IMC has released a new update preview - 업데이트 미리보기 파벌 리뉴얼. See also [韓更預覽] 高級派系系統廢黜及黨的變革. This preview article is quite long, and somewhat confusing. Certain parts may have been mistranslated. Leave a comment if correction is needed.
Note: A party refers to the clan/guild (aka "faction"). A clique refers to the political secret society (aka "alliance"), namely Lealtad (aka Esmero) and Gleichstellung (aka Souveran).
1. CLIQUE REVISION
All cliques, including Pegadilla, will be deleted. All clique-related quests will be removed.
Clique Medals - Lealtad (aka Esmero) and Gleichstellung (aka Souveran) medals will grant Penetration +2.
Missions - Neutral families now gain free access to Blood Navy, Tigres de la Carcel, and Viron Clock Tower missions. Spell Key is still required. Existing Pass of Gerrard will be refunded with 1 Shiny Crystal and 50 purchase points.
Kielce Night - Neutral families no longer need to pay Serena/John/Heinz to enter Kielce Night.
Fire Island - Movement between zones are modified.
Recruit Valeria - You no longer need to be of Royalist/Republican to do her recruitment quest. Joaquin Underground Prison mission can also be accessed.
Artifact Exchanger - Neutral families can now exchange 5 artifact materials for 2 random materials (instead of only 1 random material) using the exchanger in Kielce.
NPC Brown (v19.90.36) - All existing quests and NPC Brown will be removed from the various towns. The daily quests are re-organized into 3 groups, available for everyone. You can do 1 quest per group daily.
- Old Towns - Reboldeoux, Coimbra, Auch
- Bases - Ustiur, Bahama, Errac
- New Towns - Viron, Kielce
La Tierra de Sed - The map and daily war will be deleted. All families can get the buff from Ancient Blessing Statues in Queen's Gate, Nimrod Bridge, or Thueringen Lakeside instead. Existing La Tierra de Sed buff will persist, but can no longer be regained.
Faction War - Lealtad (aka Esmero) vs. Gleichstellung (aka Souveran) war will be removed. Players from previously opposed cliques are no longer auto-red to each other. Clique association for squad is also removed.
New Party Missions - Mad Montoro and Mad Kielce Night. A party can accumulate party points to level up beyond Lv.52 in these missions. For Mad Montoro mission, there are 5 bosses, so kill as many as possible. Mad Kielce mission is about increasing time by killing resistance fighters. There are innocent NPCs as well, but you lose points for killing them.
Existing parties will be given 325 points per 5 clique members, up to a maximum of 5850 points. You can use the points to level up the party up to a maximum of Lv.70 via a new NPC in towns. This will grant [Party Blessing] buff for ATK vs monsters.
It is unclear if a neutral party can also advance beyond Lv.52 under the new system, or if it is restricted only to Royalist/Republican parties.
3. PARTY WAR
The old war declaration system has been revived. You can declare war on a party by consuming a War Declaration Scroll, available in Villa de Libertad of Auch or Royal Embassy of Reboldoeux.
Each war will last for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, the war will end automatically, if no truce is agreed upon by the party leaders. Warring parties may attack each other in all maps except for towns, forgotten/ancient dungeons, heavenly dungeon (aka Sacred Chaos Requiem), and Coimbra Nimrod Bridge.
It is unclear if a neutral party can still be subject to player-kill in the new system. Previously, PVP is disabled for neutral parties even if a war has been declared.
4. COLONY WAR
Elections will be deleted. Election Registration items will be refunded with Vis. Back costumes for duke and chancellor will be removed.
A party leader must now register for his party to participate in Colony War. Registration opens 30 minutes before the war. As before, the war is only available in 1 channel. Monsters vanish when the war begins. Unregistered parties cannot attack or be attacked (?).
Total colonies reduced from 21 to 15. They are regrouped into categories:
- A: Tetra Hill, Rion Plains, Katovic Snowfield
- B: King's Garden, Ferruccio Junction, El Tejado Verde, Pradera de Ceniza, Via Fluvial
- C: Jezebel Glen, Porto Bello Deserted Quay, Lago Celeste, El Lago de Tres Hermanas, Ustiur Jungle 2, Old Port of Coimbra, Bahama Swamp of Peril
5. CLIQUE WAR
Balancing of the Royalist/Republican sides for Clique War will be revised. Neutral players are assigned to the side with less people 5 minutes after war has started. For example, there are 50 Royalists and 48 Republicans. The first 2 neutral players will join Republicans, the 3rd player will join Royalist, the 4th player will join Republican, etc.
Now, neutral families do not need to join Pegadilla to get contribution points. As before, higher ranks have population limits. Clique War Titles window will also be revised.
Killing opposed players, mining, resuscitation, etc. will get the same points as before. Bonus points for victory will be changed. Victory grants 500 points. There are some additional stuffs relating to contribution/purchase points, but I can't make out WTF it is really saying...
Royalist/Republican parties can receive reward boxes in Royalist Embassy or Villa de Libertad. Neutral parties can get from either.