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Titan

November 15, 2018

Gift-a-Geddon Approaches

Gifting Approaches

A familiar chill fills the air as an eagerly anticipated event approaches Delta V once again. For veteran players, it's a familiar tradition marked by excitement, boundless generosity, and intense competition. That's right, Gifting 2018 is nearly here! This year, gifting will officially go online Friday November 30 and last until January 4, 2019, but this year we're bringing a few new twists in addition to those already mentioned like cheaper gifting cost, bigger room capacity (with a few larger gifting rooms!), and higher gifter achievement tiers.

Unfortunately, there will be no release this Friday as Titan and I work to restore gifting and complete the new features coming very soon!

 

Varium Mega-Pack

Many of you have requested it so Wednesday November 21, we're delivering a massive mega-pack of 35,000 Varium for 20,000 Artix Points. Those who purchase this pack will also be awarded a one-time Legendary Epic Supporter 2018 achievement! This is an incredible value, but it will only be around for a limited time: the promotion will officially end when gifting beings on November 30!

 

Epic Supporter 2018

Once the mega-pack promotion ends, it will be replaced by not one, but two new promotional packages! The first is the holiday 15,000 Varium package, which is still a good value. Since we've found that players who choose this package, tend to purchase it multiple times throughout the gifting event, this year the Epic Supporter 2018 achievement that is automatically awarded will be an evolving achievement!

 

Omega Overkill Package

It wouldn't be a true holiday event without new gear! The Omega Overkill package which is still in progress will also be offered alongside the 15,000 Varium package. Those who purchase this package will also receive the Epic Supporter 2018 achievement. More details on the cores/gear types will be available as gifting approaches. This promo pack with include 10,000 Varium.

 

The Prize

But what is it all for? Generosity? Love for fellow players? Fame? Those are all great, but that prize! This year, the top 10 finishers will each receive one Epic Wish. What's that? Some examples of possible wishes to spur your imagination are: 

  • Nearly any item in the game from any phase of development (tagged as "Wish")
  • Immortal status on a screen as a statue or graffiti
  • Alteration of an existing item (take a core from one item and put on another)

Those are just some examples of possible wishes the winners can pick from. The winners won't receive ALL of these wishes but must each pick one, so ponder them carefully! Restrictions do apply. You can't wish for more wishes or wish for more Varium or credits. You also can't wish for a 1-shot kill core or something that would break the balance of the game. We'll work with the winners to determine the viability of all the rewards.

The grand prize winner will receive the mightiest gift of all: a custom item. This can be any type of item currently available in game (sword, bike, armor, etc...), created from scratch with the winner's guidance and approval. The winner will also receive 20 codes to give out replicas for that item to their friends if they wish. Again, restrictions apply. The prize can't be something that is inappropriate or violates copyright law, as much as some may want a keyblade in-game.

 

MOAR!

Gifting is close, but there're still a few more features we can squeeze in. We'll keep you updated as development continues.

 

Treasure Hunters

Wednesday November 21 we're making a major change to the way the appraisal leaderboards work. For those who don't know, you can visit certain NPCs like Charfade to appraise your gear for it's rarity. Your inventory is assessed and assigned a score based on the rarity type and investment through upgrades. Currently, it's possible to stockpile massive amounts of seasonal rares to achieve extremely high scores, especially through gifting when motivated players can receive hundreds of free items.

When the change goes live, we will no longer count duplicate items towards the rarity score -- only rarity type and upgrade amount will be factored in the score once per item. To give players a chance to assess their rarity score minus duplicates, we will also clear the current rarity leaderboard. However, those epic collectors will not be forgotten, as they will all receive new Treasure Hunter achievements based on their rarity scores. Going forward, players who receive new appraisals will be eligible to earn a new evolving Archivist achievement! The key to dominating the new leaderboard will be building a collection of many different items rather than dozens of the same item.

 

Nightwraith Annihilators

Congratulations to all of you who thoroughly demolished Nightwraith in all his various forms to claim Nightwraith's armor. You're part of a very exclusive list! If you haven't been able to defeat him, take heart -- you have until the start of gifting on November 30th to claim the armor before it disappears for another year. It's still tagged as normal rare rather than seasonal because, although the opportunity to claim it will return, very few players are able to earn it. Legendary and Nightmare Nightwraith will remain in game for you to hone your skills against them when the armor is available again!

 

Also Leaving

These last few days before gifting will also be your last chance to get the Ghoulish Gear for the season! The Ghoul Cannon 2018 and Spectral Blaster 2018 will go permanently rare, but the sidearms and bots will return. The 2018 versions of Omega Gear will remain until the end of gifting on January 4, 2019.

Tags: Titan


Nightwraith

November 09, 2018

Nightmare Nightwraith

Nightmare Nightwraith

So far Legendary Nightwraith stands undefeated, so we're rolling back the challenge a tiny (TINY) bit. However, for those duelists who crave pain, a new challenge has emerged: NIGHTMARE NIGHTWRAITH! Who will be the first to overcome this incredible new challenge? Will it be you? Will it be your cool cousin? Will it be your uncle who works at Nintendo? You'll need to summon all your dueling knowledge to have a shot and claim the ultimate prize!

 

Balance 

  • Blood Mage
    • Fireball: Strength scaling adjusted; Improve with every 2.8 Strength


Core Adjustments

  • Armor:
    • Overshield: +5%
    • Deflection Shield: +7%
    • Nanosteel Armor: +5%
  • Gun
    • Aim Assist: +8%
    • Laser Sights: +5%
    • Gun Mastery: +5%
  • Auxiliary
    • Aim assist: +8%
    • Laser Sights: +5%
    • Auxiliary Mastery: +5%
  • Primary
    • Mark of Azrael: +6%
    • Primary Master: +5%

 

Missions

  • A Bold Bounty
    • Sowing Discord
    • Petty Tyranny
    • Both Sides!
    • Impostor Syndrome
    • Derpy Despot
    • Surveillance State
    • Quickduel
    • Clash of Legends
    • Red Dead Nightmare
      Nightwraith Annihilator

 

Achievements

  • Nightmare Nightwraith
  • Nightwraith Annihilator

 

Bosses

  • Legendary Nightwraith Nerf
    • Reduced level on Berzerker
    • Less damage on Sidearm and Aux
  • Nightmare Nightwraith (new 2v1 boss!)

 

Weapons

  • Nightmare Kurz Elite P
  • Nightmare Kurz Elite E

 

Armor

  • ???

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

November 02, 2018

Nightwraith's Reign

Nightwraith's Ego

Nightwraith has a challenge for you. Think you can handle it? I assure you, it will be Legendary...

This is the first of several updates to introduce new Nightwraith and Harvest-themed missions, weapons, and gear as Delta V's Harvest celebration continues!

 

Missions

  • Returning Party Business Mission Group with new final mission “34”
  • New OneX6 Retrieval mission in case you sold the OneX6 key yet again


Balance

 

Smoke Screen: Improves with every 3.5 points of Tech; Level 6 to 10 buffed +5 per level
Bounty Hunter/Cyber Hunter: Shadow Arts - New Progression

  • Level 1 20
  • Level 2 22
  • Level 3 24
  • Level 4 26
  • Level 5 28
  • Level 6 29
  • Level 7 30
  • Level 8 31
  • Level 9 32
  • Level 10 33

 

2019 Calendar Items

 

These items are only available with purchase of the 2019 AE Calendar (Release date TBD).

  • Chrono Cluster Sword P
  • Chrono Cluster Sword E
  • Corrupted Chronomancer Armor

 

Cores

  • Unlimited versions of Boost cores available on VendBots
    • Strength Boost
    • Dexterity Boost
    • Technology Boost
    • Support Boost
  • Limited Versions of Boost cores buffed to +8


Achievements

  • Legendary Nightwraith

We've also done a major update to legacy development phase achievements (Beta, Gamma, and Delta). If you created a character during one of these phases, that character will receive the appropriate achievement if they never claimed it. This was done because the system of claiming achievements was confusing for new players, especially those who weren't familiar with English. If you have an old Beta, Gamma, or Delta character you feel like dusting off that was lost due to forgotten login information, please use the password recovery forms or contact the Artix Help Team -- they may be able to help you recover it. However, if you lost the account due to account sharing, fraudulent payments, or excessive rule-breaking, or other serious offenses, your chances are much lower.

 

Bosses

 

Legendary Nightwraith

 

Weapons

  • Elite Big 50 P (Name changed to be consistent with new Aux)
  • Elite Big 50 E
  • Wraith Cannon E (Name changed to be consistent with new Aux)
  • Wraith Cannon P

 

Misc

  • Regular war drop rate boosted to 35%

 

New Testers

 

After an exhaustive search, we've finalized our testers. We're very pleased to welcome the following new members to our testing team. Please offer a kind congratulations if you see them in game, or a least a humble bow.

 

Serkan

Tank

 F L O K I

ArMaGeDoN1000

 

Again, if you applied but were not chosen, please respect our decision and the new testers. Taking this decision poorly would definitely hurt your chances of being selected in the future. 

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 26, 2018

Ghoulish Styles Part 2

Ghoulish Styles 2

It's Halloween...almost! Check out this week's update for new ghoulish weapons, travel forms, and armor. Plus, new balance updates and bug fixes will round out this exciting update!

Balance

  • Phantasm Blast -- Deal 45% base damage to Energy, increasing by 4% each round in battle (65% max)
  • Assimilation -- Unblockable; Deals 75% damage
  • Energy Parasite -- Attacker absorbs 1.7x the amount of energy drained
  • Static Grenade -- Attacker gains 80% of drained energy
  • Reflex boost -- Support scaling buffed to 2.5

Spooky Gear!

Visit Xraal in the Biological Preserve to check out the latest in spook-tacular weaponry and travel forms!

Weapons

  • Horror Havoc P
  • Horror Havoc E
  • Horror Beastbreaker P
  • Horror Beastbreaker E​

Armors

  • Horror Husk Armor

Travel Forms

  • Mini Boo
  • Screaming Skull
  • Skeletal Graverider
  • Skeletal Graverider CC

Achievements

I know so little about sports that Teufel Hunden had to remind me that the World Series was currently underway. That's not a nerd pride thing. That's a Cleveland sports thing. You get burned enough, you stop touching the stove eventually. Anyway, pick up the new Big Show 2018 Achievement from the shop while it lasts!

 

2019 Calendar Items

EpicDuel Calendar Items

I'm happy to announce that EpicDuel will be receiving 3 in-game items for buyers of the 2019 Calendar! This will include the Corrupted Chronomancer Armor, Chrono Cluster Sword P, and Chrono Cluster Sword E!

Bug Fixes

  • Prisoner of the Nightmare now properly awards 10,000 Credits instead of 5,000. Those who completed this mission between last Friday and today will receive the difference in Credits
  • People with 100 Buddy Slots should now have the Epic Buddy achievement

Tester Search

I'm happy to say that the search for testers has concluded, and the final candidates have been contact. However, because all the candidates haven't yet been trained and signed NDAs, we're not ready to announce at this time. If you weren't contacted, it doesn't mean that you weren't a strong candidate, but you didn't make the cut this time. We'll probably use this list of candidates when we're looking for more testers, so fuming about our choices on social media probably won't boost your chance, especially if you were very close to the cutoff.  I've very excited to get our new testers trained and ready to help us address some of the biggest challenges facing EpicDuel, especially as we head into the busy holiday season!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 19, 2018

Ghoulish Styles

Ghoulish Styles

Don't have a costume yet for Halloween? No problem! This update is introducing 9 new monstrous style sets and 2 new travel forms that are perfect to get you into the spirit of the season! This is just part 1 of a 2 part seasonal update to introduce some holiday cheer and fear into Delta V!

New Features/Changes

  • Because of exploitation, the level requirement to give fame has been increased to 10
  • Standardized hairstyle pricing:
    • Varium styles without a set (style is unique to a class and doesn’t unlock across classes) = 145 Varium
    • Varium styles with a set = 210
    • Credit styles without a set = 745
    • Credit styles with a set = 995
  • Max Buddy List size increased to 200
  • HalloWarrior achievement is going rare!

 

Achievements

  • Epic Buddy -- 100 Buddy Slots
  • Extreme Buddy -- 150 Buddy Slots
  • Legendary Buddy -- 200 Buddy Slots

 

Styles

  • Demon Skull
  • Paper Bag
  • Evil Clown
  • Mummy
  • Pumpkin Head
  • Flaming Pumpkin
  • Alien Suit
  • Alien Head
  • Alien Teeth


Vehicles/Travel Forms

Visit Xraal to check out these fun new travel forms!

  • Pumpkin Mutation 
  • Jack O Bomb Mutation (Type /boom to see some festive fireworks!)

 

Bugs/Fixes

  • Yeti Furs can now be sold  
  • Platinum stars should show on characters pages
  • Nightmare's End - Nightmare Kartherax Cell awarded on mission completion instead of drop to allow players to win Nightmare Kartherax Slayer achievement from beating Nightmare Kartherax
  • Prisoner of the Nightmare now awards 10,000 Credits to compensate for altered reward on Nightmare's End 
  • City Guard outside Valestras now correct labeled as level 3.

Gifting Update!

December is still over a month away, but it will be here before you know it! That means Gifting 2018 is also fast approaching! I've been taking a bit of time each week to make small changes to improve the experience and make this year's event as exciting and rewarding as possible! Here are a few of the changes you can look forward to this year:

  • New gift giving tiers*
  • Room limit expanded to 150 from 130*
  • Gifting price reduced to 325

*Still requires testing

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Some things were left on the cutting room floor this update, but that just mean more for next week! Join us next week for some of the wildest weapons and armors yet!

 

Tester Search

After many discussions and investigations, we've narrowed down our list of testers and we will being interviewing them next week. We received more applications than we expect so we thank you for your patience during this process!

Tags: Nightwraith


Nightwraith

October 12, 2018

The Pirate's Nightmare Redux

Finally!

Earlier this week, fearless warriors all over Delta V were able to challenge Nightmare Kartherax at long last! Now, they'll be able to explore the Nightmare and uncover its mysteries in this content-rich release with 30 new missions!

 

General Changes:

The following changes are designed to address some of the imbalances with players in the high 30s matching with high rank Legendary players. Additional changes to mission tracking will allow Juggernaut victories to count toward 2v2 missions.

  • Tighter matching at high levels for 1v1
  • 38s and 39s should encounter high rank Legends less often.
  • Level difference weighted higher when calculating first strike:
    • New formula --> First Strike Chance = (50 + ((My Team’s Support - Enemy Team’s Support) * 1.5) - ((My Team’s Level - Enemy Team’s Level) * 10)) * (My Support / (My Team’s Support * Team Size))
  • Juggernaut victories will count towards 2v2 missions
  • Promotional Package Phantasm Droids now properly tagged as seasonal rares.

 

Balance

  • Legendary Stat Buff:
    • Sidearm Damage: 3 → 4 per point
    • Auxiliary Damage: 3 → 4 per point
    • Robot Damage: 3 → 4 per point

 

Achievements

We're releasing 2 new achievements, including a new upgradeable achievement!

  • HalloWarrior 2. This will replace the HalloWarrior achievement after this year. The original HalloWarrior achievement will go rare after this season!
  • Upgradeable Achievement: Pumpkin Seed. Can you afford to become a Pumpkin God?

Missions

The West Naval Yard is under siege by a malevolent force! Many of you have already discovered the tear that leads to he Nightmare realm, but now it's time to discover why all this is happening and how it relates to the various characters in the Naval Yard and Beyond! Note: Defeating Legendary versions of NPCs will not count toward the mission. Also, The Pirate's Nightmare chain will only open after you've complete Waves of Wrath Part 3.

  • The Pirate's Nightmare Part 1:
    • Tides of Fear
    • Clear the Docks
    • Grim Catch
    • Gamma Glitch
    • Something's Fishy
    • What Do Gods Fear?
    • Caden's Reverie
    • Research Trip
    • You Saw This Coming
    • Status Report
  • The Pirate's Nightmare Part 2:
    • Dreams of the Void
    • The Nightmare Spreads
    • Nightmare Prince
    • Nightmare Tether
    • Dreams of the Dead
    • Nightmare Gate
    • Nightmare Preppers
    • Prisoner of the Nightmare
    • Nightmare's End
    • The Waking World

For those who haven't yet complete Waves of Wrath, there's a fun mission chain you can do immediately! These mild missions are a great way to boost your credits to help you grab the latest seasonal gear and achievements!

  • Harrowing Harvest:
    • Seasonal Shipment 
    • Prowling for Pumpkins
    • Candy Delivery
    • Ooooo Piece of Candy
    • Sugar Rush
    • Electro Light Display
    • Exterminator
    • Greedy Harvest
    • Harvest Companion
    • Harvest Tradition

Tester Hunt

I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you who applied during out call for testers. It was very nice to see so many people eager to help EpicDuel thrive and become a part of it's development. We're still reviewing applications and narrowing the list, but when we've determined the final candidates, we'll reach out to them individually for interviews. We'll post the final list when the testers have been interviewed and approved. We thank you in advance for you patience during this process!

Tags: Nightwraith

 

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