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Embers Adrift Is Actually Getting A PvP Proving Grounds After April Fool's Tease

Not A Joke, Apparently

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While Embers Adrift poked fun at itself on April Fool's Day, one tidbit in its gag apparently is real: the PvP Proving Grounds.

Personally, I thought a PvP Proving Grounds arena was a joke, along with the extra-long nights and inventory stacks, when Stormhaven Studios posted its April Fool's gag on social media yesterday. However, the team took to its socials to announce that the PvP part of the joke was actually real.

April Fooled us all, I guess.

The new arena is in Newhaven Valley, where players can test their mettle against each other in one-on-one duels, party-based combat, or even a free-for-all melee. Based on the forum post detailing the new feature, it all seems to be pretty free-form.

On entering the arena, you'll be flagged for PvP, opening yourself up to attack from those with a flag themselves. You won't be able to engage anyone who does not also have a PvP flag, which means no random ganking of spectators. Additionally, certain status effects won't work, while armor damage won't be applied when defeated. Your items will appear outside the arena once you release to a nearby circle.

Stormhaven also cautions that this is meant to be a fun addition only and not intended to be balanced. In fact, the team states they have no plans on rebalancing classes or even the whole MMO around this new feature, so don't complain, I guess, if it feels unbalanced while you're slashing your way to victory.

"This feature is FOR FUN. We fully recognize that nothing about this is balanced and that is ok with us. We have no intentions on rebalancing the game around PvP. We very well may expand upon this feature in the future with additional areas (with obstacles, etc, think EQ's arena zone) - but it is lower on the priority list."


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore