In the dazzling world of The Finals, where destruction meets teamwork, Embark Studios has just unleashed the long-awaited mid-season update 1.6.0, bringing a truckload of improvements, bug fixes, and a thrilling new event known as "Steal the Spotlight." As Season 1 reaches its midpoint, we can't help but reflect on the rollercoaster ride since The Finals burst onto the scene during The Game Awards 2023. While breaking player records initially, the game has encountered its fair share of hiccups – bugs and issues that have tried to steal the limelight from epic matches.
But fear not, dear players! Embark Studios has been hard at work, tirelessly updating the game with fixes, weapon balancing, and exciting new content. In Season 1, The Finals introduced its first limited-time game mode, the electrifying "Solo Bank It." This twist on the traditional team-based gameplay pitted twelve solo players against each other, instead of working together. It was a wild ride that left players hungry for more innovative game modes, and Embark Studios is here to deliver in style.
In a grand announcement, Embark Studios revealed the arrival of Update 1.6.0 for all passionate players of The Finals. The star of the show in this update is the brand new game mode called "Steal the Spotlight." Prepare to enter the darkened Las Vegas map, where the lights have been switched off, and treacherous tripwires and menacing turrets stand guard over the cashout machines. As a solo player, you'll be armed with premade loadouts, but remember, creativity is key to outsmarting both the traps and your rivals. And the cherry on top? This game mode promises dazzling cosmetic rewards, a true feast for the eyes.
But that's not all! Update 1.6.0 brings a treasure trove of balance changes to all three maps, and it spices up the action with new gadgets like the Vanishing Bomb, Dome Shield, and Zipline. After becoming a fan favorite, the Recon Senses have received a tweak – their infinite sight has been capped, and players now receive a notification when detected. Embark Studios has also unleashed an army of bug exterminators, fixing issues that dared to plague every nook and cranny of the game. Additionally, the update features UI enhancements, mesmerizing VFX improvements, and other delightful settings. And for all you career-driven champions out there, hold onto your seats, because ten additional levels have been added to The Finals' career rank rewards! There's even more to earn as you battle your way to the top.
Fresh content is like a breath of fresh air, especially when reports indicate that The Finals' player base has experienced a slight decline since its peak in December. While we don't have precise numbers for console players, vigilant fans have noticed a Steam version drop of nearly 80%, from a staggering 242,000 players to just over 51,000. We understand the concerns from the community about the game's longevity, particularly with a slew of highly anticipated games on the horizon in 2024.
But fear not, courageous competitors! Embark Studios has proven their commitment to keeping The Finals alive and thriving. With the spotlight firmly on them, they continue to pour their hearts and souls into perfecting the game, ensuring that it remains a force to be reckoned with in the ever-evolving gaming landscape. So rally your teammates, fine-tune your strategies, and prepare for a heist like no other. It's time to Steal the Spotlight and make your mark in The Finals. May the best player win!