The first expansion to Mortal Online might be delayed, but that’s no reason why we can’t take a look at what the expansion will bring. Mortal Online: Dawn is the name of this expansion and the release date has been pushed back to late May or early June due to server issues dealing with the Unreal Engine that powers Mortal Online. Check out our Mortal Online Dawn preview below.
The Dawn expansion introduces many new features and adjustments, one being the new Skill window where every single action will be listed. Players will no longer have to dig though their skill tree to find the skill they want to perform.
New plants, flowers and herbs will also be added that can be used for cooking and alchemy. However players should beware, not all plants will have positive effects as some will have negative side-effects. These new harvesting items will become important with the new Cooking system which is implemented in Dawn. Eating the wrong foods can make you character fat which would produces negative effects on combat. However fat players can receive bonuses from interacting with NPC’s and even learning special skills, or joining NPC factions. So their is an advantage to being fat. Eating certain herbs will also allow players to change their stat-caps, so characters can be customized to fit any archetype.
A new thirst system will be implemented in the Dawn expansion. Players will have a thirst bar and once it runs out will start to feel negative effects. Players will have the options to carry around potions or kegs to keep themselves hydrated. However as with the new cooking system, some potions meant to quench thirst might have negative side-effects depending on what plants were used.
Healing potions will now have 3 stats a player must watch out for, weight, units of liquid and healing effect. If a player has a low alchemy skill level, they will not be able to see the exact healing effect number and instead will be given an general range of what it might be. The general use of potions will also be adjusted so that using a potions in a row will not be possible and players will have to use them in a more tactical manner.
In combat the new reserve system will have a large effect on battles in Mortal Online. While in small and short term fights the reserve system will not come into play, it become more noticeable in long matches or after several deaths.
As an example, a single reserve of stamina will allow you to run from Meduli to Toxai and back, sprinting the entire time. The stamina pools are drained whenever any of the stats are regained, whether be it HP, Stamina, or Mana, and they take a large dip after a single death. During longer sieges or even drawn out marches, the reserves will start becoming an issue to the deployed force, and they must either carry with themselves some extra supplies, or be forced to retreat should they have nothing.
This new system can be used strategically and exploited to defend a position or to ambush a group that are recovering. However a single effective mean will quickly restore the reserves, if you happen to have one.
Another new feature is the Assault list. This will list all players that have attacked you which lead to your death. Players will be able to either forgive or punish the attacker by giving them a murder count.
Transport tasks will allow players to transport good across the continent without any financial risk. Players will be able to create a transport task and assign a reward to it. If another player accepts the task, they must give a security deposit first, then if they complete the task will receive the deposit back and the reward. This allows the creator of the transport task to take no risk. This new feature will allow players to transport goods while offline because other players will be doing the transporting for them.
Two new house types will be added with the Dawn expansion. The first is the Tindrem style house, which starts off as a one story, but can be upgraded into a three-story Villa. The second is a storage house, which will have high starting HP with upgrades that can increase it even higher. The storage house can be used as a guild bank allowing all members of that guild to use it. The upkeep is determined by the size of the guild.
All houses will now have a friends list and anyone not on this list will will be considered an intruder and automatically teleported out of the house if they manage to enter.
For more information about the upcoming Mortal Online: Dawn expansion, head over the the official MO site.