There is no native gamepad support in TSWL. However, there are third party solutions. And they work out pretty well so far. I did play all the way to level 26 inlcuding running the Polaris a couple of times, both single and in group, all worked fine. I had a great time playing and got rid of my gaming sickness which was the reason for me to make the profile.
The Third Party App I choose is Pinnacle Game Profiler, Funcom does not have a problem with that software. You can test the software for 30 days, then you have to buy it. Right know you get a lifetime license for only 5,99$, a bargain, I would think. Here is a link to the website:
I did use a profile someone else created for TSW, therefore a big chunk of the work was made not by myself. The credits for the original profile goes to NokeHart.
To get the gamepad support working, you simply have to install Pinnacle Game Profiler and download my preset Profile. Right-Click on the link below and "save as"
Pinnacle Gamepad Profiler Profile for SWL
The Profile is optimized for a Xbox 350 equivalent Razer Sabertooth. It should work with every Gamepad and you may change the buttons to your liking, using Pinnacle Game Profiler.
To activate it, you simply click on the file once you have installed the Software. By default the profile is linked to the exe of the beta and the folder I installed it, but that should not be a problem, you can change that, or manually activate and deactivate the Profile every time you start SWL.
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- If a button has two lines on it you get the upper one with a short press and the lower on while holding the button. e.g.: Pressing Dpad Up briefly and your char will Autorun. Holding Dpad Up for longer will use the Item in Shortcut 1.
- In Order to use the zooming you have to go into mouse mode. Then press and hold Left Shoulder Button and use Left Thumb forward and backward.
- You can use the ingame option to double tap for siderolls but that can cause unwanted siderolls. I choose to turn them off ingame and use the Left Shoulder for Sideroll. But that means you have to get used to MOVE in a direction FIRST and while moving press the Left Shoulder to sidreoll.
Unused Buttons and second solution
I tried to fit all buttons necessary on the gamepad, but I did not cover all of them. There are shortcuts to target a defensive target, yourself and three group members. Did not need them at all.
There are some healing abilitys, buffs and debuffs which hit only you on default but go to the selected defensive target IF you have one selected. But I did hear from other players that they did not find it necessary to target group members at all. However, I read that you can select a defensive target by clicking on a player in mouse mode. This can be done with the gamepad. Never tested that.
To enter the menu you can enter mouse mode and use either the right thumb to controll the mouse or the mouse itself. But I Found that annoying. That´s why I used another third party solution for some shortcuts to menu points like Mission Journal, Auction House or Challenges.
The software I used for that is Roccat Power Grid and it´s completely free and - at least for connection - easy to use. But you need a smartphone or tablet pc as well, Android or IOS based AND in otrder to work both the pc and the mobile device have to connect through WLAN.
After installing the software and the app you load the profile into the software, connect both devices and the profile is shown on the mobile, transfering every command you use to the pc. You can have a look onto Roccat´s homepage to see how it works and get the software there:
Here is the download link for the profile: Right-Click on the link below and "save as"
Roccat Power Grid Profile for SWL
Here is how it looks on my 7" phablet screen.
There is still room for up to 4 more buttons in the middle.
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You may change the background in the Roccat Power Grid Software as well as the order of the buttons, add or remove some.
There is one button labeled "Emotes" in the lower right corner which does not work unless you install an Addon, which was made for TSW but worked well for SWL during beta: "Emotes [Lux´d]".
The Addon creates the possibility to enter the command "/emotes" into the chat, which creates a link. Clicking on that link opens up a window where you can activate a couple of emotes by simply clicking on them.
I found that as an convenient way to access emotes and used the button on the profile to give you the chat command, which creates the link for the window. You still have to click on it and on the memote
You can get it here:
Once the NDA is lifted, I will open up a thread both on Reddit and in the SWL Forum, where you can give feedback and ask for support.