Community Announcements - danijel
Thanks to the game logs you ladies and gentlemen sent us over the last day or so since the last update, we've managed to find some more memory leaks and other errors which we could fix quickly.

One of the fixes is the ghost planet again. We believe we finally found the last bit that could potentially cause it to appear again. If not, well... we'd be very appreciative if you could send over your game log.

To make things go smoother, we decided to wrap those fixes up into a small update and release it to you so you don't have to wait for them.

There are some other various small fixes, nothing to write home about. Oh and ATHENA heavy weapon can now properly deal up to 10000 damage as intended ;).

More updates are on the way, of course!
Community Announcements - danijel
Time for another update ladies and gentlemen. I won't bother you too much. You can find the change-list below.
We're slipping back to the game and continue with our work to get the next update to you as soon as possible.

CHANGE LIST

  • FIXED: An error in the Rift skill activation script that could potentially cause a crash
  • FIXED: Mission location on the Captain's log panel and on Mission info panel are now displayed properly
  • FIXED: Numerous errors related to popping up tutorial panels, that could potentially cause the infamous black screen of freeze
  • FIXED: Several other potential instances where the black screen could appear
  • FIXED: A memory leak related to sector streaming
  • FIXED: The infamous ghost planet should no longer appear. If it does, the game log should catch the problem in more details.
  • FIXED: Several smaller memory leaks
  • FIXED: An error related to enhancements that could potentially cause crashes
  • FIXED: Numerous issues in the localized versions
  • FIXED: Numerous smaller errors in the campaign
  • FIXED: Several errors in the UI system that could potentially cause crashes
  • FIXED: Numerous database errors that caused wrong bonuses to be assigned to enhancements
  • FIXED: Bookworm achievement is now achievable properly by any related means, and not just by waiting for each tutorial to pop-up
  • FIXED: You can no longer gain 2 loot drops by first sending in your scavenger drones and then destroying the derelict before scavenging was finished
  • FIXED: An error that could potentially cause friendly ships to turn against you when you're boarding a hostile ship near a station
  • FIXED: An error on the Starchart panel related to perpetual panning after closing the Starchart and opening it up again
  • FIXED: Mercenaries will no longer conclude you're dead when transferring command to a different ship (from the garage for instance)
  • FIXED: Numerous errors on displaying GUI when using controllers
  • FIXED: A controller related error that prevented overwriting an existing save file
  • FIXED: Numerous other controller issues
  • ADDED: Polish localization is now available (text only)
  • ADDED: Riftway network is now visible on the Starchart. A button on the main Starchart panel can toggle its visibility. The visuals will likely be changed.
  • ADDED: Maximum attainable experience level raised to 80
  • UPDATED: Slight changes done to the blueprint drop scripts. Further improvements pending.
  • UPDATED: Review button removed from the main menu
  • UPDATED: Allied ships now attack platforms
  • UPDATED: Allied ships no longer attack a ship you're trying to capture
  • UPDATED: Fire at will also ignores a ship you're trying to capture, BUT(!) Marking the target overrides that safety lock and Fire at will in that case fires at the ship
  • UPDATED: Game log records some extra data to help us find some problematic bugs
  • UPDATED: Platforms are now properly included in the Fire at will routine
  • UPDATED: Reputation change system (when destroying ships, declining contraband drop etc.) is now completely controlled via script to ensure proper execution (Spg2\Scripts\AddReputation\...)
  • UPDATED: Increased the max available quantity of every individual commodities on all stations to increase potential trader profit
  • UPDATED: Tutorial pop-ups are now spread out over the starting campaign mission and linked to other events as intended (when first entering an asteroid field, when first encountering a derelict...)
  • UPDATED: Heroes/Bounties will no longer harass you while you're on a storyline mission
  • UPDATED: Mercenaries now attack platforms as intended
  • UPDATED: Credits movie updated with several new people that helped us over the last few weeks
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Community Announcements - danijel
Developer Little Green Men Games and their publisher Iceberg Interactive and are proud to announce today, that Starpoint Gemini 2 has left Early Access, and is available now with an SRP of $34.99, discounted by 20% during launch week. Enjoy !!

Starpoint Gemini 2 enables players to command their own Starship, and roam the enormous Gemini star system, to mine, loot, fight or trade - or play missions via the main story arc or side missions.

The final update from Beta to launch includes some important features:

  • Unlocked entire singleplayer campaign (featuring cutscenes and voiceover)
  • Added full soundtrack, ambiental and combat tracks
  • Added character selection and ship selection for freeroam mode
  • Updated entire skill system, now based on power pool
  • Unlocked Steam achievements


You can find the complete patch notes here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/236150/discussions/0/846963711029359276/

"This past year of Early Access has been an incredible ride,” said Danijel Mihokovic, Lead Scripter at Little Green Men Games. “We have seen an amazing community take shape and our thanks go out to them. Our forums really got overwhelmed with positive feedback, productive opinions and countless new ideas, and in a joint effort between us and our community, we have managed to raise the quality of the game significantly. As we embrace the game’s official release today, we understand one thing - this is the end of one process and the beginning of another. Even after 50 updates during Early Access, the wish-list created on the community forums will enable and oblige us to continue to refine the game and add new content for a long, long while. And that is something we really look forward to."
Community Announcements - danijel
So... it has been noted on numerous occasions that some of you esteemed ladies and gentlemen want to put faces to our names. As much as we frown on such frivolities, it is only fair that we abide by your wishes ;).

Please refrain from beating us into a pulp if you see us passing somewhere in the street. While I'm personally not a big fan of my bearded face , I'd rather not part with it either ;).

Oh and Oliver is in the video too... sort of... so have a look won't you ;).

Meep on!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OqiGaEBz1M
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Community Announcements - danijel
Greetings spacefarers!



AN IMMEDIATE EDIT:
Time for a touch of sad news. We've hit two problems, late encountered, as can be seen from the time we're releasing this update.
One is related to compressed sector files. We know what the problem is exactly, but it will take until tomorrow to fix. Once that's done, you can expect the freeze when crossing sector border to reduce some more.

The other is related to combat music, more specifically switching from standard to combat music and back.
To prevent you fair ladies and gents from having your ears bleeding (the symptom was screeching noise from the deepest pits of the 9th circle of hell), we've switched off combat music for now, until we get to the bottom of the problem.
We hope to have it fixed tomorrow as well, in which case you can expect both of these features in working order tomorrow too.
The more varied music tracks are not impacted by this problem, so at least that's some consolation :).

While the below list might seem small in comparison to our usual changelists, a lot of work has been done since the last update.
Most changes unfortunately have no point in being mentioned since they're important for the upcoming campaign mode.

Highlights? Well... how about updated loot drop system, or full controller support, or perhaps the twin suns Castor and Pollux, more music tracks, artefacts, improved streaming... Feel free to take your pick :).
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IMPORTANT!
Full controller support. This one is a bit tricky. We've made default profiles for all gamepads and joysticks we could get our hands on, but we need your help once again ladies and gentlemen.
All the controllers we tested have different configurations, making our work much harder. Basically this is what I'd like to ask of you:
If you try out a gamepad configuration, and you realize the default sucks big-time, let us know please. Moreover, if you're feeling especially generous, please configure your gamepad in the in-game options,
and then send oliver@starpointgemini.com both your StarpointGemini2Configuration.cfg and log.txt, located in the game root directory. This will allow us to create a default profile for that specific device.

Also if you encounter some problems using your controller device, let us know. We'll tweak, update and fix 'em all. In general, we're looking forward to feedback regarding controllers :).
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We plan to have one more update before final launch, but of course if necessary, we'll release quickfixes in the meantime. And it is possible we'll be iterating through smaller, focused updates over the next two weeks.

And finally one more thing to mention: Cinematic trailer. I won't yammer too much about it. Have a look instead ;).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHr9tqOYvN4

CHANGE LIST

  • FIXED: An issue where destroying ships that spawn a derelict, caused outlaw looters to appear, which in turn could create an endless stream of outlaw looters. Several more script checks implemented.
  • FIXED: Tzar carrier hangar parameters fixed and tweaked
  • FIXED: Heavy weapon blast radius now deals damage to the object that was actually hit
  • FIXED: Ice asteroids now use appropriate destruction visuals
  • FIXED: A script problem where in certain instances a for loop never activated.
  • FIXED: A crash related to Caridad station. Its parameters were all messed up
  • FIXED: A crash that occurred if capturing a grappled ship that was on the verge of breaking grappler hold (distance)
  • FIXED: A bug that resulted in player ship not being visible on loading game after dying
  • FIXED: A a bug related to the Capture freelance mission that resulted in game crash
  • FIXED: Ship sell price, when selling immediately on docking and when selling from the garage is now identical
  • UPDATED: Blueprint part drop rate

    • Based on feedback, drop rate of blueprints is increased in all instances
    • Blueprint parts can now be acquired by hacking structures
    • Blueprint parts can now be acquired by transporting onto structures
    • Blueprint parts can now be acquired by scanning anomalies

  • UPDATED: Loot drop system changed

    • Loot drop definition files completely changed to make it easier to balance
    • Loot drop now depends more on experience level and target type

  • UPDATED: Orpheus mine damage is generally reduced, but damage now depends on player level
  • UPDATED: Damage of the SETH deployable platform now depends on player level
  • UPDATED: Station will no longer call in a large security force to deal with you if you caused problems near it. The numbers are tweaked, largely based on player level.
  • UPDATED: If a station doesn't have any friendly ships nearby, security forces will no longer show up
  • UPDATED: Destroying bounties that are hostile towards you no longer yields negative reputation change
  • UPDATED: Reset general settings confirmation box text changed to display appropriate text.
  • UPDATED: Ship, structure and station shaders to improve material glow quality
  • UPDATED: Spire station now only offers lawful licenses
  • UPDATED: Tortuga Bay station now only offers outlaw licenses
  • UPDATED: Nebulas optimized some more. More specifically, when inside a nebula, other nebulas are not rendered
  • UPDATED: Mission objective text that appears next to a mission-related object, is no longer hard-coded, but is taken from misc.txt file
  • UPDATED: Numerous texts in the German and Russian localizations
  • UPDATED: Removed Evasion parameter from defense platform files (*.def)
  • UPDATED: Increased chance of triggering global events that are related to prices and trading to make the market more lively
  • UPDATED: NPC ships now come with a full complement of Troopers, making them harder to capture (further updates will bring other balancing)
  • ADDED: Big picture mode & full controller support

    • Simply plug in a gamepad or joystick and restart the game
    • You're offered a different control scheme which makes it possible to choose how you want to control the various game panels
    • Using controllers is possible in both control schemes
    • Further tweaks, improvements and manufacturer presets will be done based on feedback

  • ADDED: Artefacts

    • Artefacts can now be collected from special structures scattered around Gemini
    • Collecting all artefacts yields a special reward

  • ADDED: Another optimization pass focused mostly on sector-to-sector streaming

    • Model streaming implemented
    • Audio streaming implemented
    • Script files compressed

  • ADDED: Twin suns now shine over Gemini from its center (will be further graphically improved)
  • ADDED: Confirm resolution change panel can now be closed and resolution change can be cancelled
  • ADDED: A new type of encounter into the game world, generated randomly, but with certain conditions
  • ADDED: Scanning anomalies can now cause a revenant to drop out of rift space (can be either friendly or hostile)
  • ADDED: Info panels for stations, structures, planets, derelicts and anomalies
  • ADDED: Leviathan is now placed into the game world
Community Announcements - danijel
Crossing into the 0.8 range this time. Getting closer and closer to release ;). I apologize in advance if I've noted anything that was introduced in one of the recent smaller updates.

OK. There's a lot of new stuff going on. I'll mention only the nebula optimizations (more will be done) and blueprints. How blueprints work is explained below in the change-list :).

The second, but perhaps even more important thing is the MODDING RELATED ISSUE. Here's the link where we explain the problem.

PLEASE CHECK IT OUT. Especially if you've modded the game yourself or if you're using mods.

CHANGE LIST

  • FIXED: Several errors in weapon range calculations
  • FIXED: An error where names of nebulas were not shown on the Starchart
  • FIXED: NPCs start firing weapons at more appropriate distances and not from miles away
  • FIXED: Your own SETH platforms will not shoot each other
  • FIXED: Beam weapons now work in Fire at will mode as intended
  • FIXED: NPCs no longer have impossible weapon range when using beam weapons
  • FIXED: An issue where the planetary screen gets overlapped with the station interface overlay
  • FIXED: Material editor->Ship editor now saves trail parameters as intended
  • FIXED: Station color-coding (friendly, hostile, neutral) is now equivalent in the main viewport and on the Starchart
  • FIXED: An error related to Weapons energy refill and Weapons downtime, where the two could get swapped in-game
  • FIXED: Equipment modifiers are now nullified on loading as intended
  • FIXED: An error that would manifest in an NPC ship powering up Power to Engines, but remaining in the same position
  • FIXED: Damage effects are now properly removed from the ship on repair
  • FIXED: An error that could crash the game when clicking on a mission icon in the starchart
  • FIXED: An issue with mission completion notification being displayed wrongly
  • FIXED: A bug related to Steam Workshop integration and updating mods that could cause the game to crash
  • FIXED: Grappling a captured ship no longer turns every neutral or allied ship against you
  • ADDED: Blueprints

    • You can collect blueprints pieces from various sources (more will be added over time)
    • Once you collect enough pieces, a complete blueprint will be assembled in your Items list automatically
    • After that, simply dock on any station or planet, and you will find that something new is available for purchase (depending on the blueprint)
    • Blueprints are used up in the process
    • Blueprints available: light weapons, heavy weapons, enhancements for all primary systems, an officer, fighter crafts

  • ADDED: Energy redistribution shortcuts to Options->Controls. They are NOT set by default. Set them manually!
  • ADDED: NPCs can now drop Orpheus mines. Frequency greatly depends on player level and difficulty setting.
  • ADDED: Explosion shockwaves can now impact asteroids and junk pieces
  • ADDED: Sporadic lightning flashes inside nebulas
  • ADDED: Profession parameter is now shown on the Quick scan
  • ADDED: Several skill modifiers changed/added

    • Sensor jam
    • Virus (Chance to drop target's shields on hit)
    • Life support sabotage (Reduce target's troop effectiveness)
    • Mainframe shutdown (Chance to completely shut-down target on hit)
    • Disabling shockwave (Range set to 600)
    • Energy drain => Power drain
    • Scramble now states Chance to disable weapons on successful hit
    • Disabling hit now states Drain target's battery energy (% per second)
    • Disabling hit
    • Tracer round
    • Razor

  • ADDED: Additional Perks are now fully functional

    • Hawkeye
    • Collector
    • Space wolf
    • Torrent surfer
    • Large vessels

  • ADDED: Officers that used the same bonuses as the above Perks are now also fully functional
  • ADDED: Another difficulty level added. This is mostly ground work for future use.
  • ADDED: Several game version checks to comply with latest Steam API
  • ADDED: Several notifications (entering hostile territory) received a boost to be more noticeable
  • ADDED: Ship is automatically decloaked when anchoring on stations/planets
  • UPDATED: Grappling a friendly/allied ship is now treated the same as if you were boarding it
  • UPDATED: Accuracy mechanic. Increased weapons fire spread on longer distances.
  • UPDATED: Game log records more data to catch potential problems.
  • UPDATED: Repairing your ship on a station or planet now removes the effects of Radiation and EMP damage.
  • UPDATED: NPCs accuracy improved
  • UPDATED: Bounties improved weapons (enhancements)
  • UPDATED: Jumping away from a captured ship makes it highly possible for that ship to regain control and flee
  • UPDATED: NPCs now carry less Equipment
  • UPDATED: Strong gravitational pull is now only possible if influenced by a wormhole
  • UPDATED: SETH platform now has limited duration before it self destructs. This is to prevent a potential mem-leak
  • UPDATED: Nebulas are now limited to 120 particle patches at a time to improve performance
  • UPDATED: Nebula particles orientation
  • UPDATED: Several nebulas modified specifically to improve performance (Gulf)
  • UPDATED: Tweaked experience gain with trading
  • UPDATED: NPC random encounter spawning system now takes into account more variables and relies more on player level, but also on difficulty settings
  • UPDATED: (Permanent) Quick Target Scan is now active by default
  • UPDATED: When stations react to nearby trouble (someone starting a high-tech space cannon brawl), instead of reaching out to the faction in control of the region, they simply call their own reinforcements.
Community Announcements - danijel
Update v0.7021

Here's a short one ladies and gentlemen. I suppose the biggest change is the mounted camera. Please check below on how to use it. This is the first iteration, so more work will be done based on Your feedback!


  • FIXED: Weapon battery bug. There was a mixup with system parameters. Thanks for the assistance Ryouchan!
  • ADDED: Mounted camera. You can cycle to with with the Switch camera button. IMPORTANT FOR MODDERS: Mod ships are now one version behind in the *.shp file. Check one of our ship files to see the new Mounted camera parameters. The game won't crash, but the camera won't be available in-game until this part is added to the file!
  • UPDATED: Nebulas slightly optimized
  • UPDATED: Flares optimized (ONLY on Low environment detail setup)
  • UPDATED: Game log now records more data used for hunting down mem-leaks and other issues
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