This week, Valve stands in front of the firing line known as the internet following their most recent patch for Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Among a variety of balancing, Valve developers introduced a new gun — the R8 Revolver — that is rustling the jimmies of the dedicated fanbase.
What is causing the backlash surrounding this gun? Despite years of balancing the other weapons, the R8 is a one-shot kill (either to the head or body) with nearly impeccable aim. For players of Destiny, this is like if Thorn and The Last Word had a love-child. As a result, matches have become comically short with nearly all players opting to use the vastly overpowered weapon. That is, until today when Valve issued an official apology and released a patch:
On Tuesday we shipped some major gameplay changes in CS:GO including the R8 Revolver, and players have been voicing legitimate concerns over the balance of the weapon as shipped.
While it typically takes more time to generate enough data to drive an update (and gameplay updates are always a bit disruptive), in this case it’s clear that we got the damage wrong and can respond immediately.
So today we’re updating the R8 Revolver to bring its values to be more in line with other weapons: among other changes, its damage has been reduced and it takes slightly longer to fire.
The community is still testing out the new changes, but chances are nothing will be as powerful as R8 ever again.