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The Javelin Update

A Norwegian death dealer, a redone Dome, a bevy of new rewards, and the ability to Party Up with your friends in Casual matches; We present The Javelin Update.

New Merc: Javelin

Norwegian powerhouse Javelin is storming the city.

Sent by Scandinavian tech startup Ghostclip, she's proving out an experimental solution to ammo resupply in the place best fitted for it.

Her backpack prints ammo for herself and any teammates nearby, and her primary ability is devastating: A Reflex Rocket Launcher with two modes, a faster-firing standard setting and a slower yet spectacular laser guided alternative.

The first new Primary Weapon to hit the game in two years, The SHAR-C is a slow-firing, high damage, long range Assault Rifle that packs a powerful punch.

For now, the only way to get your hands on it is with select Javelin Loadouts, including her Default card.

Javelin's Axe is a horror to behold, but oh-so-satisfying to use. Use to deal high damage in a relatively short space of time.

Javelin 'Ghost' Pack

Javelin's getting stuck right in.

Get her along with a Limited Edition 'Ghost' Case, containing one random Loadout Card with battle-scarred skin variant. Only available in Store until the 5th of September.

New Feature: Casual Matchmaking

Along with many UI tweaks, we've completely overhauled the Play screen.

Quick Join has been replaced with 'Casual', which uses a new matchmaking system in the North America and EU regions, along with brand new team intro animations and post-match MVP lineup, and the existing Quick Join system in others.

Casual matchmaking provides us with the tools to better balance matches, and gives you the ability to (finally) play with your friends in a party!

It will take several matches to find existing players' true skill ratings, so please allow some time for the system to adjust. For more info and a rundown on our philosophy behind this huge addition to the game, click here.

Updated Objective Map: Dome

We've overhauled the East-London airship-smuggling objective mission Dome, to bring it in line with our other maps.

Key changes include reducing it in size and complexity, to focus the action and give teams a clearer direction.

Read our recent rundown of the changes you'll find here.

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Assault Course Rewards

Prove your mastery of speed and accuracy with these new Assault Course Trinket Rewards.

Complete the Assault Course in the specified times to unlock them, ranging from easy (Bronze) to insane (Cobalt).

New Steam Achievements

To coincide with our new Norwegian noob-tuber and Assault Course rewards, you'll find a batch of new Steam Achievements ready to be unlocked.

  • Rock It – Play 30 minutes with Javelin in your squad
  • Rocketeer – Play 5 hours with Javelin in your squad
  • Rocket Queen – Play 20 hours with Javelin in your squad
  • Air Cav – The sky is no limit
  • Look Good in Blue – Craft or Trade Up to a Javelin Cobalt Card
  • Bronze – Achieve Bronze Rank on the Assault Course
  • Silverado – Achieve Silver Rank on the Assault Course
  • Golden – Achieve Gold Rank on the Assault Course
  • Blue Steel – Achieve Cobalt Rank on the Assault Course
  • Homework – Complete the tutorial

Daily Rewards Improvements

We're upping the rewards in our new Daily Play Rewards system, with higher rarity Loadout Cards dropping as you play through the week.

Each case contains a single, random Loadout Card for one Merc, with rarities as follows:

Mk I. Case – Lead, Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Cobalt

Mk II. Case – Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Cobalt

Mk III. Case – Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Cobalt

Mk IV. Case – Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Cobalt

Pricing Updates

Merc Prices

To make Mercs more attainable, we're splitting their price points into five distinct tiers and reducing the price of many of them.

Some Mercs that are less team-focused (like Vassili) have been bumped up a notch so that less new players will use them to the detriment of their teams.

50,000 C / US$9.99 45,000 C / US$8.99 40,000 C / US$7.99 35,000 C / US$6.99 30,000 C / US$5.99 Free
Turtle Nader Phoenix Arty Bushwhacker Skyhammer
Kira Proxy Fragger Fletcher Sawbonez Aura
Vassili Stoker Aimee Thunder Rhino
Phantom Redeye Sparks

New In-game Bundles

We're introducing new in-game bundles with greater savings to replace the existing ones. Each contains five Mercs and a collection of extra gear.

Veterans 5-Pack – US$19.99 (save 50%)

  • 5 x Mercs (Sawbonez. Arty, Proxy, Rhino, Aimee)
  • 10 x Golden Equipment Cases
  • 1 x 6 Hour Booster

Strikeforce 5-Pack – US$29.99 (save 50%)

5 x Mercs (Fragger, Fletcher, Kira, Phoenix, Redeye)

  • 10 x Golden Equipment Cases
  • 2 x Elite Cases
  • 1 x 12 Hour Booster
  • 10,000 Credits

Firestorm 5-Pack – US$29.99 (save 50%)

  • 5 x Mercs (Thunder, Vassili, Sparks, Nader, Stoker)
  • 10 x Golden Equipment Cases
  • 2 x Elite Cases
  • 1 x 12 Hour Booster
  • 10,000 Credits

Private Matches

Due to the low levels of usage (less than 0.10% of play time) Private matches are no longer available. Later this year, we'll be launching Server Rentals, which will give you more flexibility and control over your own matches.

Tutorial First

Many of you have asked for the Tutorial to be made mandatory for new players, to better equip them for combat operations.

We've now made first time players enter the Tutorial by default, though they'll still be able to exit via the Menu. We'll be monitoring the change to see whether it improves the experience.

Weapon Balance Improvements

As with the Merc balance, we're now jumping back into the realms of Weapon balance by first addressing the most common concerns.

More finely tuned Weapon balance will be coming in the following months, but we want to see how these impact the game first.

Sniper Rifles

These are controversial weapons in all games, not just in Dirty Bomb.

While we want to maintain their effectiveness in the right hands so good snipers are still valuable on the team, we've reduced the damage that body-shots will do with the following weapons.

This will still reward headshots, but will leave players with more health if the Sniper 'misses' and the shot hits the victim anywhere else.

  • MoA SNPR-1 – Base body-shot damage reduced to 60 (from 75) – Headshot remains at 150
  • PDP-70 – Base body-shot damage reduced to 40 (from 50) – Headshot remains at 100
  • FEL-IX – Base body-shot damage reduced to 63 (from 79) – Headshot remains at 158
  • Grandeur SR – Base body-shot damage reduced to 32 (from 40) – Headshot remains at 80

Burst Rifles

The amount of damage output by these weapons is still too high in the right hands. We've reduce the damage of each bullet in the burst by 1. Bringing their damage-per-second output in line with the automatic Assault Rifles.

  • BR-16 – Reduced damage to 16 per bullet (from 17)
  • Stark AR – Reduced damage to 17 per bullet (from 18)


While Snipers Rifles can be among the controversial weapons, Shotguns will always be right at the top.

Our end goal is to have them equal in power with SMGs, since Mercs with them have access to both. With Shotguns being more situational and weaker at range than SMGs, they do need to be significantly more powerful in their close-range niche.

Having said that, we do feel that Shotguns are currently overly effective at point-blank range. With that in mind we've slightly increased the effective range of these weapons, while reducing the maximum possible headshot damage, and reducing the damage that they do to the lower-leg of opponents.

  • Hollunds 880

    • Increased range at which damage falloff begins to 2.0m (from 1.7m)
    • Reduced headshot damage multiplier to 1.3x (max 114 dmg) from 1.5x (max 132 dmg)
    • Reduced lower-leg damage multiplier to 0.75x (max 66 dmg) from 1.0x (max 88 dmg)
  • Remburg 7

    • Increased range at which damage falloff begins to 1.5m (from 1.4m)
    • Reduced headshot damage multiplier to 1.3x (max 125 dmg) from 1.5x (max 144 dmg)
    • Reduced lower-leg damage multiplier to 0.75x (max 72 dmg) from 1.0x (max 96 dmg)
  • Ahnuhld-12

    • Increased range at which damage falloff begins to 3.6m (from 3.2m)
    • Reduced headshot damage multiplier to 1.3x (max 100 dmg) from 1.5x (max 116 dmg)
    • Reduced lower-leg damage multiplier to 0.75x (max 58 dmg) from 1.0x (max 77 dmg)


Similar to the high-damage Sniper Rifles, we want to reduce the body damage here but keep the current headshot damage to encourage people to take their time with these shots.

  • Simeon .357 – Base body-shot damage reduced to 24 (from 30) – Headshot remains at 60
  • Smjüth & Whetsman .40 – Base body-shot damage reduced to 27 (from 34) – Headshot remains at 68

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed bug where Phantom's Katana would clip into his body while crouching


  • Fixed bug where the Hexadic trinket audio would not play


  • Fixed bug where Proximity Mines could fail to come to rest when placed on top of one another
  • Fixed bug where Trinket animations would not play in warm up
  • Fixed bug where changing resolution settings would not always update in the Options Menu
  • Fixed bug where certain elements of Mercs' outfits would not appear white when viewed through Redeye’s IR Goggles

Level Design

  • Fixed bug where the wrong voice line could play on the first Objective in Terminal
  • Fixed bug where “Press K to Restart” would appear after completing the Assault Course
  • Fixed bug where players could get stuck on the Assault Course if they died during the initial run


  • Fixed bug where an unlocked Proxy Cyber Eye Case would appear locked
  • Fixed bug where the prompt 'Surrender Vote is Now Available' could trigger during the Tutorial and Assault Course
  • Fixed bug where Daily Play Rewards were using placeholder text in French

Known Issues

  • Players with a read-only "DocumentsMy GamesUnrealEngine3ShooterGameConfigShooterEngine.ini" file will crash when attempting to play matches.
  • Please re-allow write permissions or delete the file after updating the game.
  • Exiting the game while searching for matches can lead to the client still being treated as searching
  • Please cancel matchmaking searches before exiting, otherwise you may receive a penalty for failing to accept

Hot Fix 08/22

We've identified a number of issues, and have rolled out a hotfix to clean them up. Thanks to everyone that raised issues in the Bug Megathread, keep us in the loop with any more you might find!

  • Fixed bug where Loadout Cards in the post-game review would appear as a missing image
  • Fixed bug where Javelin’s ragdoll body would be flung across the map when killed
  • Fixed bug where Region selection was unavailable in the server browser
  • Fixed bug where Phantom gained 100xp/s for Refractive Armor
  • Fixed bug where the Weekly Reward (Bronze+) case was still displaying Iron Loadout Cards
  • Fixed bug where Idle/AFK players were not being removed from matches
  • Fixed several bugs with Casual Matchmaking including:
    • Europe Region being selected by default for players in North America
    • Broken “waiting for undefined more players” text string
    • Searching not resetting when another player failed to accept
    • Some players not being told they had a matchmaking penalty when attempting to search
    • Teams vanishing from the UI temporarily when a match was found

Update – Hot Fix 08/23

We're following up with more fixes to issues you've raised since release. Please post to our Bug Megathread if you spot any issues, and we'll continue to patch 'em up.

  • Fixed bug where Merc Selection was missing from the pregame Lobby in Casual and Ranked
  • Fixed bug where the wrong team name could be displayed in Casual and Ranked
  • Fixed bug where the Find a Match button didn’t function correctly in Casual
  • Fixed several issues with the post-match MVP line-up

Update – Hot Fix 08/25

We're making a few more fixes following on from your feedback. Please post to our Bug Megathread if you find any issues, and we'll continue to work on them

  • Fix bug where special characters in Clan Tags could cause matchmaking server connections to fail