There is a huge list of fixes gone into our March Update but we'd like to talk about a few areas where we put particular focus, following all the feedback we saw on the forums.
One of the areas for significant change was the Tutorial (aka First-Time Player Experience/FTPE). We reviewed a lot of data to see how people were playing the FTPE. We reduced the number of enemies in the flow to allow people to take a bit more time to learn the controls. We also changed the Favors which people receive during the flow so now everyone will receive a free Combat Pack (including a weapon) and a free Production Pack (which includes a free Racket Boss).
Matchmaking has received a significant change in that we no longer create matches based on a gamer's Safehouse level and now use Face to match people together. We have seen a lot of reports where people with 500,000 Face would be matched against people with 20,000 so we reviewed this to make the fights far more rewarding at a higher Face level.
There has been a LOT of work done to fine-tune the difficulty from cutting the number of enemies in a Raid to changing weapons distribution and range in those same Raids. Here are some of the changes we made to affect Difficulty:
We've reworked the Favor packs to make them more rewarding. We've introduced a new Favor pack called the Ultra Battle Pack following all the requests we saw for this online. We've added more Rare Favors into the pack and lowered some of the pack prices. When you trade in Favors they now offer more Gold in return.
During Raids we added a system where enemy combatants would drop free favors once you've taken them out. We've fixed the issue where the Raid countdown kept running during the cut-scenes; the counter now pauses and no time is lost.
So what happens next?
We'll be taking the servers down on Thursday (we don't have an exact time yet) to update them with the new content. This should only take a few hours - once the servers are live again we will update on Facebook and Twitter. You will then be able to login and start the patching process. The file isn't huge, probably around 600MB so it shouldn't take long to update if you already have the game installed.
Watch us demo the March Update on our next Twitch Stream
We will be hosting a March Update special in our next Twitch stream so join me, James and Steve when we'll talk in detail about all the major changes and take your questions. March 26th at 2pm PST / 9pm GMT.