New World patch 3.0.2 has arrived, bringing some major changes to the game. One of the key tweaks in this update is the nerf to Blunderbuss, along with various other updates and fixes.
In this detailed guide, we’ll explore the key updates, focusing on Blunderbuss nerf and various positive changes, and help you understand their impact on gameplay. Let’s dive in!
PVP Flag On Alts Characters
In this update, the developers have removed the restriction on PVP tags for Alts characters. The development team believes that recent changes to the influence of “shell companies” and other protections have mitigated the impact of this feature.
However, they reserve the right to re-enable restrictions if an exploit is detected. This change is intended to provide players with more flexibility while maintaining a fair-gaming environment.
In patch 3.0.2, the developers implemented many world experience fixes. While it provided not all details, these fixes will probably improve the gameplay experience, especially during large group events like Influence Races.
These improvements are designed to address stuttering and other performance issues that occur when large numbers of players are present at the same time.
Bandwidth Allocation Improvements
This update improves Bandwidth Allocation of characters in large groups. Although no specific details have been outlined, this enhancement will probably optimize server-side processes to reduce latency and improve gameplay in crowded situations.
While the exact extent of the improvements is still uncertain, it’s a welcome addition for players taking part in multiplayer events.
Updated Lost Stopwatch Artifact to provide additional threat spawns similar to normal taunt gems. This change allows you to activate the taunt ability without requiring additional taunt gems.
This means it can free your gem slots up for other valuable abilities. If you have enough New World Coins, it’s entirely possible for this improvement to enhance your overall damage output.
Also, an issue where players could not drop an Artifact again after failing to pick it up due to misunderstanding has been fixed. This resolves a frustrating issue where players could not regain an artifact after a crash. While it does not automatically grant Artifact, players can now get it as expected.
They have fixed some Artifact perks in this update. Of note, New World Well Rounded perk on Attuned Leather Pants Artifact now correctly provides +10 to all stats. These fixes ensure artifact perks function as expected, enhancing your character’s abilities.
Heartrunes Damage Buffs
Three Heartrunes received damage buffs in this update. Among them, the damage of Dark Ascent Heartrune is increased by 20%, the damage of Fire Storm Heartrune is increased by 33%, and the damage of Devourer Heartrune is increased by 26%.
These changes may affect gameplay, especially in PVE scenarios. It’s worth noting that Devourer Heartrune’s accessibility raises concerns about game balance.
With this update, Blunderbuss’ base damage in PVP has been reduced from -9% to -12%, resulting in a 3% reduction in damage output. While this may seem like a minor change, the impact can be huge. This reduction affects auto-attacks and abilities, potentially altering the weapon’s performance.
The development team acknowledges that Blunderbuss is a challenging weapon to balance, as excessive nerfs may render it ineffective. However, such a dominant weapon may require such adjustments to ensure a more balanced gameplay experience.
Very Impactful Rapier Fix
The update includes fixes for various weapons, including Ice Gauntlet and Fleeting Strike upgrades. It’s worth noting that the latter has been broken since the last update. This fix could significantly boost Rapier’s power, making it a more dominant DPS weapon in PVE.
Elemental Aversion & Conditioning Buff
Physical and Elemental Aversion Perks now provide increased protection from 4.2% to 4.5%.
This adjustment may encourage melee users to stick with Enchanted Ward and reward ranged users to adopt Aversion Perk. While a 0.3% increase may not seem like much, when combined with multiple instances, it can have an impact.
In addition, Damage Conditioning perk can reduce damage caused by specific sources and gain buffs. This increases the reduction from 8% to 10% for players with two perks. This change may facilitate the selection of defensive capabilities and adaptability in response to certain injury types.
Tether Nerf - Less Disintegrate
New World Slowing Tether perk now applies a 1 second cooldown to Tumbler Feetwraps Shing Blessing perk. Previously, multiple dodges were triggered in quick succession. This change limits the effectiveness of the extra ability to accumulate light attacks, providing a more balanced gameplay experience.
Healthy Toast Nerf
New World Healthy Toast Perk has been nerfed, changing its maximum health to 15% of base health. This major tweak may reduce its appeal, especially since the base health is lower, making it less effective for tanking builds.
Tumbler Feetwraps Nerf
Tumbler Feetwraps gain a 1 second cooldown on New World Shing Blessing perk, but limit dodges in quick succession. Although this adjustment is to get light attacks, it is also to strike a balance between artifact strength and game fairness.
Shirking Heals Fix & Nerf
Shirking Heals Perk is getting a fix, resolving an issue with percentage scaling based on gear score. This fix brings it into compliance with the expected 1.5% scaling. This fix effectively cuts its effectiveness in half, making it a more balanced healing option, especially in PVP scenarios.
The patch also includes a variety of other changes, including economy and progression adjustments, crafting cost fixes, and minor bug fixes. These smaller changes may not significantly impact gameplay, but will help improve the overall gaming experience.
This update reduces the production cost of New World Coins in conversion, solving the previous expensive cost of gold coins. This adjustment aims to make crafting more accessible and affordable for players, which will be especially valuable for game progression.
Marks Of Fortune Price Change
For areas outside United States, Marks Of Fortune exchange rates are adjusted. While the exact impact of this change on players remains uncertain, it’s important to understand the potential differences in the cost of these items based on your region.
Overall, New World patch 3.0.2 brings a variety of changes, from PVP markings for Alts characters to major weapon adjustments, including Blunderbuss nerf. These changes are intended to enhance game balance, resolve various issues, and make the game more enjoyable for all players.
Keep an eye on these changes, try out different builds, and adapt to the developing meta of the new world. Enjoy your adventure in Aeternum!