New SWTOR Patch 1.3 “Allies” Available Now
That’s right folks. On the heels of the second round of server transfers, BioWare is back with patch 1.3, which provides a bunch of new features, thought not much in the way of new content. Most important is Group Finder; interviewed by Game Front at E3 2012, SWTOR Lead Designer Daniel Erickson admitted it should have been included when the game shipped. Adaptive gear also gives players the ability to look cool without sacrificing stat bonuses, so expect to see more parties of Sand People crushing around like in the screenshot above.
Like any good MMO patch, it comes with a frothy PR statement:
“We are living up to our commitment in setting a new bar for what players should expect from a premium MMO service. 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. We are very excited about the future.”
And an official list of new features:
- 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.