The Blur update. You've heard us talking about it, and now it's finally arrived! The primary objective of the Blur update is to move from an old plugin system to a new framework called Blur. The Blur Engine allows us to quickly, and efficiently, improve MCBall which will make it easier to push out updates and bring all new things to MCBall.
Now, as excited as we are for this new system, we realize that not everybody is as interested in new frameworks as we are. So we thought we'd also show you some of the power of the new framework by bringing you some new features and making some changes. Firstly, we're adjusting how new players experience MCBall by having two servers, a beginner server and a pro server. Secondly, we've made a few changes to some aspects of gameplay, detailed below. Thirdly, we're trialing a brand new kit, Ricochet. Lastly, we're resetting all the player stats!
For a quick summary of what's changing, have a read of the Changelog. If you're interested to know more, details are below.
- Added Ricochet kit.
- Added Beginner server.
- Changed to Blur Engine.
- Right clicking with the flag compass in hand now switches between tracking the friendly flag and the enemy flag.
- Miscellaneous UI changes.
- Implemented a new spawn system.
- Teams are now shuffled before each game.
- All player stats have been reset.
- The map 'Koder' has been updated. The update improves general player experience and modifies some areas of the map to provide more balanced gameplay.
- Various bugs are fixed by the Blur Engine, although others may have been introduced. Keep reporting!
The Beginner Server
MCBall has been around for a long time, and a lot of people have become very good. This is great for some awesome gameplay, but sometimes it can be a bit daunting for new players. For this reason we're adding a 'Beginner' server. The goal of this server is to provide a comfortable place for new players to practice MCBall and get used to how everything works before having to face our top players. There will be five maps available to play so there isn't too much to learn and we will be limiting who can play on the Beginner server. At the moment this is filtered by total kills and K/D, but we are planning to tweak how this is filtered in the future for the best experience. Players with a kill/death ratio less than 1.5, or fewer than 500 kills, are allowed on the Beginner server. If you have more than 500 kills and a kill/death ratio higher than 1.5, you'll be limited to the 'Pro' server. It is noted that everyone is allowed on the Pro server, but we highly recommend using the Beginner server if you can!
New Spawn System
Sometimes working as a team can be tough. You've spawned in, but nobody is available, and you have to get to that flag alone! To enable players to play as a team more we've adjusted how players are spawned in. Previously, you would die and then wait 10 seconds for a respawn. With the new system the length of time you wait depends on how many players on your team are also dead. When you die you have to wait at least 5 seconds, once those 5 seconds are over you are eligible for a respawn. If there are 3 players or more eligible for a respawn then all of the players are immediately spawned. If a player has waited 15 seconds without a group to respawn with then they are respawned anyway. This means that respawning takes at least 5 seconds and at most 15 seconds. With this system you are more likely to spawn with teammates so you can all work together!
With the brand new Ricochet kit your paintballs are infused with bouncy ricochet properties. Straight away your paintballs can bounce once without breaking, perfect for shooting around a corner, or shooting through a low doorway. With a 3 kill streak your paintballs bounce up to three times, with a 5 kill streak they bounce up to four times, with a 7 kill streak they bounce up to five times, and you should definitely try to find out what happens with a 100 kill streak. For now we're trialing this kit on Ultra players while we iron out the bugs, but Ricochet will be available as part of the free kit day on Saturday 2nd February and then available to buy in the Participation Point shop or on the website store.
We saw that Thanos killed half of all living things in the universe and we thought that we could do one better. So we're resetting all of the MCBall stats in the universe, take that Thanos! The top spots are now all up for grabs so hop on and show us who's best.
Finally, we'd like to thank you all for your patience and dedication to MCBall, the Blur update has been a while in the making and we appreciate your enthusiasm for it coming. Without you we wouldn't have this awesome community to make things for, like new maps and two new gamemodes... but enough of that, let's play MCBall!