The Ice Caves on Hoth in Star Wars Battlefront.
EA has released the patch notes for the latest free update for licensed shooter Star Wars Battlefront, which is now live on PS4, Xbox One and PC and includes a new map, a new co-op Survival mission, additional map support for Turning Point mode and a plethora of other additions.
Developer DICE's community manager
revealed the patch notes on the Battlefront forums. The new map, Twilight on Hoth, will support Walker Assault, Supremacy, Turning Point, Blast, Fighter Squadron, Drop Zone and Heroes vs Villains. The new Survival mission is also set on Hoth in the familiar Ice Caves.
Turning Point mode, which was added in the free Battle of Jakku update released last December, is also getting support on all current maps that support Walker Assault. Options to turn off music and add a film grain effect over the game have also been added. The timer between matches has also been reduced from 30 seconds to 20.
In January EA revealed its vague plan for its
January, February and March updates, as well as its plans for the paid-for expansions which will be released in 2016 and early 2017.
Below are the complete patch notes, including changes to weapon and ability balancing, and fixes for various bugs. Additional Content/Functionality General: Jakku DLC Content is being patched into the game, downloading it separately via platform storefronts is no longer required and can be deleted from your hard drives New Map: Twilight on Hoth added to Walker Assault, Supremacy, Turning Point, Blast, Fighter Squadron, Drop Zone, and Heroes vs. Villains New Mission: Survival in the Ice Caves added to Survival Missions Turning Point: Jundland Wastes, Forest of Endor, Outpost Beta, and SoroSuub Centroplex maps added to the playlist Attract Mode: GNK Droid added - GONK! Settings: Turning off music in the Sound menu now turns off music everywhere in the game Settings: Added a Film Grain setting slider in the Video menu Credits: Updated Game Credits list Weapon and Star Card Changes Primary Weapons: Damage against air vehicles increased by 10% Bowcaster: Explosion damage increased from 10 to 15 per projectile and explosion radius decreased from 3 to 2.5m Bowcaster: Full charge direct hit from 20 to 40 per projectile and a normal direct hit increased from 20 to 30 per projectile Barrage: Damage increased from 50 to 55 Barrage: Cooldown reduced from 40 to 35s (normal) and from 35 to 30s (upgraded) Barrage: First volley of grenades no longer disappear if the user uses the Refresh Power-up and then fires a second volley Homing Shot: Lock time decreased from 1.5 to 1.2s Homing Shot: Players in the AT-GAR turret now receive on-screen notification when locked on ION Torpedo: Speed increased from 350 to 380m/s and turning angle increased from 120 to 125 in order to more easily hit air vehicles Pulse Rifle: Movement speed while aiming decreased by 30% Tusken Cycler Rifle: Movement speed while aiming increased by 40% Tusken Cycler Rifle: Bullet speed increased from 300 to 450m/s Orbital Strike: Fixed bug where it sometimes would not trigger on button press Vehicle changes A-Wing: Increased hit box size A-Wing: Now properly takes damage when colliding with an AT-ST while having the Shield active Slave I: Players can now see the Shield icon on Rebel vehicles when a Shield is active AT-ST: T-47 Airspeeder kills with a missle while firing the primary cannons at the same time now properly awards a kill (previously registered as a suicide) AT-AT: Fixed bug where the Orbital Strike ability would sometimes not have the aiming reticle move T-47 Airspeeder: Players will no longer receive an out of bounds message on Graveyard of Giants during Turning Point when a control point is captured Multiplayer Game Mode Changes General: Pre-Round timer lowered from 30s to 20s Walker Assault: Fixed Power-up spawns on SoroSuub Centroplex Walker Assault: AT-AT health increased by 18% on Outpost Beta, 8% on Jundland Wastes, 20% on Forest of Endor, 4% on SoroSuub Centroplex, and 5% on Graveyard of Giants Walker Assault: Spawning as an Imperial Hero after the AT-ATs just pass the second set of uplinks no longer despawns one of the AT-ATs Walker Assault: The second AT-AT no longer bumps into the wreckage of the other on SoroSuub Centroplex when the first AT-AT is destroyed during the first Uplink Droid Run: Correct Objective Notification is now displayed to all players if someone is killed while trying to claim the Droid Droid Run: Improved spawn zones on Dune Sea Exchange Supremacy: Fixed Power-up spawns on Jundland Wastes, Forest of Endor, and SoroSuub Centroplex Supremacy: Improved spawn zones on Jundland Wastes, Outpost Beta, and Forest of Endor Heroes vs. Villains: Planted turrets on Dune Sea Exchange will now disappear in-between rounds Hero Hunt: Improved spawn zones on Ice Caves Fighter Squadron: Players are now protected while spawning on Graveyard of Giants Mission Changes General: Both players will now properly see Charge Card pick-ups if Player One is using a 3rd Star Card Hand without a Charge Card General: Player 2's changes to control settings no longer update Player 1's controls when playing Split-Screen Battle: Fixed AI Spawn issues on Tatooine Survival: Wave 10 on Sullust will now always spawn if the player / co-op team dies and restarts the round or if a player picks up a Collectible during the Wave 9 transition Survival: Partner spawns on Sullust will no longer fail if the currently alive player is in a confined area Survival: Co-Op players can now unlock the "Complete on Hard Difficulty without spending a life" if one player dies and then waits until the other player completes the wave so they get a free respawn Hero changes General: Heroes no longer get stuck in a stunned animation state Princess Leia: Endor outfit updated - Congrats on completing the Lead the Rebellion challenge! Princess Leia: Trooper Bane now only knocks back primary target, not nearby enemies Luke Skywalker: Increased Saber Rush's damage against other Heroes from 2% to 6-8% Luke Skywalker: Lightsaber swing hit radius is reduced from 0.3 to 0.25m Han Solo: Zooming in no longer sometimes displays a gun scope Emperor Palpatine's Shocktroopers: Modified primary weapon damage to match Leia's Honor Guards' primary weapon damage over time Misc. Bug fixes
General: Lighting, textures, audio, user interface, text, and collision fixes Controls: Legacy control schemes have had their layouts more clearly defined Colorblind: Enemy players highlighted with Scan Pulse now have the correct Deuteranopia or Protanopia settings on Graveyard of Giants and Goazan Badlands PC only: Fixed a bug where a player would lose functionality with an Xbox 360 controller after inviting a player to a Private Match and then starting the game PC only: Air vehicle sensitivity lowered from 0.9 to 0.45 for easier mouse control Achievements / Trophies: Updated text on "Impressive. Most Impressive." and "Survivor" to clarify the requirements Achievements / Trophies: "Playing the Objective" now properly awarded For all the latest video game news follow us on Twitter @IBTGamesUK.