The Public Test Realm (PTR) was launched on November 10, 2023 by the developers of New World, and invites players to participate in the development of future updates through their feedback. It allows temporary testing of new functionalities and detect bugs before offering them on the live version of the game. The developers have announced a new version of RTP for the month of January, and this seems to focus mostly on expeditions.
To start with, the developers come up with a brand new feature: mutating factors. These make enemies normal and mythical more powerful during expeditions, which aims to make players think about a strategy before starting. In addition to being more difficult, these fights allow get new resources and rewards which will give more opportunities to players to increase their level.
Ultimately, the developers’ plan is to alternate the difficulty levels of these mutations every week, but within the framework of RTP, these changes will take place every 48 hours in order to be able to test the 10 levels of difficulty offered. Among the shipments that may be subject to change, we find the Dynasty Shipyard, the Garden of Genesis, as well as the Instrument of Lazarus. During these 48 hours, players will be able to experience 8 different combinations of mutations in a row. These will be displayed in the interactive game shipping menu with the level of difficulty, the recommended equipment score, but also the qualification criteria.
To be able to best test these mutations, players participating in the January RTP will receive high level gear, i.e. gear score of 600. The developers made this choice to encourage competitive groups of players to explore the higher difficulty levels. Players who take part in these mutations will receive a score based on their overall performance, which will be shared by group members.
The categories that will be taken into account to calculate the score are: time, AI kills, Mythic enemy kills, team losses, and respawns. Players will also enjoy bonus multipliers if, for example, they have a low number of respawns, if they were quick and if they were able to eliminate all the targets. All of these factors will determine whether the group receives a Bronze, Silver, or Gold score.
The higher the score and difficulty, the better the rewards. The drop frequency of Mythic enemies encountered during Expeditions is much higher than normal, and players will be able to obtain level 5 equipment by participating in the Dynasty Shipyard Mutant Expedition.
During the final week of testing, players will be given a set of gear rated at 625 to help overcome the difficulty of the later mutation levels.
This new version of RTP introduces dark shards, a mysterious resource that allows increase equipment score from 600 to 625. If you haven’t reached Skill Level 600 yet, crafting an Equipment Score of 600 will help you reach it. Its cap has also been increased to 625, and to go from 600 to 625, you will need Dark Shards. Here’s how to get them:
Note that Dark Shards can only be applied if the Equipment Score is 600 and your Expertise for that Equipment is also 600.
Among the novelties, modifications have been made to the Breaking Wave, increasing the cost of summoning Brute-type enemies by 50% to reduce the frequency. The cost of the associated Summoning Stone has also increased, it goes from 500 to 750 units of Azoth essence.
Other changes have been made to the combat system, including adding a Blessed item to the Nether Gauntlets, the integration of a 2 second cooldown to reload ammunition, and fixed a bug that allowed players to cancel recovery by jumping following an archery. In addition to all this, the influence of the distance factor on the cost of the rapid transfer has been revised downwards.
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