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No PvE Content for SWTOR Galactic Starfighter

“Pete, watch my back please! My shields are recharging and I think those fighters are locking on with their torpedos.” “No problem mate, I’ll EMP those rats… and I think Eric is already on their tails to shoot them to bits!”

Wouldn’t this be great? You and your friends playing a PvE mission in SWTOR: Galactic Starfighter. Dodging torpedos, dogfighting enemy fighters and working together to get through the missions? Yeah, that sounds too good to be true…and it is.

Because in a galaxy far, far away…there will only be PvP gameplay. Yesterday Bioware stunned SWTOR fans around the globe with the news that SWTOR: Galactic Starfighter will only contain PvP gameplay.

This news spread through the ranks of the SWTOR community a day ago, and after listening to the ‘Unnamed SWTOR Podcast – NYC Community Cantina 2013’ podcast we were convinced that this news is the real thing. Biowares’Damion Scheubert, Andrew Horwitz and Eric Musco confirmed that SWTOR: Galactic Starfighter will only be PvP in a Q&A.

In short the following was said by Bioware I this Q&A:

Bioware never confirmed rumours about PvE in Galactic Starfighter, and never will. To script 3D AI in SWTOR: Galactic Starfighter would take loads of manpower and time, and that is something Bioware just doesn’t have at the moment. In PvE it is all about timing; setting certain events in motion with so many variables is just too much for them to handle right now. Of course many MMORPG’s have PvE in their gameplay, but with an MMO in space, it makes just so much harder.

Even though this news may come as a shocker; I do think that Galactic Starfighter will be a valuable asset to the universe of SWTOR. While the game itself is good as it is, none will disagree that adding dogfights against your friends will certainly keep you occupied for hours on end.

For those who haven’t checked it out yet; there will be two levels of early access:

SUBSCRIBER EARLY ACCESS

BEGINS: DECEMBER 3, 2013

Subscriber Early Access Rewards
(December 3, 2013 – January 13, 2014)

  • Early Access Starting December 3
  • Exclusive Gunship “Daring” Paint Jobs with Early Gunship Role Unlock for previous subscribers
  • Strike Fighter “Valiant” Paint Jobs
  • Scout “Valiant” Paint Jobs
  • Imperial Battle Ace and Republic Squadron Commander Pilot Suits
  • In-Game Titles: “First Galactic Starfighter” and “Test Pilot”
  • Maximum leveling and progression

PREFERRED EARLY ACCESS

BEGINS: JANUARY 14, 2014

Preferred Status Early Access Rewards(January 14, 2014 – February 3, 2014)

  • Early Access Starting January 14
  • Imperial Battle Ace Pilot Suit
  • Republic Squadron Commander Pilot Suit
  • In-Game Title: “Test Pilot”
  • Also available to Subscribers during this period.

FREE-TO-PLAY ACCESS

BEGINS:FEBRUARY 4, 2014

Free-to-Play Access Rewards

(February 4, 2014 – Ongoing)

  • Imperial Battle Ace Pilot Suit
  • Republic Squadron Commander Pilot Suit
  • Available to all players with a SWTOR account during this period.

Below we have a nice SWTOR: Galactic Starfighter trailer for you to get you in the mood:

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