A new game update for Hood: Outlaws & Legends will be released next week, developer Sumo Digital have announced. Scheduled to release on Monday, May 24th, update 1.3 will make a number of fixes to the multiplayer title along with some matchmaking improvements.
Game Director, Andrew Willans, has shared some details on Hood in Sumo’s first developer video blog which you can watch above. Willans shares some interesting stats on Outlaws & Legends, including the win rates of its four playable heroes:
- Robin – 48%
- John – 53%
- Tooke – 52%
- Marianne – 49%
Although fairly balanced, the team will be reviewing this data to see how they can tweak characters and their individuals ability sets.
Fixes and Improvements
Willans also addressed community feedback regarding team strategies. Due to the way matches are structured, there’s a chance for one team to steal victory from their opponents at the last second, letting them do all the hard work. However, match data has shown that proactive teams who push the objective (in this case a winch) have a better chance of winning. As the game director points out, even if you do have a win snatched from you, by playing the objective you’ll still likely finish with more XP.
In terms of matchmaking, Sumo have identified issues where players have experienced long waiting times in lobbies. When update 1.3 drops on Monday, this will have fixed the problem according to the team.
The video also touches on other fixes such as conga line assassinations, the FPS cap on PC, a player reporting system, and controller sensitivity.
As for upcoming content, a new map will be coming to Hood: Outlaws & Legends in mid June. There is also a new State Heist game mode coming that will be PvE focused, allowing friends to group up for co-op heists while still earning rewards. Sumo are also planning a hardcore option for their core 4v4 mode that will remove some of in-game UI for a more immersive, challenging experience.
Oh, there’s a fifth hero coming too. Here’s our first look at the next playable character. We’ll find out more about her weapons and unique skills in a future update.
Reviews for Hood: Outlaws & Legends have been fairly mixed since the game’s launch earlier this month. Although I was fairly positive in my early impressions, Gareth had a harder time to connect though still gave Hood a decent 6 out of 10:
Hood: Outlaws and Legends has some good ideas, but the execution is a little lacking. The one mode here is enjoyable but it gets very repetitive, with the clunky combat, slow matchmaking and poor, though admittedly amusing AI, taking the fun out of it. With more variety, whether in the form of different modes or with each map having its own objectives, this could have been a winner, but as it stands it’s got a lot of squandered potential.
Source: Focus Forums