Embark Studios has rolled out update 1.5.5 for their popular first-person shooter, The Finals, introducing a series of significant balance changes and enhancements aimed at refining the gameplay experience. This update is a testament to the developer’s commitment to continuous improvement based on player feedback and game performance analysis.
One of the notable changes in this update is the adjustment to the invulnerability period post-revival. The length of this invulnerability has been decreased to 0.75 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds. This tweak is expected to bring more equilibrium to the game’s combat dynamics, ensuring a fair and competitive environment.
In addition to this, the update includes several balance modifications to various weapons and gadgets. These changes range from adjustments in bullet dispersion and damage fall-off ranges for the .357 Revolver to altering the damage output and health parameters for the FCAR and Guardian Turret. Such refinements are geared towards maintaining a balanced and challenging gameplay landscape, where strategy and skill are paramount.
Enhancements and Content Additions
Beyond the balance changes, the update brings crucial crash fixes, particularly addressing issues with specific GPUs. Matchmaking has also been fine-tuned, with improved settings in both Tournament and Ranked Tournament modes to ensure tighter skill-rating based matches. These enhancements are designed to deliver a smoother and more stable gaming experience.
Additionally, there’s fresh content in the store for players to explore. In terms of future updates, Embark Studios has acknowledged the need for an overhaul of the Recon Senses ability for the Medium build and is currently working on changes to be introduced in the next week’s update.
The Finals: Evolving with Player Feedback
The Finals, known for its impressive destruction technology, has been a hit on Steam since its launch. Developed by former Battlefield developers, the game has drawn attention for its innovative take on the competitive FPS genre. IGN’s review praised The Finals, scoring it an 8/10 for its fresh approach and environmental destruction features.
However, not all aspects have been smooth sailing. The game faced criticism for using AI voiceovers, sparking debates in the voice acting community. Embark Studios clarified that their use of a mix of recorded voices and AI-generated audio is not aimed at replacing actors but diversifying audio options.
Additionally, the game recently overcame significant issues with cheating, further showcasing Embark’s commitment to maintaining a fair and enjoyable gaming environment.