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Xenomarine Beta ReleaseDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Mon, May 14, 2018 09:03:24

It's been a long time coming: Xenomarine is now at Beta. The game is now complete in terms of having all the content and features originally planned (as well as a whole lot that was not originally planned but was added on the way!).

It's not yet transitioning to full Steam release for three main reasons:

1) While the game is basically stable and all known bugs have been fixed, a further period of testing and player feedback is expected to reveal additional harder-to-find bugs
2) Similarly, during Beta further testing and player feedback is expected to lead to minor game difficulty and balance adjustments
3) Finally, during Beta, further Steam achievements will be added

So if you'd like to help shape the final product please do use this opportunity to give feedback - the best place for this is the discussions section of the Steam community.

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Xenomarine Beta includes improved highscore stats, Steam leaderboards and some significant changes requested by players, such as a 'bestiary' and the ability to continue 'adventure mode' games without restarting the level. Here's a full list of changes:


IMPROVED MORGUE FILES:

NEW: description of how player died added to morguefile
NEW: number of drones/turrets hacked to morguefiles
NEW: enemy kills screen now shows detailed Xenobiology info
MOD: improved alien kills and general morguefile layout
FIX: some incorrect alien images on alien kills screen

BESTIARY

NEW: can now access all Xenobiology info learned in each run via special Xenobiology ('bestiary') screen (using 'x' key)

STEAM LEADERBOARDS

NEW: Steam leaderboards added for highest number of kills and highest level reached

BALANCE:

MOD: increase hit points for medium and heavy turrets
MOD: experience gain for destroying drones and turrets increased if unit is hostile
MOD: no experience gain when player controlled drone or turret is killed
MOD: night vision goggles battery life tripled
MOD: further tweaks to difficulty progression
FIX: advanced rocket launcher no longer has 20 ammo capacity!

UI:

NEW: added 3 new tips relating to xenobiology
NEW: more detailed skill info on character screen including new perks
NEW: push back chance shown with block info in inventory screen
NEW: log messages now describe turrets as neutral or hostile

SOUND:

NEW: sound effects for alien plants and slicers
MOD: improved railgun sound
FIX: sound effect for large reaper fixed

OTHER FIXES/IMPROVEMENTS:

MOD: can now continue adventure mode games without restarting level
MOD: aliens no longer not attack scout drones unless blocking path to another target
FIX: movement controls improved to avoid accidentally moving two tiles with a keypress
FIX: bug with pathfinding causing paths to be traced through turrets, causing infinite loop
FIX: bug where flamethrower cannot be fired with mouse from targeting mode
FIX: bug where flamethrower cannot be used to attack eggs when targeting an adjacent square
FIX: bug allowing placement of turrets in odd locations e.g. pit tiles
FIX: bug where not able to set traps on certain floor tiles
FIX: bug where hidden mechanism detecter fails to reveal secret doors if player has already
failed a spot throw for that door
FIX: removed irrelevant xenobiology log messages for drones and turrets
FIX: bug causing log messages which say damage type has been resisted despite 0% resistance


Alpha 5.2: patch notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Sun, April 15, 2018 09:43:07

This is a pretty significant patch: with the new armor types and alien tech in this release, Xenomarine is now complete with respect to equipment (weapons, armor, items), at least in terms of having all items originally planned (I may actually add one or two more things yet, but these will be a bonus rather than part of the original plan).

In addition this patch adds 7 new perks (special abilities gained through skill progression) to the earlier 5, including such things as auto-reload, and 'push back' abilities - as well as a perk that introduces 'critical hits' to the combat mechanics. There's also a major overhaul of the way knowledge of aliens is gained and used, including new log messages to make this part of the game more accessible to players.

Finally this patch brings a significant adjustment to the difficulty curve that should be directly noticeable by players. While Xenomarine is still very much intended to be a 'hard' and intensely tactical game, the aim of this balance adjustment is to make the ability to get past levels 3-6 less dependent on lucky equipment finds. Instead you should experience a more gradual increase in difficulty as levels progress. However I would welcome further feedback from players on the new difficulty curve!

Overall Xenomarine is now close to being ready to ship: look out for the first 'Beta' release in the coming weeks!



NEW WEAPONS AND ARMOR:

NEW: 'superheavy' armor types
NEW: 'heavy' and 'superheavy' helmet types
NEW: high-level alien tech including 'singularity globe'

XENOBIOLOGY:

NEW: log messages for when knowledge gained about alien species
NEW: +5 to hit bonus for a species earned after killing 20 aliens of same species
NEW: ability to predict presence of aliens after killing 10 of same species

PERKS:

NEW: 7 new perks to be gained through skill progression

GAME BALANCE:

MOD: set trap should be on player square
MOD: replaced 'throwing knife' with '10 powerpacks' in workbench
MOD: number of shells/fuel gained at workbench increased to 10
MOD: minor reduction of number/difficulty of aliens in early levels, minor increase in later levels
MOD: number of alien eggs reduced for early levels, increasing with level number
MOD: limit (skill-dependent) on number of simultaneous drones

BUGFIXES AND MINOR CHANGES:

FIX: bug where neutral combat drones/turrets sometimes attack player at close range
FIX: bug where unable to block when alien attacks from the right
MOD: alien ammo renamed 'alien powerpacks'

Alpha 5.1: patch notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Tue, March 20, 2018 22:14:29

Smallish patch with a few useful bugfixes:

FIX: bug where new enemy types prevented from spawning in levels 18-25
FIX: bug with advanced hacking kit not working and showing zero power
FIX: bug where aliens keep attacking after death
FIX: gun turret health not shown in mousehover info after kill of same type
FIX: auto-movement no longer stopped by neutral turrets
FIX: atomic vaporiser can now fire at walls/doors with ‘f’ key
FIX: bug where aliens sometimes not revealed by bioscanner
MOD: weight of medium boots increased to 3



Alpha 5: patch notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Tue, March 06, 2018 14:26:32

It's a pretty big one! The 'Drones and Turrets' release add gun turrets to the game for the first time. Turrets can be either neutral or hostile and can be hacked in the same way as drones, and basic ones can also be found as placeable inventory items. This release also finally adds player move animation to the game! More details below.



DRONES AND TURRETS:

NEW: 3 types of gun turrets
NEW: scout drones and gun turrets can now be found as equipment
NEW: drones can now have weapons with incendiary or electric damage
MOD: 'fire at nearest' command now ignores neutral drones/turrets as targets
FIX: sound effect for combat drones
FIX: bug where drones do not turn to face player when making ranged attack
FIX: drones are now resistant to poison
FIX: bug with mouseover info for drone resistances

GRAPHICS:

NEW: smooth movement animation for player
MOD: 'key repeat delay' option changed to 'move speed'

NEW ITEMS:

NEW: power tool that can cut through walls/doors
NEW: new hacking devices variants including hacking bonuses

NEW ROOM LAYOUTS:

NEW: 1600 new extra-large vault layouts

BALANCE:

MOD: stealth field battery life increased by 500%
MOD: salvage mission targets now have minimum distance from player

JETPACK FIXES/IMPROVEMENTS:

MOD: jetpacks now come with enough fuel for two jumps
FIX: jetpacks no longer allow movement through walls/doors
FIX: jetpacks and field generators now sorted correctly in inventory
FIX: using jetpack no longer avoids terrain status effects

OTHER BUGFIXES:

FIX: various inventory items incorrectly set as stackable in inventory
FIX: incorrect number of unopened large equipment crates shown in data terminal

Alpha 4.3: Patch notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Mon, February 12, 2018 22:59:53

This release adds 12 new base item types with new game mechanics, including some high-level alien tech and...jetpacks! Also some much-need bugfixes.

NEW ITEMS:

NEW: 3 new base stimpack types (each with many variants)
NEW: 4 jetpack types
NEW: Energy barrier
NEW: Hyper-teleporter
NEW: 3 new alien globe types (each with many variants)

QUALITY OF LIFE:

MOD: when right-clicking usable to add to quickslot last slot is selected by default rather than first
NEW: can now use 'enter' key from new game panel to start new game
NEW: improved size, look and location of inventory contextual menu
FIX: some annoyances relating to selection of inventory items

SOUND AND GRAPHICS:

NEW: sound effect for aliens pushing aside floor tile
MOD: Trilinear filtering added to player, alien and level sprites (less pixellation)

BUGFIXES:

FIX: bug with player armor resistances not protecting against enemy status effects
FIX: problem (in some resolutions) with overlapping text in link from controls screen to setting screen
FIX: total number of log messages shown reduced to ensure most recent log messages always fit in log
FIX: bug where log message not shown when using item from inventory
FIX: bug where batteries do not charge energy fields
MOD: it is no longer possible to target friendly mobs
FIX: auto-target no longer targets friendly units
FIX: bug causing occasional 'teleportation' when activating auto-mouse-movement by clicking on inaccessible square
FIX: error in probability for success when using mind globe
FIX: bug allowing enemies to move twice when pressing 'f' to attack with throwing weapon or other device
FIX: bug with inventory contextual menu for weapon enhancements and batteries
FIX: mousehover info for aliens now includes special powers (e.g. regeneration) where appropriate
FIX: bug where character screen does not show impact of 'weakness' status on 'to hit'
FIX: bug where combat drones ignore effects of player cover when firing from a distance
FIX: corrected description of dual-wielding skill in terminal screen

Alpha 4.2: Patch notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Thu, January 11, 2018 23:53:30

As aliens coming up through the floor proved to be quite a popular idea, in 4.2 this happens more frequently, meaning you are never quite safe from the alien threat! In this patch there are also more weapons, and - finally - the ability to close doors!

MORE NEW WEAPONS

NEW: 8 new weapon types

MORE ALIENS COMING UP THROUGH THE FLOOR!

NEW: aliens now come up through the floor more often and at random (rather than just for missions)

SECURE THE DOOR!

NEW: close doors with 'right-click' or 'o'-key

OTHER

NEW : mouseover info for aliens now includes health, attack damage and attack type if player has previously killed aliens of that type.
MOD: shooting an alien on same tile as trap now triggers trap
MOD: aliens hatching from eggs are less dangerous types on average
FIX: bug where shooting at teleport trap teleports self
FIX: incorrect mousehover info for 'open door' and 'floor with hazard markings'
FIX: ability to dual-wield no longer affected by 'to hit' penalties, e.g. from illness
FIX: error in number of targets in mission description for 'drone virus' and 'plant life' missions
FIX: scanner sound effect not playing for some scanner types

Alpha 4.1: Patch notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Fri, December 29, 2017 22:42:35

Alpha 4.1 now available on Steam. There are 10 new weapons, including 5 new alien weapons, and cool new weapons (with new sound effects) like the ‘void laser’. All weapon stats have also been thoroughly checked and rebalanced. There are also 3 new assault mission types.


NEW WEAPONS

NEW: 10 new 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'

OTHER

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




Alpha 4: Release notesDevelopment updates

Posted by Logophil Fri, December 08, 2017 23:23:27

Time for a pretty major update! 40 new alien types or variants, alien plants, destructible environment and lots of smaller improvements…

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NEW ALIENS

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 ITEMS:

NEW: 3 new base scanner types for detecting traps and secret doors

DESTRUCTIBLE ENVIRONMENT

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

UI

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

GAMEPLAY/BALANCE

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

HACKING

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

OTHER

NEW: 7 new random tips added
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

Plus for itch.io users without access to the Steam patches, here’s a summary of the other changes since Alpha 3

GRAPHICAL VARIETY

NEW: alien caverns
NEW: secret passageways accessed by secret doors
NEW: improved lighting effects for randomly generated colour scheme
NEW: 4 new floor tile variants
NEW: added 6 wall tile variants for variety
NEW: randomly generated colour scheme for each level

GAME BALANCE

MOD: armor resistances limited to 50% resistance before level 10
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

UI

NEW: scroll map using mouse at screen edge
NEW: clicking on terminals etc now activates auto-mouse-movement
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
NEW: option to have map always centered on player
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

LINE OF SIGHT

MOD: line of sight for generator-lit rooms is now 360 degress (firing arc unchanged)

MISSIONS

MOD: ‘salvage’ missions now involve special equipment crates

OTHER

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
FIX: bug where mission crates are generated for assault missions
FIX: spelling error on terminal screen for health