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Merc Report - More Explosions, More Bullets

Hello Mercs,

Last week we gave you intel on an old outpost that may have information on the Patriarch’s whereabouts. We won’t be sending you empty-handed. Horzine research and design has a few new additions for you to consider adding to your arsenal.








For the Demolitionists out there that are always asking “What else can we blow up, and how?”, we have the new HRG Kaboomstick. Fans of the HX25 Pistol will appreciate the increased pellets, double the magazine size. It has an alt-fire for even more boom when firing both barrels at once. Perfect for clearing away those pesky Zeds that have come in a little too close for your liking... and arming distance!








For the Berzerkers, a new ranged weapon. The HRG Teslauncher fires microwave rounds and has an alt-fire guaranteed to give mercs a shockingly good time. This assault rifle can deliver EMP grenades wherever needed most, disrupting Zeds and allowing you time to execute your plans to charge forwards to finish the job a little more personally, or backward at your own discretion!






For the Gunslinger who either can’t find a weak point or stopped caring when that Fleshpound broke the line, the team at Horzine has heard you and has developed the new Glock 18c with an integrated silencer attachment design for you!! Usable as a single Glock with semi-automatic and full-automatic fire modes. Pick up a second one to commit to full auto only, showing you really know how to toss lead downrange and clear a path for that tactical backward push with the Demolitionist. Negotiations over, the sentence is death.







And finally, we have the Blunderbuss built for Demolitionists and Support specialists. A closer range firearm that utilizes a flintlock single action revolving drum magazine for 3 cannonballs of Jolly Roger Joy and cannonball shrapnel right where it will hurt the most, and that is anywhere you want it to be! The cannonballs do not explode until they make contact with a surface or a Zed, allowing some hallway clearing opportunities, without ever having to look down that hallway! To really shiver some zed’s timbers, hold down the trigger to save the explosion for the perfect moment, triggering the explosion once let off.

As a reminder: HRG weapons are free for all users, while the Glock 18c and Blunderbuss are purchasable after the Summer Update Final Launch as Weapon Bundles packed with weapon skins for cosmetic customization. The Glock 18c is a different weapon from the previously released G18 and Riot Shield combination featuring a new model, textures, animations, VFX, SFX, and gameplay differences.


We hope to see you soon in the Steam beta! Keep eyes on this space for the release and a more detailed changelog.
 
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L Konrad

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And another HRG plus DLC, 10 bucks per gun. So, ugly designed Glock 18, might OP, hidden by the paywall, Just like a Bow. The only good thing here is Teslauncher; Zerk might have another ranged weapon, like VLAD. Concept is good, but it's another Soulless HRG reskin. Too bad.
 
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Molis456

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HRG guns are so cool (you still need to think about a berserker) and DLC guns are also cool BUT Glock 18s is somehow dubious.:unsure:
 

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Hitscan that benefits from Vampire.
I guess that'll be nice, but still i'm getting a pretty unorganized vibe from it. A bit of "Hey look what we can slap together". Still though, that just makes me want to get my hands on it even more
 

Migunne

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IDK if you noticed but the blunderbuss where at KF 2009 with other name and design but with same function. When the summer beta will release ?
 

niwa

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Oke, so, re-skins...
Can you guys give more of them this time?
 

Aleflippy

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I mean, they pretty much did the opposite that what most game devs do : instead of taking an existing weapon and making a new skin for it...They instead took the same appearance and applied entirely different stats to it!

I'd say that's pretty cool. Even more so when it brings truly new flavours to the game. If it was merely a slight damage buff or extra bullets in the mag I wouldn't be fussed by it. But here? Bring it on!

(The color palette looks bad though, I'll give you that)
 

Aleflippy

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Okay so, I already felt that way for previous HRG guns, but it's even more jarring here for some reason: they are damn ugly. I get that we're supposed to be able to differentiate them from the regular guns, but wouldn't it be possible to simply apply different skins? Like let's say I got a woodland camo and a gold boomstick... Couldn't I just choose one for the HRG version and the other for the regular one? Or anything really besides that boring white and blue that looks straight out of Apple.

OTHER THAN THAT

Kaboomstick : I thought you reached peak-comedy with the Doomstick, but that's even funnier (and it's no sarcasm, I truly snorted). However, what gets my attention is definitely that it's basically the HX-25 on steroids. Always wished for a proper successor to that very handy PDW, and here it is ! I do have to wonder how powerful it will be... I suppose it will have a very short range, but having pretty much an explosive boomstick does sounds like overkill, against fleshpounds mostly. I have a strong feeling that this won't be a simple alternative to the boomstick...And as such, I expect a T3 at the very least. I guess we'll see. But I'm sold on the idea alone.

Teslauncher : That one I'm really not sure about. What do you mean by microwave rounds? Is it similar to the Helios? If so well... can't say I'm too giddy about having a Helios rifle in the hands of a zerk. I know a lot of people asked for a new ranged tool for the perk, but I somewhat thought it would be a pistol or maybe a bolt-action rifle. An assault rifle seems problematic, even more so considering his skills. He's already stupidly fast and tanky... Won't that make the zerk a one-man-army? Time will tell I guess. Having extra EMPs grenades does sound a bit ludicrous too, considering how helpful they are. Sure, healing grenades are also very handy, but your teammates (and yourself) need to move to the proper zone. Here, you can pretty much bombard a zone full of zeds and watch chaos ensues. Meh...We'll see.

Glock 18C : Unlike pretty much everyone... I love the design of that gun! It reminds me of the Automag-9 from RoboCop ! It looks stupidly retro-scifi... Almost like the Tesla Cybertruck ! What doesn't please me nearly as much is the fact we're getting the G18 behind a paywall yet again... I don't really want to pay 10 bucks twice for the same gun. And when people asked to get it without the riot shield, I don't think that's what they meant. I also wonder how the headshot damage bonus will work with the gun... I think it might melt zeds like butter with the extra RoF. I also find it a bit dumb that you cannot use single fire while dual-wielding them... Why wouldn't you be able to use the mouse3? I do have to agree that you answered the call of many people crying for a full-auto pistol for the perk. Juuuust would have liked another one, just for being extra fancy.

Blunderbuss : The troll weapon to end troll weapons! Ain't gonna lie : I've yet to find a game where that weapon doesn't feel like a joke. HOWEVER. It does seem to be a pimped-out blunderbuss... Somewhat similar to the Loose Cannon in TF2. Having three shots sounds like a great improvement. And one can only hope that we won't need to suffer the excruciatingly long reload time of its Call of Duty version... I do imagine that it will be at least a T4 however? Judging by its apparent raw power and somewhat versatile use, at least in the hands of a demolitionist. Will it be useful in the hands of a support? Eeeh...That's doubtful really. Only three shots that doesn't seem to pierce but rather do explosion, that really doesn't feel up the support's alley, is it? UNLESS it fires a single, high-powered, black powder shot? I don't exactly know, but it does feel more like a demo gun the way you put it.

And bottom line... FOUR WEAPONS? No matter that two of them are DLCs. After seeing the meager content of the previous update, I'm just glad to see you're back in shape! And they all look at the very least...pretty interesting, and somewhat creative.
 
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Seriosuly, instead of selling new weapons, TWI could sell skins(I mean new models) for HRG weapons. If they looks good (not like Rhino or this new garbade Glocks) I would buy them in a heartbeat, even for 10$,

Edit: Please, do not insult Auto 9 like that, it looks 1000 times better than glocks.
 

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You'd probably be the only one my friend. Characters sold poorly. Apparently, guns aren't faring better. Do you really think people would throw ten bucks for something that has no impact on gameplay whatsoever?

No way in hell. That's just wasting time and money.

And like it or not, but the Auto 9 actually looks A LOT like that Glock. At that point, you're just coming up with reasons to hate it. Which is mighty fine, but don't pretend it looks better...As they are so damn similar they could have called it the Auto 9 instead of G18C.
 
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"Characters sold poorly.", yet people (including me) constantly ask for them, weird, isn't it?
"Apparently, guns aren't faring better." - doesn't looks like it's true, I often (as much as I play this game these days) see atleast one player with dlc weapons (excluding Zwei), but granted, maybe player count is that low lmao.
News Flash: people refuse to buy anything, especially from TWI. I haven't seen anyone being happy about prices of any purchasable content in this game, ever. So what exactly do you expect/want to happen? I'm just giving an idea.
People complain about crates, TWI panders - now no one is buying them. You'd ask where I was fine with "gambling"? I didn't really care, but (apparently) atleast "whales" give enough money so TWI giving us free (and good!) weapons.

Here's Glock with fischer suppressor and Auto 9. If you honestly see no difference, I have nothing to tell you.
 

Aleflippy

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First things first, you better change that tone mate. As you got no reason to talk to me like that.

My mention about the fact that guns don't sell very well doesn't come out of thin air : Tripwire themselves said so. Now you might get cynical and tell me that businesses are never happy with sales... One can only trust them to be honest about the numbers. I know I didn't purchase any of them, as I find them too expensive. And I'm sure many players didn't either. By taking your "at least one player has DLC weapons" into account, it still means that, assuming you're always playing in a full-team... Only one out of six players bought at least one DLC. That's still not that great.

And what does the fact that people keeps asking for characters prove exactly? Besides that the community is also hungry for more, but never if it costs anything? Again, I won't lie : I didn't purchase either Mrs.Foster or Badass Santa. But at some point, you have to realize that everything cost time and resources. If it's too expensive : just wait for a sale. We got one a few months ago. You cannot complain that nothing new is added when you don't support the game by spending money on it.

If people refuse to buy anything from TWI, may they suit themselves. But they shouldn't complain that we don't cater to them either. You paid for a fully-released game and believe or not : the game was released years ago! They could have dropped DLCs from the get-go. Yet they didn't. They could have released the game and move on to the next... Yet they didn't. They continue to support the game to this day. So that you find the prices too high is mighty fine. But complaining that they have to make cuts to their KF2 budget is sheer non-sense.

And finally, I obviously didn't say that Auto 9 and G18C were the same gun. That's just idiocy. But you cannot argue that they have a similar shape. Not saying you could mistake the two. Not saying they have the same appearance. Just that one could be reminded of the other by looking at it.

If you don't agree. Whatever, it's okay. I'm sure I'll sleep just as fine tonight. But claiming "you have nothing to tell me" as if I was the king of the morons clearly wasn't necessary.
 

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Totally agree with the glock Robocop vibe. Wish it was crossperked with Sharp. That Blunderbuss looks great. Hope the HRG Kaboom carries the HX no self damage! The Teslauncher could be very, very interesting. Like that there's more this update!
 
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Don't really get why you'd want the G18C to be crossperked with the sharp...? Like, it's not up its alley at all. Even regular pistols are not part of his arsenal, merely revolvers.

And as someone already wary of the amount of DPS you could do with the GS damage bonus, imagine how that would end up with the sharpie.

However, I didn't think about the HX no self-damage... Now that you speak of it, I really hope the Kaboomstick has that bonus indeed !
 
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All its speculation until we got in our hands a copy of it. About ppl saying when handing a zerker wep... the hemo HRG its for specifically zerker, cos more ASP% and can tank vs 5 inrage fps (not qfp apart) using wisely the special attack and the rounds/mag left obv. About the robocop glock i really like it and it exist, in fact, that model in real life. Please need the beta to be released now ! xD
 

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I'm surprised that the new HRG weapon is an improved version of Boomstick and HMTech-501.The players around me have discussed the feasibility of dual glock18c many times. I'm glad that you have fulfilled the wishes of KF2 players.I'm surprised by the appearance of blunderbuss, but the theme of the next version is pirates. This weapon really fits the image of pirates.
 

Aleflippy

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The theme of the next version is pirates... What?

Got any source to back up those claims my friend? Because that really sounds random. And besides the blunderbuss, I really don't see how and why they'd go that route.
 

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I also find it a bit dumb that you cannot use single fire while dual-wielding them... Why wouldn't you be able to use the mouse3?
...Because mouse3 already has a function? You could make it go through a sequence like DefaultAim/SingleFire, DefaultAim/AutoFire, AltAim/SingleFire, AltAim/Autofire, and then loop through them but it'd be unreliable in heated situations. KF2 is a fast-paced game and even single on/off toggles can get jumbled up in the thick of it already. Not to mention something like what I proposed would require more effort than re-using existing code and that's been an increasingly unlikely prospect over the last year...
 

Aleflippy

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I tend to forget that all GS weapons already have a secondary function... Hell, just shows how useful I find said function.

I do believe it would be better to be able to select your fire rate rather than how you want your ADS to look. Or well, they could make it a quick double-tap on Mouse2 actually changes how the ADS look? I don't know.

I do believe we need a workaround to such a silly situation. Being unable to switch fire just because it's bound on the same key is ridiculous.
 

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I was thinking the sharp needs a small spray and pray weapon for if and when he gets surrounded by small trash. On higher difficulties the 9 mm doesn't cut it and the M14 (which is fantastic for it) isn't really purchased until level 3 at earliest. Think playing nuked objective mode as a solo sharp player. The first spider wave. Ugh.... Goes through freeze grenades very fast. Also Tripwire did say a Pirate themed update in advertising for this summer instead of the circus theme.
 

Aleflippy

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Eh... You're right. But at the same time, I'm a strong defender of the idea that no perk should be able to deal with everything. Otherwise, why bother having perks at all? I do perceive the sharpshooter as some sort of "glass cannon" (for lack of a better word) : dealing painfully high amount of damage, but with very low self-preservation which means you often have to rely on your team. What about solo play then? If I was being cocky, I'd say that it's part of the fun to be challenged... Otherwise, I would say that the LAR and then either the Centerfire/.500 do make more than average T2 in the hands of a sharpie. At the very least : it is more reliable than the Crossbow.

I would go as far as to say that crawlers are natural enemies of the sharp... which seems only fair since he makes short work of most dangerous enemies (Sirens and Scrakes and to some extent : Fleshpounds)


Pirate themed you say? I don't know if I like it more than the summer sideshow to be honest... I'm afraid it might look very cheesy. In every way. The skins, the map etc... That does sound a bit random too.

But hey, at least it's different?
 

DonutHoleKakyoin

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is the glock going to be cross perked with swat? cause that is all that matters to me
 

Aleflippy

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Then again... Do you really need a shield-less G18 for the SWAT?

And dual-wielding has always been Gunslinger's specialty. Only the Firebug can dual wield his spitfires. Otherwise well, the sharpie may use a single .500 or 1858. Same goes for the HX-25 in the hands of the demo.
 

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I'm surprised that the new HRG weapon is an improved version of Boomstick and HMTech-501.The players around me have discussed the feasibility of dual glock18c many times. I'm glad that you have fulfilled the wishes of KF2 players.I'm surprised by the appearance of blunderbuss, but the theme of the next version is pirates. This weapon really fits the image of pirates.

Steampunk better than Pirates looks.