I have to admit that I have The Cycle installed, have since the very first season, but I still haven’t found the time to get into it. I think part of that is that it looks right up my alley and I’m afraid it’ll suck up all the free time I have left, but from the looks of the third season I might have to bite the bullet and give it a shot at long last.
Season Three brings in a couple additions in trains and a new space station, but also has a boatload of player-centric improvements like revamped social features, a new crafting system, skill-based matchmaking, and esports support.
That skill-based matchmaking might make it just too tempting to fire it up, but we’ll see what the weekend brings.
Here’s the press release:
All Aboard! The Cycle Season 3 Adds Moving Trains and a New Space Station
YAGER’s competitive quest shooter gets even better with revamped social, crafting and competitive features
BERLIN – July 8, 2020 – The third season of YAGER’s competitive quest shooter The Cycle is here! Season 3 introduces a big showstopper: Prospect Station, a new social hub for all players. In this bustling space station orbiting Fortuna III, you’re free to interact with other players, grab new missions, craft items for your next match and more. Spend less time in menus in your new home away from home!
Season 3 also raises the stakes with a new setpiece contract on a moving Mag Train available on both maps. As the train loops around the environment, squads must battle to get on board and keep it locked down, forcing players to use whatever cover they can find in close-quarters combat without falling off!
There’s a ton of other new content added with Season 3 today, as well, including:
- A total revamp of the crafting system, scrapping the old artificial resource system and streamlining it with a single soft currency for all items and mods, making it easier to manage your resources and craft what you want when you want it.
- New starter shotgun and assault rifle, designed to help newcomers flesh out their arsenal.
- New features for The Cycle’s competitive scene, including support for esports tournaments and the introduction of skill-based matchmaking.
- Two new playable Prospectors: Primetime, a streamer with a flashy LCD outfit, and Ronin, a sci-fi samurai.
- Recall Recharge: A new mechanic which allows you to recharge your recall battery, essentially letting you gain a life back if you lose it.
- A new context-sensitive ping system for contracts, making it easier to communicate and coordinate with your squad.
Season 3 also introduces new free and premium (Gold) versions of the Fortuna Pass, The Cycle’s exclusive season pass, each offering a variety of in-game currency and rewards like weapons, skins, emotes, banners, sprays and more. This season’s free pass features over 50 unlockable rewards. The Gold pass features more than 150 rewards (including those from the free pass), as well as the two new Prospectors and special challenges and customization elements for them both.
In addition, players can claim the new “Rogue Starter Pack” for free on The Cycle’s Epic Games Store page from now until July 22. This limited-time bundle of exclusive in-game items not available anywhere else includes the new Rogue Thrill Seeker Prospector, plus a unique vehicle, melee weapon and weapon skin (total value 40 USD/35 EUR).
The Cycle is an action-packed competitive quest shooter: complete jobs, defeat hostile lifeforms, gear up with new weapons and powers, out-score other prospectors, and make it off the planet alive before it kills you. The Cycle delivers a competitive multiplayer experience where everyone can survive, but how you stake your claim can make all the difference. Form squads with friends, make uneasy alliances with strangers, or go it alone — the choice is yours!
YAGER is an independent developer of computer and video games based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1999 by five dedicated developers and artists, its focus is the creation of vivid and meaningful high-quality gaming experiences. Today, 20 years after its foundation, a strong international team of game-loving developers is hard at work bringing YAGER’s vision of gaming to life as an independent self-publishing studio. www.yager.de