Star Wars: The Old Republic game update 1.3, officially titled "Allies", is now available bringing those who still play many new features that fans have been waiting for, including Group Finder, Ranked PvP Warzones, Adaptive Gear, and new enhancements to the Legacy system to name a few.
“We are living up to our commitment in setting a new bar for what players should expect from a premium MMO service,” said BioWare Austin GM Matthew Bromberg. “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.”
Here's what SWTOR game update 1.3 – Allies – officially includes:
- 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.
Star Wars: The Old Republic went live last December and although it never lived up to the hype of "WoW-killer", it boasted pretty decent numbers. Since then, however, subscriber numbers have dwindled setting many into panic mode. Following layoffs at BioWare, many have assumed SWTOR has been struggling. Many are expecting the game to go free-to-play soon and while BioWare admits to exploring the option, they remain committed to the subscription model.