This thread is to provide early insights and discussion on the Season 3 Provinces and Gameplay.
For information and discussion on the Season 3 HEROES, please see: 🧪 Early Information on Season 3 Heroes [Part of The Beta Beat V26 & V27]
For information and discussion on the Season 3 SUMMON PORTAL, please see: 🧪 Early Information on Season 3 Valhalla Summon Portal [Part of The Beta Beat V27]
Don’t get too attached
Details from Beta, especially brand-new Beta content, don’t tend to be very reliable for actual release.
It’s incredibly common that features are changed during Beta testing, or sometimes even after testing but before release. That is, after all, the purpose of Beta testing.
So I wouldn’t get too attached to any of this — it’s not unheard of for entire portions of features to be removed or reworked, or for radical changes to functionality to be made.
The launch date for Season 3 has not been announced yet
Season 3 Provinces
The in-game story dialogues indicate that — as expected — there are 9 Realms in Season 3.
The map for Season 3 is set up much like Season 2, with the Provinces circling around a large open area.
There are 32 Provinces shown in the current view, and they appear to encompass 8 Realms — so very likely the 9th Realm (Asgard) will be shown later, much like the final Provinces of Season 2 rose from the water over the course of the release.
This initial Beta includes the first 3 Provinces. We don’t know yet whether additional Provinces may be part of the initial release of Season 3, but it seems likely that they may be released 3 Provinces at a time, just like Season 2, rather than an entire Realm at a time.
As such, my expectation is that Season 3 Provinces will likely be released over the course of a year — but that’s just my own speculation, so please don’t presume it’s accurate.
Normal and Hard Modes
Much like Season 2, there are Normal and Hard Modes for each Stage, and the Normal Mode must be completed to unlock the Hard Mode.
UNLIKE SEASON 2, you must clear all previous Hard Mode Stages before a particular Hard Mode Stage will unlock. So it’s not possible to jump around between Hard Mode Stages, like it is in Season 2 — they must be completed in order.
The WE Costs for Season 3 appear comparable to Season 2.
S3:1-1N is 6 WE, and S3:1-1H is 10 WE — exactly the same as Season 2.
Also like Season 2, the first time a Stage is completed, a reward is given in Valhalla Coins — which are just like Atlantis Coins, but for Season 3.
Just the same as Season 2, Normal Mode Stages reward 3 Valhalla Coins, and Hard Mode Stages reward 5 Valhalla Coins — and there appear to be 10 Stages per Province, so it’ll be the same 80 Coins per Province that Season 2 has.
Also like Atlantis Coins, 100 Valhalla Coins are required for a free Valhalla Summon.
NOTE: There are 10 Stages in Province 1, just like there are in each of the Season 2 Provinces. I expect this will be the same for each Season 3 Province, but I will update this if I see otherwise.
|4||Bay of Midgard|
|10||Jotunheim Mountain Range|
|18||Whispers of Eternal Winter|
|19||Niflheim Mist Fields|
|20||Niflheim Ice Fields|
|26||Hill of Lava|
|31||The Primeval Woods|
Season 3 Gameplay
Much like the Season 3 Heroes, some Season 3 enemies have a Realm Bonus.
Additional information from @DaveCozy:
In addition to the normal tile play, Season 3 Stages feature special Runic Rocks on the board.
These special tiles work a bit like some of the Seasonal Event tiles, adding special effects, and limiting tile movement.
Runic Rocks cannot be moved, so matches must be made using them by moving a regular tile into place, setting off a Diamond in that color, or using a Dragon to destroy an adjacent Runic Rock.
|Runic Rock Color||Effect|
|Red||All enemies receive burn damage (as a DoT status effect)|
|Green||All allies recover HP (as a HoT status effect)|
|Blue||All enemies get reduced defense|
|Yellow||All allies generate mana faster|
|Purple||All enemies receive poison damage (as a DoT status effect)|
For a full list of items currently in beta testing, as well as their related threads, please see:
- 🧪 Early Information on Season 3 Valhalla Summon Portal [Part of The Beta Beat V27]
- 🧪 Early Information on Season 3 Heroes [Part of The Beta Beat V26 & V27]
- 🧪 The Beta Beat (v27) – Season 3 Heroes, Provinces & Gameplay, Valhalla Summon Portal; Mar/Apr HOTM – Sharing the Big Picture on What's Going on in Beta
- 🧪 The Beta Beat (v26) – Season 3 Heroes, Path of Valor, Costumes v2, Feb/Mar/Apr HOTM – Sharing the Big Picture on What's Going on in Beta
- 🧪 The Beta Beat (v25) – Path of Valor, Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar HOTM, Bug Fixes – Sharing the Big Picture on What's Going on in Beta