Remember when I expressed concern over whether or not weapon selection in The Old Republic would be limited to whatever was iconic to the class.
Well others have expressed some similar concerns. And they aren’t the only ones. Mostly though, the concern surrounds the ability to build a Gunslinger or Blaster Jedi. I’m not suggesting that. But I do agree fully with with a poster (Use_The_Force) in the second thread linked who says:
I’m not saying there should be a build for gunslinging Jedi.
But as a Jedi I would still like to equip a blaster every now and then, maybe pwn some noobs with it for kicks.
Apparently, we might be getting our wish:
Credit where credit is due of course. Those who don’t want people to have selection options in their character class (aka, haters) have been quick to point out that these are two padawan training, and that there are references in the lore to padawans being allowed/instructed in the use of blasters before transferring to the lightsaber.
Astute readers will note that it took the current SWTOR community about 5 microseconds to descend into Star Wars geekdom and draw up on their own special breed of….whatever.
The bottom line is that, as is always true of lore – you can make it swing whichever way you need it to (especially with a lore as deep and varied as Star Wars has) to legitimize whatever direction has been taken with the design. I still don’t know whats going to happen really. But I am a little more encouraged these days. Why? Well darthhater.com is not the only one that can do a little research. And it turns out, some of the evidence has been there from the very beginning. Behold:
Agents with blaster pistols and not just blaster rifles:
NPC’s (representing Agents and Troopers that I’ve seen so far) using both ranged and melee weapons:
And we’ve seen that Smugglers, Bounty Hunters, and even Jedi can single or dual wield weapons:
So, while we don’t really know anything yet, I am hopeful.
Now we just need to worry about that whole “Jedi Wizard” business. I don’t think anyone is cool with that.