The release of SWTOR Game Update 2.1 a couple of weeks ago wasn’t well received by a lot of people due to the implementation of the appearance designer through the use of Cartel Coins. If you’re expecting a much better game update with 2.2 and beyond, it seems that what BioWare delivers isn’t satisfying enough for those paying a monthly subscription
Earlier this morning, Bruce Maclean, Senior Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic released some sort of a road map where he outlined the future of the game through the upcoming game updates. When 2.1 was released, a lot of people were disappointed due to the fact that it did not benefit any of the subscribers at all. To ease up the frustration and disappointment of the raging fans, BioWare stated that game update 2.2 will offer better content. Today, the planned update they want to release for Game Update 2.2 this June 11th isn’t enough…
- Nightmare Mode Terror From Beyond. It’s got vicious new mechanics and is definitely not for the faint of heart. I’m very excited for you to see the new gear that comes with this, which uses a new appearance system we’ve developed for armor and weapons called ‘Scrolling UVs’.
- New Guild Bonuses! Players in guilds currently receive a +5% experience bonus, but now every 5 active players in the guild will add an additional 1% bonus to XP and reputation, up to a maximum bonus of 10% each.
- Crafters can now craft Underworld gear! But don’t RE that piece if you are still using it…
- Unified fleet chat channel for each faction, for easier group finding without having to hop between instances.
From the big update they promised that is coming to Game Update 2.2, the above “supposed” new stuff that will become available on June 11th isn’t even big. Analyzing the content they plan to release in Game Update 2.2, it’s pretty much just a recycled new content but made harder, plus a guild bonus that is pretty much useless. Since BioWare is simply just taking all of the things WoW already has, can’t they just do one update for all the guild perks instead of dividing it into different game updates?
Seriously BioWare, is this what you call a big game update? Well waiting for two months following the release of 2.2 in June, Game Update 2.3 is coming. Should you be excited? Maybe or maybe not. They promised:
New Daily Area
New Recurring Event
Significant graphical upgrades
Supposed new flashpoints are expected to be released this August. Will it be new? I highly doubt it as we pretty much expected it will simply be recycled flashpoints like: Lost Island, Red Reaper, and Colocoid War game to be scaled up and call it Hard Mode. If this is what BioWare plans for the new flashpoints they promised, expect a lot of raging fans again.
What about PvP? Well, those who are still hoping BioWare will add new PvP content will have to wait for 2.4. That means from now until 2.4, PvP players will have to wait at least five months for it to happen. As for what content they can expect, BioWare fails to mention any specifics but as always, they try to hype stuff up.
Is It Still Worth Subscribing?
In our opinion, subscribing to SWTOR is not worth it at all. You can spend the $15 for other MMOs where you will receive actual content updates. Ever since SWTOR became free-to-play, the game updates that BioWare keeps releasing are wafer thin and it surprises us how it’s still called a “Game Update”. Adding one feature, or calling recycled content “new”, isn’t the content we want to pay for. The only real content they actually released was “Game Update 2.0”, but then we have to pay money to for it. As for those regular updates, you will not get anything worthwhile, so it’s better to spend that hard earned $15 into some other MMOs like World of Warcraft.
So here’s a recap on the content they want to please and have already been released (post free-to-play):
1.7 Return of the Gree (2/13) – an in-game event that only lasts for a week. By now, a lot are already maxed out and rewards are already claimed.
2.0 Scum and Villainy (4/13) – This is the content we paid for. Since this is a paid game content update, of course you can expect real content here. If you purchased this, you will get really refreshing content like new operations, new planets and more.
2.1 Customization (5/13)- A game content where we pay real money to change every feature for our characters. The cathar that is supposed to be free and/or included in the digital expansion will cost a fortune.
2.2 (6/13)- The big update they promised will only consist of a nightmare mode version called “Terror from Beyond”. Seriously? This is the big update?
2.3 (8/13) – Okay, they said new flashpoints, new daily areas, etc are coming but going with the track record of BioWare since the game went free to play and the lack of real new content since 1.7 (where the game is not F2P), I expect this to not be as big, but it’s recycled content as well. Flashpoints like The Red Reaper, Lost Island, and the Colocoid War game are among the flashpoints that needs to get the hard mode treatment. Expect this to be part of the game update. As for the dailies, it will be similar to Black Hole.
2.4 (10/13) – This game update is supposed to have updated real PvP content. What could it be? Should you excited?
From the time they released Ancient Hypergate last December up to this point, no game updates have been really worth it, except the 2.0 we have to pay for. PVP players who are hoping for real new content will have to wait until October. If that update fails once again, it will be another two months. Pretty much if you have the money to spare to believe what BioWare is saying, waiting for Game Update 2.3 or 2.4 will cost you around $30 to $60. If the updates ends up to be a disappointment again, BioWare will pull off the hype machine again and say Game Update 2.5 and 2.6 will have the content they’re looking for, thus players will be brainwashed to remain subscribed.