That’s the message of Ultima Online as it pushed out Publish 96 this week. Much of the patch was focused on adjusting doom artifacts, the doom reward system, and the doom dungeon. Many of the artifacts were increased in power and ability, and it looks as though they should be easier to attain through drops.
The team added a few additional resolution modes to the classic client, and both clients received a tile display upgrade from 18 to 24. Maybe your character’s eyesight is improving?
The environment in Ashes of Creation is meant to change around you. The most basic level of this, as detailed in the most recent article on the official site, is simply the changing of seasons, with spring giving way to summer which eventually turns to fall and so on. Passes that might be perfectly safe and accessible in the summer may become dangerous or even impassable in the winter, while water may freeze and create new routes that can’t be accessed in the spring. You get the idea.
But that’s not getting into how the development of certain nodes can alter their surrounding environments, and how the actions of players can change the vegetation and wildlife present… or how seasons don’t always come as planned, and you can have an unusually rainy fall, or a too-short winter, or a dry summer. Check out the video just below for a first preview of what all of this looks like in the game, although just the description is probably getting you ready to curse at digital weather just like the real weather.
Shroud of the Avatar’s latest newsletter begins with a bang, at least if you’re a fan of costumes. Portalarium is showing off both clockwork armor and Ardoris-themed robes and outfits expected in the next release.
The team further explores the North Drachvald Spur in a mountainous area of Novia that was heavily inspired by Mt Rainier in Washington State and is expected to debut with update 39. Zenos, an island encountered along the Path of Truth quest arc, is also profiled; it’s due in R38. The darker images in the gallery come from K’rul, one of the game’s open PvP zones and is likewise due in R39. Recently, SOTA has been accompanying its extensive (and most welcome!) image-dumps with videos of the in-progress zones too; we’ve included those below.
Finally, Portalarium has lent its aid to the cancer-stricken player we mentioned in Make My MMO earlier this month. SOTA community members were helping the affected player, Thexedor, sell and auction off likely thousands of dollars’ worth of SOTA accounts and holdings to help pay for his treatment. Portalarium is encouraging donations to the GoFundMe campaign by granting an exclusive cloak to those who chip in at least 25 bucks.