Developer Update: Spoils of War

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Developer Blog, Developer Dispatch, Patch 2.8 | 0 comments

Game update 2.8 Spoils of War is now live, and with it, BioWare posted 3 developer updates and a developer blog.  in These designer Chris Schmidt, PvP Designer Alex Modny, Lead Flashpoints and Operation Designer George Smith and Associate Producer Andrew Horwitz ( many new names here? ), outlines what to expect with the new update. You can read them all in there original form over at the official Star Wars: The old Republic website here and here, or you can read it all below as we have shamelessly copy pasted it all for you viewing pleasure.   Developer Update: Spoils of War 06.09.2014 With Game Update 2.8: Spoils of War right around the corner, the developers wanted to give you some more details about some of this update’s major features. We hope you are as excited as we are to reap rewards through Story Mode Operations, Galactic Starfighter, Warzones, and slot machines on Nar Shaddaa. Nar Shaddaa Nightlife Greetings Galactic Citizens! My name is Chris Schmidt, Designer on Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, and I’m here to talk about the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event coming with Game Update 2.8! On the Republic and Imperial fleets, you will notice some new floating advertisement terminals perhaps too enticing to ignore. When activated, you are a captive audience for the Star Cluster and Club Vertica Casino advertisements, inviting you to come and experience the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife for a limited time. The heart of Nar Shaddaa Nightlife is the Smuggler’s Luck and Kingpin’s Bounty slot machines. Through these machines, players can win unique weapons, armor, cosmetic abilities, and mounts including an exclusive Rancor mount! Smuggler’s Luck machines consume Smuggler’s Casino Chips, which can be purchased with Warzone Commendations. Players using these machines have a chance of winning additional Smuggler’s Chips, Kingpin’s Chips, or Golden Certificates (more on these in a second). Additionally, the machine will sometimes grant you a Feeling Lucky buff, which increases your chances of winning on a Kingpin’s Bounty machine. Kingpin’s Bounty machines consume Kingpin’s Casino Chips, which can be purchased with Cartel Certificates. These machines award players with Kingpin’s Chips, Golden Certificates, or one of two exclusive mounts. Golden Certificates can be traded in to the Casino Cashier for weapons, armor, and toys. Show everyone your inner Kingpin with your new fedora, or equip the entire set of all-new weapons on your companions to form your entourage! One of the more fun aspects of Nar Shaddaa Nightlife to implement was bringing the casinos to life with ambient spawning, including the VIP area in the back of the Casinos. Here Giradda the Hutt and Baron Deathmark keep an eye on things while Beastmaster from Hutta would like to get his hands on the caged Rancor. With this event, we also introduce some new alien NPC’s to the game, including Aqualish, Snivvian, Ishi Tib, and Klatooinian models. I hope you all have as much fun participating in the event as we had making it, and I can’t wait to see you all on Nar Shaddaa! Good Luck! Chris Schmidt Designer Spoils of War If you enjoy PvP, in either Galactic Starfighter (GSF) or Warzones game modes, Game Update 2.8 is for you. Kicking things off with the Game Update 2.8 launch, all GSF matches will net you Double Fleet Requisition and Credits. Anyone can queue up right away and participate in a match to work towards upgrades to their current ship and help unlock new ships faster. The Galactic Starfighter portion of the event will last until Game Update 2.8.1 so be swift and absolute. Break out your Blackbolt and pick up your Pike, you’ve got Double Credits and Fleet Requisition to earn! During the race to the conclusion of Season 2 from 2.8.1 to 2.8.2 (Season 2 ends with 2.9) players who complete in any Warzone match will receive Double Commendations (Ranked or Warzone depending on the queue) and Credits. Brutalize your opponents in the Warzone queue with a heart pounding match in the Quesh Huttball Pit or take on a gang of 4 vicious opponents with your own team on Makeb Mesa Arena in the Ranked queue to earn more rewards and gear up faster. All while lining your pockets with the Spoils of War. Get in there and go berserk! On top of all that, two new ship variants, the Assault Bomber and Skirmisher Gunship, will be released for immediate purchase of Requisition. If you want to get these ships as fast as possible you can earn them faster quicker by participating in Spoils of War. Please note that these rewards do not include quests associated with Galactic Starfighter and Warzones. They only affect the rewards you gain at the end of the match. Alex Modny PvP Designer Group Finder for Story Mode Operations I wanted to take some time to talk to everyone about the changes we’ve made to Group Finder in Game Update 2.8, specifically for the Operations category, and what we are hoping to accomplish with these changes. The first change we’ve made is that Group Finder will now use the 16 person Story Mode difficulty for Operations. I’m sure anyone who has queued up as a DPS class has lamented the longer queue times for DPS classes versus healers and tanks. Since the tank requirements for 16 person are the same for 8 person, once the tank and healer requirements for an Operation are filled, firing the 16 person version will allow more DPS to participate in each Operation. The 16 person version also boasts greater rewards and has become the most popular Story Mode Operation setting, and this change will allow more people to participate conveniently through Group Finder. The second change we’re making is all players participating in an Operation through Group Finder will be Bolstered to an appropriate gear rating. We’re doing this for a couple of reasons. First, we want to be able to offer all the major Operation content through Group Finder, and since Dread Fortress and...

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Star Wars™: The Old Republic Insider™ Video — May 2014

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Developer Dispatch, Eric Musco, People working for BioWare | 0 comments

Watch the latest SWTOR Insider Video, now live, as Producer Jack Wood and Community Manager Eric Musco offer an inside look at the latest exciting news for Galactic Strongholds Digital Expansion, Season 2 of Ranked PvP, Cartel Market and more!   Darth_Wicked from Reddit discover something interesting. At around 00m36sYou can listen Jack Wood talking about the new Homestead on Tatooine and you get to see a couple of new Sandcrawlers that are not currently in the game. Starting to wonder if the above is related to the planetary Guild conquest thing or if our homestead on Tatooine will be an actual Sandcrawler What do you guys think that’s all...

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Developer Dispatch: HK-51 Activated

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Developer Dispatch, Patch 1.5 | 0 comments

BioWare have released a new Developer Dispatch regarding the upcoming contents that will be added to the game with update 1.5. In the video, Associate Designer Matt Pucevich and Senior Development Director Bruce Maclean talk about Explosive Conflict Nightmare Mode, the new Section X daily mission area, aswell as the new world boss + phat lewt. Check it out below: Check out the latest Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ Developer Dispatch to get a first look at the story behind Game Update 1.5: HK-51 Activated. Watch as they discuss the dangerous missions that await you in the new Section X area on Belsavis. Discover how you can embark on a galaxy-spanning hunt for clues on how to unlock one of the most deadly Assassin Droids, the HK-51 Companion! Take a sneak peak at the final pieces of the Dread Guard gear set and see a rare new mount that your team can earn by taking on Operation: Explosive Conflict in Nightmare Mode! Watch...

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Star Wars The Old Republic: Main Theme

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in Developer Dispatch, music | 0 comments

With only 5 weeks to go, we can finally play you the main theme song from Star Wars: the old republic. I’m not totally sure if this is considered a leak or not, as it is so many places on the net right now. I also believe it has been used in some of BioWares own video documentaries.  If you are really into the whole music thing as I am, I recoment you to check out the documentary “Music of Star Wars the old Republic“. We have embedded it in the bottom of this post. Check it...

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Friday Update? Companion Update video

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Developer Dispatch, fan fri, video | 0 comments

This Friday update is not yet up, but yesterday Gamespot posted Developer Dispatch Video featuring the Bioware team going into some more detail on the companion system. Some of the details include changing a companions combat behaviour, tweaking appearance, and unlocking new story lines and companion quests through gaining their affection.

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