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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Rolls Out New Patch

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FromSoftware has implemented a brand new patch designed to make the already difficult game a bit easier for players.

Update 1.03 went live early today and highlights of the patch include the nerfing of the Blazing Bull boss and various tweaks to the Spirit Emblem cost for certain Prosthetic Tools and Combat Arts to “encourage usage and diversity of approach,” according to the patch notes.

Here are some of the notes:

Improvements to Strategic Approaches

  • Adjusted the efficiency and Spirit Emblem cost of the following to encourage usage and diversity of approach:
    • Prosthetic Tools: ‘Lazulite Sacred Flame,’ ‘Loaded Axe’ series, ‘Sparking Axe,’ ‘Lazulite Axe’
    • Combat Arts: ‘Ashina Cross,’ ‘Dragon Flash,’ ‘One Mind,’ ‘Floating Passage,’ ‘Spiral Cloud Passage,’ ‘Mortal Draw,’ ‘Empowered Mortal Draw’
    • Items: ‘Spiritfall’ series
  • Reduced the Posture damage dealt by the first hit of the Combat Arts ‘Senpou Leaping Kicks’ and ‘High Monk’ as it was causing more damage than intended in certain cases. Posture damage dealt in the latter-half of the combo has been increased.
  • Increased the Poison build-up dealt by the Prosthetic Tool “Sabimaru” against enemies that were intended to be weak against it.
  • Increased the drop rate of ‘Divine Confetti’ for Fencers in Ashina Castle.
  • Adjusted loading screen tips and tutorial text, as well as adding new text.

Other Fixes

  • Slightly reduced Posture and Vitality of Blazing Bull in order to improve game pacing and balance time in combat.
  • Lowered the price of information sold by Anayama the Peddler.
  • The Chained Ogre inside Ashina Castle is now Red Eyed.
  • Fixed a bug where “Gokan’s Sugar” and “Gokan’s Spiritfall” were not mitigating player Posture damage taken while guarding or deflecting enemy attacks.
  • Fixed a bug where system crashes could cause save data to become corrupted on PC.
  • Fixed a bug where certain enemies would sometimes stop attacking the player.
  • Fixed a bug where certain actions could not be performed after reconfiguring the controls.
  • Fixed certain bugs that were allowing the player to access unexpected areas, which could result in becoming unable to obtain items or make further progress.
  • Fixed cases of certain text being displayed incorrectly.
  • Improved stability.
  • Improved performance.
  • Other various bug fixes.
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Dota 2 New Hero is Snapfire

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Dota 2 is rolling out a brand new hero, and this time it’s a grandma wielding a shotgun.

Snapfire is the latest hero to join the roster, and she is expected to arrive, shotgun and all, sometime this fall.

Oh, and she won’t be coming alone as she comes with a giant lizard friend, and a senior citizen badass who loves to bake cookies, because that’s what grandmother’s do.

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Fortnite’s B.R.U.T.E Mech Officially Nerfed

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Finally, Fortnite has nerfed the highly-powerful B.R.U.T.E mech that was introduced during the launch of Season 10.

The nerf will likely delight a number of fans, who have been calling for the mech’s removal as the mech has been almost unstoppable, and has altered gameplay tremendously when in play.

While it’s not a removal, it will make the mech a less over-powering force when in gameplay.

Additionally, the Junk Rift has been disabled in FNCS tournament and Arena playlists.

Here are the details


B.R.U.T.E.

  • Decreased the maximum amount of rockets fired by the B.R.U.T.E. in a single charge from 10 to 6.
  • Decreased the rate at which the rockets are fired from the B.R.U.T.E. by 56%.
  • Our goal with these changes is to increase the back and forth between the users of the B.R.U.T.E. and the players they face. These changes allow the players on the receiving end of the missile volley to have more time to react and protect themselves.
  • Decreased the radius of the B.R.U.T.E.’s rocket explosion by 42%.
  • Our goal with this change is to improve consistency and understanding around focused barrages of missiles. B.R.U.T.E.s will continue to be a strong option against structures, but less lethal against players.
  • Increased the dash cooldown from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • The previous dash cooldown not only increased the B.R.U.T.E.’s mobility, but also made the B.R.U.T.E.s a harder target to hit from distance than we’d like. The adjustment here reduces the ability to close gaps quickly while in the B.R.U.T.E. while also increasing the ability to land shots on target for players facing the B.R.U.T.E.
  • Decreased the velocity gained from boosting while in air by 33%.
  • We want to reduce a B.R.U.T.E.’s ability to engage and disengage at long distances to encourage a more strategic approach to an encounter. In general we hope to shift B.R.U.T.E.s away from being highly mobile and put more emphasis on their already defensive nature.
  • The B.R.U.T.E. no longer grants materials to the driver and passenger when stomping or dashing through the environment.
  • Note: This change should roll out shortly following the other changes.
  • Our goal is to add more tension between being in and out of a B.R.U.T.E. as well as reduce instances where players can farm faster than intended without exposing themselves to danger.
  • Adjusted the variability of spawn rates for storm phases 1, 2, and 3 in core modes. Arena spawn rates will remain unchanged.
  • Previously, the early stages of a match were guaranteed a minimum amount of B.R.U.T.E.s. We’d like to provide a little more variance to that experience so that matches don’t always play out the same way. The overall average number of B.R.U.T.E.s per game is reduced slightly.
  • Decreased the material cost of using the gunner’s overshield from 200 to 75.
  • Our goal is to further emphasize use of materials for positive defensive benefit.
  • Increased the Health of the B.R.U.T.E from 1000 to 1250.
  • With the above changes, users of the B.R.U.T.E. need to play a bit more strategic than before, so we want to give a little bit longer of a window to do so.

Storm phase 1

  • New spawn rates
  • 29% chance to spawn 0.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 1.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 2.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 3.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 4.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 5.
  • Old spawn rates
  • 33% chance to spawn 2.
  • 33% chance to spawn 3.
  • 33% chance to spawn 4.

Storm phase 2

  • New spawn rates
  • 25% chance to spawn 0.
  • 25% chance to spawn 1.
  • 25% chance to spawn 2.
  • 25% chance to spawn 3.
  • Old spawn rates
  • 33% chance to spawn 2.
  • 33% chance to spawn 3.
  • 33% chance to spawn 4.

Storm phase 3

  • New spawn rates
  • 25% chance to spawn 0.
  • 25% chance to spawn 1.
  • 25% chance to spawn 2.
  • 25% chance to spawn 3.
  • Old spawn rates
  • 33% chance to spawn 1.
  • 33% chance to spawn 2.
  • 33% chance to spawn 3.

Junk Rift

  • The Junk Rift has been temporarily removed from Arena playlists. This is due to an audio issue caused when the portal is significantly higher than a player.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight Alpha Now Live on Playstation 4

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Activision has opened the alpha test of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight early, and it is now available on Playstation 4, ahead of schedule nonetheless.

Activision turned servers on almost 24 hours earlier than expected, and the alpha already has a Playstation Store page so you can queue the 36GB download.

According to developer Infinity Ward, Gunfight will be included in the September beta.

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