On January 20, 2020, Queen, the eighth major post-release content update for Albion Online, went live.
This update, the largest since the game's launch in 2017, brought a complete rework of the Outlands continent, giving players of all types and levels a chance to compete and thrive in Albion's high-level zones. Hideouts allow guilds to live and thrive in the Outlands by choosing their own place to live in the open world, and open-world territory battles, in conjunction with the new Crystal League, allow guild members of all levels to contribute to territory ownership and season rankings.
The Queen update also introduces a new faction to the game: the ancient Avalonians, who have emerged from seclusion to reclaim the lands of Albion. Players can face off against the Avalonians in new Elite Randomized Dungeons, which are found throughout the Outlands and offer the game's highest-level PvE content to date. In addition to powerful week-long Fame buffs, these dungeons offer a chance to obtain powerful Avalonian Shards, which can be crafted into the game's most powerful Artifact Armor. Alongside these new features, the Queen update brings new wardrobe skins, enchanted stone, a tremendous number of quality-of-life improvements including new cursors, player inspect hotkeys, streamlined and updated maps, and much, much more.
For veteran and new players alike, the Queen update brings Albion Online to the next level of open-world sandbox gaming and offers countless new opportunities for players to claim their own piece of Albion.
In conjunction with numerous other new game systems such as Hideouts, Open-World Territory Battles, and three new Outlands towns, guilds can now choose to live entirely in the Outlands.
As Hideouts require resource upkeep and need to be protected during and after their construction, choosing where to place a Hideout also requires strategic planning of transport and logistics, bringing an exciting new dimension to land ownership in Albion.
Open-World Territory Battles
Avalonians and Elite Dungeons
In addition to the highest-value loot in the game, Elite Dungeons contain final shrines that offer a week-long buff to mob fame for those with enough tenacity and skill to reach them.
Wardrobe Skins and New Vanity Items
• Enchanted stone with improved refining efficiency, allowing stone gatherers new economic opportunities
• New cursors in a choice of three colors for improved visibility
• Keyboard shortcut to inspect players
• Simplified and streamlined Item Power progression
• Updated World Boss icons on zone maps
...and much more
Rise of Avalon