OotiniCast Episode 299

A few things happening in SWTOR this week, including another exploit that was very quickly dealt with, some followup from last week’s livestream, and requesting players apply to join the Closed PTS for Game Update 5.2. We also discuss Electronic Arts quarterly earnings call, in which SWTOR got no mention at all, but did announce a new BioWare IP!

1. Introduction

2. Tip of the week

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Keeg!

Please send your tips to ootinicast@gmail.com by next Tuesday for a chance to win a Taunfawn or M8-3R droid code, courtesy of BioWare, and an OotiniCast-provided Cartel Market pack from the latest shipment.

3. Holofeed

  • The SWTOR servers were abruptly taken down to deal with a new exploit. Action will be taken against those who abused the exploit. BioWare is considering offering a reward or some other incentive for players to report exploits rather than use them.
  • The new Operation coming in Game Update 5.2 will have both 8-man and 16-man modes.
  • Weeky missions may be introduced, to supplement the existing dailies.
  • The faction choice players must make in the new Game Update 5.2 story arc will not impact Companions already in your Alliance.
  • Further changes to Galactic Command are coming in Game Update 5.1.1 (next week) and Game Update 5.1.2 (late February). More about that in next week’s show.
  • Instructions are available for how to apply for access to the Closed PTS for Game Update 5.2.
  • Electronic Arts had their Q3 2017 earnings conference call this week (press release, slides [PDF}, transcript [PDF]).
  • We use Google Trends as a proxy for SWTOR’s popularity to determine if KotFE’s success was due to the expansion itself, or the halo effect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, now that we also have KotET’s release in the timeline.

4. Force Feedback

Blay believes that he has identified who the title of Episode 8 is referring to:

“Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.”

Jason says that the mobile game Galaxy of Heroes is now just teasing us, given its non-canon-establishing position:

5. Outro

On the show this week were Chill (@BrandonLStarr, twitch.tv/chillswtor), Teo (@jasonetheridge), Fyonha (@GamrGrlNextDoor) and Andrew (@SWTOREconomics, swtoreconomics.com).

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

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