SWTOR Patch 1.6 Announced, F2P Still Poorly Executed

Despite negative reviews for its free-to-play conversion last week, the SWTOR devs continue to roll out updates, as promised. Update 1.6 hit the public test server today with a new PvP Warzone, the Ancient Hypergate, and the introduction of Heroic mode for its on-rails space fighter minigame.

The PvP Warzone was previewed in August at the Gamescom event in Germany. Since then it has been revamped according to PTR forum posts from the devs:

“We have added a secondary scoring element and some other little tweaks that we feel have greatly increased the dynamic gameplay and made the Warzone feel less strategically static.”

The Space Mission upgrade is broken on arrival on the PTR so no indication yet about the fun factor. It is designed to give increased Black Hole commendations which can be spent on ship upgrades and better gear.

No word when the patch will get pushed to the live servers or if anyone came back to the game long enough to care.

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7 Comments on SWTOR Patch 1.6 Announced, F2P Still Poorly Executed

Quinsec

On November 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about the F2P falling on its face… or the entire MMO doing so for that matter. I had hoped this game would be so much more, I was one of those idiots hoping for KOTOR 3 and not another WOW clone money grab. I’m not sure who the real loser is in all of this is – the gamers who got cheated out of an amazing Star Wars RPG or the idiots at EA/Bioware that made this travesty.

MrFlibble

On November 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

SwToR has somehow managed to create the only F2P model that I feel morally obligated to not buy anything in upon General Principle.

Axetwin

On November 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Here’s what surprised me. No, not at how asinine, restrictive and archaic their free 2 play model is. C’mon, its EA, noone can really claim they were surprised they would choose to be as greedy as possible. This game is pretty much par for the course for them. What surprised me is how many people on TOR forums are pissed off, not because of how restrictive the game is but by how much of the game was made free. There’s thread after thread and in a nutshell it all comes down to “if youre not subscribed then you have to pay for every step you take”.

Quinsec

On November 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

Axetwin – I totally agree. I think these are the same elitist idiots who pushed for the game to be as it is today. They got their WOW clone and now they feel entitled to it. EA/Bioware has been catering to them this whole time – which is why even the F2P model is botched.

Roman

On November 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

I have been playing this for a week now, as it went F2P. I am about level 14. I have not really seen or I guess hindered by it being F2P. I know I don’t get rest xp, which means I just have to kill more stuff, which is more time, but whatev. I don’t really get into the PvP side, or huge group instances currently, so if thats something thats limited, I have yet to see that. So far, I have not really felt like I’m getting hosed to play the game for free. Now that may change as I play more, but currently it seems like another mmo with f2p limits. I would play WoW, but you play for free to 15 I think, thats just a couple days.

kevin

On November 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

Once you get past level 30, trust me, you will feel the difference.

And yeah, it is EA, but cmon, they just seem to keep setting the bar lower.

Aids

On November 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

Pile of crap is still a pile of crap no matter how much you doll it up.