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The Button is ComingJan 25, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/32445805/b539d99871ac84bb2a97d76f97fd0039b1e63392.jpg Once it was just a rumor, spoken of in hushed tones, cried out for by countless index fingers exhausted from clicking... But a rumor spoken enough, echoing through the vast halls of YouTube comments and forum threads, may become a reality... Behold the arrival of Albion's probably most-requested feature of all time: Patch 13 arrives on February 2, and in addition to the shiny new Use All button, it will bring numerous combat balance changes to shake up the meta, updated Avalonian mob spells, further mobile optimizations, and more. The patch is currently live on the Staging server, and as always, can be tested by anyone whose account was active on Live before the last database update. For more information on how to log into the Staging server, as well as the current Staging patchnotes, visit the Testserver Feedback forum. The Season 11 Crystal League ChampionshipJan 22, 2021 - Community Announcements// We're very excited to announce the return of this high-stakes Crystal League competition with the Season 11 Crystal League Championship. As usual, the Championship will take place between Guild Seasons, on Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7. And just like last time, it will be open to any team who wins one Level 9 match or two or more Level 8 matches with the same five characters. Prizes for the first- through fourth-place winners are as follows: First Place: Each player on the winning team will receive the brand-new, extremely rare Saber Tiger Rex Swiftclaw skin unlock item and 10,000 Gold Second Place: Each player will receive the White Tiger skin unlock item along with 5,000 Gold Third Place: Each player will receive the Jousting Horse skin unlock item along with 5,000 Gold Fourth Place: Each player will receive the Steelplate Cougar skin unlock item along with 5,000 Gold // Spotlight: ROLL BACKJan 14, 2021 - Community Announcements// Guild name: ROLL BACK Alliance: French Baguette Inquisition (FB1) Guild leaders: Ophyte Date founded: May 2019 Number of members: 168+ Primary language: French Tell us about your guild. What sort of activities do you focus on? What sort of members are you looking for? ROLL BACK was formed by Majiik. We didn't really have any goals until we realized the potential of the French community. We decided to open our enrollment to everyone who wanted to be a part of a fully French-speaking guild. We are mainly in the EU timezone and focus on every possible activity in the game: ZvZs, ganking, Crystal League, PvE, Hellgates, gathering, and more. We have a spot for any French player willing to make a long-term commitment who is ready to show the world that the “frogs” can be competitive and remain strong together. Where is your guild primarily located? What regions in Albion do you focus on? We are located primarily in the eastern part of Thetford, where we work closely with our alliance FB1. // Do you have any particular rivalries or ongoing quarrels with other guilds? Not at the moment. We try to maintain good relations even if we have to fight against a friendly guild. We have great respect for the few French guilds that exist, though competition is always a good thing. What were some of your most memorable battles/activities? There are many. When we recently kicked our founding GM Majiik, we were all in T4 gear with Bedrock Maces trying to kill him in a 1 vs 40+ fight. There were some epic fights when we left ARCH and went to Fort Sterling. We were the little guys who fought Black Order, there was one castle fight where we rushed them and won with no casualties. We've always known we have potential, and it's very rewarding to see ourselves improving in all aspects of the game. What does your guild do for fun? We have a few events like a donkey race with rewards where you have to run a certain distance, like around Avalon, and come back alive. We do a Zero to Hero event where we start with low-level gear and have to loot our way up, and we have fun with ganking and gathering sessions too. What is your approach to the game? Our guild tries to improve in every aspect of the game but mainly ZvZs and Crystal League, since we want to make a home for all French-speaking players who want to join us. Our main focus is to unite all our members in the fun and competitive world of ZvZ. What are your goals for the future? To achieve Gold rank, keep having fun, and show Albion how strong the French community can be. We welcome players who meet our requirements: French-speaking 15M PvE Fame / 3M PvP Fame Be respectful of both your friends and your enemies Have a microphone and Discord Join us and be a part of one of the few full Fren...The Frost Challenge ReturnsJan 1, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsHappy New Year, Adventurers! Start the year off right with the return of the Frost Challenge – earn Challenge Points, unlock chests to get valuable loot, and claim your very own Frost Ram. Frost-Themed Rewards for Intrepid Adventurers FROST RAM: This month's Challenge brings back the popular Frost Ram, a sturdy mount with an impressive leap spell. With its relatively fast move speed and ability to carry plenty of weight, it's the perfect companion for gathering missions. AVATAR RING: Along with the Frost Ram, you can unlock the Frost Challenge Avatar Ring to give your avatar an ice-cold aura all year long. This non-tradable item permanently unlocks this avatar border for one character, or it can be traded for one Adventurer's Token at the Vanity Merchant. SEASONAL SPECIALS: All month, unlock Frost Challenge chests to get valuable rewards like Adventurer's Tomes and Silver bags, along with new furniture items like the snowman and snowball pile, classic ice sculptures, the epic Frost Igloo, and a rare chance for the Rich Noble vanity skins.  Log in now and start gathering, fishing, farming, and killing monsters to earn Challenge Points and unlock your rewards! // 2020: Albion's Year in ReviewDec 31, 2020 - Community Announcements// 2020 has been... something else. It has been a year of unexpected challenges. Challenges for our own team, and challenges for the entire Albion community as a whole. Despite the adverse conditions, we've seen an incredible community-wide outpouring of creativity and resilience, which has given us a great deal of inspiration and strength as we head into the new year. Join us as we take a look back at the highlights of this terrible, wonderful year of 2020... The Queen Update: A New Era for Albion 2020 began with the massive Queen update, Albion's biggest content update since the game's launch in 2017. Six months in the making, Queen was nothing less than a complete re-envisioning of Albion's endgame, as well as a chance to introduce a host of quality-of-life improvements and far-reaching optimizations. // How did the Queen update revolutionize Albion Online? New Outlands: A completely reworked continent with higher-value zones at the center, giving guilds the option of living completely in the Outlands Hideouts: Autonomous homes for guilds, upgradeable with Marketplaces, Artifact Forges, Energy Manipulators, and Guild Halls Open-World Territory Battles: A new opportunity for large-scale combat supported by zerg balancing and the Smart Cluster Queue, allowing guilds of all sizes to compete in the open world The Crystal League: A new realm of high-level 5v5 fights, with the added ability to upgrade your guild's territories Elite Dungeons and Avalonian Armor: Face Albion's newest faction in 20-player dungeons with incredible rewards and a new armor line Wardrobe Skins: A long-requested way to use costume items in the open world without losing them or giving up combat readinessCOVID-19: The Albion Community Responds By Spring 2020, much of the world was in partial or total quarantine. While these lockdowns would bring increased player numbers to the game, they also created tremendous challenges for the development process as the team adjusted to working from home. // The Staff of Hermes fundraiser launched in early April. This unique charity bundle included a limited-time vanity staff and matching avatar ring, with 100% of the proceeds going to the COVID Solidarity Fund. The community came through in force, raising an incredible €42,644.94 for those in need and looking great in the process. Summer 2020: Anniversaries, Updates, and a New Tournament On July 17, Albion celebrated its third anniversary. (Can you believe it's been three years already? The time just flies...) You celebrated this anniversary alongside us with a week-long Fame Boost and the ultimate throwback: the return of a classic Keeper dungeon from Albion's beta, Defenders of the Past. //assets.albi...Dev Talk: Year-End UpdateDec 17, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/32445805/8808deb994af79fa655a1e7d65c89a6d71ba6f71.jpg 2020 was Albion's biggest year yet, with numerous patches and updates, a host of major new features, and an ever-growing player population. In the final Dev Talk of the year, Game Director Robin Henkys looks back at the past year in the world of Albion before looking ahead to what's coming in 2021. To take the year-end survey mentioned in the video, click here. No time to watch the video, or prefer a written summary? Then read on... 2020: Albion's Biggest Year Yet The past year brought some major changes, improvements, and new features to the world of Albion: Complete Outlands overhaul Introduction of Hideouts Open-World Territory Battles Avalonians and Elite dungeons Crystal League Avalonian Weapons and Armor Roads of Avalon Wardrobe Skins Corrupted Dungeons Outlands Banks Updated UIs 2 new languages Combat Balance Improvements Mobile improvements: New mobile HUD and control scheme, auto-updating, beta of the Google Play Store version 20v20 Crystal League battles and other Season 11 adjustments // In total we released 29 updates and patches with the majority happening out of our homes. Albion now consistently has over 500,000 active players every month, and player numbers are still growing. Looking Forward to 2021 Major changes coming in the next year include: A complete Faction Warfare rework to bring open-world warfare to every player Improving Hellgates to make fair, smaller-scale PvP widely accessible and rewarding Loadouts, which allow you to save, share and quick-equip item sets on your character // Improvements to the open world and world design of Albion: Reworking the fundamental building blocks of the world Improving visual quality while reducing dead ends and nonsensical layouts Improving open-world locations like large static dungeons, making them high-value hotspots Making treasures appear less predictably to trigger smaller-scale fights as intended Improving the world map with more information about ongoing activities Quality-of-Life Improvements: Loadouts for quick-equipping items Additional functionality to quick-buy Loadouts from Marketplaces Adding better information about actual costs to crafting UIs Tackling long-standing convenience issues like a “Use All” functionality for Tomes and Silver bags // Combat improvements: Giving each type of mount, even non-rare mounts, their own spells and abilities Further expansion of equipment choices available to players Mobile version: 2021 will be the year Albion Online officially releases for phones and tablets Will launch on both iOS and the Google Play Store //assets....Uncle Frost is Back - and a Fame Boost is ComingDec 16, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsDecorations fill the cities, the Yuletide Challenge is in full swing, and the mysterious Uncle Frost can be found lurking in Albion's dungeons. And for one week, the Mists of Albion will return, granting an additional 25% Fame! Read on for details... // Uncle Frost Returns The mysterious spirit known as Uncle Frost – sometimes benevolent, sometimes evil – has returned to Albion. Last year he was only in Keeper dungeons, but now he can appear in Solo and Group Randomized Dungeons of all factions. Watch for Christmas trees near the dungeon's end, and defeat him for a chance at special loot including Snowballs, Yule-themed items, and even the rare Yule Stag mount skin! // Celebrate the Season To help celebrate (and show there are no hard feelings), Uncle Frost has sent fireworks and snowballs to all players. To claim them, log into the game before December 30, 2020 at 10:00 UTC. Details: Rewards will be attached to an in-game mail, and consist of: Fireworks (3 colors) Snowballs Reward will be sent to all characters who log in during this period and have completed the tutorial Claim your rewards, then hit the streets of Albion to launch some fireworks or start a snowball fight! // Holiday Fame Boost Finally, we're rounding out the year with a week-long Fame Boost. Log in between December 23 10:00 UTC and December 30 10:00 UTC for the automatic Mists of Albion buff, which grants an additional 25% Fame for all activities. It's the perfect time to unlock another gathering tier or max out a weapon line! (Note: Fame Boosts do not apply to Fame from Tomes, and do not accelerate Adventurer or Guild Challenge progress.) // As the year winds down, we want to thank the Albion community for making the world of Albion more vibrant than ever. Stay tuned for a year-end wrapup covering the major events of 2020! New Vanity Skins are HereDec 10, 2020 - Community Announcements// Albion's third premier costume set, the Mage Adventurer Bundle, is now available! This newest bundle includes ten vanity unlocks to give your character the look of a shrewd, battle-hardened mage. All the included items can be used on male or female characters, with unique looks (and even unique voices) for each. Like the Rogue and Knight Bundles, this new bundle also includes an Armored Horse Mount Skin with a matching theme. On top of that, it also includes guild versions of the Mage Adventurer hat, armor, cape, and mount skin that allow you to show off your currently active guild logo and colors. The centerpiece of the Mage Adventurer Bundle is the Spellbook, a main-hand costume weapon. The Spellbook uses the primary weapon slot, and like all other vanity weapon items with unique spells, its spells can be toggled on or off with a special button next to the spell icons. Magical Fireworks: // Wings of Magic: // How to Get the Mage Adventurer Bundle The full bundle is available in the ingame store and includes all Mage Adventurer regular and guild skin options: Mage Adventurer's Hat, Armor, Boots, and Cape Mage Adventurer's Spellbook with 2 Premium Emotes Mage Adventurer's Armored Horse Skin Mage Adventurer's Guild Hat Mage Adventurer's Guild Armor Mage Adventurer's Guild Cape Mage Adventurer's Guild Armored Horse Skin This option offers the best value for those who want all Mage Adventurer items. // New Swiftclaw Skin: The Miststalker A brand-new Swiftclaw mount skin, the Miststalker, is now available in the ingame store. Inspired by the ancient beasts found in the Roads of Avalon, the Miststalker turns your Swiftclaw mount into a mystical, mist-hued creature with glowing blue eyes. Swiftclaws have long been a favorite mount of both group and solo players looking to cover large distances quickly, with large battles seeing dozens of them in use at once. The Miststalker is the perfect option for those looking to upgrade their Swiftclaw's appearance and stand out from the pack. Like all mount skins, once the Miststalker is unlocked it can be used by all characters on your account forever. Pick it up today and ride out into the wilds of Albion! Season 11 Starts SaturdayDec 3, 2020 - Community Announcements// Saturday marks the beginning of Albion's eleventh Guild Season, which brings the new 20v20 Crystal League, as well as Point Balancing and Daily Limits for Crystal League matches, major updates to World Boss Zones and Castle Scoring, and an incredible new battle mount, the Roving Bastion, as a season reward for ranking guilds. Guilds that reach a high enough rank can claim fantastic rewards including an avatar, avatar ring, and the mighty Roving Bastion mount. While the final stats are subject to change, it will be a support battle mount with a powerful push ability that knocks back enemy forces away, allowing armies to break through enemy lines. It will also have a shield aura ability that offers protection against damage and displacement effects to allies. This mount will be awarded to guilds who reach Silver Rank or higher during Season 11, with increasingly higher stats and epic appearance with each successive tier. The winning guild will receive a statue among the past Guild Season winners in Conquerors' Hall, accessible via all major cities. Qualifying guilds will also receive a Fame Bonus and furniture items, as listed in the tables below: // // Big Changes for Season 11 This Season introduces the 20v20 Crystal League, allowing all players to join fair and exciting 20v20 battles. Match rules are similar to the 5v5 League, but with an entirely new map similar to the old city fight map. As in the 5v5 League, Level 1 matches are knockdown only and offer perfect training for newcomers; risks and rewards increase greatly with each subsequent level, culminating in a final Level 6 match at the end of the season. // Alongside the new 20v20 league, Crystal League Season Points have been rebalanced, and a new Daily Point Limit for the Crystal League has been implemented. Season 11 also brings other far-reaching changes and improvements to open-world guild warfare in Albion: World Boss Zone Improvements to make these zones into valuable Fame Farming hotspots and lead to more midsize open-world fights Castle Scoring Changes and Minimum Distance Increase to split large forces and reduce overcrowded clusters Ability to Skip Overcrowded Clusters and jump directly to an adjoining cluster to join the fight // Last but not least, this season will also include numerous combat balance changes launched with Patch 10. For more details on these changes, click here. Watch the Season Kickoff Live The action kicks off on AlbionTV this Saturday, December 5 at 17:30 UTC, when hosts Shozenw...Rise of Avalon Patch 10 is HereDec 2, 2020 - Community Announcements// Rise of Avalon Patch 10, AKA the Season 11 Patch, is now live. This patch brings major changes and improvements to guild warfare in Albion, starting with the Season 11 kickoff on Saturday, December 5. Here's an overview of what's new: 20v20 Crystal League Battles 20v20 Crystal League battles allow players of all levels to participate in thrilling 20v20 battles. Level 1 battles are knockdown only, providing the perfect training ground for newer players, while higher-level fights are full loot, with correspondingly higher rewards. The 20v20 league has 6 levels, with the final Level 6 match taking place at the end of the season. // Crystal League Point Adjustments Season Points for midlevel Crystal League matches have been rebalanced, and there is now a daily limit for Season Points earned from the Crystal League. This limit makes it less desirable to accumulate elite Crystal League teams in one guild and instead creates an incentive for top teams to spread across various guilds. Smart Cluster Queue Changes When a cluster is overcrowded and the Smart Cluster Queue activates, players can now either join the queue or skip the overcrowded cluster entirely. Additionally, the distance players can move from the entrance before being kicked from the queue has been greatly increased. // Castle Scoring and Minimum Distance Changes Castle scoring now starts at 00:00 UTC regardless of a zone's prime time, and Castles and Castle Outposts give points every 6 and 3 hours respectively. Additionally, Castles are now at least 4 zones apart, making it harder for larger guilds to defend numerous objectives simultaneously. World Boss and Raid Zone Changes Fame for all Elite mobs in World Boss Raid Zones, including World Bosses themselves, has been massively increased. World Bosses now spawn once per hour instead of once per day, and killing them gives a 20% Fame buff within the same cluster. Elite mobs in these zones also respawn much faster, and their distribution within the zones has been updated. // Combat Balance Changes and More Axes get a new Q-slot ability, Rending Rage, to improve mobility and crowd control Various buffs for Axes, Spears, and Arcane Staffs Cooldown reductions for Royal Robe and Royal Armor Timers for point scoring and treasures in Castles and Castle Outposts now display as both countdowns and fixed UTC time Numerous bug fixes For the full list of changes, check out the official patchnotes. Refer One Friend and Claim a Unicorn Mount SkinDec 1, 2020 - Community Announcements// A new referral season is here! From now until February 1, refer your friends and claim your very own Unicorn mount skin. This skin transforms your Riding Horse base mount into a mighty, mythical Unicorn – and once you've unlocked it, it can be used by all characters on your account forever. You can also earn huge amounts of Fame for your third and fifth referrals: three referrals scores you a T7 Pile of Tomes worth 100,000 Fame, and five referrals gets you a T8 Pile of Tomes granting a colossal 200,000 Fame. And as always, your first-ever referral grants an additional T8 Pile of Tomes along with the mount skin. The current referral season lasts until maintenance on February 1, so you've got until then to refer your friends and claim your rewards. // How to Earn Seasonal Referral Rewards Send your referral link, which you can find here, to a friend. (You must be logged into your account on the website to view this page.) Your friend registers an account and starts playing Albion Online (preferably along with you!). The first time your friend purchases at least 30 days of Premium, they will trigger a reward for you. On top of that, for your very first referral ever, you'll receive a T8 Recruiter's Pile of Tomes, worth a whopping 200,000 Fame. // The Yuletide Challenge ReturnsDec 1, 2020 - Community Announcements// Winter has returned to Albion, and the Yuletide Challenge is back! For the entire month of December, earn points for open-world activities, unlock chests, and earn rewards like an avatar ring, new and classic furniture items, and the beloved Snow Husky mount. Yuletide Greetings SNOW HUSKY: You've got another chance to claim the charming Snow Husky, a handsome canine companion that will carry you through Albion's harshest terrain. Along with its strong base move speed, its Hunting Instinct spell gives a short but powerful speed burst. AVATAR RING: Along with the Snow Husky, adventurers who reach this month's total point goal will unlock the Yuletide Challenge Ring, which gives your avatar a cheery holiday look any time of year. And remember: unclaimed Adventurer's Challenge Rings can always be traded in for Adventurer's Tokens at the Vanity Merchant! SEASONAL SPECIALS: Unlock Yuletide Challenge chests to get a mix of holiday-themed prizes, along with goodies like Silver, Tomes of Insight, treasures and resources. Each chest has a chance to give classic Yuletide decorations like Presents and Decorated Trees as well as four brand-new items: the Yuletide Candle, Wreath, Lantern, and Candy Boot! As always, you can earn Challenge Points by gathering, fishing, farming, and killing monsters. Points count simultaneously toward a daily bonus, a weekly unlockable chest, and the monthly mount and avatar ring reward. So log in, head out into the open world, gather points, and claim these rewards while they last! Dev Talk: Season 11 ChangesNov 30, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/32445805/fd5ada97ea2fc81763481c336f87edc35e9cd468.jpg Albion Online's 11th Guild Season starts on Saturday, December 5. This season will bring major new features along with changes to existing systems. In our newest Dev Talk, Combat Designer Michael Schwahn discusses these changes and how they will affect guild warfare in Albion. No time to watch or prefer a written summary? Then read on... 20v20 Crystal League This Season introduces the 20v20 Crystal League, allowing all players to join fair and exciting 20v20 battles. Tokens can be bought at the Energy Manipulator and used for one of 3 slots each day Match rules are similar to the 5v5 League, where both teams need to control and hold more orbs than the enemy 20v20 matches will use an entirely new map with a layout similar to the old city fight map As in the 5v5 League, Level 1 matches are knockdown only and offer perfect training for newcomers High-stakes, full-loot matches are also available, increasing toward the end of the seasonCrystal League Point Limit To make sure the Crystal League doesn't dominate the entire season at the expense of other activities, we're rebalancing its Season Point rewards and introducing a daily limit for Season Points gained via Crystal League. The limits are separate for 5v5 and 20v20 matches, and vary based on the amount of points available on a given day. This keeps high-level matches rewarding while ensuring seasons can’t be won solely via elite Crystal League squads. // World Boss Raid Zones To add high-value open world objectives, we have overhauled World Boss Raid Zones: World Bosses now spawn every hour Defeating a World Boss gives every team member a PvE Fame buff while remaining in the zone, as an additional incentive for groups to stand their ground when they meet an enemy group To further make these areas into Fame Farming hotspots, their Elite mobs are now much stronger, but also way more rewarding, and they respawn much faster These spots are limited, which should lead to more small and midsized open-world fights// With Season 11, Castle and Castle Outpost timers will be the same for all clusters in the game. This means treasure spawning and scoring now occur independently of the cluster prime time. Castles score every 6 hours Castle Outposts score every 3 hours Castle Chests appear on Saturdays at 12:00 and 18:00 UTC and Sundays at 00:00 UTC Castle Outpost Chests appear every 6 hours We've also increased distances between Castles by removing tunnels and cluster connections to ensure they are always at least four zones apart. These changes will put pressure on bigger power blocks to split their forces if they want to contest more than one objective. This will hopefully lead to fewer overcrowde...The Crystal League Championship Starts SaturdayNov 27, 2020 - Community Announcements// The wait is almost over: the Season 10 Crystal League Championship is this weekend! Starting Saturday at 17:00 UTC, tune in to AlbionTV to watch all the action live. Winners will receive huge Gold rewards and rare mounts, with the first-place team walking away with the ultra-rare Sabertooth Rex Swiftclaw Skin. Join hosts Shozen, Lewpac, and Tazzik as they bring you live coverage and commentary on these high-action fights. Here's the weekend's schedule: Saturday, November 28: 17:00 - 20:30 UTC Sunday, November 29: 17:00 - 22:15 UTC (Note: the above end times are approximate, depending on how long matches run.) For team breakdowns, full rules, and the final schedule, keep an eye on this forum post. The Season 10 Crystal League Championship is ComingNov 20, 2020 - Community Announcements// The Season 10 Crystal League Championship will take place on November 28-29, with Albion's top Crystal League players facing off for tremendous prizes including the ultra-rare Sabertooth Rex Swiftclaw Skin. The entry requirements have been updated to bring in more teams, and matches will run on shorter timers than usual to ensure a steady stream of exciting fights throughout the weekend. The basic rules: Teams who won one Level 9 match or two or more Level 8 matches during Season 10 are invited to participate Participants must use the same team and characters that qualified during the season Each team can allocate one substitute Each team must assign a Captain as the main contact point For full rules and the final schedule, keep an eye on this forum post. // Watch the Action Live on AlbionTV Like last time, you can watch the action all weekend long on AlbionTV, the official Albion Online Twitch Channel. Join hosts Shozen, Lewpac, and Tazzik as they bring you live coverage and commentary on these high-action fights, where the difference between victory and defeat hinges on lightning-fast reflexes and flawless teamwork. The reigning champions will be crowned and receive their prizes at a ceremony after the final match on Sunday. Get ready for Albion's highest-stakes tournament yet, and keep an eye on our forum for updates! Last Chance to Claim Your PandaNov 19, 2020 - Community Announcements// There's just a short time left to unlock the brand-new Panda mount skin: the current Referral Season ends at maintenance on December 1. For just a single referral, you'll earn the following: Panda Mount Skin (permanently unlocked for all characters on your account) 500 Gold an additional Recruiter's Pile of Tomes worth an incredible 200,000 Fame for your first-ever referral You can get all the details of the current referral season, as well as your personal referral link to share with friends, by clicking here while signed in to the website: REFER FRIENDSDev Talk: Development Update, November 2020Nov 17, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/32445805/6b31a5976a0a03456f2a023e89d5926f5e88b709.jpg Brimstone and Mist launched on October 21, bringing significant improvements to Corrupted Dungeons, the Roads of Avalon, and large-scale combat. In our newest Dev Talk, Game Director Robin Henkys discusses major improvements coming to Faction Warfare and Hellgates with the next content update. No time to watch the video, or prefer a written summary? Then read on... 1. Faction Warfare We’ve long wanted to expand Faction Warfare into a major activity for players of all levels. We want players without large guilds to experience the excitement of massive battles, while also allowing maintaining Faction Warfare as a valuable and rewarding activity for experienced players. To achieve this, we’re changing the following: Faction Conquest: In addition to Outposts, factions will be able to conquer entire zones. To provoke large-scale battles, Factions will only be able to attack Outposts and zones that border another Faction. Faction Points: Points will be awarded not only for taking Outposts and zones, but also for killing enemy defenders. Loyalty to a faction will become more important via Faction ranks and weekly/monthly Faction Campaigns with valuable rewards. Core System Changes: To encourage beginning and mid-level players to participate, Faction Warfare in blue/yellow zones will be non-lethal, instead allowing knocked-out players to rejoin the fight from their nearest Outpost. At the same time, the red zones will contain the highest-value Faction Warfare areas, and will offer a unique red zone battle event to encourage high-value, full-loot Faction Warfare. With these changes, we think Faction Warfare will become the perfect way for new Albion players to get their first experience of large-scale warfare, while offering a deep and interesting activity for veteran players who don’t have an Outlands guild or want to enjoy large-scale warfare even when their guild is not currently fighting. // 2. Hellgates Hellgates are an integral feature of Albion Online, letting players participate in high-stakes PvP in a challenging but balanced battleground. Hellgates were developed during the Alpha phase of Albion Online, and it's finally time to give them the attention they deserve. Goals of the new Hellgates: Make them more accessible by adding Hellgate maps, which lead to a Hellgate in the open world (similar to Dungeon Maps) whenever your group is ready. Make them more rewarding by adding a ranking system and an Infamy-like system that boost your rewards as your ranking increases. Make them more competitive by reworking the matchmaking system, ensuring you get matched with challenging opponents and don't receive rewards without fighting. We’re also adding all-new 10v10 Hellgates. Make them more polished via a complete rework of their visuals and thei...The Grim Challenge is BackNov 1, 2020 - Community Announcements// Allhallows is in full swing, and the Grim Challenge is back! For the entire month of November, earn points for open-world activities, unlock chests to get valuable loot, and claim your very own Pest Lizard. This time around, in addition to the mount and avatar ring, you can also get new grave-themed furniture items. Pestilential Prizes For Intrepid Adventurers // PEST LIZARD: This month's Challenge offers another chance to claim the popular Pest Lizard. This sleek, slithery mount comes with a Toxic Cloud ability that causes enemies who touch it to become temporarily disoriented. // AVATAR RING: Adventurers who rack up enough total Challenge Points will also earn the Grim Challenge avatar ring, featuring a spooky skull-topped iron frame. This non-tradable item permanently unlocks this avatar border for one character, or can be traded to the Vanity Merchant for one Vanity Token. // SEASONAL SPECIALS: All month long, reach weekly point totals to unlock Grim Challenge Chests. Along with valuable rewards like Adventurer's Tomes, Silver, resources, and other loot, you'll also have a chance to unlock four brand-new furniture items: the Empty Coffin, Grim Gravestone, Grim Lantern, and Weeping Woman Statue. As always, you can earn Challenge Points by gathering, fishing, farming, and killing monsters. Points count simultaneously toward a daily bonus, a weekly unlockable chest, and the monthly mount and avatar ring reward. So log in, head out into the open world, gather points, and claim these rewards while they last! // Allhallows With a Fame BoostOct 28, 2020 - Community Announcements// Allhallows is back! Enjoy a week-long Fame Boost and two weeks of special dungeons with valuable, spooky loot. Read on for all the gory details... The Mists of Albion Are Back From now until November 4 at 10:00 UTC, you'll automatically receive an extra 25% Fame for all activities. Mists of Albion buff automatically activates after maintenance on Wednesday, October 28 Grants an additional 25% Fame for all activities Excludes Fame earned via PvP kills and Tomes of Insight Ends at 10:00 UTC on Wednesday, November 4 // Log in today to max out your masteries and unlock new nodes and abilities! New Solo Dungeon: Hallowed Ground The Hallowed Ground dungeon, introduced during last year's Allhallows event as a group dungeon, now also appears in a new solo version. Both versions appear at random throughout all T4-T8 zones as a pumpkin-themed portal. Once inside you'll find eerie pumpkin-lined corridors, creepy-crawly monsters, and the mysterious final boss known only as Bob. // The final chest offers valuable loot, including a rare chance for mount skins like the Jack o' Donkey and Horse Macabre, so put on your best pumpkin-slaying gear and prepare for a fight! The Forum Contest Continues The Haunting Pictures of Albion contest runs until October 30 at 10:00 UTC – tell a unique story with the provided images and win prizes! Read the rules and submit your entry here. All events are running now for a limited time, so join in the fun today! Allhallows is Coming Soon!Oct 23, 2020 - Community Announcements// There's a chill in the air, leaves are beginning to fall... Allhallows is almost here! This two-week event runs from October 28-November 11 with a new dungeon and other surprises. New Solo Dungeon: Hallowed Ground Hallowed Ground was introduced during last year's Allhallows event as a group dungeon – and this year, in addition to the group version, you'll find a new solo version throughout the open world. Both versions feature eerie pumpkin-lined corridors, creepy mobs, and the return of the mysterious final boss known only as Bob, back to seek vengeance on Albion's unsuspecting human souls. // This dungeon offers valuable loot, including a rare chance for mount skins like the Jack o' Donkey and Horse Macabre along with other items. The dungeon has a chance of spawning in all T4-T8 zones, with rewards scaling depending on the tier – so join some friends or head out on your own in your spookiest dungeon-crawling garb, and get ready for a fight! New Forum Contest Starts Today Starting today, October 23 at 10:00 UTC and running until October 30 at 10:00 UTC, join in the Haunting Pictures of Albion contest over on the forum! Get all the details right here. // To round out the festivities, Halloween decorations have returned to Albion's cities, and other surprises are in store as well. Join the forum contest today, and get ready for the ingame event after maintenance on October 28!