• Free Game Time - 2012-05-15

    Free Game Time - May 15th, 2012

    Xsyon MMORPG announces free game time for previous players!

    Since the game’s official launch in 2011, Notorious Games has done an enormous amount of development work to improve Xsyon. We are very proud of how the game has evolved!

    Starting Friday, May 18 we will be giving previous players a free ten-day pass to join us in Xsyon! Players who have been absent from the game will be amazed by the changes. All actively subscribed players will also be given two weeks of free game time.

    Free time will be available for inactive past subscribers in groups over the course of a few weeks. Each player will receive an email with the exact dates when Xsyon will be available to them. The free time will be a ten-day period within a larger five-week window. The email will contain instructions for players who wish to reschedule their ten-day free window.

    Here are some of the game improvements since the official launch:

    Expanded, flexible, part based construction system allowing players to build expansive buildings and towns.
    Completely new twitch based manual combat system with directional swings and parries.
    Enhanced creature system. Many new and stronger creatures now inhabit Xsyon, breeding, ageing, growing in power and becoming mutants.
    Improved crafting system providing crafting tool and material bonuses.
    Redistributed rare and valuable resources.
    Forestry system with trees that grow spread and can be planted by player characters.
    Revised User Interface based on player input, including tabbed chat, a map panel, weather gauges and improved customization.
    Improved rendering with HDR lighting, detailed soft shadows and enhanced visual effects.
    Player made carts for transporting large amounts of goods.
    Buildings used as storage.
    Revised lock and permission system to control shared access of private and tribal goods.
    Vastly improved client loading times and memory management.
    Enhanced server back end for increased stability and improved command processing.

    In the next few weeks we will roll out a few more improvements we feel will greatly increase game balance and player interaction:

    Skill decay, balancing, locks and usage display.
    Balanced status age and increased stat gain based on actions performed.
    Health based on stats and skills instead of levelling over time.
    Improved experience and levelling system. Using the experience system to gain skills increases and balances stats and other skills as if you preformed the associated actions.
    Enhanced player created quest system. Players can view and drop quests from their personal quest panel. Quests give experience points to questers and quest givers providing an entirely new way for players to build their characters over time.
    Improved bonuses to crafted end products such as armor and weapons.
    Other minor tweaks based on player feedback

    Once the free time period ends, Xsyon will enter a totem decay phase. Totems (which mark land claimed by a guild) not marked active and without any active players will become abandoned one week after the free time ends. During this phase the following important changes will happen:

    Abandoned totems will decay and be removed, freeing up claimed lands and any buildings and containers on these lands. Totems will be marked as abandoned if no player in the tribe is active or subscribed. Keeping an active subscription will protect a totem from being removed.
    All containers, resources and buildings on public land will be accessible by all players.
    Revenants will appear throughout the world at abandoned tribe locations. Revenants will be aggressive creatures with the ability to loot players.

    We hope you enjoy how the game world has evolved and look forward to seeing you in Xsyon!

    Xsyon is an open ended fantasy sandbox MMORPG that evolves with its community. The Prelude is the current, limited first release of the Xsyon virtual world. Players create their own virtual realities as they form tribes, build towns, shape landscapes, share quests and form societies.

    Notorious Games is currently taking orders for Xsyon: Prelude.

    Please visit www.xsyon.com for more information and to join us in creating a new world!