Aventurine Studios has released a preview of the December patch notes for Darkfall: Unholy Wars. Included in the update will be improvements to hotbars, a new dungeon, "Sinspire Cathedral" and skills and a brand new chat system.
New chat system:
We have already presented and shown screenshots of it. It's undergoing final testing and is expected to be added next week, barring any persistent issues.
Hot bars and skill options:
Hot bars that show skill placement as well as cool downs will be added this month. These will be visible in action mode making it easier for players to see which skill is assigned to which slot as well as track the cool downs. Additionally 3 new options per slot will be made available. One allows players to decide if they want the default skill for each weapon to be cast when the selected skill is on cool down or not. The second presents the option of reverting to the default skill for each weapon when the selected skill has been executed. The third option flags skills on the slot to be cast by pressing the relevant hot key only without having to press the associated mouse button afterwards. New icons for all schools skills have also been created and will be introduced with the hot bars.
Read more on the Darkfall: Unholy Wars forum.