Livestream Summary: 25th October 2013

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Trion had their Friday Livestream Extravaganza with Community members OverloadUT and Dahanese as well as Creative Director Daglar and  Senior Design Director Dead Simon. They went over a couple of things including small tidbits for Patch 2.5.

Click here for a replay of the 25th October Friday Livestream Extravaganza video on twitch.tv.

tl;dr:

  • Patch 2.5: A number of Chronicles; a Dungeon; a Tier 1 Sliver; CQ: Steppes of Infinity; changes to Warrior class; Increased Daily Limit for Patrons from 30 to 40.
  • Patch 2.5 will be released in a gradual process across the patch cycle and is just around the corner. Date will be released next week.
  • Unstable Artifacts – Probably Patch 2.6, but has about 1,200 new artifacts, 150 new collections. Tokens for each collection used to buy 6 Planar Squirrel Mounts.
  • New crafting profession. No ETA.
  • Lamb Pet + Shepherd’s Crook incoming.

Below is a summary of all the important things relating to the livestream. As always, everything can be subject to change prior to the content hitting Live.

Legend:
Black/Normal Text = Livestream Summary.
[Dark Blue Text] = My own comments. i.e. May not be indicative of actual content.

Patch 2.5

Patch 2.5 is just around the corner and will contain a bunch of interesting stuff that will be released over the weeks following the Patch.

Chronicles
Daglar mentioned there would be a number of chronicles. One of them would be the second Hammerknell Chronicle they had to delay to 2.5. Daglar mentioned it was a number of chronicles so will be interested to see what the others are. [My guess? Infernal Dawn: Maelforge (Fire path).]

A Dungeon
Nothing further was mentioned. [This is likely the Level 60 Expert revamp of the Level 50 Deepstrike Mines based on the old dungeon revamp poll results].

Sliver
A Tier 1 version of Drowned Halls Sliver. Unknown if mobs and bosses will stay the same or not. Slivers are 10-man – trying to allow those who can’t field 20 raiders to have more content for Tier 1. [Probably to help gear people up for Tier 2.]

ETA is approx 3rd to 5th week after Patch 2.5 although Daglar mentioned “don’t quote me on that”.

Underwater Questline
Dead Simon mentioned that they’ll add a mostly underwater quest line as part of the prelude content that has been coming in prior to 3.0. [This is most likely the Ember Isle underwater areas that were released on Live that currently don’t have any mobs/NPCs/quests in them.]

Warrior Changes
Daglar mentioned that the Warrior changes will be coming to Patch 2.5.
Check out the changes incoming from Ailion’s (Warrior and Rogue Class Dev) posts:
PTS News: Massive Changes to Warriors
PTS News: More Warriors Changes
PTS News: More Warrior Changes 3
PTS News: More Warrior Changes 4

Conquest: Steppes of Infinity
Daglar mentioned he would like the new Conquest map to be released some time after Patch 2.5 (so during 2.5). There will be more changes and playtests on the PTS in the meantime.

Once the Conquest: Steppes of Infinity is released on Live, the first two or so weeks will be only this map to help work out any kinks. However afterwards it will alternate between Stillmoor and Steppes of Infinity maps.

Daily Limit Increase
Patrons will get a daily quest limit increase from 30 to 40.

Patch 2.5 Release Date
Patch 2.5 is coming really soon. Comments from Daglar and Simon included “2.5 is just around the corner”, “really soon, sooner than you’d expect” and “it’s so soon it scares me.”

However, it is “not next week”, but they will announce Patch 2.5’s release date next week!

Gradual Release
Patch 2.5 will have a gradual release schedule over the weeks after Patch 2.5 officially hits. Trion will look at the feedback they get from players to see whether players prefer this gradual release schedule or whether they prefer everything at once [but perhaps longer periods between patches].

Unstable Artifacts

Further information on Unstable Artifacts has been released by Dead Simon.

All the artifacts and collections are done, but there are other things that they still need to work on to properly implement them.

  • Has approx. 1,200 new artifacts and approx. 150 new collections.
  • Blue-colored (normal is white, twisted is red).
  • ETA: Approx. Patch 2.6.
  • Only available temporarily during brief periods of time such as during certain zone events.
  • Frequency of zone events unknown.

Rewards:You will receive special tokens for the completion of each collection. 23 of these tokens will allow you to purchase a planar Squirrel Mount.

There will be 6 Squirrel Mounts, one for each plane. I.e., Fire Squirrel Mount, Death Squirrel Mount/etc.

Prices are subject to change.

Other Stuff

  • The Squirrel Mount has a rare idle animation that occurs on a – you guessed it – rare basis.
  • Faratha is looking at adding a New Crafting Profession. No information on what this profession is, or when it will be added. Will not be a cash shop item.
  • Lamb Pet and Shepherd’s Crook (their ‘cane’) coming soon.
  • Daglar: Writs for old shard merges are unavailable because the data for who merged from where is no longer available for the old merges.
  • Daglar: Look at adding Vouchers to Cash Shop Interface.
  • Daglar: Bundle of Rally Banners and Bundle of Rally Scrolls should have a platinum option coming in.
  • Daglar: State of Game Address will be coming.
  • Extra Life: OverloadUT has been given an AoE Sheeping tranformation ability and an AoE Corgi tranformation ability for Extra Life!
  • Daglar: Account-bound CQ Power is on the wishlist, but further down the priority list.
  • Daglar: Performance improvements – Optimizations are available internally such as particle effect improvements. Multithreading stuff is causes a lot of crashes internally so until they’ve sorted out the kinks – still WIP.
  • PvP Dimensions are behind schedule as Pithos has been swamped with stuff lately.

Other less likely stuff, but ‘could’ be on the cards:

  • Rooster mount. Daglar: “Rooster mount sounds amazing.” in reply to a poster suggesting a Rooster mount.
  • Tasuil (drake version) mount. Daglar: “Would be awesome.” in reply to a poster suggesting a Tasuil mount.
  • Hard-mode Infinity Gate and Planebreaker Bastion bosses – Not in the cards yet until there’s enough people clearing the two raids.
  • Possible “International RP Server” in regards to the loss of Argent RP shard. This is under consideration (not a promise). If it does go ahead, it’ll happen after the internationalization changes occur. This will be an EU shard.

Conclusion

Look forward to finding out what the Patch 2.5 release date will be next week. Looks like there will be quite a number of things added to the game with Patch 2.5, although they won’t be released all at once.

Also, don’t forget about Extra Life next week and come participate on 2nd November till 3rd November!

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