Patch 1.3 of Fallen Earth
will be hitting the game this week. This patch offers new stories and
events to high level players but also revamps some of the content for
beginning levels. Ten Ton Hammer caught up with the Fallen Earth
team to talk more
about the patch. We met with Marie Croall, Dev Team Lead, and Ian
Lemke, Live Team Lead to find out what players can expect come patch
time this Wednesday.
Ten Ton Hammer: Patch 1.3 is adding
new encounters, creatures and extensions to the storylines in Sector
One. This Sector is aimed to what level of players?
: Players start in
Sector One. It’s designed for levels one through 15. We’re focusing on
the starter town and the central town, so this revamp is for levels one
Ten Ton Hammer: Why the choice to add
to that level range?
: The most important parts
of the game are the first few levels and the last few levels a player
experiences. Those are what really stick with them. So we wanted to
make sure that those first experiences were as exciting and memorable
Ten Ton Hammer: Sector Three is also
seeing some work done to it. Can you tell us a little more about that?
: We’re adding an area
called Deadfall Point, which is in the far southwestern corner of
Sector Three. It will increase the level cap by one, and there will be
a storyline that will continue to expand the content and open up new
areas for players to explore.
creatures are coming to Fallen Earth
Ten Ton Hammer: How much more gameplay
will these additions offer players?
: Deadfall Point is more of
an event than a full expansion so there are a lot of repeatable quests
that can be done. We’ve added an additional level; there are some new
items that will be available in that area that you can learn to craft.
Ten Ton Hammer: How do the new crafted
items compare to the other items in the game?
: We’re only going up one
level here, so it’s really more of an encounter area. But we do have
some new fun items that players can learn how to craft. Getting them
will be a little tricky too. You’re not going to be able to buy recipes
for a lot of these. You will have to run missions with rewards where
you will get a chance of getting the recipes for these items.
We have some new melee weapons, pistols, rifles—the whole line. There
are new food items, an ice grenade, which is the new exciting item.
Ten Ton Hammer: The level cap is being
raised to 46, which is an untraditional level cap for MMOGs. Is this a
hint that the level cap will continue to raise with future patches?
We are releasing
additional expansions which will increase the cap significantly more
than that. We wanted to put this new content and story in that will
lead to opening up new areas, and we didn’t want players who are level
45 running the missions and not get anything for it. Later this year
the level cap will be going up, so this is the beginning of that.
We have three new instances with this patch and there is going to be a
number of new textures on some of the creatures. There are some
irradiated and sickly creatures coming in from the wastelands.
Ten Ton Hammer: In your developer
diary you said the new content is intended for those who adventure off
the beaten path. Will the player have to find the new areas on their
own, or are there hints in the rest of the world as to where they can
: There are a couple of
missions out of Trader’s Flat that will take you down to this area.
Ten Ton Hammer: This content patch is
a hint of what’s to come. Care to share another hint?
: What I can say, and what
will become very clear with this patch, is that we’re going to be
focusing on the areas of irradiated and wastelands. Players will go out
and into those areas and find out what’s been there.
Ten Ton Hammer: So this is a whole new
storyline then, not just a continuation?
: There are connections to
old storylines. Some of the NPCs in the Deadfall Point storyline are
the instigators of this story. There were some of them around for the
Halloween event as well. They are clones created by LifeNet to deal
with situations as they come up.
Ten Ton Hammer: Is there anything else
you’d like to share with our readers about the upcoming patch 1.3?
: We’re also introducing two
new creature types—Hazard Creatures and Veteran Creatures. Hazard
Creatures are meant to be avoided rather than fought. They may be albe
to be killed, but often inflict devastating debuffs. Veteran Creatures
are tougher than normal creatures, but not as difficult as a full boss.
Veterans generally require two to three players of equal level.
Ten Ton Hammer: Sounds challenging and
fun. Thanks for taking the time to interview with us today.