BioWare’s Jeff Hickman has used the recent Star Wars: The Old Republic State of the Game Address to discuss some issues important to the community, including end-game content, PVP, and of course the long-awaited same-sex romance options.
“We’ve got new Operations, new Flashpoints, new difficulty modes, new PvP areas, and of course, the entire Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel (which is targeted at our high level players),” says Hickman. “Overall, we’re aiming to introduce a more diverse array of activities – more stuff to do with your Companion, more challenges to tackle with groups, and more reasons for guilds to recruit.”
On the subject of PVP, Hickman explains that open-world PVP has not been forgotten, but has proven more complex than they anticipated. “We will be experimenting with a different approach to Open World PvP, something that encourages organic PvP in contested areas in a new and interesting way, but do not look for massive new Open World PvP this year (outside of what I mentioned above). It is still on our design wall, but is taking a back seat to other forms of PvP.”
Finally, same-sex romances will be making their first appearance in the upcoming 1.7 patch, as Hickman apologises for the delay. “Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.”
“I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future. More details to come!”
Source: SW:TOR Blog