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Heroes of Three Kingdoms Developer Blog

Based on one of the greatest battles in history, Heroes of Three Kingdoms lets players experience the chaos first hand and even rewrite history at pivotal battles in historical instance such as at Red Cliff.

Author: therealjayve

Content Update!

Posted by therealjayve Thursday February 3 2011 at 4:17PM
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The time has come once again for another content update! This long awaited patch has numerous bug fixes, user-friendly enhancements, and a battle you've all been waiting for!
 
Here's a quick preview on what you can expect!
 
The wait is nearly here! Now you can participate in the most legendary battle of ancient China, Redcliff! Man naval ships and wage war like never before!
 
With the unlock of Redcliff, you'll also have access to 3 daily events and a variety of Entrusted quests!
 
 
 
The Vend feature has always been a nice touch to HoTK where players can trade items with each other. However, there was no actual way to search for the item you want to see who's selling what and for how much.
 
That's why we've implemented the Vend Search feature and you can do all of that as well as Auto-Route to the player you want to buy from! This will allow for much easier transactions so you don't need to sit vending or searching for items for hours on end!
 
 
To prepare you all for Redcliff, we’ve implemented a 30 minute countdown panel located at the top of the screen that will grant you a helpful EXP item! You will keep receiving the item as long as you’re logged in.
 
Note: Future items awarded in this fashion are subject to change.
 
From day 1, Mounted Combat has always been something that was hard to achieve. That's why we've decreased the level requirement from 70 down to 30! Naturally, all Mounted Combat skills have had their required levels lowered as well.
 
Mount speed is something we've increased as well to a blazing 6.5 y/s! The available Mount types that have access to this upgrade are Cavalry, Destriers, and faction beasts!
 
It's safe to say this patch will introduce a whole new level of enjoyment thanks to long awaited improvements. So don't wait any longer! Update and utilize all of the great new features!

Content Update!

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:25PM
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The wait is finally over! The highly anticipated content update has arrived, packed with juicy content that will make you start new characters and keep playing your main way past level 80! In this article, you'll get in-depth information on the various new features and understand what you can really expect out of the latest installment to Heroes of Three Kingdoms!

4 New Weapons

First, let us start with the meat and potatoes of the game, the weapons. We are very excited to introduce these because not only are they the most anticipated, but they are extremely fun to play. The line-up includes Ringblades, Multiblade, Cleaver, and Hammer. Each weapon is unique and offers a fresh combat style no other class can.

Ringblades are so versatile. it offers everything from instant high burst damage attacks, to numerous evasion techniques, all the way down to powerful area-of-effect abilities. The Multiblade is superior for mounted combat and deals devastating damage both at range and up close.

The Cleaver can kill with ease but lacks speed. In other words, it's a strategist’s soul weapon. You must plan your attacks carefully to be successful, as a true warrior would. Lastly, the Hammer is a weapon of pure offensive might and is considered to be the deadliest close-range melee weapon, offering expert control and counterattack abilities.

Hero Levels

Players who have reached level 80 may feel like their journey is done, but it's far from over. Taking on the role of a Hero is what you'll be able to do once you reach level 80 and are rank Legend IX in your primary weapon class. Taking on this role allows you to gain Hero Levels which start at 1. In other words, your first level after 80 will be Hero Level 1, essentially becoming 81. There are a total of 50 Hero Levels to achieve, which you receive by questing in the new areas of Luoyang, Caoyuan, Donghai.

Battle of Chi Bi

You'll be able to participate in the epic battle of Chi Bi (Red Cliff) as you take control of naval ships and wage war like never before! There must be 100 Heroes of at least level 1 before this mode is activated. Once active, players that are level 40 and have chosen a faction may enter the battle depending on which states are currently at war. Because players can start at level 40, there are 2 divisions of the battle. The first is level 40-80 and the second is Hero level 1-50. Certain players will be given the power to command a ship as a helmsman, fulfilling a very significant role.

The Miao

Introducing the new playable race to Heroes of Three Kingdoms, the ancient Miao are a people who live off the land. Dwelling in the southwest region of Yizhou for countless generations, they’ve survived due to their exceptional hunting and efficient, yet simple architecture. In their culture, the men are born to be warriors and protect their people during war. The women on the other hand have a much higher population and control order and influence cultural practices. Because they worship the fire god, Zhu Rong, it’s only natural that the supposed descendant, Lady Zhurong rule alongside Meng Huo.

User Friendly Improvements

Not only has the entire user interface been redesigned with new graphics, but we've also included numerous improvements to navigation and organization. First up, we have Tael being converted into Vigor. The Vigor cap has now been raised to 10,000 and any accumulated after that will be received at a slower rate than normal. You can now search the Marketplace if you're not sure which section the item you're looking for is in.

A bobbing green arrow now appears on the zone map to make it easier to find your current location.  A new Game Guide feature has been added, showing you the quests you will need to complete in order to unlock certain titles. Lastly, you have the ability to toggle the NPC/Monster list off and on in the map window, making it easier to see the entire map of whatever area you're looking in.

The anticipation can only grow further after learning about all these features and additions. So, which weapon will you try? Are you ready to take on the role of a Hero? Will you be the commander of a vessel during the battle of Chi Bi? Will you reach the prestigious Hero Level 50? What will YOU do now in Heroes of Three Kingdoms?!

 

Content update available after maintenance, 10/27.

The Miao

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:23PM
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Are you ready to take on the role of a barbarian? Do you love to wage war and take whatever you want? If so, the Miao need you! In this spotlight, you’ll get background information on this new playable race and discover their way of life!

The ancient Miao are a people who live off the land. Dwelling in the southwest region of Yizhou for countless generations, they’ve survived due to their exceptional hunting and efficient, yet simple architecture. They utilize no modern luxuries and their clothing isn’t made from the finest silk or shiniest jewels. They dress themselves with the hide and fur of animals they kill and craft eating utensils from the clay they gather.

Like any tribe, they worship a god and structure their lifestyle around tradition. Because the Miao worship the fire god, Zhu Rong, it’s only natural that the supposed descendant, Lady Zhurong rule alongside Meng Huo. In their culture, the men are born to be warriors and protect their people during war. The women on the other hand have a much higher population and control order and influence cultural practices.

Get ready to battle countless Yan and engage in epic battles! But first, you have to display your worth of the Miao name. Chuannan serves as a proving ground to new warriors so it’s here that your wits and might will be tested!

 
We are proud to introduce this new playable race to Heroes of Three Kingdoms on top of all the other great features. Will you stand by the Yan or become a barbarian? Where will you be when the Miao invade?!

Currently, the expected delay for the content update is one week, 10/27.

Content Update!

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:22PM
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*UPDATE - 10.20.10* This article has been updated to reflect the new release date. The content update has been delayed and is expected to release on 10/27. We are working to get it up before then, stay tuned for more info!

That's right folks! 10.27.10, get ready!

It's our pleasure to finally bring you this highly anticipated addition to Heroes of Three Kingdoms! Throughout the past couple of weeks, you've seen articles on the new zones and one of the new weapons that will be available for use. Now, we bring you a detailed list and description of the many features you can expect!

Major Updates:

• It is now possible to create characters of the Miao race. These characters will begin in the newly discovered land of Chuannan, and upon reaching Lv.16, will continue questing in Xiliang alongside our previously existing race, now known as the Yan.

• Characters who have reached Lv.80 and the rank of Legend IX in their primary class can now unleash the Hero within and continue on to gain 50 additional levels. You will need to gain Hero EXP in order to gain these new levels, which can be earned by questing and killing monsters in three brand-new zones: Luoyang, Caoyuan, and Donghai. You will continue to gain normal EXP at the same time, which is useful if you want to try out any of our new weapons as a secondary class!

• Cleaver, Hammer, Multiblade, and Ring Blade are now available to be selected by any new character, or by existing characters that have reset their class using a Weapon Tome. The Multiblade is the newly redesigned Trident, renamed because it doesn't really look anything like a trident, but is instead a type of sword with multiple blades paired with a thrown shuriken-like blade held in the left hand.

• A new form of bound currency called Funds has been added. This currency is awarded from certain quests and your daily rank salary. It uses the same Jade/Gold/Silver/Bronze format as normal money, and is automatically deducted first when performing certain actions, such as repairing gear, learning skills and recipes, and buying items from certain NPCs. Funds cannot be used to buy items from other players, or from NPCs that do not accept Funds.

• For added flexibility, Tael has been combined with Vigor. All Tael vendors now sell their items for Vigor. Events that previously rewarded Tael now reward Vigor instead, including the Monthly Pay event.

• A new Game Guide feature has been added, showing you the quests you will need to complete in order to unlock certain titles.

• It is now possible for Factions to capture the Strategic Areas of Ziwu Valley, Qixing Lake, and Baidi City.


Minor Updates:

• The entire user interface has been redesigned with new graphics, though the panels and buttons have a similar layout as before.

• Newly learned skills now appear on an invisible bar just above your shortcut bar, allowing you to easily place them on your shortcut bar without needing to open the skill interface.

• A bobbing green arrow now appears on the zone map to make it easier to find your current location.

• The map info panel containing the list of NPCs and monsters can now be hidden to allow auto-route clicking on parts of the map covered by this panel.

• It is now possible to search the Marketplace if you're not sure which section the item you're looking for is in. Be aware that this search is case sensitive.

• Events for all days are now visible on the Event Calendar at the same time, with each one clearly marked if it only occurs on certain days of the week.

• Leopard Hearts and Silverfox Tails can now be purchased for the quest, Delicate Trinket.


So there you have it. Are you prepared to take on the role of a Hero? Prove it on October 27th, 2010!

Class Spotlight – Ring Blades

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:21PM
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If there is any class in Heroes of Three Kingdoms that cannot be defined for filling a specific role, Ringblades would definitely be the one. Having been highly anticipated for quite some time now, we are proud to finally give you a sneak peek on what you can expect from this highly versatile class in the upcoming content update.

Everything from instant high burst damage attacks, to numerous evasion techniques, all the way down to powerful area-of-effect abilities, Ringblades are a class that can adapt well to any situation.

Here's a preview on what you can expect.

Searing Orb

Just looking downright awesome, this ability lends more than one hand in combat. The initial lightning charged summon, followed by the gorgeous animation of the yellow glowing orb will make you feel like a planet while the sun-like ball of energy circles you. This skill can either be used to gather up monsters or activated as a defensive move during an overwhelming fight between multiple enemies.

With a lifespan of 47 seconds, the orb does a high amount of work in that time frame. As soon as it's summoned, it's able to deal damage every other second, equal to 10% of your maxium Attack Power while also dishing out additional damage that completely ignores defense.

Eye of the Storm

If you like solid finisher abilities, then you're going to love to end the fight with this devestator. Once activated, your pent up energy is expelled in a burst of wind and lightning which then spreads from you in the form of a tornado, affecting anyone nearby. While this skill can be considered an area-of-effect attack, it's designed to finish off your initial target while transitioning seamlessly into your next one without missing a beat.

Taunt

While most of the Ringblades skills require a fair amount of Chi, that resource will never fall short while this ability is activated. Lasting a total of 43 seconds, Taunt allows for your Chi to regenerate by 5 each time the target is hit. Before you even think of which powerful Chi based attack to use, the meter will already be maxed out, possibly allowing for multiple finishers!

However you choose to execute your plan of attack, you can be sure that this class will offer a variety of playing styles in a variety of different situations, while still remaining easy to master.

Wield the Ring Blades on 10.20.10!

New Content Sneak Peek!

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:19PM
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Are you ready to battle, explore, and immerse yourself in brand new lands?! Prepare to become a Hero and battle fierce enemies. Pick a side as we introduce the Miao and Yan factions. And lastly, wield the weapons you've been waiting for! Get ready because this content update is right around the corner!

Here's a preview on what you can expect:

Chuannan

This beautiful, lush land is home to the new playable faction, Miao. Overgrown with vegetation, lakes, and beaches, the area lends itself nicely to their barbaric lifestyle.

Luoyang

Though currently controlled by the Yan, it is questionable if it will stay that way due to the relentless attacks of the Miao. Make your way through this Hero starting zone and traverse the unforgiving, mountainous terrain. Wander into crumbling towns and get a firsthand look of war between these two factions.

Caoyuan

As you make your way into the second Hero zone, make sure your armor is repaired! This land may look warm and inviting but it is home to the Miao. Observe their lifestyle in its entirety as you stumble upon tribal architecture and battle their savage soldiers.

Donghai

The last Hero zone may feel like a break due to the tropical landscape, but this is no vacation. Battle through this oasis and try to stay alive as the Miao strive to take your head!

Chibi

Saving the best for last, witness firsthand the battle of Chibi! Participate in daily events and quests ranging from collecting supplies, attacking an opposing state, and best of all, immersing yourself in a full on naval battle! Take command of a battle ship and wage war like never before!\

 We are extremely excited to introduce these new zones and are confident it will provide an entirely new experience.

Experience the excitement 10.20.10!

War Fan Now Available!

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:16PM
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“Expendable” wouldn’t apply to this class in the least bit. Contributing sustained damage-per-second, powerful healing and area-of-effect spells, the War Fan is in a class all its own.

Decimate your foes using focused power from the elements! Harness wind to offer support through rooting, healing and high damage ranged attacks. Keep your enemies at bay as you freeze them in place and slow their movement with every relentless ice attack. With these two elements combined, there’s no telling what a War Fan wielder is capable of!

Here’s a little preview on what you can expect:

Quick Step

This skill provides as a great offensive and defensive tactical maneuver. With the ability to teleport anywhere within 25 yards, you can surprise an enemy in the distance or evade threatening danger.

Hail Storm

Aggro too many monsters? Call upon a storm to rain down bone shattering chunks of ice! This area-of-effect attack damages multiple targets simultaneously and last up to 7 seconds, lending outstanding support in a party.

Strategize

Why not warm up before a fight? This buff improves health recovery rate out of combat and stacks up to 3 times, each time increasing the recovery rate. Additionally, numerous other skills get a substantial improvement while under this effect.

We are proud to finally introduce this class to HoTK and are confident that it will offer a whole new playing style with a wide variety of exciting skills. So what are you waiting for?! Fill that spare character slot up with your brand new War Fan character!

Available after maintenance, 9/29.

Halberds Have Arrived!

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:12PM
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With the release of Lu Bu's armor and Diao Chan's fashion set, we thought of helping all of you male players complete the Lu Bu look, so we prepared the Halberd as the first weapon release!  (Diao Chan could also learn to wield a halberd when she gets around to it.)

Previously greyed out in the character creation screen and weapon selection screen (when using a Weapon Tome), now you can wield the power of skill combos!  The effects of the skills depend on the way you combine them in your flurry of attacks!

 

When creating new characters, you'll now have access to the Halberd.  Existing characters will be able to switch to this new, brutal weapon through the use of the Weapon Tome, found in our Marketplace (press "J" in game).

Wield the skill combo power of the Halberd today!

Welcome to Open Beta

Posted by therealjayve Tuesday November 2 2010 at 2:11PM
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Welcome to the Heroes of Three Kingdom's Open Beta Launch! Admist the chaotic warfare of the Three Kingdoms era, we saw players work together to help build a vibrant and exciting community. As Three Kingdom fans ourselves, we are also very excited about the lore that players have embraced.

As you prepare yourselves for the battle to reunite China, jump into the community for help and support, or simply to make friends in our forums here: http://hotk-forum.perfectworld.com/

Also join our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/hotkmmo where you can find exciting news and events.

Improving your HOTK Controls

Posted by therealjayve Wednesday July 28 2010 at 12:46PM
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Before setting off on your journey, you must first understand the basics of movement, combat, and quests. Using the W, S, A, and D keys, move your character forward, backward, left, and right, respectively.  You may also adjust the camera by holding down the left mouse button, or turn your character with the right mouse button.

If you wish to modify the key bindings, you may do so within the Preferences interface of the game Menu. 

From here you may adjust options to customize the game interface to your liking—see below for popular settings. The following option allows you to toggle relative user interface scale when changing resolutions.

Enabling the following options will…

  • Cause your character to face towards your target automatically when right-clicking on a target to enter combat. 
  • Automatically move your character within range of your target when right-clicking to engage in combat. 
  • Enable equipment tooltip comparisons.
 
To remap key functions, simply click next to a category and press the desired key.
 
 
Rampant throughout the area surrounding the Jieyi Shrine in Hebei, Wanhou Monkeys will serve as your first experience in combat.  Approach one of the beasts, and position the mouse cursor over it.
 
 
Left-click on the target to display their portrait in the upper-left corner of the screen—this interface contains information regarding their Health and Lv.
 
 
Right-click on the target to enter combat mode—causing your character to automatically move within range of the target, and attack with the equipped weapon.
 
 
Upon defeating enemies, you will be awarded with a small amount of EXP.  A gauge displayed along the bottom portion of the screen indicates how much EXP you have gained.
 
 
Once you have accumulated enough EXP, you can increase your Lv.—gaining access to new skills, weapons, armor, etc.
 
 
After having defeated an enemy, a container will appear on the ground where they fell.
 
 
To examine their remains, position your mouse cursor over the container, and right-click to open it.  Many useful items can be acquired from defeating various creatures throughout the land.
 
 
You will encounter many people throughout your travels that are in need of assistance—these tasks come in the form of quests.  An NPC that has a quest to offer has a distinct green scroll floating above them.
 
 
Though there are many different types of quests are available, all quests reward the player with EXP, and potentially items, currency, and reputation upon completion.

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