With a new expansion come new and exciting changes and coming hot off the 10th Anniversary celebration Legacy of the Sith promises to shake up the game in some very interesting ways. New stories, Darth Malgus back to his shenanigans, and many mysteries to uncover.
But some of the most exciting changes are not in the form of new content, but changes to existing systems.
What’s Changed in Star Wars: The Old Republic: Legacy of the Sith?
Let’s start with the classic expansion changes. Legacy of the Sith increases the level cap for subscribers from 75 to 80 and continues the Ten-Year Anniversary celebration in the form of the Anniversary Personnel Vendor. The vendor’s inventory has been updated to include decorations based on the winners of the most recent “Best View in SWTOR” contest.
If you saw the most recent cinematic trailer, you know that Malgus will play a more central role in the storyline this time around, as he is trying to pursue some unknown plan. We will get to explore the aquatic planet of Manaan, as the Sith Empire tries to wrestle control of its Kolto.
We will also visit the planet Elom, where Darth Malgus is hunting for a mysterious relic that’s critical to the Sith and the Jedi. You’ll be able to tackle this story on your own, or with others through a new Flashpoint.
Say goodbye to advanced classes being locked to specific story paths. With Legacy of the Sith, Advanced classes will become Combat Styles. This means that you will be free to choose any blaster or force-based combat style you want.
Classes are now origin stories and are divided into two categories: Blaster-wielding, like the Smuggler, Agent, Trooper, and Bounty Hunter, or Force-based, like the Jedi Knight, Consular, Sith Inquisitor, and Warrior.
If you choose a Blaster-wielding story, you are free to choose from any of the Tech combat styles, like Vanguard, Gunslinger, or Mercenary. Meanwhile, Force users are not limited to Force or Lightsaber, and can even flip between Dark and Light combat styles.
You still can’t choose a tech style if you are a force user or vice versa. However, with the expansion subscribers can now choose a second combat style! So, if you want to be a Bounty Hunter that also packs some heavy artillery like a Commando, you can do so.
Legendary Items, Revamped Itemization and Loadouts
Patch 7.0 is packed with changes to items. Including the introduction of legendary items and changes to the itemization and reward system.
Legendary items will have unique effects that will alter the way you play your character, like set bonuses but all in one item. Plus, they can be upgraded so that you don’t have to replace them down the line. However, the current set of bonuses are being removed with this patch
And with all these changes to customization, combat, and items, 7.0 introduces a much-needed loadout system. Allowing you to change gear and abilities on the fly thanks to pre-sets!
GTA VI Leaks – What We Know so Far?
Rockstar Games on high alert
Massive leaks have been spread throughout social media platforms about Grand Theft Auto 6. If you are a GTA V account owner, you may have an idea of what happened. On September 19, “teapotuberhacker,” a user from GTAForums, posted 90 videos of test builds for the upcoming game by Rockstar. The hacker revealed assets and source codes for GTA 6 on YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms. Rockstar locks down its social media accounts, and the situation may lead to investigations with the FBI, although there is no official statement from Rockstar regarding this matter.
The leaks were illegally taken from the studio’s network, leading to the conclusion that the GTA 6 hacker is not a lot but a small group working together to post the leaked data. Rockstar confirms that these leaks are legitimate, and the GTA publisher Take-Two is working on taking down confidential information about the game by using copyright rules on mainstream platforms.
The game set’s location appears to be in Vice City; thanks to groups of dedicated fans, a map was made using various tools, which is not entirely new. When GTA 5 was still under development and trailers, screenshots, and teasers were being released; GTA had a fan base that could create a map for Grand Theft Auto 5 before the game was released; the map was an almost perfect match to the official map in GTA 5. Not to mention these players also became the people who made GTA 5 modded accounts.
Introducing New Characters
Based on leaked information, Grand Theft Auto 6 would be an open-world game with male and female protagonists, Jason and Lucia. One of the videos shows the two in what appears to be an instant character switching, similar to GTA 5. Where Michael, Franklin, and Trevor’s character switch; although this time, it looks like the loading time is faster in this test run. Several screenshots show Lucia having different make-up and hairstyles, similar to Grand Theft Auto 5: Online, although customization is available for the female protagonist this time.
Grand Theft Auto 4 introduced the smartphone system as a tool to contact friends, dates, and a few mission events. At the same time, Grand Theft Auto 5 added new functionalities like emails and website functionality. A parody of Facebook exists in this game called Life Invader; there may be a GTA 6 parody of Mark Zuckerberg; who knows? Aside from that, there is no information if Rockstar has updated this system.
There are a few notable things about how players would be able to move around the map. Footage shows Jason swimming more profoundly in the water; unlike in previous games, the deepness of how far a player can swim has always been limited. For vehicles, test footage of vehicle damage where Jason shoots the floor of the boat and a fan boat on land. The subway system returns since GTA 4; we see Jason going in and out of a train car.
GTA 5 Combat
A video of Lucia fighting with NPCs was also shown, a tweaked weapon wheel, and NPCs reloading in real-time. Clips of recoil tests make everything realistic, and the latest addition in combat is for players to go prone, which is perfect for stealth-based missions.
Shooting from vehicles has been limited to small weapons; we have seen drive-bys from the test footage, allowing players to use bigger weapons. This would be great since bigger weapons would deal more damage. Switching hands while shooting is another excellent addition to combat; there are plenty of scenarios to get the proper angle on an enemy by switching the hand you are shooting from.
The Miami-inspired city has dramatically changed since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. There are the usual elements to be found, like neon lights in nightclubs and beachfront, but Rockstar has made an effort to make the map modernized by ensuring the look and feel are authentic to the real-life locations of Florida. The level of detail from these tests is fantastic as it can be; driving real-life inspiration for locations provides an immersive experience for players.
Gas stations, bars, tennis courts, motels, the environment, and the subway system is diverse, possible even better than GTA 5s’ map. Lucia has been seen to use a gumball machine inside convenience stores, which could mean there would be more things to interact with in Vice City.
There may be more surprises in store from GTA 6, and these are just the little details that have been leaked. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released by late 2024 or early 2025.