https://albiononline.com/hellgates/ TO HELL AND BACK Hey all, Happy Summer! As the year rolls on we’re going to be announcing more features from our upcoming Summer Alpha, and to whet your appetites, we’re going to be discussing the first of these today. ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH Zerging – aka, when a group of players forms into a giant mass and obliterates every unfortunate soul that comes into their path – is a common problem in MMOs. We’ve been developing several measures to discourage players from using this tactic, and the feature we’re here to talk about is just such a thing. Introducing: Hellgates. Hellgates are nether-dimensional portals that are dropped once you have found and defeated a so called gatekeeper demon. The portal will only be accessible to five players at a time – so as with all other aspects of life in Albion, make sure you pick your friends carefully. Gatekeepers will spawn at random places within Albion, depending on player numbers and activity. It will be up to players to sense the evil presence and find the demon before it pops out of existence and respawns at another place in the world. IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT… Once inside the hell dungeon, you will find yourself facing down Albion’s latest faction – the demonic hordes, who will understandably be less than happy with the unwelcome intrusion. If you manage to fight through the armies of darkness, you will be confronted with a boss demon. Defeating him will net you his souls, a brand-new resource which will be required for high-level equipment and weapons. At the end of each encounter, a gate will be provided back to the proper pastures of Albion. Don’t take too long, though; there is a set timer for how long any given group can stay in a hell dungeon. CLASH OF THE INTRUDERS Where does zerging come into it, you might ask? Well, each hell dungeon will have two separate gates, meaning two different groups of players will have a chance of ending up in the same hell. This means that in addition to the demonic horde, you must be prepared for the possibility of facing fellow humans in the netherworld, a situation that will give rise to some truly emergent twists while fostering an environment for more balanced 5-vs-5 PvP scenarios. Essentially, Hellgates will be PvE dungeons, but focused on fair PvP battles. That’s it for now. Keep ’em peeled for more news on this front in the coming weeks! And don’t forget: Epic and Legendary founders will get access to our upcoming Summer Alpha and subsequent closed beta testing, as well as cool in-game loot and currency!