Spiralling uncontrollably to a planned July release, Albion Online is readying some more major system shake-ups following on from the impressive Galahad release just a few weeks back.
In an strange turn for the game's growing economy, the first post-Galahad update will introduce sweeping changes to mob drops, Hell Gates, tutorials, performance woes and overall Quality of Life within the walls of Albion.
Whether you consider yourself an avid crafter or not, you'll likely be getting more use out of crafted goods in the near future. Reacting to the items sold to him, a Black Market Trader will buy crafted items from players and, in turn, have them added to the loot pools of defeated enemies with the development staff hoping that each crafted - and thus potentially dropped - item will be signed by its creator.
In an attempt to limit PvP to consensual bouts, the reputation system will be altered to encourage PvP scenarios within Red and Yellow zones while discouraging it in other situations. In a similar fashion, a new Hell Gate design is being tested to more accurately reflect a true PvP situation outside of having mobs play an integral part in combat - though this won't land until until potentially after launch.
Performance tweaks are still being deployed across the board with servers remaining relatively stable under heavy load. Guilds will eventually be able to make use of specific Banking Systems, member roles and event logs, and the Great Galahad Food Crisis should be averted at the time of the live server wipe in July. Similarly, leading into release, new players should start to be greeted by a refined tutorial taking them through the starting towns with a basic mount awaiting them at the end.
Just like Galahad brought sweeping changes to the pre-release version of Albion Online, the July general release looks set to offer similar amounts of improvements. The official post goes far more in-depth, but it's safe to say that Albion Online is making steps to appeal to more than just a PvP crowd at this point.
Albion Online is still locking access behind a 'Founders Pack' with the cheapest method of entry setting potential players back by $29.95.