On their journey across the seas, players will travel to the legendary lands of the Maya in Beyond the Horizon, where, amidst imposing pyramids, players will find a new challenging, instanced, quest line. More instances like the Labyrinth on Crete or the Caves of Gibraltar await players following the compelling new quest lines.
Moreover, players will be able to choose from five new character classes called professions in “Beyond the Horizon”. Where players only could advance their skills and careers so far, they can now choose to become a Treasure Hunter, Armed Businessman, Royal Military Officer, Imperial Guardian or Caribbean Pirate. Every profession has their own skill-tree of specialties that can be raised by allocating skill-points.
With the release of the "Beyond the Horizon" add-on, five new ship types are being introduced, each one being exclusively available to an individual character class. Players will be able to obtain the magnificent caravels exclusively in the new cities of the north and south American continents, they will also only be available to high level seadogs. The following ships will be assigned to the individual characters as shown below:
- Royal Military Officer: Royal Multi Mast Armor Ship
- Armed Businessman: Heavy Multi Mast Trade Ship
- Imperial Guardian: Guardian Multi Mast Vessel
- Caribbean Pirate: Multi Mast Ghost Ship
- Treasure Hunter: Heavy Multi Mast Minelayer
All of the ships are not only visually different from one another, they also differentiate themselves in their cargo capacity, manoeuvrability, size of crew and number of cannon. For example, the Royal Military Officer braves the dangers of the ocean with a very robust ship loaded with cannon, while the Treasure Hunter sails the seven seas with an extremely manoeuvrable, speedy vessel.
Another important new feature of the historical world of sea-faring adventurers will be several merchants alliances like the Iberian or the Arabian merchant alliance: Individual players or complete guilds will be able to join them. Together they are then able to access special quest lines that yield exceptional rewards. Additional high-lights of “Beyond the Horizon” are a new wedding system, new wardrobe/clothes sets, several new mini-games, over 40 new main quests and several new pets. Furthermore the new ranking systems of “Beyond the Horizon” will appeal to those players who always wanted to know who are the strongest guilds, the best land-lubbing fighters, the best fishermen or the wealthiest players overall!
Whether in a nail-biting one-on-one, or a thrilling group encounter in 2vs2 or 5vs5 mode, the coming ‘Beyond the Horizon’ expansion will let plucky players measure themselves against their peers in both land and sea combat. Two new arenas will be opening their gates as venues for the tournaments. The land combat arena with its Asiatic look and the deceptively picturesque bay which forms the new sea combat arena, will invite belligerent players from all over the seafarer world to take on all comers. There will be four NPC’s at the harbour in Athens who will accept players’ registrations for the weekly tournaments within a defined signing up period. During the registration players will also select between individual or group combat and decide on either the land or sea combat arena as their tournament showplace. Respective opponents will be drawn on a random basis. The best participants will compete over three rounds towards a final where highly desirable in-game prizes beckon. A detailed ranking system will provide continuous information about the outcomes of the conflicts; number of knockouts, match timings, listings of the best teams or individual combatants.
Together with the new PvP arenas and tournaments, the add-on will include lots of new features such as the new continent of South America, six new cities, five new character classes, new instances, new pet-system and new pets, new ranking systems and new mini-games. In keeping with its predecessors, ‘Beyond the Horizon’ will be available free of charge.
Bounty Bay Online players will be able to go up against one another in various combat modes starting Nov. 25, 2009.
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