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Beta Branch Patch 0.32 - Generator Improvements, Endgame Content and tons more

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Patch 0.32

 

Date: February 13th, 2020

 

Beta Branch Note: These changes are currently available on the beta branch. The beta branch is for testing experimental changes and for finding and fixing errors.

 

This is how you get access to the beta branch (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK):

Right-Click on Avorion in your Steam list, Properties -> Betas -> Select branch 'beta'.

 

Gameplay

  • Added ancient gates to exodus end sectors
  • Added camera shake in several situations when ...
    • boosting
    • getting hit by torpedoes
    • a nearby ship jumps into hyperspace
    • a nearby ship arrives from hyperspace

    [*]Camera shake intensity can be configured in settings

    [*]Added an animation for ships arriving from hyperspace

    [*]Added a new block shape

Procedural Craft Generator

 

"We reworked the procedural craft generator to create prettier ships, based on faction styles. Factions can be recognized by their ships and stations now, and each ship/station class has a distinct look. We won't bore you with the internals, just one thing: Yes, you can mod it."

  • Reworked the craft generator
  • Added distinct styles for ships: Ship (default), Miner, Freighter, Carrier
  • Added distinct styles for each station type
  • New styles will only appear in newly discovered sectors
  • Most aspects of the craft generator are now controllable via scripts
  • Players without any saved designs get 5 procedural ship designs of varying size that they can use

Balancing

  • Limited maximum hyperspace cooldown to 5 minutes
  • Hyperspace cooldown is always at least 5 seconds (instead of 0) to avoid server issues

New Endgame Content

 

"We feel that after killing the Wormhole Guardian there should be more to do with your time. With this update we introduce new Xsotan ships, a new server wide post-guardian event and three new bosses."

  • Added a nassive, server wide, regular event in the center of the galaxy that happens after killing the Xsotan Wormhole Guardian
  • Added new types of Xsotan
    • Summoner: ??
    • Quantum: ??

    [*]Adjusted spawn timings of Xsotan Wormhole Guardian

    [*]Added 3 new Endgame Bosses

    • Boss Project IHDTX
    • The Big Brother
    • 5468 6520 4149

Faction Economy

 

"With this update we added economic factors to factions. Their supply is now finite, depending on faction size and military or economic focus. Players can now drive AI factions to their limits, and see and feel the impact of their actions."

  • Factions now have a limited amount of military ships available in a given amount of time
    • The amount depends on the faction's size and how aggressive or peaceful they are
    • If lots of military ships are available they might send more when sending reinforcements
    • Military ships are replenished over time

    [*]Relations now worsen when taking over a sector from an AI faction

    [*]A faction is now considered eradicated if it controls no more sectors and has no stations

    • Eradicated factions are marked in the Diplomacy tab

    [*]Factions now rebuild lost stations

    • Construction sites are not built in hazard zones
    • Each faction has a capacity for building construction sites, depending on the faction's size
    • Capacity is replenished over time

    [*]Smuggler Outposts now have spies that uncover data about neighboring factions

    • Total stations, military ships and construction capacity are then visible in the Diplomacy tab
    • This data is always visible for allied factions

Faction Packs

 

"Ever wanted to play against the Star Wars Empire in Avorion? You now have the tools to do so."

  • Added new type of mod, "Faction Pack"
  • Faction packs allow modders to create factions with coherent custom ship and station designs
    • Supported ship types: Ship, Freighter, Carrier, Miner, Fighter
    • Supported station types: All basic station types

    [*]Size and material are adjusted automatically

    [*]Added combobox to select the type when creating a new mod

Creative Mode Improvements

 

"We want players to be able to use Creative Mode in a way its name suggests, to try out features and game mechanics. So we added the possibility to quickly change the equipment of your craft."

  • Added "Creative Mode Command Center" tab to Ship Window
    • Players can add crew, guns, system upgrades, different fighter squads, torpedoes and goods to their current craft
    • Relations to AI factions can be manipulated

    [*]Amounts of turrets in building mode are now hidden as they are infinite anyways

Backups

 

"Since Avorion saves (galaxies) are persistent they tend to become huge, and a normal savegame feature is not possible. We did our best to add a safeguard against losing all your progress (for example after a crash) without taking up tons and tons of hard drive space."

  • While playing, the game will now create hourly emergency backups
  • You can restore emergency backups from the settings menu
  • You should only restore backups in case of an emergency (ie. savegame corruption, by a crash or mods)
  • In order to avoid exploits, backup creation can't be manually controlled by players
    • (If you really want to mess up your galaxy and then revert it, copy its folder and then go nuts)

    [*]IMPORTANT: Restoring from a backup is not the same thing as loading a save:

    • Only player progress is saved during the backup
    • When a backup is applied, the galaxy is almost completely reset and backed-up player progress is reapplied
    • NPC factions are completely reset on restore of a backup

Client

  • Added dimensions preview when placing block templates in building mode
  • Improved visuals of hull polarization effects
  • Hologram blocks now light up their surroundings
  • Reduced overly bright AO lighting
  • Added more crash diagnostics to client

Server

  • Added a command line option to restore from a backup

Scripting API

  • Documentation is now sorted alphabetically
  • General documentation improvements
  • Added getSectorView() function to Galaxy
  • Added setMaterialTier() function to BlockPlan
  • Added intersectBeamRay() functionality to intersect beams the way that a weapon would behave
  • ShipAI: Added new function setPassiveTurning() to allow an entity to turn and shoot while staying in place
  • Made Thrusters component available in scripts: Get / set turning speeds of entities
  • Made Torpedo component available in scripts
  • Made DirectFlightPhysics component available in scripts
  • vec2, vec3 and vec4 can now be constructed with a single value: vec3(1) == vec3(1, 1, 1)
  • Several improvements to passing/reading tables to/from engine
  • utility.lua: Added multimin/max utility functions

Bugfixes

 

"As always, bug reports marked with [uBR] are User Bug Reports! Thanks to everyone who reported those, and keep it up, especially now that we're in the polishing phase!"

  • [uBR] Fixed an issue where salvagers and miners stopped randomly
  • [uBR] Fixed an issue with stacked windows in main menu after changing the language
  • Scripting API: Fixed an issue where Server:getPlayers() didn't return anything
  • [uBR] Fixed dimensions preview of block brush being numbers like 1.49999999 instead of 1.5
  • [uBR] Fixed an issue where "Immune" text would be shown too often
  • Fixed an issue where wreckages were duplicated
  • [uBR] Fixed a bug when pressing Escape while moving a window
  • Fixed missing caption of resource depot
  • Fixed missing icon in cargo transport license merchant
  • Several smaller stability improvements
  • [uBR] Fixed a potential source for regular server hangs
  • [uBR] Fixed a rare issue with Building Mode geometry not reloading correctly

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This must be the best recent update; it will be fun to play! But I wonder about the backups. What player progress is saved and could this be a good alternative to resetting servers? Sounds like online players could keep their hard-earned items while having replenished asteroids and faction stations. (But I don’t run servers and I join infrequently.)

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This must be the best recent update; it will be fun to play! But I wonder about the backups. What player progress is saved and could this be a good alternative to resetting servers? Sounds like online players could keep their hard-earned items while having replenished asteroids and faction stations. (But I don’t run servers and I join infrequently.)

The backups are primarily meant as a single-player centered emergency feature, to avoid loss of hundreds of hours of progress. They could be used for server resets, too, yes.

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Great update!

I remember the update of the fighter and the custom turret.

 

And I get very greedy.

The format of the saved data of the ship seems to be unchanged.

There are a lot of custom turrets and merged ships in the workshop.

Will the information of the custom turret be added to the save data of the ship?

Will Faction Packs support custom turrets?

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For the love of God...FIX THE PIRATES FLYING OUT HUNDREDS OF KM WHEN BEING ATTACKED BY PLAYER/NPC SHIPS!!!!

 

AND either A) change headhunters back to faction specific or B) MAKE IT SO PIRATES CANNOT HIRE THEM.  You're killing this game by not fixing bugs, and by making asinine changes that break the game and make it unplayable.

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The headhunters are annoying because they keep coming and coming. If I could wipe out the faction to stop them from coming it would be better.

 

And yes, AI ships flying out 300+km is pretty silly.

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I see get /set turning speed of entities

 

And

 

DirectFlightPhysics complement available in scripts

 

Does this mean we can start modding ship speeds, manueverabilty and possibly give fighters an intercept mode so they can burn to a target?

 

I'm an experienced modder on some games once I have things figured out, but modding this game has not clicked with me yet. Any chance info will be on the wiki for these entries?

 

Not an expectation of course, just a hopeful ask.  ;)

 

Thanks!

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How to get 0.32? My Steam updated to 0.32.1 ....

 

I cant choose 0.32 from Beta branches in Steam and cant rejoin my server... thx...

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