For those of you who haven’t already check out the posting from both Darth Hater and Ask a Jedi, Bioware released a new video of their low-level flashpoint, The Esseles.
Be sure to check back here tomorrow for another exciting issue of The Jedi Gambit!
Introduced by the great Dallas Dickenson, it showcases how “heroic” your character can be even at the low level of 9.
In the video we see some truly amazing combat sequences. Keep in mind as you watch this video that these characters are only level 9. Yes, only 9. This is before Advanced classes and it shows that even then, each class has got a decent arsenal of abilities to choose from. For me personally, I was truly excited to see the Jedi Knight in action.
The big surprise? The Trooper. Looking badass and heavy duty. I may have to consider one for an alt! 😉
ATTENTIONL: SPOILER WARNING AHEAD!
But by far the most striking thing to me was the storyline and how your choices affect the story. During the course of this flashpoint, the heroes are posed with quite the predicament. Should they send the engineers to their death and save the station or should they try to find another way to save both the station AND the engineers? In the video, the engineers are flung to their cold reaches of space and everyone gained a couple of Dark Side points as a result.
This brings me to think, will SWTOR bring about a new form of argument in MMOs? Will we have groups that will actually fight amongst each other in trying to decide the outcome of each decision point? I can see with some of these tough situations Bioware was legendary for, not all decisions will be black and white. They are true masters of the conundrum and will ultimately toss some real tough choices in our faces. In groups, especially PUGs, will we be able to convince others to choose the same as us?
Bioware has stated that even if you choose against the majority of the group, you will be awarded Light or Dark side points based on your decision, not the outcome of the group majority.
However as a roleplayer, it will strike even harder to the bone. If you are the noble Jedi Consular and the Smuggler decides for the group to sacrifice the few to save the many, will your character agree with that Smuggler’s choice? Will your Jedi continue his or her path with the Smuggler? When you roleplay your character, will you stick to what his or her values would be?
I imagine that many die-hard RP players may even choose to only run flashpoints with known friends or Guild/League mates. For me, the Corellian League will be my guild of choice come release (Shout out to Jaden Graeff!) and I’m beginning to think we may have to form RP leveling groups. A set of friends to play this story Bioware has written for us out to it’s full extent. It proves to be an interesting thing to watch for when SW:TOR comes out. As always, Bioware delivers great storytelling and their first MMO will be no exception!
What about you? Do you intend to roll through the amazing new content with a group of buddies? Or do you plan on hitting these flashpoint decision with new folks every time, willing to face each decision independently?