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Product Update - Valve
r20241c
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a handful of known multiplayer sync issues that could lead to crashes.
+ Fixed crashes when doing Zuul intercept mission
+ Fixed a crash caused by AI players attempting to ally with indy players.
+ Fixed an issue that was preventing certain technologies from being unlocked.
+ Fixed an issue that was causing premature ending of combat in
certain single-player and networked games.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed some overlapping text issues in the mission screens.
+ Survey complete and planet colonized dialogs now show interactive
system and star map, respectively.
(Click the right/left buttons on the viewports to cycle.)
+ Fixed the drawing of intercept mission waypoints.
+ Fixed return trips for intercepts when a target fleet goes out of range.
+ Prevented Zuul ships from boring temporary node lines back from a
deep space encounter.
+ Fixed the issue where Radiant Bore ships could not create node lines.
+ Gate Lab upgrade requirements can now be met.
+ Hiver gates now display Gate Lab module options.
+ Ships no longer flee so far from an incoming comet in combat.
+ The sensor view icon has been centered correctly on the comet in combat.
+ Fixed a function that allowed a non-player owned system to request a
check for an enclave permission before colonizing a planet.
+ Fixed the provincial capital visual effect.
+ Fixed an issue where combat UI was allowing freighter speeds to be set.
+ Combat zones no longer appear in deep space combat.
+ The battle manager is no longer available for deep space encounter locations.
+ Fixed an issue where infrastructure was resetting to zero each time
a planet was recolonized.
+ Zuul trade now unlocks correctly.
+ Barren planets now have some resources.
+ Fixed issues where inappropriate battle riders were being used to
aid in surveys.

Other changes:
+ Reduced overthrust in combat.
+ Ships with drones now survey faster.

Product Update - Valve
r20241b
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** Changes will likely break old save games. **

Critical Fixes:
+ All known crashes related to fleet lists and drag-drop have been fixed.
+ Fixed a diplomacy point generation crash.
+ Fixed a crash related to improper battle rider cleanup after combat.
+ Fixed issues where weapon banks were being misidentified. These
changes will break some existing games.
+ Fixed a pirate encounter related crash and lockup.
+ Fixed a crash related to adding ships to a fleet.

Other Fixes:
+ AI players now have personal preferences when researching.
+ Rider placement in Rider Manager screen fixed.
+ Fixed a bug where new admirals were being assigned to fleets in deep space.
+ Salvage odds now take correct ships and races into account.
+ Volume slider now affects GUI sounds as well.
+ Fixed issue that was having impact on screen transition times.
+ Recent combat effects no longer show up on systems outside sensor range.
+ Save games now recall initial encounter and GM settings.
+ Increased morale penalty associated with raising taxes.
+ Fixed an issue where civilian populations were not resuming growth
after recent combat.
+ Cancelled missions now return fleets immediately if possible.
+ Fixed issues related to constructing mining stations.
+ Added support missions.
+ Fixed a number of minor visual glitches in UI appearance.
+ Hardened Structures now behave correctly.
+ Fixed an issue where battle riders were not assignable in the battle
rider manager.
+ Fixed incorrect production cost display for prototyped designs.
+ Fleets outside of sensor range can no longer be selected.
+ Added missing animations to Zuul Immersion content. This was
preventing certain weapons from functioning.
+ All budget pie charts are now buttons that transition to the Empire Summary.
+ Fixed the loophole allowing feasibility studies to be skipped.
+ Icons are now clearly visible for deployed gates on the star map.
+ Fixed all known instances of Human AI players slow-boating fleets.
+ Encounters tuned.
+ Kalvenic Torpedos tweaked.
+ Intertial Cannon (standard and heavy) added. Each shot will slow
down target properly.

Additions and Changes
+ Interception missions are now available.
+ New drone and assault shuttle designs are now selectable on carriers.
+ Grav Cannon added.
+ Tar Baby COL added.
+ Cry Baby COL added.
+ Thud Missile added.
+ Leech Rounds added.
+ Improvements to VN encounters made.

Known Issues:
- Fixes to game data will likely break existing save games.

Product Update - Valve
r20025b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a multiplayer combat desync that could occur in games
involving more than two players.
+ Fixed a crash related to unlocking salvage projects.
+ Fixed a pirate combat crash.

Other Fixes:
+ Stimulus sliders now default to zero when starting a new game.
+ Ships can no longer be dragged in and out of defense fleets in the
repair widget.
+ Fixed an issue where too many battle riders were being added to
defense platforms.

Product Update - Valve
r19983b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed crashes from indy demands when they do not have a value to select.
+ Fixed a possible crash with pirate-related combat.
+ Fixed a Hiver pathing crash related to retreating.
+ Fixed a plague-related crash.
+ Fixed an emitter-related crash in combat.
+ Fixed all strategic turn-related multiplayer sync issues.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed Scansats and Dronesats not appearing in defense manager widget.
+ Added Battlerider Sats to defense manager.
+ Fixed biome colonizers from hurting biosphere when terraforming.
+ Fixed independents with "RandomOrbital" as their homeworld names.
+ Indy factions now only get one faction type per star system per game.
+ Zuul are no longer able to initiate trade treaties with other factions.
+ Fixed a miscalculation with the tax rate slider.
+ Enabled Diplomacy Interactions on Independent Races you have
completed a study on.
+ Made Survey Button in Independent Study Complete Dialog more clear.
+ Tribute stations now unlock the trade view for Zuul.
+ Star systems now show an effect where recent combats have occurred.
+ Building a science station at an independent world now unlocks a
special research project.
+ Players may no longer repair using enemy systems.
+ Fixed an edge case for when stimulus rolls tried to use data about a
player's homeworld that did not exist.
+ Alien habitation modules now increase RDP.
+ Indy players who lose their colonies are now eliminated from the game.
+ Studied asteroid monitors are now moved into the defense fleet of
the star system/player and will properly function in combat.
+ Modules now yield repair point bonuses.
+ Fixed some defence platforms not being recognized or added to the
defense widget.
+ Fixed known combat zone reassignment issues.
+ Addressed fleet reassignment and naval support capacity issues.
+ Fixed localization names for interceptor missiles.
+ Fixed some overlap/string cutoff issues in UI.
+ Fixed various UI issues in the diplomacy screen.
+ Splinter factions now display the correct avatars.
+ Fixed an issue where splinter factions and easter eggs could show up
as diplomatic entities.
+ Fixed an issue preventing engagement of Hiver gates.
+ Players are now awarded bounties for destroying pirate ships.
+ Neutral indy factions no longer prevent colonization.
+ Friendly Asteroid Monitors now appear in the defense manager.
+ Fixed an issues where the news events were not displaying correctly
for the current turn.
+ Fixed the Line Abreast formation in the fleet manager.
+ Fixed some known turret arc issues.
+ Fixed known issue where heavy turrets on Zuul Armada section not
tracking or firing.

Known Issues:
- A network sync error may occur with combat rounds involving 3 or more players.

Product Update - Valve
r19908b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed indy colonies from trying to add an already existing civilian
faction to a newly created colony through stimulus. (Caused a crash
during end turn)
+ Fixed a crash with declaring war on an independent
+ Fixed a crash when trying to add battleriders to platforms
+ Fixed a crash when simulating 2 AI vs AI combats involving battleriders
+ Fixed dronesats from crashing the game when trying to place them in
the defence widget
+ Fixed an SQL crash caused by improperly removing systems from a game
(when they are destroyed)
+ Fixed a crash when placing defence platforms
+ Fixed a hang when more then 1 combat took place
+ Fixed a crash when entering multiplayer games
+ Fixed a crash related to slaver encounters
+ Fixed the station sync crash in the fleet widget

Other Fixes:
+ Added AI cost assessment and picking for technologies
+ Added ability for AI to resume abandoned research projects
+ Enhanced AI research algorithms
+ Enabled UI for Special Research Projects
+ Hooked up Asteroid Monitor Special ProjectID
+ Hooked up Investigate independent Special project
+ Removed the poker chip system that combined 5 like items into 1.
+ Added additional trade from megafreighters, and an icon to represent
them in the trade view
+ Balanced freighter speeds
+ Increased visual ranges
+ Made target dish on the command monitor easier to see and hit
+ Added Pirates to randomized encounters
+ Added AI tech research strategies
+ Added the missing icon for building a mining station in the station
placement screen
+ Balanced Civilian and Naval Stations
+ Added Interceptor missiles
+ Removed waypoint arrows when specific stances are active
+ Added Indy races and Splinter factions
+ Rebalanced number of empty star systems
+ Improved zuul trade range
+ Build screen stats have been fixed and report correctly
+ Added mission times for boarding pods
+ Adjusted the number of slots available around planets for stations
+ Fixed modules not having a proper collision shape
+ Added the Comet randoms
+ Added a load screen after combat
+ Fixed a bug in the last capital standing end game rule that caused
players to be prematurely removed from the game
+ Added the ability to assimilate indy players by creating an alliance with them
+ Added an Indy button and diplomacy screen for managing diplomacy
between indy players
+ Fixed the Asteroid encounters to have the proper player avatar
+ Fixed some text width issues in the build screen related to cost
+ Dragging a ship into a fleet now selects the fleet after it has been moved
+ Tuned module deaths when they are blown off a ship
+ Added critical hits to space beasts
+ Added the combat manager button to the precombat popup
+ Tuned drone sats
+ Added a confirmation to the exit to main menu button
+ Ships destroyed by a boarding pod are now properly removed from their fleet.
+ Added death of crew if a ship breaks it's crews constraints
+ Fixed fleets not refreshing when being added in the fleet manager
+ Corrected the fleet times for missions
+ Fixed an issue where you could spam the ok button on the naming
dialog for an invoice and it would add extra empty invoices
+ Fixed feasibility studies to show 100% for techs you can definitely research
+ Tuned repair points for ships
+ Fixed an incorrect turn event for players that were being betrayed
(They were being labelled as the betrayer)
+ Fixed music from not changing if another cue was already playing
+ Fixed gms to only spawn for the number of gms picked in the game setup
+ Fixed the kill count for ships in the post combat screen
+ Fixed the human construction ships slowing down node travel significantly
+ Added Suicide Drones
+ Added Drain Drones
+ Added EW Drones
+ Clicking on news events now focus' on relevant system/colony
+ Rebellions now form splinter colonies if the rebellion is successful
+ Fixed infrastructure display value
+ Fixed the tech tree only displaying the cheapest path
+ Increased max length for fleet names
+ Changed colony stimulus to drop friendly indy colonies on
inhabitable planets - They are only negotiable when they have become
fully developed
+ Fixed an issue that caused encounters to become unhooked when naming
your player name the same as an encounter
+ Fixed indy colonies to simulate without starvation and support
(since they cannot have support)
+ Fixed the primary weapons being saved on your designs
+ Added turns remaining to build orders on the build button
+ Increased starmap label view range 20%
+ Fixed ships with structural fields not being able to be fully repaired
+ Fixed ships with structural fields not having full health when they
are created
+ Changed the slaves label to Deaths to represent the change in slaves
better on the colony summary
+ Added a mouseover to defence widget items
+ Fixed the AI from creating fleets that exceeded command point limits
+ Fixed a bug related to updating ships in the fleet manager
+ Fixed an issue with command points being calculated when moving
command ships (leviathan and cruiser commands)
+ Added color indication to defence items that require more cp then available
+ Added police cutters to defence manager
+ Added new art for defence platforms
+ Added new art for minefields
+ Police cutters are automatically added to defense fleets when they are built
+ Fixed the Vector3 Parse crash (a knock on from removing systems)
+ Fixed encounters from being properly removed when the system killer
destroys their homeworld.
+ Fixed repair points from not being rejuvinated each turn
+ Fixed invalid slot placements in the battle manager
+ Fixed morrigi sdbs not coming with drones
+ fixed jammers not working
+ Wraith abductors will now properly attack planets
+ Adjusted weapons for slaver ships
+ Fixed a typo in the encyclopedia
+ True grit is now a positive trait
+ Construction mission estimates are now correct for time and cost
+ Meteors now end combat early if they cannot hit a planet
+ Added splash screens for indy races
+ Fixed defence fleet from not showing up in the repair dialog and rider manager
+ Fixed weapon riders from showing up in the repair dialog

Known Issues:
- When loading an old saved game, the fleet mission times will display
incorrect number of turns until they start a new mission.
- Unable to target polygons on Morrigi monitors.

Product Update - Valve
r19683b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed plague-related crash.
+ Fixed a crash with the asteroid encounter.
+ Fixed a rare crash bug with interdict missions.
+ Fixed a crash related to building stations that could be caused by
loading older save games.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed graphical bug where SDB's would not sit in correct slot.
+ Added missing cancel button to treaty request dialog.
+ Fixed an issue where armor display would not update correctly when
switching designs in the design screen.
+ Fixed a couple of lingering missing localized text.
+ Fixed Hiver and Liir Deep Scan bonuses not being applied.
+ Fixed planet scale in the battle manager.
+ Having a population hovering at 50% no longer saps resources from planets.
+ Fixed an issue with slavers no removing their fleets in some cases.
+ Naval stations now include Command Modules in CP calculation.
+ Players may no longer request gates of non-Hiver players.
+ Fleet positions set in the battle manager no longer carry over to
other star systems.
+ Fixed a potential issue where the AI could go bankrupt early in the game.

Other Changes:
+ Stations are now labelled in the battle manager.
+ Added confirmation for leaving build screen without committing a
pending order.
+ Abandoned colonies no longer remove science and naval stations.
+ Hooked up sounds to cancel mission events.
+ Added Pathfinder and Livingstone admiral traits.

Known Issues:
- Deep Scan designs from older saves may not work correctly when loaded into newer versions of the game.
- Drone variants have been added, but thier behaviour has not.

Product Update - Valve
r19631b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed crash on startup for Russian players.
+ Fixed crash that could occur when attempting to scrap stations.
+ Fixed crash that could occur when exiting the Battle Manager after
placing fleets.

Other Fixes:
+ Stations will no longer show up alongside fleets in transit.
+ Battle Manager fleet positions are now obeyed.

Other Changes:
+ Added Slaver encounter.

Product Update - Valve
r19609b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a plague-related turn update crash.
+ Fixed a combat psionic effect-related crash.

Other Fixes:
+ Diplomatic points are now being accumulated and applied.
+ Heavy planet missiles are now working.
+ System entry points and approach vectors are now working.
+ Ships now recover psionic power each turn based on the empire's psi potential.
+ Fixed neutral combat zones not returning to the system's owner.
+ Fixed an issue where options window revert button was not working correctly.
+ Fixed an issue with incorrect speech timeouts.
+ Zuul civilians are no longer considered in slave calculations.
+ Fixed an issue where fleet travel distance was not being reported correcly.
+ Zuul players are no longer queried for alternate mission route
confirmations unless this is necessary.
+ Fixed localization issues with admiral traits.
+ Structure and armor bonuses now show correctly in the design screen.
+ Fixed known issues where reserve fleets could go missing.
+ Drones in the bottom wing of Hiver Dreadnoughts now launch.
+ Slave disks now connect with the correct ship sections.
+ Reduced speech spamming in the design screen.
+ Fixed floating modules on Human dreadnoughts.
+ Fixed a corner case preventing combat with hiver gates.
+ Colony support missions now stop correctly if the target colony is destroyed.
+ Fixed a couple odd issues where fleets were not correctly considered
to be 'at' a system.
+ Combat AI now deploys battle riders more intelligently.
+ Fixed an issue where crewless ships were preventing players from
entering accelerated time in combat.
+ Fixed the issue where requesting surrender of an empire could lock
out camera control.
+ Fixed the issue of invalid save game names crashing the game.
+ Fixed an issue where crewless ships were preventing the end of combat.
+ Fixed the visual glitch with torpedo trails.
+ Fixed the issue where fleets in transit could be unselectable.
+ Fixed an issue where the strategic AI was creating duplicate ship designs.
+ Fixed an issue where surveying fleets were returning home if
hostiles were encountered.
+ Fixed known issues with Land Grab and Leviathan victory conditions.
+ Victory conditions are now correctly reported when all other players
are eliminated.
+ Fixed an issue where trade income was not being synchronized
correctly in networked games.
+ Fixed an issue where client player status was not being updated
correctly in networked games involving more than 2 clients.

Other Changes:
+ Sound volume now updates in real time.
+ Mine fields and SDBs (System Defense Boats) can now be placed in the
Battle Manager and activated in combat by clicking their icons in sensor view.
+ Mission screens not grey out systems that are not viable.
+ Sensor, support and trade views now grey out systems that are out of range.
+ Stations now appear along with fleets, and they can now be repaired
through the standard repair dialog.
+ News events are now reported for lost or retired admirals.
+ The repair dialog can now be called up at any system.
+ The game now agressively seeks out and frees memory consumed by game
assets where possible. This should help players who are running into performance issues due to memory consumption.
+ Updated star map node line and mini-ship visuals.
+ New encounters are available or have been re-introduced, including:
The system killer, asteroid showers, spectres and swarmers. More are on the way.

Product Update - Valve
r19345b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a crash that could occur when clicking to launch a bio-missile
frequently.
+ Fixed all known issues preventing combat with deployed Hiver gates.
+ Fixed a crash that would occur if duplicate province names were selected.
+ Fixed a crash caused by the trade stimulus phase of the turn update.
+ Fixed a crash related to erroneous reactionary movements versus
undiscovered star systems.
+ Fixed a multiplayer desync in combat that could lead to players not
being able to move ships and a potential crashes after combat ended.
+ Fixed a turn update crash related to checking certain victory conditions.
+ Fleets are no longer held up indefinitely at systems with enemies.
This addresses issues where missions could not be cancelled.
+ Fixed reported divide by zero crashes.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed an issue where players could select the same psionic power
twice for a design.
+ Added missing Morrigi bio-missile collision shape.
+ Fixed accuracy/aiming issues with fixed mounts on drones and ships.
+ Tarka Hunters are now constrained to Tarka Hunter Carriers and said
carriers can no longer take other battle rider types.
+ Dead ships no longer show up in sensors.
+ Fixed the issue where ships were auto-targeting uninhabited planets in combat.
+ Fixed an issue where assault shuttles were not returning from a
planet if it was defeated.
+ Fixed an issue where techs that should add to the production cost of
ships were reducing the production cost instead.
+ Fixed issues with duplicated psionic icons in the selector.
+ Fixed issue with modules not loading in the design screen.
+ Fixed the issue where AI players would issue missions to unknown star systems.
+ Fixed an issue where certain ship armor data could go missing.
+ Fixed an issue where the battle rider manager was not showing riders
already assigned to ships.
+ Gate traffic cost is no longer applied for fleets already at their
destinations.
+ Fixed an issue where the starmap display was not updated after
committing an upgrade mission.
+ Fixed some known turret arc issues.
+ Fixed an issue where PD missiles were not taking out other missiles.
+ Added a fail-safe to certain effects that might not otherwise
expire, creating a memory leak in combat.

Other Changes:
+ Tweaks to drones.
+ Hooked up Psionic recharge bar.

Product Update - Valve
r19278b
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Critical Fixes:
+ Fixed a combat memory leak.
+ Fixed a crash that could occur when clicking the research cube on
the star map.
+ Fixed a crash that would occur in the research screen when the
slider was set all the way to government.
+ Torpedoes now apply damage to planets.
+ Fixed a bug that caused battleriders to crash the design tooltip.
+ Fixed a crash that could occur when requesting enclaves.

Other Fixes:
+ Fixed missing Bio-missile art for Morrigi.
+ Fixed a couple Human, Hiver and Morrigi DLC art issues.
+ Fixed the problem with some carriers not being able to rotate while
riders were docked.
+ Fixed an issue with riders taking too long to dock.
+ Fixed a couple issues that were leading to phantom fleets, related
to deployed gates and defense fleets.
+ Carriers can now carry other carriers.
+ Fixed an issue where loaded games could mix up player ID's.
+ Fixed known issues with Kingfisher.
+ Fixed issues where ships were not targeting stations correctly in combat.
+ Fixed an issue where destroying the mission section on the ship
would kill all crew onboard.
+ Fixed an issue with Game Setup options resetting when switching maps.
+ Fixed issues with combat AI splitting targets.
+ Fixed issues where bio-missiles were not launching.
+ Added missing bonus for Expert Systems.
+ Added missing bonus for Orbital Drydocks.
+ Added missing bonus for Heavy Platforms.
+ Corrected bonus for Materials Applications.
+ Fixed a bug that was causing designs to return incorrect attributes
once they had been committed.
+ Fixed a bug that was reporting the build times for ships with naval
stations incorrectly.
+ Removed duplicate "destination" text from fleet lists.
+ Made a change to address the concern that missiles would continue to
move after combat had ended.
+ Battle riders are now silent while docked.
+ Fixed known issues where tracking weapons would fail to hit ship
targets after their sections were destroyed.
+ Turrets no longer fire missiles after the crew are killed.
+ Fixed an issue where assault shuttles would not return to tender.
+ Fixed combat AI not launching battle riders.
+ Fixed the decimal place in reported post-combat damage.
+ Fixed issue where ships would not point off the horizontal combat
plane to aim.
+ Fixed an issue where the AI was making poor/mixed weapon decisions
when designing ships.
+ Fixed an issue where a colonization was available for targets with
known enemy colonies.
+ Fixed a handful of sounds that did not have attenuation set and were
therefore audible from everywhere in combat.
+ Fixed known issues where the Hiver gate traffic was not being
updated correctly.
+ Fixed known issues where Liir were no longer being slowed in
proximity to gravity wells.
+ Addressed handful of engine types that could be heard constantly
regardless of distance from camera.
+ Addressed variety of standard turrets that weren't able to target straight up.

Other Changes and Additions:
+ Psionics can now be researched, designed into ships and activated in the game.
+ It is now possible to repair riders in the repair dialog.
+ Added antialiasing to many parts of the game. 3D scenes now use FXAA
antialiasing by default, which can be disabled in the launcher if desired.
+ Reduced fleet icon click radius on the star map.
+ Biomissile and other super-class weapons are now reported in the
post-combat dialog.
+ Added plague effects.
+ Increased pitch range of turrets across the board to make them more
effective at PD off the combat plane.
+ Sensor range discs now have clearly defined boundaries in combat.

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