It’s a new chapter for sword and soul with today’s arrival of the New Empires update. The update changes a number of systems and items, adds a new dungeon and continues the Epic Quest story.
Changes include the addition of a new weapon tier: Upsurge Weapons, and corresponding new weapons to match this new tier for all classes. These are the new premium weapons in the game, and these weapons can only be upgraded through Mythic Enchantment. If you try to enchant and fail, your enchantment level will not be reduced. So you can make steady progress through this new method, just in a new way. To start, these new weapons will drop from the new dungeon Hall of Trials, along with the Weapon of True Ascension, which has slightly different enchantment requirements.
With the introduction of these new premium weapons, there is also a successor system that will allow you to transition existing gear to the new tier. Another related new system is the Evolution Progress system, which allows you to upgrade your weapons and accessories of other tiers. Some accessories also get new sockets, there are new Mythic accessories and an updated True Skystealer ring.
Also included in the update are new tiers of souls and pet auras called Manifest Soul and Uproar Pet Aura.
The dungeon Hall of Trials complements all of these new changes. In this 4 player Demon Bane dungeon you must go to the island of Nykkari and rescue a friend. Of course, this rescue will come with some major challenges. As a Demonsbane dungeon, there are 20 levels to complete and the challenges increase or change as you unlock each level via Demonbane XP. Rewards for the new dungeon include a True Upsurge weapon after completing Stage 8 for the first time, Upsurge Essence, Upsurge Evolution Stones, and more.
See the patch notes over at sword and soul.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/enter-new-empires-in-blade-and-soul-with-a-new-dungeon-new-top-tier-weapon-tier-new-systems-and-more-2000125004 Enter new empires in Blade & Soul with a new dungeon, new top tier weapon tier, new systems and more