OotiniCast Episode 133

Bruce MacLean announces that Galactic Strongholds has been delayed, though for the best possible reasons! We discuss what’s happening and what it will mean.

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Dracko! Thanks to Gary and Darth Malvictus of The Ebon Hawk for entering.

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Wednesday for a chance to win a M8-R3 code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • Eric Musco revealed that Game Update 2.7.1 would be deployed on Tuesday 29 April. Along with the start of PvP Ranked Season 2, it will include a fix for the crash that occurs to many players at the end of The Esseles, The Foundry and Black Talon. The common cause was the jump to lightspeed transition in a cutscene.
  • If you’re a little over the new Quesh Huttball warzone, its frequency (currently 25%, based on Rob Hinkle stating it would be twice as likely to pop as any other warzone) will return to normal (8%, based on 1 in 6 chance of Huttball, with a 50/50 chance of getting Quesh) in Game Update 2.7.1.
  • The weekly and daily missions that will be added in Game Update 2.7.1 which require the completion of Ranked Arena matches were heavily discussed on the official forums. Alex Modny (Associate Designer) revealed that:
    • the missions can be completed by doing either Solo or Group Ranked Arenas
    • the daily and weekly will require 3 and 9 wins respectively
    • losses do not count for these missions, to ensure people aren’t queueing just to get them done (and thus aren’t necessarily motivated to win)
    • the idea of granting an Elo bonus as a mission reward was considered and discarded
  • Jean Prior (formerly of TORWars) wrote an article for MMORPG.com summarising her experience at the Boston Community Cantina.
  • Bruce Maclean (Senior Producer) announced in a Producer Letter that Galactic Strongholds was effectively being delayed by two months, to allow for all its features to be available with early access. Eric Musco then answered a series of questions about the letter in the associated thread on the official forums.
Simon's backdrop

Simon’s backdrop

4. Community

The Swtorista has been busy, creating swtorstrongholds.com, a site dedicated to Galactic Strongholds.

The second episode of the Galactic Gamers Coalition, featuring the hosts of TOROCast, SWTORReforged and our own OotiniCast, will be recorded Sunday 27 April at 7:30pm EDT. You can participate live via TwonkHammer’s Twitch channel.

5. Force Feedback

We discuss tweets, emails and comments from @JoostHoedemaeckers, Bad Feeling Podcast (@badfeelingpdcst), Sema (@AIESema), @GregCarter78, David (@Ri_kiri), Russ (@Manciferous), Bill (@BillLentz), Kal (@JediKal), Brian (@fnord3125), Gary (@wirapidsgamers), Chaz Lobo (@Strongshocker), Chong (@EmpireDivider), Joe Foran (@joseph_foran), @TheMalgadar, JB (@O_JohnnyBravo_O) and @AkaanDarasuum.

Here are the warzone scoreboards from David’s two matches where he achieved at least 100 kills:

Rikiri - record kills in Voidstar
Rikiri - another record kill
It seems that Gary is another satisfied graduate of Bill’s credit-making tutelage:

Gary - broke 10M
Chong’s Smuggler interacts with Risha in an interesting (and possibly kinky) way:

Chong - kinky convo
A heartbreakingly close attempt on Nightmare Mode Brontes in Dread Fortress:

JB - Brontes wipe

6. Outro

Thanks to Simon (@RPGbeatsRL, regular co-host on The Oceanic Gamer’s Flash Point podcast) and Redna (@R3DN4, twitch.tv/r3dn4) for joining us this week.

Information about our guilds on The Harbinger, Ootini Knights (Republic) and Ootini Rage (Empire), can be found here.

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OotiniCast Episode 133 — 4 Comments

  1. I’m rolling my eyes, shaking my head, and shaking my fist at Bioware over the delay of Galactic Strongholds to August. I think BW is not putting content out fast enough to keep people interested in the game, especially if you are a raider or like story content. Putting out a NM version of a raid is NOT new content. We really need a new raid or two and/or a level increase to keep players engaged. My Harbinger guild that used to have 16 – 23 members on most nights is now seeing a pattern of low numbers like 4 – 7 members on. I’m worried about the future of SWTOR and my guild if this lull in content continues. I’m hoping that 2.8 will have some meaty content that me and my guild will be excited about because August is too far off.

    • I agree! But I’m reserving judgment until we get the summer roadmap in the next week or two. They’re hinting at some content in 2.8 aside from Strongholds. We’ll see…

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