SWTOR and Star Wars Gaming news http://www.swtorstrategies.com Star Wars Gaming News | SWTOR Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:10:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Dev Blog: Lana Beniko’s Journal: Darth Arkous http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/dev-blog-lana-benikos-journal-darth-arkous.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/dev-blog-lana-benikos-journal-darth-arkous.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:04:27 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12646 Darth Arkous

BioWare posted a new story telling developer blog post yesterday. This one is pretty bad ass. Apparently – this guy:  Darth Arkous (from the forged alliances quest ) – got in a spacesuit, jumped of a spacecraft to a fleeing escape pod, punctured the hull of it with his light saber, and killed a spy. It almost sounds like what M1-4X would have done, except M1-4X don’t need no space suit. He breathes pure Republic liberty. You can read the whole blog post on the official Star Wars: The old Republic website here, or our copy pate below:

Observation of my subject continues. It’s entirely business as usual. Oversight, consultations, strategy discussions. A good deal of his time is spent behind closed doors without my presence. It’s always been that way with us, but it used to be I had no reason to question the reason for his privacy.

Working with him from day to day as if nothing’s amiss has not been easy. When I look him in the eye and ask him a question and know that he’s lying to me, it is difficult to believe that this is the same man who recruited me into his world. How far back does the deception go?
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My first impression of Darth Arkous was that of a vain and pompous statesman. I recall not being all that impressed with him, but his offer to act in an advisory role for the military was too promising an opportunity to pass up. This was especially true as my first exposure to Arkous’s work would involve overseeing the invasion of Talay, the site of a major Republic outpost and communications hub.

Despite the self-assured manner in which he carried on about his plan, I had to admit it was a clever initiative that would minimize resistance while maximizing confusion amongst the planet’s populace. What not even Arkous had accounted for, however, was that the Republic was executing a plot of its own that would threaten to place his offensive in jeopardy.

An SIS team was already aboard Arkous’s ship when we departed from Dromund Kaas. I was meditating, setting my passions free to roil and reach. Spies are taught to withstand the persuasive powers of the Force, to protect their minds from harm. While this sort of discipline is useful against direct confrontation from someone like myself, it tends to be a fairly useless means of mental camouflage. Point of fact, it acts as a virtual beacon to any Sith familiar with the telltale signs of someone walling off their thoughts.

I could sense that the enemy assets–four of them–were apart from one another, unable to communicate for fear of discovery. I sought out the one nearest to me and, after some initial resistance, convinced him to tell me everything. They were to slice whatever data they could and then remotely detonate an explosive device on our craft from the safety of an escape pod. I had been concerned the spies were sent to subvert the Talay initiative, but it was clear they knew nothing of it. Not yet, at least. They still had a reasonable chance of revealing our plan to their superiors, and an even better chance of killing us all.

I reached out to Arkous, warning him of the danger. Separate but working together we silently stalked and eliminated two more. I then came upon the final SIS agent, who was busy priming the explosive device within the belly of the ship. I thought I had the drop on her, but she had surgical enhancements. Inhumanly alert and impossibly fast. I struck and missed and by the time I recovered she was already on her way to the escape pods.

With the need for subterfuge over, I sounded the alarm. As I worked to defuse the bomb the crew tried their best to stop the agent, but they failed. She had already launched the escape pod. I gave word to the bridge to jam all communications and then let Darth Arkous decide whether to pull her in via tractor beam or obliterate her with our cannons. That was when she detonated a secondary device inside the ship’s electrical hub. We had no comms. No tractor beams. No weapons. And we had no idea what she might have learned of our initiative, and there was nothing we could do about it. Even the Force couldn’t stop her from broadcasting the data if she wanted to. I watched the pod depart, wishing I had done more, when I witnessed something truly astounding.

The pod slowed as a figure rocketed from our ship. It was Darth Arkous, outfitted for space. He slammed against the pod and plunged his lightsaber into it. That was enough to compromise the pod’s integrity. Its interior became the agent’s tomb.

Darth Arkous went above and beyond to preserve the Empire’s edge against the Republic. He may have played the self-important bureaucrat, but by his actions he was undoubtedly a selfless and devoted patriot. From that moment forward, I was certain I had made the right choice in becoming his advisor.
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My subject recently made arrangements to pilot a shuttle to Onderon. He claimed he must negotiate a sensitive matter with the planet’s temperamental queen regarding troop commitments. That would be all well and good if he was actually going to Onderon.

He has arrived on Manaan instead. Without the proper clearance codes I find myself unable to land, but I must see this through, if only to prove that he’s simply engaged in something petty or embarrassing. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll prove any such thing. I feel with every fiber of my being that this is something more.
Something terrible.

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Comic-Con: Marvel Unveils Three New ‘Star Wars’ Comic Titles http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/comic-con-marvel-unveils-three-new-star-wars-comic-titles.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/08/comic-con-marvel-unveils-three-new-star-wars-comic-titles.html#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:25:58 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12601 new starwars commics from marvellMore fun Star Wars news to come out of Comic-Con – three new Star Wars titles. The three titles will take place between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back”, during the aftermath of the Death Star’s destruction. It will explore both the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire stories. This new line of comics will come in January 2015, a good time for Marvel Entertainment as they have already revealed they will be releasing their first in a series of hardcover collections of the original comics.

Hollywood Reporter has some details:
The announcement was made at Marvel’s “Cup o’ Joe” panel at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday afternoon, and followed the January announcement that Marvel had been awarded the comic book license for the Disney property, as well as the news earlier this month of a series of hardcover collections of Marvel’s earlier Star Wars material.

The three series announced were: Star Wars, by Aaron and Cassaday, Star Wars: Darth Vader by Gillen and Salvador Larocca, and Star Wars: Princess Leia, by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson. All three series will take place in a timeframe immediately following the end of the originalStar Wars movie, with Star Wars and Darth Vader being ongoing series and Princess Leiabeing a five-issue mini-series.

So now we have something new to look forward to. The only downside some fans are worried about is that with the new continuity guidelines with the canon, Marvel will be very limited with the timelines in which they can make things happen. Some fans worry that since they won’t have the same freedom that Dark Horse had, it will place limitations on the story within the comics.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the comics? Are you looking forward to these new titles? Do you think Marvel will do a great job of bringing us great story AND great art in the new titles?

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Star Wars Battlefront: to Tie in or Not to Tie in With Episode VII? http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/star-wars-battlefront-to-tie-in-or-not-to-tie-in-with-episode-vii.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/star-wars-battlefront-to-tie-in-or-not-to-tie-in-with-episode-vii.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:07:31 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12605 Star-Wars-Battlefront

Lately, there has been some speculation in regards to whether or not DICE’s much-hyped upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront – a title already sweating under the burden of the expectations of the community – will in any significant way be tied in to Episode VII, the upcoming movie of the Star Wars franchise, just as hotly expected, and probably even more pressured by outlandish fan expectations, and officials linked to the project have done a poor job at bringing any sort of clarity to the debate, to say the least.

DICE’s Patrick Soderlund had the following to say about the release date of the game “Obviously there will be things in there that are somewhat tied to the new movie. I wouldn’t say that we have a particular tie to the movie. Now, obviously we would prefer to be close to the movie, but I wouldn’t say that we’re directly tied to it.”

Ooookay…so, he essentially said that there was no tie-in, but some things were tied in. Nice one. He also said that they were keen on releasing the game close to the release date of the movie, but no, that was not because there was some sort of solid canon-link between the two…they’re probably just looking to milk the marketing hype…or they’re just doing it for no reason at all…

Now then, given the fact that the game (like Episode VII) had originally been scheduled for release for mid-2015, and that the movie has now been pushed back to December (apparently dragging the game with it), simply linking the two up for no reason makes no sense whatsoever. If the reason for keeping the release dates married this way is pure marketing, then that’s just lame, and the community is going to punish the product for it. Keeping the hungry fans waiting till December and then not producing a single relevant (and exciting) link to the newest Star Wars lore developments will be nothing short of criminal…

 

What’s most likely at this point from a logical perspective is that while the story of the game – admittedly focused on celebrating the history of the Star Wars universe – won’t share any relevant threads with that of the movie, there will be some subtle connections. Depending on how these subtle connections are implemented, this may yet turn out to be great news for those already saving up for Star Wars: Battlefront.

Philip Thalberg works for GosuGamers, the premier destination for those looking for Heroes of the Storm news and eSports reports.

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TOR TV: The Incredible Exploits of Captain Jirk! http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/tor-tv-the-incredible-exploits-of-captain-jirk.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/tor-tv-the-incredible-exploits-of-captain-jirk.html#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:55:56 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12476 The Incredible Exploits of Captain Jirk

The Daring Captain Jirk has been asked to investigate a Sith cult on the planet Athiss. This is when the fun really begins…

This is an amazing silent film made from a SWTOR Flashpoint. You know how we feel about fan fiction and other projects but this is a unique one for sure. You remember those cool old silent movies from back in the day? Well, there’s a good chance you don’t actually remember them. I know they were before my time even. Still I know what they are and I’ve seen a couple myself. You’ve probably seen them on TV or in a movie theater preview if you’re too young to remember when they were actually the popular thing.

This fun little SWTOR film was done in silent movie style from a flashpoint and we think it’s a lot of fun. Check it out for yourself!

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Rumor: Possible Bounty Hunter Game Coming in the Future http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/rumor-possible-bounty-hunter-game-coming-in-the-future.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/rumor-possible-bounty-hunter-game-coming-in-the-future.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:25:23 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12602 new star wars bounty hunter game

Many fans were very disappointed to see the cancellation of Star Wars 1313, the bounty hunter game that many were looking forward to. However, it’s possible we might see another bounty hunter game to take its place in coming years. Of course 2016 is still a far way off and many things could change. Check out the video for more on this rumor.

“What are the chances we will see Star Wars Force Unleashed 3 gameplay trailer or Bounty Hunter game w/ Boba Fett on PS4, Xbox One and PC? Well, the answer may surprise you! 2016 is a year to pay attention to!”

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Update on Project Revan http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/update-on-project-revan.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/update-on-project-revan.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:38:49 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12623 Project Revan

Project Revan is still going strong! Most of you will remember the updates we brought you not so long ago about Project Revan and the Kickstarter campaign that was going to help support the project. Project Revan is a fan film based off of, the science fiction novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic – Revan by Drew Karpyshyn, produced by diehard fans. It was fully funded on Kickstarter and the filming is underway now.

However, you can still support the team and their project by making donations directly through their website. If you were a donator/supporter, you can keep up to date on what is happening with the project and the filming via their Facebook page and website.

Steven Shulgach, Director and DP has an update on the status of the project:

“We are making are way through the trials and tribulations of the film project with strength. We are getting closer to wrapping the production process this coming month, and are ALL very excited to get the post-production, the creative process, rolling. It has been and still is a bumpy ride, as we have to manage and schedule our actors and crew around the clock and it get’s difficult as we maintain our professional standards. To all that may have doubt, the project has not halted – In fact there is something happening every week and you can follow all the updates on our Facebook page here -https://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Wars-Fan-Film-The-Old-Republic-Revan/505928859448458

I sincerely apologize for not keeping up with the Kickstarter page’s update system, as the updates have been posted elsewhere on the Facebook page, as it is most accessible and efficient for all kinds of media. 

We continue to put in the effort and drive to this project as we near production completion a little down the road… We thank you for all your support so far, and wish to satisfy our fans and followers, as we too continue in this awesome project! Thank you all again!

Best regards to all… and may the force be with you…”

You can also learn more at http://www.projectrevan.com/. The Facebook page has cool updates on filming, actors and props and more. For example, a recent post says they will be selling replicas of the masks used in the film. They also share some great art galleries of photos from the set. If you’re following the project, you want to be sure you like them on Facebook so you don’t miss any of these cool updates as the filming progresses.

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UCF Jedi Knight vs Westboro Baptist Church http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/brother-micah-the-jedi-knight-vs-westboro-baptist-church.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/brother-micah-the-jedi-knight-vs-westboro-baptist-church.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:48:04 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12609 ucf-jedi-2Here is a true Jedi doing good in the world. If you’re not familiar with this man in robes, he is known as the “UCF Jedi” and he made national news when he combated the Westboro Baptist Church at their demonstration at the University of Central Florida. The story says he dresses up as a Jedi and speaks out against hate and intolerance using the wise words of the Jedi Order. 

Here is a video of him doing just that against the protesters from Westboro but this wasn’t the only time he had done so. We already give him cool points for dressing up like a Jedi but doing so to spread messages of kindness and peace makes him all the more awesome.

*Regardless of where you stand on moral and religious issues, WBC have a reputation of spreading hate and intolerance, picketing funerals of children and preaching their extreme ideologies at inappropriate times and places.

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Now we can finally sit in a chair… http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/now-we-can-finally-sit-in-a-chair.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/07/now-we-can-finally-sit-in-a-chair.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:22:04 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=12618 new sit in swtor

It took BioWare a while, but finally we get the emote all players have been waiting for in Star Wars: The old Republic – /chair – and guess what it makes you do… It makes you sit down in one of the many many chairs around the game. Together with this emote comes another emote : /sleep, that makes you… Yes you guessed it right.

Both emotes are on the Public test servers right now, and don’t seem to need unlocking, you just automatically have them unlocked!

It is an interesting way to allow players to sit in chairs without having to reprogram stuff. While it’s not the ideal solution… I like it. Check them both out in the video below:

Since it’s a generic emote and you’re not actually sitting on a chair/couch, you also won’t ever get any closer than the lip of the seat due to clipping, and if the space you’re trying to sit on isn’t at the same level as your buns, there’ll be a gap of space between you and the seat, but all things considered, it’s a good work around.

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