Trove interview teases upcoming Geode surface world, gem tutorial, dungeon design, and Bomber Royale’s reception


At the tail end of September, Trove website Trovesaurus posted up a belated but quite welcome Gamescom interview with Trion Worlds that gives a huge overview of what’s on the game’s horizon now that the first part of Geode is behind us. And it’s a lot!

In addition to the predictable Halloween event and planned gardening update, players can look forward to a “surface update” that breathes life into the surface of the last expansion’s planet, complete with three biomes to play around in. If you’ve ever felt lost navigating the game’s gem system – I sure was at first! – then you’ll appreciate the gem-tutorial questline that will bring newbies (midgamers, really) up to speed. Also worth a note? There’s a tiny tease that modding on console might – might! – someday be possible.

As for dungeoneering, Trion told the site that it’s appointing a new dev to review player-submitted dungeons and that it’s working on making dungeons more than just a pop-in and win scenario.

“The developers want players to spend more time in dungeons. At the moment players come, bomb, kill and take off again. Some new ways to experience dungeons might be on the table. Dungeons designs need to be better and more time consuming (also more rewarding). But designing dungeons for Trove is a hard thing to do. Veteran players have bombs, dragons, and jumps but newer players won’t have access to all of those things right away. This prevents the design from including elaborate jump puzzles.”

By the way, if you didn’t like Bomber Royale… you’re in the minority. Trion says that its experience launching the module showed that “players are receptive to this new type of non-combat gameplay and that it fits [Trove’s] demographic” – that “it didn’t revolutionize the game, but it didn’t crash and burn either.”

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