Thursday, 27 August 2015

SWTOR Lowdown: PAX Cantina Stream Wrap-UP

Hey guys, here is the wrap up from the live stream yesterday as was posted on the forums and the companion Q&A that addresses some of the key issues that people may have had about 4.0.
Official Rundown
Hey folks!
As mentioned before, he is a quick wrap-up of what was discussed on the livestream earlier this evening. First off, you can watch the archived version of the stream yourself, right here (part 1) (part 2).
We opened by showing the intro to Chapter 3, along with playing through portions of it to highlight some key choices that can be made, new environments, etc. After that we took on some of the more commonly asked questions around Companions in Knights of the Fallen Empire. Here they are:
What happens to my existing Companions in KotFE?
When Fallen Empire launches, all of your existing Companions remain accessible to you outside of the story Chapters. In the KotFE story there is a specific cast of characters that is a part of that ongoing storyline.
Is there more combat customization for Companions?
Absolutely, in fact every Companion can now choose any role you choose at any time; healer, tank, or DPS.
How does gear come into play here?
Starting in KotFE your Companion’s power and stats scale with your level, regardless of the gear they are wearing. However, you can still use gear to determine exactly how your Companions will look. (note: this is not a part of Appearance Designer)
What about all of that Affection I farmed for my Companions?
We haven’t forgotten the relationships you’ve built; the affection you earned will not be lost and the relationships you built will continue to be relevant.
If you have more Companion questions, feel free to ask them in this thread. We will work to answer them throughout the rest of the week. Keep in mind of course that we will not answer spoilery questions. Finally, we ended the stream with a video clip from Chapter 1 of Fallen Empire which shows an important decision made around one of the character’s Companions. Sparing any spoilers, check out the archive for the clip.
Companions Q&A
  • Q: There is a time lapse with 4.0 of 5 years, what happens to all of my companions?
  • A: Storywise part of the adventure is figuring out what has happened to your previous companions. You are the Outlander, the focal point of the resistance against the Eternal Empire. It is up to you to unite your old companions and fight back. From a story standpoint, you will be locked to certain companions in various chapters. You will be introduced to new characters and finding out what happened to past companions.
  • A: Companions that are not coming back are not taken away. You will have access to ALL of them gameplay wise, just not story wise. You can resummon your old companions that you truly loved. Treek and HK are absolutely not going away. Storywise we are going to screw with them all but gameplay wise we are not taking any of them away.
  • Q: Companion affection lost in 4.0?
  • A: You won’t lose any of it gameplay wise. All the hardwork you have done will still matter. Fictionally, those romances and relationship you did in the past with your companions will matter and may come back affect your choices.
  • Q: Companion roles in 4.0?
  • A: Going forward, all companions can be all 3 roles. You can pick your favourite companion and have them do any role.
  • Q: What happens to companion gear in 4.0?
  • A: We untied gear from companions. We kept the visuals so you can still customize their visuals. Companions get stronger as they level up with you. You will get all your companion gear back so don’t rush to unequip them.
  • Q: Will I lose anything?
  • A: In most cases you won’t lose anything. We are trying to not take anything away and if we do we will tell you in advance.

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