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Slick 4X strategy game Endless Space received a free update yesterday adding a mysterious Christmas wonder called The Polaris Factory. Wonders were added in an earlier free update, they're hidden facilities and phenomenon that can grant great boons to an expanding empire. This one is an ancient machine couched in the deep arctic ices of a frozen planet, but what does it do?



"Raw materials are collected, goods are produced and packaged, and an endless stream of boxes disappear into ships, portals, and sleds for distribution," reads the official description. "What is this unceasing travail? What is the purpose of these strange, colorful, impractical objects that they build?"



Sounds like an intergalactic santa's grotto. We'll have to find it to discover its purpose, but hopefully it's some sort of "ho ho ho" happiness bonus for your beleaguered citizens. The update also adds a new "Oros Gec Faction Hero" and slips in a few community-requested features like "enhanced battle action AI," new Steam achievements and a "No Pirates” Option.



Here's the full update list from Steam.



LIGHTS OF POLARIS (1.0.45)



CHANGES AND ADDITIONS



New balance of Factions traits (first pass).

Added abilities tree pictures for each hero class in "inspect" panel.

Added Steam cloud management system for saves.

New game introduction panel.

Added a new hero from minor faction.

Added a new natural Wonder with associated FX on planet.

Some additional texts translated in RUS/POL/ITA/GER.



STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS



Added new Steam achievements including Votes:

Marco Polo with Tentacles / Have a Trade Route with every other system in the galaxy

Alien and Eve / Colonize a Garden of Eden

Cake² / Clone Galdos AI

There's no Place like Home / Terraform a planet to your home planet type

There can only be One / Be the only remaining empire in a game with 8 starting empires

Cultural Assimilation / Envelop another empire's system in your Influence Area



EVENTS



Added exploration events flag option to remove the visual feedback in the galaxy view.

Removed exploration and random events making spawn pirates when the "no pirates" options is enabled.



BATTLES



New pre-battle cards selection system with adapted GUI and report panel

AI can use retreat cards now (not allowed to pirates however).

New weight-balance of battle cards for AI use.

Added a new option in game options to enable or not the manual battles.



MULTIPLAYER



Players (including host) now forward orders to themselves instead of treating these locally.

Fixed wrong construction gets canceled/bought out leading to desync.

Fixed construction UID mismatch leading to desync.

Fixed fleet's orbit assert.

Fixed an issue where AI tries to buy out infinite improvements.

Fixed loading issue to MP session when pressing cancel after "Connecting to server" message appeared.

Fixed an issue when a client quits a session in progress then he will not be able to rejoin from the server list, since the session will no longer be displayed.



FIXES



Fixed an issue where Dust miser and co-opetition corporate hero abilities effects were mixed-up.

Fixed an issue where debug could be noticed on the battle notification.

Fixed an issue where the selfish dust bonus of the dust rain event was not displayed in the dust income summary tooltip.

Fixed an issue where the effects from exploration and random events were not properly applied after reloading a save.

Fixed some issues of GUI and localization.

Product Update - Valve
LIGHTS OF POLARIS (1.0.45)

CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
- New balance of Factions traits (first pass).
- Added abilities tree pictures for each hero class in "inspect" panel.
- Added Steam cloud management system for saves.
- New game introduction panel.
- Added a new hero from minor faction.
- Added a new natural Wonder with associated FX on planet.
- Some additional texts translated in RUS/POL/ITA/GER.

STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
- Added new Steam achievements including [G2G] Votes:
+ Marco Polo with Tentacles / Have a Trade Route with every other system in the galaxy [Nosferatiel]
+ Alien and Eve / Colonize a Garden of Eden [groovytadpole]
+ Cake² / Clone Galdos AI [Adder]
+ There's no Place like Home / Terraform a planet to your home planet type [EvilTactician]
+ There can only be One / Be the only remaining empire in a game with 8 starting empires [Monthar]
+ Cultural Assimilation / Envelop another empire's system in your Influence Area [FreeMarket]

EVENTS
- Added exploration events flag option to remove the visual feedback in the galaxy view.
- Removed exploration and random events making spawn pirates when the "no pirates" options is enabled.

BATTLES
- New pre-battle cards selection system with adapted GUI and report panel [G2G vote]
- AI can use retreat cards now (not allowed to pirates however).
- New weight-balance of battle cards for AI use.
- Added a new option in game options to enable or not the manual battles.

MULTIPLAYER
- Players (including host) now forward orders to themselves instead of treating these locally.
- Fixed wrong construction gets canceled/bought out leading to desync.
- Fixed construction UID mismatch leading to desync.
- Fixed fleet's orbit assert.
- Fixed an issue where AI tries to buy out infinite improvements.
- Fixed loading issue to MP session when pressing cancel after "Connecting to server" message appeared.
- Fixed an issue when a client quits a session in progress then he will not be able to rejoin from the server list, since the session will no longer be displayed.

FIXES
- Fixed an issue where Dust miser and co-opetition corporate hero abilities effects were mixed-up.
- Fixed an issue where debug could be noticed on the battle notification.
- Fixed an issue where the selfish dust bonus of the dust rain event was not displayed in the dust income summary tooltip.
- Fixed an issue where the effects from exploration and random events were not properly applied after reloading a save.
- Fixed some issues of GUI and localization.
Dec 19, 2012
Community Announcements - Steph'nie



Endless Space 1.0.45 - LIGHTS OF POLARIS

Release notes
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Endless Space is free to download and play on Steam until 9pm GMT this Sunday and its strategic turn-based space-conquering is fantastic, so you’re going to have to cancel your plans to do some Christmas shopping, hunt sharks or play with your new Nintendo-Box. There are so many space games in the crowd-funding mixer at present but it would be very foolish to forget that this year has already seen such a stellar release. To sonically celebrate the free weekend, the ace soundtrack is also available on a ‘name your price’ basis.

Announcement - Valve
Play Endless Space for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. Plus, save 50% during until Monday at 10am Pacific during the Weekend Deal!

This galaxy is ancient. Its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless and all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. This substance has been found scattered throughout the galaxy and lost in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors. The galaxy will belong to the faction that can take control of the Dust and uncover its secrets…

Guide one of eight civilizations as you strive for galactic dominion within hundreds of star systems. Play against up to seven opponents in quick match-ups or endless war. Generate an infinity of random galaxies where every start begins a new adventure and optimize each fleet for epic battles.

If you already have Steam installed, click here to install or play Endless Space. If you don't have Steam, you can download it here.

Product Update - Valve
ECHOES OF THE ENDLESS (1.0.38)
CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
- The galaxy generation seed is displayed with the pause menu.
- Added a sentry mode to the available fleet actions.
- Added an auto-cycle button to enable the review of all fleets without orders.
- The battle timer (when choosing a participating mode: auto/manual) is now a game option. By default, the battle timer is disabled for a single player session, and it is enabled for a multiplayer session. [G2G vote]
- Added a new state for the "end turn button" that notifies the player he has pending encounters.
- Refactored the heroes' ability trees.
- If a system improvement will never be relevant for a system, hide it from the improvement picklist (credits: by grubnik)
- Added a victory/defeat picture and extra information to the 'Continue' panel.
- Added a ‘Game Introduction’ option in game options (to introduce the new content of an add-on).
- Updated the tutorial with the new features.
- Added 5 new musics.

INTERACTIVE RANDOM EVENTS [G2G vote]
- Refactored the game events system:
o The pre 1.0.30 events are compatible
o Added new event effects
o Added interactive random events
o Added a new panel to the Empire Factors panel, which summarizes all the effects of the current random events
o Added an advanced game option to activate/deactivate the random events generation
- Added descriptions and pictures to the new random events.

EXPLORATION EVENTS [G2G vote]
- Added exploration rewards: small random bonuses for the first player to explore a system.
- Some exploration events are now interactive.
- Added a GUI feedback in the galaxy view to identify systems with an exploration reward. The Amoeba players have a slightly different feedback.
- The effects of the exploration events are now displayed in the Empire Factors panel.

WONDERS [G2G vote]
- Added natural and endless wonders. The endless wonders can be restored.
- Lowered number of wonders depending on the different size.
- Added GFX for natural and endless wonders.
- Added a GUI feedback in the galaxy view to identify explored systems with a wonder.

AMBIENCE - GALAXY MAP [G2G vote]
- Added more life to the galaxy with the random addition of comets, black holes, pulsars, ...

DIPLOMACY
- Removed the waiting period for the cold war status.
- Added diplomatic answers when the player trades with an AI and when an AI is offering a proposal.
- With the previous diplomatic behavior we could have deadlock involving a permanent cold war state between all the factions.

HEROES
- Added a new Pilgrim hero.
- Added 4 heroes of new factions (Sheredyn and minor factions).

MULTIPLAYER
- Set the Steam regional parameter to ‘Worldwide’ for the multiplayer sessions.
- The game disconnections related to the Steam servers should be less frequent.
- All the multiplayer sessions of a given version are now displayed. You can join a game only if you have the same files/mod as the session's host.

AI
- Removed growth and fleet upkeep bonus for the AI.
- AI for newbie is less aggressive and less militarized.
- Lowered normal Pirates difficulty.
- During a deal, the AI values a resource depending on the number he already owns.


BALANCING
- Reduced the science trade route multiplier from 2 to 0.5.

FIXES
- Fixed the way AI manages its ship's production so it doesn't fall into bankruptcy anymore.
- Fixed a potential desync in MP when unlocking a technology by a random event.
- Fixed an issue where the random events frequency is not tied to the game speed.
- Fixed an issue where entering planet view after scraping a population improvement causes an assert.
- Fixed an issue where desert planet does not display all life simulation effects.
- Fixed an issue where life simulation effects are not properly displayed on high population planets.
- Fixed an issue where the ships created by events don't have the good amount of HP.
- Fixed an issue where an assert occurred for a same random event for two empires.
- Fixed an issue with the anomaly reduction of the hell gourds.
- Fixed an issue where an exploration event causes a desync in a multiplayer session.
- Fixed an issue where the constructibles were overridden by the modding.
- Fixed an issue where the warning events "no current technology" & "bankrupt next turn" made the battle notifications disappear.
- Fixed an issue where the wrong ship design was queued after an advanced defender exploration event was encountered.
- Fixed an issue where the advanced defender exploration event used the designs based on affinity.
- Fixed some issues of GUI and localization.
Nov 28, 2012
Community Announcements - Steph'nie



Endless Space 1.0.38 - ECHOES OF THE ENDLESS

Release Notes
Oct 30, 2012
Community Announcements - Steph'nie



Endless Space 1.0.30 - Added:

- New Automaton hero: M'gual Tan-Erbo
- New planet anomaly: Hellgourds
Product Update - Valve
1.0.29
CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
Changed the balancing of the AI difficulty:
-50% damage & -40% defense in newbie for the AI
-25% damage & -20% defense in easy for the AI
Added Optimistic 1 to Sowers
Allowed a deficit from the beginning to have a more flexible tax rate management for the AI players.
Added a waiting period for a change of diplomatic status:
+ Game speed: Normal
- Cold War: you will have to wait 10 turns to change this diplomatic status
- War: 15 turns
- Peace: 10 turns
- Alliance: 15 turns
+ Game speed: Slow
=> these durations x2
+ Game speed: Fast
=> these durations x0.5
Added Italian and Russian languages.
Repacked the data for the PC version.

FIXES
Fixed an issue where the game would hang when loading a game where the AI has no more ships and needs to balance its defense.
Fixed an issue where a desync could appear when unlocking technologies by a random event.
Fixed an issue where the game could crash after scraping a population improvement (via the bankruptcy process).
Fixed an issue where the Wonder Building is never built by the AI.
Fixed an issue with the Dust icon of the control banner.
Fixed an issue where the effects of “Intensive Cultivation Logistics” and “Careful Sweeping” were inaccurate.
Fixed several GUI issues.
Fixed several localization issues.
Product Update - Valve
1.0.27
CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
- Added a backward compatibility system for the pre 1.0.25 save files.

1.0.26
FIXES
- Fixed an issue where some save files created after 1.0.25 could not be loaded (the user being sent back to the menu).

All the version notes since the alpha version can be found at:
http://forums.amplitude-studios.com/showthread.php?446-Release-Notes
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