SWTOR Game Update 2.1 Points to an Awful New Direction

Today is the day everyone has been waiting for as the highly anticipated release of Game Update 2.1 for SWTOR is here. For EA, it’s another day where they can expect to make millions of dollars from subscribers. While subscribers and players alike rage about where the game seems to be heading.

With the Game Update 2.1, players will be able to change their character appearance, unlock a new character species, and dye their modules. While this has been the feature everyone has been waiting for since the ‘barbershop’ of MMO has been missing out in action, why does this addition trouble gamers? It’s because EA decided to go with the dark side of the force..

More Ridiculous Cartel Market Scam

SWTOR Game Update 2.1- Cathar

One of the reasons why a lot of subscribers are angry about the update is because every change will cost you actual money, aka Cartel Coins. Assuming a subscriber would like to change their character’s appearance (species), they have to pay a hefty amount of 792 Cartel Coins. Along with that amount of coins you have to spend, every change you do (ie: Hair, Eye Color, Body Build, etc) will cost an additional cartel coins that can cost you up $10 worth of CC. Pretty much if you’re looking to give your character a complete makeover, you’re looking to spend at least 1500 cartel coins, which is equivalent to fifteen (Yes, $15) dollars. Why can’t EA just let subscribers use in-game credits for little change to facial features? Paying species change is fine but paying for every little detail? That’s an insult to us subscribers.

Previously announced free Cathar, no longer free

SWTOR Game update 2.1 - Cathar 2

When Game Update 1.3 was announced, it was revealed that SWTOR will be receiving the Cathar species for free along with the game update. Players have been waiting for the species for over a year now, which was finally added with Game Update 2.1, although it will also cost you cartel coins to get it. So this previously ‘free’ Cathar update will not run you 600 coins, which is quite a 180.

So What Can We Expect from SWTOR Now?

The release of Game Update 2.1 pretty much shows what EA is aiming for; more cartel market strategies to entice players to spend their hard earned money on various things. With the too restrictive free-to-play model they introduced last year, many were turned off and more are becoming turned off with the release of Game Update 2.1

Subscribers were promised before that they will get 100% free access to the game features, but that has now changed with the latest update. As many are becoming weary of these new practices, a lot are rethinking about their subscription, as it’s a matter of time before the subscriber bonuses are diminished. Compared to other free-to-play MMOs, SWTOR is the only one strongly pushing microtransactions hard, but then this is EA we’re talking about, so I suppose this isn’t that shocking either.

The big question is, where does our money going to? If these are the kinds of game updates we get for the $15 we already pay monthly, people would unsubscribe in droves. For over a year, no new flashpoints are introduced, PvP seasons are still the same, and only four operations are there for us to raid to. Also, we see more Cartel Market updates than real content. If Cartel Market gets an update every two weeks, why can’t the content be the same?

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25 Comments

  1. Trythigo
    May 14, 2013, 3:10 PM

    Really man! Did you not read the update on 2.2 that is coming very soon. They separated the cartel content (2.1) and the gameplay content (2.2) Maybe you should research for your hate posts.

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  2. Paul
    May 14, 2013, 3:11 PM

    Your article is incorrect in many points. One being the cost to change a characters appearance. Please use the product prior to writing an article about it.

    As well as state your sources on all these people who plan to unsub.

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  3. Mark Fajardo
    May 14, 2013, 4:01 PM

    How can the cost be incorrect when I checked it myself too? The customization cost is 792 Cartel Coins with all of the discounts included (for a species change), plus the additional on every hair, etc and the 600 Cartel Coins for the Cathar Unlock.

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  4. Paul
    May 14, 2013, 5:21 PM

    You said “Assuming a subscriber would like to change their characters appearance (species), they have to pay the initial 792 Cartel Coins”.

    this makes it seem as if ANY race change will cost this amount. if you already have the race unlocked, like a chss or with, it won’t coat this amount. You are including the one time cost to unlock cathers . By unlocking it means you will never have to pay for it again.

    Try changing your characters race to one you already unlocked.

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  5. Mark Fajardo
    May 14, 2013, 5:28 PM

    Yes, it does cost 792 Cartel Coins every time you change from species to the next… That’s what the article said :o The initial 792 Cartel Coins that the article mentioned is for ‘species change’

    . That means everytime we decide to change from species to the next, we pay 792 Cartel Coins, plus up to 500+ additional Cartel Coins depending on how many touch ups we do on their hair, eye color, etc.

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  6. Paul
    May 14, 2013, 6:16 PM

    I stand corrected .

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  7. Sean
    May 14, 2013, 9:39 PM

    Actually, no; unlocking the race is an entirely separate purchase. The cost to change your species is 1200 CC; subscribers get a 34% discount on that cost, bringing it down to 792 CC. If you change your species, everything else you do to your appearance at the same time is free.

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  8. Ryan
    May 14, 2013, 11:57 PM

    Ummm do you even play the game or do you just write about based on hearsay ?

    There a tons of people who buy all that you mentioned from cartel shop then turn around and sell it in game for in game credits

    Huge supply of all those items for free in game using only in game fake money

    So I m happy there are tons of people who use disposable income then sell the items in game for in game credits

    I get what I want and they get credits without grinding for them

    Win/win for all

    Bottom line is you can get the items without spending any money or you can buy the items with real world money and keep or sell them to other players for in game money

    Beautiful system of supply and demand

    You strike me as someone who does not play the game but just decided to write about after hearin a little QQing from a few people

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  9. SWTOR
    May 15, 2013, 1:37 PM

    @Ryan

    Really? You can buy eye color, hair style, body type, and other changes on the GTN? I’m sure that’s not true as I’ve checked it a lot of times, even asked my guildies, and what you say is false.

    Sure, Cathar species can be bought through GTN but this article talks about how you have to pay real money for every customization you do like the hairstyle, eye color, etc.

    When you say ‘There a tons of people who buy all that you mentioned from cartel shop then turn around and sell it in game for in game credits ‘, you need to check your facts buddy as the only thing that you can buy in-game are those Cathar species.

    You cannot use in-game credits to do a change of appearance. What BIoware did in this game update is an insult to the subscribers.

    As always, fanboys will defend to the very end.

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  10. WildJedi
    May 15, 2013, 4:38 PM

    Yeah i unsubbed today. this greed by EA is to much.Everythng cost real money in the shop to subscribers.

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  11. forman
    May 15, 2013, 4:40 PM

    fanboys are invading here as if swtor forums are not enough. I wonder if bioware is paying to these guys.

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  12. grace
    May 15, 2013, 5:18 PM

    @ Trythigo

    Oh yeah, and what’s in 2.2? Do you even know?

    Of course not. Because Bioware hasn’t provided anything. All they said is 2.2 is in four weeks, and then they said that date is subject to change.

    These are the same people who last year said the game wasn’t losing subscribers, then a day later reported a subscriber drop of over a million. How many promises have they broken and literally done total 180s on.

    And yet you still cling to their every word. Oh we should continue subbing until 2.2. And after that it will be 2.3. There’s a reason they haven’t said what’s in 2.2 yet. Anybody who supports this company deserves EXACTLY what they get.

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  13. Saremun
    May 15, 2013, 5:31 PM

    so true sadly, the new direction is a slap on the face for every subscriber.

    OMG, those fanboies are so dame blind(if not paid) they are like insects on each website they visit…

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  14. dumb nigger
    May 15, 2013, 6:01 PM

    EA are a bunch of greedy cunts and you cunts buy their games. fucking twats.

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  15. Robby
    May 15, 2013, 7:41 PM

    I dont like 2.1 but at least try not to spread false information. You only pay the initial CCost to switch race. you dont have to pay for every little change once you do that unless you are buying one of the new hair/eye/tattoos that came out with 2.1

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  16. SWTOR
    May 15, 2013, 8:52 PM

    How is it false information? I suggest for you to read the article again and understand every bits of it. It was stated that yes, 792 Cartel Coins to switch species, then every little change you do if you decide to change features will cost CC.

    If you want to buy addition hair, eyes, or tattoos, it’s on the Cartel Market. But the CHANGE you would like to do on your current species will COST CARTEL COINS. Why can’t EA just charge in-game credits? Paying 792 Cartel Coins for a complete species change is FINE but what’s not FINE is charging subscribers for LITTLE CHANGE they do, which is really an insult to subscribers.

    If you’re fine with what EA is doing, go ahead, I implore you to keep giving them money. That way you are tolerating that what they’re doing is right; “keep focusing on Cartel Market updates and milk as much cash as they can’ while slacking off with content.

    The article is right, why can’t Bioware push more content updates than Cartel Market? Think about that fanboys.

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  17. Grant Gaines (大将)
    May 15, 2013, 9:26 PM

    @ Robby

    While I understand where you’re coming from, I think we can all agree that even that much is a bit excessive. However, I would like to remind you that we at JustPushStart do look into and verify information before we post it. Sometimes things do fall through the cracks (it happens, no one is perfect), but we wouldn’t post an article like this without being sure of the facts.

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  18. Robby
    May 15, 2013, 10:01 PM

    why dont you read? he says “Assuming a subscriber would like to change their character’s appearance (species), they have to pay a hefty amount of 792 Cartel Coins. Along with that amount of coins you have to spend, every change you do (ie: Hair, Eye Color, Body Build, etc) will cost an additional cartel coins that can cost you up $10 worth of CC. Pretty much if you’re looking to give your character a complete makeover, you’re looking to spend at least 1500 cartel coins”

    “Along with that amount” means that if you dont like the random person that shows up when change species, you have to pay extra to change their “hair, eye color, body build, etc.” This is not the case. The 792 coins that you spend to change your species include changing everything about your character (basically, you are spending 792 coins to send your level 55 toon back to character creation).

    Now, if you want to change your hair/body type/whatever but not your species, you have to pay a small fee ranging from 20-80 coins for each change. 2.1 also came out with extra looks and those cost CCoins or credits to unlock (to the person asking above, yes, the hair/eyes/tattoos they came out with can be bought on the gtn. people just have to wait 36hrs before the item becomes unbound from the original buyer so that they can post it on the GTN).

    Here is the most extreme example: If you wanted to change your race to a human, buy the new eye color, the new hair color, and the new hair style, you will be charged 1312 Cartel Coins which is the most you can spend at once. You also need to take into account that the eye/hair/color/tattoo unlocks are legacy wide so once you pay it once, you don’t have to again meaning that if you want to change another character to human+ all those new stuff, it will only cost you 792 coins.

    There is already enough to be annoyed about in this patch (nickel and dimming us on basic barbershop changes, having to buy random dyes through the market, the collection thing). However, there is no reason to blatantly lie and say “if you’re looking to give your character a complete makeover, you’re looking to spend at least 1500 cartel coins” when in reality, 792 coins will allow you to get a complete makeover for your character.

    Please make yourself clear author (Mark I guess). BW has made this stuff complicated enough as it is and there is no reason to confuse people even further with misinformation.

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  19. Robby
    May 15, 2013, 10:07 PM

    @grant

    All i want to do is correct the author on his mistake. Correcting him doesnt mean that i disagree with the article or dont think it should be post at all in the first place. i do hate the nickel and dimming and think EA/BW should be called on that. However, if you are going to write something, at least make sure your information is correct rather than pretending what you describe is double the actual cost.

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  20. JPS Staff
    May 15, 2013, 10:49 PM

    Hey Robby,

    I was one of the authors that worked on this article and am among the fans disappointed with this update. Also as a game journalist, it’s my job to express my opinion and accurately report it to our readers.

    To respond to your rant, there’s no ‘lies’ in this article, but facts.

    Don’t instantly assume you CAN buy the Cathar species on the GTN, since not every server will have resellers. Besides, what is the mode of payment to get it? People pay real money. Before you say we all get complimentary coins for free, it’s not really free. It’s part of the subscription fee we pay ($9.99 to access the game without restriction and $5 for the 500+ Cartel Coins).

    Now, if you add up the cost of buying the Cathar species, which is 600, plus the ability to change from a Miraluka for example to a Cathar, you will pretty much spend close to 1500 Cartel Coins. Don’t always assume people will always have their ‘free’ cartel coins every month because with so many things to buy on the Cartel Market, thus it can be hard to save coins.

    ‘Here is the most extreme example: If you wanted to change your race to a human, buy the new eye color, the new hair color, and the new hair style, you will be charged 1312 Cartel Coins which is the most you can spend at once. You also need to take into account that the eye/hair/color/tattoo unlocks are legacy wide so once you pay it once, you don’t have to again meaning that if you want to change another character to human+ all those new stuff, it will only cost you 792 coins.’

    You are completely wrong my dear. When you change your appearance, you will always have to pay. The legacy unlock you talk about is the ‘additional appearance’ cartel market item. These things will appear on the GTN and will not give you a free ticket to change your character’s facial features as the item only grants you more options to choose from. Therefore, if you are unhappy with how your character looks, you can change it but you have to spend real money.

    Either way, the point we’re trying to make on this article is, subscribers are being ripped off. Paying for every customization on the Appearance designer is outrageous and an insult to us loyal fans. If you are really a hardcore fan, I can’t believe you would turn a blind eye to this, especially since we want the game to succeed. However, if this is what EA has planned for the game, then I won’t blame others if they unsubscribe.

    PS: Mark is not the author of this article, he helped me verify all of the information I’ve written. He also love the game and continue to write guides with me and others on this site.

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  21. mark
    May 16, 2013, 2:16 AM

    When did they say Cathar would be free? In one of the Q& A sessions 6 months ago they said you would have to pay for it on the cartel market. I agree however that sub should have the option of using the barber shop with in game credits.

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  22. SWTOR
    May 16, 2013, 2:52 AM

    @Mark

    If you have been playing SWTOR since launch, you would’ve seen that Cathar is one things they’ll add in a Game Update. It was actually slated to release mid to late last year

    When subscriptions went down from over 2 million to half a million, BIoware decided to make SWTOR ‘free-to-play’ and the Cartel Market was created. Since then, Cathar was never mentioned in any videos or interviews until late last year or early 2013.

    There was actually a video showing Cathar and Makeb as part of the future game update they’ll release but since they lost a lot of subscriptions and Cartel Market was there, it seems their plan changed.

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  23. SWTOR
    May 16, 2013, 3:10 AM

    To be exact as to when they announced it as part of the game update, it was E3 week. In the ‘Coming Soon’ video they released, they showed the following:

    – HK-51
    – Terror from Beyond
    – New Space Missions
    – Ancient Hypergate
    – Makeb
    – New Species: Cathar.

    The first four listed above was released as the game’s major game update but the two (Makeb and Cathar) never made it last year. If free-to-play option never happened following the release of HK-51 game update in November, the Cathar and Makeb would’ve been released as a game update or at least expansion where both will be included and other things for $9.99 sometime in December or early 2013

    So now you know… Here’s the announcement they did at E3. Take note that all this happened before the full ‘free-to-play’ option was introduced where all of the content are promised to be released as game content. Understand also at this time, the game was doing pretty good. Hence, they said character transfer is coming but where is it?

    So many promises last year, a lot are not met. Was it our fault that SWTOR lost that much? Nope.

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  24. LikeIt
    May 16, 2013, 4:00 AM

    Mhh, I get 650 CartelCoins every month for free. For me this looks like as a subscriber get’s the Cathar for free.

    So much whining about nothing.

    Btw, game is still great!

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  25. Trent
    May 29, 2013, 9:37 PM

    I’ve been subbed for swtor since the beginning. This update was the last straw for me.

    Canceled.

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