We will be making some significant changes to shard-style bombs in an upcoming patch. Changes like the ones outlined here are not something we take lightly, but we feel they will provide a more balanced experience in the long run .
These changes will affect the following bombs:
- Crystal Bomb
- Sun Shards
- Radiant Sun Shards
- Rock Salt Bomb
- Ionized Salt Bomb
Please note that we will be taking measures to ensure a smooth transition to those affected by these changes (detailed further on). Please also note that it is not our intention to reduce the power of these bombs in any way.
Overview of changes:
The functional behavior of these bombs will change significantly, while still remaining in the spirit of the bomb line. Currently, shard-style bombs create a series of bullets on detonation, effectively acting like a handgun attack in multiple directions. The new changes will instead cause these bombs to create an initial explosion on detonation that then fires a series of non-damaging shards in multiple directions. These shards will then stick into the ground and explode shortly thereafter causing a series a of explosions that form a kind of ‘ring’ around the initial placement point of the bomb.
Next, the damage values and damage types of these existing shard bombs will undergo changes to better suit them for their intended purpose. The rock salt bombs for example, will no longer be delivering piercing damage, which slime family monsters resist. They will instead be much more suited for defeating slimes. Again, it is not our intention to reduce the effectiveness of these bombs.
Reason for the changes:
The current shard-style bombs are functionally, not very bomb-like. They are the standouts in the system we’ve tried to build whereby: guns fire bullets, bombs create areas of damage, and swords do a mix of the two.
Our intention with the shard line was to have them ‘spread out’ and hit multiple targets at once. So, we’re making this change because we want all bombs to feel like bombs- weapons that when used, create areas of damage on the playfield and feel like they pack a punch.
If you currently own the bombs undergoing changes:
A significant change such as this one is not something we take lightly. We will be taking measures to ensure that bomb users have a smooth transition over to these new bombs. The exact details of these measures will be disclosed closer to release.
We’ll even be introducing new bombs during the change to further expand a bomber's arsenal. Additionally, existing shard bombs will finally receive 5 star versions.
Finally, on a personal note, I understand that some of you will find this transition challenging, however I believe that it is in the best interest of the game and will ultimately lead to a better play experience for everyone. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your patience.