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Friday, May 13, 2011

Taking the Sith

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With all the great looking Sith information and videos Bioware have been releasing for Star Wars: The Old Republic recently they are sorely testing my allegiance to the Light side!

The assault on my loyalty to the Galactic Republic continues today with a great Friday Update that focuses on the Sith Inquisitor class.

I really like the idea of the Sith Inquisitor storyline; a political animal based on the character of Senator Palpatine from the movies. The power behind the throne, whispering in the ears of malleable and corrupt rulers, furthering the Empire's ends by manipulation and threat. Of course, they still have that Force Lightning to fall back on if things get nasty!

The class seems flexible too, with it being able to fulfil the roles of tank, healer, support or dps depending upon which Advanced Class is chosen and how they are specced.

I'm still going to be playing for the good guys on launch day, but the number of alts I'm going to have to roll keeps on growing!

As well as revealing information on the Sith Inquisitor's starship and one of their companions, Khem Val, Bioware posted a great new class video which I've embedded below.


In other news, SOE have released an update today regarding their progress towards getting the game servers back online, as well as detailing their compensation package for subscribers.

In a statement today SOE said:
We thank you for your patience as we continue to work around the clock to restore our game services. We know this has been a frustrating time for you and appreciate your understanding as we work to confirm the security of our network.

In light of the recent outage of Sony Online Entertainment's game services due to April's cyber-attack, we are committed to compensating our loyal player base for the inconvenience caused by the data breach and lost game time while we improve our security measures.

We are currently in the process of an extensive upgrade to our network to further protect your information from future attacks. It will likely be at least a few more days before we restore our services, and when we come back online, here is what you can expect for each of our game services.

First and foremost, all impacted players will receive 30 days of game time added to the end of the current billing cycle in addition to one day for each day the system is down. Additionally, many games are offering a variety of in-game items and special events to welcome players back once our services resume (per the outline below). This is true for both PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system based products.

DC Universe™ Online: Batman™ and Two-Face™ Inspired Masks and 30 Marks of Distinction
Free Realms®: Free daily items (7 to collect)
Clone Wars Adventures™: Count Dooku v2 Outfit
EverQuest®: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Rare Mob Spawns and Double Faction Gains
EverQuest II and EverQuest II Extended: A series of events, including Double XP, Double Guild XP, Loot Bonanza, and City Festivals
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes®: A series of Double XP events
Star Wars Galaxies™: Bounty Hunter Statue, a miniature model of Boba Fett's ship, the Slave I™
Magic: The Gathering - Tactics™: Four of each of these spells: "Ivory Mask", "Duress" and "Angelheart Vial", plus 500 Station Cash
PoxNora®: Limited edition Carrionling, Welcome Back 5K Gold Award Tournaments and two Draft Tournaments, plus 500 Station Cash


For our lifetime subscribers, we'll grant in-game currency; specifically 20,000 coins for Free Realms, 7,500 Galactic Credits for Clone Wars Adventures and 10 Marks of Distinction for DC Universe Online (in addition to the items listed above).

And finally, our Station Access subscribers will receive 500 Station Cash, in addition to the subscription time and items listed above.

Additionally, we announced today that SOE will provide its U.S.-based Station Account holders with complimentary enrollment in an identity theft protection program through Debix, one of the industry's most reputable identity protection firms. For Station Account holders who live outside the U.S., SOE will be offering similar programs, if and as available, and will provide details as they're confirmed for each country or territory.

We continue to work around the clock to restore SOE's services and thank you for your continued patience as we complete our investigation of this criminal attack.

Thank you,
Sony Online Entertainment
That's all well and good, but the phrase "a few more days" seems to be uttered by them every day at the moment. Also, the idea of an in-game item or perk being some kind of compensation is ludicrous. The subscription to an identity theft protection scheme is much more interesting and I hope they do the same thing for those of us based in the UK.

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