Perfect World Dev Diary - Age of Spirits Post-Mortem
One new feature that all players can appreciate is an integrated auto-navigation and questing system. Now in the quest menu, players can click on an objective’s name—like an NPC or a monster—and the character will automatically route there. Similarly, the map now has auto-route capabilities—just click and your character will walk there for you.
International’s latest expansion, “The
Age of Spirits,” is still under a month old and already the
player response and feedback has been tremendous. One of the most
talked about features to be implemented in this expansion is the Genie
system, but there are several other new features that make gameplay
easier for all players.
One new feature that all players can appreciate is an integrated
auto-navigation and questing system. Now in the quest menu, players can
click on an objective’s name—like an NPC or a
monster—and the character will automatically route there.
Similarly, the map now has auto-route capabilities—just click
and your character will walk there for you.
Other new changes are improved usability of the UI, including increased
zoom ability. We have also revised the squad finder menu. Previously,
it would bring up every character in the immediate
vicinity—but in a major city like Archosaur or Etherblade,
you may be sorting through a very long list. Now a search can be
filtered by both class and race, so you can find the perfect candidates
for your next party.
We have also improved targeting for healing and buffs. When targeting a
hostile, healing and buff spells will automatically cast on the player,
negating the need to retarget yourself when engaged in battle.
Another feature that was implemented shortly after the expansion launch
was the Wardrobe and Cupboard storage systems. These are new storage
features, freeing up valuable space in your inventory. Similar to the
bank, where players can deposit money, the Wardrobe will be available
to store fashion items while the Cupboard will allow players to keep
and store all their crafting items.
We’ve also introduced the Supply Box. These boxes are given
to players every five levels. They contain a wide variety of items:
sample cash shop items, items to aid in questing and occasionally
weapons. Perfect World Entertainment makes it a priority to help new
players progress and this new system does just that.
All of these features, while robust, are secondary to the premiere
addition in the Age of Spirits expansion, Genies. The response has been
overwhelmingly positive, primarily due to the fact that they add a new
dimension to PvP. A majority of players’ skills have casting
time, but Genie skills are instant-cast, which increases player
mobility, while at the same time adding a new layer of strategy and
We have been seeing an influx of new and returning players since the
expansion launch, building upon 500,000 active players and 1.5 million
registered users, Perfect
World International’s numbers continue grow day
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