New World developer Amazon Games recently revealed it would be “completely revamping” the MMORPG’s High Water Mark system to improve how it functions and enhance the endgame experience for players. This rework will introduce an ‘Expertise and Gypsum’ system as a replacement for HWM, which will continue to govern the highest drops you can get per slot, but also determine gear effectiveness and add control over gear progression. Now, following a lot of fan feedback on this, Amazon has confirmed a few points that have prompted some rejoicing in Aeternum. Well, Reddit.
“In early 2022, when we start reducing the effectiveness of gear to your Expertise level, we will exempt the following items,” New World dev Zin_Ramu explains in a forum post, listing “any item you craft, any item you earn from a quest, [and] any item you purchase from the faction shop” as the exemptions.
“When these changes are implemented, gear score scaling will only apply to items sold or traded after that patch,” the dev goes on to explain. “So any items obtained prior to this patch will not be impacted or reduced in any way. When we thought about it more, reducing power for existing players is just unacceptable and something we will not do. We initially thought it being only temporary and giving a new path with to gain back that power with Gypsum would be acceptable, but it is now clear we were wrong.”