Sharkmob has recently announced that their Vampire the Masquerade Bloodhunt June Community Update is complete and these changes will start rolling out on June 8th, 2022. For what was described, the scope of the update was based on the community survey and more pressing issues the developer had heard from social media.
Here are all the changes and bug fixes for this update!
Vampire the Masquerade Bloodhunt June 8 Update Patch Notes
Gamepad players on console and PC have spoken and Sharkmob has listened, and it agrees that gamepad controls need some love and to be more competitive against mouse and keyboard. There is but the first step to improve the overall experience when playing Bloodhunt with a gamepad.
- Replaced our old dynamic curve with a traditional exponential curve.
This is the 0-1 movement of how far on the stick the player has moved the stick, mapped onto a curve. The change should allow more control for both precision aiming and fast turns.
New default values for the different sensitivity multipliers.
- Sensitivity (X) – New default should be 5
- Sensitivity (Y) – New default should be 5
- Sensitivity ADS (X) – New default should be 2.5
- Sensitivity ADS (Y) – New default should be 2.5
- Sensitivity Scoped (X) – New default should be 1
- Sensitivity Scoped (Y) – New default should be 1
- Replaced our old exponential curve with a linear acceleration that kicks in after a short delay.
Once the stick is maxed out at the edge, the turn speed increases at a rate over time, until the game says that the turn speed is at the limit.
Aim Assist – Aim Slowdown
When aiming near a target, the sensitivity slows down. This is most strongly felt in short to medium-long range. This is not highly active for the closest ranges or the longest ranges.
- Hip-fire off target – There is an initial slowdown when aiming close to a target.
- Hip-fire on target – When aiming at a target this is more aggressive so that you do not leave the target.
- ADS off target – When ADSing close to a target this is still active but not as strongly.
- ADS on target – When ADSing on a target this is also active but less than when hip-fire aiming.
Aim Assist – Turn Assist
When aiming near a target and you are moving the camera helps you turn a bit. This is mostly felt in short ranges. This is not active for the very closest ranges or the longest ranges.
- Hip-fire off target – There is a small amount of aim turn assist when looking close to a target and you are moving.
- Hip-fire on target – There is a small amount of aim turn assist when looking on a target and you are moving.
- ADS off target – There is a small amount of aim turn assist when looking close to a target and you are moving.
- ADS on target – There is a moderate amount of aim turn assist when looking at a target and you are moving.
- Fixed a bug that was causing performance issues if the player did not skip the intro cinematic
- PS5 – Fixed an issue that was causing some Founders Edition items to disappear after the player had unlocked a Battle pass item
- PS5 – The adaptive triggers no longer get stuck in the “activated” state
- The Saboteur’s “Unseen Passage” activation sound and visual effects no longer unintentionally repeat under certain conditions
- Fixed an issue that prevented you from targeting the “Earthshock” power directly below you
- Decreased the chances of an issue occurring that caused the matchmaker to sometimes fail to find a player for your team in group modes
- The Trophy/Achievement “From Prague to Malmö” has been fixed.
- Players no longer lose all ammunition when picking up a weapon of the same caliber while reloading¨
- Fixed an issue resulting in first-time Bloodhunt players not getting matched against other new players. This will improve the onboarding experience for new players.
- Fixed a few exploits that were being abused.
- Clarified which outfirst are clan-specific in the Battle Pass and the flash store.
- The Bloodhunted timer has decreased from 60s to 40s.
After some internal testing, we settled on a 40 second timer, which improves the odds of surviving while still encouraing players to uphold the Masquerade. We also tried 30s, but it felt too inconsequential.
Ventrue – Enforcer – Flash of Marble
- Flesh of Marble duration decreased from 4.2s to 3s
Bloodhunt has fallen into a bit of an Enforcer meta as the season has progressed. We’ve seen a lot of frustration when going up against the Flesh of Marble power. While we’ve been working on some improvements to how it functions, these changes are unfortunately not fully ready at this time, but we wanted to make some other improvements we can in the meanwhile. Nerfing the duration might not solve everything but it means that Ventrue players will have to be a bit more alert and on their toes.
- Effective range decreased from 12, 14, 16m to 8, 10, 12m
- Spread increased from 2.5 to 3
- Damage decreased from 10×12 to 8×12 (Damage per pellet)
- Fire rate has increased from 1.2s to 1s
- Effective range has decreased from 8, 10, 12m to 6, 7, 8m
- Spread increased from 3.5, 3, 2.5 to 4, 3.75, 3.5
- Damage decreased from 10×12 to 8×12 (Damage per pellet)
Shotguns are very popular this season and they’ve become a bit too much of a must-have. In particular, they’ve been too deadly at ranges where you might not expect to have to worry about a shotgun, so we’ve pulled back their effective range a bit as well as made some tweaks to their spread values. Damage has also been reduced.
Revive Invulnerability Timer
- Revive invulnerability timer has been increased from 0.75s to 1s
We increased the invulnerability timer to ensure that players can’t take damage before they’re able to act when reviving. This change gives players a better shot at escaping or fighting back when left to regenerate after being downed.
- Melee lifesteal decreased from 50% to 30%
Melee has been a hot topic of late, and while we can see that it is not universally agreed upon that melee is too strong, we see a lot of frustration towards it. We want to start by limiting the health you gain back to not make it as difficult to defeat a melee attacker that you nearly killed before they started swinging at you.
In this update, we are also adding support for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) on the PS5.
This means that if you have a television/monitor which supports VRR you will be able to get smoother frame delivery with even less chance of screen tearing.
It’s important to note though that this does not mean that the game will run in 120 FPS but it will enhance visual performance for Bloodhunt on PS5 by minimizing or eliminating visual artifacts, such as frame pacing issues and screen tearing.
- Infinite loading screen – We are aware that some players may run into an infinite loading, and we think that we have fix for this in the next update.
- Red Gas Desync – While we made some progress on this issue and have a potential fix for it, but we need more time to ensure that it’s a safe fix and that it works as intended. We currently have this in scope for the next update.
- Respawning in the red gas – The issue with the player in rare cases still re-spawning in the red gas is something that is still on our list of bugs to fix.
- Getting stuck in a falling animation – We have gotten some reports of players getting stuck in a falling animation, however we have not been able to pinpoint how to reproduce this bug properly, as such we would like to hear from you if this bug happens often to you and you might have an idea of why.
- Players are unable to complete the “Blade Master” challenge – Unfortunately we were unable to fix this issue in this update and will instead be in scope for the next update.
Players are sometimes unable to pick up items that were dropped from an elevated surface – We are working on fixing this for the next update
We are still working on the “reload bug”, which is in reality a deeper, more complex, multi-headed hydra of related issues, and were unfortunately not able get it resolved for this update. While a reload problem might sound very straightforward, a proper solution involves quite a bit of work and quite a lot of testing to make sure we aren’t causing other, equally undesirable side effects. (If you’ve been following us since we launched, you might remember that this issue was a consequence of fixing a problem with hit registration.)
We are also still in process of resolving the “phantom red gas” issue, which is caused by uncommon instances of disagreement between the server and client on where exactly the gas boundary is at certain stages. Those fixes are also not quite ready for release, but we’re making good progress and will have more information soon.
And that’s it for all the changes Sharkmob is planning to implement this June 8th for Vampire the Masquerade Bloodhunt. Stay tuned though as the studio plans to work on more known issues and continually improve upon the game for all players.