HoloNet Links #210
As we near the one month till expansion mark, news is starting to be released from BioWare, slowly, but surely. They added another set of story blogs to the website. We are getting information on class changes and hopefully, there will be more details on other game systems rumored to be changing in the expansion. BioWare also posted a short trailer about some of the people and thinking that went into the creation of the story for Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion.
Now, we can get into this week’s links after the Jump…
- Behind the Story video
There was a new video highlight on the official SWTOR website. It was a behind the scenes look at the writing and story for the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion. The video is narrated by Charles Boyd. The neat thing was finding out how important Creative Director Jesse Sky was involved in the upcoming expansion. Charles mentions how the story will be brought to players in a series style and will come out fairly frequently. He also stated how this type of story editions will last longer than any other previous update. The new story content will “leave your jaw on the floor.” What was your impression about the video and the story content? Let us know in the comment section below.
- SWTOR posts Trooper and Bounty Hunter story blogs
As we keep moving closer to the release of the new expansion, BioWare is posting a few more things to the website in an effort to update it for the new and veteran players. One area they have been updating is sharing an overview of each class story in the game. This week BioWare added the Trooper and Bounty Hunter stories to the website.
These story blogs do contain some spoilers. I would suggest avoiding them if you have not played through the class stories. The story blogs are a good reference for new players thinking of jumping right into the new expansion with the instant level 60 character perk. Head over to the website if you want to catch up on the Trooper or Bounty Hunter class stories. Stay tuned for the Trooper/Bounty Hunter class changes post.
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- Dev notes
As I mentioned in my previous post, the plan for getting Nico in Fallen Empire was that you would recruit him into your Alliance as you were playing through the storyline. However, knowing the concerns about how you access Nico, we are also going to send you a token in the mail which will allow you to have Nico right away. If you want to get Nico as a part of playing through Fallen Empire, you can still do that. Just delete the token from your mail and you will get him naturally. On the flip side, if you claim the token we will still let you do his recruitment mission later on, you will just already have him.
This way the decision is in your hands on whether you want to get him as a part of the recruitment, or if you just want him right away. And it is worth repeating, that Nico is only accessible to those subscribers who qualified for him.
Hopefully that clears up any confusion (which I created).
The SWTOR community has a response from BioWare concerning the Nico Okarr companion reward questions. The question as to when the Subscriber reward companion can be unlocked has been answered. In the above dev post, Eric states that Nico Okarr will be available right away in the expansion. There will be a token sent to those qualified subscribers via in-game mail. If those same players choose to get Nico via the story they can simply delete the token. This is a great move by BioWare. For one, it shows they are listening to the community and worked to make it a good solution for all parties. Secondly, it puts the choice in the player’s hand as it should be and like their motto says, choice matters.
These are good questions! We are working on a blog which will talk about what streamlined leveling means for Fallen Empire. My hope is to get it out sometime next week and we can talk through any unanswered questions then. Thanks everyone.
Streamlined leveling? It appears that we will finally get a few more details coming soon over the next few weeks. There have been many speculations on what this will be exactly. I have wondered if BioWare might be working on a way of making the 12x XP a Legacy perk or something along those lines. Whatever streamlined leveling turns out to be we will be finding out relatively soon, stay tune!
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