Same-gender romances delayed by switch to F2P, says Hickman
BioWare has unveiled details about Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s 1.7 patch on the official website, revealing plans for more content for higher level players but also apologizing for the delay in implementing same-sex relationships.
Executive producer Jeff Hickman said, “The game is incredibly healthy with an ever increasing number of players who are actively playing . Having said that, we know we haven’t gotten everything perfect, and we are still working hard to make The Old Republic everything you guys desire.”
He went on to outline some of the details of the 1.7 patch, which includes new additions to the Gree Enclave, and a promise of “interesting changes to a special PVP area.” Hickman also mentioned that the Hutt Cartel expansion will include a new planet and several new abilities.
The blog post also went into additional detail about future PVP changes. These changes include new operations and flashpoints, new difficulty modes, new PVP areas, and new modes in the upcoming expansion.
“Introducing new content and activities for the elder game is a top priority in the coming year,” Hickman said.
However, same-gender romances are not ready yet. Hickman added, “ I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play.”
Fans of the more-traditional open-world PVP may also be disappointed, as Hickman said to “not look for massive new Open World PvP this year.”
The Old Republic team thinks Open World PVP could be a possibility for the distant future, but they want to first experiment with other types of PVP gameplay.
This large announcements comes after the recent 1.6 update, which most-notably added the Ancient Hypergate PVP Warzone game and heroic-level space missions.