IGN posted up one of their newest articles about their SWTOR Beta experience and the topic today is about morality decisions and how it affects your character in game.
Here’s the link:
Confirmed is the visual alterations that occur if your character chooses a predominantly Dark side trend, whereas a Light side counterpart will pretty much stay the same. As with both extremes, choosing Light or Darkside choices will grant you access to certain gear as a result. One such outfit for Dark side Jedi is an outfit inspired by Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.
However it’s the Gray side Jedi that seem to lose out. As you know, Gray jedi are neither Light nor Dark, but take the middle ground between the two. The writer of the article made a specific effort to walk the gray jedi path in his/her experience and ended up at a successful balance between the two. However the gray-minded jedi soon found out that there was little to no gear choices for the middle ground. You either had an extreme Light set, or an extreme Dark set. Nothing for gray.
Now we have discussed this topic to death in my guild on the topic of “Which side will your main toon lean?” – and a number of us have expressed an interest in opting for the gray path. So does that mean those individuals have less choices on gear? Judging by the beta, the answer for now is “yes” – however the article did mention there is always the option for PVP gear.
As disappointing as this is, the article did offer a glimmer of hope in mentioning that Bioware developer, James Ohlen, is aware of the issue and he also considers himself a Gray jedi fan. He offers up these encouraging words:
“That’s my play-style too,” he told me. “We’ve been investigating a lot of possible solutions.”
“We’ve have a plan for [grey items],” Ohlen told me. “It’s not in yet. It’s something that’s very near and dear to the hearts of the writing team in particular.”
Hopefully by release, we’ll see some of those solutions. Maybe we’ll see some gear that requires both Light AND Dark side points? That would make sense as it would be then make it a true middle ground achievement and neither full Light or full Dark jedi could gain access to it. I can’t think of any other solution other than perhaps some sense of morality conversion process (i.e. trade in Light side points for Dark side), but that would defeat the whole purpose of choosing Light or Dark. I think having gear with a combination of both Light and Dark points would be our best best.
What do you thin? Do you think Gray Jedi should be allowed their own set of gear in SWTOR? Should neutrality be acknowledged and rewarded? Personally I think they do. If neutrality is a potential choice, I can imagine it would be a fair bit harder than just choosing Light or Dark – finding a decent balance to the Force if you will. 😉