James Ohlen: All Your Bugs Are Belong To Us

A quick update from SWTOR’s Game Director James Ohlen on the regularity of bug fixes for the game:

Almost every week we will be releasing a new patch. These weekly patches are almost entirely focused on bug fixes, minor balance changes and fixing any exploits in the game. These issues are the highest priority items at the studio. They are reviewed by senior leadership on a daily basis. Bug fixes usually take longer than a week to get into the game because we need to fix the issue and then test the fix. Some bugs take longer than that because of the complexity of the issue.

There are issues that we will fix immediately. These are rare and not every issue can be fixed in this manner. We usually reserve these “emergency fixes” for bugs that are stopping players from playing the game or to exploits that could unbalance the entire game if not corrected.

Any game as big and as complex as The Old Republic will have bugs. We’re working as hard as we can to find, fix, test and patch the game to eliminate as many of them as possible.

Seems a very sane and expected approach to me – I like regular updates rather than skanking huge patches that mostly fix bugs. How about you? Are you experiencing bugs that are driving you insane?

(And if you don’t get the title of this post – here’s the background)


  1. I can deal with most of the “bugs” that are in the game with the exception of one:

    Chat channels bug.

    Any bug which at it’s core reduces the MMO component and heavily restricts communication needs to be addressed ASAP in my opinion. While this bug exists, and continues to impact communications, TOR may as well be a single player game

  2. Joshua L Miles says

    The only bug that drives me insane is one that isn’t that big of a deal at all, the one that causes tech heals to make your character glow green. It doesn’t break the game but constantly glowing green on my BH from Mako healing me just bugs me.