Karl Von Bach has disappeared into Silicon Valley with his EGO-imbued followers, but it’s not quite the paradise they promised. The valley is overrun with Grid and a strange cult, the Pilgrims of the Guiding Light, has taken hold in locations across the zone.
Questions abound: Who are these pilgrims, and what do they want? What challenges face the newly formed Defiant Few? Will history catch up with Doctor Eren Niden?
As these mysteries unravel, the populace of Silicon Valley calls out for assistance: The Grid is spreading its influence with invasions giving rise to special battles and conflict sites only ark hunters can clear! Do you have what it takes to face the trials of Silicon Valley when it opens next week on August 5?
== FEATURES ==
New Land: Silicon Valley
* The territory from the ruins of SFO airport in San Bruno to the ruins of Crystal Springs reservoir have opened up to the south of San Francisco. Go to Twin Peaks Station and see the new land for yourself.
* Silicon Valley is under invasion from converted Grid enemies. These enemies now lead special incursions called “Invasions” which will attack many areas at once. If the attacks succeed, the locations will become “Conflict Sites” which must be cleared by ark hunters.
New Missions: The Guiding Light
* Von Bach has disappeared into Silicon Valley, but he’s not there alone. A New Earth cult, the Pilgrims of the Guiding Light, have taken residence in the Valley. They revere the Grid, and they’ve set up temples all over the Valley.
* Weapon and Shield Encryption: Certain weapons and shields will now drop with the Encrypted trait. Encrypted items are advanced technology that confer a 3% bonus to damage or capacity as appropriate. Unfortunately, Encrypted items are beyond the technology level of the Salvage Matrix, and it will not be able to increase the rarity of Encrypted items. Whenever the Salvage Matrix does increase the rarity of a shield or weapon, that weapon will become Encrypted; the Salvage Matrix cannot increase its rarity any further.
* Due to the effectiveness bonus Encryption brings, all Legendary weapons and shields in your inventory will be Encrypted on first login.
More Character Slots!
* Maximum character slots has been increased to 6.
New Max EGO Rating!
* The max EGO rating has been increased to 5900.
Date: August 5th, 2014
Time: 11 AM CST
Duration: 5 hours