Everything You Need to Know About For Honor’s Season Two Gear Changes

Everything You Need to Know About For Honor's Season Two Gear Changes

With Season Two of For Honor’s Faction War beginning tomorrow, Ubisoft implemented four distinct changes to gear. The developers aimed to reduce the gap between high and low level gear, have more stat varieties, show the actual stat values each piece carries, and introduce the Epic rarity sets. In addition, the costs to craft gear has been significantly reduced, though the salvage values after dismantling gear has been slightly reduced as well.

All of these gear changes will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC alongside For Honor Update 1.07, tomorrow on May 16.

Base Gear Stats

When you have basic gear (gear score zero), you should still added bonuses:

  • Arms: defense + 0.8%
  • Body: + 0.9%
  • Head: + 0.6%
  • Weapon 1: + 0.8%
  • Weapon 2: + 1.0%
  • Weapon 3: + 1.2%

For example: Weapon 1, 2, and 3 would be the blade, crossguard, and hilt, respectively.

Developer comments: We observed difficulties for certain players to play with new heroes without gear with the new gear values. To help this, default gear now has stats. To note, this does not apply when gear stats are disabled.

Epic Gear

Once Update 1.07 arrives, you should be able to scavenge Epic gear post-match if you are at least Reputation level five.

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Because of the new gear rarity, the scavenging rules have been tweaked:

  • Rare gear loot rules changed from Reputation level one up to the end of Reputation level six to Reputation level one to the end of Reputation level four.
  • Heroic gear loot rules changed from Reputation level three until Reputation level 30 to Reputation level three to the end of Reputation level six.
  • Epic gear loot rules added to Reputation level five until Reputation level 30.

Developer comments: To accommodate the addition of the new gear, we tweaked the way the gear is looted. To make sure the progression is comfortable, we reduced the amount of levels at which could be looted Rare and Heroic gear.

Overall Gear Stats Revamp

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Gear Stats have been rearranged on all stats bundles and gear slots:

  • Weapon 1: Attack, Defense Penetration, Block Damage
  • Weapon 2: Attack, Execution Regen, Revive Speed
  • Weapon 3: Attack, Revenge Gain, Revenge Mode Attack
  • Helm: Defense, Exhaustion Duration, Debuff Resistance
  • Chest: Defense, Revenge Mode Defense, Revenge Mode Duration
  • Arms: Defense, Stamina Use, Stamina Regen

Developer comments: To support all our balancing changes, we removed, merged and moved stats to better focus on interesting and varied builds, with more meaningful choices.

New Gear Stat Values

  • Lower rarity gear now has higher modifiers than before.

Developer comments: Common gear wasn’t impacting the gameplay as much as we would have liked. With higher starting values, gear of all levels now feels more satisfying.

  • Modifiers increase faster per level at lower rarities than at higher ones.

Developer comments: Players advising each other on gear strategies always said the same thing: Save your steel for Heroic gear. This means that many players saw very little gear progression until they got their first hero up to Reputation 3. Something that takes a long time. So by making the curve steeper at the low end and flatter at the top, we hope that players will see it as valuable to buy and craft gear of all rarities.

  • Stat penalties have been increased significantly.

Developer comments: Players were hard pressed to even notice the effect of their penalties at anything but the highest gear levels. We hope that by increasing the size of the penalties and removing skills that are of limited use we’ll make all your future gear decisions that much more interesting.

  • New type of stats offering only small and balanced bonuses even at high levels.

Developer comments: We needed to offer a more moderate option for players regarding gear, for players that liked the initial balance of the hero and didn’t want to upset it with powerful bonuses and penalties.

UI Change to Represent Gear Stats

for honor season two gear

  • You can now see the exact numeric values of all stat bonuses.

Developer comments: While gauges are excellent at showing relative strengths and weaknesses of the gear, it was hard to decipher the impact they would have on the gameplay. To actually allow players to make meaningful choices and know the effect of their gear, we changed it to numbers.

  • Added a proportional indicator when comparing gear

Developer comments: To allow to choice gear at a glance and evaluate gear quality, we added arrows right of the gear stat values when comparing gear.

Attack Stats No Longer Affect Feats

  • The gear stat Attack now only affects normal attacks and not Feats or Bleeds.

Developer comments: Having gear affect feats and bleed was both hard to understand and very powerful at higher levels.

New Crafting Prices

Here are the new Salvage Material costs to improve gear:

  • Upgrade Cost in salvage material for Common gear
    • From: Level 1: 20 / Level 2: 30 / Level 3: 40 / Level 4: 50 / Level 5: 60
    • To: Level 1: 10 / Level 2: 13 / Level 3: 16 / Level 4: 19 / Level 5: 23
  • Upgrade Cost in salvage material for Rare gear
    • From: Level 1: 100 / Level 2: 150 / Level 3: 200 / Level 4: 250 / Level 5: 300
    • To: Level 1: 55 / Level 2: 80 / Level 3: 110 / Level 4: 130 / Level 5: 155
  • Upgrade Cost in salvage material for Heroic gear
    • From: Level 1: 260/ Level 2: 390 / Level 3: 530 / Level 4: 660 / Level 5: 790
    • To: Level 1: 195 / Level 2: 255 / Level 3: 295 / Level 4: 335 / Level 5: 375
  • Upgrade Cost in salvage material for Epic gear
    • Level 1: 400/ Level 2: 520 / Level 3: 650 / Level 4: 800 / Level 5: 960

Here are the new Steel costs to improve gear:

  • Upgrade Cost in steel for Common gear
    • From: Level 1: 30 / Level 2: 55 / Level 3: 75 / Level 4: 100 / Level 5: 125
    • To: Level 1: 25 / Level 2: 30 / Level 3: 35 / Level 4: 40 / Level 5: 45
  • Upgrade Cost in steel for Rare gear
    • From: Level 1: 150 / Level 2: 170/ Level 3: 195 / Level 4: 220 / Level 5: 245
    • To: Level 1: 75 / Level 2: 85 / Level 3: 95 / Level 4: 105 / Level 5: 115
  • Upgrade Cost in steel for Heroic gear
    • From: Level 1: 270/ Level 2: 290 / Level 3: 315 / Level 4: 340 / Level 5: 360
    • To: Level 1: 150 / Level 2: 170 / Level 3: 190 / Level 4: 210 / Level 5: 230
  • Upgrade Cost in steel for Epic gear
    • Level 1: 270/ Level 2: 290 / Level 3: 315 / Level 4: 340 / Level 5: 360

Here are the updated salvage values rewarded by dismantling gear:

  • Salvage Value for Common gear (unchanged)
    • From: Level 1: 5 / Level 2: 6 / Level 3: 7 / Level 4: 8 / Level 5: 9 / Level 6: 10
  • Salvage Value for Rare gear
    • From: Level 1:30 / Level 2: 35/ Level 3: 45 / Level 4: 50 / Level 5: 55 / Level 6: 65
    • To: Level 1: 20 / Level 2: 23 / Level 3: 26 / Level 4: 29 / Level 5: 32 / Level 6: 35
  • Salvage Value Heroic gear
    • From: Level 1: 95/ Level 2: 110 / Level 3: 125 / Level 4: 145 / Level 5: 165 / Level 6: 190
    • To: Level 1: 55 / Level 2: 60 / Level 3: 65 / Level 4: 70 / Level 5: 75 / Level 6: 80
  • Salvage Value for Epic gear
    • Level 1: 100/ Level 2: 115 / Level 3:130 / Level 4: 145 / Level 5: 160 / Level 6: 175

Developer comments: Our data showed players had a hard time to level up new heroes and would not craft early gear as much while having an excess of crafting material at higher levels. To improve this, we changed the cost of steel and crafting material as well as salvage value for gear. We hope to offer a smoother curve while keeping higher level gear a long term goal for high level players.

All of For Honor’s gear changes and class changes in Update 1.07 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 16.

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How to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

How to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here's Everything You Need to KnowHow to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
HIGHLIGHTS
You can play Pokemon Go right now on an Android phone
We played it for a few hours and found it to be rather good
However it will drain your battery and put you at risk accidents
The viral game everyone is talking about, Pokemon Go, is one of Nintendo’s first smartphone games. It released recently in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. If you have been reading Gadgets 360, you already know how to download, install, and play Pokemon Go on your Android phone even if you don’t live in those regions. We played the game for a few hours in India, and here’s what you need to know before you do the same.

(Also see: Why Nintendo Making Mobile Games Is Great News for Everyone)
How to play Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go requires you to step outside and walk around. Pokemon then start appearing on your map. You can then try to catch them. Tap the Pokemon and then throw a Pokeball to try and catch these Pokemon. You can always tap the player icon on the bottom left to see more information about your character such as your medals and tap the Journal button to see which Pokemon ran away and how many items you gained at Pokestops.

You need to go outside
At first we tried to play the game in our office but we found only one Pokemon and the game just wouldn’t work properly no matter how stable the Internet connection or how many floors we climbed. Head outside, plug in your headphones, look at the phone and you will start seeing Pokemon Gyms, Pokestops, and of course wild Pokemon.
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Don’t play it on Indian roads
If you’ve ever walked on any Indian road, you know how dangerous it is for pedestrians. Most vehicles disregard basic rules such as stopping at traffic lights, one-way streets, flashing indicator lights, etc. Pokemon Go requires you to keep looking at your phone for signs of Pokemon and other in-game landmarks. This is quite dangerous on Indian roads. We found ourselves narrowly avoiding vehicles on crowded roads and stopped playing until we reached quiet streets near our home. The game warns you to always stay aware of your surroundings. We suggest you heed its warning, especially in India.

(Also see:Pokemon Go International Release Delayed – Here’s Why)
No Internet? No game
In many places in Mumbai, we found Pokemon Go to be totally unresponsive. This happened because of poor Internet connectivity. During a 30-minute train ride from office to home, the game just wouldn’t work. If you’re on 2G, you will not be able to play. Even if you’re on 3G, the game takes time to load if the signal is weak. Since the game requires to walk outside, you’re unlikely to have Wi-Fi coverage either.

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It drains your battery
If battery life is precious, there’s no way you’re going to want to play Pokemon Go. The game constantly needs both Internet and location access. Unless you carry a stack of power banks with you at all times, playing this game all the time is a bad idea. On a brand new OnePlus 3, the battery went from 51 to 20 percent after we played this game for just one hour. We recommend playing this game with the battery saver mode enabled in the game’s settings.

But the game is a lot of fun
Walking around in the real world and catching wild Pokemon on your smartphone sounds like a terrible idea, but Nintendo’s execution is on point. We found ourselves taking detours to hit various Pokestops and to catch that wild Pokemon spotted across the road. These Pokemon are quite cute, and the design of the cards is well done. The game has been designed nicely, with the focus strongly being on exploration.

There are no cluttered menus and the settings menu is minimal too – with options just for music, vibrations, and saving battery. Tapping the Pokeball on screen lets you see your Pokedex and personalise your Pokemon. Overall the interface works well for this game. It’s hard to explain the game’s appeal to those who haven’t played it, but you’ll find out if you play the game.

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We’ll be going out to catch several more Pokemon and to level up enough to battle other Pokemon at the gym. Which Pokemon have you caught? Do you like Pokemon Go? Have you faced any issues playing the game? Let us know via the comments.

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Twitch’s New Initiative Aims to Put Game Streaming at the Centre of Everything

Twitch's New Initiative Aims to Put Game Streaming at the Centre of Everything

Since launch four years ago, live streaming video platform Twitch has become a popular way for millions to get their gaming fix by watching others plough through new releases and hear their narration. Now Twitch wants to take that a step further, and influence game development itself with its new initiative called “Stream First”.

“In the last few years, we have seen a great deal of creativity in online interaction methods from the Twitch community, including Twitch Plays games, channel loyalty currencies, and subscriber tournaments, among many others,” Director of Game Developer Success at Twitch, Brooke Van Dusen, said in a statement. “However, these systems have always been external to the games broadcasters are playing. Stream First games by nature embrace these developments, incorporate features inspired by these creative concepts of Twitch community interaction, and bring about an entirely new genre of video games.”

(Also see: Twitter Appoints Former YouTube Executive to Head Its Gaming Division)

The first such games are being showcased at the 2016 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this week at parent company Amazon’s booth, and they include titles as diverse as board games, strategy, and arena-style games.

Superfight is the first, and is being adapted from a card-based board game akin to Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples. The point of the game is to “determine who would win hypothetical fights between characters with superpowers and super problems”. The Twitch audience will eventually pick the winner in any contest, aided by the ability to vote within Twitch chat along with four-way live video. The game is being developed by Pipeworks – maker of the mobile game Gems of War and the Godzilla games – and will be published by 505 Games in association with Skybound Entertainment.

twitch_superfight_screenshot.jpgSchell Games, known for casual children games, is moving into the turn-based strategy territory with Wastelanders, a game that that involves both broadcasters and viewers as it converts the latter into active participants. The game’s description sounds like the 2015 Oscar-winner Mad Max: Fury Road, with “broadcasters [taking] on the role of a Warlord in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and [leading] their viewers in battle against another broadcaster-led team”. Viewers can interact in various ways directly from Twitch, and can be rewarded for their loyalty by the host.

The third and final game announced at GDC 2016 is Streamline, and it is under active development by Boston, US-based developer Proletariat. Described as an “arena-based game”, Streamline is a third-person game that converts viewers into players as well. It will have multiple modes at launch which are still being fleshed out, but one of them – Elimination – will make “Hunters” of broadcasters and “Runners” of 15 viewers chosen by said host. The Hunter is the only one with weapon and must chase down all its targets, while Runners do their best to survive and earn points.

All three games are in early development stages, and as such no release date was provided. For now, you can apply for the Superfight beta on the official website or engage in a pre-alpha build of Streamline with the game’s developers during this week while GDC 2016 runs till Friday. Bonuses, you ask? If you sign-up for Superfight, you will get a free deck when the game launches. With Streamline, you get to have your name in the credits and an early access game key.

(Also see: YouTube Gaming for Android Gets New Features)

Twitch’s Stream First programme displays its intent to deepen its relationship with game creators and the audience, in a bid to hold on to its dominant market share in face of competition from YouTube Gaming. By asking developers to think at such an early stage, the live streaming service is hoping it can become an essential part of gaming culture itself, though some would argue it already has.

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mPhone ‘Mango’ Smartphones Launch Controversy: Everything You Need to Know

mPhone 'Mango' Smartphones Launch Controversy: Everything You Need to Know

As the Make in India and Digital India movements announced by the Prime Minister accelerate, all eyes are on Indian firms and entrepreneurs to see what they can achieve in the new, more conducive environment. The Union Budget this year further set the stage for incentivising startups in the country.

It is in this scenario that mPhone Electronics and Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a Kochi-based company, set out to launch its range of ‘Mango’ or ‘mPhone’ smartphones in the country. It is said to be helmed by three siblings – Josekutty, Rojy John, and Anto Augustine. With a launch that was aggressively promoted in newspapers and scheduled for earlier this week, reports indicate that things did not go as planned for the company.

As per a report in The New Indian Express, on the day of the launch, directors and promoters Anto and Josekutty Augustine were arrested from the launch venue in Kochi for allegedly defrauding the Kalamaserry branch of the Bank of Baroda by falsifying proofs. The duo are said to have been later produced before the Kalamassery Judicial First Class Magistrate. The brothers reportedly have several cases of fraud registered against them various banks across the country, and are said to have been absconding for over a year.

The report cited the promoters to claim an initial investment in the mPhone to the tune of Rs. 3,500 crores, and that it had more than 4 years of experience making mobiles, with a manufacturing unit in Shenzen and an R&D centre in South Korea.

Rojy John Augustine, the third brother who has not been arrested, was quoted as saying, “We have no knowledge about the complaint lodged by Bank of Baroda… The police neither probed the matter nor did they ever seek our explanation. The police were acting under pressure from someone who wants to sabotage the company.”

Another report by the News Minute claimed an assault case has been against the brothers by an unnamed woman who was the company’s alleged former Chief Relationship Manager. She said that after she learnt of the previous cases of fraud, she had announced her resignation from the company, and had subsequently been assaulted severely.

The company was set to launch six smartphones in the country ranging from Rs. 11,999 to Rs. 39,999 – the mPhone 5S, mPhone 6, mPhone 7 Plus, mPhone 8, mPhone 9 Plus, and the mPhone 11 Plus.

Alongside these, mPhone was also due to promote its M2 Watch, power banks, and other accessories. All the products are listed on the company’s site, but as ‘out of stock’. The News Minute added newspaper advertisements were still being carried despite the turn of events.

Last month, Noida-based startup Ringing Bells rang alarm bells across the nation when it unveiled a smartphone that costs less than a 1GB mobile data pack – Rs. 251. Called the Freedom 251, the smartphone caught the attention of the entire globe due to its incredible pricing, and saw a huge interest from consumers. And while the specifications of the Freedom 251 were nothing spectacular by themselves, coupled with the meagre price they appeared to offer astounding value for money.

Soon after its high profile launch, the Freedom 251 smartphone lost its lustre – at least in the eyes of critics and competition, and even the political opposition. While initially marketing the smartphone as a Make in India product, Ringing Bells soon admitted the device being shown to media was not what would be sold to consumers. After the first couple of days of booking, a process that was criticised for its lack of refinement and innumerable errors, the company also revealed that components for the smartphone will be imported, with only the assembling done in India for now. Investment in Noida and Uttaranchal manufacturing plants is being planned, with a timeline of 6-8 months to “start making fully in India”.

The company was also accused of defrauding its customer service partner by refusing to pay dues. Seeking to reassure customers, the company says it will refund the money of first phase’s 30,000 Freedom 251 customers – and will accept cash upon delivery.

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mPhone 5s

mPhone 5s

DISPLAY

5.00-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

5-megapixel

RESOLUTION

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

16GB

REAR CAMERA

8-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

2600mAh

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mPhone 9 Plus 3D

mPhone 9 Plus 3D

DISPLAY

5.50-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

8-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

64GB

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21-megapixel

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3050mAh

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mPhone 11 Plus

mPhone 11 Plus

DISPLAY

5.50-inch

PROCESSOR

1.85GHz

FRONT CAMERA

8-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

128GB

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21-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

4000mAh

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mPhone 6

mPhone 6

DISPLAY

5.50-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

FRONT CAMERA

8-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

STORAGE

16GB

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13-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

3200mAh

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mPhone 7 Plus

mPhone 7 Plus

DISPLAY

5.50-inch

PROCESSOR

1.3GHz

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8-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 5.1

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32GB

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2600mAh

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mPhone 8

mPhone 8

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5.50-inch

PROCESSOR

2GHz

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8-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

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32GB

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