The New Cycle

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This will be an article describing the events within The Cycle community between Release 16 Season 3 and current day, the article will be updated frequently as new information is released regarding "The New Cycle".


Short Synopsis[edit]

The Cycle is undergoing a massive change in direction for all parts of the gameplay, many new mechanics will be added and most of the current gameplay is scrapped or reformed into a new system. This new change was mentioned during one of Yager's development streams on Friday September 4th 2020. The news shared confirmed that the new direction would replace the current game and not be an addition.[note 1]


These changes will lead to replanning and scheduling of the following events/releases:

  • Steam Release
  • Console Release
  • Season 4/In Game Battle Pass


The New Cycle gameplay is different in many ways, primarily the developers have removed conventional "Winning" and have stated winning is based on personal goals, this is implemented by removing the victory points system which is replaced by k-marks.[1][2]

Another big gameplay change is the "Racing" aspect, they want to move away from the high-stress gameplay where you always have to figure out what you are doing next, things will be slower movement and overall much less happening in a given match.[3][4]


Apart from these 2 main changes to the concept of the game there are many smaller details that are all subject to change such as:

  • The New Cycle will be the only mode, the current version of the game will not return. [5]
  • Duo and Squad removed and replaced with Trio. [6]
  • Progress wipe for The New Cycle. [7][note 2]
  • Recall battery removed, only one life no recall. [8]
  • Abilities will be consumable, max 3 uses. [9]
  • Guns will get rarities, basic, common, uncommon, and rare, as explained in The New Cycle Dev Article Part 2. [10]
  • Ammo is limited, ammo drops are added. [11]
  • Multiple evac locations [12]
  • Evac can be called at anytime [13]
  • Minimap and scoreboard are removed. [14]

Delays[edit]

The exact amount each item will be delayed is unknown, here are some info:

  • The New Cycle will not happen in 2020 as stated by the Executive Producer at Yager and steam release has been pushed back to Q2 2021. [15]
  • The end of Season 3 has been extended from Nov 11th to Janurary 30th, we are unaware if there will also be a gap after that leading into Season 4.
    • Prediction: Season 3 will be extended again or have a gap between it and season 4, Season 4 is also when The New Cycle would be released.
  • Steam release plan has changed from December 2020 to Q2 2021. [16]
    • Prediction: Steam release will be late Q1 2021 or Q2 2021. (Prediction was written October 16 2020, updated November 19th)
  • The original ETA for console release was Q1 2021, Steam release is now Q2 2021, no new info about console release has been published.
    • Prediction: Console release would be at minimum 6 months after the steam release, around Q4 2021 or into 2022.

As more info is released by the developers, predictions will be more accurate or outright confirmed.

Timeline[edit]

Date Type Link/Title
August 19, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 17
August 27, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 17.1
August 28, 2020 Steam Page Update Q4 2020 Updated to December 2020[17]
August 29, 2020 Steam Release Announcement Steam Release Tweet
August 30, 2020 Article on 4players.de indicates major game changes The Cycle: Early Access end, Steam launch and major changes (in German)
September 4, 2020 Devstream The New Cycle Preview Part 1
September 10, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 18
September 11, 2020 Devstream The New Cycle Q&A
September 17, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 18.1
September 25, 2020 Devstream The New Cycle Preview Part 2
Dev Article Part 1 (Published) Dev Dairy Part 1 - New Experiences
September 29, 2020 Event/Devstream Release 19 Play Test Server
October 5, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 19
October 9, 2020 Dev Article Part 1 (Updated) Dev Dairy Part 1 - New Experiences
October 14, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 19.1
October 26, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 20
Season 3 End Timer Removed
October 30, 2020 Dev Article Part 2 Dev Dairy Part 2 - Crafting
Open Development Page Deleted https://thecycle.game/open-development/ Archived Screenshot
November 5, 2020 Open Development Page Replaced with Community Feedback https://thecycle.game/community-feedback/ Archived Screenshot
November 11, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 21
November 17, 2020 Steam Release Announcement (Article in German) New Planned Steam Release Q2 2021 [18] Image Archive
November 18, 2020 Steam Release and Season 3.5 Announcement (English Article) The Cycle Delays Steam Launch Due To Pandemic Challenges; Will Expand Season 3 [19]
November 23, 2020 Release/Game Update Release 21.1
December 8, 2020 Dev Article Part 3 DEV DIARY – PART 3 – FORTUNA III AND MAP DESIGN
December 9, 2020 Release 22 and Season 3.5 RELEASE NOTES – RELEASE 22 – SEASON 3.5
January 12, 2021 Release 23 RELEASE NOTES – RELEASE 23
Additional Dates
Date Type Link/Title
December 2020 Release/Game Update Planned release month for Steam version Image Archive
Q2 2021 Release/Game Update New Planned Release quarter for Steam Version [20] Image Archive
Q1/Q2 2021 Release/Game Update Initial Planned Release for Console Version

Important References[edit]

  • "High Stakes" gameplay like Tarkov. [21]
  • Opens new doors and make the gameplay based on personal goals. [22]
  • Communication was not the best. [23]
  • Info on why having The New Cycle as an addition instead of a replacement is not possible. [24]
  • The New Cycle Release Info and Steam release info. [25]

Notes[edit]

  1. In a past Developer Livestream showing the new direction a developer called it Escape From Fortuna or EFF for short, this name has now been redacted but it still commonly used by the community.
  2. Yager has stated in the past that they expected the progress wipe from the Early Access release August 19 2019 would be the last progress wipe. "We expect this to be the very last wipe, so we want to get it over with as soon as we can. This is why we decided that the time is right." - Early Access Patchnotes August 19 2019

References[edit]

  1. "There isn't exactly winning there's objectives inside the match to complete and contracts, so it isn't really necessarily about coming in first place because there really isn't one, there is no scoreboard..."
    - Chris Sykora Associate Producer, Sept 4 2020
  2. "There is no winning a match per say, but you win when you fulfill the goals that you set out to do..."
    - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020
  3. "...this one concept that hasn't been doing the game any favours and thats that its been something we articulated as it feels like too much of a race..."
    - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020
  4. "We are basically removing the racing aspect..."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 25 2020
  5. "This is the only game mode this will be The Cycle."
    - Chris Sykora Associate Producer, Sept 4 2020
  6. "We are looking at having a solo mode without the current implementation of pacting and a squad mode that is trio and probably no duo mode."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 4 2020
  7. Will there be a progress wipe for the currency and how will the loadouts/weapons change? "I think it's likely that we have to do a wipe, but we can definitely do things like remunerate or give currency back to existing players."
    - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020
  8. "This is also something that has changed in the new version its one life just like real life."
    - Chris Sykora Associate Producer, Sept 4 2020
  9. "There will be surveillance wards, see the difference is that they will be consumables, you purchase them on the station." - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020 "Yeah and you use them each time its not a cooldown."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 25 2020
  10. "Yes guns will get rarities indeed... I think its common, uncommon, and rare, no I think there is one more uh, basic."
    -Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020
  11. "My ammo actually matters, I dont have unlimited ammo and I can choose how much ammo I want to bring down with me."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 4 2020
  12. "You can evac in this version whenever you want, you could drop down do one mineral and get a little bit of kmarks and evac and there is more than one evac location"
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 4 2020
  13. "In this version of the game you can evac whenever you want..."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 4 2020
  14. "There you can also see that there is no mini map and there is a much bigger focus on using your scanner and also the map when you hit tab it doesn't show you anywhere near as much information." Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 4 2020
  15. "Also its important to understand is what we are showing today is not something that will be released this year."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 25 2020
  16. "the developers are postponing the planned release to April to June 2021" - 4Players.de
  17. Steam DB History Q4 2020 December 2020
  18. "the developers are postponing the planned release to April to June 2021 and are trying to bridge the time until the release with Season 3.5." Translated from German Web Article by 4players.de
  19. " “Season 3.5” will kick off on Dec. 9 — one day before Cyberpunk’s launch" English Web Article by www.mmobomb.com
  20. "the developers are postponing the planned release to April to June 2021 and are trying to bridge the time until the release with Season 3.5." Translated from German Web Article by 4players.de
  21. "Yeah we are going more in the direction of Tarkov in terms of high stakes..."
    - Jonothan Lindsay Executive Producer, Sept 4 2020
  22. "I think one of the big reasons [we are doing The New Cycle] is also that it opens us up to do so much of the things that we always wanted to do but we didn't feel like we could like players going in with their personal goals."
    - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020
  23. "We realized this one thing like the communication was not that super good..."
    - Florian Rodes Community Manager, Sept 11 2020
  24. Will the option to add The New Cycle as a separate gamemode be considered and what are the main obstacles? "The reason why it's difficult for us to just keep two games running at the same time is that [The New Cycle] meta is much stronger and much better connected with the match"
    - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020
  25. When is The New Cycle planned to be added to the live game and will the release date on steam change? "So our current plan is to have this done by the end of the year, that's very optimistic but yeah that is what we are aiming for and if we find out during development that the target cant be hit you'll be the first to know probably on stream. Regarding steam release basically, nothing has changed..."
    - Dan Banefelt Creative Director, Sept 11 2020