What’s Coming For SWTOR In 2013?
Star Wars: The Old Republic Executive Producer Jeff Hickman has released the second ‘State of the Game’ post for SWTOR, and touches on several topics players will be interested in.
Same gender romance is being added with some NPC’s on Makeb in the coming expansion, and the devs do plan to add more same gender romance options in the future. Romance with existing same gender companions is still on hold for now due to the amount of work required to implement it, and of course the recent development of free-to-play took priority over all projects SWTOR related.
Hickman says that the SWTOR devs have a plan in place to keep max level players busy in 2013 with a wide variety of content that will provide max level players plenty of choice in what to do. Plans include the upcoming Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion, new Operations, new Flashpoints, new difficulty modes, and new PvP areas. There will also be special activities for you and your companion to take part in because you need to bond more with your NPC friends.
The team is concentrating on Warzones and PvP seasons for player vs. player content this year, but the open world PvP of Ilum isn’t completely forgotten. There is a change coming to the Western Ice Shelf that should be a departure from what currently exists. We don’t have any exact details on these changes yet, but we do know that the Open World PvP of Ilum won’t be seeing any upgrades anytime soon. The dev team is looking to develop a balanced open world PvP system that is both fun and functional, but Hickman says to not expect any shiny new open world PvP for SWTOR in 2013.
The ability to copy characters from live to the test servers is also scheduled to make an appearance in 2013, which will also lay the groundwork for a live character transfer system that allows players to swap realms. Expect the test server copy to be available early this year, with the live transfer system following later.
So what are you looking forward to in SWTOR for 2013, and what would you like to see implemented this year?