'Ring of Elysium' Update: December Patch Notes: New Costumes and Adrenaline Buff, New Game Mode Soon

"Ring of Elysium" takes battle royale multiplayer shooting to a frigid environment. TenCent Games

New updates for Ring of Elysium, a battle royale shooter available on Steam Early Access, makes substantial changes to characters and gameplay controls. December has seen two updates for the snowbound shooter so far, plus the announcement of a new game mode, "Takeoff."

Free-to-play, Ring of Elysium combines features from both PUBG and Fortnite on a sprawling, arctic map, as sixty players fight to secure one of the four seats on a rescue chopper, as the snowstorm Ymir closes in.

'Ring of Elysium' Update: 12.6.2018 Patch Notes

The most recent update came Thursday, Dec. 6. This one is relatively minor, with but a single patch note:

"Newly registered players now have to successfully board the evacuation helicopter in their training game to unlock Solo mode."

Solo mode is simple: you vs. 59 other players. This new update ensures you're a little more prepared by raising the barrier for entry in training.

'Ring of Elysium' Update: 12.4.2018 Patch Notes

An update released a few days earlier, on Dec. 4, is far more substantial. Check out the full patch notes:

Adventurer characters

Characters introduced as part of Arctic Survival Season 1 are all in for improvements in new December updates. TenCent Games

New styles have been enabled for the following adventurer characters:

Gavin: Graffiti Artist, Graffiti Artist Style A and Graffiti Artist Style B (In the Graffiti Artist styles, Gavin has finally received his exclusive backpack, and even a badass high-tech face mask).

Hikage: Pale Raven, Pale Raven Style A, Pale Raven Style B.

Lynn: Textures optimized for Lynn's stockings.

But the bigger changes are to how the characters perform in motion and in combat:

  • Physics have been improved for anything that swings, such as weapons and even earrings, to be "more coordinated with the dynamics of the characters."
  • The duration of Adrenaline Rush has been increased from 10 to 12 seconds.

Voice chat

During the spawn-point selection phase, disabled the use of proximity chat (team voice chat will not be affected).


  • Reverted the model of airdrops, player lootboxes, helmets, and cars back to the standard version.
  • Reduced the size of Assault Rifle compensators, making its presentation more realistic.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the weapons on the right side of the characters' back stacked together.
  • Fixed an issue where extra footstep sounds were played.
  • Fixed an issue where shots could not hit opponents in some rare cases.
  • Fixed an issue where bandage animations showed incorrectly when using bandages repeatedly under high network latency, in first person perspective.
  • Fixed an issue where weapon reload could be interrupted by shots when hip-firing.
  • Fixed an issue where characters could get stuck on the ski-lift platform in some rare cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the frost effect did not completely cover the screen under 21:9 resolutions.
  • Partially fixed an issue where gunshot sounds gets cut off occasionally while spectating a target.
  • Fixed an issue which caused weapon display glitches after going into swimming state while holding a weapon and going back on land.
  • Fixed an issue which caused spawn-point selection UI glitches in some rare cases.
  • Fixed an issue which caused loading scene glitches during the spawn-point selection phase in some rare cases.
  • Fixed an issue which caused hand model glitches when holding a MP5 and MPX as Hikage.
  • Fixed an issue which caused hand model glitches when holding weapons attached with a triangular grip.
  • Fixed an issue which caused lower-body model glitches after jumping and landing while holding a weapon.
  • Fixed an issue which caused left-shoulder model glitches while proned and holding a VKS in first person perspective.
  • Fixed an issue which caused hand model glitches while ziplining and climbing ladders.

The Ring of Elysium team plans even more updates soon, with the next patch expected to drop Dec. 8 or Dec. 9. That update will increase randomization in how the safe zone shrinks to add more diversity to how games play out. It will also add buffs for the climbing pack and optimize gunfire sounds. Finally, the new update will include Christmas-themed helmets, cars, lootboxes and more.

In addition to the fixes included in the various December updates, the Ring of Elysium team also announced a new game mode called "Takeoff":

The new mode heightens Ring of Elysium 's realism by adding a new night mode. Details beyond that are a little sketchy at this point, but developer Tencent Games announced a second trailer will drop on Dec. 10.