Whether or not BioWare has new content in the works, we do know a few things that will be coming, and we also have some super-secret things we can speculate on thanks to some intrepid SWTOR fans. So let's talk about what we do know, what we don't know, and what we think will happen.
However, as with any capture-the-flag game, the team that knows the map the best is likely going to win, especially if the other team has never seen the map before. Even though I have a great guild, I do PvP solo a lot, and I groan every time I land Huttball in a PUG. The map's not really new to anyone anymore, but if the other team is a pre-made group, its coordination will always outperform a PUG's.
I believe this little project became sidetracked by the super-secret space project that eventually became Galactic Starfighter. However, I don't believe BioWare has forgotten about this new map. My hope is that we will see this new map and possibly other PvP 8v8 maps hitting the servers in the next couple of months.
Right now, GSF seems to be the major focus for the SWTOR team, and rightly so. Even on my primary server, an RP-PvE server, the queue times for GSF are extremely short. Players seem to really be into this new form of PvP. I enjoy it, but it's not exactly my focus. I'll queue up to do my daily and weekly missions, but beyond that, I let my other guildies tell me what's happening in the stars. They do say that the balance in ships appears to be fairly spot on. Strike-fighters need a bit of a boost, but scouts and gunships own the skies.
I am hoping that we see new types of maps really soon. I don't think the two domination maps are bad, but when it come down to it for me, I seem to be doing the same stuff over and over. It gets too repetitive for me to play it beyond one or two matches. I believe that by this summer, we will see at least two new maps for GSF and one new battle type -- maybe deathmatch.
If you watch the collections UI, then you'll notice THORN (The Hyland Organization for Rakghoul Neutralization) armor and the new THORN reputation. According to the patch notes, this reputation is "a GSI-affiliate dedicated to studying and eradicating all traces of the Rakghoul plague from the galaxy." Then it continues by saying, "THORN should be unnecessary as the Rakghoul outbreak was clearly eliminated from the galaxy." Yeah, right. Look for a new event in about a month or two.
Those are my predictions for 2014. What have you seen or heard that might make you think something else is happening? Do you have any hopes or dreams for SWTOR in the coming year? Let me know what they are in the comments.
The Hyperspace Beacon by Larry Everett is your weekly guide to the vast galaxy of Star Wars: The Old Republic, currently in production by BioWare. If you have comments or suggestions for the column, send a transmission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now strap yourself in, kid -- we gotta make the jump to hyperspace!