It was a sad episode of The Streaming Ones this week as we learned that Scrivnomancer was leaving Funcom. But we still managed to get an in-depth look at The Museum of the Occult.
First the good news. We learned a lot more about the Museum of the Occult and its mechanics and secrets. And there was a lot on display… No? Ok moving on.
On the last stream we were only shown a wing of the museum. This time we were shown just how large it actually is. With twelve wings (and a secret thirteenth wing) covering various zones and different monsters. We also saw a giant entry hall with a customisable statue as well as the gift shop.
So one thing at a time. The entry hall is huge. Stairs and everything. In the centre of the entry hall there is a giant statue of the player. It will be wearing the same clothes that the player wears and will have a variety of poses that you can choose from (earned as drops or by unlocking certain achievements in the museum.). The idea behind the statue is to allow players to show off what they have achieved in game as well as allow visitors to the instance be sure they have arrived at the right place when joining friends. If you change outfits while in the instance and want your statue to reflect that change there will be an option to update the appearance.
Next on our visit we were shown the various wings. Of which there were many. It appears that each wing is dedicated to a different type of monster in an area. So you have a reanimated wing where the various zombies and scarecrows and other created creatures of Solomon Island will hang out.
As well as the standard monsters that you encounter on a day to day basis there will also be a wing for Event Bosses (as well as assists to unlock) so expect to see lots of people participating in future events both new and old.
We were also shown how the centrepieces would work. Including the required amount of AP for each tier 175/350/500 as well as an explanation of other requirements like Lore. We were reassured that not all achievements are going to based around the 10K kills. We were also told that the new lore will give new information to lead players to “hidden” lore which will be needed to complete some displays.
It was also mentioned that items would be required to complete some displays. Although the stream only mentioned that some items would drop from dungeon bosses and other regional monsters (that currently don’t have achievements associated with them like the bear in Blue Mountains). We are hoping that some of the drops will be available from general exploration and mission related monsters.
We were also shown some early designs of the Tee-shirts that won the recent contest. They will be available to purchase using Pax and Black Bullion from the Gift Store in the museum after certain conditions met. You can see the winning art work on the Official Forums here.
The gift store itself was shown off and (although it is currently quite empty) the vendors are arranged by region and have a variety of pets, assists and tee-shirts as well as other shinies. The prices that were shown on stream were not fixed and will probably be adjusted on release (1 Pax for some items? Unlikely to hit live).
We also got a chance to see some more assists including buckler drones who add a defence buff and some of the event golem assists.
So when is all this coming? Soon™, in fact sooner than many expected. The Museum is expected to be released on the 15th of June as a free update available to all players. The patch will also contain the Elite Ability revamp. So you’d better get killing and lore collecting.
And now we’ve built you up with excitement, it’s time to bring you crashing back down to earth. It was announced earlier this week that Scrivnomancer was leaving Funcom. In fact the stream was his last official job with Funcom. And it was an emotional stream for everyone involved.
Scriv talked about how it had been difficult making the decision to leave. That usually you’re at a position where you dislike the current job that you are actively looking to leave. But his work with Funcom has not been like that. He talked about his first day on The Secret World and Titly being evil and feeding off the fear of new staff. He discussed how the Twitterverse and how being active on Social Media has been fun and watching it grow has been brilliant. As sad as it seems this is not a full goodbye though. Scriv confirmed that he would still be helping TSW by maintaining the Twitterverse characters and engaging with the community.
We recommend watching the whole stream over on Twitch to hear Scriv talking about his future projects. You can find the stream here
We are looking forward to seeing the museum, and we look forward to seeing what Scriv will do with the Twitterverse. We also wish him the best of luck and hope that he does well. He has inspired many people in TSW.