Release notes here.
The cleanup-style work continues, but in addition to that there are now AI Eyes thanks to Badger!
AI Eyes are something that a few players had been looking forward to having back, and the first two variants of those are now in place. These create a situation where you need to attack planets with fewer ships (either more surgically, or with bigger but fewer ships). That’s directly at odds with how a lot of time you’ll be playing, and it fits in nicely with the Orbital Mass Drivers, which discourage you from bringing those big centerpiece ships since those will get eaten. Anyway, variety is good in terms of the sorts of challenges you might run into out there in the cosmos.
This build fixes a couple of fairly blocking errors, which are good to have out of the way, but we still have yet more cleanup to do beyond this one. Meanwhile, Puffin has been hard at work on balance, making this a lot more interesting. The Orbital Mass Drivers are much stronger, turrets have had a minor nerf, and guard post power is waaay up. Among other goodies.
If there are any more absolutely-blocking issues, we have a beta branch on steam (right click and choose properties on the game in your steam list, then choose the betas tab) called alpha_0768_pretargetingrewrite. That lets you get back to the last build prior to last one if need be. But we’re going to be crushing through more bugs on this current one on into next week, and ideally by Monday or Tuesday we’ll have all the serious stuff out.
Lots more to come next week!
Reminder: RocketAssistedPuffin has stepped into a volunteer balancer role, and he is not only looking for feedback, but he’s actively integrating lots of things that other people are suggesting on our forums and Discord, as well as things that he’s finding and coming up with himself. The more feedback the better, for sure.
The Usual Reminders
Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page. If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.
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