1.7 Smells Gree-at!

Hello, Ionis here.

Bioware released information about next major content patch – Return of the Gree.

There info, as always, are little sketchy at best, but there are some things worth digging teeth into. (pardon the blunt copy/paste – you can read whole announcement here: 1.7 Return of the Gree)

1. New recurring event: Relics of the Gree

  • Explore Ilum’s contested area in the Western Ice Shelf to uncover the mysterious purpose of the Gray Secant, an enormous ancient Gree starship.
  • Get ready to face a powerful opponent that awaits you at the center of this ancient vessel.
  • Earn exclusive Gree technology, including highly-advanced weapon and armor!
  • Look for opportunities to join this recurring event throughout the rest of the year. More details to come!

Can anyone smell Wintergrasp?

For those non-WoW players. Wintergrasp was a full-PvP (if you enter, you’re flagged for PvP automatically) area in Wrath of the Lich King where factions fought for control over a castle in battles that occurred every few hours. Winning side got access to the castle daily quests and a small raid encounter.
Call me pattern-seeking son of a hutt, but this sounds so bloody similar to WG idea… And you know what? That’s great. Everything is better than the current Ilum PvP mistake-of-a-zone. And the more content there is for level 50 people the better.

2. New System: Galactic Reputation

  • Check out an all new exciting way to progress your character.
  • Advance through six ranks of increasing prestige: “Outsider”, “Newcomer”, “Friend”, “Hero”, “Champion”, and “Legend”.
  • Earn Reputation Points by completing missions for allies such as the Gree and the Voss, or for military divisions within the Republic and the Empire.
  • Galactic Reputation is tied to your character’s Legacy, so enjoy earned Reputation Points and ranks across all characters in your Legacy!

Again.. smells like WoW-feature again. Reputation was a grindy little side-step from the gearing progress, where by doing daily quests for different factions you earned reputation.

High reputation gave you access to titles, pets, mounts and some entry-level PvE gear.
My personal take on this is a little meh’. I remember reputations as annoying, boring and stiff feature. I was glad TOR didn’t had it at launch.
We’ll see how they solve the repeatability of those quests – but for now all I smell is some long hours spend grinding rep… thank goodness for the Legacy-wide feature here. It might be the thing that will save the whole concept.
Side note:
Gree are one of the oldest and most advanced civilizations that have ever inhabited the galaxy. Their golden age came centuries before birth of the Republic – so long before all events we know from TOR or the movies. They, along younger races like Rakata, between others, were servant races to the Architects/Celestials.
In TOR era, Gree are known as enigmatic, brilliant and isolationist species. You might remember their droids from the questchain on Coruscant where you were playing a plumber fixing their pipes across the planet.
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