Dota 2 - Valve
- Fixed an exploit which duplicated neutral items.
- Fixed Primal Split immolation dealing too much damage.
Dota 2 - Valve
- Further minor camera adjustments following the previous iteration
メモリーズオフ-Innocent Fille- - Valve
-Innocent Fille- is Now Available on Steam!

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Good Company - Valve
Good Company is Now Available on Steam Early Access and is 10% off!*

Good Company is a tycoon management game about founding a robot manufacturing empire. Grow your business; hire staff; automate production lines and optimize their output; invent new products and profit in an ever-evolving market. Can you build a Good Company?

*Offer ends April 7 at 9AM Pacific Time
Steam Blog - Alden
We know a lot of you (like us here at Valve) are stuck at home right now trying to work or attend school remotely. Or maybe you're just playing a bunch of great games on Steam. Whatever the case may be, we know that with so many people at home trying to get things done at the same time, it can put a stress on your home’s internet bandwidth.

With that in mind, we thought it was a good time to remind everyone of some of the features the Steam client offers relating to downloads, so that you can manage your home bandwidth and help everyone in your house handle this unique situation we all find ourselves in.

Changes to Auto-Updating to Spread Out Peak Load
For games that haven’t been played recently, Steam has already been scheduling updates for the next off-peak local time period. Beginning this week, we are now spreading these updates out over several more days. Only games played within the last 3 days will be updated immediately. As always, the game will begin updating immediately if you request to play it, and you can always initiate an update (or pause it indefinitely) through the Download Manager. We’re also looking into additional solutions to help on our side.

Options You Can Control
In addition to changes Steam is making to auto-updating, we wanted to remind you that there are also a number of options you can control. We believe that the best solution for most users is to take advantage of Steam’s existing throttling and scheduling features to set their own optimal behavior. So here are some suggestions – follow this link for more details on how-to:
  • Schedule auto-update windows! This will ensure that Steam doesn’t start updating a game while you’re in the middle of your work day.
  • If you don’t play a game in your library often, you can keep it installed but choose to no longer download automatic updates.
  • You can self-throttle your own connection to Steam. This might ease the load on your network connection, and may help ease bandwidth loads if network traffic in your area needs to be reduced.
  • Take advantage of Library Folders settings, so you can move infrequently-played games from an SSD to a storage HDD. This is usually better for you (and your bandwidth) rather than uninstalling the game and needing to re-download it later.

You can read more about these features here.

As always, let us know if you have further questions or feedback in the comments.

Sincerely,
-The Steam Team
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.

General
  • During game install allow the user to pick a different language if they’ve changed the per-game language setting or previously installed the game in a different language
  • Fixed a rare crash Steam could cause in some Steam VR helper processes when Steamworks is initialized in an unexpected manner
  • Fixed Steam client crash when errors are encountered in audio encoding or decoding when running a game using Steam Voice
  • Fixed achievement notification images for some games
  • Fixed the achievement section of library game pages not updating when a user gains an achievement
  • Fixed intermittent failures in broadcast, YouTube and other web video playback. If you are currently or have previously experienced this please ensure that the “Enable hardware video decoding” setting is enabled in the Interface tab of settings.
  • Updated embedded Chromium build in Steam to 79.0.3945.117

Library
  • Decreased the number of network requests made when initially loading a game page
  • Added the ability to resize the game list by dragging the divider between the left and right panels
  • When viewing game details for a demo, added a section with a link to the main game.
  • Fix formatting of game reviews displayed in activity feed
  • Fixed long lists of trading cards not properly wrapping in game activity sections
  • Fixed What's New section not resizing properly when Automatic display size is selected
  • Fixed the play bar freaking out when scrolled to the top on very short windows when viewing game details for games with very little content in the right panel

Chat
  • Improved the performance of large chat room groups.

Steam Cloud
  • Fixed using multiple Steam accounts on one machine under the same local user – if the game files are written to a common (non-Steam) location, they were previously mixed between Steam accounts
  • Fixed inability to download files greater than 256MB

Steam Input
  • Increased responsiveness of Switch Controllers when alt-tabbing
  • Added support for the Victrix Pro FS with Touch Pad.
  • Fixed some cases where Switch Controllers could lock up Steam on Windows.

Steam Networking Sockets
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a P2P connection to drop if a relay went offline while in use

Remote Play
  • Added a controller overlay with mouse mode, on-screen keyboard functionality and more! Default way to bring up is a long press of the Back button and can be configured in Remote Play settings.
  • Added the option to record/playback input from the controller overlay when on the Windows login screen
  • Added loading screen tips for useful functionality, including which button opens the overlay
  • Added additional detail when running install scripts during PC to PC streaming
  • Added Steam Overlay to the streaming client in Remote Play Together.
  • Reduced audio dropouts when streaming microphone input
  • Fixed sending controller input to the remote side in Remote Play Together
  • Fixed muted audio when streaming after an RDP session
  • Fixed controller overlay showing up automatically when connecting
  • Fixed doubled up controller input when doing PC to PC streaming
  • Fixed black screen when streaming from a locked computer
  • Fixed Play button saying "Stop" instead of "Connect" when the stream stops unexpectedly
  • Fixed crash in Remote Play Together when one or more player has a controller connected
  • Fixed characters being doubled when typing in foreign languages.
  • Fixed remote client discovery when using link-local ipv4 addresses (IP auto-configuration)
  • Fixed low audio volume when starting the stream
  • Fixed VR games getting auto filtered during a VR session when a Remote Play spectator is connected.
  • Fixed several stability issues during launching, task switching, overlay, and shutdown of various games.
  • Fixed custom cursor size on specific games such as Heroes of Might and Magic III HD Edition.
  • Fixed player names displaying in the wrong position for InGame and Snooze status.

Big Picture Mode
  • Added plumbing to use the desktop client’s image cache for games. Game icons should now load quicker and start working in offline mode.
  • Added the ability to rumble controllers in the “Reorder Controllers Dialog”. Controllers which support LED color such as the DS4 will also have the controller’s LED color setting reflected in the controller image.
  • Fixed navigating community content panels for games w/ mature content
  • Fixed some cases where the Overlay would not come up when using a controller w/ gyro bound to mouse in Steam Input

SteamVR
  • Fixed incorrectly adding non-Steam app screenshots to SteamVR.
  • Fixed some hybrid 2D/VR games not appearing in the VR UI.

Windows
  • Fixed behavior of some Steam windows in certain multi-monitor + mixed high DPI/scaling scenarios

Linux
  • Disabled CEF keyring integration by default. The -enable-keyring option can be passed to the Steam client to reinstate it.
  • Fix race condition that could cause some Proton-enabled games to redownload
  • Fixed Big Picture Mode on-screen keyboard not popping up when clicking on text fields with Touch Screen Mode enabled
  • Fixed Big Picture Mode on-screen Keyboard not allowing more than 3 clicks on a key in quick succession with mouse/touch input
  • Fixed a client crash occasionally happening while iterating directories
  • Fixes to Steam overlay for titles that use XInput2

Linux Steam runtime 0.20200318.1
  • Updated to latest version of libvulkan
  • Added exports for more WSI functions for Proton
  • Improved runtime diagnostic tools
Dota 2 - Valve
- Fixed an XP bug that was recently introduced that caused streaks to give much more XP than intended
OCTOPATH TRAVELER™ - Valve
Save 50% on OCTOPATH TRAVELER™ as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

*Offer ends April 2 at 10AM Pacific Time
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - Valve
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is Now Available on Steam!

Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel.
Steam Blog - AndrewL


February may have been the shortest month of the year, but that doesn't mean a shortage of top releases on Steam.

As always, this months’ lists showcase the top titles released in February (measured by the revenue generated during the first two weeks after their launch) and the top five free to play releases (measured by unique player count). As always, we take a look at some of the trends in these charts. But as a special part of this post, we’ve also included a spotlight section with two of the teams featured this month: Flying Oaks Games (ScourgeBringer) & Ink Stains Games (Stoneshard).


A Big Month for Early Access
The first thing we noticed this month is the high volume of games using Early Access. With nearly half of the games this month graduating to full release or making their debuts, Early Access continues to be a successful option for developers and players alike. When we launched Early Access back in 2013, we hoped that the program would provide developers with an optional path to work on their game alongside data and feedback from players. It’s great to see so many studios finding success through Early Access.


11 Releases From Teams New to Steam
Meanwhile, we continue to see new dev teams scoring a spot at the top of the charts. This month an astounding 11 games are coming from teams releasing their first ever Steam product. To Comfy Company, DeGenerals, Echo Entertainment, The Elephant Crew, Mastfire Studios Pty Ltd, panstasz, Placeholder Gameworks, SouthPAW Games, Spiderling Studios, SukeraSomero, WOLCEN Studio, welcome and congrats on your success.


Developer Spotlights: Flying Oak Games & Ink Stains Games
Obviously, finding success with a first release is not something that every team achieves. For many developers, a first release can be challenging and rewarding experience, but one that doesn't lead to a spot on a monthly top release list. This month we thought it would be great to celebrate some of the teams whose first releases didn't make a top 20 list, but have found their way on to this month’s charts with a subsequent release. We asked Flying Oak Games (ScourgeBringer) and Ink Stains Games (Stoneshard) about the biggest takeaways from their first launches, how those translated to success this time around, and what they'd recommend to other developers who didn't make a top 20 list with their first launch.

Flying Oak Games
In 2016 Flying Oak Games released the twin-stick shooter, NeuroVoider, for both consoles and Steam. The team points out that not enough focus was put on the quality of that title’s PC features. So, when they set out to make this month's hit, ScourgeBringer, Flying Oak made it a goal to ensure that their PC features be fully developed.

As Thomas Altenburger from the Flying Oak team puts it, "Quality depended on properly responding to our PC players, so we put extra effort into including as many Steam features as possible: Extended settings (e.g., full control support and remapping), working toward a crash free release, and localizing the game in as many languages as possible."

The team also said they were much more aware of Steam tags this time around. Rather than waiting to see how players decided to tag the game, they put emphasis on researching and selecting appropriate Steam tags before release. By carefully researching similar games, they were able to target players who were more likely to be interested in ScourgeBringer.

"We noticed that Steam is targeting players with similar interests more efficiently than in 2016,” said Thomas. “Understand: Set your tags right! We're pleased to see that new players are already familiar with the genres."

Finally, Flying Oak emphasized the importance of their publisher, Dear Villagers, who were able to create a focused marketing campaign that targeted relevant markets by using content creators specifically tailored for them.

"It has been hard, but we're very proud of the result and more importantly,” said Thomas. “Steam players seem to acknowledge the effort!"


Ink Stains Games
When designing their latest title, Stoneshard, Ink Stains Games set out to create a product that was much bigger in scope than their first game 12 is Better Than 6. According to the team, the big difference this time around came from placing a greater focus on expanding their engagement with the community. Speaking with the team about the ways they made this happen, there was an emphasis on paying more attention to a global audience.

"From the very beginning, we chose Steam as one of our main community platforms, giving it priority over our other social networks,” said Andrey Tsypaiev from Ink Stains. “Here, we regularly published devlogs about our progress in several languages - this approach allowed us to build several regional communities around our game."

If you follow Stoneshard on Steam, you've probably seen these devlogs in the game's News Hub. Each one gives unique insights into the development path, along with sneak previews and colorful gifs showcasing upcoming features. Something that isn't always obvious to players though, is the fact that the team creates several localized versions of these devlogs. Regardless of what language a player has Steam set to, Ink Stains is able to share Stoneshard development with their entire community.

Andrey's advice to other teams, "Start working with the community as soon as possible. This strategy allows you to create the backbone of a community you will be working with later."


Thank you and congratulations to both Ink Stains Games and Flying Oak Games for sharing their experiences in creating a Top Release of February 2020.

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February's Top Releases
If you've made it this far, here's the list of February's top releases ordered by release date (we've organized this list on a sale page too):


ScourgeBringer
Flying Oak Games & E-Studio (France & Finland)


Stoneshard
Ink Stains Games (Russia)


Azur Lane Crosswave
IDEA FACTORY, COMPILE HEART & FELISTELLA (Japan)


Being a DIK - Season 1
Dr PinkCake (Sweden)


DAEMON X MACHINA
Marvelous Inc. (Japan)


Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem
WOLCEN Studio (France)


Metro Exodus
4A Games (Ukraine & Malta)


Senren*Banka
Yuzusoft (Japan)


Besiege
Spiderling Studios (UK)


Blackwake
Mastfire Studios Pty Ltd (Australia & US)


Skul: The Hero Slayer
SouthPAW Games (Republic of Korea)


Taur
Echo Entertainment (Sweden)


Death and Taxes
Placeholder Gameworks (Estonia)


Tank Mechanic Simulator
DeGenerals (Poland)


WORLD OF HORROR
panstasz (Poland)


Dungeon Defenders: Awakened
Chromatic Games (US)


Max Gentlemen Sexy Business!
The Men Who Wear Many Hats (US)


Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection
CAPCOM CO., LTD. (Japan)


ONE PUNCH MAN: A HERO NOBODY KNOWS
Spike Chunsoft Co. Ltd. (Japan)


OshiRabu: Waifus Over Husbandos
SukeraSomero (Japan)

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February's Top Free Releases


Dota Underlords
Valve (US)


RISK: Global Domination
SMG Studio (Australia & US)


I Wanna Maker
The Elephant Crew (US)


Moe Era
Comfy Company (Russia)


绝望监牢 / 絶望プリズン
Studio Wasabi (Japan)

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If you're curious about previous months, here are more Top Release lists:

Cheers!
-The Steam Team
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