Stunlock Studios’ free-to-play battle arena, Battlerite, underwent a patch earlier today that made several important changes and additions. These include the addition of a new support champion: Pestilus, Lord of the Swarm.

Pestilus, the head priest of Quna, serves the royal family while secretly worshiping the evil diety Rasal. Being the Lord of the Swarm, Pestilus uses swarms of insects against his enemies.

Another addition is the new ranking system. Players will now have a separate team rating depending on which teammate they play in a party with. The dev team is hoping this will improve matchmaking. It should be noted that the system is still being tweaked, so expect more changes in the future.

Finally, players can now unlock winter-themed cosmetics. This includes outfits, weapons, and mounts. The best way to get these is via Frozen Chests, although there is a much slimmer chance of obtaining them from normal chests.

As these are the highlights from the patch, there are of course the standard adjustments to champions and general gameplay — as well as a full list of Pestilus’ abilities — available in the patch notes. You can read them on the game’s Steam Page.

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  1. samson on December 15, 2016

    yeah early access it is not free to play so why do we care now and why u bother to write about games that arent f2p at the moment on the F2P web site …this only making as misled and mad
    so please stop …

    • Skato on December 16, 2016

      Think of it as giving info about a beta game that isn’t released yet, the only difference is you can actually play this game if you can scrape together 20 dollars. Also good content is good content. This was a good update on a game that is going to be free to play.

  2. LucidDreams on December 14, 2016

    It’s not free-to-play, yet, or did I miss something?

    • Informer on December 14, 2016

      Will be next year.. Now it’s in early access