Get wet and wild in Maelstrom, the next expansion for ArcheAge, which will add the game’s first PvP naval arena, a new open-world raid finder, and changes to the Gem system — as well as promises of better communication between Trion Worlds and XLGames.

First lets talk about gameplay. Bloodsalt Bay is a new naval battleground that sends four crews of five players each into a massive free-for-all “against monsters and terrors of the deep.” In PvE-land, the Raid Recruitment Board will help players organize for bigger raiding takedowns, and the Lunagem system has been greatly simplified to reduce random chance when upgrading. Who could have ever predicted randomness in crafting would be unpopular?

Along with the news, the ArcheAge Team has posted an update letter that makes some interesting promises to players. In it, Trion says it will offer players more direct contact with XLGames’ Korean developers, including “Korean developer diaries” and “North American and European involvement in upcoming tests.” The reference there is to the big Battle Balance tests that both Korean and US/EU gamers will participate in.

If that isn’t enough, Trion also offers up probably the understatement of the century:

If there’s one thing we have heard you very loud and clear on, it’s that we need to reconsider how items are sold in the North American and European regions.

To that end, Trion is putting every option on the table (“no stone is being left unturned here”), including revising how supply crates work and how their contents are communicated. Over the summer, Trion began letting players know the rarity of drops in those crates, and this month they’ll be taking T3 Honor Gems out of the crates altogether.

Maelstrom arrives in ArcheAge Dec. 6. There’s a lot more in the letter, including word on potential new Fresh Start servers and a teaser for next year’s first content drop. If you’re still holding out hope for ArcheAge, make sure to give it a read.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Some bloke on November 9, 2017

    Omg what a stubborn game!, the only positive thing i can say is Archeage’s aint going down without a good fight ands its still right at it lol

    • Kevin Flemming on November 10, 2017

      The whales must be the only ones keeping it alive. Nobody I know plays it anymore, and most of them bought Founder’s packs (as did I, well it was gifted to me but still).
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      Simply refuses to die. Which you might think is good, but the game is utter crap now.

  2. PUTLERisTERRORISTandTHIEF! on November 8, 2017

    DEAD PAY TO WIN GAME! DEVS WOTKING FOR FOOD THERE! TONNS OF HACKERS SCAMMERS CHEATERS AND BUY TO WIN + SUBSCTIPTION + P PAY TO WIN STUFF< EVERY MMO DESTRYER INCUDED!

  3. ninetenduh on November 8, 2017

    So did Trion World finally figured out how to explain XL Games that their game is a Pay2Win piece of Trash in the west and that it is considered one of the MMO’s with the worst Monetization?

  4. asdf on November 8, 2017

    “as well as promises of better communication between Trion Worlds and XLGames” I laughed

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