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SWTOR In-Game Events for January 2022

Here are the ingame events for Star Wars: The old republic for the month of January 2022 Life DayDate: December 14th, 2021 – January 11th, 2022 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 12:00PM GMT)Requirement: Levels 10+ It is that time of the year again – denizens across the galaxy get ready to celebrate Life Day! Special Missions like “A Special Snowflake”, “Parcel Droid”, and “Could Use a Good Hug” are available during this limited time. Throwing snowballs and participating in these Missions will earn players Snow-Covered Parcels, redeemable for unique rewards. Get out there, throw some snowballs, hug some Wookiees, and most importantly, have fun! Note: this will be the same iteration as 2020, so there will be no new Missions, Achievements, or rewards. FEATURED REWARDS: Sleigh I and J0-1Y Mounts Wampa Rug, Snow Blower, and Freezer Unit Stronghold Decorations Red, Blue, Pink, Green-Gold and more Holo-Trees Several Character titles … and more! Ten Year AnniversaryDate: December 14th, 2021…

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Celebrating 10 Years of SWTOR and Looking Forward

The team over at BioWare Austine took some time to reflect on the first 10 years of SWTOR. I still remember when the game was launchend and how we have been covering the game since 2008. Damn time flyes. Today marks an incredible milestone for Star Wars: The Old Republic, our 10 year anniversary! Our amazing journey up until this point is one many of you have taken with us, and we’re honored to have shared all these years of Star Wars adventures with all of you. We launched on December 20, 2011 – a decade doesn’t seem all that long, but in that time, we’ve delivered nearly 300 patches and are about to release our 8th expansion. And in that same time span, my family grew a lot, including 5 grandkids, 4 dogs, and two cats. Moreover, I’m very proud of the SWTOR team, as we’ve been together for many years, and…

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SWTOR In-Game Events for December 2021

Here are the ingame events for Star Wars: The old republic for the month of December 2021 Pirate IncursionDate: December 14th – December 21st, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 12:00PM GMT)Requirement: Level 20+ The remote planet Dantooine has been thrust into the center of escalating hostilities between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Spurred on in secret by covert Imperial forces, the Nova Blade pirates have staged an all-out attack on the pastoral Republic world. As the Republic scrambles to defend this key territory at the edge of Imperial space, the Empire plans to capitalize on the chaos and deal a major blow to the longtime Republic bastion. FEATURED REWARDS: Nova Blade and Dantooine Homesteader Armor Sets Ugnaught Companion Walker Mount Kath Hound Mount Kath Hound Mini-pet Dantooine-inspired Stronghold Decorations …and more! Life DayDate: December 14th, 2021 – January 11th, 2022 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 12:00PM GMT)Requirement: Levels 10+ It is that time of the…

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SWTOR Ranked PvP Season 14 Rewards

The end of Ranked PvP Season 14 is scheduled for December 14th, the launch of Game Update 7.0, Legacy of the Sith! That meens you only have a few weeks left to play matches and climb the highest tier of Ranked PvP. As this season wraps up, let’s look at the ratings breakdown and what rewards players can expect to earn.  Rating Breakdown Bronze TierSolo Requirements: 1225 – 1299 rating and 20 wins.Group Requirements: 1250 – 1399 rating and 20 wins. Bronze Season 14 Flair Bronze Season 14 Battle Flag Bronze Season 14 Decoration Bronze Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] The Distinguished 37,500 Ranked Tokens Silver TierSolo Requirements: 1300 – 1499 rating and 40 wins.Group Requirements: 1400 – 1599 rating and 40 wins. Silver Season 14 Flair Silver Season 14 Battle Flag Silver Season 14 Decoration Silver Season 14 Title – [PlayerName] The Elite Bronze Season 14 Title – [PlayerName]…

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SWTOR Itemization in patch 7.0

The guys over at BioWare Austin just announced how their plan for EndGame Gearing will work in patch 7.0 for Star Wars: The old Republic. This game update will return to vertical progression and have more or less no RNG. Check it out: Philosophy Our philosophy for gearing and progression in 7.0 is to ensure that players have the gear they need to play the content they want and that they can grow their power over time. Whether a player is here for the story or to take on the most powerful challenges in the galaxy, we want there to be something a player can look forward to that makes their characters stronger. Legacy of the Sith (7.0) will be reintroducing the vertical progression path for gearing. This type of progression is not new to the game; however, 7.0 will offer players new experiences and ways to obtain gear. Within a…

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Now SWTOR PTS: First look at the Mercenary, Powertech, Juggernaut, and Marauder Combat Styles!

BioWare just informed that players now can test and give initial feedback on the planned updated Mercenary, Powertech, Juggernaut, and Marauder Combat Styles on the Public Test Server (PTS). Note that the Jedi Guardian, Sentinel, Sniper, Operative, Assassin, and Sorcerer Combat Styles are still available for players to experience on PTS.  In the Sith Warrior and Bounty Hunter’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 Mercenary, Powertech, Juggernaut, and Marauder to understand 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…

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SWTOR In-Game Events for October 2021

Here are the ingame events for Star Wars: The old republic for the month of October 2021 Pirate IncursionDate: October 5 – 12, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 5:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)Requirement: Level 20+ The remote planet Dantooine has been thrust into the center of escalating hostilities between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. Spurred on in secret by covert Imperial forces, the Nova Blade pirates have staged an all-out attack on the pastoral Republic world. As the Republic scrambles to defend this key territory at the edge of Imperial space, the Empire plans to capitalize on the chaos and deal a major blow to the longtime Republic bastion. FEATURED REWARDS: Nova Blade and Dantooine Homesteader Armor Sets Ugnaught Companion Walker Mount Kath Hound Mount Kath Hound Mini-pet Dantooine-inspired Stronghold Decorations …and more! Feast of ProsperityDate: October 12 – November 2, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 5:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)Requirement: Level 20+ Over the years, the Hutt…

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The “Best View In SWTOR” Contest

The guys over at BioWare Austine is having an SWTOR contest. Check it out: Our 10-year anniversary is only a few months away! For such a momentous occasion, we wanted to do something special to celebrate with our players.  Every year around the launch anniversary for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we have an in-game anniversary event to celebrate. To commemorate the occasion, we add new rewards to a vendor that only appears during the event. As this upcoming anniversary is our 10-year celebration, we want to do something memorable: this year, players can help choose some of the rewards we add to the celebration! Starting today, players can submit screenshots taken anywhere on ten select SWTOR planets. Take a screenshot of a scenic vista, a vibrant forest, a peaceful stream… and we’ll choose the screenshot that we feel captures the essence of that planet. One winner will be chosen per…

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SWTOR Behind the Scenes Look at : System Design

Systems Designer on Star Wars: The Old Republic Bryant Wood wrote up an article on the games system design. Systems Design on SWTOR is the connective tissue between the amazing parts of the game. We develop what are known as game loops. You can think of game loops as repeating tours through parts of the game; like a Daily Area, your Weekly Conquest, or the path to item rating 306. These loops allow players to create and complete goals, engage and interact with other members of the community, and experience the cool things the team has made! The Systems team works to ensure invested effort and time surrounding the player experience are appropriately balanced. A key component of these loops are goals. When you log into SWTOR, there is something that players are hoping to accomplish. For some players it’s to experience an epic story, with them at the center. Others…

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SWTOR In-Game Events for September 2021

Here are the ingame events for Star Wars: The old republic for the month of September 2021 Rakghoul Resurgence on AlderaanDate: September 7 – September 14, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 5:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)Requirement: Levels 25+ The Hyland Organization for Rakghoul Neutralization (T.H.O.R.N.) has issued an official level-2 emergency alert concerning an outbreak of the Rakghoul plague on Alderaan. Quarantines have been put in place to restrict traffic of the plague off-world, but exceptions will be made for individuals with priority clearance. T.H.O.R.N. is recruiting qualified volunteer emergency responders to travel to affected areas to combat the spread of the Rakghoul plague. More information about the outbreak can be found by checking the News Terminals on the Republic or Imperial Fleet! T.H.O.R.N. wishes to remind you that plague symptoms can be treated if they are identified in the early stages of infection. Whether or not you have travel plans, please consult your nearest trusted…

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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,…

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SWTOR In-Game Events for August 2021

Here are the ingame events for Star Wars: The old republic for the month of August 2021 Nar Shaddaa NightlifeDate: June 29 – August 10, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 5:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)Requirement: None! Test your luck at the exotic Star Cluster and Club Vertica Casinos with the return of the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event! Rare and extravagant rewards await high-rollers or those touched by Lady Luck. For those of you wanting a change in scenery, the event has broadened its horizons and is also happening on Mek-Sha. New Daily Missions and a rewards await all those flushed with credits. FEATURED REWARDS: Kingpin’s and Nightlife Socialite Armor Sets Phrojo Nuray and Gammorean Bodyguard Companions Vectron Magnus and Kingpin’s Rancor Mounts Kingpin’s Predator Mount Taxidermy Stronghold Decorations Cartel Market Certificates New High Roller Shades New Replica C1-4W Mini-pet New Kingpin’s Grigna Mount New Blast Pad Floor Trap and Frost Floor Trap Stronghold Decorations … and…

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SWTOR: First look at the Jedi Sentinel Combat Style!

Here is an overview and analysis of the recent changes and new Jedi Sentinel Combat Styles, that the guyes over at BioWare Austin just released. This is now possible to play on the public test servers for Star Wars the old republic were game update 7.0 is in beta. Our Public Test Server (PTS) has re-opened so players can give us initial feedback on the updates we’re making to Combat Styles. For the first round, players were able to test the Jedi Guardian Combat Styles. We are now starting the second round of PTS with the updated Jedi Sentinel Combat Styles. 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 Jedi Knight. In the Jedi Knight’s current state, there is quite a bit to learn and memorize–you need to understand active abilities, passive modifiers,…

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SWTOR: Behind the Scenes Look at Cool Cinematics

The guys over at BioWare Austin postet a lengthy blogpost explaining how the kick ass cinematics the game is known for is made. Ashley Ruhl has the mike: Hello SWTOR community! My name is Ashley Ruhl, and I’m the Lead Cinematic Designer on Star Wars: The Old Republic. We’re very excited to be celebrating SWTOR’s 10th anniversary this year, and I’m here to give a nostalgic retrospective on the world of SWTOR cinematics: a little behind-the-scenes about how we create, where we’ve been, and where we hope to go in the future. ““Cinematic Designer” is a unique role in games, and the responsibilities vary by project. For SWTOR, a Cinematic Designer is like a director, actor, and editor rolled into one. We take recorded scripts from our narrative team and create them visually. We set stages, place actors, decide where the action starts and stops, and create acting performances from a…

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New SWTOR Short Story! “Seeing Red” by Jay Watamaniuk

The guys over at BioWare Austine posted a new short story named “Seeing Red”. I don’t understand what the picture in the article is supposed to be LOL. I thought it might be the dueling ring but that’s not how it’s described. Does anyone recognize this from somewhere ingame? I wonder if it is maybe some type of hint for future stuff? The filename is just rass_ordo_story.jpg Anyways. Check it out below: Late again. Jek is going to kill me. Rass Ordo was only steps away from the entrance to “Cover Fire”, the favored watering hole he and his brother Jekiah had been frequenting for years. When Jekiah wasn’t on assignment, it was a good bet he could be found here at about the same time of day, eating about the same kind of thing, surrounded by about the same kind of people. This was the unofficial cantina of warriors….

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The next SWTOR expansion is called Legacy of the Sith and will be on the planets of Manaan and Flashpoint on Elom!

I know there’s a text filter so here’sa codex entry about manaan. “Few planets have been as important to both sides of the war as Manaan. But with its surface covered completely by water, and with its native Selkath population having adopted an isolationist stance, access to the planet can be difficult to come by. The Selkath economy’s reliance on the export of kolto to the Republic and the Empire does provide opportunities to visit, but guests are typically limited to the world’s few trading platforms–the only surface structures not affected by the Empire’s bombardment of the planet during the Great Galactic War. Millennia of Rakatan dominion over the planet and a predominantly unexplored ocean floor evoke strong temptations to probe Manaan’s crushing depths. However, due to the strategic importance of its kolto reserves, Manaan will have to largely remain a mystery for now.” BioWare marks a new era for…

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SWTOR In-Game Events for July 2021

Here are the ingame events for Star Wars: The old republic for the month of June 2021 Double XP EventDate: June 29 – July 13, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 5:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)Requirement: None! Starting June 29th and lasting until July 13th there will be a Double XP event! Enjoy multiple weeks of Double XP, Valor, Renown, and more. Nar Shaddaa NightlifeDate: June 29 – August 10, 2021 (BEGINS AND ENDS AT 5:00AM PST/12:00PM GMT)Requirement: None! Test your luck at the exotic Star Cluster and Club Vertica Casinos with the return of the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event! Rare and extravagant rewards await high-rollers or those touched by Lady Luck. For those of you wanting a change in scenery, the event has broadened its horizons and is also happening on Mek-Sha. New Daily Missions and a rewards await all those flushed with credits. FEATURED REWARDS: Kingpin’s and Nightlife Socialite Armor Sets Phrojo Nuray and Gammorean Bodyguard Companions…

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SWTOR: The Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event is back!

With STOR game update 6.3.1 releasede today, Bioware is briking back The Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event. So if you are a gambler you are in for a treat! This summer, Nar Shaddaa Nightlife returns with new and unique prizes! The event runs from June 29th at 12:00 UTC until August 10th at 12:00 UTC. Let’s dive into all the information regarding the new rewards and where you can get them! You’ve seen it wandering in the casino, and now you can earn a Replica C1-4W mini-pet of your own! This cute claw machine droid will give you a casino patron vibe anywhere you go. Also up for grabs is the High Roller Shades, a new helmet that will make all your friends jealous and add a flair of style to any outfit. These new rewards are exclusively obtainable from the Emperor’s Grace Slot Machine located in the main areas of…

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The Secrets of the Enclave Flashpoint and Galactic Seasons now live on SWTOR PTS

In the upcoming Game Update 6.3–The Dark Descent–BioWare is introducing the new Secrets of the Enclave Flashpoint and Galactic Seasons. Before this update goes live, all players interested in testing these new additions can head over to the Public Test Server! Secrets of the Enclave In this new Flashpoint, players will visit the ruins of the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine in pursuit of Darth Malgus. Experience a unique story and fight different enemies based on your alliance to the Empire or the Republic. The Flashpoint’s Story-Solo Mode will not be available on PTS to avoid story spoilers. Only the Veteran Mode can be tested straight away, and the Master mode will be available at a later date. Galactic Seasons Alongside this new Flashpoint, players can test out Galactic Seasons! Players can actively earn unique and exclusive rewards by completing specific Daily and Weekly Conquest Objectives called Priority Objectives. Subscribers will…

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SWTOR Game Update 6.2.1 is live!

BioWare has released game update 6.2.1 for Star Wars: The old republic. This update includes changes that should improve the overall player’s experience with Amplifiers and bring a more balanced experience for players in Uprisings! The game update also comes with updates to Conquests. Check out the details below: Uprisings Changes All Uprisings are now available at level 75 with a rebalance of their difficulty and the time they take to complete. We’ve also increased all of the loot drops for all Uprisings. Learn more about Uprisings and those changes in our interview with Game Designer, Alex Gold. Amplifiers Changes In addition to the changes to Uprisings, we also modified the current Amplifier system for added clarity. These changes include a reorganized user interface (UI) into a tree-based view and a better visual distinction between Amplifiers, including an additional color to designate Standard Quality (White).  We’re also introducing Quality Locking and…

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