New World combat and PVP have been detailed in a brand-new developer diary, highlighting a classless character system, faction warfare, and so much more.
If you're more fond of videos, check out New World Developer Diary: Call to Arms to see these new features in action:
The first big highlight of New World: Aeternum Awaits' newest info is that they're going to feature a real-time combat system akin to many ARPGs. Players aren't going to be standing still and mashing seventeen skills to build up charges of some min-maxed ability like some of the other MMOs out there, no sir.
The weapons in your arsenal aren't restricted to any particular class, largely because the game won't feature a class system at all. Rather, players will pick up and gain proficiency in the game's various arms, each of which will have their own branching skill tree. As an example, someone using the hatchet could opt to focus on melee combat or using it as a throwing weapon.
Furthermore, there won't really be a restriction on learning only one or two weapons; the developers say that you could learn to master every single weapon if you felt like it. From there, you could switch up between your weapons on the fly, giving you a lot of options for battle.
How Will New World Combat and PVP Work When Fighting Players?
That's the basics of the combat systems, but what about PVP? The tail end of the dev diary focuses on this subject.
Player vs. player combat isn't going to be a one-on-one experience, although that certainly will be an option. Three factions will be available and players can activate their PVP flag in town, making them vulnerable to attacks from enemy players. This is purely an "opt-in" system, so you won't be vulnerable to attack if you don't want to fight other people.
Aside from one-on-one combat and faction warfare, there will also be "territory wars." Different companies can conduct 50 vs. 50 battles with one side attacking and the other defending. Victory in these battles, presumably, will allow some territory to be captured and confer some kind of bonus.
New World is expected to launch in May 2020. For now, you can add it to your wishlist on Steam.
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