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Ciarayn
01.29.2020 , 08:32 PM | #111
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  • Agents will have a 1-on-1 with Vector
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LadyAvyna
01.29.2020 , 08:39 PM | #112
Thank you for this update. I appreciate everything you guys at BioWare do for us. I know that you guys can be extremely under appreciated at times and I just want to say that as a BioWare fan and Star Wars fan, I am very grateful for everything that you guys have worked on for us. I know that things will not be perfect all the time but I know that you guys are hard at work and I thank you.

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Lhancelot
01.29.2020 , 08:56 PM | #113
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The update will also include a few other small scenes, including:[*]Agents will have a 1-on-1 with Vector.
That's why I hate Vector. He's such a bore.
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Players quit WZs they do not enjoy. You are losing PVPers.
Give players a choice of WZs, enough is enough (Huttball) already!

Good job increasing rewards for PVP! It was much needed, thank you.

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aerockyul
01.29.2020 , 09:24 PM | #114
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Wow, sounds a bit salty...
That was definitely exceedingly sarcastic and salty and a great look from the person running the show. I can't believe so many people took that second post as a positive. It would be deserved if, you know, they actually did communicate more and he felt he needed to swat the noses of the little yappy dogs that he's constantly showering with information...but in reality we are all ravenous, hungry wolves in a pit that he tossed a single meatless, dry bone to and got mad at the ravenous, starving, salary-paying wolves who are hungry for actual information and communication.

I never thought something outside of getting bored with the game would push me this close to unsubbing. Unnecessary and petulant.
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OlBuzzard
01.29.2020 , 10:50 PM | #115
I'm kind of glad that I waited to respond in this thread.

There now seems to be some very interesting opportunities in the future. And I'm understandably curious.
Points to ponder for the upcoming story:
1. Does Malgus find out about the situation developing with Tenebrae ? Some of the details of Malgus and Tenebrae and their paths crossing in the past are sketchy... soooo does Malgus see an opportunity here ? Granted he's more machine than anything … but that doesn't mean anything.

This could get to be real messy if Malgus shows up to take advantage of the situation and try to "steal" the essence of the man who has caused so much destruction across so many worlds. The return of Tenebrae ??? Probably not... but what impact would it have on Malgus ???? Only a good writer could answer that !

2. Does Elara Dorne finally get a personality? It's been pretty much as stiff as starched card board thus far (since the beginning) … Only one of my troopers has a commitment to her … the rest ignored her from start to finish … even when she returned !

3. I would be really curious to see where this story goes after the defeat of the empire at the ship yard... Although some have said that if you play DS Empire it was destroyed ??? ( note: I believe someone has posted that in another thread). At some point in time this must be correct and properly reconciled. IMO... yes Malgus was defeated in his attempt to take the ship yard … but not destroyed. He will be a force to be reckoned with.

BUT... in the middle of this those of us who decided to keep our "alliance" … where does that lead. Which brings me to :
4. The alliance. I really have enjoyed many aspects of the independent operative for each of my LS Republic characters. There has been so much that I gained especially with better companions for the Smuggler. In a fun sort of way … he and Lana are a good fit (OK … that's just my opinion) .. and I've had a lot of fun with that! Added to the list of companions that I like better than the first companions: Theron .. Gault .. HK-55 … definitely Vette.. Senya.

Actually now that I think about it this is true for most of my other Republic class characters except for the JK Sentinel. IMO the new companions simply worked better with my character and had better stories to go with them. They were definitely more fun. I liked them better.

Yet at some point in time I also know that the alliance will out grow the Smuggler and the JK for certain. I'm not sure about the commando.. but more than likely for the commando as well. … ???? frankly I'm not quite sure.

For those who play DS / Empire control of the Empire or being the right hand of vengeance for the emperor might be the ticket. I'm not going to speak for anyone on that subject. But I could see where some might like that idea.

All in all .. IMO the future of the alliance will be a significant part of the new story.

More new strong holds (besides the one in Alderaan) (I'm still looking for either a chalet or space station...
New companions …
Better, longer and more frequent interactions with our favorite companions...
New class ( I'm never going to rule this out … not until I hear conclusive word that it WONT happen from the team)….


And PLEASE … pretty PLEASE set aside a few techs to do some old fashion bug squashing !! (This aint the Happiness Hotel)

I'm almost certain I'll review .. correct and add more later.

It's been a really rough one today !
I sense a disturbance in the force ....
What was ... is no longer
"Tear down this wall"

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TinaLovesHan
01.29.2020 , 11:11 PM | #116
I, for one, would like to thank Keith and Charles for updating on us on what they can atm.

I love the story stuff - especially about VECTOR *dreamy sigh*

I find that there is more than enough in the game to do, I'm pleased with the direction the game is going atm, I'm excited for what's to come and I'm over the moon to know that swtor is planning on being around for years to come! <3

I have only two complaints: crafting is too expensive :P and where is Zenith? :P

Thanks again, Keith and Charles

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InfernoSaber
01.29.2020 , 11:12 PM | #117
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Hey folks!

Thought I’d hop in and add a bit about the story elements in our upcoming releases. I’ll spoiler tag anything that I think might be too specific, but if you want to know absolutely nothing, maybe just skip this post entirely

Game Update 6.1 will include a small story beat around the size of Hearts and Minds. Specifically, this will be about checking in with the newly-formed factional groups – Task Force Nova for Republic players, and the Hand for Imperials – and making some initial decisions to guide them as they’re getting ramped up (including Saboteur options for those so inclined). For Imperials, this also means meeting your new liaison, Darth Rivix – he was a lot of fun to write, so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s reactions.

The update will also include a few other small scenes, including:
  • A check-in with Kira and Scourge, setting up the story for Game Update 6.2 (more on that below)
  • Troopers will have a 1-on-1 with Elara Dorne
  • Agents will have a 1-on-1 with Vector
  • And lastly…
    Spoiler
As Keith mentioned, 6.1 will be followed by 6.1.1 and 6.1.2. After that, our next story beat will come in Game Update 6.2: The One Where Crazy Stuff Happens*. Since it’s still in the works and a bit further out, I won’t go into nearly as much detail, and I’m going to put just about everything in spoiler tags just in case. But the TL;DR is that 6.2 will deal directly with the situation Kira and Scourge bring to light at the end of Onslaught.

*Definitely the final, confirmed update name.

Spoiler

Beyond that, in addition to the content, features, and quality-of-life improvements Keith mentioned that we’re looking to add past 6.1.2 and 6.2, you can expect the storyline that started with Jedi Under Siege and Onslaught to continue through our updates the rest of this year and beyond. After all, we’re in our ninth year, and our tenth anniversary is just around the corner--a very exciting time for SWTOR to be sure!
thanks Keith & Charles. Sweet new story cutscenes but a few questions like...
1) how do we see the new scenes since some people already finish Onslaught? (its sad that we may never encounter the new cutscenes it we finish the story so far already)
2) When will we get the The Mandalorian full Beskar armor set? (with Beskar armor boots, belt and jetpack since the cape is not mandalorian culture)
3) The Alderaan Stronghold is said to be the biggest one yet and I can't wait for it BUT... Since Alderaan is going to destroy on CANON MATERIAL, does it really matter to have it? From Jack Sparrow from At World's End, "The world's still the same. There's just… less in it." In STAR WARS case, the galaxies & planets are still the same BUT destroying them like Death Star will erasing planets also erasing culture, great characters, and good stories which that make STAR WARS great. It just a waste to destroy planets and that why i hate some of the squeal movies (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) Sorry but i have to say it AND Resistance & Rebel like like World War 2 armor gear. (I MISS the Republic)

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msbtbd
01.30.2020 , 12:16 AM | #118
Quote: Originally Posted by CharlesBoyd View Post
Hey folks!

Thought I’d hop in and add a bit about the story elements in our upcoming releases. I’ll spoiler tag anything that I think might be too specific, but if you want to know absolutely nothing, maybe just skip this post entirely

Game Update 6.1 will include a small story beat around the size of Hearts and Minds. Specifically, this will be about checking in with the newly-formed factional groups – Task Force Nova for Republic players, and the Hand for Imperials – and making some initial decisions to guide them as they’re getting ramped up (including Saboteur options for those so inclined). For Imperials, this also means meeting your new liaison, Darth Rivix – he was a lot of fun to write, so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s reactions.

The update will also include a few other small scenes, including:
  • A check-in with Kira and Scourge, setting up the story for Game Update 6.2 (more on that below)
  • Troopers will have a 1-on-1 with Elara Dorne
  • Agents will have a 1-on-1 with Vector
  • And lastly…
    Spoiler
As Keith mentioned, 6.1 will be followed by 6.1.1 and 6.1.2. After that, our next story beat will come in Game Update 6.2: The One Where Crazy Stuff Happens*. Since it’s still in the works and a bit further out, I won’t go into nearly as much detail, and I’m going to put just about everything in spoiler tags just in case. But the TL;DR is that 6.2 will deal directly with the situation Kira and Scourge bring to light at the end of Onslaught.

*Definitely the final, confirmed update name.

Spoiler

Beyond that, in addition to the content, features, and quality-of-life improvements Keith mentioned that we’re looking to add past 6.1.2 and 6.2, you can expect the storyline that started with Jedi Under Siege and Onslaught to continue through our updates the rest of this year and beyond. After all, we’re in our ninth year, and our tenth anniversary is just around the corner--a very exciting time for SWTOR to be sure!
Thanks for this post, Charles! I love hearing more about the story! I admit, I am worried about 6.2 and what kind of craziness will ensue but I will do my best to stay positive. Some of the best Star Wars moments are crazy, after all.
It'll be bittersweet to see an end to KOTET.

About the next story beat in 6.1, will there be any interactions with Theron and/or Lana? Or just Vector and Elara?
I hope we get more interactions with all of the companions but especially the characters we've romanced. Companion interactions and romance have been, unfortunately, lacking. Also, will we see Jonas Balkar again?
How will the story in 6.1 and 6.2 affect those that decided to stay independent with their Alliance?

I understand if you can't answer any of these questions. I'm still very grateful for the update you gave us.

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Nmyownworld
01.30.2020 , 12:33 AM | #119
Hiya, Keith Kanneg, and Happy New Year.
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The Umbaran Patrol Tauntaun will kick off of as a “February” sub-reward. Be a subscriber at any time before Feb 29, starting tomorrow, and you will have the Tauntaun waiting for you in your in-game inbox.
Indeed it did. Thanks! Purple is my favorite color, and that's is a nice looking mount.
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Many of you had the chance to check out the Alderaan Stronghold and the upcoming class changes on PTS, and we really appreciate the feedback you provided.
Thanks for the chance to provide feedback on the Alderaan Stronghold before it goes live.
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You should expect to see these updates in the next couple of months after 6.1 is live. They will include some new quality of life changes for Conquests, more class changes, Master Mode Dxun, and more! Stay tuned to the PTS forum for more details on specifically what is coming in each update.

2020 – The team is working on a lot of exciting things for this year. We will really have a big focus on quality of life, updated stories, PvP improvements and much, much more. We want to ensure your time in SWTOR is very enjoyable by having plenty of activities, goals, and rewards.
Yes to continued open PTS testing!

You've made some good QoL changes in the past. I'm looking forward to see what's coming up.
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Again, thanks for playing SWTOR and helping us make it an awesome experience for so many new players.
I'm not using hyperbole when I state that I think you pulled this game from the brink. I don't always agree with every change, and I've already expressed those views elsewhere. Still, overall, I think you've done right by the game and the players. Thank you.

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Hey, Charles Boyd. I think you've done an amazing job turning the story to Ossus and Onslaught. I enjoyed both faction's Ossus story, and I especially enjoyed the Republic side's Onslaught story.
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Agents will have a 1-on-1 with Vector
Vector! <3
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[*]And lastly…
Spoiler
Nice!
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Specifically, 6.2 will deal with
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Kaesoi
01.30.2020 , 12:48 AM | #120
When is Alderaan coming out for real?