SWTOR and Star Wars Gaming news http://www.swtorstrategies.com SWTOR - Star Wars: The old republic and Star Wars Gaming news Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:05:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 4 Year Old Jedi Gets a Final Farewell http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/4-year-old-jedi-gets-a-final-farewell.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/4-year-old-jedi-gets-a-final-farewell.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:04:26 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11738 star wars funeral

It’s something no parent ever wants to have to do- bury their child. Sadly, the parents of 4-year-old Jack Robinson had to do just that. Their little boy had an inoperable brain tumor and sadly, died on April 1st. But little Jack but have a send-off worthy of his short, but special life. His parents and family gave him a Star Wars- themed funeral that they say he helped to plan before his passing. The family said that there son was a very special soul who brought together people from all over the world, despite his young age. Because of this, they wanted to give him a very special, unique  funeral.

UK’s The Mirror describes the event:

“His body arrived in a Star Wars coffin on a white horse-drawn carriage surrounded by Stormtroopers.

The carriage was decked with floral tributes, including one reading ‘Jedi’ and wreaths in the shape of a lightsaber, Yoda and R2-D2.

A brass band played the film’s The Binary Sunset theme and the order of service read: “Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 

It was also packed with Star Wars images. Parents Terence, 47, and Marie Robinson, 41, made the funeral public and scores of people lined the streets in Denmead, Hants, to pay their respects.”

I can’t even imagine what this experience must have been like for those attending. It’s a beautiful yet tragic event all at once. It is something that I’m sure Jack’s twin brother and his three sister will remember forever. It’s something that I think everyone there will remember forever.

Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January and while doctors tried to remove it, the tumor was inoperable and cancer would take his life. Little Jack was a huge Star Wars fan and even in his last days in the hospital would spend time playing with Star Wars toys and watching the films.

May the Force be with you forever, Jack!

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SWTOR’s early subscriber access to Galactic Strongholds delayed http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/swtors-early-subscriber-access-to-galactic-strongholds-delayed.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/swtors-early-subscriber-access-to-galactic-strongholds-delayed.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:51:15 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11745 star wars the old republic Galactic Strongholds

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s early access to the upcoming expansion: Galactic Strongholds has been delayed for a few weeks. The news was just dropped in a letter from senior producer Bruce Maclean on the official website. According to Maclean, subscriber early access has been moved from June 24 to August 19 so the development team at Bioware can add more features such as a Tatooine Homestead stronghold, and more. The deadline for early access rewards has also been expanded to July 15.

Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds


Hi everyone!

For the past year, we’ve made it our goal to share updates and information on what’s happening in the studio and our upcoming plans for the game. We got the message that you appreciate transparency and want to know what we are working on. With that in mind, we wanted to share a change in plans to our most recently announced digital expansion, Galactic Strongholds.

We have been listening to what you, our players, were hoping to see from the Galactic Strongholds expansion. When playing early builds of Galactic Strongholds it became that clear that our June Early Access date was simply not enough. For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year. So what does this mean? We are moving the start date for Subscriber Early Access from June 24th to August 19th in order to deliver to you the most features at the highest level of quality. The result will be a far more compelling experience, including additional features such as the ability to place your vehicles and pets in your Stronghold and for Guilds to conquer planets . To conquer a planet, Guilds must complete weekly Conquest events earning points to place at the top of the Guild Leaderboards. Conquering a planet gives the Guild special perks and rewards. This means that Subscribers will be the first to play the full slate of expansion features (everything!) at the start of Subscriber Early Access, a month before everyone else.

This additional time allows us to add:

  • Conquest Events: use the power of your Stronghold to dominate these events and earn rewards
  • Guild Flagships will now offer expanded functionality for Guilds:
    • Provide powerful buffs to Guild members from orbit
    • Transport entire groups to your personal coordinates instantaneously
    • Compete in Conquest Events to conquer entire planets
  • New Stronghold: Tatooine Homestead
  • Vehicles, Mounts, Pets, and Companion Characters can be placed as decorations in Strongholds

Combine that with the original feature list…

  • 3 unique Player Strongholds, one on each Capital World plus the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace
  • 2 faction-specific Guild Flagships (Valor-class Cruiser for the Republic and Harrower-class Dreadnaught for the Empire)
  • Legacy Stronghold Storage
  • Ability to gain Prestige tracked on Prestige Leaderboards
  • Hundreds of Decorations to discover and collect

…and the result is an expansion that’s worth waiting for!

The additional features and time shift means some adjustments in other parts of our plan:

May 4th remains the Subscriber deadline for Bonus Cartel Coins Grant to the sweet tune of 1000 Cartel Coins!

May 11th is no longer the deadline for Strongholds Early Access rewards but as a thank you to all of our Subscribers as of this date, we are giving you the following rewards:

  • Exclusive Subteroth minipet (delivered in Update 2.7.2)
  • Two Character Titles “The Intrepid” (delivered in Update 2.7.2) and “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9)
  • A sprawling Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with five additional rooms unlocked
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”

July 15th is our new deadline for Subscriber Rewards for Early Access, and you must be a Subscriber by this date to claim the Subscriber Early Access Rewards:

  • The luxurious Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace with three additional rooms unlocked
  • Stronghold Name “Galactic Stronghold”
  • Character Title “The Illustrious” (delivered in Game Update 2.9)

August 19th is Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds Digital Expansion Subscriber Early Access!

Preferred Early Access and the Official Launch will follow in September and October. Be sure to visitwww.swtor.com/galactic-strongholds for more specific dates and details.

Our goal is to keep you informed, so stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for an update on the summer roadmap, including Game Update 2.8. For all of us working on Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, we appreciate your support. We’re extremely excited about Galactic Strongholds and can’t wait to share it with you. Keep the feedback coming! See you in-game!

Bruce Maclean
Senior Producer

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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:22 AM Quote:

Originally Posted by Uber_the_Goober
So, a pushback, but for good reason?

The feature list looks fun.

My question – when guilds “conquer” planets, is this a strictly PvE thing? Or are you actually taking over enemy bases, with the inevitable PvP that comes with that?

Conquering a planet is done through completion of Conquest Events, which are PvE Missions.

Also, I know this is big news so I am going to be sticking around in the thread answering questions as I can. We probably aren’t going to talk too much about the details of each feature yet but I will answer what I can


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by Reno_Tarshil

Eric, what are the differences between a Luxury Sky Palace vs. a Sprawling Sky Palace, can you elaborate any?


It is just a difference of wording. It is simply the Sky Palace, we just threw some fancy words in front of it.


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:28 AM


Originally Posted by ninjonxb

Thanks for the update and transparency.

Very excited about some of the new features and if they need to bake a little more to have a more integrated experience I won’t complain.

One question though. 2.8 was called the “biggest update to date” is this still the case with this no longer being part of that patch? I would expect that it no longer is but just curious.

Great question! 2.8 will no longer be the “biggest update to date” as we will be shifting Galactic Strongholds out of it. 2.8 will still be great though, we will have more details about it, and the rest of our plan in Bruce’s updated Roadmap. We will have that to you guys in the next few weeks!


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by Reno_Tarshil
So does this mean if we are subscribers by both dates we get two palaces one with 5 rooms and one with 3 rooms or one palace with 8 rooms?

What this means is that if you are a subscriber on both dates, you will have one Palace with 5 rooms unlocked. It isn’t a “stacking” type of thing. June is a basically a smaller version of the May promotion.


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:32 AM


Originally Posted by Apophis_
I’m good with that, new features are amazing! I’m especially excited with Tatooine Homestead

But I hope those Strongholds are for the whole Legacy, not specific characters. I play too many alts to take care of too many houses…

Well then I have good news! Strongholds are Legacy wide, not character specific


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:45 AM

Some questions I am seeing in the thread…

  • Companions in Strongholds – I am not sure this is locked down yet but I will see if I can find an answer on specifics.
  • Guild Conquests – We are not ready yet to go into super specifics. We will definitely have a blog on this in the future to explain how it all works!
  • How do I place decorations? – This is also something we will go into a bit more detail on in the future.


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by GamerSoul
First, just wanna say that I think it is great you all are pushing this back in order to make sure that we will be able to access all of the content plus the new additions.

Now my questions:

  1. Am I correct in assuming that we will be able to have more than one stronghold? If we want to are we able to purchase strongholds on each of the planets?
  2. In addition to the above question, I am guessing that the strongholds on Dromund Kaas and Coruscant will be not only faction specific within the legacy, is this a correct assumption?
  3. Will players below level 55 (or max level if it changes) be able to participate in the quests to conquer planets?
  4. Will conquering planets be limited to just the planets that we are currently able to visit, or will there be new planets introduced that we are able to conquer? (Don’t expect an in-depth answer to this one haha)
  5. Lastly, when a guild conquers a planet does it have any effects on the actual planet, or is it more of just an additional quest-line?

That’s all I have for now, looking forward to the answers!
~ GamerSoul

You will be able to have more than one Stronghold, yup! The rest of your questions unfortunately will need to be answered at a later date


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:00 AM


Originally Posted by PUMA Aren’t homesteads different for factions though? Even though it’s legacy I’m concerned about placing items like mounts and it being in different locations because of the difference in faction layout.

Basically, are there specific placement options for the faction specific locations?

Certainly the idea that there is a Stronghold on Dromund Kaas and one on Coruscant adds in some extra complication. We are still working through the details but we will talk a bit more about how the separate faction stuff will work across Legacy further down the line.


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:05 AM


Originally Posted by TUXs
Grrr! Just tell us…you’ll either please us all tremendously, or we’ll all be able to moderate our expectations. Why can’t you tell us NOW? It’s a very simple answer…it’s a very basic question Eric. Pegs? Item slots? Freedom? If so, how much? X, Y and Z axis?

Hey TUX,

I do entirely understand the sentiment behind the question. Unfortunately the answer is surprisingly not simple. Placing of decorations may work a bit differently than some might expect and as such we would like to show you. To your own point, we have to manage expectations and I would hate to have me explain it since that won’t really do it justice. You need to see it

More information on that coming soon™!


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:07 AM

I know it has been asked so I just want to confirm, Nightmare Dread Palace will still be coming in Game Update 2.8. Again, we will talk about what else is coming in Bruce’s Roadmap. Just wanted to make sure everyone knew about that!


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by Kesphin

So what you mean is that I have to buy one more month of subscription if I want to have early access. I thought that it was what I bought with this month of subscription. Don’t you think you’re removing something that i already bought?

Hey Kesphin,

If you had bought subscription time to make insure that you were a sub for the May 11th Early Access promotion, that remains unchanged. In fact, you actually are getting more now than you would have before! (2 additional rooms, mini-pet, and title).

Your subscription actually bought more, not less


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:40 AM

A few other things I have seen in the thread…

  • Companions in Strongholds – I was able to talk to the Design team about this. Exactly how it will work is still being worked out. I will post about it in the future once things are a bit more locked down!
  • Quick Travel – You can travel to your Stronghold anytime you can use Quick Travel currently. Also, as a subscriber you have a few options on where you can travel to from your Stronghold, including back to the coordinates you just came from.


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:42 AM


Originally Posted by theSCARAYone

Can you elaborate anymore on how legacy storage will work Eric? Like can “bound to character” items be put in there? If you can that just makes being able to choose your look for characters that share gear so much more convenient.

This is something that is still being worked on and discussed internally. Once I have a concrete answer on how it works I will share!


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 11:52 AM


Originally Posted by DarthTHC

I asked the question earlier but it seems to have no answer yet. If you’re not saving already, you probably should start. My guild started saving up the week of the original announcement.

All that I can do is to reiterate what Jack Wood (Producer on Stronghold’s Team) said at our Boston event “We want Flagships to be something that Guilds strive to acquire”


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Producer Letter – Galactic Strongholds | 04.23.2014, 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by ebado

Eric, does this mean the RotHC style expansion is pushed back, or is this something that won’t be covered until the next roadmap?

I will make sure we get it noted in the roadmap!


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Rumor: All Six Star Wars Films May Be Released on 3D Blu-Ray http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/rumor-all-six-star-wars-films-may-be-released-on-3d-blu-ray.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/rumor-all-six-star-wars-films-may-be-released-on-3d-blu-ray.html#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:26:58 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11735 Star-Wars-prequels-3D


When it comes to the new Star Wars films, you know how we like to share rumors and any other tidbits of information we can come across. Well, a reader from Jedi News found an interesting piece of possible Star Wars film info, which she shared with them and they shared on their site.

Jedi News reader LadyFerry explains:


Hello! it’s me LadyFerry! Just a quick message to say that I was looking online for blu-ray pre-orders and found this, it’s a pre-order notification for the six 3D Star Wars movies coming out on blu-ray. Just thought it would be an interesting titbit for the front page at Jedi News:
See it here: Amazon

Ok, that’s pretty interesting indeed. Amazon now has listings for all six current Star Wars films for 3D Blu-Ray!  (They also have listings for Episodes VII-IX on regular blu-ray).  No release date is given. This could be an interesting move for Disney and Lucasfilm and a great way to re-ignite interest in the movies before the new episodes come out.

Remember that while we see it ourselves on Amazon, it’s still a rumor until confirmed by Disney and we have seen mistakes make it to Amazon pages before. So we’ll keep an eye out on this one and let you know when we  learn more.

What do you think? Great idea or just another money-grab?


Thanks JediNews and LadyFerry for passing on this fun little piece of info!

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Are Double XP Weekends Helpful to SWTOR Community? http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/are-double-xp-weekends-helpful-to-swtor-community.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/are-double-xp-weekends-helpful-to-swtor-community.html#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:29:29 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11718 pink guySo we talk about SWTOR Double XP weekends a lot here, for obvious reasons. But let’s consider for a moment if they are not really as good for the community as they may seem. Just for the sake of discussion, let’s look at it from another perspective. What happens during a double XP weekend? Generally, more players flock back to the game who never got around to leveling up alts. Some might bring their friends as well. Or you might even get some brand new players to the game who just want to take advantage of the opportunity to level up fast.

Double XP from the event combined with any other Cartel Market boosters or guild bonuses and you can get level 20 before leaving the planet you’re on. You could get to max level in one solid weekend of playing, even if you just created the character.

So this is a good thing, right?

Well, it might be. For those who have already seen the content and storyline, boosting another toon through quickly means you’re not really missing anything. You’ve seen it before, right? And if you have a solid guild or a main yourself that can help supply this alt with gear and supplies, you’re probably not too bad off. This is how many players use the SWTOR Double XP weekends to boost ahead and get more high level toons.

So what are the downsides?

Well, it’s all in how you look at it but we know these events bring in a lot of players. General Chat sometimes can seem more hostile or “trollish” than usual. And the game becomes saturated with many players who only wanted the free ride to a higher level but who were not truly interested in the game itself.

It can also be very frustrating trying to find a legit group for a heroic or if you’re asking for advice. You will also end up with a lot of group members who are terribly undergeared since they leveled so quickly.



In the grand scheme of things, is it really a good thing for the game?

For all the negative things that Double XP weekends can bring, once the weekend is over, most of this goes away. People who were just bored will find something else to do and the floods of people who sometimes come in for these special weekends will dwindle after the weekend is over. And you are still left with your character and an awesome XP boost. So while you might have to wait for the crowds to dissipate, it’s a win in the end.


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Former LucasArts President Joins Dungeon Defenders as CEO http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/former-lucasarts-president-joins-dungeon-defenders-as-ceo.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/former-lucasarts-president-joins-dungeon-defenders-as-ceo.html#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:40:52 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11715 LucasArts_LOGO_1

Independent developer Trendy Entertainment has hired former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez as its new CEO. Trendy Entertainment, best known for its action-RPG Dungeon Defenders, is hoping the former LucasArts president will help lead their company to future success.

Rodriguez tells Game Industry Biz:

“When I first visited here I saw tremendous potential–both in Dungeon Defenders II and their cross platform backend and technology, Playverse, and needed to be a part of it. Working with talented, passionate people and putting them and customers first to help unlock Trendy Entertainment’s potential is why I’m here,” Rodriguez said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with some of the most talented and passionate people across various creative industries and at some of the most renowned companies in the world. I am equally impressed and blessed to work with the passion and skill that exist at Trendy.”

He also discussed that Trendy Entertainment will have more than just Dungeon Defenders. While Dungeon Defenders 2 is currently in development, he says there is more to come from the label.

“I can tell you we are certainly not a single game company. Dungeon Defenders is just the beginning,” he said, noting that other properties will be built on Playverse as well.

At LucasArts, Rodriguez worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and the special re-release edition of Secret of Monkey Island. He also worked for EA on games like Medal of Honor and Command and Conquer.


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SWTOR Housing Speculation- What Can We Expect? http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/swtor-housing-speculation-what-can-we-expect.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/swtor-housing-speculation-what-can-we-expect.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:16:10 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11647 star wars the old republic Galactic Strongholds

Some of us have been looking forward to SWTOR player housing since we first heard about SWTOR. Now that we know it will be coming soon, there is a lot of speculation about what we can expect to see in the actual final version of player housing.

We know it’s coming this summer with the release of Galactic Strongholds but we don’t know a lot more about what this will bring. And since it’s coming soon, players have been doing a lot of speculation. We have learned to be cautious when it comes to news from Bioware about future features of the game but with one as highly anticipated as this, it’s hard not to be optimistic. We don’t want to get our hopes up and then bet let down but we are feeling good about some of the things we might see.

We were told we would get “prestigious apartments” that we can decorate with hundreds of different options as we see fit. It’s suspected that this feature will be very popular with the roleplayers of SWTOR as well. Most players say they would like to have an open system like SWG had. Others say they are good as long as they can bring some friends in with them. What good is all that customization if you can’t show it off?

Preferred Status Players will gain Early Access to Galactic Strongholds on July 29, while all other players can start decorating in August. You can find out more details about the expansion and related offers on the game’s official site.

For now, Bioware is staying pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing for now. We have to patiently wait and speculate about what the new player housing will be like.

What do you think SWTOR will give us with player housing? What do you want to see the most?

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Developer Blog: What’s New in Season Two? http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/developer-blog-whats-new-in-season-two.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/developer-blog-whats-new-in-season-two.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:57:28 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11702 s2blog_1_854x480Hello PVP fans! If you enjoyed Season One, you might be excited to know Season 2 is coming. There are some changes to PvP Season 2 that will arrive with the v2.7.1 patch.

This most recently Developer’s Blog has some great info for us about what to expect in Season Two:

Shorter Season Length: Brutal Action and Quicker Rewards!

Season 1 started on November 13th 2013 (Game Update 2.4.3) and ended on April 8, 2014, (Game Update 2.7) a span of 21 weeks! This was too long of a length to get the best experience out of the Ranked Seasons, mainly queue population. With a roughly five month long season there were valleys/weeks where the queue population stagnated and thus dipped in participation. We feel that shortening the season length will keep the queue fresher and more active than in Season 1 and should be an overall benefit to the system. How short are we going? Roughly a three month long season, ending on major Game Updates like Season 1 did with 2.7.

Ranked Quests: Gotta Have My Pops!

We are happy to announce the creation of a daily and weekly quest that will provide you with extra incentive to queue up and dominate – in both Solo and Group flavors! These quests will be available starting in Season 2 at the PvP quest terminal. We will also be placing terminals in every starting area of the four Arenas so that you can pick up your quests before you rumble.

Enjoy Season 2 and Thanks for all the Fun!

Before we get started with Season 2 I just wanted to thank the PvP community. I had the pleasure of doing a Live Stream recently and while “umming” through it, being “globally taunted” and backpedaling I was reminded of what a great PvP community we have in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. You are the best and I enjoy reading the forums and interacting with you every day, even when I’m on my private characters. Thanks for making me laugh and teaching me new tactics – you give me more reasons to enjoy my job. I’m really looking forward to playing with and against you all in Season 2 and beyond, with more content and brutal action coming our way!

Read the rest of the details here in the SWTOR News and let us know what you think. If you’re a PvPer, are you excited about Season 2?

What do you want to see from the new season of PvP?

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Boston Cantina Tour Flashdrive assets http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/boston-cantina-tour-flashdrive-assets-2.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/04/boston-cantina-tour-flashdrive-assets-2.html#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:43:23 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=11678 Sorry for the delay on this one, but here are the Boston Cantina Tour Flashdrive assets. There isn’t much new stuff here,if you already seen the contents of the Hotshot pack which is previewable on live servers now. There is some concept art of Selkath NPCs and a Wookie NPC that is interesting though. These guys will apparently play a big role in the further installments of Forged Alliances storyline.

Boston Cantina Tour Flashdrive scoop letter


Cartel Market













Coruscant Bedroom/Coruscant View




Nar Shaddaa Interior



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