Erneut hat GGG ein Update zur Unique-Map Hall of the Grandmasters veröffentlicht, die mit dem kommenden Patch 1.31 in Path of Exile implementiert werden soll. Dabei beschrieben sie diesmal die genaue Funktionsweise der Map.
Die Map Hall of the Grandmasters im Detail
Die Hall of the Grandmasters wird eine Unique-Map der Stufe 69 sein. Hier werdet ihr insgesamt gegen 50 Grandmaster antreten, die in 10 Wellen aus jeweils 5 Stück kommen. Bei den Grandmasters handelt es sich dabei um Spielercharaktere, die mit ihrer vollen Ausrüstung und Skillung gegen euch kämpfen.
Wer es schafft, die Hall of the Grandmasters komplett abzuschließen und alle Gegner zu bezwingen, wird mit einer einzigartigen Strongbox belohnt, über deren Inhalt bisher noch nichts bekannt ist. Die Hall of Grandmasters wird als eine der schwersten Maps beschrieben, die GGG jemals für euch gebaut hat. Nachdem das Update noch einmal verschoben wurde, wird Patch 1.3.1 am Anfang der kommenden Woche erscheinen.
GGG zu Hall of the Grandmasters (Quelle)
The Hall of the Grandmasters map will be introduced in patch 1.3.1 which we’re currently planning to deploy early next week at the latest. We’ve assembled this news piece to give you an insight into what’s coming and an overview of the development process.
The Hall of the Grandmasters map is currently a level 69 unique map with a similar rarity to the Coward’s Trial. The entrance of the map is a safe zone and is laid out as one long hallway with many doors. These doors lead to the halls that contain the Grandmasters. Each hall contains fifty Grandmasters and nine force field barriers.
You’ll fight the Grandmasters in waves of five at a time. As you clear a wave and move forward, the force field between you and the next wave will dissolve and release the next wave of five Grandmasters. When you clear the tenth and final wave, you’ll be granted access to the Grandmaster’s Cache, which is a random Unique Strongbox created for this map. From here you will enter a portal back to the entrance of the map, where you can enter the next hallway. The waves become more difficult as you progress through a hall.
The submitted characters vary in difficulty from those that die almost instantly to those that are powerful and hard-hitting. It’s proving to be a very challenging map to complete. There are no other areas in the game where you will encounter such a diverse range of damage types in one area. If your character is to survive you will need to be well prepared.
The Grandmasters are designed to behave as a player would. PvP damage scaling will be applied to both the players running the map and to the Grandmasters. Both will do less damage than in a typical PvE battle, but party-buffs will still apply.
Grandmasters using Vaal Skills will gain one Vaal Soul per skill every five seconds. It’s currently possible to encounter Tormented Spirits in the map. You will not encounter Strongboxes (other than those at the end of each hall) or Rogue Exiles.
As new Grandmasters are completed, we will continue to add them into the map, in groups of fifty at a time. If you haven’t submitted your character yet, there’s still time! We will announce the deadlines for these submissions in advance.
The process for creating this map was slightly different to creating a regular map. A typical map is laid out with monsters that already exist in the game, that have a comparatively simple AI. We then create one unique boss to add to the end of the map which may has been modified slightly, but retains similarity to other monsters in the game.
By comparison, the Hall of the Grandmasters map contains no monsters that are found elsewhere in Path of Exile. Instead of having several packs with the same or similar monster types, and one unique boss, the map contains packs that are made up of what are essentially many unique bosses.
The idea was first conceived during a team discussion about ways to add new community content to the game. It was initially thought that perhaps players could start to create Rogue Exiles for the general game. A concern arose that Rogue Exiles might saturate the game if they were submitted in vast numbers. Creating a map that contained them all in one place was the logical next step. Thus, the Hall of the Grandmasters concept was born. The next step was to work out the logistics of how to make it happen.
It was agreed that players should export their own characters. This would give players full control over what gear and skill tree they would have and how they would look. Players would then export a snapshot of their characters as they are for us to begin work on. The skill tree and gear values from the export are loaded directly into the game.
After importing, we first test, and then develop an AI for the submitted character. This means determining the general play style of the character. For example, what distance it would stay from attackers, how frequently it would use skills and in what order, as well as the speed and style of movement. In most cases the intention of the character was very clear and it was easy to configure the AI.
Once the individual Grandmasters were completed, it was a matter of deciding how all Grandmasters would be used together; how many waves, how many Grandmasters per wave, which characters should be grouped together and their rewards. The Grandmasters are grouped randomly in each wave so that their synergies provide interesting gameplay.
It’s going to be really interesting to watch how the community tackles this new type of challenge. The map difficulty is more severe than most other maps. However, it is achievable! There are so many elements of the map to factor into your gameplay. It’s a great way to test out how strong and diverse your build really is, or isn’t, as the case may be.
We can’t wait to see the builds that you guys create to try to tackle the Grandmasters. Some of you will fight your own characters. If you die to yourself are you still the victor?
Have fun and good luck!