First the new mutated expedition that mashes up Amrine and Starstone Barrows will be available. These are both lower level expeditions so I was curious if we'd ever see mutated versions. It makes sense that they are being mashed up into a single mutated version as standalone they are both relatively light on mechanics and length. Combined it should be a fun romp down memory lane (though I will admit I've never done Starstone Barrows!).
Some tweaks to refining and crafting stations are included. Nothing major but all good changes.
Probably one of the biggest smallest changes in the patch is that players no longer are required to be in a faction to join a company. The specific notes are:
Players no longer need to be in a Faction to join a Company, but Companies must still declare a Faction. Non-Faction-affiliated members may not become the Governor or participate in Wars.
At face value this is pretty simple, but points towards more changes coming to not require players to join into the faction system. I think this is an excellent change as being in a faction can bring some issues if you, like me, end up bouncing around companies. I can now think about going factionless but still be in a company which I could not before.
The long awaited shell companies and war fatigue system are coming in this PTR as well. I am not a war player but I have been around and in some competitive companies and the shell company game was truly exhausting and irritating. I understand why the sweaty tryhards did it but it was a toxic approach so it is good these changes are happening. Hopefully this will open up wars and territory control to more companies and players.
Leaderboards, the last item from their roadmap, is also included. From data mining it sounds like there will be leaderboards for EVERYTHING (1500+). For example; each fishing hotspot has its own leaderboard. I think we have a lot more to learn about this but I find it neat that I may actually have a shot at finding a niche somewhere to make it onto a leaderboard. Hopefully the bots keep getting whacked or the gathering leaderboards will be ... well ... bot infested.
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