Nexon has revealed the first details, and a new trailer, about the newest update coming to its free-to-play MMO Vindictus later this month. The “Rocheste Royal Cadets” update introduces a number of new features, chief among them the town of Rocheste, and the long-awaited addition of PVP system.
PVP play will allow players to challenge friends from within dungeons, and will be the first of several PVP installments set for release in subsequent updates.
Rocheste Royal Cadets also introduces a new storyline, “Colhen in Flames,” which kicks off with the player becoming a cadet in the Royal Army. Word has it that Colhen has been torched, and it’s up to players to team up with the Royal Army’s valiant hero Keaghan to fend off the ogre attacks and save the town.
Players will also gain access to a new transformation ability that lets you turn into either a Paladin or a Dark Knight, depending on which path—dark or light—you choose. As you’d expect, the Paladin buffs defenses, while the Dark Knight buffs your attack.
Helping to ensure players will be able to put their new found powers to good use, the update will also introduce a new baddie: Black Hammer. This Fomors commander carries a massive hammer and sports black enchanted armor. Oh, (vindictus gold)and he has minions. So there’s that too.
There will also be new Expertise skills up for grabs: Tailoring, Armorsmithing, Goldsmithing, Platesmithing, Weaponsmithing and Cooking. These new skills can be used to craft new items for use in combat or in trading.
If you plan to attend PAX East this weekend, you’ll be able to play a three-player co-op mission set in one of the new "Rocheste Royal Cadets" dungeons and check out the new transformations as well.