New Features for SWTOR Newcomers

In an effort to attract even more players to the 1.7 million SWTOR subscribers they already have, BioWare has launched three new features for SWTOR newcomers. So get your lightsabers and your best SWTOR credits ready, folks, ‘cause we are blasting off!

Video Guides

Before you start on your journey to a galaxy far far away, check out these tutorials to learn the basics of the Old Republic. The first session called “Begin Your Journey” takes you through the process of selecting a server and creating your first character.

The next two videos are titled “Navigate the Old Republic” which covers map usage, bind points and taxis and “Understand the User Interface” (coming soon) which is um, self-explanatory.

While we wait for a video tutorial on how to get the best SWTOR credits, let’s count our blessings and give thanks for the many BioWare has already given.

Weekly Q & A Sessions

Every Friday starting February 10th, ten questions selected from the community will be answered on a new blog. A new thread will be opened for each week’s blog post.

For the first session, 15 questions were answered. (Although a veritable SWTOR gold mine of questions was asked, none of the actual questions about SWTOR gold were answered!) Here are a couple of q’s that did get selected:

Shotgun-clavy: When are character transfers going to become available? And are server transfers a real possibility?

Daniel Erickson: Character transfers between servers are definitely going to be available in the future and we’ll announce details as soon as we have firm dates.

Buddytonto: When you made the blog post about the balancing act of what to fix, what to balance, and when; got me thinking about how the items are prioritized, as it didn’t really explain that?

Daniel Erickson: How we prioritize bugs is a complicated question and one that can be maddening from a player point of view. The answer is as complicated as the question but I can give a high level view. First comes anything that blocks the critical path of a class story for any reason. If you can’t progress, your game comes to a screeching halt so that always takes precedence. Next is the question: how many people are being affected and what is the damage being done? Half the population being slightly irritated loses in priority to ten percent of the population having their game crippled, for example. The last consideration, and the most opaque to players, is how hard the bug is to fix. There are fixes that look complicated and are nothing more than a database entry that went rogue. There are fixes that look easy and take months of untangling code. What we can promise is that we never ignore bugs or decide something is good enough as-is.

The next post will come out on February 17th, a thread for next week’s Q & A has already been opened. Questions will be accepted until Tuesday, Feb 14th which gives you more than enough time to buy SWTOR credits and post a question.  Here are the guidelines for asking questions:

  1. Keep your question relatively short. Background details are welcome, but don’t go overboard.
  2. Please actually ask a question. We want to hear constructive feedback elsewhere in the Forums.
  3. Use common sense – we cannot answer everything, especially on far-reaching content.
  4. Limit yourself to one question per thread, please. You can always ask another question next week!
  5. And finally, as a reminder, this is not a discussion thread. Do not comment about what somebody else has posted.

Weekly Dev Track Summary

In this new feature, official responses to Forum threads will be gathered into one blog post; this handy summary is great for those who don’t check the Dev Tracker daily.

(The Dev Tracker Summary blog has been moved from Fridays to Mondays.)

And finally, for those confused or daunted by the planetary leveling paths in SWTOR, our peepz over at the made this awesome chart that shows both Empire and Republic paths, all current flashpoints and levels required for each. Wouldn’t it be cool if they included a graphic of a rainbow with a pot of SWTOR gold at the end?