HoloNet Links #212
October is here and this week the air seems crisp with a coolness in the air as Fall settles in day by day. Besides advancing more into the new season, it grows ever closer to the release of the brand new SWTOR expansion: The Knights of the Fallen Empire. October 20th is the scheduled date for early access, are you ready? This past week we got a bunch of confirmed information from BioWare on gameplay, UI updates, Quality of Life changes and lots more. We will look at some of these confirmed changes coming in 4.0.
Now, we can get into this week’s links after the Jump…
- SWTOR Livestream Sept 30
SWTOR had another livestream this past week. This stream was a bit different than the others that showed mainly only some of the new story content. The latest stream on the 30th of September did show a bit of the chapter one playthrough, similar to the streams during Twitch Con.
The difference came in the discussion informing players about the changes in gameplay, leveling, UI updates, and many other segments of the game. Below are some of the changes coming in Knights of the Fallen Empire. I have kept the items relative to the changes in the game and did not choose to discuss any of the spoilers in story content.
– All players who have completed all eight class stories
– Players will receive an ingame icon that will appear after the player’s name
– A grid feature has been added to the interface editor and a snap to grid feature
– Temporary bars for certain abilities or situations like Huttball for throwing the Huttball and during the Heroic Moment your legacy abilities will be featured on a temporary bar
– Being able to save and share keybinds
– Overall clean, crisp and fresh look on menus and interfaces in 4.0
Group Finder UI changes
– Storymode Ops levels 50 – 65 with a daily reset that tells you the Operation for the next day.
– Tactical and Hardmode Flashpoints are levels 50 – 65
– No more gearing for companions. Their stats are based upon the player’s level and affection for that companion
– Companions can play any of the three roles, tank, healing, and dps.
– New combat companions from Cartel Market or sold on GTN. No story content, but useable in combat. The Akk dog was shown as an example of one such companion.
Changes to Crew Skills
– The cap will remain 500
– Blue quality is the starting level for items to craft, no more green level items.
– Cut-down on bloat of materials and schematics. Older schematics players will be placed in an achieved schematic tab. Materials no longer needed will be changed into usable materials.
– Gathering is also changed in 4.0. Skill no longer dictates where you can gather, but skill will factor into the amount of material you will get from a given node.
– Mission crew skills will no longer be a random on what missions will pop up in the menu. All the possible missions will be able to select for each skill tier.
– A blog with more details on crew skills to be posted in the next week or two.
– The names of Basic, Elite and Ultimate commendations will be changed. They will be known as Common, Glowing and Radiant data crystals.
– No conversion on commendations. 100 Basic comms will equal 100 Common data crystals in 4.0.
– There will no longer be a weekly limit on number of commendations a player can earn. The total limit will rain the same.
Changes to Legacy
– Legacy Datacrons!!! It is here. Players will be able to track their datacrons on new tab in the Legacy UI. According to Eric Musco, datacrons will be retro activated. So if you already went to get the datacrons then all your characters will have those stats within the same legacy.
– Speeder piloting 1 at level one. It can be unlocked per character on the character perk.
– Random mount and random pet buttons available in your legacy and will be free.
Leveling changes coming to Core Worlds
– 12x XP will be ending when the expansion launches.
– In order to level 1 to 50 you will need to play your class story and main planetary story arc.
– The class and main planetary missions will be labeled as purple icons on ingame maps.
Event Reward vendors
– The Cartel Bazaar will have a representative from every ingame event added. A one stop shopping for your event rewards.
– Rewards from past events will once again be available for purchase through a new vendor named Ky’lee. They will be purchased with current event currencies.
Heroic Missions in 4.0
– Missions can be accessed via several terminals including one on the Fleets.
– Once a mission is accepted there will be an icon to click that will act as a priority transport.
– Rewards will be based upon the character level and will be a combination of commendations plus packaged gear items
– Players visiting planets beneath their level will be automatically synced to the correct level. Players will keep all the abilities they have earned, but their stats will be lowered accordingly.
– You will be able to gain XP from the lower level content because of level sync without ruining the XP for other players in your group.
– There is no option to turn off this feature.
I feel like I need to let my hands rest from typing lol. No, seriously this is a huge amount of information about the expansion that BioWare has given to us. The floodgates are officially burst wide open. There are still plenty of other details regarding graphic improvements and other improvements we will see in 4.0. BioWare, over the next few weeks, will be posting several detailed blogs on all the elements coming to SWTOR in the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion.
If you did miss the livestream, follow the link to SWTOR’s recorded version of the livestream from September 30th. There is a KotFE logo on the screen. You can skip to the 15 minute 42 second mark to start the video.
- Upcoming CRR Livestreams
Happy October! Join Heather and Jason this Sunday, Oct. 4th, 2015, at 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT. We will be talking all about the upcoming expansion and our thoughts on the confirmed details. We would love to see you in the chatroom during the show.
Corellian Run Radio would again like to thank all those who attended, watched, and followed our Twitch channel. Please remember to join Heather and Jason live every other Sunday on the Corellian Run Radio Twitch channel. If you have been attending the livestream or maybe you haven’t yet, either way mark your calendars to be there live. See you next episode.
- Dev notes
I wanted to let you all know of an upcoming to change to the Customer Support forum – namely, that they won’t be around anymore. We are creating a new Answers HQ page for SWTOR at answers.ea.com. This move from the existing Customer Support forum will allow players to help players in a better capacity, with EA employees monitoring replies and ensuring correct and useful information is promoted, in an environment where active and helpful players are rewarded.
As part of this, non-subscribers will also be eligible to receive web-based support by utilizing the Answers HQ page! We are currently planning for this transition to occur on October 5th. As of this date, these forums will be in read-only mode and the link to the CS forum will redirect to the new AHQ page. At a later date, the forum will be removed completely.
We look forward to seeing you on the new page!
This looks like a good idea for the customer support to be all centralized together under EA. I say that for one reason, it will enable free to pay players a place to turn for help. The forums will be where players can help players. The forums will be monitored to insure that correct answers are being given. In my opinion, I have always received the best help from fellow players. What do you think of this move by EA? Please let us know in the comment section below.
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