Marvel’s Avengers fans looking for something new to grind for, your wish has been granted! Operation Take Aim which features Kate Bishop as a playable character is out! The Marvel’s Avengers update 1.17 December 8 patch is now live, and clocks in at 14GB on PS4, and a whopping 50GB on Xbox One!
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Marvel’s Avengers Update 1.17 December 8 Patch Notes:
Official patch notes has been released by Crystal Dynamics!
- PlayStation: 12/8 at 6AM PT
- Xbox: 12/8 at 6AM PT
- Steam: 12/8 at 6AM PT
- Stadia: TBA
- New Hero: Kate Bishop (No additional cost) – Please see our “Everything You Need To Know About Kate Bishop” blog for more information on how to unlock Kate along with an explanation on her abilities.
- New Operation: Marvel’s Avengers Operation: Kate Bishop – Taking Aim (No additional cost).
- Please Note: Hero Operations introduced with Kate Bishop: Taking Aim do not support random matchmaking. However, players can still invite their friends to play the Operation in co-op mode by doing so in an outpost or the Quinjet.
- New Cosmetics: Kate Bishop Challenge Card.
- Ability to enable and disable Takedowns.
- High Contrast Mode: Available in the settings menu!
- Fixed a rare issue where the cinematic would freeze during the transition from Hulk to Captain America on The Light that Failed.
- Fixed an issue where some missions would sometimes point to multiple regions on the War Table.
- Fixed an issue where Alisande Morales would be missing from Substation Zero.
- Fixed an issue where Kamala Khan would fall during the Hulk chase sequence in The Road Back.
- Fixed an issue where during the game finale, companions would not attempt to revive a fallen Captain America.
- Fixed an issue where companions were left behind after players loaded into the match against Taskmaster.
- Fixed an issue that would cause companions to get locked behind doors.
- The second wave of drones now properly enters the room in House Call.
- Fixed an issue where Captain America would not speak in end cinematic of Global Presence.
- Mistaken Identity – Morales now plays correct VO when returning to outpost.
- Fixed a rare issue on Finding Olympia where Hulk jumps up and stands above Abomination, preventing him from fighting Abomination, and blocking progress.
- Fixed an issue where switching Profile from the Main Menu to an account without a save prevents a new Campaign from progressing through A-Day.
- Fixed an issue where the user could crash upon repeatedly selecting faction missions.
- Fixed a rare issue where some users could not interact with their War Table.
- Fixed an issue where Hulk as a companion would sometimes be missing when in a Warzone.
- Fixed multiple instances of characters becoming stuck in the terrain.
- Fixed multiple instances of players, companions and NPCs going out of world.
- Addressed various crash and black screen issues.
- · Thor’s Unworthy Outfit now has short hair.
- Fixed an issue where in Tachyon Rift: Along Came a Spider, the mission failed for remaining players if the host would change after completing the first objective.
- Fixed an issue where the Tachyon Rift timer sometimes reappeared in the Quinjet.
- Fixed an issue in Rocket’s Red Glare where Kamala’s hits on yellow targets before entering the elevator didn’t always register.
- Fixed an issue where the Tachyon: Breakout mission showed more than one region pinpointed on the War Table.
- Fixed an issue where issues would arise with AI companions in elevators when the host would change.
- Fixed a rare issue that would result in a prolonged black screen following a mission’s completion.
- Fixed an issue where players are sometimes facing the wrong direction upon checkpoint reload.
- Fixed a rare multiplayer issue where after reloading a checkpoint, previously opened/smashed doors would appear closed.
- Fixed an issue where a former host is unable to matchmake again with a Strike Team they just left if the Strike Team was formed via invites/joining.
- Player matchmaking no longer breaks for group members when the host player closes the game after failing a mission.
- Multiplayer stability improvements.
- MODOK codex entry now properly unlocks when players defeat him.
- Codex “Manhattan Evacuation Zone” can now be acquired when completing Mayhem Over Manhattan.
- Fixed an issue where icons to smash walls/doors would sometimes not show up.
- Fixed various High Contrast Mode UI issues.
- Removed the ability to ping while in flight to avoid erroneous marker placements.
- Marketplace items in the locked section let you purchase them from that screen without having to go to the marketplace.
- Updated the visual messaging of the act of upgrading and dismantling an item to help reduce mistakes and broadcast what action is happening.
- Stronger visual messaging about the Operation mission icons on the war table and in UI elements (its pulses).
- Various text and subtitle fixes.
- Fixed various language and localization text/issues.
- Fixed a crash that would occur when swapping gear at the War Table.
- Fixed issue where loot rewards were inconsistent with required Power Level required for the mission.
- Threat Sector loot tables have better rewards at higher Power Level.
- Hives give more focused rewards and can include named sets of Epic Gear.
- Minor adjustments to existing challenge completion amounts.
- Potential crash during Quinjet loading on Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles after playing repeated missions as Kate Bishop. We are already working on a fix to be implemented in the near future.
- Attempting to purchase Kate’s Challenge Card without the necessary Credits brings up an error message. Players will need to click on the Credit icon to purchase the Credits they need.
- Choosing to directly do Kate’s Operation rather than starting it from Avengers Initiative puts players in a state where they cannot interact with vendors aboard the helicarrier. This can be fixed by launching Avengers Initiative after completing Kate’s HARM Training.
A look at the new UI:
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Info on the new operation per in-game message:
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Crystal Dynamics has not released the full patch notes for today’s update which surely brings gameplay adjustments and more. However, we do have the info regarding Kate Bishop which you can read about below (via Crystal Dynamics).
Official notes have been updated above!
Taking AIM is a new story with a new Super Hero that takes place in the existing world of Marvel’s Avengers. Kate Bishop – who first appeared in Young Avengers #1 – is a master archer and skilled gymnast. Missing since A-Day, she resurfaces after her investigation into Nick Fury’s disappearance results in her mentor Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) going missing as well. As she unravels the mystery behind the sudden appearance of time-warping Tachyon Rifts, she uncovers a twisted new plan from AIM, which pushes her to work with the Avengers once again.
The first Mission takes place in SHIELD Substation Zero by talking to Maria Hill. You won’t start off playing as Kate since there’s some narrative to unravel first, but rest assured you’ll shortly recruit her into the Operation.
Every Mission in Operation: Taking AIM can be played multiplayer with any character in your roster. If you choose to play through a mission as one of the core six Heroes, Kate will join you as an AI companion.
As we’ve talked about before, Operation: Taking AIM is just the first part of the Hawkeye “double feature” that will conclude with Clint Barton’s Operation Hawkeye – Future Imperfect early next year. We’re super grateful for the excitement surrounding the Future Imperfect sneak peek, have been watching your reaction videos and can’t wait to share more details with you!
- Tranquilizer Arrow: Quickly switch to the bow and fire an arrow that applies the Snared debuff. While affected by the debuff, enemies have reduced impact resistance, making them easier to interrupt.
- Demolition Blast Arrow: Enabled after any Signature or Power Attack, fire an arrow that attaches to surfaces with a time delayed, proximity explosive that launches targets into the air when detonated.
- Warp Arrow: Fire an arrow that teleports the wielder on impact. Teleporting to the arrow creates a quantum explosion that deals damage to all nearby enemies, launching them into the air. The teleport effect can also be triggered while the arrow is in flight.
- Blade Dancer’s Strike: A melee combo move that breaks through enemy defenses, slamming them into the ground and leaving them vulnerable to additional attacks.
- Blink: Teleport towards nearby ledges or poles. Teleporting to a pole will trigger a swing, while teleporting to ledges will trigger a quick vault over or onto nearby ledges.
- Smoke Screen Arrow: Perform an evasive bow attack, firing an arrow that creates a cloud of smoke and inflicts additional Stun damage to enemies inside the smoke
- Decoy: Throw a miniature hologram projector that displays a hologram of the wielder, distracting enemies from attacking actual Heroes. Through an infusion of quantum energy, the projector can create actual Quantum Arrows that it shoots at nearby targets, providing additional offensive support.
In addition to all these exciting new skills, Kate also comes with a fresh Hero Challenge Card. Hero Challenge Cards allow players to earn Resources, Units, Credits, and Cosmetics for completing in-game challenges
Each Hero Challenge Card has a free and unlockable premium track with 40 Tiers of rewards. Rewards are earned via Challenge Points by completing daily and weekly challenges. Kate’s premium hero card track can be unlocked at a cost of 1,000 credits – which many of you have already earned through completing the free cards of the six starting Heroes!
Tips & Tricks
Before we wrap up, check out some tips & tricks from our dev team to ensure you’ve got the edge as Kate.
- Intrinsic Energy Management: Kate’s short-range teleportation uses up Intrinsic Energy, which means she can only use it a finite amount of times. Make sure you don’t use it all up before diving into a horde of enemies or you’ll have trouble parrying or teleporting away.
- Close Combat: If enemies get up close to Kate, don’t feel pressured to switch to her sword. Using Scatter Show Arrows up close deals a significant amount of damage! Scatter Shot Arrows are also excellent for applying status effects to large groups of enemies.
- Breaking Shields: Bomb arrows work well against enemies with shields – give it a try!
- Airborne: Launch enemies into the air with the heavy combo or Demolition Charge Arrows, then juggle them with the Razor Arrows or Quantum Blitz and Strike skills.
- Extra Damage: Parrying with Quantum Shift and following up with Quantum Arc is a good way to setup enemies for additional combat damage.
- Critical Damage: The Disruptor Arrow and Perfect Draw are two key skills in maximizing critical damage.
- Taking/Making Space: Blink Dash is an excellent way to close the distance to a target for melee attacks, or to create some space to take aim and attack with arrows.
- Quick Ground Coverage: In addition to being an amazing combat tool, Warp arrow has great utility. You can use it to reposition, cover ground fast or get yourself out of harm’s way.
We’ll update the post later with the official patch notes released by the devs on the official website for Marvel’s Avengers.
UPDATE: Official patch notes has been released by Crystal Dynamics and post has been updated to list then.