As part of my “planning for the coming hiatus” operation, I started on my list of candidates to see which MMO might serve for a summer vacation spot. The first on the list, because it happened to be May 4th, was Star Wars: The Old Republic. Plus I happened to remember my account name and password. Also, due to EA’s usual ability to keep a tight rain on their data, my account was flagged as preferred despite my having never given EA or BioWare a nickel for the game.
I am not sure what that gets me beyond an additional crew slot. BioWare was more interested in telling me what I would get if I subscribed. The up sell started immediately upon logging in after downloading the client.
Not that I want them to pop up more alerts, but throwing this in front of my face in the first minute after logging in was something of a wasted effort. The game would, of course, go on to remind me to subscribe in various ways, but this chart was no longer part of the pitch.
And, while we’re here and staring at that blurry screen shot… it gets better if you click on it to view it full size… I have to ask if I missed a memo somewhere that said that science fiction MMOs must have a blue user interface? Star Trek Online was blue. Blue was a significant color in some parts of the the UI for Star Wars Galaxies. I think WildStar trends blue doesn’t it? And if I recall right, Clone War Adventures trended to blue as well.
Anyway, the SWTOR UI is in blue by default, which made me feel they were trying to tell me “hey, it is a space game!” But then, I guess it is a space game of sorts, so why not?
More after the cut.