Community Announcements - danijel
Hi everyone! We've been receiving reports of some troubling issues these last days since the last update and naturally we had to look in more detail. What we encountered wasn't nice at all so we had to act. It is possible that some save files could have gotten corrupted. So here's the deal:

1)Anyone experiencing difficulties loading their save files the last couple of days, please try loading them with the v0.6004 update. It should repair almost all of the potential problems on its own.

2)If numero 1 doesn't work, please contact Oliver directly oliver@starpointgemini.com and preferrably send him your save file so we can see if we can help.

We're terribly sorry for these problems and hope it ddn't cause too much problems.

Thanks everyone for your support, suggestions and patience. We honestly and really appreciate it!
Community Announcements - danijel
To address several issue encountered by both you fair ladies and gents and us as well, we're releasing yet another update. A small one, of course. The details are as always below.

Have fun and feel free to comment! :)

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: A bug where the Tactical overlay would "get scrambled" on window resize
  • FIXED: Borehole torpedo efficiency improved
  • ADDED: Viral torpedo equipment - Reduces target Trooper count (actually added in v0.6002, but we forgot to make a note of it ;) )
  • UPDATED: Viral torpedo price increased and effect modifier reduced (it was waaaaaaaaaaaaay overpowered)
  • UPDATED: Officer's price and salary drastically reduced. This is a temporary measure to counteract low income problem. They will be further refined and tweaked over time.
  • UPDATED: HUD Object markers tweaked to represent actual Sensor radius, but also taking into account object size and relevance
  • UPDATED: Object target distance tweaked based on size and relevance (planets can now be targeted from much farther away for example)
  • UPDATED: CaptainInfo->Bonuses list can now be scrolled with the mousewheel
  • UPDATED: Heavy weapons' projectile speed increased
Community Announcements - danijel
Time for a new update. The highlight is GUI enhancement in the form of the Tactical overlay. A quick note: Check the Options->Controls panel and set the wanted Tactical Overlay shortcut or you won't be able to see it! We plan to make the Tactical overlay appear automatically for a period of time when something important happens, but for now it is shortcut toggle only!

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: Several bugs that could cause the game to crash.
  • FIXED: A bug where the game would crash if player jumped through TGate while the boarding panel was opened (ship capture panel).
  • FIXED: Officers bonuses are now properly recalculated if an officer leaves your service or is dismissed.
  • FIXED: A bug where the main menu could not be used properly after having a conflict in the controls tab and pressing the Esc button.
  • ADDED: Tactical overlay

    • The tactical overlay is a convenient way to have all the important info on your ship, especially the status of your shields and weapon systems
    • ADDED: Shortcut to toggle the overlay - IMPORTANT: Configure the shortcut manually if needed in the Options->Controls panel
    • ADDED: Individual shield info
    • ADDED: Individual light weapon battery energy levels and heavy weapon battery reload and ammo status
    • ADDED: Each individual turret on the ship has it's own indicator when it can fire
    • ADDED: Quick target info is now linked to the Tactical overlay

  • ADDED: Player can now be ambushed when nearing randomly appearing derelicts. This is the first of upcoming micro-events linked to derelicts. More diverse events will be added over time, and the similar mechanics will be applied to other game objects.
  • ADDED: Captain->Finances tab that shows the financial balance sheet of the current month
  • ADDED: Officers now require their monthly salary or they leave your service. The exact required amount will be further tweaked.
  • ADDED: Some equipment is now operational (both actual gameplay bonus as well as activation visual effect)

    • Shield booster - Amplifies shield recharge rate
    • Damage amplifier - Increases both light and heavy weapon damage
    • Speed booster - Increases maximum speed
    • Energy defense field - Grants resistance to Energy based damage
    • Projectile defense field - Grants resistance to Projectile based damage
    • Plasma defense field - Grants resistance to Plasma based damage
    • EMP defense field - Grants resistance to EMP based damage
    • Radiation defense field - Grants resistance to Radiation based damage
    • Hull integrity field - Increases Soak (general resistance to any kind of damage)
    • Borehole torpedo - Fire a special torpedo into asteroids. The torpedo has a wide blast radius and grants increased asteroid loot yield.
    • Atlas defense field - this is a new piece of equipment (community suggested) that can shoot down enemy missiles and torpedoes. Eventually it will also work on enemy fighter crafts.

  • ADDED: Texture detail option in the Options->Video panel. Lowering this setting sets the game to use lower resolution textures (mip-map), but increase performance.
  • UPDATED: Assassin random encounters no longer appear until player reaches experience level 10
  • UPDATED: Installed Enhancements are now properly saved (both for the current ship and those in the Garage)
  • UPDATED: Several changes to the game text files
  • UPDATED: Destroying structures now yields Experience influenced by character class and experience level
  • UPDATED: Destroying structures now slightly reduces Reputation
Community Announcements - danijel
Several stability bugs that could be fixed fast were reported so we decided to release the quickfix right away. No point in keeping you guys waiting for it :)

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: A bug that could cause the game to crash when using Captain info panel
  • FIXED: A bug that could cause the game to crash when using Equipment panels
  • FIXED: A glitch where the Starchart was left hanging when using the shortcut
  • FIXED: A bug where ship turrets were left hanging in space after it was destroyed or grappled
  • FIXED: Credits per month bonus is now displayed properly
  • ADDED: When selling a captured ship on a station/planet, ship systems, equipment and commodities of the captured ship are now added to the overall price
  • UDPATED: A slight rebalance of equipment found in dropped loot
Community Announcements - danijel
The entire text written for this announcement can't fit in the text box, so I'll keep it short. The change list is below.

The announced price change is left to Steam to apply at their own convenience, but we felt it would be unfair to keep you ladies and gents waiting on the update any longer than necessary.

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: Several bugs on the Fleet->Equipment panel. Proper quantity is now shown.
  • FIXED: Energy shield indicator on the Context menu.
  • FIXED: A big where player couldn't initiate Power to Engines after demolishing a grappled ship
  • FIXED: Several scripting errors that could cause adverse effects
  • FIXED: Heavy weapons ammo indicator is now properly refreshed on the Drydock->Systems panel
  • FIXED: Troopers are now properly transferred to the new ship when transferring command to a ship from the Garage
  • FIXED: Brightness setting can now be properly adjusted
  • FIXED: Several bugs in the current trading mechanics
  • ADDED: Reputation panel so players can have an overview of their standing with the 50+ game factions
  • ADDED: Perks panel so you can spend your hard earned Perk points on the available passive bonuses. A Perk point is gained every time you gain in Rank. Retroactive perk points are awarded to those of you who have already gained Ranks.
  • ADDED: You can now hire up to 3 officers (Navigation, Tactical, Engineering) that provide passive bonuses for as long as they are on your ship. Officers are available on the Station->Hiring panel.
  • ADDED: You can now loot captured ships in space.
  • ADDED: A couple of new ambients.
  • ADDED: Quick target info - when you first target an object, a small representation of the object appears so players can almost instantly see what the target is exactly and its status (community requested)
  • ADDED: On-screen notifications like Level-up, Experience gained, Credits gained, Reputation changed (community request)
  • ADDED: Fleet->Systems panel. It was locked until now.
  • ADDED: Fleet->Officers panel so players can see their hired officers, their bonuses and salaries
  • ADDED: Bounty board to the Starchart where players can look over the different "heroes" they will be able to hunt down for a reward
  • ADDED: Pre-rendered intro movie for the Campaign scenario. Storyline missions are NOT yet activated.
  • ADDED: Loot dropped from ships and derelicts can now be targeted and you can open the Loot panel to select specifically what items you wish to take on-board.
  • ADDED: New bridge officer voice lines
  • ADDED: Place-holder T-Gate jump movie. The whole jump mechanics will be further refined and optimized.
  • ADDED: Starchart Mission markers can now be toggled via the Starchart panel.
  • ADDED: Loot drop can now contain equipment as well as commodities.
  • ADDED: Scanning randomly appearing anomalies now rewards Experience.
  • ADDED: Soundtrack expanded.
  • ADDED: Myrmidon now has visible engine trails.
  • UPDATED: You can now purchase new ships and store them directly into the Garage. (community request)
  • UPDATED: Changed loading screen background to show an upcoming station model
  • UPDATED: Expanded in-game options

    • Toggle on-screen notifications (community request)
    • Unlocked several video options
    • Toggle bridge officer chatter (community request)
    • MSAA can now be set

  • UPDATED: Wedge asteroid field has a new asteroid explosion effect
  • UPDATED: Several changes to the game text files
  • UPDATED: Wedge asteroid field has been reworked with new models, textures, ambient and accompanying particle area effect
  • UPDATED: Radial context menu updated with new additions (some options unlocked and added)
  • UPDATED: Captured ship mini-panel: captured ships can now be grappled by clicking on the new button on the mini-panel itself.
  • UPDATED: Boarding mechanics tweaked. Ships are now harder to capture to prevent exploits.
Community Announcements - danijel
We have some bad news ladies and gents. The big update that has been announced for today, November 19th unfortunately has to be postponed slightly. We were working throughout the day to get everything working properly, but unfortunately not enough progress was made.

The update is completed, compiled and uploaded for final testing, but an unexpected problem occurred with Steam wrapper applied to every game. Versions of the wrapper have been switched and as a result our prepared .exe file cannot be initiated. We're working with Steam guys on this issue as fast as possible, but decided to delay the update for (probably) 1 day until we resolve this issue together with Steam. Price will naturally also remain intact until the update is live. It was planned to go together and it will remain so.

Problem of this nature really isn't something we could anticipate, but we sincerely apologize for the delay nonetheless. If the update went live without the correct wrapper, the game would definitely stop working for everybody and we definitely have to avoid that ;).

„Steamers“ are on it and the announced update will go live, as we are assured, tomorrow.

We were anxious to deliver the update to you all, but I’m afraid it won’t be today. Please accept the apologies from all of us here at LGM. We thank you for your immense patience and hope to get the update to you tomorrow.
Community Announcements - danijel
If you have been involved with the ongoing development of Starpoint Gemini 2 from the start, you will have noticed the continuous additions to the game since the EA launch, not in the least thanks to your feedback!

We expect another big update with the following highlighted enhancements on 19 November:

UPCOMING CHANGES:

  • Expanded in-game options

    • Toggle on-screen notifications (community request)
    • Unlocked several video options
    • Toggle bridge officer chatter (community request)

  • Added on-screen notifications like Level-up, Experience gained, Credits gained, Reputation changed (community request)
  • Added quick target info - when you first target an object, a small representation of the object appears so players can almost instantly see what the target is exactly and its status (community requested)
  • Added reputation panel so players can have an overview of their standing with the 50+ game factions
  • Added Fleet->Systems panel
  • Added Fleet->Officers panel so players can see their hired officers, their bonuses and salaries
  • Added Station->Officers panel so players can hire new officers
  • Added Perks panel
  • Added the ability to purchase new ships and store them directly from the Shipyard into the Garage
  • Added Bounty board to the Starchart where players can look over the different „heroes“ they can hunt down for a reward
  • Added pre-rendered intro movie for the campaign
  • Added Loot panel for captured ships


As you can notice, there are quite a few features suggested by the community. We appreciate your extensive feedback, and thank You for helping us shape this game. There is more work to be done, but with your continuos support, Starpoint Gemini 2 can in the end surpass its own original design. Just like it was meant to be when Early Access program was initiated!
This update will be paired with a price increase to $ 22,99, while we’re steadily moving closer to Beta and Final Launch of the game next year.

We will continue to offer Starpoint Gemini 1 for free so this remains a great offer; be sure to order at the current pricepoint while you can though.

Thanks,
LGM Team
Community Announcements - danijel
v0.5018, November 5, 2013
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Another update is ready to go. The main focus of this update is the Garage. As requested by you ladies and gents, the garage allows you to store up to five ships so you can freely switch between them on the smallest of whims ;).

Implementing the garage made progress in other fields a touch slower than anticipated, but we feel it was well worth it. The next update will bring quite a bit more to the table as we plan on fully activating Perks and the Reputation overview among other things.

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: Several scripting errors that could cause memory leaks and crashes.
  • FIXED: Several script function errors that prevented accessing database tables from scripts.
  • FIXED: A bug where an energy beam weapon effect was left "hanging" if a ship firing the weapons was destroyed.
  • FIXED: AI bug where a Trader ship didn't respond to attacks.
  • FIXED: Ship prices on station and planets are now proper values from station/planet parameters, instead of default database values.
  • FIXED: Objects can no longer be targeted by clicking on them through the context menu.
  • FIXED: A crash that occurred when scrolling to the last commodity on the list after destroying a commodity in your Cargo hold.
  • ADDED: Garage

    • You can store up to 5 ships in your "garage".
    • The garage can be accessed on any station and you can freely switch between ships.
    • Currently you can only store captured ships in the garage, but the next update should make it possible to store newly purchased ships as well.

  • ADDED: Grappling ships is now possible. Visual effect included. Required for towing captured ships to stations/planets.
  • ADDED: Hiring panel on stations/planets. Here you can hire Troopers. Hiring Officers (on the same panel) is not yet possible, but it is planned for the next update.
  • ADDED: Several script functions. Changes posted on modding.starpointgemini.com
  • ADDED: Recommend button on the Main menu
  • ADDED: Several warnings and hints.
  • ADDED: Text lines in the game text files
  • UPDATED: Boarding is now fixed and improved, but it is not yet balanced.
  • UPDATED: Notepad++ plugin files. Changes posted on modding.starpointgemini.com
  • UPDATED: Lowered base price for ships: Luna and RaQaan
Community Announcements - danijel
v0.5017, October 22, 2013
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After a one-day delay, SG2 goes up to version v0.5017 and bringing with it several new types of Freelance missions, some changes and additions to the GUI (this is for starters since more changes and additions will be made in the following updates). Naturally, some bug fixes are also in the mix. You'll also be able to notice bridge officer voice alerts. This is only the first portion of the alerts and we plan to introduce VO for other situations.

A quick heads-up for what is coming next...
The next update will be larger and should encompass more gameplay elements, skills, voice-overs and GUI improvements, but that also means it will take more time to make it all fit well. Our plan is to release the next update in about two weeks time. Of course if anything out-of-the-ordinary comes up, we'll address the issue as soon as possible with a quickfix.

Hope you like how SG2 is progressing. We're looking forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions :).

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: A bug where a Remote mining facility in Directorate territory wasn't activated properly
  • FIXED: Removed a particle that was left "hanging" on one of the satellite models
  • FIXED: Masada station now has visible shields
  • FIXED: Ships no longer have a fixed amount of Troopers. The new starting trooper count for AI ships can no longer go beyond the ship's maximum trooper capacity.
  • FIXED: A bug that caused a crash when the player bought all items in the Systems tab of the Drydock panel
  • FIXED: Several region definition errors that could cause a memory leak and game crash
  • FIXED: Several scripting errors that could cause a memory leak and game crash
  • FIXED: One of the satellite's OnActivate and OnDeactivate scripts
  • FIXED: Test side mission can no longer be started
  • FIXED: A game crash bug that occurred when a ship exploded before heavy weapon projectiles actually reached the target
  • FIXED: The Starchart no longer opens up when selecting "Demolish" option on a captured ship's Context menu
  • ADDED: New OnDestroy visual effects for different asteroids. These will be further refined and updated in future patches.
  • ADDED: Planet Corrion background image and save screenshot
  • ADDED: Destroy button for commodities
  • ADDED: Repair visual effect. More work remains on it, but this is the basic "model"
  • ADDED: Maintenance Freelance missions with accompanying structure activation and deactivation scripts
  • ADDED: Ferry Freelance mission with accompanying quest items
  • ADDED: Taxi Freelance mission with accompanying quest items
  • ADDED: Rescue Freelance mission
  • ADDED: Waypoints can now be targeted to view distance and use GoTo command from the Context menu
  • ADDED: Aethera nebula as proof of concept and used for testing
  • ADDED: Asteroids can be fired upon and destroyed by heavy weapons
  • ADDED: Bridge officer voice alerts and infos. Only first batch as proof of concept and used for testing(!)
  • ADDED: New sound effects (scanning, repairing, level up, Mission complete, Mission failed)
  • ADDED: Level-up visual effect and accompanying notification panel
  • ADDED: Skill modifier tooltip to show the exact bonus of the current and next level
  • UPDATED: You can now view your Trooper count on the Ship section of the Fleet panel
  • UPDATED: New targeting reticle design
  • UPDATED: New object marker, quest marker and Starchart quest marker design
  • UPDATED: New Freelance mission Log icons
  • UPDATED: Quest items panel is now unlocked (only when a quest item is actually in your inventory, otherwise it's still "greyed out")
  • UPDATED: Skills for the Gunner class (only class available at the moment) are partially functional. For all skill modifiers to work properly, more game features are required.
Community Announcements - danijel
v0.5016, October 14, 2013
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Version v0.5016 is up and running. The invincible ships are now fixed. This update is smaller than previous updates, as you might have noticed by the change list posted below.

We've done a lot more work (on skills, enhancements, HUD, Freelance missions), but that is not yet ready for release.

We'll bring more in the next update planned for Monday (October 21). That should bring quite a bit more ;).

You already know the drill. If the game doesn't update automatically, please restart Steam client :).

LIST OF CHANGES

  • FIXED: A bug where a planet model would "follow" you through a T-Gate jump
  • FIXED: You can no longer fly into a planet when in Power to engines mode
  • FIXED: Firing weapons is now deactivated as intended in Power to engines, even if you started charging PTE while firing weapons
  • FIXED: Player Reputation is now limited to +/- 2500 as intended. This bug could cause hostile objects to appear as friendly.
  • FIXED: Several scripting errors that could cause memory leaks and crashes
  • FIXED: A bug that caused god mode on AI ships
  • FIXED: A bug where the sykbox wouldn't switch to a new one if the player was inside a nebula when entering a new skybox region
  • FIXED: Double objectives no longer appear while on Patrol Freelance mission
  • ADDED: When a mission is completed, a special panel now opens up to show rewards
  • ADDED: A small radar alert (ping when enemies enter your sensor radius
  • ADDED: Individual asteroids can now be targeted to view their hitpoints. Hitpoints depend on asteroid size.
  • ADDED: Two more Relay satellite models for more variation
  • ADDED: Structures now have a default Active and a Deactivated states which will serve as a basis for Maintenance Freelance missions
  • UPDATED: Reflectors on Mining facilities now use better materials
  • UPDATED: Increased waypoint radius and improved mission waypoint layout on Patrol Freelance mission
  • UPDATED: Using the Jettison cargo button on more than 1 commodity in stack now opens up a small panel to set the amount to jettison
  • UPDATED: Notepad++ plugin files. Changes posted on modding.starpointgemini.com
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