As the second season of Splitgate’s beta begins, the game’s developers want to solidify the game’s status as the next big arena shooter. After its debut on consoles in the summer of 2021, interest and participation in the free-to-play multiplayer shooter Splitgate increased significantly. Since then, Splitgate has been an enormous success, attracting thousands of new gamers daily. From its debut on PC in 2019 as a portal-based sci-fi shooter by amateurs, the game has benefited immensely from the addition of several new game types and gameplay enhancements.
Splitgate has been modifying the game’s mechanics and modes in response to user feedback to make it as good as possible. Earlier this year, a map editor made it possible for gamers to design and construct their own competitive terrain. Although Splitgate has previously been described as “Halo with portals,” the newest season of the game aims to differentiate itself further from that comparison.
A week before Splitgate’s release, the game’s developers provided a sneak preview of the game’s latest features and modifications. During the preview, it became apparent that the game’s matchmaking system was unbalanced and required adjustment. As of today, Season 2 of the Splitgate beta will have an improved matchmaking algorithm that prioritises team balance and decreases the employment of bots. In addition, the new season introduces new game modes, a gorgeous recreation of a fan-favorite map, enhanced unlockables, and more surprises that are guaranteed to thrill both casual and expert gamers.
The three new game types in Season 2 of Splitgate are among the most interesting parts of the new season. Two new King of the Hill modes, Lockdown and Hot Zone, are certain to excite fans of the genre. A team of four players must race against the clock to capture three strategically positioned points on the map in order to win Hot Zone. In contrast, each objective in Hot Zone is only worth one point after it has been captured, but in KotH, points are scored every second an objective is held. This enables a team to recapture an objective before the other team can score points on it.
Lockdown is a similar game style, but in this new version, teams must simultaneously capture all three objectives in order to score any points. In comparison to Splitgate’s second new Free-For-All mode, Juggernaut, all modes will require extensive teamwork to be successful. In this novel take on the classic cat-and-mouse multiplayer mode, seven out of eight players will pursue the portal-less Juggernaught, who is faster and stronger.
Since its first release, the Spligate team has worked diligently to enhance the game’s visuals. The team’s success may be observed in the revised version of the fan favourite Abyss. The new level has been sharpened and made easier to navigate as a result of significant lighting improvements and a less cluttered layout. The game’s Map Maker functionality will get yet another enhancement. With the introduction of a new creator map environment, it will be simpler for fans to share their custom-made maps online and with their friends. Similar to Super Mario Marker 2, users are now able to share and download their own custom Splitgate maps via a map code.
Due to the simplicity with which unique maps may be shared, players will be able to experiment with both new and old Team Deathmatch rounds. Those who haven’t played the game in a while may like the latest version’s redesigned and less cluttered user interface and improved multiplayer matchmaking. This indie shooter has experienced a significant metamorphosis from its humble beginnings to a real AAA offering that shooter enthusiasts cannot ignore.
Cross-progression will be included, the Splitgate development team said when discussing the game’s future. Despite the team’s statement that no new Splitgate material is currently under development, they are very interested in expanding the world. It is still unknown if this means that lore will be infused into multiplayer modes or if there will be a single-player story including physics-defying action and sci-fi space opera. I can see that Spligate’s developers are working hard to make the game more fun. Splitgate has developed into something extraordinary, therefore fans should anticipate what it will become before it matures into something even more extraordinary.