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posted in Insurgency: Sandstorm read more

Dear community,

Today we are announcing the delay of Insurgency: Sandstorm from its originally planned release date on September 18th 2018 for Windows PC. The game will now be releasing for Windows PC on December 12th 2018, and the Pre-order Beta will continue until the release of the game.

This was one of the hardest decisions our team has ever had to make and not one taken lightly. However, we feel it is in the best interest of the game and our community to spend more time working to ensure we deliver the best possible experience.

During Pre-order Beta 2 thousands of players took to the game and gave us great feedback on dozens of topics. Our small, but highly dedicated team has been working around the clock to respond to and address as much feedback as possible; releasing two hotfixes over the first weekend and a significant patch last Thursday. We’ve already seen your positive feedback, as our team have started to address priority areas such as performance, hit registration, and player movement.

Despite the game’s improvement, we are acutely aware that not all of you are having the ideal experience we want to deliver. By extending the beta and moving our launch date to December, the additional time will allow us to make significant improvements to the game with continued input from you. The additional time allows us to target a lower minimum system requirement, address more bugs, work on overall polish, gather additional feedback from the community to refine gameplay, and ensure that highly requested community features which may otherwise have had to be added post launch (such as community servers and custom games) are ready for day 1.

The major goals we aim to achieve with this extra time are as follows:

  • Upgrade to Unreal Engine 4.20 and continue optimizing
  • Improve the character models, textures, and animations in the game
  • Improve the “scoped” experience for both high and low-quality scope settings
  • Improve the level visuals, gameplay and optimization
  • Add more cosmetic item variations and a new forearm tattoo cosmetic type which can also be seen in first person
  • Expand in-game server options to include a server browser, community-run server support, and a custom games system allowing users to specially configure games hosted by our server infrastructure.
  • Refine the game to the point it has far less bugs, glitches, visual inconsistencies and other issues.

We appreciate that these improvements may mean you have to wait a little longer; however we feel it is important that we deliver a game that lives up to your high expectations and that Sandstorm can be deemed a true successor to Insurgency. Those of you who have been supporting us during the Pre-order Beta tests will be able to continue playing until the release of the game, and we look forward to more of your feedback.

The pre-order discount will be extended until the new release date and we will continue to grant pre-purchasers instant access to the ongoing beta along with the 10% pre-order discount. The additional 10% loyalty discount for owners of the original Insurgency will continue to run until the end of March 2019. Note that the Loyalty Discount does not stack with other promotions.

We thank all of you for your passion and support, and look forward to continuing to test with you over the coming weeks ahead of our launch in December.

Sincerely,
New World Interactive

posted in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada read more

Admirals,

BFGA2 Game Director Romain Clavier here. It’s been three days now since the release of the beta. We’re delighted to see thousands of players jumping into games and providing feedback on everything from faction balance to the campaign flow, and much more.

The Tyranid invasion and the green Krusade may seem unstoppable but do not abandon hope and praise the Emperor, for he is the salvation of mankind. Here’s what we’re currently planning to do in response to all the feedback and data we’ve received during the week.

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Campaign update:

Let’s start with the two most common pieces of feedback regarding the campaign gameplay.

  • “I don’t like the domination mode in campaign.”
    • Well, It will be pretty easy for us to add a game option that allows the player to remove capture zones during campaign battles in order to play with just the “extermination” win condition. We still believe that domination mode provides a better in-game experience, as it adds a tactical layer to battle as well as improving the game balance, but we understand the desire to annihilate your enemies.
    • We’ll do our best to deliver this change for the release. If we cannot, it will be implemented with the first patch shortly after launch. We will keep you updated on this as regularly as possible.
  • “I feel under pressure from the urgency gauge”.
    • Fair enough, we don’t want anyone to feel anxious surrounding their solo game experience of the grim dark future. We will be adding an option at the start of the campaign that will disable the urgency gauge. For clarity, we would advise against disabling this feature, as we think it provides incentive and pressure for pushing forward as well as offering a good representation of the critical situation in the Cadian Gate, and being part of our difficulty balancing. However, we’d rather it was your choice.
    • It’s possible we will have this implemented by release, but more probably it will be a part of the first patch.

Skirmish:

The main feedback we’ve received here is that you all would like to be able to level up factions in Skirmish. Well, we don’t see any good arguments that go against this request. We will implement this for release! Portrait rewards will still be exclusive to ranked matches, as they’re purely cosmetic.

We’re also looking at ways to continue to improve the skirmish game in post-release content. We’ll talk more about this in the near future as we start to explain our plans regarding post launch content.

Balancing:

Well, balancing is still not perfect but it's better than ever. With thousands upon thousands of battles concluded (and with mirror matches excluded), let’s check the stats up to now:

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First to talk about this data a bit. Clearly there are two major outliers in Corsairs and Tyranids, which we’ll discuss in a moment, alongside the higher-than-perfect Ork winrate. However, we’re very happy that 10 of our 12 factions are relatively well balanced, especially given we’re yet to release. Obviously, it’s currently imperfect, so here are our goals going forward.

At first we want to get everyone between 40% and 60% global winrate. Of course the closer to 50% the better, and we’ll continue tweaking beyond that, but it’s our initial aim. It’s important to note these numbers do not represent with perfect accuracy how balanced factions are. For example, some factions may perform better or worse depending on the skill level of the players, the exact fleet compositions being used, and so on. However, we’re happy to use this data alongside your continued feedback to improve things.

As mentioned, the most problematic factions are the Corsairs and Tyranids. Orks are borderline.
Therefore, you should expect in a patch on launch day:

  • A nerf for the Tyranids. Should be mostly based on ship point cost.
  • A buff for the Corsairs. Ships will be cheaper and will have access to the shroud hull attribute, which cloaks ships at the start of battle.
  • A very slight nerf for the Orks.
  • A lot of small adjustments to make the battle experience less frustrating in some cases or with some factions.

Of course, we’re still finalising the specifics here, and will keep you updated with full patch notes once the patch is ready. We hope to continue sharing matchup data with you in future, and are looking into ways to split the data by league to make sure we’re using it in the best way possible.

Multiplayer:

We have found a way to improve classification of players in the leaderboard, as it’s currently very hard to get out of Bronze league. This update is now live, so please let us know if it seems better and fairer to you (or not!)

Bug:

Ouch! A nasty bug regarding weapon stats modifiers bypassed our vigilance and is present in the beta. A few bonuses are not being applied properly. We will be fixing it for release - we’d like to do it sooner, but ensuring that our release build is as good as possible is our current priority. Post-launch, we hope to patch issues such as this (or, hopefully, more minor ones) quicker. It’s important to note this particular issue will likely have a positive impact on the game balance, also.

Thanks for all the feedback, positive and negative! Continue to help us in making the best game possible for the 24th!

Dismissed!

Ravensburg

posted in Insurgency: Sandstorm read more

After the successful launch of Insurgency: Sandstorm last month and a busy period over the holiday season, our team would like to give you a brief update on where we are with the game's development and what fans can expect over the coming months.

After the last update on December 21st we gave our team a week off over Christmas and New Year’s to recover and spend some much needed time with family and friends. During this period, however, our community and design teams were spending a huge amount of time reading through hundreds of reviews and comments across Steam, Reddit, YouTube, news sites and more, gathering feedback and prioritising our year ahead.

After reviewing launch and reading your feedback it was clear that our first update needed to focus heavily on quality of life and community features, but also deliver additional content.

We hinted at some future plans in our The Insurgency Legacy Continues blog post back in December, and while we are not yet ready to discuss the full line up of changes for the February update, you can view some confirmed content and features below.

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  • Five new weapons including the MP5A5 and MP5A2, which will be available for Security and Insurgent Breacher classes respectively.
  • A new Community Testing Environment right in your Steam Library for easier and more open testing of upcoming updates.
  • Competitive improvements including tiebreaker rounds, leaver penalties, and more.
  • Vote Kick for community servers and additional anti-harassment / griefing measures.
  • Clearer indications around restricted areas, game rules and spawn waves.
  • New cosmetics including Tropentarn camouflage, new gloves, and new eyewear.
  • Some other surprises you might not expect.

In addition to the above, performance and optimisation will continue to be a top priority for us. Players systems and setups vary greatly and it's important we gather as much information as possible. We encourage anybody who is having issues to submit information to our team via the performance discussion and support section of the forums to help us identify and resolve any issues.

We also received a lot of feedback about the in-game community and player behaviour. Our team will be working on various design changes, bug fixes, and other game-based solutions to address or mitigate these issues. However, some of these will require time for us to concept, implement and iterate upon. In the meantime, it is vital that the community aid us and our partners in finding and addressing issues.

As such we have published a new guide detailing the steps you should take if you encounter someone cheating, using game exploits, harassing/abusing players or otherwise griefing, as well as additional documentation regarding Easy Anti-Cheat.

Two recurring topics regarding in-game player behaviour were vote-kick and in-game reporting options. Our team take player behaviour very seriously and are committed to improving player experience. Some of the changes in the February update should take steps towards this, however, we would like to take this time to clarify our current stance on the above.

In our previous titles, votekicking itself was abused by some players as a means to harass, grief, and troll, so we’ve had some hesitation about adding it to Sandstorm. However, we’ve heard your feedback and we understand that when used responsibly this can be an effective tool in dealing with disruptive players. As such we’ve decided to add it as an option for community servers. We’ll continue to monitor community feedback on this and other systems and make changes accordingly.

We’ve also seen some requests to include an in-game reporting system to deal with these kinds of players. This is something we have discussed, however, creating and managing such a system with investigations and reviews of every reported player would put a great strain on our development and community management resources. Frankly, we’re unable to effectively monitor every single player’s behavior and support such a system. We would rather focus on creating good community tools and automated systems to deal with these kinds of issues and put our resources toward creating content and improving gameplay. That being said, an in-game reporting system is something we might explore in the future, targeted at the most disruptive players. For now, we ask that players follow Community Guidelines - Cheating, Exploits and Harassment.

As we’ve said before, launch is just the beginning for us. We have a huge amount of post-release content planned for Insurgency: Sandstorm, and are excited to bring the game to consoles this year and to explore additional platforms in the future. We will be sharing a lot more news over the coming weeks, so be sure to subscribe to the NWI newsletter, bookmark our blog and follow @InsurgencyGame across social media to stay up to date with all our announcements.

posted in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada read more

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Greetings Admirals,

We’re happy to release our second update for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 today!

This new patch features various balance changes and bug fixes, including a rework of the boarding mechanics based on your feedback, various balancing tweaks, and stability improvements to the campaign co-op mode. Please find more details in our Beta news.

Thanks to everyone who tried this update in our Beta branch and posted their feedback. The changes are now live in the official version of the game. Please continue to share your suggestions and report technical issues - we carefully read our Steam community hub and official forum. You can also join our Discord to meet fellow players and get the latest news from the team: https://discord.gg/fqpAG2D

As the team works hard on improving the game with features and balancing based on your reports, you can find more info about our long term plans here.

We’ve also seen the feedback that some of you miss the persistent fleets from the first game. We wanted you to know that it’s been noted on our side. We’ll be looking at what could be done to improve that aspect and keep you updated in future posts.

Change log Patch 2 Battlefleet Gothic Armada II

New feature/Retakes

  • The boarding mechanic, a core feature of the game, has been reworked.
  • Improvement and rework of the reinforcement feature. It now gives more control over the way fleets are deployed in campaign mode. Allows the player to choose which ship will be deployed just before mission launch and reinforcement flow
  • Rework of the deploy feature in multiplayer (skills and upgrades can now be picked in deploy mode)
  • 2v2 mode fleet capacity is now 1000 points by default
  • Rework of the warp risk GUI: different display if the warp risk is new or older in the GUI score screen + display of the warp on ships in campaign
  • Added a security step for the client’s disconnection during the AI turn in campaign
  • Updated escort ship limitation number in multiplayer: 1/LC, 2/C - BC, 3/GC - BS + add a function to retrieve unit cost without getting all the body part from the unit
  • Added tutorial tip on how to switch between galaxy and sector view (All campaigns)
  • Clicking on an objective now centers the camera on the concerned system
  • Added the upgradable POI number of each sector in galaxy view
  • Added feedback when trying to buy a leader without enough fleet value available
  • Added a “Retreat” skill on all ships that forces the ship to leave the battlefield by the closest edge. Counts as a classic disengage regarding score

Balancing

  • Spore Field skill radius increased from 1650 to 2000
  • Pressure Spines upgrade now applies to all spore fields
  • Necrons now regen 1 crew every 60 seconds up to the actual step limit, linked to Reactive Hull
  • All Addmech ships now have exceptional accuracy
  • Maximum accumulated fire number on a ship increased from 4 to 10
  • Overcharged Lances trait now gives +9000 range instead of +4500
  • Space Marines’ boarding torpedoes cost has been upgraded
  • Adeptus Mechanicus lances damage increased by 50%
  • Pulsar damage increased from 30 to 35
  • Tyranid escort cost has been reduced
  • Heavy Rail Guns’ angle reduced from 270 to 90
  • Blood Letter Parties now apply 10 boarding charges with a 120 second cooldown
  • Craftworld torpedoes’ loads reduced from 3 to 1
  • Armour piercing is now a flat reduction of 25 points instead of an armour set to 50 points
  • Armour Piercing ammunition armour reduction improved from -10 to -15
  • Canticle of Omnissiah: boosts by X maneuver gauge/Boost by X Shield
  • Commissar skill: Boost by X Morale/Boost by X maneuver gauge/Boost by X Shield
  • Add an alternative skill to Adeptus Mechanicus ships on 1 charge skill Eye of the Omnissiah
  • Feeder Tentacle skill now has various boarding values depending on the ship's tonnage
  • Boarding critical now deals 1 damage, whatever the ship’s tonnage is. (the critical probability depends on the ship’s tonnage)
  • Triggering the order "Call to Arms" disables the stances for its duration only, then the current stance is re-applied after the end of its effect.
  • Imperial Admirals now have the "Summary Execution" order.
  • Space Marines torpedoes price has been increased from 1.5 to 2.5 points per barrel.
  • "Honour the Chapter" order has been removed from escort ships.
  • "Pulsars" weaponries cost has been decreased.
  • "Falling Moon" Drukhari Battleship cost has been increased to 350 points.
  • "Impaler" ordnances health points have been increased from 10 to 12.
  • The tyranid skill, "Reclamation Pool" now costs 3 crew per charge instead of 1.
  • "Rush" distance has been reduced from 5k units to 4K units.
  • "Goff'Ardboyz" upgrade critical assault chances are increased from +5% to +10%.
  • "Sneaky Lootas" upgrade buff damages are raised from 5 damages per assault action to 20 damages.
  • Wych Cult upgrade critical chances are raised from +10% to +20%.

Co-op mode
Some progress has been made on the Coop mode. Please note that the co-op mode will be the main focus of Patch 3.

  • Fixed the stop co-op button that was kicking the host to the main menu
  • Fixed the score screen that wasn’t displaying when the client reconnects after a game
  • Fixed the guest camera that wasn’t focusing a system under attack just after a battle
  • Fixed players being stuck at the end of their second battle
  • Fixed upgrade button animation for the client
  • Fixed some elements of the client UI
  • Updated co-op achievements
  • Fixed several crashes in co-op
  • Updated game over screen
  • Removed the reload button for the client
  • Fixed background faction cinematics
  • Added a protection against a crash for null body part
  • Fixed the blocked connection panel that now disappears if the client connection fails
  • Fixed data representing Seglei that wasn’t changing ship client-side in the Necron mission The Prize
  • Fixed the guest that couldn’t see which general was the main hero during campaign battles
  • Fixed the bug that was allowing skill cancellation if the ship possession changed when a player was about to launch a skill
  • Fixed client being disconnected ingame, server should not considered the game as lost anymore
  • Fixed the white squares on the faction icons

General Fixes
1/ Campaign fixes :

  • Fixed an error that wasn’t granting campaign effects to ships
  • Fixed fleet selection panel (pre-engagement) that wasn’t working properly if the player was opening a new one without launching a battle
  • Protection added on the Blackstone shoot trigger if this one is not destroyed during the shot in the mission Star Makers
  • Fixed a bug that created a defeat when one of the player’s flagships was destroyed in the mission The Stronghold
  • Fixed the absence of an objective when introducing the Ancient One (informing the player that it must not die) in the mission Last Gasp
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying an empty map when launching a campaign introduction mission with the skill selection feature
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying the reinforcement ships over the map when selected
  • Fixed Ancestral Genome Panel display
  • Improved mine visual on the campaign map
  • Fixed incorrect display of upgrades in fleet viewer when above 12
  • Fixed the Space Station’s name (Magnis Dominum) in the Tyranid mission The Flesh Is Weak
  • Fixed the achievement “Natural Selection” that couldn’t be unlocked
  • Fixed the Tyranids crash on Belis Corona
  • Fixed the position of the fleets obtained as reward. Can’t spawn in a locked or hidden sector anymore
  • Fixed a crash linked to the achievement of an objective, where the player loses Spire’s fleet
  • Fixed a bug that was allowing the player to save a game during the enemy’s turn
  • Fixed the achievement “The End of an Immortal Race” that couldn’t be unlocked at the end of the mission “Protector Of The Seventh Path”
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to deploy their ship in the monuments areas in the mission Chosen of Abaddon (Nurgle)
  • Fixed a bug that was hiding objectives if some of them were already completed
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the ship hull value to update when repairing this ship in the Ship Viewer (campaign)
  • Fixed a text that was not translated in the mission Protector of the seventh path / Imperial Truth
  • Fixed an error of cinematic trigger in the mission Apostle of Destruction, if the Vengeful Spirit is destroyed during a dialogue
  • Fixed the Death Guards Admiral ship that had no name
  • Fixed the Space Station’s name that didn’t match with the name presented in the dialogue
  • Fixed an incorrect mission name (The prize Part 2 > 1) in the mission summary
  • Fixed the fleet power value that was able to show a number of 0 and was creating blocking situations
  • Fixed the Imperial Pirates’ ships’ names that were not translated
  • Fixed an error of warp risk display if there were several of them
  • Fixed an incorrect reward description of the Imperial Truth mission objective
  • Fixed a wrong name feedbacked when clicking on the F5 input (auto-save > quicksave)
  • Fixed POI bonuses in the Necron campaign giving battleplans
  • Fixed the Disengage skill for AI that should now be launched during scripted missions
  • Fixed the bug that was blocking the camera movement in the sector/galaxy view when an on-map element was selected
  • Fixed a bug that prevented an objective validation when the player had to execute a Lightning Strike on the Phalanx with Trazyn during the Necron mission The Stronghold
  • Fixed a bug that didn’t display Turrets/Space Stations on enemy systems in the system overview
  • Fixed the Biomass reward icons
  • Fixed a bug that was activating the Plasmic Medusae event instead of the Plasma Storm when the player finishes the mission Slip Through the Net
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some rewards to be properly displayed in the renown panel
  • Fixed the fleet creation button that was appearing when the player was moving a fleet on a possessed system
  • Fixed the objective Flesh is Weak that didn’t unlock the environmental effect Giant Asteroid
  • Fixed the bug that was allowing player to select a system during the AI turn.
  • Fixed the Repair Troops replacement values in the Game Help

2/ Battle fixes

  • Fixed ships disengaging on the edge of the map (retreat) that weren’t taking warp risks
  • Fixed the revoke button on the flag ship that wasn’t displayed in the Fleet builder (multiplayer)
  • Fixed criticals calculation system on Runic Targeted Node
  • Fixed Tooltip on the Boarding skill
  • Fixed the Sooper Zzaps that wasn’t giving a 50% chance to avoid the holofield
  • Added a ping button on the minimap
  • Updated skin on speed buttons
  • Updated the ship overlay: boarding widget + reworked stance/fire graphics
  • Added a blood FX for Tyranids’ collisions
  • Updated: thicker Dark Eldar missile trail
  • Added cast FX to Augur Disrupt skill
  • Improvements to Chaos macro FX
  • Added trail to Tyranids’ ordnance
  • Added new FX for Ork Plasma Bomb
  • Improved feedback for ship part criticals
  • Improved highlight on stealthed ships when hovering over it with mouse
  • Fixed light macrocannon that was using heavy macrocannon impact explosion FX
  • Reduced size of Defence Platform minimap symbol
  • Selected skills and upgrades are now still selected after a battle
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to change his own skills and upgrades by selecting enemy skills and upgrades in the battle menu
  • Fixed the Holo/Shadow FX that wasn’t disappearing before a Microwarp Jump
  • Fixed a bug causing maneuvers buttons to be disabled for no reason
  • The achievement "Survival of the Fittest" can now be unlocked
  • Added new skills icons for Chaos, Imperium and Tyranids
  • Adrenal Glands skill
  • Fixed Necron Boarding skill FX
  • Fixed repair troop FX over time
  • Fixed a bug that hid the Call to Arms stance icon while it’s still active
  • Fixed the dust FX in the medium/large asteroid fields that were not centered
  • Fixed a bug that was switching enemy stealth ships into bleeps when the player was taking back control of a Drifting Hulk
  • Added FX to Dolmen Gate skill
  • 2v2 Capitulation now asks for confirmation from the 2nd player
  • Fixed the Elo gain that was displayed on the scorescreen after a 2v2 game
  • Fixed the Ork upgrade Ded Big Gunz that wasn’t working for some weapons
  • Fixed the Spore Field range circle that was the wrong size
  • Fixed Tyranids’ macro weapons accuracy
  • Fixed the Call to arms button on ally
  • Fixed the AI Tau faction that can now select a Warefare
  • Fixed the auto-engagement that now is priority before Retreat
  • Fixed the Overload lances attribute tooltip.
  • Fixed the bomb range GUI that wasn’t displayed around ships.
  • Fixed the Micro Warp Jump skill that wasn’t displaying the ship ghost (feedbacking the new position).
  • Fixed the Power Ram upgrade.
  • Fixed the 2v2 vs AI game launch issue.

3/ Structure fixes

  • Added a security check validating the name when a new save is made
  • Fixed the right click (on an enemy ship) Sound FX that wasn’t influenced by any of the audio settings
  • Fixed the phantom lance attribute that now works on Tracking Sense instead of Lock On
  • Fixed a bug that was granting invulnerability to Tau ships (guest player side) when canceling a Warp Out at the last moment + the warp out FX was displayed indefinitely

Tindalos Interactive & Focus Home Interactive

posted in Insurgency - General Discussion read more

Hello again! Welcome to our guidelines on cheating, exploits, and harassment. In this post, we discuss different levels of abuse and how our community members can help us in dealing with these issues.

Cheating

We have partnered with Easy Anti-Cheat to help us find and ban players who use cheat software, hacks, or custom scripts to disrupt our players’ experiences in Insurgency: Sandstorm. We take cheating very seriously, so we appreciate all of our fans who help us in combating this issue.

If you come across a player that you suspect is cheating or if you find a cheat available for Sandstorm online, please fill out a Cheat Report for Easy Anti-Cheat to investigate. If you’re reporting a cheat for sale/download, please include a link to the relevant site. If you encounter a player who you think is using hacks or cheats, grab the replay ID of the match from the History section of the main menu and it include it in your report. Be sure to watch the replay first and include the approximate time that the player can be seen using a cheat in the report as well.

How to find a replay ID and Steam ID:

  • Go to the Main Menu
  • Select “History”
  • Mouse over the replay, then click “Copy ID” and paste it in your report.
  • Start the replay and go to the scoreboard
  • Click on the suspected player’s name and “Copy Steam ID”. Then paste it in your report.

Click here for the EAC Cheat report: EAC Cheat Report

For more information about EAC, including bans and appeals, check out our EAC post here: Community Guidelines: EAC & Cheating

Exploiting Design Issues

Our team has been working very hard to get Insurgency: Sandstorm to where it is today, and we are still developing improvements and new content for the future. That being said, we have seen some players exploiting bugs in design. Examples of this include:

  • Hiding in rocks/walls
  • Exploiting Out of Bounds areas
  • Glitching into unplayable areas
  • Spawn camping

If a player is exploiting these mechanics or does something that feels unfair (but they’re not necessarily using hacks), please take a screenshot or video along with an explanation of what is happening, and send it to support@newworldinteractive.com so that our team can recreate and address the issue.

Harassment/Trolling/Griefing

We have received some community feedback on issues with toxic players, offensive language, and trolling in Insurgency: Sandstorm. New World Interactive does not condone this type of behavior and we’re taking steps to ensure players are able to effectively deal with this whenever it is encountered. Some of these fixes and additions include:

  • Fixing the mute function so it carries over between rounds.
  • Adding toggleable profanity filters to text chat.
  • Adding spam protection to text chat.
  • The ability to vote to kick players on community servers.

It may take us some time to implement these features, but we are working on various plans to discourage toxic player interactions. We recognize that players intentionally harassing others can be pretty annoying. Whether they’re yelling something racist on the microphone, repeatedly (and purposefully) standing in the line of fire, purposefully teamkilling, or taking other actions that can be considered trolling or griefing, we get that it can be very frustrating or offensive. No matter how irritating this can be, don’t try to confront these players. Shooting them in retaliation or shouting back at them will not solve the issue. Hold Tab, hit that mute button, put those blinders on, and don’t feed the troll.

To see the full list of what’s coming next, check out our Community Update post. We have a ton of content planned for Insurgency: Sandstorm so keep the feedback coming! To report bugs in Sandstorm, check out our Technical FAQ. Having performance issues? Check out our Performance Tips.

posted in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada read more

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Greetings Admirals,

Today, we'd like to extend a huge thanks to all of you supporting Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2! We're incredibly excited by the response it’s gotten from the press and players!

Join us in celebrating the praise heaped on the game in our new Accolades Trailer!

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Over the past week, we’ve announced and released the first major patch for the game. It includes the usual balance and bug fixes alongside a brand new gamemode - Battlegroups. These battles allow for larger fleets in 2v2, making it a chaotic and powerful game mode of titanic proportions.

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This is also on top of longer-term plans announced that include the creation of an entire new grand campaign for the game. There will also be another 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).

In addition, competitive seasons, tournaments, and a new boarding system are on the way. Read all about it here. This was all possible thanks to your incredible dedication and support, and we’ll be continuing to improve Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2!

As always, we appreciate any feedback regarding the game. please use our official forum. Also don’t forget to join our Discord to discuss with fellow players and get the latest news from the devs: https://discord.gg/fqpAG2D

We’ll also reveal further information about future content updates in the coming months!

See you in-game,
Tindalos Interactive & Focus Home Interactive

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Hi everyone,

It’s time for a new community update about MudRunner and what we have planned for the future.

We know that many of you are wondering if MudRunner will see more content added or if the next step is the release of MudRunner 2. We’re happy to confirm that we have a new free DLC planned for MudRunner.

We’ll unveil more details about this DLC in the upcoming months but you can expect something similar to the various free DLCs already released for MudRunner, such as The Ridge or The Valley.

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Most of the team is now focused on the development of MudRunner 2. During Focus’ yearly press event “What’s Next”, much more info will be shared about the game. As some of you noticed, although it was originally scheduled for February, it has been moved to April 10-11. We’re sorry about this but it’s ultimately for the best, as we’ll have a lot more to show in April.

MudRunner Community Survey

Today, we’re happy to share this community survey, that we’ve prepared to get your feedback and suggestions about the future of the MudRunner franchise.

Click here to answer the MudRunner Community Survey.
You'll need about 10 minutes to fill out this survey. We'll close it in two weeks.

We want to be completely clear that the purpose is not to get a list of features for MudRunner 2. The development of MudRunner 2 is going great, and most features have already been locked down. We can’t wait to share more about that with you all!

The purpose of this survey is for us to get to know all of you a little better, for the benefit of the overall MudRunner experience, franchise, and future. Please do not interpret these questions as indications of what might appear in MudRunner 2.

The survey should take 10 minutes to complete. These questions have been chosen based on all your feedback since the launch of Mudrunner, be it from the Forums, Discord, Steam, or elsewhere.

Please share this survey with your MudRunner friends. Thanks once again for your passion and dedication to improving the MudRunner experience!

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Hello Mudrunners,

It’s been two weeks since we opened the community survey to get to know you all a little better! We didn’t expect such a huge amount of responses, so we’re really thankful for your continuous support and feedback. As was said previously, the survey closes today.

We’d like to take this opportunity to share some interesting results with you. Here they come!

Community’s favorite map goes to… Downhill!

With your special landform, the community enjoys the challenging aspects you provide! Kudos Downhill!

Community’s favorite challenge goes to… Climb a hill!

Finding a rideable path among rocks is not easy. Climbing it can be even harder! You need to control your wheels expertly while observing the environment! And of course, don’t forget to pay attention to your logs! Bravo to those who overcame the obstacles, and congratulations to Climb a hill! You deserve this prize!

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Next, let’s discuss some other interesting results.

According to the responses we’ve received over the past two weeks, we got some interesting statistics! Here you go!

Most of you have:

  • unlocked 60% of the trophies,
  • completed 6 Normal maps, including 4 with 1 star,
  • completed 5 Hardcore maps, including 3 with 1 star,
  • completed 6 challenges, including 5 with 100% objective bonus!

We have to say it - you guys rock!

Finally, we’ve also got some informative results here!

Most of you play:

  • on PC,
  • over 25 hours,
  • normal and harcore game modes, and
  • other driving simulator and race games.

What do you think of community’s favorite map and challenge? Was it expected, or a complete surprise? Let us know in the replies!

Please keep in mind that the purpose of this survey wasn't related to Mudrunner 2 features, but rather to know all of you a little better, for the benefit of the overall MudRunner experience, franchise, and future!

See you in April as we preview MudRunner 2 to the press in the Focus Home’s yearly press event “What’s Next”. Stay tuned!

The MudRunner Team

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Insurgency: Sandstorm has just received even more free content in update 1.3, and new players are welcome to try the game during its Steam Free Weekend, 10am PST Thursday June 20th to 10am PST Monday June 24th. Today’s monster update includes a remake of the indoor-focused classic Insurgency map ‘Ministry’, new weapons, new weapon upgrades, a zombie-inspired game mode called Frenzy, and more!

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We are super excited with the response and community reception to Insurgency: Sandstorm so far. This content follows another large free content update in May which also featured a new map, customization options, a new hardcore cooperative game mode and more. We have many more free content updates planned for the rest of this year and 2020, including modding support, game modes, maps, weapons, and more. Take a look at some of what’s due to arrive in the next six months in the recently announced Free Content Roadmap for 2019.

If you like what you’ve been seeing, please consider giving us a review or updating your review on Steam. These reviews help grow our community and inform new players what the game is all about, and we'd love to have your thumbs up!

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Check out the full changelist below:

New Features

  • New Map: “Ministry”
    • Features extremely close quarters fighting in the interior of a besieged ministry building with narrow corridors, a vast marbled lobby, and a crowded underground parking garage.
    • Playable in Skirmish, Firefight, Checkpoint, Hardcore Checkpoint, Frenzy Checkpoint and Team Deathmatch game modes.

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  • XP can now be earned on community servers:
    • Community server admins now have the ability to allow players to gain XP and earn cosmetic unlocks as they would in official matchmaking. This provides more incentive for players to play on community dedicated servers rather than our official matchmaking servers. Please follow our guide here to learn how to register your server with the stats system for XP gain.
    • Modded servers or servers with any custom rules are also permitted provided they do not unfairly accelerate XP gain.
  • New Co-op Arcade Game mode: “Frenzy”
    • Checkpoint based mode with zombie-inspired enemies who run fast and attack you in melee or with Molotovs.
    • Features special enemies like burning Flamers who explode into flames, fast moving Jumpers who teleport, and massive Bruisers who wear extra armor and soak damage.
    • Playable on all maps including Ministry.
    • The real April Fools’ joke is that it wasn't a joke. Gotcha.

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  • New Weapons:
    • Chinese QBZ-03 assault rifle
    • Croatian VHS-2 assault rifle
  • New Optics:
    • 1x MRO “Micro Red Dot” for Security faction.
    • 1x MARS for the Insurgent faction.

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  • New Video Settings
    • Added a resolution scale slider allowing for undersampling and supersampling with a range from 0% to 200%. Scaling to under 100% will increase performance by running at a lower resolution, whereas over 100% will render at a higher resolution.
    • Added Hierarchical LOD Transition Method option to the Advanced video options menu with a “Field Of View” option which improves the quality of further away structures in the world when zooming in on them. This option comes with a performance cost, so it is recommended to first try “Fixed Distance” for better performance.
    • Added a View Distance Quality setting to the settings menu under Video.
    • New update announcement popup on the main menu allowing us to share important details about new updates with users directly in the game.

Optimization

  • Reduced hitching from player spawning.
  • Optimized particles which occur frequently during gameplay including footstep dust kick up, third person muzzle flashes and bullet impacts.
  • Disabled dynamic shadows being created from multiple breakable components for smaller breakable props.
  • Halved the distance at which shell cases would spawn audio components.
  • Removed a few in-game Lesson videos which were causing hitches when popping up during gameplay.
  • Added a performance warning on the video settings tab that shows when a user is running the game at a resolution higher than 1080p due to the engine’s costly nature at these higher resolutions.
  • Reduced server logging to further streamline server performance.
  • NVIDIA Geforce Experience can now be used again to optimize Insurgency: Sandstorm. This fix was implemented and deployed by Nvidia on Friday the 7th of June.
  • Tweaked the Auto benchmark settings to ensure that the initial video settings set by the game do a better job ensuring performance.

User Experience

  • Hit detection system changes:
    • Co-op now always uses client-side / server validated hit detection rather than switching to the purely server-side hit detection method when players have higher pings, so that no matter what there should always be reliable hit detection when playing against AI enemies in Co-op modes.
    • Versus modes have seen a raise in the ping limit at which point the hit detection switches to the purely server-side approach, from 200ms to 250ms. The latency indicator on the HUD has been adjusted to take this into account, now going red when players are above a 250ms ping to reflect this change.
      Versus server admins now have the option to disable the server-side hit detection method for high ping users entirely, via the -NoHitValidate command line parameter.
  • Tutorial experience improvements for first time players:
    • The game is now paused during critical lesson popups to allow players to digest the information presented.
    • The player’s health has been increased.
    • The weapons on the table while defending the bridge have been adjusted.
  • Hardcore Checkpoint is now accessed directly from the new “Featured” section of the Play menu as “Hardcore Coop” rather than through the default Coop queue.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where many players using VoIP would cause temporary audio cutouts for players.
  • Fixed an issue where bullets were not registering correctly with players and AI enemies when playing with a high enough (200+ ms) ping.
  • Fixed an issue causing vehicles and their turrets to jitter strongly while moving.
  • Fixed a number of issues with scopes and the scope stencil rendering over non-scoped weapons, causing “invisible circles” to block the weapon in ADS.
  • Fixed an issue preventing first time players progressing to the end of the tutorial.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Bug Hunter” pre-order Tattoo item was not appearing in the Appearance menu.
  • Fixed an issue where particles were playing back at a greater speed than intended.
  • Fixed an exploit for Competitive Firefight where the opposing team’s score and points were showing on the Scoreboard.
  • Added a potential fix for an issue where weapons could continue playing looping audio after the player or AI enemy was killed.
  • Fixed an issue where the on-screen ammo display for shotguns could occasionally misrepresent how much ammo they had.
  • Fixed an issue with gloves being rendered inside of scopes.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple foregrips could be seen in the loadout menu for certain weapons such as the AKM.
  • Fixed an issue where the TM-62 Mine, Mosin 4x PU Scope and 1.5x PK-AS scopes were not available for the Range Master class in the Range under Tutorials.
  • Fixed an issue where the Tutorial Level’s Gunship would be on cool down during the period you were prompted to call it in.
  • Fixed an issue where gas masks could occasionally be seen on character’s bodies instead of their heads.
  • Fixed a UI scaling issue with the matchmaking progress dialogue.
  • Fixed an issue where magazine upgrades such as Extended Magazines and Drums were not being applied correctly in-game.
  • Fixed an issue where the vest and gear would be seen offscreen if you went to the Customize menu on the post match screen.
  • Fixed an issue where footsteps were not reliably being generated correctly on inclined surfaces such as stairs.
  • Fixed an issue with the laser attachment socket orientation on the third person G36K model.
  • Fixed a bug where Supply Crates in Coop modes were not granting any launcher ammo when resupplying.
  • Fixed an issue where drum magazines were avaliable for certain weapons in Hardcore Checkpoint when they shouldn’t have been.
  • Fixed an issue where “Community Server Name” would show in the Scoreboard during official matchmaking.
  • Fixed an issue where if you dismembered a ragdoll’s head and it was wearing a gasmask, the gasmask would not be hidden.
  • Fixed an issue where Security faction Eye Color was not being applied properly to Character heads.
  • Fixed clipping issues with Insurgent Hands Cloth Fingerless gloves item.
  • Fixed incorrect animation assignment causing one of the crouch leaning directions to be broken when using iron sights.
  • Fixed infinite reload bug in Hardcore Checkpoint.
  • Fixed and issue with the side mounted alignment of the third person SVD socket for the OKP-7 optic.
  • Fixed a bug allowing players to deploy bipods on weapons and rag dolls.
  • Fixed backpacks not hiding in vehicles.
  • Fixed various cosmetic issues:
    • Fixed Patrol headgear and Combat Glasses eyewear clipping with each other.
    • Fixed clipping with Balaclava Open and Balaclava Closed headgear.
    • Fixed Covered hair option clipping with Headband headgear.
    • Fixed the Boonie Hat camo orientation to be horizontal.
    • Fixed facewear clipping with the covered hair style and headgear.
    • Fixed the morph targets and weights for Battle dress blouse
    • Fixed morph target issues with the track pants.
    • Fixed some morph logic issues with gear items.
    • Fixed clipping issues with the combat goggles.

Gameplay Improvements

  • Weapons
    • Reduced LMGs standing and crouching recoil by 10%.
    • Slightly increased reload speed for the M240B, MG3, and PKM.
    • Reduced L106A1 and L85A2 supply cost by 1.
    • Removed Laser Sight weapon upgrades from Versus Marksman and Competitive Sharpshooter classes. This was felt to be a CQB attachment that was inappropriate for the class’s role in being a long range shooter, especially given the new anti-materiel rifles. This attachment remains available in Coop modes.
    • Doubled Gunship and Support Helicopter body health. This will not affect rotor health or other areas of the helicopters.
    • Added the M99 7x scope to Coop Marksman classes
  • Fire Support
    • Explosive Drones now spawn above the target on which they were called in and fly down, preventing them from getting caught on buildings as they path towards their designated target.
  • Hardcore Checkpoint
    • Added more Primary ammo for players who respawn.
    • Increased speed of the 1P Hardcore sprinting animations by 20% to make it look more natural. This does not affect player speed, just the speed at which the animation loops.
  • AI
    • Retreating AI enemies will no longer abort the retreat behavior to shoot a close range target. This was causing issues after a counter-attack where an AI enemy would retreat with a spawn zone en route, encounter players, and open fire.
    • AI enemies will now only throw molotov/incendiary grenades at targets with direct line of sight. This ensures players have some time to react, as they detonate instantly. Normal frag grenades will still be thrown at targets behind cover.
    • Reduced accuracy of bot grenade throws by 10-20%.
    • AI enemies with heavier weapons (marksman rifles and machine guns) will always rush to cover instead of firing en-route.
    • Ambushing AI enemies will go into sighted mode if they hear a threat coming.
    • AI enemies will take longer to zero in when using marksman rifles and machine guns, and be less accurate.
    • Security AI wear the Facewear cosmetic less often. It’s harder to fight like that anyway.

Visual Improvements

  • Third person weapon cache planting animations should now be visible to other players.
  • Improved the prone deployed crawling animation when transitioning to prone and also moving.
  • Improved “muzzle thump” melee attack animation blending for various weapons.
  • Created new IED and C-4 third person melee animations.
  • Improved grenade melee attack animation blending.
  • Improved RPG-7 melee attack animation blending.

Levels

  • Outskirts
    • Improved a pillar collision box on Firefight West Objective B area so that throwables can be reliably thrown around a corner and not impact with an invisible wall.
    • Blocked west window in final weapon cache room on Push Insurgents to prevent destruction by rocket.
    • Removed lower northwest room from capture zone on Objective C on Push Insurgents.
    • Doors are now closed on ambulance at Objective A on Push Insurgents.
    • Doubled up a shipping container at Push Security Objective A to mitigate Insurgents camping outside the southwest corner of the objective in the building. There is no line of sight from here to the northeast entrance to the objective any longer.
    • Moved Insurgent Objective D Supply Crate from bad location on Push Security.
    • Fixed a missing restricted area for Insurgent spawn on Push Security Objective C.
    • Smoothed out player movement in various areas.
    • Fixed floating Supply Crate on Push Security Objective D spawn.
    • Fixed not able to capture Objective D while aiming in a specific direction on Security Checkpoint.
    • Fixed Insurgent A spawn partially not restricted on Push Insurgents.
    • Fixed minor issues throughout the map.
    • Fixed Insurgents A spawn being partially not restricted on Push Insurgents.
  • Crossing
    • Improved AI navigation.
    • Fixed an issue where the player could get stuck inside a barrel near Objective C on Push Security.
    • Fixed a small window blocking grenades at Objective C on Firefight West.
  • Summit
    • Reduced playable area for Firefight East to funnel players more towards the objectives.
    • Fixed an issue where players could get outside the level at the far end of the market area.
    • Fixed an issue where the player was able to get stuck in a certain rock formation.
  • Refinery
    • Made several gameplay adjustments across the whole map to improve readability and make it more clear where players are shot from.
    • Unmerged numerous merged actors to take more advantage of automated instancing to improve performance.
    • Created HLOD clusters to improve performance.
    • Moved the insertion vehicle closer to Security starting spawn on Push Security.
    • Tweaked an HLOD near Security start spawn that was transitioning too aggressively.
    • Added nav modifier for second row of barricades to avoid AI enemies from getting stuck near Checkpoint A Security.

UPDATE 18/06/2019:

We are releasing a hotfix today to address several issues from the 1.3 update. This is a server-side fix which does not require a client reset, but it will require server resets from community servers.

  • Fixed overuse of Molotovs by AI enemies in Frenzy. Molotov use by AI is meant to primarily prevent players from camping in places unreachable in melee. However, there was a bug where they were wrongly determining when a player is unreachable, and thus using their Molotovs way too much.
  • Fixed an issue where Frenzy AI would shift between behaviors sometimes while flanking a target.
  • Fixed an issue where newly released Camo cosmetic CROPAT was not being unlocked correctly when purchased.

UPDATE 19/06/2019:

We are releasing another hotfix today to address other issues from the 1.3 update. This hotfix will require downloading a game update.

Bug Fixes

  • Potential fix for an issue causing Molotov flames to sometimes be invisible. Please let us know if you still encounter this issue.
  • Fixed an issue where if the player had a radial menu open when a Lesson paused the Tutorial Level, they would lose input and not be able to continue.
  • Fixed an issue where dismembering a ragdoll removed all of its gear items.
  • Fixed an issue where indoor soundscapes on Ministry were not being applied on spawn for players spawning inside the building.
  • Fixed an issue where exiting a vehicle while not having a primary weapon in hand would show the primary weapon between the player’s legs.
  • Fixed an issue where the VHS-2 smoke launcher was priced at 3 supply instead of 1 supply.
  • Fixed an issue where the VHS-2 Extended Magazines upgrade was granting 40 additional rounds instead of 35.
  • Fixed an issue in third person where performing a melee animation with a launcher equipped would not display the animation correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the third person hand pose for the VHS-2 with grenade launcher would have the hands in the incorrect position.
  • Fixed an issue preventing players from being able to perform a melee attack with the binoculars.
  • Fixed an issue where weapon parts could shift slightly in third person when performing a melee attack.
  • Fixed a number of missing localizations.

Cosmetics

  • Fixed clipping issue with Flight Hands cosmetic on Security.
  • Fixed a number of issues where gas masks would clip into the head.
  • Fixed various clipping issues related to Facewear and Eyewear.
  • Fixed a bug with morph targets for Security armor levels.
  • Fixed an issue where the Blouse Rolled cosmetic on Security was displaying incorrectly.
  • Fixed a clipping issue with the Covered Hair option and Combat Goggles cosmetic.

User Experience

  • Fixed an engine-level issue that caused borderless resolution settings to not be respected.
  • The server browser should now not instantly state that it has “Found Zero Servers” even if it is still searching for servers.
  • Updated Info button for Hardcore Coop in the Play menu to display both Checkpoint and Hardcore Checkpoint game rules.

Gameplay Improvements

  • Frenzy
    • Fixed an issue where enemy AI would not investigate players who were outside of their navigation mesh.
    • Allowed enemy AI melee behavior to run if the target player is unreachable.
    • Players are now marked as unreachable if standing on a non-existent navigation area, ensuring AI will use Molotovs if they cannot reach that player.

Visual Improvements

  • Updated the destructible pillars in Ministry with new particles.
  • Frenzy’s Bruiser special enemy should now spark when shot in the head or torso to better indicate that those areas are armored. The limbs should be targeted for more damage.
  • Animation
    • Created dedicated first person melee attack animations for the M82A1 CQ, M99, QBZ-03 and VHS-2.
    • Updated grenade throw animations for third person so the hands open correctly.
    • Updated animations for leaning in and out in both crouch and stand.
    • Improved and added secondary weapon melee sequences.
    • Improved and fixed blending on transition animation logic and sequences.

Levels

  • Ministry
    • Actor merged various meshes to improve performance.
    • Reduced bloom and rebuilt lighting and navigation.
    • Fixed several Hardcore Checkpoint Ammo Box pickups not appearing correctly.
  • Hideout
    • Fixed an issue where players could spawnkill Insurgents in Skirmish from a particular location.
  • Refinery
    • Moved Checkpoint Security counter-attack vehicle that was blocked by layout updates.

Known Issues

  • Nvidia has disabled the SLI profile for Insurgency: Sandstorm temporarily until they further investigate an issue with Unreal Engine 4.22.
  • Cosmetics, Cosmetic Presets and keybindings do not seem to be synchronized on the Steam Cloud.

Play Insurgency: Sandstorm during the Steam Free Weekend, 10am PT / 7pm CEST Thursday June 20th to 10am PT / 7pm CEST Monday June 24th, with all this new content available free to all players.

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Welcome back to our devblog for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2! This week we will introduce you to the game’s backstory and explain what to expect from the three faction campaigns.

Working as tutorial as well as introduction, the prologue to Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 kicks off during the Gathering Storm storyline of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The great fortress world Cadia is under siege from Abaddon the Despoiler’s 13th Black Crusade: the Imperium buckles under the largest invasion it has ever seen as fleet after fleet of Chaos ships filled with foul daemons and irredeemable renegades flood from the Eye of Terror in search of death and destruction.

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As the Imperium barely holds Cadia, it also finds a way to close the Eye of Terror, home of the largest concentration of Chaos forces. Abaddon, furious at this defiance, launches the Blackstone Fortress in a collision course with Cadia’s surface, piercing the planetary shields and tectonically destabilising the planet. Cadia falls despite the combined efforts of the Adeptus Mechanicus, Space Marines, and Imperial Navy, even with the help of some Necron allies. This is a tremendous blow from Abaddon’s forces.

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The story can go in three very different directions from here, depending on your choice of campaign.

For the Imperium, Admiral Spire returns from the Warp, translating back into real space hundreds of years after the Gothic War to discover his efforts to protect the Imperium were almost in vain. Arriving after the Battle of Cadia, his desire for retaliation is immense and he is ordered to take back control of the highly symbolic ruins of Cadia. Taking command of the Imperial Navy, Adeptus Mechanicus, and Space Marine forces, this campaign follows Spire as he safeguards the galaxy against Chaos and all lurking xeno races of the 41st Millenium.

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In the Necron campaign, you play as Amarkun the Gatherer, right-hand of Kephrekh the Unbroken, one of the dynastic lords of the Necrons. You begin by awakening the great tomb planets of the Sentinel Worlds sector, but are quickly embroiled in wars against other races. With the 13th Black Crusade raging each Necron dynasty has its own schemes and you will discover how Trazyn the Infinite has his own suggestions for how Amarkun should assist Kephrekh.

Finally, as the Tyranids, the Great Devourer continues to hunger and finds its way to the Aegis Ocularis. All narrative elements come from how the other races respond to the ever-spreading Tyranid fleet and its never-satiated jaws. Devour every one of them until all of the galaxy is consumed, and help them to find a peaceful end in the belly of the Beast.

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Hopefully that gives you a small taste of what to expect from our take on the future of the galaxy in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2. Which side will you bring to glory, and who are you most looking forward to ruining? Next time, we’ll go in-depth on how a game of Armada 2 is played.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 releases on Steam in January 2019. You can already pre-order for Beta Access before the release of the game, and a 10% discount!

Returning Battlefleet Gothic: Armada players on Steam instead benefit from a 25% loyalty discount on their preorder of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2.

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Hello everyone!

Today, we’re happy to launch a patch on PC, featuring bug fixes and gameplay improvements. As usual, please don’t hesitate to leave your feedback or ask us any questions you may have with regards to the changes.

You can find the full changelist below:

Bug fixes

  • Conflict between controller and mouse in fullscreen fixed.
  • Multiple mesh/texture issues corrected (new trucks, houses, addons)
  • Minor fixes to some of the truck attributes (suspension, mass properties)

Improvements

  • Behaviour of 4x4 scout vehicles in the mud improved: smaller vehicles are more off-road capable now and more stable in mud
  • Visual improvements to USA maps.
  • Minor improvements to some of the addons (platform with loader is now longer)
  • Some visual improvements: "birch" trees have now brown bark
  • Modifications to new USA maps : additional routes added, and only 1 instead of 2 fuel stations are now available per map, making them more challenging and requiring more strategic thinking.

Happy holidays to you all!

The MudRunner Team

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posted in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada read more

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Greetings Admirals!

We’re excited to announce that our second update for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 will be available in a few hours for testing on the Beta branch.

This new patch features various balance changes and bug fixes, including a rework of the boarding mechanics based on your feedback, various balancing tweaks, and stability improvements to the campaign co-op mode. Please find more details and the full patch notes at the bottom of this post.

To access the next patch in the Beta branch, please follow these steps:

  • In your Steam Library, right-click on Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II and go to Properties.
  • Go to the BETAS tab and select this branch: beta_nextpatch
  • Confirm and click on PLAY to update your game (you might need to restart Steam to see the update).
  • Once the game is updated, you have access to the beta of the next_patch of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II.

As always with a beta, we recommend you to backup all your saves before trying out the next patch. You can find your save in the following folder: C:\Users*yourusername*\AppData\Local\BattlefleetGothic2

Please test the latest changes and let us know on what you think our Steam community hub and official forum. Make sure to specify that you’re posting about the Beta branch when posting feedback. You can also join our Discord to meet fellow players and get the latest news from the team: https://discord.gg/fqpAG2D

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ: Keep in mind that this is a Beta version and you’re likely to encounter bugs and technical issues. That’s precisely why we release the patch in the Beta branch first. We’ll improve the version based on your feedback.

As the team works hard on improving the game with features and balancing based on your reports, you can find more info about our long term plans in our previous announcement.

We’ve also seen the feedback that some of you miss the persistent fleets from the first game. We wanted you to know that it’s been noted on our side. We’ll be looking at what could be done to improve that aspect and keep you updated in future posts.

Stay tuned next week for the full release of the patch, as well as news about our upcoming competitive system.

Some words about mechanics changes and balancing from game director Romain ‘Ravensburg’ Clavier

BOARDING

Boarding in BFGII is a tricky thing to design and we already tried several different solutions for it during the various phases of production. We’re happy that we have something solid now that gives alternative gameplay for brawling factions. But, to be honest, the “alpha strike” feeling of boarding doesn't quite simulate the combat intensity aboard ships of the 41st millenium and creates useless frustration in some situations, as many of you have pointed out.

We have decided to add a delay to the boarding mechanic resolution, as well as a way to slightly counter the assault action.

Boarding redesign:

  • Each boarding action puts a boarding stack on the targeted ship.
  • The number of stacks depends on the ship tonnage, same as the current damage multiplier.
  • Boarding stacks on a ship are resolved one by one starting with the first received.
  • It takes 5 seconds for a boarding stack to be resolved.
  • Each boarding stack deals damage depending on the boarding efficiency attribute of the faction.
  • Each boarding stack has a chance to deal an additional troop damage depending on the critical boarding attribute of the faction.

Example:
An Imperial cruiser will put 3 boarding stacks on an enemy ship
Each stack will deal 1-2 damage with a 10% chance to crits due to the brutal strike attribute (giving +1 damage). So basically between 1-3 damage, but with an uneven spread chance.

Call to Arms redesign:

  • While on call to arms stance the following modifications apply to the ship:
    • All boarding damage received is reduced by 1
    • Ship speed is halved
    • Weapon’s cadency is halved
    • All skills are frozen except for cancel order and formation.
    • All skill cooldowns are frozen except for cancel order and formation.
    • All maneuvers are frozen
    • Maneuver gauge is frozen
    • Shield regeneration is disabled
    • Holoshields are disabled
    • Shadow field is disabled
    • Player may click on a button above the ship to exit call to arms state.

Example:
Based on the previous example, under call to arms, the damage of each stack would be between 0 and 2.

Transfer crew, new boarding skill

  • Can be launched at a targeted friendly ship at the cost of 1 troop to heal 1 troop.
  • A ship must have suffered at least 1 troop damage to become an eligible target.
  • Usable by all factions except Tyranids.
  • Usable by all tonnages of ships.
  • Will work on any allied faction except Tyranids.
  • Other boarding actions can no longer be launched on friendly ships, only transfer crew.

SKILLS AND UPGRADES SETTINGS
We feel like it was quite frustrating in multiplayer to select skills and upgrades before knowing which opponent you are going to face and the battlefield configuration. For this reason, players are now allowed to set their skills and upgrades during the deployment phase. It will probably radically change the whole meta of the game, and we’re excited to see what effect it has on winrates.

CAMPAIGN REINFORCEMENT

Based on your feedbacks, we feel the need in campaign to give more control over the reinforcement mechanics.

Players can now set before a battle which ships will be deploy first from all of their engaged fleets.

Also, the in-battle reinforcement mechanics has been improved by giving you control of when a reinforcement ship will enter the battlefield. Reinforcement ships no longer enter the battlefield automatically but stay in reserve. Players may now click on the card of a ship in reserve to gives a direct order to that ship. The ship will enter the battlefield from the closest deployment zone to the given order.

MATCHMAKING

Matchmaking was initially set to favor finding matches very quickly at the cost of potentially matching players of very different skill levels. Naturally, some of you expressed their frustration of matching with a player that was too powerful or too weak.

So from now on matchmaking will tend more to match players of the same league, but matchmaking search time may be a bit longer. We’ll continue to monitor both match quality and matchmaking time and make adjustments as necessary.

UNRANKED 2V2
We decided to temporarily remove 2v2 from ranked as it was having an adverse affect on the leaderboard through quitter abuse and other issues. We’re already working on a separate and cleaner 2v2 leaderboard which we hope to deploy in an upcoming patch.

BALANCING:

  • Imperial Navy are in a pretty bad shape at the higher ranks, so we’ve reworked the “Encouraging Speech” ability, now called “Commissar Encouragement.” It gives awesome bonuses to the ship at the cost of 1 crew point. Also, max fires on a ship has been increased from 4 to 10 - heretics and xenos will burn much better this way.
  • Some players point out the fact that the Adeptus Mechanicus feels too similar to the Imperial Navy regarding their gameplay. We agree with that and have explored new ways to give them the feeling of a truly unique faction that uses ancient and valuable technologies. The Adeptus Mechanicus “Emergency Repair” is replaced by a more powerful “Prayer of the Omnissiah” and their Nova Canons now have a second type of ammunition, the “Grav Cannon Shot”. All their lances deal more damage and all their ships now have the “exceptional accuracy” attribute.

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  • Tyranids once again received a lot of attention as they still get ripped apart at higher ranks. All their orders have been replaced by new and better ones. The new “Breeding Pool” gives back crew points up to the current step limit, making them very hard to kill by boarding actions. “Overloading Cavities” replaced “Swarm Mutation” and gives back 1 charge to every skill at the cost of 1 crew per charge, creating a great synergy between these two orders. Finally “Enhancing Chase” order clears the rush cooldown. We truly hope to see more Tyranids in legend with those new tools!
  • Necrons will be back as they now regenerate 1 crew point every 60 seconds. Also their squadron benefit from extra Doom Scythe!
  • “Honor the Chapter” now scales its damage depending on the ship’s tonnage, giving a better incentive to deploying the Space Marine Battle Barge.
  • Asuryani are still monsters on the leaderboard, especially due to their torpedo runs. We decided to be a bit drastic and limit their torpedo charges to 1. In the meantime they and the Corsairs now deal more damage with their lances, to encourage fleet diversity.
  • Aeldari in general no longer ignore the effects of pierce armor weapons, as they became a flat reduction of 25 armor points instead of automatically setting the enemy armor to 50.

Patch 2 Known Issues

  • Potential crash in multiplayer with the Grav Cannon (new Adeptus Mechanicus Nova Cannon ammunition)

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Change log Patch 2 Battlefleet Gothic Armada II

New feature/Retakes

  • The boarding mechanic, a core feature of the game, has been reworked.
  • Improvement and rework of the reinforcement feature. It now gives more control over the way fleets are deployed in campaign mode. Allows the player to choose which ship will be deployed just before mission launch and reinforcement flow
  • Rework of the deploy feature in multiplayer (skills and upgrades can now be picked in deploy mode)
  • 2v2 mode fleet capacity is now 1000 points by default
  • Rework of the warp risk GUI: different display if the warp risk is new or older in the GUI score screen + display of the warp on ships in campaign
  • Added a security step for the client’s disconnection during the AI turn in campaign
  • Updated escort ship limitation number in multiplayer: 1/LC, 2/C - BC, 3/GC - BS + add a function to retrieve unit cost without getting all the body part from the unit
  • Added tutorial tip on how to switch between galaxy and sector view (All campaigns)
  • Clicking on an objective now centers the camera on the concerned system
  • Added the upgradable POI number of each sector in galaxy view
  • Added feedback when trying to buy a leader without enough fleet value available
  • Added a “Retreat” skill on all ships that forces the ship to leave the battlefield by the closest edge. Counts as a classic disengage regarding score

Balancing

  • Spore Field skill radius increased from 1650 to 2000
  • Pressure Spines upgrade now applies to all spore fields
  • Necrons now regen 1 crew every 60 seconds up to the actual step limit, linked to Reactive Hull
  • All Addmech ships now have exceptional accuracy
  • Maximum accumulated fire number on a ship increased from 4 to 10
  • Overcharged Lances trait now gives +9000 range instead of +4500
  • Space Marines’ boarding torpedoes cost has been upgraded
  • Adeptus Mechanicus lances damage increased by 50%
  • Pulsar damage increased from 30 to 35
  • Tyranid escort cost has been reduced
  • Heavy Rail Guns’ angle reduced from 270 to 90
  • Blood Letter Parties now apply 10 boarding charges with a 120 second cooldown
  • Honour the chapter now deals boarding damage depending on the ship’s tonnage - ES/LC: 1, CR: 2, BC: 3, GC: 4, BS: 5
  • Craftworld torpedoes’ loads reduced from 3 to 1
  • Armour piercing ammunition upgrade is now a flat armour reduction of 10 points
  • Armour piercing is now a flat reduction of 25 points instead of an armour set to 50 points
  • Canticle of Omnissiah: boosts by X maneuver gauge/Boost by X Shield
  • Commissar skill: Boost by X Morale/Boost by X maneuver gauge/Boost by X Shield
  • Add an alternative ammunition to Adeptus Mechanicus ships on 1 charge skill Gravity Cannon Shot
  • Feeder Tentacle skill now has various boarding values depending on the ship's tonnage
  • Boarding critical now deals 1 damage, whatever the ship’s tonnage is. (the critical probability depends on the ship’s tonnage)

Co-op mode

Some progress has been made on the Coop mode. Please note that the co-op mode will be the main focus of Patch 3.

  • Fixed the stop co-op button that was kicking the host to the main menu
  • Fixed the score screen that wasn’t displaying when the client reconnects after a game
  • Fixed the guest camera that wasn’t focusing a system under attack just after a battle
  • Fixed players being stuck at the end of their second battle
  • Fixed upgrade button animation for the client
  • Fixed some elements of the client UI
  • Updated co-op achievements
  • Fixed several crashes in co-op
  • Updated game over screen
  • Removed the reload button for the client
  • Fixed background faction cinematics
  • Added a protection against a crash for null body part
  • Fixed the blocked connection panel that now disappears if the client connection fails
  • Fixed data representing Seglei that wasn’t changing ship client-side in the Necron mission The Prize
  • Fixed the guest that couldn’t see which general was the main hero during campaign battles
  • Fixed the bug that was allowing skill cancellation if the ship possession changed when a player was about to launch a skill
  • Fixed client being disconnected ingame, server should not considered the game as lost anymore
  • Fixed the white squares on the faction icons

General Fixes

1/ Campaign fixes :

  • Fixed an error that wasn’t granting campaign effects to ships
  • Fixed fleet selection panel (pre-engagement) that wasn’t working properly if the player was opening a new one without launching a battle
  • Protection added on the Blackstone shoot trigger if this one is not destroyed during the shot in the mission Star Makers
  • Fixed a bug that created a defeat when one of the player’s flagships was destroyed in the mission The Stronghold
  • Fixed the absence of an objective when introducing the Ancient One (informing the player that it must not die) in the mission Last Gasp
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying an empty map when launching a campaign introduction mission with the skill selection feature
  • Fixed a bug that was displaying the reinforcement ships over the map when selected
  • Fixed Ancestral Genome Panel display
  • Improved mine visual on the campaign map
  • Fixed incorrect display of upgrades in fleet viewer when above 12
  • Fixed the Space Station’s name (Magnis Dominum) in the Tyranid mission The Flesh Is Weak
  • Fixed the achievement “Natural Selection” that couldn’t be unlocked
  • Fixed the Tyranids crash on Belis Corona
  • Fixed the position of the fleets obtained as reward. Can’t spawn in a locked or hidden sector anymore
  • Fixed a crash linked to the achievement of an objective, where the player loses Spire’s fleet
  • Fixed a bug that was allowing the player to save a game during the enemy’s turn
  • Fixed the achievement “The End of an Immortal Race” that couldn’t be unlocked at the end of the mission “Protector Of The Seventh Path”
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to deploy their ship in the monuments areas in the mission Chosen of Abaddon (Nurgle)
  • Fixed a bug that was hiding objectives if some of them were already completed
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing the ship hull value to update when repairing this ship in the Ship Viewer (campaign)
  • Fixed a text that was not translated in the mission Protector of the seventh path / Imperial Truth
  • Fixed an error of cinematic trigger in the mission Apostle of Destruction, if the Vengeful Spirit is destroyed during a dialogue
  • Fixed the Death Guards Admiral ship that had no name
  • Fixed the Space Station’s name that didn’t match with the name presented in the dialogue
  • Fixed an incorrect mission name (The prize Part 2 > 1) in the mission summary
  • Fixed the fleet power value that was able to show a number of 0 and was creating blocking situations
  • Fixed the Imperial Pirates’ ships’ names that were not translated
  • Fixed an error of warp risk display if there were several of them
  • Fixed an incorrect reward description of the Imperial Truth mission objective
  • Fixed a wrong name feedbacked when clicking on the F5 input (auto-save > quicksave)
  • Fixed POI bonuses in the Necron campaign giving battleplans
  • Fixed the Disengage skill for AI that should now be launched during scripted missions
  • Fixed the bug that was blocking the camera movement in the sector/galaxy view when an on-map element was selected
  • Fixed a bug that prevented an objective validation when the player had to execute a Lightning Strike on the Phalanx with Trazyn during the Necron mission The Stronghold
  • Fixed a bug that didn’t display Turrets/Space Stations on enemy systems in the system overview
  • Fixed the Biomass reward icons
  • Fixed a bug that was activating the Plasmic Medusae event instead of the Plasma Storm when the player finishes the mission Slip Through the Net
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some rewards to be properly displayed in the renown panel
  • Fixed the fleet creation button that was appearing when the player was moving a fleet on a possessed system
  • Fixed the objective Flesh is Weak that didn’t unlock the environmental effect Giant Asteroid
  • Fixed the bug that was allowing player to select a system during the AI turn.
  • Fixed the Repair Troops replacement values in the Game Help

2/ Battle fixes

  • Fixed ships disengaging on the edge of the map (retreat) that weren’t taking warp risks
  • Fixed the revoke button on the flag ship that wasn’t displayed in the Fleet builder (multiplayer)
  • Fixed criticals calculation system on Runic Targeted Node
  • Fixed Tooltip on the Boarding skill
  • Fixed the Sooper Zzaps that wasn’t giving a 50% chance to avoid the holofield
  • Added a ping button on the minimap
  • Updated skin on speed buttons
  • Updated the ship overlay: boarding widget + reworked stance/fire graphics
  • Added a blood FX for Tyranids’ collisions
  • Updated: thicker Dark Eldar missile trail
  • Added cast FX to Augur Disrupt skill
  • Improvements to Chaos macro FX
  • Added trail to Tyranids’ ordnance
  • Added new FX for Ork Plasma Bomb
  • Improved feedback for ship part criticals
  • Improved highlight on stealthed ships when hovering over it with mouse
  • Fixed light macrocannon that was using heavy macrocannon impact explosion FX
  • Reduced size of Defence Platform minimap symbol
  • Selected skills and upgrades are now still selected after a battle
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to change his own skills and upgrades by selecting enemy skills and upgrades in the battle menu
  • Fixed the Holo/Shadow FX that wasn’t disappearing before a Microwarp Jump
  • Fixed a bug causing maneuvers buttons to be disabled for no reason
  • The achievement "Survival of the Fittest" can now be unlocked
  • Added new skills icons for Chaos, Imperium and Tyranids
  • Enhanced Chase skill
  • Fixed Necron Boarding skill FX
  • Fixed repair troop FX over time
  • Fixed a bug that hid the Call to Arms stance icon while it’s still active
  • Fixed the dust FX in the medium/large asteroid fields that were not centered
  • Fixed a bug that was switching enemy stealth ships into bleeps when the player was taking back control of a Drifting Hulk
  • Added FX to Dolmen Gate skill
  • 2v2 Capitulation now asks for confirmation from the 2nd player
  • Fixed the Elo gain that was displayed on the scorescreen after a 2v2 game
  • Fixed the Ork upgrade Ded Big Gunz that wasn’t working for some weapons
  • Fixed the Spore Field range circle that was the wrong size
  • Fixed Tyranids’ macro weapons accuracy
  • Fixed the Call to arms button on ally
  • Fixed the AI Tau faction that can now select a Warefare
  • Fixed the auto-engagement that now is priority before Retreat
  • Fixed the Overload lances attribute tooltip.
  • Fixed the bomb range GUI that wasn’t displayed around ships.
  • Fixed the Micro Warp Jump skill that wasn’t displaying the ship ghost (feedbacking the new position).
  • Fixed the Power Ram upgrade.
  • Fixed the 2v2 vs AI game launch issue.

3/ Structure fixes

  • Added a security check validating the name when a new save is made
  • Fixed the right click (on an enemy ship) Sound FX that wasn’t influenced by any of the audio settings
  • Fixed the phantom lance attribute that now works on Tracking Sense instead of Lock On
  • Fixed a bug that was granting invulnerability to Tau ships (guest player side) when canceling a Warp Out at the last moment + the warp out FX was displayed indefinitely
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Hey all,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I'll forward the feedback to the team!

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As we've announced a few days ago, Insurgency: Sandstorm’s major update on November 8 will bring many much-requested changes as we prepare for launch on December 12. This update includes a brand new map, Precinct, a new Insurgent weapon, as well as various options, tweaks, and fixes.

Youtube Video

The new update teaser trailer showcases Precinct, a large scale urban map set within the fictional, contemporary conflict of Insurgency: Sandstorm. Tight corners, broken barricades, destroyed streets of burnt-out cars and makeshift roadblocks epitomize this map, bringing the frenetic action and tactical squad-based play of Insurgency to a brand new, urban locale.

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Other improvements include graphical options, anti-aliasing, animation and character models, plus related optimization improvements to help the game run better on more systems, along with additional cosmetics. These, plus additional server browser improvements, will continue to see changes in the run up to release.

Finally, gameplay changes will target everything from hundreds of improvements and bug fixes to the specifics of movement speeds, weapon statistics, map layouts, an Unreal Engine update to version 4.20, and more. A full changelist will be available upon release.

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Insurgency: Sandstorm releases on December 12 for PC. Steam pre-orders are available now and give instant access to the ongoing beta testing phase. Insurgency: Sandstorm will come to consoles in 2019. http://insurgency-sandstorm.com/shop

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Hello everyone,

It’s been nearly two months since the release of Space Hulk: Tactics. First of all, we want to thank you for your continuous support and feedback.

Today, we’re very happy to share with you the Second Major Update for consoles. This patch includes various features, bug fixes and game improvements, such as game speed adjustment, AI improvements, and so on. This patch also fixes the issue where Asian PS4 players could not finish the tutorial in the Terminator campaign due to a control issue.

Please feel free to contact us if you encounter any issues regarding these changes.
You can find below the full changelog.

Changelog

Features

  • Added 2 additional animation speeds for the game: Fast and Very Fast. Speed is locked to "Very Fast" in Quick Match and can be changed in the lobby for other multiplayer modes, and can be changed in-game for single player games (right stick click by default). Default speed can be changed in the options menu.
  • Added campaign new mini Skirmish maps (30 total)
  • The name of the map is now displayed when opening the extended map and objectives in Skirmish
  • The turret description now fully explains its behavior
  • Added new dialogue during Genestealer Mission 5, Mission 6 , Mission 8, Mission 9, and Terminator Mission 13 and Secret Relic Mission

AI Improvements

  • [AI] Improved the AI handling of locked doors
  • [AI] Fixed a number of edge cases not being supported by the AI
  • [AI] Made the Genestealers more aggressive
  • [AI] Fixed a case of Genestealers not attacking Terminators in melee
  • [AI] Fixed a case of Genestealer AI not attacking a Terminator when starting next to it
  • [AI] Fixed the Genestealer AI not handling rubbles in diagonals
  • [AI] Genestealer AI should now commit more when it decides to launch a suicide attack
  • [AI] Fixed a case of Terminator AI stopping when a Genestealer objective is failed
  • [AI] Fixed the Terminator AI spreading too thin when it has to survive
  • [AI] Improved the behavior of Terminator AI when it has to survive and protect a console
  • [AI] The Terminator AI should place its Force Barriers in better locations

Bugfixes

  • Fixed the issue that Asian PS4 players could not finish the tutorial in the Terminator campaign due to a control issue.
  • Fixed a case of Overwatch overlay not disappearing at the beginning of the next Terminator turn
  • Fixed the AP counter not updating after unjamming
  • Fixed ammunition and psy points counter not refreshing properly
  • Fixed the Jam icon not refreshing immediately after unjamming
  • Fixed the AP counter for Genestealers not refreshing properly with the special rule “slow start”
  • Fixed the leaderboard not displaying properly
  • Fixed the Terminator Campaign "clues" icon being in low resolution
  • Fixed a graphical issue during the cinematic if the sergeant was planting the bomb during Terminator Mission 5.
  • Fixed the first Terminator Mission secondary objective not giving its reward
  • Fixed text error for several campaign events
  • Fixed the view not switching to Isometric when using a warp bubble in FP view
  • Fixed the Reaperfex not being able to cross a diagonal blocked by an obstacle
  • Fixed an issue where activating cards would cancel sustained fire
  • Fixed consoles being indestructible by default
  • Fixed emblems not displaying properly if the Terminator was too far away
  • Fixed a graphical glitch with a Space Wolf emblem
  • Fixed an issue with emblems on Stormbolters
  • Fixed some vanilla customization options not being available due to the preorder DLC
  • Fixed various typos and text mistakes throughout the game
  • Fixed a roster desync if the host changed his roster before the client joined
  • Fixed a case of sounds not playing after loading a save
  • Fixed a case where rank points were not gained after a victory
  • The Scorpion turret Overwatch colour now update immediately when being changed by activating the linked console
  • Fixed Genestealer Biomorphs playing the wrong animation when being killed in melee
  • Fixed the extended map legend being displayed behind the map
  • Playing a card no longer removes the free shot after a movement
  • We can no longer cancel a bomb deployment by toggling “move and shoot”
  • Removed an obsolete reward when losing a “samples” optional mission
  • Fixed wrong flow when exiting the campaign screen
  • Fixed an issue when trying to exit the leaderboard screen
  • Fixed a case where the player could get stuck in an invalid state during the tutorial
  • Fixed not downloaded maps causing freezes in the session browser
  • Fixed roster not being synchronized when inviting a friend in a private session
  • Fixed not loading gameplay speed correctly when loading a save from main menu
  • Fixed Terminators facing an incorrect orientation upon waking up
  • Fixed cinematics playing on the wrong character (e.g. playing "reveal" cinematic of the 2nd genestealer on the 1st Genestealer; who is standing still)
  • Fixed interrupted move & shoot animations during AI turns causing AI to visually slide on the floor
  • Fixed Miasmic Biomorph so that it ragdolls when dying instead of awkwardly switching to death pose

Balance changes

  • We can no longer place a rubble inside the line of sight of a Terminator. The card cost has been decreased from 2 to 1 CP.
  • It’s no longer possible to stack card effects that give CP or Psy Points per kill.
  • Genestealer Mission 5 is now a bit easier
  • Increased the threat of flames during Terminator mission 13
  • The Wolflord in Genestealer Mission 9 is now immune to flames
  • Range modifier cards don't stack anymore: only 1 shoot range modifier and 1 overwatch range modifiers are allowed on a single Terminator
  • Changed the "slash" special attack to a 4+ test (instead of specific 1D6>1D6 roll)
  • Increased the effect of cards that reduce genestealer AP: reduction increased by 2 AP (3->5 and 4->6)
  • Increased required distance for spawning blips from the broodlord by 1 (6->7)
  • Removed the distance limitation for vanishing the broodlord close to an extract point
  • You can now choose any of the 4 tiles adjacent to the Broodlord when using it to spawn a blip, but can still spawn only 1 blip.
  • Interactive object cell triggers can now have more than 1 orientation (can open door while not facing them, but being 90° from them)
  • Change victory ratio on unplayed maps => 50/50 by default

Stability

  • Following player reports we were able to fix more than ten crashes related to AI and other things, improving greatly the game’s stability.

As always, please feel free to give us feedback regarding these changes.

The Space Hulk: Tactics Team

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Greetings, Admirals!

We released our third post-launch update towards the end of last month. We’ve been focusing on monitoring your feedback and suggestions over the past couple of weeks. Today we’re releasing a hotfix that addresses some issues.

You can find the changelog below.

Changelog

Battle

  • [General] Fixed an issue where deploy zones did not entirely fit the required area.
  • [MP] Fixed a rare crash when playing against Tyranids.
  • [Balancing] The cooldown of Ordnance skills will now be activated once used. The skill will not be usable until the return of the first Ordnance group.

Campaign

  • Fixed an issue sending players back to the main menu in the endgame of a co-op campaign in some rare cases.

Structure

  • Fixed a crash at launch linked with monitor displayed in some rare cases.

The Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 Team

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Hi everyone,

Today we are releasing our next patch: Patch 1.1.4. Our team has been focused the last two weeks on optimization and bug fixes based on your feedback. Today's patch includes fixes for jittering scopes, incorrect restricted areas on the Tactical Map, improvements to our AI’s vision cone/perception logic, and much more.

More changes are in the pipeline and coming soon, including broader optimization improvements and new server browser features. Bug fixing and optimization are still our top priority for the next few weeks. Later on however, we are planning to add new content including a new map, two new weapons, and a new official game mode. While we can’t reveal specific dates or info, we can say we will be releasing more details in the coming weeks.

We’d also like to say we’ve decided to take a community-first approach to Sandstorm’s post-release content development. We will soon be polling the community to identify on which areas, features, and content players feel our team should focus. As always, we will continue scouring the forums and monitoring social media for community feedback. All of these channels of community to dev communication are of course still important and taken into account. We encourage players to continue provide constructive feedback for our team by following our community posting guidelines.

See our changelist summary below:

Optimization

  • Decreased memory usage of various animation sequences.
  • Optimized animation blueprint sequence usage.
  • Optimized HDD read times with .pak file ordering.
  • Extended blueprint nativization to additional assets.
  • Fixed potential hitches introduced by Scoreboard background logic changes.
  • Optimized AI logic, reducing game thread usage by 15%
  • Disabled wind shader and blood pool spreading effects on low effect quality.
  • Optimized fire barrel particle LOD distances.

Stability

  • Fixed a startup crash that was reported by some players.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where restricted areas were not being displayed correctly on the Scoreboard and Tactical Map.
  • Fixed an issue with Binds menu under Settings where cancelling a key assignment from a conflict would show the new key being bound anyway, even though it didn't actually change.
  • Fixed an issue where scopes would jitter while idle.
  • Fixed an issue where vehicles could despawn after 2 minutes even if they had not been entered yet.
  • Fixed an issue where the player would immediately throw an equipped grenade if they opened the Comms Menu.
  • Fixed an issue where looking up and shooting would allow you to bipod inside a wall.
  • Fixed an issue where you could pick up a third rocket from Supply Crates.
  • Fixed an issue where weapons with initial trigger delays, such as LMGs, could occasionally continue playing their weapon audio even if the weapon was no longer firing.
  • Fixed an issue where translucent geometry could be shown with jittering artifacts.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong weapon would sometimes be highlighted when switching weapons rapidly.
  • Fixed an issue where the third person character legs could appear as “locking” at the knee joint if the player was looking down while moving.
  • Fixed an issue where the player could occasionally be permanently flagged as being within a spawn zone.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible for the player to obtain infinite magazines by continuing to Scavenge them in Local Play.
  • Fixed an issue with Eyewear cosmetics when wearing the Covered Hair option.
  • Fixed an issue where a player would sometimes see a floating cube in Local Play when putting on a Gas Mask.
  • Fixed an issue where voice over would continue to play even if the player had been shot in the head.
  • Fixed an issue where camera movement from weapon idle animations could play in vehicles.
  • Fixed an issue where a player’s Gas Mask could be visually replaced by their weapon.
  • Fixed an issue with the Gas Mask animation not playing when spectating.
  • Fixed an issue where scopes on the G36K would clip with the camera when using Aim Down Sights with a grenade launcher attached.
  • Fixed an issue where scopes on AKs would clip with the camera when using Aim Down Sights with a grenade launcher attached.
  • Fixed an issue where the Browning HP Extended Magazine upgrade could be visible during speed reloads.
  • Fixed an issue with missing first person animations for the Browning HP’s extended magazines.
  • Fixed an issue where blood pool spreading would not occur properly in some instances.
  • Fixed an issue where crawling in certain directions with a grenade or pistol equipped could cause strange wrist rotations.
  • Fixed an issue where Heavy Armor groin plates could clip with the player in the Loadout menu.
  • Fixed an issue where a player’s feet could clip into the bed of the Checkpoint Security transport truck while seated.
  • Fixed an issue where decals were not always being cleared from dismembered limbs.
  • Fixed an issue with the blood pool spreading and scaling effect.
  • Fixed an issue where ammo was not showing during the first person Makarov reloads.
  • Fixed an issue where AI enemies would use fallback cosmetic outfits if they changed class while still alive.
  • Fixed an issue with LMGs using the incorrect third person empty reload animation.
  • Fixed an issue where the Gas Mask could clip with the player’s camera when dying while wearing it.
  • Fixed an issue where a radial menu (Comms, Fire Support) could remain visible if open when the player was killed.
  • Fixed an animation weighting issue with third person MG3 and M240B lids during reloads.
  • Fixed an issue where the insertion truck driver and suicide bomber AI could occasionally be seen with duplicated cosmetics.
  • Fixed an issue where Insurgents planting an explosive on a weapon cache would not show the proper IED model in third person.
  • Fixed clipping issues with beards and certain Head options.
  • Fixed clipping issues with Combat Goggles Eyewear option.
  • Fixed clipping issues with Three Hole Facewear option.
  • Fixed clipping issues issue with the Patrol Headgear option.
  • Fixed clipping issues issue with various T-shirt cosmetics.
  • Fixed clipping issues with the Track Top Torso.

User Experience

  • Motion blur is now its own dedicated setting and is no longer influenced by the player’s chosen quality preset.
  • To help improve the spectator/replay experience, switching from free roam to first person will now attempt to go back to the player you were previously watching.

Visual Improvements

  • Added new flailing death animation for ragdolls. Shooting a flailing ragdoll in a vital organ will stop it from flailing and is seen as a humane act appreciated by most nearby players.
  • Improved the blood puddle decal.
  • Decreased blood pool sizes.
  • Made improvements to prone transition animations.
  • Added dedicated third person reloads for the MP5A2 and MP5A5.
  • Added new animations for drawing and holstering pistols while prone.
  • Decreased size of the Insurgent Heavy Carrier backpack slightly.
  • Added chin straps to the Bump Headgear option.
  • Improved animations for characters with weapons equipped in vehicles.

Gameplay

  • AI
    • Reduced AI vision cone from 180 degrees to 124 degrees to better match human vision.
    • AI can no longer hear footsteps from players who are prone or crouched.
    • Reworked AI’s “Investigation” logic. They should now search an area more extensively and for longer.
    • Fixed AI ignoring molotovs or burning cars as a dangerous area if someone has died there recently.
    • Set AI hearing distances to match that of a player’s. AI can now hear a player’s running footsteps from 20 meters and sprinting footsteps from 35 meters.
    • Helicopter gunners can now see players seated inside vehicles.
  • Voice Over
    • Added suppression voice over triggered specifically by suppression from Fire Support.
    • Reduced minimum suppression requirement for explosion and Fire Support lines.
    • When getting a tinnitus effect from an explosion, a player’s suppression level will increase to 75%. This was previously set to 35%.
  • Improved hitboxes for the Insurgent Heavy Armor groin plate.

Map Balance & Fixes

  • Crossing
    • Fixed an issue where players could enter objective A’s capture zone outside the intended area on Push Security.
    • Fixed a spot within the objective A capture zone on Push Security where the player would stop capturing.
    • Fixed a spawn camping issue at Security objective B spawn on Push Security.
    • Fixed an issue where Security could destroy Insurgent weapon cache objective from too long of a distance on Skirmish.
  • Summit
    • Tweaked HLOD clusters at market area to improve performance.
    • Fixed a spawn camping issue at Insurgent spawn on Firefight East.
    • Added extra cover for Security leading to objective A on Push Security.
    • Expanded restricted area slightly for Insurgent objective A spawn on Push Security.
    • Fixed spawn camping issue at Insurgent objective B spawn on Push Insurgents.
    • Fixed an issue near objective D on Checkpoint Security where a player could get stuck vaulting inside of a rock like some kind of rock morphing person.
    • Fixed an issue where a player could get stuck after vaulting over a table near objective E on Push Security.
    • Fixed an issue where shutters would vanish at long distances and expose players inside objective B on Firefight West. Some details in the environment vanish or “cull” when not seen for optimization purposes, but the culling for these shutters was previously too aggressive.
  • Hideout
    • Reduced terrain layer usage to improve performance.
    • Fixed a spawn issue where players would sometimes spawn on top of each other at Insurgent objective A spawn on Push Insurgents.
    • Fixed an issue where Insurgents could destroy the final weapon cache objective from too long of a distance on Push Security.

Update April 5th

Today we announced a hotfix for Patch 1.1.4 to address a few additional issues. As always we encourage our community to continue reporting bugs and providing constructive feedback for our team by following our community posting guidelines this allows us to swiftly respond to issues.

Optimization

  • Optimized bone count and limited vertex influence for Insurgent armor and carrier gear combinations.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with Insurgent gear causing the carrier not to show on certain armor combinations.

Map Balance & Fixes

Farmhouse

  • Fixed missing textures on a large group of rocks next to the river.
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Hey @saturnscape,

Thank you for this suggestion. It'll be passed on to the team.

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Hey @kiberman545,

Thank you for these suggestions! I'll forward them to the team!