The folks over at DarthHater have put together highlights of the Eurogamer Expo Meet and Greet Q&A with BioWare's Stephen Reid and Daniel Erickson.
The interview features a number of tasty morsels of information as well as an interesting story regarding the 'sordid tale' of European Game Testing.
One such tasty morsel was the confirmation that an Achievements system would make it in for launch, news that even caught Stephen Reid off-guard. Now, the system won't be the full blown get an Achievement for every little thing at launch, but Daniel noted the first iteration of Achievements will offer players bragging rights for the game's more significant accomplishments:
Not correct. Achievements have made ship in fact. They're not going to be the achievements, the crazy achievements that you have to place everywhere, that are like, "Hey if you drink 6 beers and fart in a cantina," those are not going the achievements to go in. Version 1 of the achievement system which go in, which is actually doing big, heroic stuff, because there's a ton of great optional content in The Old Republic, like, "Hey, I went to every world and kicked the world boss's ass." Those kinds of achievements. That's going to be the level one system. People need reasons to go back to planets and run around and do that other stuff, so that will come second. The first system is, "Hey, here's my bragging rights, here's the bad ass stuff I did in-game."
There's quite a bit more to be found over at DarthHater, including BioWare's plans regarding surnames and why no new species will be announced for launch (particularly of the 'freak' alien variety).