Patch 2.8

SWTOR 2.8.1 Patch Notes

Servers are going down tomorrow for maintanence, and during this Patch 2.8.1 will be implemented. Below are the patch notes: Highlights Reap the Spoils of War! The second phase of the Spoils of War event has begun and Warzones now give double Commendations and Credits! Get in there and go berserk! New Cartel Market Pack! The Club Vertica Nightlife Pack and Hypercrate is now available! Bounty Contract Week returns! The event runs from July 8th 12:00 GMT (05:00 PDT) to July 15th 12:00 GMT (05:00 PDT). Progress faster with a Double XP Week! Get twice the experience from July 1st 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT) to July 8th 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT). General The High and Very High graphic presets for Shadow Map Cascades and Shadow Map Resolution have changed: High is now 1024 Resolution (down from 1280) and 4 Cascades (down from 6). Very High is now has 6 Cascades…

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Scheduled Maintenance: July 1, 2014 – Patch 2.8.1

On July 1st, all game servers, SWTOR.com, and the launcher will be unavailable while BioWare perform scheduled maintenance. Game Update 2.8.1 will be implemented during this downtime. Details are as follows: Date: Tuesday, July 1st Duration: 7 hours Time: 1AM PDT (8AM GMT) – 8AM PDT (3PM GMT) During maintenance, all updates and additional information will be posted on the official  Twitter account. Time Zone Start Time Scheduled End Time UTC Offset HST Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:00 PM Tue Jul 01, 2014 05:00 AM -10 hours AKDT Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:00 AM Tue Jul 01, 2014 07:00 AM -8 hours PDT Tue Jul 01, 2014 01:00 AM Tue Jul 01, 2014 08:00 AM -7 hours MDT Tue Jul 01, 2014 02:00 AM Tue Jul 01, 2014 09:00 AM -6 hours CDT Tue Jul 01, 2014 03:00 AM Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:00 AM -5 hours EDT Tue Jul 01,…

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Patch Notes – 2.8.0a

  Patch 2.8a is now available for download. Below are the patchnotes: General Group Finder’s Operation queue has been set to 8-Player (down from 16-Player) in order to decrease server load and resolve widespread connectivity and instancing issues. Addressed a bug that caused Legacy cooldown unlocks to not apply properly for certain Abilities. So back to nobody using GF for operations 🙁 I had nothing but positive experiences running DF and SNV using it, capped out two of my characters at the beginning of the week. I was even bringing out my tanks, which are usually too much of a pain to gear but are fine with the bolster and ultimate comms showing up everywhere now. They better bring 16man back

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SWTOR Game Update 2.8: Spoils of War Consolidated Bugs List

With a new game update comes new bugs. Here a Consolidated Bugs List of all the know bugs in the game right now. If you have found any that is not on this list, remember to report it to BioWare, either ingame or on the official forums. Post #1 Source TaitWatson Oversight: NM DF bosses still have same HP | 06.11.2014, 12:26 PM QUOTE Death_By_Smiley The Nightmare Buff removed the increased damage. It however did not remove the extra HP. Frankly, I’d almost prefer it would stay this way. However, this is, by definition, and oversight, as the nightmare buff was supposed to affect HP. I’ll send this along to the team to see what’s going on. Thanks! Post #2 Source TaitWatson Ajunta Pall‘s Mask clipping | 06.11.2014, 12:25 PM QUOTE PavSalco At least in the preview my beard goes through Ajunta’s mask that does not hide it at all. Can any person…

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Developer Update: Spoils of War

Game update 2.8 Spoils of War is now live, and with it, BioWare posted 3 developer updates and a developer blog.  in These designer Chris Schmidt, PvP Designer Alex Modny, Lead Flashpoints and Operation Designer George Smith and Associate Producer Andrew Horwitz ( many new names here? ), outlines what to expect with the new update. You can read them all in there original form over at the official Star Wars: The old Republic website here and here, or you can read it all below as we have shamelessly copy pasted it all for you viewing pleasure.   Developer Update: Spoils of War 06.09.2014 With Game Update 2.8: Spoils of War right around the corner, the developers wanted to give you some more details about some of this update’s major features. We hope you are as excited as we are to reap rewards through Story Mode Operations, Galactic Starfighter, Warzones,…

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How to Beat the System in the Upcoming Event

On June 10th, Star Wars: The Old Republic launches Update 2.8: Spoils of War, and the casino event called the Festival of Splendor along with most of the patch already resides on the public test server.  The new event is based on gambling/casino which is not for everyone, of course. If you like casino games and trying your hand at your luck vs. the house, you might not want to do this trick at all. But if you want a way to beat the system, then check this out. Hyperspace Beacon has found a way to beat the system in this new event. This might be something worth looking into. Here they have an overview on games and prizes: The Smuggler’s Luck slot machines cost the least. Each token is 1,000 credits and there is a higher chance to win something. According to SWTOR_miner on Reddit, every time you play you only have…

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Patch Notes – 6/10/2014 – Game Update 2.8: Spoils Of War

Tomorrow will see the light of Game Update 2.8: Spoils Of War. The new game update comes with tons of updates and a new gambling event on Nar Shaddaa. Check out the full patch notes below: Game Update 2.8: Spoils Of War Soovada (“Spoils of War” in Huttese) is an annual celebration of total extravagance in Hutt culture, originally celebrated in the summer season of Varl after successful military campaigns. Rival clans compete to prove their superior wealth, attempting to sponsor the most parties, pit fights, bounties, gambling, and every other public display of fortune and excess imaginable. Popularized among outside cultures during visits to Nar Shaddaa, this exuberant holiday is now celebrated on hundreds of worlds across the galaxy, where it’s simply known by its Huttese name; any connection to ancient wartime looting is largely ignored. Highlights New Event: Spoils of War! Players can earn double Ranked Warzone Commendations, Warzone Commendations,…

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Scheduled Maintenance: June 10th, 2014 – Patch 2.8.0

  On June 10th, all game servers, SWTOR.com, and the launcher will be unavailable while BioWare perform scheduled maintenance. Game Update 2.8: Spoils of War will be implemented during this downtime. Details are as follows: Date: Tuesday June 10th Duration: 6 hours Time: 2AM PST (9AM GMT) – 8AM PST (3PM GMT) Spoils of War comes with tons of new features including DREAD PALACE NIGHTMARE MODE, Two new Starfighters and a new ingame event. This new event is all about gambling, so it’s time to have fun with the new slot machines!

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Game Update 2.8 PTS Testing Closing on June 2

Game update 2.8 is close. The public test servers will be closing down on June 2. Here are the official word from Tait Watson: Hey all! Thank you for all your great feedback, reports, and helping us test out the Spoils of War game update. Just as a heads up, we will be taking the PTS down at 10AM CDT on Monday, June 2nd. Thank you again, and we look forward to having you back on the PTS next time! -Tait Source

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New SWTOR Event and New Alien Species on PTS

Will we soon be seeing a new alien species in SWTOR? Data-mined info says it’s possible, although little more is known at this time. Here are some images of a potential new race (playable?) that we might see coming with a future content update that is also supposed to bring a new SWTOR event. swtor_miner explains some of what the data shows about the model, “”These new aliens fall into the Bothan semi-custom model category, and not the full-custom model Wookiee one. This means they share animations with regular humanoid species.”   I agree that I don’t think this will be a playable race based on what the datamining found. Probably they will be NPC models but perhaps this shows us what the new event or some of the new content will be about. Of course, this early in the process, the whole thing could be scrapped. We can never…

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PTS Patch 2.8 Notes – 5/16/14

A new update has been applied to the PTS. You can find the new notes below, and they will be merged into the existing Patch Notes. Game Update 2.8: Spoils Of War PTS Update 2 Soovada (“Spoils of War” in Huttese) is an annual celebration of total extravagance in Hutt culture, originally celebrated in the summer season of Varl after successful military campaigns. Rival clans compete to prove their superior wealth, attempting to sponsor the most parties, pit fights, bounties, gambling, and every other public display of fortune and excess imaginable. Popularized among outside cultures during visits to Nar Shaddaa, this exuberant holiday is now celebrated on hundreds of worlds across the galaxy, where it’s simply known by its Huttese name; any connection to ancient wartime looting is largely ignored. Highlights New Event: Festival of Splendor! Players can try their hand at Smuggler’s Luck and Kingpin’s Bounty slot machines on Nar…

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Swtor-mined: 2.8 PTS Patch #2 | 5/8/2014

News from swtor_miner. This time he came up some more information on the new Narshadda Nightlife/Festival of Splendor Event. He found the chances of winning while playing the new slot machines. Kingpin’s Bounty Slot Machine Costs 1x Kingpin’s Casino Chip to play Chances for reward: Jackpot 1 (.07% chance) Kingpin’s Rancor Jackpot 2 (.23% chance) 1x Vectron Opus Win (4% chance) 1x Golden Certificate: A certificate which can be exchanged for special goods from a Nar Shaddaa casino prize vendor. Free Play (50% chance) Lose 1 (22.83% chance) Lose 2 (22.85% chance) – Outcome removed by Feeling Lucky buff. Machine Explodes (.02% chance) The Feeling Lucky buff removes one of the possible lose outcomes while playing the High Roller Slot Machine, but the relative outcome weights remain the same for the other outcomes. You keep the buff for 2 minutes or until you win or hit the Jackpot. The new probability of winning…

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Game Update 2.8: Spoils Of War PTS Update – 5/8/2014

The public test servers for Star Wars: The old Republic have updated with a new build. Some of the highlights are: Group Finder Operations have been redesigned! Story Mode Operations are now more accessible to endgame players (levels 50 – 55). The Operations section in the Group Finder window will list available Operations on a predetermined schedule, rotating in different Operations every few days. Players who meet the level requirement of the Operation will be Bolstered, removing the requirement for endgame gear. Rewards have also been improved, making this a great opportunity for players to earn Ultimate Commendations and experience new content! Below are the changes made to the existing note:   Classes + Combat Jedi Consular Sage Balance (Sage) Mind Warp has been reverted to its live functionality, and now increases the duration of Mind Crush by 1/2 seconds. Shadow General Mass Mind Control will now taunt NPC’s while Combat Technique…

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Swtor-mined: 2.8 PTS

While we have been celebrating Star Wars day, swtor_miner have been busy datamining the newest patch on the public test servers. Before you read on, I have to warn you that this post includes spoilers.  Just below are the raw changes and below that comes the interesting stuff. New/Changed/Removed Abilities New/Changed/Removed Achievements – New/Changed/Removed CodexEntries New/Changed/Removed Collections New/Changed/Removed Companions New/Changed/Removed Conversations New/Changed/Removed GOM_Items New/Changed/Removed Items New/Changed/Removed MtxStoreFronts New/Changed/Removed NPCs New/Changed/Removed Quests New/Changed/Removed Ships New/Changed/Removed StringTables New/Changed/Removed Talents New Event: Festival of Splendor? Soovada (“Splendorous Summer” in Huttese) is an annual celebration of total extravagance in Hutt culture. Rival clans compete to prove their superior wealth, attempting to sponsor the most parties, pit fights, bounties, gambling, and every other public display of fortune and excess imaginable. Popularized on Nar Shaddaa, this exuberant holiday is now celebrated on hundreds of worlds across the galaxy, where it is more commonly known as the Festival of Splendor. Cartel…

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2.8 Patch Notes from PTS

The first patch notes for Game update 2.8 is online. These notes are only indicative of the current patch to the PTS, and will be expanded upon as we get farther into the testing process. Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ PTS Game Update 2.8 Last Updated: May 1st, 2014 All content and features on the Public Test Server are not final and are subject to change. Highlights Nightmare Mode Dread Palace is now available! Return to Oricon to face off against Dread Masters Bestia, Tyrans, Calphayrus, and Raptus, who are now more powerful than ever before! General Added a high resolution shadow map option for high-end machines. This enables more detailed shadow rendering over a longer distance. Classes + Combat General Fixed an issue that would occasionally allow abilities to affects targets, even if those targets had a 100% or greater chance to defend against attacks. Jedi Knight Sentinel Watchman Merciless Slash now deals more damage…

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Patch 2.8 on the PTS tomorrow

Public test servers will be back up online tomorrow, and now it is time to start beta testing game update 2.8.  Below is the announcement from Tait Watson: Hi all! We have wiped the characters from the 2.7 Public Test Server release and you can now safely copy your characters over in anticipation of 2.8 testing. I know the first question to this is going to be “When is that going to be, Tait, you valiant Knight of Information and Glory?” so I’ll go ahead and tell you that we are aiming to put it up on the PTS this Thursday, May 1st (2014, if you’re reading this way in the future). While I don’t have an exact time yet, I’ll let you know when I do. And this, of course, is subject to change and I will update you all when I find stuff out! For instructions on PTS Character…

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