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  1. Hey squaddies! We’re getting ready for another SquadChat! The SquadChat will take place on Friday, August 23 at 11 AM PDT on our Twitch Channel: http://twitch.tv/JoinSquad. If you can’t make it, don’t worry: we’ll archive it on Youtube. This time, we’ll be inviting Renn Farnell, Blueprint Designer, to chat about what he does on Squad during the day, and how he mods Squad during the off-hours. Dude pretty much lives Squad, so bring your tough questions! (Or post them in the discussion thread if you can’t make it — we’ll do our best to answer as many as possible.) WHAT’S A SQUADCHAT? Good question! SquadChats are a casual discussion between the developers and YOU, the community. They’re a great opportunity to learn a little more about the team, including what powers them and how they found their way to Squad. We take your questions live and dig into what’s been going on in Squad lately. Sometimes we even sneak in a surprise or two. We have a different guest with a different specialty each time, so be sure to turn in or check the archive for previous chats! Don’t forget to let us know if there’s a topic you’d love to hear more about or someone you’d love to talk to in the discussion thread. OFFWORLD OUT.
  2. Weekend Roundup, 8/22

    Hey squaddies! With just one more week left in August, it’s hard to believe the summer’s going by so fast. (Or maybe not fast enough, if you’re in the other hemisphere!) What’s not hard to believe is that we’ve got some action-packed Squad events for the weekend ahead! AUGUST 22 5:30 PM PT (0030, 23/8 UTC) Squad Ops: SOTT Basic AUGUST 23 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) [RIP] Rusty in Places vs. The World AUGUST 24 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) Squad Ops: Operation Sentinel 5:30 PM PT (0030, 25/8 UTC) Squad Ops: Hidden Flurry AUGUST 25 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) Official Squad Showdown: Royal Battalion vs Rogue SIGNOFF Good luck to all the teams competing! Enjoy your weekend, squaddies! Would you like to see your event here? Let us know.
  3. The Wrench, August 2019

    Hey squaddies, With modding back in full swing, the community has not disappointed in the slightest. There’s a whole heck of a lot of amazing work this month! Join us on the Community Modding Discord where you can join discussions and meet the modding community. It’s a great place to share your ideas and passions with like-minded people that will happily help you create something awesome. GULF OF FINLAND BY HAWKEN If you’re surprised to learn that Gulf of Finland is set in, well, Finland, than Hawken also has a bridge to sell you. Which might come in handy, as the fresh new map features six islands with unique points of interest spread across them. Designed with helicopters in mind, the hope is to see some intense island hopping action as players battle for locations ranging from a small town, an aerodrome, and an abandoned bunker complex. You might even get some Skorpo vibes if you scout out some locations, like the fishing village. ADAWIA PARK BY JOHAN SUNDKVIST Featuring a dense urban area inspired by a real Syrian Park, Adawia aims to bring a hint of verticality to an already dangerous battlefield. The added threat of danger from any angle should definitely keep squaddies on their toes and looking for trouble. Both Militia and Insurgent teams will need to make liberal use of rooftops and underground shelters to navigate their way to a win. Be sure to pick your path wisely and cover your squadmates: the enemy could be lurking anywhere. POLY LAND BY MIHA PREZELJ Appearing almost cel-shaded at times, Miha Prezelj is taking Squad back through time to an era with only a few polygons to spare. More than just channeling some classic aesthetics, the map offers some energetic, fun gameplay to match. You could almost imagine a squad of plastic brick soldiers hiding behind all those trees. It should be interesting to see how this aesthetic plays out in Squad! BLACK GOLD BY NOXXID3 Noxxid3 was recently able to reach out to OG mapper VapoMan, who spent time crafted some of the finest Project Reality maps. In this case, Black Gold is coming back to life (in an era with plenty of polygons to spare). All of your favorite layers originally in PR should be supported on the update, as well as support for Territory Control. Noxxid3 notes that he’ll be streaming progress periodically if you’d like to tune in to chat, offer feedback, or learn a little bit about modding. IRON DAWN BY SPECTR_ETERNAL Always a favorite entry in the Wrench, SPECTR_Eternal’s Iron Dawn is back with the latest updates. This month, we’re being treated to some improved lighting! Easily visible from the shots, the map still feels absolutely frigid. In addition to that, work continues apace in the mountainous regions of the map. Special attention is being paid to roads, especially among the hills, to ensure even the thicc-est armored boi will make the trek. Hopefully, some of Squad’s aspiring videographers will pick this one up, since it looks ready for a Hollywood debut. PEACEMAKER BY TICKLISHROCKET Woot! We’ve got a newcomer. Please welcome TicklishRocket to the Wrench with the early stages of Peacemaker. The map is a chaotic urban sprawl replete with unforgiving streets, trenches, and rooftops winding through a Middle Eastern setting. Starting strong with new assets, there’s plenty more to come and we can’t wait to see it! AUSTRALIAN FACTION BY AUSSIE MOD TEAM It just wouldn’t feel like a Wrench if we didn’t have the latest from our favorite team in the Upsidedown. This month, they’re bringing their top game with the introduction of the MRH-90 helicopter! Designed primarily for transporting troops on real-life battlefields, the MRH-90 should find itself right at home among Squad’s burgeoning pilots. Back on the ground, the Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle is nearly ready to roll out, providing the Aussies with a quick, lightly armored way to get the troops to the battle before getting the heck out. Wise squad leads will be sure to remember the Bushy is NOT an APC. It will be the perfect ride to tear off across Operation Anaconda’s mountainous areas, terraced villages, and farms. Ridge to ridge fighting is going to require all the mobility you can muster, and no shortage of marksmanship either. If you’d like to see more, including a look at their second map, Operation Anvil, join the Aussie Mod Discord server today! 29TH ID MAPS N’ MODS BY PEREZ-PANTOJA The fine folks of the 29th ID are compiling and building some of their favorite mods and maps! Even better, they’re inviting you to play along. What sort of hijinks can you expect? First, they’ve added Marine MARPAT camo to offer the same competitive edge as their Russian counterparts. In addition to that, their NVG mod is coming along nicely and, pending some testing, should be making an appearance soon. Of course, those are just features building on the success of being able to run 1-life events, allowing faster deployments, and pre-match setup as well. Future goals include more content, the aforementioned NVG, assignable ranks, new maps, and more! The intent is to make the mod pack ready for any server owner who wants in on the action. Be sure to follow them on the Workshop to get involved or just keep tabs on their progress, or head over to their Youtube channel. DESERT ENVIRONMENT (WIP) BY CREATIVEREALMS Looking for a desert environment to work with, but don’t have the time, resources, or necessary experience to get it out the door? Enter the amazing generosity of CreativeRealms, who has set out to create a suitable level for everyone to get try their hand with. Featuring an 8130×8130 meter landscape, divided into four distinct map sections, so that all you need to do to is lay down some points of interest and flags to get rolling. While the project is just getting started, there are plenty of big plans: live support via DIscord, documentation, and source files for anyone who wants to take their knowledge to the next level. For further updates, or a chance to get involved, hit up the Discord server or tune in to watch CreativeRealms stream! SQUAD MODDING HUB MANAGEMENT TEAM OUT. Please note: Offworld Industries is not responsible for mod content. Please contact the creator for assistance.
  4. Weekend Roundup, 8/15

    Hey squaddies! This weekend is chockfull of competitive action courtesy of the Official Squad Showdown and you know your pals at Squad Ops will be holding it down like champions. Let’s see what’s going on in Squad! AUGUST 16 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) [RIP] Rusty in Places vs. The World AUGUST 17 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) Official Squad Showdown: CNL vs FFO 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) Squad Ops: Operation Rising Giant 2:30 PM PT (2130 UTC) Squad Ops: SOTT Basic On this date in 1982, the first commercial Compact Discs were sold in Germany. They were like memory cards, but worse. AUGUST 18 8:00 AM PT (1500 UTC) OSS: Lance vs Rogue 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) OSS: North Wolves vs SPiT 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) OSS: Raven vs Iron Guard SIGNOFF Always a blast to see some of the best teams in Squad face off. Who are you rooting for? Would you like to see your event here? Let us know. OFFWORLD OUT.
  5. Alpha 15.4 Released

    Hey squaddies! We’ve got some slightly-unusual patch notes for you today. But first, you can say goodbye to that annoying server filter bug! (The “show full servers” checkbox functionality was inverted. Whoops!) Additionally, we’re introducing some experimental changes to the “dead dead” mechanic, as well as the way “instadeath” works. Let’s dig in a little. PRE-ALPHA 13 Prior to Alpha 13, the mechanics worked like this: After dying and being revived, there was a 60-second time frame during which you were extra vulnerable. This meant that if you died again during these 60 seconds, you would become unrevivable (“dead dead”) and be instantly sent to the spawn screen. There was no UI indication of this vulnerability. Taking a large caliber headshot (such as 50cal) would instantly make you unrevivable (instadeath). This was a mechanic was originally added to convey some consequence of death, as well as a sense of tension and vulnerability to newly revived players. The goal was (hopefully) to encourage the vulnerable player to stick back with their squadmates. We had some questions on whether the role of this mechanic was too punishing and negatively impacting the teamwork aspect, especially for new players to an already challenging game. It could be difficult to understand why the “instadeath” black screen occurred and the 60-second timer was not well-exposed. ALPHA 13 With Alpha 13, when dying and being revived, there was no longer a period of extra “vulnerability,” allowing a player to be revived indefinitely. (Or until your medic ran out of bandages, anyway.) The caliber required to make you unrevivable was increased, meaning you could be revivable after a 50cal headshot, but not after a 30mm headshot. After 3 months of evaluation with these new changes, including lots of feedback from our community, we’re introducing a new iteration of these mechanics. As with the previous ones, the effects will be monitored and tweaked. Keep us updated with your feedback! ALPHA 15.4 As of this patch (Alpha 15.4), when you are incapacitated, you have a revive window (5 minutes by default). This revive window will be shortened based on the amount of damage you took as part of your death. For example, if you got downed by minimal damage from a pistol, your revive timer will be very close to 5 minutes. If you got downed by a rifle headshot, your revive timer will be slightly less than 2 and a half minutes. A 50 caliber headshot will give you a short 30-second revive window. Lastly, anything from a close proximity IED blast to a 30mm headshot and beyond will cause your revive window to be 5 seconds – too short to get revived in, so you’re effectively dead. On top of this mechanic, the revive window persists through revives until you have been healed by a medic. This means that if you get headshot by a rifle, revived without getting healed, and then headshot again, the remaining revive window will be too short for another revive. If not getting healed, this “persistent revive window” will automatically slowly increase back to the full 5 minutes as long as you remain alive. If you died, were revived, and managed to stay alive for a few minutes, you would be nearing the five-minute timer again. Anything that previously sent you instantly sent to spawn screen (“instadeath”) will now instead give you a 5-second revive timer, too short to be revived in. The hope is to give the player more feedback about what happened when he died, instead of instantly disappearing from the map and into the spawn screen. In the future, we hope to include a 1-2 second ragdoll moment before entering the incapacitated state to provide better feedback about what just occurred in a more intuitive and immersive way. Please note: there can and will be further tweaks and/or additions to this system. All in all, we hope it is a more flexible way to tune players’ revivability, as well as increase information available to the player. Our goal is to balance between the game being too forgiving and too unforgiving. In this version, revive trains should be harder to maintain and most catastrophic damage (e.g., headshots, IED explosions) should be more effective as well. However, players will still get a second chance in most cases. We will keep tracking revive statistics as well as your feedback. BUDDY RALLY Finally, we would like to give you some information on our intended gameplay ideas in the future concerning the Buddy Rally system. For the time being, lacking a system to reclaim or reset abandoned vehicles in the field, we will be keeping the buddy rally mechanic. In the future, we would like to see this replaced with a mechanic that deals with abandoned vehicles in the field, so that respawning at main is a more viable option. The buddy rally mechanic might still become a limited option available to the Commander, giving squads an extra option for situational redeployment. Another option is to make it available only to the Insurgents faction. Please keep your feedback coming on this as well. Enjoy the patch! Let us know what you think! OFFWORLD OUT.
  6. Weekend Roundup, 8/8

    Hey squaddies! Another week nearly in the books means another weekend to spend playing Squad! The community has a lot going on this weekend, including a mod test, and plenty of competitive play. Roundup time! AUGUST 9 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) [RIP] Rusty in Places vs. The World 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) Official Squad Showdown: Carolean Legion vs One Tap Wonders 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) OSS: Iron Guard vs Royal Battalion 5:30 PM PT (0030, 10/8 UTC) Squad Ops: Showdown at Sundown, Part 3 6:00 PM PT (0100 10/8 UTC) OSS: FFO vs Speaking in Tongues AUGUST 10 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) Squad Ops: Operation Knight 5:30 PM PT (0030 11/8 UTC) Squad Ops: Operation Stalker AUGUST 11 10:00 AM PT (1700 UTC) OSS: Some Random Guys vs SNG 10:00 AM PT (1700 UTC) OSS: Old Bones vs Blood Jaegers 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) OSS: RvN vs Rogue 1:00 PM PT (2000 UTC) ATHENA mod Testing SIGNOFF Remember to speak up and thank your squad leader! Would you like to see your event here? Let us know.
  7. Hey squaddies! We’re tracking an issue that’s preventing players from accessing servers. Early reports from the team are pointing to an issue with Steam-Unreal functionality related to the FOnlineAsyncTaskSteamFindServers queue. It appears to be an issue that will impact other games (e.g., Mordhau) using the Epic Steam OSS will be unable to display servers. We’ll keep an eye on the situation and let you know more once we do. Hang in there, squaddies. OFFWORLD OUT.
  8. Squad VR

    We've dabbled with some "Squad experiences" in VR, but it's not very likely that we'll see the full game in there for another hardware generation or two -- the performance to run Squad at that level likely isn't available to most people just yet. (Heck, there's only a handful of folks on the team that have any regular VR use.) Not impossible, but not something we're currently working on either.
  9. It's been a bit of an abnormal week or two with the release of CAF, the free weekend, modding event, and the hotfix. Normally we wouldn't patch so frequently, knowing that Unreal and Steam still have a cranky relationship in terms of patching. This shouldn't be a regular occurrence; we know it's a drag.
  10. Problem seeing servers

    There may be a couple problems here. First, there was an inverted server filter that was patched Friday, so hopefully it's cleared up most of the issues folks are having. Next up, it's worth trying the steps here: https://offworldindustries.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/234684847-No-servers-in-server-browser You may also want to email [email protected] if problems persist -- they can offer more individualized assistance.
  11. No Shadow has to go quick

    Our general aim is to keep optimizing so we can lock in the baseline settings for Squad, even at the low end of the requirements. There's likely to be some back and forth, especially as things like choppers roll out, but it's on the list of things we're concerned about. Not only is it not the best gameplay experience, it encourages people to miss out on all the hard work the art team does.
  12. Just a small spelling error

    Heh, it may fluctuate, but most of the team is international, with HQ being in Vancouver, so the Canadian/British spellings are pretty rampant. You'll notice we often flip between the two in blog posts as well, as I'll often try to preserve the voice of the source. (i.e., the contributing developer to patch notes.)
  13. Hey squaddies! We’ve got some fresh reinforcements incoming: The Canadian Armed Forces are now fully deployed! That’s right, there’s a brand new faction in Squad and it’s already yours, completely free. Originally known as CAFMOD, the team behind the new faction is straight from our modding community. We’re honored to be able to include them as official content for all players. What content is that, you ask? So, what are you waiting for, soldier? Do it for The Great White North! OFFWORLD OUT.
  14. Passing this one along to the team -- thank you so much for such detailed feedback!
  15. very slow startup times since update

    As I don't have a fix for y'all yet, I'm going to direct you to [email protected] If you have any crash logs (different from the crash reporter), those would be good to include, as well as any steps you've taken so far -- no sense asking you to reinstall a reinstall.
  16. Ducking in to say thanks for the detailed feedback on both sides. I suspect Nini's going to continue to be updated, so it's valuable to hear the highs and lows on both sides of the aisle. Keep it coming!
  17. Weekend Roundup, Aug 1

    Hey squaddies! After a crazy weekend or two, the Roundup is back! A big ol’ welcome to all the new squaddies joining us after the free weekend. We’ve got some great weekend highlights to keep your Squad fix flowing! AUGUST 1 5:30 PM PT (0030, 2/8 UTC) Squad Ops: SOTT Basic AUGUST 2 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) [RIP] Rusty in Places vs. The World 12:00 PM PT (1900 UTC) Official Squad Showdown: Legio X vs Oneshot-Theory (Russian stream) AUGUST 3 11:00 AM PT (1800 UTC) OSS: Royal Battalion vs Lance 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) Squad Ops: Operation Tarantula Hawk 11:30 AM PT (1830 UTC) OSS: Polish Hungarian Coalition vs 100% 2:30 PM PT (2130 UTC) Squad Ops: SOTT Basic 5:30 PM PT (0030, 4/8 UTC) Squad Ops: Derailment LAST WEEKEND By the way, just in case you missed it, we’ve archived the stream from last Friday: Shout outs to Matsimus, Space Crew, the CAF team, and the actual, factual Canadian Armed Forces members for joining us! SIGNOFF Enjoy your weekend and thank you for playing Squad! Would you like to see your event here? Let us know. OFFWORLD OUT.
  18. Alpha 15.1 Released

    Hey squaddies, We’re rolling out a patch that has a variety of fixes for issues that cropped up in Alpha 15. There are some gameplay tweaks in there too, so be sure to read the entire patch notes below! ALPHA 15.1 CHANGELOG MAPS Belaya: Updated Minimap Belaya: Fixed wheat crop fixes so they aren’t red. Belaya: Fixed bridge on the western part of the map having collision issues. Fools Road: Fixed terrain to prevent players from hiding under the surrounding terrain Mestia: Fixed railroad duplicates and spacing. Skorpo: Fixed rain effects. Tallil: Fixed collisions on several buildings Yehorivka: Fixed bridge southwest of Lower Petrivka collision issues. Yehorivka: Fixed collision on new crops and smaller foliage that was preventing leaning. MAP LAYERS Al Basrah TC_v2: Removed 3 hexes that were unused in the river. Fool’s Road and Gorodok: Fixed deployable ghosts colored yellow instead of green. Kohat TC v1: Fixed Staging timer. Kohat RAAS v3: Fixed missing ammo crates in INS main. Logar Valley & Sumari: Fixed Staging Phase Pain Volume. (No comment on going to 11.) Narva TCv2: Fixed Reversed hexes and Anchor points. Skorpo Skirmish v1: Fixed Main Supply Zone for US. Skorpo AAS v1: Fixed map boundary around the US Main. Tallil TC_v1: Fixed HUD name. Tallil Skirmish v1: Fixed a Spawn point that was outside the staging zone. VEHICLES Fixed doubled overheating speed on 30mm HE weapons. Fixed bug that caused Spandrel to be able to launch multiple rockets in rapid succession (Salvo-fire). Increased damage for Konkurs ATGM (Spandrel & BMP-2) up to the level of other ATGM systems, up to 1800 from the initial 1200. Increased rearm cost for Spandrel to 400 ammo points per rocket, increased from 200. Increased rearm time for Spandrel to 30 secs per rocket, increased from instant rearm. Increased delay between consecutive shots for Spandrel to 7.5 seconds, increased from 5 seconds. USER INTERFACE Territory Control: Replaced Shield icons with Anchor-like icons. Territory Control: Fixed ticket bleed values not displaying for clients Fixed incorrect requirement for INS, MIL, and Radio Tooltips when deploying via Radial Menu. MISCELLANEOUS FIXES Fixed the glass material on vehicles showing through fog, especially at a distance. Optimized 25mm and 30mm HE impact VFX. KNOWN ISSUES Occasionally the landscape renderer will not load correctly resulting in black foliage on a map. A fix is being investigated. Client crash on map switch. Players will occasionally spawn without ammunition on their first spawn on a server. (This occurs if you were in the match during map travel but did not spawn during the staging phase.) Occasionally a player will not spawn at Rally Point when numerous players are spawning in at the same time. Occasionally client crashes in various circumstances: we’re still looking into the crash reports. Detailed crash reports help us fix this and we appreciate those that have filled out and sent crash reports. Server performance may periodically dip when a server has a high population and high load. We’ll continue to work on performance and optimizations. Occasionally Self-bandaging fails. Actively investigating the cause. Mouse widgets (e.g. enter a vehicle, comm rose) can stop responding to clicks. A workaround is opening and closing the deploy screen. Capture Zone (Flag) Icon will not show on a client’s HUD sometimes. ATGM projectiles desync for other players that are not gunner, however, what the gunner sees should be the true synced projectile. Certain effects do not blend correctly with fog on some layers. HAB Spawn is disabled if FOB Radio is unshovelled below 75%, currently other forms of damage to the FOB Radio (such as explosives) do not disable HAB Spawn. (Under active development.) De-shoveling a friendly FOB Radio costs 10 tickets. (Fix in progress.) Local/Offline Bug with Vehicles: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, Tracks, Wheels, and other components are not destructible while on the Jensen’s Range in Local play. Local/Offline Bug with Weapon damages: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, Weapon damages with both Infantry and Vehicle weapons are not accurately replicated. Territory Control Bug: there is no UI indicator for showing cutoff enemy hexes (hexes that are not linked to the anchor point). Friendly cutoff hexes are showing correctly though. OFFWORLD OUT.
  19. Merch Store Relaunched

    Hey squaddies! You’ve been asking for it for some time and we’re happy to oblige: the OWI Merch Store is back and better than ever! SHOP NOW! After a long and harrowing search, we narrowed the choice down to one amazing vendor that can handle all your merch needs. Shirts? You bet. Posters? Absolutely. Stylish black mug to pledge your undying loyalty to the Sphere? You better believe it. There’s plenty more, including some bags to haul all your swag, so have at it! OFFWORLD OUT.
  20. Modding 2.0: CAF, Space Crew, and Beyond

    Worth the wait, though!
  21. Hey squaddies! We’re pretty excited by the release of Modding 2.0 and we wanted to share a little more about what that means. First and foremost, it means that the Canadian Armed Forces mod is going to be released in the near future as free, official Squad DLC. That’s right: you will be getting a new faction soon, completely free of charge, no action required. O, Canada! CANADIAN ARMED FORCES The arrival of CAF marks our first step towards including community-created content into Squad. This free expansion adds additional weapons, vehicles, and more, giving one of the world’s most well-known armies some well-deserved spotlight. Additionally, the update includes two Canadian maps, Quebec and Nanisivik, featuring snowy environments built for intense combined-arms combat. Be sure to join us later today at 1 PM PDT on our Twitch channel for more information, featuring special guest host Matsimus: https://www.twitch.tv/joinsquad INTRODUCING SPACE CREW To show off what Modding 2.0 can do, we’ll be showcasing a total conversion mod inspired by classic sci-fi thrillers: Space Crew. Players take the role of a Survivor who must work carefully with their team to solve puzzles and survive. Make a wrong move and they’ll become prey to a menacing creature known only as the Raptor. Space Crew is available to play later today by subscribing on the Steam Workshop or joining a server running the mod. MODDING 2.0 FEATURES We’ve added a variety of upgrades to our modding support to make building, finding, and playing mods a better experience. In-game downloads. Just connect to your favorite modded server! Whitelisted mods included in the official server list. (More information coming soon.) User interface improvements, including filtering for modded servers. Priority listing for whitelisted mods during the weekend. ("Stickied" servers.) OFFWORLD OUT.
  22. Modding Weekend Stream

    Hey squaddies! On Friday, July 26th beginning at 1:00 PM PDT we’ll be featuring a livestream on Twitch out of our Vancouver, BC offices to celebrate the Modding Free Weekend! Who: Matsimus (Host), Phil Merricks (OWI Producer), and special guests! What: A livestreamed celebration of Squad modding When: Friday, July 26th @ 1:00 PM PDT Where: http://twitch.tv/JoinSquad We’ve got Matsimus on hosting duties, so you KNOW we’re going to be seeing some quality content. He’ll kick us off by talking to our resident UAV-human hybrid Phil Merricks, share some surprises, chat with the CAFMOD team, and show off some of the best Squad mods available right now. Be sure to tune in and let us know what mods you’re enjoying! See you there! OFFWORLD OUT.
  23. Free Weekend!

    Hey squaddies! We’re happy to announce an upcoming free weekend to celebrate the release of Modding 2.0! From July 25th, 10 AM PDT through July 28th, 1 PM PDT. Squad will be 50% off, so those of you that have been telling us that you missed the Steam sale have another shot at a bargain too. As part of the festivities, we’ll be highlighting these top-notch examples of what Squad modders can do. Look for them in the server browser with the rest of the licensed servers: THE MODS Canadian Armed Forces MOD Defend the Dome Elvedalen Harju CAFMOD Team Headshot13Vegas and Archangel from ~!THUNDERDOME!~ by Hangrath wunda Helicopter Mod Panjshir Squad Ops SquadZ by Heedicalking by PuffDragon Squad Ops Mod Team by Smed Troopers by Loki We’ll also have some surprises along the way! FOR PLAYERS The above patch notes cover some of the most recent changes in Squad that are handy for new players and veterans alike! One big part of Modding 2.0 is the ability to download mods while in-game. If you’re not sure if your favorite server is running a specific mod, go ahead and join — if they are, you’ll be prompted to install that mod by the game. You can subscribe to mods through the Steam Workshop as usual, of course. Should you want to uninstall a mod, you’ll want to visit the Workshop and “Unsubscribe” from that mod. HELPFUL RESOURCES We’ve also got some basics to help start you off right! With the launch of Alpha 15, we’ve included the first set of Squad tutorials! Be sure to access those via the main menu, unless you prefer a true trial by fire. Questions about gameplay, vehicles, and how to play Squad can often be answered by the Squad Wiki. If it’s not there, someone in the Official Community Discord server will surely know! If you’re a Redditor, you’ll want to join the subreddit: r/JoinSquad. Feel free to browse our forums for discussions, tips, and squadmates. Be sure to see what our creative partners are up to as well. They’ve each been selected because they put a unique, entertaining spin on the world of Squad and you might even learn some tips! Common issues can usually be addressed through the Squad support website, but we have a dedicated support team standing by to answer your emails: [email protected] FOR SERVER OWNERS Yup! You can run mods on your licensed server! If you use any of the above mods, you will appear as part of the default server list. (i.e., not a Custom Server.) There will also be an icon next to the server name to denote that it’s running modifications. Naturally, this won’t impact the part of your agreement about running mods on a licensed server. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach us in the OWI Hosting Discord or email us at [email protected] OFFWORLD OUT.
  24. Alpha 15 Released

    Hey squaddies! Alpha 15 is freshly deployed and ready for action. If you haven’t auto-downloaded the update, head over to your Steam client and get started! While you’re waiting, check out the latest patch video: Yep: they’re finally coming! The first iteration of tutorials! Here’s to all the squad leaders who braved the Summer Sale. Oh, and let’s not forget the 550RPM death machine that is the BMP-2. Read on for the full list of changes: ALPHA 15 PATCH NOTES SYSTEMS Added an Infantry Tutorial orientated at teaching new players the basic ropes of Squad. Added an Interface Tutorial that teaches the Deployment interface in a first-time event capacity. Added the ability to load and unload supplies via the Vehicle Interaction Radial Menu. This allows players to load and unload supplies via one common menu now, from any seat or outside of the vehicle. This also allows multiple players to unload the vehicle faster than if it was just one player. Increased rate of loading/unloading to 100 points every 0.5 seconds, making the process a little less slow. You will not be able to load or unload supplies from a vehicle while it is moving. Removed old Left Click/Right Click system for loading and unloading supplies. Removed Voice Command system temporarily pending further internal development. GAME MODES Territory Control: Increased hex capture times from 40 seconds to 45 seconds. Territory Control: Added a more dynamic ticket bleed system. Territory Control: Added TC Layers to all maps. New RAAS layers added to Belaya, Chora, Fools Road, Gorodok, Kamdesh, Kohat, Kokan, Skorpo, Sumari, and Yehorivka. Invasion – added more Random Invasion layers. INFANTRY GAMEPLAY Increased RPG7 HEAT penetration capability from 320mm RHA to 400mm RHA. Increased RPG26 penetration capability from 320mm RHA to 440mm RHA. Set all LAT rockets (British High Penetration AT4 included) to have a minimum arming distance of 25m. Set all HAT rockets and ATGMs to have a minimum arming distance of 40m. Added a visual effect and audio for when a UGL grenade or rocket impacts a surface before being armed, helping give feedback to the player that the target was too close. Fixed British High Penetration AT4 variant not dealing more penetration and damage compared to its US Army counterpart. Fixed the RPG7 Fragmentation round doing way more penetration than intended. Decreased damage value of the US Army AT-4 (from 1400 to 1248). Increased damage value of the M3 Carl Gustav HEAT round (from 960 to 1248). Updated Militia kits to have less SKS rifles and more AK74 rifles. Set all LAT kits to have 2 smoke grenades. Added binoculars to all HAT kits that do not have rifle scopes. Added binoculars to RU LAT kits that do not have rifle scopes. Fixed 50m sight alignment on the L85A2 AG36 Grenade Launcher. Fixed snapping in movement while going from Prone to Standing while you have your bipod deployed. Fixed a bug where weapon accuracy parameters like sway and recoil are being reset by switching weapons. Fixed a bug where it consumes a field dressing when bandaging already bandaged soldiers. VEHICLE GAMEPLAY Added the BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. This is a second-generation Russian IFV, succeeding the BMP-1 from the 1980s. The BMP-2 has a 3-man crew and can hold up to 7 passengers. It is armed with a 30mm auto-cannon firing AP or HE ammunition at a blistering 550 rounds per minute. It comes with a turret-mounted Konkurs ATGM for dealing with heavily armored threats. Additionally, it has a standard PKT 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and smoke grenade launchers for smokescreening. Added the BMP-1 ZU-23 Anti-Air Variant. This variant basically replaces the turret on the BMP-1 with an external, manually operated ZU-23 Anti-Air Autocannon. Made vehicle radial menu accessible even if the vehicle is not claimed by your squad or you’re not a crewman if the vehicle is on your team. Tweaked vehicle claiming system numbers: 2 vehicles require 2 squad members 3 vehicles require 4 squad members 4 vehicles require 6 squad members. Fixed an issue where vehicle ATGMs were not dealing damage beyond 500m. Increased armor on the Challenger 2’s lower glacis to 300mm RHA. Fixed a bug where the BMP-1 was not getting destroyed by ammo-cookoff. Increased the amount of time to get into a truck or light vehicle from 0.75 seconds to 1 second. Fixed firing sounds on the BMP-1’s coaxial machine gun. Fixed Uparmored FV510 for missing an ammo compartment. Improved handling on the MT-LB series vehicles. Fixed issue that allowed BMP-1 to bypass reloading time near Vehicle Repair Depot. Fixed modifier for HAT damage type on the BMP-1 (and BMP-2). For example, it will go down to 10% HP (and start burning) after getting hit by a TOW missile. Resized and moved ammo rack component on BMP-1 & BMP-2 to be fully covered by the engine and no-penetration block to help minimize probability for vehicles to get cooked off by enemy fire from the front. Enabled all unarmored vehicles (technicals, trucks etc) to receive indirect (AoE splash) fragmentation damage. Mortars have been granted the ability to damage armored vehicles on direct or very close (<1.5m) hits. Unarmored vehicles now also take damage from indirect mortar hits. (Fragmentation damage.) DEPLOYABLES GAMEPLAY FOB Radios will disable spawning on HAB’s if the Radio has been damaged and its health has fallen below 75%. All HASCO related deployables have had their visuals updated. Mortar damage against deployable structures was increased. Combat Engineer/Sapper Timed Explosives Does 80% damage to FOB Radio now instead of 100% USER INTERFACE Re-Added Spawn Confirmation. This should reduce the chances of accidentally spawning in when you are trying to see the wait timers for each spawn location. Added a global notification for when objectives are either met or lost. (E.g. Flag neutralizations, captures, cache objective destroyed, etc.) Added a dynamic list of vehicles that are on the currently played map layer. The list is accessible as a button next to the map legends. Added a Favorites filter in the Server Browser. Added British Army, Insurgent, Russian Army, and Irregular Militia victory jingle. Added 10 second delay before incap player can use Medic Callout button and increased the Medic Callout interval from every 5 seconds to every 30 seconds. Improved the look of the Vehicle Repair Tooltip. If you have a Vehicle Repair Toolkit, the tooltip allows you to see how badly each individual component is damaged similar to the HUD when in a vehicle driver seat. Reordered the items in the Key Bindings Window to be more logical. Fixed Invasion Game Mode flags not having lock icons when they are actually not able to be recaptured by the defending side. Grouped kit role request into its own sub-menu in the Vehicle Interaction Radial Menu. Reordered Role variants to have Ironsight variants first, then Red-Dots then Optics. Fixed Medic, LAT, and HAT kits showing up as unavailable (Red) in Role Loadout and Role Quick Select menu when they actually are available. Changed label on the Deployment Menu for Team Selection to “Teams / Game Mode Info”. Changed magazine image to show up as grey as opposed to jet black when empty for visibility when in vehicles. Removed old First Time Event help prompts. Modding UI changes. MAPS Substantially improved performance on Kohat Toi River Valley, Tallil Outskirts, and Gorodok maps. Other maps, including Skorpo and Yehorivka, are being optimized and will continue to receive improvements in upcoming releases. Visually updated Gorodok and Yehorivka. Improved collisions on Tallil’s residential buildings and improved performance. Updated foliage and landscape on Gorodok for improved, blended appearance. Fools Road lighting & foliage updated. Fixed Sumari staging zones to prevent players from jumping over. Don’t be AWOL, squaddie. Changed collision on traffic signs so they don’t stop vehicles anymore. MAP OPTIMIZATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS Kohat, Tallil, and Gorodok received substantial optimizations and some visual improvements to increase performance and to bring the visual quality of our maps up to our standards. This includes new assets replacing old ones, as well as some different methods being used on our landscapes. GORODOK System Specs: Mobo: Asus Maximus VIII Ranger Intel Z170 CPU: Intel i7 6700K @ 4.5GHz GPU: Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX, 3000MHz SSD: 512GB Samsung SM951 M.2 PCI-e (C:) Resolution: 3840×2160. Disabled AA, High Settings MAIN COMPARISON INTERACTIVE DEMO In some areas of Gorodok we’ve managed to drop the number of Triangles by approximately 5m, Draw Calls by about 2k, and for GPU timings we’ve gone from ~20ms to ~14ms, totaling up to an increase of nearly 16 FPS on this particular system and configuration. These are substantial numbers and bring the map down towards our new standards derived from research and investigations related to Squad-specific maps. While there are some guidelines and tips out there for creating well-optimized scenes, Squad is an entirely different kind of beast when it comes to levels in Unreal Engine 4, so we had to dig deep and come up with some numbers that suit our game. Please note that the numbers you see on your systems and configurations will vary, but overall everyone should be seeing some gains in one form or another. LAYER USAGE INTERACTIVE DEMO This layer usage comparison shows the number of landscape layers used per component. We have seen some performance problems surface on components that had 8 or more layers in the past, so we decided that our new landscape shaders would have to contain fewer layers. This combined with removing minimally used layers, unused layers, and consolidating some layers into one allowed us to increase performance on the landscape. As you can see, we got the numbers down from 13/12/11 to 6/5/4 on the majority of components. LAYER DENSITY INTERACTIVE DEMO Here is a snippet of some of the changes we did across these maps: Adjusted Landscape Components After analysis, we found that some of our older landscapes weren’t as optimized in terms of their technical set up. We experimented with different values and found some that work well visually, retain the landscape silhouette and, most importantly, improve performance by reducing the number of draw calls required by our landscapes. Adjusted Landscape LODs The new landscape components allowed us to revise and improve the way our landscapes LOD down, this is something we managed to unify throughout the 3 maps and can apply to other maps. Adjusted AO settings Ambient Occlusion can become extremely expensive, especially at higher resolutions. We did some research and managed to standardise our AO settings across our maps, drastically improving performance at the higher resolutions. This is something that isn’t as noticeable unless you play at 1440p and above – but it’s a great change for all. Created new Landscape Shaders These new landscape shaders are cheaper for performance costs and they have been more streamlined as well as improved in visual quality. This will allow us to roll out upgrades much more easily and ensure we have consistency across different shaders which makes maintenance a lot faster and straightforward. Removed unused Landscape Shader layers New shaders also allowed us to analyse and reduce the number of layers we use on our landscape. After research and investigations, we found a sweet spot for the number of layers that allow flexibility for our Level Designers and Environment Artists but also ensured that we do not create a large performance impact. As a point of reference, there have been parts on maps like Fool’s Road and Yehorivka that drop players’ FPS and these have been confirmed to be a result of too many layers used on one component, increasing layer density. Implemented Atmospheric Fog This is a big step in preparation for helicopters as our old Exponential Height Fog was only visible at lower heights and ground level. Additionally, a fog that isn’t limited by height and is more physically accurate allows us to play with better lighting and colours, bringing more life into our levels. Fixed LODs on Static Meshes These general fixes provided a huge boost in performance in dense areas such as the villages in Tallil. On the system above it brought up the numbers from ~30 FPS to 60 FPS on High Settings. MISCELLANEOUS BUG FIXES Fixed rocket engine motor effects still playing after the rocket has exploded. Fixed missing hat on one of the Insurgent soldiers as it LOD transitioned. Fixed first person mesh oddities when exiting Admin Cam. Attempted fix for ragdoll issues caused by origin rebasing Fixed a bug where you bandage gets consumed after you patch already patched soldier. Fixed couple of server and client crashes. KNOWN ISSUES ATGMs projectile desync for other players that are not gunner, however, what the gunner sees should be the true synced projectile. Certain effects do not blend with fog on some layers. SIGN OFF As always, a huge thanks to all of you who helped tests this one and get it ready to roll. Enjoy the BMP-2, comrades! Alpha 16 when? OFFWORLD OUT.
  25. Hey squaddies! The time for another SquadChat (was) upon us! On Friday, July 19th, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (2000 UTC) at https://twitch.tv/JoinSquad, we chatted with our guests Tom “Fuzzhead” Fancsy, game designer, and Dylan Fraser, programmer. We discussed recent changes to Squad, what these two fine gentlemen do on Squad, answered your questions, and learned some stuff together! OFFWORLD OUT.
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