Yesterday, Jeff Hickman tackled a few hard-hitting subjects in SWTOR’s second official State of the Game blog. He addressed the lack of different types of endgame activities and mentioned that BioWare will focus on endgame more in 2013, introducing new Flashpoints, Operations, difficulty modes, PvP areas, and improved endgame itemization. We’ll also, of course, be seeing Rise of the Hutt Cartel, which promises a solid chunk of story and endgame content. Ilum will also be making a return in the near future.
Other notable topics included the announcement that players will finally be able to copy their live characters to the Public Test Server sometime early this year, and some big news for fans of BioWare’s same-gender content– yes, we’ll finally have same-gender options to look forward to! Jeff Hickman made an apology to the community regarding the lack of SGR (same-gender romance) news, which was good to see, considering the company’s noticeable silence on the matter. He also was happy to announce that Makeb NPCs will have some same-gender romance options, and that the team is working on expanding the options farther in the future.
A few details about Game Update 1.7 were also hinted at, including the return of The Gree Enclave and the promise of a new PvP area that might just be Ilum (he was pretty vague, but the hints point in that direction). For the full State of the Game blog, check out the official site.