Sword of the New World has finally updated to v3.4 today, taking 5 months from the last update v3.0.13 which was patched on Sep 16, 2009. Evora, the test server for v3.4, was up for 1 week since Feb 18, 2010. The test server will be down from now on.1
See the following v3.4 topics in G1 Forums:
- Part 1: Ania, Trump, & Dignite Costumes
- Part 2: Hellena, Pets, Family Levels, & Ability Scores
- Part 3: Portmanteau III, Cash Shop, & Feso Exchange
- Part 4: Echoes of an Empire - Volume 2 (v3.4) Patch Notes
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There are some online publicity features (i.e. interviews) at FreeMMOGamer, ONRPG, and Examiner. You may also want to check out sGE articles - Version Updates, v3.2 Patch Notes, and v3.4 Patch Notes.
I just took a look at the data table for the updated client. It is now different from the original test server data (see here). It seems we are getting the same buffed versions as sGE, i.e. veteran-exclusive with ATK Speed 30% (weapon) and Block +30 (shield). Screenshots of these weapons are available at 散歩道.
The Feso Exchange has been upgraded, but only slightly. It now contains Polish: Veteran (F 50k), Mysterious Key (F 50k), Veteran Scroll (F 250k), Forgotten Area Pass 1-day (F 75k), and Weapon/Armor Crafting Box (F 100k). The 3 standard stance books are also missing at the moment. G1-Neume said:
EXP +50%: Buff Or Bluff?
The base EXP for live servers will also be increased by +50% until next maintenance.3 However, it doesn't seem to be in effect. I took note of EXP just before maintenance, and found that after maintenance, my solo Expert Lv.6 character still gets the same 4,257 EXP from an Escudo Preffer.