Respawn Enter­tain­ment is start­ing 2017 off right.  Yes­ter­day they announced new con­tent; a brand new game mode, two maps to sup­port it, and a Col­i­se­um map called Columns.

 

The game mode, Live Fire, is a close-quar­ters, fast paced sin­gle elim­i­na­tion pilot-only fuck­fest.  Think Ship­ment from CoD 4, except you can  dou­ble jump and use grap­pling hooks.  There are no respawns, only best of five rounds.  Play­ers have mere­ly a minute to elim­i­nate each oth­er or seize con­trol of the neu­tral flag in the mid­dle of the map.  The two maps for the new mode, Stacks and Mead­ow, ensure the slaugh­ter can be done quick­ly.  In fact, Respawn describes them as  “tight, enclosed death box­es designed specif­i­cal­ly for the fast-paced, intense nature of the mode.”

 

Respawn is also show­ing that they’re lis­ten­ing to play­ers in the right ways.  Oth­er FPS devel­op­ers have made the mis­take of think­ing that their audi­ence knows how to bal­ance their weapons and such.  Respawn, how­ev­er, is giv­ing fac­tion com­man­ders mul­ti­ple new lines, updat­ing the mode selec­tion inter­face, and they also plan to allow play­ers to cre­ate their own ‘mix­tapes’, though there isn’t an indi­ca­tion that that will be in this update.

 

In Meta:  This is some heart­warm­ing deci­sion mak­ing on the part of Respawn Enter­tain­ment.  They’re show­ing that they care about their game remain­ing inter­est­ing to its fans rather than try­ing to reline their pock­ets.  For that alone, these new updates are worth check­ing out.