Berlin, September 14, 2017 – With "Joseph", Sandbox Interactive is announcing the first major post-launch update for Albion Online. The expansion will be available as early as September 27, 2017 for all players of the sandbox MMORPG. "Joseph" will feature an action-packed Arena mode that will provide thrilling battles, diverse rewards, and a plethora of possibilities to show off the results achieved. Also, there will be additional PvP opportunities with "Treasure Sites", two new group expeditions, further UI/UX improvements, user-friendly Smart Casting, new weapon abilities for more variety and other improvements.
The most important features of the Joseph update at a glance:
• Arena Mode
In the new Arena, players face worthy opponents in 5vs5 matches to gain control points. They can enter the arena through random matchmaking with friends, guild mates or on their own. This is also where they can train for PvP fights in higher tiers. In the team battle, the rewards depend on the control points gained and the highscore achieved. The winning team receives Arena Sigils which can be either redeemed for rewards or traded with others. Each character can collect three Arena Sigils per day for the first three winning matches, with a maximum of nine Arena Sigils per day.
• "Treasure Sites"
The old Relic Locker sites around Albion have been replaced by "Treasure Sites". More than ten of these locations can be found throughout the yellow, red and black zones. These sites are literally littered with silver. But it's not only silver which can be collected there – urns can also be smashed and may hold some of the sought-after currency. And those who dare destroy sarcophaguses will face a battle with a ghost. Winning players will be rewarded with even more silver though.
• Eternal Battle Expedition
An ancient city is overrun by undead soldiers which belonged to a defending army from a battle that happened a long time ago. It is the job of the players to drive them out again and regain the city for the living.
• Three Sisters Expedition
A Royal Guard who is said to have committed treason has disappeared and must be found again. The trace leads to an old monastery where three age-defying sisters of the Morgana cult already await you.
• Smart Cast
The eagerly awaited Smart Casting mechanic will be added as an option in the game settings. Based on their play style, players can choose between two variants. With "Quick Cast on Button Press", ground-targeted abilities will be cast in the direction of the cursor when pressing the respective skill button. Or, with the "Quick Cast on Button Release" setting, a spell area indicator will appear at the position of the mouse when pressing and holding an ability key. When the pressed key is released, the ability will be cast. The "Normal Spell Cast" will remain as the default setting.
• UI/UX Improvements
The Joseph update will bring a facelift to some of the menu interfaces, including an improved appearance of the island merchant menu and the social menu. Additionally, there will be user experience improvements to the social menu to enable players to directly contact their friends and add them to a party.
• New Abilities
Five new abilities have been added for bows, daggers, cursed staffs, swords and spears starting at tier 5. They will give even more variety to these weapons' play styles. One of these abilities is the new "Ray of Light" ability for bows which will root the enemy for a short amount of time. And daggers now have an ability called "Shadow Edge" to sneakily teleport to an enemy or an ally.
• Further Improvements
New effects for the "Ice Storm" and "Armor Piercer" abilities, additional ability effect improvements, Dungeons and Mob Camps have treasure chests, Essences can be used in potion crafting, plus dozens of minor improvements and countless bug fixes.
The Joseph update will be released on September 27, 2017. All details to the expansion are available here: https://albiononline.com/en/update/joseph
What is Albion Online?
Albion Online is a sandbox MMORPG from Sandbox Interactive, set in the medieval fantasy world of Albion. Whether playing a hardened fighter, a farmer, a merchant or a master craftsman, in the player-driven world every single weapon and every single building is created by the players. Thanks to a "you are what you wear" system free of typical class restrictions, a skilled archer can instantly become a powerful mage, and the players define their own role within the game world. PvE, PvP or the battle guild vs guild, every action in the game has a meaning … as well as consequences. PvP battles in the danger zones of the game world are a "winner takes it all" affair. Albion Online is the first PC game to enable the exact same experience on tablets.
Albion Online will officially launch on July 17, 2017.
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About Sandbox Interactive GmbH
Sandbox Interactive is an independent game development studio founded in January 2012 and is based in Berlin, Germany, currently employing 52 full-time and 12 freelance programmers and designers on their cross-platform sandbox MMO Albion Online. Sandbox Interactive follows the belief that the creation of your own world and interaction with other players are paramount to entertainment – and, that these ideas are truly brought to life in the sandbox genre. With Albion Online, they are making a game with compelling gameplay and the player’s experience squarely in the foreground.