In a short post on the official Darkfall forums, Aventurine's lead designer, Tasos Flambouras, discusses some of the upcoming changes set to arrive with the free expansion tentatively set for release on July 18, 2010.
In his post, Flambouras indicates that the newest expansion will be primarily focused on the PvE aspect of the game. He writes that new monster types, new spawns, new tactics and abilities and new behaviors can all be expected when the expansion goes live.
Additionally, dungeons are being overhauled and new resources are being added to give players more opportunities to create events.
We’re also making an effort to complete political tools for clans and players in time to include in this expansion.
It includes new ship types, an additional feature to ships, and new mounts.
There are new introductory tutorial quests for new players, new quests involving dungeons, and also treasure maps.
If that isn't enough, there are also graphical changes coming down the pike. Flambouras says that both the texture and terrain systems have been completely overhauled in preparation for the expansion.