The Barbarian, new VIP and events: all the new features in the latest Gladiator Heroes update

Another big update brings a whole host of exciting new features. In this blog, we take you through everything you need to know about the latest version.

The Barbarian smashes her way into the game

She’s big, she’s barbaric, and she’s finally in the game! We’ve been teasing you about the release of the Barbarian, a fierce female two-hands gladiator, for months now, and with this last update lanista can now hire her as part of their invincible team.

Patient lanista have settled with Leonidas and Asterion, the Minotaur, in the meantime, but we all know that the ‘Hulka’ is who you’ve really been waiting for!

This strong lady comes with four unique skills that no other gladiator class possesses: Whirlwind, Hook, Hook & Hit and Heroic Throw.

She’s able to draw in opponents from long-range with a hook and chain and crush them with a mighty axe or hammer blow, making her a formidable opponent against the cunning Assassin and Hunter. Using her incredible strength and agility, she’s also able to spin several times in the air with her weapon outstretched, taking out several opponents in the process.

The Barbarian can also charge and throw her opponents over her head, body slamming them to the ground and rendering them useless.

Bigger benefits in the VIP subscription

There are now even more benefits included in the monthly VIP subscription. The tactical new ‘reveal skill’ option is available to use for free for VIP users, while regular users will need to pay 200 gems a pop. Being able to see your gladiator’s future skills selection will help you to make a more informed choice when picking skills, and forming the perfect set.

You’ll also now be able to open a free purple-coloured chest every day from in front of the Merchant, and get an extra key when unlocking chests post-battle. All that is on top of the already-existing VIP features: 50% healing time reduction, and two builders.

New summer event and wild weekends!

Lanistae, we know how much you all love fighting for blood and glory in the regular weekend events, so we’re adding even more features to make them even more worthwhile.

If you love slashing, clashing and claiming victories all weekend long, then you’ll love some of the exciting additions we’re about to make to the weekend events.

We know how much you love the prize wheel that features in some of special annual events, such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Well, we’re bringing it back on a more regular basis: the prize wheel will be included in events on a more regular basis.

Although the prize wheel tickets will change in style and appearance in different events, you can still save them up and use them in any event. This means that you’ll no longer lose your hard earned tokens at the end of each event, and can save them up for even better prizes.

You’ll not only win tickets from event battles, but you’ll also be able to uncover them after regular mission fights, extra challenges and multiplayer over the course of the weekend.

What’s more, we’re bringing back another special themed event for summer! Grab your beach umbrella and slap on your suncream, there are a whole lot of special legendary items to uncover in the scorching sand arena!

Welcome back the themed prize wheel and special merchant, as the game gets a beach makeover during the month of August.

Even more levels to take on

You may have noticed that we’ve been taking advantage of the past few updates to sneak in new levels. Well, this one’s the same, with ten new levels now available to play on the map.

The big boss in level 133, next to the shark-infested waters, is none other than the Barbarian herself. With the hook & hit and heroic throw skills, as well as a tough health recovery skill, she’s an extremely tough opponent to overcome.

What we learnt from the Gladiator Heroes live Facebook chat

More levels, a new combat system and lanistae with wild imaginations; those are just some of the things we took out of our first live developers chat, held in the Gladiator Heroes Players group on Facebook this week.

The one-hour chat gave Spanish fans the chance to ask questions, send feedback and share their ideas for the future of the game.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response”, said César Ríos, lead game developer, “Player feedback is an important part of how we design the game.”

 

For those of you who didn’t take part in the chat or just don’t understand the language, never fear; we’ve got a breakdown of the whole thing right here.


Multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer

The multiplayer system is a topic that lanistae are serious about. The ability to fight in real time, join clans and exchange resources with other players was a suggestion that came up multiple times.

Well, there’s good news for those of you who like a bit of teamwork; there are plans in the pipeline that will allow lanistae to fight alongside (and against) other gladiators in clans, as well as exchange materials and chat with other players.

It was also revealed that the next update, which will arrive to your iOS and Android devices sometime next week, will include a new prize system, with your winner’s bounty changing depending on the level of the multiplayer combat. These prizes can then be used in a new, fixed city building, which we will explain further on.

More levels to keep your Gladiators fighting

While they won’t come with the next update, sometime within the next few months we will be adding up to 70 new levels to the map.

The new combats will see lanistae send their gladiator to gushing waterfalls, seaside ruins and an other-worldly, suspended lair; where you can defeat your opponents by pushing them off the edge, or activate the ‘stone feet’ skills to stop them from pushing you!

 

If you’ve already made it to level 79, the last combate currently available on the main map in this edition, the next update will come with another combat system.

As a rival lanistae moves into your territory, you can take on his fighters in varying difficulty levels. The higher the level, the better the prize, and these prizes, just like in the new multiplayer system, can be used in a special new shop…

New gladiator types

While the next update will introduce a new, rival lanisate impeding on your city limits, the developers have future plans to incorporate both sexes into all gladiator classes. That means male dual weapons fighters, and female sword and shield, two-hands and spear gladiatrices.

Future updates could also come with the possibility of facing wild animals and mythical beasts in combat, rather than just other gladiators.

The keys to the treasure chest

So you’ve had a go at the new combat and multiplayer systems, and now you’ve got wooden, silver and golden coins on your hands. What to do? These battle prizes can be used in a new, fixed merchant shop in your city, where you can purchase chests of varying quality levels.

Our lanistae will echo in eternity

With so many ideas for new updates being thrown around our developers’ studio, feedback and ideas from our players are so valuable; they help us sort the golden nuggets from the dirt.

So here’s a word of thanks to our fans, our players, and every lanista currently training up his gladiators for glory – you are what makes Gladiator Heroes better every day.

Got more feedback or questions for the developers? Just like our Facebook page here, where you can get in touch with us or participate in future chats.

Why your Feedback on Gladiator Heroes Matters to Us

Whether you’re an avid mobile gamer or just an occasional fan, sending feedback to big gaming companies can often feel like talking to a brick wall. Do they really care what I think about a game? Are my ideas noticed?

From its very conception, Gladiator Heroes has been developed and improved based on user feedback.

“When initial players said: ‘we want multiplayer’, we added multiplayer”, recounts César Ríos, development team lead for the game, “When they said they wanted a forge, we added a forge”.

Several updates have been planned for the coming months before the global launch, all based on the feedback and ideas of our users.

“We’re really open for everyone to propose changes or improvements in the characteristics of the game ,” adds Ríos.

Of course, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing since the game was first started over two years ago.

Our small team – just four programmers and four artists – have had to develop several patches to fix bugs and errors in the game. Right now, they’re working on a solution for some users whose quarries aren’t producing stone.

“We really regret any inconveniences caused,” says Adrián Mesa, game programmer, “Being a small team, new patches sometimes take time”.

“As soon as we find a solution, we will publish a patch to correct this bug.”

There is a solution, however, for Android users who’ve been stuck on a loading screen with clouds while trying to access the missions map.

“Got to to the options menu in the city; the first option when opening the dropdown,” Mesa explains, “Go to graphics, and set shadows as ‘off’, then try to access the map again.”

This Thursday, February 23 at 4pm, our developers will be chatting in the Gladiator Heroes Players Facebook group; answering user questions directly and in real-time.

From feedback on art, to gameplay, to problems with the game and finally taking out the Undertaker, we’re inviting fans to chat with us – and each other – about their thoughts on the game, hopefully creating a better experience in future.

Your opportunity to chat live with the Gladiator Heroes developers

Discuss your questions and feedback live with our developers and other players and find out some exclusive tips!

 

 

The development team behind Gladiator Heroes will this week participate in a live fan chat via the game’s official Facebook players’ group.

On Thursday, February 23 from 4:00pm Central European time, the developers will be answering questions in the group ‘Gladiator Heroes Players’.

The hour-long chat will give players and fans the opportunities to ask questions about the game’s programming and design, as well as gain exclusive information on the next update.

Players can also interact with each other, sharing information, strategy, advice and tips.

More information:

When: Thursday, February 23 at 4:00pm Central European Time
Where: Gladiator Heroes Players – Facebook group
How to join in:

  1. Request to join the Gladiator Heroes Players group
  2. On Thursday, February 23 at 4:00pm, game tutor Lucilla Legenda will upload the official chat image
  3. Post your questions as comments below the image, and the developers will reply to as many as they can

More updates: Follow the Gladiator Heroes Facebook page to keep updated