Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout gets sneaky update, changes to eliminate player frustration

Season 2 is coming soon.

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2020年08月24日, 午後 02:14 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, the hugely popular 60-player party game on PS4 and Steam, has been silently updated.

In addition to reducing unnecessary time limits on some mini-games, the game has removed the possibility of getting two team games back-to-back, and the number of players in the final stage has been changed to eliminate player frustration.

Also, costumes from the Valve collaboration, which were only available on PC (Steam), are now available on PS4.

Fall Guys is an online party game developed by independent British studio Mediatonic. In the guise of a survival game show like Japan's Takeshi's Castle, 60 players play a series of mini-games, with only the last person to grab the crown.

While the idea of a large group of people fighting to the last man makes you think of all the popular battle royale games like Fortnite, PUBG, APEX, and CoD: Warzone, Fall Guys' mini-games are all about trivial things like obstacle races, big ball rolls, and chases. It's a simple map and rules that you'll know what to do on the first try and get used to after a few tries.

There are few direct obstacles to block other people, and the more you rush to the finish line, the better off you will be, so you won't be surrounded by veterans at the start of the game and helplessly defeated by them, which is what makes Fall Guys so easy to play.

Fall Guys
Devolver Digital / Mediatonic

The Fall Guys' August 21 server-side update includes

  • Team Tail Tag and Royal Fumble timer has been reduced to 90 seconds

  • No more back to back team games

  • Max player count for Fall Mountain is now 15

  • Valve costumes will now be available in the store on PS4

The shortened mini-game rules are based on whether or not you have a "tail" at the moment the time runs out, or the number of possessions your team has, which determines the winner.

Basically, the advantage is difficult to maintain and quickly replaced, so it was unpopular to waste time getting busy when only the last few seconds of the game were involved in winning or losing.

Team battles are often decided more by luck, including the actions of teammates, than by the actions of any one player, and whether you survive or fall, you often lose the feeling of being rewarded for your actions.

Crown Mountain is a simple stage, a jump up the slope avoiding obstacles and grabbing the crown at the top of the mountain. There's not much to stir up in the standings, and if there are a lot of people in the crowd, it can end before you can get involved or see the final crown.

Fall Guys, like other battle royale and basic free-to-play games, uses a season-based system where players earn points to advance and reward items through repeated gameplay.

Following the current Season 1, which began upon the game's release, an advance release of Season 2 has already been announced.

Season 2 will have its world premiere at the Gamescom Opening Night Live, a gaming event that has gone online. It's around 3 am in Japan on the 28th.

Fall Guys is now available on Steam and the PlayStation Store. It's priced at about 2,000 yen.

Steam: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout | Official PlayStation Store United States

On PS4, you can get it for free from August 4 to 31 as a subscriber benefit to PlayStation Plus, the service you need to play online. Once you add it to your library, you'll play it for free for as long as you're a PS Plus subscriber in September and beyond.

Fall Guys is an online multiplayer-only game, so PS Plus is required to play anyway.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

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