Developer Lucid Games has released a trailer for the first season of Destruction All-Stars‘ expansion content, known as “Hot Shots”. This opening season comes with a new character and vehicle, a multiplayer mode, a photo mode, and cosmetic items. Players will also be able to use the new AllStar Pass, which will allow them to earn new cosmetic items from multiplayer. More below on the new character, Alba, their vehicle, Claymore, and the new Blitz mode:
Alba is a veteran of Destruction AllStars who is returning to the competition after several years away from the event. She’s a fierce competitor hailing from Scotland who brings a clear sense of determination to the arena, along with a high-tech armoured battle suit. We’ll be learning more about Alba through her Challenge Series which will be released alongside Season One.
In the arena, we’re really expecting Alba to shake things up. Her on-foot ability, or Character Breaker, summons blockers out of the ground in front of her. These blockers, called bulwarks, act in the same way that blockers do in our arena. They are immovable objects, physically stopping competitors as they try to drive on through. Being able to use these bulwarks anywhere in the arena opens up tactical opportunities for disrupting opposing players or protecting yourself from an incoming vehicle when you’re on foot.
Alba’s hero vehicle, Claymore, is where the sparks really start to fly. Her hero vehicle functions a little differently to the other vehicles in Destruction AllStars. Instead of a slam which pushes the vehicle in the chosen direction (forwards, left, or right), Claymore deploys a laser beam that sweeps and damages AllStars or vehicles in its area of effect. These beams can be tactically deployed as you approach an enemy player, or in response to an enemy hero vehicle bearing down on you.
For AllStars looking to take their careers to the next level, Blitz is the game mode for you. This is a brand new mode for Destruction AllStars and it will be arriving about halfway into Season One. This mode has been built to really get to grips with what makes for skillful teamplay in our game. At its core, Blitz is an evolution of Mayhem (our take on standard deathmatch) between four teams of three AllStars. However, unlike a game of Mayhem, Blitz consists of short, intense, adrenaline fueled rounds. These rounds are all about being the first team to reach a set score to win the round. Win a set number of rounds wins the match.
To add more tactical decision making between the rounds, players will need to pick a new AllStar at the start of every round! Here’s where things start to get really tactical. In Blitz, your Character Ability and Hero Vehicle energy will carry over from the previous round. You can use this rollover of energy to start your next round with a key advantage. Will you pick an AllStar with an aggressive Hero Vehicle and cause carnage in the opening seconds or will you play your cards close to your chest and activate your Character Ability in the final moments for a dramatic comeback? Be sure to coordinate with your team to make sure that your chosen AllStars are robust and able to counter whatever the competition might throw at you.
Blitz will be joining our lineup of game modes towards the start of June. Blitz is our competitive mode and will be launching as an unranked playlist during Season One. We’re treating this as an introduction to the game mode to allow players to get familiar with how it works and experiment with its teamplay. As part of its introduction, there will be exclusive cosmetic rewards available for players who dive into Blitz during its first season.
More can be found on the PlayStation blog for additional new content coming to the game. Destruction All-Stars‘ first season begins May 5th.