Originally Posted by Ctrl Alt Del
It actually feels kind of silly to have those on a MMO on which you were supposed to interact with real people. Makes me think they simply chosen the MMO on a financial point of view.
I'm not trying to draw parallels or anything, but Guild Wars did it. They have henchmen you can take with you exploring or on missions. In the second expansion, they created heroes, which like in KotOR and TSL, you can level up and customize their abilities.
Of course the original and the first expansion didn't have heroes and you could only take 3 henchmen with you at a time. This meant that towards the end of the storyline you would need to party up with real people to complete missions and quests.
I think TOR should have "henchmen" you can party up with, but make it so you can only take 1 or 2 at a time (out of a party of 4 or 5) so that when it comes to accomplishing some task, you either struggle through it, or you find a real person to help out. I think this would help solidify the community.