October 24, 2014
We've fully knocked the safety valves off the pumpkin spice pipeline to flood EpicDuel with a deluge of harvest weapons created by our amazingly talented Guest Artists.
Visit Snork in the Wasteland Minetower for his impressive inventory of spooky seasonal rares created by Bidoof, Vultex, Overlord Drekon, and Assassin Order.
Cut through hordes of ghouls with the Soul Binder mutating sets!
Blast armies of the dead with futuristic shotguns and bazookas!
Unleash pumpkin fury with the Pumpkin Annihilator!
There is so much content in this release, I'm just going to list all the items here. They are all available NOW at Snork (lower floor of the Wasteland Minetower). The mutating items are limited quantity so you'd better be quick!
After you've browsed the Snork's shop, you may find yourself with a serious Credit deficit. We've got you covered! Help Hank scare up some business or secure a Frysteland trade route for the Krampus in two new mission chains: Hank's Harvest and Frozen Harvest! These missions offer some incredible Credit, Arcade Token, and items rewards! Our writers Trans and OWA worked hard to make them as enjoyable and rewarding as possible!
2046808 created this...I don't even know what, but it's terrifying. Equip it and scare the life out of your opponents with this profoundly disturbing style. Just don't get any dirt in it. That could be irritating.
Join us next week on Halloween for even more deranged content!
October 17, 2014
Tear up the roads of Delta V with Dage's Deathrider bike! This bike is a limited quantity item and is only available at Dage the Evil's Delta V avatar located in the Wasteland Minetower. Find him quickly before his insidious inventory is depleted!
Harvest Styles 2014
Get spoopy with 12 new styles designed by Bidoof!
To improve stability, we've taken steps to prevent the down-time we experienced last weekend. We also fixed a bug that prevented players from saving their home layouts!
This is just a taste of what is to come -- we're still hard at work on the Harvest 2014 event in EpicDuel which will feature new weapons, armors, mission, and home items for all to enjoy!
October 14, 2014
Omni Knight Guide
The Curse of the Phantom Pixel: 12th Anniversary Event!
DING! Artix Entertainment just leveled up! Thank you so much for being with us as we celebrate our 12th anniversary with special events happening in 7 of your favorite MMOs and RPGs. Complete "The Curse of the Phantom Pixel" event to unlock...
Quest to recover 7 of the 13 cursed artifacts in AQWorlds:
Once you have recovered all 7, talk to Artix to merge them into the Omni Artifact!
Battle through Delta V to recover Titan's Coffee Mug!
Artix has been cursed, and is stalking the wilds with the ShadowFire Axe of Curses!
Capture Thok with the Cursed Phoenix Blade... if you DARE!
Enter the Wastelands to find a scrap of the Mysterious Necromancer's cloak!
The 12th anniversary event is heating up... and so is Hottica's zone!
The Cursed Tape Reappears... will you watch?
The Ultimate Prize: the OmniKnight Blade!
Collecting the 13 artifacts and undoing the curse is a quest for the OmniKnights, our bravest players who play multiple AE games. This is not a quest for the faint of heart… but once complete, you will unlock the OmniKnight Blade in ALL 7 of our games! Read on to see what you'll need to do in each of our games to unlock the Blade!
After you've recovered all the artifacts listed above:
Head to the Portal Site and log into your Master Account.
If you DO have all 7 checkmarks, you'll see a box appear saying"Congratulations! You have found all the cursed artifacts!"
Click the link that says "Click here to get your prizes!" and you will go to your Achievements tab. You should see "Artix Entertainment 12th Birthday Event" achievement under "What's New?"
Click that to get your prize code, then go to the "Redeem Codes" page to unlock the OmniKnight Blade in each game!
October 10, 2014
Curse of the Phantom Pixel
If you didn't already know, this is the 12th Anniversary of Artix Entertainment. We're celebrating with a company-wide event spanning all 7 games! Dead pixels are dreaded by designers everywhere -- even one dead pixel in a sea of millions is enough to drive an artist mad! Tonight, this bane can be your bounty as you collect 7 cursed items scattered across our games!
Be sure to check Artix.com to track the releases as they go live! Will you be the first to defeat the curse and claim your ultimate prize?
These games, including EpicDuel, would not be possible without your constant support and input! We are eternally grateful for all of your love and generosity through the years to allow us to continue to build new experiences for you every week!
Next year is our 13th anniversary? Woah! We're going to need to plan twice as hard to make that event even more awesome than this one! Here's to at least 12 more years -- when you can absorb weekly game updates through your neural spore hivemind uplink! Juicy!
Battle On and Duel On!
October 09, 2014
Artix Entertainment 12th Anniversary
This Friday we are pleased to celebrate Artix Entertainment's 12th anniversary! We're celebrating with a massive multi-game-spanning event! In each game, you'll need to collect a special cursed artifact. In EpicDuel, that artifact is Titan's Mug. However, you mission will not be so easy as to collect a simple piece of kitchenware. Titan's Mug has been shattered and scattered across Delta V!
You don't mess with a mortal's coffee, and that is doubly true for gods. Assemble a Titan's cosmic coffee mug to appease the deity and receive your rewards!
Expect us to release tomorrow around 4 PM EST!
The Naval Yard War is over, and the Legion forces have finally prevailed by maintaining control of the Pirate Flagship. Could this be a turning point in the overall alignment conflict? We'll know for sure when the next regional war goes live in the next few weeks.
This was a very hard-fought and very close war, and the prizes were well-earned. We look forward to seeing how the next regional wars unfold in the future!
Let the spice flow -- PUMPKIN SPICE! Celebrate Fall and the Harvest Festival in EpicDuel with the return of seasonal Harvest items and missions!
These awesome items are available NOW at Snork! Be sure to pay him a visit in his Minetower basement lair. He gets so lonely down there!
Remeber, the Harvest Reaper and Spectral Reaper mutating items come equipped with the Jack-O-Fire core! Make it rain with a lethal shower of exploding pumpkins!
Speaking of pumpkins -- decorate you home with the myriad fall styles already available from the Home Item shop!
October 03, 2014
Waves of Wrath Aftermath
You may have defeated the pirates, but there's still loot to be had! Experience a new supplemental mission chain from Ishmael the Treasure Hunter to unearth the Naval Yard's hidden bounty!
The War Continues!
After one week the Naval Yard war is still underway and at this point both sides look to have an equal chance of seizing control. I mean...the winner gets a whole pirate ship! How awesome is that? Also, the top prize is a fully color custom version of Captain Shoggoth's armor! Awesome!
Saber Sword Giveaway!
Follow us on Twitter? There's a better reason than ever because we'll be issuing new codes from Twitter offering an array of Saber Swords over the weekend and throughout the week! Can you collect all the colors? There are 18 in total so you'll need to be quick!
September 26, 2014
Patch Notes - 1.6.26
September 25, 2014
Waves of Wrath Finale
The terrors of the deep finally surface in the West Naval Yard! Join the forces of good to make a final stand against Captain Shoggoth's armada of nefarious pirates and stop the mysterious beast he plans on unleashing upon Delta V!
The Guest Artists and Writers outdid themselves once again with this release, allowing us to not only introduce a mission chain complete with boss battles, but also open the next war region!
In addition to great mission loot including exclusive item, you'll also have the opportunity to battle not one, but TWO new bosses with collectible achievements! Can you take down Captain Shoggoth and his mysterious beast from the depths?
Special thanks are due to Korin of MechQuest fame for his help in animating the Kartherax boss.
New Kartherax Gear
To take down this new menace, you'll need the best gear possible -- complement your Kartherax gear with Kartherax-themed sidearms and auxiliaries!
Prepare for War!
With so many Legion and Exile forces converging in one area, war is inevitable. The West Naval Yard with become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing alignment War. Battle for dominance and new prizes as soon as the update goes live!
With Shoggoth's forces spread across the Naval Yard Legion forces have taken the opportunity to commandeer the Pirate Flagship.
Obviously, this could be very bad for Exiles, so they'll use Naval Shells to bombard the ship from turrets located around the Naval Yard.
Legion forces on the shore can take out the turrets with Naval Bombs.
Pick up Super Naval Shell and Super Naval Bombs at the Ammo Depot located right of Big Tuna.
Score enough influence in this conflict, and you'll have the opportunity to receive the exclusive Pirate Captain Armor (mutating). The Wrath Blades pictured will be available on Thalyssa in the Naval Yard.
Dress your best for the high seas with 24 news styles!
Bounty of the Seas!
Visit Big Tuna and Thalyssa for crazy new nautical items created by the Guest Artist Team!
Home Item Blowout!
Deck out your cabin with the finest nautical decor with over 30 new home items! Finally, you'll have a chance to claim the infamous Oyster Bunny!
All that and more are coming to EpicDuel tomorrow! Prepare for yet another Epic release!
September 19, 2014
Waves of Wrath Gear
The Quest Begins!
There's big trouble in the Naval Yard! Talk to Big Tuna to find the cause of the mysterious events surrounding the arrival of villainous pirates and horrific, mutant squid beasts! Big prizes await those brave enough to explore the depths of this dark, aquatic tale. Can your mind handles the horrors of the deep? Best not go venturing into the abyss ill-equipped!
Special thanks go to Cinderella, Trans, and One Winged Angel who collaborated to make this tale one to remember! Additional thanks goes out to all of our GAs: Vorzathiel, Hatred Cuirass, Vultex, Assassin Order, Bidoof, Tomcat, SarpDV, and Overlord Drekon. A release this epic would not have been possible without you! If you're interested in joining, this is a good place to start.
Waves of Wrath Gear
You can also visit Thalyssa for new wares
These are some of the most powerful cores ever released, and you'll have a chance to grab them as soon as this release goes live!
This will be your last chance to get the Lionhart Gear! After we go live with the Waves of Wrath Package, the Lionhart Package is leaving for good!
He's so cute!
Follow our Twitter accounts (Nightwraith, Cinderella, Titan, Charfade, and RabbleFroth) and the account of other AE staff for an awesome new prize code item to come shortly after the release goes live!
What could the prize code be? A boat? A bike? What could it be? If only there were clues! Welp!
More Piratey Shenanigans to Come!
Completed the missions? Collected the loot? We're just getting started!
Stay tuned for more updates as the Waves of Wrath saga unfolds! Yaaar! Pillage On!
September 19, 2014
How to Prize Code 2014
For this upcoming release, we'll be issuing a new prize code! We've been doing these for years, but I still see people in my Twitter feed utterly confounded by the process. To help these poor souls, I've put together a handy new guide following the latest and greatest prize code redemption process:
Step 1: Find a Twitter Code
Currently, you can get these codes by seeing us in person at a convention or by following us on Twitter!
When we post a code, we'll usually announce in advance.
These codes have limited redemptions (usually a few hundred) so you're best bet is redeeming them as soon as possible.
Step 2: Login to EpicDuel and Click the Upgrade Shop
On your main interface (what you see when not in battle) click the Upgrade Shop button. It's the little shopping cart with Varium. There are actually many useful shortcuts here that go unnoticed such as Style Change, Class Change, and Boosting.
Step 3: Click the Redeem Code Button in the Upgrade Shop
In the Upgrade Shop click the Redeem Code button. It's the little purple box with a question mark. What prizes does it hold? Only one way to find out!
Step 4: Enter the Prize Code
Enter the code you found! They are typically 10 digits. Be careful when you type the code as sometimes we use numbers as letters (i.e. "0" instead of "O"). This screen also has links to our Twitter accounts. Be sure to follow us as it's the best way to keep up to date with all the latest EpicDuel news!
Step 5: Receive Prize!
Congratulations! If you don't get a prize, you either entered the code wrong or waited too long before entering the code. Sometimes people mistakenly retweet or repost old, expired codes so be sure to check the date it was posted. Generally, codes will be completely claimed within an hour, but some go even more quickly.
Good luck, and happy code hunting!
September 12, 2014
Waves of Wrath
Yarrrr! Avast ye landlubbers and prepare for an invasion! The shores of the Delta V West Naval Yard are being stormed by scurvy sea dogs serving a dark master. Can you unravel the mystery of these peculiar pirates and reveal the true horror that lies beneath the waves? Find out today!
Booty and Balance
Explore the newly redesigned Naval Yard and investigate the mysterious invasion. The Naval Guard Thalyssa is attempting to restore order, but the renegade Captain Shoggoth and his band of pirates are attempting to claim the shoreline for their own dark purpose. Stock up with new Naval Guard Armors available from Thalyssa in the Naval Yard. You'll need them to weather the oncoming storm.
The Waves of Wrath missions are not quite ready to go live, but next week we'll be releasing parts 1 and 2 together.
Also, we've done a massive balance pass and have made some major adjustments. A full list of changes will be available in the patch notes.
Big Tuna is restocked with classic TLaPD items! Find her in the Naval Yard to check out her inventory of nautical loot. There are bound to be more treasures available as the event progresses!
Talk like a pirate and LOOK like a pirate. We're introducing 24 new pirate styles (4 for each class and gender).
Decorate your cabin with over 15 new pirate and nautical-themed home items!
Stay tuned next week for more pirate-themed madness in EpicDuel. The Waves of Wrath have just begun!
August 29, 2014
Patch Notes - 1.6.23
August 27, 2014
Dragon's Destruction Arcade!
Now that you're all thoroughly buffed from last weeks Power Weekend, you should be eager for some new weapons to show of your newfound strenght! We've got plenty of loot for the anxious Dragonslayers out there with this Dragon-filled release!
Dragon's Destruction Arcade!
Look for the new Dragon's Destruction ArcadeBot found near The Slayer in the Barrens Outpost! Win never-before-seen dragon items while you rank up your new VIP achievement and climb the Arcade leaderboard!
Don't have any Tokens? Remember to do those daily missions! Every day is an opportunity to earn a free Arcade Token! Some other mission chains also offer Tokens as rewards.
Of course, if you want to win them all, you may need to mash the 10x button. That Color Custom Dragonslayer Armor probably won't drop on the first try like it did for me (no joke!).
Dragonslayers, to Arms!
Arcade not your cup o' tea? The Slayer has what the ArcadeBot don't. Check out over 25 new items, including limited quantity armors and seasonal rares designed by the diligent and talented Guest Artist team!
The Slayer will never know what hit him! Nobody expects dragon bazooka! Like the other DragonCon seasonal items, the new dragon weapons will only be around for a limited time, so grab them while you have the chance!
You've got the equipment, now you'll have the style! Choose from over 18 new Dragonslayer styles (3 for each class and gender) to strike fear in the hearts of your enemies!
The first two styles (Gold and Onxy) are non-color custom to match the Gilded and Onxy Dragonslayer armors while the last style is fully color custom. If you're not sure which style is which, select a color swatch and see if anything happens. If the color doesn't change, the style isn't bugged -- it's working as intended.
See Us at DragonCon!
Well, you'll see some of us. Due to cutbacks and scheduling conflicts, the AE crew attending DragonCon will be less than previous years, but the staff that do attend are promising to make the panel EPIC! Unfortunately, no EpicDuel staff will be attending this year.
If you have no idea what DragonCon is or you plan on going this year, Cysero is your best bet for surviving DragonCon. Check out his comprehensive survival guide here.
On behalf of the entire Artix Entertainment team, we hope to see you at the Artix Panel @ DragonCon this Saturday, August 30th, in the Hilton’s Grand Salon D room!
Talk Like a Dragon!
NO! Not dragons! Not really related to dragons at all (I've still got dragons on the brain, I guess), but Talk Like a Pirate Day is on the horizon and we have a MONSTER event planned around this very silly holiday. Styles, items, mission, npcs, and a redesigned Naval Yard are just a few things to look forward to in EpicDuel in the coming weeks!
August 21, 2014
First of all, congratulations to the Exiles, who managed to hold the Infernal Mines after a very close battle against the Legion forces. Could it be that the Legion are beginning to find weak points in the Exile defenses? Perhaps next time, the Legion will smash the Exile defenses and claim the Mines for their own, but for now, the Exiles can rest easy as the Android Army is firmly under their control!
Or IS it?
Thar Be Dragons
It's that time again -- time for back to school! That's not exciting? What? But you get to pick out a new Trapper Keeper! Those aren't a thing anymore? Oh. Well, how about DRAGONS! That almost makes up for the whole going back to school thing. Back on topic, EpicDuel's Dragon/Charbinger/Back-to-School items of the past are available at the Slayer NOW! Right now! Not Friday, but right now! Check them out, because many are limited-quantity items! Jump in now before they're gone!
Dragon Items Redux
Already have all of the old stuff? Well, we've got quite a treat in store for you! The Guest Artist team has been working hard to deliver piping-hot Dragon-themed weapons to EpicDuel. These will all be available next week at the Slayer. Some will also be available at the new Dragon's Destruction arcade game!
Bidoof crafted these awesomely regal Dragonslayer armors. We're trying something new with this set. There will be a Gold version, an Onyx version, and a color custom version. We're trying this because there seemed to be an interest in armor colors that aren't available from the current swatch selection in EpicDuel. Also, when armor is separated, some of the vibrance of the colors is lost. If this experiment goes well, we'll try it with more armors in the future!
Vultex has also delivered two epic sets of Guilded Dragon weapons for your enjoyment! If you're going to slay dragons, you migh as well do it with bling!
Now's as good a time as any to welcome SarpDv to the Guest Artist group! We look forward to seeing this new set of dragon items and many more of your creations in-game!
Because there's no official cotent release this week, we're offering a POWER WEEKEND!
That means double XP and Credits all weekend! All you need to do to get this advantage is to log in and play!
Talk Like a Pirate Preview
There are big, BIG plans for a pirate-themed event. There are even bigger threats stirring in the deepest seas of Delta V.
Stay tuned for more details as they surface! Yaaaaaaaar!
August 08, 2014
Infernal War Plus
The Mines of Madness Return!
After years of lying dormant, the Infernal Mines are back in contention! During their occupation after a hard-fought victory, Lawman and his Exile army have guarded the mysterious Android Army. Unable to awaken them, the defended forces remain vulnerable to attack. Now, the Legion have finally mustered enough forces in the region to strike back and reclaim Baelius' greatest and most terrifying creation!
This time around, there is no Vault Door to impede your progress, but the attackers will need to be sneakier to infiltrate the innermost Vault chamber.
Attackers will use Infernal Drills engineered by Mechachillids who were persuaded to help the Legion with the promise of crunchy rocks and metal the ability to continue living.
These drills can bore directly into the Vault, allowing attackers to zap Infernal Beacons directly to the Infernal Controller.
As usual, participants in the war will have the option to buy War items from the Infernal Ammo Depot located near the Infernal Mines entrance.
These are limited quantity, so stock up while you can! Mechachillids are hungry for some Baelius hologram face!
"Don't you DARE eat my face!" -Baelius
Leaderboards will be located near the War Memorial, a reminder of the Exile army's epic triumph, and a painful reminder to the Legion to never underestimate the Exiles.
Will the Exiles hold the Infernal Mines? Will the Legion reclaim their Android Army? Do you have what it takes to be a War Hero?
For the first time, players will be able to earn regional influence in the Infernal Mines!
Who will be the first to attain the highest rank? Will it be YOU? *points*
War Stories and Cleanup!
Visit Naomi and Raymus to accept 2 new mission chains created by Guest Writers Trans and One Winged Angel!
These missions will help fill in the backstories to these two mysterious and tragic NPCs. Plus, you'll get some loot in the process! Getting paid to learn? What a deal!
July 30, 2014
Titan's Triumph Arrives!
This Friday, prepare for a boatload of new Titan-themed items including a Titan-themed arcade game. Our volunteer artists worked super hard to deliver a shop packed with weapons, home items, and even a bike made of Titan's favorite food -- BACON!
This arcade game also unlocks a Titan's Triumph VIP achievement. Are you feeling lucky?
Rise to the challenge and battle the not-so-pacifist Naomi and Raymus to claim their achievements!
Even Naomi can only be pushed so far.
Some have asked why give achievements to these particular NPCs and not ALL the NPCs you can fight? Good question! I suppose as soon as we draw achievements for the other unique NPCs, we can fill out the ranks of the challengeable NPCs. This would give opportunities to earn these "boss" achievements to players in all level ranges!
As a new feature on Artix.com, you'll have the ability to ask the Developers any question you like (within reason). You voted for the first Dev to be interviewed, and it was our very own Titan!
You've posed your questions, now wait for the answers that should be posted on Thursday (or as soon as Titan finishes his answers). Stay tuned to have the great mysteries of EpicDuel and the Universe revealed!
July 18, 2014
Patch Notes - 1.6.20
July 16, 2014
Last week you took a stand against Lionhart and, though we posed a great challenge, you were able to defeat him. To date, little over 300 duelists have earned the Kingslayer achievement. We designed Lionhart to be the toughest boss yet, but it looks like the best of the best rose to the occasion! Congratulations on this epic achievement!
Thanks to the events of the final mission, the mission chain will be repeatable for the forseeable future for those who aren't quite powerful enough to take on the king.
This week, as a palette cleanser for the exciting, but challenging Lionhart missions, we're introducing 2 new missions created by guest writer One Winged Angel! Talk to Valestra a Habuki in Fortune City to complete their tasks and claim your rewards!
This week, the Chaos Lords poster goes live in Heromart. Buying this epic poster will earn you the Chaos Dragonslayer Sword P/E in EpicDuel, along with awesome chaotic weapons in other AE games!
July 10, 2014
Lionhart Saga Part 3
Prepare for the grand finale of the Lionhart Saga! Join Revontheus and the mysterious mage Caden to smite Lionhart and his army using a terrible weapon from Delta V's past! You'll need all your wits and fighting skill to go head-to-head with the champion and leader of the Lionhart Empire. Prepare for the fight of your life!
Do you have what it takes to kill the king?
A King's Bounty
To satisfy your appetite for Lionhart weapons, our artists have created an arsenal of new Lionhart gear available at the level 35 Lionhart Soldier in the Overlord Facility. This incredible arsenal was created by Bidoof and Assassin Order!
Also, rumor has it that Lionhart can be "persuaded" to part with his scepter. Only a bold few can hope to claim this prize for their own!
World Cup Warriors
To celebrate the largest sporting even in the world, we're introducing new World Cup weapons created by Bidoof!
Show off your World Cup fever with the complete set of 8 weapons available from the Overlord Guard in the Overlord Facility! Be quick, because like the World Cup, these weapons are temporary! However, rather than make you wait another 4 years to claim them, we'll bring them back next year around this time.
June 27, 2014
Patch Notes - 1.6.18
June 20, 2014
Lionhart Part 2
Now that the Legion and Exiles are allied against the Lionhart forces, Transcendence and Immanence are taking matters into their own hands. Challenge them to one-on-one battles to test your mettle against the best forces Lionhart has to offer.
Immanence and Transcendence armors will be available from the Lionhart Soldier in the Overlord Facility. Also, by defeating them you will have a chance to claim their weapons as rare drops!
Titan and Rabblefroth have taken this week to perform some major housekeeping on the database structure--primarily the structure of the skill tables. This sounds very technical, but it basically means that there were many fields that were no longer relevant or extremely unclear in their function. This restructuring means extensive testing will be needed to ensure that the battle engine isn't borked. Basically, if we did everything right, it means you won't notice any changes, BUT the changes will make adjusting balance and balance testing MUCH easier in the future.
Although Delta V is allied against the incursion of Lionhart, Legion and Exile forces still face tensions over who controls the Overlord Facility. This will make the Overlord Facility the next region in the cyclical War.
This new war will be fought for control of the AI Core, which controls all military assets in the region.
The attackers will collect Fuel Cells to power rogue Hovercraft to perform strafing runs against the AI Core. If they do enough damage, they can neutralize the Core and rebuild it for their own purposes.
To preserve the Core, the defenders will collect Sabotage Kits to disable the attacking Hovercraft.
To address some complaints with the current war rewards system, we have decided to implement a new tiered prize system that I shall endeavor to explain below...
New Prize Tiers
With the introduction of the Overlord War, we will introduce a new participation-based prize system. Players who fight harder will be eligible for better prizes. Currently, you only need 150 Influence on the winning alignment to qualify for a free prize. We feel it's unfair to award players who only play an hour the same as those who go the distance and participate throughout the war to support their alignment. In addition to adding tiers, we are also raising the minimum participation requirement to qualify for the baseline prize.
*Prize amounts in the above graphic are placeholders. Actual numbers are subject to change.
You will be able to see the tiers at the beginning of the war. At the end of the war, you will receive all the prizes available for whichever tier you qualify. The option to buy a prize outright will no longer be available. Because we want players on the losing alignment who battle fiercely to be rewarded, they can still qualify for the prize tiers, but cannot win the item prize (treasure chest).
Due to the complexity of this new prize system, we will need to update the war system manually in an update early next week (Monday or Tuesday). Participants of the Frysteland War will have until that update to claim their prizes. After the new system goes live, it will apply to the previously contested war regions, meaning when the Dread Plains is under contention once again, it will use the new tiered prize system.
We hope this new system adds real value to war participation and makes those who play harder feel rewarded. We also hope it addresses the "all-or-nothing" stakes of the current war system in which the losing alignment receives nothing (for free).
Thank you for your patience as we work to build, test, and implement these exciting new additions to the war system. Be sure to join us next week as the Lionhart Saga continues and war comes to the Overlord Facility!
June 12, 2014
Last week we were introduced to Immanence and Transcendence, emissaries and children of Kaiser Saeva Lionhart, an intergalactic conqueror bent on reclaiming Delta V. This week, you will join Revontheus to unify the Legion and Exile forces in an alliance against this new threat from the stars. To rally both sides, you'll need to convince the most formidable warriors from both alignments of your combat skills. With both alignments united against Lionhart, Revontheus is over 10% Delta V can survive the invasion.
Complete the missions successfully and you'll be greatly rewarded with Credits, a new item, and the Peacemaker achievement! This is only part one -- there are still many more missions, rewards, and insane bosses to come!
Lower level players may find the Lionhart Alliance missions too challenging, but don't fret, the Overlord Guard could use your help! Even with an invasion fleet looming overhead, he's still trying his best to enforce law and order in the Overlord Facility. Help him do his duty for a sizeable reward!
Has it been four years already? In celebration of the World Cup, the World Cup achievement will make a reappearance in the Achievement shop for a limited time!
It was originally stated in the previous Design Notes that Lionhart's Shield would allow your allies to heal or buff you while the shield was enabled. Unfortunatley, this was a case of the nature of the core changing through development, resulting in an inconsistency with the early marketing materials. As it is in game, Lionhart's Shield protects you or an ally from damage and makes whomever it is cast upon completely untargetable for everyone, even allies. This is the intended behavior and the previous Design Notes have been updated accordingly. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.
June 03, 2014
Deep-space scans have detected an armada of unknown origin approaching Delta V. A single transmission was received before the ships disappeared from view, “I am Kaiser Saeva Lionhart, and I am coming to claim what is mine!” Saeva Lionhart and his forces are ready to take control of Delta V even if it means annihilating the existing population!
In addition to an army of elite soldiers, Saeva is bringing his most powerful lieutenants, his children Immanence and Transcendance. Once again, Legion and Exile forces will need to unite to protect Delta V from this otherworldly army. This Friday, June 6 at "When It's Ready O-clock", prepare for the dawn of the Lionhart Saga!
This highly anticipated release will prominently feature artwork from Revontheus, the architect for many aspects of the release. If you enjoy it, be sure to thank him!
Fight Lionhart with...Lionhart!
Before the full force of Lionhart’s army arrives on Delta V, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with Saeva’s technology firsthand! Lionhart’s Avatar Bots (P and E), Lionhart’s Carnage (Physical mutating primary), and Lionhart’s Knowledge (Energy mutating primary) will be available for a limited time with the 10,000 Varium package. This incredible package includes 4 powerful weapons of destruction to help you defeat your foes and repel the invading forces.
These weapons will include a permanent active core Lionhart’s Shield. This defensive core allow you to encase your or your partner in a crystalline prism that prevents enemies from attacking. It literally makes the target untargetable and immune to any debuffs or attacks. This brief reprieve from damage allows you or your ally to deny your opponents from inflicting damage for a turn and forces a change of strategy. It is not possible to heal or buff an ally if they have this shield enabled.
Lionhart’s Avatar Bots include two potent skills, Lionhart’s Claws, a devastating slashing attack, and Lionhart’s Roar, a special ability to unleashes a deafening roar that buffs the Rage of you and your ally. That's right, this new ability will be the first AOE buff.
These amazing items are just a taste of the amazing assortment of weapons and armors that will be available in game as prizes, mission rewards, drops, and items sold at merchants.
These weapons and bots will be available for a limited time through the Varium shop and at the Lionhart Soldier merchant for Varium! To make room for this new package, the Black Abyss and Blood Hawk packages will be leaving permanently. The Black Abyss Bots will be located in the Black Abyss Cache with the other Black Abyss items.
Because this new event is bringing focus to the Overlord Facility, this long-forgotten region is receiving a major overhaul. Charfade is working her painterly magic on the facility, creating the haunting, imposing military installation it was always meant to be. Be sure to explore the screens and experience the revamped region for yourself. There will be many more friends and foes to challenge here!
Since it was first introduced, Rage has been a mystery to many players. You only see your Rage on your turn; the Rage of your opponents and allies remains a mystery until the attack is finally unleashed. You also have no idea how much Rage you accumulate from your attacks or from damage you receive.
In this Friday’s update, you’ll finally be able to see your Rage and the Rage of your opponents throughout the entire battle. The familiar Rage bar will still appear on your turn, but you’ll also have a permanent Rage bar with the rest of your vitals.
Lately, we've been seeing more and more people abusing Fame. This is unfortunate as the feature has not served the purpose we originally intended. Our plan to address this issue is to remove Fame from the character page to an in-game system. Since our plate already overflows with Lionhart content, we may not have time make the transition this week. We apologize that fixing this has not been a priority, but we believe that moving this feature in-game will greatly reduce the amount of Fame harassment and exploitation to make it the fun and engaging system we always hoped it would be.
May 22, 2014
Another War Down
The Fortune City War is over. The Exiles have won another war and seized Fortune City from Legion control. Now is the time to login and claim your war prize!
If you weren't fortunate enough to be on the winning side, you still have the option to purchase the Fortune City Battlegear war prizes! Remember, the next war is just around the corner and you'll have another chance to claim another slice of Delta V for your own!
The next war will be a shorter duration, with added balancing mechanics to prevent one alignment from pulling ahead and creating an insurmountable gap. If one alignment gains a strong enough lead, the losing alignment activate a Battle Rally, which will strongly boost the war drop rate. This, combined with the shorter duration, should make for a much tighter and exciting conflict!
Charfade has added several new items to the inventory, including a color custom Little Gear mutation and new items from Juniu and Assassin Order! Be sure to stop by Charfade's location in the Barrens Outpost to check them out! This journey should be even easier thanks to a helpful new feature...
Now, you can use the redesigned world map to navigate to any NPC in any region! This should make finding those obscure NPCs much easier. It also means the grumpier ones will get more visitors and become even grumpier! Be sure to stop by and cheer them up!
The war is over, but that doesn't mean the dueling is over. Battle your heart out all weekend long for double XP and Credits! There's no special mission to complete or button to activate -- just log in and DUEL!
Heroic Memorial Achievement
Be sure to stop by the Achievement shop to claim the seasonal Heroic Memorial Achievement (available now)!
Have a safe and fun weekend! Duel on!
May 15, 2014
After a small hiatus, EpicDuel Team is back at full-strength. Take a look at some of the spicy dishes we've cooked up for you this week!
First, you'll want to stop by an ArcadeBot to try a new Arcade Game featuring new weapons from our fantastic new guest artists:
As usual, this game will offer new achievements, a new leaderboard, and come fully-loaded with never-before-seen weapons!
The Fortune City War is now pushing past its midpoint. The Exiles are pulling ahead with a commanding lead. The Legion will need to rally to win and hold onto their seat of power! Crazier things have happened.
After the Fortune City War is decided, the next area up for contention will be -- Frysteland. For years, the Legion have held claim to this frigid stronghold, but soon it will be up for contention again and Legion and Exile forces will vie for control once again.
Like the Dread Plains War and current Fortune City War, the Frysteland War will offer new prizes, new leaderboards, and the ability to build influence in the region for you and your Faction.
Assuming Direct Control
Rabblefroth is completing a tool that will allow testers to easily alter skills and stats to thoroughly test balance adjustments with minimal dev assistance. This means more thorough and useful balance updates.
New Face of Delta V
Delta V is getting another facelift, this time from the mega-talented Charfade. Be sure to click the little Map button on the main HUD to see it in all it's glory!
Check out this new preview from Revontheus of the upcoming Lionhart event: The whole Lionhart family together at last!
Are you ready to challenge Saeva, Transcendence, and Immanence?
We haven't offered one in awhile so this weekend, we EpicDuel developers will be offering prize codes on Twitter for these new home items designed by Charfade!