MMORPG.com got a chance to sit down and talk with Dallas Dickinson, Director of Production, to discuss Early Access and the future of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Here are a few highlights:
Early Game Access:
MMORPG.com: Continuing on Early Access, some gamers have noted they may not receive their games on the exact day of launch, but perhaps a day or two later. Will you be offering a grace period for those who have redeemed pre-order codes? If so, how long is the grace period?
Dallas Dickinson: The quick answer is there will be announcements related to that in the next day or two, but I can’t actually tell you that. So, you’ll have to see that when the e-mail comes to your inbox, sometime this afternoon, or whenever it comes.
It looks like the question regarding a grace period is not settled yet. There has been a lot of mixed communication on this issue in the last few days. Hopefully it gets settled soon, officially, from Bioware. It’s hard to imagine they don’t do something like this, especially after extending Early Access by two days.
Post Release Content:
MMORPG.com: As far as post launch content goes, I know you guys have been fairly locked down on features for launch for quite some time, but I’m sure that hasn’t stopped you all from brainstorming or even sitting on tons of things you want to get in post launch. Can you talk about a few of your highest priority features or additions you are looking to add post-launch? How soon can we expect some of these?
Dallas Dickinson:So, some of the things I know people have mentioned are, “Hey. When are we going to see more end game content?” Well, we’re absolutely going to be rolling that out and we’re going to be rolling that out relatively quickly and on a schedule people can count on. So the people know that when they really want to be doing cool Flashpoints and even Warzones, they’re going to be getting those on a regular basis.
In terms of features, one of the areas I know people have asked for more features is in our support of guilds. I can’t tell you specifically the extra guild features we’re going to be rolling out, but that’s another place that, again, it’s entirely based on, we also want these features, but getting the feedback from the players and saying, “Hey. You guys have been giving great feedback on the game that is there, and we’re trying to make sure that’s the best it can be, but what are the top five things you as users would really like to see in the first three months, six months, nine months of the game that makes you feel that this is a game that understands you as a user and supports you as a long term player of the game?”
So after launch we should be seeing more flashpoints and warzones pretty regularly. It will be impressive if Bioware can put out content with voice over on a regular basis.
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