Star Wars: The Old Republic executive producer Jeff Hickman has released the year’s first State Of The Game letter, and it’s packed with all sorts of goodies. Hot Topics covered include details on game content for L50+, World PvP updates, information on copying characters to Public Test Servers, and – wait for it – the latest news on Same Gender Romance.
While Hickman doesn’t spill the beans on any specific numbers, he says the jump to free to play has been an “amazing event” for the game, which is currently “incredibly healthy”. He does admit the system isn’t perfect just yet, but the team is still working hard to make SW:TOR “everything you guys desire”.
Part of that includes the upcoming Update 1.7, digital expansion Rise of the Hutt Cartel and interesting changes to a “special PvP area” that has technically not been announced yet. Gamers hanging out for pure open-world PvP will be left hanging a little while longer, there’s no plans for that just yet, but “something big” is coming to the Western Ice Shelf.
Keeping the big stuff for last, Hickman also apologises for taking so long to introduce same gender romance into SW:TOR, and reveals that when it does hit the game, it won’t be quite the way you might have liked.
I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. 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.
…but! This is not just another brush-off! Hickman confirms that Same Gender Romance is being introduced to Makeb (with certain NPCs), and the team is continuing to pursue more options.
Get amongst it!