The ever eternal beta running cross-platform MMORPG called Albion Online is gearing up for its next major update which will be arriving this month. This update will be introducing new mechanics and features, some of which are going to make player’s lives a hell of a lot better. I’m talking mainly about the ability to repair gear while on the go.
Your gear in Albion Online has durability, which can go down as you use your gear. This includes not just weapons and armor, but resource gathering gear as well. If your durability reaches 0 on an item, that item won’t be usable until it is repaired. Right now repairing an item requires heading back into the nearest town and talking to one of the appropriate NPCs to get it fixed. Needless to say, if you’re far out in the middle of nowhere, that’s a bit of a pain in the ass to do.
New Knock Down death mechanic and mobile Repair Kits
The new update, titled Cador, will be fixing this problem by introducing a way that players will be able to repair gear while their are out and about in the world of Albion. This will be done with the use of mobile repair kits. However, there are a few things to note with these repair kits. First, mobile repair kits can be used for gear of up to the same tier as the repair kit itself. The higher tier the repair kit is, the higher tier gear you can repair. Also, repair costs are higher than what they normally would be in town. Lastly, these act as a repair station, and have a limited lifespan before they go poof.
The changes to the death mechanics are also interesting. Instead of just dying and respawning in a city, or near your corpse and trying to run for your life so you can heal, the update will introduce a forced knock down phase when a player runs out of hit points. This new mechanic works for both PvE and PvP fights. When you are ‘knocked down’, you are not able to actively do anything until your hit points regenerate. This way, fallen players can be revived by others in their group with a resurrection spell. However, if a knocked down player is executed, their gear can be picked up by their opponents.
New loot visual information
These are the two biggest addition/changes to Albion Online with the Cador update. There are other changes coming of course, such as changes in the amount of fame gains and loot drops depending on the zones players travel to.
Balancing risk versus reward, less dangerous zones yield less bonuses, incentivizing players to explore the risky areas of Albion for more rapid character progression. With the update, in order to make the fame and loot bonus display more visible, the total value will be shown first, with detailed information about which bonuses are active presented in parentheses.
Right now the Cador update is slated to launch at the end of this month. We will be checking out these new mechanics and features while at GDC 2016 next week when we meet up with Sandbox Interactive. With that said, if you have any questions you want us to ask them, let us know in the comments below. To participate in the ongoing beta right now, you will need to own any one of the available Founder’s Packs. We are, however, giving some of those away at the end of this month as well, so stay tuned for that!
Website Referenced: Albion Online