Monday, October 17, 2011

Glimpse of SWTOR PvP

First, it should be mentioned that Star Wars: The Old Republic is a PvE game at heart.  The driving force behind it is story based gameplay.  That being said, TOR will provide some PvP for its players.  I plan on playing the game mostly for the PvE, but I can't help but be interested in some Sith versus Republic fighting.

At Comic on in New York, they did go over some of what they plan to offer.

Warzones.  These are TOR's Scenarios or Battlegrounds.  Instanced combat which lasts about 15 minutes.  In a Q&A over the weekend, they confirmed that they will launch with 3 of them.  That's fewer than I would have liked, but I am spoiled by the dozen or so in WAR.

Server Ruleset.  I'm pretty sure they mentioned that there will be PvP Servers.  These don't really hold any interest to me, since the game is designed around PvE.  Usually when MMO's do this, it feels like an afterthought.

Ilum World PvP.  Now this is where things get a bit interesting.  Ilum is a planet which seems to have world (open) PvP objectives.  In the latest trailer, they show off some of it near the end.

I don't know how much of that is really what we'll see in the battle, but it looks pretty cool.  Vehicles, Droids, Artillery and a lot of action works for me.  It is a trailer though, so I'm not going to get too excited about it.

We also don't know what kind of battle will take place.  Will it be permanent or end up resetting every X amount of time?  I hope it is not that latter, Lake Wintergrasp never really did anything for me in WoW.  A little over 2 months to go until launch!