The dev team replies to player feedback about the new Rank 10 update and discusses their plans for the future!
Not only do high-Rank classes perform better than lower Ranks, all new classes fall under the highest tier, which is Rank 8. The reason we decided to boost the attributes of Ranks 6 and 7 was a matter of choice.
If Rank 8 is the most powerful, that means Rank 8 Circle 3 is the highest you can reach in terms of performance. However, if you advanced all the way to Circle 3 of a Rank 6 or 7 class, Rank 8 Circle 3 becomes an impossible choice. The boost, then, was catered to characters in this situation. On the other hand, we chose not to target buffs and support types that can grow with SPR stats and values independent from Class Rank, focusing exclusively on dealer types for whom the difference in performance is more staggering.
On the contrary, we think that keeping previous content difficult even after the release of Rank 10 would substantially hinder the appeal of the new Rank and equipment. One way we will handle this will be by developing new game features that can challenge the new Rank content and gear in a diversified way. We are already working on new raids and rewards, the details of which will be shared soon through the dev blog.
We agree with this sentiment, so we redid our entire plans for development in consideration to the feedback we got on the Ichor system. We’ll try and be careful not to let future plans threaten the hard work of players.
Our original plans for Cleric classes were never to reduce them to the role of pure healers. We envisioned Clerics as a kind of hybrid, with healing as the main talent and other diverse functions as subroles. We can see, however, that as time goes by and more classes are patched, the abilities of Clerics have steadily been branching out to dimensions we did not initially predict. We agree that it’s time to start rebalancing Cleric classes in a way that consolidates their position in the game without interfering in other typical class roles.
Difficulty is always subjective. Especially in an MMORPG like TOS with so many different class combinations, the perceived difficulty of the game content varies by a lot from player to player. Because of this, at the dev team we try to adjust the difficulty and accessibility of each feature we develop according to its nature. For instance, if we’re creating a new instanced dungeon for players to level up, we make it so that it’s clearable by a party of 5 with basic level-appropriate equipment. As for quests, we try to configure them in a way that allows combat-oriented classes to play them solo. Our goal is not to make every feature easily accessible to all characters, but to create diverse forms of content that can be enjoyed by different types of players. That is what we will continue to do in the future as well.
With the latest GTW beta testing season now concluded, we gathered the dev team to comment on the community’s most recent suggestions and concerns!
Dev Team :Our goal with the Amplifiers was to provide a somewhat improved strategic element that players can use within the perimeter of the Tower. We want the Amplifier system to promote diverse and active battle situations between the guilds competing for the buffs and the guild attempting to defend the Spot. On the other hand, we understand that the point bonus you get from Amplifiers makes a big difference, so we expect to reduce those effects for the final version of GTW. We also want to make the minimap display the location of Amplifiers in the future.
Dev Team :TBL is a PvP sport that takes place every day, but GTW is intended as a once-a-week, large-scale GvG competition that only a limited number of guilds can win. We don’t think that the resources and time spent restoring your equipment after a one-time weekly battle will be too much of a burden, especially considering the rewards we’re preparing for the official version of GTW.
Dev Team :The purpose of this system is to allow both sides to reorganize after the Spot is seized and promote a more strategic approach to the game. We believe it’s a fair rule: if any rival guild members were left in the map, that would speed up the process of regaining points and, subsequently, taking back the Tower. This is bound to increase fatigue on both sides, which is not something we want to see happen. What we are doing is developing new functions that allow guilds to better use their “time out” when it happens (these functions should be ready for the final version of GTW).
Dev Team :We’ve considered doing this before. We figured that concentrating the dispute in the periphery of the Tower would create empty spaces in the map, and one solution we came up with was the Amplifier system. We are open to alternative solutions, however, so there is still room for improvement.
Dev Team :Our intended role for bosses in GTW isn’t simply to help offensive guilds reclaim the Spot. We want bosses to provide a buff advantage that the defending guild cannot use, introducing a different kind of conflict and strategic play away from the Tower. We do agree that the application of this wasn’t the most successful in Genar Field, so we will be adjusting boss monster spawn ranges there and moving them closer to the guild’s line of defense.
Dev Team :The main reason we wanted to have multiple Spot Areas was to provide different benefits to the guilds seizing each of them. We will be talking more about these when the final version of GTW is ready for release. Another aspect to consider is preventing frame drops, which can worsen if we try to concentrate players in a single map. We’re always working to improve server stability, of course, and we are also preparing a few changes to make the progress of GTW more dynamic.
Dev Team :As we explained earlier, GTW is going to take place only once per week, not every day like what happened during the beta tests. We may consider extending or shortening the length of the sessions after GTW is officially released based on the feedback we get.
Dev Team :The official release of GTW will come with more distinctive and attractive rewards per rank, which we hope will give players the incentive they need to go for higher-rank Spot Areas. Details on the new rewards will be announced at a later date.
Dev Team :We like this idea. We thought of something similar when we were first developing GTW, but we would need time to evaluate whether this is feasible or not in our current setup. We may announce something in the future if we manage to prepare a more substantial plan.
Dev Team :We agree entirely. We’re currently working on a few UI modifications that should provide a solution to this kind of visibility issues in future versions of GTW.
Dev Team :That would be a nice addition to the final results UI, and we’re sure the players would find it useful. We will most definitely consider your suggestion.
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Crevox has long been a prominent member of the TOS community. Not only is he the main contributor to our in-game text repository, he is a familiar face to many a GM, having helped identify and solve his fair share of bugs and errors. The Popolion Post met with Crevox in Svalphinghas Forest to find out more about his personal journey with Tree of Savior.
C: Hello everyone! I'm Crevox, and I've been an avid player of Tree of Savior for a long time. You may have seen me around in-game sometimes on the [NA] Klaipeda server!
C: I first saw Tree of Savior when a friend showed me some online previews for the upcoming game. I immediately thought the art style and gameplay seemed very interesting, but when I saw the class system, I was blown away. Tree of Savior was showing so many unique, fun ideas that I hadn’t been seeing in online games lately, so it seemed very exciting to me. The wait for the game was long, but I jumped into the game’s beta tests as soon as I could.
C: I try my best to help out and improve the game for the players however I can. Every week I compile a list of issues I see with text in the game while I play, or from reports from other players. I spend some time and do fixes for these and any other improvements I see I can do in order to make things more comfortable for everyone as they play. It's an amazing opportunity! Beyond that, I do my best to report bugs and other issues I see to IMC with technical details so they can be resolved as quickly as possible. I'm very familiar with the game and how it works, so I hope that it helps IMC in order to get them fixed for everyone.
C: I believe that the game has improved significantly since the beta and its launch. It has been receiving constant updates since the beta, with many changes being in direct regard to player feedback. I personally had issues with specific bugs around the classes I played, along with the performance of the game. However, I was happy to see many of these errors resolved, which kept me playing and enjoying the game. There has definitely been a bit of a shift in some ways in terms of the direction of the game and some of its design concepts from what was originally shown, but I think it has been for the better, and IMC polished it out to be something really special. I think anyone that has tried the game in the past should give it a second chance. The commitment by the developers to improving the game has really shown.
C: My favorite feature is definitely the class system. There are so many unique ideas that are done with the class system and so much potential for creating your own interesting characters. The variety is amazing and the large number of skills for each class really adds life to each of them. I think there is something that everyone can get attached to and enjoy, and wanting to try all of them really gives so much to do. Seeing all of them for the first time in the game and watching my friends do crazy things was really fun.
C: I have many fun memories leveling with my friends and playing together. However, what specifically stands out to me is my journey to get boss monster cards in the early days. My favorite class in Tree of Savior is Sorcerer, and I went for it right when I started playing. Hunting and working with my friends to get the many different boss cards to summon was difficult, but each one was its own journey, and they helped me every step of the way. Getting each one felt like a major accomplishment, and seeing what would happen with each one was exciting. I think that these types of experiences were very special and memorable to me, and each one is its own story that I remember fondly. Having goals like these in Tree of Savior really make the game enjoyable to play.
C: I think that there are many small issues I would like to see addressed. Sorcerer’s Riding breaking links, getting stuck when trying to use certain skills, Priest’s Revive not always triggering… little issues that have existed for a long time. However, long-term, my main issues with Tree of Savior are probably game client performance, server performance/crashing, and PvP balance. I think that if these things were improved upon, I would enjoy the game even more than I already am, and it would make a lot of players very happy.
C: Sorcerer special costume! Besides that, I would be happy with more demon cards being added to the game. There are so many cool boss monsters you fight that are without any cards, and adding more of these would be really fun to have. It’s always interesting to see the new ideas IMC comes up with for classes and skills, so I’m constantly looking forward to those.
C: Thank you for the opportunity and for making Tree of Savior a fun game to play for everyone! I'm looking forward to continuing to do all I can to help the game succeed and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
In this new event, earn points based on your daily play time and
get useful items from the Popo Point Shop!
FROM the scheduled maintenance of September 11, 2018
TO the scheduled maintenance of October 2, 2018
(Points reset on October 1, shop closes on October 2, 2018)
Characters of all levels
STEP 1. Login to Tree of Savior and start raking in the Popo Points! You get 10 Points for every 30 minutes, no matter what character you’re playing with.
STEP 2. Use your well-earned PP to purchase items from the Popo Point Shop! You will see a new gift box icon appear in your bottom-right menu. Click it to access the PP Shop and exchange your Points for potions and other useful items.
Each item in the PP Shop comes with a per-team purchase limit.
Most PP Shop items will be untradeable. Timed items are also character-bound and not transferrable via Team Storage.
Popo Points and purchase limits will be automatically reset on October 1, 2018 at 06:00 (server time). We have plans to introduce new items in the PP Shop and new ways of obtaining Popo Points in the future.
Find the answer in the next issue!
Coming soon to TOS are the new NPC hairstyles! The hairstyles have been chosen by the players through the poll conducted on our official TOS forums. Currently, the Bullet Marker Master, Hunter Master, Rodelero Master and NPC Kirina's hairstyles are planned to be added to the Beauty Shop.
For those of you whose favorite NPC hairstyle has not yet made it into the Beauty Shop, don't give up! More Beauty Shop content will be added in the future so keep a lookout for further announcements in the following issues of The Popolion post.
As you have already seen from our server select screen, we have recently begun to implement 2D animation into TOS. Another part of the game where 2D animation is currently in use is the Monster Card illustrations.
In this issue of the Popolion Post we've decided to showcase
some behind the scenes processes, of how 2D animation is created.
Demon Lord Blut image layers and bone structure
The motion of Blut's antennae has been focused on to really bring the creature into life.
Froster Lord bone structure
Froster Lord with assembled layers
Tidying up the rough edges for his in-game debut
Many players are already sharing
their flute sheets at the forums!