Updates 2.8 and 2.9


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Aleron was asking last night about upcoming double XP events. Well, more are coming as well as some other fun. (I do have concerns about the upcoming "Nar Shadaa Nightlife" cassino event, but that's fodder for another thread...)

Hi again everyone!

I’m here to provide an updated look at the upcoming Summer of SWTOR in light of our recent Galactic Strongholds announcements. The biggest changes to our Summer plans outside of Galactic Strongholds are Game Update 2.8. Here’s a look at the next four months including that update (and not including the May 4th, May 11th, and July 15th rewards deadlines already mentioned in Galactic Strongholds letter):

Game Update 2.8: on June 10th
Nar Shaddaa Casino. For the first time, players are invited to the casinos on Nar Shaddaa to try their luck on the slot machines. Credits can be used to purchase tokens, which in turn can be used on slot machines. Lucky winners will receive certificates that can be traded in for unique rewards that will only be distributed during the Nar Shaddaa Nightlife event. This event will run from June 10th to August 19th.
Double Fleet Requisition, Warzone Comms, and Credits from PvP matches. For three weeks at a time, events will run that yield increased rewards for participating players. Galactic Starfigher will grant players double the Fleet Requisition and double the credit rewards they would normally get. Warzones will similarly give players double the standard Warzone Comms and double the credit rewards. The increased rewards only apply to the rewards on the scorecard at the end of matches, not the rewards you get from daily/weekly missions. The Starfighter event will run from 2.8 – 2.8.1. The Warzone event will be active from 2.8.1 – 2.8.2.
Groupfinder Operations Overhaul. Story Mode Operations will be more accessible to endgame players (levels 50 – 55). The Operations section in the GroupFinder window will list available Operations on a pre-determined schedule, rotating in different Operations every few days. Players who meet the level requirement of the Operation will be Bolstered, removing the requirement for endgame gear. Rewards have also been improved, making this a great opportunity for players to earn Ultimate Commendations and experience new content. These operations will also be for 16-man mode to ensure faster queue times (both 8 and 16 man need 2 tanks and that is typically the gating factor). 16-man is also more forgiving to mistakes and should increase the chances of a successful group.
Nightmare Mode Dread Palace. Face the ultimate challenge, the Dread Masters in their palace with new Nightmare Mode mechanics and difficulty.
Nightmare Dread Fortress update. The NM Fortress difficulty buff will be removed. All of the new NM Fortress mechanics are still in place but it should now be more accessible to larger groups. Fair warning: the unique title for defeating Nightmare Fortress with the buff present will never again be available to those who don’t unlock it prior to this game update.
Two New Starfighter Variants will be available to pilots on both sides of the conflict. The Skirmisher Gunship fills a sniper role and brings dogfighting capabilities to the table, while the Assault Bomber is a heavy fighter that focuses on either mines or drones.
The usual host of additional features, including some graphics improvements and class balance changes.

Events! We will be running every one* of our major recurring events over the period between 2.8 and 2.9. Events include:
Double XP Weekend
Gree Event
Bounty Contract Week
*Except the Rakghoul Resurgence. Obviously, the Rakghoul plague was completely eliminated the last time, and the galaxy is absolutely safe from another outbreak. Right?

Game Update 2.9 is still on for August 19th with our expanded feature set for Galactic Strongholds Subscriber Early Access. The team is making great progress on Strongholds and we are very excited to share this with you. It’s worth noting that Game Update 2.9 will include the next exciting chapter in the Forged Alliances story arc, and we have a lot of folks working on something very big for later this year that I have yet to give details on.

Discussion occurs here... http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=740037
Ooo double XP.

I'm still trying to complete another one of the storylines since I resubbed a few weeks back. Wildstar is on the horizon and I am probably going to fire up the client to try the open beta and make my final decision about that game. WoD is coming in the fall (which I have preordered). I might be wrapping up the Marauder and switching off the sub for a few more months. I tried having two subs at once when i resubbed for SWTOR as my WoW had just renewed. I popped on for daily cooldowns in WoW for about a week then stopped.

I just don't have the attention to play (let alone sub) to multiple games at once. lol

First world problem: There are just too many enjoyable games to play!

Right now I have WoW which I typically come back to for 3-6 months a year. SWTOR usually sees a month or two. GW2 has been on the back burner since late last summer. I also get the odd Diablo 3 kick going on. Adding Wildstar in, I wonder how much I will actually play it lo.
I tried out Wildstar in the last beta. Meh. I wasn't overly impressed. The mechanics were ok. I thought the "let's light up the entire field in front of the mob as a warning that a special attack is coming so you can now easily avoid it" was a cop out. It was too cartoony for me. That's been one of my biggest complaints about WoW (thought I might try out WoD). The characters are so out of proportion and cartoony that I have a hard time taking it seriously. (I know, like FTL travel, light sabers and force powers are realistic...)
WoD? Which game is that, the only one that comes to mind is World of Darkness which I though was cancelled.
WoD? Which game is that, the only one that comes to mind is World of Darkness which I though was cancelled.

That's the upcoming WoW expansion Warlords of Draenor. It will be introducing strongholds which you can build. It looks intriguing, you can hire retainers to perform tasks for you while you are away, there will be some relation to the strongholds and the ability to capture/control certain areas as I understand it.
Well my folks got my a pre-order of Wildstar lol. I played the open beta and I think I am going to give it a go. I'll still be kicking around in TOR for another few weeks. Oh someone save me from my video-game-ADD...lol