Developer Notes #9 - Version Update 15.0 Preview
As announced in an earlier Buzz article, Version Update 15.0† brings Taming back to Entropia Universe. In this first phase, each planet will feature one low-level tamable creature:
- Arkadia - Nusul Puny
- Calypso - Bristlehog Puny
- Cyrene - Young Arret
- Rocktropia - Panther Puny
- Toulan - Tabtab Puny
Existing pets work as they did in the old taming system, though those types of creatures cannot currently be tamed. Additional tamable creatures will be added in future Version Updates.
Shrapnel, a new stackable resource, will be introduced to hunting loot in VU 15.0.
All creatures on all planets will drop this new resource as a symbolic representation of salvaged battle debris, regardless of the type of weapon(s) used to defeat the creature. Shrapnel will replace a portion of the total loot value formerly dropped in the form of ammo, animal oils, tier components, paint cans, etc.
Shrapnel is not used as a crafting component; instead, Shrapnel can be can converted to Universal Ammo at a ratio of 100:101, or sold to the Trade Terminal at face value.
The first phase of an effort to improve the distribution of looted stackable resources will be implemented in VU 15.0, starting with a majority of Planet Calypso creatures. Veteran participants will recall how several years ago most types of looted stackables could only be looted from particular creatures.
The benefit of returning to that method of distribution is a reduction in the number of different items looted in a particular hunting session, as well as more a more interesting hunting experience that allows hunters to leverage wisdom gained from previous hunts.
Loots for creatures on other planets will be adjusted in the upcoming partner releases after 15.0.