Valve announces R8 nerf
Valve has announced that it will release an update to limit the impact of the R8 revolver.
This week's CS:GO update brought important gameplay changes, with the introduction of the R8 revolver being the one that caused widespread uproar as casual and professional players alike complained about the excessive stopping power of the new gun, which is priced at just $850.
According to Valve, the new update will bring the R8's values "to be more in line with other weapons", which means, among other things, that the damage has been lowered and the time it takes to fire has been increased.
"While it typically takes more time to generate enough data to drive an update (and gameplay updates are always a bit disruptive), in this case it’s clear that we got the damage wrong and can respond immediately," Valve wrote.
"As experience with other new weapons (e.g., CZ75a and M4A1-S) has shown us, it may require several iterations over a longer period to find the stable values that create interesting strategic choices for players. We’re committed to monitoring usage and adjusting the values as required."
Regarding the other gameplay changes brought by Tuesday's update, including the tweaks to the behavior of assault rifles and pistols, Valve stated that it is "still too early to determine their impact" and vowed to continue to monitor the new meta to ensure that "CS:GO remains fun, skillful, and balanced."