BioWare has talked about the Player-versus-Player (PvP) plans for Star Wars: The Old Republic, saying that, while the Open World PvP planet that was supposed to be Ilum is still suspended, it's going to release a variety of similar experiences in the near future.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has once again become quite popular after going free-to-play
in November of last year.
After coming back to the game, many players are now wondering what BioWare will do in regards to the PvP content. Initially, there was an Open World PvP environment, in the form of the planet Ilum but, due to exploits, it was suspended by BioWare.
Now, the game's Executive Producer, Jeff Hickman, has issued a statement about the PvP aspect of the game, saying that something big is coming in regards to Ilum as a whole.
"We have not forgotten Ilum," he said on the SWTOR website
. "I think you will see (fairly soon) the answer to this question in the game itself - something big is coming to the Western Ice Shelf, but it’s quite a departure from what was there before."
Sadly, Open World PvP won't make a comeback anytime soon, as Hickman says the whole problems is quite tough to solve and the team mainly focuses on delivering classic PvP content.
"As for pure Open World PvP…well, that’s a more difficult proposition. We are dedicated to providing excellent PvP experiences to our players, but we intend to focus our energy on PvP Seasons and new Warzones," Hickman added.
"We will be experimenting with a different approach to Open World PvP, something that encourages organic PvP in contested areas in a new and interesting way, but do not look for massive new Open World PvP this year (outside of what I mentioned above). It is still on our design wall, but is taking a back seat to other forms of PvP."
Plenty of new things are coming to Star Wars: the Old Republic, including the first digital expansion called Rise of the Hutt Cartel