Jesse Sky, Lead Flashpoints and Operations Designer released a Developer Blog today outlining some more information on the upcoming Galactic Reputation System coming in Game Update 1.7.
Posted by BioWare
Game Update 1.7 will introduce Galactic Reputation to all players. This is a new way for your character to advance in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. In a time of widespread conflict and political strife, disparate organizations throughout the galaxy seek allies in the struggle for peace… or conquest. Reputation measures how your character is perceived by these organizations it reflects the prestige you’ve earned through your heroic contributions to each cause.
The Reputation track for each organization is divided into six ranks – Outsider, Newcomer, Friend, Hero, Champion, and Legend. You will start with no rank at all, but as you earn Reputation Points, your rank will increase. When you’ve earned the top rank in a particular organization (i.e. Legend), you will no longer earn Reputation Points with that particular organization. You will have become a living legend among those represented by that organization; an avatar of their cause.
As your Reputation Rank increases, new rewards will become available to you. Throughout the galaxy, you will find Reputation Vendors associated with each organization. Special rewards with Reputation Rank requirements can be purchased from these vendors. Items and equipment with a Reputation Rank requirement can only be purchased, used, or equipped if you meet or exceed the rank requirement.
So while this system does take a fairly safe approach to a known system from past MMO’s, the obvious perk is that all reputation points gained are gained legacy wide, reducing the need to grind out reputations on all characters, which most players will see as a nice change.
This is a fairly in depth Developer Blog, I suggest you all give it a good reading. There are a lot of great details and screenshots explaining the whole system. Check it out here!
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