Albion Online's 12th Major Update, Into The Fray, Overhauls Magic Staffs, Brings New Portal Towns, And More

The 5v5 PvP gets some love too, featuring two big changes!

Anthony Jones
By Anthony Jones, News Editor May 18, 2022
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Albion Online Into The Fray

Today, Sandbox Interactive revealed Albion Online's 12th major update, Into the Fray, slated for a June 8 release. The patch will bring a massive overhaul to Magic Staffs, introduce new Portal Towns, add two huge features for 5v5 PvP, and improve the game in other areas.

There will be "notable improvements to visuals, audio, and animations" for the overhauled Magic Staffs. The new and older Magic Staffs in the game will have "reworked abilities [that] bring renewed depth and strategy," allowing Mages to have more diverse options in combat, whether that be to cooperate with teammates or to go solo. The devs at Sandbox discuss more in detail what to expect for Magic Staffs in their Dev Talk on YouTube.

Following that, the Outlands will have new Portal Towns coming that'll "extend the Royal Cities into Albion's black zones," proving to be a convenient mode of transport. Additionally, Castles and Outposts are getting "reworked layouts and graphics" to give them a more "immersive and unpredictable gameplay" element during guild warfare.

And speaking of warfare, Albion's 5v5 PvP scene is getting two new features on June 8: the ranked Crystal Arena and the Non-Lethal Crystal League, each offering players ways to participate and earn rewards like Wardrobe Skins, Fame, and Silver as they progressively win battles.

Closing out the update will be new timed Dynamic Events, which offer bonuses to participating crafters, gatherers, and fighters. Alongside that comes Activities UI that brings many quality-of-life improvements to Albion like Muted Player and Custom Match, and there's Lost Equipment Loadouts kickstarting June 8 for quick regearing on the fly.

Are you looking forward to Albion Online's Into the Fray update? Let us know in the comments! You can read the patch notes on Albion Online's website.

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Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones, News Editor
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.

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