Time for the post-release Design Notes! This release was so big that we couldn’t fit it all into one day....so how about an entire weekend of fun?
First, let’s talk about something we’ve already released....a special feature that I’ve been secretly hinting at in the previous Design Notes, but no one noticed. You may not have realized it, but I was constantly referring to the Overlord and Twilight Sets as being the “Lvl 135 versions” of the set, rather than calling them the “top” or “highest” version of the set. That’s because there is actually a version of the set above Lvl 135!
You see, the final level cap for Guardians is planned at Lvl 150, but we didn’t have any equipment for that level range, nor any plans for it either. We figured that wasn’t right. So we decided, with this new quest, to go in a radically new direction for the Lvl 150 part. When you reach Lvl 150, you’ll trigger a special dialogue sequence after completing the normal quest in which the final boss offers you an opportunity to fight them again, this time at a much higher level of power. If you can accomplish this feat, they will imbue their Overlord and Twilight Sets with extra power (and a new descriptor to indicate their “powered-up” status!), transforming them into the “Supreme Overlord” and “Eternal Twilight” Sets:
Armors: Supreme Overlord’s Dynasty and Eternal Twilight’s Mantle
Shields: Supreme Overlord’s Legend and Eternal Twilight’s Regalia
Weapons: Supreme Overlord’s Ascendency and Eternal Twilight’s Dread
Pets: Supreme Overlord’s Resurrection and Eternal Twilight’s Harbinger
Each of these items are Lvl 150 MC Guardian items, meaning they have the power of Lvl 153 Mastercraft equipment and making them the absolute strongest things in the game! This provides our highest leveled players with some special exclusive content to look forward to, once the level cap is raised to its final cap of 150 of course!
But naturally you’re not all *that* high-leveled, right? And I’ll bet you were hoping for some high-leveled content that is a bit more accessible. Not to worry! We have some other high level content that will be going into the Overlord and Twilight set shops relatively soon! They will only be available to players Lvl 105 and higher, making them a nice exclusive piece of equipment for players to shoot for when they get into triple digit levels. We hope to have it completed sometime over the weekend.
And we’ve also released several brand new versions of the token item “Jester Disguise” as high-level exclusive token items! If you already owned this armor, you just got a very nice boost to your armor, all the way up to Lvl 105 power! For everyone else who didn’t have it already, feel free to take a gander at it when you get to Lvl 95 or higher. The armor features a full offensive lean with good Light and Earth resistance, as well as some pretty decent Melee defense. One of the attacks (the card throwing attack) has also become a skill, as well. So it’s become quite a nice armor if you needed some extra firepower.
Also, on the subject of token items: Perhaps you’ve been too busy trying to decide which armor you want to wear more. Well, why not wear both? We’ll soon be updating the Gatekeeper armor with some new art to reflect the art changes to Overlord and Twilight. Gatekeeper will become a hybrid of the two sets, mixing together the leans and abilities of both armors (though at a reduced rate)! There will be new versions made so that we cover as many levels as possible, including a Lvl 140 version, so be on the lookout for it sometime this weekend!
I hope you’re all satisfied with this release. Please, be sure to direct your praise towards Kamui, who has been working tirelessly on this release for weeks to deliver the content you are now getting to enjoy. This release would not have happened without his amazing efforts! We're going to keep smashing bugs, so please report as many as you can find....and now maybe you can see why a release THIS BIG is so hard to release without some kinks!
We look forward to continuing to deliver you the very best content we can offer. Stay with us as the year continues, as there is more fantastic content yet to come as we continue to draw closer to the tenth anniversary of AQ!
EDIT: Clarification in regards to the Lvl 150 set items....
When you reach Lvl 150, you'll want to play through the quest again. At the very end (after you beat Nameless King or Navith in their Lvl 135 incarnations), a special dialogue option will trigger. They will fight you again (this time at Lvl 150 power) and you'll be able to purchase the Lvl 150 items.
They're considered "upgraded" versions in terms of the storyline, which is why the names gain that shiny new descriptor in front. But they're an entirely different set of items you'll have to buy just like the other tiers.
< Message edited by Lord Barrius -- 7/14/2012 3:02:41 >