Recently, Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic, talked a bit about how important player feedback has been to the BioWare team during the transition to free to play. He cited some examples of just how the team has changed things due to feedback, and talks about future changes that will make the Preferred Player status much more enjoyable for players. Here’s what he had to say:
Recently, we’ve seen your feedback on some of the other aspects of our Free-to-Play option and once again, we are working to improve the experience for all of our players.
Starting today, Preferred Status Players will see an increase to their default Quickbars from two (2) to four (4). If you’ve already purchased additional Quickbars, don’t worry: we will be refunding your Cartel Coins for any Quickbar-related purchase.
Additionally, in an upcoming patch (no exact date yet, but players won’t have to wait long), Preferred Status Players will be given four (4) additional character slots, which means that they will have a total of six character slots. As always, Free-to-Play Players can reach Preferred Status simply by purchasing anything from our online store or purchasing a physical copy of the game.
Last but not least, I wanted to share the news that the 50 character limit on Global Active Characters for Subscribers will be removed and increased substantially in the same, aforementioned patch. If you wanted to, you can truly create your own army of Troopers or a legion of Sith Warriors.
Good news all around with this announcement! BioWare in the past hasn’t been overly receptive to player feedback, but so far, the free-to-play adjustments being made seem to mirror a turnaround in that regard. Make sure and check out the full developer blog for all the details.