SWTOR: First look at the Sniper and Operative Combat Styles – Live on PTS

BioWare has posted news from the Public test servers. Here is a first look at the sniper and Operative combat styles:

Since our livestream in July, players have had opportunities to access our Public Test Server (PTS) and give us initial feedback on the updates we’re making to Combat Styles. Following the Jedi Guardian and Jedi Sentinel, we are now adding the updated Sniper and Operative Combat Styles to PTS. Before we get into the details of how players can access this content, we wanted to share some of the philosophy behind our changes to the Imperial Agent

In the Imperial Agent’s current state, there is quite a bit to learn and memorize–you need to understand active abilities, passive modifiers, selectable utilities, and how they all work together. Our goal is to make these relationships clearer and easier to understand, while also ensuring that the class retains its identity. 

To achieve these goals, we are identifying key aspects of the Sniper and Operative, and understanding how players both perceive and utilize the classes’ abilities. Our focus is to equip the player with knowledge and understanding of these abilities so they can make impactful choices when it comes to ability upgrades and customizations. To make the Sniper and Operative feel less encumbered and customization more concise, we are working to reduce the quantity of abilities but ensuring that these classes remain distinct and unique.  

As this round is a high-level first look at the Sniper and Operative, you will be limited on what will be available to play and customize; however, players are now able to have a first look into the Ability Tree UI. This will be available for the Jedi Guardian, Jedi Sentinel, Sniper, and Operative.  

For each class, the main questions we want players to focus on is “does this feel like a Sniper and Operative?” and “what abilities make this class unique?” We want to make sure that the foundation is strong and everything we build on top of that is in line with our goals for Combat Styles and giving players a sense of new but familiar. 

Check out our PTS sub-forums for details on how to access PTS and leave feedback. For Steam players, visit this page.

Other updates will also be available to test on the PTS in the following months, all leading up to the arrival of Legacy of the Sith. Stay tuned for more in-depth details on future PTS opportunities! 

Please note that PTS is provided in English only.