More Merchandise & Medical Mashup Beta Round 2

We’ve got more new material at whatsneu, including some first-ever Megabyte Punch merchandise!

Patch for Megabyte Punch Switch version

On launch we received some reports about Megabyte Punch crashing on the Nintendo Switch. We have found the issue and fixed it. The patch for that and a few other minor tweaks is on the way!

This funky bug is caused by using the Shield Engine Arm or leaving one of your own mines hanging around upon going through a door. So you can avoid it for now by not using these parts:

  • Shield Engine Arm
  • Bomba Head
  • Zylin Chest
  • Zomzom Hip
  • Toxi Hoodi
  • Khepriogram Core

Blaze 1.19 Beta Round 2

The Medical Mashup update for Lethal League Blaze on Steam is nearing completion and it’s time to give the beta another whirl.

Here is the full list of goodies updated since the previous beta:

  • corpses don’t become invisible on Grid bunt special
  • Candyballs now match the Candyman outfit
  • Jet can taunt hover sooner after each jump
  • Jet hover stops vertical movement faster
  • you will no longer jump out of a taunt hover
  • retro stages only appear in competitive/ranked, if both players select one
  • new random retro stage option unlock
  • retro city streets no longer has glitchy red outlines
  • the pyrotechnics have moved further away from the stadium cage
  • new HP option working correctly now
  • new powerup options working correctly now
  • new video option for camera movement

To participate, bring up your game Properties…, head over to the BETAS tab and select public-beta from the drop down.

Want to give us feedback or test it together with others?
Join our discord and head over to the #public-beta channel.

More upcoming online tournaments!

Lots of them!

  • A North America only one by Dair Productions with a $50 prize pool
  • A second Quarantined Rapport with a European and North American bracket
  • Dedicated console tournaments
  • and more!

All of these are also happening in our reptile hideout discord server.

New Merchandise

You’re already decked out with shirts from Eighty Sixed?
But they just ain’t giving you the real ESPORTS vibe cursing through your veins?

NEU is joining the lineup to give you some PRO GAMER Jerseys and Candyman themed hats!

You can even get your custom GAMERTAG printed onto the Lethal League Blaze Pro Jersey for the full experience: https://whatsneu.gg/collections/team-reptile

Want to win one of these Jerseys?

We have a giveaway running on twitter that ends 7 April 2020 18:00 CEST!

Megabyte Punch on Nintendo Switch May 8th 2020

Megabyte Punch is an electro beat ‘em up game with platforming elements in which you build your own fighter while playing!

Megabyte Punch takes place in a computer universe where you have to protect the Heartcore of your village. You defend your people from the Valk Empire and the dreaded Khoteps in 6 different levels with each 3 stages and a boss fight!

As you travel through the worlds, you battle other creatures to get their parts. Parts have their own powers and bonuses, like gun arms for a shoot ability or powerful hips for a devastating pelvic thrust attack. The whole adventure is playable with up to 4 players at once. Using the abilities of your customized fighter, you can also battle your friends in a destructible arena or you can compete in the tournament to test your own skills.

Key Features

  • A hard-edge graphic style to represent the digital world that the ‘Megacs’ live in
  • 6 unique electro-worlds each with their own boss fight
  • 150 parts to collect and almost endless combinations to customize your character
  • A pumpin’ electro soundtrack
  • Up to 4 player local co-op and versus mode
  • Use any amiibo in-game to get exclusive colors for your fighter
  • For Nintendo Switch™ only: 2 exclusive bonus stages

Dropping the Dice

The Dice DLC outfits are on steam!

What got him wrapped up like that? Read on:

When Dice was caught by the Shine City Police in the Sewage Facility he was forced to make his escape by dropping straight down into the pipes. Now, the Sewage Facility doesn’t just contain simple waste water. Full of unspeakable toxins and experimental bacteria, Dice soon lost consciousness. Some time passed and in a stroke of luck, Latch detected his lifeless body on his Robo-Sub’s sonar. While in Latch’s care, Dice bandaged his own diseased skin and quickly fled into the darkness as if possessed by some primal instinct. He was spotted destroying his long time rival Doombox in a match not long after.

The alternate ‘cursed’ version of the Late Stage Illmatic is the Lethal Infection colorway:

Tournaments

The signups for Michigan Masters are well underway and we will have some player profile interviews of participants to share!

But, MIMAS2020 is not the only local tournament that weekend. If you can’t make it to Michigan, VOLAN in Knoxville is featuring Lethal League Blaze as well! It has both a singles and doubles bracket scheduled and we are chiming in with the Dice DLC as a prize for every winner. (one for the singles winner, two for the winning team)

WHERE?
1502 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916
UTK Student Union – Ballroom (map)

WHEN?
March 28th-29th 2020
Follow @utkesports to be notified about the exact schedule.

REGISTRATION
The venue itself is free!
Singles are $5
Doubles are $3

Sign up here and join their discord for more information

Native Linux!

And last but not least, the native Linux build finally arrives on the scene.

PERFECT VISION

We are sponsoring Lethal League Blaze as a main event at MICHIGAN MASTERS 2020: PERFECT VISIONand dropping a $300 pot bonus on it!

The prize pot will be further fueled by the event registration fee of $10 from every participant.

WHERE?
31500 Wick Rd, Romulus, MI 48174, USA
Right next to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport!

WHEN?
March 27th-29th 2020
Follow @MIMastersFGC to be notified about the exact schedule.

REGISTRATION
The $55 venue registration ends on March 1st!
It goes up to $65 for late registrations and $80 at the door.

Dice Wrappings!

The ‘Late Stage Illmatic’ and ‘Lethal Infection’ DLC outfits for Dice will come to Steam on February 21st.

Community Survey

We’ve been polling you on your opinions of Lethal League Blaze and character balance for over a year now. It’s time to share some results!

Since community opinions aren’t unanimous and the generated tier list has become even more crowded than before, we picked a format that reflects just how much agreement each placement has.

Normal distribution peaks for each characters placement between best and worst, cropped to the relevant range of good and average — the higher and sharper the peak, the more agreement there is!

What’s the verdict? As numbers alone don’t paint the whole picture, we looked through all text submissions as well (you can read some public responses here) and have already decided on two balance changes for an upcoming patch:

  • Grid is getting his bunt out of special back
  • Candyman will only gain 1 special bar from chaining the candyball

There are other changes to come. Expect more info when the Dice outfits are released!

As a bonus, this is the same chart using data from a year ago.

Dust and Ashes are on consoles!

The wait is over!

The Shadow Surge has arrived on consoles, including Dust and Ashes unlockable outfits ‘Secret King ‑ Iron Grip’ and ‘Anonymous Emperor’. And if that just ain’t enough, the DLC outfits ‘Master of the Mountain’ and ‘Master of the Plains’ are available for purchase as well.

Stay tuned for more!

Raptor: Heavyduty R. Evolution

Rev your engine!

The next DLC outfit is here!

And it comes with a story:

In an attempt to find out more about his past, Raptor tracked a piece of Rex Works equipment back to Citynetics, Shine City’s biggest construction company. After infiltrating the Citynetics factory with the help of Switch, he locked himself in one of the higher offices. Scrambling through some important documents, he noticed the names of the board directors. Reginald, Edgar and Xavier Saur. A loud bang erupted from the door. The guards had him cornered. Having lost his bat along the way, Raptor grabbed what gear he could find and mowed himself through the door.

As usual the pack has two variants:

  • The Heavyduty R. Evolution colorway. A bright overall with warning sign colors.
  • The Nightmare Survivalist colorway. A fever dream inspired monster look.

Get it on Steam here!

The Shadow Surge

Hellooo Mama

The Shadow Surge Update is live! Once you boot up that sweet LLB, the new character Dust & Ashes is unlocked straight away! But before you do, listen up for the latest in Shine City.

Dust & Ashes

Sentenced to death and hanged. In his final moment he was hit by lightning. The word ‘Dust’ echoed in his mind as he was thrown into a state of limbo between life and death. His shadow was split from his body and turned into an entity called Ashes. Dust carries with him a watch that stopped on the exact time of his execution.

Dust has some spicy angles, an asynchronous special using Ashes and a gameplay mechanic that allows him to float around the stage. Try holding his taunt for some slick stylo.

Special DLC outfit

We’re bringing the big guns with the first special DLC outfits ‘Master of the Mountain’ and ‘Master of the Plains’ for Dust & Ashes.

For DLC we want to do our best to create dope looks that are not out of place in the LL world, instead of your usual popular youtuber skin. If you agree and want to see more, consider dropping a dime or two to support the cause. A big thanks for playing either way!

DLContents

  • The Master of the Mountain colorway. An orange-black mountaineering inspired look with the classic red mask.
  • The Master of the Plains colorway. An off white desert nomad inspired look with a black mask.
  • A special bird-of-legend version of Ashes for both colorways

Now, on to the full changelist:

The Changelist

Main dish

  • Added Dust & Ashes – straight unlocked and ready to go!
  • Added unlockable outfits ‘Secret King – Iron Grip’ and ‘Anonymous Emperor’ for Dust & Ashes
  • Added DLC outfits ‘Master of the Mountain’ and ‘Master of the Plains’ for Dust & Ashes

Gameplay

  • Started a new Ranked season with faster ranking
  • Added in-air turning by holding up
  • Added smashing from the ground if you jump on the same frame + double jump at the first frame of smashing
  • Added a new angle to Latch’s special, down-forward to get a shallow direction
  • Allowed special buffering when hitting the ball at the very first frame of neutral/smash/spike by using the usual grab input

Various

  • Big performance optimizations in the stage backgrounds
  • Made certain outfits a bit cheaper
  • You can now scroll through outfits with your mousewheel in the lobby
  • The arcade victory picture has been updated!

Fixes

  • Fixed Switch’s flip not activating when holding down but not crouching
  • Fixed spooky grab deny after successful counter
  • Fixed Candyman not getting hit on a re-candy parry counter
  • Disallowed parry after a grab is countered (but not in Teams or Strikers modes)
  • Toxic’s graffiti doesn’t clash on the same frame with others anymore (advantage to Toxic)
  • Jet and Doombox are no longer swapped when backing out of their showcase without a mouse
  • Scoring against yourself in Lethal Volley is now reflected on the summary screen
  • You can now configure a fourth controller in input options
  • Powerups no longer move the camera out of retro stage bounds
  • Player names no longer parse markup

Smash Out 2019

Lethal League Blaze is a side tournament at the charity fighting game event Smash Out on November 16 in St. Louis. And we are donating $5 for every participant!

Jump in at: https://smash.gg/so2019

The Nintendo Switch Performance Patch Is Here!

And it has a few extra treats we have not mentioned before! Hold on tight, these will later come to all the other platforms with the Shadow Surge update as well.

  • You can now smash from the ground if you jump on the same frame
  • You can also double jump on the first frame of a smash
  • Latch’s special has an extra angle:
    hold down-forward to release the ball in a new direction
  • You no longer need to crouch for performing a grounded Switchflip,
    just hold down
  • You can now turn in the air while holding up
  • Fixed Candyman not getting hit on a re-candy parry grab
  • Disallowed parry after a grab is countered
  • Made certain outfits a bit cheaper
  • Jet and Doombox are no longer swapped
    when backing out of their showcase
  • You can now configure a fourth controller in the input options

Lethal League Blaze at Heat Wave 3

We are sponsoring the tournament at Heat Wave 3 in Arizona this weekend with $300, which brings the total pot bonus up to $400!

At the time of writing, sign ups are at 33 players. That makes this the second largest local Lethal League Blaze tournament after stunfest!

If you cannot make it there yourself, the live stream is scheduled for
5 PM MST on Saturday October 19 at twitch.tv/azrivalsofaether
with Dair Productions casting it.

The Nintendo Switch patch goes live on October 16!

We have reworked all character models and stages, tweaked visuals and drove over the code with a bulldozer a couple of times to vastly improve performance on Nintendo Switch in both docked and handheld mode. A 1v1 matchmaking mode is added for the competitively minded among a myriad of other fixes. Here’s the full list:

  • Improved performance
  • Added 1v1 online mode
  • Fixed certain un-unlockable outfits
  • Fixed memory leaks
  • Higher resolution for docked mode
  • Correct system language on first start
  • Character model fixes
  • Fixed unnecessary server logouts

Tokyo Game Show trip

Part of the team just returned from a trip to Japan. Showing Blaze at Tokyo Game Show and being there while the boxed version released in stores was a blast! Turns out that the Japanese fans are just as hyped up as the fans from everywhere else. The team got showered with gifts, hosted a tournament at the Dutch Embassy, did interviews and had an idol group play our game (peak Japanese right there). We even bought our own game too!

Physical releases are still pretty relevant in the land of the rising sun and Dion has never hidden the fact that he gets a lot of inspiration from Japanese creators. For these reasons it made sense to do a Japan-exclusive special edition for Switch and PS4. However, since the language can be switched ingame and they’re both region free, you can still buy the box from abroad, get the goodies and play it as you would normally. It contains the game, a sticker, an artbooklet and a little Candyman keychain. I’d say it’s a must for collectors.

The Shadow Surge

This other upcoming uptown update will bring along the optimizations from the Nintendo Switch patch WITH of course the boyest of boys, Dust & Ashes. They will, like the rest of the cast, have alternate outfits to unlock and we’re happy to tease one of them today!