While the middle of last week brought the unfortunate news of layoffs at BioWare Austin, that didn't stop SWTOR.com from teasing what's to come down the road by way of Game Update 1.3. Check out the video!
G4TV.com breaks down what we've learned from the new preview video and IGN dives in deeper with a lengthy interview featuring BioWare's Daniel Erickson.
"llesna: Can you please tell us why the upcoming Legacy additions for Game Update 1.3 are character-specific rather than Legacy-wide?
Daniel Erickson (Lead Game Designer): Legacy Perks have a different purpose than global unlocks and are specifically designed to enable players to customize each individual character. Since you may not care about Space XP or running the Bonus Series missions on one character it is important that you’re not paying a premium that is calculated at the expense of 8 or more characters all gaining this benefit. This also means the Legacy Perks will, as a rule, be more affordable than the global unlocks.
Ixum: Daniel Erickson said in his interview that there will be no new gear sets in Game Update 1.3. Does this mean there will not be any new orange gear as well?
Daniel: Although there are no new gear sets, the addition of Adaptive Gear opens up a range of new options for characters, especially those wearing medium and heavy armor. Now any of the social gear sets can be used by any class and they will automatically change stats to be the correct armor level. With the addition of the Augment Tables, players can additionally take that social gear and get Augment slots added that will make it competitive with any gear in the game—once the right mods and augments are gathered, of course."
Time: 2AM CDT (12AM PDT/3AM EDT/8 AM BST/9AM CEST/5PM AEST) until 6AM CDT (4AM PDT/7AM EDT/12PM BST/1PM CEST/9PM AEST).
And as we previously reported, SWTOR.com also revealed the cover of Drew Karpyshyn's upcoming novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation and also provided a short interview with the author. Look for Annihilation to land on bookshelves in November of 2012.