Before hopping online to join the hunt in dangerous environments on unfamiliar and hostile planets, Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios is asking gamers to clear about three gigabytes of space on their hard drives to make way for a significant day-one game update.
The patch will introduce a number of balancing tweaks that were detailed earlier on the studio’s official website, including changes to abilities:
- Make the Wraith easier to track. Even good Hunters have a hard time keeping tabs on Wraith because she can move so far while cloaked.
- Make the Decoy less spammy. It doesn’t take any skill to keep punching that ability button and let the AI Decoy go to work. We want to increase the “cost” of using it so that people use it more sparingly/strategically.
- Bring Supernova down a notch. It is okay if it’s her primary damage dealer, but it felt a little on the buff side for a while internally and we saw it prove true during the Beta.
- Make Abduction a little easier to land. It’s a really fun ability to use and it was underutilized during the beta.
- Make Warp Blast a threat. This should be a straight forward damage dealer that also has some nice mobility utility.
…and updates to the Wraith monster:
- Wraith can no longer warp while cloaked. If she does, the cloak wears off and the Decoy vanishes (just like when you melee attack). This means that when she cloaks, she normally won’t get far and it opens the door for skilled players to do smart things like break line of sight before warping away.
- Decoy takes 30% longer to cool down. This immediately makes it 30% less spammy and hopefully results in players saving it for the more opportune moments.
- Supernova damage reduced by 10%. Not a huge change, but it will make a measurable difference.
- Abduction radius increased by .5 meters (now 3.5). This will make it a little more forgiving.
- Warp Blast radius increased by .5 meters (now 8.5). Increasing the radius here has proven a great way to increase the damage output in the past as players are able to hit their targets more often.
Other updates in the day-one patch include improvements to performance, load times, matchmaking, and network configurations, along with the stamping out of a couple bugs. Players can also look forward to free Elite skins for both Monsters and Hunters that can be unlocked in game.
Lastly, the update will also include connectivity to the Evolve Hunters Quest Match-3 puzzle combat game on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.
The wait is almost over as Evolve launches this Tuesday, February 10 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.