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Cathar and other species


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Costello
02.08.2013 , 03:40 PM | #11
I would love to see the Iconic Star Wars Races in the Cartel market.

I am a big fan of the EU but species added to a Star Wars Game should be those in the 6 films and immediately identifiable by any fan of Star Wars. Kel Dor, Trandoshan, Rodian, Mon Cal, Gran or Gamorian even Bothans help recapture the wonders of the films. Species that look more at home in Star Trek or indistinguishable from humans are pointless and add nothing to the feel of Star Wars.

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Darth-Obvious
02.08.2013 , 07:51 PM | #12
I know alot of people want to see a variety of different species and/or are disappointed about the Cathar (colored humans, etc) but just be aware that they're never going to add any playable species that require them to redo all (or probably any) art assets. Even if the Cathar are successful you're more than likely to see a race like the Voss next simply because they can use all the existing armors, weapons, speeders, etc, without having to redo or modify any of the existing work.

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Looka
02.08.2013 , 08:23 PM | #13
New species I would like to see: Voss, Ithorian, Mon Calamari, Wookie, Jawa and that race from Corellia.. its like a mouse human thing.

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Kalabakk
02.08.2013 , 08:52 PM | #14
I would still love to see playable Wookiees. I think the main argument against it has been around the voice acting. I've suggested a few times before having a small translator droid (think necklace or bracelet sized) that could handle the language problem. If it's just translating one language to Basic, you wouldn't need a full sized droid brain. You could put a hide/show toggle on the translator, much like with headgear, or just mention it somewhere in the intro story.

You'd still have to pay a voice actor/actress to record all the lines, but that one voice could cover a whole set of alien characters, not just Wookiees. To make things interesting, you could even sneak in a few random native-language words in the backround, such as a Wookiee howling, as if the droid couldn't keep up with the translation.
Have you hugged a Wookiee today?

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Izorii
02.09.2013 , 01:55 AM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by Darth-Obvious View Post
I know alot of people want to see a variety of different species and/or are disappointed about the Cathar (colored humans, etc) but just be aware that they're never going to add any playable species that require them to redo all (or probably any) art assets. Even if the Cathar are successful you're more than likely to see a race like the Voss next simply because they can use all the existing armors, weapons, speeders, etc, without having to redo or modify any of the existing work.
I assume the 1 thing which will determin new species will be profit. I know we originally got told it was romance (later explained as booth chat), then the ability to releate and now issues with clipping. However I suspect it will be profit if 100 people will buy Kiffar (a species that looks exactly like a human) which would cost Bioware $10 in development time and sell for 15 bucks each, or if 200 would buy Kel'dor which would cost Bioware $100 in development for $15 each then we will see Kiffar because the profit on them is higher.

That said I strongly support new species, I think the lack of playable species is a big flaw with TOR and suspect that due to the sucsess of the cartel market right know cash is being thrown at that team and it doesn't take a genius to see they will have to get smart to keep people buying. You can not release 40 jedi robes and wonder why people stopped buying them when all it is is the same robes as already in the store with a different shoulder pad or because they already have the robes they want.

New species also means new characters which may buy more items from the Cartel market so its a win win situation.

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Costello
02.09.2013 , 12:56 PM | #16
I agree we have to be realistic in what we hope to see added to the game, they have made it clear we wont see Wookies or other non basic speaking species. We wont be seeing anything that isn't humanoid in shape, i.e two arms two legs and can come in 4 body types.

That said with very very little lore or the experience tied to the choice of species in the game it is solely adding to the look of the game and choice of what the players avatar will look like. This means if its a near human with white skin or slightly different hair or eyes that you would have to be inches away from them to notice it doesn't add to the choice available. As apart from people that are strongly invested in the lore of that species, few people would pay 18 bucks (the cost of a speeder) for a different skin tone or different colour eyes.

So Bioware should find a middle ground between crazy options such as Hutts and near humans where we have different facial types that aren't all based on humans. And maybe options like Trandoshian who have feed that require the hiding of boots to see their clawed feet but even they should be able to fit boots over them if necessary.

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LordRaeth
02.09.2013 , 01:40 PM | #17
Theygame still doesn't feel right without access to a lot more different races, it's one of the things that drew me to star wars in t he first place, but this game is lacking it.

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jumay
02.09.2013 , 01:57 PM | #18
Still waiting on Nautolans to be added to game. The cat people stands no chance of me even spending the free cartel coins on them. Give me options that I desire and there is a greater chance that I will spend beyond my sub. Forcing me to buy things that I don't want to get the things I do want?..?..? I will just do without rather than be forced.

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Dontelar
02.09.2013 , 04:29 PM | #19
Personally, I've been putting off starting a Merc, because I want it to be a Cathar, but I'm starting to get tired of waiting. Hopefully it goes well, because I'd sure like to see more variety in playable races. Togruta, Nautolan, maybe cyborg versions of races other than human. Why is it that only humans get cyborg implants?

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snoopdogbaby
02.09.2013 , 05:42 PM | #20
We're not going to get far-from human species options since they already said that. There'd be trouble with clipping, facial expressions, and character voices.

However, I'd like to eventually see Zeltrons, togruta, (possibly) nautolans, echani, and kiffar at some point. Even the species that Rusk is. There's plenty of near-human species not implemented yet that could be.