A flurry of excitement has spread across the Crowfall forums today as update 5.100, more colorfully known as The Fortunes of War, has just gone live for pre-alpha testers. There’s gobs of content in this update, most notably the embargo system that allows players to move their gear “seamlessly” between worlds, magic loot rewards on monsters, unique campaign rulesets, the codified account bank known as the Vault, the Fae Knight, and of course the safe-zone God’s Reach world type and social hub that should make learning the ropes of the game much less painful for new players.
“As the game moves closer and closer to Alpha, we’re working to finalize key systems that support the core game loop. As part of this update, The Fortunes of War, a key focus for the team is ensuring new player success. To support new player engagement (and teach them the game!), we designed a new world type, God’s Reach, which offers players a safe and engaging world in which they can learn the basics of leveling, harvesting, crafting and combat. The narrative idea behind this world — and the fact that it is protected from PvP — is that this world is under the protection of the Gods, and that the player has been recruited here in the afterlife to prepare themselves to fight as a divine champion in the Sundering, the Final Battle.”
ArtCraft is planning its live ACE Q&A this afternoon at 5 p.m. EDT, and naturally, it’s slated to be all about the latest update with “a sneak peek or two at what’s in the pipeline” too.