[Focus Feedback & Bug Reporting] New Zone: Brimstone Sands

Greetings Adventurers,

Hot sands blow in from the North East. Low roars can be heard off in the distance. You think you can see a twinkle of metal reflecting off the bright sun off in the distance… New World’s first open world zone expansion is here and ready for testing!

Brimstone Sands Zone
Brimstone Sands is a new zone unlike anything else in Aeternum. Look forward to new enemies to fight, a new territory to control, and new stories to uncover.

Death hovers over the scorched wastes of Brimstone Sands, its thirst still unsatisfied even after centuries of strife and war. The ancient Egyptians first encountered the godlike Ancients here and built monuments and vast cities that were part of a flourishing civilization thousands of years in the past. Their civilization is now long fallen to ruin, and few of those original inhabitants remain except for the mysterious sorcerer Imhotep, with whom players must work with to solve the desert’s mysteries.

The most immediate threat in Brimstone Sands is posed by the deranged remnants of the Roman Empire’s 19th Legion. What exactly befell the Romans must be discovered, but they have fallen to Corruption and now besiege the ancient ruins of a mysterious Pyramid known as Ahket. They are certain that within, they will find the secret to their redemption and the long-awaited resurgence of the Roman Empire.

Please let us know how you enjoyed these changes on the PTR! In particular, due to the complex and vast nature of this content we’re especially keen on feedback relating to overall sense of direction, purpose, exploration, and fun. Additional feedback on balance/difficulty, technical issues gameplay bugs, exploits, or client stability/performance problems is also appreciated. Or just let us know if you want to see more.

Thank you for your insight and valuable input during our early build preview phase!


If you are experiencing a bug, please utilize the following template:

  • What is your character name in the PTR:
  • What server/world did you experience your issue on:
  • Describe the issue you are experiencing:
  • Is this a bug or an exploit:
  • (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay:
  • (if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue:
  • (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:
  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced:
  • What was your RTT / Input Latency?

You can find resources on how to leave good feedback in the How to Give High Quality Feedback post.

Your help in keeping feedback unrelated to the issue above regarding the Player vs Player Reward Track out of this focus thread is much appreciated!

Thank you for helping make New World the best game it can be!

See you in Aeternum!

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  • What is your character name in the PTR: pa3ckPTR
  • What server/world did you experience your issue on: EU PTR
  • Describe the issue you are experiencing: The quest called “Brimstone Under Siege” doesn’t do anything when you get to the marked location. None of us was able to finish this quest.
  • Is this a bug or an exploit: Bug
  • (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay: We are stuck in the main story line and can’t get passed this quest
  • (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced: https://i.imgur.com/UegCQPM.jpg
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    What is your character name in the PTR: Soutayst
    What server/world did you experience your issue on: EU PTR
    Describe the issue you are experiencing: Got kicked back to windows during a Transfer from Windsward to brightwood
    Is this a bug or an exploit: Bug
    (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay: well... got kicked so i cannot play anymore
    (if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue: Nope
    (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced: i won't send a pict of my desktop, you'll see my Frenchie dog
    What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced: Try to Transfer !
    What was your RTT / Input Latency? N/A
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Some mobs started spawning now, we are now able to continue with the quest.

  • What is your character name in the PTR: Pras333PTR
  • What server/world did you experience your issue on: PTR East
  • Describe the issue you are experiencing:
    Before completing “Unraveling the Mystery” you are shown a cutscene. If you pull up chat during it there is no way to exit the chat.
  • Is this a bug or an exploit: BUG
  • How did the issue effect your gameplay: Immersion ruined :frowning:
  • Were you able to recover from the issue: No :frowning:
  • Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:
  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced: Pull up chat during cutscene.

I hate to say it, but the whole zone feels kinda empty for me except the landmarks, but even those are very light on enemies.

I don’t know, I expected a dangerous place with enemies waiting for me to kill me, but all I see is neutral wildlife and each 200 meters a scorpion.
And the further you get into the zone even fewer enemies can be seen. It maybe has the size of 3 zones, but the enemy count must be worth below one zone.

My first impression of the new zone is pretty bad for the big content update.

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  • What is your character name in the PTR: Getting Dicey

  • What server/world did you experience your issue on: PTR EAST 1

  • Describe the issue you are experiencing: Could not complete faction quest “Deathly Hallowed” - opened many sarcophagus in the area and couldn’t find the 3 lost souls. Game froze and crash ed when trying to cancel it at the faction vendor. Screenshot below is when it froze.

  • Is this a bug or an exploit: Bug

  • (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay: Game crashed, no error present

  • (if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue: No

  • (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:

  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced: Unsure if I can reproduce as the quest is not available for me anymore and it is removed from my quest log.

  • What was your RTT / Input Latency? 74.667ms

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  • What is your character name in the PTR: Pras333PTR
  • What server/world did you experience your issue on: PTR East
  • Describe the issue you are experiencing:
    Teleporting to Brimstone Sands Town will sometimes actually teleport you to the “Wikala al-Waha Outpost”.
  • Is this a bug or an exploit: BUG
  • How did the issue affect your gameplay: Can’t teleport to town.
  • Were you able to recover from the issue: Yes? Eventually, the teleport/fast travel will work.
  • Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:
  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue you experienced: Try to fast travel to Town, end up at the outpost.
  • What was your RTT / Input Latency? See Vid. Latency increased due to network activity at the time of recording. Happens regardless.
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  • What is your character name in the PTR:
    – Boostr

  • What server/world did you experience your issue on:
    – East US

  • Describe the issue you are experiencing:
    – Unable to apply desert cerate, it has an X through the item and I can’t use it. I go into brimstone and still can’t use it, i just die. I believe after making the item, i logged out and then after logging back in, couldn’t use it.

  • Is this a bug or an exploit:
    – Bug

  • (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay:
    – This would be obvious

  • (if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue:
    – Yes, I reset the quest and did it all over again.

  • (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:

  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced:
    – When I made the quest item, it appeared with an X through it.

  • What was your RTT / Input Latency?
    80

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Overall super loving the zone, but spawn rates are still abysmal for highly trafficked quests and POIs.

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I wanted to talk about the choice to make it where you have to do a quest to get the cream so you can survive the heat of BS.

Theres been some spectaculation that this is an anti bot messure. If this is the case i think it is a spectacular idea. Level locking the quest to 60 and killing anyone that hasent done it pretty much means its impossible to bot BS without a lvl 60 bot (which bots shouldn’t make it to 60 without getting banned).

This is a great idea, in theory it should stop bots entirety and it has very low impact on real players (takes like 5 mins to complete the quest) .

If this works it should be applied to every new zone in the future (in different ways probably for lore reasons, dont need to be applying 10 different balms in the future lol)

It could even be applied to some old zones like shattered mountain, maybe you have to complete the story quest that protects your soul from corruption and if not you become corrupted as soon as you enter SM. Could be cool and effective at the same time.

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What is your character name in the PTR: 1PTR UZI

What server/world did you experience your issue on:
Describe the issue you are experiencing: US EAST

Is this a bug or an exploit: BUG

(if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay: I have no sound. I jave tried multiple accounts and relogging. Had issue with beginning level character as weell

(if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue: no

(if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:
What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced:
What was your RTT / Input Latency?

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  • What is your character name in the PTR: H3RSH3YB3AR ptr2
  • What server/world did you experience your issue on: PTR US East1
  • Describe the issue you are experiencing: The quest “A God Awakens” quest says the soul trial is currently disabled, so I cannot progress in the brimstone sands questline.
  • Is this a bug or an exploit: bug?
  • (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay: cannot progress the brimstone sands MSQ
  • (if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue: No
  • (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:
  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced:walk to the entrance at the quest marker, the game will not allow me in.
  • What was your RTT / Input Latency? 3ms
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  • What is your character name in the PTR: Getting Dicey
  • What server/world did you experience your issue on: PTR East
  • Describe the issue you are experiencing: Quest broken - A God Awakens
  • Is this a bug or an exploit: Bug
  • (if a bug) How did the issue effect your gameplay: Can not proceed with quest - get “This Soul Trial is disabled” when trying to Enter Soul Trial
  • (if a bug) Were you able to recover from the issue: No
  • What are the steps to reproduce the issue as you experienced: Finish the Nine Ordeals and attempt to proceed
  • What was your RTT / Input Latency?
  • (if a bug) Please include a screenshot or video of the issue that you have experienced:
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Same problem here!

Guessing they’re still working on that.

Interface changes:

  • The new colors for resources in your tracker radar are clear and helpful.
  • I love all the new load screen art saw… but I do question if it fits with the over-saturated colors of the game itself.

Zone environment:

  • I really like the alternate herb appearance, as well as the variety of cactus types and other foliage
  • I like that the spirit shrines have more of a context in the environment, with buildings around them. They look like intentional constructions. The vintage spirit shrines, by comparison, just look like an asset plopped down.
  • I assume the worm is just for visual interest, but it’s awesome.
  • Grave/ancient offerings requiring you to fight a mob to loot the chest feels great. I have not noticed if the loot is better from these.
  • Brimstone resource locations are dangerous, and it feels like an anti-botting measure. Thanks!
  • Overall Brimstone feels like a higher difficultly zone. Not a huge jump, but I hope you retain the extra bit of difficultly.

Monsters:

  • While most of the monsters are unsurprisingly reskins, they feel different, which is good
  • The “Pushy” goats cracked me up, as did page 2 of that lore after I finally got the goats handled. The players who hated goats before will get the joke.
  • Stepping on baby scorpions and the rolling armadillos is a good new addition to the minor fauna. The running lizards startled me, and when one came running right at me arms waving I smiled. I am not sure, however, if the lizards are supposed to give 50+ ironhide?

Summary:
I really don’t have anything negative to say about the zone design. I don’t share the feelings in an earlier comment that it’s too empty. It’s a desert and has lots of POIs, and feels right to me that it’s a bit open and a bit desolate. As you are running in the zone (and it’s a lot of running to open up the new shrines!), you are seeing things in the distance that you want to go check out.

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AGS you guys are making a huge mistake with all these low level areas in Brimstones sands.
Literally everything that is below level 65 is dead content and adds quite literally nothing to the game.
The zone is already fairly empty like many of us worried about so it’s incredibly bad that the vast majority of the locations in the zone are level 60 dead content with chests that drop 500 gs items.
You’re making a repeat of every other end game zone with a bunch of underleveled areas that literally nobody will ever touch.
No you absolutely should not be making new content for 500 expertise people they’ll surpass it in a few days like the rest of us and most of us did the 65 content anyway because it has the chance to move your expertise higher than the rest.
Not a single enemy in this zone should be below 65 and most should be pushed up above that with the loot dropped in the areas to match.
And no I’m not expecting mutation level drops or anything like that but as it stands right now your big release has all of about 2 days of content. If you make the content actually of the level it should be at least you’ll have some people doing daily chest runs to see potential gear drops from the chests.
Please for the love of god dont release this low level non-endgame content.

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