launched last May with a season pass that has since seen little use. So far, we've only had a new hero
, available for everyone, and some paid skins as additional content for the game. Today we finally learned what we can expect moving forward.
First, we've got the free content that will come in patches. This includes everything you need to stay competitive in multiplayer - there's no pay to win here. We'll be getting new maps for each current game mode in the next few weeks, new game modes (which presumably will also have new maps), new heroes, hero balancing, and perhaps most importantly, an overhaul on lore challenges (I'd be a dollar that Toby's lore challenges see a slight modification
5 more heroes, bringing the total to 30
Alani – released May 31st, 2016
Pendles – coming soon in July
Three more heroes to be revealed in late Summer through the Fall
Three new PVP Maps in the next couple of weeks, one for each mode
Broadcaster Mode coming hopefully next month
Broadcaster mode will allow you to spectate the battlefield using a set of third-person camera controls to follow players on either team, jump to points of interest, or to move freely around the battlefield in Private Versus Matches.
In-game Reporting, our goal is to include it in the next major patch update for July
In the interest of making it easier to report players who are trying to ruin the fun for everyone, we’ve created an in-game reporting function that will be accessible through the scoreboard and allow you to flag players who are suspected of cheating, abandoning games, or ruining the overall experience.
Matchmaking Adjustments: Ongoing
We regularly adjust and tweak matchmaking parameters in order to keep improving the matchmaking process. In fact, we’ll be testing out an overhaul to the matchmaking system starting later this week.
Hero Balancing: Ongoing
As we gather data from matches and mission, we’ll continue to adjust and refine hero balance in the game. You can expect a bigger adjustment to 24 of the 26 characters likely coming in the next couple of weeks.
Lore Challenges: Upcoming major patch
We are working on adjustments to lore requirements as well as how those requirements are tracked.
New PVP mode this Fall
Another new PVP mode in late Fall or Winter
Weekly hot fixes as well as regular updates and patches
Of course, that season pass will finally see some action as well. The timeline is as follows:
- Alani early access with hero key started May 24, 2016
- Pendles (new hero) early access with hero key in mid-Summer
- Each DLC Story Operation release includes new, unlockable skins and taunts
- DLC 1 Story Operation “Attikus and the Thrall Rebellion” coming late Summer
- Heroes 28 – 30 early access, each with a hero key, coming mid-Summer through the Fall
- DLC 2 Story Operation around late Summer
- DLC 3 Story Operation coming early Fall
- DLC 4 Story Operation coming late Fall
- DLC 5 Story Operation coming this Winter
Finally, we've also got some new information about the DLC missions. The first DLC mission will star Attikus. From the description, it sounds like he may be the only playable character, though this is currently unclear. The structure of the DLC missions are a bit different than the game's story mode. They're intended to be highly replayable with random enemies and map layouts. Each time you play, the mission will get harder and will reward better loot.
No release date is currently set for any of this content, but it sounds like we may be getting some of it sooner rather than later.