Happy New Years!
Happy New Years from The Realm Online staff. We have added new event items to usher in the new year. As a reminder, fireworks are available for purchase from your local Pyromancer in town. Also for today only, we will be increasing the bonus experience rate to 200% and bonus loot rate to 100%.
- Added new event items for New Years 2020
- Increased SDM bonus for Archmage blade from 75% to 100%
- Removed screen shake from earthquake animation
- Increased drop rate of level 900 weapons
- Decrease animation cap out of combat. Animation speed in-combat is unchanged.
Why change animation speed?
When we first introduced the "F12" animation speed changes, it was intended to level the playing field with players who predominately used "speed files." Our observation at the time was that these players had a competitive advantage by essentially sideloading altered game files into the game directory. This meant a tradeoff between equity of competition versus graphical fidelity and art direction. It was a tradeoff we accepted although no one on the team was happy about warp-speed animations especially on things that our team has spent a lot of time crafting.
Since then, we have plugged the hole that allowed altered game assets to be loaded which means we can revisit the compromise between speed and graphical fidelity. As a result, we are lowering the maximum animation speed out of combat.
If you want to provide feedback on this change I'd encourage you to do so on our forums to ensure that staff has time to read it.
Edit: Thank you for the candid player feedback on the animation changes. We have rolled back these changes in response to the feedback.