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Interview with Matthew Bromberg, GM of BW Austin

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Interview with Matthew Bromberg, GM of BW Austin

Deewe's Avatar

08.16.2012 , 06:07 PM | #1
Interesting interview: Clicky

The guys seems honest and isn't afraid of tough questions.
Also liked that contrary to some he didn't spend the whole time saying how great is TOR.

Few things to mention:
  • Content each 6 weeks
  • Content = OP, Flaspoints, WZ, events...
  • Story mode on hold for bigger (and much rarer?) updates
  • Focus will be on grouped content.
  • F2P =/= pay to win but you're going to be able to buy conveniences perk like faster leveling.
  • F2P == vanity items, access to specific content, inventory/bank slots.

The Guy landed in May, so the actual event might be a snapshot of what to expect.

(Edit) Adding Jeff Hickman interview, Executive Producer of the game.
  1. F2P got a broader time frame: fall =/= November.
  2. F2P will get access to say all WZ but will be limited of how many they can do in a specific time frame
  3. Story content "Free"
  4. Medium level blue items shall be in the cash shop
  5. One team dedicated to 6w content
  6. Another team to the making of Makeb
  7. A whole team has been working for months on the new level 50 hard mode space missions.

To be honest last part is a huge waste of $$$ and dev time.
For the managers eventually reading that: the space shooter is just lame.
You guys should realize it's a shame to have spend and keep spending so much on such a lackluster feature.
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Rynis's Avatar

08.16.2012 , 06:58 PM | #2
All I can say is if they stick to the plan, and PLEASE optimize the game engine...Swtor can make a huge comeback .

Thanks for the find! I couldn't resist clicking the link that said "Clicky"

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08.16.2012 , 07:05 PM | #3
Good to hear a developer directly saying it won't go Pay 2 Win. That was the only hesitation I had with moving to F2P.
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Xanikk's Avatar

08.16.2012 , 07:27 PM | #4
If all the things you mentioned in your summary are true I may resubscribe.

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08.16.2012 , 07:30 PM | #5
I have to agree this post was extremely informative on what they are planning on doing to the game. Honestly on some aspects they have the right idea. Especially the part where he talks about how they need something that is way better at the end of leveling. Should be interesting, but I was extremely happy to here no pay to win lol.

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08.16.2012 , 07:57 PM | #6
"Story mode on hold for bigger and much rarer updates"

So, the one thing Bioware is really good at will not be done much. I expect this means little new systems either and EA will just milk $WTOR.

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08.16.2012 , 08:20 PM | #7
I like this guy. If he keeps his promises the game will be looking good,
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08.16.2012 , 08:24 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Gweyr View Post
"Story mode on hold for bigger and much rarer updates"

So, the one thing Bioware is really good at will not be done much. I expect this means little new systems either and EA will just milk $WTOR.
it is an mmo, so you have to do mmo-style content updates.
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Selvec's Avatar

08.16.2012 , 08:28 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Deewe View Post
  • Focus will be on grouped content.

Did he mention how big the groups need to be? 4 person grouped content would be awesome, but the 8+ grouped content is already rarely done on my server due to low pop. Also I hate stuff like that which becomes guild restricted, means most players can't access the bloody things.

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08.16.2012 , 08:30 PM | #10
I am REALLY hoping the F2P =/= P2W is true.
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