As promised the focus here is on new weapons (10 of them) and there are also 3 new assault missions types. Assault mission targets can now appear anywhere on the map, as the aliens have found a way to come up through the floorboards!
NEW: 10 new (high-level) weapon types, including new alien weapons, sniper rifle and void laser NEW: improved sound effects for some weapons MOD: rebalancing of all weapons FIX: shotgun and mini-lascannon can now be dual-wielded
NEW MISSION TYPES
NEW: 3 new assault mission types: 'breach from below', 'drone virus' and 'plant life'
MOD: add low-battery scanner to starting inventory MOD: crafting costs reduced for ammo and medkit MOD: line of sight for generator-lit rooms increased to 12 tiles MOD: exploding barrels now cause explosive damage and destroy nearby walls etc MOD: hallucination visual effect modified to be easier on the eyes MOD: secret doors are now automatically spotted from within secret passages, even after failing earlier spot test FIX: bug where chests spawn at edge of map in alien caverns (causing a 'tile not recognised' error) FIX: bug where plants and equipment crates spawn on top of large equipment crates FIX: bullets gained from workbench increased to 10 FIX: bug with mission time limit for salvage mission FIX: bug with shadows not updating correctly when destroying walls with explosive weapons FIX: formatting problem when showing 3 or more 'to hit' adjustments in inventory screen
Just a quick note to say - despite pleasant Christmas-related distractions ːsteamhappyː - work is progressing towards another update around the end of the year. This will be include a lot of new weapons, mainly more powerful ones for for higher levels, and a full rebalancing of weapon stats across the board.
Oh, and Xenomarine guy sends all best wishes for the festive season!
Time for a pretty big update! 40 new alien types/variants, alien plants, destructible environments and lots more…
NEW: Added 'alien plants' which grow in alien caverns (from level 2; 8 variants) NEW: Added new base enemy type: ‘slicer’ (from level 9; 12 variants) NEW: Added 3 new enemy variants for all base alien types: 1) phase-shifted, 2) dark blue and 3) multicoloured MOD: changed level generation to increase range of enemy variants on levels 1-10 MOD: improved drone AI to allow targeting at up to range 3 MOD: improved alien AI so they find alternative route when blocked by other aliens
NEW: 3 new base scanner types for detecting traps and secret doors
NEW: Walls, furniture and doors can now be destroyed by weapons with 'explosive' damage type MOD: Weapons with 'explosive' damage type automatically destroy crates and barrels
NEW: ammo now shown numerically for equipped weapons NEW: camera follows player option now uses smooth camera panning NEW: improved map scrolling with mouse (scroll speed frame-independent and relative to zoom level) FIX: ‘no ammo’ pop-up text now shown for weapon equipped in left hand FIX: added info about scrolling map with mouse+alt-key to controls screen FIX: increased width of top-left ammo display text to avoid text-wrapping with more than 99 ammo
MOD: increased rocket launcher to hit chance MOD: power of mind globes increased from level 8 MOD: can now retain battery when scrapping flashlight with full (>=1000) battery power MOD: reduced duration of radioactive damage debuff by 40% MOD: increased weapon range of combat drones
MOD: improved display for results of hacking data terminal MOD: more detailed information shown for hacking electronics data MOD: hacking aliens data now includes drones, eggs and alien plants FIX: bug with data shown when hacking electronics data
NEW: 7 new random tips added NEW: New Unity splash animation NEW: pressing F1 shows random tip in main log NEW: added log message for when combat drones become hostile on taking damage NEW: character stats screen now shows effect of encumbrance on weapon skill NEW: added support for Mac Retina screens FIX: information panel (e.g. for achievement) sometimes hidden behind terminal/inventory panels FIX: log message for destruction of barrel no longer refers to ‘crate’ FIX: destroying a barrel no longer unlocks the ‘vandal’ achievement FIX: error with item description for blade converter, and for weapons with blade conversion FIX: removed visual artefacts (white vertical lines) while scrolling map on high-spec systems FIX: speed of movement with keys held down now frame-independent (better for high-spec systems) FIX: bug with mechanic for missed thrown weapon attacks FIX: bug with target indicators when using mouse to target area effect weapon FIX: stimpacks introduced in Alpha 3.3 can now be used from inventory FIX: bug with occasionally failing to unpause game after using security terminal FIX: hallucination visual effect not loading from save FIX: improved log message when aliens trigger traps FIX: improved formatting of mousehoverinfo for drones FIX: bug with description of traps in inventory screen
Progress has been continuing steadily toward what will be a major update!
It will be a little while longer before this update is released, partly because of the significant nature of the new features/fixes and partly because of less visible work on the back-end. Thanks to a new test machine I am looking into some issues I am aware have been affecting some high-spec systems, e.g speed-related issues with the UI and minor graphical issues.
Some things to look forward to very soon:
New alien variants, including phase-shifted aliens that can walk through walls!
Another update focussed on responding to the great feedback received on the Early Access so far, including what should be some quite tangible changes to do with graphical variety, line of sight and game balance.
NEW: added 6 wall tile variants for variety NEW: randomly generated colour scheme for each level
LINE OF SIGHT
MOD: line of sight for generator-lit rooms is now 360 degrees (firing arc unchanged)
MOD: ‘salvage’ missions now involve special equipment crates MOD: 'salvage' missions have fewer targets
MOD: ammo from equipment crates increased by 100% MOD: reduce experience cost to learn new skills by 20% MOD: scrap from equipment crates increased by 1
NEW: added ‘fail to spot secret door’ sound effect NEW: added random tip to explain secret door mechanics NEW: torch automatically turns off to save power when resting MOD: changed font colour for random tip at start MOD: allow limited mouse-controlled movement over radioactive/poison tiles FIX: minimap now updates immediately after use of terrain scanner FIX: can no longer access inventory while using workbench or terminals FIX: mouse map scrolling added to controls help
Just uploaded a quick update to fix a couple of bugs relating to camera movement, while also adding some new features requested by players:
NEW: can now scroll map using mouse at screen edge NEW: option to have map always centered on player NEW: added random tip to starting log entries MOD: decreased alarm volume MOD: decrease crafting costs for low-level items MOD: reduce mission success sound volume FIX: bug with saving of zoom level at death FIX: bug when determining when to scroll map FIX: info shown when hacking aliens data and no remaining aliens on level