This week, we’re adding new feature to the test: a baseline version of Spirit (Account) Bank, as well as a streamlined way to Import and Export game items and resources between the worlds!
Things You Might Remember
In case you missed the previous updates, here are a few things to remember:
- All of our worlds are unique, with different world maps and different PvP rules!
- Each map has a different distribution (and quality) of resources
- The best (and most plentiful) resources come from the most difficult PvP worlds
- All items come from crafting, and the best items come from the best resources
In terms of resources, there are two categories: UBIQUITOUS resources, which are plentiful across all worlds, but less than poor quality; and NAMED resources, which are difficult to acquire but offer substantial bonuses and are necessary for all but the most basic of recipes.
The ubiquitous resources are easily found by harvesting trees (knotwood), rocks (cobblestone) and ore deposits (slag). For named/typed items, we use a color chart to denote rarity (the names for which have become pretty standard for MMOs at this point):
- Poor - Grey items / resources
- Common – White items / resources
- Uncommon – Green items / resources
- Epic – Purple items / resources
- Legendary – Orange items / resources
The idea is that the quality and quantity of resources on a given world are linked to the danger level (i.e. the PvP rules) of a given world; echoing the idea that great risk allows for great reward.
Things to Look for Now
We will continue to expand our game universe over time, but for now the line-up consists of four unique worlds:
- Sorrow (full, open-world PvP)
- Misery (full, open-world PvP)
- Mourning (full, open-world PvP) and
- Sanctuary (PvE / safe)
As outlined above, the first three are resource rich and the latter is largely devoid of resources.
Things You Should Look for Next
In this next version, players in ANY of the four worlds (Sorrow, Misery, Mourning or Sanctuary) will be able to open their Spirit Bank (accessed via a new tab on the Inventory Screen).
Items moved from the character’s inventory will – after a short transfer period of a few minutes – appear in the Spirit Bank. The Spirit Bank is accessible to ALL characters on that account, meaning that items placed inside this container can be retrieved by your other characters and on other worlds.
Time Delay on Item Transfer
Note that there is a time delay on putting an item into (or taking an item out of) your Spirit Bank. For simplicity, this is denoted by a small red “X” in the upper left hand corner of the icon of any item placed in / removed from the Spirit Bank. While that X is present, it means this item is still in transfer and cannot be used or accessed.
When the X symbol disappears from the upper left hand corner of an item, the transfer is complete. The item can now be worn/used/dropped/destroyed as normal.
A few notes about this:
- The interface (the red X and the Spirit Bank container) are both temporary/placeholder,
- Items that are “in transit” between a character’s inventory and that account’s Spirit Bank are technically removed from the game until they arrive at the destination.
Things to Look for Later
As illustrated above, we started with worlds at either end of the spectrum: one safe world (with only ubiquitous, sub-poor resources) and three full-loot PvP worlds (with named resources of varying quality). This was a great way to test the bounds of our system design.
At some point in the (hopefully-not-too-distant) future, we’ll add more points along this spectrum:
- We will push the full-PvP worlds to the far-right side of the spectrum (i.e. higher rarity resources) and
- Add some new worlds in the middle (graduated levels of PvP with mid-tier quality resources)
All of this work will eventually lead to our ultimate destination, which will be to bring online the actual import / export mechanism and to enable the flow of goods and materials between the mercantile empires that we expect to dominate the Eternal Kingdoms and the warring factions (and guilds) that conquer the Campaign Worlds.
We’re adding the Spirit Bank to the next playtest, which will allow players to transfer items between worlds! Check it out and let us know how it works for you.