What you need to know about the arrival of Blackjack, as well as Contracts…
This morning, you probably caught a new video, showing off a number of new items that are scheduled to arrive in the Black Market in a few days. Because some of these items relate to actual gameplay functionality, we wanted to take a moment and explain what you’re seeing and how it all works...
Daily and Weekly Contracts:
A Daily Contract consists of a single challenge that you must complete before the next day. Complete the Daily contract to get Cryptokey rewards. Daily contracts cycle every 24 hours at 10am Pacific Time.
A Weekly Contract cycles every 7 days (Monday-to-Monday at 10am Pacific Time) and consists of two separate challenges. Complete both Weekly Contracts during this window of time to reap the rewards – Cryptokeys and a special Mercenary Contract that can be activated to use Blackjack in-game.
The Black Market Vendor - Blackjack:
Our Black Market vendor sits on the sidelines no more – Internet famous and Reddit infamous, Blackjack is making his Multiplayer debut! Blackjack will now available for mercenary work.
Complete both Weekly Contracts and you will be rewarded with a Mercenary Contract that allows you to hire Blackjack for a limited time (60 minutes of game time).*
Blackjack’s control of the Black Market provides access to all Specialist Weapons and Abilities and he will utilize his unique talents as a mercenary to acquire them in game.
Playing as a Rogue, Blackjack trades kills for power and once powered up, will be able to use the Specialist weapons of his targets.
The Power Meter functions differently than other Specialists’ meters. Blackjack must get kills to fill the meter. On the kill that gains full power, Blackjack will gain access to the weapon of the Specialist that he killed, and that will become the active weapon in the power meter.
When Blackjack kills additional Specialists with different weapons, an option to “Flip” the coin to the new weapon will appear and will update with each new kill of a different Specialist, meaning that Blackjack can hunt for weapons. For example, if Blackjack puts down Seraph to earn Rogue, he will receive the Annihilator. If Blackjack then puts down Specter next, the Ripper appears on the coin, and so on.
Playing as Gambler, Blackjack overclocks his power systems to earn and activate a random Ability from his Specialist deck at an accelerated rate. Which Ability comes next is in the hands of fate.
Blackjack is willing to gamble. If you want to take your chances, you can press left on the D-pad to redraw another random ability.
In the event that you don’t activate Blackjack’s Mercenary Contract before completing your next Weekly Contract, don’t worry. You can stack Mercenary Contracts and activate them whenever you choose.
Now, things get really interesting…
Once you’ve activated a Mercenary Contract, Blackjack will spice things up with a little side bet that challenges you to do your best with Rogue or Gambler. Complete the Side Bet challenge before the Mercenary Contract expires and you will earn a calling card from Blackjack’s hidden contraband.
And one more Thing
Earning, activating and using Blackjack’s Mercenary contract services is the exclusive domain of Public Matches. Blackjack is not available in Custom Games or Arena.
See you online!
* When a 60 minute period expires during a game, players will be permitted to finish that game as Blackjack. This increment is a gameplay tunable and is subject to change, if needed for balancing purposes.
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