Kerrata Interactive Releases Galaxy Link
Over the last few weeks there has been an increase in the number of ‘apps’ for the active Star Wars: The Old Republic player. This app is a companion (no pun intended) to your crew, to help you keep track of things in game when you’re not! The gang at Kerrata pinged us a few weeks ago about their pending release, and we were able to take some time to walk through Galaxy Link and then ask the team a few questions.
Ask A Jedi – So what is the purpose of the app?
Kerrata – Well we are crazy about crafting, and since beta we knew there would be a need to manage crew crafting and mission timers when leveling alts or when you are offline. So the app allows a player to set automatic reminders tied to their efforts so they can login or swap characters to make sure the crew is earning their keep. Lets say you just setup to craft 5 pairs of Enigma Boots (got to get some volume so you can Reverse Engineer them) and you sent out your remaining crew on gathering missions because you will be needed more Nanosilk to create the very awesome Fervor Enigma Boots you hope to learn. Your crew will be inaccessible for 40+ mins at the least. Why not swap over to your alt, level up a bit and when you receive a pop up that your crew is waiting for you on your main swap back and keep crafting. It also works when you are logged out. Setup your timers as you log out, and Galaxy Link can remind you to login and send out the crew for more Nanosilk (because you know you never get the pattern you want the first time you Reverse Engineer anything).
AAJ – Why add a messaging piece?
Kerrata– Good question. It was something that has evolved over time. We thought players would enjoy having a way to communicate with each other without using their personal email or facebook, and to do so in-character without having to be in-game. It basically turns the app into an in-character texting app. Players can use it to arrange PvP matches, talk smack, and its a great way for guilds to stay in-touch and coordinate. We have some exciting plans for this on the drawing board that we think the SWTOR immersed player will really like.
AAJ – What is the future of the Intel section?
Kerrata – Our hope is to expand to include fan site RSS feeds and easy access to the amazing database sites that are being created and maintained out there.
AAJ – Why only an iPhone app?
Kerrata – Selfish reasons really. I have an iPhone, and as you know, crafting is a huge part of the game for me. I really wanted something I could use to help manage my crafting. So, we started with an iOS app. But, hey, Android is huge, and we have an Android user on the team, so we would love to have an Android app. Of course, we would love to hear from Android users to help motivate us. (Momus?)
AAJ – What do you wish it could do?
Kerrata – Wow….good question. If/when Bioware opens up some API options we would love to do offline crew direction and pull in a characters crafting schematic list automatically.
If you’re a Star Wars: The Old Republic Crew Skills fan, head over to the app store and pick it up right now!