Holy patch notes Batman! I don't have the time between now and 10/3 when the Rise of the Angry Earth expansion launches to cover all the details, but without a doubt we are truly getting a NEW New World! Today though I wanted to zero in on the change coming to umbral shards as we've all been waiting to know what would happen to them.
- Removed the ability to upgrade gear with Umbral shards.
- Umbral shards can now be salvaged for coin at a rate of 0.1 coin per umbral shard.
First I want to say "told you so" to everyone that thought the original information was false when it was reported by Massively OP that umbral shards would be converted to gold. It was clear that Massively OP reported that correctly from the developer Q&A they were part of and good to see it validated now.
Next; I don't think there was any "winning" consolation prize that could be given for umbral shards. New World needed to reset gear and gear progression for it to have a more meaningful end game loop and to do that they needed to shutter umbral shards. Any compensation was going to be only a half measure.
Personally I think 0.10 gold per shard is a fine compromise. Its not enough gold that you would race out to gather a bunch before launch, but it's enough that if you have some laying around you'll cash them in and feel good about it. Also it's a small enough amount that I don't feel terrible about cashing them in now to upgrade some "fun" gear sets to play around with before October.
And honestly this is how I really feel...