May was a busy month for Vindictus. Lets take a glimpse back at each of the major changes that took place across both NA and EU regions.
May 2014 | Vindictus NA [EU]
- New Logo Introduced 5/16
- Golden Time Event Kicks Off
- Karok Clash
- Pillar Karok Revamp
- Changes for Season 2
- Changes to Gold Rewards
- S1: Hero Mode Raids
- Shared Account Chest [NX Storage]
- Lower level item changes
- Shouts Have Been Changed
- Enchant Scrolls
- Outfitter Shop Update
- Ruin3d Delivers on Halos!
New Logo Introduced 5/16
On May 16th Vindictus shocked the entire player base with new logo. This unveiling was done in piecemeal fashion leaving several confused as to why we needed a new logo, much less this one. The next week after the unveiling the logo was presented, a better clean version appeared along with the label “Vindictus”.
Unfortunately, it was added to existing forums, which remained branded with the old gold and brown tones. The gold clashed horribly with the new platinum and made looking at it an eyesore. The logo does offer a slicker look than what was originally presented because it was accompanied by a new background and the sexy label. Doing this offered some hope that this might just work.
Nexon officials took to the forums to remind folks that the new logo would again be improved once added to the new forums which should appear in June. During the 1.92 patch the logo was added to both the game, Nexon Launcher, One can’t help but think that a comprehensive rollout would have been better. We look forward to the completed branding package set to appear with the forum revamp. Additional questions remain regarding whether or not this is specific for our version of Vindictus or if the new brand will be rolled out to each regional publisher. Read more here
Mega Events Kick Off
These two Events are fairly similar with both offering prizes for attendance. The prizes are spectacular however the events themselves caused quite a bit of confusion among the players. From confusing instructions to failed award delivery and 2 major miscommunications this just leaves us shaking our heads asking what in the world is Nexon doing.
While the events are great on the outside offering some of the best gifts such as runes, outfitters and halos, Nexons service was a direct deterrent from enjoying them. It will be nice when we won’t be able to say this. Some mistakes are fine but its getting a bit hard to defend constant oversights. However I will say, keep bringing events like this. They are great ways to entice players to come back and stick around a bit.
Pillar Karok Revamp
Karoks rejoice. Pillar Karok got a much needed boost to his ego this month. From new skills to revamped ones, unlimited pillar toss and extended damage for clashing, Karoks everywhere are pumping their fists like never before. Results are in and this revamp is a win!
Check out the in-depth review by Kanzo. (Review: Pillar Karok Revamp)
Removal of Jump
|Kai – Gale Kick|
Since its introduction with Season 2, jump has been a broken but somewhat useful mechanic in the game. Some loved it, some hated it, no matter which side you were on it doesn’t matter because jump is now gone!
DevCat removed jump basically stating that they found it more beneficial to proceed without it than to retrofit it properly into Season One and correct its improper clunky implementation.
Of course the gamers raged about this. Some characters did in fact benefit from “jumping” more than others and there is no denying that jump made Season 2 “fun”. for several days about this but were soon diverted to other things.
|Jump No More|
Community Managers stated that feedback might be taken into consideration on whether or not to keep this removal active in our servers.
Changes for Season 2
S2: Revamp (due to removal of jump)
Because jump was removed each boss within Season 2 that utilized jumpable attacks were revamped. All areas in which jump was required to “play” or proceed have also been revamped including adding ramps or refashioning areas to be a bit more similar to Season One in terms of getting around. Technically speaking Season 2 runs such as Misty and Ship Graveyard should be easier to navigate, while Twilight Desert will probably become more tedious because with as vast of an area as it is, strife jumping was a godsend.
Removed Dungeon Capabilities for S2 8-29, 30-49
|Stay in Season 1 Newbies, its better for you here|
We suspect this change was due to the bots and the ability to obtain both AP and a high amount of EXP by bumrushing through the low level runs. This also created a sort of density in the higher level runs when people chose to do low level runs. This change will likely affect drop rates in a positive manner. With people having no option but to attend the higher level runs boats will be available, filled and producing more for the community.
Overall I think this was a positive change, even if it means a little more work to obtain those Seals of Dedication.
S2 – Storyline Now Starts at Level 50-69
Due to the other changes, the whole storyline has been revamped. Season 2 now starts up at level 50-69. This is a change from starting at level 20. This is a reorganization that needed to happen to make the game a bit more fluid especially with the previously mentioned changes. This now provides a direct way to make EXP without really having grind anything until after level 70.
Removal of Gold for Lower Levels
We’ll see how this goes long term. I like the idea of crippling bots and making things “better” for the player base but I don’t like the idea of having ill prepared players in end game.
S1: Hero Mode Raids
- The Giant -Titan
- Ahglan the Golem – Ahglan
- The Dark Dank Sewers – Thor
- Avatar of Destruction – Glas Ghiabhelann
- The Central Garden – Ingkells
- The Formorian Leader – Shakarr
The new raids drop 3 and 4 star versions of their respective equipment drops. While normally this would be a great thing, I see it as another blow to those with Expertise and the ability to craft these things already. Runs like Titan dropped equipment that couldn’t be crafted so this upgrade would be great for things like Broken Feather earrings and Dark Crest Helms and White Shark Masks. But for runs like Thor his equipment dropping is a direct hit to the crafters gold source again.
Additionally, the raids just aren’t that hard. Our crew crushed all of them with the exception of Glas which we expected to be harder than he was. These raids will be a good time killer for those that like Season 1 mechanics better than Season 2 and like the oldies. On a side note: Shakarr is a beast but interestingly fun for a hero solo. It does feels like the communities DPS has outgrown our Season 1 bosses. We’re looking forward to seeing difficult bosses make a return and maybe stick around in their original flavor a bit longer. Hero raids are an A+ because they get end-gamers back into Rocheste boats.
Shared Account Chest [NX Storage]
According the list that came out in EU there are a bunch of great items that cannot be included in the storage such as Outfitters,
The list of items that EU can store are as follows:
|Share Bear would be pleased|
- AP Blessing Stone
- EXP Blessing Stone
- Luck Blessing Stone
- Goddess Feather (Event)
- Goddess Feather
- Divine Blessing Stone
- Gourmet Pet Food
- Major Skill Reset Capsule
- Goddess Grace
- Max Durability Increase Potion
- Minor Skill Reset Capsule
- Party Merc Recovery Potion
- Premium Fusion Rune
- Premium Pet Food
- Minor Skill Reset Capsule
- Pure Skill Reset Capsule
- Mercenary Voyage Blessing Stone
- Merc Recovery Potion
- Mercenary Potion Plus (5 days)
- Merc Recovery Potion Plus
- Weapon Fusion Rune (Event)
Shouts Have Been Changed
- F1 – “Nice” to “Nice!”
- F2 – “Thank you” to “Thanks!”
- F3 – “I’m sorry” to “I’m sorry…”
- F4 – “Well done” to “Well done!”
Ah the little things… Not much to say on this but its a bit cleaner, slightly more friendly. The power of the exclamation mark.
Enchant Scrolls Bound to Bind
|Scroll Resellers Beware|
Enchant scrolls bind now – resellers and scam artists beware.
Scrolls will still be able to be traded freely within an account but once the scroll is sent to another player, it will bind, requiring them to use it, NPC it or allow it to expire and destroy it.
Outfitter Shop (Flamenco, Matador)
Halos Arrive As Promised!
Great news North America….we have FINALLY received the Halos in mass
|Fiona Earns her Halo|
These Halos were a coveted item that NA player had previously been somewhat cheated out of due to miscommunications and a lapse in Management. The Halos can be fused and traded among players and were in fact the more desired Shiny Halo rather then the Standard Halo with an antennae.
A sincere “THANK YOU” to Ruin3d from Nexon NA who took up the task of rectifying past wrongs and beautifying the servers. Not only did he collect information from forum participants, he actually got these to the majority of players in an obtainable (non pay to win) event.
Whew! It was a busy month end for Vindictus, things are starting to look up. We’ll try to do a review like this every month to keep you informed of ongoing changes to the game.