Allods Online has had a shaky relationship with its fan-base since it entered open beta in February of 2010. On the one hand, Allods Online is a highly polished free-to-play MMORPG, with a great selection of quests, great artwork and setting, and satisfying character customization. On the other hand, Allods was designed around inconvenient gameplay penalties that pressure players to utilize the cash shop. It seems the community’s negative feedback on these practices has been heard, as gPotato has announced that the Holy Charm item required to prevent the unpopular death penalty is now completely free.
The mechanic in question is the infamous “Tep’s Curse,” which has a chance of cursing a player’s inventory slot – inverting the stats of the gear equipped in said slot – upon a player’s death. The Holy Charms that prevent this curse were acquired through the cash shop with real money – until now. Since the game was designed around this mechanic, the odds are that the curse wont be going away. However, gPotato can at least make the inconvenient penalty as painless as possible for its player-base, and making the Holy Charm free is a massive step in the right direction.
Allods Online is also readying itself for the next major update, Patch 2.0.02, which introduces all new gear and customization options, as well as a new playable zone.
As far as new vanity items being introduced with the patch, mounts are getting a total of fourteen new skins for players to acquire and enjoy. A marriage system is being introduced as well, which gives couples a unique set of skills to use and level up.
The zone to be included in the patch is the desert of “Kirah,” a level 42+ area. Players will warp back in time and uncover the mysteries (and history) of the allod. The zone offers all new daily events, as well as new enemies to engage.
Finally, the patch also introduces a new way to improve gear, called “Refining.” The process is limited to level 45+ gear of rare, epic, or legendary quality. The system requires two pieces of gear (one sacrificial, and the other which is to be refined) as well as reagent materials to produce a refined piece of equipment.