A pair of new developer diaries have cropped up on the New World site that lay out new details about both crafting and character progression in the forthcoming MMORPG.
Crafting will allow players to create gear for their characters that can be worn or sold on the auction house. In addition, crafting will allow players to create furniture and other items that can be used in player housing. Crafting also allows the creation of consumables through cooking or alchemy.
The better you become in crafting equipment, the better the equipment will be. As you progress a crafting skill that creates equipment with a scaling gear score (such as weapons or armor), the overall potential gear score outcome begins to expand. For instance, as a beginner Weaponsmith, your Iron Swords will be relatively narrow in their outcomes, with a span of 200-210 in gear score. As your Weaponsmithing skill increases, this range will also increase, and eventually, the minimum gear score of the crafted items will begin to raise as well.
Read the full crafting blog on the New World official site.
In the post about Character Progression, developers discuss how players will become stronger as they adventure through the game. Progression is tracked across three categories: Core Attributes, Trade Skills, and Weapon Mastery. Core Attributes include Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Focus, and Constitution. Trade Skills can be spread across Gathering, Refining, and general Crafting skills. Lastly, Weapon Mastery is tied to each individual weapon with two Skill Trees containing both passive and active modifiers, and bonuses that are exclusive to a particular weapon.
Leveling up in a Weapon Master grants a point that can be spent to unlock one of these abilities, passives, or bonuses. However, it is not possible to unlock everything between both Mastery Trees, so you’ll have to choose wisely. If you want to try out a different build for a weapon, you can respec its Mastery Trees in exchange for some Azoth. We will dive deeper into Weapon Mastery in the future. However you choose to fight, you’ll need to forge and discover powerful weapons to fit your combat style. Whether battling in wars with other players or holding back waves of The Corrupted, your combat skills will mean the difference between life and death.
Check out the full Character Progression blog here.