New World Winter Convergence Update Patch Notes
Visit the snowy Aeternum today!
New World players will receive The Winter Convergence update later today, delivering new content and cosmetics as well as snowy weather to the game with tons of fixes and improvements detailed in the patch notes.
The Winter Convergence event will begin today at 7 am PT/10 am ET/3 pm UTC/4 pm BST/5 pm CEST on all New World servers across the world. Previously, we have talked about the new content coming with this special event in a separate post, but here, we will take a look at the official patch notes of the update.
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Below, you can find all the patch notes, including bug fixes, improvements, changes, and new features coming to the primary servers of the game. If you want to check out the PTR patch notes as well, visit here and scroll all the way down.
New World The Winter Convergence Update Patch Notes
End Game Update
- We renamed High Water Mark to Expertise and now display Expertise values in the UI.
- Each slot on the character model in the inventory will now display what the current Expertise level of that slot is.
- An average Expertise value is also shown above average Gear Score on the inventory character model.
- Players will get a level up banner whenever they increase their Expertise.
- We’ve added a new resource called Gypsum that can be acquired each day by doing a variety of activities (open world named bosses, Expedition bosses, Outpost Rush, Arenas, Corrupted Breaches, etc.). Each activity rewards a different type of Gypsum that can be crafted into a Gypsum Orb. These Orbs can then be crafted into Gypsum Casts of any weapon, armor or trinket type. Opening a Gypsum Cast will guarantee an expertise bump and gear of that type.
- Obsidian Gypsum – defeating level 60+ open world named bosses, typically found in Elite Landmark.
- Sapphire Gypsum – defeating the final bosses of The Lazarus Instrumentality and Garden of Genesis.
- Ruby Gypsum – found in Outpost Rush Caches.
- Emerald Gypsum – found in Trade Skill Aptitude Reward Containers.
- Citrine Gypsum – found in Arena Caches.
- Amethyst Gypsum – found in Breach Caches.
- Topaz Gypsum – found on hostile creatures Level 55+, but only after consuming a special Attunement Potion that can be crafted at a Tier 5 Camp. Craft the potion, drink it, and start defeating Level 55+ hostile creatures anywhere in the world to find them. This potion can only be crafted once per week!
- Diamond Gypsum – found only during major events in Aeternum. For the Winter Convergence Festival, level 60 players can earn this rare Diamond Gypsum the first 3 Trees of Light they interact with in settlements during the event.
- Introduced a Kiln station in all end game zones that allows players to craft Gypsum Orbs from the various types of Gypsum.
- Tuned down the general chances of getting an Expertise bump to compensate for the guaranteed bumps that were added with Gypsum. Elite chest odds were reduced a little and open world bosses were reduced a lot. Expedition Bosses remain the same.
- Adjusted the potential range of an Expertise increase based on the Expertise level. In general, the ranges stay slightly wider for further up the progression range, which translates into less overall “increase moments” required to reach the cap (so on average most people will get there with fewer bumps required).
- Increased the rewards for Expeditions
- In addition to gypsum drops, each expedition boss will guarantee a random Expertise bump (note Arena bosses also guarantee a bump).
- Fixed all chests in Lazarus and Garden of Genesis so they have a chance to provide end game Expertise bumps.
- Added Timeless Shards to Expeditions (see below for details).
- Introduced Timeless Shards – a new crafting ingredient that can be used to guarantee specific stats on weapons and armor.
- A Timeless Shard is a Crafting Artifact that enables the player to craft an item with a specific Attribute Bonus on it while still being able to use a Craft Mod to guarantee a perk.
- Timeless Shards are guaranteed to drop from Expedition Bosses and have a chance to drop from Elite Chests in Expeditions and Elite points of interest (POIs)
- Adjusted 2 POIs to become end-game content
- The Malevolence Elite POI in Edengrove was upleveled to level 66 content and now has 6 Elite chests that can all provide end game Expertise bumps.
- The Imperial Palace & North Dynasty Shrine Elite POIs in Ebonscale reach were upleveled to level 66 content and how have 8 Elite chests that can all provide end game Expertise bumps
- Increased the level of end game Corrupted Breaches to 66.
- Made a number of adjustments in the end game difficulty to compensate for some accidental overtuning we did in the November patch. Our goal is to find a middle ground between the end game content being too easy before November and the overtuned HP sponges we had afterwards.
- Myrkgard Difficulty Adjustments – reduced the difficulty of Corrupted Acolytes, Cooks, Priests, Ogres, and Commanders.
- Added an Elite Chest to Upper Harrow in Myrkgard, near the named Commander “Archos Imperator”.
- Ebonscale Reach Adjustments – reduced the difficulty a variety of named AI in the open world, including: Alligators, Boars, Bears, and Withered Grunts.
- Imperial Palace / North Palace Shrine Difficulty Adjustments – reduced the difficulty of the named Bear, Corrupted Tigers, Dynasty Spearmen, Dynasty Summoners, and Dynasty Warriors.
- Relocated Daisy the Dancing Bear.
- Renamed and moved Morgolf.
- The “Forbidden Ritual” POI has been discontinued and replaced with a Fast Travel option.
- Several Elite chests were moved into the final boss encounters of Imperial Palace and North Palace Shrine.
- Scorpius Difficulty Adjustments – reduced the difficulty of the Elite Tendrils and Hellmouths, and the named Corrupted Heavy.
- Ambusti Superior / Inferior POIs – replaced 2 Large Supply Chests with Elite Chests
- Additional Corrupted Musketeers were added to both POIs.
- Deadman’s Cove POI – reduced the difficulty of the named ghost.
- Brightwood Isle POI – reduced the difficulty of the 2 named ghosts.
- Periville POI – reduced the difficulty of the named alligator, ghost, and undead hunter.
- Mangled Heights POI – reduced the difficulty of the named Corrupted elk and Corrupted acolytes.
- Eridanus POI – reduced the difficulty of dryad shamans.
- Caminus – moved an existing Elite chest into the boss encounter with Caminus Gate Lord.
- Svikin’s Stand – reduced the difficulty of the two named acolytes and the named workman.
- Eternal Pool POI – reduced the difficulty of dryad shamans.
- Also added a new platform, stairs, and walls so that Viridulon the Rootbound can navigate to players outside of combat area.
- Myrkgard Difficulty Adjustments – reduced the difficulty of Corrupted Acolytes, Cooks, Priests, Ogres, and Commanders.
- Improvements added to Main Story Quests:
- “Destiny Unearthed” has received a solo-able option.
- “The Nose Knows” has improved level design, and new tasks associated with actually acquiring the “ingredients” for Bear repellant.
- “Triumphant Return” now requires players to extinguish fires in Fort Alazar before rescuing Rima.
- Added supplemental Territory Quests:
- 16 new quests added to Mourningdale.
- 13 new quests added to Restless Shore.
- New “Housing” Quests
- 7 new quests added that are unlocked as players progress in their Territory Standing. These quests allow players to assist an idealistic architect as he undertakes a bold mission to construct new houses out in the wilds of Aeternum. The architect will extol the virtues of Home Ownership and reward players with new furniture and decor.
- Seek out Giacomo Altovoli in the Settlement in First Light, Everfall, Monarch’s Bluffs, or Windsward to get started (completion of “Encroaching Corruption” required)
- Added more info to tell players that PvP Faction Mission player kills don’t reset on death.
- Fixed an issue where killing Corrupted Tendril AI did not progress the “Adiana’s Fountain” quest.
- Removed many Elite Quest Prereqs for level 40 Weapons & Armor Quests.
- Added better displays for the Spirit shrine icons on the map like other POIs in the world.
- Quest marker for “Visions of Invaders” is now shown on the Map.
- Fixed issues where certain Mourningdale NPCs didn’t have Map markers for quest acceptance and turn-in.
- Fixed issues withplayers farming Captain Thorpe after clipping through Myrkgard Cathedral.
- Fixed issues where players were able to clip through the walls of the attacker War camps.
Due to an issue in our initial PvP damage formula that caused lower gear to be more beneficial in damage mitigation, we have updated our formula. We look forward to hearing your feedback on these changes.
- PVP damage formula update
- Adjusted the way armor mitigation was calculated to use enemies’ gear score value instead of your average gear score.
- To adjust for the difference in armor mitigation we increased damage low level players do to higher level players, and reduced the damage that higher level players due to lower level players.
- Crit damage application
- Critical damage bonuses from masteries or perks are now applied additively instead of multiplicatively. On average, this will reduce the extra damage they provide by 3-5%.
- Buffer Windows
- A general consistency pass has been done across all weapons to adjust the buffering windows for dodges, abilities and basic attacks. The updated buffer windows starts on the first frame of the attack that would deal damage or on the first casting frame in the case of abilities that do not deal damage.
- Fixed an issue where you could repeatedly dodge while in the exhausted state if you weren’t pressing any directional inputs.
- Crouch and prone can no longer be toggled while holding the block button.
- Fixed an issue where traversing with Auto-Run and Auto-Traverse had a slight movement pause.
- Fixed an issue with character leg animations when sheathing staff weapons.
- Fixed an issue causing weapons to sometimes not equip properly when players quickly switched between crouch/stand into prone.
- Fixed an issue where players could clip through outcropping collision by using certain abilities while prone.
- Fixed an issue where players could desync their unsheathed weapon by repeatedly using prone and dodge commands.
- Exhilarate (Gem Perk)
- Updated description to clarify that the damage bonus applies when the gem owner’s health is below the specified percentage rather than their target.
- Retaliate (Gem Perk)
- Updated description to clarify that the effect provided by this perk only lasts for a specific number of hits.
- Added a status effect icon that will appear while the effect is active.
- Also increased the number of hits player can perform while retaliate is active from 1 to 3.
- Keen Berserk: Fixed an issue where the perk tooltip was displaying inaccurate HP percentages.
- Additional perks added:
- Logging Efficiency – Logging speed increased by 5% – 25%
- Mining Efficiency – Mining speed increased by 5% – 25%
- Skinning Efficiency – Skinning speed increased by 5% – 25%
- Harvesting Efficiency – Harvesting speed increased by 5% – 25%
- Plagued Crits – Critical strikes against targets below 50% health inflict Disease for 6s, reducing the healing effectiveness of the target by 10% – 25%.
- Plagued Strikes – Heavy attacks against targets inflict disease for 8s, reducing healing effectiveness on the target by 10% – 25%.
- Thwarting Counter – Deal 5% – 15% additional damage against targets with active Grit. (Melee weapons only)
- Thwarting Strikes – Deal 3% – 12% additional damage while you have active Grit.
- Trenchant Strikes – Fully charged heavy attacks deal 3% – 15% additional damage. (Melee weapons only)
- Trenchant Crits – Fully charged heavy attacks deal 5% – 20% additional Crit damage.
- Trenchant Rend – Fully charged heavy attacks apply rend for 7s, reducing target’s absorption by 4% – 15%. (12s cooldown)
- Trenchant Recovery – Fully charged heavy attacks heals the player for 10% – 30% of the damage dealt.
- Physical Aversion – You take 2% – 4% less damage from ranged physical light and heavy attacks.
- Elemental Aversion – You take 2% – 4% less damage from ranged elemental light and heavy attacks.
- Initial spawn areas now have barriers preventing enemies from entering.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting Outpost Rush.
- Using a consumable will now cancel aiming.
- Weapon mastery descriptions: Adjusted some naming conventions and fixed multiple grammatical errors in our descriptions.
- Fixed an issue where players could drop below 0 mana.
- Tondo: Fixed a typo in the description.
- Fleche: Updated how this ability interacts with gravity to prevent it from being used to traverse up steep inclines.
- Heavy Attack: Slightly reduced recovery time.
- Swiftness: Fixed an issue where the haste granted by this passive ability was applying at a shortened duration with each use.
- Burnout: Updated how this ability interacts with gravity to prevent it from being used to traverse up steep inclines.
- Meteor Shower: Fixed an issue that allowed this skill to deal damage to targets through Fort Gates and War Camp gates.
- Watch It Burn: Fixed an issue that prevented this passive ability from functioning.
- Charge: Updated how this ability interacts with gravity to prevent it from being used to traverse up steep inclines.
- Path of Destiny: Reduced hit stun from 1s to .33s.
- Rain of Arrows:
- Fixed an issue that allowed this skill to deal damage to targets through Fort Gates and War Camp gates.
- The bleeding effect from Rain of Arrows can no longer be stacked by multiple players using the ability on the same target. This change was made to keep the ability consistent with other AoE skills that can be stacked on top of each other.
- Penetrating Shot:
- Blood Soaked Arrow: Fixed an issue that caused this upgrade to increased damage with each hit instead of after each hit.
- Surprise Attack: Updated description of this passive ability to specify that its effect is per target.
- Improved all Aim Down Sights transitions between abilities and primary shot. This also addresses an issue that prevented Penetrating Shot and Poison Shot from being canceled after exiting the shots.
- Mark upgrade: Fixed an issue where the damage increase would not cap, it will now cap at 30% damage increase against enemy with debuff.
- Aimed Throw: Increased recovery before being able to cancel out from the first .1s of the attack to the first .45s of the attack
- Heavy Attack: Reduced recovery time by .15 seconds.
- Fixed an issue where the musket would reload slower when stamina was depleted.
- Fixed an issue where the player’s back warped unnaturally while sheathing the musket in the prone position.
- Fixed an issue where the shoot animation could be skipped, which unintentionally increased the Musket’s rate of fire.
- Fixed an issue that caused Musket charged shots to not be expended while firing from the crouched position.
- Splash of Light:
- Purify: Updated description to specify that the target must be healed for debuffs to be removed.
- Beacon: Fixed an issue where the healing buff would persist on the caster after leaving the circle.
- Ice Pylon:
- Pylon Dodge: Updated tooltip to better describe the functionality.
- Ultimate Chill
- Updated Ultimate Chill’s status bar debuff tooltip to be consistent with the Weapon Mastery tooltip.
- Fixed an issue that caused Ultimate Chill status effect icon to appear to stack.
- Blocking Stamina: Fixed an issue that allowed this passive ability to give stamina when the player was out of mana.
- Heavy Freeze: Updated the description to more accurately describe the cooldown.
- Ice Tomb: Increased Ice Tomb health from 50% to 75% of casters health.
- Entombed Burst: Reduced mana cost from 20 mana to 10 mana.
SWORD AND SHIELD
- Heavy Attack: Reduced recovery time by .15s.
- Enduring Strike: The Grit windows for attacks empowered by this passive ability have had a consistency pass to make sure that they only last until the end of the strike windows.
- Blood Lust: Updated description to clarify the correct effective range of 15m.
- Light attacks and non fully charged heavy attack: Reduced homing range detection from 4.5 meters to 3.5 meters.
- Base Crit Damage: Reduced from 40% to 30%.
- Bloodlust: Haste bonus reduced from 30% to 20%.
- Reap: Damage on initial pull reduced from 110% weapon damage to 70% weapon damage.
- Putrefying Scream Perk:
- Reduced the max percentage it could scale up to from 50% to 30%.
- Fixed an issue where Voidcaller passive could trigger with regular basic attacks.
- Fixed an issue where the Voidcaller cooldown would reset when swapping weapons.
- Glimpse of the Void: Fixed an issue where the Glimpse of the Void cooldown would reset when swapping weapons.
- Orb of Decay:
- Detonating Orb: Fixed an issue where Detonating Orb could trigger backstabs.
- Increased hit-shape size and attack homing on all thrust attacks.
- Skewer: Increased lunge distance by 50%.
- Perforate: Increased rotation speed during the ability.
- Strong Conditioning:
- Fixed an issue where the Strong Conditioning buff could be canceled by using a Honing Stone.
- Strong Conditioning no longer shows a text pop-up when triggered.
- Fixed an issue with bite and swipe attacks on larger, scaled Abominations that made them miss.
- Ancient Guardian Mage
- Fixed an issue causing the Mage’s Rolling Spell to sometimes hit behind the mage.
- Ancient Guardian Reaver
- Fixed an issue that could cause the Reaver to die at the end of his retreating state.
- Big Cats
- Fixed an issue causing cat-type AI to not respect level disparity for perception.
- Removed the “Gravity Vortex” ability from the Outpost Rush Corrupted Ogre.
- Fixed an issue preventing Outpost Rush Corrupted Ogres from being staggered.
- Fixed an issue preventing Invasion Brutes from being staggered.
- Dynasty Musketeer
- Fixed an issue causing the Musketeer to sometimes choose retreat positions that required them to run long distances to a position that is nearby.
- Fixed an issue preventing Entropy from being gathered.
- Fixed an issue causing Heavy AI characters to not properly play their stagger animation.
- Spring Stag
- The Spring Stag has cleaned up its diet and will no longer drop motes while it moves.
- General Expedition AI
- Fixed a rare issue that allowed Boss enemies to prematurely use their group wipe ability to kill all players.
- Amrine Excavation
- Simon Grey
- Fixed a rare issue allowing Simon’s Consume ability to deal damage to himself.
- Simon Grey
- The Depths
- Fixed an issue causing AI to get stuck in the retreating state in The Depths.
- Archdeacon Azamela
- Fixed an issue that rarely allowed the Archdeacon to see and target players outside of his room.
- Captain Thorpe
- Darkness Calls fire ring will now apply a single tick of damage and burn when players run into it.
- Fire Charge will now more rapidly apply 3 stacks of Burn.
- Burn is now capped at 3 stacks (down from 5).
- Dynasty Shipyard
- Isabella’s Tigers
- Fixed an issue causing Isabella’s cannons to not properly deal damage on impact.
- Fixed an issue causing Isabella’s wave beam attack to hit players twice.
- Increased the aggro radius for Isabella’s Musketeers so that they always target a player.
- Empress Taiying
- The Empress will now dash to players who are far away.
- Fixed several issues that allowed the Empress to accidentally kill players who were in Death’s Door.
- Fixed an issue allowing the Empress’s Corruption Wave to hit a player twice if they were standing between two waves of corruption.
- Isabella’s Tigers
- Lazarus Instrumentality
- Fixed an issue that could cause Demos’ lunging spear attack to miss players in melee range.
- Fixed an issue causing Cilla’s Arcane Wave attack to hit players twice.
- Fixed an issue causing Cilla’s Arcane Snares to execute players who were in Death’s Door.
- Fixed an issue causing Cilla’s Arcane Bomb spell to continue casting after she is dead.
- Note: There is still another issue that allows this to happen and we’re continuing to look into solutions.
- Adjusted Slicer
- Decreased spawn rate from 1 slicer every 5 seconds to 1 slicer every 10 seconds.
- Increased duration from 10 seconds to 20 seconds
- Fixed issue where standing on top of the slicer would not continue to apply damage
Trade Skill Aptitude
- Upon reaching level 200 in a Trade Skill, the leveling circle in the UI will update to show 3 markers equidistant from each other on the circle.
- Earning Trade Skill XP will begin progressing you again, and when you reach one of these markers, you will be awarded with a container of useful items that are (mostly) trade skill relevant, such as Craft Mods, special ingredients, and even schematics and recipes!
- Each subsequent marker awards a more spectacular container with more rewards than the one before.
- Gaining enough XP to go all the way around the circle will increment the Aptitude Counter by 1. This counter will keep counting so you can keep track of how many times you’ve wrapped your progression around the top level.
- We have also introduced a new type of reward with this system: Equipment Patterns.
- Equipment Patterns are Crafting Artifacts that enable you to craft a guaranteed Gear Score 600 item that has a specific appearance.
- Patterns require a significant amount of powerful crafting resources to create, but guarantee a GS 600 item.
- Patterns still roll perks and players have the normal amount of control over their outcome with Craft Mods and Azoth.
- Equipment Patterns have a small chance to drop from Arcana, Weaponsmithing, Armoring, and Engineering Aptitude Reward Caches.
- Added refining recipes that let you refine 250 of a T5 raw ore, wood, fiber, or rawhide into 1 legendary material. For instance, you can now convert 250 Orichalcum Ore into 1 Tolvium.
- Orichalcum Ingots can now be crafted with Platinum as well as Starmetal.
- There are a number of Knights in the game that have valuable named items for level 20-25 players. Seek them out and take their treasures from them!
- The Gash Named Ring previously had the incorrect gem slotted into it (a weapon gem), it now correctly has an armor gem in it.
- Added Tier 5 Amulet, Ring, and Earring drops that randomly roll all stats and gear score to all Level 60+ content. Previously, there were only named trinkets dropping at this tier, so this should accelerate Trinket Expertise, as well.
- Faction shields no longer have a damage perk on them (Enchanted). Round shields now have Refreshing Ward, Kite Shields have Keenly Fortified, and Tower Shields now have Hated.
- The “Moonless Night” void gauntlet was renamed to “Wine Dark Night”
- The Primordial weapon set was previously missing a Tower Shield and Ice gauntlet. These have been added and drop from the same activities as other Primordial weapons.
- Boots of Channeled Energy previously had an incorrect perk (Siphoning). This perk is only available on weapons and has been swapped out for Afflicted.
- The Unhallowed Soul of Myrkgard Named AI erroneously did not have any have any drops. It now drops 3 named items, a spear, a life staff, and an amulet.
- More feminine armor appearances have been added to the game as world drops.
- We removed corrupted shards and lodestone as required ingredients to craft Arena Keys, and added 5 runestone. We did this to make Arena keys not compete for the same resources as Expedition keys.
- Madtom Fish now breaks down into Madtom Toxins which can be used in alchemy (with a chance of fish oil on breakdown).
- A number of fishing armor items are now eligible to be bought and sold on the trading post. These are all items that a player could potentially not get during fishing quests as the reward boxes sometimes roll 1 piece out of 2 or 3 at random. This update ensures that all players have access to all pieces of armor to complete every set, if they wish.
- The token and coin cost of the Tier 2 Faction Health and Mana Potions for Syndicate now match the other factions: 50 & 30 tokens respectively instead of 100.
- War previously did not drop a War Void Gauntlet. A Void Gauntlet has been added in as a possible reward.
- Fixed an issue that was causing Void Gauntlets to not naturally roll their ability-specific bonuses when dropped and crafted.
- Fixed an issue that was causing chests in Lazarus Instrumentality and Garden of Genesis to not respect the Gear Score value of the Expedition.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the Outpost Rush end-of-game overview to display 0 for all assists.
- Fixed a display issue with Outpost Rush compass icons that could cause them to disappear, which should also address some other compass-related issues.
- Fixed an issue causing Trading Post purchase taxes to go to the settlement at which an item was listed for sale instead of the settlement where it was purchased.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the Nothingness Void Gauntlet to require Eternal Ice instead of an Empty Heart to be crafted.
- Fixed an issue preventing forms of tallow from being used as a crafting mod when crafting items. (The relevant perks are: Accuracy, Mortal Refreshment, and Refreshing Toast).
Loading Screen System
- Adjusted system so that it loads in different screens depending on where the player is loading into.
- Added tips to the loading screens, which will be a mix of general tips and tips specific to your destination.
Social and Navbar UI
- Updated the art and layout of the menu for improved readability.
- Updated notification numbers to be more noticeable.
- Added room for social panel and made it more readable.
- Improved logic of Azoth cap warning so that it only occurs at certain thresholds, to avoid notification spam.
- Fixed a number of issues with the compass that should make it more reliable when switching game modes.
- Fixed the icons for town project crafting. They now show the town project blue icon not the standard yellow quest icon.
- We now only show the message stating that you can not damage other players when not PvP flagged once. These messages got annoying doing PvE content with other faction members.
- Added audio to a bunch of UI actions to help provide feedback the action was successful – repairing gear, entering housing sub menus, changing sub menus in the company section, expanding/collapsing lists in crafting stations, from filter boxes, and when changing chat feeds.
- Fixed an issue that was causing pings within some Expeditions to display underground.
- Added ambient audio to various crafting and refining stations.
- Added better support for multi-monitor setups.
- Fixed a rare issue that caused the game to incorrectly salvaged a random item of the type your cursor was over when rapidly salvaging items.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused players to stop receiving banner notification for friend, group, and company invites.
- Gave players more descriptive options when reporting abusive chat. Now players can choose between abusive text or voice chat.
New World is now available on PC through Steam.