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Release Notes — Release 16 — Season 3

By 7 июля, 2020No Comments

 

Last updated on July 8th, 2020 — As usual, these notes are subject to change until the update is live.

 

SEASON 3 — STORMCHASERS

 

The Cycle Season 3 — Stormchasers has arrived!

We are so proud to finally be able to let you guys discover and explore your new home. But Prospect Station is not all season 3 has to offer, far from it in fact! We have tons of new content for you: a whole new contract, 2 new Prospector types, new gameplay mechanics, and of course, loads of new gear and cosmetics. Oh and let’s not forget all the fixes, balancing and gameplay improvements we’ve been working on for a while now. Hyped yet? Then, without further ado, let’s discover step by step all the changes from Season 3!

 

PROSPECT STATION

  • Prospect Station is finally here!
    • Run around the station in third-person and experience The Cycle like never seen before!
    • Say goodbye to all those blue UI screens: introducing a new UI setup, that is directly connected with Station.
    • Say hello to the Quick Menu! You’ll be able now to use a quick menu to access quickly screens that take you to the most important screens of the game. Wanna hang out in a bar with other Prospectors and matchmake at the same time? Now you can! Simply press «Q» to bring up the menu!
      • «Q» is working as your new best friend in the station, opening and closing of menus happens with «Q»
      • Prospect Station is going to be a Multiplayer hub. We have the ability to scale it down to a singleplayer environment in case we see that the multiplayer environment has performance problems.
  • Notifications! Open your Quick Menu and check notifications from the Faction Leaders! They’ll inform you every time you get a new weapon blueprint! You can either open their store through the Notification or walk directly to the Faction HQ to purchase your new gear.
  • Talk to the Faction leaders to get new gear, get missions from Badum or simply change your loadout with the lockers. Prospect Station offers a lot of possibilities!
  • New sounds and music! Take a walk around the station and enjoy all the brand new tracks we’ve prepared for you.
    • We are lucky to have Julien Herion contributing his talents to the station by adding unique themes for the factions, bar, and general ambiance.  It really changes the landscape as you explore the different corners of the station and fits well as a calming break from the intense action on the planet. Here’s a note directly from Julien himself:
      It was really awesome to come back to the Cycle universe after writing the main theme last year. With the music for Prospect Station, I had the chance to develop the musical character of the game further and to try out lots of different ideas. Basically every track for the station needed to be completely different, but still feel like a part of the Cycle universe. You’ll find some ambient tunes for the general soundscape, odd dance music for the bar and more cinematic stuff for the manufacturers. Quite different from the main theme, like a different radio station, but hopefully not like from a different world.
      The tracks make me smile every time I hear them, and I hope they will make you too. Many thanks to the awesome musicians of the Cycle band: Martha Rowsell (violin, flute), Magnus Bang Olsen (guitars, bass), Ran Jacobovitz (drums, percussion), Júlia Koffler (voice), Fabian Knof (engineer), Lukas Esser (editing), Maurice Mersinger (guitars, advice), Andreas Lupo Lubich (mastering engineer).

FORTUNA PASS

Season 3 has a new Fortuna Pass and it is loaded with awesome stuff!
Two new Prospectors, tons of skins, coatings, banners… but that is not all! With Season 3 we are introducing sprays and weapon charms, so what are you waiting for? Time for some serious stylin’ and profilin’! Need a new Helmet for Primetime, one of the two new Prospectors, or want a new hairstyle for the Foreman? Just level up your Fortuna Pass and get one!

The 2 new Prospectors are the Ronin and Primetime.

  • The Ronin — Duty, honor… and glory? Are those three even compatible? You should ask the Ronin, but be careful. If you phrase your question badly, he may feel duty-bound to foam you… and take your stuff!

  • Primetime — Do you hear the pounding beat in the distance? I am pretty sure it’s Primetime, coming your way! And if you see the neon lights and her signature “Comms-helmet”, then you are DEFINITELY about to experience her signature style of whoop-ass.

MAG-TRAIN

The Mag-Train Contract has been added to all game modes

  • There are 2 Trains in Solo, Duo & Squad.
  • Each Mag-Train takes a fixed time (currently 5 mins) to load up.
  • After that, it can be captured at the console in the front cart by any player.
  • Once captured, it will move towards the center of the map along the rails we built on both maps.
    • On the way there, Mag-Trains will pass through multiple potential ambush locations.
  • While in Transit, the Train will generate Score for the owner.
  • Upon reaching its final stop near the evac platform, the Mag-Train will begin to unload.
  • During the unloading state, which takes a fixed time of currently 80s, it will generate triple score for the owner.
    • Along with some level design improvements we made to that area, this will be the perfect opportunity for some intense fighting around the unloading train.
  • Once it’s done unloading, the Mag-Train will shut down and won’t be available for capture anymore.

RECALL RECHARGE

We added the «recall recharge». This feature introduces a risk/reward mechanic. After using your recall, you will drop your «recall battery» — if you pick it up, you get your recall back. Will you take the time to get it back or just focus on VP after losing it? Only you can decide!

  • When players recall to their drop pod, their «recall battery» is dropped where they were taken out.
  • Enemy Players can see, but not interact with your «recall battery».
  • Players can return to where they were defeated and pick up their battery — which recharges their recall. If you’re taken out again before you recharge your recall, you get foamed!

KRYPTO MARKS

Krypto Marks (also called ‘Kryptos‘ or as the community team loves to call them ‘K-Marks‘) are introduced instead of materials. You’ll be able to earn them after every match and then unlock new weapon blueprints available from the Korolev, Osiris and ICA leaders. For more information, just follow this link: https://thecycle.game/guns-for-cash/

Our goal with replacing our crafting materials with a singular currency is essentially two-fold: 

  • Make our progression systems a bit less daunting and confusing
  • Make it easier for players to set measurable goals to get new gear 

Our crafting materials, while cool that you find them in the match, come with some issues with the above in mind: people have a hard time understanding where and how to get them, and it’s tough to get an idea of their actual value. With our new currency, we hope players, new and experienced alike, will be able to set clear, measurable goals to improve their loadouts, as well as get rewarded with something with a clearer value and correlation to their performance. And who knows… maybe the crafting materials will one day return to be used for special gear… :)” 

PLAYERTUNING

Health

  • Regeneration rate from 25 to 90 a second
  • Regeneration delay from 7 to 14 seconds

Shield

  • Regeneration rate from 90 to 180 a second
  • Regeneration delay from 7 to 10 seconds

Reload

  • Sprint movement slow down on reload 20%
  • Reloading while sliding reduces Slide distance by 10%

Slide

  • Slide has been adjusted to be closer to sprint speed

Falling Velocity has been reduced. 

Changes to the starter load-out.

  • All the suits are now instantly unlocked and do not require crafting
  • Dragonfly is now the first equipped suit for new players
  • The Health boost is replaced by the Cloak Ability
  • The Shock Grenade is replaced by the Heavy Turret

SUIT CHANGES

We like to make our suits more readable and recognizable, so that a player knows what they’re facing in a PvP encounter. We’ve made a few changes to some of the suits, mods and suit levels.
These changes will mean that the suits behavior will not be as heavily altered by a mod or suit level, making the suits clearer in their behaviors and abilities.
We’ve also lowered the starting health and shield for each suit and shifted this to be unlocked as in-match suit levels. With a lower health pool in the early game, the pistol fights can be concluded faster and hopefully feel like less of a drag.
Additionally, leveling up your suit becomes more of a tactical choice, as it will enable players to gain an advantage before heading into the next PvP encounter.

If you want to see the changes, then just click on the suit of your choice. As usual, we are always trying to look into the current state of things and we are looking forward to your feedback.

Aani QuickSuit
  • Starting Health reduced from 400 to 300
  • Starting Shield reduced from 400 to 300
  • Ninja Charge regen increased speed from 8 to 10
  • Ninja Charges reduced from 4 to 2
  • Ninja Charges recharge delay reduced from 1.5 to 1 second
  • Ninja Slide
    • Slide has been adjusted in its length to work with the Charge tuning changes above
  • Dodge
    • Dodge has been adjusted in its distance to work with the Charge tuning changes above
Old Suit LevelsNew Suit Levels
LevelStatChangeLevelStatChange
1Jump Height+10%1Creature Defense+20%
2Ninja Energy Regen+20%2Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
3Slide Speed+10%3Ninja Energy +1+1
4Ninja Energy +1+14Triple Jump
5Triple JumpN/A5Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
6Reload on Weapon SwitchN/A6Damage Against Creatures+20%
7Emergency RegenN/A


Boxer Suit

  • Starting Health reduced from 600 to 500
  • Starting Shield reduced from 600 to 500
  • Super Jump
    • In air control reduced from 50% to 25%
  • Boxer punch
    The boxer punch no longer requires sprinting to be activated but instead uses a small charge-up by holding C.

    • Boxer punch charge-up bar was added
    • Boxer punch charge-up time of 0.3 seconds
    • Boxer punch cooldown from 4.5 seconds to 10
  • Mods
    • Charge DMG
      • Reduced the additional area of effect from 100% to 50%
      • The bonus damage is removed
      • The mod no longer reduces super jump height by 20%
      • The mod now adds a flat 2 seconds to the cooldown instead of 75%
    • Super Jump
      • Instead of reducing it by 15% it now adds 10% to the charge up bar.
      • 50% reduction to charge punch damage — removed
      • 20% reduction to charge distance is removed
    • Shield
      • Max Speed reduction of 20% is now 15%
      • Added a reduction to slide distance 15%
    • Fast Punch renamed to Punch Cooldown
      • Adding 50% charge distance — removed
      • Charge cool-down reduction of 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds
      • Super Jump height reduction of 20% — removed
Old Suit LevelsNew Suit Levels
LevelStatChangeLevelStatChange
1High Jump+15%1Creature Defense+20%
2Creature Resistance+20%2Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
3Charge Damage+25%3Charge Damage+50
4High Jump+15%4High Jump+15%
5Charge Damage+25%5Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
6Health Regen Delay-25%6Damage Against Creatures+20%
7Charge Speed+25%

Augment (formerly known as Basic)

The Jetpack of this suit is adjusted to be not as effective as the Dragonfly.

  • Starting Health 500 to 400
  • Starting Shield 500 to 400
Old Suit LevelsNew Suit Levels
LevelStatChangeLevelStatChange
1Speed+10%1Creature Defense+20%
2Creature Defense+20%2Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
3Jetfuel Regen+15%3Health Regen Delay-25%
4Ability Cooldown-20%4Ability Cooldown-20%
5Health Regen Rate+20%5Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
6Jetpack Thrust+20%6Damage Against Creatures+20%
7Damage Against Creatures+30%

Dragonfly Suit

  • Starting Health reduced from 500 to 400
  • Starting Shield reduced from 500 to 400
  • Jetpack
    Changes to the jetpack allow for faster altitude gain and faster re-use, but less in-air control, which makes the jetpack more predictable in its movement.
  • Max energy 90 to 45
  • Fuel consumption rate from 45 to 50
  • Fuel recharge rate from 10 to 8
  • Jetpack in-air control from 100% to 40%
Old Suit LevelsNew Suit Levels
LevelStatChangeLevelStatChange
1Max Jetfuel+10%1Creature Defense+20%
2Monster Crit Damage+10%2Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
3Jetpack Thrust+25%3Dive damage+50
4Dive Attack Cast Time-25%4Jetfuel Regen+25%
5Dive Angle+25%5Health & Shield+ 100 hp & 100 shield
6Jetfuel Regen+25%6Damage Against Creatures+20%
7Dive Attack Speed+50%

CONTRACT CHANGES

  • Minerals surrounding epic minerals are less likely to be 400s
    • Epic minerals should not be the absolutely essential fight for early game credit economy they currently are
    • 400 minerals can be found near the center of the map in early game, giving players that are too late for epic minerals a potential catch-up in credit economy
  • Increased scoring of contested contracts to create more conflict around them
    • Increased uplink scoring by ~ 30%
    • Increased zeal scoring by ~ 20 %
    • Increased alpha warden scoring by ~ 20%
    • Increased sabotage scoring by ~ 30%
    • Amount of Drone locations at the start of the match have been reduced to 4 in Duo and Squad mode, and time it takes to launch a Drone carrier has been increased to 85s to open a better window for sabotage
  • Carried Brightcaps needed to spawn Blast Beetles increased from 5 to 10 and frequency of Beetle Spawns from 45 to 60
  • Hunts spawned in Squad reduced from 6 to 5
  • Powerup activations required to trigger Central Station in squad from 5 to 4
  • VP for Kills in solo Mode have been reduced to 5 to promote objective focus
  • Corrected faulty credit reward on evac clear contract
  • Increased Damage taken from Laser Drill Core explosion
  • Nests
    • We now spawn 15 instead of 11 nests in map 1 with a 1.5 multiplier for map 2
    • XP rewards on pickup have been increased to 2000
    • Set Nests to spawn roughly a minute earlier on average

WEAPON & ABILITY CHANGES

Attention Prospectors, Skenkee from our team has some interesting info for you, as a lot of things have changed! You can find the details in the collapsed section.

Oh boi, do we have a lot of notes for you! It’s as if writing these should be the main part of my job. Luckily it isn’t… 
Due to the huge amount of changes, we decided to not go into most of the finer details for these patch notes but rather talk about the different aspects shortly. 

For R16 we’ve done a lot of small changes to the weapons. With these changes, we hope to improve the feel of our different weapons and our combat. 
These changes mean we changed things like the projectiles, recoil, spread bloom but also our current weapon mods. Where we had made long-range fighting less rewarding with harsh fall off values in the past we will shift towards making shooting at longer ranges harder but also more rewarding if you do manage to hit. We hope that this makes players aware and understand not to engage with certain weapons at longer ranges due to the behavior of the weapon rather than selling the feeling of shooting a pea shooter by showing 10 damage per shot when the target is out of range. 

Projectiles
Most players probably know that The Cycle mainly consisted of hit-scan weapons, meaning that when firing there is an instant impact no matter what the range is between the player and the target. That is, until now… We’ve changed all the bullet and shard weapons to become projectiles. This is a pretty big step as more than half of our weapons consist of bullets and shards. Energy weapons will still be hit-scan for now and we’d like to see how the current changes will impact players’ behavior and gunplay.

Recoil
The recoil across our weapons has been scaled up and the pattern has been adjusted for some of them.

Spread / Bloom

As if the projectiles and recoil changes weren’t enough we also adjusted our spreads and bloom. After we stumbled upon an issue where we noticed our bloom actually wasn’t fully working as intended we did a fix and a quick pass across weapons.
You may find that short-barreled weapons like SMG’s will have a faster bloom both in hip-fire and ADS. This spread increase makes it so weapons are not pure laser beams. This fix has come alongside making certain weapons projectiles so we’ll have to monitor how this plays and feels.

Mods

Our weapon mods could make or break a weapon. We’d like to stay closer to the core handling of the weapon while still offering small modifications. Therefore we’ve taken the first step to remove as many ‘negatives’ of the mods as possible and also lower some of the bonus values. Where most players might still decide to go for damage over the handling some players might feel that lower recoil is more beneficial. We’d like to give this approach a go and collect data on the mod usage and then tune accordingly.
Our current setup is to have mods offer the same bonuses on different weapons. An improvement to creature damage for example would be 10% extra damage on each weapon.

Weight
We’ve looked at the next step in weapon weight. Flying around with a Karla or using it on the Aani suit was not perceived as ‘fun’. For the receiving end of course. To limit this type of play we limit additional movement like slides and kit movement abilities when these heavy weapons are used. Just to clarify: There is no total loadout weight. Weight is adjusted per weapon, so swapping to a pistol is most beneficial for better movement.
The current weapons with additional movement attributes are: Karla, Detonator, Karma-1, Guarantee and Zeus. Those impact the slide, super jump, forward leap and jetpack.

Usability 

Snipers and Battle rifles have had adjustments done to their targeting speeds and projectile speeds to make them more versatile and accessible. 

Comment from Skenkee:
Although I might not go into specifics for most to the changes that are mentioned above I’d still like to try and add a few changes to some of the weapons and abilities. 

Read More about the weapon changes

Weapon Feel: 
Increased the FoV when in non scoped ADS

  • 0.98 to 0.9

B9 Trenchgun

  • Mods
  • Slug Rounds
    Changed the way the mod is set up but the biggest change is that it adds damage to 1 pellet.

    • Weapon direct damage from 130 to 200 dmg.

Detonator

  • Weapon weight from 10% to 12.5%

Heal Beam

Lower range with improved hit recognition.

  • Refire changed from 0.1 to 0.01 increasing its fire rate.
  • Decreased healing from 10 to 2
  • Ammo count increased from 40 to 200
  • Range from 75 to 13 meters
  • Fall off removed

KBR-Longshot

  • Projectile speed from 36000 to 48000

Kinetic Arbiter

  • Projectile speed from 33000 to 43000

C-32

  • Projectile speed from 38000 to 48000

Karla

  • Direct damage from 250 to 200
  • Radial fall-off from 50% to 20% of the radial damage.
    • Mods
    • TNT Payload
      • Add’s a 20% bigger blast radius instead of AoE damage

Karma-1

  • Projectile speed from 30000 to 40000

Abilities

Adrenaline Stim

  • Fixed stacked movement speed multiplier. 
  • Removed increased damage taken by 20% while adrenaline is active


Read more about the MODS

Slot 1 is the bullet/magazine.
Slot 2 is the body/barrel
Slot 3 is the handle or stock

Weapon slotBonusAmount
1Weapon Damage Radial+5%
1Damage Against AI+10%
1Damage Against Players+5%
1Weapon Clip Size+1
1Weapon Clip Size+3
1Weapon Clip Size+5
1Weapon Reload Time-5%
1Weapon Damage+3%
1Weak Spot Damage+10%
2Weapon Refire Time-5%
2Projectile Speed+20%
2Weapon Direct Damage+5%
2Weapon Max Spread-10%
2Weapon Recoil-10%
2Target Time-10%
2Weapon fall off Range+20%
2Weapon Equip Time-5%
2Movement Speed+3%
3Weapon Equip Time+5%
3Movement Speed+3%
3Target Time-10%
3Weapon Recoil-10%
3Spread Max Spread-10%

MISC

Spitter AI Updates

The Spitter has received some AI love.  It now has a short and long burst attack to cycle between.  Along with a grenade shot where it fires a volley of 3 mortars when you break line of sight and hide from it.  Watch out if you’re hiding behind a mineral or a tree.  It’s going to make you reposition unless you’re feeling lucky.

Blumen removal

Bluman are currently hiding from you, but they will be back in the future.

Brightness Settings

Can be selected in the Settings menu to better improve visibility.

Ping System Improvements 

Contracts can now be pinged on-sight by the player.  Feel like doing a mineral cluster?  Ping it!!  You can let your whole squad know what you’re doing.

SFX Improvements

  • Flechette
  • Manticore
  • Komrad explosions
  • Turret Ability

Weapon VFX Improvements

We are bumping up a lot of the weapon VFX on muzzles, shell ejects, projectiles, and impact sizes.
This will be leading us into much bigger improvements to make gunplay as flashy as our prospectors.

Reenabled XP sharing in Duo and Squad

  • We want to promote team play and free role distribution!

Misc

  • Fixed an issue where FOV could exceed the expected min and max values of 80, 110.
  • The «Apply FOV to Y-Axis» feature has been removed from the game, primarily due to performance reasons and giving an unfair combat advantage.

BUGFIXES

  • Laser Drill can only be started next to the console
  • Wicked Blade can be equipped
  • Brute doesn’t push you anymore when it hits your turret
  • Invite to Squad is the first button now if you click on someone in the Friends List
  • Friends List should have no missing friends
  • Performance and stability improvements

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Once you equip a coating, you cannot unequip it. It’s a known issue and will be patched.
  • As usual — You might experience crashes, please send us your crash report.
  • Unable to select new ride — the ride will change after a client restart
  • Squad mode — UI — EoM might show the wrong rank
  • B9 Shotgun — Unable to manually reload until full animation is finished playing after firing
  • Virtual training displays wrong map
  • Audio issue when joining while in Discord chat
  • Vivid Basilisk and War Spirit Haze appear slightly pixellated
  • Shop item preview displays item title twice
  • Bluescreen head has the wrong icon used
  • Wrong PT-BR loca in Faction Shop (S3 build)
  • Faction Shops — Faction NPC’s are not always displayed
  • Can’t press emergency brake on the train sometimes
  • Mods show no benefit values
  • Season progress screen is missing XP amount for each reward player got
  • The Scanner does not exhibit proper SFX’s
  • Lovesick emote vfx hearts do not come out of mouth area
  • ICA gadgets showing up twice in the store
  • Check it out now button sends user to Fortuna Pass screen with the MiniMap on that screen as
  • Gorgon stops firing at random intervals when the shoot button is held.
  • ZEUS and KARLA can have issues with visuals in 3rd person.
  • If your name contains special characters it is not shown properly.
  • Items still lose their upgrades when dropped, we’re working to remedy this in the future!
  • When you die in a duo or squad match your team rank will not change until all of the players have either escaped or get foamed. We know that this can cause some confusion but the rank is shown at the end of the match will be the correct one.
  • If you are using a controller, please note: There is no full controller support, yet.
  • There are still some items that hover in the air while on a Laser Drill.
  • Destroyed Rides might have collision issues and or weird texture behavior.
  • If a lobby gets completely wiped the result screen might show wrong placements.
  • There are locations where Drop Pods might hover in the air.
  • Laser Drill still can have some texture issues.
  • Sometimes the boxes of your Ride can hover in the air.

Please remember:

We are still in Early Access even though Season Three has started. The game is still in development. This means that bugs and crashes are to be expected.

If you find any issues during your session, please don’t hesitate to report it using the bug reporter tool in-game.

Please also keep in mind that queue times, especially late in the night, might be longer than expected due to lower player count around these times.

We hope you have fun during your time on Fortuna III and look forward to reading your feedback!