All five people who read this blog may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately. One of the reasons for the lack of new content has been that I’ve been “busy” with the new Lord of the Rings Isengard expansion. Not too long after the release of this expansion, the LOTRO activated their annual Harvestmath Festival. For those not familiar with the festival, it is comprised of several free in game events, where you can win items, mounts, and emotes.
Since SWTOR is going to be officially released right before Christmas, and Bioware has stated that they are going to have an aggressive post launch plan, I can’t help but wonder if there will be some sort of Christmas/Winter in game event right at launch? While that would be pretty awesome, I would say that the odds of this happening are fairly low. Why?
- Bioware will be primarily concerned with launch/gameplay/leveling/bug issues with their primary content. They wouldn’t want to take the chance of taking on any further potential issues with new temporary content.
- Players won’t be ready for an in game event such as this. Since the game is so new, I would think most players will be concerned with leveling their character and developing their own personal story. I know that I wouldn’t want to stop my Jedi’s questing to go check out the “Seasonal Wintertime Celebration Jubilee” happening on Coruscant only from December 25th- January 7th!
- It would not mesh well with the lore (at least in the beginning). The SWTOR is a serious place, filled with danger at every turn. I wouldn’t want their to be a snowball throwing contest available at launch. Let the game exist for a while, and then turn out the holiday events in order to give players something new to enjoy.
I’m sure that Bioware has a few of these special in game events planned. It’s just a matter of what they will be and when they will be released. Launch may be too soon. Maybe some sort of summer festival? We’ll have to see.