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Pax South Cantina Tour files - Costume Designer in 3.2

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DarthDymond
01.24.2015 , 12:32 AM | #21
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Taking into account all that, my earlier request remains: drop "Personal Phase" in the name of all that is holy. I can understand that for Class story content, but stuff that should be Group content?

Again, makes no sense at all. It screams laziness, even more so than a shared story for both factions, whether there's a reason for that or not.
Class story, faction story, or shared story, I don't mind Personal Phases for parts of the plotline where you have individualized things like the developing interpersonal dynamic with Theron, Lana and Jakarro - for example I wouldn't have wanted my pursuing a romantic relationship with Lana to be dependent on an RNG from the group conversation.

But yeah they should treat Personal Phases as one more tool in the toolbox, and use it for those encounters/conversations that it is most appropriate to, not using it as the only type of phase like they did in SoR.
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Darth_Wicked
01.24.2015 , 12:38 AM | #22
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Class story, faction story, or shared story, I don't mind Personal Phases for parts of the plotline where you have individualized things like the developing interpersonal dynamic with Theron, Lana and Jakarro - for example I wouldn't have wanted my pursuing a romantic relationship with Lana to be dependent on an RNG from the group conversation.

But yeah they should treat Personal Phases as one more tool in the toolbox, and use it for those encounters/conversations that it is most appropriate to, not using it as the only type of phase like they did in SoR.
Regardless, I'm sure it will fall in deaf ears and the way going forward is "Personal Phase".

Wasteful.

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DarthDymond
01.24.2015 , 12:40 AM | #23
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Regardless, I'm sure it will fall in deaf ears and the way going forward is "Personal Phase".

Wasteful.
That probably is what Bruce's comment about "character driven" story implies.
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Darth_Wicked
01.24.2015 , 12:42 AM | #24
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That probably is what Bruce's comment about "character driven" story implies.
Greater focus on your character's personal story = "Personal Phase" featuring a SHARED story between factions, with a UNIQUE flavor line for each class, every thirty minutes, trying to mask it

Seems sensible.

Alas, I shall wait to see what comes out of it. It may surprise me.
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Jerba
01.24.2015 , 12:50 AM | #25
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Listening to Bruce's letter, the phrase 'unified story' referring to 8 classes has me worried that going forward they're sticking with SoR's shared story between both factions, which would be disappointing.
Thanks for the link to the video! Unfortunately, it was hard to understand some words, so I just transcribed what I heard:

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Hi everyone,

For many, the start of the year is the time for setting goals and the planning for the future. This is something we have been famous for here at Bioware Austin. 2014 was an amazing year for the team. We delivered two expansions, a ... new class system and regular story updates through flashpoints. I'm proud of all the team has accomplished and we would not be ... without your support. Thank you.

I'm excited for what we have in store for you in 2015. Some of you might remember, before launch we talked a lot about the four pillars of RPGs: combat, exploration, progression and story. SWTOR is an MMO, but it's also a Biwoare game. Three years ago, we set out to deliver a product that contained the best of two worlds: the immersive story experience from a single-player RPG, and the vast array of systems and social connections from an online multi-player game. Since launch, we've made improvements on the latter, adding Galactic Strongholds, achievements, legacy perks, reputation tracks and Galactic Starfighter. But with the success of the Shadow of Revan expansion, we ... to our roots ... story.

Shadow of Revan was just the beginning. In 2015, we are committed to bringing you more character-driven adventures in The Old Republic universe. You go to see a unified story with the focus on beings that unite our eight classes. Everyone is a veteran from the Galactic Civil War, with a complicated past and an uncertain future. You'll see a great emphasis on your character's personal story and on the choices that you make. I don't want to say too much about that since it is still in development, but what we have planned really gets back to the Star Wars fantasy part of the game.

Our plan is to deliver two major updates with this new story-direction ...: One in the summer, and the other by the end of the year. But what is happening in the mean time, you might ask? Well, here's a list of what you can expect in the first half of the year. As always, please keep in mind that all of this is subject to change. We reserve the right to adjust our plans as necessary, and potentially when this [letter] goes live in two weeks, the points will be different, subject to change.
  • On February 10th, we'll have Game Update 3.1, which includes the following things: hardmode flashpoint Blood Hunt, hardmode flashpoint Battle of Rishi, as well as the start of PvP Season 4.
  • For April 28th, which is currently our tentative date for Game Update 3.2, we have a new system called the Outfit Designer. ... Stay tuned for a blog on this awesome new feature coming soon! You guys could ask questions about that afterwards, and I don't know what we'll say, so just ask and find out. A new story arc on the planet Ziost. So this story arc takes us to the Imperial homeworld of Ziost, where we answer many of the questions posed by the cliffhanger at the end of Shadow of Revan. It also has the end of PvP Season 4, and the start of Season 5, same time.
  • And beyond that, no date, always TBD, we would like to release a new stronghold, and in addition to that, also add a new playable race, the Togruta. I kind of let the Cathar out of the bag on this one last year at the cantina.

There's still going to be a reveal for SWTOR this year, this is just the start, and that's really very true. When we are further on in development, we will reveal more information that dives in the nitty-gritty details for these new features.

I want to thank you, our galactic heroes, for continuing to support us. It is your feedback and enthusiasm that makes SWTOR a better game and drives us to be better. All of our hard work is for you. May the Force be with you!

Bruce Maclean
Sounds to me like a typical executive letter. Too bad Bruce was not there to present it himself, it would have been more enjoyable than just seeing someone else reading it off. I agree that it sounds like we will have the same story for Imps and Pubs, and since they emphasize "character-driven", I doubt we'll be able to complete it as a group. But I'll live, better an identical story than no story.
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Darth_Wicked
01.24.2015 , 12:56 AM | #26
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But I'll live, better an identical story than no story.
Back when full-fledged Class stories were shelved and RotHC was released, I remember thinking to myself:
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Ohh well... Better UNIQUE faction stories than the same story for both, or no story at all.
The maw seems to widen. Not even shared story-driven group content is a certainty anymore.

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Pietrastor
01.24.2015 , 09:03 AM | #27
It's gonna be shared storyline, but they will HAVE to back it up extensively. We're talking Ziost, one of Imperial "core" worlds, old capitol etc. There needs to be a good reason why Reps will be walking around there unbothered. And no, sexing up Lana doesn't count

I wonder if Ziost in April, then 1st presumably free expansion like GSF/GSH in summer, means that perhaps Bothawui will come in Fall and Sleheyron will be in big paid expansion in Winter? Or Bothawui in summer story update, since it seems they said it's not a GSH/GSF style of free update but a story-driven one

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theSCARAYone
01.24.2015 , 09:44 AM | #28
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A little confused though. One guy said two updates before year end? Does that mean we're only getting to 3.2, or two more after that (3.4 is the last) or has the whole thing went over my head and mean something else?
This means two GSF and GSH style expansions. Not paid expansions.
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Max_Killjoy
01.24.2015 , 09:54 AM | #29
I have absolutely no hope or expectation that any of the new content will be well-executed.

The "costume customizer" thing in particular has so much potential to be a game-wrecking mess, not because it's a bad idea, but because they''ll likely make it into a clunky, half-finished, aggravating cash-grab,

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Tsillah
01.24.2015 , 10:37 AM | #30
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Back when full-fledged Class stories were shelved and RotHC was released, I remember thinking to myself:

The maw seems to widen. Not even shared story-driven group content is a certainty anymore.
To be honest, if they bring in much more personal or class story then I wouldn't mind a shared main story line so much, but there better be a proper storyline for each class to make up for it.
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