One of my absolute favorite reveals of Pax Prime came from the Sunday presentation in the main theater. Of course Darth Hater was there and they did a outstanding job of covering it for us that could not attend, they brought us the scoop on what the Developers are referring to as open world pvp. It looks fun, it looks exciting for sure!
They also did a transcript of the discussion from Gabe Amatangelo and while the presentation is going on he had this to say,
Now, philosophically, when you’ve got open world PvP and you’ve got an objective, and you’ve got 200 people going up against 100 people, who’s going to win? Two hundred right? So we’ve been really careful designing open world PvP objectives to support the guerilla style, run-and-gun style fight, and so you saw some clips there of getting a bazooka and taking out turrets, defense mechanisms. Once you do enough of that, the airship can take out the base, so we’re testing, we’re iterating on it, these are some of the different things, of course there’s screenshots of some of the other stuff we’ve got going on in there, but what’s really important is that we make sure this is fun and enjoyable for everyone so we’re taking this seriously, and the player, the side that gets control and takes out the base, obviously they’re going to get valor and bonus rewards and they’ll get lots of that kind of stuff.
So territorial control, battle of Ilum is the first one we’re showing, and we’re working on future ones and more. Now, like I was saying, open world PvP, PvP servers, various different hotspots, Hoth, Tatooine, etc. Players can go fight, they can earn rewards in all those different areas, all different planets, 11 different planets, 11 different areas, earn Mercenary commendation, Warzone commendations. Together they get you the PvP gear. Now of course Warzones for Warzones and Mercenary for open world stuff, if you’re a fan of one more than the other, you can exchange them to get those gears.
It appears that this planet is dedicated to open world PVP. The back story we have on this planet from the swtor website reads thus:
For centuries, a treasure trove of resources lay untapped in the most unexpected of places–a small, frigid world at the edge of the galaxy—Ilum.
The first to discover Ilum’s potential were the Jedi. The planet’s wealth of subterranean Adegan crystals proved to be perfectly attuned for use in Lightsabers, and Jedi began undertaking pilgrimages to Ilum to forge their legendary weapons. Dangerous and far from civilization, many Jedi lost their lives to Ilum’s bizarre beasts and brutal climate.
Over the years, the Order established small enclaves and discreet Temples to provide shelter for Jedi who made the long journey. Ilum became a rite of passage for powerful Jedi constructing new Lightsabers and a safe harbor for respected Jedi Masters seeking a quiet place for intense meditation.
Recently, however, the peace on Ilum was shattered. Inexplicably, the Sith Empire learned of the planet’s location and attacked with a mighty force of shock troops and Sith, slaughtering the small group of Jedi on the planet and leaving their sanctuaries in ruins. Though the Order was devastated to lose control of this sacred space, Republic resources have been spread too thin to mount a counter-attack.
Recent intelligence, however, has suggested that the Sith’s interest in Ilum extends far beyond simply harvesting Lightsaber crystals. Watching the Empire devote so many resources to operations on this remote world, Republic leaders and members of the Jedi Council have begun to question whether they might have surrendered a resource of far greater value than anyone ever imagined…
The planet seems to be a treasure trove of the resource known as “crystals”. Those will be used to make lightsabers and possibly more. I am wondering if they tie into the Artifice or Archeology crew skills or if they are something else, not sure on that at this point.
From the video we see characters storming a base while it is being defended against attack by characters on podium style blasters. That is too cool and something I can not wait to get my hands on!
Hands down my favorite piece of info from the show!
(other than the news of the weekend beta testing starting soon of course 😉 )
A special thanks to the Darth Hater Team for being so awesome!
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