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Magicka Patch is Live - Adds PvP, Fixes and Tweaks Too
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Magicka Patch is Live - Adds PvP, Fixes and Tweaks Too

Magicka has been out for quite some time, but the game is still as fun as ever.  While its launch window woes included almost daily patches to get the game running, it has been slightly longer since the game received an update.  Today the game has received a huge update adding, fixing and tweaking over 70 items.  

The biggest piece of the update is the least interesting to co-op gamers and that's a player versus player mode.  While versus isn't our thing a nice side effect of adding this was a completely revamped server browser and lobby system that should make it easier to jump into any game type.  There's also several balance tweaks to spells and weapons, network optimization for smoother online play, and several spells have been "fixed" for co-op.  

The launch of the PvP mode also brings us a brand new live action Magicka video from Arrowhead games, one that spoofs Reservoir Dogs.  Yes...Reservoir Dogs.

Balancing:


  • Characters are now able to teleport to water/ice areas.
  • Players are now able to cast self while in a pushed state.
  • Projectile charge time has been reduced from 3 sec to 2 sec.
  • Adjusted the way push is calculated.
  • Added damage immunity to characters who are being resurrected.
  • Water spray no longer knockdowns
  • Collision damage has been greatly increased.
  • Collision damage has been adjusted, characters should be knocked down more rarely.
  • The damage of lightning has been balanced and the origin and direction of lightning area cast has also been adjusted.
  • Ice damage has received some adjustments and balancing.
  • Beams now explode on the caster or merge point when reflected.
  • Decreased beams time to live.
  • Ice barrier-spawn damage has been balanced (lowered).
  • Ice lightning barrier damage has been adjusted.
  • Water barrier push has been adjusted.
  • Only one type of self casted shield may be active at a time.
  • Revamped self earth/ice shields.
  • Increased pure self shield rate of decay.
  • Pure self shields are now boostable.
  • Pure self shields touching other pure shields will now cancel both.
  • Increased elemental aura duration.
  • Aura time-to-live is now dependent on the element with highest magnitude.
  • Auras will now have its duration shown as a healthbar.
Features:
  • Added Player versus Player gameplay modes!
  • Added graphical “halo” to characters with elemental aura buffs.
  • Added game-pad targeting graphics.
  • The game lobby has been heavily revamped to accommodate versus settings and pack selection.
  • Item and magick packs have been added to customize versus gameplay.
  • Added server browser tabs for simpler filtering.
  • Added tool tips to lobby and server list.
  • Added “Nothing but a man, who can never fail” achievement.
Fixes:
  • Grease fields will now properly credit its owner as the attacker when doing damage.
  • Damages with push properties will now push the target in the correct direction (relative to the blast point)
  • Solved an issue with copied items having incorrect resistance (most notably Vlad’s gauntlet)
  • Added a drown animation to Vlad.
  • Losing control (pushed, killed etc) while charging a spell will now properly release the spell.
  • Fixed a bug in revive which would under some circumstances cause the Magick to try resurrecting an already living player.
  • Solved an issue where if an avatar spammed spells while trying to move he would in some situations get stuck in the cast animation.
  • Barriers and shields can no longer be healed by negative damage (ie life).
  • Napalm will now properly melt ice.
  • Fixed a bug where shooting an already dead character would still reward scores for the Lead Farmer achievement.
  • Fixed a bug where under certain circumstances a player wouldn’t get the Good Company achievement.
  • Fixed an AI-related issue where npc’s would gain infinite avoidance.
  • Improved path-finding stability significantly.
  • Fixed CTD magick ID.
  • Fixed a bug where a lobby game could sometimes crash if a player left.
  • Improved start-up stability for users experiencing very long delays before the menu becomes available.
  • Fixed issue with Rain magick for network clients.
  • Fixed issue with Blizzard magick for network clients.
  • Fixed an issue which allowed clients to join games in an adventure level-transition.
  • Fixed an issue where clients would display double the actual damage from attacks.
  • Fixed an issue where network clients would have problems picking up magick books from the ground.
  • Fixed an issue where network clients would never reach the endgame of a challenges.
  • Improved network damage communication.
  • Projectiles are now more stable over network games and their damage events will always trigger on clients.
  • The drown animation will no longer get stuck in network games.
  • Solved several minor network sync issues.
  • Nullify now properly removes elemental auras.
  • Water ripple effects are now properly removed whenever a character is removed or killed.
  • Fixed a bug where barriers would look wet, even though they are not.
  • Fixed a bug where dynamic lights would remain in the scene when it was restarted.
  • Fixed Imp specular texture, they will no longer appear white when wet.
  • Fixed the cloud jittering.
  • Improved bloom effects.
Known Issues:
  • Network uplink bandwidth, while improved, can be demanding.
  • Steam attempts to install XNA framework every time game is launched or rare occasion.
  • Characters and items can in rare cases fall through the level collision mesh, this is due to lag or poor framerate. Many general network improvements and general optimization will reduce this risk.
  • The game may appear to be stuttering even though framerate is good.
  • Krietor versus mode spawning is not completely synched over network and may result in colliding spawns.
  • Camera does not follow or focus on other network gamers in versus mode.
  • Avatars in charge state does not reset during Krietor mode.
  • Brawl mode score is not completely synched over network.




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