"enhanced battle system" to go along with it. Right now it's just on test servers.
It's expected to fully launch to the final game this winter, and features "special generated adventure islands," which can be conquered, defended and stolen from other players.
"The so called PvP expeditions are special generated adventure islands, which have to be conquered, defended or can be stolen by other players," described Ubisoft.
"The mode introduces new buildings like the combat academy and the combat weapon smith, as well as 6 new weapon and 7 new unit types. The enhanced battle system allows for the first time to influence the outcome of a fight directly. While watching the combat on the map, it is possible to change attacking units."
These new PvP features are available now through the official play testingfor The Settlers Online.