Monday, October 14, 2013

Galactic Starfighter

So it turns out I was somewhat wrong about BioWare's plan for the new space system.  In a previous post, I said that it would probably be released as a patch.  Instead, the space project is being released as a Digital Expansion.  It is free for all players though, so it is just a different kind of patch really.  So what do we know about it?

PvP.  As suspected, it is an instanced warzone.  It will feature 12 vs 12 battles.  No word on if this new system will be used for PvE eventually.

Customization.  They do mention being able to customize your starfighter.  The lengths at which you can do this are still unknown.  They do say there are several types of ships though.  Subscribers can unlock a Gunship early.

Gameplay Modes and Maps.  The page mentions that there are multiple gameplay modes and maps.  No specifics were given though.

Coming Soon.  Galactic Starfighter will launch on December 3rd for subscribers.  I found this to be a very interesting way of coaxing people to subscribe.  If you don't, you may have to wait a month or two.  This approach could very easily backfire on BioWare.  By restricting who can play it, you are likely lengthening the queue times.

Overall I am pretty excited by what I see.  This will be a unique experience that SWTOR will offer.