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11 Feb 2021

Hunt: Showdown's New Spirit of Nian DLC Is Live On Steam

Competitive first-person PvP bounty hunting game Hunt Showdown has today released another significant update to the game on Steam.

We imagine these same changes will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One players in the near future, although at the moment it's not clear when the update will be released for console players.

However, this new major update brings with it some rather significant new DLC for the game, titled 'Spirit of Nian'.

For those curious to know more, here's the lowdown from crytek:

"Hunt’s two newest Legendary Hunters have travelled a long way to get to Louisiana – and they’ve brought a new Legendary Nagant, Blank Fire Decoys, and Fusees along with them to aid us all in the fight against the creatures that lurk in the bayou."

You'll find out more about this update, along with the official patch notes, just below.

Hunt Showdown Patch Notes 1.18 / 1.4.9

Highlights

New DLC

Spirit of Nian

This DLC includes: North Star (Legendary Hunter), The Sovereign (Legendary Hunter), Sniper’s Gift (Legendary Nagant Officer Carbine), Dragon’s Song (Legendary Blank Fire Decoys), and Fire Monkey (Legendary Fusees).

North Star
  • A student of mythology and a master of the Five Forms, Chen Lan answered the call for aid from the American Hunter’s Association, eager to gain knowledge that might aid the fight on her home turf. She keeps silent about the details of her journey from the Fujian province to New Orleans, though her skill with a gun and fondness for violence speaks volumes about the red trail she cut from East to West.
The Sovereign
  • An expert strategist and sniper of otherworldly skill, Xiao Feng left Fujian province with his hunting partner, Chen Lan, crossing the globe in a sweep of bloody encounters over land and sea. Rumors of the duo’s deadly skill preceded their arrival in New Orleans, and they were welcomed into the fold of the AHA with reverence befitting the highest nobility.
Sniper’s Gift
  • Before beginning the treacherous journey from Fujian to Louisiana, Xiao Feng’s Father – a fellow Hunter – gifted him this Nagant – a symbol of the success he would achieve when he put to use in the bayou.
Dragon’s Song
  • When the crackling of burning bamboo is not enough to scare off Nian (or worse), a handful of decoys should do the trick – and this lucky set will work on both brethren and beast in the Bayou.
Fire Monkeys
  • According to the zodiac, 1896 was the year of the Fire Monkey, and these fusees were named for the year of their debut in the Bayou.

Experimental branch

With this update, we are adding an experimental branch (beta branch) that we are hoping will help some of you with the stuttering issues that have been encountered. This branch will contain changes to how the texture pool video memory adjusts dynamically based on the budget provided by the operating system. It is important to note that this will not resolve the issues for everyone, but with the feedback and telemetry we gather from this branch, we will be able to dig deeper into this problem.

To try this branch – Go to the game in your library and click on the settings cogwheel and select properties. Go to the “betas” page and click the drop-down menu to select the beta branch available. A small download may be required.

Bug Fixes

Stuttering
  • Optimized the transition between compounds to reduce stutters.
UI
  • Switching from a hunter with less traits and switching to another with more will result in the display skulls not appearing behind the traits.
  • Trait box indicators are missing after hiring a hunter that has less traits than the currently selected one.
  • Improvements made to the reverb zones in Watch Towers.
Trickshooter DLC
  • Improvements made to the textures tied to the Specter 1882 Foregrip “Carter’s Quickshot”
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in visual issues for Carter within lobby
  • Fixed an issue that caused Carters’ gloves to clip through some weapons.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Carters’ gloves to clip while in dark sight effect.
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