SG Update Fast-Follow!

This is the first set of changes to the new Survival Games update, currently in preview. We're constantly reading player feedback and more changes will come if required.

Balance Changes

Loot

  • Increased rarity of Boomboxes
  • Increased rarity of Activity Trackers
  • Increased rarity of Flares
  • Reduced the stack size of Arrows

Developer note: We understand that bow/arrow mechanics can feel overpowered. We hope we can have a deeper dive into the damage bows do in the future.

Additionally, loot balance is a very tough thing to get just right. We're constantly reviewing game statistics and community feedback. We will make further changes until it feels exactly right.

Teleporters

  • Per-player teleporter cooldown now increased to 15 seconds to deter from teleporter hopping
  • Updated hologram to show remaining cooldown time
  • Spectators have a shorter cooldown

Flares

  • Only one Supply Crate from a flare can now be called in at a time. If a Supply Crate is currently landing, you will be told that the airspace is full.

Hunger [Experimental]

This is an experimental change and will be changing regularly based on player feedback.

  • Increased hunger depletion rate while sprinting by 3.5x

Developer note: We've seen a lot of discussion from the community about hunger mechanics. We agree that hunger is currently a pointless mechanic, and we are starting to change that with this update. Our hopes are these changes will stop infinite running, and provide more of a use for food.

Gravestones

  • When a player dies to the void, the gravestone will now spawn at the feet of the killer.

Developer note: We've seen an increase of players deliberately running in to the void to stop their killer getting loot. We understand this can be frustrating in such a loot-heavy game. We hope this update will fix this.

Chests

  • Removed the ability to destroy a chest with a single punch
  • Added the ability to mine a chest (with an axe, for example)


Misc Changes

  • Decreased the amount of fire placed by the Fire Boombox. This should help with stutters that players on mobile devices are experiencing.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would cause the health of your killer to be sent after the health on kill was applied
  • Fixed a bug where the killer health message would be sent even if you killed yourself (fall damage, fire, void)
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes TNT could be placed in the world
  • Fixed a bug where the winning screen did not play a sound
  • Fixed a bug that allowed you to damage players while the world was being prepared
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Gravestones to be on fire
  • Fixed a typo with the Blindness Boombox

SkyWars: A Very Nemo Update

The following update is now live on SkyWars:

  • Knockback Nemo now correctly applies some vertical velocity, so that crouching no longer completely counters the item.

As always, this change is experimental pending community feedback.


SkyWars Experimental Block: Crumbling Cobblestone

Introducing a brand new SkyWars Special Block: Crumbling Cobblestone!

Crumbling Cobblestone is a building & bridging block that self-breaks after two seconds. It can be found in regular chests and Resource (Iron) Ores.

Crumbling Cobblestone is an experimental change - we may decide to change it based on community feedback.

SkyWars Balancing Fast-Follow

Based on community feedback, we've made the following additional changes to SkyWars:

  • Increased the Sword of Embers ignite chance to 1 in 4 (from 1 in 5)
  • Added Fire Protection 1 to Bling Boots
  • Added Fire Protection 1 to Diamond Leggings in Ender Chests
  • Added Fire Protection 2 Diamond Leggings to the Mystery Chest

We will continue to monitor the balancing of these changes, and where needed, make additional adjustments.

SkyWars - Minor Balancing Patch

The information below is out of date, please read the follow up changes HERE.

SkyWars - Minor Balancing Patch

Removed:

  • Fire Sword

Added:

  • Sword of Embers
    • 1 in 5 chance of igniting an enemy on hit

NOTE: This will continue to be balanced, do not assume this is the final implementation.

Expansion of Custom Server Limits

We have expanded the limits on Custom Servers. 

All limits are per UTC day. You will no longer be able to create servers if BOTH limits are exceeded. For example, if a Regular member has hosted a round, but not exceeded 10 minutes of gameplay, they will be able to create another server.


Regular Rank

Maximum games played: 1

Maximum minutes played: 10

Plus Rank

Maximum games played: 6

Maximum minutes played: 90


You can now view your limits with the new View Limits button on the custom server menu, accessible using /cs.

Murdery Mystery Game Update

It's time for a Murdery Mystery game update!

New maps

  • Witch School
  • Eso Hotel

AFK Prevention

To prevent players farming XP by being AFK, you will now be removed from the game if you don't participate.

Innocent Detector

To help Murderers find hiding Innocents, the Innocent Detector will help them find remaining Innocents in the last minute of the game.

Enjoy!

Changelog - October 11th

  • Custom Servers are now available on all regions. A batch of new options is releasing soon - we'll update you when they release
  • Added a Custom Servers Invites toggle to /toggles - this allows you to turn off incoming invites
  • Fixes for the 365 day costume reward ("Time Owl") not being granted
  • The behaviour of /pc (party chat) and /p (party menu) is now consistent between regions
  • Added support for all the new Minecraft blocks and items introduced in the last few versions - you'll see why soon!*

*: No, we are NOT adding Netherite weapons and armor to any existing games.


Custom Servers: role & team selection, invite all friends

We're constantly releasing improvements and fixes for Custom Servers. Here's 2 much-requested features, releasing today.

Role and Team Selection

Gain full control over your lobby and manually set the role (or team) for each player! 

Invite All Friends

Got a lot of friends you want to invite? Simply invite every online friend with one button.

A toggle to turn off incoming invites is coming soon.


These features are now live on Treasure Wars and Murder Mystery custom servers, and soon on all games.

Party Chat (Toggle), VPN/Proxy rule, and Privacy Enhancement

The following changes are in testing on our North America region only at the moment:

Party Chat

The /p short command has been restored to it's previous functionality.

To access party chat:

  • Use "/pc" (without a message) to toggle between party chat and global chat.
  • Use "/pc your message here" to send a single message in party chat.

VPN/Proxy rule

It is no longer allowed to use a VPN- or proxy service to play on The Hive. Learn more HERE.

Privacy Enhancement

We no longer store raw IP addresses, even if this option was left untouched in the privacy control settings. Previous data has been removed. This also removes the "Store Country" data and setting.

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