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Season 3

Season 3 Splash
Much to
Helio-Game Portrait
Helio’s
Helio
Helio-Game Portrait
dismay, a brand new Trust has taken up residence in Atlas. Hyperbotics, a collective that fuses the remnants for Warbotics with the resources of the former Hyperion empire, has arrived.

Season 3 has begun!!

  • Check out all-new challenges and missions.
  • Earn a “Salty” Overcon just for logging in during the event!

Salty

Skins

  • New skins are available for
    Kaigin-Game Portrait
    Kaigin
    Kaigin
    Kaigin-Game Portrait
    ,
    Phaedra-Game Portrait
    Phaedra
    Phaedra
    Phaedra-Game Portrait
    ,
    Su-Ren-Game Portrait
    Su-Ren
    Su-Ren
    Su-Ren-Game Portrait
    ,
    Blackburn-Game Portrait
    Blackburn
    Blackburn
    Blackburn-Game Portrait
    ,
    Rask-Game Portrait
    Rask
    Rask
    Rask-Game Portrait
    ,
    Oz-Game Portrait
    Oz
    Oz
    Oz-Game Portrait
    , and
    Rampart-Game Portrait
    Rampart
    Rampart
    Rampart-Game Portrait
    . Earn them through special Warforged Loot Matrices.
  • New skins will be available for
    ISO-Icon
     ISO
    ISO-Icon
    ISO
    after the chapter has ended.
  • Here is a preview of some of the new skins:
Season 3 Skins


New Freelancer

Meridian-Game Portrait

Meridian

  • Whispers of the “miracle maker from Hyperion” preceded Meridian’s arrival in Atlas.
  • He is a melee support that wields a giant hammer and is built to defend his allies with the light of Hyperion. His presence inspired immediate loyalty from a number of Freelancers –
    Brynn-Game Portrait
    Brynn
    Brynn
    Brynn-Game Portrait
    in particular.
  • He’s also been seen frequently at Flying Junkyard, which has created much gossip over whether or not he’s had any work done. (For the record, when asked, the prideful automaton insists he’s 100% original).
  • NOTE: his Golden Age skin and Master skin are coming soon! They were delayed due to a last minute issue.
    #blamejames
    "He's the hero Atlas deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark producer."
    - Mr11

Extraction!

  • The game mode for Chapter 1 is Extraction
  • Get the case to your extraction zone and reap the rewards!

Ranked

  • Ranked Season 2 has ended. Season 3 Ranked will start on May 23 (and will be off until that date).
  • Players will receive Prestige Points and emblems based on their rankings during Season 2.

Stats

Stats
  • Check out the robust new stats system!
  • We now track a wide variety of general stats and 4 Freelancer-specific stats for each Freelancer.
  • On the end of match screen, you’ll be able to compare stats from that match to your average and personal best.
  • The Player Profile, accessed by clicking on your own banner from the landing page, houses a whole litany of stats to allow you to see how each Freelancer compares to each other.
  • NOTE: many stats are not retroactive. You’ll have to start from Season 3!
  • The badge system and global stat comparisons will be arriving soon
    SoonTM
    . We need data to populate the system before badges and global comparisons will have real value.

Achievements

Achievements
  • Atlas Reactor now has Achievements!
  • Check them out in the progression menu (click your banner in the front end).
  • Steam users will receive Steam Achievements for each Atlas Reactor achievement.
  • Expect to see new achievements in future chapters as we’ll be expanding them over time.
  • KNOWN ISSUE: achievement currently does not complete. We are working on a fix.

New Map: Hyperforge

Maps-Hyperforge
  • Wage war in a hi-tech armory where the open battleground and generous camouflage make for tense, wide-ranging skirmishes.
  • Hyperforge has the first ever rotating power-up. Each time it is picked up it will spawn as a different power up the next time (on a specific cycle, it is not random).
  • All game modes are supported on Hyperforge.

Catalyst Changes

  • There are an entirely (mostly) new set of catalysts for Season 3!
Phase-Prep-Icon Prep Phase-Dash-Icon Dash Phase-Blast-Icon Blast
Critical Shot
  • One of the perfect ones. It remains as it was.
Shift
  • The 2nd perfect one. It remains as it was.
Probe
  • Gives vision in an area for 2 turns and can see through camouflage.
Brain Juice
  • Has moved to Prep and now reduces cooldowns by 1. Prepare to… take more damage.
Fetter
  • Now does 10 direct damage in addition to
    Rooted-Icon Rooted
    Removes all movement
    .
Echo Boost
  • Increases the duration of buffs on you for 1 turn. Rampart tested, Blackburn approved.
Second Wind
  • Has moved to Prep and now heals for 30 over 3 turns.
Fade
  • The final perfect one. It remains as it was.
Adrenaline
  • Gain
    Unstoppable-Icon Unstoppable
    Immune to knockbacks and movement reduction
    until the end of the turn. You’re the Juggernaut, dawg.
Regenergy
  • Give
    Energized-Icon Energized
    Increases energy generation from abilities by 50%
    for the turn. Particularly interesting in quick ult builds.
Regroup
  • Teleport a long distance to an ally.
Chronosurge
  • Slow-Icon Slow
    Reduces movement by 50%
    all nearby enemies and gain
    Haste-Icon Haste
    Increases movement by 50%
    . Gotta go fast!
  • RIP Turtle Tech
    RIP-TurtleTech
    , we hardly knew ye.
  • Additionally, all shift catas will display their icon on the ground when used, to make it more clear what each player has used.

Reconnecting

  • We’ve made some big changes under the hood to reconnecting.
  • Disconnects should be less frequent, as we now auto-reconnect you if your connection suffers a small drop in activity.
  • Fixed a few general reconnect bugs.

AI Bot Improvements

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"Beep...Boop...all your reactors are belong to us."
  • Quark-Game Portrait
    Quark
    Quark
    Quark-Game Portrait
    will no longer use crit shot on the same turn he ults.
  • Ranged freelancers now prefer cover positions.
  • They will now prefer to shift into brush.
  • Ranged freelancers with high health will needlessly dash less.
  • Bots will consider if a square is occupied when shifting.
  • Bots will be less likely to dash if already in cover.
  • Helio-Game Portrait
    Helio
    Helio
    Helio-Game Portrait
    is smarter about using his shield on allies.
  • More!

General

  • General and All chat is now restricted for new players until they player play 5 matches.
  • You can now select your language preference from the Options menu (instead of through Glyph).
  • Fixed some issues where the incorrect Fill skin was selected after completing a game.
  • Fixed an issue where death VFX and SFX were playing again on the game over screen, making you feel double-bad.
  • Changed some text that was previously all caps. SORRY, WE WEREN’T TRYING TO YELL.

UI/Gameplay Improvements

  • New! - Alt-clicking an ability icon on your ability bar will now print information to chat, including the ability name, cooldown, and energy status for ults. Use this to let your teammates have more information quickly. Example here

Balance

Frontline

Phaedra-Game Portrait

Phaedra

We think Putrid Spray is more fun with 2 turns for the base duration. Damage has been reduced to compensate. Mending Swarm now has a cap, which we will be tuning over time.

  • Putrid Spray
    • Duration increased from 1 to 2.
    • Damage reduced from 20 to 15.
    • ModToken
      Hive has been removed
    • ModToken
      Big Bugs
      • Reduced the damage increase from 5 to 3
  • Mending Swarm
    • Now has a maximum heal of 60 (30 max each turn).
Rask-Game Portrait

Rask

Check out that knockback upgrade!

  • Maul
    • Damage increased by 2.
    • ModToken
      Beastial
      • Damage reduced by 2.
  • Upheaval
    • New! - Move cursor in or out to adjust knockback distance between 1 and 4.

Support

Aurora-Game Portrait

Aurora

Ion Cloud now has healing by default to increase mod flexibility.

  • Shock Therapy
    • Damage increased from 18 to 20.
  • Ion Cloud
    • Heals all allies for 4 by default.
    • ModToken
      Invigorating Cloud
      • Increases heal from 4 to 6. Now costs 2 points.
    • ModToken
      Stable Ions
      • Extra turn duration mod cost from 1 to 3
Dr. Finn-Game Portrait

Dr. Finn

Finn is getting a slight buff, and a more useful 1 pointer on his ult.

  • Refreshing Spray
    • Can change in size, similar to water spout. Now heals for 24 at the widest (the same template it currently is) and 30 at the narrowest.
  • Electrifying Eels
    • Ignores
      cover
      Cover
      Standing behind cover provides 50% damage reduction from damage coming from the other side of it
      .
    • Damage reduced from 24 to 20.
  • Maelstrom
    • ModToken
      Cast Off
      • No longer causes
        Rooted-Icon Knockback
        Lose movement for the turn
        . Now causes Finn to be
        Unstoppable-Icon Unstoppable
        Immune to knockbacks and movement reduction
        until end of turn.
Khita-Game Portrait

Khita

  • Resonance Burst
    • ModToken
      Focused Burst
      • Extra shielding reduced from 10 to 6.
  • Vaulting Shot
    • ModToken
      Survivalist
      • No longer reduces cooldown. Increases damage from 20 to 26.
Quark-Game Portrait

Quark

We like Quark as a high regen character. We’re tuning his max health to increase his fragility

  • Reduced maximum health from 140 to 130.
  • Atomic Bond
    • ModToken
      Sharing is Caring
      • Healing reduced from 3 to 2.

Firepower

Blackburn-Game Portrait

Blackburn

Blackburn has been consistently performing well, especially after the recent changes that improved the strength of Blitz. A slight damage reduction will put him on more even footing with other firepowers.

  • Proteus Grenade
    • Damage reduced from 28 to 25.
Juno-Game Portrait

Juno

Juno can put out the hurt but her Laser Barrage feels overshadowed by her other abilities. A slight boost should make people think twice about getting in range of her miniguns.

  • Laser Barrage
    • Damage increased by 2.


Zuki-Game Portrait

Zuki

  • The Big One
    • ModToken
      Regenerating Ammo
      • No longer reduces the cooldown. Now grants 6 energy on cast. This mod was meant to be new player friendly but ended up magnifying their inexperience.

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