The official SWTOR blog has some interesting info about Game Update 1.7 today. There are going to be many new additions such as new legacy titles, reputation and more but the biggest news is the addition of Galactic Reputation to players.
Check out this explanation from the SWTOR blog:
Game Update 1.7 will introduce Galactic Reputation to all players. This is a new way for your character to advance in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. In a time of widespread conflict and political strife, disparate organizations throughout the galaxy seek allies in the struggle for peace… or conquest. Reputation measures how your character is perceived by these organizations it reflects the prestige you’ve earned through your heroic contributions to each cause.
The Reputation track for each organization is divided into six ranks – Outsider, Newcomer, Friend, Hero, Champion, and Legend. You will start with no rank at all, but as you earn Reputation Points, your rank will increase. When you’ve earned the top rank in a particular organization (i.e. Legend), you will no longer earn Reputation Points with that particular organization. You will have become a living legend among those represented by that organization; an avatar of their cause.
As your Reputation Rank increases, new rewards will become available to you. Throughout the galaxy, you will find Reputation Vendors associated with each organization. Special rewards with Reputation Rank requirements can be purchased from these vendors. Items and equipment with a Reputation Rank requirement can only be purchased, used, or equipped if you meet or exceed the rank requirement.
They go on to explain more about Reputation Ranks and Legacy titles and how you get them as well as the fact that Galactic Reputation is bound to your Legacy and not your character so you get titles and credit on all characters once you do it on one.
They go on to tell us more about reputation and the Galactic War, how you can earn reputation points and more. And of course, there is also a subscriber bonus so if you needed one more reason to become a subscriber today, subs can earn an additional Reputation Points each time you consume a Reputation Trophy if you have a Reputation Bonus in effect.
It all sounds pretty cool so if you have not read the blog post yet, head on over and read it in full and be sure to tell us what you think.