Tuesday, 16 June 2015

SWTOR Lowdown: E3 Wrap up!


This is not my official E3 wrap up piece, just the info for the SWTOR news.


The Sacrifice Trailer


Information Page: Knights of The Fallen Empire


Upcoming game features with game expansion 4.0, SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire
General new features
  • Level cap raised to 65
  • Able to create an instant level 60
  • One new ability for each advanced class
  • Crafting raised to 550
  • New class specific stories that connect to the main story
  • Main focus of SWTOR is story and single player experience
  • New Monthly subscriber bonuses (items, decorations)
  • New story updates every 3 weeks available only to subscribes or purchasable with Cartel coins

  • Companions
  • One new companion for each player character
  •  o You get to choose your companion out of a few potential possibilities (3 options to choose from) 
  • o The companions are completely new characters introduced in the expansion and you interact with them during the story before you choose one
PVE
  • Two new operations introduced in 4.0 o Able to be done solo for story purpose or as a group (8 or 16 people)
  • Three new planets introduced in the expansion with two new daily areas o Planets are small (think Oricon/Ziost size)
  • The operations take place within the same area and setting.
  • You enter the instance and then choose which path/operation you want to complete 
IGN INFOMATION
  • Very early on in Knights of Fallen Empire, you are frozen in carbonite. When you are awoken, years have passed and you quickly learn that Empire/Republic as you have known have all fallen.
  • You have to find your old companions and adventure with new companions in a very personal story.
  • The story picks up right from end of the trailer. You are an Outlander. You can either use existing level 60 characters or create a new level 60 character right from the start. 
  • Brand new companions and new stories with new companions. 
  • New iconic abilities for each class, everything you can expect from a Bioware RPG when you level up.
POLYGON INFOMATION

  • Article link: http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/15/8736559/star-wars-old-republic-knights-of-the-fallen-empire-expansion
  • Five new companions will be available, with very different allegiances
  • You are able to recruit help and additional companions from an expanded cast, including companions who were previously exclusive to other classes.
  • To recruit help, you will need to travel around the galaxy and do missions to make yourself favorable to them.”If you want to recruit a character who’s favorable to the Mandalorians, you’ll be able to do missions for them. You want to recruit a character who hates the Hutts, you’ll do missions to build your alliance standing against them."
  • Still a MMO, just very streamlined.  
  • We are still doing flashpoints, operations, raids bosses, and pvp but it is all about story this year.

Rewards. (Table from Duffy: http://dulfy.net/2015/06/15/swtor-knights-of-fallen-empire-official-expansion-info/)

BE A SUBSCRIBER ON THE DATES BELOW TO EARN REWARDS IN-GAME AT LAUNCH*
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Nico Okarr Companion – JUL 31 
When you travel with Nico Okarr, the legendary gunslinger from Star Wars: The Old Republic’s "Return" cinematic trailer, you can be sure that he will always have your back.
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Nico Okarr Blaster Set – AUG 31 
A stylish weapon set for the enthusiastic gunslinger; keep it for yourself or give to your Companion.
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Nico Okarr Duster Coat – SEP 30 
Impressive is the only word that describes Nico’s swashbuckling duster; you can be sure that wearing this duster sets you apart from other heroes.
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Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™ – Inspired Swoop Bike – OCT 19 
Escape your enemies in epic style on your custom Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™-inspired Swoop Bike
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Early Access – JUL 31 – OCT 19 
Choose to be a Subscriber from July 31 to October 19 to receive the Early Access Bonus Reward! Be one of the first to jump in and get access to Knights of the Fallen Empire seven days prior to live launch.

Cast of Characters

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Arcann – The Dark Prince
THE DARK PRINCE. "DESTINY IS A LIE."
Destiny is a lie. Fate is the falsest of hopes. I am beyond prophecy. I forge my own path by making the difficult choices. Now, it is your turn.
I am not without mercy. Surrender and you may live. Stand against me, and I will turn you into a monument for fools who believe their victory is preordained. Choose wisely.
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Valkorion – The Immortal Emperor
"I CAN MAKE YOU POWERFUL BEYOND REASON…IF YOU WILL ONLY KNEEL."
Everything until now has been the means to an end. I forged the Empire of Zakuul to surmount all of my previous works. It will span eternity.
Do not presume there are limits to my power. The Eternal Empire commands a fleet that will reshape the galaxy into any image I choose. Whatever you hope to achieve by opposing me, know that you will never succeed.
The Outlander
A VETERAN OF THE GREAT GALACTIC WAR. THIS IS YOUR STORY.
Whether Jedi, Sith, soldier, or mercenary, you are a veteran of the Great Galactic War. But your greatest challenge is yet to come.
A new power lurks in the depths of space: a vast dominion beyond anything you have ever encountered. It awaits your arrival… and your choices will change everything.
Lana Beniko – The Dark Advisor
"I DEEMED YOU A WORTHY ALLY ONCE. I HOPE I WASN’T WRONG."
The Sith Empire and Galactic Republic have fallen. The Jedi and Sith have retreated to their temples. No one remains to stand between the Eternal Empire and the utter destruction of all we hold dear.
It has to be you. Find the strength within yourself to persevere and sacrifice your own needs for those of the galaxy. You’re our last hope.
Vaylin – The remorseless Prodigy
"RULES ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO LACK THE CREATIVITY TO BREAK THEM."
I have always been held back. All my life, my power has been restrained for fear of the chaos and bloodshed that I might inflict on a whim.
But our whims represent our truest selves. And now that my power is fully my own, I intend to be very truthful.
Koth Bortena – The Exiled General
"WE’RE GOING TO WIN THIS THING. I’M TELLING YOU, IT’S DESTINY."
I grew up on Zakuul, served in the military. I know its potential for greatness, but all I see is the bleak reality of what it’s become.
Someone has to stand up to tyranny, right here and now. To make it clear that we reject this twisted vision for the galaxy. Someone has to own up to their destiny and fight.
Senya – The Vengeful Enforcer
"EVEN EMPERORS MUST ANSWER TO THE LAW."
I have served with honor. I have upheld the law and pursued offenders to the far corners of the galaxy. And I have lost everyone I ever held close.
The worst among us now rule over us. Their laws will never bring justice to the monsters who betray our ideals and murder our children. But I will.
HK-55 – The Loyal Bodyguard
"DECLARATION: MEATBAG DEFENSE PROTOCOLS ENGAGED."
Lament: I am programmed for your maximum protection, but hostile meatbags continually demand I reactivate my termination subroutines.
Reassurance: I have no particular wish to harm the stupid meatbags. I was merely designed to be especially good at it.
Affirmation: Anything that threatens you will wish it had never existed, master.

Chapters

Chapter 1 The Hunt
Chapter 2 A Dream of Empire
Chapter 3 Outlander
Chapter 4 The Gravestone
Chapter 5 From the Grave
Chapter 6 Asylum
Chapter 7 Lady of Sorrows
Chapter 8 Taking Flight
Chapter 9 The Alliance
Chapter 10 Anarchy In Paradise
Chapter 11 Disavowed
Chapter 12 Coming Soon


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