It seems like it’s been a long time since the last update to Star Wars: The Old Republic and players are anticipating the appearance of update 1.7 on the Public Test Server any day now. BioWare provided a bit of a tease this week with their Developer Blog explaining some aspects of the new Reputation system. I’ve been tracking the release schedules for some time now, and what better time to share it with all of you than now:
SWTOR Release Schedule
1.0 – Live 12/20/2012
1.1 PTS 01/06/2012 (17 days after launch.)
1.1 Live 01/18/2012 (12 days after appearing on PTS; 29 days after launch.)
1.2 PTS 03/16/2012 (58 days after 1.1 went live.)
1.2 Live 04/12/2012 (26 days after appearing on PTS; 84 days after 1.1 went live.)
1.3 PTS 6/06/2012 (55 days after 1.2 went live)
1.3 Live 6/26/2012 (20 days after appearing on PTS; 72 days after 1.2 went live.)
1.4 PTS 09/10/2012 (76 days after 1.3 went live)
1.4 Live 09/26/2012 (16 days after appearing on PTS; 92 days after 1.3 went live.)
1.5 PTS 10/11/12 (15 days after 1.4 went live)
1.5 Live 11/15/12 (35 days after appearing on PTS; 50 days after 1.4 went live.)
1.6 PTS 11/20/12 (5 days after 1.5 went live)
1.6 Live 12/11/12 (21 days after appearing on PTS; 26 days after 1.5 went live.)
In summary, here are the number of days between updates to the live servers:
1.1 – 29 days
1.2 – 84 days
1.3 – 72 days
1.4 – 92 days
1.5 – 50 days
1.6 – 26 days.
So how does the wait for 1.7 compare? As of right now, it’s been 58 days since 1.6 went live. That’s tied for the second longest wait period between a live publish and the next update showing up on the PTS. Considering the 1.7 update is a large one – the revamp of Ilum(which we don’t know much about yet) and the brand new Reputation system are surely complex systems requiring a good amount of development time and testing – it’s understandable that this update is taking some additional time to get ready.
Of course, players are becoming somewhat antsy because this is only the third update since the “We’re going to be delivering content on a more frequent basis” announcement from BioWare. Although BioWare did say that the period between 1.6 and 1.7 would be longer than their targeted 6-8 weeks due to the holidays and new year, this length of time is longer than expected. It’s also worth noting that with each passing day without seeing 1.7, so decreases the likelihood of seeing another update before the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion.
It seems we should see 1.7 landing on the PTS any day now and going live in the next 2-3 weeks. Which means the testing of ROTHC will have to start shortly thereafter in order to make their targeted Spring 2013 release date. It’s an exciting time for SWTOR and we should be seeing quite a bit new information becoming available in the coming weeks.