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v1.21 Patch Live

With the 21st patch we are happy to introduce a few adjustments based on feedback received and a fairly sizable adjustment to all items in the game to provide a better progression for new weapons upon leveling.

First, we made some small adjustments to combat. There are now improved blocking and parrying animations on both players and some NPCs. These are on a blended animation channel so they can play with the animation currently playing. We also introduced a new knockback effect in VR where you can knock back an enemy if you have high enough energy.

Moving on to the larger chunk of updates in this patch. We adjusted the available level for nearly everything in the game. Some items are able to be earned earlier, some later than before. Weapons (melee in particular) were clumped together at certain intervals and now they will be spread out a few more levels. This was done for every item in the game. You might now have items you shouldn’t have yet if you are playing and some items that are slightly less effective than before if they are a lower level than before. For the most part quite a few things were made more effective than less effective.

To go along with this we made a lot of stat adjustments as well as weapons changed levels. We adjusted the damage scale quite a bit. Early weapons (Level 1-5) might do a bit less damage than before, later game weapons (15-20) now will do more damage (a lot more if they are 18+). Energy was adjusted as well along with magic and you should see a similar change in values. Since weapons are doing more damage the actual energy/magic to DPS should be similar though. Quite a few weapons are now higher level than before and will do more damage as a result.

Magic damage scale was all over the place for magical weapons and all magical weapons were adjusted. Those were tweaked and adjusted with mostly an increase across the board, in particular for AOE weapons (Arcane Staves, Wind Staves, and Earth Staves). Arcane Staves in particular received large damage improvements in some cases doubling their damage. The Conjuration and Necro Staves also received damage updates making them more effective to use as projectile weapons if you are into using pets. Fire and Lightning Staves received less of a bump, but the higher end ones do more damage to go along with the adjustments for all other weapons.

To go along with the these changes we identified a few gaps and introduced a few new weapons at the higher end (15+) and a few new uncommon variants of existing weapons improving coverage in those areas and should make earning those levels a bit easier than before due to more weapons and the weapons at the higher levels now hit a lot harder than before. For a full list of items added please see the notes below.

Animations

  • Block and parry animations now support being played on a reaction channel allowing them to blend better during combat.

 

Combat

  • Melee attacks will now have a chance to knockback enemies in VR mode which is increased by your energy level. If you rapidly attack and drain your energy these will be completely ineffective.

 

Items

  • All weapons received a level adjustment. They were clumped together before around the same starting level (in particular melee weapons). You will find now they are split across more levels now. This resulted in a lot of weapons getting tweaked as they are higher level than before.
  • Tweaked the damage stats for weapons. Lower level weapons do slightly less damage than before and higher level weapons now do higher amounts of damage. Along with the level changes mentioned above most melee and magical weapons were adjusted as a result.
  • Magic damage was adjusted as well. Values were a bit erratic before, they now follow a more strict formula. This mostly increased damage across the board, arcane staves in particular received the largest boost.
  • Magic cost was tweaked along with magic damage. They were sort of tied together and it was adjusted to a different formula. The end result is a slight reduction early on and a higher cost later, but magic damage was also increased with higher level weapons making it a bit of a wash.
  • Cost of weapons were adjusted. It was mostly a net reduction in cost, but a few things might of went up due to level adjustments.
  • Adjusted and tweak cost of armor and rings as well to match the new changes.
  • Introduced new higher level stave variations.
  • There are now additional items which are loot only and can not be obtained from vendors.
  • Introduced a new uncommon Leather Armor variant: Hardy Leather Armor. It provides an extra point of armor and +10 HP. It is level 3.
  • Introduced a new Sword: Sword of Light. It is at level 15 and is a common drop.
  • Introduced a new Mace: Fire Mace. It is at level 16 and is a common drop.
  • Introduced a new Axe: Ice Axe. It is at level 17 and is a common drop.
  • Added an uncommon variant for the Lighting Dagger called the Overloaded Dagger.
  • Added an uncommon variant for the new Ice Axe: Frozen Axe.
  • Mithril helmet is now introduced at level 14, Mithril armor at 16. This is down a few levels from what it was before.
  • Exceptional Mithril Armor was moved down to level 18 (Uncommon armor) to provide a bit of extra help for armor. It also has a slightly higher loot chance than most uncommons.
  • Mithril Helm of Health had an increase in armor value from 5->7 as it is a 21+ dungeon only drop.
  • Introduced a new uncommon Mithril Helmet variant: Sturdy Mithril Helmet at 17. It has 6 armor and a health bonus. It has a slightly higher loot chance than most uncommon items.
  • Staggered the level 1 rings. They are now 1-4 so they are not all available right off the bat. This should improve getting other weapons as well as it takes 3-4 rings out of the loot pool early on.
  • Introduced a new ring: Ring of Stone. It is a Level 21+ drop, improves armor.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Made some tweaks to the lockpicking system to try to fix a bug which could cause online clients to get stuck in lockpicking mode.


NPCs

  • Some NPC types (typically humanoids) now support reactionary block or parry animations.
  • Increased Skeletal Soldier, Skeletal Sorcerers, Liches, Ratling Warrior, Ratling Rogue, Reincarnated Ratlings, and Ratling melee attack ranges.

 

User Interface

  • Added an option to disable Anti-Aliasing to the Options window.

v1.01 Patch Notes

The first Early Access patch has gone live. This patch deals primarily with feedback submitted by players, and we’d like to thank the player base for all of the feedback and bug reports.

The biggest changes came to VR mode which includes changes to how motion controller damage works, so as to not reward players for slap style attacks. It also features a new locomotion mode for those using motion controllers. This mode allows you to hover on the trackpad to move rather than pressing it and was a request made by players. The system menu is now available by using the gamepad select button, or holding the grip buttons on a motion controller for a second. This allows the map to be toggled in VR mode with gamepads, and also allows easy access to exit the dungeon, exit the game, or view the options menu. The VR interface has also been moved further from the player to make it easier to view it all without shifting your gaze.

Not all changes were VR exclusive though. We modified how the spawn upscaling works in multiplayer to help prevent mobs from stacking up. Ranged AI was also improved, and dragon breath attacks are now less deadly. We also saw map improvements and bug fixes.

Combat

  • Dealing melee damage when using a motion controller will now drain energy and damage will be reduced based on your energy level. This was done to prevent an exploit where players rapidly slapped a mob back and forth with a motion controller at rates quicker than gamepad or keyboard/mouse users could swing.
  • Increased energy regeneration rate.


Interactive Objects

  • Steins will now disappear after being used by VR players. This was previously only happening when done by non-VR users.

 

Levels

  • Adjusted NPC aggro ranges and density on the Crypt4 map to prevent them from overwhelming players.
  • Improved lighting in the Sewer5 map to remove some dark spots.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Added a fifth locomotion mode for motion controllers: Hover. This mode will allow you to use the trackpad to navigate by hovering over controls rather than needing to press down in a direction.
  • Oculus Touch users can now exit the game or dungeon by holding the left system menu button down for a few seconds.
  • Reduced the amount of time you need to hold the System button on Vive controllers to exit the game by 4 seconds.

 

NPCs

  • NPC spawn upscaling, which occurs in multiplayer sessions, will now give more time in between each spawn to help prevent cases where mobs stack up on one another.
  • Goblin Slinger AI received an upgrade. He will not hunt you down and hurl rocks at you if you hide.
  • Skeleton Archer AI received an upgrade. It is fully sentinel and will only fire when it has line of sight.
  • Dragon and Fairy Dragon breath attacks can now damage pets.
  • Dragon and Fairy Dragon breath attacks are now significantly less lethal. This was due to a bug which was causing them to make contact more times than was intended.

 

User Interface

  • VR players in multiplayer will now use a similar health bar, player name, and floating text display as nonVR players do.
  • The HUD in VR has been moved slightly further away from the player to make everything more visible on the screen without shifting your gaze.
  • Holding the Grip buttons with a Motion Controller no longer toggles the in-game map, it instead now toggles the System/Escape menu. That menu allows you to toggle the map, and also to access options or to exit the dungeon or game.
  • There is now a Map Toggle button on the System/Escape menu.