Players have been anxiously waiting to hear how Star Wars: The Old Republic
is fairing -- straight from the tauntaun's mouth, as it were. Executive Producer Jeff Hickman
jumped to the official website earlier today to specifically address player concerns. Players have been curious as to why certain developers have left. They wanted to know why so many bugs passed through Update 1.4. And finally, Oceanic players are concerned about their server populations.
Hickman explained in the post that a studio like BioWare
and a game like SWTOR
"live on and thrive as we change, actually thrive because
we change," implying that developers leaving are a natural part of studio evolution. He was quick to note that key players like Creative Director James Ohlen
are still around to "carry the banner of BioWare."
Regarding the 1.4 bugs, he was quick to note that designing and testing a large game like SWTOR
is very complex. However, the QA team has put in new measures to help catch future issues like those seen in the last update. He said, "We will strive to give you the best, high quality, bug-free experience that we can."
Lastly, the Oceanic players are still a concern for the developers, but the free-to-play update will hopefully change the population of the Oceanic servers. Hickman explained that he wants to hold out to see what F2P brings before making a final decision regarding these servers.