We not too long ago joined Amazon Video games for a press briefing occasion devoted to New World’s largest replace so far, titled Brimstone Sands, due in October on dwell servers.
That is the desert-like map that was first found via datamining just a few months in the past. Based on the builders, it will be at the least 3 times as huge as another zone, and it was impressed by historic Egypt and Rome.
This is an outline from Amazon:
Demise hovers over the scorched wastes of Brimstone Sands, its thirst nonetheless unhappy even after centuries of strife and struggle. Right here, the traditional Egyptians first encountered the godlike Ancients and constructed monuments and huge cities that have been a part of a flourishing civilization 1000’s of years up to now. Their civilization is now lengthy fallen to wreck, and few of these authentic inhabitants stay aside from the mysterious sorcerer Imhotep, with whom gamers should work with to resolve the desert’s mysteries.
Essentially the most instant menace in Brimstone Sands is posed by the deranged remnants of the Roman Empire’s nineteenth Legion, who got here right here from Alexandria with Mark Antony and a dying Queen Cleopatra. What precisely befell the Romans have to be found, however they’ve fallen to Corruption and now besiege the traditional ruins of a mysterious Pyramid often called Ahket. They’re sure that inside, they may discover the key to their redemption and the long-awaited resurgence of the Roman Empire.
Gamers should problem the Corrupted Legion head-on and delve into Historical Ruins the place they may face vigilant Anubian Guardians and remedy hieroglyphic puzzles to attain new energy. In the end, they uncover a brand new menace rising from the sands, a darkish plot engineered by their former ally, the Huntress Adiana, and the Indignant Earth. It’s going to take every little thing they must face her minions and finally delve into the guts of Ahket to the mysterious Ennead—our latest expedition.
When the sands settle, gamers may have explored historic mysteries with Imhotep, defeated highly effective Sand demons, and maybe, in the event that they persist, restored the rightful ruler who can lastly carry order and hope to the area after centuries of chaos.
That is simply a part of the massive Brimstone Sands replace, together with the Greatsword. This model new two-handed weapon lets customers change stances relying on the battlefield’s scenario. The Greatsword scales with each Power and Dexterity, offering gamers with flexibility when matching it with one other weapon.
Furthermore, Amazon is revamping the brand new participant expertise. The hunt move has been optimized; new quest dynamics have been launched to enhance questing selection; new characters, enemies, and challenges have been added to numerous zones, and some city buildings even obtained aesthetic enhancements.
After the transient presentation, we participated in a bunch Q&A with key builders from Amazon Video games on the Brimstone Sands replace and past.
Any plans to formally assist controllers in New World?
No plans proper now. We’re taking a look at supporting them sooner or later.
Will there be any assist for current gamers to expertise the brand new tales via further character slots?
We’re taking a look at that, completely. There will likely be a personality slot added. Will probably be on a distinct server, although, due to PvP.
What’s being achieved to enhance endgame replayability and selection in New World?
Now we have the model new Expedition that is popping out, bringing new loot with it. We even have two further endgame group elite Factors of Curiosity, and there’s further PoIs on high of that which can be smaller. There are round 4 elite Factors of Curiosity. These are locations you may discover and have enjoyable when you’re attempting to get your Gear Rating up.
We will likely be including the usage of a particular. It isn’t an final like in different video games, that is going to be a capability tied to the participant. You will discover runes on the planet, supplying you with a particular capability which you could hearth off on a periodic foundation as a assist to your different skills.
5 particular skills will likely be dropped from the bosses in our 5 endgame Expeditions. As well as, we did a cross on named gadgets in our loot desk, so Tier 2 to Tier IV have been audited to make sure they’re fairly highly effective for his or her degree. These must be actually good drops for gamers which can be leveling. Tier V additionally had an attributes audit to ensure that they’re applicable for the weapons. For instance, in case you get a Life Employees, it will provide you with +Focus as an alternative of one thing else it isn’t associated to. Tier V may also drop at 590 or larger Gear Rating based mostly in your Experience.
What was it like designing the Brimstone Sands zone?
We checked out historic figures. In the event that they have been to come back to Aeternum, what would they do? You possibly can see our interpretations of what occurs when these cultures meet in Aeternum.
We additionally wished the desert to be huge. Brimstone Sands is sort of 3 times larger than another zone in New World. It additionally has extra journey factors than another zone.
Are there any plans for bigger Expeditions, that’s to say, Raid-like dungeons with extra gamers?
That’s one thing we’re exploring. Nothing that we are able to announce proper now, however we positively are listening to individuals.
The Brimstone Sands additionally provides the Greatsword weapon. How does it work?
There are two capability bushes: Onslaught and Defiance. With the Onslaught tree, you deal extra harm but in addition obtain extra harm, making it extra of a danger versus reward administration factor. We additionally permit gamers to hurry up their heavy assaults at the price of extra stamina. It is fairly aggressive with regards to utilization.
The Defiance tree is about absorbing harm however not dealing out as a lot, although it is actually good while you’re dealing with a whole lot of enemies as there is a counterattack the place you deal extra harm relying on how a lot you’re taking. Sure traits in there additionally draw aggro, so we’re interested by seeing builds the place you could be an off-tank or perhaps a full tank utilizing that tree particularly.
Will there be a faction conquest reset with the Brimstone Sands replace?
Not proper now, we’re taking a look at methods to do this sooner or later.
Is something coming for Firms corresponding to housing, actions…?
Nothing that we’re able to announce, however it’s one thing we’re beginning to consider extra earnestly and plan for. I’d anticipate to see some stuff present up subsequent yr, however I am unable to decide to any dates but.
Will there be extra Outpost Rush maps based mostly on the Brimstone Sands theme?
No plans for it. However we’re taking a look at methods to enhance Outpost Rush as we all know it is one of the common modes in New World. We wish to enhance on it earlier than we begin including different maps.
Are there any plans to make Arenas, Expeditions, or Battlegrounds cross-server?
It is going to take a while, it isn’t technically straightforward. Once we do it, we wish to ensure we get it proper. It is one thing we’re positively taking a look at, although.
Are you contemplating server merges or elevated participant caps on servers?
Proper now, we’re not taking a look at merging extra servers. We’d add just a few extra, truly. As for the participant cap, it is one thing we’re additionally taking a look at. I believe you will see a rise both in October or earlier than the tip of the yr.
Will there be extra alternatives to interact in open world PvP with Brimstone Sands?
At present, we’re taking a look at territory management mechanics and how these affect open world PvP. It is one thing that the group is deeply exploring, so we wish there to be rewards for doing open world PvP fight.
Is there a cadence deliberate for releasing new Expeditions sooner or later? Additionally, will there be endgame variations of the decrease degree Expeditions in some unspecified time in the future?
We love Expeditions, so we expect the extra we add to the sport, the higher. We’re considering quarterly, it looks like a very good cadence. We’re completely considering of the sooner Expeditions and discovering methods to carry them into the Mutation system.
Will there be any celebrations for the primary anniversary?
There’s a few issues we wish to do, sure!
Trying additional forward, will there be degree cap will increase and/or full-on expansions?
I do not wish to go into expansions or something like that, however it’s a protected wager that there will likely be a degree cap improve in some unspecified time in the future. We’re dedicated to persevering with to work with gamers and making New World the perfect recreation it may be. A part of that’s pushing the endgame even additional and including extra issues to do.
What about updates to housing?
Nothing that we are able to broaden upon proper now. There’ll clearly be new homes within the Brimstone Sands zone. As for different places, we do not know precisely when that may occur.
The presentation talked about new actions and occasions coming with the replace. Are you able to discuss these?
We name them roadside encounters. A variety of time in your path, you may take a look at totally different teams of enemies, relying on the time on the planet. You might need seen some mud clouds, some rumblings within the video. There’s some issues that may present up within the desert that you just may now anticipate.
We additionally put in 26 Glyphs throughout Brimstone Stands. These can help you enter secret passages, unlock elite chests, proceed parts of the story, et cetera.
Do you will have any extra seasonal occasions scheduled?
Now we have main occasions in Summer season and Winter, but in addition some minor ones. Sooner or later we would broaden that, however there must be an expectation that we’re celebrating vacation occasions.
Will Brimstone Sands be impartial floor or not?
No, it is going to be fought over and conquered by participant factions.
Are there going to be any modifications to different weapons as a result of Greatsword?
There’ll all the time be stability modifications, however not due to the Greatsword itself.
Thanks in your time.