Wizard101 has recently released a series of teasers, and when they do this, it usually means that updates are close behind - VERY close. But this confusing set of images makes determining exactly what's in this update difficult. Let's decipher some clues and learn what we can.
Wizard101: Darkmoor Coming Soon?I had always envisioned Pirate101 getting this world first, but Darkmoor seems to be making an appearance in Wizard soon. We got a little bit of a tease from the B.O.X.E.S. event quest with Dworgyn's portion, and we knew they wouldn't make all of those new textures and such for nothing.
Further confirmation arrived when the fansites each received two concepts today. The first was of a sort of shadow warrior - if you have any doubt that it's shadow and not just Darkmoor, take a look at the fading of the cape. This one looks to be a new Shadow Spell, since knights don't really fit the classic Gothic/Transylvanian feel of Darkmoor. He is pictured further down.
The second, however (pictured to the right), is of a Gargoyle. If you look closely, you'll notice that he starts out as a stone statue on the bottom, and then transitions into a live, purple creature that we're sure to see in Darkmoor. You can see similar statues in the castle concept art. I'd guess that the Gargoyle is a Kevin Chin concept.
Believe it or not, this isn't the first Darkmoor concept art we've seen outside of the one skyway. I also shared a few pieces back HERE from a long time ago. Having been in development so long, this ought to be good.
This Update is NOT DarkmoorNot exclusively, anyway. While I would love to see this as a full world, I just don't think it's going to happen. It's too soon since the release of Khrysalis Part 2 to begin a full, new arc. Wizard101, before releasing Celestia, inserted a number of major updates first, including Grizzleheim, and full side world. Besides, when you take the other teasers into account, you must realize that it can't just be one area.
Further down, you'll see some Marleybone and Mooshu images with a very clean, new look. While I (and others) would love to think that this is a re-work of the first few worlds, which would draw customers in much further when the first few worlds are made to be as awesome as the later ones, this isn't profitable for KingsIsle. It's an idea they've essentially tossed around, but ultimately thrown out.
Mooshu MysticsYesterday, the fansites received two pieces of concept art that are most definitely from Mooshu. The first, labeled "Boar Boss," seems to be a clan leader judging by the fact that they not only used a hoof print logo, but also developed it separately and applied it to multiple objects in the concept.
The second is labelled, simply, "Temple." Already suggestive of Mooshu, the architecture and curves of the building roof appear to further confirm that this is indeed a Mooshu location - one that appears to be underground or in a very large cave. The fact that we've seen the boar above seems to indicate that it's an entirely new location. This looks to be a Billy George concept.
Throw Me a BoneWizards will soon be returning to Marleybone as well. This majestic new area seems to mimic the Monquistan royal hall, but the bones in the chandelier make it clear that it's Marleybone. This throne room was determined to be within Barkingham Palace, a location wizards have long stated that they want to venture into. In the words of Wizard101, "Who could sit on the throne in this royal hall?"
Heard it Through the Grape-VineSo we know that we've getting new areas, but what else? There's another thing confirmed - new dances and emotes. Wizard101 has been posting a number of new Vines - short, 6-second GIF-like videos that loop. There have been three so far (click HERE to view them).
One features a sophisticated cat in what is presumably the new Marleybone area. One depicted a wizard dancing Gangnam Style in front of a Marleybone dungeon which seems to match the real-life Barkingham Palace perfectly. This would suggest that we'll enter the courtyard, then do the instance, making this a side area. The final one is in Ravenscar, Grizzleheim, and has a wizard doing a dance currently known as "the Raven."
Our In-Game ShotWe have a single picture of one of the new areas. It could be Darkmoor or a river to the Mooshu Temple. I'm not quite sure. This was posted on the Mystic Fishing Bundle page on the official website. It advertises the boat, but, as you can see, the boat is simply rendered and placed on top of the image.
The river looks a lot like Avalon - the Wyrd or Dun Dara. But after checking and double checking, it seems that this is not a possible shot, even with developer tools, so it must be a new area. The haze and effects present would corroborate that opinion.
The question now is this: Where is it?
Developer's CornerOne of the wonderful parts of having a Twitter account is getting relevant information almost immediately. This is just the case with Wizard101 Senior Software Engineer Gary Scott Smith. He's the Ratbeard of wizards. What he tweets about can sometimes hint at what is to come.
He has confirmed a number of small updates coming in this next Test Realm, some more notable than others. It also appears that the Test Realm could open at any time; there are multiple tweets suggesting this, and it's also what the fansite owners were told when they received their emails with the concepts.
Ode to Shock a Lock Read: http://t.co/Q7u6p4RpQU
— Gary Smith (@GaryScottSmith2) October 22, 2014
@KelseyFireheart @Swordroll If all goes well, we're a few weeks away from the Fall Update.
— Gary Smith (@GaryScottSmith2) October 13, 2014
@LoganMistSpear What the Fall Update contains will be revealed very soon.
— Gary Smith (@GaryScottSmith2) October 31, 2014
Update NotesWhile this is only what we've gathered from these hints, it seems pretty logical that we'll receive the following in this fall update. Keep in mind that nothing is 100% certain to arrive in the live game, even if it's released in the Test Realm.
- Darkmoor mini-story / side world
- Barkingham Palace Dungeon
- New Mooshu Temple area
- New dances and emotes
- New shadow spells?
- Updates to Castle Tours
- New mini-game in some Silver Chests
- Hair will show with the Harrowing Pack outfits
- The backwards fish bug will be fixed
- A new button displaying total fish caught will be available
- New musical scrolls will be available