We have been working on these caves off and on for almost a year. Finally we are ready to release them. This started as a little quirk to have something for people to do while they were waiting for the tasks to finish, but grew bigger and bigger with various features as time flew by.
This is the "surprise" I was referring to months ago. It was originally planned to be released with Alpha 4, then by New Year's Day, but was completed only now - since we had to rework our quest system to get it running.
So what exactly are those caves?
There are number of quest locations scattered around the world map that can be found in different ways. Some of the caves can be found just by uncovering the world map with explorers, while others can be located when you find the appropriate map items in your towns or in the chests. The caves are not related to the storyline, there is only one quest associated with them and it is optional. They are more like "Lonely Iceberg" level in original Totem Tribe - you can safely skip them, but you can explore them for fun.
Different caves have different length and difficulty, but the most important thing is why they are "random" - the caves are mostly different for different players are heroes. Each player playing the same cave will experience different things - one player will be gathering items and another might be fighting monsters. There may be similar parts in different caves, but the bigger the cave, the less likely you will find exactly the same one again.
What can be found in them?
A lot of stuff. Despite not having "legit" quests due to their randomized nature, there are a lot of trademark Totem Tribe stuff in them. These caves were made specifically for the single-player type of players who have beaten Ruins of New Kyiv and Keepers Village and are craving more. However, if you are more into multiplayer stuff, don't dismiss these caves too quickly - there are plently of items in them, including rarer things like Blueprints and Figurines of Enlightment, so you have to give them a shot.
Things can be found in the random caves:
- Monsters - incuding a bunch of new ones like zombies, flying coffins, scorpions, golems, and spiders
- Items - plenty of useful items including Blueprints and Figurines of Enlightment, although don't expect them to find easily ;))
- Collectable hidden objects required to unlock deeper parts of the cave.
- Secrets! Let's see if you can find at least one on your own
- Bosses; If you are lucky (or unlucky) you may find them.
- Traps - ouch!
- Other quirks put there to block your progression or just for fun.
How to access them?
High level players will probably have access to all of them right away if not very soon, but the most interesting is exploring them as a new player when you uncover/unlock them one by one, retracing your steps when one of the caves is too difficult inside.
This is the biggest content update so far since alpha 4 launch, so let us know in the comments below what your impressions are regarding these new caves.
If you have beaten several caves (at least 3 of them), please submit more detailed impression regarding caves here.