New World: Aeternum Awaits – Official Trailer
Legend has led generations of explorers to the supernatural frontier known as Aeternum. Rich in a powerful substance known as Azoth, which many believe to be the source of eternal life, Aeternum has beckoned both the pure of heart and the wicked to its shores.
Fate has summoned you to the shores of Aeternum, the Eternal Isle. Overcome the brutal legions of The Corrupted and draw battle lines with competing players in this land of danger and opportunity. In a land hell-bent on your destruction, what will you do to survive? Strike out alone to forge your own heroic path, or band together, fortify, and fight.
Aeternum is a place of struggle. Not only will you have to contend with the forces of Corruption, but you must also protect yourself from other players. Claiming a Territory is a good first step in establishing a foothold, providing security and resources for the days ahead, but it also puts you at greater risk when someone else wants what you have.
When the legions of the Corrupted attempt to take your Fort, this is called a Corrupted Invasion. You can read more about that here. When other players want to overthrow your Territory for their Faction, this is War.
Before you can wage War on another Faction’s Territory you must weaken that Territory to a point where it is vulnerable enough to have War declared on it. In order to do this, you must perform the required amount of Faction Missions. You can read more about Faction Missions here.
When you go to War, you go on behalf of your Faction. The three Factions are locked in a constant struggle for control over Aeternum. A Faction is made up of Companies that have declared their loyalty to that Faction. When the required tasks have been completed to put a Territory into a Conflict State, there is a lottery to decide what Company will lead the charge in battle.
Aeternum is a mysterious and hostile land where you will fight to get a foothold and must be ready to defend it from invading forces… human and supernatural. In New World, when the forces of Corruption have amassed enough strength in a Territory, they lay siege to the Fort. This is called an Invasion. During the battle, the defenders must protect their Fort against escalating waves of enemies. If the forces defending the Fort are successful, the Corrupted’s army is repelled and the battle is won. If, on the other hand, the Fort falls, the Territory suffers and loses some upgrades, such as Crafting Stations, Fort gates or Fort turrets. The higher the Territory’s level, the more items get downgraded. Post battle, the Corruption retreats to replenish their force and the Fort resets itself, restoring any structures that were destroyed. Don’t spend too long upgrading your Territory again though as Invasions occur approximately every four days.
How to Participate in an Invasion
The day before an Invasion, players can sign up for the event at the Settlement’s Town Board. The Governor of the defending Territory can choose 10 heroes to accompany them in the upcoming battle. The remaining 40 slots are randomly selected from players who signed up to take part in the next Invasion. Note that only players at Level 50 or above can participate in Invasions.
The Preparation Phase
When an Invasion starts and you have been chosen to participate, you will be automatically transported to the Fort with your other teammates and provided with 50 Battle Tokens. For a brief period, players can use their Tokens at the Armory to better prepare for the fight, or save them for later to use during the Invasion. Battle Tokens can be used on powerful ammunition and potions, incendiary mines, explosive powder kegs, and turret ammunition. Furthermore, players can earn and use additional Battle Tokens by performing various actions during battle, such as killing, repairing, or healing.
It’s battle time. After the preparation period, enemies start emerging from Corrupted Portals around the Fort. This is the first of eight waves of enemies, so strategy and tactics, especially with Battle Tokens comes into effect.
Don’t underestimate your enemies in this battle. You will have to adapt your combat style according to different kinds of creatures, each with different skills and abilities. Here’s a list of some of the creatures:
The Corruption will focus on destroying the gates first, then destroying the Fort Claim. During battle, players can use various structures to help defend the Fort, such as Turrets, Droppers, Support, and Traps. Note that, as with Wars, only the Company that owns the Territory can build defense structures before the Invasions commence. Here’s more information about each defense structure:
Throughout the battle, players can keep a close eye on the in-game details by looking at information at the top of the screen. This includes specific player objectives, Invasion time remaining, the current wave of attack, and the total waves.
Players win an Invasion by protecting the Fort Claim until the time limit is reached. The Invasion is lost if the enemies destroy the Fort Claim within the time limit. After the battle, the Corrupted forces fall back to regain their strength and prepare for the next Invasion. Win or lose, players who contribute to the battle are rewarded with XP, in-game currency and loot. Finally, they are released back into the stunning, yet dangerous land of Aeternum. Should players be defeated, it will cause a downgrade of their Territory. Players will receive some XP, loot and Azoth depending on how many waves were completed. Check out more information about upgrading and downgrading Territories by clicking this article.
Do you have what it takes to defeat the Corrupted, defend your Fort and become a local hero? *Some Invasion designs may change based on testers feedback.