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The Finals Update 1.5 Adds the Shooter’s First Limited-Time Game Mode

The Finals gets its big update 1.5 today, January 17, and it makes some significant changes.

The update makes balance changes, bug fixes, adds a bigger store, better security, new outfits, and Solo Bank It, The Finals’ first limited-time game mode. Developer Embark Studios described Solo Bank It as an “experimental” game mode, where you play against 11 other players in a race to earn the most cash.

That’s all we have on update 1.5 for now, but Embark Studios is expected to publish the patch notes in full as soon as the update goes live.

The Finals is a free-to-play competitive first-person shooter made by former Battlefield developers. It launched with a huge concurrent player count on Steam, where it’s still going strong and wowing fans with its impressive destruction tech.

IGN’s The Finals review returned an 8/10. We said: “The Finals is a fresh and exciting take on team based PVP shooters, featuring some of the best environmental destruction in any FPS.”

Not everything has gone down well with fans though, as Embark was criticised for using AI voiceovers in The Finals by myriad voice actors and even other developers. Embark told IGN that “making games without actors isn’t an end goal” and claimed it uses a mix of both recorded audio voices and audio generated via AI text to speech tools for its games.

The Finals also endured a torrid time with cheating, although Embark declared the problem over last month.

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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Author: Wesley Yin-Poole