This is the raw changelog. Be sure to head over to the NS2 blog for more information about the update!
Seasonal The main menu is now festive!
All ready rooms have also got into the spirit of the season! (except tram :( not sure what happened)
Improvements NS2 servers now also show up in the steam server list.
Minimal infestation is now more visually representative of the range it should be, Improved how minimal infestation looks.
You can now swap alien upgrades without first deselecting the previous one (it will do so automatically)
Added new option to the sound page to let sounds continue to play while the game is minimized
Meds, ammo, and catpacks can now be picked up from any height difference
Made the scoreboard usable at low resolutions no matter the player count. The teams will be displayed vertically in low resolution and you are able to scroll through the scoreboard with the slider on the right side, or pressing Home/End, Page Up/Down, or using your mouse wheel.
The scoreboard now displays the Commander background as yellow. This makes it easier to identify rookie commanders as their name will still display green even while commanding.
Changed to only allow reset game votes in the first 3 minutes of a game to discourage using it as an alternative to concede
Changed to allow conceding after 7 minutes instead of 10, and made it easier for mods to override
The taskbar icon will flash when alt+tabbed when a game is starting or when it is time to pick a team (after map loads or after the previous game ends)
Previous turns logfiles now saved as .old.txt on game start
Output from p_logall now goes to the same directory as logs
If steam is down, servers and clients will use already downloaded mods – if the client has the same version of a mod as the server, the client will be able to connect and play even when steam is down.
Added customization menu to the main menu
Added “Acknowledged” voiceover
Combined “Let’s Move” voiceover with “Follow Me”
The background of the commander button in the voiceover menu will scale to the commander’s name
Pressing movement modifier key while commander will now toggle a movement override while press that allows the WASD keys (or whatever they are mapped to) to be used to move the camera (like arrow keys do)
Faster grenade sprinting animation
Made Babbler eggs highlighted in Alien vision
Resource loading can be configured. May increase loading speed for SSD users (sorry, will only slow down HDD users).
Fixes Fixed issues with dropping catpacks on exos not feeling as responsive as dropping stuff for marines
Fixed server crash related to picking up a jetpack and weapon at the same time
Fixed kill feed being obscured by the death screen fade to black
Fixed voting to concede with only one player on the team requiring more votes than there were players
Fixed sound explosion caused by being alt+tabbed for a while and then coming back into the game
Fixed echoing harvesters into locations with multiple resource nozzles not always working
net_blackout now requires cheats
Fixed linux client crash when shooting a shotgun (thanks CERIBIK)
Fixed child entity positions when placed in an a non-moving parent entity.
Fixed that some attacks would be silenced for aliens with phantom even though no veils were built
Fixed that a single catpack could be used by multiple marines
Fixed alignment of server entry names
Fixed artifacts on the Exo and Jetpack textures caused by the marine outlines
Fixed mapper placed team-related props being highlighted in Alien vision.
Fixed fans having decals projected onto them
Performance (Thanks to Wooza/ATFhome for running some test code)
Server now spreads out player updates better, avoiding updating them all at once (source of late joining player getting extra lag)
Server now uses more threads to compute network updates to avoid blocking main thread
Server now uses a faster way of calculating what entities should be sent to each client
LuaJIT will dynamically adjust parameters to avoid resets in the middle of the game (a reset means that the game runs without LuaJIT for a little bit while it recompiles, which could cause a hitch and is now avoided)
Server no longer runs updates for tunnels with no players in them
Fixed relevancy for tunnel contents; don’t send contents of all tunnels to all players
Client no longer runs updates for all props in all tunnels all the time – it no longer knows they exist unless the player is actually inside a tunnel
Client: skip setting bones for entities not in FOV, except for dynamic props if shadows are on (cause otherwise the shadow of a fan stops rotating when you are not looking at the fan).
Significantly improved performance of the marine colored outlines by removing several render cameras and optimizing the shader
Improved performance of alien parasite outlines by optimizing the shader
Reduced amount of http-requests used to get player data from the hive
SDK Added Client.WindowNeedsAttention() which will cause the taskbar icon to flash when called if the user is alt+tabbed
Improved performance of Editor
Added circle entity indicators for ARC range, IP attach range, and relevancy range in the editor to more easily visualize the the game relevant ranges from within Editor
Added console command removeoption to remove the specified option from your config.
e.g. “removeoption graphics/infestationQuality”
Added BaseModelMixin:GetIsHighlightEnabled() to specify if an entity should be highlighted in alien vision
Fixed collision on biodome_outdoor_rock_03
Fixed path issues with some files
New global function GetHiveDataBySteamId( int steamid ) to get hive data for the given users
Kodiak Hangar Bay performance has been improved
Altered vent route from Hangar to Observation to make it easier to traverse
Added new rock formation near Falls RT to help marines get to the “top” level of the rocks
Added occlusion geo to the ice pillar in water production to improve FPS
fixed .model. error in water production (had been causing fps drops)
Eclipse Moved Access Alpha RT to the top of the ramp
Closed off Conduit exit vent (it still is open from Generator Monitors to Power Sub Junction)
Improved Occlusion geo in Access Alpha in order to improve FPS
Mineshaft Fixed missing wall in Cart Tunnel
Refinery The vent in Containment has been changed to not overlook the room to prevent gorges from spit-harassing Command Chairs
Fixed stuck spot in Turbine
Lava under the walkway has been changed to a very high DoT instead of an instant death trigger
Tram Power node in Mezzanine is now connected to the wall
It should no longer be possible to hide cysts under the tram in Repair Room
We’ve completely lost our marbles, and are offering a new ‘Natural Selection 2 Mega Pack’ for 90% off. This pack includes NS2 Deluxe Edition, all DLC items, & NS2: Combat by Faultline Games for the low low price of… I’m going to stop right there before I start sounding like a stereotype.
Here’s the short version: Everything NS2 is ridiculously cheap right now. Tell your friends. Tell your mum. Tell your cat.
**PATCH NOTE** WE HAVE UPDATED SOME SHADERS, THIS WILL MAKE YOUR INITIAL LOAD TIME FOR EACH MAP MUCH LONGER THAN NORMAL
Fixed players having voice communication cut off while entering or exiting commander mode
Lerks will no longer grunt when moving at low speed
Bots will not be counted towards the number of players that are required to pass a vote
Fixed an issue which would result in a second IP being spawned at the start of the game with less than nine players
Fixed conflicting default key-bind between the show map key and the 10th commander grid spot (this will only affect new players, current players need to change their bindings manually)
Fixed fullscreen windowed mode to not minimize when alt+tabbing on Windows
If you have something bound to the same key as VoteYes/VoteNo, it will no longer be triggered when casting a vote
Fixed that it was possible to transfer pres between rounds
Fixed occasional error when attempting to enter the Mods menu
Fixed Commander bindings menu not saving cleared binds
Fixed server crash that could be caused by exos in the readyroom
Fixed small visual glitch while in exo that was causing nameplate borders to show up when they shouldn’t be
Fixed customize menu to ensure the variants always show in the proper order
Fixed customize menu to only show arrows when appropriate
Fix marines losing the parasite outline when switching variants / sex
Fixed Clogs having decals projected onto them
In the voice request menu you can now select items by moving the mouse past them (similar to NS1)
Added an option in the sound tab to continue recording after the microphone button has been released for a fraction of a second to help ensure your last word isn’t cut off (defaults to 150ms)
The number of players connecting to the server will now be shown on the scoreboard
Building range circles now use decals instead of models
Votes that cannot pass anymore fail immediately
Made Fade and Onos view models not highlighted in Alien vision
Babbler eggs are now highlighted in Alien vision
Added Server.GetNumPlayersTotal() which will return the number of players that have an active connection to the server, regardless of if they have passed authentication and are finished loading yet
Allow materials to specify a 0.5 highlight value to not be highlighted in Alien vision and not have decals projected onto them
Raised mature tunnel health by 10% to give aliens a little bit longer to respond to a tunnel that is under attack, and raised its maturity time by 15 seconds to compensate
Upgraded Awesomium library to version 1.7
Upgraded LuaJIT to version 2.0.3
Fixed stuck spot between Agri Labs and Falls
Fixed stuck spot in West Route
Fixed exploit in monorail vent
Fixed bug / exploit in lava falls
Ready Rooms are now Halloween themed and players can throw candy!
Fear is coming: The Reaper Alien Skin Pack transforms Natural Selection 2’s alien lifeforms into a new, terrifying form. Pale like death’s horse and bones as black as death itself cut through the light and bring darkness to those who oppose. Only the bravest marines stand against these vicious, mutated Kharaa!
The Community Development Team (CDT) announces more customization to NS2 with the release of the REAPER alien skin pack! In the pack you get five new Alien Skins, one for each of the Alien Classes and a special REAPER Shoulder Pad for marine players. Halloween is the best time to dress up in ghoulish costume, now you can wear your REAPER outfit in NS2 to suit your own devilish deeds.
Fixed issues of the texture manager which caused the client to crash while loading textures which use rgba compression or include mipmaps
Fixed that using non precached cinematics crash the client
Fixed Quick Join
Fixed long load times with some HDDs caused by overloading the io queue with too many worker threads
Fixed Alien Lifeform Counters in the Alien Buy Menu
Fixed that Jetpacks did not show up correctly at the scoreboard
Fixed triggers and models having incorrect settings in the editor_setup causing things like e.g. ladders not to work at maps
Fixed that client mods which fail the consistency check were not disabled.
Fixed some other issues with cinematics (causing things like client crashes when someone used umbra)
Fixed that echoed structures were not attacked by arcs.
Added draw calls back to r_stats
Fade Blink sound volume was corrected
Fixed Overview.exe crash
Fixed some issues with the linux client
“ForceEvenTeams” vote now uses the skill ratings from hive to balance teams. It avoids moving players that have already chosen a team and first tries to balance the teams using the players in the readyroom. If it must swap players that have already chosen a team, it uses the minimum number of them so most people will stay on the same team.
New commands for controlling loading behavior:
res_workers n (n = number of used loading worker threads, default 1 )
res_verbose 1-3 ( turns on verbose logging at loading )
Commander Hints are now fully translatable
Polish translation is now 100% done (thanks to Carnage and Acedude)
Fixed Editor volumes missing the size parameter.
Leave comments here and on the NS2 blog for the CDT to read!
The hits just keep on coming - The Community Development Team has just released Build 268, and it is available in your Steam Library right now! Check out this intel update from ItsSuperEffective to find out what's inside:
Natural Selection 2 Build 266 is now live on Steam! Today’s release is the culmination of weeks of hard work by the new NS2 CDT – Community Development Team. A patch that has been developed entirely by the NS2 community – we are very proud and humbled to release it to you all. While it might be short in scope and stature, we hope you’ll find that your experience is now a little more refined.
This patch was created by the community, for the community and with Unknown World’s blessing. They have taken a gamble on us, but our shared passion for the Natural Selection franchise is what got us here today. Things like bug fixes and popular features have gone into this patch, but we have many more plans for the future!
You can also join us LIVE on http://twitch.tv/naturalselection2 on Saturday, June 7th at 12PDT, 3EDT or 21CEST for another round of CLOGCAST Q&A. We would love to hear what you think of 266 and will also talk about potential things to come in 267.
Fixed commander selection bug that made buildings selected with hotgroups not respond properly sometimes
Fixed scoreboard not showing Spectators to players on teams (Thanks Wyzcrack)
Fixed bug where damage numbers wouldn’t show the damage done in the killing blow
Fixed lights staying red if the power node is under attack (Thanks remiD)
Display correct team color/background for Alltalk voice chat (Thanks remi.D)
Fixed Gorge viewmodel idle animation not looping correctly on the top of the mouth
Fixed not being able to drop sentries before the first sentry battery is fully built
Fixed Bilebomb bouncing on top of the owner if it catches it and going through walls at the right angle
Fixed Exo eject sound playing before the eject animation
Fixed infestation blobs spawning on nocling geometry
Fixed players getting stuck on Infantry Portals if another player is afk on it
“nav_debug”, collision, and physics console commands now require cheats to be on
Fixed unknown in server browser bug (thanks Person8880!)
Fixed Gorge spit not doing damage up close
Builder will now auto-generate overviews again now that all tools do not crash on exit
Fixed all tools crashing on exit
Fixed hitboxes on problematic rock props
Fixed NS2 crashing on startup if the client is subscribed to a mod that is deleted on the workshop
Fixed biodome_glass_01 file missing error
Fixed Kodiak and Summit loading screens
Fixed biodome_container_01_top having more than 255 polygons on the collision model
Connections between Phase Gates or Gorge Tunnels are now colored depending on the team, If there’s more than 2 PGs it will switch to lines with animated arrows
Added player upgrades to the Insight player frames
Added Lerk deaths to Insight notifications
Colored ammo bars for Marine Commanders (uses same colors as Insight spectator system)
Commanders can see building ranges before dropping them
Mods list now automatically sorted by Active > Subscribed > Alphabetically. You can also sort by column now
“tunnel_allowed” material, which allows tunnel placement outside of nav mesh. Usage: paint material onto a face and put that face in CollisionGeometry
Fixed leafs clipping through glass
Fixed collision in Lobby and Canopy around props
Added missing trim around glass in Reception
Fixed sandstorm cinematic not playing
Fixed glass boxes being backwards in Analysis
BUILD 266 NOW LIVE ON STEAM
Fixed temp greybox for missing prop
Fixed holes in Bamboo Pass
Fixed floating computer in canopy
Fixed flickering occlusion face issue in bamboo pass
Fixed some texture issues in ready room
Fixed a hole in Smelting
Fixed floating Resource Node in Smelting
Tunnels can now be placed near where the Smelting buckets leave the room in smelting near the door that leads to routing and the left ladder near the fire pit
Removed collision on the moving Smelting buckets
Detail change in Transit
Added pre-defined Infantry Portal spawn point in Flow to prevent it from spawning on the other side of the wall
Added tunnel_allowed geometry near pipes in Fabrication, the top level of Plaza, and near the desk in Plaza to allow for tunnel placement off navmesh
Fixed a lot of pathing
Fixed the pathing_settings from trying to use 48 tile size instead of the max of 36
Fixed a greybox texture in Terminal
Tunnels can now be placed on the lower level of Generator
Fixed a glass prop not being hidden from commander invisible
Once again, thanks to everyone in our community for their continued support of NS2! Please keep posting on the forums and giving us feedback. You can stay up to date on our progress by following us on Twitter @NS2CDT or by viewing our Public Trello. Cheers!
Today, a new map: Kodiak, created by community mapper and modder Loki, was released officially as part of Natural Selection 2! This day is the culmination of months of hard work by Loki to create a map that stands proudly alongside the previous eight official maps.
Kodiak is now available for everyone to play, and will automatically download from Steam when you next update Natural Selection 2 via the Steam client. All official servers will be running Kodiak only for the next few days.
Lush vegetation, free flowing rivers, and vistas of an asteroid field characterise Kodiak. Three enormous Biospheres run down the centre, forming the path for a river and dense vegetation. These areas create gameplay the likes of which Natural Selection 2 has never seen, with aliens and marines alike playing hide and seek among the foliage.
There is much more to this story than just a new map. Today, the Kodiak Pack was released on Steam! The Kodiak Pack includes new camouflage armour for Frontiersmen, Exosuits, and Skulks, and a new Kodiak Shoulder Pad. Naturally, when fighting in the forest, you will want to blend in, and you can also wear these new armours on any map!
Kodiak was created by a community mapper: Loki, and for every copy of the Kodiak Pack sold on Steam, Loki will get 50% of the earnings. This means that every time someone buys the Kodiak Pack, they are not just getting sweet new NS2 gear and supporting Unknown Worlds, they are also directly supporting the Natural Selection 2 modding community.
All of the toys included in the Kodiak Pack can be accessed via a new in-game customisation system, accessed through the main menu while in a server. Special Edition, Deluxe Edition, Reinforcement Program, World Championship, and of course Kodiak armour, lifeforms, and badges may be accessed in this menu, and previewed live.
This new customisation system is a hint at what is going on under the hood in the Kodiak Update: Lots. Loki was not the only community member to work on this update, countless others have been working directly on Kodiak to take it beyond the map, and into the core game.
Rantology took charge of the art direction of Kodiak, designing and creating the new items available in the Kodiak Pack, the customisation sytem, and other elements of the update.
SamusDroid was the technical leader of the project, coding in all the new features and fixes. SamusDroid has spent untold hours on engineering the Kodiak Update, and the care and attention he has shown towards Natural Selection 2 and the needs of its players is truly wonderful.
The Unknown Worlds playtest group, now number over sixty dedicated individuals, pulled out all the stops to test, test, test and test the Kodiak Update for hours on end. They also served as Academy Award winning actors in the Kodiak Trailer!
This is a very exciting Natural Selection 2 update. This game is now over one and a half years old on Steam, and by any reasonable standard, that is a long time to go while still receiving active development attention. The Kodiak Update is not just fun, it is also a test: Could this new development method, combining the talents of Unknown Worlds and devoted Natural Selection 2 players, yield even more updates in future? See the full changelog below:
Fixed massive lag caused when using webadmin on a server
Fixed force even teams causing script errors, server crashes, and ghost player models
Force even teams is now pre-game only and has a new console command sv_forceeventeams
Fixed Insight Spectator System not supporting spaces in team names. Use team1 and team2 commands individually not the teams command
Fixed Alien structures not pulsing red when taking damage from being uncysted
Fixed Hallucinations all being normal variant model
Fixed shoulder patches and visors not fading with a dead Marine
Fixed failing to connect to a server first try with extra precaching on
Fixed unbuilt Command Stations showing "locked" screen
Fixed percentage sign in server name breaking the scoreboard
Fixed entering in blank values in option menu numerical input causing script errors
Fixed Skulk growl sound always playing when holding the walk key
Fixed getting stomped by Onos with welder causing running animation
Fixed Fade and Onos view models being outlined
Fixed missing first person view model for Female Nerve Gas Grenades
Fixed Marines that get killed by Stomp play the "stand up" animation before turning into a ragdoll
Fixed flinch animation on Sentry Batteries not looping
Fixed outdated Docking and Tram loading screens
Fixed evolve last upgrade key working with console open
Changed default Marine skin option name from “Green” to “Normal” for consistency with other options
Added new map Kodiak, by Loki
Added Kodiak Update DLC
Added Kodiak camouflage marines, skulks, and exosuit
Added Kodiak shoulder pad
Added an in-game player customization menu (open menu while in game to see)
Added player names to minimap. Added GUI option, and console command minimapnames to toggle the names
Added Biodome concept art to loading screens
Added mod download percentage to loading screen
Parasited Marine name tags and minimap blips now appear yellow
Added console command filmsmoothing <number> will now adjust the mouse movement scalar while in film mode
Improved chat wrapping method to work better over more resolutions
Added port field to create listen server page
Lowered minimum mouse sensitivity to 0.01
Added support for UTF-8 in font rendering
Removed OpenGL support for Windows
Implemented texture atlasing for Rifle and Exosuit textures (<a href="http://forums.unknownworlds.com/discussion/134716/important-imminent-update-to-break-certain-mods-fix-included">Click here for more information on this change</a>)
Fixed Builder not copying over .entry files
Added support for non-clingable geometry to stop Skulks/Lerks/Mines/Clogs clinging to invisible geometry. Use surface = "nocling" in material file
Added support for toggling highlight of models in Alien Vision through code
Added support for animated models using AnimatedModel.lua
Fixed Commander building exploits in Sub Sector and The Dome
Fixed exploit that allowed Lerks to get out of the map
Fixed invisible wall in C12 pillar
Removed Agri Labs vent from Commander view
Fixed stuck spot in Condensors vent
Fixed mismatching glass in Landing Pad
Fixed Gorge Bile exploit spots in Landing Pad (Once and for all)
Added nocling geometry in Courtyard and Landing Pad
Fixed hole in Departures
Fixed pathing in Pressure Control
Fixed pipes around Stability Monitoring