In every new MMOG there will be inevitable comparisons to classes and content. Star Wars: The Old Republic’s (SWTOR) Smuggler class has at times been likened to World of Warcraft’s (WoW) Hunter, but SWTOR’s Principle Lead Combat Designer Georg "Observer" Zoeller recently caught sight of this discussion on the official forums and took to the boards to set the record straight and clarify some of the finer points of Smuggler PvP.
In response to discussion hinting at the Smuggler’s similarities to WoW’s Hunter, Zoeller responded:
A Smuggler can be a Medic, healing and supporting his allies. A Smuggler can be a marksman, entrenched in cover and decimating the enemy with devastating single target attacks. A Smuggler can be an explosives specialist, leaving craters and blown up Imperial squads in his wake. A Smuggler can be a stealthy mid range scrapper, approaching enemies unseen and hitting them hard with his scatter gun. A Smugger can be a daring risk taker, running and gunning into close range and finishing enemies with a few good kicks into places where it hurts. A Smuggler can be a Smuggler, delivering his group behind enemy lines unseen. As you can see, saying 'a Smuggler plays like this class from another game' is never going to be terribly accurate. I'd say, it's probably wrong.
Zoeller also ...