The Call to Arms update has launched this week for free to play sandbox MMO Albion Online, and it’s huge! If you’re a returning or new players, here’s why some of the new features rock and why you need to get back in ASAP.
Revamped Faction Warfare
Call to Arms brings nothing less than a complete re-envisioning of Faction Warfare in Albion. In addition to claiming Outposts, Factions can now control entire regions and expand their city’s reach across the continent by taking over rival territories bordering their own. Faction Ranks have been added, with 9 unique “Prestige Ranks” that are different for each Faction, and month-long Faction Campaigns offer valuable rewards. Enlisting and flagging with a Faction are now two different steps, allowing players to remain enlisted without being flagged for combat. Overall, the new Faction Warfare system rewards loyalty and commitment to a Faction while still giving players complete freedom to choose which city they side with and which activities they participate in.
New Carleon Faction
After the destruction of its Realmgate and the resulting blow to its fortunes, Caerleon has joined the fray as a sixth playable Faction. True to the city’s identity as a den of thieves and rogues, Caerleon offers a unique “lawless” playstyle, where in addition to engaging other Factions, Caerleon-flagged players can also engage each other. True to this independent style, Caerleon’s Faction Ranks are completely unique from those of other cities. And while Caerleon players don’t receive direct bonuses for taking zones, the promise of constant high-stakes fights – and the loot they bring – more than makes up for it.
Like the other cities, Caerleon also has its own trade missions, as well as Faction Hearts that can be used to craft a Caerleon cape and two brand-new mounts.
Fancy Elite Faction Mounts
In addition to regular Faction Mounts, Call to Arms brings six new Elite Faction Mounts. Each Elite Mount has two unique abilities, including a specialized Faction Ability, only usable when flagged, that dismounts the rider and activates instantly. From the Elite Terrorbird (Bridgewatch) to the Elite Swamp Salamander (Thetford) to the Elite Greywolf (Caerleon), these powerful mounts open up countless gameplay options for Faction Warfare and beyond. Additionally, all regular and elite Faction Mounts can now be used in conjunction with mount skins of the same category, opening up new base mounts for Albion’s growing collection of vanity skins.
Loadouts allow players to save premade equipment sets based on various user-defined settings. These sets can include all equipment types, and once made can be equipped in one click from your personal storage. Loadouts can also be shared via chat and among guild members, encouraging recruitment of specific combat roles. Finally, an upcoming patch will allow players to quick-buy Loadouts from player Marketplaces.
Updates To Hellgates
Rather than appearing in static locations, Hellgates are now spawned in the open world via Hellgate Maps. Ten all-new layouts offer a wide variety of environments, terrains, and mobs to keep players on their toes. New enemies based on those in Corrupted Dungeons provide challenging and rewarding PvE, and once an enemy team invades, a new “rising lava” mechanic ensures a showdown every time. Defeating demons and other players increases your overall rewards via a new Hellgate Infamy system – and after a hard-won victory, your party now has the option to “chain” Hellgates to keep the momentum going.