If SWTOR Voice Actors Go on Strike

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in voice acting | 0 comments

So if you’ve been following the industry news, you may have heard rumor about a potential voice actor strike. Negotiators for SAG-AFTRA are seeking a strike authorization from video game voice actors after failed negotiations for a successor deal, according to reports from Variety. They set a fast-approaching deadline of Oct 5th and the contract covers work done for Activision, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros., Disney and more. So this leaves us with a curious burning question: if a strike happens, how will the game be affected? It could be a large impact, seeing as how voice acting is such a huge part of SWTOR. That said, some previously datamined info gives the impression that most of the script is in the PTS files already so this would only be problematic if they needed to make edits. Basically, if this is the case, they are stuck with what they have and they won’t have access to the actor for anything new. It’s also very, very likely Bioware has a good backup plan in case the strike does happen and they are not fully prepared for a complete Season 2. It could be a plan to focus more on group content, for example. So while it’s important to note that the strike hasn’t happened yet and is merely being discussed as an option, it does make us curious to see how this will affect the game. There will be a negotiation phase first and if some common ground is not found, then the actors could follow through with the strike. Honestly, only time will tell. The strike authorization has been supported by several notable voice actors including Elias Toufexis (“Deus Ex’s” Adam Jensen), D.C. Douglas (“Resident Evil’s” Wesker) and Jennifer Hale (“Mass Effect’s” Femshep). The movement also has Twitter hashtags: #PerformanceMatters and#iAmOnBoard2015....

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Alpha Tester Says Star Wars Battlefront is “Broken”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Star Wars: Battlefront | 0 comments

One game tester says there is something deeply wrong with Star Wars Battlefront and simple patches after launch aren’t going to fix problems on this level. This Alpha tester spoke out to say the game is broken beyond what can be fixed and ready by launch but he doesn’t go into too many details about specially how it’s broken. eoGAF user Illucio, wrote: “I’ve been Alpha testing a few games and I can say Battlefront is a complete mess and is broken. Considering that their deadline for the game is in a few weeks and they still haven’t fixed the majority of the in game problems let alone the connection problem me and other testers were having, yes it’s going to be a mess. And even a day 1 patch won’t fix all of them, I don’t know too much outside what I played, but the game is indeed rushed and it’s all because of Episode 7 releasing this December. “And in retrospect I also tested black ops 3 which even though it had many problems, it was no where as bad as Battlefront.” Ouch! That is harsh criticism even compared to the negative feedback from other testers. Since this Alpha tester came forward with his sharp criticism, others have come forward to say it’s just not true. Other gamers claiming to be Alpha testers say the game is not fundamentally broken and that it’s actually pretty darn good. They report some minor bugs and glitches, but such is to be expected in a testing phase of a game. Some other Alpha testers did point out specific problems that may or may not be fixed come launch: dodgy hit detection, especially in 3rd person view poor flight mechanics (many report them as “dumbed down”) lack of server browsing poor HUD boring “Missions” mode etc. So what do you think? Who do you believe? Is this a rushed game that’s fundamentally broken, intended to play on the popularity of the movie release and the Christmas/holiday...

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Drew Karpyshyn Returns to Star Wars: The Old Republic!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in bioware, Drew Karpyshyn, SWTOR | 0 comments

I can honestly say I never thought I’d be writing this post after Drew left SWTOR but he has recently posted some very big news on his blog. In true Drew fashion, he packed THREE big updates in this one post and if you don’t follow him or managed to miss this, here is the part you might be most interested in: Speaking of full circle, here’s the second piece of big news: as of this past week, I am back working at BioWare again! For those who don’t know, I spent over a decade with BioWare working on many award winning and fan-beloved games like Mass Effect 1&2, Knights of the Old Republic and the Star Wars: The Old Republic Online MMO. A few years ago I left BioWare to focus on my Chaos Born novels, but now that the trilogy is finished, I’ve decided to come back into the fold. But for those of you who love my novels, don’t worry – I’ll still be writing more of those, too! Working at BioWare was a challenging but very rewarding job, and it’s good to be back as part of the team. The thing I missed most about BioWare was the amazing people I got to work with, and luckily for me many of them are still there! I suspect a lot of folks are going to wonder if this means BioWare is about to announce a new project tied to my return. The short answer: no. I originally came to the Austin studio many years ago to work on SWTOR and – at least for now – that’s what I’m focusing on again. How cool is that?! His other news includes an update on Chaos Unleashed and an announcement he will do an AMA on Reddit on October 8th so if you’ve ever wanted to chat with Drew and ask him questions about his writing, that will be the perfect time. So that’s a lot for one update but I am super, super excited to hear he is back with Bioware and on the SWTOR team and I look forward to what he will be bringing to the game once...

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SWTOR Fighter Fleet Out of Lego

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Fan stuff, lego star wars | 0 comments

You know how we love fans doing cool stuff. Here we have someone creating a Star Wars fleet out of LEGO. You can see a picture below. One is a Flashfire the other a Novadrive. It’s a simple but accurate start to a Star Fleet, in my opinion. Check this out: It was the first one he did but he didn’t stop there. He continued to build more ships and the results are pretty amazing. Here are more: SWTOR fleet update And: Update 8/1/2015 Star Wars Fleet And: G-9 Rigger Falcon vs Ghost mid build Ebon Hawk Bounty Hunter fleet update And what he says was his most difficult build to date: Sun...

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Knights of the Fallen Empire Behind the Scenes

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Fallen Empire, video | 0 comments

Knights of the Fallen Empire “Story and Writing” Video We have something cool released today to help us prepare for the new expansion: KOTFE. This video released today shows us an exclusive behind the scenes view from the lead writer. It’s fun, it’s creative and it’s bound to make you get excited about the upcoming expansion. That said, they didn’t release much more about the game or story, as most fans were hoping for. This serves really as more of a teaser video, once again giving us glimpses of what we can expect to get us hyped and excited for the expansion but without any real meat and potatoes of what we can expect. This is a bit of a letdown but again, not really a surprise. They want to keep us intrigued but not give away too much so we want to buy the expansion. So with that in mind, scroll on down if you want to see the video for yourself and be sure to let us know what you think! “Get a behind-the-scenes look at the story and writing behind Knights of the Fallen Empire, the upcoming expansion for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™! Watch as Lead Writer, Charles Boyd, shares how the storyline in Knights of the Fallen Empire will allow players to make choices with real impact, join with characters old and new, and shape the future of the entire galaxy, all at the center of their own personal Star Wars™ saga! Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire – is coming October 27, 2015. Join the Subscriber Rewards Program today to take advantage of the Epic Story XP Boost. Find out more: Visit StarWarsTheOldRepublic.com/fallen-empire/rewards PLAY FREE NOW: www.swtor.com/play-free Stay connected through our Community Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and...

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