I’ve got a few highlights from their visit for you with thanks to Massively for the wonderful insight!
Overview of all new things to come
Helm’s Deep will officially be Update 12. So all updates until then is all 11.x. Once you see Update 12 announced by Turbine… Helm’s Deep is there! So, what does Helm’s Deep bring us?
- 5 new zones
- Three new books in the Epic Story
- 300 quests
- New level cap: 95
- New crafting Tier
- New armor and cosmetics
Earlier I said I could imagine the trait trees being like Rift and lo and behold, what do the trait trees look like?
The way I see it now you’ll really need to choose between your skills, but maybe that’s a good thing. It will give you the chance to tweak your character exactly the way you want it to. True, you might now have all the skills available, but do you use all the skills? Granted, my highest level character is only level 34, so I don’t have all skills yet. But I do see I don’t use everything I’ve slotted. There are certain skills readily available and some just kick ass and thus I want to use them. Others… not so much. So, all in all I think this is a change for the better.
From the 20 Questions, we already knew we’ll only get 2 free trait lines. If you want more, you’ll have to pay for it. The above picture does show something else, but I think it’s best to bet on 2 free traitlines anyway. I just hope we don’t need to pay too many Turbine Points, cause right now I just need everything for my questpacks.
I will have to get used to everything though. I really need to set up a schedule if it turns out Turbine will introduce Helm’s Deep in November, cause that’s my NaNoWriMo month and I’m determined to write my second story in November. And I DON’T have a holiday this year!
Epic Battle System
Now there’s something I’m looking forward to! You can already participate in this at level 10! The only thing I haven’t seen yet, if it’s free for all players. Or is it store-gated? Can’t seem to find an answer to that yet. I hope it’s free to play. That way really everyone can participate!
With the different roles everyone can take it will be fun, I think.
- Housing update (will come this year, a date just hasn’t been set; to quote Sapience: The housing update is not part of the expansion. That doesn’t mean we aren’t still planning on making changes this year (after the expansion launches))
- More mounted skills
- Traditional instances or Skirmish (that’s why we get the Epic Battles!)
Although a date hasn’t been set yet, I am looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing more screenshots! I hope people on the testservers will be able to release information soon!
What do you think of the information we’ve gotten? Are you looking forward to this new expansion?