For a long time now, things have been quiet on the Gigantic front — we had all heard about developer Motiga laying off jobs, and many feared the worst for our fave game.
However, Motiga have just made a major announcement: They're working with Perfect World Entertainment (PWE) as their publishers, ensuring the release and support of Gigantic moving forward!
PWE — the publishers behind games like Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and of course Perfect World International — will be bringing Gigantic to its Arc platform and expanding the game to be played across all modern versions of Windows instead of just Windows 10.
Motiga's partnership with Microsoft continues, and crossplay will still be an opt-in for Windows 10 and XBox One players; pc gamers will be able to choose between playing on Arc servers (playing with users across all Windows versions) and XBox servers (playing with users on Windows 10 and XBox One). We don't yet know how this playerbase fracturing will impact gameplay or queue times.
Patiently waiting for your chance to get back into some matches? Motiga and PWE have stated that they're working towards an early-mid summer weekend beta test, and will be consider a public beta at a later stage.
It's been very quiet on the Gigantic front; Motiga have been working on a lot of updates, overhauls and new heroes in the background, and hopefully they'll be ready to announce them soon.
The current round of beta play is coming to a close on Monday 25, and until then all heroes are free to play, including in-development Pakko!
Motiga revealed that there are actually two concurrent ongoing beta tests — the standard beta that you and I are playing, and a "core" beta where players are individually invited to test more up-to-date heroes and prototypes under NDA.
Going forward, Motiga have expressed the intent to bring a wider playerbase into the core beta to help testing. Hopefully we'll see you there!
Gigantic patch 5.1 is now live in game. Let's breakdown what's been updated with this patch!
Some heroes were occasionally being shown as priced at 10,000 and 9,999, instead of their actual costs. This has now been corrected. Various localisation tweaks have also been implemented. One of HK-206's fortune cards incorrectly listed Lord Knossos instead; this has been fixed.
The "Reach level 10 with X hero" cards have been replaced with cards that say, "Earn Y experience with X hero". Earning experience towards these cards is easy as exp gains accumulate across matches.
- Normal cards require 30,000 experience
- Rare cards require 60,000 experience
- Legendary cards require 90,000 experience
Beckett's cannon has seen further changes. Her second upgrade path for the cannon now focuses on short range flame strikes, setting enemies ablaze for damage over time.
- Flame Cannon (Q/LB): Cannon shots set enemies on fire, but have reduced range. (3s)
- After Burner upgrade: Flame Cannon shots pierce through enemies, burning all enemies on hit.
- Burn Radius upgrade: Flame Cannon shots explode on impact, burning all enemies caught in the explosion.
- Swapped the Make it Rain Fire upgrade with the Time of Impact upgrade. The functionality of both upgrades is unchanged.
- Reduced the stun on the Blunt Trauma upgrade from 1.5 seconds to 1 second.
- Reduced the stun on the Bonecrusher upgrade from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
- Reduced the maximum range of the projectiles created by the Flameseeker upgrade by 55%.
Get ready to hop on Gigantic and wreck some enemies — from now until Monday, March 21 all crowns and prestige earned in matches will be doubled!
Next week will be bringing a minor update with various hero balance changes, fortune card tweaks, and improvements to matchmaking. We'll have a full breakdown of the update when it goes live.
See you on the battlefield!
Today a new title patch goes live, and with it a huge number of balance changes across heroes and, most excitingly, new maps and heroes to try!
Pakko will be available for testing for one week only. This loveable frosty tank is still in his prototypal stages, so he'll only be around for this short period to allow Motiga to grab lots of useful metrics and feedback on how he's performing so far. We definitely recommend giving him a try as soon as you can.
A new map is joining the rotation too: Siren's Stand! As a work in progress, there are still some temporary props and layouts on this map, so expect a few odd things here and there and be sure to give feedback on the official forums about how you think the map plays and how the balance or flow could be improved.
To update Gigantic to the newest patch, use this link to open it up in the Windows Store if you're playing on Windows 10; XBOX players should have an automatic update.