A new One-Shot Terminal has been added to Marvel Heroes 2015! Enter the Bronx Zoo after the Raft break out and do battle with fearsome lizard-ified creatures such as bears, bats, and even sharks! In addition to saving innocent civilians from these mutated enemies, heroes will have to battle the Lizard, face off against Kraven the Hunter, and stop Mr. Hyde from enacting his nefarious plan!
Given the size and scope of the Bronx Zoo, we’re considering the first week of its release to be primarily a testing week and have a small list of polish changes that we’re planning over the next week, including the inclusion of the appropriate Eyes and Hearts of Demonfire as well as exclusive boss-specific items.
As we promised earlier in the year, we’re hosting an “End of Summer” event for players to have the opportunity to use up the last of their summer items and snag some of the exclusive loot associated with the event.
Conch Shells and Hot Dog ingredients have returned and can drop from any enemy. When a Conch Shell drops, a hot dog ingredient will drop every time to insure that players are earning each of them at a steady rate.
Beast, the Special Event Vendor, has brought back 4 very awesome Summer items which can be bought in exchange for Conch Shells:
The Perfect Wave - A Slot 3 Unique item that provides a high level of survivability and utility.
Brutally Awesome Shades - Slot 5 Unique sunglasses that are simply brutal.
The Big Kahuna - An awesome Legendary with a Summer Beach Party twist.
Mysterious Crimson Box - Contains a random boss-specific artifact.
We're also bringing back the Beach Party Fortune Card for a limited time.
Additional Note: We’re permanently phasing out Hot Dog parts and Conch Shells in an effort to consolidate event items. You can use them up to acquire items listed above and sell leftover Hot Dogs items and Conch Shells for credits at the end of the event.
Black Widow has a few changes in this patch, some of which are directly from the feedback thread in her forum.
As with any hero, we continue to read the dedicated feedback thread in the hero-specific forum and invite anyone with additional thoughts to post in that thread so it gets read by the appropriate developers for their review.
Increased the range on Coup De Grace.
Increased the cooldown of Micro Drones to 5 seconds and buffed the damage to line up with a longer cooldown
The DOT on Rolling Grenades now applies a Burn keyword debuff which interacts with various items in the game.
Rolling Grenades DoT duration increased to 5 seconds (up from 3 seconds)
Deadly Blades spirit cost reduced to 8 (down from 10 spirit).
Increased the cooldown of Micro-Drones to 5 seconds and adjusted the damage to line up with a longer cooldown tuning tags, resulting in higher damage.
Increased the damage mitigation granted by ‘Silent Killer’ to 10%.
Widow’s Kiss is now a full Damage-Over-Time ability.
Twilight Cloaking Device now fills Black Widow’s Widowmaker instantly when used.
Twilight Cloaking Device duration increased.
Twilight Cloaking Device slow duration increased, to lock down enemies more thoroughly.
Twilight Cloaking Device is now harder for enemies to resist.
Black Widow’s Ultimate damage has had a full tuning pass, resulting in higher damage.
Timed Explosives now causes hit reactions on enemies caught in the blast.
With the release of Star-Lord and his high-impact ultimate, we wanted to buff Wanda’s Ultimate in advance of her level 52 review. We’ve made a few positive changes to Scarlet Witch over the last year, but felt that the ultimate deserved another buff.
There are 3 changes:
Scarlet Witch's Ultimate Unmake Reality has been improved with a damage to bosses component.
Scarlet Witch's Ultimate Unmake Reality now includes a self buff that allows her to cast DoTs for free.
Scarlet Witch's Ultimate Unmake Reality now includes a buff that allows Wanda to evade a high percentage of attacks.
As we do after each level 52 design review, we’re closely monitoring Jean for the next few weeks. A quick fix made it into this week’s patch:
Rogue launched amazingly well for a hero with 100 powers. We’re doing a full review of all feedback to ensure we capture and address any issues for next week.
We are aware of a few remaining powers with tags either too low or too high and will correct the tags as quickly as possible after a full review of all feedback and powers. As fair advance warning, we are aware that Malekith’s Accursed Beam is currently enjoying a high-level of overtuning and will be corrected in an upcoming patch.
For now, a quick fix to Feral Scrapper to improve performance on this power:
Rogue's Feral Scrapper passive now correctly grants health on hit.
For the next patch, there will be an imporvement to Toad’s Tongue Lash so it can be canceled out of immediately by using a power or movement (left click) instead of rooting the player.
Two small quality of life changes for Cybernetics this patch:
Vacuum radius has been increased by approximately 20% to assist with certain bosses and situations who drop larger piles of loot.
Donating Cosmic Items to pets for Cybernetics will no longer require a confirmation dialog to increase ease of use. Unique items are the only item that will now require a confirmation box for item donation.
A solid number of bug fixes roll out this patch, most very minor and behind the scenes and a few that are fairly prominent. The list below includes some of the more prominent fixes, but more fixes likely slipped into in the last 24 hours and will make today’s patch:
Emma Frost's Sudden Dread will now correctly gain bonuses from items that affect Damage Over Time powers.
A.I.M. Specialists and Maggia have been restored to their respective places in Midtown Patrol.
Items obtained from Odin’s Bounty Chests will now always be the correct level. This is particularly important for future Odin’s Bounty events, which should return fairly often in the future.
The all chat channel should properly display messages that go in "All" channel, rather than sometimes clearing history.
Shared Quests will now always correctly save progress between region changing.
Player off-screen arrows will no longer stick around or become invalid entities.
King Thor Team-Up token can now be sold for 50,000 credits. He can no longer be traded for a Unique at this time. (That feature may return eventually).
Black Panther should no longer be broken out of stealth when enemies walk into his Jungle Snare.
Odin’s Bounty has returned and with it, a game mode rotation (with a new twist)!
In order to give player’s choice over when and where they want their lootsplosions and avoid slowdowns, buffed game modes will drop new Chests of Odin’s Bounty!
These chests contain numerous pieces of gear, XP, a chance at Odin Marks and even a very small chance at the Mysterious Crimson Box containing boss-specific artifacts.
These Chests of Odin’s Bounty have a short 5 cooldown to prevent players from using too many boxes and causing performance issues.
An additional very rare "jackpot" loot bonus can trigger during the Odin's Bounty event. This loot bonus is know as "Odin's Gift" and can contain a large pile of loot. As a bonus, the Odin's Bounty boost will provide an additional chance of receiving this Odin's Gift in addition to the Odin Mark benefits.
In addition, a daily mission has been added for the event: Deliver Odin’s Wrath!
Serve as Odin’s champion and deliver Odin’s own wrath to the enemies of Asgard for a special reward! Head to Lady Sif in Avengers Tower (located near the waypoint) to receive this mission. This mission can be completed once per day during the course of the event and will return for each subsequent Odin’s Bounty.
The southern belle X-Man herself, Rogue has joined the cast of Marvel Heroes 2015! One of our most frequently requested heroes, Rogue boasts the most diverse powerset in all of Marvel Heroes history.
Able to steal powers from friend and foe alike, players can build Rogue as they see fit with access to over 90 stealable powers (which will increase with each Hero, Supervillain, and Team-Up Hero released!) in addition to her iconic super strength and flight powers that she had stolen from Ms. Marvel.
For her Signature and Ultimate abilities, Rogue recalls multiple stolen powers at once from iconic mutants - with her Signature resulting in a deadly, screen-wide blast and her Ultimate transforming her physical form into an amalgamation of other mutants!
Cybernetics is a new system for Marvel Heroes that gives you something to do with all the loot that you earn in the world, but isn't an specifically upgrade for your hero and would otherwise just stay on the ground and provide no benefit. With the Cybernetics feature you can turn those items that would otherwise be worth nothing into Cybernetic Upgrades for your cosmetic pets or into a bit of cash for yourself. We expect to iterate and expand on this system in the coming months, with various options for players to select and personalize their Cybernetic Vacuum experience. This feature is very much a game changer for an ARPG like Marvel Heroes and we're all pretty excited to launch it and keep working to improve it.
Note for next week: We have a slight radius increase the width of the Cybernetics Vacuum and we’ve removed the confirmation box when donating Cosmic Items.
By popular demand, we have added a new UI element (found on your character sheet) known as the Currency Tab a few weeks earlier than we initially expected.
We have converted our first batch of currency types so that you’ll be able easily view them on one page, in addition to them no longer taking an inventory slot.
We'll be adding additional currency types in the coming weeks to the currency tab to cover as much as possible.
Jean Grey has received her 52 Design Review! With stunning new visuals and powers that offer unique mechanics depending on which form she is in, players are free to play Jean Grey as they see fit: as the powerful X-Man in control, or the raging Phoenix!
For more details, please see @TheArtofRawr’s in-depth write up here:http://forums.marvelheroes.com/discussion/130960/jean-grey-level-52-review?new=1
Jennifer Walters, otherwise known as She-Hulk is now available as a Team-Up Hero! With her brawling abilities and briefcase of legal documents (for real), She-Hulk is a force to be reckoned with both in the courtroom and the battlefield.
We’re aware this didn’t have enough legal jokes.
Emma Frost’s Diamond Form is now visible in all costumes!
Emma Frost’s Marvel NOW! costume’s coat is now animated with her run.
Silver Surfer's Electromagnetic Flux shipped with greatly mistuned damage and has been changed to follow the same relative balance formula as other powers in the game.
We apologize for letting this slip through the cracks in initial Surfer testing last month. Several players did report it before launch but due to the unusual nature of the power and lack of strong precedent in tuning tags, it did not get the attention it deserved. That has been corrected for future powers of a similar nature.
The changes are:
Base Damage per hit has increase very slightly.
Damage ‘ramp up’ is 50% each phase instead of 75%
Power Cosmic cost halved from 250/s to 125/s
Power Cosmic cost increases +25% each ramp up, so +50% total at max channel
Natural Power Cosmic regeneration is paused while channeling
Additionally, a bug was fixed in which the “micro-beams” were sometimes able to hit the main target. These beams are intended to “swat the flies” away rather than dealing additional damage to a boss or other lone target.
The Power Cosmic Legendary Item has been changed so that users can now gain 1500 damage rating to each damage type instead of allowing a three-damage type hero to gain 3000 total.
Heroes will still receive multiple stacks of +1 to all attributes, one for each damage type that they hit with (up to +3).
Only the raw damage affixes were affected (levels 2-4) to prevent a large disparity with Rogue, who can easily rotate 3 damage types. No other heroes are affected in any way by this change.
Due to unfortunately being omitted last week, Cosmic Prestige XP has been doubled this week and a Gifted Doop Rune will be granted as a free login gift for five days in a row, starting with this patch.
The Queens Intro Zone has been changed to be a single player, more easily navigated instance to prevent new players from becoming lost or confused.
This is one of the many small upgrades we're making to the new player experience to keep things simple and understandable.
We have a high volume of new players to Marvel Heroes - if you would like to suggest adjustments to early parts of the game, please see the thread in the Developer Feedback section of the forums. We've already received solid feedback that has resulted in some planned improvements.
The Enhanced costume for Alejandra Blaze will now feature her sport bike as originally intended.
Waypoints are now account-based rather than hero based. When you log in, all waypoints you have unlocked will now be available for all of your heroes.
Impending attack indicators for certain Raid boss attacks should no longer disappear at low graphic settings. We're continuing to do full passes on enemy attack indicators to ensure graphics settings don't affect them in any way. If you notice any that aren't working as expected using a particular setting, let us know.
The tooltip for Blessing of Bast should now properly show gains in Tenacity in its next rank preview.
The tooltip for Khonshu Unbound should now properly show gains in Tenacity in its next rank preview.
Hawkeye will no longer be broken out of stealth when triggering his Accuracy group buff.
Ms. Marvel's Radiant Cascade no longer stops movement powers mid-cast when it is firing pulses.
Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause Emma Frost to display a “slide” animation.
Rocket Raccoon’s M78 Plasma Launcher should no longer leave lingering visual effects when Particle Quality is set to Low.
Star-Lord’s Close Quarters should no longer occasionally reset to maximum cooldown after being activated rapidly.
Cosmic Doop is now properly tagged as a boss, preventing him from being instantly killed by certain effects.
Storm's Crashing Hail will now correctly damage Raid bosses in all situations.
Health and Spirit Regeneration effects from Omega nodes should now apply correctly to all heroes.
A large pass of older VFX is complete, removing some particles that didn’t display to players, but were still called by memory and therefore affected performance.
Similar to the extra info we recently displayed for Attack Speed, the Block chance listing on item tooltips now shows exact percentages, rather than the tooltip rounding up for display purpose. No item rolls or chances have changed.
Several miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements were made over the last month and launch in this larger patch.
This event will last the full week until next week’s patch. This event is recurring and will come back every month, allowing for short-term and long-term goals for the event.
With that in mind, check out the features of Cosmic Chaos!
Cosmic Bosses Drop Double Loot - All cosmic Terminal bosses, every time.
Cosmic Questions Answered - What is the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything? The answer is a 42% server-side multiplicative boost to Rare Item Find, Special Item Find and Experience for all your heroes.
The Power Cosmic - A new Legendary item with powerful potential.
Doop Rune - A new rune that can be found during Cosmic Chaos.
Cosmic Doop Medallion - A new medallion for heroes that like to get up close and personal.
Cosmic Doop Insignia - A new Insignia featuring a Rare Item Find aura for you and your allies.
Cosmic Doop Training Sector - Move over cow level, portals to this special cosmic subsection of space for training Cosmic Doops are available during Cosmic Chaos week.
Cosmic Chaos Supplier: Moondragon - An honorary member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and daughter of Drax the Destroyer, Moondragon is no stranger to cosmic chaos. During this week’s Cosmic Chaos event, and returning each month, Moondragon will exchange Cosmic Worldstones for a variety of items:
The Power Cosmic Legendary Item
New Runeword Crafting Recipe: The Power Doop
New Runeword Crafting Recipe: Doop Inspiration
New Crafting Recipe: Upgrade Epic Insignia to Cosmic
Portals for the Cosmic Doop Training Sector
Moondragon’s Cosmic Coffer
Doop Ectoplasm Artifact
... and Cosmic Doop Companion Pet!
Cosmic Shop Items
Cosmic Mystery Box! - A “cosmically enhanced” cross between a BOGO box, mystery box andalmost too crazy deal from the fine people on the store team.
Cosmic Penta Boosts - Returning for the Cosmic Chaos event.
Cosmic Hero Sale - A selection of Cosmic Heroes are on sale during Cosmic Chaos:
Cosmic Mega Bundle - All the cosmic heroes with their stash tab and costume at a cosmically crazy deal.
This week’s event is simple and direct: Midtown Madness
Midtown Madness has 3 components:
This can include some very rare items and a large number of gear items, increasing the chance that any given item can roll into a cosmic or unique item.
This applies to all Midtown bosses at all level bands.
Midtown is the central location of Manhattan, south of 59th street.
As a nod to the 59th street geography of Midtown, the entire game will receive a 59% bonus to Experience, Special Item Find and Rare Item Find. This applies inside and outside of Midtown.
All enemies in Midtown have a chance to drop a Midtown Fortune Card.
This is a card that is only available Midtown Madness and only in midtown, from any Midtown enemy.
The contents can include various items such as credits stacks, retcon potions, unique items (including Challenge bonus unique items), epic insignias and so on. They can even include an ultimate upgrade token and other high-value items on rare basis.
These Midtown Fortune Cards are in-game drops only.
Squirrel Saboteurs will correctly respect the maximum number of squirrels.
Domino's "away" procs will now trigger on both critical hits as well as brutal strikes
Ghost Rider should no longer have bike VFX issues when the power is spammed.
The following powers will disable hero-swapping while they are in progress: Rocket Raccoon's Mechfall, Loki's Frost Giant Form and Mr. Fantastic's Spectacular Spheroid.
Black Panther's Jungle Snare now correctly respects the CC system.
We're introducing a new recurring event this week called: Operation Omega.
Operation Omega lasts all week and will grow each time it's brought back on a monthly basis.
Omega is the 24th and final number in the Greek alphabet. The ultimate letter.
To embrace the power of Omega, a very special server buff is in effect during Operation Omega.
The event begins with a 24% boost to Experience, Rare Item Find and Special Item Find.
As each day of Operation Omega the buff grows by another 24% for all three bonuses.
This will grow the server-side bonuses each day to 48%, 72%, 96%, 120%, 144%, 168% and 192%.
These are multiplicative server-side bonuses and compliment bonuses from items, synergies, etc.
Certain enemies throughout that game can appear with an Omega-Level Threat designation that increases their difficulty by 24% and loot by 240%.
During Operation Omega, the first time you complete a Shared Quest each day will reward double Omega Orb rewards.
Omega leveling is 24% faster during Operation Omega. This works well with the Omega-Level buffs to experience.
Agent Coulson offers a new mission during Operation Omega week. Each day, you can complete five or more waves in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Holo-Sim to receive a reward from him. This will help hone your skills to be prepared for Omega-Level threats.
During Operation Omega, players can earn up to 100 Omega Access Files each day.
Omega Access files are not random drops, they may be specifically earned:
10 Omega Access Files just for logging in each day.
30 Omega Access Files for completing Coulson’s training mission each day.
60 Omega Access Files for completing the Shared Quests each day. (20 ea.)
This is potentially 700 Omega Access Files (this patch will be live for 7 days).
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Dum Dum Dugan will exchange SHIELD Omega Access Files for:
Mysterious Blue Omega Box - 300 SHIELD Omega Access Files
Omega Ghost Box - 50 Omega Access Files
Agent Coulson Team-Up - 2000 Omega Access Files
This will take several events to complete. His passive bonus will not be damage-type specific (so anyone can use him).
Three new unique items have been added to the game.
Magneto now has a chance to drop the Mask of Xorn.
Doctor Doom now has a chance to drop the Latverian Monarch Cloak.
Doctor Doom now has a chance to drop the Helm of Doom.
These can drop from any level of Doom and Magneto, respectively.
(Any excuse to put a pic of Squirrel Girl up)
As another step to improve performance for players, Squirrel Girl's squirrels now hit for double damage, and the maximum number of squirrels that can be active at once has been halved.
All of Squirrel Girl's squirrel-based mechanics, such as the amount of life each squirrel returns and the damage increase in Nutcracker, have been doubled.
Additionally, we've improved some of the mechanics that summon squirrels to allow players to reach that coveted Squirrel cap in a more consistent and quicker manner:
Squirrel Friends now has a 100% proc chance and a 0.25 second cooldown. This will make her ramp up time much more consistent.
Squirrel Friends' active component now instantly fills your Squirrel bar, summoning all 15 at once. The cooldown has been raised to 15 seconds.
Squirrel Saboteurs now summons 2 Squirrel Friends, up from 1.
Cosmic Worldstones and A.R.M.O.R. Drives stack size greatly increased.
The Monolith encounter in the Muspelheim raid will no longer be buggy
Rocket Raccoon's Time Warp Turret now has a 4.5s cooldown to prevent a minor exploit where players would intentionally destroy their own turret over and over.
Some “Summoned Ally” stats now display on the Stats page for heroes. We’re looking to add some additional stats for future patches.
Squirrel Girl Dive Bomb now has 36% greater area of damage.
Daredevil's Spinning Hook Kick can be activated within 3 seconds of performing a Finisher (up from 2 seconds).
Mega-Sentinel in Midtown will count towards the appropriate Shared Quest
Silver Surfer may now pick up Deadpool's power ups.
Greatly improved the health of summoned allies created from many item procs. This will be very noticeable for certain items.
Squirrel Girl will get a free respec with the patch.
Fixed a bug where Squirrel's LOH would sometimes proc multiple times on a single squirrel making her invincible for a time.
Punisher’s Omega Effect costume is available during Operation Omega and the store team is discounting the costume by 24% to celebrate the 24th letter of the Greek alphabet.
A S.H.I.E.L.D. Omega-Level Boost is available in the store during Operation Omega
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