Have you ever found yourself fighting an enemy and think, “gosh, this boss has really let himself go?” Because the latest patch for Albion Online literally describes the changes to the Elemental Lord that way. The Keeper Bear has also mellowed out, while the Keeper Witch has gotten trickier and the Undead Governor has been practicing his spin. Yes, it comes down to several balance adjustments for enemies, but isn’t it nice to see these changes framed in a somewhat more organic fashion?
“Antares Open World (AOW) is a hybrid open-world MMO RPG agent simulation, based on a 4X strategy and survival player-driven sandbox concept. It follows the natives of Antaria, a civilization driven by conspiracy theories, hard facts and ideologies, in a world seemingly swayed by myths and legends. In Antares Open World, reality and perception will become blurred. Trade wisely, because nothing is how it seems. Get to the bottom of mysteries. Question postulated facts. Trust no one. Antares Open World will take you into an ancient world where you have to draw your own conclusions, decipher messages, and rewrite Antarian world history.”
This sets the tone for the overall set of updates, which include database cleanups reducing bloat and removing unnecessary entries, reduction in file size by more than 60%, and a greatly improved workflow. It’s all far more focused on the inner workings of the game behind the scenes rather than content or gameplay systems, but a more efficient title is one easier to update and maintain, so it all balances out as a net positive.
The Trial is on now and runs until Monday, September 23rd, so get in there and listen to the dying whispers of your slain foes just like Yaga does.
“At its core, Second Galaxy is truly an open-world sci-fi game where players are given a high degree of freedom stretching beyond 1,000 light-years and consisting of over 50,000 stars and 5,000 galaxies filled with wormholes, space stations, black holes, dark matter, and all manner of celestial bodies and man-made facilities to explore. By traversing through wormholes and reaching the unknown reaches of the universe, players can encounter numerous random events, some of which may lead to encounters with players who are on the same mission, thus forming new events. Much like the dauntingly vast sea of stars surrounding you, the scale of the gameplay possibilities to be explored in this game are truly astronomical.”
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Another concern is that items that change or enhance gameplay shouldn’t be sold within the Atom Shop, especially as many games, including Fallout 76, have had to fight off accusations of being “pay to win.” Some redditors feel these should be quest rewards, not purchasable items, as doing so breaks the “cosmetic-only” store promise.