Product Release - Valve
Product Release - Valve
Tropico 4: Voodoo DLC is Now Available on Steam!

Poor healthcare is responsible for the death of the last remaining voodoo priest on Tropico. A new threat rises when the evil sorceress Vanya arrives from Soviet Russia to curse El Presidente and his regime. Study the mystical ways of voodoo and use them to your benefit with the new Voodoo Manor tourist attraction, impress your people by wearing a fancy Witch Doctor costume combined with a new voodoo trait enabling your people to survive even with the poorest of healthcare.

Announcement - Valve
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The desperate leadership of a doomed Soviet Union travels back in time to change history and restore the glory of Mother Russia. The time travel mission goes awry, creating an alternate timeline where technology has followed an entirely different evolution, a new superpower has been thrust on to the world stage, and World War III is raging. The Empire of the Rising Sun has risen in the East, making World War III a three-way struggle between the Soviets, the Allies, and the Empire with armies fielding wacky and wonderful weapons and technologies like Tesla coils, heavily armed War Blimps, teleportation, armored bears, intelligent dolphins, floating island fortresses, and transforming tanks.

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Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed clients/servers not being able to run the game on older versions of Windows
Product Update - Valve
Features

Added queued orders (hold shift to queue orders on Drifters, MACs, etc)
Added ‘Cystem’ for placing multiple cysts at once

Balance

Reduced Flamethrower damage by 18%
Reduced Minigun damage by 20%
Reduced Grenade Launcher splash radius by 20%
Reduced Cyst auto build time by 2 seconds
Cysts can no longer be built by Drifters and and only 1 per Hive will auto construct (Gorges can still use heal spray on them)
Reduced Babbler hitbox size to make it fit the actual model size better

Improvements

Explosions now trigger a slight camera shake
Added shell ejection effects to the Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun
Pickups are now prioritized by item cost
Added a link to a player’s Steam profile page on the player list page in the server web admin (Thanks CheesyPeteza
Spectators now have access to the request menu
Cysts can now be placed everywhere and all Cysts in between will be created automatically when the nearest parent is too far away
Added power indicator for Marine Commander when dropping structures
Added subtle view model rotation for wall walking Skulks
Added hidden mode for dedicated server, use the “-hidden” switch while starting the server process to use this feature
Added minimum life time for Grenades before they are allowed to detonate

Fixes

Fixed invisible elements in Commander UI blocking mouse clicks
Fixed bug causing some non-NS2 servers to be listed on the NS2 tab in the server browser
Fixed a script error caused by using Alt+Enter to switch full screen mode while in the main menu
Fixed bug preventing the team resource graph UI from updating properly in spectator mode
Fixed bug causing move forward to not work if it was bound to a mouse button while in free camera spectator mode
Fixed camera tilt for wall walking skulks
Fixed bug where cycling through abilities didn’t work properly for Lerks
Fixed bug where recycling got cancelled on power loss
Fixed Marine Commander being able to drop Infantry Portals or Phase Gates in a way that players could get stuck
Fixed Echo Harvesters sometimes not working when being blocked by a Cyst
Fixed bug where Blinking downwards gives you high amounts of extra speed
Skulk ragdoll no longer appears after using Xenocide
Fixed bug causing the main menu alert message box to appear below the main menu news box
Fixed bug allowing Commander to place certain items outside the map (ammo pack, health pack, weapons, etc)
Fixed Parasite model outline sometimes not working
Fixed bug preventing the help widgets from appearing until the player encounters a Gorge tunnel
Fixed Onos camera animations
Fixed Exos not being affected by Parasite
Fixed Echoed Eggs not being usable
Fixed wall jumping sometimes giving more speed than intended

SDK

Added Server.GetServerHidden() function
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Ended the Mann Co. Store summer sale
  • The Summer Claim check is now a rare drop
  • Medics using the Quick-Fix will now take jump force from Pyros using the Detonator to explosive jump
  • Fixed a client crash related to missing particle systems
  • Fixed a server crash when entering Sudden Death mode with only melee weapons
  • Fixed players sometimes being damaged by doors when they are closing
  • Fixed soccer/beach balls sometimes blocking Payload carts and trains
  • Fixed paint can icons not showing the Red/Blue colors correctly
  • Fixed the Loch-n-Load gun sight not drawing in the correct place
  • Fixed the Bonk Boy model using the incorrect normals
  • Updated Cp_Badlands and Koth_Badlands
    • Opened the windows around the center point
    • Smoothed player clipping around doorways
Product Update - Valve
- Added PhysX effects to Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep content.
Product Update - Valve
Jungle DLC is a Free Update and is Now Available! Plus, Steam Trading Cards are Now Available!

Persistence. 30 levels for each class at launch.
New (Playable) Dinosaur: Deinosuchus.
New Mode: Slaughter (Cooperative).
New Mode: Gun Game (Competitive).
New Competitive Maps: Haven, Haven-Day
New Cooperative Map: Strike
New Weapon: TREK Longbow.
New Items: Arrow Types (Piercing, Frag, Smoke, Stun)
New Kit: Revival Kit.
New User Interface
Steam Trading Cards
Stats & Leaderboards
Spiral Store 2.0
New Hats
New Armors
New Taunts
Game Version 1.07 (massive changes)
Remastered Map Pack (Raupi, Arid, Peak, Depth, Eden)
Spiral Update 003 Map Pack (Arid-Night, Eden-Night)

Product Update - Valve
Here is a small update for you guys.

New Content
Added new official map: Buhriz.
Updated Contact (Insurgent spawn area and lighting).
New sounds for M16, AKM and M9.

Gameplay Changes
Push rounds now starts with 8 minutes, 10 waves for attackers and 20 waves for defenders. When the attacking team captures a point, the round timer is extended 4 minutes and the attacking team receives an additional 5 waves.
In Push the defending team can now block a capture with a single person in the capture zone. This mechanic is currently only applied to Push, but can be extended to other modes if desired.
Added pre-owned capture points back into Firefight (A and C) after noticing that with the new system people would wait to capture the first point until their team desired a respawn, which has encouraged an unintended level of "gameyness" to the mode.
Skirmish now has a 15 minute round timer instead of 10 minutes.

Bug Fixes
Improved the player ShouldDraw function, hopefully addressing what was causing the invisible player bug. This will require some testing so please provide us with feedback whether this appears fixed or not.
Changed some of the animation code around so player abilities can override the main activity. Switched the slide animations to this system which should make them more reliable and reduce instances of the slide pose bug people have noticed.
Refined observer code to potentially fix a bug where players' first person weapons were being replaced with the wrong viewmodel.
Fixed a bug where the name of a map would not properly refresh on the scoreboard, sometimes saying that the current map is a different map than it actually is.
Fixed a bug where when teams were swapped you would get a supply refund for your grenade but not actually have the grenade taken away from you, so in actuality you were getting an extra supply.
Made sure supply refund on team switch clears the item out of both team's item banks just in case teams are shuffled and you end up on the same team.

A few of the issues including the invisible player bug, the slide animation issue, and the weapon viewmodel being replaced with the wrong weapon, all need further testing. Let us know the status of these issues as you play.

Discuss on our official forums.
Product Update - Valve
Kerbal Space Program Launches Latest Update

Squad released update 0.21 to its popular space agency simulation, Kerbal Space Program, on Steam for PC and Mac

Kerbal Space Program released it’s 0.21 update for players to install and new gamers to enjoy via Steam or on its website for PC and Mac. The multi-genre game offers players the chance to run their own space agency, build and launch rockets, satellites and spacecraft into outer space. Kerbal Space Program is currently under development by Squad and available through an early access program that offers players the opportunity to immerse themselves in the game’s vast spaceship and rocket building experience before it is complete.

This latest update to KSP is the first of several to focus primarily on the game’s Career Mode. This mode will add more structure over the existing sandbox, ultimately adding the game on top of the simulation. This will offer players the chance to hire their own astronauts, build rockets under a budget and take on contracts to earn money and build their reputation. This first update, welcomes crew management into the game, so players can select their crews before a mission, and hire new astronauts through the new Astronaut Complex facility at the space center. Squad also created this animated trailer in support of this major update to KSP.

The space center itself has been completely redone for this update. The new scene features new building models, and scenery matching the in-flight world. Squad completely overhauled the interior spaces for both the Vehicle Assembly and Space Plane Hangar buildings, complete with animated vehicles and equipment.

“This update is a very important step forward for us in many ways,” lead developer Felipe Falanghe said. “Career Mode won’t be finished in one update but we hope our players will see the direction we’re going with it and enjoy the process. We’re very excited about finally being able to take significant steps towards this part of the game, which so far has been the most underdeveloped part of the project. It’s very satisfying to finally see it start to take shape and can’t wait to see how our players interact with these new features.”

Updates to KSP include:
• Crew Management: Select your Kerbal astronauts from a list of applicants, and track the status of the ones you have in the new Astronaut Complex Facility. Also, pick and choose the crew for new missions before launch with the new crew assignment panels.
• Updated Construction Facility Scenes: Admire the view with completely rehauled and updated Vehicle Assembly and Space Planes Hangar buildings
• New Flight Control System: Re-built from scratch, the new Stability Augmentation System (or more popularly known as Sickness Avoidance Solution) should be a drastic improvement for new and old players
• Terrain Additions: Many planets and moons around the Kerbal Solar System have been updated to feature beautiful new landscapes, featuring procedurally-generated craters and little hills and valleys, which are even more fun to land (or crash) on than before

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