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Friday, September 27, 2019

Pirate101 update! My thoughts on what we know.

So lets cut the chase, Pirate101 is getting an update, but not the one we all were hoping for. Thats fine with me since I was expecting nothing and got something. But I'm just here to give my thoughts on what we know.


So to sum this up, new key bosses Ratbeard and Bonnie and if you beat them 25 times you can buy them. IMO thats fair. I didn't think they would be free and I was right. These key bosses seem to be designed for a group however they probably can still be soloed given you have an overpowered class like witch or musket with flames or overwatch 5, or looking at the Bonnie fight, solo with enough experience at the game. Getting a quick look at the Ratbeard companion in KI live it seems they won't be exact copies, the Ratbeard copy had 3 critical hits suggesting he will be more offensive, this means Bonnie counterpart might be more defensive. I'll buy both and give my honest opinion when they come out if they are worth it or not. Its probably safe to say Ratbeard counter won't be but we will have to see with Bonnie counter. Overall, this could provide a good challenge with some neat rewards. I'm guessing people will start to come back, get these companions and leave again. So I would farm them while you can.

Basically, nautical exp improvements, and questing improvements through the beginning to the first half of mooshu. My thoughts are all but positive. Nautical exp was a complaint from almost everyone. I didn't have much trouble with it but its more than welcome. I bet you will see more people questing and some people coming back. Hopefully at least. 

The questing improvements is nice, this will make the game more easy to solo on classes like privy who have it tough early on. However the main thing i'm excited about is the drop rates on some quests. Us older players remember the key quest in mooshu, "that was yesterday". It could take days to collect. I'm guessing most of these collect quests that are updated will be in Aquila, which has some rather notorious ones.  

I think this is really good for attracting new players from wiz to be honest. This could boost interest in the game and allow for more future updates. We will just have to wait and see.

Elixir improvements. While I will admit they are needed, no one really buys them. This could help some newer players I suppose but thats about  it. The hyper elixir, provided not super expensive, is the most interesting. But other than that, its nothing super special since I don't see really anyone using elixirs.

New pack, No test.. Basically new companions and things should be done. This is long overdue but I understand. As someone who has dabbled in some game design (aka I have taken classes for it) I understand why this has taken so long. Each companion requires voice actors, new animations, models, graphics, and possibly powers and more. Do this for 6 or 7 companions with 3 promotions which again require new models, animations graphics and powers for each promotion and we have an expensive looking project on our hands. Not to mention the cost of designing gear, new loot and more. I will grant, they could have made more at this point but still, don't think we should have a ton without considering the work that goes into them. I'm excited to see its theme and the new drops. Although the fact that they are skipping test worries me. I'm not sure I would buy the pack right away since there would probably be bugs. In the past when content skipped test it was bug ridden (like Krampus). So I'm going to hold off on packs for a bit and I suggest you do as well. 

No story for the foreseeable future. I am sad about this and I know several other people are but I wouldn't give up hope. At the end they say there will be more updates, not grand scale but there will be more. So i'm content with this for now, it allows them to fix some stuff and gain more interest in the game. This is but a stepping stone to bigger things.

Basically reinforcing the idea that they have more ideas in store for Pirate101. So keep that in mind. 

Overall, its a solid update for the current situation. Plus the promise for more smaller updates like this in the future. I understand we are going to be sad because there is no new story for awhile, but I keep seeing people ignore the fact that they have more updates in mind. I love this game and I see this as promising for its future. So please, try to understand that although there is some bad news, thats short term, in the long run this should be very good news. Thats really all I have to say. I'll cya in the spiral!

-Jack






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