In the largest single release in the game's history, the game economy of Illyriad, the acclaimed HTML5 massively multiplayer online strategy game, sees a dramatic expansion today, with new commodities, equipment, an expanded gathering system, crafting system and an expanded regional trade system.
"This huge expansion in trade, and the whole crafting system that we are bringing in, opens up new choices for player specialisation. Specialist traders and specialist manufacturers will both have an important place in Illyriad going forward," explained Illyriad's founder, James Niesewand. "Illyriad has always been praised for its depth, and this release does add more depth. For example, military players previously had 8 basic troop types to choose from, but with the new equipment produced by crafting there will be thousands of possible troop load-outs, allowing players to customise their soldiers for different missions, terrains and even climates. So, for the military players, yes, there is more depth. But what this update really adds to Illyriad is breadth, allowing players to explore complex trading and manufacturing strategies."
- 72 new weapons
- 53 new armour types
- 9 new mounts
- 13 new specialist buildings
- More than 50 new special resource types
- Dozens of items lootable from animals
- 187 new technologies to research, ranging from Wine Making, to Faction Markets, to Obsidian Blade
With such a dynamic change to the game, the full impact of the release could take several months to be felt by the players of Illyriad.
More information about the update can be found in the full patch notes here.