Part of me wonders if the recent Disney buyout of Lucasfilm will somehow trickle down in a positive sense to TOR.
Positive? Yes, hear me out.
At first glance I thought the Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise was, at best, cautiously optimistic. Disney isn't horrible or anything but....there's a reason "Disneyfication" is used in a negative sense; dumbing things down to the lowest common denominator on a lot of levels is typically seen as some kind of greedy cash grab. And usually it is. But then I got to thinking; Disney bought Marvel, and we've seen a fair bit of good movies from them. Wreck-it Ralph, made by Disney's in-home animation studios (NOT Pixar, as many think) was right up there with Toy Story and The Incredibles as far as enjoyment goes. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, please do. It's got video game references, yes, but they don't beat you over the head with them, and there's a nice take on a fairly tired old story (be happy with who you are) along with a twist that pretty much any gamer wouldn't see coming.
So if Disney has managed to do pretty well, both with the Marvel acquisition and it's own personally created IP's....what's it going to do with Star Wars? At worst....they'll be episode 1/2/3 quality. At best...we're looking at "The Avengers" but with the Star Wars IP instead of Marvel.
Lucasfilm, to my knowledge, still has a bit of say as far as TOR goes....will that trickle down in any way? Will more support come down the pipe? Hypothetically, if this move had been made a year earlier, would TOR's history have looked different? Would the issues brought up in terms of how the dev team did or did not address certain issues, and were not supported by EA in such a way...well, would those have changed?
All speculation of course....but I think it's important to note that with Disney running things now....we may see something of a positive turn around for TOR. Or at least, the possibility exists as such.
Bonus: I went to Disneyland for the first time in like 20 years this last Monday, and not only is Star Tours 500% more awesome (with 100% more Darth Vader, and 50% more Boba Fett) but in the gift shop after the ride.....they have a Build-a-Bear, only instead of bears, it's LIGHTSABERS.
I totally did that. My girlfriend said I looked like a little kid. You got to pick your blade color (sadly only blue/green/red/purple, but that works cause blue is my fav), then your emitter type, followed by a trio of hilt accoutrements and a hilt, then a hilt cap. They had about a dozen samples of LS's from various characters, including Maris Brood's tonfa-style saber, and you could mix and match parts as you saw fit, with the exception of a second emitter type when doing a double-bladed saber.
Man it was so fun. I felt 12 again. And it was only like 25 bucks after tax too. Been playing with the thing all day.