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Hey guys, a new update is up. The update adds Light, Medium and Heavy Laser Cannons. These are a new type of ship weapon which shoot more accurately than normal Cannons. Since they're shooting short laser Beams they only hit single bocks, however they are high damage and the Medium to Heavy varieties come with block penetration. Penetrating up to one block to damage internal workings of ships. These can also be placed upside down to go on the ceiling or the bottom of ships.
Cannons have also received a small damage boost from 40 to 60 against blocks(player damage remains the same).
Ship Constructors have had a fundamental change to go with Yellow, Green and Blue Cores introduced in the previous update. Since these Cores are only attaintable from refining Syphon, items produced with them such as the new Laser Cannons require the cores when being constructed from a plan.
Now when creating ships from the Ship Constructor, it will require the amount of Yellow, Green and Blue Cores used in the items the ship consists of. It will also tell you this before you build the ship. For example if I have no Laser Cannons on a ship, it will just work as normal with it being made up of the wealth of items you have in a crate. However, if I have a Light Laser Cannon on the ship, it will cost the normal wealth + 3 Yellow Cores, as part of the recipe of the Light Laser Cannon is 3 Yellow Cores.
Hey guys, a new update is now available. Syphon fuel has been changed to work a bit differently in this update. There are now two types of Syphon Miners, the original Syphon Miner is now a "Large Syphon Miner" and a new one has been added called a "Small Syphon Miner", which is a cheaper alternative that produces Syphon slower and is primarly constructed out of Copper. The colour of Syphon mined is now seeded randomly across the map, rather than previously using the Biome. Rarer Syphon colours such as Blue will appear further away from the spawn. Previously Syphon had created resources based on the Biome it came from, which in reality is not very useful for both a starting nations and one a very established one with a lot of resources. When refined the Syphon fuel now creates a new item called a core. There are Blue, Green and Yellow cores as well the preexisting Burnout Cores. These are created from the colour relative to it(Red makes Burntout cores). Other than the Burntout Cores which is already used in a lot of current recipes, the new cores will be required to make a lot of future high tier/more effective items. This should help owning claims becoming more vital to Nations as you'll have to hold some territory to produce these resources. The cheaper miners also make for a substantially smaller loss when losing these claims compared to their much more expensive counterparts. In coming updates claim defenses will be changed and made a lot weaker to allow for more attacks/skirmishes on these claims however there will be some other ways to defend those claims. So be aware of that when setting up your claims!
The Prospector block has also been changed, it will now show you the colour of a Systems Syphon after scanning it. This will also be left on your map so you can check on it easily in the future without the need to rescan it.
A few additions have been made to the map. It will now show claims of your own Nation and other players as a territory overlay around them, with green representing your own and red representing others. Making it easier to see in a zoomed out state. An icon for biomes is also now revealed when you have visited a system once, so you no longer need to manually remember what each system is.
Since the last update I noticed a few players were having an Effect.Dispose error being thrown when trying to start the game. It took a bit of investigating but it turns out their Graphics Cards did not support shader model 5, so I've also moved back the game's shaders to use SM4 again so you should no longer experience this crash, sorry about any inconvenience and thank you to Concord Dawn for helping me figure that through answering my questions!
There's also been a pretty huge set of bug fixes, you can check them out in the change log below.
If you'd like to try being a bandit of the Sky before purchasing Sky Nations a demo is now available on Steam. You can even play with your friends in multiplayer! Check it out here.
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