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Monday Update - Small Patch This Week, Asgard Next Week

GazillionLocation Serious BusinessPosts: 5,125 Staff
edited October 2013

Hello all,

Here's a brief Monday update:

The bulk of today was spent reviewing the outstanding bug reports from the weekend and getting them addressed by their respective teams (engineering, level design, hero design, enemies/bosses, items team, VFX, art, mission design or sound).

We cleared out most of the backlog for the new "bug fix" build which will go to test center tomorrow afternoon. Assuming that build works fine, we'll put it live Wednesday or Thursday. This should provide improvements for Legendary Quests as well as clean up most noticeable bugs.

After these fixes were complete, the team spent time getting ready for the first chapter in our 4-month Asgard rollout.

The first Asgard patch will start out slow and steady, with an investigation of a mysterious situation in Norway. This will involve a game-wide event that supports SHIELD and the Fantastic Four's investigation of the situation (while stopping HYDRA from trying to do the same thing). The game-wide event should take approproximately 2 weeks to complete and will open up access to a new player hub as well as the supplier of Legendary items.

Testing for the patch has been in progress for several weeks internally and will be opened up to the public at the end of the week in test center, with a full week scheduled.

Throughout the Asgard patch, several new crafting recipes will be added and several new item slots, including a Ring slot (which drop in the open world and can be earned through PVP), a Legendary item slot (which is unlocked by level 40 characters), 2 additional artifact slots (for high level heroes) and other item slots to be added eventually.

The Asgard patch will also include a bunch of improvements for new players to coincide with a lot of marketing centering around the US theatrical release of the movie. Marvel will be sending many players our way, so we need to do our best to be welcoming to the new players that we will inevitably encounter. This will coincide with a new character selection screen and brand new waypoint tech which should make the game more accessible to new players.

The Fire and Ice PVP map (located on the eastern side of Asgard on a island controlled by two warring Giant factions) will also be available for live testing this weekend. We'll keep the mode in live beta for approximately one month before we start leaderboards, but all PVP rewards will be awarded at 100% value. We having been testing and iterating this mode for a few months and it's starting to come together pretty nicely. There is no possible way to fully "balance" PVP, but we're at the point where the most strategic and coordinated team is generally winning.

New items will abound in the 4 chapters of Asgard, with 100+ new uniques, 7 new relics (with an unbinding recipe in November), Legendary Items, StarkTech items, rings, new medallions for the half-dozen new supervillians and new artifacts. These will start to roll out in the first patch and continue with each subsequent Asgard patch. This will include the 10 player-designed uniques as they make their way through the pipeline.

In addition to all this, we have several performance optimizations going live with Asgard and well as continued improvements to CPU usage, which is important for zones with a high-number of players.

We'll keep you updated throughout the week.

MutatedLocation White Hot RoomPosts: 205 Amazing

amaaaaaazing cannot wait!!!!!!!!!

Location Planet HulkPosts: 495 Amazing

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

Location Down on the corner, out in the streetPosts: 1,888 Fantastic

Will Cap's work be done in time for the first Asgard patch, or just Colossus'?

Posts: 29 Mighty

"Throughout the Asgard patch, several new crafting recipes will be added and several new item slots, including a Ring slot (which drop in the open world and can be earned through PVP), a Legendary item slot (which is unlocked by level 40 characters), 2 additional artifact slots (for high level heroes) and other item slots to be added eventually."

What level will the 2 new Arty slots open up at? I would like to try and get at least one of my toons high enough to play with this option

Thanks for the update!****

Location CaliforniaPosts: 2,246 Fantastic

@Doomsaw said:

The Asgard patch will also include a bunch of improvements for new players to coincide with a lot of marketing centering around the US theatrical release of the movie. Marvel will be sending many players our way, so we need to do our best to be welcoming to the new players that we will inevitably encounter. This will coincide with a new character selection screen and brand new waypoint tech which should make the game more accessible to new players.

That's great news! Congrats guys, and good luck! :)

Location Down on the corner, out in the streetPosts: 1,888 Fantastic

@Doomsaw said: Cap should be done around mid-November. Exact date depends on testing.

Word, thanks for the info.

From what you said in the OP there it sounds like larger-scale marketing is about to begin? Feels like that is something that should be happening around now, given how far the next big cross-promotional opportunity is (and maybe also given other titles in this space doing the same recently).

Location The White Hot RoomPosts: 375 Amazing

Everything sounds awesome, Lord @Doomsaw. Two questions!

Will the items team be taking another pass at the existing uniques, artifacts, and/or medallions with either of these patches? I know, for example, that Jean's unique Gloves of the Twelve are still really underwhelming and only have the damage rating of a normal item in addition to affixes that don't jive well with her kit.

Is it possible that more of the player designed uniques might creep their way into the game farther down the line, or that there may be another opportunity to submit ideas in the future? I'd really like to hold on to hope that some day one of mine might be chosen!

WallcrawlerPosts: 375 Amazing

@Doomsaw said: This is not meant to be a cheap recipe. Relics are difficult to unbind from a hero, it's almost like they are sentient, so manage expectations.

That's cool, fair warning taken. I still appreciate having the glass case to break in the event of an emergency.

CovertPosts: 692 Amazing

So not every chapter will actually be in Asgard? Nice, I was wondering what three whole chapters of Asgard could possibly be. I guess that explains the snowy region. Also, what of Blizzard and the Bronx Zoo? Are those a part of the Asgard plot as well?

Anti-HeroLocation Anywhere but herePosts: 1,704 Fantastic

@Doomsaw said:

Truly excited to see all of this. Top notch, guys/gals.

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