Star Wars: The Old Republic Game Update 1.3 - Allies is available now; key features list inside
The fans asked, and BioWare delivers. Today, the company, along with LucasArts and Electronic Arts, announced the immediate availability of the latest free update for Star Wars: The Old Republic: Game Update 1.3 – Allies.
According to BioWare, the new update brings "many of the game features the community has been asking for, including Group Finder, Ranked PvP Warzones, Adaptive Gear, new enhancements to the Legacy system and more."
If the above doesn't make sense, then here are more detailed descriptions of those new key features, courtesy of BioWare:
- Group Finder – will make it much easier for players to join up with others in the game. This feature allows you to connect with other players who want to tackle the same Flashpoint or Operation that you do while also ensuring the group is filled out with combat disciplines that complement each other. Together you'll be better prepared to take on the more advanced challenges in the game.
- Ranked Warzones – make PvP more challenging and more rewarding. You can now create a group, compete in ranked warzones, and then track your personal performance and measure your skills against other players.
- Legacy Character Perks –perks give you the opportunity to customize the leveling experience for your Legacy characters. You can focus on the parts of the game you like best, whether that's space combat, PvP,or Group Missions and Flashpoints, you can choose which activities earn the most experience. The perks give you other bonus opportunities as well, like piloting a vehicle at level 10, earning bonus affection with companions, and even being able to reallocate your skill points in the field.
- Adaptive Gear – allows you to wear your favorite social gear into combat while still enjoying the bonuses you receive from your best combat gear. We'll almost certainly be seeing more eccentric-looking groups tackling high-level operations, but that's part of the fun.
Hmm. Intriguing stuff, that. Granted, I don't play The Old Republic, but those who do certainly have some nice perks to look forward to.
"We are living up to our commitment in setting a new bar for what players should expect from a premium MMO service," said Matthew Bromberg, General Manager of BioWare's Austin branch. "In just six months, we have already released three major game updates that have added new content and game features that have addressed the feedback from our fans. And we are just getting started."
"By the end of this year, we are adding more Warzones, more Flashpoints, more Operations, more updates to the Legacy System, new companions, new storylines and more," he added. "We are very excited about the future."
Source: BioWare press release
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