Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!

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In the grim darkness of later today, there is only the release of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2.

We're thrilled to release Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 today! We are currently aiming for a 6PM CET / 5PM GMT / 12PM EST / 9AM PST launch, but stay tuned as we may do a soft release a few hours earlier to make sure everything is working as expected.

A new Launch Trailer will prepare you for battle as all the fury of 12 factions clash for dominance in skirmish and ranked multiplayer, while three full grand campaigns offer hundreds of hours of single-player and co-op content.

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With a focus on bringing naval battle strategy into the 41st millennium, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 has you considering ship speeds, engagement angles, torpedoes, and strike craft while navigating the fantastical and daemonic special abilities of this dark future. Design and customise your fleet through a fully open points system, picking from one of over 80 sub-factions and dozens of fleet upgrades across seven ship classes and 12 distinct factions.

The team has worked hard on your feedback from the second Beta. As announced in our latest community update, today's full release brings a lot of balance tweaks and bug fixes. You’ll find some highlights and a patchlog at the end of this post. If you're new to the game, make sure to read our Quick Start Guide.

You can also join our Discord to discuss with fellow players and devs: https://discord.gg/fqpAG2D

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You'll also be able to finally play the campaign co-op mode today. We'd like to remind you that, as announced at the start of the last Beta, this game is an incredibly ambitious project for our small team and we’ve worked hard to release a sequel improved in every way over the original. It includes 12 factions and three massive grand campaigns playable in co-op. But as we’re working around the clock to polish every part of the game, we're forced to release the co-op mode in an early access state today.

This means that we’re simply not entirely satisfied yet by the level of polish on offer in the co-op mode. It is now available, but we will continue to improve it and fix technical issues in this mode after launch. Our current estimation for the full release of campaign co-op is during March. In the meantime, the co-op mode will be playable on launch but you might experience some technical issues. Your feedback about this mode will be instrumental in making it stable as fast as possible.

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Post-Launch plans

Even though the game is now released, we're still interested in getting your feedback about all aspects of the game: balancing, technical issues, and the full Necron, Imperium and Tyranid campaigns. We'll continue to release updates and tweak the game with the help of your reports. Today is only the beginning for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 and we'd like to share more about our post-release plans.

As explained above, our first priority is to polish the co-op mode to release it fully as soon as possible. It will come with a balancing patch, as well as bug fixes and additional polish based on your feedback. We'll also develop the competitive aspect with official seasons and rewards to be announced very soon.

This first major update will be followed by the development of new ships and continuous work on balancing. As you've seen in our last Beta update, we have the data to monitor win rates and match-ups and we'll make good use of them to do regular balance tweaks until we're happy on that front.

After this we will be focusing on major new features. This includes a massive new game mode giving you access to skirmishes with truly humongous fleets and legendary ships (the Phalanx, Macragge's Honour, and other ships you see during the campaign). Thanks to the incredible support the game has received so far, Focus Home Interactive and Tindalos Interactive have also begun work on a new, full grand campaign. That’s all we can say for now, but we will announce specifics closer to release later this year.

We can't wait to share more, but as you can see, we've got plenty on the go in the coming months. Meanwhile, enjoy the full release of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 and let us know what you think!

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 - Release Patch notes

  • All three Grand Campaigns are now fully playable!
    • Your Imperial and Necron campaign saves from Beta 2 will still work, enjoy!
  • Campaign co-op is releasing in an Early Access state. It’s playable and fun, so please try it out and provide feedback, but those who want to enjoy a fully polished and bug-free experience may wish to wait.
  • All profiles have been reset. This includes multiplayer rank and skill progression.
  • The game is now available in multiple languages.

Improvements & New Features

  • Playing skirmish against AI will now grant faction XP
  • Added Game Option in the campaign to play non-scripted battles in Cruiser Clash mode
    • There are 3 options available: Cruiser Clash, Domination, and Random
    • You can choose between these at the start of a campaign or at any time during your campaign by going into the game options
    • When playing Cruiser Clash, the stationary defenses are placed at random in a square on the battle map
  • Added possibility to remove the Urgency Threat gauge at a start of a new campaign
    • The game has been designed with the Urgency Threat in mind, but we understand players wanting to enjoy the campaign at a slower pace
    • This cannot be changed mid-game, you will need to restart your campaign if you wish to disable or enable it.
  • Skill keybinds are now displayed properly in battle

Balancing

  • All Factions
    • Rally can now be used during a mutiny
    • Reload stance candency bonus now only applies to macro weapons
    • Collisions between allied vessels no longer causes morale damage
  • Corsairs
    • Ship point cost for all Corsair vessels has been decreased
  • Tyranids
    • Ship point cost for all Tyranid vessels has been increased
    • Tyranid assault boat number per squadron decreased from 4 to 3
    • Tyranid fighter squadrons decreased from 8 units to 6
    • Spiky Carapace now ignores armor
  • T’au
    • Mont'Ka crit chance bonus decreased from 100% to 50%
    • T’au Warfare now properly applies to ships with the T’au Warfare attribute
    • Cutting Beam now ignores armor
    • Cutting Beam damage increased from 60 to 120
    • Cutting Beam charge time reduced from 15 seconds to 10
    • Tau Manta Bomber dodge chance increased from 20% to 40%
  • Space Marines
    • Space Marine Torpedoes activate their tracking system earlier
    • Emperor Tarot can now target visible ships
  • Imperial Navy
    • Emperor Tarot can now target visible ships
  • Drukhari
    • Burning Scale ship now properly has 1 launch bay instead of 3
  • Chaos
    • The Daemon Infestation upgrade now properly applies to all ships
  • Asuryani
    • Kin Crewed Battery max cadency bonus reduced from 50% to 25%
    • Kin Crewed Battery cadency bonus per second reduced from 2% to 1%

AI

  • In domination mode, the AI will no longer stay in the capture area without reacting to attacks
  • AI now prioritizes ships that are not drifting hulks or undergoing a mutiny

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a memory leak in video playback during game hitches (such as when clicking on the create custom fleet button)
    • Please note that they will still take some time to load
  • Several localized crashes have been fixed
  • Multiple localization fixes and improvements
  • Custom fleets from the Beta can no longer exceed the point limit before launching a battle
  • Multiple bug fixes and improvements
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Looking awesome so far! The grand campaign teaser has made my day xD I'd have one small request, while I know most portraits will be MP unlocks do you think we could maybe get the default ones in all subfaction colours for skirmish? I may dip my toe in multiplayer but I'm old & slow so wont be focusing on it. Keep the special ones for MP, I agree that's how it should be but one or two options for us old rp'ers wouldn't go amiss ^^

Thank you for the game & double thanks for Grand campaign plans!!!

Patchlog looks GREAT, for Russ and the Allfather!

Looking good, especially the future update with larger, massive battles!

Any chance that the game will be expanded towards 3 vs 3 battles or even 4 vs 4 even if only in skirmish modes?

Thanks for the work in any case, can't wait to play it!

Love the fact that we're receiving a new campaign and the possibility to use the titan ships outside the campaign!

did you fix the resolution issues?

Its really good that you listen to the fans. Some lack of communication earlier made me a bit unsure, but with the plans to add a massive battle mode in skirmish AND let us play with the legendary ships means that you have noted how many of us requested that. Feels good to be supportive of Tindalos and buying your games/DLC's in light of this. You are giving us what we want. (Yaay more ships as well!)

@netheos said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

All Factions

Rally can now be used during a mutiny
Collisions between allied vessels no longer causes morale damage

Very nice!

@netheos said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

Reload stance candency bonus now only applies to macro weapons

No more quick aircraft deplyoments? 😕

@netheos said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

T’au

Mont'Ka crit chance bonus decreased from 100% to 50%

NOOOOO

@netheos said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

T’au Warfare now properly applies to ships with the T’au Warfare attribute
Tau Manta Bomber dodge chance increased from 20% to 40%

This is nice

May I ask if the increased sensor range upgrade for Escorts and Light Cruisers finally applies to the latter, instead of only the former?

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@netheos Awesome news and patch notes! I wish there were some balancing notes for Necrons; that said, just a couple days ago I got dev confirmation that their Reload stance was bugged, and was going to be fixed for the next build (which I'm guessing it's the Launch one). That will count as good news for me in regards of our favorite robot skeletons, for now (still hoping for more tweaks on them). Let's see how they feel with that fixed, and of course all the awesome new features and fixes! Congrats for the release guys, you rock! 😃

And a new campaign and new ships in the works you say?! Aw yessssss

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It seems you are content to continue ignoring the community about the Necrons. Either that or you didn’t post any patch notes for them because reason. This makes me rather miffed, but less so with the announcement of new ships and epic skirmish. Definitely steps in the right direction.

@nemesor-xanxas said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

It seems you are content to continue ignoring the community about the Necrons. Either that or you didn’t post any patch notes for them because reason. This makes me rather miffed, but less so with the announcement of new ships and epic skirmish. Definitely steps in the right direction.

Wtb better necrons, fix to boarding dominance, and I like to use big battleships but they're kinda useless atm. Other than that seems like a lot of fixes have been done since beta2. Here is hoping more will keep coming.

PS: making tyranids more expensive might duct tape current issue but it breaks the lore, there should be tons of tyranids in a fleet but they shouldn't be strong. Mass vs quality.

Can we also please disable capture points for multiplayer? I mean would it be so hard to let us choose what mode we want to play? You are completely ignoring all the posts regarding this issue. Not a single communication even though there are many long threads. And when you posted your update notice during the beta you only communicated for single player mode, especially excluding multiplayer. Why don't you at least communicate with your community?

@drunkbacongod said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

PS: making tyranids more expensive might duct tape current issue but it breaks the lore, there should be tons of tyranids in a fleet but they shouldn't be strong. Mass vs quality.

Yes, this exactly! I would rather we make tyranids much weaker ship-wise, and have many more of them. Tyranids are supposed to be 'without number'. I made a separate post about this very thing.

Otherwise, all excited about everything BFGA:2 related!

Wow!
I just nearly lost the campaign and I didnt even try to! You increased the difficulty, now its actually a challange to play the game on hard. Defence plattforms are working, we can pick a game mode for SP, even the AI seems to be working now. I'm impressed. I had my doubts after the second beta, but this is a very good release!
Now just give us modding tools and I'm really happy! 😉

Hopefully you unveil information about the Grand Campaign soon. I won't play the game for the next 13 days so I still have the option to refund, but if that checks off enough boxes to save the game, I'll keep it.

@iuiz splitting up multiplayer is a bad idea imo with the player pool you have. Good luck finding games quickly. Also the game is not balanced what so ever for that, maybe they can add it as a custom skirmish you can play with friends ?

Great progress in the right direction it feels, and the co op is icing on the cake, still would suggest looking at a "last stand" type co op mode. I hope you guys think about investing in a wiki page or somewhere you can locate stats quickly to do research on fleets. That or update the tool tips to have more multiplayer advise in them like " battleships are generally x purpose", " most of the time you want to have at least one escort" type messages. Some of the noobies I came across were good sports, but had no clue what they were doing, so that might help with the learning curve.

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Corsairs ships starts stealthed. Dunno if there is other undocumented changes

@Romeo will do after the weekend. At least for the Imperial campaign. No time to play em all. But i like what i've played so far. The UI is freakin me out a bit tho.

@djesusuncrossed said in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is out today!:

@Romeo will do after the weekend. At least for the Imperial campaign. No time to play em all. But i like what i've played so far. The UI is freakin me out a bit tho.

Ah, I was referring more to Tindalos there. I want them to announce what their plans are sooner rather than later. We did this dance on the last game, about teasing information that never appeared, and it pissed off a good chunk of the fanbase.