The next big update coming to ArcheAge is v5.1 that will be released on January 16th. It's bringing some fairly significant changes to the game including alterations in the Hero System, a 5-player Abyssal Library Dungeon is coming and the Pirate Faction "becoming more fleshed out" as a nation. Players will be able to actively opt in to the Pirate nation by completing a quest.
- Abyssal Library Dungeon: The Library is receiving a revamp in the form of a 5-man dungeon, in which players can obtain new Library Equipment. The previous version of the library will remain available on legacy servers.
- Hero System Revamp: The hero system is receiving new systems – the first part of which has already been put in place with the reduction in the number of heroes per server. Heroes will have NEW (corrected) abilities and missions specific to their role, such as forcing some of the southern continent zones between tension, conflict, war and peace!
- Pirate Faction Changes: Pirates are becoming a more fleshed out nation with this update. Gone are the days of committing crimes to become a pirate. Now, players will join a nation with limited numbers via a quest and leaving it will also require a quest. Neutral guards will no longer be aggressive to pirates.
- Golden Plains Battle: The Halcyona Golden Plains Battle is now separated into an arena that will be available twice a day, similar to Mistmerrow. Players will be able to join directly via the arena menu or by visiting an arena manager when it is active.
Read the full details on the ArcheAge site.