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The Guardian Update

The latest Merc to join London's finest, Guardian's laser-toting drone and set of offensive weaponry lets her go boldly where no Medic has gone before.

She's joined by another batch of small fixes and updates, check them out!

New Merc: Guardian

The fury of the heavens will not find you!

Armed with a defensive drone, reviving pulse glove and an assault rifle, this South Korean mercenary is equal parts protector and fighter.

Long stationed at a CDA camp near the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, Guardian is now bringing her protective capabilities to bear in London.

Abilities

Guardian truly lives up to her name, blocking a barrage of incoming fire while forcing teammates back to their feet.

Sky Shield

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This defensive drone is activated for 10 seconds once deployed to the battlefield. Its rapid targeting lasers make short work of incoming projectiles such as grenades or airstrikes, giving extra protection to those nearby.

Be careful though, the Sky Shield only operates on line of sight - meaning positioning will be key!

Bionic Pulse

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While Guardian can't heal, she's a downed squad's savior. Her custom glove's Bionic Pulse can target areas a short distance away, reviving any Merc in its area of effect.

The pulse can only revive up to 100 HP when fully charged.

Incoming Detection System (IDS)

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Guardian's suit contains a complex awareness system that alerts her to airstrikes and artillery, giving her time to throw down her Sky Shield and save teammates from harm.

Weapons

Guardian brings a slick set of advanced assault equipment to the table.

For now, Guardian is the only Merc that has access to these weapons.

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With slightly lower damage and range than other assault rifles, this new bullpup makes up for it by being the fastest firing AR available.

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The Hoigat also has a lighter touch, but boasts the highest ammo capacity of all the semi-automatic pistols in the game, helping Guardian to outlast her opponents.

Batons

Guardian is the first Merc to bring dual-wielded melee weapons. These brutal batons allow her quick light attacks as well as a skull-crushing double-hitting heavy attack.

Guardian 'Pirin' Pack

It's often said that clothes maketh the Merc.

Get Guardian along with a Limited Edition 'Pirin' Case, containing one random Loadout Card with an exquisite skin variant. Only available in Store until the release of our next Merc.

Matchmaking Improvements

As part of our continuing efforts to improve the matchmaking experience, we're making a number of changes with this update. We'll be including more improvements in the next update:

  • Updated searching algorithms to reduce the amount of time it takes to find a match
  • Added a warning for larger parties about having to wait longer for matches, as they require tighter-balanced games
  • Lobbies will now continue to go ahead if one player disconnects, and the game will attempt to fill the slot as quickly as possible
  • Teams will continue to have faster respawn times to compensate until the slot is filled
  • Fixed bug where exiting the game while in a matchmaking queue would leave the game unresponsive
  • Fixed bug where disconnecting during the pre-game line-up would exit the game
  • Fixed bug that could cause a player to be returned to menu after a match had been found

Crash Reporter

We're taking greater steps to reduce the amount of crashes experienced in game.

To help with this, we've implemented a Crash Reporter, powered by Bugsplat. You'll now be able to enter the details of a crash when they happen - This will be critical in helping us to address issues and improve the game for everyone.

While we're excited about adding new content to the game, this will help us address bugs and issues that have been lurking around for a while. Your support is greatly appreciated!

UI Improvements

  • Added Game Mode options back into the Server Browser filters section
  • Added missing obituary icon for Nader's Martyrdom ability
  • Improved formatting of several Loading Screen tips
  • Added notification for players if they fail to join a party
  • Updated XP and Credit notification icons in the post-game screen

General Fixes

  • Fixed bug where Phantom & Sparks voices were much louder than others
  • Fixed bug where inviting a friend to a party could break the party UI
  • Fixed bug where some Augment descriptions were incorrect
  • Fixed bug where players could end up in an infinite queue after joining, leaving and rejoining a party
  • Fixed bug where players could get stuck in the Daily Play Bonus screen after claiming their bonus
  • Fixed bug where the Daily Play Bonus screen would incorrectly appear over the post-match screen
  • Fixed bug where players could receive a blank Daily Play Reward for day 8 of 7
  • Fixed bug where maps could appear twice on the map selection screen
  • Fixed bug where players were shown a blank screen after selecting the Finding Match button while on a Loadout Card screen
  • Fixed bug where Javelin could still supply ammo while incapacitated
  • Fixed bug where dismissing the Feedback Request popup and selecting 'Not Right Now' wouldn't close the popup
  • Fixed bug where the Friends flyout menu would unexpectedly close
  • Fixed bug where using 'Quick-open all cases' could result in a blank screen
  • Fixed bug where certain special characters being used in Feedback window could cause the game to freeze
  • Fixed bug where indicators were misaligned when Mercs were both in Free Rotation and restricted from Ranked games

Known Issues

  • Guardian's Bionic Pulse can fail to revive if the target is partially blocked from her view
  • Extra Supplies Augment does not reduce cooldown of Guardian's Bionic Pulse
  • Extender Augment functions correctly, but does not visibly change the size of Guardian's Sky Shield effect

Update - Hot Fix 10/12

  • Improved client stability, using player feedback submitted through BugSplat Crash Reporter
  • Fixed bug where players could get stuck in matchmaking lobby while "Finding Server"
  • Fixed bug where non-party leaders could use "Find Match"
  • Fixed bug where mouse-scrolling through Guardian's abilities could leave Guardian unarmed and unable to select a weapon until respawning
  • Fixed bug where Guardian was unable to see the health of teammates
  • Fixed bug where Guardian's IDS ability would only flash once during incoming aerial strikes
  • Fixed bug where no XP was awarded for destroying Guardian's Sky Shield
  • Fixed bug where throwing Guardian's Sky Shield directly at another player could cause the drone to disappear

Update - Hot Fix 10/13

  • Added more improvements to Bugsplat Crash Reporter. This feature is already helping us to track down many issues - Thanks to everyone who has reported your crashes, and keep them coming!