Today, Brian “Zombie Columbus” Aloisio released a developer diary relating to a new PvMP stat coming with Update 6 named “Audacity”. Audacity will be a “stackable” stat that will “…reduce incoming damage and crowd control durations while in the Ettenmoors.” Zombie Columbus states that the reason for the addition of this stat were due to several causes:
- Current PvMP gear fees “underpowered” or too difficult to acquire. (So that it did not devalue PvE offerings.)
- PvMP combat is too fast paced due to the damage changes made in Isengard. (Such as the removal of stat caps.)
- Crowd Control effects are still too powerful.
- PvMP has no “seasonal mechanic” so that there is no incentive to earn additional gear once it is obtained.
Both Freeps and Creeps will be able to increase their Audacity by either purchasing PvMP armor (Freeps) or by purchasing a rank in a new passive trait (Creeps). Both Creeps and Freeps will gain a “free” rank of Audacity. Creeps will gain this rank upon their creation and Freeps will gain it upon hitting level 40. Audacity will also be capped at rank 7 for both sides, but that rank will be increased over time as future sets of armor are released. Both Creeps and Freeps will be able to check their rank of Audacity within the War Panel.
I believe it was in our last episode where I stated that I wasn’t sure how Turbine could make sure that PvMP gear was not as effective in PvE without throwing in a stat like this and sure enough here is the stat. Now, this doesn’t mean that Audacity isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, despite what Turbine may say I always found that as “Seasons” of PvMP progressed in other games it was increasingly difficult to stand against players who already had obtained specifically statted gear. But on the other hand since most battles in the Ettenmoors are usually more horde vs. horde than 1 vs. 1; who’s to say that this route won’t work? I’m interested to hear what our readers think though, so please feel free to voice your opinion below.