Firstly, let me give many gracious thanks to Dulfy for permission to reuse the images on her site. Now, let’s get into the commentary on the matter. TORWars listener Daniel gave us a report on the actual event. Apparently last year at the Gamescom event, there were stuntmen, music, and a world-exclusive trailer, much like the varactyl one we got at Chicago, but that was not to be. Daniel advised us there was no real news at the event, with a few people voicing their desire for BioWare to reinstate the 8v8 ranked warzone queues, questions regarding the lack of new non-human races, things we already knew the answers to.
However, we have some images from the thumb drive. Some of these things made their public debut earlier this week with the arrival of the first packs from Shipment Three of the Cartel Market. Others will no doubt make their appearance with future cartel packs.
First, the shots of stuff from the new planet Oricon:
From these images, I’m getting a real Mustafar vibe with all the lava and the color tones. I wonder if there’s floating platforms to have a good and proper lightsaber battle upon…
The keen-eyed amongst us will realize that when you see a series of three weapons, all the base/least adorned copies are already available in the new Freelancer and Contractor’s Bounty Packs that were released on Wednesday. So, if you like the really sexy versions of these weapons, you’re going to want to save your cartel coins or credits for the next round or two of cartel packs. I’m totally going for that red blaster for a particular toon rocking a red/grey colorscheme in-game.
The question about this latter picture is that the filename mentioned rakhgouls, but in-game, they’re logged in the Collections system and in their tooltips as lisks. Also, much like the weapons, many of this grouping of items are already in-game, particularly one of the mini-astromechs, all three of the lisks, both feathery masks, and two of the three lobels.
Taken together, it’s nice to see BioWare to show off some minor assets of upcoming content. However, as someone who assiduously plays the cartel market and buys far too many cartel packs, a lot of these items were known to us on Tuesday when they published images of the stuff one could potentially get in the current round of cartel packs. Personally, I feel a little sorrow for our eager friends and fellow players who attended the cantina tour stop in Germany expecting some kind of revelation beyond ‘look, dewbacks!’
As much as I like seeing where they’re going with the new cartel items and how much time and effort was put into making new items, I’m going to put on my armchair quarterback helmet for a moment and do a bit of a critique. There’s very little here that is truly new that we didn’t already know about. It would have been nice to hear an explosive cheer from Germany with some juicy new piece of information to make us all truly excited about the upcoming patch. The Cantina Tour stops are nice for getting to hang out with a couple of the community folks and devs, but I’m wondering if these are mostly wasted opportunities to truly engage the community. If we’re not seeing some big revelations dropping here or there at these events, something to make these must-attend, what’s the point of them? Personally, while I was hoping for some true piece of news at the Chicago tour stop, I’ll admit I wasn’t truly disappointed, because most of my expectations about the event revolved around getting to see friends who also happened to be attending.
With the PAX Prime Cantina Tour stop next week, I hold a sliver of hope to see my twitter feed explode with happy players crowing about some cool piece of information that they were the first to hear about, be jealous that they got to meet certain devs, or otherwise feel like I truly missed something special while I was at DragonCon instead.
Speaking of DragonCon, I expect to be attending the SWTOR fan meetup on Friday at 11.30AM. If you’re going to be there, feel free to say hi. I’ll be wearing my TORWars shirt, representing!