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Young David
08-17-2001, 05:50 AM
Garry Gaber has visited the Jedi Council on TF.N again and gave an update ... also he was there to answer questions:



Greetings!

Glad to see all the excitement brewing around Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds. To give a quick update, we are cruising toward Beta at a very fast clip, buttoning up a lot of the art in the game, and spending time on the level-specific art. Today, the Endor Bunker, as well as two of the creatures that wander the worlds, the Gundark and the TuskCat came in, as well as Obi-Wan Kenobi (both Padawan and Knight) for the Scenario Editor (translation: toybox). The art is looking great. We have so many units that you guys know and love from the films, as well as quite a few surprises. We're agressively fixing bugs and working hard to reach our Beta date in early September. After that it's polishing for a month, and then into Quality Assurance. I'll keep you all up to date as we progress.

Now, on to the latest questions:

In answer to Dark_Sith_Alf (7/21), Ewoks are placeable in the Scenario Editor, so the answer to your question is yes. In fact, not only do we have Ewok soldiers, but we also have Chief Chirpa, Logray, the medicine Ewok, and Wicket as placeable heroes. So you can hunt Ewoks to your heart's content!

Young David (7/21) - yes, that was the first picture with Wookiees in it.

Energy, in response to pat-fett (7/21) is provided by Power Cores, structures that when placed in proximity of a building, provide power to it. Power grants you a faster build rate for units produced at the building, as well as faster research of further technologies. Also, a power core is necessary to power a shield generator.

El_Emperador (7/21) asks a good question (his 3rd) and it was something the team struggled with. When you click on an AT-ST, you get the name "Mech Destroyer", which is the class of the unit. However, when you go to build it, in the rollover help, you see it's designation, which is AT-ST. The problem here that we needed to solve was quick recognizability of units in the game. How does one know that an AT-ST is equivalent to a Rebel Hover Tank? Because both are Mech Destroyers. We grappled with different solutions, but the class/designation solution seemed the most elegant. I hope you'll agree when you play the game. In answer to the (5th) question, both Artillery and Assault Mechs (the class that holds AT-AT) can knock over trees if their lasers or energy balls hit them.

The gate arts are being modified, Young David (7/22), so that the new larger AT-AT's can fit through.

The Empire Sith and Rebel Jedi are both very powerful, Dark_Sith_Alf (7/24).

Naboo and Gungans fight together in the Gungan campaign, KansasNavy (7/26), therefore we thought a separate Naboo campaign would be redundant. And wait until you see Theed! We've modeled the Palace, the Hangar, and the Power Generator, and there's more coming.

There will be holocrons in Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, Dark_SIth_Alf (7/26). When placed in a Jedi or Sith Temple, they will give you a trickle of Nova Crystals. Also, if you capture Banthas or Nerfs and place them in an Animal Nursery, you will get a trickle of food.

Great question, Rikalonius (7/26). The Jedi in our game do not heal like the monks in AOK. We have a new unit, called a medic which is dedicated to this task. You produce it at the Command Center. There are more units in Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, but we have done this to give you more interesting choice to make in the game. Also, Boba Fett is in the game as a hero. The Bounty Hunters on the Imperial Side are Rodian (Greedo's race).

Juggernauts are used by both the Rebels and Empire, according to Star Wars references, KansasNavy (7/27).

The equivalent upgrade to "Redemption" is something called "Force Influence", which lets you convert other Jedi and Sith, Dark_SIth_Alf (7/29).

El_Emperador (7/29), yes, that is the upgraded Y-wing.

Yes, Dark_Sith_Alf (8/1), bombs from TIE Bombers, for instance will be able to hurt underwater buildings and submarines, if they have been detected.

Yes, SithForceLord (8/2), the Jedi/Sith will have special powers, like Mind Tricks (Stealth) and Jedi Detection, the ability to detect other hidden Jedi and Sith.

The Speeder Bike (Scout), AT-PT (Strike Mech), AT-ST (Mech Destroyer) and AT-AT (Assault Mech) are all different classes in the game, so you can't upgrade from one to the other. That means that all four of these units can be running around in your army at the same time, Humble extra (8/2).

Stormies would be closer to archers, though much tougher. AT-PTs are like nothing else in AOK, KansasNavy (8/2).

Yes, the campaigns will have titles, Mastadge (8/2).

Yes, there will be a demo, and we will try to post before the game ships, Dark_Sith_Alf (8/2).

I'll hook up with you all later to give more updates and answer more questions.

Thanks for your continued support!

Garry M. Gaber
Director
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds



Isn't it great? For those who still wanna check out the thread where Gaber posts all his answers and updates, you can find it here (http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=2056960&replies=260)

DarthTenor
08-17-2001, 06:23 AM
WOW THanks DAvid. I'm very well looking forward to this game. Public Beta?

M.A. 2000
08-17-2001, 06:41 AM
NOO!!! Gaber left my questions unansered! Nooo!!! :)

Wedge
08-17-2001, 08:14 AM
A playable demo before the game comes out! YAY! Ewok Hunting mauhahahahahaha (I wonder if you use ewoks...hmmm). This game is sounding better all the time.

Lord JayVizIon
08-17-2001, 12:22 PM
yes thank you for that info YD. this game IS sounding better all the time. my question is whether mines will be in the game?

Kvan
08-17-2001, 01:29 PM
UGH! I don't like the idea of Banthas and Nerfs being food!
I also would have prefered the Juggernaut to be exclusive to the Imps :(

darthfergie
08-17-2001, 01:29 PM
WOW I wish he would do that here...:(

Kvan
08-17-2001, 01:32 PM
Yeah, why doesn't he do that here? I've never gotten a chance to talk to him *evil grin* ;)

darthfergie
08-17-2001, 01:34 PM
Someone needs to "invite" him here. SO he will quite posting info over there and put it over here THE GALACTIC BATTLE GROUNDS STIE:mad:

Young David
08-17-2001, 01:42 PM
No ...

Gaber started posting there ... april this year I think. Long before this site was up. And by the way ... he'll only have to watch a single thread there, while he has only one to watch there.

And BTW ... if he would be here ... he would be flooded with questions (and looking at the intervals between his postings ... there would be a lot to answer).

So, instead of his waiting to come here ... why don't you get over there (http://boards.theforce.net) ...

BTW ... Gaber is not the only vip who posts there ... I've seen Kathy Tyers and R.A. Salvatore also in the literature forum a while ago ...

Kvan
08-17-2001, 01:47 PM
But he should come here. This is the official site.
BTW The guy who plays chewie (forgot his name, sorry) also posts there.

ChrisC3po
08-17-2001, 02:17 PM
Well we have invited Gary, we'll have to see what happens.

Kvan
08-17-2001, 02:22 PM
I really hope he comes!
BTW Chrisc3po, if he does come will we know in advance? Because if we don't, I know the one time I'm not on he is gonna be and I'm going to be kicking myself for it! :)

darthfergie
08-17-2001, 02:24 PM
I for one hope he does come. He was here once remeber and was probably flooded with questions then, he doesn't have to answer all of them.

Compa_Mighty
08-17-2001, 03:14 PM
Thanks for posting this!!! There hadn't been such information for a long time.

Tie Guy
08-17-2001, 04:40 PM
Yeah, thanks a budle. I can't wait till the demo comes out, and the game seems to be coming along very nicely.

Mitth'raw'nuruodo
08-17-2001, 05:36 PM
Wow! Thanks YD. That's awesome! Now I can't wait for the game to come out. How long do you think till the demo is released? If ANYONE finds out, post it here ASAP! :D

xwing guy
08-17-2001, 05:57 PM
I wonder who you'll play in the demo?

Mitth'raw'nuruodo
08-17-2001, 06:09 PM
Yeah, good question. I'd like anyone but the Naboo. They just don't look so cool. I hope its like the Wookies or aomeone else we know little about! :D

darthfergie
08-17-2001, 06:13 PM
Most likly you'll be playing Rebels...or maybe it is just the tutorial.. Qui-Gon does that so I don't know who is in there...

God
08-17-2001, 06:48 PM
i bet you will be playing a senerio and a tutorial campain, both with the same civ.

:explode:


:evil1: :evil1: :evil1:

Aristotle
08-17-2001, 07:59 PM
Gary plans on being VERY active on these Premier forums... trust us on that.

In fact.... if you stick around long enough tonight...

Well.. guess we'll just have to wait and see. ;)

Young David
08-17-2001, 08:13 PM
You bribed him?

Kvan
08-17-2001, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by Young David
You bribed him?
He bribed him! ;)

Tie Guy
08-17-2001, 08:44 PM
Or maybe he just begged. Anyway, i'm gonna be on all night, so i won't miss it, hopefully. We better not scare him away. :D

Lord JayVizIon
08-17-2001, 08:47 PM
damn, that sucks. i got my mcat tomorrow morning so chances are i'll be here til 10pm. i'll try to see if anything i can do, b/c gaber is out here in the west (and not going by east coast time) and chances are he's not an early bird.

Kvan
08-17-2001, 08:55 PM
Originally posted by Lord JayVizIon
damn, that sucks. i got my mcat tomorrow morning so chances are i'll be here til 10pm. i'll try to see if anything i can do, b/c gaber is out here in the west (and not going by east coast time) and chances are he's not an early bird.
It sucks for all those east coasters more. :(

Tie Guy
08-17-2001, 09:35 PM
Yeah, haha.....wait a minute, i'm an east coaster. Oh well, it a friday, i can stay up late. Maybe he'll come on at 8 or 9 or something.

BTW, good luck on your mcat Jay.

Lord JayVizIon
08-17-2001, 10:02 PM
yeah, thanks tie. hopefully the force will be with me tomorrow:p

darthfergie
08-18-2001, 01:26 AM
It is 12:30 where I am and still no Gaber...PLEASE SHOW UP!!!!
It is now 1:30, no Gaber :mad:

Kvan
08-18-2001, 01:48 AM
Originally posted by darthfergie
It is 12:30 where I am and still no Gaber...PLEASE SHOW UP!!!!
We will send Bounty Hunters after you Aristotle, if he doesn't show ;)

darthfergie
08-18-2001, 03:09 AM
2:00 no Gaber :mad:
If he comes after I'm gone:mad: :mad: :mad:

Booya2020
08-18-2001, 10:34 AM
I just hope that the demo has multiplayer capability and at least two sides :D