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Deceive Inc. Post Launch Brief


Hello Agents,

Here we are a little over 24 hours past from when the game went live on all platforms, and what a time it has been! While we can’t wait to share with you some of our future plans for Deceive Inc. the focus right now is identifying player issues and fixing them as quickly as possible via a series of hotfixes and quality of life updates in the near and further off (weeks) future.

Before we go into what is coming up next in terms of fixes, we would like to go over what has already happened.
  • At launch a group of players reported not getting their intended items. The cause of this issue was quickly identified and fixed for many.
    • For players who still have items missing, please put in a ticket at support.deceiveinc.com so that the team may investigate and resolve this for you.
  • A PC crash was found and identified with a group of keyboard type users that rebound specific keys .
    • A client side hotfix went out yesterday to address this
  • Players reported matchmaking could result in them being placed in non ideal server locations
    • This was investigated, confirmed, and a backend update was issued to improve matchmaking and further backend work is happening to improve this further
  • A server side fix for a bad spawn location on Fragrant Shore has gone live today
  • A server side update to reduce Yu-Mi’s passive gadget cooldown from 90% to 50% is going live shortly
  • Investigated reports that turning off crossplay was broken
    • This proved incorrect, and we can confirm this is working as intended

Starting this morning the team is already at work generating and testing a hotfix build for PC and Playstation 5 players. The goal is to release the hotfix in the days ahead (within the week - we hope to have an Xbox hotfix to follow early to mid next week) if all goes well with internal testing. Please note, some items listed here may not make it into the first hotfix:
  • Improved stability for Playstation 5 hardware
  • Improved spawn system to help prevent Agents from spawning near each other
    • This system can be further updated/tweaked via backend and server updates
  • Fix for a bug that would allow rival agents to hear each others footsteps while disguised
  • Further improvements to server selection when matchmaking that require a client update

With a planned follow up (or two) to the above hotfix, the team is also currently working on other issues and feedback from the community. Once again please note, some items listed here may not make it into the first few hotfixes:
  • Improved stability on Xbox Series S|X (along with bringing the items from the first hotfix to Xbox)
  • Fix for cross platform parties not always working between Xbox and other platforms
  • Potential fix for the “Infinite” weapon and gadget scrolling bug
  • Unreliable achievement unlocking (Steam)

Just to be clear, an issue not being listed above does not mean it isn’t important, just that it is unlikely to make it into the first set of hotfixes.

We can’t thank you enough Agents for stepping into the world of Deceive Inc. with us, and we are looking forward to the journey ahead!

Server KF2 (or any Unreal Engine 3) server on RedHat/CentOS/Rocky/Alma Linux DDoS defense with the help of firewalld

Will TripWire fix this properly so that their server binaries do the rate limiting internally? I'm running a KF2 server on a Windows 2008 server, and it's recently been overloaded and brought to its knees by this attack. There's nothing I can do either since it's Windows 2008, and `new-NetFirewallRule` cmdlets don't exist in powershell for that OS. I'm also running ESET Internet Security, and their firewall doesn't appear to have a way to rate limit connections. Anyone have any ideas? For now, I've turned my KF2 server off as it was crashing my entire Windows server due to this attack. :(
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Deceive Inc. Is Now Live - Trailer and Changelog

Welcome Agents! Launch is finally here and we’re going to dive into the changes you can expect on day one. Before we give you the full rundown of this build of the game, a few things to clarify:

The launch build was stamped *before* we could dive into all the great feedback received in the Open Beta cycle. Some elements of feedback we could act on in the short term, others will have to wait a bit for post launch updates. For more details on some of those post launch changes head over here: https://forums.tripwireinteractive....aunch-changes-the-team-is-working-on.2338935/

As always, your feedback is invaluable to the team and we take it very seriously. If something is not there yet it does not mean we are not seriously considering it/working on it. We’ll do our best to give you a transparent look at what we are working on regularly.

Now without further ado, let’s dive in!

Console Specific
PS5 Crashes

We’ve had the chance to have a lot of Playstation 5 players jumping into the Open Beta and their feedback has been invaluable in tracking down an issue leading to high rates of crash on the platform. The team at Sweet Bandits and Tripwire have been making great progress and are confident that stability will be significantly increased for the launch build. With that said, our team of engineers are going to continue to closely monitor things.

General Changes
Jump Fatigue Tweaks

We’ve had a lot of feedback on the new jump fatigue implementation through our Open Beta cycle. We’ve tuned it for launch to be much less disruptive of normal movement while still slowing you down significantly if you mash it in a fight.

We are keeping an eye on reports that shooting jumping characters in close quarters is more frustrating than it should, so you can expect news on that front in the future.

Controller Tweaks
Refinement to controller quick turn when holding the joystick.

Created unique aim assist profiles for different weapon types to better tweak the experience for controller users. This gives us the power to tweak aim assist on a per-character basis if need be.

Base Max ammo pools tweaks
The overall max ammo numbers for agents has been toned down slightly. This should give the max ammo field upgrade a bit more value and give a bit more tactical depth to taking a fight. This does not affect the presence of ammo on the map or how much ammo you gain from a single pack or dispenser.

Recoil Smoothing
We’ve had a lot of feedback on the difficulty of hitting moving targets in the game and recoil has been a big part of that feeling. Expect less harsh recoil overall for a smoother shooting experience across the board.

Razer Chroma integration
The launch version of Deceive Inc. features full Razer Chroma integration for PC users. You can expect Game phase contextual patterns that evolve depending on the current state of the match, Event contextual patterns that react to actions like changing cover, hacking, taking damage and mapped key highlights to showcase your active keybinds.

Razer Chroma features are enabled by default but can be turned off in the general section of the in-game settings.

All Operations are a GO

With release, Operation Hard Sell, Silver Reef, Diamond Spire and Fragrant Shore are all part of the map rotations. Go get that package!

Spawn Pool tweaks
Diamond Spire and Fragrant Shore have received a fresh shipment of intel to fill their drawers a bit more. Diamond Spire has also received more intel overall to better pace the looting on all floors of the level.

Balancing Tweaks
We’ve got a big list of balancing changes to the entire cast. Our biggest changes are around fast firing weapons that take a lot of hits to eliminate a rival spy. We’ve tweaked the modifiers of this weapon archetype across the board to make body damage more reliable, limb shot less punitive and headshots a bit less of a modifier to compensate. In most cases headshots will do the same damage as before, but consistent body shots will lead to more reliable eliminations. We hope this makes these characters more accessible and less frustrating to use in prolonged combat.

Another area of focus has been on making weapon mods that were lacking a clear identity a bit more unique. We hope this makes choosing a weapon variant a more interesting choice in build making.

The overall goal with Squire this update is to make his base weapon feel more reliable and less headshot dependent. We also found the javelin to lag behind a bit and lack a clear identity. With this we want to pivot the javelin more clearly as the big damage, headshot dependent variant of squire’s weapon.

Base Weapon: Lance
  • Increased damage from 15 to 17
  • Reduced fire rate from 3.6 bullet second to 3.1
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Reduced headshot modifier from 1.5 to 1.3
Weapon Mod 1: Trident
No Change from Beta

Weapon Mod 2: Javelin
  • Increased damage from 20 to 23
  • Increased headshot damage modifier from 1.75 to 2.00
  • Reduced fire rate from 2.45 bullet second to 2.40

Ace has been doing pretty well recently, as such we are not making radical changes to her balancing. We wanted to give a bit more personality difference to the jack of diamonds and give it more of a role as Ace’s most reactive option.

Base Weapon: Queen of Diamonds
  • Raised fire rate from .75 bullet second to .8 bullet second.
  • Raised fire reload time from 1.6 seconds to 2.3.
Weapon Mod 1: Jack of Diamonds
  • Raised fire rate from 1.25 bullet seconds to 1.35.
  • Lowered reload time from 2.4 seconds to 1.5 seconds.

Weapon Mod 2: King of Diamonds
No change from beta

Chavez has been performing quite well recently. We simply put vigilante more in-line with other fast firing weapon changes we are making in this patch.

Base Weapon: Sentinel
No change from beta

Weapon Mod 1: Vigilante
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
Weapon Mod 2: Duke
No change from beta

Larcin is seeing a bit more changes in this patch. We found his base weapon to be outclassed by his other options on all sides. We wanted to drive a clearer use case for each weapon in this patch. Silence will now be a more reliable option that is not headshot dependent, cadence will be a preferable long range option with bigger ammo capacity and violence will drive further the need to land that gun throw for big damage while keeping superior headshot damage on the bullets.

Base Weapon: Silence
  • Increased base damage from 9 to 10
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Reduced headshot modifier from 1.5 to 1.3
  • Increased reload speed from 1.1 to 1.0 second.
Weapon Mod 1: Cadence
  • Increased base damage from 8 to 9.-Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
Weapon Mod 2: Violence
  • Reduced bullet damage from 13 to 10
  • Reduced fire rate from 4.75 bullet second to 4.5
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Increased reload time from .8 second to 1.2 second.
  • Increased thrown weapon crit modifier from 2.0 to 2.5 for BIG bonk damage.


Xiu is probably the character with the best use case for the fast firing tweaks. With these changes, we want to increase the extremely fast time to kill for landing only headshots. By the same token, we are also making kills far more reliable overall by mitigating the penalty on limb shots. We are once again trying to drive weapon personality further by giving Longshen a better use case as Xiu’s harder hitting longer ranger option.

Base Weapon: Zhulong
  • Special note* Xiu’s stats were not correct in the open beta build, this is compared to the next fest balancing which was the correct one[/B]
  • Reduced base damage from 10 to 9
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Reduced headshot modifier from 1.5 to 1.3
Weapon Mod 1: Longshen
  • Increased damage from 8 to 10 per shot.
Weapon Mod 2: Xuanwu
  • Reduced damage per shot from 7 to 6
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Reduced headshot modifier from 1.5 to 1.3

We fixed an issue where Xiu’s expertise would not use the correct values. Here’s the rundown:

Expertise Base: Cobra’s Deceit:
  • 45 meters max range for a shift instead of 40.

Expertise mod 1: Serpent’s Bluff
  • 10 meters max range to set your recall target instead of 40.

Expertise mod 2: Python’s Ruse
  • Each jump now has a max range of 15 meters, this used to be 40 meters each.
  • You now have a 2.5 seconds delay to shift again. No more holding the next jump infinitely.

Hans has been in an interesting spot recently. His base weapon and weapon mod 1 have been underperforming quite a bit while his weapon mod 2 has been dominating the game very fiercely. With these changes, we hope to give every weapon a clearer use case and a more evident drawback to the uppercut variant.

Base Weapon: The Hook
  • Increase damage from 40 to 45 (when all pellets hit).
Weapon Mod 1: The Jab
  • Increase damage from 25 to 30 (when all pellets hit).
  • Increased headshot multiplier on ADS from 1.5 to 1.75.
Weapon Mod 2: The Uppercut
  • Reduced fire rate from 1.8 shot second to .8 shot second.
  • Reduced ADS shot damage from 50 to 30.
  • Slowed reload speed from 2.1 to 2.2 seconds.

  • The duration of all Hans expertise status effects has been extended from 3 seconds to 4.5 seconds to give better utility in closing the gap with rivals.

Cavalière's base weapon was underperforming a bit recently. As before, we are removing a bit of emphasis on headshots and making her time to kill more reliable overall by raising base damage and lowering limb shot modifiers impact. This change also carries well with the hydras where landing only headshot would create extremely low TTK, but hitting limbs would make kills extremely long to get. This should really shrink the extremes on both sides. For the wyverns, we want to reward headshots more and make it more of a precision alternative while punishing going only for body shots only a bit more.

Base Weapon: Dragoons
  • Increased damage from 10 to 12 per shot.
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Reduced headshot modifier from 1.5 to 1.3.
Weapon mod 1: Hydras
  • Reduced damage per shot from 13 to 10.
  • Increased fire rate from 4.25 bullet second to 5.00
  • Increase headshot multiplier from 1.5 to 2.0.
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
Weapon mod 2: Wyverns
  • Changed limb shot modifier from .75 to .9 in accordance with fast firing weapon tweaks.
  • Reduced reload time from 2.1 seconds to 1.8.
  • Reduced headshot multiplier from 2.0 to 1.5.

The split pellets have been a dominating force in Yu-Mi’s arsenal recently. Having headshots modifiers on a weapon that behaves like a shotgun creates a very random experience for victims that could lead to almost instant death in some cases. We hope to make the pellet a more reliable and less frustrating weapon that we can better balance with these changes.

Base Weapon: Tactical Slingshot
No Change since beta

Weapon Mod 1: Experimental Split Shot
  • Removed headshot multiplier from this mod to make it closer to shotgun behavior (like hans).
  • Changed damage of pellet before split from 34 to 30.
  • Changed the charged damage multiplier from 1.5 to 1.6.
  • Changed damage of pellets once splitted from 7 to 6.

Weapon Mod 2: Heavy Longshot
No Change since beta

The team is keeping track of several top known issues and workarounds in the Support Knowledgebase here: https://support.deceiveinc.com/en/knowledgebase

Thank you for your continued feedback and support, Agents!

Intel Brief: Bonds and Seasonal Catalogs

Seriously? I pre-ordered the DLC and now I still have to buy the battle pass?
Where did you believe you pre-ordered any DLC? There are two versions of the game to purchase, the base game, and the deluxe known as the Black Tie Edition that comes with some extras.
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Intel Brief: Bonds and Seasonal Catalogs

"loot briefcases"

I thought we moved beyond the need for lootboxes tbh... I'm also quite surprised, as a Belgian, that both Killing Floor 2 and Team Fortress 2 still propose crates to me even though they've been labeled as gambling here.

For everything else, well... It's the bread and butter. Being able to buy stuff by playing well and long enough should be mandatory. And season passes seems to be the lesser of multiple evils.
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A reminder of Post Launch Changes The Team Is Working On

Planned Post Launch Changes
While we’ve been reacting to player feedback from the latest beta tests, not everything the team is working on will be ready in time for launch day. Please find a partial list of some of the changes that are likely (please note that future developments are subject to change as items are prototyped and worked on. Items listed here may not come in the exact form listed or at all) to come in updates after launch:
  • Increased rewards for being the first to loot a Vault Terminal room
    • Example: A guaranteed purple keycard
  • Penalty for shooting civilian NPCs. The goal is not to punish agents who accidentally take one down during a fight, but to prevent rampant murders and spy checks.
    • Initial prototype makes agents scale up in “heat levels”, this results in them taking more damage from guards and other agents as they do. Heat goes down over time. (ONCE AGAIN THIS IS A PROTOTYPE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
  • The training room will display shot damage on the back screen
    • Addition UI elements to help players understand the weapons better are also going to be added post launch
  • Private Lobbies
    • We know this is a much requested feature for friends to play with each other and it is slated for post launch development. We do not currently have an expected ETA on this feature to share.
  • Agent Balance
    • We’ll be continuing to adjust agent weapons and abilities, improving those that are under-performing and bringing down those that are over-performing.

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Intel Brief: Bonds and Seasonal Catalogs


Hello agents! With launch right around the corner we wanted to give some details on our premium currency, Bonds, and what to expect from their use in the future.

Bonds is a cosmetic only currency that is used as an alternative to credits to buy cosmetics straight from the agent menu or to unlock shop exclusive cosmetics that are in rotation. Bonds will also be used to purchase the premium version of seasonal catalogs which we will detail down below. They can be purchased with real money, but you will be able to get some bonds from the free pass of a catalog.

To make things clear:
  • Bonds cannot be used to get loot briefcases, these are progression rewards only.
  • We won’t lock new gameplay elements behind bonds.
  • New agents will be unlockable with credits earned by playing.

We are excited to show you what we’ve been working on in the future so please stay tuned for more information!

Seasonal Catalogs

Our seasonal updates will come with what we call our “Catalogs”. These will feature 50 unlockable items, 10 seasonal titles based on completion and a few more surprises.

With the apparition of catalogs, you will start earning “Catalog Tokens” to claim a reward of your choice. Every reward costs 1 token and you can proceed to the next page of the catalog after unlocking 3 items out of 5, giving you a choice to prioritize what you want to unlock first.

20 of the 50 rewards will be available on the free version of the catalog, 30 will be premium only (including some bonus cosmetics we will show you later on). A catalog will cost 1000 Bonds to purchase and will NEVER EXPIRE once purchased. No fear of missing out here, complete the catalog at your own pace and unlock everything in it without fear of losing on a costume you really want. We will also let you purchase a previous catalog at any time through the season menu if you are interested in a previous season. Catalogs expands the world of Deceive Inc., it will not shrink over time.

Here’s a sneak peak at a page from the first catalog “Misery Empire” with a Film Noir theme!


Now, that’s not all. Catalogs will be released with sizable updates available to everyone! This means a new agent, unlockable either through the premium catalog or with DI credits earned by playing, and major gameplay updates.

We are very excited to show you everything new coming with our first catalog, but it will have to wait a LITTLE bit longer.