Following its early access release on Steam, Gloria Victis has gotten off to a good start with strong sales and fairly positive user reviews. The studio is boasting that the medieval MMO has topped the chart for early access sales and risen to #14 in Steam’s bestsellers.
Reviewers seem to find aspects to both like and dislike about Gloria Victis. One player cited its graphics, music, and setting as the MMO’s strengths, while dinging it for a lack of guidance and needing a lot of work to flesh out the concept.
Currently the game is 10% off until June 16th, knocking the price down from $19.99 to $17.99. YouTuber TheLazyPeon took a closer look at Gloria Victis following its release, so check out his first impressions video after the break.
Since orange is the new black and early access is the new MMO launch, we must change with the times and celebrate Gloria Victis’ upcoming Steam release. The fantasy sandbox announced this weekend that it will be coming to Steam early access on Wednesday, June 8th.
The early access release will trigger two major changes for Gloria Victis’ playerbase. The first is that the game will perform a full wipe from any progress made in the current pre-alpha world. The second is that all testers will need to convert their game accounts to Steam ones to keep playing.
To get you pumped up for the release, we’ve got the Steam early access trailer waiting for you below! Will you be one of those trying out the game on Wednesday?
Boy, isn’t helping out your home nation in Gloria Victis just the worst thing? You didn’t come here to help out those losers; you came here to stare meaningfully at the sunset. Your nation wants you to, like, do stuff. But with the latest patch to the game, you get bigger and better rewards for improving your reputation with your nation. So with a sigh and a rolling of eyes, you set off to actually help people, which is technically why you’re here, you guess.
Surly medieval teenage antics aside, the game hasn’t just buffed rewards for improving your reputation; players will also get better rewards from taking part in tasks such as logging in, completing daily events, and hitting leveling milestones. This comes along with a full reworking of the buff system to allow for bigger and better rewards. A rework of the territory control system is coming up next, which will give players a bit more to do; right now, you can enjoy better rewards for the stuff you’re already doing.
Gloria Victis is gearing up to feature an impressive soundtrack, if its new main theme is any indication. The studio released the title track, called Another Story Begins, to YouTube this week. The soundtrack is being composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz, who previously worked as music director for The Witcher 3.
And just because the team is jamming out to this tune doesn’t mean it’s neglected the actual game. A small patch was introduced to the game that includes “tweaks done to the territory control system, introduction of the dynamic events markers displayed on the minimap and improved server performance.”
Listen to the new main theme for the upcoming game after the break!
You can cite all of the fancy, flashy features in your MMO, but at the end of the day, if your game looks horrible and runs sluggishly, nobody’s going to play it. So let us rejoice that Gloria Victis has taken the time to tune up its game engine, offering players a smoother ride with improved visuals.
This week’s alpha patch “greatly improved” the performance for both the client and server, which the team said will contribute to more enjoyable skill-based combat. The draw distance for terrain and characters has grown significantly as well. “Defenders will be able to see invaders way faster, while the latter can sneak to a town or castle they want to claim, making use of the landform and hide in the woods,” the team explained.
The Valley of Death tournament also received some tweaks, including changing how NPCs respawn during the fight.
The last patch for Gloria Victis focused on combat balance, and this patch does too. Adjustments for player HP, passive abilities, and weapon damage are all meant to close the gap between veteran characters and newer ones, making combat more about smart choices than just having an overwhelming numerical advantage. Of course, the woodworking craft has also been improved with this patch, so it’s a bit easier to get that advantage if you want it.
Players will also be dealing with a new account management system to simplify the process of registration and address some persistent issues found by players. It’s an incremental change to the game, but one that should make the game a bit more fun to play. Unless you liked the old account management system (unlikely) and having a huge advantage over newer characters (reasonably likely).
The combat in Gloria Victis is a big part of the game, so it makes sense that the developers are taking their time to balance it just right. The most recent patch adjusts the damage and balance of several weapons while also introducing armor penetration to the game, making for a better overall combat experience. Unless you’re feeling very secure in chain armor when someone starts smacking you with a mace; that’s probably not improving your feelings about combat.
The patch also introduces several quality of life fixes for the game, including auto-closing doors in keeps and towns along with a more unified set of environmental interactions. There are also new NPC enemies to slay down toward the south, which is especially valuable for those who manage to claim the Lord’s Wrath Abbey. It’s all about quality of life, or in the case of weapons, quality of tools to end it.
This week’s Gloria Victis update takes a cue from MMOs like Warhammer and Guild Wars 2 with its introduction of dynamic events.
“New dynamic events, designed for the new players, engage Ismirean players to stop the Midlandic partisans attack at the Mereley fort,” writes developer Black Eye Games. “This event chain guides the newcomers through the very first moments in game and helps them to learn the basics of gameplay.”
Backer-testers can also expect improved AI, a new guild ranks system, improved UI transitions, and balanced resource harvesting time.
Being a griefing jerk is an option in Gloria Victis, but it’s not supposed to be a terribly attractive one. The most recent update to the game’s test client adds a new set of islands north of Stoneholm where players flagged as outlaws and griefers will be exiled. There they will remain until such time as they earn enough positive reputation to leave. Ultimately the developers are hoping that this, along with new human NPCs guiding new players into the game, will make the game far more welcoming to new participants.
The patch also offers more for veteran players, though, with new dynamic events in which players fight for control of key locations and then work to fortify the defenses of their new claims. Players will also be able to enjoy an improved combat system that places emphasis on timing blocks more precisely, with higher stamina costs for blocking too early or for too long. There’s plenty to do with the newest patch, even if you’re stuck in exile and can only hope that one day you’re good enough to get free once again.
The world of Gloria Victis has gotten larger with the most recent patch, a great deal of additional space available for players to tromp about. This is partly in an effort to make sure that the game can account for additional players when it launches on Steam’s Early Access service in the next few months, but it’s also going to give more space for bandit camps, deserters, and other challenges for more experienced players. Like bears that are more dangerous than regular bears. Boss bears.
It’s not just bears who have bosses, as players will also find older aurochs, wolves, and perhaps other animals. These are the examples of the species that seem to have barely changed from the days when humans were huddling in caves, massive beasts whose powerful hides can be used to craft equipment of exceptional might. Check out the full patch notes if you like, or just start hunting down some big old bosses; you’ve got more ground to cover, after all.
As announced early this week, Gloria Victis’ latest patch includes a major overhaul for the settlement of Mereley, a newbie area for the Ismir faction.
Redesigned Mereley, the main settlement of Ismirs, greatly improves the experience of newcomers who chose to play this nation. Not only does the location fit better to the Ismirs, gruesome warriors from the rocky and frosty North, but also impress the players with its scale and diversity – combined massive fort, plundered village and fishing docks are more than thrice larger than the old Mereley!
Black Eye Games released a new trailer with a flythrough of the landscape and forts of the area; we’ve included it below.
Indie sandbox Gloria Victis’ alpha is humming along, this week with a redesigned rep system, rebalanced combat dynamics, and the overhauled settlement of Mereley, a newbie area for the Ismir faction that’s been revamped to be impressively imposing and frosty. But it’s the reputation system that’s probably what’s going to catch sandbox players’ attention.
“Reputation reflects various actions performed by players – for example, partaking in events will increase it, while oppressing the player’s countrymen will have a negative impact,” says studio Black Eye Games. “Actions affect the character’s social status, giving players a chance to earn a noble title for themselves – or to be banished and marked as an outlaw who would eventually get the redemption through the hard work in supporting their nation.” Eventually, “the system will be expanded with more actions being included, as well as implementing the heroes system, which will reward players who, at a time, have served their nation the best and will be able to inspire their countrymen, as well as to initialize events for an entire nation on their own.”
How does your guild distinguish itself visually? If you’re in Gloria Victis, the answer is by creating a unique-looking coat of arms.
A “multilayer” coat of arms visual creation tool is part of the game’s most recent update. Guilds can craft their own coat by using a combination of patterns, symbols, pictures, and colors. The finished product will show up on banners that will mark where these guilds have laid claim to in-game territory.
The patch also smoothed out a few gameplay performance issues. Black Eye Games said that it’s almost ready to roll out the Mereley village revamp and will start redesigning the town of Dunfen soon after.