Community Announcements - nervous_testpilot
Many thanks for the recent feedback on the UI - has been really helpful and is much appreciated.

Thought I would update you about some changes we're thinking of making based on your feedback and our own appraisal of the situation.

None of this is final; all of it may not happen! That's the end of the caveats. Here's what we're planning on doing:

- A fundamental mechanics change to aiming and shooting which will be announced soon! This adds a new level of depth to the game and is very fun to play with. It may not feature in every mode but early tests are encouraging - Ian will be explaining this system soon when some issues have been worked out.

- Time handles replaced with wait orders. Wait orders are issued using the dragging functionality from time handles, but you do not place orders directly on the handles; you simply create a wait, then place your order in the stack after it. Time handles have always sucked to interact with directly, but dragging left to right is still the best way of defining an amount of time quickly; this should alleviate the former while retaining the latter.

- Units will have a "selection handle", which is a larger clickable element attached to the unit by a line. Selection handles will avoid overlapping with other UI elements meaning that you won't have the problem of trying to distinguish between two overlapping units.

- Probably something to make "check" less terrible to use

- Hopefully some better scaling of the aim handle so it's less tiny when zoomed out

- Probably some other things I haven't figured out yet
Community Announcements - nervous_testpilot
Hi,

We're looking at trying to make some improvements to the Frozen Synapse UI in FS2.

This is a difficult topic: Frozen Synapse is a very complex game; some elements of UI design are subjective; making changes to our UI is difficult and time consuming.

So, please don't take it as a negative if we don't manage to incorporate your feedback.

I'd like to know what you find difficult to do in the game, both in-game and in the menus, what you find fiddly especially. Feel free to post anything you want, but in general flagging up problems is a lot more useful to us than suggesting solutions.

Thanks for taking the time to do this.

If you wanted to me AMAZINGLY helpful, a video demonstrating your problems would be great but any notes or comments are more than welcome.

Paul
Community Announcements - nervous_testpilot
I spoke to Ian about his thoughts and process for designing the level generators in Frozen Synapse and Frozen Synapse 2

https://youtu.be/3kuSDU39kv4
Community Announcements - nervous_testpilot
Ian is testing (in Frozen Synapse 2) a fix for a particular technique which was a borderline exploit in Frozen Synapse 1. We'd love your feedback - please read his post here - http://www.mode7games.com/blog/2016/06/06/neutralising-the-distraction-play/ but post your responses here on the Steam Community in the comments - many thanks!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is the game I’m most looking forward to this year. Yes, there’s the not insignificant matter of Civ VI out there on the horizon, but there’s something about the combination of Laser Squad and X-COM Apocalypse that really gets me hot and bothered. In case the Apocalypse connection weren’t already explicit enough – the simulated faction-filled city as backdrop to strategic combat game being the clue – the first devblog for the game namechecks the least-imitated X-COM game almost immediately. You can enjoy the blog, which covers the central incursion mechanic, in either text or video format. The latter is below.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - nervous_testpilot
Hey,

I wanted to keep everyone updated with some of our work on Frozen Synapse 2:

Text - https://medium.com/@mode7games/frozen-synapse-2-dev-update-1-incursions-d556d5ff6ae0#.asowtpc1k

Video - https://youtu.be/lTq5-lc7-Z4

Thanks!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

I’m surprised it took the world this long to do a smash’n’grab on Frozen Synapse‘s extremely clever ‘turn preview’ approach to turn-based strategy. Mode 7 themselves are working on an open-world, slightly more singleplayer-focused follow-up to their ‘simultaneous turn-based tactics’ squad shooter, but in the meantime we get the rather more colourful, appallingly-named TASTEE. For once, I’m not going to hurl XCOM compari-bombs around the place, and look instead to another old dear of TBS: Jagged Alliance.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - James
This update fixes a problem with slow AI calculations which was accidentally introduced in the last patch.

It also fixes a long standing issue with slow camera zooming caused by alt-tabbing out of the game.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen. I’ve spent a long time considering how best to put my thoughts about it into words, having met with Paul Kilduff-Taylor, composer of lovely electronica and co-founder of Mode 7 Games, to see how development was progressing. The simple fact is, it ticks so many boxes in the ‘dream game’ column that extreme enthusiasm is entirely appropriate. Here’s why.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - James
Achievements should now work on all platforms.
Fixed account registration issue on Linux.
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