Saturday, 14 March 2009

Sneak Peak Patch 1.0.3

Patch 1.0.3 is coming near, and it has some very nice changes. The Spellborn team is a rather small team compared to other MMO companies, but they certainly deliver nice patches(only not as fast as the other big MMO's).

First the new features. Patch 1.0.3 will introduce the marketplace. This is like the auction house in WoW or Warhammer Online, but without the bidding on items. When people start to put their found resources for sale on the marketplace, it will hopefully make it a lot easier to find resources for recipes, because these are not easy to find atm.
A new instance called Exarchyon will also be introduced into the Spellborn world. Exarchyon is the headquarter of the Brotherhood of the Glaive. Screenshots can be found here.
Another new feature are the speech bubbles. This is a big improvement for me as I always found it weird to talk in local chat with someone without seeing directly who said it.
Some new quest chains have also found their way into the game, see the detailed patch notes for more info on this so you know which are for your level.

Now the improvements. The respawn timers for mobs in Parliament and Ringfell have been increased, which is very good! Respawn timers for these mobs are currently way too fast, and got me killed more then once because the group that I just killed respawned while I was regaining my health from the fight.
The looting has also been improved so that it won't popup anymore in the middle of your screen while fighting.

The patch also contains various other fixes. See the full Sneak Peak patch notes here

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