Product Update - Valve
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April 4th, 2012

* New maps
* New gameplay UI options and feedback
* New console commands
* New dedicated server configuration options
* Bug fixes

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21. jul 2011
Product Update - Valve
Gameplay:
  • Reverse Thrust - reduced energy consumption from 110% recharge rate to 83% recharge rate (planes now recover energy while reversing)
  • Rubberized Hull - reduced energy loss and turning debuff from EMP by 20%
  • Biplane (All Forms) - reduced energy loss and turning debuff from EMP by 20%
  • Biplane (Recoilless) - afterburner effectiveness increased by 14%
  • Biplane (Recoilless) - secondary weapon energy usage reduced by 2%
  • Biplane (Dogfighter) - afterburner effectiveness for stall breaking significantly increased [effectiveness drops linearly from +60% at slow speeds to +0% near cruise speed]
  • Biplane (Dogfighter) - secondary weapon energy usage reduced by 2%
  • Biplane (Heavy Cannon) - primary weapon added piercing third hit (100%, 75%, 45%)
  • Biplane (Heavy Cannon) - secondary weapon energy usage reduced by 10%
  • Miranda (Trickster) - primary weapon (fully charged shot only) reduced damage lost on bounces by 15% (122/98/74 -> 122/102/81)
  • Miranda (Time Anchor) - (only when carrying big bomb or ball) anchor energy usage increased by 25%
New Beginner Maps - special server configuration tag |beginner| (includes ball_football):
  • ball_channelpark (modified ball_funnelpark)
  • ball_fracas (modified ball_mayhem2)
  • ball_greywar (modified ball_darkwar)
  • ball_proton (modified ball_core)
New Midlevel Maps - special server configuration tag |midlevel| (includes beginner maps):
  • ball_cavern (modified ball_cave)
  • ball_gliderpark (modified ball_planepark)
  • ball_meteoroids (modified ball_asteroids)
  • ball_powder (modified ball_snow)
New Expert Maps:
  • 1de_asteroids
  • 1de_mayhem
  • ball_arcade (thanks Polio and Nikon)
  • ball_atmosphere (thanks Nikon)
  • ball_cross (thanks BlueMoon)
  • ball_factory (thanks Polio and Nikon)
  • ball_funnelpark (thanks Mandrad)
  • ball_hardcourt (thanks Elixir and Nikon)
  • ball_ice (thanks Nikon and Dyno)
  • ball_pixelized (thanks Nikon)
  • ball_ufo (thanks TRUEPA!N)
  • ball_volcano (thanks innerlyte and Elixir)
  • tbd_assembly (thanks pig_bomb)
  • tbd_chess (thanks silent skies)
  • tbd_justice (thanks pig_bomb)
  • tbd_origami_park (thanks Mandrad)
  • tbd_scrapyard (thanks Hartz)
  • tbd_volcano (thanks innerlyte and Jayfourke)
New Plane Skins:
  • Checkers
  • Flames
  • Santa Hat
Interface:
  • Added Map, Time (round duration), and Next Map to award screen
  • Added "Bomb Camera" spectate option to TBD mode -- press C to toggle Free/Chase/Bomb spectate modes
  • Added "Chase Specific Player" spectate option -- you can lock the camera to a single player via the score screen (hold TAB to show scores, right click player, choose 'Spectate...')
  • Added "[Warning] You have been idle for 4 minutes." message (with beep) to help spectators avoid idle kicks
  • Increased the visibility of the Mouse crosshair and the Keyboard+Mouse orientation cone
  • New title screen background
  • Replaced welcome screen buttons with changelog
  • Friend list: increased visibility of current server and last online time; added buttons for "Join Server" and "Message"; increased max friend count to 200
  • Friend chat windows (Menu -> Friends) no longer consume the escape key allowing easy toggling between gameplay and chat
  • If a tournament is in progress, the score screen (TAB) will render the names of participants that are currently spectating with the color of the team they are assigned to
  • If a tournament is started with even teams and teams become uneven at any point during the tournament a red warning will appear in the top right (Teams: X vs Y)
  • Spectators can now visually determine which team an acid cloud belongs to (left team's acid is light green, right team's acid is dark green)
  • Hangar Deck -> Stats has a new row, "Total"
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Altitude have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Updated Maps:
  • tbd_asteroids
  • tbd_underpark
Balance:
  • Reverse Thrust - increased acceleration by 10% and reduced energy consumption
  • Miranda's Reverse no longer temporarily disables Repair Drone
  • Miranda's Reverse and Time Anchor now reduce Repair Drone's recharge rate by 50% (time between repairs is doubled for the 1.35 seconds following Reverse/TimeAnchor activation)
  • Biplane (All Forms) reduced afterburner energy usage by 5%
  • Biplane (Dogfighter) secondary weapon increased range from 80 to 90, added piercing (second hit deals 80%, third 50%), increased damage from 27 to 28
  • Biplane (Recoilless) secondary weapon increased range from 80 to 90, added piercing (second hit deals 70%, third 40%)
  • Biplane (Heavy Cannon) primary weapon increased piercing second hit damage from 50% to 67%
Offline Mode:
  • Plane configurations are saved between sessions
  • All downloaded maps (not just official maps) are available for play
  • FFA and TDM games end after 7 minutes
Misc:
  • Added "Lock Gamepad Config" to Options -> Controls: check this box to prevent reinitialization of default gamepad bindings when controllers are temporarily unplugged
  • Added friend count to friends list window
  • Added account creation date to Hangar Deck
  • Added "Local Time" and "Altitude Time (GMT)" to bottom of in-game scoreboard (hold TAB to view)
  • "Mouse Navigation: Turning and Throttle" - can now override the mouse-based throttle at any time by pressing the Throttle-Up/Down keys (allows mouse users to utilize the "Reverse Thrust" perk)
  • Adjusted "Mouse Navigation" trigger to prevent accidentally entering mouse mode when switching to Altitude from another application
  • Server Launcher now writes a PID file containing server_launcher's process identifier to ~Altitude/servers/server_launcher.pid upon startup and restart
  • Servers that are running an outdated version are automatically filtered from the server list
  • Bug Fixes
Product Update - Valve
June 9 2010 release contains:


Added "Offline Mode" for convenient access to training and skirmish modes when playing without an internet connection


New mouse control configurations available under Options -> Controls -> Mouse Navigation:

  • Turning and Throttle -- control orientation and throttle using the mouse (default)
  • Turning Only -- control orientation with the mouse and throttle with the keyboard (best for mouse+reverse thrust)
  • Disabled (prevent accidental switches to mouse mode)


Added configurable bot count to Training -> Skirmish


Added "Reconnect" option when disconnected from a server


Added (reason) to "has left the game" chat notifications for unusual exits (connection lost, ping kick, banned for


New console command "connect" (ex: press F1 to open console, type "connect 75.102.27.114:40004" to join the server at that IP:Port)



Server Configurator: added tooltips for "HTTP Map Download Source" and "Admin Account IDs"


Added server log warning "LAN mode -- only servers on local area network will see this server" when running with "LAN server" enabled.


JSON server log message "clientAdd" -- added 'aceRank' and 'level' attributes



Fixed visual artifacts when wrapping around map edges in spectator mode


Fixed rendering issue along bottom of ball_lostcity


Fixed a few bugs

Product Update - Valve
Updates to Altitude have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

New Maps:
  • Added tbd_underpark (thanks Mandrad)
  • Updated tbd_cave
Balance:
  • Biplane (All Forms) increased turning rate by 1.5% (6.5 -> 6.6)
  • Biplane (Dogfighter, Recoilless) increased primary weapon ejection velocity (17 -> 19, note: reduced lifetime so that max travel distance is unchanged)
  • Biplane (Dogfighter, Recoilless) slightly increased primary weapon damage (38 -> 39)
  • Biplane (Heavy Cannon) slightly increased primary weapon damage (109 -> 112)
  • Bomber (All Forms) decreased turning rate by 2.9% (7.0 -> 6.8)
Feature Additions:
  • Mouse Control: press F1 to open the console and type "mouse true" to activate
  • LAN Servers tab added to server list
  • Improved "Pilot Certification" tutorial
  • Export -> Screenshot added to map editor
  • Hangar Deck -> Community Points now allows you to hover your point total for a points-by-source breakdown
  • Bots that just spawned and are pursuing a stationary objective powerup (e.g. the ball after a goal was just scored) will fly at half throttle to give non-bot teammates a chance to grab the powerup first
Bug Fixes:
  • Tightened Miranda teleport collision check to prevent exploits
  • Fixed bug that would sometimes prevent dunks from scoring (dunk = flying directly into the goal while carrying the ball)
  • Fixed rare bug that allowed more than one ball to enter play
  • Fixed team switch bug in 1-life modes
  • Fixed console auto-completion bug
  • Fixed rare bug that caused objects near the edge of the screen to flicker
  • Fixed incorrect badge display on award screen caused by players leaving while the awards are showing
  • Fixed a bug that prevented nickname changes
  • Fixed a few miscellaneous bugs
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Altitude have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Added "Ace" System:
  • Upon reaching level 60, players can click a button under Hangar Deck -> Stats to become an Ace.
  • When you become an Ace you will start over at level 1 with unlocks and challenges reset.
  • There are no gameplay advantages to becoming an Ace.
  • You will receive a new badge and the first 5 Ace ranks will each unlock an extra slot on the plane selection screen.
  • The max Ace rank is 10.
  • Aces can only gain XP in multiplayer games: single player skirmishes and bot kills don't generate XP
  • Ace XP gain is slower on high player count servers to discourage XP farming: with 10 or fewer players aces gain experience at 140% the pre-patch rate; at 14 players experience accumulates at the normal rate; beyond 14 players experience accumulates slower in proportion to the excess player count (e.g. 20 players -> 14/20 = 70% normal XP gain)

Ball Mode Improvements:
  • Added "Ball Camera" spectate option: press C to toggle between Free/Chase/Ball spectate modes
  • Added goal assist tracking
  • Added "time of possesssion" to end of round award screen
  • Added visual trail effect to ball
  • Increased Biplane's ball shot speed (16.5 -> 17.2)
  • Increased Miranda's ball shot speed (16.8 -> 17)
  • Decreased Loopy's speed while carrying the ball (79% -> 78%)
New Maps:
  • Added ball_planepark and tbd_planepark (thanks Mandrad)
  • Added tbd_nuclear (thanks Hartz)
  • Added tbd_focus (thanks Esoteric)
  • Updated ball_cave, ball_core, ball_football, ball_grotto, ball_labyrinth, ball_lostcity, ball_mayhem2, ball_planepark, ball_snow (thanks Maimer)
New Console Commands:
  • dnd (do not disturb mode), type "/dnd true" into the chat window to activate, "/dnd false" to deactivate: suppresses in-game whisper messages and notifications
  • listBans
  • removeBan (IP or VaporID)
  • addBan (IP or VaporID) (duration) (time-unit) (reason) -- for banning players that aren't currently on the server
  • serverWhisper (nickname) (message) -- allows the server to send a message to a single player
  • serverMessage
  • assignTeam (team -1 is spectator, 0 is left team, 1 is right team)
Award Screen:
  • Added "You..." stat box beneath MVP boxes for comparison
  • Updated categories to display additional information
Server List:
  • Server rows now refresh upon selection
  • Added filter option "Level Appropriate" -- excludes servers that don't allow players in your level range
Helper Text:
  • Explodet: "Press F to launch a rocket, then press F again to detonate it."
  • Biplane: "Press F and D simultaneously to fire both weapons at once."
  • Miranda: "Miranda's forward warp (hold UP) damages enemies in its path."
Miscellaneous:
  • Added "Map Editor" and "Server Launcher" links to the main menu
  • Adjusted packet loss tracking for max ping kick detection
  • Streamlined facebook app, added unlink option, fixed known issues
  • New display option "Show Notifications" under Options -> Gameplay: toggles visibility of notification boxes in bottom right (e.g. " logged in")
  • New child safety option "Suppress names" under Options -> Account: replaces custom player names with "Player 1", "Player 2", etc
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