Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SWTOR Q&A: The Answers

The Q&A I put together for the Reddit SWTOR community came back!  Big thanks to Hillary (who is moving on) for helping make this happen.  I posted the answers in a Reddit thread, but figured I'd also make them available here.  Enjoy!


1)  When will 12x return, and in what form?

The overwhelmingly positive response we got from the class story leveling event demonstrates just how much people want to focus on their personal story. We’ll be talking more about what that means later this year.

2)  Right now the collections, achievements, and crafting windows are all sorted into collapsible categories. This would be great, but the fact that the menus always start fully expanded is very frustrating. Why was this decision made and is there any chance of this changing?

I would like to see, in order of preference, remember what I had open/collapsed last time, start with all collapsed, or have a collapse all button. Are there technical limitations preventing these from being implemented? It would be a HUGE QoL improvement for crafters and completionists like me and I think most people would like to see improvements to collections.

We’re painfully aware of the issues with these windows and we’re working on some improvements. It actually requires a rework of the way the data is loaded into the window, so it’s not trivial, but it’s something we feel strongly about.

3)  What is your favorite feature added post launch?

That’s a tough question!  I spend a lot of time decorating my Stronghold, and I’ve had a lot of great experiences with Group Finder.  My favorite feature is probably creature mounts, because everything is more exciting when you’re riding a Tauntaun.

4)  What can you tell us about the costume system?

We’re not talking about that right now. (But if we were, we’d be very excited about it.)

5)  Are there any plans to backport [SOLO] mode to the older flashpoints in the game?

We’ve discussed it as a possibility, especially for our story-heavy Flashpoints. It’s not something we’d do just for the sake of making all group content soloable, but we do have some major story moments that we would like every player to see.

6)  Can old operations and flashpoints be "scaled up" into level 60 content in a way that still allows level 50/55 players to experience the original content while providing more options for end game content at level 60? (Similar to SM/HM except you would select the level first then the difficulty.)

We are discussing how we can give you more options for playing our end game content at high levels. I can’t go into details yet.

7)  Can we get the ability to search for COMPANION GIFTS please? Like a heading for them, and then sub menus for type (military, cultural, trophy, etc) and also possibly rank?

Currently, the best way to search for them is with the “Miscellaneous” heading. I’ll see whether we can improve this.

8)  Gameplay wise, Treek is basically the best universal companion there is. Between having on demand tanking/healing capability from level 1, smart cc, heavy armor and the ability to be kitted out with legacy gear, her skillset and usability are simply superior to any other companion.

Now here's the question: Will we ever see a companion who is as good as that but not an EWOK?

Treek is pleased with your assessment, but she takes umbrage at the suggestion that anyone could ever match her fighting prowess.

We’re looking at some ways to give you more flexibility with regards to which companions are most effective for you in combat. Treek’s universal applicability was originally intended to ensure that she did not suffer from the problem of being redundant or incompatible with your selected combat role. We would generally like you to be able to use the companion of your choice.

9)  What's the road map for Operations? We had a full year of DF/DP and even with NM mode added during the summer months the content got stale pretty quick. Can we expect new Raids (not-NM versions of existing content) in 6 months? 1 year?

Having just launched an expansion with 10 new Ops bosses, it’s not one of our immediate concerns, but we have plans to shake things up a bit before the end of the year.

10)  When can we expect to see the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event again?

You’ll probably see it again this year… once I’ve stockpiled enough credits.