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Jun
15
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by Hummel-o-War at 12:01 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Today is the day: we are releasing Alpha 12 to the public!



First of all, a giant thank you to all our testers and bug reporters and to all of you players out there, sharing feedback on the new and updated features, starting new games and retesting new setup over and over again. This cannot be valued enough! :)

For those, that did not actively follow the Experimental phases, find a brief breakdown of some of the main features below.

While you read, we suggest to open up our Empyrion Soundtrack and check out the three new 'Legacy Faction' tracks, created by Alex Jordon:

Feature Overview:

1. The Galaxy
  • A fully randomly generated galaxy with several thousand star systems.
  • For the start, the galaxy offers nearly two dozen new celestial objects, like different sun types, gas giants and even black holes!
  • The skybox in any orbit is now showing the real galaxy stars and its nebulae. Both elements are correctly displayed, depending on where you are in the galaxy.
  • Each of the (new) NPC main faction not only has gotten its own POI and vessel design, but also has its own territory in the galaxy: Zirax, Polaris, Kriel, Traders Guild, Pirates, The Legacy (UCH and Talon are available as well, but are used as implicit faction in the default game)
2. Station Services
  • When in range of a station which has the station services enabled, open the control panel of your vessel (P) and find the new tab 'Station Services'.
  • You can buy and refill fuel, ammo and pentaxid, as well as repair your ship (repair-2-template!) and quick-load your shield - in case you have the required credits.
3. All new scanning detection systems
  • Detectors, available as handheld devices with low range, but also for every vessel, will reveal deposits and points of interest while actively managed.
  • Detectors work on planets and in space!
4. Player-build Teleporter
  • Add a teleporter device to your base or your capital vessel to create shortcuts between your structures or simply to avoid landing or having to go outside in your space suit..
  • You can use teleport destinations from discovered stations of friendly NPC factions
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5. Interactive Dialogue System
  • The player avatar now has choices when...
Jun
10
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 6:37 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Giving a fixed date for a release is always a bit of a risk, but if everything goes accordingly, you should save the following date for the Empyrion Alpha 12 public release: June, 15th.

Just as a disclaimer, although we know all of our community members are pretty much aware of the following: If today's Experimental phase 6 and the upcoming phase 7 release (scheduled for this friday) show any serious issues, well, then the release day will of course be pushed back a day or two. ;)

That being said, on behalf of the Eleon Game Studios development team and the QA crew: thanks a lot for your tremendous amount of positive comments on the upcoming Alpha 12 features and thanks even more for all the bug reports and helpful feedback! :)

With today’s phase 6 release, we add another bunch of fixes and adjustments but also a new variant to start your game experience: Snow Starter!

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Note: the Snow Starter will NOT offer any tutorial, but will let you play all the missions.

Please find the full changelog added below.

As usual:
While the Experimental phases last, we will continue to update the following post with the latest Experimental version changelogs for hotfixes and intermediate bugfix patches: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/

For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

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Important note, related to our Experimental Server: the server needs to be wiped with today's update, as we integrated some database related changes that will help us to improve not only multiplayer-related features. The wipe is also necessary to introduce all the POI changes as well as having the Station Services added to the game world - which is, for the same reasons, recommended for Single Player...
Jun
03
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by Hummel-o-War at 4:43 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

The public release of Alpha 12 is coming closer. For those that asked: Expect it to happen around mid of june! No liability assumed, of course. :D

Phase5_AlienTowerStory.jpg

That being said, Experimental Phase 5 is adding one of the last features, related to the new galaxy: the Station Services.

Station Services will allow you to refill fuel and pentaxid, restock your ammo, repair your vessel or fast-charge your shields in exchange for credits. For testing how this will work, visit the Polaris Trading Station on the Temperate starter planet. When in range, open the Control Panel (P) and find the new tab ‘Station Services’.

Keep in mind this is a new feature addition. The pricing will change. We also plan to add the Station Services to more planetary and orbital structures until the next phase.

For now, let us know what you think: https://empyriononline.com/threads/a12-exp-station-services.93655/ :)

We have of course also worked on the galaxy, the stars, nebula - which are now part of the orbital skybox as well! - and bugfixes. ;)

Please find the full changelog added below.

As usual:
While the Experimental phases last, we will continue to update the following post with the latest Experimental version changelogs for hotfixes and intermediate bugfix patches: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/

For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

Have fun! :)

== CHANGELOG ==

NEW FEATURE

- Added 'Station Services'

When in range of a station (300m) which has the station services enabled, open the control panel of your vessel (P) and find the new tab 'Station Services'. You can buy and refill fuel, ammo and pentaxid, as well as repair your ship (repair-2-template!) and quick-load your shield - in case you have the required credits. The availability of...
May
27
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 1:43 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Although phase 4 was released just a few days ago, we have worked on some important bugfixes which we do not want to delay any longer.

That being said, this is not only a bugfix update or a hotfix to phase 4, but also adds several new elements in terms of gameplay and visuals for you to test as well! Some of these are currently work-in-progress, but - as always - require your dedicated feedback to improve them up to the next phase-release. :)

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Please find the full changelog added below.

As usual:
While the Experimental phases last, we will continue to update the following post with the latest Experimental version changelogs for hotfixes and intermediate bugfix patches: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/

For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

Have fun! :)

= CHANGELOG =

Gameworld
  • Space: now using real stars and nebulas instead of skybox images. (only for games started with 12.4.1; For old scenarios: remove the Nebula/Stars property from playfield.yaml )
  • Space: POIs now will be placed within a max radius of 15000m around the center of the playfield (only for games started with 12.4.1)
  • Galaxy Map: coordinates are now displayed as LY instead as sector coordinates
Story and POI
  • Added story intro mission: Starting The Journey (auto-activates on completion or decline of Tutorial BUT can also be activated manually!)
  • Storyline missions now require a RP of 'neutral' (Talon, Polaris); Note: All story missions can be activated manually!
  • Uncertain Outcome: Improved waypoints to avoid being guided to the wrong POI
  • Uncertain Outcome: Asteroid Mining Station now has an Admin Core to avoid ruining Polaris RP while fighting with the Zirax
  • Totally...
May
22
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 12:25 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

First of all, thanks a lot for your patience, while we had to delay Phase 4. We have made good use of these additional days and a lot has happened in the code and in the game.

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A few highlights:
  • The galaxy is now a lot more configurable. You can now use ‘Regions’ for local hotspots and for the general shape and design (amount and type of stars etc).
  • We have added the ‘Scoreboard’ to the old player overview (Button: B). You can now see a lot of stats and info in a leaderboard style
  • The Registry now allows to directly jump to a system with the ‘show on map’ button
Please find the full changelog added below.

There is one caveat, though: the flexibility for the galaxy-setup, database changes and other adjustments, now require a new game start. As already announced, old savegames from the previous Experimental phases are no longer compatible anymore.

The good thing: starting a new savegame will allow you to play the updated story missions and explore the reworked POI, as those cannot be updated in existing savegames as well. :)

As usual:
While the Experimental phases last, we will continue to update the following post with the latest Experimental version changelogs for hotfixes and intermediate patches: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/

For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

Have fun with Phase 4 - and tell us what you think about the changes! :)

PS: Dedicated Server files are again available with todays release & we have reset our EXP server with an updated scenario as well!

= CHANGELOG =

GALAXY & GALAXY CONFIG
  • Better elliptical galaxy generation, improved naming algorithm for stars.
  • Added REGIONS: up to 99 StarRegions & StarClass are possible...
May
06
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 1:00 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Welcome to week 3 of Alpha 12 Experimental.

For all those waiting to get hands on the dedicated server files: With phase 3 we made good progress in terms of performance and functions of the database and in fixing issues related to the server files. That being said, although the changes now have to be tested with your help in the current update, we are quite confident that next week's phase 4 will have the server files included eventually! :)

Please also note, there are a few more adjustments to be made for phase 4, which will result in a savegame break for your current, running savegames - which will also result in a full wipe of our Experimental Server.

Although this might be a bit inconvenient, but as you know: only new games, started with each phase will have all the changes on playfields, POIs and missions - as these game elements, unlike config changes, do not get updated in a running savegame.

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[ New mission: Offworld Grave ]

As usual:
While the Phase 3 lasts, we will continue to update the following post with the latest Experimental version changelogs for hotfixes and intermediate patches: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/

For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

= CHANGELOG =

REGISTRY
  • Added toggle button groups for private, faction, others to filter results
FACTIONS
  • Traders Guild is now an intractable faction (you can change your standing up and down now)
  • Updated Reputation actions for Traders Guild
  • Adjusted reputation points of other factions (reduced/adapted gains and losses; please check ingame NPC faction screen)
MISSIONS / DIALOGUE
  • Added / Full rework: Human...
Apr
28
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 12:37 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalist!

Today we start into Alpha 12 Experimental Phase 2.

The first week has not only brought up a LOT of feedback on the new features ( Thanks a lot & keep it coming! :) ), and has also shown that the database is basically working as intended. BUT, due to some ongoing issues we noticed in the process, we will need more time for dedicated server testing fixes and optimization. As you know, the database is a key element of Alpha 12 in general and for the multiplayer servers (and their ‘playability’) in particular. That being said, please bear with us for having to delay the Experimental dedicated server for a little longer. At least until the database is FULLY working in the intended way, so the server owners can run their servers properly. And: No worries, the experimental phase will offer enough time for your planned server worlds to thrive. ;)

For those that are new to this topic, please read the full reasoning over here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-info.92617

Thanks a lot in advance for your understanding.

In terms of gameplay and features, phase 2 has a lot of fixes and rebalancings, changes and adjustments. Please find the full changelog attached below.

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[ Kriel Firebase - Work in Progress; Want to know which POI for the Kriel faction are in the works by @jrandall? >> Tune in right here!

As always:
While the Phase 2 lasts, we will continue to update the following post with the latest Experimental version changelogs for hotfixes and such: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/

For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum:...
Apr
21
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 12:58 PM
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Hello Galactic Survivalists!

Today we are kicking off the first testing phase of the Alpha 12 Experimental! :)

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Main feature additions:
  1. The Galaxy
  2. Active detection system
  3. Registry journeybook
  4. Interactive dialogues
  5. Dynamic key-token generation
  6. Space Base Defense
  7. Player-build teleporter system
  8. Full config files exposition
Besides those major topics, we added several new NPC Factions, a slew of technical and feature additions, new crafting materials like Titanium, updated POIs, Model and a lot more.

Have a look at the full changelog below.

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Remember: For the first days of the Experimental version, multiplayer games can only be played on our Alpha 12 Experimental server, because we first need to thoroughly test the new database, before we can release the EXP server version. The Singleplayer/Coop client version of the Experimental version are of course available with todays release! Please read the full reasoning over here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-info.92617/

As with every major releases, the Experimental version phase will see several stages and last at least a few weeks, until we will release to the 'public' branch eventually. ;)

Please also note:
Alpha 12 Experimental UPDATE AND HOTFIX changelogs can be found here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-experimental-updates-and-hotfixes.92687/
Fixed Experimental version bugs can be found there: https://empyriononline.com/forums/fixed.90/


For discussing the new and updated features, please head over to the pinned threads in our Experimental Feedback forum: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

There, we will also gladly answer your questions and set up help topics as we go.

Now, please have fun playing Alpha 12 Experimental Phase 1! :)
- Empyrion Dev Team...
Apr
17
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 8:38 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Most of you might wonder, when the Alpha 12 Experimental will hit your PC. Good news!

If everything works out as planned, the Experimental phase will start anytime next week!
As always..no liabilities assumed.

There is one thing to know about the upcoming Experimental.

For Alpha 12 we made a real BIG change in how the game handles data and info by adding a persistent database. This offers a myriad of new possibilities - in fact, it made some of the Alpha 12 features possible in the first place - but this needs to be tested in-depth, especially for Multiplayer.

That’s why this time, in the first week of the Experimental release, we will only have our own EXP Server as a testing field.

This way, we will be able to grab all the logs directly and track the performance of the database in a live environment with the highest possible load. Again, and to be precise: this is for this initial phase (only!!)

We hope everyone planning to set up an own EXP Server will understand this move, as testing the database is crucial for the progress of the game as a whole.

Rest assured the EXP will have a server version released, as soon as the tests are passed and we are confident about the stability of the database.

The Singleplayer version will of course be available from day one, just the dedicated server version will be delayed.

If things go accordingly, this initial phase might only last a few days. A minor period, given the Alpha 12 is a milestone release with an Experimental phase of several weeks, where we will be happy to see a lot of Experimental-version servers out there.

A note for the server owners, as this might not be known a lot: feel free to get in touch with us about any global topics via [email protected] (Feedback, Ideas etc.. no specific topic ;) )

Hope to see you soon playing the Experimental version! :)
- Empyrion Dev Team

PS: For all of you interested in an evening talk about Alpha 12 and maybe some gameplay right from the final Experimental pre-release candidate, tune in to our Dev Q&A, hosted by Spanj: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-12-preview-and-dev-q-a-live.92616/

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Apr
15
Alpha 12.jpg
by Hummel-o-War at 8:46 PM
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Welcome back, Galactic Survivalists!

For today's blog, we would like to give you more insight on a device feature, a lot of you have asked for.

Until now, you could make use of the device in question in NPC stations and some dungeons.
Now, it will be available to you players: Teleporters!

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(New CV teleporter model)

The Teleporters will come in two versions:
  • Teleporter for bases. Their range will be 30 LY
  • Teleporter for capital vessels. They will allow you to teleport within a sector, what means between Planet<>Orbit, Planet<>Moon, Orbit<>Moons etc. No need to EVA over to a space station anymore!
There are a few constraints of course.
  • You can NOT teleport to another PLAYER or PLAYER FACTIONS teleporters! You can only use your own teleporters, those of your faction and from NPC factions you are at least in a friendly state.
  • It is not possible to teleport FROM or teleport TO a CV that is currently MOVING
  • It is not possible to use a CV or BA teleporter (as outgoing-transport) when
    a) shields are active
    b) the structure is under fire (cooldown of 20seconds after last “hit”)
Incoming teleports currently can end on devices that are off or behind a shield - of course only if you ‘allowed’ to use the teleporter as a target.

If there is any condition that denies you to use a teleport target, its destination simply will not show in the teleporter target overview.

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We hope you will like this little feature improvement.
As usual, feel free to post an questions to the comments. :)

Read you soon,
Empyrion Dev Team