PA Evolution VII – Beta

Sep
26

PA Evolution VII – Beta

UPDATE 1: The Beta reveal trailer now sits below the cut. click to read more to see it.

UDDATE 2: Patch noted posted below. Second beta build was already released with a few fixes for the new bugs.

It’s out!

You can fire up your client and update it, or let Steam do it for you.

There’s a new video on the main menu, tons of little fixes, balance updates and new features! Planet smashing is in. You can now strap rockets on asteroids and fling them right at the face of your enemy…or your allies if your aim is a little off…

I’ll post more details later today!

Beta reveal trailer:

Patch Notes:

Beta Build: 54412

  • Eight assorted server and client crash fixes
  • Orbital Landers can no longer pick up enemy commanders
  • Resizing the window now properly resizes the star field on the main menu of the game


Beta Build: 54382

  • SMASH PLANETS. Build on other planets. This is still work in progress, and you will see a great deal of iteration in the coming weeks and months. Go forth, Commanders, take over the solar system, fling asteroids at your enemies, dominate the skies.
  • Borderless full screen now supported! Alt-Enter (rebindable) to enter the mode. The game will now remember window position and what mode you’re in – full screen, windowed, window-maximized, etc.
  • Significant changes to client performance. If you haven’t been able to play much, now is a good time to try again and post in our beta forums with details about your experiences, ESPECIALLY if it’s worse for you now.
  • Major overhaul to metal density and clustering. Still very work in progress. Reduces overall metal. The actual placement still needs more iteration, as the current system results in too many unusable metal spots.
  • Overhaul of the system editor. Play around with it. Much improved flow, saving, loading and customization of planets and solar systems.
  • Big changes to landing selection. Still a work in progress. Small games should typically guarantee more reliable metal for all. Larger games can still result in limited immediately available metal. This will continue to be iterated.
  • Major changes to how we use video memory. In most cases, you should see a significant improvement in your video cards memory usage. This helps visuals, frame rate, etc.
  • Orbital: In addition to units being fleshed out quite a bit, orbital landers now work. With the lander selected, press L to move it to the ground and “load”, select the unit you want to load and right click on the lander to get on board (only some units currently support this – land fabs and the commander), then target another body. Keep in mind, celestial travel isn’t fast. Plan accordingly! Also, don’t let your commander die while on a lander. Game over man! Game over!
  • Tons of new art. Orbital units, updated land units, Delta V planet movers, and more.
  • The community bug tracker can now be opened in game by selecting Ctrl+F10 (Rebindable)
  • Water shader has more transparency now. Should make it easier to see some of your underwater units.
  • Torpedos work now. However, they don’t submerge yet.
  • ENERGY MATTERS. If you are running at an energy deficit, you’ll notice stuff that requires energy to work won’t, or will work much slower. We don’t have specific notifications about this currently, so keep a lot of energy storage or simply don’t run negative. You’ll regret it.
  • Features are now destructible. Sorry, you can’t see them start on fire yet.
  • Reclaim, wreckage and overkill are now all using a dynamic system, rather than hard coded numbers. The amount it will take to reclaim a live unit, or wreckage, are components of their total build cost, health and wreckage stability. Fabbers reclaim at a lower rate than they build at.
  • AI now builds air scouts
  • AI will seek out targets before sending bomber patrols; It will also wait to send a bombing run until it has enough to do an effective run
  • AI now builds radar
  • Significant Balance Changes, most not called out.
  • Tanks currently can’t shoot at air. We’re testing this change to see how it feels in comparison.
  • More units now can be built on land and water ; We don’t have a visual way to show this yet
  • Advanced radar satellite is really worth building now
  • Most orbital units can now move between planets

4 comments

  • Naraku
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 13:35 pm

    I haven’t got my key yet, very weird.

    Reply
  • CherryPoppinDaddy
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 23:23 pm

    I didnt need a key, just updated the client XD

    Reply
  • mr_niceguy_
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 0:57 am

    “Torpedos work now. However, they don’t submerge yet.”

    Reply
    • Naraku
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

      That sounded weird to me as well.

      Reply

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