We’re in the last straight toward the launch of The Old Republic. 28 days and some hours for those who will start playing on the official launch date, sooner for those like me who pre ordered. recently, the NDA was dropped for a lot of information regarding the Old Republic betas and one thing caught my attention. The theorycrafters are out in full force!
Only a few hours after the NDA was dropped, Darth Hater launched the DarthHaterDb complete with all the talent trees, a talent tree builder and guides to max out your light side and dark side points… per class… per quest! Talk about min-maxing like a boss! Then a certain WoWHead launched it ToR companion, TorHead complete with items, drops percentage and everything you need to track down that elusive Hello Kitty! light saber. I haven’t checked everywhere but I’m pretty sure other sites like these have popped or will soon enough.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all? No fear my friend! The theorycrafters are hard at work figuring out the best specs and gear combination using information gathered from the Beta, videos and data mining and already, a few optimal specs for DPS (both AoE and Single target!), Tanking and healing are out there. At this rate, I’m expecting quest addons and dps meters before the actual launch of the game. Not that I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s coming faster than I would have tought.
For those like me who think this is a bit too much too fast and that discovering the actual game at our own pace is something worth doing there’s something positive in all of this.
It’s an excellent sign of the greatness that ToR will be. The theorycrafters, the min-maxers have been playing this game a lot in beta and spent a lot of time researching the little details. You don’t spend that much time over a game that has major flaws or is just not fun. You spend that kind of time and effort only when you really love a game. Not since WoW itself have I seen so much work go into an MMO and for me, that is reassuring because it confirms that ToR will stand out of the crowd and not be a MMO forgotten after a few short months.