Earlier in this week BioWare decided to issue a mission to the community of TOR calling it "Comic-Con Reveal mission!" via a thread of the forums. The thread stated:
Comic-Con International is almost upon us! You already know about the "Beyond Solo" panel being held on Friday, but we have something extra we want to announce during it. You're going to work for this one, though. If we get at least 200,000 "Likes" on our Facebook page and 30,000 Followers on our Twitter page by Friday, July 23rd, 2010, we will bring you this cool reveal!
Now it's our turn to bribe you. Hit the break to find out the reveal!
What was the special reveal you may ask? Well just the little old fact that SPACE COMBAT will be a part of Star Wars: The Old Republic! But what does that mean? Space combat will be an alternative gameplay experience to the primary game of storytelling, questing, and ground-based combat. In space combat, you fly your personal ship to various "hot spots" on your galaxy map. From there, you will blast your way through asteroid fields, enemy fighters, frigates, destroyers, and a variety of other obstacles that will evoke memories of some of the great Star Wars space battles.
Needless to say people went crazy over this and the announcement breathed new life into the forums, and i truly have to commend BioWare for being able to do this. A lot of the time with MMOs have hype for awhile but then sort of die out over time, but with TOR it seems they have enough ammo to keep the community interested while also getting new members into the community. I myself was not expecting ANYTHING space related at least in the initial release but to have it on launch day... is just spectacular. Granted there will probably be a few people out there who don't quite like how BioWare implements space but I for one am very excited.
As I stated forever ago when I first started writing about TOR, was that one of the main concerns of people who once played the first Star Wars MMO Star Wars Galaxies was whether or not TOR would contain some sort of space element. So its nice to see that BioWare has added something to cater to an audience that the game didn't originally cater to.