SWTOR Year Two: Holiday and Rakghoul Events to Return?

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Tauntaun, had a very shiny nose!

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Tauntaun, had a very shiny nose!

So, today, Star Wars: the Old Republic opened the Public Test Server to subscribers to check out the new Galactic Starfighter expansion, including new class balance changes. What they didn’t announce has me giddy with delight. You see, when we were in beta, some of us discovered that the PTS build would include an updated Cartel Market and Collections, so new cartel packs and their contents would show up the weekend before they went live. As a bad habit, I checked it again when they opened PTS to the general public.

What's in the Events listing on the Open PTS right now.

What’s in the Events listing on the Open PTS right now.

In the Events listing at the very top of the Cartel Market, there were listings for limited-time offers, such as last year’s Life Day Robes and last month’s TRK-R Treatment Chamber. On open PTS, you can see listings right now for a Winter Warrior title, a Festive Tauntaun (I must have this), and then… the THORN Sanitation and Containment Armor sets. Now, anyone who’s played since early days on SWTOR will know that the Containment Officer title was associated with the most celebrated event in the game’s history, the one the players wistfully wish BioWare would bring back. It looks like we’re going to get our wish!

THORN Containment and Sanitization Armor Sets

THORN Containment and Sanitization Armor Sets

So, I saw this and then with the help of a couple of guildies, we went and found these as well.

Life Day achivement pane.

Life Day achievement pane.

The Beasts option in the Rakghoul Resurgence achievements.

The Beasts option in the Rakghoul Resurgence achievements.

The General tab for the Rakghoul Resurgence Event

The General tab for the Rakghoul Resurgence event.

The PVP tab of the Rakghoul Resurgence event achievements.

The PVP tab of the Rakghoul Resurgence event achievements.

The Pets section of the Rakghoul Resurgence achievements.

The Pets section of the Rakghoul Resurgence achievements.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Those are indeed achievements relating to an actual Life Day event, but far more importantly… it looks like the rakghouls are coming back in an event called the Rakghoul Resurgence!

The tabs mention titles that are awarded for various levels of the achievements, although sadly the PVP tab doesn’t show any titles for killing other players or, my favorite activity, infecting other players – there should totally be a Patient Zero title. There also seems to be some pets you can acquire during the event, most of them plague-infested in some fashion. For the Life Day event hinted at here, if you find Snow-Covered Parcels by using the Life Day Snowball Bomb, you get the legacy title of A Special Snowflake. Very amusing indeed.

Naturally, I must temper my squee here and remind everyone that this is strictly on the open PTS, and that because it’s a testing environment, what happens here may not be going live. However, it would seem awfully weird to have everything in these screenshots and none of it going live. Of course, we have no information (yet) as to when any of this will be going live, but I can’t wait to see the announcements from BioWare.

What do you think, TORWarriors?

 


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7 Responses to “SWTOR Year Two: Holiday and Rakghoul Events to Return?”

  1. Alex G says:

    Honestly, this is making me as excited as the Doctor Who 50th special is! :D And, it looks like there us also a Reputation to go along with the Rakghoul event. And I agree, I must have that Festive Tauntaun mount.

  2. Teo says:

    Under PvP for the Rakghoul Resurgence, there are indeed achievements for infecting other players!

    “Calling in sick” (infect 5 players)
    “Breaking quarantine” (infect 25 players)
    “An infectious personality” (infect 100 players)

    I’m a little concerned that all the achievements occur in the “plague-infested tunnels”. But regardless… awesome. :)

  3. darth something says:

    Yay. I missed out on the first Rakhgoul event – so i’m totally looking forward to it returning.

  4. Nomar says:

    You also forgot to mention there is a new Operation Boss for the Rakghoul event similar to Xenoanalysis II in the Gree Event

  5. SWarseer says:

    Its IDIOTIC that they repeat and sell same staff as last year… There is no way to have anything unique in this game. I dont mind if they sell better, cooler items, but not same.

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