The two biggest features for 1.3 announced so far are the new group finder function plus the server transfer system (which won't affect me, but will be a boon to those on quieter servers). For more information check out the Bioware video below.
Now for the bad news. Bioware have announced that the SWTOR team has been restructured, which means redundancies for some of the developers. There are no names yet as to who is going, but they may contain some familiar ones from the dev team. It's not uncommon for MMO developer teams to be shrunk following launch, but I can't help feeling that this news will fuel the fires of the haters out there (not that they need much fuelling!).
As if things couldn't get worse, Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38Studios have had to lay off some of their development staff due to financial issues. Whilst I personally didn't care for Kingdoms of Amalur, I hope the company manages to sort it's issues out as I really want to see their MMO Copernicus reach the market (especially with the game's lore and world being designed by R.A. Salvatore).
The first trailer for the game was released last Friday and it's looking good.
It's always sad to see talented people let go through no fault of their own, so I'd like to offer my best wishes to all those effected by the redundancies at Bioware and 38Studios. Let's hope you all find a good home soon.
So, after all that let's lighten the mood with a new version of one of my favourite albums of all time. The entirety of Radiohead's Kid A, re-imagined as an 8-bit gaming theme.