PAX Prime is starting up and so far no new reveals, but the convention is just starting. Bioware did provide us with this week’s Friday Update. Dallas Dickinson gives us a developer walkthrough of the beginning to the Eternity Vault.
Daniel Erickson’s Gamespot interview gave us our first look at the group mission on Alderaan at E3. This week, BioWare prettied up the content to give it a more cinematic presentation in “Alderaan Highlights,” a video introduced by Dallas Dickinson. It’s interesting to note that this more cinematic version is pretty dang close to how it felt watching the actual gameplay — very exciting to think of that movie-like experience in an MMO. We were also pleased to hear Dallas say that this mission is one of “countless” group missions. With flashpoints, raids, and plenty of additional group content, BioWare is making good on its promise to give the fans a fully-fleshed out MMO with more than a dash of RPG.
Dallas Dickinson takes us through the desert planet of Tatooine. This walkthrough is mostly aimed at people who are not that familiar with SWTOR, but it does feature a lot of gamplay footage that even the most avid fan will enjoy. A few highlights:
Personal speederbikes seen.
Video shows Sith Inquisitor and Imperial Agent questing on Tatooine.
Zone map shown with circle to indicate general area where quest objective will be found.
Quest item inventory shown.
Mobs tend to be in groups of three.
Quick travel returns player to homebase instantly.
David Silverman, Director of Marketing sits down with Casey Hudson, Executive Producer for Mass Effect 3 and Dallas Dickinson, Director of Production for Star Wars: The Old Republic to take questions from you, the fans. Excellent Q&A for both games. SWTOR Highlights:
“Current plan” is yes, friends can still visit you on your ship.
You will be able to converse with your companions on your ship, as in KOTOR. Your ship has a holoterminal to receive calls.
Light and Dark points matter. Tiered gear will be available depending on your score. Certain abilities will be unlocked in your skill tree.
Paul S. Kemp’s Darth Malgus novel, Deceived, is not due to be released until March 2011, but the fans are getting a sneak peek at the first chapter today, now available on the official SWTOR site. Read Chapter One here. Chapter Two is available at StarWars.com. Read Chapter Two here.
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