TOR: Patch 1.1 and the End of the Free Month — Will You Keep Your Subscription?
Tomorrow was meant to mark a day of celebration in the Old Republic: the much-vaunted, “Get those level 50s out of my ****ing PvP Day.” Or, if you’re on the other end of the issue, “Get those ****ing noobs out of my PvP Day.” Here at Game Front, we don’t discriminate.
TOR’s Patch 1.1 was supposed to release January 17, but has been postponed to “some time within the next few days,” which is only slightly less nebulous a timeframe than “soon.” Needless to say, this has made a couple players unhappy.
While the patch contains a bounty of bug fixes, the feature many of us have been looking most forward to is the segregation of level 50 characters from everyone else in Warzones. Too often do PvP matches boil down to which team is loaded with more level 50s — and it seems we’ll have to keep suffering for another “few days.”
The inbuilt mechanic that bolsters everyone’s stats to that of a level 50 does a serviceable job leveling the playing field for characters up to level 49, but the advantages in gear and abilities held by level 50s puts them over the top. The 50s are professional NFL athletes playing with a junior High School team, leaving both parties wondering why they’re stuck with each other.
Sure, some of those 50s get their jollies tackling the 98 lb. prepubescent asthmatic, and the thrill of contributing to the take-down of a 50 grants more satisfaction than any Flashpoint boss. But overall, Warzones simply don’t work without balanced teams — and that’s one of many reasons players are canceling their subscriptions.
That’s right — this has all been a roundabout way of arriving at the crux of my point: TOR’s subscription-free month is coming to an end, meaning a portion of the player base will vanish before February rolls around. Patch 1.1 could contribute to the retention of players during this culling, but only if it releases in time.