Product Release - Valve
Battlemagic, new content for Defenders of Ardania, is now available on Steam!

Battlemagic adds four new spells (Extort, Trap, Arise, and Frozen Shield) – a new spell for each of the playable races as well as one new spell that will be available for all races.

Product Update - Valve

Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games are happy to announce the availability of Beta 2b (0.80) for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion today.  Now available via the Steam client for all pre-order customers, this update contains a number of bug fixes, performance optimizations and balance adjustments.


Change Log:


[ Graphics ]


  • Added correct icon for Mine Control ability.

  • Updated some UI textures.

  • Removed name from texture on TEC Corsev battlecruiser.

  • Increased zoom-in distances for all ships/structures.

  • Moved out build emitter point on Advent Titan Factory to prevent mesh clipping.

  • Fixed various mesh point errors on Advent Discord battleship.

[ Gameplay ]


  • Players are now limited to a total of four simultaneous superweapon structures. Based on feedback this amount may be increased, decreased or the weapon effects buffed, etc.

  • Adjusted AI to allow AI players to make better use of their available Fleet Supply. This is one step in a multi-step process that will be continued in the next update.

  • Autocast conditions added to most ultimate abilities; allowing the AI to use them.

  • Replaced Advent refinery drone mesh/texture with trade drone mesh/texture.

  • Updated game Victory/Loss strings.

  • Fixed typo in Advent racial description.

  • Reduced shield regeneration rate on all Envoy cruisers from 2.0 to 1.0.

  • Artifact Planet players (Occupation Victory) will no longer be placed as random militia on maps.

  • Replaced TEC Rebel corvettes at Pirate planet with Pirate Rogues.

  • Fixed bug that allowed temporary or illusion ships to be cloned by abilities or research subjects.

  • Updated Pirate Raid fleet compositions per level. Raids will now have a broader range of ship types and numbers. The max level raid is now particularly brutal, so you won't want to be the target of that!

  • Pirate Mission costs adjusted for new raid levels (based on average summoned fleet supply). Pirate Missions are now substantially more expensive to account for the greater difficulty.

  • Reduced Pirate research upgrade costs for all subjects.

  • Reduced number of research upgrades per raid from 2 to 1.

  • Increased rate of points gain for Diplomatic Victory and decreased the number of points required to win. This should greatly speed up Diplomatic victories and make them a more viable option.

  • Increased roll rate of all Titans from 0.65 to 1.65. 

  • TEC Loyalists:

    • Inspire and Impair (Ankylon Titan ability) updated to include AlliedOrEnemy and NoOwner planet types.

    • AntiFighter Frigate balance adjustment: MaxHP reduced from 900 to 765; MaxShields reduced from 450 to 405; DamagePerBank reduced from 17.25 to 14.6625.

    • Loyalist Corvette balance adjustment:

      • Cost increased from 100/10/5 to 190/20/10.

      • Fleet Supply increased from 2 to 3.

      • XP increased from 4 to 8.

      • Laser damage per bank increased from 30 to 33.

      • AutoCannon damage per bank increased from 15.5 to 20.

      • Missile damage per bank decreased from 25.5 to 25.

  • TEC Rebels:

    • AntiFighter Frigate balance adjustment: MaxHP reduced from 900 to 765; MaxShields reduced from 450 to 405; DamagePerBank reduced from 17.25 to 14.6625.

    • Rebel Corvette balance adjustment:

      • Cost increased from 100/10/5 to 190/20/10.

      • Fleet Supply increased from 2 to 3.

      • XP increased from 4 to 8.

      • Laser damage per bank increased from 30 to 33.

      • AutoCannon damage per bank increased from 15.5 to 20.

      • Missile damage per bank decreased from 25.5 to 25.


    • Pirate Mercenaries balance adjustments:

      • Fleet Supply summoned range changed from 45-60 to 75-100.

      • Weights now favor Pirate Cutthroat, Pirate Corsair, Pirate Rogue, Pirate Reaper, Pirate Pillager.

      • Cost per use changed from 2500/150/500 to 6000 credits.


  • Advent Loyalists:

    • Subjugating Assault (Coronata Titan ability): Increased Cooldown from 2 to 20 seconds; reduced Weapon Damage modifier penalty from 40%/35%/30%/25% to 25%/20%/15%/10%; Antimatter cost per shot reduced from 6/5/4/3 to 5/4/3/2; removed PointDefenseLaser from ability; autocast defaulted to off while we create a better aiUseTime.

    • Unity Mass (Coronata Titan ability) target constraint added to prevent it from being used against invulnerable targets.

    • Assimilated Populace buff increased from 1200 to 5000.

    • Fixed bug with Global Unity that caused players to gain culture at gravity wells they didn't own.

    • Adjusted autocast on Repossession ability (Coronata titan) to cast only during planetary bombardment (when no other threats are present).

    • AntiFighter Frigate balance adjustment: MaxHP reduced from 650 to 552.5; MaxShields reduced from 620 to 558; DamagePerBank reduced from 22.5 to 19.125.

    • Domina Subjugator Perseverance ability no longer needs to face its target.

    • Domina Subjugator Suppression ability no longer needs to face its target.

    • Loyalist Corvette balance adjustment:

      • Cost increased from 100/10/5 to 175/15/15.

      • Fleet Supply increased from 2 to 3.

      • XP increased from 4 to 8.

      • Laser damage per bank increased from 25 to 30.

      • PDL damage per bank increased from 23 to 25.

  • Advent Rebels:

    • AntiFighter Frigate balance adjustment: MaxHP reduced from 650 to 552.5; MaxShields reduced from 620 to 558; DamagePerBank reduced from 22.5 to 19.125.

 



[ Sound ]


  • Fixed incorrect sound effect for planet bomb muzzle on Advent Loyalist Titan.



[ Misc. ]


  • Optimized speed of quitting a game so there shouldn't be nearly as much of a delay on the Stats screen as before. If people still run into long delays, please zip up your autosave that repros this and send it to us at rebellionbeta@stardock.com.

  • Optimized a variety of systems that are dependent on getting targets in range. This should resolve one of the biggest causes of slowdowns in large games.

  • Optimized AverageCulturePercFromAllConnections, which was causing major slowdowns, especially in terms of targeting.

  • Optimized pathfinding within the same orbit body for improved performance.

  • Optimized threat detection system for performance.

  • Optimized order system cleanup for performance.

  • Fixed bug with Logitech G-series keyboard display that allowed players to see unexplored planet information.

Product Release - Valve
The Darwinia Soundtrack and DEFCON Soundtrack are Now Available on Steam.

The Darwinia Soundtrack features original music by DMA-SC and Trash80. The DEFCON Soundtrack was remixed from the original in-game music that resulted in DEFCON receiving a choice award nomination for Best Audio in 2008. Alistair Lindsey creates a stunning collection of ambient and soothing soundscapes that are truly breathtaking.

Product Release - Valve
Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of The Baskervilles is Now Available on Steam!

Help Sherlock Holmes, the famed detective, investigate the legend of a supernatural hound on the fog-shrouded moorland in England of the 19th century. Immerse yourself into the dangerous world of diabolical curse and discover the truth of the monstrous creature.

Product Update - Valve
* Fixed bug where you could walk through the main gate in the City Hub, before Judy is there
* Fixed bug where you could walk through a section of the hedge in the second room of Breakin
* Fixed exploit in safe where you could push and interact at the same time to walk onto the same space as the safe
* Fixed the issue where the wolf's hands would 'pop' sometimes after pushing a box
* Force game to 1024x768 window if not appearing at a recognised resolution (fixes issues with video capture at 720p)
* Updated loading screens to have black background instead of blue, no big deal, but if anyone should happen to see past the background it will be fine
* Fixed fade screen in/out for screens that may not be a true size
* Fixed boss conversations to properly lock off sidebar buttons during the battle
* Added info sign to Restricted Section
* Fixed empty string bug when looking at objects in the first room of the City Hall as the wolf

Product Release - Valve
Revelations 2012 is Now Available on Steam and 20% off*!

Armageddon. Apocalypse. The end of days. Mayan prophecy foretells the beginning of a new world age on December 21, 2012 when the road to the stars will descend from the sky and civilization as we know it will come to a tumultuous end. That date has arrived and with it the awakening of a most formidable enemy. Galactic alignment has enabled an artifact which opened a portal allowing villainous Gods access to our universe. Fate has chosen 4 characters to teleport through this portal into another dimension and battle against all odds to rescue mankind from destruction and enslavement. Using teamwork and strategy, can the four heroes save humanity by defeating these evil foes?

*Offer ends April 30th at 10AM Pacific Standard Time.

Product Release - Valve
Lone Survivor is Now Available on Steam and 20% off until Friday, April 27th 10AM PST.

In this psychological survival adventure, the masked protagonist must escape from a city ravaged by disease, by any means necessary. Starving and exhausted, he has begun to question how much of what he sees is even real.

A new kind of adventure where the choice of how to survive is up to you. Sneak through without firing a single shot, or kill everything in your path. Eat and sleep well, or resort to drugs to keep going. Search for survivors, or try to escape the city alone. Look after your mental health, or descend into madness. Lone Survivor is a game where your choices genuinely matter.

Announcement - Valve
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Product Release - Valve
Noitu Love 2 Devolution is Now Available on Steam and 20% off until 10 AM PST on Monday, April 30th.

A century after the legendary boy Noitu Love saved the world from the evil Darns, they rise again, but in a chaos of time-bending mayhem! Now it's up to the new hero of the Peacekeepers, Xoda Rap, to save the world.

Product Update - Valve
(Build 154002)
- Support for Mac OSX added. Cross-platform play between Windows and Mac builds is supported.
- Support for multiple keyboards and mouses in split-screen on Windows. (The split screen configuration dialog is much more complex now.)
- Serious Editor can now import and export files (meshes, skeletons and animations) in Autodesk FBX format.
- Updated Chinese translations.
- Update auto-detection script file with nVidia GeForce GTX 680 GPU.
- Fixed muzzle flash in firing animation on blue Biomech.
- Optimisations in occlusion culling system.
- Optimized synchronization in multithreaded rendering.
- Optimized vertex buffer locking on OpenGL.
- Fixed problem with occasional wrong (dark) rendering under OpenGL.
- Fixed memory leaks when re-importing the same mesh over an over in editor.

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