Community Announcements - schleinzer
Hi all,

today, I am very happy to announce the first available BETA version of ONLINE MULTIPLAYER !

Please note though, that adding online multiplayer to a high paced arcade game such as Natural Soccer is a very tough task - and it actually is the first time for me to ever try to do so ;-)

So this is a very first test if online multiplayer in Natural Soccer is even feasible and doable by me :-) - worst case, it may very well show that that's not the case, so I would love to get your feedback on this VERY EARLY version of online multiplayer to see if it makes any sense to pursue the idea or not.

Please note that online multiplayer in Natural Soccer is highly dependend on a stable connection with a decent ping. So your experience may vary greatly depending on who you play against. So try to match up with your friends close to you geographically, if possible (listed close to the top of the player list).


IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE

Adding online multiplayer requires a lot of code changes and additions. That means, even existing modes might now suffer from new bugs!

In worst case, you may even loose your settings/savegames when switching to the online branch! So please only take part in the test if it's okay for you to probably loose your league progess or having to re-install the game altogether if things go wrong.

And also be prepared to restart the game quite a lot (use ALT+F4 to quit) as there is no PAUSE or in-game menu in online mode yet (see below).


ABOUT THE ONLINE BETA

The online beta still is very rough around the edges. Match making is very rudimentary, there is no PAUSE in online matches, no radar and more...

When running an online match, the game is preset with default settings - that is, most of your options (match duration,...) are being ignored and set to some presets for both you and your online opponent.

That is, you are always playing the same teams (set to all players having the very same skills for maximum fairness), fixed duration, no radar, preset camera settings and so on and so forth.

Online matches are always one on one for now - and you have to use a controller to play (no keyboard support!).

Of course, if online multiplayer proves solid & fun enough to become part of the official release, those things will be added in the future so that you may choose your own teams and settings for your online matches etc.


HOW TO ENABLE?

Having said this, you can try it now by switching to the branch "online" in your STEAM client.

That is, you go to Natural Soccer's properties in the STEAM client, then choose the "BETAS" tab and switch to the "online" channel.

Please note that, for optimum performance, the usual rules for online play apply:

  • Prefer a cable over wifi
  • Choose opponents geographically close to you
  • Avoid other traffic (downloads, streaming) while playing
  • Enable the game to "pinch" your firewall, falling back to relay servers seriously impacts performance


MATCH MAKING

As mentioned before, match making still is very rudimentary. So, for the time being, please use other means such as phone, whatsapp, teamspeak, chat or mail to arrange an online match with your friend.

Once you select PLAY => ONLINE in Natural Soccer, the match making screen is shown.

On the left hand side, you will see all available players (or "Waiting for players..." if there are no other players yet.)

Wait for your friend to come online (by choosing PLAY => ONLINE like you just did) and appear in the list.

Click on his/her name once it shows up in the list to challenge him/her.

Your friend will be notified of this as your name appears in his/her "Challengers" list on the right hand side. He/she can then accept the challenge to immediately start the match.

If, on the other hand, you get challenged by your friend, you will see him/her on the right hand side.

Click on him/her in the right hand "Challengers" list to start a match.

Note: the one accepting the challenge will be hosting the game, the other will be the client. So it's best for the player with the weaker hardware to challenge the one with the more powerful computer.


YOUR FEEDBACK

Please share your online experience in the forums so that I can see if it makes any sense for me to keep on working on online multiplayer or if it's just not (yet) good enough.


Thanks for your support!

Enjoy Natural Soccer!

~ Thorsten



Community Announcements - schleinzer
Hi,

due to popular demand I added a (rudimentary) keyboard mapping to the current BETA version.

It allows you to specify which keys you want to use when playing with a keyboard instead of a game controller.

Side note: Natural Soccer plays way better with an (analogue) controller, so do yourself a favor and use a game controller instead of the keyboard controls. If you happen to have problems using your controller, please post to the forums what the problem is and what controller you use.

But now on with the keyboard mapping:

For now there is no user interface to change the keyboard keys. Instead you create a text file containing the mappings you want to use.

To create a custom mapping, please create a file called "keyboard.txt" in the data folder of Natural Soccer in your user profile.

The full path to that file would be:

%USERPROFILE%\.NaturalSoccer\keyboard.txt

A popular request is to switch the D and S keys. To do so please copy and paste the following to the newly created "keyboard.txt" file:

UP=Up DOWN=Down LEFT=Left RIGHT=Right PASS=S SHOOT=D CHIP=A SWITCH=Q SPRINT=L-Shift

I hope the file itself is self-explanatory. Please note that everything in there is case sensitive!

The available keys to map are:

Soft Left
Soft Right
Home
Back
Call
End Call
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
*
#
Up
Down
Left
Right
Center
Volume Up
Volume Down
Power
Camera
Clear
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
,
.
L-Alt
R-Alt
L-Shift
R-Shift
Tab
Space
SYM
Explorer
Envelope
Enter
Delete
`
-
=
\
;
'
/
@
Num
Headset Hook
Focus
Plus
Menu
Notification
Search
Play/Pause
Stop Media
Next Media
Prev Media
Rewind
Fast Forward
Mute
Page Up
Page Down
PICTSYMBOLS
SWITCH_CHARSET
A Button
B Button
C Button
X Button
Y Button
Z Button
L1 Button
R1 Button
L2 Button
R2 Button
Left Thumb
Right Thumb
Start
Select
Button Mode
Forward Delete
L-Ctrl
R-Ctrl
Escape
End
Insert
Numpad 0
Numpad 1
Numpad 2
Numpad 3
Numpad 4
Numpad 5
Numpad 6
Numpad 7
Numpad 8
Numpad 9
:
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
F10
F11
F12

If you have any more questions, problems or feedback please reply to this post.

Enjoy Natural Soccer!

~ Thorsten
Community Announcements - schleinzer
I am very happy to announce that the "goalies vanishing" bug, that boggled a few a you, seems to be finally fixed with this release!

Thanks A LOT to those who helped me hunting it down!
Community Announcements - schleinzer
I'm very pleased to announce 1.4.6, containing the following features developed over the last few BETA versions:


Optional manual player switching

You can now optionally turn off the game's auto-switching of the player you control and manually switch players by pushing the left shoulder button (you might have to re-run your controller setup to assign the new left button properly).


Additional game speed options

Besides slowing down the game a bit, you can now also speed it up with the new 105% - 125% game speed options.

125% game speed combined with the HARD dribbling mode make for a nice "Kick Off"ish feeling ;-)


Improved Audience Sounds

Due to popular request, I greatly enhanced the audience sound by adding new chants and cheers.


Challenge mode with online leaderboards

  • You play against up to 10, increasingly stronger, teams.

  • For each match won, your score increases by the level's multiplier times the match's goal difference - the higher the level the more points per goal.

  • For a draw, you gain no points and the challenge continues with the next level.

  • If you loose a match, the challenge is over.

  • Reaching the final level and winning the match, gains you another 300 points win bonus.

  • You compete against other Steam players all around the world and can check your ranking on the leaderboards.


Improved AI

Further improved AI for a more realistic, bit toned-down passing and more clever actions in general.


Really hope you like the new version :-) !

~ Thorsten
Community Announcements - schleinzer
Hi,

it's update time again :-)

This new BETA version features:

* (Hopefully) fixed the freezing problem described in the beta forum
* Further improved, more realistic AI for passing and play-by-play
* Updated underlying frameworks and libs to most recent versions

Please note that this release features quite a lot of new code and as such might contain (even ;-) ) more bugs than usual - if anything does not work for you, please post it to the BETA forum, thank you!

I want to thank some AWESOME guys who helped me out (hopefully) tracking that nasty bug down and are of invaluable help constantly - you know who I'm talking to ;-) THANK YOU!
Community Announcements - schleinzer
Hi,

it's time for another BETA release:

* fixed newly introduced crash when starting new leagues.

* toned down passing succession of AI for more realistic and "less mad" passing of the CPU players

As always, please tell me what you think at the BETA forum - and if there is a crash, please let the game send in the crash report.

THANK YOU!

~ Thorsten
Community Announcements - schleinzer
Hi,

today, I am very excited to announce the availability of 1.4.3 on the BETA branch.

This release introduces an exciting new feature: challenge mode with online leaderboards!

In challenge mode:
  • You play against up to 10, increasingly stronger, teams.

  • For each match won, your score increases by the level's multiplier times the match's goal difference - the higher the level the more points per goal.

  • For a draw, you gain no points and the challenge continues with the next level.

  • If you loose a match, the challenge is over.

  • Reaching the final level and winning the match, gains you another 300 points win bonus.

  • You compete against other Steam players all around the world and can check your ranking on the leaderboards.

Please give it a try and send me any feedback about it. I am especially interested in bugs and about your opinion about its balance.

Thank you - let's compete! ːsteamhappyː
Community Announcements - schleinzer
I'm happy to announce a new BETA release of Natural Soccer.

If you are new to the BETA programme, please refer to this post about the BETA build.

This BETA offers the following new features:


Optional manual player switching

You can now optionally turn off the game's auto-switching of the player you control and manually switch players by pushing the left shoulder button (you might have to re-run your controller setup to assign the new left button properly).


Additional game speed options

Besides slowing down the game a bit, you can now also speed it up with the new 105% - 125% game speed options.

125% game speed combined with the HARD dribbling mode make for a nice "Kick Off"ish feeling ;-)


Improved Audience Sounds

Due to popular request, I greatly enhanced the audience sound by adding new chants and cheers.

I really hope you like the new features and am eagerly looking forward to your feedback :-) !

~ Thorsten
Community Announcements - schleinzer
In March 2013, Natural Soccer has been released as an exclusive OUYA launch title and quickly became one of the most popular titles on our qubic friend.

OUYA's open and quite powerful platform, its snappy feel with 60fps graphics and its support for up to 4 player controllers made it the perfect match for Natural Soccer, granting for countless hours of fun.

Only a month later, I released Natural Soccer for Android phones and tablets. Still in its infancy, missing many features of today's versions, it nevertheless grew to become on of the most downloaded arcade sports titles on both Google Play and Amazon App Store.

My personal highlight however was receiving an e-mail from "The Steam Business Team" in January 2015 that Natural Soccer got greenlit. That meant, my game could reach a much greater audience on my favorite platform, the PC.

The interaction with the community has proven to be great fun and of inestimable value for the continuous improvement of Natural Soccer, based on feedback of players all around the world. Thank you!

To celebrate the 3rd birthday of Natural Soccer, the game will be on sale for 33 days with a 33% discount from March 15th, 2016.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, NATURAL SOCCER!
Community Announcements - schleinzer
Dear fans of Natural Soccer,

welcome to the best Natural Soccer ever, with the following new and exciting features:

New "Easy" Dribbling Mode

There is a new dribbling mode with very tight ball control for those who find the "natural" one too "laggy". I strongly recommend to give it a try: "OPTIONS" => "GAMEPLAY" => "DRIBBLING MODE" => "EASY"

Sprinting

Hold right trigger/button to sprint. While giving a slight speed boost, sprinting in possession makes controlling the ball harder. Sprinting is totally optional and can be turned off in the options.

Please note that you might need to setup your controller once anew ("OPTIONS" => "CONTROLLER SETUP") to assign the correct button to sprinting.

Extra Time & Penalty Shootouts

Added optional EXTRA TIME & PENALTY SHOOTOUTS available through the "DRAW HANDLING" option.

Added 2x2 minutes match duration option

A simple addition, but hopefully hitting the "sweet spot" for many league players.

Improved "First Touch"

Now there is no immediate and perfect ball control anymore when hit by a fast ball but the ball bounces away realistically uncontrollable.

Improved goalies' positional play

Goalies are smarter than ever before.

I really hope you enjoy the new release - if so, please don't hesitate to leave a positive review on the game's Steam page ;-)
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