Call to Arms, pt. 2

Today marks the launch of patch 1.2.1 on the American servers, which means it’ll be heading our way soon. I’ve not written all that much about it, because I’ve found it all a little overwhelming, but I know it heralds some big and important changes.

Keep upgrading should prove an interesting addition that’ll add some flavour to open RvR at higher levels and also provide some incentive for holding a keep for longer. I hope it works as planned, it sounds like some much-needed extra dimensions will be in-game shortly.

The Beyond the Sands live event launches with 1.2.1. I want to kill undead things, so I look forward to it. Goggles, however, will ruin my hair!

There’s a lot of general improvements, to the UI, to combat responsiveness and to the luck factor (somewhat), by the introduction of a token system of medallions for RvR. I really look forward to seeing how many medallions I can earn in an evening of RvR (and yes, I will take my r40 Rune Priest out for this test) and what I can buy for them. And of course, there’s the new Gates of Ekrund ‘arena’  (6v6 ranks 19-24), it sounds cool, but also scares me a bit, because I’m notoriously nervous about my abilities – but I know people really can’t wait for this, and I’m extremely interested in how it goes, I imagine it’ll be a surefire hit and people will always want an alt in these levels to do this (or to halt the xp gain if they could).

And I know all the class tweaks and changes will take some getting used to. But it marks yet another stage of Mythic taking on criticism and comment and working the game to make improvements all the time. And because of that, there’s only really one thing to say…

…bring it on!

(patch notes here)

[Edit: it’s friday for Europe (or today!), hurrah!]

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New classes! New battleground! Events! New ‘Darkness Falls’! And forums!

Hurrah for GOA and not having to wait up until midnight!

Unfortunately, can’t give any more details just yet because although we know Eurogamer.net as a reliable source, there’s nothing on the GOA site. Was this a press release that slipped the net a bit early perhaps?

But fair play to Mythic, I’m really excited again for the first time in awhile. Definitely want to know more and read the full press release when it’s available, but I’m looking forwards to poking around the new fun things with my old characters and maybe a new alt or two also.

And a Tomb Kings dungeon? That means skeletons and where there are skeletons there could be …. ZOMBIES!!!! *massive excitement*

Incidentally, spare a thought for those brave, foolhardy souls who decide to start a new healer or ranged dps alt when the Choppas/ Slayers are released, ravening for their blood.

Kotaku are reporting Call to Arms as the first live expansion. It’s not a paid expansion but a series of events and new content feeding into the game between February and June this year. Loads more info about all the new stuff at the link above.