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gPotato has announced that patch 1.1 "Revelations of Gipat" for Allods Online will be going live on July 7th, and along with its many features and changes, is some significant news on the often controversial Fear of Death mechanic's front. Significant how, you ask? It's going away.
That's right, the much maligned Fear of Death mechanic (whereby your stats are reduced by 25% for each death) will be replaced with a new mechanic that basically curses one of the player's item slots upon death, however, it will only negatively impact the player if it lands on a slot filled by an item of Rare or higher quality. In this case, the Rare or higher quality item will be "cursed" and have its stats inverted.
The curse is removable using Scrolls of Purification that can be purchased from the game's Item Shop or from other players. Players can proactively avoid curses by equipping themselves with Holy Charms which will stack up to 1000 and will consume one unit for every death. Like the aformentioned scrolls, Holy Charms will be available from the Item Shop and can be purchased from other players.
Making things a bit more interesting, bosses in dungeons and raids will now dropped cursed items as well, allowing players the chance to acquire more loot that may be quite useful once the curse is removed. Which actually sounds like a pretty neat addition.
View the official announcement here.
[Thanks Christopher8 for the tip!]
Michael "MikeB" Bitton