Check Out The Finals Season 3 Patch Notes

The Finals Bamboo Forest
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The Finals continues expanding its roster of multiplayer maps, weapons, and tools for competitive players to duke it out with. In this season of The Finals, we’ll explore Kyoto 1568, a brand-new map with bamboo forests, temples, and iconic architecture to traverse. But if you want to know more, then let’s delve into The Finals Season 3 patch notes!

What’s Included in The Finals Season 3?

First and foremost, for a quick rundown of this season of the free-to-play competitive shooter, don’t hesitate to check out the trailer:

As for new features and mechanics, we’ll enjoy the following in The Finals:

  • Kyoto 1568: A brand-new multiplayer map with dense forests, terrain height variation, layered buildings, and paper walls that you can ambush enemies through.
  • Terminal Attack: A new ranked game mode in which players will attack or defend a terminal on the map.
  • Battle Pass: Featuring 96 rewards, 26 free rewards, and 1575 Multibucks available to unlock.
  • New Weapons
    • Recurve Bow
    • Dual Blades
    • Spear
  • New Tools
    • Thermal Bore
    • Winch Claw
  • Career Circuit: An all-new Career Circuit becomes available, with unique challenges that unlock as you fulfill contracts to earn XP toward the Battle Pass.

Full The Finals Season 3 Patch Notes

Balance Changes

Builds

Light

  • Decreased health regeneration delay from 10 seconds to 7 seconds, meaning health starts regenerating sooner. Does not apply in the Terminal Attack game mode

Dev Note: The dynamics of Terminal Attack mode, with its limited health regen up to 100 HP, means that the Light archetype with their precise and high DPS weapons, can be very effective later in rounds. For that reason, we’ve chosen not to extend these new health regen rules to Terminal Attack for now. We’ll monitor these changes closely, as the season develops and adjust where needed.

Medium

  • Decreased health regeneration delay from 10 seconds to 9 seconds, meaning health starts regenerating sooner. Does not apply in Terminal Attack game mode
  • Healing Beam has been replaced with Guardian Turret as the default Medium Specialization
  • Defibrillator has been replaced with Glitch Trap as one of the default Medium Gadgets
    Dev note: As Terminal Attack becomes the Ranked mode, we want to make sure new players have a loadout that works in all modes. Healing-focused items are still available.

Specializations

Goo Gun

  • Getting hit by goo will now block movement Specializations such as Evasive Dash, except Charge ‘n Slam

Winch Claw

  • Decreased max range from 20m to 17m
  • Increased cooldown when missing targets from 6s to 7s
  • Increased cooldown when hitting carriables or teammate’s statues from 6s to 7s
  • Increased cooldown when hitting players, Cashout Stations or Terminals from 12s to 14s

Gadgets

Breach Charge

  • Increased ammo count from 1 to 2
  • Increased cooldown from 15s to 26s
  • Decreased player damage from 200 to 80

Data Reshaper

  • Increased ammo count from 1 to 2
  • Increased cooldown from 15s to 26s

Gas Grenade

  • Increased radius from 4.5m to 5m

Glitch Trap – ITEM REWORK

  • Glitch trap is no longer a proximity detonation device
  • Glitch trap now has a line-of-sight application. If an enemy player stands within range and in line-of-sight to the trap it will attach a tether to them. Tethered players have the Glitch effect applied to them, preventing them from using Specializations and Gadgets, and disrupting their HUD. Players will need to break the line of sight to the trap, destroy it, or get out of range of it, to remove the effect.

Goo Grenade

  • Increased the size of the goo wall created by the Goo Grenade from 2×4 to 2×6
  • Getting hit by goo will now block Evasive Dash and Grapple Hook

Guardian Turret

  • The cooldown regeneration on the Guardian Turret now starts when the turret is destroyed, not when it is deployed.
  • Added the ability for players to remotely destroy their Guardian Turret, allowing them to trigger the cooldown if their turret is not nearby. This is done by equipping the Specialization again and holding an interaction for a brief duration.

Motion Sensor – ITEM REWORK

  • Motion Sensor no longer sends out impulses at regular intervals for detection
  • Motion Sensor now has line-of-sight application. If an enemy player stands within range and in line-of-sight to the device, the sensor will attach a tether to them. Tethered players will be scanned by the Motion Sensor, allowing friendly players to see them through walls. Players will need to break the line of sight to the sensor or destroy it, to remove the scanning effect.

Smoke Grenade

  • Increased ammo count from 2 to 3
  • Increased cooldown from 45s to 50s

Sonar Grenade

  • Increased detection radius from 10m to 15m

Stun Gun

  • Players are now unable to use Specializations while the Glitch status is applied

Weapons

93R

  • Updated recoil pattern, making the weapon much easier to control and hopefully making headshots easier to achieve

Dev Note: To increase viability for the 93R, we’ve made it considerably more precise but lowered the DPS slightly to offset that. Our aim is to make the weapon more effective when using precise aim and going for headshots, and we’ll continue to monitor its performance following these changes.

  • Decreased fire rate from 260 RPM to 210 RPM
  • Decreased automatic recoil recovery duration from 0.72s to 0.7s, making the weapon easier to control
  • Increased the damage fall-off start distance from 15m to 23m, meaning the weapon will do max damage at longer ranges now
  • Increased the damage fall-off max distance from 22m to 35m, increasing the range before damage fall-off is fully applied
  • Decreased the damage fall-off multiplier at max range from 65% to 45%, meaning the weapon will do less damage at longer ranges now

CL-40

  • Decreased damage from 110 to 93
  • Increased fire rate from 250 RPM to 275 RPM
  • Decreased pump-action duration from 0.7s to 0.65s
  • Decreased self-damage multiplier from 1 to 0.75, reducing how much damage the grenades do to the player using them

FAMAS

  • Decreased automatic recoil recovery duration from 1s to 0.8s, making the weapon easier to control
  • Decreased the delay before recoil recovery begins from 0.8s to 0.7s, making the weapon easier to control
  • Increased damage from 23 to 24

KS-23

  • Decreased pump-action duration from 0.7s to 0.575s

Lewis Gun

  • Further updated recoil pattern, making the weapon easier to control for the first few bullets in the sequence, but making the weapon recoil more the longer the trigger is held
  • Decreased damage from 25 to 22

LH1

  • Updated firing animation, which should make the weapon easier to use
  • Decreased fire rate from 300 RPM to 280 RPM
  • Decreased bullet dispersion when crouching and standing still, making the weapon more precise
  • Increased player damage from 49 to 52

Dev Note: Overall the effective damage of the LH1 should remain roughly the same, but it should now be easier to use, less nauseating, and more precise when standing still, as well as incentivizing headshots. The lower RPM should help make it feel distinct and make it easier to maintain targets in sights

M60

  • Updated recoil pattern, making the weapon recoil more during the first few bullets, but making it easier to control for the rest of the sequence
  • Decreased damage from 22 to 19

SH1900

  • Increased damage from 10 to 13 per pellet
  • Decreased fire rate from 100 RPM to 80 RPM
  • Increased the size of the pellet dispersion pattern, making the weapon less accurate at range

Dev Note: We’ve wanted for a while to make the SH1900 more effective against Heavies without making it oppressive for Lights. With higher pellet dispersion the SH1900 is now optimized for very close range only, which has allowed us to buff the damage, hopefully making Heavies easier to kill. This is a change we will be monitoring closely to measure its impact

Sledgehammer

  • Updated camera animation when sprinting, which should reduce motion sickness for some players

Throwing Knives

  • Decreased projectile speed of primary attacks from 16.5 m/s to 14.75 m/s
  • Decreased projectile air drag of primary attacks from 7.5 to 7, allowing the projectile to travel farther
  • Increased projectile speed of secondary attacks from 13.8 m/s to 18.5 m/s
  • Increased projectile air drag of secondary attacks from 4 to 5.5, increasing the speed at which the projectile slows down
    Dev note: Our last balance changes on the Throwing Knives pushed them in the right direction but ultimately felt too powerful, changing the weapon’s character too much. We have here dialed down the velocity of the regular projectiles so that leading your throws becomes a requirement again, but not to the same extent as before the last changes. Similarly we sped up the secondary projectiles so that they become a more long-range option with a focus on timing rather than leading.

V9S

  • Increased damage from 36 to 37

Carriables

Glitch Barrel

  • Decreased radius from 6m to 3.5m

Goo Barrel

  • Decreased the size of the goo wall created by the Goo Barrel from 2×6 to 2×4

Toxic Gas Barrel

  • Decreased radius from 5m to 3.5m

Dev note: Overall, we’ve seen a low use of certain gadgets when there are overlapping items available in the arena. Therefore, we are swapping some values around on arena items and gadgets to ensure the latter have a stronger effect while still ensuring players can adapt to different situations even when out of gadget charges.

Game Modes

Terminal Attack

  • Players must now interact with the terminal in order to deliver the decryption key, rather than throwing it into the terminal

Dev Note:

It was too easy for attacking teams to rush a terminal and throw in the key to start a decryption, without needing to secure the objective first. This change should force attacking teams to seize the area around the terminal to start decrypting.

  • Increased the throw distance of the decryption key now that it cannot be thrown into the terminal, allowing for more passing of the key
  • Added ‘warm-up zones’ to Terminal Attack, limiting where players can move to for the first 25 seconds of the match. This provides more time for the defending team to prepare
  • Carriable canisters now respawn at the start of each round in Terminal Attack, making sure each team gets access to the same amount each round
  • The specific combinations of team and objective spawn locations in Ranked Terminal Attack now occur in the same sequence in both halves of the match, making matches fairer.
  • Added unique names to all terminal locations in the arenas, these are displayed when looking at the terminals and in the lobby screen
  • Added a player count notification when contestants are eliminated
  • Added icons in the arena and to the HUD to highlight eliminated teammates and their location
  • Added Ranked Terminal Attack mode with a best of 13, first to 7 format
  • In Ranked Terminal Attack, if the match starts without full teams, the game will be automatically abandoned early and players will return to the queue. This is done to ensure games start in a good condition
  • Added a half-time reset of destruction to Ranked Terminal Attack mode, so that both teams have the same starting conditions as their opponents when defending or attacking

Maps

Las Vegas

  • Updated Terminal Attack spawn scenarios

Monaco

  • Updated Terminal Attack spawn scenarios

Skyway Stadium

  • Added to the Terminal Attack map pool
  • Tweaked the Power Shift related spawn points inside the Construction area so that players are better oriented toward the platform’s path

SYS$Horizon

  • Updated Terminal Attack spawn scenarios

Content and Bug Fixes

Animation

  • Added inspect animation for carriables
  • Blocked left arm gestures in third-person when riding ziplines
  • Fixed an issue where bullets clipped with the mesh when reloading XP-54
  • Fixed an issue where the first throw animation on Gateway sometimes didn’t play properly
  • Fixed an issue where an immediate melee attack was not properly displayed after using a Mesh Shield
  • Fixed an issue where your contestant was not centered during the “tunnel run” match intro
  • Fixed an issue where melee animations were sometimes not shown when exiting the emote camera.
    Dev Note: This was a purely visual error, melee timings were not affected by this bug.

Audio

  • The audience has been reworked and will now be more responsive to various events in the arena and cheer for the contestants

Career Rank

  • Added 10 new Career ranks with associated rewards

Fire Propagation

  • Added a distance limit to all fire sources, to prevent fire from spreading infinitely

Gameplay

  • Made it possible to skip the elimination camera after a short while and go directly to spectating teammates

Game Modes

  • Added a dedicated Spectator slot to Private Matches
  • Updated available game modes
    • “Terminal Attack” remains as a base mode
    • Added “Terminal Attack – Ranked”
    • Added “Terminal Attack – Tutorial”
    • Added “World Tour” mode
    • Removed “Single Round Cashout”
  • Added more info to the game summary screen
    • Team name
    • Game mode
  • Disabled the Deathmatch game show event as it was not working as intended

Maps

New map: Kyoto

  • Available in Quick Cash, Tournaments, Bank It, Power Shift and Terminal Attack game modes
  • Features shallow water that will slow the player’s movement speed, making it risky to cross large open bodies of water
  • Shoji paper walls that allow bullets to pass through easily

Settings

  • New volume slider in settings for changing the commentator dialogue volume separately from the in-world dialogue

Store

  • Enabled single-item purchases for bundles from previous seasons

UI

  • Text chat added to the PC version
  • Player cards
    • Added background customization
    • Added badges that display your rank in World Tour and Ranked Mode
  • Updated the end-of-round screen to include player cards and to highlight stats
  • Added a shortcut button to the Play menu from the Career screen
  • Added a cooldown for the event log when spamming pings and voice lines
  • Updated event log messages for various types of pings
    • Updated event log messages related to Cashouts and Terminals to be consistent and always include information about which objective was pinged
    • Added missing event log messages for certain pings on various objectives, like Cashboxes and Decryption Keys
    • “Attacking here” ping wheel action was renamed to “Attack here”
    • “Defending here” ping wheel action was renamed to “Defend here”
    • Updated “Attack Here” and “Defend Here” event log messages to match the character voice lines
    • Added event log message when pinging ziplines
  • It’s now possible to zoom in on pets in the Battle Pass and Store screens
  • Temporarily disabled the re-rolling of Daily Contracts

Dev Note: We currently have a very small pool of Daily Contracts and felt it was unfair for players to spend VRs to re-roll a contract to only keep getting limited options in return. We hope to introduce more Contracts during the season and then re-enable re-rolls at some point when they offer more value.

Weapons

  • Added Season 3 items
    • Thermal Bore – Light Gadget
    • Recurve Bow – Light Weapon
    • Dual Blades – Medium Weapon
    • Winch Claw – Heavy Specialization
    • Spear – Heavy Weapon
  • Updated several Equipment HUD Icons:
    • All Grenades
    • All Mines
    • C4
    • Breach Charge
    • APS Turret
    • Barricade
    • Motion Sensor
    • Thermal Vision
    • Riot Shield
  • Added 1 more progression level, with associated reward, for all weapons and gadgets. All item based Specializations (e.g. Guardian Turret or Goo Gun) also received this.
  • Fixed an issue where equipped charms would disappear when standing close to walls
  • Fixed emote animation exploit with the Sword which allowed multiple lunches in rapid succession.

Dev note: While these moves discovered by players increase the effectiveness of some melee weapons, they are ultimately exploits and ones that most players find hard to use or unintuitive, adding confusion to the game (especially for those on the receiving end).

Security

  • Updates to our Aimbot detection system
  • In-game reporting feedback – We’ll inform players who report unfair gameplay when appropriate actions have been taken.

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