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It's a special weekend. A whole new slew of PvE MK2 weapons are in the dev app after we tested them all weekend.

Testing will be at 5 pm eastern today (July 14th) and 12 pm eastern tomorrow (July 15th.) To hear all the latest updates first, join our Discord Experimental Crew!

Our notes are below, but we can't wait to hear your thoughts.


MK2 Light Weapons
Gas Mortar-
New effects have made this weapon stand out with it's fading and dangerous clouds. Like WW2 flak it bursts in the sky in a brief moment of destruction.

Lightning Gun-
This one is definitely on the overpowered side, we're doing our best to relook at this weapon.

Lens Array-
A cone of death! We spent the week tweaking the effects, but enjoy the new wide spread laser. True area clear.

Tempest Missiles-
Guided single missiles fired more rapidly, this weapon has gone from under to over powered then reigned in. Test it out and try for yourself!

MK2 Heavy Weapons
Cavitation Gun-
Amazing at stopping convoys, we used this to abuse ships that had a goal and control them. Can you?

Remote Launcher-
throwing out a storm of explosions and shrapnel. It looks cool, but are there any masters out there that will make the most of it?
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Ammopocalypse

New content:
  • Monuments on the map for the last winning faction during war. Also special events such as the Pirate Week winners will be shown here. The world will now be permanently marked with the wins of your faction so try your hardest to dominate the world!

  • Ashen King—King of the hill version of Ashen Scuffle. More deadly than the leviathan the Ashen King tunnel is high value target, but also a deathtrap. Controlling the point guarantees victory, but also a bloody battle of attrition. Don’t let your claustrophobia get the best of you in this tight battleground

  • Voyager’s Cove Night Maps. Night descends on Voyager’s Cove. Bright greens and flora find themselves plunged into darkness with only explosions to light the landscape. Defend your base from a daring night raid and punish the invaders.

  • Misty Mutiny Night Maps. PvP also gets another night map. There’s danger around every corner as the darkness conceals your enemies. Do your best to hunt them down as you find yourself fighting shadows or light up the world with the false sun of flares.
  • Magnate now available for PVP. Our testers have put it through the wringer and now the Merchants find themselves in PvP. Take this unique golden ship into the skies against powerful crews. Extremely deadly and durable, push your enemies from the field.

  • Aten Lens Array Mk. S now available for PVP. Embrace laser life. Make the skies a deadly rave with the Aten Lens Array. Bringing piercing and fire damage there are few parts of the ship that can withstand a prolonged assault. Remember the gun can’t move while firing though, so as soon as you see that laser, DODGE!

  • Conductor Pride. Show your support for LGBT with these tweaked items. Proceeds will be donated to LGBT charities. So look stylish, help a good cause, and show off your pride!


Changes:
  • Character Customizer now acts as class changer
  • World Map Territory Improvements: New UI to better inform players of progress, change, and movement in individual territories.  Periodic buffs can be unlocked for completing major ‘battles’ to increase sense of progression and achievement.  Buffs are activated when a Captain deploys at a territory where buffs have been unlocked for their entire ship.
  • Magnate (Player Council): -10% armor, 15m/s2 turn acceleration (from 21), 15m/s max turns peed (from 12.5), 3.5 vertical acceleration (from 3)
  • Burst Rounds (Player Council): +10% AoE damage (from none), -15% rate of fire (from none)
  • Heatsink Clip  (Player Council): Vanilla clip size (from +30%), extinguishes all fire on reload (from 3)
  • Charged Rounds  (Player Council): +20% projectile speed (from none), -20% jitter (from none)
Fixes:
  • Include BLOCKADE in rematch vote option
  • Fixed excessive hit lag on Aten Lens Array
  • Fixed inconsistent warm up time calculations (most obvious on Aten Lens Array - correct behavior is that the trigger must be held for 1.75 seconds before any shots are fired, resetting whenever the trigger is released or the gun reloads)
  • Fixed Aten Lens Array beam not appearing when fired more than 300 meters away
  • Anglean Raiders/Fight over Firnfeld maps are the wrong scale
  • "A Perfect World" achievement now correctly counts base health in Defense (base must be at 100% health when match ends, can have fallen below that and been repaired by cargo)
  • Fixed missing map for Misty Mutiny (practice)
  • Engine sound issue when turning
  • Banshee keeps emitting smoke after reloading
  • Windows: incorrect rendering API fallback order
  • Strange behavior (disappearing, lagging) of beams
Guns of Icarus Online - Keyvias
Internal testing is back and just in time for next weeks patch!

Between cons, updates, broken test server and a rock climbing trip for the office, we've definitely had a break between Gazettes, but now's your chance to get a sneak peek at everything coming your way.

If you want to hear about it first hand, follow us at twitch.tv/gunsoficarus where we show off every internal session and give away the password to the dev games early (and your chance for free items.)


New Night Map: Voyagers Cove
Night is no longer unique to Parous Glen. We've updated the solar cycle to also affect the normally bright and cheerful Voyagers Cove. Explore the darkened corners of this defense map and make your own light with flares, fire, and explosions. This definitely isn't the last map where darkness will become your greatest ally so keep an eye out!


New PvP Map: Ashen King
Desert Scrap may no longer be the most deadly map with the introduction of Ashen King. Fight for a single point in the middle of the cave structure. Forced together in some of the bloodiest close quarters maps. Fight the correct assault angle and work together to hold onto the point. Tar and Mines recommended!
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We’re partnering with Steam on a one of a kind sale just for Guns of Icarus owners and friends.
Owners of Guns of Icarus titles get 50% off for a limited time*, when you buy a copy for a friend on Steam!

*Offer ends June 7th at 10AM PT
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New content:
  • New factions! The final factions have been added, the Arashi League and Yesha Empire. Each come with their own ship, gun, and cosmetics that are waiting to be unlocked.


  • Ship: Arashi Stormbreaker. An extremely agile ship to weave in and out of combat with ease. It may not be the fastest or the toughest, but with the right pilot and crew it’ll be a hard target to chase down while packing a massive punch.
  • Gun: Immortal Gaze Heavy Accelerator. Put together from the scraps buried beneath the sand, the Arashi have harnessed a mysterious and devastating power in the form of a new heavy gun. Hold down to charge its power and tear through armor and components.


  • Ship: Yeshan Judgement. A powerful ship with a primary and secondary heavy gun ready for dishing out significant damage from afar. A skillful pilot will be able to train the majority of the ship’s guns on enemies, but beware a spread out component layout.
  • Gun: Roaring Tiger Heavy Detonator. Exacting control are strong Yeshan characteristics that have even carried through to their weaponry. Launch powerful bombs into the air that can be detonated mid-flight with the alt fire button. Each bomb explodes 4 times!


  • Game Mode: Blockade. Control the skies in this high-octane struggle between the defence of your faction's refineries against bomber ships & repelling skirmisher attacks from the enemy fleet!


  • New General Weapon: Nemesis Heavy Carronade. The robust cousin of its class, the Nemesis harks back to times when naval warfare reigned supreme. Its classic cannonball slug is a key ingredient to the power of this ordinance.


  • New PvP Map: Misty Mutiny. Take the fight of the skies to an exotic and alluring landscape woven together by nature and civilization. Use the cover of the misty environment to make your strike, carry out an assault in formation in the open valleys, or dig in your heels and unleash a maelstrom of your payload!
New Alliance Class progression:
  • Each class has an additional achievement that unlocks new cosmetic items! Unlock victory poses, repair tool skins, and ship decals to use across any class while you play!
  • Gunner Unlock: New Victory Pose. The language of victory is a glorious demonstration of your prowess and clever strategic skills in the battlefield. Show your foes your pride in this accomplishment with new victory pose selections!


  • Engineer Unlock: New Engineer Tool Skin. Trade is on the rise and with it new gear for prospecting engineers looking to put out fires with exquisite taste. Golden Chemical Sprays are now an available tool option, show some class in tools you use with mastery.
  • Pilot Unlock: New Decal. Stand tall amongst your adversaries with your own vessel’s ensign. A symbol of the loyalty and commitment to your faction and your cause!

Changes:
  • War has changed the world… strong borders can been erected where battles wrought the most devastation. Seek new alliances, face new challanges for an unknown future...
  • All daily login rewards now include coins.
  • Adjusted faction colors for colorblindness
  • Added vignette to World Map
  • Tempest projectile performance improvements
  • Boss particles on guns tweaks
  • Better inflow for 'solo' players
  • Matched map icons for blockade to loading screen and sidebar
  • Enemy faction is now randomized when rematching in the same lobby

Fixes:
  • Fixed binding of inverted joystick "look" axes
  • Fixed missing click sound feedback in video options
  • Resolutions lower than 1024x768 are no longer shown in video options (they were incompatible with some UI anyway)
  • Fixed flickering decorations on birthday Magnate
  • Magnate: Fixed the "hole" where you can walk off the ship
  • Fixed some joystick/controller input being framerate dependant
  • Binding settings: changing tabs doesn't go to the top
  • Fix misleading adjacency lines on world map
  • Fixed missing airplane sounds
  • Munitions upgrade from killing supply ships no longer modifies reload time (previously was bugged and increased reload time by 25%)
  • Fixed invisible hitbox suspended in mid-air on Northern Fjords
  • Inconsistent fonts on icon display and map
  • "Not Ready" in Match Lobby Lowercase
  • Fixed boss potentially not spawning when multiple progress events trigger in very rapid succession
  • Water collider and fan colliders
Guns of Icarus Online - Keyvias
The first war of Icarus ends. Long live the North!

The war ends with a begrudging surrender. The Northern Guard claims victory and an uneasy peace settles across the land. A peace that is more of a mask for the next insidious attacks from all the factions, piracy.

Those that don't accept the fight as over are taking to raiding and pillaging. Some are loyalists looking to fight for honor others are opportunists looking to take the post-war chaos to make a quick buck.

So hide in your safe territory and strike out and plunder the world. Do it for your faction, for your pocket, and for an exclusive title!

The faction that has the most successful attacks by the end of the mission will all earn the exclusive Pirate title. No need to hold the territory, just capture, plunder, and move on!

This will continue until the 30th when a new patch drops and new factions join in with even more content!
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I’m confused. Why are there two Guns of Icarus games?
Guns of Icarus Online is our original game, released back in 2012. It is an online-only team-based PVP (player-vs-player) game in which players join the crews of multiplayer-controlled steampunk airships and have huge battles in the sky, from two-on-two skirmishes right up to epic four-a-side battles.
Guns of Icarus Alliance is our new game that’s only been out for a month! It was originally intended to be an expansion for the base game, pitched initially as an “adventure mode” that would introduce PVE (player-vs-environment) missions for players who weren’t interested in PVP. Early in development it became clear that our vision was much bigger than a humble expansion pack, so Alliance eventually became a new stand-alone game.

So has Alliance completely replaced Online?
Yes and no. Online still exists as a stand-alone game of pure PVP, but it is closely tied to Alliance. Players in both games can talk to each other, and in-game assets purchases and all Steam achievements are shared across both games. Online is still available to buy on Steam at a greatly discounted price.
However, anybody who buys Alliance gets Online free and can play all of the content from both games in a single package. Alliance offers the complete Guns of Icarus experience, including both PVP battles, PVE missions, and the dynamic online world that ties it all together. For those with no interest in PVE, Online will still be there to offer awesome PVP goodness.

Does this mean Online is a dead product?
Nope, Online is still a living game with a large install base and an active player population.
We won’t lie to you: Alliance is our new baby and we’re definitely focusing most of our attention on it, but a huge amount of content for this new game will be fed back into the original. We are always coming up with new content, including mysterious new factions armed with their own unique airships, weapons, and upgrades.
Many additions to Alliance will also expand Online, so even if you are only playing PVP and have no interest in new political powers invading the world, any ships and equipment brought into the game by these new factions will also be made available to you. Even better, you can join a faction and have an impact on the game world just by playing PVP, without spending a single cent upgrading to Alliance.
Essentially, even if you don’t buy Alliance, its existence will keep making Online bigger and better for our loyal players.

Is this some kind of scam or ripoff to squeeze more money out of your players?
Not at all. Anyone who is enjoying the original PVP action of Guns of Icarus Online can carry on enjoying it as long as they want to without sending us a single cent. We aren’t forcing anyone to buy anything they don’t want to, so if you’re happy with Online as it is, please keep on enjoying it.
Guns of Icarus Alliance was an enormous project that took us over three years to complete. This is not a map pack or a handful of new mission types: this is an entirely new way to play the game. We have added a dynamic and ever-changing online world that reacts to players’ victories and defeats, a living story that is being written week by week according to events in the game, an extremely complex AI system that makes the entire PVE experience possible, and so much more. It is a much bigger project than Online ever was.
We feel like we are charging a fair price for Alliance, and we have also sweetened the deal for existing players by offering a discounted price to upgrade until May 30th. We also offered some heavily-discounted pre-order deals during the development process, and players who got on board during the Kickstarter in 2013 also got a very good deal.
If you still think we’re ripping our players off then there probably isn’t anything else we could say to change your mind. Sorry we couldn’t convince you!

I backed Alliance during the Kickstarter or pre-ordered it. Where’s my copy?
If you one of the awesome people who supported the development of Alliance before release and registered your Steam ID with us, you should already have access to play Alliance. Visit the Alliance store page and you should see a notification saying “Guns of Icarus Alliance is already in your Steam library” and a “play now” button. If you don’t see this message, then something has gone wrong. We’re sorry! Please email feedback@musegames.com and we’ll get it fixed for you ASAP!
Guns of Icarus Online - Keyvias
Greetings Fellow Sky captains and Crews!

We created the Tower of Babel! A maddening structure made by an angry god of code for our attempts to break the sky. While last night our new buildings looked good for Ambush, check out the violent dealings of our newest test build!

If you want to be the first to see all the content we’re working on. Follow us at twitch.tv/gunsoficarus where we show off every internal session and give away the password to the dev games early (and your chance for free items.)

NEW Bug: Towers of Babel
The new ambush building scaled up massively, but its collision box didn’t so the start of our test was in the middle of a massive structure that was impossible to find the top or end of. Do not test the jealous gods of code for they will smite you!

NEW Ship Naming: Yeshan
We were testing out the Yeshan ship with our latest fixes and something struck the team. We have not named the Yeshan craft (player and enemy) yet, but it’s something we’re working on right now. If there’s something that strikes you from what you’ve seen. Let us know!
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Greetings Fellow Sky captains and Crews!

We crashed our testing server! We were testing a bunch of MK2 weapons and broke the server! In Between crashing everything we got to try some truly exciting things that we can’t wait to share with everyone.


Congrats on the Shrike and Tempest Launcher being earned. Your hard work in game has brought this new ship and weapon to PvP!

If you want to be the first to see all the content we’re working on. Follow us at twitch.tv/gunsoficarus where we show off every internal session and give away the password to the dev games early (and your chance for free items.)


New Gun: Mk2 Project
We’re trying to expand on the success of the Heavy Flak Mk2 which has been amazing to see players use. Today we tried everything from shotgun lasers to the newest room clearing Mk2 Cavitation Gun. We’re not 100% sold on it yet, but it was a great test especially when combined with Mk2 Telsa! The Mk2 Tempest with a slow moving missile offered a unique take on the weapon, but we have quite a few more ideas for all the weapons before we settle.


New Gun: Fan Made Mk2
Eric hasn’t been the only one trying out crazy new weapons. We took the Mk2 Carronade into Search and Destroy to a solid victory. The cannonballs over grapeshot approach was intriguing. There’s a lot of potential there and it was great to see how guys from the art team and engineering team reacted to this new and exciting beast.

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New content:
Night descends on Icarus!

  • Parous Glen (Night)
  • Ashen Scuffle (Night)
    • Enjoy a new visual experience as you navigate a dark and ominous lava-scape. These are the first of many night maps and have been testing for a while. This comes with a lighting change to lamps on ships to make sure even if you have a hard time seeing ahead of you, you’ll still know where you are on the ship!

PvP gains Alliance ship and gun!

  • New PvP Ship: Shike
  • New PvP Gun: Tempest Missile Launcher
    • Global community challenge. Since PvE players have to unlock new guns and ships, we wanted to attach the same idea to new PvP content. To make sure some players don’t have tools that others don’t, it’s a global challenge. Once 4700 matches of PvE are completed both the ship and gun will be available to everyone in PvP! We want to use this system for a bunch of rewards so let us know what you think!

  • Leadership medals
    • The first leaders earned a special reward for taking the top spots on the leaderboard. This was something we did manually, but now every leader will automatically get a medal and title for the work they’ve put in.

War begins!


The merchants hit their war goal over the weekend and with that, the small squabbles between factions have blown up into a full blown war! Merchants join arms with the Chaladon as the Immortal Insurrection and find themselves squaring off against the Northern Guard the combined forces of the Republic and Baronies.

Get into game to vote for your alliance’s goals. You decide your reasons for fighting and what you need to fight for next.


Changes:
  • Added a message that appears when a running Steam client is not detected, and prompts the user to restart Steam and then the game (used to quit immediately)
  • Changed display of Wall and Mission Reward to display approximated real efforts and % change instead of abstraction of curve that these are based on
  • Crusader visual adjustments
  • More accessible wanted leaderboard
  • Reduced leadership time to 4 days (from 7)
  • Updated opening cinematic
  • See skills and guns and ships locked and show how to unlock them with rollover
  • Added instructions for the world map
  • Tutorial improvements
  • Enemy AA Ordnance: Muzzle speed 500m/s (from 350)
  • Infiltration: Increase enemy budget, increased VIP hunting task force 0.5 (from 0.4), fixed issue with walls and enemy spawning interaction
  • Assault: Increased enemy budget, Mining Outpost (intermediate base) hull +30% and armor +25%, Manufacturing base (final base) hull +25%
  • Hard difficulty: Enemy base and AA ordnance damage -13% (from -25&)
  • Veteran difficulty: Drill & bases durability +35% (from 0), Enemy base and AA Ordnance damage +50% (from 0)
  • Hell difficulty: Drill & bases durability +55% (from 25)
  • New menu for books

Fixes:
  • Achievement adjustments and fixes
  • MAC: When displaying function keys to the player, macs now add 'fn +' in front of it
  • Chat overlaps window
  • Fixed a pathfinding issue that could cause matches to freeze up on certain maps (Thornholt Crest most notably)
  • On the statistics screen, if one hadn't played a class yet, the most played ship is no longer shown as a white square
  • Infiltration: fixed mismatch between in-game and match-end display of VIP health
  • The CA list no longer continues off the UI when there are more than 7 CAs online
  • Fixed glitched world map when a system language other than US English was in use
  • Fixed typo in Lochnagar description
  • Fixed broken storm sky transitions after exiting a match while a transition was active
  • Fixed an error caused by people trying to activate special abilities in PvP
  • Team tab now properly displays the teams when spectating to the end match screen of a PvP match
  • Increased flare gun’s light brightness and fixed it overbrighting the helm
  • Fixed lights not falling back to vertex path (should improve dark maps on low settings)
  • Clan membership button disappears
  • Inconsistent load-out preview when joining ongoing match
  • Character customization lighting darkened
  • Fixed resource display during war
  • Fixed unlocked faction ships are not accessible in Evadne's Ship Reports
  • Fixed missing loading screen images



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