Hey guys, Neverender here. We wanted to give you guys an update on one of the upcoming features we’ve been working on and give you a chance to get an early look at how it’s shaping up. We’re taking elements from the Faction Territory Control mechanic that was introduced in the new zone north of Sector 2 and applying them to the rest of the game (except for Sector 1).
What Exactly is “Global Territory Control”?
Well, I’m glad I asked! We’re taking existing Conflict Towns, Faction Control Points, and open PvP zones all over the game and using them to track each Faction’s global dominance. The longer your Faction holds any Keep, Conflict Town, or Faction Control Point areas, the more points you will contribute toward becoming the most dominant Faction in the canyon!
Most existing Timed Conflict Towns are being converted to use either Faction Control Points or Keeps that help contribute toward control of the town. Select open PvP zones, such as Office Park, will have a keep added to them.
Why Should You Care?
We’re looking at several different ways to make it desirable to both take and maintain control over Keeps and Conflict Towns. You should already be familiar with the Harvester system that was added with Faction Territory Control. We’re also looking at making some changes to how the exclusive merchants work, including a type of merchant that sells limited quantities of items that will replenish as you continue holding the Keep.
On a global level, the Faction that has accrued the most points (earned over time from controlling Keeps, Conflict Towns, and FCPs) will be rewarded with the Global Territory Control buff that we think will be attractive for all styles of play. We’re still working on balancing things so it’s subject to change, but right now we plan on having this buff provide a nice boost to the following:
- Crafting Speed
- Harvesting Speed
- Random AP Gain
- Death Toll Gain
- Faction Gain
- Experience Gain
A little something for everyone, right? Just one problem, only one Faction can have it!
Will Lower Level Players Be Able To Participate?
Yes! In fact, they’ll be needed. There will be areas in Sector 2, Sector 3, Deadfall, Terminal Woods, and Alpha County that contribute towards Global Territory Control. Only level-appropriate players will be able to take control of these points, so all players will be able to stake a claim in their Faction’s dominance as early as Sector 2.