So this is the new Star Wars video from Gamescon in Germany. If you weren’t aware, the game is in beta currently so I would expect it to come out in November. What does that have to do with anything? Well, the graphics and movement and zones are pretty much all done. Content being worked on is likely just raids and dungeons and building whatever dynamic content they can. Basically, what you see here is what the game will actually look like.
Second, the way the skills work is likely static. Sure, there might be some tweaks but the lightsabers will work like you see them and the lightning too. What may, or rather should, change is healing. If healing is anything like what’s in the video, I can guarantee you won’t see healers in the game.
Third and this is the saddest part, this looks identical to WoW, EQ, Rift and all that jazz with a new skin. A crappy skin at that. You know that feeling in a game where your character does something and you go ‘Wow, that was amazing?’ Shouldn’t we be seeing the best the game has to offer at this point? All I could think of was meh…
On the flipside though, I have been reading that there will be 200+ hours of single player content. Something like the content of KOTOR x3, which is really nice. I think I’d pick it up just to play it until I run through that content. I can see the level cap is 50 and current games (Rift is one) let you reach 50 in about 40 hours of playtime. This is both an advantage for those who don’t want to take years to reach the cap but a bummer in that it’s rather fast. 200 hours equals about 8 days or about what WoW vanilla took back in 2004. Except WoW had no story and it was a 100% grindfest from 30-50. It will be interesting to see how this works out instead.
Final summation: Sad to see this video. It doesn’t inspire confidence at all. Happy that there’s supposedly a lot of content though.