SWTOR subscriber rewards include playing as hk 55

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The next chapter for Star Wars: The Old Republic’s expansion storyline won’t arrive until February 11th, but BioWare is attempting to give players a reason to subscribe before that with a new reward program.

 

In a livestream today, the studio announced its new subscriber reward program and detailed two of the bonuses that players will receive for becoming a member. Subs can not only earn HK-55 as a companion but also get the chance to play as the assassin droid in an exclusive chapter coming sometime next year.

 

Knight of the Fallen Empire’s Chapter 10: Anarchy in Paradise will arrive in early February and include the return of a certain Imperial Agent companion while giving players a choice that leads to serious consequences.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic axes skill training costs

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SWTOR penny-pinchers rejoice, for the oppressive tyranny of skill costs are about to become history. In a post on the forums this afternoon, BioWare announced that it will be abandoning skill training costs as of next week.

“One thing has become clear from the player feedback in not only this thread, but since launch: players do not like training costs. It is a situation where every level you will see your hard earned credits go to a holographic Hutt doctor in order to make yourself a bit stronger. We have been talking about this topic internally for quite some time and when you add player feedback to the mix one thing becomes clear… We should make training costs a thing of the past,” the studio said.

BioWare explains SWTOR’s commendation changes

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BioWare community manager Eric Musco has published a “one stop shop” post that details what’s happening to Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s commendations in the forthcoming Shadow of Revan expansion.

In a nutshell, all basic, classic, planetary, elite, and ultimate comms will be converted to basic commendations. The classic and planetary types are going away completely, while warzone and ranked warzone comms will remain as they are now.

SWTOR: New Expansion Update in December

The Star Wars: The Old Republic site has been updated with the news that the next digital expansion, “Galactic Starfighter“, will be arriving for pre-order subscribers in December, preferred early access in mid-January and for F2P players in February. The expansion is focused around space combat that will include 12v12 star fights as well as ship customization and more.
Experience epic Player-vs-Player (PvP) dogfighting in the new Free-to-Play Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Expansion, Galactic Starfighter. Join 12v12 free flight combat action and jump into fierce factional battles as the war between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic explodes into space. Compete and advance to earn ground game rewards plus new weapons, powers and abilities to customize your ultimate Starfighter!

SWTOR Update 2.4: The Dread War

This is biggest Game Update since 2.0 and includes a story mission area with new missions on a new moon, two entirely new Operations, all new 4v4 Warzone gameplay and Arenas, class balance changes, three new sets of gear comprising some of the most powerful equipment in the galaxy, and new vehicles and mount rewards! Of course this all comes along with the normal assortment of bug fixes, game tweaks, and continued under the hood optimization tweaks.

Located in an uncharted system well off the Hydian Way, New Story Mission Area Oricon is a remote moon that is immeasurably strong with the dark side – a perfect home for the feared Dread Masters! After advancing through the Oricon story mission series, players can further explore the ship-strewn, mysterious landscape of Oricon and battle the deadly Dread Guard and their minions via exciting New Level 55 Daily Missions.

The Dread Masters are bent on destroying both the Empire and Republic, but now you’ve caught them in their lair! After exploring Oricon begin your assault by challenging the Dread Masters directly in the Dread Fortress Operation, located in an ancient fortress claimed by the Dread Masters soon after arriving on Oricon. Make your way beyond the Dread Fortress to the foreboding Dread Palace Operation –and battle towards the final confrontation with the galaxy’s greatest threat.

4v4 Warzone Arenas are now active for Unranked, Ranked Solo, and Ranked Team play! These small scale PvP maps reward victory to last team standing in the best of three rounds. Missions and rewards are provided in the same manner as current Warzones. There are three all new Warzone maps for Arena Play: Orbital Station Arena, Tatooine Canyon Arena, and Corellia Square Arena.

Great deeds deserve great rewards, and with Game Update 2.4 Three New Gear Sets have been added: Dread Forged (new tier), Oriconian (new PvE Commendation gear) and Obroan (new PvP tier). There are also exciting New Vehicles and Mount rewards including the Volcanic Praxon, the Gurian Volcano, and the Strike Force Tauntaun!

Star Wars: The Old Republic Braces For The Dread War

The Dread Masters: they just sound scary. They’re also getting ready to take center stage in the next update to “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” which is appropriately titled “The Dread War.”

Game Update 2.4, as it’s also less colorfully known, promises to have a little something for everyone. First and foremost is Oricon, a new story mission area that will deal directly with the machinations of the Dread Masters and their probably equally scary fortress. Considering story is one of the main selling points of “The Old Republic,” this is something that should be a welcome addition.

Two new Level 55 Operations promise a chance to get have your high level characters get up close and personal with the Dread Masters and their servants, which is probably the only way The Dread War is going to be settled. And on the PvP front, the update will introduce three brand spanking new 4v4 Warzone Arenas (one each on Makeb, Tatooine, and on an orbital station) that will focus on best-of-three deathmatches in both ranked and unranked battles.

Join the Battle Now and Get Rewarded!

Don’t miss out on these fantastic offers!
Beginning September 12, 2013 through October 20, 2013, you can get your own JA-3 Subversive Battle Droid Mini-Pet and a JA-3 Subversive Speeder as you embark on or continue your epic Star Wars™ adventure! Here’s what you need to do by October 20, 2013 to receive your rewards:

  • New Players: Create an account and play free now!
  • Previous Subscribers: Reactivate your subscription and also receive 500 Bonus Cartel Coins just for reactivating.
  • Current Players: Remain or become an active Subscriber.

But that is not all! As a newly added ongoing benefit to the Subscriber Rewards Program, all new and current Subscribers now receive the first Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel free of charge*! Continue your adventure to Level 55, uncover the diabolical plot of the Hutt Cartel, and discover the breathtaking planet of Makeb. Subscribe to take advantage of this ongoing benefit now!

  • Players who have already purchased Rise of the Hutt Cartel and are an active Subscriber on September 12, 2013 at 4:00AM PDT / 11:00AM GMT will receive a new title, “The Risen,” via in-game mail on or before September 25, 2013 as our appreciation for the purchase.
  • Subscribers who purchased Rise of the Hutt Cartel in the last 30 days will be granted 1050 Bonus Cartel Coins in appreciation for their recent purchase of Rise of the Hutt Cartel by September 13, 2013 at 9:00AM PDT / 4:00PM GMT.

SWTOR 2.4 : Warzone Arenas Detailed

For almost a year, PvP content in the popular Star Wars: The Old Republic has been getting pretty dry due to the lack of content. To make up the ten months of no content to the PvP players, BioWare announced that the upcoming SWTOR Game Update 2.4 is said to bring tons of PvP upgrades and content. This week, they finally revealed more information as what the PvP community can expect.

We know for a fact that the PvP community is slowly dying as they realize BioWare isn’t focusing much on PvP. The end result of this unfortunate event was the PvP community giving up on the game. Well, that could change as the upcoming Game Update 2.4 is a big update for every PvP player out there that used to play SWTOR and could make them come back.

One of the biggest additions in the upcoming update that could bring back the PvP community is the addition of Warzone Arenas. Instead of an objective team-based Warzones we are all accustomed for the past year and a half, players will now have an option to join in arenas where four players in a group will have to fight to death. Whichever team manages to survive in three rounds will win the match. Similar to past Warzones, players will also receive commendations and other rewards for participating, which means expect new gear to grind and more.

When Game Update 2.4 goes live this October, one of the things the community will notice is the new PvP/Warzone Queue Window. This time, the layout and presentation will be rather simple than fancy compared to the old ones we are currently seeing right now. A solo player or a group of up to four can join the Warzones queue in which the game will put the group into a random type matches, including the Arenas. To make it simpler, there will be no changes to the way everyone queues except you will now see another game type which is the Arena.

Players who have been having trouble forming up a group of eight in a warzone will no longer have to worry about it when the new update launches in two months. Instead of sticking up to the 8v8 warzones, they have decided to downsize it to 4v4, making it easier for everyone to queue up and play. According to the dev team, there is no word if they will ever bring back the 8v8 playstyle in the future but it could be possible if things changes. In other words, if the PvP community grows once again, they will put it back.

SWTOR update 2.4 preview

The BioWare community team and Lead Designer Jesse Sky traveled to Wizard World ComicCon last week to give fans of Star Wars: The Old Republic a taste of the new upcoming content. The developers announced that, besides the arena PvP content, Update 2.4 will introduce players to two brand-new operations centering around the planet Oricon, the planet where the Dread Masters have been rumored to be hiding. Developers also gave every fan attendee a thumb drive containing concept art and screenshots from the planet.

If you are on the SWTOR mailing list, then you saw the teaser about the new Varactyl mount coming soon. The cantina crawlers in Chicago received a couple of screenshots and a video of the new mount.

Swtor Game Update 2.4

Swtor Game Update 2.4 is scheduled for October 1st, and according to SWTOR team this update is shaping up to be very big. See list below for a quick overview at announced features:

General Updates
The Planet Oricon, a short story arc that will bring you face-to-face with the Dread Masters.
New Operation: Dread Fortress
New Operation: Dread Palace
New 4v4 Warzone Arenas
New Elder Game PvE and PvP Gear

Warzone Arenas
New 4v4 Warzone Arenas are brand new deathmatch maps that should resolved Ranked Warzone queuing. Does this mean we can expect cross realms PvP queuing? According to Bruce Maclean’s, Senior Producer, this is not likely to happen with 2.4 update unfortunately. At latest Comic-Con they revealed three Warzone Arenas: Makeb, Tatooine and Space Garage.