In the Star Wars: The Old Republic livestream today, Community Manager Eric Musco explained that the public test server will go live sometime tomorrow with update 2.9, although he could not specify exactly when.
On top of that, he had a special message for guilds: “Be sure to have 50 million credits in your guild bank because that’s the cost of a guild capital ship.” This ship he explained will be used for guild conquests and other activities in the next expansion: Galactic Strongholds.
Do you think that’s expensive or just right?
Del Rey set up its SDCC booth; Star Wars book fans drooled.
Thanks to Star Wars In the Classroom, an organization that encourages education and especially reading, tweeted the picture above of the Del Rey booth at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s exciting; I wish I was there.
Let me know if there is a preview of new books at the booth.
This October, the newly formed Empire faces a rising rebellion.
It’s coming soon! And if I might be extremely biased here: This is an amazing set up for a new series. More so than the Clone Wars, this series seems like it will feel like what we expect a Star Wars Show to feel like.
Let me know what you think.
What if Darth Vader were voiced by Sailor Moon?
Normally, it’s not my thing to post goofy stuff like this on Hyperspace Beacon, but this was so weird and funny, I had to post it.
I can’t believe I’m actually giving this time, but because everyone else is reporting on it, I’ll make mention. Then you can come to your own conclusion.
Blogger Devin Faraci, who I know from Screen Junkies but you might know him from Badass Digest, claims to know the whole plot to Star Wars Episode VII. He attempted to spoil the plot of Star Wars with actually spoiling anything important on his site on Sunday.
As we draw closer to the release of the movie, I expect to see more and more claims by those who think they know what’s happening.
I might post my opinion of it later this week, but for now, I’ll let you decide for yourself.
Although it doesn’t look like BioWare has added anything new this time around, now can be the perfect opportunity to catch up on the Gree event achievements you haven’t earned yet. My Star Wars: The Old Republic guild will run events on the Imperial side of Ebon Hawk tonight. If you’d like to join in, send me a message on Twitter.
Also BioWare took a line in the patch notes to let us know about Bounty Contract Week returning on August 12th and running until the launch of Galactic Strongholds on August 19th.
Looks like there are still reasons to log in to SWTOR.
Although we cannot be certain the extent of the planet Manaan’s role in future content for Star Wars: The Old Republic, we can certainly expect a flashpoint.
In a recent post on the official SWTOR website, we intercept a personal datalog from a Selkath named Shuuru. He questions the support of both the Empire and Republic in regards to the chief planetary export, kolto. He cannot decide which one would be the best to side with, but at the same time he wonders whether it’s not a good idea to serve both sides.
“In the time since once again offering the Empire a kolto trade agreement and a presence on Manaan, the Republic has proven itself a more assertive and competent ally than in the past. I can earnestly say they have won me over. That does not mean, however, that we should renege on our deal with the Empire. It serves us well to strike a balance. After all, what guarantees do we have that either side would remain at arm’s length if left unchecked?”
Clearly, this is a set up for the continuation of the Forged Alliances storyline, and will likely feature another flashpoint as the first installment did. However, if I might speculate, I would guess we are seeing at very least a daily area, too, like CZ-198. What are your thoughts? What else are we looking at? A warzone, maybe? That would be nice.
OMG! THAT’S AN X-WING!
OK, now that I’ve got that out of my system, I can announce that Star Wars Episode VII Director JJ Abrams took to the YouTubes again to announce an additional perk for the Force For Change campaign.
By heading to the Omaze website, you can earn the opportunity to go to the set of Episode VII and have a chance to appear as an extra in the film. But that’s not new…
The Force For Change campaign added an advanced screening option. That’s right, you could see Star Wars Episode VII before it’s released to the public. All the details are on the Omaze website.
Star Wars: The Old Republic tops the western subscription MMO chart
I know I spun that first line to kind of ignore the gigantic MMO World of Warcraft and the non-sub MMOs like Guild Wars 2. But I am still blown away by this chart posted by Super Data Research. It is still number two of games produced in the west and highest if you consider that it, Lord of the Rings Online, EVE Online, and RIFT only have western audiences.
Although I’m happy about SWTOR sitting on the top of this list, the second chart concerns me. MMO subscription revenue is decreasing which would be OK if microtransaction revenue was increasing at an equal rate, and it’s not.
Ultimately, I don’t think it shows the end of a genre, but it does mean that MMO creators will have to think outside the box when it comes to monetizing their games.