So after what happened on the 30th, the team learned a few things. This is our first step in putting those lessons into practice; what follows are our proposed list of changes for Game Update 2: Guardians. These notes have changed since they were originally posted, so please go over them carefully.
In addition, the Guardian feedback thread has been updated with numbers and power descriptions for powersets currently being considered. (I swear I will get around to this)
This update is currently live on the Rebirth Test shard. Please do not report bugs and issues encountered on the Test shard via in-game petition or @PPD Drone in Discord; general feedback and bugs should be reported in this thread and Guardian-specific issues here: Guardians: An In-Depth Discussion
- Implemented Guardian, a new player archetype that fills melee, ranged, and support roles! Guardians have access to Assault primaries, similar to Dominator Assault powersets, including Gun Fu, Hellfire Assault, Thorny Assault, and more. Guardian secondaries are Compositions, a blend of light support and survivability that allow them to stay in the fight to empower their allies with powersets such as Atmospheric Composition, Pain Focusing, and Temporal Reaction. Guardians additionally have access to the Fire, Ice, Primal Forces, and Psionic Mastery epic pools, as well as the four Patron pools (once unlocked normally). Finally, the Guardian’s Inherent ability is Resolve, which grants nearby allies an absorb and mez protection effect whenever the Guardian helps defeat a foe.
For more information about Guardians, see this thread for more details: Guardians: An In-Depth Discussion
Powers and Powersets Updates
Enabled Psionic Melee with SFX
As part of the Guardian update, Psionic Melee needed its sound effects in place, and once that had happened, there was no reason not to be re-enable the powerset.
Added Color Tintable Options for Peacebringers’ and Warshades’ Forms and Powers - Partially Implemented on Test (Powers still have default FX in forms)
Does what it says on the tin. Golden Peacebringers? Hot Pink Warshades? Sure, why not?
Ouroboros Portal can now be used while flying
I need to stress that this allows you to place it in ways that weren’t originally intended, i.e. on ceilings, and the portal may fail to be interactable if you do so. This is a quick hacky workaround that we’re aiming to replace with a much more workable solution; however this is a common complaint deserving of the “fix it now and fix it later” treatment.
Implemented Inspiration Gifting for Non-Mastermind Pets
Yes, you’d be surprised what the game considers a “power.” Care of malonkey1’s research, any character with pets can feed them inspirations in the same way Masterminds do. Mastermind’s Bodyguard inherent will continue to be unique to them, but we felt the functionality of granting inspirations to pets being exclusive to one Archetype was an opportunity for improvement.
- Implemented BubbleWrap’s Asymmetry and Freakshow NPC Costume Options
Perfectly unbalanced, as all things should be.
Enhancement Management Salvage Updates
Added Enhancement Unslotters to enemy drop tables, with the same availability, drop chance, and diminishing returns as Enhancement Converters.
Unslotters will not effect your chances of receiving a Converter or any other type of loot from defeated enemies.
Added Enhancement Boosters to incarnate drop tables, with the same availability and drop chance as Enhancement Catalysts, but with diminishing returns similar to Enhancement Converters and Unslotters.
Again, these will not affect the drop chance of any other loot. The decision to add diminishing returns to Boosters’ drop chances was to test out an alternative to the way the game currently rewards Catalysts (with a brief, static lockout). Boosters should in general be slightly more available than Catalysts due to need, and we’ll be monitoring these numbers closely to ensure that Boosters drop at an appropriate rate for character progression.
Updated Loading Screen Tips to remove outdated information and references to microtransactions
Tips with Rebirth-specific information have taken their place.
Added Rebirth Program Icon and Login Screen - Partially Implemented on Test (Login Splash is still Ouro’s)
A little vanity never hurt anybody.
Added Easter Eggs
Just a few :devito:
Corrected Game Update 1 Localization
In the future this will allow us to translate our changes to other languages. I know it’s the least exciting change. That’s why it’s down here, alright?