Last year’s XXL update brought a lot of new features and content to The Settlers Online. There were brand new adventures, a new level cap of 75, and new units. While the recently announced Excelsior update is not going to be quite as expansive, it is still going to bring a lot of exciting content to the building game.
The Excelsior is an airship that will bring Captain Sonya Graham to players' island in The Settlers Online. This vessel doesn’t only look impressive, but it also brings a brand new technology to the browser game. With the new resource called Crystals, players can generate text parts in the so called Oven of Truth. Lucky players will receive text parts in exchange for their precious Crystals, which they have to collect in order to complete a text. A complete letter will unlock new quests, and complete travel guides unlock Ventures, which is a new type of adventure combining Scenarios and military combat adventures. When players combine their text parts into a FairyTale Book, they will be rewarded with a campaign (or adventure chain), which consists of multiple ventures. The Oven of Truth doesn’t always spit out text parts, however. Sometimes, players will receive other resources, buffs, or zone-wide buffs instead.
Luckily, Crystals are not a premium currency that has to be purchased in the in-game store. The community receives Crystals as a daily login bonus. They will also be rewarded when players complete daily quests, which should become a lot more interesting. The new content will only be available for players that have reached at least level 21.
The first version of the Excelsior update is already available on the test server of the browser game. Players should keep in mind that this is an early version of the new feature. The actual release is scheduled for September.
Source: Official game homepage