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EricMusco
PTS Once Again Available | 09.17.2019, 02:39 PM
Hey folks,

PTS is once again available with a new patch. This patch is only changes related to Dxun (which you can find here). The acquisition changes we talked about are still in process, I will let you know when we deploy those to PTS. Expect a write-up of what is changing when we get there.

-eric


DanielSteed
Meet The Community Content Creators - Xam Xam | 09.17.2019, 01:20 PM
Hello everyone!

Following the last community highlight article, we have another entry of our Content Creator Program to highlight - Xam Xam! If you’re unfamiliar with what our Content Creator Program is or are curious about joining it, I have also posted a community blog introducing the Content Creator Program.

If you would like check out her content, here is her website.


MattPucevich
6.0 PTS Refresh #5 Operations Notes (17 September, 2019) | 09.17.2019, 10:39 AM


*construction noises in background* Polish and PTS iteration are ongoing. Here are some notes for you all.

Refresh Notes:

Operations (Global)
General
  • Lockouts for Story Mode operations have been globally changed to 24h.



Nature of Progress Operation

General
All Modes
  • We have re-enabled lockouts for Story Mode. Consistent with the change noted above, the lockouts are 24h.
  • CI-Synapse Accelerator Serum (more commonly known as "The Stims"):
    • Rewrote the CI-SAS Stim ability tooltip to completely explain all of the wonderful things stims can do. Apologies, it's a little long...
  • Loot rockets should no longer land on a dude in a white track suit.
  • Corrected a spelling mistake in the name of Incendiary Shriek
  • Peacekeeper turrets should be a little more aggressive about exiting combat with things when nobody's around.
  • Death no longer dispelled stacks of tiredness, as it appears that there is not, in fact, any rest for the wicked.


Red
All Modes
  • Made some adjustment to Synthium Derpridic growths to make them easier to see/use:
    • Growths now have an emissive glow to help them stand out from the environment.
    • Did a bit of hedge trimming around the growths so that there is less context foliage masking their locations.
    • Slightly increased the size of growths to make them easier to spot.
  • Red's Venom is now properly tagged as AoE.
  • Red's Venom damage has slightly increased.


Breach CI-004
All Modes
  • Damage from the holding pens coils can no longer be reflected because that's silly.


Super Mutant Trandoshan Action Squad GX: Shining Hunter Force of Justice Brigade
Musco note: Still not the real name...

All Modes
  • Corrected the size of the indicator for Greus's Trandoshan Torch AoE to match the effect size.

Story Mode
  • Hissyphis's and Greus's HP has increased a bit in Story Mode.

Veteran Mode
  • Titax Strike's damage will now be properly reduced if the target is knocked into a goo tank.


The Huntmaster

All Modes
  • The Huntmaster encounter now properly cleans up after itself when the encounter is completed (so no more getting stuck with the Lunch debuff, theoretically)
  • The Lunch debuff is now actually a debuff so that it can't be clicked off.


Apex Vanguard

All Modes
  • Scrubby Sprinkle Spray FX updated!

Story Mode
  • Use of the Ventilation and Scrubber stations now consumes one charge of power off of the battery (up from 0).
    Quote:
    This is a learnability change. Previously, only the EMP [Disruptor Pulse] station changed the power level on the battery. Because that station specifically always drains the battery, Story Mode players could only ever see the battery either completely full, or completely empty. Since players never saw the battery in a state of partial charge, there was no opportunity to learn or understand what the charge indicator was actually representing (Is it all or nothing? Does it have three charges because the indicator is broken up into three color regions? Does it have six charges because there are six bars?), and confusion about when or why the battery became uncharged (Was it every 3rd station use? Was it using the same station twice in a row?).

    This is one of those interesting situations where making one thing slightly harder will probably make the encounter easier overall.

Veteran Mode
  • Apex Vanguard's missiles actually do damage!
  • Apex Vanguard should now actually drop loot and set a lockout.


DanielSteed
The Grand Galactic Sale! | 09.16.2019, 07:36 AM
The second week of the Grand Galactic Sale has started! This week the following sales have been added:

- 40% off Color Crystals
- 50% off Appearance Options

Along with Character Transfers and Character Slots, these will remain on sale until October 21st. More items will get added next week, so stay tuned!


EricMusco
6.0 PTS Refresh #4 Operations Notes (13 September, 2019) | 09.13.2019, 02:17 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by RikuvonDrake View Post
We changing Izax now?
Whoopsie doops. That section has been removed, no Izax changes!

-eric


MattPucevich
6.0 PTS Refresh #4 Operations Notes (13 September, 2019) | 09.13.2019, 01:44 PM


Greetings! Here are some notes related to operations changes contained within this last PTS update

Refresh Notes:

Nature of Progress Operation

General
All Modes
  • CI-Synapse Accelerator Serum (more commonly known as "The Stims"):
    • Use of CI-Synapse Accelerator Serum stims is now instant with a 0.8s GCD (previously it was a 0.5s cast with a 1.0s CD).
    • Appearances and VFX related to stim usage have been updated:
      • There is now a different use animation for self-use versus other-use.
      • There are now different visuals for the single versus the double dose buff.
      • There is now a separate effect on the character for the Overloaded debuff, and a red shatter FX for overdose death.
  • Reaching 100 stacks of tired is now fatal.
  • Unlocking of the elevator at the top of Spaceport Access Stairwell A is now tied to the defeat of a new pull of Trandoshans located at the top of the stairs.

Red
All Modes
  • Derpridic Blooms no longer have collision.
  • Fixed the seemingly random invisible LOS blocks dotted around Red's encounter area.

Breach CI-004
All Modes
  • Lake Crabs should now properly reset when the Breach CI-004 event is reset (previously, a crab would never spawn again after it had been spawned the first time, even if the event was reset)
  • Remaining Flares and Stims will be removed when the Breach CI-004 event is completed.
  • Warden droids now play beam FX to the console(s) whose use they are locking.

Story Mode
  • Reduced the maximum range of the Lake Crab's Tongue Yoink ability from 40m to 15m in Story Mode

Veteran Mode
  • Reaper health has been increased


Super Mutant Trandoshan Action Squad GX: Shining Hunter Force of Justice Brigade
Musco note: This is not the real name

All Modes
  • Players will no longer take falling damage when jumping down into the Evolutionary Warfare Mutagen Lab
  • Reduced the additional damage taken by the Trandoshans from Death Pact (Was 5/25/100, is now 5/10/15).

The Huntmaster

All Modes
  • Players will no longer take falling damage when jumping down into the Combat Iteration Testing Arena
  • Players should no longer be held in combat in some cases after the Huntmaster is defeated.
  • Increased range on Huntmaster's default ranged attack to 100m
  • The Deliberate Charger now has interrupt immunity
  • The Deliberate Charger will now ignore the Huntmaster as a target after breaking the Fortress shield, and entertain the players instead.
  • Adjusted the Deliberate Charge "Arrow Parade" target indicator to not fade until much closer to the target, so that it's easier for the target to see regardless of their camera position and zoom.
  • The Huntmaster will no longer shoot after retreated beasts quite so tenaciously when a new Light Point appears.
  • Incendiary Grenade now produces a red text callout with the target's name.
  • Encounters leading up to the Huntmaster should no longer spawn when restarting the phase with a Huntmaster defeated lockout.
  • The Huntmaster's holdout radius is now colored "rorange" to helpfully suggest that standing within it is a very bad idea.
  • Fixed a bug where the visually displayed radius of the Huntmaster's Holdout position was slightly smaller than the effective radius.

Story Mode
  • Incendiary Grenade's channel time increased from 3.0s -> 4.5s to give story mode players a little more time to notice and react.

Apex Vanguard

All Modes
  • Fixed a bug causing the Apex Vanguard's melee attack to do 25% less damage than intended.
  • Zone Defense's maximum ranged increased from 30m to 40m.
  • Fixed an edge case where the Apex Vanguard wouldn't ever start up Darkness Overdrive if brought below 85% health before ever removing the battery.
  • Attempting to use a station without sufficient battery charge will now broadcast an "insufficient battery charge" error to the raid.
  • The Battery Carrier no longer magically becomes untired whenever they plug the battery into a socket.

Veteran Mode
  • Added colored pips to the flare station's overhead sign that convey the status of the three flare manufacturing slots. Known issue: These pips are only visible if your camera is within ~75m of the sign.
  • Missile damage increased ~40%
  • Stim station now produces a red text message when it shuts down due to the battery having been removed (to help clarify that the stim station keeps going so long as the battery is left in)
  • Increased the rate of tired gain in Veteran mode by 50% (1 per 3s -> 1 per 2s). Tired is still lost at the same rate (1 per 6s)
  • Fixed an issue preventing the Apex Vanguard from entering its final phase


EricMusco
Next PTS Patch Timing | 09.12.2019, 03:12 PM
Hey folks,

We discovered a few more issues and are going to bring PTS offline so we can get them resolved. Expect a new PTS build tomorrow so we can test Dxun through the weekend. We are going back to the original plan of continuing acquisition testing next week!

Thanks all.

-eric


EricMusco
Tech Fragment Vendor Feedback | 09.12.2019, 03:11 PM
Hey folks,

You probably saw some issues with the vendor (which I highlighted above). After some further testing we are going to bring PTS offline and as I originally posted, we will work through more acquisition testing next week. You can continue feedback here based on what you saw but know that this is all still in process.

Expect more complete implementation and information next week for testing! Thanks everyone.

-eric

PS - PTS will come back online tomorrow for Dxun testing


EricMusco
Tech Fragment Vendor Feedback | 09.12.2019, 12:59 PM
Hey all,

With the newest PTS patch now live, we have implemented the vendors where you can buy tactical items and set bonus shells directly. A few notes:
  • Prices are not final, they are a work in progress that are subject to change based on your feedback and PTS data.
  • The vendor is still in process of being implemented so expect some weirdness. Right now the names of items don't display in the vendor list and need to be "moused over"

Let us know your thoughts on pricing, availability, etc.

Thanks all.

-eric


EricMusco
What happened to SWTOR? Some insight by Jeff Nyman (game tester) | 09.12.2019, 12:55 PM
Just because this gets raised on occasion I wanted to jump in to the thread. The individual you are referencing is not a current or former employee of EA or BioWare and so I would caution insinuation of any internal knowledge here.

Going to move the thread to off-topic. Thanks all.

-eric


EricMusco
Next PTS Patch Timing | 09.12.2019, 09:31 AM
Hey folks,

We are going to be bringing PTS down today to start pushing our next patch. Unlike what I said above, we did actually get some of the new loot acquisition changes in. The things in this next patch are:
  • Dxun Changes
  • Vendors have been added that sell tacticals and set bonus shells directly
  • Loot now drops only for your current discipline
I will spin up new feedback threads with more details once we are ready to bring PTS up fully, hopefully today or tomorrow.

Thanks all.

-eric


DanielSteed
Any news on Bounty Week and why it's not monthly anymore ? | 09.11.2019, 01:51 PM
This is something that I can add further clarification to!

To lead up to the release of 'Onslaught' we replaced an iteration of Bounty Contract Week with an additional week of the Pirate Incursion event. After this month there are no more planned instances of the same event repeating back-to-back. Here is the planned schedule for October/November:

- October 10th: Relics of the Gree
- October 22nd: Rakghoul Resurgence (Tatooine)
- November 5th: Bounty Contract Week
- November 19th: Pirate Incursion


DanielSteed
The Grand Galactic Sale! | 09.11.2019, 01:28 PM
Quote: Originally Posted by Floplag View Post
Can we confirm that as items are added the others stay on sale?
So i can use the transfer sale anytime between now and the end of the sale, not just this week?
Official confirmation would be nice... Devs?
That is correct! Character Transfers and Character Slots will be on sale for six weeks in total. Everything that goes on sale on September 16th will then be on sale for five weeks etc.


EricMusco
Next PTS Patch Timing | 09.10.2019, 11:11 AM
Hey folks,

Some quick updates on timing for Phase 2 PTS based on my post from last week. We will likely have another patch this week which will solely contain changes for Dxun.

If you are helping us test loot acquisition on PTS, take a breather. The list of changes we posted about last week are coming, but most likely not this week. It is our goal to get a patch up (hopefully early) next week which will contain everything so all of you can help us test those changes in earnest. I will share more details on timing once I have them.

Thanks all.

-eric


EricMusco
Maintenance: September 10th, 2019 | 09.10.2019, 09:44 AM
All servers are once again available, thanks everyone.

-eric


DanielSteed
The Grand Galactic Sale! | 09.09.2019, 12:35 PM
Good catch! That was a miscommunication on our side. Transfers are meant to be 70% off, we are updating all messaging to reflect that now.


DanielSteed
The Grand Galactic Sale! | 09.09.2019, 10:29 AM
Hello everyone,

The Grand Galactic Sale is now happening! Currently Character Slots and Character Transfers will be at a discount until October 21st. Each Monday new items will go on sale. When this happens, the article will be updated and I'll post an update in this thread.


EricMusco
The Next PTS Patch and Future Changes | 09.06.2019, 04:26 PM
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
If you are seeing either of these things from crates, that is a bug. A Renown crate will always give you an item and the only way a shell would drop is if it was a set piece. An empty green shell dropping would be a bug.

I actually believe both of these issues are addressed in this patch but I will verify.

-eric
Let me correct something from my post. If it appears that you have an empty green shell in your stash, that is actually not a bug in of itself. The way that item works is when you pull it from your stash into your inventory it will then fill that item with mods for you based on your item rating and Discipline. Even though it looks like an empty green item, it is actually a great item to get.

The bug we need to address is that it looks like a very bad item in your stash and doesn't relay to you that you need to pull it to your inventory. We are working on a solution for that.

-eric


EricMusco
The Next PTS Patch and Future Changes | 09.06.2019, 03:43 PM
Quote: Originally Posted by SteveTheCynic View Post
It occurs to me to suggest that they've heard all the cries of "No RNG for gearing" and given us "Less RNG" and "Directed RNG", neither of which are "*No* RNG".

I'd really like for the Renown crates to never, ever do either of these things:
* Be empty.
* Contain one object, an empty green shell.

And before you say it, no, I'm not kidding. I saw both of these things the other day.
If you are seeing either of these things from crates, that is a bug. A Renown crate will always give you an item and the only way a shell would drop is if it was a set piece. An empty green shell dropping would be a bug.

I actually believe both of these issues are addressed in this patch but I will verify.

-eric


EricMusco
Maintenance: September 10th, 2019 | 09.06.2019, 02:47 PM
Hey everyone!

We will be taking the servers offline on Tuesday, September 10th for back-end maintenance.

Details:
DATE: 10 September 2019
TIME: 5:00AM - 9:00AM PDT (1200 - 1600 GMT)
VERSION: N/A

Thank you for your patience as we maintain Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!

-eric
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