There are plenty of ways to play, from rushing resources to ambushing others, but however you choose to engage, squads offer advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation.
This is because there are no separate game modes for solo, duo, or squads, and jumping into a new instance can see you facing any of them. This guide covers the max squad size and the different ways to play.
The Cycle: Frontier Max Squad Size
The max squad size in The Cycle: Frontier is 3 people, which can come from players on Steam or the Epic Games Store using crossplay, and setting up a squad can be as easy as using the in-game friend's list to send requests.
Squads also share the loot after extraction. This is good and bad, as while solo players tend to get out with more profit, a good team will be able to cover each other ensuring greater safety while they gather loot.
- Keep all of your loot or lose it all when you get foamed
- Can move much quieter than groups
- Harder to mine without risking being shot in the back
- Faster resets when you're not waiting for teammates after you get foamed
- A good middle ground between Solo and Squad
- Can easily farm resources
- Can potentially recover loot from a downed teammate
- Don't have so much inventory that it takes too long to fill
- Pressure to evacuate if other member gets foamed
- Split loot between 3 people and only lose 1/3 if someone goes down
- Can potentially recover loot from downed teammates as well
- Can cover multiple angles while gathering resources
- Can hold structures easily against less players
- Pressure to evacuate when 1 member gets foamed
At first, this choice appears to be a no-brainer, with Squads offering a lot of protection, especially from solo players... but playing solo has some choice tactics that can turn them into a real threat.
Duos and squads will often work together well when they're at full strength, but this quickly becomes a weakness when isolated from their teammates or reduced in numbers. In other words, players used to having a team tend to be worse off when that team is whittled down.
As a solo, if you can use stealth to your advantage to ambush one member of a team, you can often get the others to panic and circle the wagons. Do not attempt to loot the corpse, just get out and sneak around because they'll usually camp their fallen teammate. Grenades can be used in an ambush to kill multiple opponents or force them to scatter, making 1v3 gameplay more evenly balanced.
Overall, if you have people you want to play with you will gain an advantage, but it does have its downsides, especially once one player goes down and they're moaning for you to extract to start a new instance.
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