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Space Combat In SWTOR Confirmed

July 23, 2010

Whoa, wait, wait, wait. So I predicted something…and was right for once? Sweet. And you know what else this means? Hunter, I love ya, but you owe me 10 credits!

From an announcement today on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic website:

If you’ve been following the news coming out of the Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ panel at Comic-Con International, you’ve heard the announcement that we will indeed have Space Combat as part of the TOR experience! But what does that mean? Space combat is an alternative gameplay experience to the primary game of storytelling, questing, and ground-based combat. In space combat, you fly your personal ship to various “hot spots” on your galaxy map. From there, you will blast your way through asteroid fields, enemy fighters, frigates, destroyers, and a variety of other obstacles that will evoke memories of some of the great Star Wars™ space battles.

Like I wrote in my ship speculation post, I predicted some form of space combat, but wasn’t expecting a full-blown simulator type experience, nor did I think space combat would be end up being a trivial mini-game type encounter. My prediction was something that would fall between these two extremes, maybe something scripted and instanced — and perhaps that’s what a “hot spot” means? I’m grateful to Mr. Sean Dahlberg for giving us a hint of  to expect, but apparently, more will be revealed on these “space battles” in the October issue of PC Gamer which will become available mid-August. Since I’m so emotionally invested in this whole space combat thing, my guess is I’ll end up picking it up.

I guess this was the news Bioware wanted to unveil for their “Comic-Con Reveal Mission.” They didn’t quite get the numbers, but what did you expect? History has shown that special reveals generate community hype, not the other way around. And I’m sorry, but as much as I love SWTOR, nothing’s going to make me “like” something on my Facebook profile after I’ve worked so hard to keep it a clean slate for the past year and a half. But I guess it’s all moot in the end anyway, because no way they could have sat on this doozy and not reveal it at some point or another! OMGWTFBBQ SPACE COMBAT, WOOHOOOOO!!!!11!! Pewpewpepewpewpew!!!

Yeah, it’s just finally sinking in.

I always had faith in you, Bioware, thank you for this reveal of epic proportions. Even though I was pretty sure of space combat in SWTOR, the news still made my day. Hell, my week. Cheers on the Fan Friday as well, check out the cool fan creations and the Cathar models.