Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
We've heard your requests, Commanders! In this week's patch, deploying Wednesday, May 24, we're adding Ranked 3v3 mode! Note that this mode (as with Ranked 1v1) is still WIP, and we'll continue to update 3v3 and Ranked 3v3 modes based on your feedback.

In this patch we're also adding new ways to get rewards, and revamped UI to better show your progression!

Gameplay Notes
  • Ranked 3v3 mode has been added
    • Ranked 3v3 mode unlocks at Account Level 5
    • Each player takes turns selecting their pilot
      • Pilot picks are exclusive PER TEAM (Example: Both teams may have one Knockout, but a team cannot have two Knockouts)
    • There is no sideboard for Ranked 3v3
    • Players can use loadouts from any of their saved squads
  • Mastery Boards
    • Complete Quests and Scenarios for rewards with new Mastery Boards
    • 1-rig and 3-rig control Mastery Boards are available
    • Increase your Mastery rank to unlock new customizations
  • Daily Bounties
    • Additional Daily Bounties have been added to the rotation, including:
      • Complete 3 games with a Tank-class rig
      • Complete 3 games with a Gunner-class rig
      • Complete 3 games with a Mechanic-class rig
      • Complete 3 games with a Summoner-class rig
      • Complete 5 games with a Tank-class or Gunner-class rig
      • Complete 5 games with a Mechanic-class or Summoner-class rig
    • Two Daily Bounties have been discontinued from the rotation:
      • Win 1 match
      • Complete 3 matches
  • New Feature Tours
    • A Feature Tour has been added for the Quickmatch Menu
    • A Feature Tour has been added for the Mastery Board
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Upper Right Profile Display
    • The upper right display has been reworked to clearly show level progression, crates and crafting
    • Jovian and Feds buttons now have tooltips to explain how to obtain Jovians and Feds
    • The Crates and Crafting buttons have been improved to explicitly state their functionality
    • The Player Name and Level area now shows the current level, progress bar and next level that will be obtained
    • Clicking the Player Name in the upper right display will now take the Player to their Profile page
    • Upper right display now shows gear unlocks for next level. Gear cards for this upcoming gear will show when hovered over
  • Progress Pop Ups and animations have been added for the following events to mark significant progress and status updates to the appropriate areas
    • Player Level Ups
    • Pilot Level Ups
    • Mode Unlocks (3VAI, 3V3, Ranked 1V1 and 3V3 etc.)
    • Unlock Mastery Type
    • Bounty Completion
    • Contract Completion
    • Mastery Node Completion
    • Ranked Division Promotion
  • Feature Gate
    • Random Daily Bounties will now be received until the player has completed the initial set of bounties
  • Progress Animation
    • From the Rewards screen, XP and Jovian rewards animate to the upper right with animated increments
  • Play Flow Panels have been improved to support the new Mastery Boards
  • Tutorial transmissions have been simplified to more directly state what players must do to complete the tutorials and what they will receive when they do
  • Ground Pounder FX has been updated
  • Post-Match Chat now starts in the half-size, open state in the results screen
  • Two new musical tracks have been added
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an exploit where players could use persistent AoE abilities to prevent the Kavash boss from auto-attacking
  • Fixed an issue where the minimap would stop right-click accepting input
  • Fixed an issue where Summoners would slide for a short period after teleporting with Hive Link
  • Fixed an issue where the quickmatch UI would disappear if the player continuously entered and left Solo Modes
  • Fixed an issue where kills earned by summoned turrets and goons did not count towards the Rig’s kill count
  • Fixed an issue where Post-Match chat appeared in Solo Modes
  • Fixed an issue where attempting to join a Custom Lobby while matchseeking did not warn the player that they would be removed from matchseeking
  • Fixed an issue where the match objectives were not shown during the Match Basics tutorial’s draft sequence
  • Minor localization fixes
  • Minor SFX fixes
  • Fixed an exploit where players could use persistant AoE abilities to prevent the Kavash boss from auto-attacking.
Known Issues
  • AVG antivirus software may incorrectly flag the Dropzone client as malicious. We have reached out to them to whitelist the client. In the meantime, you should be able to manually allow your antivirus software to allow the Dropzone client to run
  • There are known issues with words bleeding outside of their bounding boxes for every language other than English. Fixes are on the way
  • Locking Observer slots in Custom Matches only works when both slots are empty
  • The Private Match setting only works when the game is already created, so someone can join in-between

We're eager to hear what you think of Ranked 3v3, Mastery Boards, and all of the other changes in update 2166! Let us know what you think on the forums!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Commanders, here's your recap of community happenings!

Developer Blog

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Want to know more about the Dropzone universe? Producer and narrative writer Andrew Auseon dives into the lore in this week's new blog post!

https://youtu.be/D_iH1O9z9F0

Here's the full blog post: https://www.sparkypants.com/blog/andyauseon

Tournaments

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DZN Weekly Beta Cups



When: Tuesday, May 23
Regions: All


There will be another weekly cup from DZN this Tuesday, May 23! Stay tuned to this forum thread for more details and times!

Community Content Recap

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It's a brand new Community Content Recap, this week with fanart created by your fellow Dropzone players!

https://youtu.be/T21xhTJ-yLk

We're always on the lookout for more content from you! We check the r/playdropzone subreddit often for fanart, videos, songs, and other creations, so be sure to share them!

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If you have a Dropzone-related fansite, group, or are organizing a Dropzone tournament or other community event, please reach out to us at community[at]sparkypants[dot]com and tell us about it!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Here are this week's patch notes, Commanders!

Gameplay Notes

Gameplay Modes
  • Account level requirements to unlock gameplay modes have changed
    • Team 3v3 vs humans is now available immediately for players
    • 1v1 Ranked is now available at level 10 instead of level 15
    • Solo Skirmish -> VS AI (Player VS Player) is now available immediately
  • An Experience Selection screen has been added to the game that allows players to choose their level of experience with RTS and MOBA games
    • “Beginner” will lead the player through the 3-mission tutorial experience, which should last <15 minutes
    • “Experienced” will lead the player through a lighter, 2-mission tutorial experience, which should last <10 minutes
  • Feature Tours have been added to certain sections of the game (WIP)
    • Feature Tours are quick, text-based guides to walk you through new features, giving you all the important information you need to know
      • The Builder Tour starts the first time a player clicks the BUILD menu
  • Kavash Aggro Changes
    • Once a Hive has a target, it should consider all potential targets within its leash range. This fixes behavior where a Hive would continue targeting the same unit even though there was a unit closer
    • Boss should wake up immediately when attacked, instead of a delay. Added a 2000ms delay between when the boss battle ends due to leashing and when the healing starts
  • Vision Rules
    • Auto-attacks and unit targeted abilities will grant vision of the attacking unit if the defender cannot see them (I.E. the attacker is in the fog of war)
    • This vision is centered on the attacker's position at the time of release
    • It lasts for 2s and has an 8.5m radius.
Gear Changes
  • Core Sight (Sensor Software)
    • Now grants the Rig's team vision for 10s in a 50m radius around the uplink whenever the owning Rig uploads a Core
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Progression Screen (WIP)
    • The Player Profile has been updated to give players a clearer sense of progression
    • Upcoming rewards will be shown, as well as the goal that needs to be achieved to earn them (I.E. Next profile level, next match victory, next Pilot Level, etc.)
    • Nearest Pilots to leveling will be shown (I.E. The 3 pilots closest to earning their next level, and the amount of experience needed for them to reach the next level)
    • Player Leveling will be shown as well as the experience needed to attain the next Profile Level
    • Ranking status (1v1, 3v3, etc.)
    • Clicking certain item in this page should take you to the appropriate screen for more information
      • Clicking your player emblem will take you to the Player Emblem page
      • Clicking Pilots should open their Details Page
      • Clicking the 1v1 Ranked area should open either a Provisional Games view or your Ranked status, etc.
  • Match Results
    • The Match Results screen has received updates to provide clearer information about the match as well as earned rewards
    • The Match Results screen shown on Tutorial completion should now show the earned rewards and unlocks
    • The Match Results screen now features more information to celebrate the match and how players fared
      • In 1-Rig Team vs Team games, each player will receive a Title based on their performance
      • In 3-Rig Player vs Player games, each pilot will receive a Title based on their performance
      • In 3 or 4 player Infestation matches and 3-Rig 2v2 games, only the player’s best pilot will be shown, receiving a Title based on their performance
    • The Match Results screen still features detailed stats tabs in addition to these new changes
    • Rewards earned from matches are still shown after returning to the Main Menu
  • Post-Match Chat
    • There is now a Post-Match chat available in the Match Results screen
    • This is an ALL chat and is available in 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3
  • The Boss now has heal FX
  • The low health VO for Summoners is now triggered when they reach 40% remaining health
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where players could override camera pan portions of the tutorial missions by using the camera center command
  • Fixed an issue where Objective hover tooltips could be shown in Drafting sequences before the Objectives were in place
  • Fixed an issue where Plasma Rifle’s FX did not match the animation played when activated in the Builder
  • Fixed an issue where entering and leaving Test Squad would result in the Quickmatch UI disappearing
  • Fixed an issue where the utility slot hit box would slightly overlap with the Special Move hit box when it was selected
  • Fixed an issue where a Gunner that used stealth plating within an enemy’s detection range would not be properly shown as detected
  • Fixed an issue where the Level Requirement text for 1v1 Unranked cited the wrong level
  • Fixed an issue where an AI match could not be resumed if it was paused and received a match confirmation check that was missed
  • Fixed an issue where the Guided Bot Match (Match Basic tutorial) timer would begin counting down before the player had progressed through all of the beginning pop up messages
  • Fixed an issue where kills earned by a Summoner Pilot’s summoned units would not count towards the Rig’s final kill count
  • Fixed an issue where Recon did not have spawn FX when switched to in the Builder or in the Draft of a match
  • Fixed an issue where the matchseeking bar was not updated and removed if the queue was cancelled by a party member
  • Fixed an issue where the matchseeking bar was not displaying in Solo AI matches and Pilot Training missions
  • Fixed an issue where casting abilities with quickcast settings on top of the ping tooltip would cause issues
  • Fixed an issue where Multiqueue checkboxes could be toggled while searching when an opposing player timed out on the match confirmation check
  • Fixed an issue where the 3v3 Match Type was displaying string text in the Watch Menu
  • Fixed an issue where the Kavash auto-attack animation did not transition back to idle immediately after completing
  • Fixed an issue where health bars in older replays would display incorrect health levels when the units took damage
  • Fixed an issue where pings were appearing at the center of the map when loading into Test Squad
  • Fixed an issue where Academy video audio would continue to play if Esc was pressed to return to the previous menu
  • Fixed an issue where the 3v3 Match Results graph would split into separate lines when objectives were earned
  • Fixed an issue where entering queue through the Play Menu did not uncheck queue options that were picked the last time you were queued
  • Minor localization fixes and updates
  • Minor SFX fixes and updates
Known Issues
  • AVG antivirus software may incorrectly flag the Dropzone client as malicious. We have reached out to them to whitelist the client. In the meantime, you should be able to manually allow your antivirus software to allow the Dropzone client to run
  • There are known issues with words bleeding outside of their bounding boxes for every language other than English. Fixes are on the way
  • Locking Observer slots in Custom Matches only works when both slots are empty
  • The Private Match setting only works when the game is already created, so someone can join in-between
  • Hive Link does not have a cast ring around hives to show where the ability can be cast
  • The ‘Easy Pickings’ achievement does not count Hives killed by a teammate towards the goal
  • Global Chat does not reflect your changed name until you have restarted the game
  • Party members that did not initiate a seek will see incorrect checkboxes sometimes (WIP)

We look forward to your feedback!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Here's a look at next week's upcoming events, Commanders!

Tournaments
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DZN Weekly Beta Cups: 3v3



When: Tuesday, May 16
Regions: All


The next weekly cup from Dropzone Nation will be a Team 3v3 tournament! Grab some allies and sign up!

http://dzn.challonge.com/betacup2

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If you have a Dropzone-related fansite, group, or are organizing a Dropzone tournament or other community event, please reach out to us at community[at]sparkypants[dot]com and tell us about it!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
This week's patch notes are here, Commanders! Version 2055 is incoming Wednesday, May 10.

Gameplay Notes
  • A quicker tutorial experience has been added for new players
    • Three quick missions starring Recon, focusing on 1-rig control
  • Pings
    • The ping radial (default key: V) has been redesigned, and now allows players to quickly swipe their mouse in the direction of the ping they want to issue
    • Positive and negative pings can still be issued using Alt-click and Ctrl-Alt-click, respectively



  • Various AI improvements have been implemented (WIP)
    • The player can issue positive pings to guide AI towards certain areas of the map
    • The AI currently only responds to positive pings
    • The AI will respond to player pings directly on Vision Towers, the Uplink, Hives, Kavash, Rigs, and the Dropship
Gear Changes
  • Plasma Rifle (Gunner Weapon)
    • Amplified Ammo Speed increased from 55 to 75m/s for consistency with the base Plasma Rifle ammo
  • Assault Plasma (Gunner Weapon)
    • Increased base ammo speed to 65 for consistency with the amplified Assault Plasma ammo
  • Rocket Cluster (Gunner Weapon) [Base and Daredevil Recon versions]
    • Ammo time to impact reduced from 1.5 to 1.35s
  • Atomic Welder (Mechanic Weapon)
    • Ammo speed increased from 33 to 40 m/s
  • Lapse Generator (Summoner Weapon)
    • Attack Range increased from 17.5 to 20m
    • Minion Attack Range decreased from 17 to 14m
    • Minions will now spread out around the summoner while idle or moving. Clumping is still possible but should occur less often
    • Minions will now move to engage nearby targets
  • Capacity Overload (Mechanic Body)
    • Ammo speed increased from 25 to 27.5 m/s
  • Surge Amplifier (Mechanic Body)
    • Ammo speed increased from 25 to 27.5 m/s
  • Napalm Canisters (Mechanic Utility)
    • Ammo time to impact reduced from .5 to .45s
  • Skylance (Summoner Utility) [Base and Steam-Powered Pandora versions]
    • Ammo time to impact reduced 2.5 to 2.3s
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Play Menu flow has been updated
    • The new, shorter tutorial is now located in the ‘Learn’ Menu
    • Pilot Training Missions are now located in the ‘Play’ Menu
  • Quickmatch Window
    • The Quickmatch Window has been updated
    • Queues have been separated into ‘Team Up’ modes (Team 3v3) and ‘Duel’ modes (1v1)
    • There is now a mouseover window for each queue option that describes the mode and any unlock requirements for the mode
    • There is now a checkbox option to auto-minimize the Quickmatch Window once the player has started searching
  • Gear crates in the shop are now based off Corporations instead of seasons. The gear available in these crates will be specific to that Corporation. (Such as Wallace Grumlin, Song, etc.) Due to this, various gear pieces will also have a change in manufacturer

    Comments: Labeling gear crates based on the corporation that manufactured them makes it easier for players to understand what types of gear they can expect to receive in those crates. It also gives us some creative freedom to explore and flesh out the corporations that hold power throughout the solar system.

  • Some transmissions have received text and icon updates
  • Hive Link’s destination FX has been updated
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Hive idle animations would freeze after aggroing the hive and then walking away
  • Fixed an issue where the dormant Hive idle animation would pause a bit before looping
  • Fixed an issue with the timing of one of the Boss abilities so the animations and FX no longer cut off early
  • Fixed an issue where custom lobby options’ hover text would not appear correctly due to inconsistent hitbox areas – this issue is fixed now but there is a 500ms delay before help text appears
  • Fixed an issue where killing the Boss while it was performing its stun attack resulted in the animation persisting beyond the Boss’ death
  • Fixed an issue where the Blueprints menu was misaligned
  • Fixed an issue where transmissions borders were appearing incorrectly
  • Fixed some text alignment issues with transmissions
  • Fixed an issue where rigs would rubber-band onto elevators within the tutorial missions
  • Fixed an issue where Ranked matches displayed ‘Unranked’ in the Watch Menu
  • Fixed an issue where Graphene Matrix’s shield FX would stay in place briefly after blocking an attack
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from searching for 1v1 modes after a party invitee left the party
  • Minor localization fixes
  • Minor SFX fixes
Known Issues
  • AVG antivirus software may incorrectly flag the Dropzone client as malicious. We have reached out to them to whitelist the client. In the meantime, you should be able to manually allow your antivirus software to allow the Dropzone client to run
  • There are known issues with words bleeding outside of their bounding boxes for every language other than English. Fixes are on the way
  • Locking Observer slots in Custom Matches only works when both slots are empty
  • The Private Match setting only works when the game is already created, so someone can join in-between
  • Hive Link does not have a cast ring around hives to show where the ability can be cast
  • The ‘Easy Pickings’ achievement does not count Hives killed by a teammate towards the goal
  • Global Chat does not reflect your changed name until you have restarted the game
  • Party members that did not initiate a seek will see incorrect checkboxes sometimes (WIP)

Let us know what you think about these changes in the forums, Commanders!

€dit:
This week's release will include EN, DE, RU, PT and BR. The other languages will be delivered in next week's release. Please excuse the inconvenience.
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Salutations, Commanders! Here's a look at your community events for the upcoming week!

Developer Blog

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A brand new blog post is up today, this time with one of our backend engineers, Wraithan. Wraithan explains a question that many of you have asked: "How does matchmaking work in Dropzone?"



You can read all the details about our matchmaking algorithms on the Sparkypants Developer Blog: Matchmaking interview with Wraithan McCaroll

Tournaments

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Hive Buster Cup 2nd Event



When: Saturday, May 6
Regions: All


Signups are still open for tomorrow's 2nd Hive Buster Cup event! Don't miss out on a chance to show your skills and win some prizes. Signups are at: http://dzn.challonge.com/hbcs1e2

You can read more details about the event here: Hive Buster Cup forum thread

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DZN Weekly Beta Cups

When: Every Tuesday beginning May 9
Regions: All


In addition to the Hive Buster Cup, DZN is bringing back some weekly competitive tournaments on Tuesdays! Check out all the details here:

DZN Weekly Beta Cups forum thread

Community Content Recap

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We've started a brand new video series featuring community creations from players just like you! Check out the first Community Content Recap:

https://youtu.be/baG7LF1m0BM

We're always on the lookout for more content from you! We check the r/playdropzone subreddit often for fanart, videos, songs, and other creations, so be sure to share them!

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If you have a Dropzone-related fansite, group, or are organizing a Dropzone tournament or other community event, please reach out to us at community[at]sparkypants[dot]com and tell us about it!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Commanders, it's time for patch notes! Version 2023 will deploy Wednesday, May 3:

Gameplay Notes
  • Kavash Boss
    • Bosses will no longer aggro units via proximity. The boss will now become aggro'd only after being attacked by a unit
    • The boss no longer has minions
    • Boss auto attack range reduced from 25m to 21m
    • Boss auto attack DPS increased from 110 to 150
    • Each time the boss respawns, it gains a stacking Max Health + Damage boost: +100 HP and +20 weapon DPS for each time the boss has respawned
      • This boost does not apply the first time the boss is spawned in the match
    • Bosses now have two abilities they can cast
      • Quick Ability - Deals 100 damage and slows enemies in a wide frontal cone, up to 25m away. Slow debuff lasts for 1.5s and lowers speed by 10%
      • Ultimate Ability - While charging up, the boss will continuously release chain lightning at the closest enemy. Chain lightning:
        • Deals 75 damage
        • Chains to up to 3 targets in a 15m range
        • 20% damage fall off between targets
        The boss will reach full charge after 3.6 seconds. Once fully charged, the boss will discharge lightning in a 25m AoE around itself, dealing 200 damage to each target struck and stunning them for 1.5s
    • Boss powerups will now disappear if they have not been collected before the new boss spawns, which is every 2 minutes. The 90s buff status you receive once you have clicked on the powerup remains unchanged

Comments: We wanted to make the act of bossing more gradual over time, with a clear ramp up in the boss's strength (much like the hives) to better scale with player unit progression during a match. We also wanted to make the boss a more interactive fight and less about just having your tankiest rig stand in front of it and soak up damage, while your DPS whittled down its health. Now, players will need to be mindful of their unit positioning and rotation when the boss is activating its abilities.

  • Queuing up orders after issuing a back-to-base order will now wait for the rig to fully heal before resuming the remaining queued orders
Gear Changes
  • Positron Condenser (Mechanic Weapon)
    • AA release point moved from 350ms to 250ms
    • AA resume time lowered from 600ms to 500ms
    • Ability release point changed from 280ms to 200ms
    • Ability cast point moved from 0 to 100ms
    • Ability resume point lowered from 350ms to 300ms
  • Graphene Matrix (Mechanic Body)
    • Now an object-targeted ability
    • Attack negation buff duration reduced from 2s to 1s
    • Speed buff duration unchanged at 2s
    • Cooldown has been changed to 8s
Pilot Changes
  • Recon
    • Recon’s default body slot gear has been changed from Stealth Plating to Thrusters
  • Vise
    • Vise’s default utility gear slot has been changed from Frequency Adaptation to Momentum Shifter
  • Widget
    • Widget’s default body gear slot has been changed from Nanite Amplifiers to Graphene Matrix

Comments: We heard your feedback! Many new players felt that some pieces of default gear for Recon, Vise, and Widget just didn't feel as fun as some other options. (For example, Frequency Adaptation and Nanite Amplifiers are both passive abilities.) While we still feel that those pieces of gear have their uses in builds, we agree that new players should get some cool, more interactive gear when first starting out.

  • Cortex’s Special Move: Drone Strikes
    • Drone Strikes is now a channel ability
    • Players can move-cancel their channel after the first drone strike wave (1000ms)
    • Interrupting this channel will cease further drone strikes

Comments: Drone Strikes is a great ability for denial of a large area, which was made all the more powerful by Cortex being able to drop it and still move around and cast other abilities! Drone Strikes now requires Cortex to be completely focused while calling in his drones, which requires players to be a bit more judicious about how and when they use it.

Miscellaneous Notes
  • Ranked Divisions have been updated
    • A ‘Ranked’ page has been added to the Player Profile section. This page shows the player’s current Division, as well as their current Reputation Points (Rep) and the Rep they will need to get to the next Division. (You must be level 15 or higher to access this page)
    • 10 Provisional games must be completed to determine what Division you belong in
    • Once you are in a Division, each game you win or lose will adjust your rep points closer to a higher or lower Division
    • When you reach the maximum points of your Division you will be placed in ‘Promotional Mode’. In this mode you must win 3 games to confirm your transition into a higher Division
    • If you reach zero points of your Division you will be placed in ‘Critical Mode’. In this mode you will have three chances to win a match to keep you in your current Division. If you lose all three matches you will be demoted to a lower Division
    • Rep and Division information is also now displayed in the Post Match Results screen
    • Only Bronze and Silver are available at the moment. Remaining Divisions to come in the future.
  • Changes to the Play Menu flow are underway and are still WIP
  • A ‘Learn’ option has been added to the Main Menu that features Academy videos, geared towards teaching players tips and tricks while playing Dropzone. (WIP)
  • A ‘Custom Games’ option has been added to the Main Menu, players can now navigate here to create custom lobbies
  • In 3v3 Matches, clicking the upgrade button will now automatically upgrade the player’s owned pilot, rather than making them choose their pilot to upgrade
  • Difficulty buttons have been added to Solo VS AI play flow panels. These buttons have hover text explaining the difficulty and reward percentages earned based off the chosen difficulty
  • Armor stats have been added to the Pilot Stats panel shown in the Builder
  • ‘Enable Latency Adjustment’ option has been added to improve performance for slower connections
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where pilot default gear and the same non-default gear would play different FX in the Builder
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect rig would show on the dropship in Draft if the pilot choice was changed before being locked in during the ‘pilot picking’ phase
  • Fixed a crash that could occur for players with many available scenarios / missions on their account
  • Fixed an issue where players could resign from Test Loadout. Players must now click ‘Return to Builder’ to leave Test Loadout
  • Fixed a sim server crash that could occur if multiple Nanite Walls were placed in the same location
  • Fixed an issue with Thrusters that prevented chain-casting all three charges, depending upon input timing. Thrusters should feel more responsive when multi-casting now
  • Fixed an issue where Crazed Banshee’s targeting decal would remain on the intended target if the ammo was redirected with Black Hole Shell
  • Minor SFX fixes
  • Minor localization fixes and updates
Known Issues
  • AVG antivirus software may incorrectly flag the Dropzone client as malicious. We have reached out to them to whitelist the client. In the meantime, you should be able to manually allow your antivirus software to allow the Dropzone client to run.
  • There are known issues with words bleeding outside of their bounding boxes for every language other than English. Fixes are on the way
  • Locking Observer slots in Custom Matches only works when both slots are empty
  • The Private Match setting only works when the game is already created, so someone can join in-between
  • Hive Link does not have a cast ring around hives to show where the ability can be cast
  • The ‘Easy Pickings’ achievement does not count Hives killed by a teammate towards the goal
  • Global Chat does not reflect your changed name until you have restarted the game
  • Party members that did not initiate a seek will see incorrect checkboxes sometimes (WIP)

As always Commanders, we look forward to hearing your feedback on these changes! Let us know your thoughts in the forums!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Greetings, Commanders! There will be a new game update tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26, with changes to gameplay, gear, and pilots; as well as quality-of-life suggestions from you, our player community; and lots of bug fixes!

Gameplay Notes
  • Pushes and pulls no longer interrupt abilities
    • Example: Abilities like Palm Rockets and Dyno Vortex will no longer stop Recon's Orbital Strike channel. The same goes for pushes and pulls affecting abilities like Pulverizers, Rocket Cluster, etc.
Dev comments: Previously, push/pull abilities would interrupt enemy rigs' abilities, effectively acting as a silence. Removing the interrupt still gives players the advantage of re-positioning opposing units. This also opens up more possibilities for future gear, as push/pull abilities would have needed to be balanced with longer cooldowns if they always acted as a silence.
  • Detection on Damaged
    • Duration reduced from 2s to 1s
  • Input, Orders, and Responsiveness
    • Fixed an issue where abilities would queue until stun completion and were unable to be cleared. Issuing orders to stunned units will overwrite existing orders on that unit.
    • It is now possible to interrupt Litany of Plagues with a new ability order, such as Reconstructive Maneuver. Issuing active-ability orders to units casting an ability will queue the new order for as soon as the current spell is interruptible instead of the full spell cast.
  • Click priority for Kavash workers has been increased slightly
  • Boss Pit healing buff now provides 20 armor instead of having to compensate with healing rate
Dev comments: Players were able to overcome the regeneration of the boss minions by attacking them outside of aggro range. Providing additional armor lessens the effectiveness of attacks from outside the boss pit, when the boss isn't aggro'd. Keeping the regeneration static makes sure the boss doesn't heal too quickly when players briefly leave the aggro range.
  • Hive spawn and leash locations should now be symmetrical in regards to the uplink
  • Steam Achievement Changes:
    • Some changes were made to prevent certain achievements from being unlocked in certain modes
    • The following Achievements cannot be earned in Challenge Matches or Custom Lobby Matches
    • ‘Double Humiliation’ - Team Wipe the entire enemy team in a 2v2 match
      • Can only be earned in a 2v2 VS Humans match
    • ‘Don’t Move’ - Root an enemy Rig, and then destroy it while it’s rooted
      • Can be earned in any mode, Humans or AI
    • ‘Death From Above’ - Destroy an enemy Rig with the Tank ability ‘Landfall’
      • Can be earned in any mode, Humans or AI
    • ‘Home Sweet Horror’ - Destroy an enemy Rig while it's healing in its dropship
      • Can now be earned in any mode, Humans or AI
      • The achievement text has been updated to no longer include ‘(PvP)’
    • ‘Easy Pickings’ - Destroy each Hive on the map at least once in a 2v2 match
      • Can be earned in either 2v2 Mode, Humans or AI
    • ‘All Cores Belong to Me’ - Upload 36 cores in a single match
      • Can now be earned in any mode, Humans or AI
      • The achievement text has been updated to no longer include ‘(PvP)’
    • ‘Interruption’ - Cancel an enemy Rig's channeled ability with a silence
      • This Steam Achievement has been updated and is no longer limited to abilities that silence
      • The achievement text has been updated to reflect this change, the new text is ‘Interrupt an enemy channel’
      • Can be earned in any mode, Humans or AI
    • All other Steam achievements not including the ones above can be earned in any mode, Challenge Matches and Custom Lobbies included
Gear Changes
  • Gravity Gun (Summoner Weapon)
    • Damage increased from 110 to 160
    • Cast range reduced from 35m to 30m
    • Cooldown reduced from 36s to 28s
  • Laser Lens (Summoner Weapon)
    • Damage changed from --/--/400/450/500 to --/--/400/475/575
  • Crazed Banshee (Summoner Weapon)
    • Cooldown reduced from 25s to 18s at all levels
    • The missile now accelerates for 4 seconds, starting at 250ms after it’s been fired
    • The missile’s raw speed increases from 10m/s to 25m/s over 4 seconds
    • The missile deals between 0-50% bonus damage depending on how fast it’s going at the time of impact. Maximum bonus damage will be dealt after the missile hits max speed (4.25s)
  • Nanite Ray (Mechanic Weapon)
    • Now does additional damage / healing equal to 5% of the target’s max HP
  • Quantum Mire (Summoner Body)
    • Damage dealt now ignores armor
  • Stealth Plating (Gunner Body)
    • Cooldown reduced from 24s to 20s
    • Duration changed from 6s to --/6/8/10/12s
  • Thrusters (Gunner Body)
    • Now has 3 charges
    • Travel distance reduced from 26m to 11m
    • Travel time reduced from 400ms to 300ms
    • Cooldown reduced from 30s to 15s
Dev comments: We wanted to give Thrusters a more "active" feel, which also helps to differentiate Thrusters from Boosters. (We'll probably take a look at sprucing up Boosters later on.)
  • Mass Field (Mechanic Utility)
    • Slow debuff duration reduced from 3s to 1s. The overall field still lasts the full 5.5s
  • Cleansing Cells (Mechanic Body)
    • Debuff immunity reduced from 4.5s to 2s
  • Martyr’s Boon (Mechanic Utility)
    • Health cost reduced from 300HP to 225HP
  • Core Shelter (Defensive Software)
    • Now grants the owner a stronger bonus than their allies
    • The owner gets +2 armor
    • Allies in the aura get +1 armor
  • Core Hammer (Offensive Software)
    • Now grants the owner a stronger bonus than their allies
    • The owner gets +10% auto-attack damage
    • Allies in the aura get +5% auto-attack damage
  • Core Drive (Propulsion Software)
    • Now grants the owner a stronger bonus than their allies
    • The owner gets +1.4m/s speed
    • Allies in the aura get +0.7m/s speed
Pilot Changes
  • Fury
    • Lowered her base speed by 0.25m/s (She now has the same base speed as other gunners: 9m/s)
  • Pandora
    • Litany of Plagues no longer damages friendly units. Friendly units within Litany of Plagues will still be affected by debuffs
    • Liberation, Pandora's passive trait, will search for nearby allies within 25m, down from 30m previously
    • Liberation now grants %-based bonuses. When no allied rigs are within 25m of Pandora, she will regenerate 0.75% of her max HP every second, and gains 9% auto attack damage
  • Fury's Special Move: Stunning Entry
    • Reduced the width of Stunning Entry from 7.5m to 4.5m. Decal updated to more accurately depict the AoE (both length and width)
  • Recon's Special Move: Orbital Strike
    • Now ignores armor
  • Widget's Special Move: Rapid Repairs
    • Duration increased from 6s to 8s
Miscellaneous Notes
  • The ‘Pilot Locked In’ symbol in draft has been changed from a checkmark to a lock to differentiate it from the ‘Player Ready’ checkmark
  • There is now a banner that displays when a player drops from a 2v2 or 3v3 match to better inform players that the AI has taken over for a teammate
  • A reload animation has been added to Laser Lens’ auto attacks to more clearly show when the next attack is ready
  • Global Chat Language Room choice is now saved as a local preference when the dropdown is changed, unless Dropzone is specifically booted up in a different language than the one set in the chat
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where a crash would occur if a beam was active when a player chose to resume a 1 player mode after finishing a Multiplayer Match
  • Fixed an issue where issuing commands with the mouse on top of the Ping Guide in Team Modes resulted in the commands being ordered in incorrect places
  • Fixed an issue where the Party UI would flicker if the player hovered their cursor over the Party Leader’s crown
  • Fixed an issue where the Match Results graph would split into multiple lines in 3v3 matches, as if each player were on their own team. These graphs are now properly team-based for both teams
  • Fixed an issue where vision granted by M.A.S.R. Flare was not shown on the minimap on the Player 2 side in replays
  • Fixed an issue where disconnecting and reconnecting to a 2v2 match could result in the AI not properly shutting off and still having control of the player’s rigs
  • Fixed an issue where the in-game chat log could overlap with the text field when a lot of text was displayed
  • Fixed an issue where no negative sound effect played when a unit was issued a move command or tried to use a movement ability while rooted
  • Fixed an issue where using Alt + 4 would upgrade the Rig in Position 1 of your squad
  • Fixed an issue where ability FX would not reposition correctly if units were relocated via abilities like Palm Rockets
  • Fixed an issue where turrets in Infestation mode could not be hooked by Palm Rockets
  • Fixed an issue where the resolution scaling setting was not defaulting to off / disabled properly
  • Fixed an issue where Observers in Custom Lobby matches would see the ‘Skip Draft’ option during the Drafting sequence
  • Fixed an issue where the Crazed Banshee missile would skip while in transit to its target
  • Fixed an issue where the ability decal for Cortex’s Nanite Ray was incorrect
  • Fixed an issue where the Fog of War checkbox in Replays was not toggling the Fog of War settings correctly
  • Fixed an issue where the Kavash Alpha in the first tutorial would not spawn correctly if Recon was spamming Stealth Plating
  • Fixed an issue where the Crazed Banshee ammo explosion FX did not play if it impacted with a Rig equipped with Shielded Actuators if the shield was active
  • Fixed an issue where hitting Esc to close In-Game chat would not properly clear the unsent message
  • Fixed an issue where an enemy unit’s hover pulse appeared as if the enemy unit was deselected when confirming an auto attack
  • Fixed an issue where party members would not match if a party member had one region selected but the party host had more than one region selected
  • Fixed an issue where a player could open their Profile menu after accepting a match, causing their screen to be obstructed by the Profile menu for the duration of the Draft
  • Fixed an issue that was allowing a Party of two or three to attempt to seek for 1v1 Unranked, which would cause an Invalid Parameters message
  • Minor localization fixes
  • Minor SFX fixes
Known Issues
  • There are known issues with words bleeding outside of their bounding boxes for every language other than English. Fixes are on the way
    Locking Observer slots in Custom Matches only works when both slots are empty
  • The Private Match setting only works when the game is already created, so someone can join in-between
  • Hive Link does not have a cast ring around hives to show where the ability can be cast
  • The ‘Easy Pickings’ achievement does not count Hives killed by a teammate towards the goal
  • Global Chat does not reflect your changed name until you have restarted the game
  • Party members that did not initiate a seek will see incorrect checkboxes sometimes (WIP)

We look forward to hearing your feedback on update v1989, Commanders!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
It's Friday, Commanders! Time for your weekly update with what's going on in the Dropzone player community.

Developer Blog

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We have a new post on the Sparkypants developer blog! In this second dev blog post, we interview Art Director Ted Terranova about how we create the unique pilots of Dropzone!

Check out the video interview:

https://youtu.be/tp8hFTEdd-k
Read the full blog post: Interview: Ted Terranova

Tournaments

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Hive Buster Cup 2nd Event



When: Saturday, May 6
Regions: All


The second Hive Buster Cup registration page is now up!

http://dzn.challonge.com/hbcs1e2

The Hive Buster Cup is an ongoing league where players can win cash prizes as well as "Core Points" that qualify them for main event tournaments! Check out the link above for full details.

Community Groups and Resources

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Dropzone on Reddit

Did you know we have a community-run subreddit? It's a great place to post and discuss Dropzone content from your fellow players! Join the discussion at:https://www.reddit.com/r/playdropzone/!



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Dropzone Nation



Dropzone Nation was our very first fansite from the early days, and they're still one of the most passionate communities around Dropzone. They write guides, run tournaments, and run a Discord channel where many players hang out and chat about the game!

Go check them out: http://www.dropzonenation.com/

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intoDropzone

intoDropzone is a great resource for looking at the math behind Dropzone's gameplay mechanics. The site was made by player Anxiety, and one of the coolest features on the site is the "Loadouts" page, which lets you plan your pilots and equipment!

https://intodropzone.com/

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Dropzone Germany Facebook group

Speaking of groups, if you are a German player, you might also want to check out Dropzone Germany, an up-and-coming Facebook group. They just started, so give them a look!

Dropzone Germany on Facebook

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If you have a Dropzone-related fansite, group, or are organizing a Dropzone tournament or other community event, please reach out to us at community[at]sparkypants[dot]com and tell us about it!
Dropzone - DZ_Commandlion
Hey Commanders!

We've rolled out a hotfix to address a few issues, and add a few quality-of-life features to Dropzone. This hotfix requires a manual update, so please follow these steps:

  • In your Steam games library, right-click on Dropzone.
  • Select "Properties."
  • On the Local Files tab, click, "Verify Integrity of Game Files."

That should update your client with the hotfix! Here's the list of fixes and additions:

Miscellaneous Updates
  • Friend Codes shown in the Friends List can now be toggled on or off. You can right-click on your username in the Friends List to toggle displaying your Friend Code. The default is set to ON
  • A "Report Player" feature has been added to Global Chat, Party Chat, Custom Lobby Chat, and Direct Messages. If you encounter a player breaking the Community Guidelines, right-click on their name and click "Report Player" so we can investigate. Abuse of the report function is also against the Community Guidelines, so please use it wisely.
  • There is now a Global Chat room for every language supported by Dropzone. Players will be defaulted to the correct Global Chat room for their selected language, but you can switch to the chat room for any language by clicking on the Language cog wheel located on the right side of the Global Chat banner
  • All Dropzone Developers now have a [Dev] tag by their username in Global, Party, and Custom Lobby chat.
  • In the Watch Menu, you can now search player usernames to find their replays!

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Cyrillic characters were not appearing correctly in chat
  • Fixed an issue where the "My Friends" filter in the Watch Menu was taking a long time to load
  • Fixed a crash that would occur if a tank used Landfall but died before the ability completed
  • Fixed a crash that would occur if players set as Observers in Custom Lobby games used pings once the match had started

Please make sure to update your game client, Commanders, and we'll see you on Europa!
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