If you’ve been waiting to get your hand on the Jedi Guardian Combat Style on the Star Wars: The Old Republic PTS, it’s now available. But, there’s stuff BioWare would like you to know before you go hopping in there and start swinging your saber around and using your force powers — mostly what they intend to achieve with this bit of testing.

Currently, BioWoare is focused on what they need to do to ensure that players can learn how to play the Jedi Guardian without too much difficulty. This means they need to understand how players use the class’ abilities and providing them with the information needed to do so in the best way possible. One of the things they’re working on is ensuring the system allows players to not become overwhelmed and to be able to use customization without too much fuss. This means reducing the amount of abilities while making sure they’re unique to the character.

Because of this, players won’t be able to get down to the nitty-gritty with the Jedi Guardian. Everything they have access to is going to be pretty surface level with limits on what’s available to play and customize. Don’t worry, the rest will be available at a later time.

Those interested in helping test the Jedi Guardian in the current PTS will need to hit up either the SWTOR forums or the game’s Steam Page (depending on where you play) for instructions on how to do so.

QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.

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  1. What interactive game for someone who is disabled, need physical therapeutic games, and love Star Wars!?! I am a veteran and would like games that deal with both mental and physical stimulation. I would like first hand before introduction to VAMC physical rehab therapy. Sincerely Nancy Tarleton

    • I’m personally not sure about the answer to this, as I can’t think of any SW games that fit that off the top of my head. Although, I imagine that if they exist they might be VR games?

      That said, the Able Gamers organization may have a better idea of what’s available. They specialize in helping make games more accessible and therapeutic for players. Another group that might be able to help point you in the right direction is Operation Supply Drop who work exclusively with veterans and active military.

    • That would depend on the abilities and limitations of each person in question. Games like SWTOR require both hands to play, but it’s possible to play with just one. The gameplay through the years has been dumbed-down and made easy and it’s not punishing at all if the player makes mistakes, for mistakes there are only minor setbacks.

      As for mental stimulation, that really depends. SWTOR follows closely the typical, tried and tested formula for a theme park MMORPG where progress is governed by Main Quests and Side Quests and there is really no way to make a mistake as there isn’t much choice. SWTOR in particular tries to replicate the Light Side/Dark Side choices form the single player KOTOR 1 and KOTOR 2 games, but there making a choice really impacted the story, in here it can just alternate between having a normal face (Light Side) and having a weird looking face with like smudged makeup and orange glowing eyes (Dark Side), other than that, absolutely no bearing on anything whatsoever so it doesn’t matter in the end.

      So the mental stimulation part largely depends on the person in question’s familiarity with MMORPGs. In that department, I would suggest Star Wars Galaxies Legends instead as the superior Star Wars MMORPG, which really provokes the player to think and learn how to play the game. I have been playing MMORPGs since 2006 and when I began playing Star Wars Galaxies Legends in 2019, it took me months to learn the ropes on how to play the game even in a remotely effective way.

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