we should point out, add it to the comments section of this post and if we use it we will credit you for the find.