The last couple of builds had some notable bugs, apologies for that. Those are all solved, and performance has been boosted yet again (compared to the distant past, not just the recent past), and there are some quality of life improvements.
Beyond that, there’s a very cool hulls system that -NR-SirLimbo has added to the game, mainly for mods. This is something that lets you create more AI War 1 style hull types and ammo types and vulnerabilities and strengths. It’s not something the main game uses much, but it is used in order to provide Heroic Ship traits (really big ships that are immune to most “bs attacks,” so to speak). Beyond that, it’s a really interesting platform for mods to do cool things.
The More System Defenders mod has returned, and there was at least one other mod depending on it that is now working again, too.
The Ark Empire in DLC1 has been very close to completed! Thanks to Badger on the most recent batch of items there. I still have a very few last bits to add in, but in general you start with an Ark that is nomadic in the middle of enemy territory. In other words, you don’t automatically have your first planet, you have to fight for it… or you can opt NOT to take that planet at all, and instead to take one of the neighbors as your first planet. And your actual king is an ark that is mobile and that you can move around as you wish, so your empire is permanently fluid.
It’s a very interesting way to play, and gets back to the original kickstarter goals and designs. I don’t think it’s going to be the way that most people prefer… but then again I could be wrong. It also includes build-your-own-starting-fleet mechanics, which are super exciting. The normal empire that we have now is something that we built because the Ark Empires just “didn’t feel like AI War” when it was the only way to play. But now the Ark Empires are much more advanced, and optional, so I’ll be curious to see what people find is more fun in the end.
Badger also made a number of major improvements to the Intel menu, making it way more readable. Necromancer got some tweaks from Badger, and expert mode got some tweaks from Tom.
Puffin is also still steadily working away on his massive Classic Fusion total conversion mod.
Lots of cool things afoot! More to come soon.