Allods Online adds the Suslanger zone, increases the level cap

    
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We know that there are still some strong fans of Allods Online in our readership, and so we hope that it makes them happy to receive a huge content update from the long-running MMORPG. Update 12.0 landed this past week, bringing with it a level cap increase to 95, an overhaul of the artifact system, and a new zone called Suslanger.

“Suslanger is an ancient allod where Nezeb once began his journey, which led him to the building of the Empire,” the devs wrote. “Then for many years it became the backyard of Khadagan, where nothing happened, life went on as usual. The technological revolution that began in the Empire barely touched this place. Only recently did it change, with the opening of the Dune pioneer camp and the sanatorium, which became world-famous health resorts.”

With the desert zone comes a new storyline, faction, Storm event, and even a way for low-level characters to jump into the fun with their own activities.

Allods is also holding a Lucky Moment Marathon this weekend for MyGames’ anniversary.

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Gustav Holst

Sad to see that the marketing of this game is so bad. Not many know this but there is actually a subscription server on Allods Online with absolutely no P2W, not even a cashshop, 4-5 dollar a month. 7 days free playtime is included, we are a few hundred online atleast.

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Fisty

Is this unexpected? I had no idea Allods was still getting updates like this. Super cool for those who play. If it weren’t for Classic, I’d join back up, as continued development is usually a good sign.

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Bruno Brito

Allods has a good following in Russia, so that’s one of the reasons it continues development.

I can’t recommend this game for anyone. It’s one of my favourite WoW clones but it has been completely destroyed by P2W. And not the kind of P2W we yell at ESO and WoW. REAL P2W. This game has one of the worst paywalls i’ve ever seen.

A good example was when i was a player, they had cut down xp gains by like 30% for levels 20+ and then started selling XP Scrolls. It also sells rubies to make your builds more powerful, you need to buy stuff to increase your prayer’s levels. To become “casually geared” to be part of Raids, it’ll take you years.

The only way to avoid P2W is to join their P2P server. Which doesn’t break the 100 players ever. And, well, i wouldn’t ever give my money to a company that allows their game to get to that point.

Allods is the kind of game that needs and craves for a x1 Pserver ran by good people.

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Rick Mills

Just a curious question- is there a decent wow clone out there these days? I’d like to find an alternative.

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Bruno Brito

SWTOR. I think it’s the most well-kept of them all. If you stretch a bit, LoTRO is unbelievably good ( If you get past monetization issues ).

All the others that come to mind are either under development limbo, were extremely gutted, suffer some kind of terrible bloat, or just have awful monetization. Allods, as i mentioned before. Aion was revamped and feels weird, Requiem: Memento Mori is one of the gutted games i mentioned, EQ2 is under development limbo and full of bloat ( altho i do recommend if you can get past that ), and i’m interested in what they’ll do now that EG7 has taken the wheels. Rift is just neglected and has a dubious status since Gamigo is sketchy with it.

All in all, i recommend SWTOR. Good IP, the combat feels good enough, it’s a solid WoW-clone with a lot of interesting quirks ( like the Backstab skill being the Smuggler pulling a scattergun and blasting your backside ). If you’re ok with Pservers, SWG Legends is a sandbox with WoW-like combat ( altho Jesus Christ, it’s clunky ).

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Rick Mills

Thx, Bruno! I will have to pick SWTOR back up again and give it a try.

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SmiteDoctor

For an IP that big it’s a travesty that the game isn’t getting more content, theres no reason SWTOR isn’t getting content drops like ESO does.

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Bruno Brito

I agree, but of all the WoW clones in the market right now, it’s the healthiest.

Bear in mind, i’m not much fond of SWTOR either. I love the graphics and the gameplay, but i find the classes extremely constrained, the faction divide really forced, and it’s for me, overall, a cheap copy of what it could be if only it was SWG2.

But between TOR, Requiem, Aion, Allods, RIFT, and EQ2, i’m choosing TOR just because of management. WHEN EG7 finally starts messing with DBG, maybe EQ2 will be on the top of that list for me. Just in terms of content, EQ2 beats any MMO out of the water. You get legendary quests starting at level 17. I don’t see a single game doing that. All races get racial quests. All classes get class quests, all archetypes get archetype quests, all classes have their own legendary weapon timeline. Sheer content is EQ2’s strong point and you can play for a literal decade and find things to do.

The problem with EQ2 is bloat and neglect. I’m hopeful for EG7’s beathing life into the team that keeps EQ2 alive.

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Sarah Cushaway

I second this opinion. SWTOR is doing fairly well and is one of the healthier MMOs outside the “big 3” (or “big 4” if you still count GW2, which I kinda don’t). It does deserve more updates, but from all news I’ve seen around the grapevine, it still has a decent playerbase size-wise and is still being actively supported and developed.

EQ2 is a sad tale for me. I played that game alongside WoW (sometimes had two subs running) between 2004-2010-ish and it really has a TON of content and one of the best player housing systems in any MMO -ever-.

But, as you said, it’s a bloated, neglected mess now. SOE began the trend of just slapping expansion over expansion without cleaning up any of the systems and that engine and the graphics need some SERIOUS love (there were plans to do a graphic update years ago, but that got dropped as profits dwindled). I hope you’re right about EG7 giving it some love, because it’s one of the few MMOs that I think deserves a real second chance, or at least enough care to fix it up for former and current playerbase.

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Bruno Brito

I hope EQ2 gets a graphical update that improves fashion. I really don’t like how most of EQ2’s outfits and equipment looks. Would be nice if they had something more in the lines of LoTRO.

Thinking about that, i would like EQ2’s with LoTRO’s graphics. Would be cool.

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Sarah Cushaway

Agreed. The graphic update was sorely needed and when it was scraped, a lot of people were pretty bummed as I recall– this was back around ’09 or 10 if I remember right. Right when the game started to go into serious decline that it never really recovered from (but could have with some TLC and more invested into it, including advertising the game because SOE did an -awful- job at that after the first few years)

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SmiteDoctor

How is ESO P2W?

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Bruno Brito

It isn’t that much. I mentioned “we yell” with irony. Neither WoW nor ESO are P2W, they’re just highly inconvenient to play without subbing/buying xpacs.

ESO has a lot of inconvenience if you just buy the xpacs, a good example is the crafting bag. Being a crafter without the bag forces you to make a million of alt mules.

And that is pretty tame compared to what you can buy on Allods.

People overblown the use of P2W, because they have a US-centric view of how monetization is done. Whoever like me, was brought into MMOs playing asian imports, finds out that the complaints are exagerated. I was playing games that halved xp gains to sell xp scrolls. Games that sell you refining items to refine your stuff beyond +X number that is impossible without that item. Games that regrade your stuff like Archeage. When people yell about WoW being P2W, i laugh a bit, because WoW’s cashshop is really, REALLY tame.

Now, if we’re debating the morals of a sub game having a cashshop, that’s a different matter altogether.