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The Death of the Class Story - Chapter 4: Rise of the Hutt Cartel

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The Death of the Class Story - Chapter 4: Rise of the Hutt Cartel

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CelCawdro
12.12.2012 , 10:54 AM | #1
Edit: To anyone who took and "wait and see" approach, well, here is the result. Death confirmed.
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Where does the development team stand with regards to individual class stories? Are these still a priority for upcoming content?

Great question. The way you choose to overcome your own personal villains is a crucial part of what defines your character, and once you’ve gotten closure on your personal story, you’re ready to be a key player in the larger conflicts that threaten the Empire and the Republic. Moving forward, we’re focusing on those stories – conflicts that decide the fate of the entire Galaxy and demand the attention of other living legends like yourself. You can still put your personal touch on these stories, and you’ll develop relationships just like before, but now the stakes are higher, and the experience can be shared with your friends.


As seen here. (Edit: And confirmed here.) Yes, it's datamined. No, it isn't completely concrete. But it's a good indication of the direction of the game. And it is being indicated that class stories are done for - there will be continuation, but nothing more in-depth than the generalized story you can find in WoW or any other MMO out there.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is the item that unlocks Makeb.

And yes, this is speculation. But given answers like this...
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When Makeb was first announced, we were told that it was not a continuation of the class story. Yet in a recent interview, Jeff Hickman said that Makeb is the continuation of your story. I think there might be a bit of confusion in semantics. Can you clarify and perhaps expound on what exactly Makeb is going to offer as far as the story is concerned?

Our goal when designing stories for The Old Republic is to ensure that they can be enjoyed both while playing alone or as part of a group, and Makeb is no exception. Players of all classes will discover that their previous adventures have made them bigger celebrities than ever before, with both enemies and allies recognizing the players' characters as some of the most important people in the galaxy. Players will be summoned to Makeb precisely because of who they are and what they've done in their class plots -- and their new adventures will place them squarely at the center of the Great War.
...it isn't baseless.

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SaijaRii
12.12.2012 , 11:05 AM | #2
I don't think anyone thought Bioware had the budget to continue the class quests. At least not in a (presumably) free content patch.
There is nothing older than the idea that this is new. ~ Thomas Sowell.

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Urael
12.12.2012 , 11:06 AM | #3
"If" this is true, I agree with you. The ONLY strength of SWTOR was "The Story". Story becoming "genericized" won't really "feel" that epic anymore. Without continuations to the "personal story" things will feel incomplete. I know from the IA Story perspective, I have many questions that I would like to see resolved.

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Addaib
12.12.2012 , 11:07 AM | #4
If so I'm not surprised since that was so expensive.,,, But I think what they are doing is the MMO version of Dragon Age Awakening. And hopefully any work they've done on class specific stuff can be jammed in later, on some other planet , space station etc.

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Urael
12.12.2012 , 11:12 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Addaib View Post
If so I'm not surprised since that was so expensive.,,, But I think what they are doing is the MMO version of Dragon Age Awakening. And hopefully any work they've done on class specific stuff can be jammed in later, on some other planet , space station etc.
There may be no "later" to jam things into. Given how sub par SWTOR is from a MMORPG perspective the only draw is the story. I don't "end game" in SWTOR. To me it's not worth it. I "end game" in other games. I play SWTOR for the story. If there isn't going to be any real continuation of the "class stories" then we are talking essentually about "planet story missions" for the forseable future. With all the threads that have been started about "can I just do my personal story and level up" and with others like me that are only playing for the story you would think that EAware would know better.

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JohnAnconia
12.12.2012 , 11:18 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by CelCawdro View Post
As seen here. Yes, it's datamined. No, it isn't completely concrete. But it's a good indication of the direction of the game. And it is being indicated that class stories are done for - there will be continuation, but nothing more in-depth than the generalized story you can find in WoW or any other MMO out there.

I wouldn't be surprised if this is the item that unlocks Makeb.

And yes, this is speculation. But given answers like this... ...it isn't baseless.
Now they are punishing people for playing alts. Oh the irony.

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Lamech
12.12.2012 , 11:19 AM | #7
It does give the impression that all class stories may merge into one continued story with the only difference being 'flavour' text (ie. conversations recognising that you have done 'X' on your class story)

Guess we shall see.

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ZionHalcyon
12.12.2012 , 11:21 AM | #8
Well, here's the thing - given the layoffs, delays, etc. I can see why they are making chapter 4 a catch all.

However, if money is made from the F2P and bioware gets back on track, I see no reason why Bioware can't have down the line more individual class story chapters, and then more inclusive chapters for everyone. It would actually enhance the narrative if the chapters allow everyone to come together for some big event, and then go their separate ways again in their own stories, only to have another chapter or two where they are all together again - its actually very star wars.

However, if going forward, there will never again be individual class stories and only these larger in scope stories, then yes, I do consider it a huge and grave disappointment. Time will tell.

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Urael
12.12.2012 , 11:21 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by JohnAnconia View Post
Now they are punishing people for playing alts. Oh the irony.
Indeed. "Replay" is one if the games "strengths" according to EA. So much for that. But, hey it's not like they haven't "pivoted" before.

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Lionflash
12.12.2012 , 11:22 AM | #10
Because this game hasn't been ask successful as they had hoped, maybe not. However, even if the rest of the story was told just like the 'Planetary Story Quest Arcs' it would still be a cut above any other MMO out there. However I will miss my companions having their input and reation to other NPCs and situations, and just the pure personal touch the 8 class stories had.