Archive for April 1st, 2011

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SWTOR: May The Fool Be With You

April 1, 2011

Seriously, tears came to my eyes. It’s official; every situation is like five million times more intense when translated into Shyriiwook.

This week’s Star Wars: The Old Republic Friday update is a pretty creative and funny April Fool’s gag, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Community Manager Stephen Reid hinted at looking at the characters’ faces. Helloooo, we have expressions!

On the surface, a rather small “reveal”, but a welcome one nonetheless. In fact, I’m quite happy with the inclusion of expressions and blinking, as well as a wide variety of emotes. After all, I remember a few months ago nitpicking over the lack of facial expressions the characters’ “deadpan eyes” in one of the Cinematic Design videos, so really, I have all the cause to rejoice. Nice job, BioWare animators, you guys sure don’t leave any stone unturned! I am also reminded of one of the reasons why I love following games in development — seeing a project grow and come together over time, and watching as even the most persnickety of my observations gets shot down as the weeks go by!

Also of note from the forums — companion UI and the presence of love scenes. Call me crazy, but I am feeling more chemistry between those two than I ever did between Anakin and Padme from the movies. And I just have to wonder — are we going to get any “I love you”/”I know” moments? Hey, I’d play a Smuggler just for that!