After it lands, you and as many people you can summon to your aid will fight through an initial wave of baddies, taking on average between seven and 10 minutes, until a hole is blown into the side of the Ark. Once that happens, you can jump in to fight for your life and for some really, really good loot.
We sat down with Creative Lead Trick Dempsey and Social Media Manager Greg Laabs to talk about the new content.
There is a total of eight new missions with the DLC, two of them acting as a sort of Arkbreaker tutorial. The fully voice-acted cutscenes familiar to gamers are included in these new missions. After learning how to break an Ark, players hunt on the map for either a small or large Arkfall and get to work. The brilliant thing is that once the Ark shows up on the map, any player can join in the fight just as in a normal Arkfall. Any number of players can join in the interior boss fight as well, even if they did not purchase the DLC.
The developers explained their philosophy that "the arrival of new players should always be a positive experience," meaning that thanks in large part to the skill-based gameplay, a new player is never cut off from the fun. Don't worry about that phat loot, either. The loot is divided in generally the same way it is during a co-op mission. You don't need to be worried about players "stealing" your Arks because there are plenty of them to spare!
What sort of loot is there to enjoy? There is the new Volge Thunderer pistol that fires a shot that clings onto others before exploding, a Volge sniper rifle that fires a slower projectile while doing much more damage, and a Volge assault rifle that burst-fires streams of death at the enemy for maximum damage. There are also 25 new weapons that act as improvements on old weapons with bonuses like increased reload speeds.
The Volge Warmaster, the boss you'll face inside the fallen Arks, has been with the game since E3 of 2011. Since then, the team has tweaked him into one deadly boss with stronger and smarter AI. The Warmaster will target individual players, can adapt fighting styles to the individual player's location in the instance, and will grow stronger and more furious as the fight goes on. He is, according to the team, far more different than any enemy that players have faced before. You'll have only seven minutes to destroy him, though, else he'll run off and you'll lose your chance at any pieces of epic-tier loot. If you fall during the battle, you'll be out of the fight for 30 to 45 seconds but will be in a safe area with a chance to reload before getting back in.
The DLC is due to arrive on Tuesday the 10th of December and costs $9.99 US (free with the season pass).
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