“Buckle up those fanny packs, Contestants!” announces Boss Key Studios, as those of us here in the UK stifle our giggles. It’s the announcement of the second major update for its 80’s game show-themed battle royale - Radical Heights.

The major addition is the introduction of a new gadget from J.A.N.U.S. known as the Scanner. This, er, pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. If you’ve seen any Alien movie you know the drill by now. It temporarily marks the location of enemies within a certain radius of the player.

Elsewhere, there are new cosmetic items, including new hairstyles and dances, zebra pants, and a rejigged character customisation process. Anyone who’s played Radical Heights will be aware the terrible BMX bikes are the best bit about it, and this update adds new bike ramps around the map to show off those glitchy BMX skills.

That’s not all of course, with a laundry list of fixes and tweaks outlined in the full patch list towards the bottom of this article.

Worryingly for Boss Key, despite this patch, it does look as if Radical Heights is on a bit of a downward slope in terms of popularity. After hitting quite hard on launch day, it’s dropped from 12,000 concurrent players down to a peak of 1,178 right after this update dropped. There is a concern that perhaps it is possible to release a game that’s too Early Access. Boss Key Studios has dubbed Radical Heights ‘X-Treme Early Access’, and there’s a danger its embryonic nature is putting off players despite its free-to-play price tag.

Anyway, onwards with the positive news, and here are the patch notes for Radical Heights’ second major update.

Radical Heights Second Update Release Notes

GENERAL

  • Performance optimizations when switching to and from aim down sight or scope view.
  • Duos: Fixed parties disbanding after each match.
  • General performance optimizations ongoing – players should see increased FPS.
  • Improved ATM interaction: You can now queue as much money as you want to withdraw or deposit!
  • Improved server region selection:
    • Fixed issue where no region could be selected if pings were too high
    • Now defaults to auto-select regions with a ping below 100ms
    • Increased maximum allowed ping to select a region to 200ms
  • Updates across the world!
    • Various collision and geo fixes
    • Art pass started on locations that were previously only greybox.
  • You can now rotate your character in the menu by clicking and dragging.
  • Online friends are now sorted at the top of the friends list
  • Reduced the range you can hear the supply line.
  • Zip lines can be grabbed from any point, instead of just the start.
  • New animations for healing/eating burgers in prone and crouch.
  • More crowd/announcer audio adjustments!
    • Audio options now work!

COSMETICS

  • *NEW* Added 32 New Cosmetic Items
    • 4 Emotes – Rad Gems Only
    • 3 New Hairstyles – Rad Gems Only
    • 3 Glasses
    • 1 Fanny Pack
    • 2 Gloves
    • 3 Shoes
    • 2 Hats
    • 6 Pants
    • 8 Shirts
  • *NEW* Added 10 Kill Card Options – ALL FREE!
    • 3 Backgrounds
    • 3 Borders
    • 4 Profile Icons
  • Prize Room: All customization options have been merged into the Prize Room.
    • This now displays both owned and unlockable items.
      • There is now a sort option for “owned” items.

BMX BIKES

  • Increased pitch up/down air control.
  • Easier to stop spinning/flipping in air.
  • Curbs and bumps won’t flip/spin the bike as much.
  • Variable jump height: tap for a small jump to avoid small obstacles or hold & release for a fully charged jump.
  • Lots of ramps added to the world to do sick flips on!

WEAPONS/GEAR

  • *New Gadget*: Scanner!
  • This gadget scans enemies in a large radius around the player. Enemies detected have their location at the time they were scanned revealed on the player’s minimap temporarily.
  • Improved perspective of first person weapons in aim down sight
  • Balance adjustments
    • Aug
      • Damage reduced
    • FAL
      • Damage reduced
    • UZI
      • ROF reduced
      • Range increased
      • Price increased
    • HiTec
      • ROF reduced
      • Range increased
    • AK74u
      • ROF reduced
      • Range increased
    • M12
      • Range increased
    • M16
      • Range increased
      • Price increased
    • 1887
      • Spread increased
    • Stakeout Shotgun
      • Spread increased