SWTOR and Star Wars Gaming news http://www.swtorstrategies.com Star Wars Gaming News | SWTOR Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:32:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Lies, damned lies and statistics: MMO subscription numbers and SWToR http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/lies-damned-lies-and-statistics-mmo-subscription-numbers-and-swtor.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/lies-damned-lies-and-statistics-mmo-subscription-numbers-and-swtor.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:12:10 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13728 MMO subscription number tracking is a challenging venture. Most developers are extremely careful when crafting public releases relating to how many subscribers their game currently has. For better or worse, these values are considered to be a measure of success (or failure) of our beloved games and tend to offer insights on subscriber trends. Typically one would read announcements about player base increases in official websites or fansites, while occasionally quarterly reports would indicate decreases somewhere in the fine print. Some recent examples include World of Warcraft’s increase to 7.4 Million subscribers  and SWToR’s announcement of having 1 Million subscribers since changing to the free-to-play subscription model.



Some of the MMO subscription data MMOData.net used to offer

At the same time, some community websites have attempted to track subscription numbers and offer clarity on the health of various MMOs. The most recent example is MMOdata.net that was probably one of the best community efforts out there. Even though the site stopped updating its numbers about a year ago, it remains online and offers a great deal of information up to 2013. The reason behind the lack of updates as you might have guesses is the lack of information availability from the developers about their games.



Pure Subreddit change according to RedMMO


Another example that doesn’t fall under the traditional subscription number tracking but Subreddit activity is RedMMO. The site, tracks growth and activity in popular MMO subreddits and posts data. In specific, it breaks down its data by looking at the following elements:

  • Number of subscribers in subreddit
  • Number of active subscribers
  • Activity levels
  • Growth levels
  • Community Health
  • Population Estimates (RedMMO is quick to indicate that these are wild estimates based on crazy guesses and still need work.)

While the creator of the website claims that it only took a few hours to put RedMMO together, it’s certainly a very commendable effort. One can certainly see the increases in activity due to a new expansion announcement or some other significant event relating to an MMO.


A snapshot of RedMMO data for SWToR


According to the data listed, SWToR is currently in 7th place behind ElderScrolls Online while World of Warcraft remains the most popular subreddit. SWToR’s subreddit has also seen a 75% increase in subscriber activity and subscriber health is also up by 2.27%. One can certainly infer that these increases are closely related to the announcement of the Revan expansion. There are a lot more details in RedMMO that you can dig into and draw your own conclusions depending on how your read these numbers.

Whether subreddit subscriber growth and activity correlates to actual MMO activity remains to be seen. While it’s tempting to assume that Reddit captures that pulse of the community, only very few people can validate that assumption with actual subscription data. Nevertheless, RedMMO offers great insight in one of the more popular websites in the web and MMO activity.

You can visit the RedMMO website by clicking this link.

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Patch 2.10.2 notes – Turn your stronghold into a gambler’s paradise for only 1 credit! http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/patch-2-10-2-notes-turn-your-stronghold-into-a-gamblers-paradise-for-only-1-credit.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/patch-2-10-2-notes-turn-your-stronghold-into-a-gamblers-paradise-for-only-1-credit.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:07:39 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13753 About a month ago, Bioware admitted  that the Smuggler’s Gambit slot machine wasn’t part of Constable Stronghold’s pack. To make up for the bug, Bioware’s community manager, Eric Musco, promised to rectify the issue by offering the before-mentioned item for purchase in-game for only 1 credit.

 Slot-Machine-Smugglers-Gambit_thumbSmuggler’s Gambit slot machine

We only had to wait for a month for Mr.Musco’s promise to become reality. Patch 2.10.2 notes were recently released and among other things specify that the slot machine is available for purchase through the Binary Star Reputation Vendor. In specific:

2.10.2 Patch Notes
  • 16-Player Operations have returned to Group Finder! We have made behind-the-scenes improvement to prevent the performance issues that we encountered when the system was initially made available. Check out the Group Finder to enjoy the faster queues and better rewards of 16-Player Story Mode Operations!


  • Imperial Crate (Single), Imperial Crate (Stacked), Republic Crate (Single), and Republic Crate (Stacked) have been added to the Galactic Starfighter and Warzone Decoration Vendors.
  • Numerous art fixes to The Legacy of the Rakata Flashpoint.
  • The Decoration “Slot Machine: Smuggler’s Gambit” is now available for 1c from the Binary Star Reputation Vendor.

It’s also worth noting that the patch won’t be released today Tuesday (10/21/2014). According to Eric Musco the patch will become available for download tomorrow (10/22).

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Get them while they last! Dark Horse Comics launches Star Wars Humble Bundle! http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/get-them-while-they-last-dark-horse-comics-launches-star-wars-humble-bundle.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/get-them-while-they-last-dark-horse-comics-launches-star-wars-humble-bundle.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:28:27 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13722 If you’re reading SWToRStrategies.com you know that Dark Horse comics will be transferring its Star Wars license to Marvel at the end of this year. This development isn’t stopping the publisher from releasing great deals on existing Star Wars publications.

Their latest offering is a Star Wars humble bundle that allows fans to purchase comics as cheap as $1. More interestingly, you can get all 11 issues of “Star Wars: The Old Republic Blood of the Empire” for a little over $10 and 7 issues of “Knights of The Old Republic : Volume 1” for the same price!



Some of the titles offered through Dark Horse’s Humble Bundle!


The deal expires at the end of this month (10/29/2014) so if you’re a Star Wars, SWToR or KoToR fan – now is your chance to get a hold of tons of comics for very little money!

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Discipline calculator now available! http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/discipline-calculator-now-available.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/discipline-calculator-now-available.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:54:46 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13714 With the upcoming release of Patch 3.0, SWToR gamers will have to adjust to a new discipline system. The feedback received from the community has been mostly positive but the challenge of mastering the new system definitely remains.

Dulfy and SWToR_miner put together a discipline calculator that helps fans familiarize themselves with the new system in addition to experimenting with new setups. The calculator is still in beta and what’s even more impressive is that it was built from information retrieved from video streams.

 CalculatorSWToR Patch 3.0 Disciplines Calculator


Once again, SWToR community comes through in a big way. You can access SWToR_Miner’s tool right here.

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Battlefront 3 Footage Available? http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/battlefront-3-footage-available.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/battlefront-3-footage-available.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:34:21 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13711 star wars battefront gameplay


Well…yes and no…you see, apparently, well before DICE got the fate of one of the world’s most anticipated titles in gaming to fall into their laps, another crew had a run at Battlefront, and they actually put together a nearly-finished product, which – due to a set of unfortunate circumstances – never really got the see the light of day, or rather that of the screens of computer/console users world-wide. The company behind the effort was Free Radical, and according to some, they were about 99% finished with the project when they were forced into administration and when they finally closed for good in December 2008. Later, Crytek picked up the enterprise and transferred the team to various other projects, as Battlefront was cancelled, up until DICE came into the picture earlier this year to step up to the plate.

Now then, why exactly is this bit of the game’s well-known troubled history interesting at this point in time? Well, with the game 99% done, there was obviously some in-game footage shot at the time, and some of that footage surfaced a few days ago on YouTube. A user named “BananaSwag” was the one who uploaded the videos, giving us all the opportunity to take a peek into what the game could’ve been.

At first glance the game is nowhere near the graphical sophistication of the footage presented by DICE at E3 this year, but by 2008 standards, it is awesome. There’s a great variety of planets and heroes to choose from and the maps are alive with action. There are obviously massive frame-rate drops and lots of missing textures, but overall, the game does look like it could’ve been a genuine crowd-pleaser with a little bit of tweaking and TLC here and there. Having been denied the opportunity to play this Battlefront, the Star Wars community is all the more entitled these days to raise the bar sky-high on its expectations regarding the upcoming DICE title.

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Interview with community manager Eric Musco http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/interview-with-community-manager-eric-musco.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/interview-with-community-manager-eric-musco.html#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:50:45 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13707 Eric Musco interview


Twitch user Snave1208 had the chance to interview BioWares community manager for Star Wars: The old Republic, Eric Musco. It’s a pretty good interview, were Eric talks about what he do, and were SWTOR is heading. Snave1208 don’t let Musco off easy when he was trying to dodge answering some of the questions. But i do sound like the games PVP wont get much better in the future. Personally I am not surprised or remotely happy with the PvP answers but I partially understand where Musco is coming from. He has a rough job. Their “better than cross-server” is likely to be something like “Queue for 500 matches this month and get the rest of the Baron Deathmark gear!” This is the mentality that they have, and it’s harmful. Hopefully iy will change in the future though!

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TOR TV: REVAN (History & Lore before SWTOR 3.0) http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/tor-tv-revan-history-lore-before-swtor-3-0.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/tor-tv-revan-history-lore-before-swtor-3-0.html#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:43:18 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13704 Revan - History lore and facts

Vulkk have uploaded an excellent video about on History, Lore & Facts about one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars Universe – REVAN. The video also includes Biographies of Theron & Lana prior to SWTOR 3.0.

In this video he got Teo from Ootinicast to do the narrations. He did an outstanding job and I hope you will enjoy watching this vide as much as I did. Check it out:

Hey, everyone!
After hours of hard work, research and gathering somewhat (!) good pictures, I present you my History & Lore video about REVAN – one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars universe. It deals mostly with the events in his life prior to SWTOR.
For this episode I have asked Teo from Ootinicast to do the narrations. He did an outstanding job and I hope you will fully enjoy his readings. The last few mins are for the 2 new characters we will see again in 3.0 – Theron Shan and Lana Beniko. Please, if you enjoy the video, share it with friends. And leave me a comment. Feel free to add to the facts and story or correct me if I screwed up somewhere. :)
Thank you for watching!

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Scheduled Maintenance: October 21st, 2014 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/scheduled-maintenance-october-21st-2014.html http://www.swtorstrategies.com/2014/10/scheduled-maintenance-october-21st-2014.html#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:56:11 +0000 http://www.swtorstrategies.com/?p=13700 swtors maintanance

On October 21st, all game servers and SWTOR.com will be unavailable as BioWare perform scheduled maintenance. Details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday October 21st, 2014
Duration: 4 hours
Time: 3AM PDT (10AM GMT) – 7AM PDT (2PM GMT)

Game Update 2.10.2 will be applied during this maintenance, and includes the return of 16-Player Operations to the Group Finder, a UI indicator for the subscriber 12x XP boost, and bug fixes. As with all pre-maintenance information, this is subject to change and shouldn’t be considered final until the servers come back up!

Time Zone Start Time Scheduled End Time UTC Offset
HST Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 04:00 AM -10 hours
AKDT Tue Oct 21, 2014 02:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 06:00 AM -8 hours
PDT Tue Oct 21, 2014 03:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 07:00 AM -7 hours
MDT Tue Oct 21, 2014 04:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 08:00 AM -6 hours
CDT Tue Oct 21, 2014 05:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 09:00 AM -5 hours
EDT Tue Oct 21, 2014 06:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:00 AM -4 hours
UTC Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 02:00 PM UTC/GMT
BST Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:00 AM Tue Oct 21, 2014 03:00 PM 1 hours
CEST Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:00 PM Tue Oct 21, 2014 04:00 PM 2 hours
IST Tue Oct 21, 2014 03:30 PM Tue Oct 21, 2014 07:30 PM 5.5 hours
AEST Tue Oct 21, 2014 09:00 PM Wed Oct 22, 2014 01:00 AM 11 hours
NZST Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:00 PM Wed Oct 22, 2014 03:00 AM 13 hours

This information was followed up by the following two forim posts by Tair Watson:

Post #2



Scheduled Maintenance: October 21st, 2014 | 10.17.2014, 01:03 PM

Quote: Originally Posted by Warrgames Patch Notes Monday I guess?


Post #3



Scheduled Maintenance: October 21st, 2014 | 10.17.2014, 01:11 PM

Quote: Originally Posted by Reno_Tarshil
And Slot machines are coming?

Yep! The 1c Slot Machines will put in game with 2.10.2, and will be removed with 3.0

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