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SWTOR: The Alderaan Noble Estate Part 1: Formation

BioWare Austine just posted news article about the Alderaan stronghold. It’s no secret that the Alderaan Stronghold has been a highly requested addition, so the team was very happy to bring this to fruition with Game Update 6.1, ‘Pinnacles of Power,’ which went live earlier this month. To celebrate the release, we present a two-part conversation about the Alderaan Stronghold’s creation. A future interview will discuss the Stronghold’s functionality and design, but let’s get things started with our first interview, where we sit down with Mark Taylor and Emily Henderson to talk about the fundamental formation of the Stronghold! Since this is our first time doing an interview with both of you, let’s do a quick introduction. Who are you, and what do you do on the SWTOR team? Mark: I’m Mark Taylor, one of the Game Designers on the team. My role on the team includes Stronghold setup and creation…

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SWTOR Game Update 6.1 ‘Pinnacles of Power’ is Live!

SWTOR game update 6.1 is now live! This update will continue the story, which is why it gets a unique name; Pinnacles of Power. And with Pinnacles of Power comes more than just the story. It also brings in the finalized version of the long-awaited Alderaan stronghold. Strengthen your ties with the Galactic Republic or Sith Empire and establish a new personal headquarters in the luxurious Alderaan Noble Estate! In the aftermath of the Sith Empire’s assault on the Meridian Complex Shipyard, both factions form elite organizations to carry out key objectives that could tip the balance of the war. Republic-aligned players work alongside Jedi Master Gnost-Dural and General Daeruun to guide the formation of Task Force Nova, an initiative to help rebuild the Jedi Order after years of brutal conflict. Players aligned with the Sith Empire meet with the new Sith liaison, Darth Rivix, to direct the reformation of…

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SWTOR PTS Changes: The Alderaan Noble Estate

In the upcoming Game Update 6.1–‘Pinnacles of Power’–BioWare are introducing the Alderaan Noble Estate as the newest Galactic Stronghold in Star Wars: The Old Republic! Gamers can catch an early look at this Stronghold by checking out the Public Test Server now. Customize your own royal retreat hidden away in the mountain ranges of Alderaan! This Noble Estate comes with a wide-open field, a snowy overlook, and a regal mansion with a balcony overlooking cascading waterfalls. Careful use of high explosives can even unlock a hidden area and grant access to a unique aspect of the estate’s territory. How to Get Started Log into your account with your username and password at www.swtor.com. Click on your account name in the top right-hand corner of the site. Click “My Account.” In the left column, scroll down and click the link entitled “PTS Character Copy.” Select the server and then the character that you…

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SWTOR Onslaught PTS: Round Three

The final round of testing for Onslaught is now live on the public test servers! While the previous installments centered on adding content and systems, the focus for this round balancing. Let’s look at everything available for you to experiment with. What’s available for testing Since a lot has been added between the various PTS updates, here’s a quick breakdown of everything available for testing. The full process of loot acquisition has been implemented across the entire game. This includes an overall increase of loot gained, Discipline/Rating targeting for gear drops, Set Bonuses, Tacticals, Amplifiers, the gear deconstruction system, and several gear vendors. The upcoming Dxun Operation open for testing! If you would like to see what dangers await you in Dxun’s jungles, head to Odessen. There, your adventure will begin with an ominous bridge leading into the sky. Dxun is accessible on Story Mode and Veteran difficulty. Onderon is…

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SWTOR: A Day In the Life of Sorcerers and Sages: the 6.0 Experience Explained

The upcoming SWTOR Expansion – ‘Onslaught’ – will introduce a many changes for each Class in the game. Players will among other things experience new abilities, Set Bonuses, and Tactical items. To help explain it all, The developers over at BioWare are releasing a series of articles featuring each Advanced Class’s new ability, as well as new Set Bonuses and Tactical items. They will also present various combat scenarios to show how these changes will mesh together. In today’s article they are showcasing the Sith Sorcerer and Jedi Sage Advanced Classes! Check it out: Sorcerer Let’s take a look at the new ability for Sorcerers! Volt Rush – Deals energy damage to your target and energizes you for up to 5 seconds. The Energize effect can stack twice, with each stack increasing Volt Rush damage by 30%. The ability has 3 charges and a recharge timer of 10 seconds. The “charge” system…

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Testing fase part two of SWTOR Onslaught are now online on the PTS.

The developers over at BioWare Austin Announced via tweet and covered in detail on their site, that SWTOR has pushed the second major phase of Onslaught onto the public test servers. Onslaught comes with increased loot drops, amplifiers, deconstruction, a slot-targeting vendor, and Galactic Renown changes, as well as changes to the crafting system. All of which are now live on PTS Below are the news. or check it out over at the official website The second round of testing for the ‘Onslaught’ Expansion on the Public Test Server is now live! With this round, a bunch of new things have been added to the PTS. We’ve added the loot acquisition from Spoils of War, Crafting progression, and the Dxun Operation for testing! Spoils of War Acquisition As we’ve previously discussed at cantinas, on livestreams, forum posts, and our Reddit AMAA, there are a lot of aspects to the “Spoils of War” changes for gearing. Increased loot…

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SWTOR: First Round of Onslaught is now up on PTS

SWTOR: First Round of Onslaught is now up on PTS

The guys over at BioWare is now testing the first fase of the upcomming expansion for Star Wars: The old Repulic named Onslaught. The comming game update will be known as Game update 6.0 of the MMORPG. Check out the news below: Welcome to the first round of Public Test Server testing for the ‘Onslaught’ Expansion! Each round will be targeted to test something specific. For example, In this initial round we are going to be looking at changes to the Sorcerer, Assassin, Marauder, and Juggernaut Advanced Classes. These changes include new ‘Onslaught’ Set Bonuses, Tactical Items, an initial batch of Amplifiers, and the following new Abilities: Volt Rush (Sorcerers) – Deals energy damage to your target and energizes you for up to 5 seconds. The Energize effect can stack twice, with each stack increasing Volt Rush damage by 30%. The ability has 3 charges and a recharge timer of 10…

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Onslaught: Is It Kill Or Cure?

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There aren’t as many people playing SWTOR as there used to be. If you’re still a regular player, you’ll already know that. The game isn’t denying- despite unhelpful articles that refer to the Electronic Arts’ Star Wars’ games as a ‘sinking ship’ – but it’s way past the peak of its popularity. You can see that without even logging into the game to check it out. When the game’s official Twitter account announced that ‘Onslaught,’ the seventh expansion pack, will be released in September 2019, the response was less than enthusiastic. The Tweet failed to reach a thousand likes, had barely over two hundred re-tweets, and a little over one hundred comments. All in all, it doesn’t suggest that there’s a massive base of players out there, waiting to seize on the new content and jump back in. Given the declining numbers, we’re faced with a question. Is ‘Onslaught’ an…

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A new expansion, Onslaught, is coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic

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BioWare Austin held a Community Cantina at Star Wars celebration, were they announced a brand new SWTOR expansion titled Onslaught. Coming September 2019 and free to all subscribers. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught puts you at the center of the reignited war between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Will you remain loyal to your faction or work to undermine and sabotage their war efforts? The choice is yours. Explore two new planets, a new Flashpoint on the war-torn world of Corellia, a new Operation set in the lush jungles of Dxun and more! Reap the spoils of war with reworked itemization, an increased level cap, and new abilities. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught is coming September 2019, free to all subscribers! The War Reignites! War between the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire blazes across the galaxy. Crucial resources dwindle as piracy and crime escalate dramatically. Amid this…

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SWTOR Shadow of Revan and Rise of Hutt is now free to play Until Nov 1

Due to Revan has been released in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, the devs over at Bioware Austine has made the two SWTOR expansions, Shadow of Revan and Rise of Hutt Cartel, free until Nov 1. So if you haven’t yet tried them, now is your chance! Below is the official news: The Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ team is excited to celebrate the release of classic KOTOR characters in the acclaimed Star Wars™ mobile game – Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes. In Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, players can unlock and play as beloved KOTOR companions, including the devoted Bastila Shan, the cynical Jolee Bindo and now the Savior of the Republic… Jedi Knight Revan! Join us in celebrating KOTOR’s legacy in both games: Star Wars: The Old Republic – Play the Shadow of Revan Expansion for free* and uncover the fate of Revan! Now through November 1, 2018 at 11:59PM PDT / November 2,…

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SWTOR: Details on 5.9.2 galactic starfighter Matchmaking Changes

Comming with SWTOR gameupdate 5.9.2, the crew over at Bioware Austine, will make some changes to the matchmaking with Galactic Starfighter. Right now the matchmaking based on best ship setup, but in the future the matchmaking will be based of GSF games played on server + best ship setup. Check it out below: Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a…. 12? | 08.15.2018, 09:57 AM Hey there folks – I would like to clear up a little confusion about the match making changes found in 5.9.2. Here is the patch note for that: Quote: Galactic Starfighter matchmaking has been improved to better account for player experience along with their currently selected ship loadout. Prior to 5.9.2 the match maker would build a game around the player who had been in the queue the longest. It would then try to add players with a similar loadout score (Loadout score being based around the best ship…

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3. KOTET Trailer Teaser Clip hits the internet

Bioware has released a third teaser clip prior to the release of the full cinematic trailer tomorrow for KOTET,.The official trailer will be relaed tomorrow October 7 during New York Comic Con. Where light and dark meet, shadows rise… Full cinematic trailer for Knights of the Eternal Throne hits tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/vCdIQvstRg — The Old Republic (@SWTOR) October 6, 2016 Join the forum discussion on this post

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SWTOR New Expansion Revealed: Knights of the Eternal Throne!

We have been down for a few days due to new server host, but this is a story we don’t want you to miss out on. The next SWTOR expansion will be named Knights of the Eternal Throne (KotET) and is coming in Fall 2016. More info from Bioware Today, during an EA Star Wars™ “Meet the Makers” panel at Star Wars Celebration in London, James Ohlen, Director of Design for BioWare helped celebrate the game’s upcoming 5-year anniversary, revealing a brand new digital expansion coming this fall, Knights of the Eternal Throne. The all new expansion adds more of BioWare’s trademark cinematic storytelling, as well as exciting new game features in one of the largest updates the team has made since the game launched 5 years ago in 2011! BioWare also announced that beginning today, all players can prepare for the new expansion by playing Chapter 1 of the…

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SWTOR Knights of the Fallen Empire — ‘The GEMINI Deception’ Teaser

BioWare just leased the  teaser for the next chapter, in Star Wars: The old republic Knights of the Fallen Empire. This one is named “GEMINI Deception” Check it out below: Lead the assault against Arcann’s fleet in ‘The GEMINI Deception,’ coming June 30th in the episodic story, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ – Knights of the Fallen Empire. Prepare to embark on a dangerous mission to land a fatal blow against the Eternal Empire! Alongside the mysterious and deadly Droid SCORPIO, the Outlander’s team must infiltrate a Zakuulan warship and face Arcann’s formidable force of elite soldiers. When the mission goes awry, the Outlander must find a way out of a deadly trap – only to be faced with the ultimate betrayal. Knights of the Fallen Empire — including ‘The GEMINI Deception’ — is free to all Subscribers, and new players can jump right into the story with a new…

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SWTOR Knights of the Fallen Empire – ‘Hero’s Saga’ Trailer

BioWare just released a new trailer for the upcoming chapter of  Knights of the Fallen Empire. Check it out below: Momentum is building as the Outlander and his Alliance move closer to the ultimate confrontation in Star Wars™: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire. The episodic adventure enters its final Chapters beginning this month. Be a part of the epic finale by activating your Chapter 1 Free* Trial and binging the story so far! The tide of battle is turning against the despotic Eternal Empire, and you alone must rally the galaxy’s greatest heroes and lead the final assault against Arcann’s forces. Join the fight today — activate your Free Trial by May 30 to gain a free Level 60 Character and instant access to Chapter 1: The Hunt! Assemble your army, fight alongside hand-picked allies, and watch your choices shape the fate of the galaxy! Plus, join us…

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SWTOR Chapter 12 “Visions in the Dark Teaser”

Bioware released a new  the teaser video for Chapter 12 a few days ago. This chapter is named Visions in the Dark, and is available from April 5, 2016 with early access. Face your Star Wars™ destiny and the immortal Emperor Valkorion in ‘Visions in the Dark,’ coming April 7th in the episodic story, Star Wars™: The Old Republic™- Knights of the Fallen Empire. Prepare for your most intense confrontation yet as your Alliance risks everything to strike a mortal blow against the Eternal Empire. As the Outlander, unravel dangerous truths that bind you to your dark enemy and get ready to wield a powerful new weapon inspired by some of the greatest Force™ users in the galaxy. Will you rise to overcome your fate and shatter Arcann’s forces? Knights of the Fallen Empire, including ‘Visions in the Dark’ is free to all Subscribers and new players can jump right…

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Does Episodic Content Belong in an MMORPG?

So Den of Geek asks an interesting question in a recent post on their site: Does Episodic Content Belong in an MMORPG? If you’ve played a lot of games, one thing you will know to be true is that episodic content is not a new concept. There are many games across many genres that use this. Basically it’s chapter-based content that is staggered throughout the game and while it’s been around a long time, it’s gaining in popularity today due to certain hit games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead (a favorite of mine) and Life is Strange.  But Den of Geek looks at a genre of gaming that has not seen a a lot of episodic content – the MMORPG. So it definitely makes a lot of sense for certain types of games. The story-driven content will keep players coming back for more and waiting to see what happens next. But does it make sense…

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How BioWare Makes Use of Livestreamers for SWTOR

You might remember when BioWare was promoting KotFE that they brought in several well known live streamers and live video people to help promote the new expansion. They had YouTube content creators as well as popular Twitch streamers talk about SWTOR to their own fanbase. They also seemed to talk to outside streamers from other games about trying SWTOR and also introducing it to their audiences. It’s not a bad strategy, honestly. It’s something that most companies will do in a time like this but some will say it failed for BioWare in this scenario. It doesn’t look like it paid off how BioWare would have hoped because they aren’t using that tactic anymore. It’s common practice for companies to experiment with different marketing tactics to see what works and this wasn’t a bad idea in theory. I work in marketing and I know the power behind brand ambassadors and…

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SWTOR Chapter 11 Disavowed Teaser Video

BioWare just released a teaser video for the upcoming chapter 11 in Star Wars: The old republic, named Disavowed- The next chapter goes live on march 8 for subscribers. Check it out: Join forces with Major Jorgan and the elite solders of Havoc Squad to destroy the Eternal Empire in Disavowed, the next chapter coming in the episodic story of STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ – Knights of the Fallen Empire! In Chapter 11: Disavowed, Jorgan joins your Alliance in a deadly mission deep behind enemy lines. It’s up to you as the Outlander to determine how far to allow Jorgan and his soldiers to go in the war against the Eternal Empire. Knights of the Fallen Empire, including Disavowed, is free to all Subscribers and new players can jump right into the story with a new Level 60 character. Plus, Subscribers are rewarded every month with unique gear, weapons, and…

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TOR TV: Knights of the Fallen Empire Fan Trailer

Here’s another entry for the Build Your Alliance contest by BioWare and Nvidia that we really love. This is a fan trailer for Knights of the Fallen Empire and is just a little over 2 minutes long. If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve embedded it below and it’s well worth the time. The attention to detail, the story element, all of the fine details are present in this one. It has the immersion element that gamers love and makes you feel like you want to jump in and start playing like NOW. It appeals to Star Wars fans who love being the hero and it pulls you in with your emotions as well as the intrigue. I’ve been looking at tons of these since the contest began but this one definitely stands out among the majority. It’s very well done, nearly professional-level quality. “A recreation of the Force Awakens…

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