New Features In The Hector Update From Albion Online

Sandbox Interactive will publish a major update before the official launch of Albion Online on 17 July 2017. Now all changes to the so-called Hector update were summarized again.

After the developers had finally told about the background to the Hector update, an overview of the new features introduced with the patch in Albion Online now followed. So not only the Hellgates and the Outlands are changed, the update also brings the Black Market with it. New mounts, a tutorial and numerous optimizations complete the package.


The features of the Hector update (according to official data) at a glance:

  • The Black Market: The black market trader is a new non-player character in Caerleon. But he is not an ordinary NPC with unlimited needs. The amount of goods he is willing to buy is directly affected by the number of monsters killed in the entire world by Albion. Equipment purchased from him lands through dark channels of monster hordes and crates scattered all over Albion. So that all items are still made in the game of players.
  • New Hellgates: These zones designed especially for PvP battles are already an extremely popular element among the players. The revised goals contain a completely new map layout, three different difficulty levels of the Hellgates as well as various improvements to the underlying game mechanics.
  • Improvements in the Outlands: Already with the last update “Galahad” the Outlands were fundamentally changed. With “Hector” they are to be further improved. For example, all cities and ports are removed from the black zones. Instead, there is now a portal in Caerleon linking the city with the different areas of the Outlands. The distribution of resources in the outlands is also adjusted.
  • Watchtower territories in the Outlands: The Watchtower territories within the Outlands are upgraded to make them more attractive to the players. Better resources spawn at the beginning of the respective prime time of the area. In addition, the watchtowers will be the only areas in Albion where Tier 8 resources are available.
  • New Mounts: Several new equine animals come into play, including several factional groups for the Undead; The disciples of Morgana and Keeper faction. You can now drop materials for a Tier 5 and Tier 8 mount. In addition, the players now have the small chance of Giant Stags (Tier 4) and Ancient Mammoths (Tier 8) to capture a young animal. These can then be applied to the Giant Stag and Transport Mammoth mount.
  • The Tutorial: The introduction into the game should be easier for newcomers. With the revised tutorial, the players also get training opportunities beyond the beginner island. So there are Expeditions Masters forces in the beginner island, where the beginning players can complete corresponding series of missions. As a reward, a Tier 2 cape and mount!
  • Updates to the User Interface: The user interface is another element that changes are made. The revision of the fate board UI makes the crucial game element more readable and user-friendly. Also the presentation of the life-line and the guild management is revised.
  • Changes in the PVE in the Open World: A new, medium-sized mobcamp at most solo dungeons now brings more variety and open-world gameplay to Albion. Many of these bearings are completely redesigned. Also, the cards for group monsters are replaced by new ones, and each now receives a very large bearing with a dungeon in the middle.
  • Reworking Armor Visuals: The different armor sets in Albion Online will be optically revised for the Hector update. The changes are rather inconspicuous, but serve to make the armor easier to recognize.
  • Other changes and bug fixes: A lot of small changes and bug fixes come naturally also with “Hector” into the game.

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The Director Of Albion Online Reveals Changes To Hector Outlands

While last week we revealed to you the changes that the new update will bring to the Hellgates, Robin Henkys, the director of the game, reveals the changes Hector will bring to Outlands.

It is in a summary video of the development of Albion Online that Robin Henkys, director of the game, reveals to us the changes that will be brought to the Outlands with the update Hector.

The Outlands

The first change, and not the least, is the suppression of all harbors and black zone cities of the Outlands. To compensate for this, a massive portal will be available in Caerleon, central city of the Royal Continent.

It will be connected to the different regions of Outlands, with four different outlets for each part. Depending on their difficulty, the low regions will have green exits, the mid will have yellow exits and the higher ones will have red exits.

The use of this portal will be free of charge. However, using it will bind you to the output used as well as to the chosen region, in order to limit certain guilds in the use of the portal. As a result of these changes, Nefarious or Dreaded reputation players will be able to enter Caerleon, as it will once again be considered as a black zone city.

But be careful! If you have objects stored in the maps listed below, be sure to move them before the new update comes online, to prevent them from being deleted when removing harbors and black zone cities!

  • Aberdown Harbor
  • Cawl Quay
  • Clack Quay
  • Farewich
  • Fort Thursair
  • Harlech Quay
  • Lowe Quay
  • Lyme Harbor
  • Mull Quay
  • Noss Quay
  • Pember Quay
  • Sheerbrough
  • Sunder Quay
  • Tenby Quay

Changes For Black Zone Rewards

First, the distribution of resources will be readjusted. The number of resources will be the same in each area of Outlands, but the rate of appearance of enchanted resources will be higher in the most difficult areas. Nevertheless, the rate of appearance of enchanted resources will be higher in the black zone than on the Royal Continent.

Secondly, the functioning of the watchtower territories will be modified, in order to make the GvG more interesting. Thus, the watchtowers will be the only places where you can find T8 resources, which will reappear at the local GvG time of the territory. If your guild does not have a watchtower, you can always loot those guilds to collect T8 resources.

Sandbox Interactive is currently testing an anti-zerg display in the Outlands, on the live server. This will serve to show groups of more than 10 players on the minimap and will bring more actions and also more balanced fights.

The official launch of Albion Online is fast approaching, since it is in beta until July 17, 2017. For the players of the beta, Hector will be launched on June 7, 2017 on the live server.