Please introduce yourself and tell us your position on the PWI team.
I'm Jon Belliss, and I'm the Product Manager for Perfect World International.
You have just released the latest expansion, Rising Tide. Can you give us a short history of PWI and where Rising Tide fits into the story arc?
The Tideborn have existed alongside the other inhabitants of Perfect World, but were contained by a large and powerful magical barrier. The story behind why they originally went into hiding, and why they are now reemerging will be a major part of player questing and story to uncover.
How many races will PWI have now that the expansion is live?
With the Tideborn, it will take the total race count up to four. To recap, we have the Humans, the Winged Elves, the Untamed and the Tideborn.
When was the decision made to include a new race, the Tideborn?
The decision to add a new race to PWI was made years ago. The technical foundation for the addition of this race has been long in the making. We're extremely proud to see all of this work finally come to fruition.
How would you best describe the Tideborn?
A secretive, aquatic race with skills that Perfect World didn't even know existed. They are a race that is deeply integrated with the ocean itself, and have been torn by war and internal conflict for many years.
How many classes does PWI feature now?
We now have eight classes. The class breakdown is:
- Humans: Blademaster and Wizard
- Winged Elf: Archer and Cleric
- Untamed: Barbarian and Venomancer
- Tideborn: Assassin and Psychic
What about the two new classes, the Assassin and the Psychic? How do they fit into the scheme of the game?
In terms of the standard class archetypes for an MMORPG, the assassin will resemble a rogue class with stealth abilities and unparalleled damage. The Psychic is a magic based classed, focusing on buffs and debuffs. Both will be a great addition for grouping, and soloing. I think the Psychic especially will be a fun class to solo for the strategic player, as most of their skills depend on your ability to predict the movements and actions of your target.
Give us a thumbnail sketch of the three new island zones.
There are three new main islands in the Rising Tide expansion. One island contains most of the low level content for young new Tideborn characters. The second island features the new city and quest hub, Raging Tide. The third island is largely centered around high level content and the new public quest system.
Read on for more information about the new zones, the new quest system and what makes PWI the game to play.