Wish you could check out the starships or planets on your own, more than what you see in videos? Well folks now you can, with the help of the Unity Web Player. On Star Wars: The Old Republic website there is a new interactive galaxy map that allows you to explore the known planets and where they are in relation to each other.
More about the New 3D Galaxy Map after the Jump…
You can find the new Galaxy Map on the SWTOR website. The first thing you will need to do is install the Unity Web Player plug-in for your web browser. Be sure you bookmark the Galaxy Map or remember where you found it, as you will have to close out your browser, in order to complete the install. Once the install is finished, return to the new Galaxy Map and click on the Explore the Galaxy in 3D icon, located on the upper right of the page. A new window will open a loading screen, it does take a bit, but well worth it. After it is loaded you will see the Galaxy Map, at the top is a UI, with six buttons. I do not wish to ruin any of the surprise, but it is relatively easy to use. I found the information on the planets neat, while most is known, there are some interesting tidbits of knowledge. Each planet has a small video and a planet detail button to check out.
The most impressive feature, I found, was the starship feature. Located on the top UI, this feature allows you to see all the player starships. You can click on any starship and it will zoom in and offer some new options to check out along the bottom. There is a starship details button, like you find with the planets. It brings up a small description about the particular starship. The really neat feature is the ability to click and grab the starship and examine it from all angles. This may not seem like much until you are seeing the detail that is put into every inch of each starship.
Some might call all of this novel or a lot of fluff, and to a point true, but ask yourself this…If they are going to this much detail for an update and a feature on the website, what surprises are in store for us in the game?