Since 5th July everyone is able to test the newest Tibia client version marked with a number 11. Why is it so special and what are the changes? Read on!
The new client looks pretty much the same as previous ones, however there are some minor visual changes, which one can take as an advantage and the other as a disadvantage. Let us start from the very beginning:
Cipsoft changed the icon of the new client, but we do not know whether it will be a permament change due to the fact that there is clearly visible letter B on the shield, which might mean the Beta version. Probably the shield will be gone after the official release. The main difference is the color of the shirt and a shield presented on the bottom right of the icon. One way or another I really love the new one! They should stay with it!
Looking at the title menu we can clearly see that the art is not so pixelated as before. Also the main menu is located on the upper-left side of the title window (not at the bottom). The standard login box is in the middle, as it was before. Just below the login section you will be able to read currrent message of the day. For those who did not know yet who created this epic game, they have put a clearly visible logo at the very bottom of the client.
As we can see they added and moved some of the options here. They added 'Show private messages in a game window' and 'Stay logged in for session'. However, 'Auto-switch hotkey preset' was moved to another tab.
Main change here is that we are not able to choose the screen resolution anymore. It is gone. Again we can choose our graphics engine, and if unsure what to pick, there is an 'auto-select' option. Also a 'level separator' was implemented here (a feature well known to those who played on a flash client). It distinguishes the light level between floors in Tibia. Finally there is this brand-new option: V-sync (vertical synchronization). This should be enabled, however Cipsoft stated that if you have low FPS you can turn this option off for better results. Be careful, though because turning this option off may in some cases lead to screen tearing.
The one and only change here is that the 'Show private messages in game window' was moved and substituted here with 'show link warning'. This is the message, which appears when you try to copy the link from the game as a precaution. Back in old days entering unknown websites was the main reasons of account hacks. It is good that Cipsoft still keeps that in mind.
There are not many changes here, except that everything is more clear and readable. In fact, this is a great advantage.
Those options were optimized to make them more legible. The old client had 6 positions here: client help, tutorial hints, tutor help, rule violations, manual, FAQ. Now it was minimalized to the most important ones, that is: rule violations, manual, FAQ and info. At least those do not look that scary at first glimpse.
I was testing the new client and one thing is for sure. It runs a lot smoother than the old client. FPS do not drop as they were before. I had solid 60 FPS no matter if I entered any teleporters or areas with bright light. Sometimes the FPS went down to 59 for a second and that was it. Obviously they had to change a lot with the engine and the outcome is great. Also hitpoints and every numbers which appear on the screen during battle are displayed in a more fluent way. It seems the only trouble people found so far is that sometimes the player moves one sqm ahead. It is like the game did not notice that we have stopped pressing the arrow button. However during my gameplay I did not notice that at all. They have implemented a new font. Also, while talking with a NPC, some dialogue words are highlighted. In this client we can click on it without typing and the character will automatically send it to the NPC. It enables more fluent way of communication with NPCs (similar to those in flash client). Personally, I love the new Tibia Client 11!
legible menu and options
I really like the new font
solid 60 fps
easier way of communication with some NPCs
I did not notice any :)
Cipsoft stated that they had to do it because it was very hard to add new content and fixes for the old engine, and as we know a lot of bugs appeared not even connected with the changes. Something was obviously wrong. They believe the change would help with everything in the future, including adding new content and changes.
It is still a Beta, however you should get used to it already. One day it will be a mandatory client to play.