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Syndicate Announced – Get the Persuadetrons Ready

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1.) Persuadetron – The Syndicate’s Lil’ Helper

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2.) Strategy – Without it, Syndicate is just another FPS

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3.) Upgrade – Seriously, Syndicate agents need help

4.) Team – It’s what keeps a Syndicate together

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He doesn't look like a team of 4 people...

The team of 4 cyborgs was part of the fun. Working on correct positioning and weapon loadouts before the mission became something my young mind of 13 would obsess over. “Do I want to bring the mini gun or the flame thrower? Do I have a backup Persuadetron just in case my number 1 guy falls?” We know they have stated that there will be multiplayer and one can assume that this would be the simplest integration of the team aspect, but what about during a single player campaign? It’s finding a good way to not only make the team present in a way that makes sense and has them provide value but also finds a way to maintain a seamless transition between team members.

5.) Keep the immersion – I was a Syndicate exec after all

If there is one thing Syndicate did exceptionally well was the level of immersion. They didn’t provide you with a “game book”. They gave you an executive manual. You weren’t a player. You were a Syndicate Executive in charge of a team of agents. While in the original Syndicate you monitored them via a blimp in this version it looks like it may shape up to be something different. While in this new version you are more of a mercenary for the Eurocorp syndicate than an exec we can hope that they find a way to make us feel like we are in fact that hired gun.

Whatever Starbreeze does they are entering into a potentially volatile area. Success could push them into heights that were previously unheard of for them, failure could be ultimately destructive. One certainty is that we are all watching with high expectations and heavy interest.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Pre-Order Information

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Oh how I love to wake up to new information on Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s like a bright shiny present waiting for me in my email inbox. Even though we have yet to see a release date we have officially released pre-order information for Star Wars: The Old Republic. So here’s what you’re getting:

Star Wars: The Old Republic Standard Edition

  • Early access based on when you pre-order. The order in which you purchase and redeem your pre-order code is the order in which you will gain early access.
  • Color stone to change your weapon effect.

So if you go the standard edition route you get in early and you get a pre-order only weapon upgrade. Not a bad deal. Any time a game says “if you buy now you get to play sooner” you tend to have my interests piqued. However there are still two more versions of the game to pre-order that may appeal more to you.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Deluxe Edition

On top of the bonuses listed in the standard edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic you also recieve

Star Wars: The Old Republic Holo Dancer

Yeah I think this is about all this does.

  • A flare gun – yes this is exactly what it sounds like
  • A Training droid – combat assistance (think Bao-Dur)
  • A HoloDancer – awwww yeah
  • A HoloCam – To record your adventures
  • STAP – Which is a vehicle you can use on-world while in game.

So they aren’t skimping on the version upgrade. It’s nice to see that they are willing to throw some more in game items your way, even if most of them are so-so. The STAP, however, seems like it could help alleviate any tedious walking that may be present. I mean if there’s one thing we hate it’s walking. Sarcasm aside we have all been at that point in an RPG where we just didn’t want to have to travel from one place to another. So this is actually not a bad.

However if you want to pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic Digital Deluxe Edition you can (as of right now) only do this through Origin.

But wait…there’s more

Star Wars: The Old Republic Collectors Edition

When you pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic Collectors Edition you get everything listed above and then they just kinda kept throwing more stuff at you. I guess they decided that if you were pre-ordering a game without a release date they better load you up with SWAG to make even a Jedi say “DO WANT”. In addition to everything above you also get:

  • A mouse droid – that comes with you on your adventures
  • Collectors Edition Store – that has more in game items to buy
  • Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue
  • Collectible metal case for game disks
  • The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural as annotated by Satele Shan
  • The Old Republic galaxy map
  • Custom Security Authentication Key
  • Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD
  • High-quality Collector’s Edition box

Did you catch that? They’re giving you a special box. A SPECIAL BOX!! Everyone else get’s theirs in a sack full of sand and assorted giblets. Okay this last one they are just trying to add a little more on to make it seem like they are throwing everything they can at you, but you have to admit they are really throwing a decent amount of goodies at you for pre-ordering.

However this is all done with no actual release date. So while they say “Early Access” in everything listed above since they have no “everyone access” date set this could mean “whenever the hell we feel like letting you in.” I think of it like buying a house. Star Wars: The Old Republic is asking you to buy based on the assumption that it will be ready “eventually”. That doesn’t exactly give me the warm fuzzies but how much more time could it take to complete?

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