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Patrician IV Update Released

Product Update - Valve
Dec 17, 2010
Updates to Patrician IV have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Gameplay
  • Pirate activity can now be set via options in three levels
  • Mass gatherings of pirates have been fixed
  • Pirates off the town are shown on the nautical chart for cities where the player has an office
  • Pirate ships out of the player's visual range can now be attacked
  • When a convoy is attacked on a trading route, there will be an entry in your chronicle
  • Added option to skip cities (frozen harbor, full convoy or empty convoy and none of the commodities served)
  • Added notification for interrupted trade route
  • Redesigned development of Mediterranean cities, expansion to five stars is now calculated properly
  • Before sending an expedition, the return harbor of the expedition convoy can now be chosen
  • Rebalanced calculation of population to make it more dependable on quality of life
  • Adjusted sabotage carried out by the AI
  • The state of a city now has an effect on wage costs
  • 'Pause' is added as a new game speed
  • Savegames now show extended information of game type, difficulty and in-game date
  • In-game date is added to the file name of the savegame
  • Abbreviations of the first and the last town of a route are added to the file name of the trading route files
New Missions
  • Share trading with the Prince added (ability for players to acquire shares in the region of the Prince and thus to achieve a permanent increase in satisfaction)
  • Loan mission added for the Town Hall (the player borrows gold from the town)
  • Loan mission added for the Tavern (the AI borrows gold from the player)
Interface
  • Added percentage of occupied dwellings in a town
  • Added display of harbor fees to the town information and nautical chart
  • Redesigned the trading route interface
  • New ordering options added to convoys ship list and convoy transfer dialogue (escort/size/number of guns)
  • A gun icon is added to every ship in the ship list to mark them as escort ships.
  • Third tab for an overview of the Prince's shares added
  • Added a "Brick" icon to display lack of building materials. Missing materials are displayed in a tooltip
  • Gold transfer in the city treasury can now be set using the mouse
Graphics
  • Added new effect during construction or demolition of a building
  • Added a hit effect for tower projectiles
  • Added effect for destroyed towers
Sound
  • Added new sounds for shots, hits (melee and distance shots), death, victory, destroyed tower and destroyed business
  • Added sound for the construction and demolition of a building
  • Added gold jingle sound for every button with a buy/sell function

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