New AI War 2 build: https://wiki.arcengames.com/index.php?title=AI_War_2:Post_Completion#5.542_Mercenary_Pirates_And_Memory_Allocation
Big thanks to Dismiss in particular on this one, as he hunted down some code that was causing memory allocation exceptions and crashes in the prior build. Some things from a background thread had been altered to touch things on a main thread that were never supposed to be touched, and that was the unexpected result. Those things should be fixed now, but please let us know either way.
There are other improvements in here, such as the methodology for showing key icons (like the officers or fleet transports) in front of the other icons, making them easier to click. This is something I was actually not in favor of, and worried about performance for. But it turned out really well, and doesn’t seem to negatively affect performance. Big props to Dismiss for both implementing it and sticking to his guns in the face of my negativity on the topic. For anyone who prefers the old behavior, there is now a CPU Load subcategory option in the Performance settings category that lets you make it work as-before if you prefer.
There are various other improvements in here, and a whole bunch of new mods as well.
Dismiss has a new mod called “The Xushido” which introduces a new more-complex style of Human Resistance Fighters (HRF), but these guys are mercenary pirates instead.
Badger continues to have more with the Sidekicks mod, ongoing balance and tuning of those. That’s really an increasingly polished (and giant) mod at this point, it’s quite cool to see.
And more things, too! See the release notes for details.
More to come soon. Enjoy!
You can wishlist our upcoming title Heart of the Machine, if you want to keep up with it. The Steam page is very out of date and doesn’t show as much as I’d like to about the game yet, but we’ll have more to show soon, and it’s really exciting. https://store.steampowered.com/app/2001070/Heart_of_the_Machine/ We’ll be running a closed alpha starting in a few weeks — possibly starting at the end of next week, possibly a bit later than that — so if you want to register your interest for that, please go to our discord (https://discord.gg/arcengames) and post here: https://discordapp.com/channels/240637654717300736/1086679572373848244 if you’re interested in being a part of either the early alpha or a later phase.