Uber continues to update and add new stuff to Planetary Annihilation. A new big update has arrived, loaded with cool features and balance changes. If you have the game, now’s the time to give it another go. If you don’t, now’s the time to try it! The wall of text below is a shameless copy paste from the original announced that you can find over here: Link to the official PA Forums.
“All of us at Uber Entertainment are always busy. It’s a given. But, the last couple of weeks have been “turbo busy,” as Brad would describe it. In-between polishing up a lot of incredible features, both the Planetary Annihilation and Toy Rush teams spent major swathes of time planning for their game’s showings at PAX East 2014. All the hard work and brain-busting effort paid off, too — oodles of folks dropped by, said hi, and had an awesome time playing Planetary Annihilation and Toy Rush.
With Planetary Annihilation, we set up two groups of four computers and had folks face off against each other in 2v2 matches. Meanwhile, Adam rocked the microphone and casted the matches for everyone observing the action to hear. Over the course of the three-day event, we saw planet smashes and tons of epic plays from rookies that turned pro before our sleep-deprived, but glistening eyes. It was cool, to say the least.
The rest of the team back at the office were also busy busting out all the new features you’re seeing today in Planetary Annihilation’s latest update. In addition to countless optimizations and tweaks, we’ve added some amazing Gamma-specific features: replays and videos, messaging, friends lists, and yet another advanced command and control feature.
Friends Lists, Instant Messaging, and Replays
Among other things, Gamma is all about you and your friends. Friends lists, messaging, and replays are a huge step in this direction. The friends list and instant messaging clients live on the right-hand side of your screen. When you’re not in games, you can add friends, see if your pals are online, or message them.
Replays can be viewed in the new Replay menu available at the main menu screen. Right now, you can search for matches and view them at any time after they end. We’ve got a great plan to expand this feature by adding the ability to create highlights and user uploading to YouTube. We’ll be talking about Replays again pretty soon.
Advanced Commander and Control: Line Drawing
The day’s almost here — starting now, you can organize units in whatever formations that you desire with two clicks of the mouse and a quick drag. We’ve also added the ability for you to set the path your units walk with a shift-click. Fighting across entire worlds is easier with this simple, intuitive, and customizable new control.
Of course, this update includes many other fixes, optimizations, and tweaks. Here’s a quick hits list. The full patch notes are available, as always, on our forums:
As always, we look forward to seeing you guys in the lobby, on our forums, and on our Facebook.
As a new experiment, we’re trying to provide more detailed notes on subsets of the actual checkins, because we know a lot of you like this level of detail. These are lightly edited to make sure they make sense to players, rather than developers, but otherwise are exactly as they appeared in our source control:
AI: AI will react to nuke events.
AI: AI will build anti nukes in response to nuke being built in the same gravwell.
AI: AI will build orbital lasers in response to orbital threat in the system.
AI: AI will now build more Advanced radars.
AI: First pass of AI personality (aka difficulty) settings.
AI: Land platoons will no longer give the defense squad an attack order.
AI: Now sends bomber/gunship platoons with a fighter escort.
AI: The AI can now once again expand due to low buildable space.
AI: Server perf improvemnents.
AI: The AI will now get notified when someone initiates a planet smash.
AI: Fix for AI being unable to launch planets at other planets.
AI: AI now uses the neural network when looking form places to attack.
AI: Added neural network fitness function.
AI: Added neural network support for the AI land attack task.
AI: Added some Commander self-preservation.
Animation: Make tank units not scroll treads when attached to a transport.
Art: Small polish pass on radar units
Art: Adjusted the amount of team color on the energy and metal storage units
Art: Radar_satellite_adv art revision
Art: Orbital_fighter art redesign
Art: Fix long time issue with several projectiles being overly dark. Max files had gamma correction turned on which caused the render to texture to output darkened textures.
Art: polished art for radar_satellite
Art: Fix water shader’s normals not rendering properly.
Art: Trimmed the teleporter building down to a much smaller building
Art: Ice feature and crack texture improvements
Balance: The number of potential metal spot clusters will now increase as planet size increases.
Balance: The system editor ‘metal density’ and ‘metal cluster’ sliders now have an effect on planet metal spot generation. Yay!
Chrono-cam: Replays and end-of-game reviews no longer snap to the end of the game and stop just because you exit out of the chrono-cam controls (was a by-product of the live-game “resume” behavior for exiting chrono-cam, which is undesirable for replays/reviews).
Engine: Beam particles
Engine: Particle LOD added back with support for multiple viewports.
Engine: Merge proto/graphics to main. This merge includes the finalization of the GPU-ization of trail particles. All particle rendering functionality is now on the GPU.
Engine: Runtime shader recompilation. This restores previous functionality where shaders are recompiled at runtime if they change. This change also tracks shader header files, so you can change a shader header and all shaders that use it will rebuild.
Engine: Trail/string particles on the GPU. The last CPU-based particle system is no more. Yay.
Engine: Fixed various GPU particle orientation bugs, so they now act per spec.
FX: Adding sort of working jets to orbital lander.
FX: Adding flight effects back on aircraft.
FX: Updating rendering system to handle dielectric specular (white specular).
FX: Encodes specular exponent as either white specular range or diffuse color specular range. Units can determine if surface is metal or not via a mask in the blue channel of their material texture. Terrain and features are always dielectric for now as they use that blue channel for emissive masking.
FX: Change specular from blinn phong to GGX (Disney’s specular lobe).
Gameplay: Fix force landings on the server so it works with multi-planet spawns. Also change the force landing timeout back to 2 minutes.
Gameplay: Fix orbital fabber build arm tool to include a pitch/yaw range so it can actually repair
Gameplay/FX: Change beam weapons back to not always hitting their target even if they miss legitimately. Fix bug causing them to miss to begin with. Was using old positional data, now getting current position.
Gameplay: Fix for units with ballistic projectiles missing wildly while changing directions.
Pathing: Fixed orbital not circling when fabbing
Pathing: Fix for nav agents not getting a flow field, which resulted in them steering towards their goal and running into buildings and terrain and getting stuck.
Pathing: Free Form Formations
Pathing: Fix for groups getting split up and units not waiting for eachother.
UI: Ambient Occlusion: off -> on, HDR: off -> on, Selection Icons: off -> on
UI: We’ve secretly changed Timmy’s selection boxes to circles, lets see if he notices.
UI: New orbital unit icons
UI: Fix mouse not working when focused on the sun.
UI: Revise system designer to use new UI styling
UI: Updated econ bar overflow color.
UI: Updated spectator panel econ overflow color.”