Kicking off in a few minutes! The team is just sitting down and running through questions from the survey and the thread.
EDIT: Adding answers from the team now!
EDIT: About 10 minutes left but we've got a ton of good questions we want to answer so we are going to run longer than normal
EDIT: Thanks for the amazing Q&A folks. Hopefully we answered some of your hard ball questions today. We are going to start wrapping up but I'll post the rest of the responses that I've got so far and let these folks get back to work.
Q: Hi, thanks for the Q&A! Any hope to see the general lag and long loading times between pages resolved?
Q: When will you implement some new/different game mode where u can use every character you have in some kind of endless mode(galactic war looks quite enticing for such a game mode)/guild pvp mode/sandbox mode. ?
Q: You mentioned last q&a that you were working on feature(s) to help new players grow quicker/reach endgame faster. Any more info on this?
Q: In the October State of the Galaxy, you said :"We're going to be talking about a feature we've been working on for new players that we think will make the new game experience something that can be better navigated."Are you planning one sort of jedi/padawan system which permits play with a lower and better player?
Q: Caley - What are we going to do now that my laptop is broken??!?!
Q: Will there be an effort to manage game balance with the introduction of new characters so there is more diversity at the top of squad arena? I understand the newest legendary characters should be very powerful but playing in arena where 90%+ of the teams are the same for 3-6 months after a legendary/journey character is released is kind of dull (see Jedi Knight Revan and Darth Revan). Currently, I like the diversity of teams I see now in arena. Relics really helped promote this. Was this your intention?
Q: What happened to Leviathan?He was investigating cheating and is now no longer working for CG. Who is handling cheating reports now?
Q: How much of the dev team that would normally work on new content for swgoh was diverted to the new project that was announced?
Q: When you designed DS Geo TB, was it tuned to G12, G13, or R7?Also, can you tell us to which level LS Geo TB will be tuned?
Q: Have you ever considered a non-combat related element to the game such as politics, economy, or society? Star Wars heroes were much more than just combatants.
Q: The Neutral tag still exists. Any plans to revisit a possible neutral toon or will that tag remain there....taunting us....sometimes I think it moves....but it could just be the wind?
Q: Have you considered debunking purported leak? I think a lot of community frustration can spin up because people put stock in images of unknown origin to fill a void in expectations.
Q: Would it be possible to have Q&A sessions with other folks in the studio? Designers, engineers, and artists all have interesting perspectives and getting to ask them some questions would help lend insight into the making of this great game.
Q: Kyber promotion is misaligned in D1/2 compared to D3 and below. It's easier to be promoted for worse performance in lower divs. Since significant rewards accrue to the arbitrary promotion threshold, d1/2 players are tuning out of GA once they know they will land in aurodium and can't make kyber. Push rewards to the individual matchup and/or battle rather than the promotion threshold, scale them by league such that higher leagues pay out more to encourage best play.This would also let people opt in or out for individual weeks without killing their ranking or their potential rewards.Thanks for reading.?
Q: Any chance you can bring back modified, i.e., reasonable bonuses to TW, but allow the guild to choose them? Provide maybe 4 or 5 options, similar to the original?
Q: IPD's self destruct ability is becoming obsolete with G13 and relics making many characters able to survive an IPD bomb. Is there any consideration to increasing IPD's damage in line with the power creep in the game?
Q: When will the tank raid be simmable?
Q: With the malak event coming back soon. Can we (as a player base) assume that this will be the norm for these types of events moving forward?
Q: Can you guys please have skins for characters? I think that skins will look more appealing to people that play swgoh. For example, Darth Maul could wear his hood. This will give him a more Sith feel to the gameplay.
Q: You stated you wanted to move away from arenas as a main source of Crystals with GaC as a replacement.How would that work? Would arena even be relevant?
Q: Does the dev team get any early info about movies,tv shows, comics, etc??
Q: How far into the future does your furthest plan go? As in, do you know what's coming in 4 months, 6 months, a year?
Q: Can we get shirtless Kylo Ren for one of the November GAC portraits?
Q: Will it be possible to upgrade 4-dot mods to 5-dot mods?
Q: Why did you choose to put signal data on nodes without character shards as well. All this does is create a further divide between new and old players. You have to choose between farming shards for much needed characters, or farming data for relics.?
Q: We want a sandbox mode or a way to practice our teams against guild mates teams. Why won't you give us on the community's top requests?
Q: Hi, could you please tell us when we will be getting new content and a way to help with the gear problem that has gotten significantly worse for f2p or small spending players since the release of relics?
Q: Will we get any new content for ships to help give some variety to the mode?
Q: Will ships ever come back to Grand Arena? Also, will there be a shake up of ships diversity?
Q: Will there be a new raid before the end of the year?
Q: Have you guys thought about making GA defense presets? Like so you can set loadouts for different defenses you might want to place and when the GA setup phase starts you can select which you want to place and your defense with be automatically placed. Instead of having to place each team separately.
Q: Could content ever come from the Extended Universe/Legacy books? (Ie: tie defenders, nogri, Zinj, Kyle Katarn, Corran Horn, Dash Rendar)?
Q: What qualifies an event as an "epic confrontation"?
Q: Now with all the g13 and relics in the game. We are growing more stronger to the point where it's faster to complete raids. Is there a new raid in the works? Will there be any Mythic Tiers for Rancor, HAAT & hStr?
Q: For long time players like myself who have completed all legendary events, there is a real shortage of events or activities to do right now on a daily basis. Do you have plans to create or add more day to day events that would require playing rather than hitting them sim button?
Q: Will light side Geonosian territory battles include a creature to fight like Acklay in Dark side?
Q: What era of Star Wars are the next toons coming from?- Resistance animated series ?- Rise of Skywalker ?- Fallen Order?
Q: Hey there CG! i was wondering, since you have so many current Characters out and some on the way as well as more gear, is it possible that you are going to add some more stages in like Cantina battles or lightside and Darkside battles??
Q: Are there any plans to bring fleet/ship content up to parity with character content? Currently, there are no Fleet Mythics for Chimera or Han's Falcon, no Fleet Assault Battles, and no Fleet Omega battles. ?
Q: Are you guys planning on adding more relic lvls??
Q: With relics increasing the power of pilots and therefor ships, how does the ship(s) without pilots evolve?
Q: With the ability to scrap gear now, will we see the ability to craft gear without needing it for a character?
Q: Do you have any characters with relics? And if so, who and why?
Q: Can we get a signal data heist like we got mod salvage heist after mod salvage introduction?
Q: Why release Relics now? Like gear, its an expansion of character progression, so why release it without a new feature? Wouldn't it have been better if Relics was introduced with LS TB's release? Why release relics without completing the relic ability feature? Are we going to see more relic levels with LS TB? Can we expect more relic levels added twice a month or more??
1) We are not expanding the number of relic levels with LSTB.
2) We don't have a cadence of relic levels yet - still evaluating it as per above
3) You're right - we typically release progression systems along side a larger content beat. We didn't this time because of the size and scope of relics we wanted to evaluate it "in a vacuum" as much as possible. As we've indicated before we think of relics as being a platform for some potentially really interesting changes and we wanted to evaluate it relatively "clean" (without something else in system potentially inflating or deflating its numbers).
4) Regarding Relic Abilities, we knew these required a non-trivial amount of engineering time and wanted to see how Relics would be adopted before we invested that deeply. If Relics were not well adopted, then the work on Relic Abilities would have been wasted.
Q: 4. It was mentioned somewhere that not all toons will be getting relic abilities. It might invalidate a lot of our investment in current toons if true. Can you release a list of toons, or an ongoing updated list of toons that will get relic abilities like the dev tracker?
Q: Can you keep Geo TB to 36 hours because its taking a long time to get everyone to platoon and do the combats. 36 hours gives us more leeway and it is not so rushed. ?
Q: Will we ever see the ability for ranks #1-4 to see back to rank #5 in the arenas?
Q: As a quality of life option, can you add an option to make notes on specific nodes/characters similar to TW notes by guild leaders. It would be nice to be able to put some reminders in game on favorite nodes or character specific notes to remind us of progress, etc.?
Q: Can we get some sort of numerical counter, like Ferocity, for other characters that have stacking abilities? Ie, Ventress or Tarkin for example?
Q: On characters/squad arena teams preview page instead of the level of the given character you should be indicate the speed of the character. Among gear, zeta and relic status speed is the most important attribute. It would be a very useful QoL development?
Q: Would you consider adding some Wampas to a reliable place where it's possible to find and kill them? It's almost impossible to finish the Boba Fett quest now with the Geonosis TB.
Q: Why is there no review period for Territory Battles, like there is for Territory Wars and Grand Arena Championships? A review period would be very helpful to guild leadership and extremely welcome
Q: Are there any plans to allow us to run both versions of the Territory Battles at the same time, Hoth and Geonosis?It's one of my favorite game modes and now that my guild has switched to Hoth, I don't get to play that one anymore and others in the guild don't have the ability to get shards for IPD.
Q: Currently the only way to see in-game how many of certain items we have is to search through characters if one of them happens to have the searched item, which takes large amount of time. Any chance we could get an item inventory, so we could check in no time what we have and what we possibly still need to farm when needed? Would help planning long ahead gear-level wise?
Q: Is it possible to get a 600s counter on the main screen so we don't have to rely on constant badgering from our guild bosses?
Q: Will officers get the ability to see who has not completed combat missions and in which territory? Hunting down who is actually missing CMs is extremely difficult.
Q: Could we get a QoL update that puts the ship energy and all energy to be displayed on the main page?
Q: Is there any way you could allow officers to prohibit the deployment to 1 or 2 platoons only in Territory Battles?
Q: Since the introduction of Mods 2.0, I've regularly been at the mod inventory cap and managing / making room for new mods has become a really time consuming part of the game - is there any chance you could increase the inventory cap?
Q: Can we please get some ability to control what of our squad/ship improvement activity gets sent in chat? I don't want my guild mates chiding me (or booting me) for dropping that guilty pleasure Zeta on my favorite toon just because it's not the current meta.
Q: Can we get a replay function in the game? Specifically to see what was used against us? Like the ability to find what the opponent tried to beat my team with in arena, territory wars or grand arena. It would be super helpful, specially when trying to find cheaters, but I would like to know what my opponent uses to beat my defenses in one try.
Q: Would it be possible to sell unwanted mods right from the inbox?
Q: Does Han Solo's shoots first stun on both hits? Does he stun twice then? Why? He applies 2 stacks of Ferocity to Darth Revan lead Sith Empire for example on his first turn. Shouldn't just the first shot stun the target and the second bonus attack just do damage?
Thanks, CG_Aurok for your help answering this question!
Q: How does crit avoidance interact with crit chance? If yoda has 150% crit chance and traya has 70% crit avoidance, does yoda have an 80% chance to crit?
Fun fact: This means that negative Critical Avoidance (such as from General Grievous’ leader ability) can increase your chance to critically hit (-20% Crit Avoidance on a character means attackers have +20% Crit Chance against that unit).
Thanks, CG_Fugitive for your help answering this question!
Oh, and does LSGTB have super Uber macho high tenacity like the dark side does??
1. Can we get a signal data heist like we got mod salvage heist after mod salvage introduction?
2. Can we get Signal Data added to GAC weekly rewards prize pool?
3. Why release Relics now? Like gear, its an expansion of character progression, so why release it without a new feature? Wouldn't it have been better if Relics was introduced with LS TB's release? Why release relics without completing the relic ability feature? Are we going to see more relic levels with LS TB? Can we expect more relic levels added twice a month or more?
4. It was mentioned somewhere that not all toons will be getting relic abilities. It might invalidate a lot of our investment in current toons if true. Can you release a list of toons, or an ongoing updated list of toons that will get relic abilities like the dev tracker?
1. Currently, it is difficult to reach kyber at Division 1/2. Can the difficulty of reaching kyber be reduced to match up other divisions OR can the difficulty of obtaining kyber in earlier divisions be increased? The game is currently encouraging players to stop at Division 3 for maxium rewards and punishes players to invest in toons or ships that would inflate raw GP
1. Will the next EC toon require GET Mk I or Mk II currency? Will it unlock at 5 stars?
1. Will it require GET Mk II to unlock and 7*?
1. Can we get assault battles for every in-game faction tag?
Question 2: Have you guys discussed revamping Gear Donations for guilds? Is there any possible of opening up all purple gear for donations and possible opening gold gear for two pieces?
Question 3: Have you guys thought about doing a sort by equips feature? For example, I get a complete MK3 Holoprojecter and want to see who needs that piece. Instead of having to go to the character and clicking on the item and looking at the pictures of characters it would be nice to be able to sort by equips so that everyone is side-by-side.
Question 2. I know a lot of folks have been frustrated with the lack of content this quarter. Can you help explain maybe some of the trials and tribulations of the lack of maybe characters or new things?
Question 3 Any plans to be able to filter mods in a reverse way? Such as be able to filter to sell all mods that dont have a certain stat such as lets say...speed?
Reskinned question- I mean question 2: when are you dropping this event ??
A) ***WITHOUT*** leaving the guild they are in, how are players suppose to complete achievements & prestigious quests (see below) that are tied to both the light side and dark side Hoth Territory Battles when their guild is ***ONLY*** willing to do the Geonosis TBs?
As you probably already know, powerful guilds tend to only want to do GeoTBs only. This does not sit well with some players. Have you considered giving guilds the choice or opportunity to do a “bonus” Hoth LS & DS TB, perhaps once or twice a year? This would certainly help players complete some of the quests & achievements (see below) that are strictly tied to the Hoth TBs.
1) Achievement, The Frozen Rebellion - Earn 45 Stars in a single Hoth LS TB map.
2) Achievement, The Frozen Empire - Earn 48 Stars in a single Hoth DS TB map.
3) Fulcrum Quest 3/4, Defeat Hoth Rebel Assault phase 6 Rogue One mission (only available Hoth LS TB)
4) Bounty Hunter Quest 1/7 - Defeat 50 Wampas with Boba Fett present (Only reliable place found for Wampas is the Hoth DS TB)
5) Bounty Hunter Quest 3/7, Win 12 Battles with IG-88 in Territory Battles (Only works with Hoth DS TB, does not work with DS Geo TB)
Bounty Hunter Quest 3/7, Win 12 Battles with IG-88 in Territory Battles. Since this quest only works with the dark side Hoth territory battles, why haven't you "fixed" this bug by simply renaming the text to read "Win 12 Battles with IG-88 in Hoth dark side Territory Battles"? Renaming the text (in every language of course) would surely be simpler than fixing the code behind it.
Guild Quest, Raid Attempts - Do 4 attempts in the Pit raid. ***WITHOUT*** leaving the guild we are in, how can we do this quest if our guild ONLY wants to sim the rancor raid?
Bounty Hunter Quest 4/7, Complete Galactic Bounty event tier IV. This quest only can be completed by beating tier 4 of the Galactic Bounty I event, not Galactic Bounty II event. The quest's description does not mention I or II so the description is vague because of this. Do you (CG) ever have any plans to fix this bug by either updating the description to reflect "Galactic Bounty I event" or making either event applicable? I thinking adding an "I" after the word "event" would surely be far simpler.
Why are we limited to only doing a maximum of three prestigious quests at the same time? Why can't we do them all at the same time?
Are there any plans on creating any new quests?
Are there any plans for Galactic Bounty I/II events to happen more often then once every ~45 days (on average)? Perhaps have each one run once per calendar month? Is a Galactic Bounty III event in the works?
Some older toons are not available in any store (apart for crystals). Baze for example. Since he and most of these older toons are not meta, is there a possibility that the energy requirements to farm them could be lowered (again, I am referring to the ones NOT found in stores)? You had recenty done this for Vet Solo & Chewie. Kudos.
Have you ever entertained the idea of letting the fans of the game vote on which toon they would like to see next in the game?
QUALITY OF LIFE (QOL)
Some battles that we have already achieved 3 stars in are starting to get tedious. All of the eight round assault battles come to mind. Are there any plans to allow us to sim all battles that we have already achieved 3 stars in?
At the moment, there are three prestigious quests that are tied to the ranking in the HAAT (Tank) Raid. The relevant part of the quest is listed below.
Jedi Knight 4/4 - Earn rank 10 or higher 5 times in the HAAT Raid
Jedi Master 1/4 - Earn rank 3 or Better 3 times in the HAAT Raid
Jedi Master 4/4 - Earn Rank 1 in the HAAT Raid
In the eventuality that the Tank Raid becomes simmable, will there be any special consideration for the players trying to do these quests or will each player have to ask their guild's leadership NOT to sim the tank raid at least 9 times? Perhaps simply ***designating*** everyone as 1st place and give them 5th, 10th, 15th or whatever rewards?
If a player already has the Tank Tamer title (for being in 1st place in the HAAT/Tank raid), why does the player need to prove themselves yet again when they get to Jedi Master 4/4? The game already knows they have done this at least once already.
But seriously. Hondo.
What does TVF eat for breakfast (couldn't resist)?
But most importantly, can we get a Jawa portrait??????
I really hope this gets answered. I'd like to know it myself.
I can respond to this one! This overlaps a bit with one of the other questions I answered about crafting gear that @CG_SBCrumb will be posting about, but it's a bit different.
One of the features (item inventory) I'm exploring some designs around could include this functionality pretty easily as a reverse direction of the character gear flow. I'll make sure to add it to the idea list.
Great to see you again @Ultra !
First I can't get my paycheck (continuing issue) and now this. I'm not sure I want to be CG_TVF much longer.
I'm right here guys. I can hear you. Despite the PM tagging.
Also: Luke Skywalker portrait, please!