It’s been over a month now since ArcheAge’s
massive update 3.0 went live, adding oodles of new content to Trion’s
expansive fantasy sandbox. The update, dubbed Revelation
, is indeed monumental: It introduces two new races, the Dwarves and the Warborn—who join the Nuia and Harnya, respectively—and new starting zones for each; two massive new housing zones (one for each continent); new housing and social features such as housing-zone community centers and an overhauled family system; and an absolutely ludicrous number of adjustments and changes to almost all of the game’s existing systems.
On top of all the new content, Revelation also brought another new feature to ArcheAge’s proverbial table: brand-new "fresh start" servers, which are limited to players whose accounts were created on or after December 8th, 2016, and feature a modified version of the in-game cash shop that aims to limit the much-decried pay-to-win aspects of the game.
As someone who has always wanted to like ArcheAge but just couldn’t get past the pay-to-win stigma and the domination of the legacy servers by established players and guilds, I was intrigued by the prospect of starting the game with a blank slate, so I joined the flock of fellow fresh-starters to see if the experience might erase my former misgivings.
players have no shortage of questions about the game these days, particularly post-Revelation. To answer some of these, Trion Worlds
took to the forums for a large community Q&A session
that tackled the new servers, upcoming changes, and other concerns.
Trion said that it's holding off on opening an additional fresh start server out of a fear that it would be a wasteland in coming months. The studio said that the two shards should be able to handle the current demand: "In regards to tech issues, it's important to distinguish that the problems players are reporting are not coming from anything related to server hardware. The 600% increase is well within what the server hardware is expected to perform with. But we see server stress in the high population of zones during events, hero calls, and the massive new housing zones that put additional stress on the amount of instances running at once that was not there prior to 3.0. We've improved it over the last three weeks, but it's not fully there yet."
is so, so
sorry, guys. While the mess of Revelation's
launch in North America still has yet to be fully cleaned up, Trion Worlds
is sending out a "thank you" bundle with a unique mount this week to all players affected by the ongoing issues. In addition, the studio is finally kicking off the game's Winter Maiden Festival, which will run through January 11th.
Of course, this won't be much consolation if you can't get in and play. In today's state of the game update, Trion reported that a recent patch seems to have greatly helped the login servers, although disconnects are still happening. There also seems to be a struggle in increasing the player capacity for the fresh start servers.
"The team is still running the North American fresh start servers over standard capacity," Trion said, "but their capacity is still not equivalent to their European counterpart, Prophecy. When that capacity is brought too high, additional disconnection waves happen across the server. This is the reason we're keeping their numbers lower than Prophecy's 300% capacity. We will be performing additional investigation and testing on Prophecy in order to better understand what may be contributing to this difference."
As we have been reporting on ArcheAge
over the last few days, it has been a hot mess
for North American servers ever since Revelation
and the fresh start servers went live this past weekend. So where are we at now that it is Tuesday?
Yesterday, Trion Worlds took the servers offline for a good portion of the day to perform hardware upgrades and perform a full restart of the authentication server to fix recurring issues (such as the "under maintenance" error). While the Aranzeb server came back online just fine, the Reckoning shard proved more problematic and took the team working on it until the deep hours of the night before it started to stabilize.
"While Reckoning's population has stabilized, we're still working on making the queue and login experience significantly healthier," the team announced on Twitter. It doesn't mean that everything is fully operational: Even at in the wee hours of this morning, the team said that it was still working on problematic issues, including disconnects and the omnipresent queue.
Massively OP's MJ has a plan to start a new race on a new server. She even made a brand-new ArcheAge
account just for that! However, the queues for getting on that server pretty long. With that in mind, she set herself up in the cue hours ago. Will she get in? If not, she'll still show of character creation of the new races (and maybe even have time to get in and see the new zones) on her regular server. Either way, you can expect she has a few words to say about the changes. Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. as MJ attempts a fresh start in...
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 12th, 2016
big new 3.0 update is launching this week, and some big changes are happening with Revelation
. And with big changes come questions, questions about exactly what to expect when the servers come back up... including when the servers will come back up! We already learned quite a bit about the new races and regions at DragonCon
. To help answer the Fresh Start Server questions, Trion Worlds
has put out a Fresh Start FAQ
. But we've done one better and sat down with Senior Producer Merv Lee Kwai and Producer Amanda Fry to talk about Revelations
and the Fresh Start Servers. Be in the know before those servers start launching on Saturday, December 10th!
ArcheAge's December expansion is just two weeks away, and Trion Worlds is full steam ahead with putting Revelation through its paces on the public test server. Curious lookeeloos and serious testers can hop on the PTS today through December 8th to try out the new content, with a particular emphasis on the early leveling experience with the new Dwarf and Warborn races.
The team posted a schedule of the PTS on the forums:
11/30: PTS Available 3pm-5pm, and 7pm-9pm PST
NOTE: The PTS2 server may become periodically available - it will be used internally to test the fresh start account segmentation feature where PTS acts as a Legacy server and PTS2 acts as a Fresh Start server.
12/1: Continuous PTS Available starting at 10am PST
12/8: PTS testing concludes and the server is locked for internal use at 4pm PST
NOTE: All of these times are subject to change if additional focus testing is required.
If there is one consistent inconsistency among MMORPG studios, it is that teams keep swinging back and forth on pursuing the expansion model. How many times have we seen an MMO go from releasing regular expansions to attempting a monthly or quarterly content update schedule... and then abandon that after a while for more expansions? It is almost as if teams keep discovering how exciting and wonderful (and even profitable) expansions can be for the first time.
Believe it or not, right now we are in the middle of a major expansion boom in the MMO genre. Already this year we have enjoyed several expansion drops, including Destiny: Rise of Iron, EVE Online: Citadel, Trove: Mantle of Power, Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday, and of course, World of Warcraft: Legion.
We have even more on the horizon: More than a dozen MMOs and online ARPGs have expansions in the works, with five coming out this November alone. To help you keep all of these expansion projects straight, we've compiled a list of them, what each contains, and a rough timeline of when players might get to enjoy them.
Last week, Trion
revealed that the western version of ArcheAge
will soon get the 3.0 Revelation update
first announced for Korea last summer
. The massive update introduces the Dwarven and Warborn races, new explorable zones, new housing zones, and a boatload of other additions and tweaks in what could easily be called an expansion.
As a tease for the upcoming content, Trion has prepared a Q&A with the XL Games art team, which we're posting exclusively and in full today, complete with some brand-new art of the new races. To be clear, the questions were posed by Trion to XL, though I wish I could take credit for the one about beer. Read on to hear how the team was inspired by western fantasy dwarves, the tripedal crow from Chinese mythology, and Charlize Theron!
Senior Producer Merv “Khrolan” Lee Kwai announced today that ArcheAge: Revelation
, aka ArcheAge 3.0
, will roll out to the western servers on December 10th
(yeah, that's gonna be confusing) introduces the Dwarven and Warborn races, new explorable zones, new residental housing zones with support for crafting trade packs, new NPC community centers, endgame abyssal skills, a skill balancing pass, a loyalty store update
, and tons of tweaks for the reforging and anchoring emblem systems. It's kind of a lot is what we're saying.
Khrolan also promises more quality and consistence for festival events. There are no plans to merge regional legacy servers as Trion prefers to rely on the character transfer service. "While I can’t say that we’ll never merge again, I can say that we’ll only do it if we absolutely have to," Khrolan writes. There are, however, changes in the works for fresh start servers that should make them even better for rolling on: They'll require truly new accounts, they'll see adjusted cash shop offerings, they'll see proper faction balance, and they'll be monitored for progression phases.
announced this morning that its closed beta will kick off on October 25th
and run through November 8th. If you've picked up a key from us in the last couple of weeks, that's when it'll work. If you haven't picked up a key yet and don't want to shell out for a founder pack
, stay tuned because we have more to dribble out!
"The Closed Beta will have several stages," My.com says. "The first stage is more a 'technical test' in that the purpose of the beta will be to test Revelation Online’s core systems such as server infrastructure, client distribution system, login services and more to ensure that our core systems are operational, fully functional and able to withstand the stress of many players all logging into the game simultaneously. As a result, you may encounter localization issues, such as Chinese or Russian texts. CBT1 will also take you through the plotline all the way to level 49 and help you prepare for a more serious challenge. Also, during the first stage, access will be open to 3v3 training and ranking arenas, 10v10 battlegrounds, Hot Springs zone, and four dungeons with various difficulty levels: Trial of the Four Kings, Darkfall, Deserted Shrine, and Misty Hollow."
Check out the closed beta trailer below.
The Occultist in Revelation Online
is a complicated sort
. Sure, a given Occultist is capable of delivering devastating ranged attacks, because what's life without devastating ranged attacks? It's boring
. But said Occultist also has a softer side, a more supportive
side, aimed at enhancing allies with powerful buffs. In summary, Occultists are a class of contrast, along with a class full of grim stares and gothy fashion sensibility.
You can check out a preview of the Occultist's brooding personality in the class trailer just below, which shows little of the mechanical side of things but does feature a pouty dude with a scythe. Lore-wise, the class is charged by the Queen of Souls to oversee the balance between the realm of the living and the realm of the spiritual, serving as interrogators as they peer into their targets' very souls. So complicated, yes, but not exactly upbeat.
Community Manager Seraphina "Celestrata" Brennan
was on hand at DragonCon 2016 to show off ArcheAge's
upcoming updates, from the September second anniversary update coming this month to the big 3.0 expansion coming in December. The earlier update may be more known at the moment for the previously announced flashy customizable underwear, but it also introduces an 8-man free-for-all PvP arena and opens up the Auroria zones of Exlock and Sunstone Fields for castle building. ArcheAge
3.0, named Revelation, brings even more to the table, including two new races, six new zones (with tons of housing!), and a way for players to shoot a large energy cannon at the opposing continent.