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.