SWTOR Loading Screen What a Difference a Year Has Made

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SWTOR Loading Screen What a Difference a Year Has Made

One year ago yesterday, my first article was published on TORWars, then featured by our Darth-in-Chief Deirdre Hollis as a guest post.

Little did I know that I’d still be doing this a year later and that it would have led to an epic personal journey into what I wanted to do when I grew up. When I first went back to pull a few articles to review, I saw this image and kind of boggled, because it didn’t (and still doesn’t) feel like it’s been a year, but so much has happened to this game since it launched and even in this, its second year post-launch.
In many ways, the game itself has grown since we began this journey, as any game must. November last year saw the advent of free-to-play and its associated growing pains and the arrival of the cartel market and its goodies, a new species to play. February this year brought the first digital expansion to the game and the arrival of the first recurring event. We got more customizations for our characters and the dye system. We were promised big changes in PVP.
There were meet and greets scheduled rather than big events at the game conventions. A new digital expansion was announced. The game has gone from the heights of massive hype to the nadir of being considered a joke by some of the gaming community and then back up the steep slope to some grudging respect from game journalists who acknowledge the improvements in the game since launch.
It’s certainly a better time to be a Star Wars: the Old Republic player now than it used to be. We get more bang for our buck, and we’re given more options for doing things than we did before, such as playing as free-to-play or just a former subscriber as preferred status.
We’re seeing the revelation or inclusion of lore items and gear and mounts we’ve wanted from day one, but got postponed due to the unplanned conversion to free-to-play. We’re getting more of the endgame content that should have been ready a year or more ago. More of the overall gameplan is being shown to us, but of course, never enough to please those of us who like to see where things are going.