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Hector is Around the Corner!

The next content update is almost here, bringing the Black Market, revamped Hellgates and more. Find out all you need to know here!

May 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM by Enya

The cat’s out of the bag: Hector is coming to Albion Online on June 7, 2017! This is the final update before we launch the game on July 17, 2017, and it certainly packs a punch. Head on over to the Hector update page for a first look at what to expect.

Here is a short highlight of the most prominent features of Hector!

New Feature: Black Market

The Black Market merchant is a new NPC that can be found in Caerleon, the center city of the Royal Continent. This shady figure buys equipment from  crafters and redistributes it to the mobs and chests of Albion, who in turn drop the equipment to players in Albion. Do not be fooled, as this NPC is not your typical merchant with an infinite demand: All buy orders from the Black Market are based on the  amount of mobs that are killed in PvE.

This new feature has several benefits. First of all it allows us to add cool drops to the PvE of Albion Online, without taking away from the player-driven economy. All equipment is once again player-crafted! Additionally, as the Black Market merchant is shady, this can also be used as a proper item-sink for lower Tier items. Lastly, we  can remove Essences from refining and get rid of refined resources as a drop from Hellgates and chests.

Stay  tuned for more information on the Black Market, coming soon!

Revamped Hellgates

Hellgates are a vital part of Albion Online, mixing PvE with the thrill of PvP. While they have been well-received in general, there are some smaller issues that could not be addressed with so-called band-aid fixes. This is why we are giving the Hellgates a revamp!

This revamp includes not only a new, pentagram-shaped map, but also new mechanics and minibosses. We have also divided the Hellgates in three different difficulties: Ashen Hellgates (green zones), Ignited Hellgates (yellow zones), and Infernal Hellgates (red and black zones).

Learn more about the new Hellgate mechanics, map and difficulties here.

Outlands Improvements

The Outlands are also receiving several improvements. We like the changes we have made so far, but feel the cities are not fulfilling their role and the Outlands in general are too restrictive for smaller guilds or guilds without territory.

First of all, the current harbors and black zone cities are being removed from the game. Instead, a massive portal has appeared in Caerleon. This portal links to the different parts of the Outlands, allowing players to travel to the black zones for free. There will be several rules linked to this portal, in order to prevent abuse.

Resource distributed is also being adjusted. All parts of the Outlands are getting the same amount of resources, but will have different rates of enchanted resources, with the higher areas getting an increased rate. Overall, the black zones will have a significant higher amount of enchanted resources compared to the Royal Continent.

Lastly, the watchtower territories are being boosted as well. They are the only place in the world where you can find Tier 8 resources and will have all their resources respawned at the prime time of the territory. You don’t have a watchtower but still want to get your hands on Tier 8 material? It is now possible to gather in other guild’s territories, meaning you can raid them and steal their resources.

Click here to watch the Development Recap video with all further details on the Outlands improvements!

PSA: Evacuate!

As the harbors and black zone cities are being removed, so are their banks and cityplots. If you have any items stored in one of the following maps, please make sure to move them to a safe place before Hector goes live on June 7!

  • Aberdown Harbor
  • Cawl Quay
  • Clack Quay
  • Farewich
  • Fort Thursair
  • Harlech Quay
  • Lowe Quay
  • Lyme Harbor
  • Mull Quay
  • Noss Quay
  • Pember Quay
  • Sheerbrough
  • Sunder Quay
  • Tenby Quay

Marketplaces and islands linked to soon-to-be removed maps will be moved to Caerleon.

On top of that, the Caerfyddin map in the Royal Continent will be replaced by the Keeper’s homebase. This means that its watchtower territory will be removed and thus the guild holding this territory has to evacuate before Hector hits, otherwise they will lose their items. 

… and more!

From new mounts to Destiny Board UI improvements, find out all you need to know about the next upcoming update on the Hector update page.

Looking forward to Hector? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on the forums!


East June 5, 2017 11:15

The highlight of this update for me is the division of hellgates... This will be great for players that want Hellgate experience without running into a bad matchup READ MORE SHOW LESS

Yamochan June 5, 2017 05:49

Black market and new hellgates are a great thing but to base the highest resources only on pvp might be a big mistake. Smaller guilds might have big problems getting those now but I guess its wait see for now. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Araxiel June 3, 2017 17:37

Please add some CC to Warbow... READ MORE SHOW LESS

agonyclutch June 1, 2017 19:12

Fix forge hammers in this patch plz to glow like they should on .2 and .3 READ MORE SHOW LESS

Tenzin May 23, 2017 22:22

I think since the central merchant city will be an unrestricted PvP zone it will be very dangerous for unescorted noobs to try to wander to Caerleon will stand a high chance of getting picked off by roaming guild parties, so the local AH's shouldn't go out of business. Merely an opinion though, only time will tell and if they are terrible changes I'm sure the dev team will have no problem with tweaking it.

Other then that, the Hellgate changes look totally amazing. The hardcore players still get their full loot unrestricted Red and Black zone fights and more casual players and smaller guilds with members who are trying to get into PvP but simply cannot afford the silver it costs to lose all of their gear can finally start practicing and having fun. Sure big boys can camp yellows but thats about as fun as going to a tier 4 dungeon when your using 7.2 gear, the novelty will wear off quickly.

Big problem with this game is that the only down time is pointless and boring expeditions (only worth it for the bonus silver) or grindy harvesting and mob farming, the new casual mode Hellgates are a great move to combat that. Heres to hoping for a more expansive and difficult selection of Expeditions post release. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Raczer May 23, 2017 22:05

PLS SBI, can we get these patch pictures posted somewhere? They're such aweseome for wallpaper use! Would be sweet if you could add a media page to post em on. support up to 4k would be nice! :D


Xufo May 23, 2017 16:30

Fishing, building boat. Sea travel and such improvements i was expecting. but i guess world is not suitable? its too much instanced. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Roxo May 23, 2017 14:47

Glad to see these kind of improvements that bring lot's of new great stuff for the Albion Online.

Congratulations! Keep doing this awsome job! READ MORE SHOW LESS

Thomas9 May 23, 2017 14:11

Black market vendor only in Caerleon is equal bad desicion as making Caerleon the central hub for everything. This only proves that Caerleon will be the only relevant city and others are just cosmetics. Good bye local economies, it will be global for now on. Really bad patch overall and because it is the last one, it makes it even worse. Mounts were nice add. READ MORE SHOW LESS

Captainrussia May 23, 2017 14:01

"All parts of the Outlands are getting the same amount of resources, but will have different rates of enchanted resources"

- how will this affect stone, since it does not come as "enchanted"?

Overall an amazing update though! Thanks for the amazing job SI! READ MORE SHOW LESS

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