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Community Announcements - Styg
Hey guys. Along fixing the bugs we've been working on some quality of life improvements, so without further ado here they are.













Fonts - We've replaced one of the game's fonts to improve readability and also added more size options.

Outlines - We've added character outlines which should improve visibility and make targeting somewhat easier when things are happening behind walls and other obstacles.

Inventory filters - We've replaced inventory filter combo box with icons and also regrouped item categories in a way we believe will be most practical.

Combat stats tooltips - We've added descriptions for all the different stats in the combat stats window when you mouse over them.

Combat speed settings - Combat movement and action speed can now be adjusted in the game's options.

New save system - This is strictly under the hood thing and nothing is changed regarding how and when you can save or load the game (old saves are compatible with the new version). For those advanced users - we archived the separate zone files to improve save/load performance and also got rid of the temporary current game structure on the disk and moved it to memory.

Other minor stuff
  • Critical crossbow hits now also affect elemental damage (acid, shock and incendiary) from special bolts
  • When attacking in melee from stealth, target's dodge rating will be ignored if it hasn't detected you yet
  • Added more crafting components and ammo to Deep Caverns
  • Added a few more hints to certain Deep Caverns dialogs
  • Quinton's mushroom growing room is now accessible
  • Added a number of Lower and Upper Metro areas to better connect certain places

Bug fixes
  • Critical damage modifier from items will now be properly applied to fist weapons (e.g. infused ancient rathound boots)
  • You will no longer be able to snipe down certain obstacles that were not meant to be sniped down
  • Jawbone will now correctly be considered a crossbow for the purpose of trading
  • Nicolas will no longer return from the dead to haunt you
  • Cut throat attack will no longer fail if you get detected during the attack itself (the eye wasn't read when you started performing the attack but the attack itself pushed it into red state)
  • When incendiary bombs cause a character to burn they will now properly suffer 150% of the original damage as the description says
  • You can no longer attempt to burst or rapid fire with an empty weapon
  • Fixed Jerre Franz not healing the player in certain instances
  • Fixed Fort Apogee zone security settings
  • Fixed a certain important woman not properly reacting to a player's response regarding her husband's fate
  • Fixed certain responses not appearing when speaking to the Faceless centaur near Foundry
  • Fixed being able to start the Find Blaine quest even after certain events took place
  • Silas' questline will now properly continue questline after the player pays him instead of doing his initial quests
  • Fixed a missing dialog option during Mediant Samuel's second mission
  • Fixed the unintended failing of the Kill Rathound King quest after a certain event has taken place
  • Crawlers and rathounds are now neutral to each other
  • No more free repairs from Mykola
  • Nicolas' and Olivia's quests will properly fail upon death
  • Fixed Maura's faction id not setting correctly after you've helped her
  • Accussing a certain person of comitting a murder and then initiating combat through dialogue will no longer cause the whole station to become hostile
  • Fixed the interview cutscene playing even when the player is hostile to the Tchortists; that quest will also properly fail now
  • Fixed dialogue options not appearing when asking Oskar and Lt. Stratford about a certain man
  • Fixed Arke consoles being hackable even after the player turns off the security system
  • Doppelgangers are now immune to Expose Weakness
  • All elevators should now properly notify the player when they are unpowered when used
  • Shield emitter weight will now be properly calculated when adding optional components
  • Various typos and map fixes

That's all for now. I hope you guys like the changes. As for what we'll be doing next - we'll primarily be working on more content for Underrail so stay tuned for more info on that in the coming months.
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Community Announcements - Styg
Hi guys. As most of you are aware by now, we've finally released the 1.0.0.0 version.

Development of this game has been one interesting 7 year adventure for me. First it was a one man part-time (read: night-time) hobby project where the basis for all that is to come was laid out. Then it was a one man full-time mad scientist sort of operation that gave birth to most of the game mechanics seen today. And then lastly, as a three man project during which the amount and quality of the content expanded far beyond my original intentions and even hopes.



(fan-collage by Blaine)

But all this would not have been possible if there was not a deep-seeded desire for this kind of gaming experience, still echoing from the void left by the departure of classical western RPGs, present in you, the players. So, personally and on behalf of the team, I thank you for patiently supporting us throughout the years and I hope that the final product is to your liking.

We'll still be here, supporting the game by ironing out any remaining bugs and applying some more polish here and there. As for what happens next, we'll discuss that when the dust settles. Stay tuned.
Community Announcements - Styg
Hi guys. Just a quick update to let you know we're moving release date forward to December 18th. Everything else remains as stated earlier.

Also, we did a much needed new trailer for the release. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-kefd0cFWs
Community Announcements - Styg
Hi guys. It is my pleasure to announce that the game has now entered beta stage and will be released in full on December 21st 2015. As before it will be available on Steam and GamersGate, but now also on GOG.



In the following two weeks we will be doing closed beta testing to make sure the game has as few bugs as possible on release.

Also a little heads-up: at some point between now and full release the game's price will be increased from its early access/alpha price to its full price. Those of you who have followed us since the early days know well that the game has since grown in scope and quality far beyond that of the initial release.

Thank you all for being patient with us throughout the years, the long wait is now at an end.
Community Announcements - Styg
Hey guys, since we got back from vacation we've been developing at a rapid pace. The game is mostly done, save for some dialog and certain amount of visual components for the final event. Once that is in, the game will be playable from start to finish.

Parallel to bringing the main story line to the end, we're doing a final pass through all the areas and updating them visually and adding more flavor dialog. Some of early areas were done ages ago and were badly in a need of a rework. The biggest offenders were SGS and Junkyard, which now both got new looks:















Anyway, the game is really close to completion now and we should be entering close beta phase soon, when we might call upon some of the old dedicated fans to help us test it. There won't be any updates for the public version before full release, though, but that isn't that far off now either. Stay tuned.
Community Announcements - Styg
Hey guys, while the rest of the team is working on wrapping up the remaining content (a few obligatory teaser screenshot included below), I took the time to work on some of the last game mechanic stuff to be implemented.







Most importantly, I implemented a noise system so the player will now have to consider more than just visual perception when handling a hostile area. This system works in a simple manner - certain actions, mostly relate to combat, such as firing weapons, grenade explosions, etc now emit a certain level of noise that travels through the map, with walls and other obstacles dampening their propagation (with certain thick walls doing so drastically). This will cause certain weapons - crossbows, knives and silenced pistols (and to lesser extent sledgehammers), will now have an edge over other weapon types when doing a stealth assassination.

In addition to this, a lot of NPCs will now holler for help on their turn if they are not stunned or incapacitated, so it's important to dispose of them quickly and silently if you want to avoid fighting the whole camp.

These changes will undoubtedly make some encounters more difficult so we will go through most problematic of them to make sure they are not too ridiculous.

In other news:
  • Mechanics
    • Added hard difficulty (less player health, less healing with longer cooldown)
  • UI
    • Pathfinding estimation during turn based combat no longer show the path once it gets into the undisovered part of the map
    • Added an option to automatically overwrite saves
    • Numeric pad cannot be used for dialog choices
    • You can now properly target items in your action bar, quick bar, weapon and shield switch buttons (e.g. for recharging, reloading, etc)
  • Items
      Cryogas grenade added
    • Added one more acid type
    • Added five new drugs
    • Added two new poisons
    • Added silencer enhancement that can be added to 5mm pistols and SMGs
    • Added Biohazard suit
  • Creatures
    • Added two new Faceless types
    • Added five new creatures
    • Added one new turret
  • Feats
    • Changed Premeditation - Now also requires 6 intelligence.
    • Changed Gun Nut - Upper damage bonus changed to 15% (down from 20%).
    • Changed Gunslinger - AP reduction changed to 2 (down from 3) and only applies to firearms now.
    • Changed Opportunist - Bonuses changed to 25%/15% (down from 35%/20%)
    • Changed Recklessness - Critical damage chance bonus changed to 7% (down from 10%)
    • Changed Cerebral Trauma - Damage bonus changed to 20% (down from 25%) and psi burn changed to 10% (down from 15%)
    • Changed Quick Tinkering - Cooldown changed to 2 turns (down from 3).
    • Changed Steadfast Aim - Bonus crit chance per AP cost changed to 0.5% (down from 1%)
    • Changed Mental Subversion - It now stacks up to 75% (up from 50%)
    • Changed Snipe - Fixed the bug that caused the attack not to do those base 100% of damage in addition to bonus damage and also changed the bonus damage per stealth point to 1.5% (up from 1%). Feat description also now displays exact numbers. Also now requires 30 stealth to obtain.
    • Changed Sharpshooter - Damage changed to 30% (down from 50%).
    • Changed Special Tactics - Dexterity requirement removed.
    • Added Meditation (Continue from Tranquility) - Maximum psi points increased by 25.
    • Added Psionic Mania - (Continues from Psychosis) When activated makes your next offensive psi ability an automatic critical hit. Activating this will remove up to 15% of your health, but cannot kill you.
    • Added Neural Overclocking - Critical damage bonus of psi abilities increased by 30%.
    • Added Psychostatic Electricity - When you damage a target with your electrical psionics you apply a debuff that increases the chance for the target to be critically hit from all sources by 5% for 2 turns. Stacks 5 times.
    • Added Telekinetic Undulation - When you damage a living target by moving your telekinetic proxy, there's 50% chance it will be dazed for 1 turn.
    • Added Corporeal Projection - All telekinetic damage increased by 5% for each point of strength above 5.
    • Added Elemental Bolts - Increases electrical, acid and heat damage of all special bolts by 100%.
    • Added Concussive Shots - When you deal mechanical with your crossbow you have 40% chance to daze living targets for 1 turn.
  • Tweaks
    • Cryokinesis and Pyrokinesis can no longer be launched through fences and other partial obstacles
    • Resolve and fortitude base resist chance increased slightly
    • Upper Tornado crossbow damage slightly reduced (not retroactive)
    • Electrical pistols now only have 50% chance to trigger the stun on the initial target; this might also affect some electrobolts fired by the NPCs as well
    • Pistol damage reduced by ~20% across the board
    • Stalkers in the passages near SGS no longer respawn
    • Psi Empathy feat will now reduce base health points by 25%
    • Psi regeneration now scales with will and intelligence: psi regen = 5 + (will+int)/2
    • Ranges of a number of psi abilities have been reduced: Bilocation - 7, Cryostasis - 6, Electrokinesis - 8, Frighten - 3, Mental Breakdown - 5, Neural Overload - 6
    • Psi costs of a number of psi abilities have been modified (mostly increased): Cryokinesis - 15, Cryokinetic Orb - 40, Cryostasis - 65, Electrokinesis - 35, Exothermic Aura - 40, Forcefield - 25, Mental Breakdown - 60, Neural Overload - 15, Pyrokinesis - 40
    • Psi booster cooldown changed to 3 turns (down from 6 turns)
    • Metal plates enhancement will now provide less mechanical resistance
    • Metal armor mechanical and energy resistance reduced across the board. Threshold remains the same. Not retroactive.
    • Reinforced Fabric Ballistic Panel damage resistance reduced slightly
    • Execute can no longer be preformed with electrical pistol. I cannot remove the bonus damage from electrobolt jumps easily without rewriting a good chunk of code so I'm just going to ban the electrogun from the club.
    • Throwing knives upper damage range reduced
    • Blob Pistol shooting sounds changed
    • Increased crossbow max range by 2 and optimal range by 1 (not retroactive)
    • Daze debuff now also reduces movement points by 30
    • Sniper damage increased by ~20% across the board.
    • Plasma sentry laser damage increased
    • Made energy core and firearm barrels more easily available from merchants
    • Armor penalty of boots reduced (not retroactive)
  • Bugs
    • Spiked boots will no longer double-trigger things like force emission and fancy footwork
    • Taser will no longer consume twice the energy
    • Taste for blood will no longer grant a stack when killing machines
    • Hopefully fixed all achievements to work correctly
    • On kill effects will now properly trigger when target is killed by an on hit effect (such as electrical melee weapons, force emission and special bolts)
    • Fixed the bug that caused the game to on rare occasions skip the player's turn
    • Premeditation no longer increases the range of pyrokinetic stream (that caused it to bug out).

    That's all for now. Concerning the content - there's just one "biome" in Deep Caverns to be done before the "final event" in the game, but after that, as I mentioned before, we have to go back and rework some old areas and sprinkle a bit more flavor across the world.

    Before we can do that, however, we'll need to recharge our batteries for the next three weeks by ditching our underground coding facilities and getting some Mediterranean sand in our toes (at least in my case). In the meantime, let us know how you like these changes.
Community Announcements - Styg
Hey guys, this is just going to be a quick update to let you all know we're still alive and working on the last segment of the game - the Deep Caverns. Much has been done, but there's still a considerable amount of work left. It's hard to reveal much about the area without spoiling the surprise of various challenges that will be presented to the player, but here's, at least, a slide show of couple of screenshots with some Deep Cavern music to set the mood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFuWXk2E9SM
Community Announcements - Styg
Hey guys, we've been a bit quiet lately, but that's only because we've been keeping our heads down and working hard on the last chunk of content for the game - the Deep Caverns. There's still a lot to do before we can show it in its full glory, but here's a little teaser screenshot below.

Also, we implemented player housing. Players will now get an old ruined apartment in Core City which they can fix up and furnish to their liking. Most of the stuff you can get for the house is just for show, but there is some useful equipment as well.





In other news:

  • UI
    • Added Oddity catalog window that will show all the oddities you've collected and also how many oddity types you're still to find
    • You can now open system menu during the NPC turn (to load or exit the game or configure options)
  • Psi
    • Added the remaining nine psi abilities, three for each psionic school.
    • Psychokinesis
      • Electrokinetic Imprint - Places a hidden electrokinetic imprint on the ground that deals electrical damage and stuns the first creature to step on it. Only one imprint can be active in an area at a time.
      • Disruptive Field - Creates a disruptive field around the target that reduces their chance to hit with ranged and thrown weapons.
      • Implosion - Deals mechanical damage equal to a percentage of target's current health. This attack bypasses damage threshold and shields.
    • Thought Control
      • Psi-cognitive Interruption - Burns target's psi points, dealing damage equal to a percentage of psi burned and also applies psi inhibition which prevents the target from invoking psi abilities or regenerating psi
      • points.
      • Mirror Image Pseudo-spatial Projection - Projects additional copies of yourself in the immediate vicinity that travel with you. Each time you are attacked by a weapon or unarmed attack there's a chance that the attack will hit a copy instead, removing it. Machines and true-sighted attackers cannot be fooled by this mind trick.
      • Neurovisual Disruption - You disappear from the sight of the target, removing its ability to detect for 1 turn, and immediately enter stealth. Target also has its perception reduced by 5 and detection by 50% for 5 turns. Likewise, does not work on machines or true-sighted enemies.
    • Metathermics
      • Cryokinetic Orb - You launch a large frozen orb which shatters on impact, sending ice shards flying in all directions. Each shard deals cold and mechanical damage and chills the target. Due to shards fanning out, targets closer to the place of impact may be hit with up to multiple shards, while those farther away might not be hit at all. Each shard has 50% chance to inflict a bleeding wound that does additional 100% of the original mechanical damage done.
      • Exothermic Aura - Makes you immune to heat damage and generates flames around you and in your wake. Flame generation stops one turn before the aura expires, giving you the opportunity to flee your inferno.
      • Cryo-shield - Creates a number of frozen shards around the invoker. Each time the character suffers a melee attack, there's 50% chance that one of the shards will block some mechanical damage and be destroyed in the process.
  • Tweaks
    • 95% damage cap now only applies to mechanical resistance
    • Damage from flames reduced (includes firebombs and other sources of environmental fire)
    • Crawler AI improved
    • Destructable rocks can now also be destroyed with a jackhammer
  • Bugs
    • Flat dodge and evasion bonuses are now always reduced by armor penalty
    • Suppressive fire will now count as a slow for purposes of opportunistic attack
    • Inanimate objects no longer appear scared of fire
    • Mental Breakdown duration can now be lessened through resolve
    • Gun Rush status effect now has proper icon
    • You can no longer skin Azif
    • Rapid Fire feat description now correctly notes the cooldown
    • Metal strider boots will now also have stealth penalty like the leather ones
    • Fixed the bug that caused character to lost health from attacks that deal no damage when using items/feats that grant health bonuses
    • You will no longer sound like a tin man after dismounting the Dreadnought
    • Fixed the bug that caused auto-trade option to trade money for money
    • Burst attack will no longer consume an extra bullet

That's all for now folks. We still have work ahead of us with new content, some gameplay balancing and tweaking, and then finally polishing the game, especially the old areas. I know some of you are really impatient to get your hands on the final release, but please don't ask me for the release date. I don't know and I don't even particularly care at this point. All I can say is it will be out this year definitively! One thing that we do know is exactly what needs to be done, by each of us in the team, for the game to be all it's meant to be at the release, and every day we hammer away at it. So stay patient, dudes.

We'll drop the next dev log when we have more of Deep Caverns to show.
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