Monday, November 20, 2017

2017.6 Release Notes

White Stars have arrived! Coordinate with your Corporation members to outsmart the competing Corporation and gain Relics. See this post for more details on White Stars.

Other changes:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Introducing White Stars: Asynchronous Co-op with PvP elements and Corporation progression

I've written before about potential star types we're evaluating. Today I'm happy to announce an upcoming new star type that I think will be a great fit for the game. As usual, keep in mind gameplay details are subject to change as we playtest and tweak.

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017.5 Release Notes

Modules

  • New Trade module: Rush (increases the Transport speed proportionally to the number of shipments carried that are destined to the next waypoint)
  • New Mining module: Enrich (increases Hydrogen stored in current sector by fixed percentage)
  • New Support module: Alpha Rocket (launches a projectile that does damage to all enemy ships on impact, but can be destroyed by enemy fire before impact)

Corporations

  • Corporation Search screen allows filtering Corporations by name, Region, total influence, and number of members
  • Corporations can set Minimum Influence requirement. Players below that influence level cannot join (or request to join)
  • First Officer can now step down by promoting another Officer to their role
  • Senior members and Officers will now see an Invite option when viewing the profile of another player that is not in any Corporation

Chat 

  • "Report player" option will show up on public Red Stars
  • Added language filter on Galaxy chat and public Red Stars
  • Added Mute option for Galaxy chat and public Red Stars (also affects alerts)
  • Fixed scrolling issues when browsing past chat messages while a new message arrives
  • Most emojis will now show up when sent from Android devices

Other improvements

  • On the Shipments screen, the most recently loaded shipment will show on the top of the Transport's carried items list
  • The Progress Report screen will show any planets that have finished upgrading while the player was offline
  • Short Range Scanner placement can be cancelled while the scanner is under construction 
  • New animations for salvaging Artifacts
  • Shipyard will show progress bar while a ship design is under upgrade
  • "Depart now" button does not show Hydrogen cost, to remove confusion about when the cost to move is paid. "Cancel move" button shows the amount of Hydrogen that will be refunded if the move is cancelled.
  • New Shipment Beam effect
  • New visuals for Level 7 artifacts and the level 7 Red Star planet
  • Performance improvements (framerate should be higher on most devices)

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Remote Repair would keep working for the entire period the player was logged out. It will now only work until the activation period is over.
  • Fixed an issue where Salvage was not applied when a ship in the sector was destroyed and had Sanctuary equipped (affects the Cerberus Colossus)
  • When multiple adjacent Short Range Scanners are available to uncover a sector, the cheapest one will be used (previously, a random one was used) 
  • Fixed issue where ships would stack on top of each other if the station they were docked onto was moved 
  • Fixed an issue where the Fast Forward button was not speeding up the action after a Replay was started over
  • Shipment Beam will now deliver the picked up shipment immediately, if the ship is docked at the shipment's destination

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017.4 release notes

Corporations

  • Private Red Stars that are not full can be joined by other Corporation members after they started
  • Senior Members and above can Invite other players to the Corporation
  • Corporation chat entries that are related to Red Stars have different appearance and are collapsed by default after the mission has expired
  • Corporations can now set a Region (country) to help visibility. Recommended Corporations can be filtered by Region (note that only Open to All Corporations will show up in the Recommended list)

Other improvements and Bug fixes

  • Increased Credit Storage for level 15+ planets
  • Red Star participants can send an alert to bring specific locations to other player's attention
  • Time Warp no longer affects Red Star timer
  • Fixed issue that was not allowing space stations to be moved within the same sector
  • Fixed an issue where Teleport could move a ship straight on top of a Star
  • Fixed issue where Destroyer beam was showing as active when the Destroyer was disabled (i.e. because of EMP or Supress)
  • Stealthed ships no longer affect Cerberus movement (including Interceptor)
  • Now allowing up to 8 Warp lane hubs on a single sector
  • Added confirmation prompts when rushing Artifact research, and when purchasing an Artifact with Crystals
  • Transports and Miners using Sanctuary will lose all cargo when teleported to safety 
  • Fixed issue where the Battleship count in a Red Star was not updating correctly when a ship exited the Red Star using the Sanctuary module
  • New planet explosion visual effect
  • New visual effects for Recall and Hydrogen Upload modules
  • Addd support for the Russian language


Monday, August 14, 2017

About Maintenance

We regularly maintain the game's servers to improve performance, fix issues and increase capacity for more players.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017.3 release notes

Red Stars & Combat

  • New Cerberus ship: Destroyer (starts appearing at Red Star level 6)
  • Ships that are docked on the return stargate in a Red Star at the moment the supernova happens will automatically jump back (instead of being destroyed)
  • New artifacts for Red Star Levels 7 and 8. New art for L6 artifacts and Red Star 6 planets.
  • Red star planets will display correct level (in red stars, planet level affects the levels of the artifacts the planet contains)
  • Tweaked number of planets in Red Star level 4+, to make more higher level planets available
  • Fixed another case that could cause Cerberus ship movement to be affected by ships docked on asteroids from a nearby sector

Modules

  • 7 new modules (3 Trade, 1 Mining, 3 Support)
  • EMP: Reduced duration for level2+. Reduced blueprint requirement to upgrade for level6+.
  • Barrage: Total damage now depends on number of enemies in the same sector (instead of number of enemies within firing range). Reduced damage per additional enemy, to compensate. Increased upgrade blueprint requirement for level2+. Hydrogen usage increased on all levels.
  • Battery: Increased damage on level2+ (does not affect Sentinel)
  • Laser: Increased maximum damage and time to reach maximum damage for level4+ (also affects Colossus)
  • Mass Battery: Decreased damage per second for level4+
  • Mirror shield: Increased mirror damage on all levels. Decreased shield strength on level2+.
  • Destiny: Increased damage on all levels. Decreased cooldown to 5 minutes. Decreased range for level2+.
  • Hydrogen Upload: Reduced install cost
  • Trade Boost: Increased bonus percent and decreased install price on all levels. 
  • Red Star Life extender: Duration and activation cost decreased on all levels
  • Impulse upgrade now increases duration, whereas impulse force stays fixed for all upgrade levels. This does not affect the behavior of the module, but fixes a serious issue where it was not possible to judge the upgrade benefit (since impulse force is not displayed in the UI).
  • Most modules installed on a friendly ship will now show up in the list over the selection bar (even passive ones)

Shipments

  • Planets will store shipments unloaded on them, up to 2x their capacity. No further shipments can be unloaded over this overflow capacity. Previously, shipments stored on a planet over capacity would be deleted on the next shipment refresh.
  • Added ability to move Trade Stations
  • Shipment computer no longer limits number of shipments automatically picked from intermediate waypoints. Upgrades to the module just increase the bonus payout. Tweaked bonus payout for all levels.
  • Movement routes now show up dim, except for the selected ship, to help distinguish selected Transport route when many transports are on the move
  • Maximum number of waypoints increased (from 8 to 15)
  • Fixed an issue that allowed a warp lane to be linked to itself

Misc

  • New ship upgrade process (see here for details)
  • New Crystal Shipments in app purchase (best value for Crystals, Crystals are delivered over 7 days as additional planet shipments)
  • Planned maintenance will now show countdown timer, to help players avoid risky combat situations just before the servers go down
  • Fixed an issue where miners with mass mining could get stuck if their asteroid field was depleted by another miner
  • If in a Corporation, the chat window will open by default on the Corporation tab (unless there's unread messages in the Star System tab)
  • When a ship is selected, the next/previous selection arrows will now cycle between ships of the same type anywhere on the map
  • Added support for French, German, Italian and Spanish languages

Friday, July 14, 2017

Upcoming changes to ship upgrades

On the next update, the Ship Upgrade process will change. This is in response to the devastating fleet losses issues we've acknowledged before, as well as to provide better balancing and progression.