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OFFICIAL: PS4 (v01.11) + Steam (v3.3.22) Update Notes - Umbrella Official Release!

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Hey everyone,

She's finally here! After months of development and testing, Umbrella is finally ready to make her big debut on PS4! This release will also mark Umbrella's official release on Steam and she will now be playable outside of the open beta.

Aside from Umbrella and all her associated extras, this update also comes with a smattering of balance adjustments for some of the rest of the cast. These balance adjustments have been tested extensively in the open beta on Steam so you may already be familiar with them, but with this update they are making their way to PS4 at last.



UMBRELLA



If you own the Season One Pass, or purchase Umbrella's DLC individually, here's what you get:
  • NEW STAGE - The Boardwalk is open for business! The denizens of New Meridian are soaking up the sun on this seaside promenade, taking in the sights, sounds and occasional all-out brawl.
  • NEW MUSIC TRACK - Legendary composer Masaru "Raito" Kuba serves up the Boardwalk's jaunty 'Ice Cream Headache' music track!
  • STORY MODE - When a family has as many secrets as the Renoirs, even a simple trip for ice cream can have world shaking consequences...
  • PALETTES - Any princess worth their salt will have an expansive wardrobe to choose from, and Umbrella comes with 29 palettes to choose from!
  • TUTORIALS / TRIALS - Learn how to handle Umbrella and Hungern's unique Hunger mechanic, then challenge yourself with their devilish combo trials.
  • ACHIEVEMENTS (PS4 ONLY) - Figuring out what these cryptic challenges even are will be half the battle.

For those who have purchased the Season One Pass, in addition to having full access to Umbrella and her content you will also receive...
  • "SKULLGIRL" PALETTE - Umbrella ditches her yellow raincoat for the classic black outfit with white hair that Skullgirls are known for.
  • ALTERNATE "SKULLGIRL" VO - Voice Packs make a triumphant return to Skullgirls with this sinister alternate take on Umbrella's usually bouncy persona.
    • Using both her alternate Skullgirl VO and her Skullgirl palette at the same time will activate special effects!




ALL CHARACTERS
  • When characters are glowing from a hit effect (Parasoul and Squigly's fire, Robo-Fortune's electricity, etc) they emit a glowing light that is visible on nearby objects.
ANNIE
  • Star Power
    • Now requires Annie to have two bars of Dramatic Tension to activate, even when used as a Blockbuster Sequel. (DHC)
    • On activation, Star Power consumes 1 bar of Dramatic Tension immediately, up from 0.
    • Stars are only created from JHP once per jump.
    • During Star Power, cHK now has a buffer into sLP to make the link more consistent.
    • s.F+MP no longer produces a star, so that the attack causes stagger.
    • Stars created from normal attacks now deal chip damage.
    • Gravity Collapse (ending Star Power) now deals 400 chip damage.
  • North Knuckle
    • Reduced hitstop and blockstun for North Knuckle punches, and follow-up slams. Frame advantage is reduced more when used as an assist.
    • Increased recovery on North Knuckle HP version slam.
    • As an assist, the follow-up slam applies one extra hits' worth of damage scaling.
  • Pillar of Creation
    • Increased start up.
    • Reduced frame advantage on initial hit, when blocked.
    • Increased recovery on Annie if the first hit does not successfully hit the enemy point character.
    • When used as a Blockbuster sequel (DHC), the super freeze before the first hit ends earlier.
    • First hit damage adjusted from 750 to 500. Second hit damage adjusted from 1000 to 1250.
    • The first hit applies 40% forced damage scaling when used as a Blockbuster sequel. (DHC)
    • Reduced first hit active frames.
    • Reduced hitstop and launch height on second hit. Hitstop is reduced further when used as a Blockbuster sequel. (DHC)
  • Reduced blockstop and blockstun on Annie's Destruction Pillar special move when used as an assist.
  • If Sagan Beam is blocked in the air, Annie cannot block while falling until she lands on the ground.
  • Reduced Blockbuster hitpause on Meteor Strike from 6F to 4F.
  • Reduced Meteor Strike damage from 2250 to 2000. Meteor Strike forced damage scaling adjusted to 70%, previously it was 80%.
  • Adjusted cHP damage from 1300 to 1200.
  • Adjusted second hit sHP damage from 700 to 600.
  • Reduced JHP hitbox.
  • Reduced sMP hitbox.
  • JMP recovery increased by 2F.
  • Fixed a bug where Annie could airdash backwards low to the ground through a short crouching opponent.
  • Reduced s.F+HP (Luminous Supergiant) step forward before active frames by ~20%. Adjusted damage from 1500 to 1300.
  • Fixed a bug where Annie couldn't whiff cancel the active frames of cLP into the second hit.
DOUBLE
  • When Catellite Lives is used as a Blockbuster Sequel (DHC), it lasts slightly (33F) longer.
ELIZA
  • Updated palette 18 with a new effect.
  • sHK start up reduced by 3F.
  • sHP start up reduced by 3F.
  • cHK armor against projectiles begins 4F earlier.
  • Fixed a bug where Weight of Anubis and Nekhbet Breaker incorrectly scaled the combo damage to 50%, instead of 55%.
  • Throne of Isis (QCF + LK)
    • Hitpause increased by 2F on hit.
    • Reduced knockback by 20%.
    • Reduced extended hurtbox on the chair, making it less likely to be nullified by physical attacks on accident.
  • Sekhmet
    • When recovering from her Blockbusters, Hathor's Return can be input early to return to the anchor as fast as possible. Returning using this method also prevents her life from draining as she returns to Eliza.
    • Extended Blockbuster Sequel (DHC) window on Crimson Scourge.
    • Forced combo damage scaling from Crimson Scourge adjusted from 55% to 45%.
    • If Carpenter's Axe is blocked (ground HP or HK), she cannot perform Sekhem Rebound.
FILIA
  • Fixed a bug where Filia could airdash backwards low to the ground through a short crouching opponent.
MS. FORTUNE
  • Increased vulnerable hurtbox area on JLK.
  • Fixed a bug where "Rekka" style moves (Cat Scratch, El Gato, and Cat Slide) would not turn to face the opponent when used while her head was removed.
PEACOCK
  • Increased cooldown on level 2 charged Shadow of Impending Doom items by 20F.
  • Four invincible frames from the start and recovery of all "The Hole Idea" (teleport) versions have been made vulnerable.
ROBO-FORTUNE
  • Systemic Circuit Breaker (Level 3)
    • Increased minimum time before Robo-Fortune can air dash after jumping from 5F to 8F.
    • Reduced bonus recovery speed on the air version of MP Theonite Beam. (8F adjusted to 5F less recovery)
    • Reduced knockback on air and ground MP Theonite Beam.
  • Fixed a bug where Robo-Fortune couldn't perform her "Homing Directory" jump after sHK connected against Ms. Fortune and her detached head at the same time.



ACHIEVEMENTS AND TROPHIES

Historically all Skullgirls characters have come with achievements and trophies for their respective systems. However, based on player feedback, DLC characters will no longer receive Achievements on Steam. This includes Umbrella, and to ensure consistency, we will be removing the Annie Achievements from Steam with this update.
Consoles will continue to receive Trophies along with character releases.



DIGITAL ART COMPENDIUM (Steam Exclusive)

Included in this update is new content for the Digital Art Compendium (DAC).
The changes to the DAC are as follows:
  • Addition of Umbrella Character Art
  • Character Posters moved to their own folder + Added Umbrella Character Poster
  • Boardwalk 2D Image + Concepts added to Environment folder
  • Umbrella Frame Dump added
  • PS4 Physical Box Art added to Key Art
  • PS4 Physical Manual Cover Art added to Key Art
  • PS4 Japanese Physical Box Art added to Key Art
  • PS4 Theme Art added to Production Art
  • Grand Cathedral Stained Glass Art added to Production Art
  • Umbrella Story Mode Content added
  • New Umbrella, Parasoul, Cerebella Talking Heads added
  • Updated existing Black Egret Talking Heads
  • Added Bubble throw frames for all characters



SKULLGIRLS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

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It's crazy to believe that it's been 10 YEARS since Skullgirls first made its debut! We plan on celebrating this monumental year in style, and Umbrella's official release is just the first of many great things to come. Look out for special celebration art, special gifts in Skullgirls Mobile, Black Dahlia's debut (including her Alpha release on Steam!), live events, and MUCH more very soon!

We also need to reveal that final DLC Character in the Season 1 Pass...

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Use the #10thAnniversarySkullgirls hashtag to celebrate this huge year!



While this update is mostly for the PS4 and Steam we know many of you are clamouring for information about the Season 1 Pass and updates on other systems, we still don't have much fresh information to give just yet, but here's a mini-update on those fronts:

Where is the Nintendo Switch version?

Unfortunately due to unique technical complications regarding the Nintendo Switch port, we still can't provide much information on when the Season 1 Pass will appear on the system. We will provide an update as soon as we have an updated timetable on Switch availability.

What about Xbox One / Series X?
We are still interested in bringing Skullgirls to the Xbox One / Series X in the future, but we do not have any further details we can share at this time. Stay tuned!

What about older legacy systems?
We are not planning on releasing any future updates for the Xbox 360, PS3, or PS Vita versions.



Releasing a new character in Skullgirls has always been a massive achievement and Umbrella is no different. We couldn't be happier with how she has shaped up after so many years patiently(?) sitting on the sidelines waiting for her turn on the stage.

As always, thanks so much for all of your support, and stay tuned on our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook) for the latest info on all things Skullgirls!
 
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