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Hi Squaddies,

Head up, a new version is inbound! Version 5.0 comes packed with a number of UI and quality of life improvements to help smooth out your experience in-game, as well as a number of balance and performance tweaks, not to mention a whole slew of additional expanded areas for maps that are currently in rotation. Read the full changelog below!

 

The Alpha 5.0 release will go live at 1700 UTC.

 

Major Changes

 

Map Updates

As outlined in the last monthly recap, we have a number of map updates and new areas for players to duke it out.

Updated UI Map Look and Feel

The map and respawn screen has received a huge code and art pass.  Porting over parts of the heavy Blueprint code to C++, we’ve achieved a major performance increase over the previous versions, as well as fixed a large number of annoying issues like not being able to switch between the spawn screen and the map.  Additionally, we are doing an art pass to improve the readability and look and feel of the map.

 

Updated Optics

We added a blur filter and improved the sight picture on some of the optics.

Balance Pass on Stamina

Standing around waiting for your stamina to regenerate before you jumped over a knee high wall is not fun, so we’ve fixed that.  We’ve reduced the stamina cost for the first jump, but added an increasing stamina penalty the more you jump in succession.  Preserve your stamina, spread out your jumps!

Server Licensing
We now have official server licensing system in place for communities and server providers wishing to officially host a server and be officially partnered with us to provide the ideal Squad experience to players. We are adding this system in order to quickly direct players to servers that have -

  • Quality, dedicated administration
  • Have reliable and powerful server hardware
  • Promote teamwork and communication in their community and/or clan.
  • Provide a positive environment for new players to learn the game and play with more experienced players.
  • Use the vanilla Squad gamemode rules so regular players know what to expect (will be important once modding is possible)

 

More information about applications and server licensing here -

http://forums.joinsquad.com/topic/16519-server-licensing-general-info/

 

Changelog

Systems

  • You are no longer punished with a team switch timer if you failed to switch team
  • Further optimisation passes on weapon and player animation code
  • Jumping has been redone. <br>Jumping no longer requires stamina. However, for every jump a small cooldown timer is associated with it. If another jump occurs before this small cooldown is up your jump height and forward velocity will become lower. If multiple jumps are done consecutively (spamming jump) four or more times without allowing the small cooldown timer to reset, you will go on an extended cooldown timer while your jump “stamina” regenerates. This allows more flexibility while preventing “bunny hopping”.
  • Updated rulesets to only count TKs as 1 ticket instead of 2. Fixed an issue where players would sometimes be punished for suicides twice. 
  • Fixed an issue where sending someone straight to death would not score or apply punishments in the case of TKs. 
  • Fixed kit logic not working correctly in all cases, We now remove your kit as a squad leader if you pass the squad leader role have been added.
  • Fixed an issue where players could deploy with a kit role while incapacitated, effectually allowing +1 available kits of any type.
  • Updated sway values for most weapons. Optics and iron sights have slightly different values to account for magnification. Speed and horizontal “randomization” sway has been increased to more accurately represent and convey the appropriate target acquisition timing desired. Managing combat stances should be more desirable, more effective, and medium to long range fire will potentially require more effort, especially in the standing.
  • Updated focus time by 5 seconds to account for potentially higher difficulty in firing with updated sway values.
  • Changed the way traces work for nametags, so the trace comes from the eyes instead of the waist and we trace for several parts of the body instead of just tracing for Center of Mass.
  • Fixed a mass disconnect when Steam servers go down
  • Fixed bug where player is stuck in sprinting if they die while sprinting and then get revived.
  • Fixes to make deployable ghosts more reliable.
  • Updated graphics settings defaults and edited the graphics menu to get rid of variables that were not having any effect anyway.
  • Modified decompression for Audio which should help with performance.
  • Unicode support fixes, specifically for non-language characters like Emoji


UI

 

  • Improved the inventory sliders so grouped weapons and your current selection (different coloured smoke grenades for instance) all appear at once so you know exactly what you’re selecting in your inventory.
  • Added a UI element for jumping height penalty.
  • Added bleeding and incapacitated map icons on the map, visible to Medics.
  • Updated player map icons in preparation for a greater overhaul of the UI. 
  • Players can now close their map and spawn-screen with the main menu button (default escape on keyboard or start on gamepad)
  • Added role icons and kit tooltips to Ammo Crate resupply menu.
  • Changed the map so it will never be able to lock your inputs when closed anymore.
  • Added a pulse animation for your own player icon for quicker identification.
  • Fixed the inability to drag the map in the spawn screen.
  • Touched up the spawn menu role select to make the grey out of kits work, and introduced a new presentation style that allows for more information about loadouts at a glance
  • Cleaned up marker code and tooltip code, should hopefully give better performance, and no longer capture the player’s input when they want to select a rallypoint
  • Added a News message box for the main menu
  • Added a server licensing information notice to the main menu when server licensing is enabled. The custom games list now no longer shows when server licensing is disabled remotely.
  • Added the ability to delete action keys in the keybindings menu
  • Fixed bug where screen resolution would reset when editing settings.
  • Fixed player tooltip name not showing up on players that are bleeding or incap and you mouse over them as a medic.
  • Updated Quickstart guide loading screen image
  • Updated minimaps to be greyscale, in preparation for more UI developments down the line.

Art

  • Added new radial blur to all weapons with optics.
  • The area around magnified optics has been darkened with a slight, soft blur to bring more focus into optic itself.
  • Updated Russian medics and SLs to use new Russian binoculars.
  • Added collisions to bricks and other large trash items.
  • Added more Tunnel components.
  • Fixed collision meshes on various Afghani structures.
  • Updated cannabis plants
  • Added new wooden and chain-link fence statics
  • Fixed wood floor reflectivity 
  • Fixed AK74M and RPK74M lod shading issues
  • Fixed Russian AK optic having too much magnification
  • Adjusted all magnified optics to more accurately represent their realistic values in-game using a magnification to FOV calculation.

Maps

  • Updated all AAS layers (not including Skirmish) with latest ticket system adjustments.
  • Bleed, tickets lost, and tickets gained have been adjusted.
  • Ticket system has been standardized to create consistency across all map layers and scales based on number of flags on any given map.
  • Updated Fools Road river rock texture to fix its specularity
  • Updated and expanded Chora
  • Updated Train Wreck to Train Village and added a new cap zone on Operation First Light
  • Fixed minor foliage and static bugs on Kohat. Updated Kohat radio tower layer so US starts with fewer points but gains points with each flag capture. Modified spawn locations on Kohat AAS.

Admin

  • Fixed all admins able to join full servers
  • Fixed admin command description for kick by ID.
  • Fixed an improper ‘Disconnected by EAC’ kick. 
  • Added admin group permission type to circumvent team change timer
  • Changed TK punishment from a Kick to a 5 minute (by default) timed ban. Servers can configure it.
  • Number of improvements and fixes to the Admin camera

Offworld Out.

 

Alpha 5.1 Patch

Changelog

Crash Fixes

  • Fixed rare client side crash when a player joined a squad before they should be able to.

  • Fix for the server crashing in certain rare conditions where a damage giver could not be identified.

Systems

  • Added the ability to stand up from prone when using jump key.

  • Removed post process effect on scopes for now. Will be updated when we find a better implementation (5.0 implementation was not always matching with animations and fov).

  • Tweaked settings increasing mip bias for lower settings, and increasing upper end texture pool size for higher settings.

  • Fixed squad leaders being able to destroy fobs, as long as they kept holding down the use key, after they exited the interaction area.

  • Game notifications have been improved and should now primarily show for admins, to help them manage their server and to keep ui bloat to a minimum.

UI

  • Font sizes in the hud has been tweaked to fit with the intended sizes again.

  • Fixed the character limit for player names (Limit is now Steam default of 32).

  • Added new directional cone to player’s icon in the minimap.

  • Fixed icon z order so that the player’s icon is rendering above all other players.

    • Medics and Squad Leaders will render on top of other player except for the player’s own icon.

  • Fixed z ordering of ammo crates, they now draw on top of all players

  • Changed blinking speed of bleeding and incap icons from 1 Hz to 0.33 Hz

  • Turned off the pulse from the player’s icon.

  • All kits now show up correctly on the squads list, matching your own squad's rolelist.

Maps

  • Updated Chora

    • Expanded the playable area of the map

    • Expanded chora AAS v1 flag layout to include more of new playable area

    • Detail pass around the map.

Admin

  • Fixed permanent bans not always sticking correctly.

  • Updated permission settings, fixing reserved slots not working.

Finally we want to put out a request to help us track down an annoying mass disconnect bug that we are getting intermittent reports on. If you are a server owner we request that you turn on verbose logging, and when any mass disconnects happen to please send us your logs as well as the exact time of the incident, to help us track down the root cause.

Simply add the following to your Engine.ini file

[Core.Log]

LogOnline=VeryVerbose

 

 

Alpha 5.2 Patch

 

Changelog

Systems

Bugfixes

  • Fixed an issue where if your first action after spawning was Prone, you'd enter an invalid state.
  • Fixed a cleanup issue with the RichText widget.
  • Fixed an issue where sway was influenced by FPS.  
  • Fixed an exploit where players could disable particles.

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I want to thank everyone who contributed to our efforts in making this build stable and bugfree. We couldn't have done it without you!

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Could not see a fix for AA on certain maps? Has there been any work done on the AA? Also will we still hear the running noise from a KIA enemy?

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32 minutes ago, Tartantyco said:

Any specific numbers on the ticket and bleed adjustments?

The Kohat Radio Tower Map of US vs Insurgent specifically now loads with US at 175 and Insurgents at 500. +30 for a capped flag and -20 for flag loss.  The US can no longer just rush across the map. They will be forced to defend each capped flag. 

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Just now, MrG4rfo said:

good work guys looking forward to this :-)  

 

when is the G3 coming :D ?

There's usually (not always) a surprise in each update that isnt listed in the main post. Last time it was the Russian scopes, so IF there were to be one for this week, my best guess is it may be the G3, or Foliage movement. 

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Just now, LMR Sahara said:

There's usually (not always) a surprise in each update that isnt listed in the main post. Last time it was the Russian scopes, so IF there were to be one for this week, my best guess is it may be the G3, or Foliage movement. 

the russian scopes were in the change log for version 4.. 

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20 minutes ago, Scotty Dont NZ said:

Could not see a fix for AA on certain maps? Has there been any work done on the AA? Also will we still hear the running noise from a KIA enemy?

Yes. AA should have been reenabled in all maps. 

 

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Just now, Boxknife said:

the russian scopes were in the change log for version 4.. 

lel

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When motion blur is enabled, there are graphical artifacts around the weapon when looking left and right, this fixed?

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The map and respawn screen has received a huge code and art pass.  Porting over parts of the heavy Blueprint code to C++, we’ve achieved a major performance increase over the previous versions

Performance increase in all parts of the game? Like extra FPS, or does this mean the map and UI perform better?

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