The NDA is still up for two reasons. The first reason is as people have mentioned is because of story. The second reason is because they haven't fully developed their absolute final release build. As of now, they can still cut stuff or add stuff. Nothing gets the internet more angry than finding out about a feature only to have it cut prior to launch. By keeping the NDA in place, they avoid their forums being flooded with, "WHAT THE HELL, BIOWARE!?!?! WHY DID YOU CUT <Insert feature here>?!?!? THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME!!!!"
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Please end this crap and keep things on topic without game or people bashing.
If that sort of post doesn't help, tell me what will. Reporting sure doesn't do anything.
That's not entirely true. I know cause I've been in those conversations in the past. =)
Reporting does do things. We just aren't always available at the exact time the reports come in. When I saw the reports on this page, I came in, but was late. Many posts started draggin the thread down, and instead of just infracting everyone who had their own last words to get in (as I should have), I just gave one last general warning.
If you'd like to discuss the mod actions, hit me up in PMs please. =)
Edit: /sigh. Trolls beat me to it ><
Last edited by link064; 2011-10-12 at 06:16 PM.
OT, the NDA will be dropped before release and there are a lot of reasons it's still up, I would guess mostly so they don't have to hear the bitching about changes that are bound to be made before launch. Just take a look at the decision they made to take out companion death's a while ago. People lost their already fragile minds, probably the same people that would have lost them anyway once their favorite companion died forever.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure I'll be on the recieving end of Troll's flamethrower soon, so I'll let this drop, but in the interest of civility on these forums, please don't resort to petty bashing again, it just makes you look assinine.
---------- Post added 2011-10-12 at 07:31 PM ----------
Civil discussion on the NDA should never result in name calling, in fact I like hearing what people think about the NDA and the reasons they're keeping it up. Really it's to protect their investment, as someone else said here, every game has an NDA in their Beta testing, some take it more serious than others.
Having been in beta and see some of the stuff in there I can tell you that the NDA is to preserve what is keeping SWTOR special, it's new and it has a very awesome storyline that everyone that wants to play this game should and will experience for themselves, getting that spoiler would ruin it for a majority of the player base. The story isn't the only thing that they're protecting but it is a major part of it, so please don't take it as "the story is the only good thing in SWTOR". Really just let me say be excited for this game and really can't we all just get along? /grouphug and /marshmellows
I don't know this first sentence could easily be seen as an insult over the internet, it's kinda hard to get a feel for someone's intentions through text.The story is pretty much the only thing thing this game has going for it. It's KOTOR 3 with multiplayer thrown in here and there. They have to keep as much as they can hidden from the public.
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IMO, the NDA is till in place because there are still things that haven't been finalized. Case and point is the gear modifications discussion that's been going on. So, this is something that keeps changing and they don't need the community freaking out about it every time causing them to have to address the freaking out.
The NDA still being in place is in no way a negative thing to me.
I feel like breaking the NDA just to respond to some of the questions here, there is a lot I'd be able to clear up, having played the Beta for a while.
I have to admit, it's a bit weird to me that that the NDA is still up here roughly 2 months prior to release, but hopefully it will be lifted soon.
Other than stories I don't see why they would keep up the NDA. I mean they've shown us and told us about their operations, we've got videos of them showing us flashpoints, videos and discussions about warzones, how they feel about hybrid-taxes, about ACs. Literally they've told us about everything other than the story.
Krael, Sith Council of Untold Prophecy
I like reading the post where people are guessing what's going to happen and what will happen, it makes me giggle a bit since I have knowledge on it that I can't and won't share.
I'm actually surprised that there is STILL an actual NDA at this point. With the amount of people that have weekend invites and many with full beta invites I personally know more about this game then if there wasn't an NDA from friends and guildies who have played or are playing and keep silent about it.....Oh can't tell you anything though, there's an NDA
A point in favour of the NDA is that much of the game would be spoiled if some things got out. Like, what happens to major characters, your character and so on.
This is different from other MMOs we've seen where the story has either been unimportant or nonexistant. In SW:ToR the game is the story - they don't want you to learn it before hand.