Stoneshard, a challenging and unforgiving turn-based open world RPG where players take the role of a medieval mercenary, has just released its Year Two Anniversary update. The update comes with the new Survival skill tree, a bedroll consumable, new gear, new abilities for some animals, reworked loot regeneration rules, and tweaked sleep effects. The latest Stoneshard update is one of many that have been released over the past two years, and this one looks to be a gamechanger for those that have been following the Early Access title for the past two years.
What's in the Stoneshard update?
Perhaps the most interesting inclusion in the newest Stoneshard update is the Survival tree, which adds 10 new abilities for players to use. While useful, the bedroll is probably going to be used a lot more, as it creates single-use sleeping spots that will give players an additional way to save the progress, which is always handy. Speaking of sleeping: there's also tweaked sleep effects for different locations:
- Tavern: 100% Restoration effectiveness, replenishes Psyche, grants Vigor.
- Bedroll: 50% Restoration effectiveness (100% with “Make a Halt” skill), doesn’t replenish Psyche, doesn’t grant Vigor.
- Camp: 50% Restoration effectiveness (100% with “Make a Halt” skill), doesn’t replenish Psyche, doesn’t grant Vigor.
- Leprosarium: 100% Restoration effectiveness, damages Psyche, doesn’t grant Vigor.
- The Watchtower Tavern (Brynn): 125% Psyche replenishment.
As for the new gear to find and collect, it includes the Pot Helmet, Visored Pot Helmet, War Hat, Baron Sabatons, Levy Bow, Curved Bow, Brotherhood of Ouroboros' Shield (unique), and Shield of the Truth's Eternal Sun (unique). You'll be able to use your new abilities and gear on animals that also have some intimidating new abilities, which are Howl, Pack Sense, Dying Rage, Ramming Charge.
The reworked loot regeneration rules are for containers, and the whole process now occurs when the "world or locations are first generated instead of each time you open containers, removing the possibility of rerolling their contents." So there's now no more infinite rolling, which is lame.
Other inclusions in the Stoneshard update include 100 xp grants for each new location that's found, new achievements, improved optimization, added willow trees to river banks, a new effect type called Lingering, and map tiles with rivers can now spawn wild ducks. Neat.
If you'd like to read the patch notes, be sure to check them out on Steam. For more information on Stoneshard and any other cool indie title, stay tuned to TechRaptor.