Blade & Soul launches Shattered Empire hub

    
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Pictured: Not actually winter, probably.

Blade & Soul’s just gone live with the website for its next big update — that’d be 2.1, more colorfully known as The Shattered Empire. The patch totes along new floors for Mushin’s Tower (nine through 15, with a boss for each) and two new Heroic dungeons: Sogun’s Lament and Cold Storage. PvPers will be at home in Whirlwind Valley:

“Experience a new 6v6 PvP mode in Whirlwind Valley. Whirlwind Valley is the first objective-based PvP game mode in Blade & Soul, and challenges each team to fight for and maintain control points. But enter at your own risk as—unlike the PvP Arena—this mode does not equalize player gear.”

Shattered Empire launches April 27th.

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Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

They do, from my experience on the Chinese servers bots were definitely a problem.

Moger
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Moger

The game is alot of fun, but every aspect of the game is over-run with bots and hacks, Arena PVP is overrun by them and the top PVP players in NA are all bots/Hackers.  Open world the bots control every rich quartz node 24/7, in the Soulstone plains and Misty woods bots and speed hackers run rampant.  dungeon finder is filled w/ bots and AFK.  And thru all this NCsoft does nothing.  It’s sad to see a fun game be so ruined by poor management.

lasterror
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lasterror

Qarran indeed!

lasterror
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lasterror

Bought a year’s worth of Premium last weekend, and I regret it now.   The bot problem was bad but now they’ve all got speedhacks and perma-stealth and the how-tos on this are now in the hands of regular players too, and how to DIY your own hacks was being openly discussed in faction chat last night.

It’s one thing to put those ‘hacks’ on Youtube or unofficial forums, but this is going on in-game and someone said it was being posted on the official forums as well.  I didn’t go confirm that.  

Bot chains are all over the place, where one bot does something and a group of 5-8 more characters follow them in lock-step, into fights, in and out and in and out of dungeon entrances so they can post region spam.  It’s almost comical to watch a whole group of them walk from place to place like a herd.

There is no GM presence in the game and they don’t seem to pay much attention to bot reports or other complaints.   As of this morning, 9 of the top 10 PVP players were summoner bots.  I suppose this IS an improvement when the bots were all identical Destroyers. 

I’m still enjoying playing with my clan and I still like the PvE gameplay.   But I would love to see some kind of actions being taken to address the issues.

Husvik
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Husvik

Qarran The future looks beautiful! Indeed!

Qarran
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Qarran

Syco_at_Twitch  The bots… Yeah, they need to do something about that.  

I’ve heard other complaints about performance issues etc. but I haven’t experienced them.  In Grand Harves the frame rate drops to a slide who but I just turn off nameplates and everything is fine.

But the bots are another matter.  I know they are trying and kicking them but now there is a new flavor, summoner bots.  And when you are farming soulstones and get blinded side by a bot it is not pleasant.  Not pleasant at all.

I wonder if other regions deal with the same thing…

Wandris
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Wandris

Love the drama in this game.

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

I respect their commitment to a decent content schedule but unless they fix the borderline issues nobody is gonna stay or come back

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Awesome! I’m excited to climb new floors of Mushin’s tower!

Shamancard
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Shamancard

Great news for a great game.