Controversial for charging gamers after stating that future content material can be free with the one-time buy of ArcheAge: Unchained, after which for the final minute change to the fresh-start entry being given to Silver Pack gamers in addition to those that paid a $20 premium for the Gold Packs for entry, Backyard of the Gods hits immediately. Gamigo had been in a position to give us a fast tour of the brand new zone in addition to a number of the background gamers can sit up for after they begin their journey within the Backyard.

Nestled within the Navel of the World, the Backyard of the Gods is a brand new zone providing a wealth of content material for gamers to sort out. After taking a stroll down what was seemingly and limitless stair (RE: I jumped right down to blood port to the underside), I used to be met by an fascinating gravesite. ArcheAge’s CM Cosmo talked about that this grave was vital because it was one of many unique members of The Expedition that first got here down right here to the Backyard that’s buried there – Naima. The Backyard of the Gods is steeped in years of storytelling, with PM Lars Maassen telling me that this DLC is the continuation of six years of story threads.

As I entered the precise Backyard of the Gods, I discovered myself in a small antechamber, with one path resulting in a chamber with a quite essential NPC, Kyprosa who was additionally one in every of The Expedition and now guards the corridor, whereas the opposite results in a room with a number of gates which result in the Backyard correct. The Gatekeeper Corridor, as that is referred to as, is a staging floor for you and your groupmates to resolve the place within the Backyard you’d like to start out your journey.

The doorways within the gateroom had been adorned with the totally different seasons, every one representing a unique space of the Backyard itself. One introduced me to a snowy panorama, whereas one other takes you to a autumnal setting. There are extra seasons and environments, such because the subarctic and tropical – even a desert space referred to as the Delphinad Mirage the place the world boss Anthalon has his area. These areas are all a part of the identical zone, and the Gates supply a quick option to journey between the totally different areas of the Backyard of the Gods itself.

As for what you’ll do within the Backyard, the brand new ArcheAge DLC sporting 59 new story quests to finish within the new content material. Moreover, the Backyard of the Gods isn’t only a PvE zone, but additionally takes half within the PvP battles that may rage in ArcheAge. What makes the Backyard distinctive is that it’s totally instanced and cross server. All three factions might be current within the Backyard, and whilst you could be preventing somebody from a unique server, that doesn’t truly imply they’d be from a unique faction (i.e. Nuians can struggle Nuians from different servers).

The Backyard itself runs on a timer with one hour of peace, 10 minutes of battle and one other hour of all out battle. The Backyard is already stuffed with enemies – throughout my tour you couldn’t take a step with out stumbling on a fox or another beast prepared to tear my head off – and also you’ll must maintain conscious of the beasts round you and never simply the gamers which might be out for the hunt. This additionally implies that whereas all the things is hostile, in response to Maassen, all the things can be granting honor within the Backyard.

Maassen additionally talked about that the spawns throughout these instances are meant to be robust, and it is sensible. ArcheAge’s Backyard of the Gods is supposed to be endgame content material with gamers sporting higher gearscores. This content material is greatest tackled in a gaggle – in any other case you may end up on the improper finish of a monster’s claw or a participant’s blade in case you’re not cautious.

Whereas touring across the Backyard itself, I used to be intrigued by the design. I like the concept of those contained biomes all feeding into one another. It did give the entire panorama and otherworldly really feel, which I’m positive the group was going for. For long-standing ArcheAge gamers, there’s a ton of lore right here to uncover – particularly in case you’ve been following the story for the previous six years.

Listening to Cosmo speak in regards to the lore did make me wish to go deeper myself – I’m a lore junkie in most video games I play, and Backyard of the Gods is certainly steeped in it. The story of The Expedition and its members, even the story of the massive Raid Boss Anthalon caught my consideration, he’s the most important, baddest Necromancer to ever rule – Cosmo actually mentioned he’s “invincible for all intents and functions.” The group truly had gamers on the PTS strive their hand at beating him – 97% failed. Anthalon is about to be one tough struggle for many who resolve to take him on. What’s extra fascinating is what makes Anthalon tick – however that could be a spoiler for one more day.

There are different bosses as effectively, in response to Maassen, and these bosses can drop some fairly good gear – tools that may be Woke up with the brand new replace. For those who handle to take down Anthalon, you could be fortunate and discover a piece of his personal armor, Maassen talked about. There are additionally loads of every day quests to participate throughout the Backyard itself, for these trying to grind their option to the highest.

The Tour ended with us looking at Anthalon himself, seeing to soak up the Delphinad Mirage himself. It was a cool trying spectacle for positive, and it’ll be fascinating to see how gamers fare towards him, and the remainder of the content material because the Backyard of the Gods opens up immediately.

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