Shroud of the Avatar’s spoopy Halloween release 70 is officially live

    
12

While we already knew that Shroud of the Avatar was going to start dressing up for the best holiday on Earth (Halloween) with Release 70, all we had was a brief rundown of what’s coming. Now, however, we’ve got the candy corn-flavored patch notes to nibble on as the patch has officially gone live as of September 26th. Mmmm, candy corn. Yeah, you read that right.

Release 70 brings back Pumpkin Head and his minions to the pumpkin patch in East Vauban Foothills. Players can take on this jack o’ lantern boss with a quest to get an item to drop from him or his minions and earn a Skull Staff artifact. The Halloween fun is also in Novia and Hidden Vale with the boss-level equine Nightmare monsters that spawn randomly in those areas.

The new Release also has some other adjustments such as added DoT and improved explosion damage for the Summoned Phoenix Sun Magic ability, a full revamp of Ulfheim with new side activities and multi-stage wave battles for high-end players, and a number of other improvements to combat, player towns, and performance. All of the salient details are hiding in the patch notes to say “Boo!”

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Eric E

Costume Party is for noobs, naked dance party is where it’s at!

Reader
Mikka Hansen

More sweet nothings from Spears and the couple devs still left (part time) for the benefit of the fistful of whales still clinging to the carcass

In related news, a former high end backer recently sold $6080 “worth” of in-game assets for $2500, that’d make for an interesting MOP article methinks.

The race to the bottom is on, get some pennies on the dollar while you still can, don’t be the last holding the bag!!!

Reginald Bottomsworth
Reader
Reginald Bottomsworth

It’s much easier to cut and paste niceties than it is to spend time and resources investigating this stuff.

Reader
Joey

I just don’t think they have time anymore for articles like that :( Isn’t MoP just a part time job for many of the people involved? I think they all have day jobs right?

Reader
Raimo Kangasniemi

If you think it’s worth doing, you can always propose an article about it to full-time journalists – or you could do it yourself, perhaps with fellow ‘citizen journalists’.

But hard-hitting investigative articles tend to be missing from both professional and part-time gaming media because both are funded by the gaming industry through adverts. Certain amount of pragmatism is necessary.

If you don’t have a really good story you won’t bare your fangs to the hand that feeds you, even if it feeds you rather ungenerously – and the loss of value of bought in-game items in one particular game might not be that good a story.

That said, a comparative article about overall change in value of bought in-game items in different games over time would be worthwhile – and perhaps a good subject for a serious academic study.

Reginald Bottomsworth
Reader
Reginald Bottomsworth

I think your point about not biting the hand that feeds you would apply to just about any company but Portalarium. They have zero clout in the industry and, as far as we know, are just working on this single game. So I’m not sure what MOP has to lose by being more objective and/or critical about Shroud of the Avatar when there’s no clear incentive for playing nice.

Reader
PanagiotisLial1

Tried the new Ulheim a bit and was watching streams where sanyo was working on it – seems a nice redesign so far making it a more content rich zone

Reader
Wilhelm Arcturus

I think you misspelled “poopy,” or maybe “spooky.”

Nah, “poopy.”

Reader
Orenj

“spoopy ” is a thing.
https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/spoopy

But I just logged into SotA again to see if the graphics are tolerable yet, and… no. Definitely still poopy. My standards aren’t high–I find Project Gorgon acceptable–so what is it about the lighting model Portalarium is using that looks just so terribly, 2003-vintage-Second-Life, *bad* to me?

Reader
Bryan Correll

That’s a new one on me. I guess I’m just not hip to the funky-fresh lingo of today’s hoopy froods.

Reader
Orenj

I have to admit that these days I don’t always know where my towel is either…
Wait, what if “spoopy” is really “spooky” x “hoopy”?

ObstreperousBear
Reader
ObstreperousBear

Chris was saying on stream that graphics aren’t their highest priority, essentially. That’s fair, given their budget, but unfortunately, by making a half-assed effort, they’ve essentially landed in middle of an uncanny valley, graphically. They may in fact do better if they went more cartoonish, than trying to achieve realism.