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LOTRO or STO?

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Chessrook
07.31.2012 , 02:01 PM | #1
No this is not a question regarding the games themselves, not exactly. What I'm curious about is the model that TOR is going to take when it makes the transfer.

LOTRO lets you play the main quest to max level with no restrictions. However, sidequests must be purchased in Area Packs in the store (For example, a Trollshaws quest pack). This enabled people to get to max level easily, but they missed out on all the sidequests.

STO, meanwhile, along with many other MMOs that have made the transition (CO, DCUO) allowed players to access ALL sidequests and similar content right from the get-go, not having to purchase packages like LOTRO and DDO did.

So which do you think we'll get? Will we be able to play everything? Or will we need to purchase "Planet packs" to access the sidequests or bonus questlines on each planet? Will TOR follow LOTRO, or will it follow STO?

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islander
07.31.2012 , 02:02 PM | #2
I think they'll implement the Turbine model.
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Lord_of_Mu
07.31.2012 , 02:03 PM | #3
Sounds like they're going LOTRO. You really don't want to adopt the Perfect World Model. Not unless you want to take a shotgun to your game.

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07.31.2012 , 02:04 PM | #4 Click here to go to the next staff post in this thread. Next  
For more information about the restrictions free players will encounter, you can check out this page: http://www.swtor.com/free/features.

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07.31.2012 , 02:07 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by AllisonBerryman View Post
For more information about the restrictions free players will encounter, you can check out this page: http://www.swtor.com/free/features.
Thank you, but, that still doesn't answer the question. It DOES say that the Class Stories are fully accessed, but it says NOTHING about PLANET stories, or random sidequests, bonus storylines or the like. THAT is what I'm asking about.

We're getting the full class storylines. And we're clearly getting access to go to all the planets. But will we be able to do the QUESTS on all those planets? THAT'S what I want to know.

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Coldin
07.31.2012 , 02:09 PM | #6
Seems like a mix of both, or rather, neither.

From what I can tell, you get all the content up to level 50. (Higher level content might have to be purchased by F2P). But then there's stranger restrictions that are undefined, like travel, limited access to warzones/flashpoints. I'm guessing Operations will have to be purchased.

Most of it's meaningless until we know how much things will actually cost. Will F2P be able to unlock permanent access to certain features like unlimited warzones, or will it be a constant drain for every extra warzone a player wants to run that week.

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07.31.2012 , 02:26 PM | #7 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Quote: Originally Posted by Chessrook View Post
Thank you, but, that still doesn't answer the question. It DOES say that the Class Stories are fully accessed, but it says NOTHING about PLANET stories, or random sidequests, bonus storylines or the like. THAT is what I'm asking about.

We're getting the full class storylines. And we're clearly getting access to go to all the planets. But will we be able to do the QUESTS on all those planets? THAT'S what I want to know.
Our plan is to include significantly all of the currently available mission content between levels 1-50 for free players. We remain committed to the idea that free players should be able to play the game significantly from 1 to 50 and should be able to enjoy the entirety of their core class arc, and the vast majority of the high quality Bioware mission content along the way.

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07.31.2012 , 02:28 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by JovethGonzalez View Post
Our plan is to include significantly all of the currently available mission content between levels 1-50 for free players. We remain committed to the idea that free players should be able to play the game significantly from 1 to 50 and should be able to enjoy the entirety of their core class arc, and the vast majority of the high quality Bioware mission content along the way.
Question will the level cap be raised above 50?

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Anti_Bodies
07.31.2012 , 02:33 PM | #9
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Question will the level cap be raised above 50?
If your question is: when the level cap is raised is it also raised for free players?

The answer is: maybe.

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Jaavik
07.31.2012 , 02:50 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Chessrook View Post
Thank you, but, that still doesn't answer the question. It DOES say that the Class Stories are fully accessed, but it says NOTHING about PLANET stories, or random sidequests, bonus storylines or the like. THAT is what I'm asking about.

We're getting the full class storylines. And we're clearly getting access to go to all the planets. But will we be able to do the QUESTS on all those planets? THAT'S what I want to know.
This is Bioware's way of answering your question WITHOUT answering the question... It's like they don't even bother to read what you were actually asking and just saw "a question!... well I better refer them to the FAQ page!" Just another perfect example of the company not actually listening to anyone and rubber stamping all their responses
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