Before Star Wars: The Old Republic's 1.1 patch went live early this morning, player-versus-player combat on the level 50 world of Ilum was slightly broken, with more players focusing on completing non-PVP goals than fighting. After patch 1.1 the zone has been transformed into an Imperial PVP wonderland.
There are plenty of non PVP-related issues with patch 1.1, Rise of the Rakghouls. Folks are reporting blank loading screens, hotbar buttons that don't properly cycle, and various frame rate related issues. None of these are quite as bad (or entertaining, quite frankly) as what's going on in Ilum.
What was previously a zone where players went to take care of their daily / weekly quests without much interference from the opposite faction is now hell for players of the Republic, and a glaring reminder to all players of the imbalance between the two factions.
In a move aimed at making PVP more attractive on Ilum, BioWare patched the game so that the daily and weekly mission objectives now require killing players of the opposing faction. To sweeten the pot, developers also upped the amount of Valor (currency used to buy high-end PVP gear) players earned from killing enemy players.
Were the factions completely balanced, this wouldn't have been an issue. Unfortunately on most servers the Empire outnumbers the Republic by a large margin, resulting in scenes like the ones you see here. Imperial players are camping Republic spawn points, dominating objective areas, and generally farming the entire zone willy nilly. As an added bonus, BioWare added in a feature that announces whenever an enemy player approaches an important point on the map, turning the Imperials into one rolling announcement-seeking missile of Republic destruction.
Needless to say, the players are up in arms. The official forums are filled with angry posts. Some are calling for a rollback. Others are thanking the Ilum issue for reminding them to quit before their free month is up.
BioWare has created an official forum thread where issues can be discussed, kicking things off with the following message: "We're currently investigating potential issues related to the Ilum open world PVP area post 1.1. We understand that this is a topic of much discussion and we ask that you please direct all discussions to this thread."
That's a neat idea. It's not working, but definitely a neat idea.
Will BioWare roll back the update? Will the Republic rise again? At this point it's anyone's guess.
I told you Star Wars: The Old Republic PVP was a mess.
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