Albion Online Updates

Lands Awakened

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Lands Awakened

On November 24, 2021, the Lands Awakened update goes live. This update improves and expands nearly every aspect of Albion's open world: reworked open-world dungeons with limited-time events and exits in multiple zones, as well as open-world mobs that increase in power and value over time, offer substantial rewards to those who venture into unexplored zones. All five biomes have been overhauled with massively improved visuals and updated terrains and layouts, bringing new depth and vibrancy to exploration, travel, and gathering, and an expanded soundtrack with new city, Hideout, Tutorial, and Destiny Board themes, as well as numerous new combat cues, adds excitement and emotion to the world.

War Gloves, Albion's first completely new weapon line since launch, bring fast, brawler-style gameplay that also includes unique mobility and ranged options. Elite Combat Levels offer an advanced mastery option for those with enough dedication to a single weapon, offhand, or armor line, and the overall Fame progression for combat, gathering, crafting, and farming has been boosted significantly, allowing players to progress through Elite Levels more quickly.

Lands Awakened also opens up new dimensions in guild warfare and open-world PvP. Dynamically spawning treasure sites offer intrepid solo players and groups a chance at lucrative rewards and encourage spontaneous, small-scale clashes. Power Cores and Energy Crystals, two new open-world objectives, encourage strategic capture-the-flag style gameplay with huge rewards for those able to successfully deliver these items to a Hideout or Territory, and Headquarters Hideouts with massively increased defense offer dedicated guilds a more permanent home in Albion's most hostile lands. Guild Seasons have also been reworked with new Might, Favor, and Conqueror's Challenge systems that give each guild member the ability to contribute to their guild's seasonal progress, while earning valuable seasonal rewards for themselves.

Along with all this there are major quality-of-life improvements. Loadouts can now be purchased directly from the Marketplace, providing a means to quickly regear and get back into the game. Farming usability has been streamlined and optimized to tend to crops and animals with far fewer clicks. Rerolling items to improve their quality is now a more straightforward process with much clearer feedback, and crafting and refining fees are calculated and displayed more clearly. And as always, the update also includes a huge number of additional improvements, fixes, balance changes, and optimizations.

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IMPROVED OPEN-WORLD PVE

Lands Awakened sees a complete re-envisioning of open-world PvE in Albion Online, offering a huge range of activities for all player types. Mobs in the open world now upgrade to increasingly powerful versions the longer they remain alive, offering potentially massive Fame and loot in Albion's lesser-explored regions. For groups, Static Open-World Dungeons have been entirely reworked and expanded to include entrances in multiple zones, and new timed Dungeon Events have been added with huge rewards for those skilled enough to take on swarms of enemy mobs. And new world map overlays now offer additional details about resources, mobs, and the overall value of a given zone. Taken as a whole, these new features bring thrilling gameplay and lucrative rewards in equal measure for all group sizes and playstyles.
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NEW OPEN-WORLD PVP OBJECTIVES

Lands Awakened will bring numerous new open-world PvP objectives to Albion, which will reward exploration, spontaneity, and boldness. Treasures now spawn at unpredictable intervals, with randomized loot values that offer the chance of massive payouts. As Treasures are only shown on the map to those in close proximity, intrepid solo and small-group players will have a chance to claim them ahead of larger groups. For guilds, Power Cores and Energy Crystals that spawn at random in the Outlands will offer massive rewards to those able to bring them to a Hideout or Territory respectively. However, these high-value objectives must be returned safely without the use of mounts, creating intense, high-risk scenarios in Albion's most dangerous zones.
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MASSIVE OPEN-WORLD GRAPHICAL IMPROVEMENTS

In keeping with its name, Lands Awakened completely refreshes the look and feel of Albion’s gameworld. Each biome and sub-biome has been reworked to create a more diverse and visually enticing environment as you travel through Albion, with the unique character of each sub-biome emphasized through its graphics. Additionally, layouts have been improved to make zones more interesting and unique. Each biome’s terrain features are reflected on the maps, forming visible choke points that can be used strategically - or avoided - by players. These changes will make exploring the open world a more engaging and evocative experience.

For more on the improved open world graphics and a visual preview, check out this Dev Talk.
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NEW WEAPON LINE: WAR GLOVES

This update introduces an entire new weapon line to Albion: War Gloves. Featuring three new base weapons, four artifact weapons, and fifteen new abilities, this new line brings exciting new fighting styles to Albion while shaking up the combat meta. War Gloves are a melee-focused weapon with damage, mobility and control abilities along with some limited ranged abilities, and are geared towards keeping an enemy engaged while dealing consistent damage. They can be crafted in the Warrior’s Forge, with Artifacts obtainable as open-world drops or via the Artifact Foundry, and like all weapon lines they feature their own Combat and Crafting masteries on the Destiny Board.

Watch a Dev Talk on War Gloves to learn more and see them in action.
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REWORKED GUILD SEASONS

The new Conqueror's Challenge is open to all players, and also allows every guild member to contribute to their guild's success. Players can earn Might and Favor through a wide variety of activities, which in addition to bringing their own rewards will also contribute to their guild's overall Might Levels. Each new Might Level a guild achieves brings yet greater rewards, allowing smaller and mid-size guilds to grow their strength in numerous different ways. Additionally, a territory's energy level is now based on Energy from both the Crystal League and new open-world Energy Crystals, rewarding guilds willing to engage in these high-risk, high-reward activities.
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HEADQUARTERS HIDEOUTS

Headquarters Hideouts give every active guild a fair shot at making their home in the Outlands. Based on their performance in the prior season, guilds can earn the ability to designate one Outlands Hideout their Headquarters, making it invulnerable to attacks during a region's battle time, as well as during the Hideout's third construction phase. This invulnerable status doesn't come for free, though: it must be maintained via Boosters which are earned by capturing Hideout Power Cores from the open world and bringing them back safely. Rival guilds can fight to capture these cores for themselves during transport, bringing exciting new capture-the-flag gameplay to Albion's black zones.
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ELITE LEVELS AND FAME BALANCING

Elite Levels offer high-level players the opportunity to bring their weapons masteries above and beyond the previous Level 100 cap. Those with enough dedication to a single weapon, armor piece, or offhand can push their stats even higher and gain the edge in combat, allowing for previously unreachable stat levels. Players can now see the degree of specialization that they have in a weapon directly on the icon when equipping it in their inventory, as well as when they inspect other players and in kill details, via a small icon that improves in multiple steps as the player advances. Alongside this, the overall Fame progression in the game has been boosted, with approximately 20% increase in Fame across all combat, crafting, gathering, and farming nodes, allowing players to advance through specializations and Elite Levels more efficiently.
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QUALITY-OF-LIFE IMPROVEMENTS

Lands Awakened brings numerous long-requested quality-of-life improvements across a wide range of game systems. Player-created Loadouts can now be bought directly through the Marketplace using a huge variety of adjustable parameters, allowing for quick regearing and easier large-scale purchases for solo and guild players, gatherers, traders, and all other player types. Farming usability has been streamlined to allow the harvesting and raising of crops and animals with far fewer clicks. Rerolling items now uses a cleaner and more satisfying interface that clearly displays the options available, and has its costs and chances rebalanced to require fewer button clicks for an upgrade. Owner's fees associated with player buildings are now much easier to view, compare, and adjust, while numerous new party commands have been added to chat functions to streamline group play.
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EXPANDED SOUNDTRACK AND COMBAT AUDIO

The sonic experience of Albion has been updated and enriched, with adaptive combat music, brand new city themes which reflect the characteristics of each Faction, Hideout themes which progress as your Hideout develops, and brand-new music for the Tutorial and Destiny Board.

To take a look behind the scenes at the making of this new music, check out this introduction from Marie Havemann, Senior Audio Designer.
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ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS AND FEATURES

• New map overlays showing Silver and resource values of zones
• Rebalanced Focus and base crafting costs for various consumables and mounts
• Numerous combat balance changes
• Updated ability icons and thirteen new achievements
• ...and much more
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