Rainbows & Unicorns Updates 114599 to 114880

Hello Commanders,

Your eyes do not deceive you, this creature of majesty above is both half-Commander and half-unicorn. Touch its horn if you will, but the only wish it grants is the pillaging of the galaxy’s resources to ensure the demise of your enemies. Friendship is temporary, but a well-placed ubercannon is forever.

The Unicorn Commander is available to all players during the Steam Summer Sale, after which it can be purchased through the Armory. It also comes with its own strategic icon so that everyone else knows that you’re better than them, both as a player and a person.

Lobbies now have the option to shuffle player starting locations. No longer can you know who is where without any scouting in FFA and team games. Live the mystery.

The AI has had an easy difficulty added to skirmish and normal in Galactic War as part of some more extensive changes. We hear your eyebrow lift (just one, you’re classy like that) at the addition of an easier difficulty, but once improvements land and it’s kicking your hiney, you’ll be sorry you got all sniffy about an easy difficulty.

Translations have been updated and expanded to include community mods like Legion Expansion and Queller AI.

Previous update: https://planetaryannihilation.com/news/stay-safe-update-114344-114438-114445-114475/

Technical Notes

Client Improvements

  • Updated translations
  • Added connect timeouts to download manager to avoid long launch stalls
  • Added initial support for full offline / disconnected mode via --offline (work in progress)
  • Improved game password dialog with focus and default button
  • Added shuffle landing zones to new game lobby for large FFA and teams games using maps with custom landing zones
  • Improved discord user handling (114673)
  • Improved commander spawn zoom (114673)
  • Added spacebar to exit video (114673)
  • Improved locale error logging (114673)
  • Improved fatal error logging (114673)
  • Added audio device routing (114716)
  • Added default audio device setting with list refreshing every 5 seconds 114716)
  • Added default audio device selection during startup (114716)
  • Reduced unnecessary locks and allocations during material creation (114862)
  • Added automatic open of players list for 1v1 ranked games (114750)
  • Added --enable-detailed-minidump command line parameter as an alternative to setting the MINIDUMP_DIRECTORY environment variable (114750)
  • Added skybox graphics setting (114776)
  • Removed outdated sRGB restrictions for AMD / Intel GPUs (114880)
  • Added --gl-disable-srgb / --gl-disable-mrt-srgb command line options to restore previous behaviour if needed (114880)
  • Added --hardware-hdr command line option to enable experimental HDR10 support on latest Windows 10 for modern 10 series or newer Nvidia GPUs (114880)

Note: macOS HDR10 support is automatic.

https://planetaryannihilation.com/support/troubleshooting/#HDR10

Client Fixes

  • Fixed SDL2 full screen toggle / resize issue on Windows (114628)
  • Fixed intro video loss of focus (114673)
  • Fixed tutorial commander specs (114716)
  • Fixed custom line formations crashes (114726 / 114823)
  • Fixed settings mod compatibility issue (114726)
  • Fixed join modded game crash from modded new game lobby or live game (114726)
  • Fixed landing crash on slower systems (114726)
  • Fixed setCommandMode crash (114759)
  • Fixed line command crash (114759)
  • Fixed API data access (114880)
  • Fixed get units crash (114880)

AI Improvements

  • Added easy difficulty for AI skirmish to match galactic war (work in progress)
  • Improved AI start location selection (114716)

Galactic War Improvements

  • Added normal difficulty between easy and hard (work in progress)
  • Added Default personality placeholder to gw minions (114716)

Server / Sim Improvements

  • Improved attack (focus fire) task
  • Added shuffle landing zones
  • Added early exit for sim tasks that set failed during initialisation (114673)
  • Added radar jamming (114862)

Server / Sim Fixes

  • Fixed AI server crash in evaluateBases
  • Fixed server crash for modded units with ORDER_Attack and no weapons (114673)
  • Fixed target priorities vision (114716)
  • Fixed Windows 4GB replay / saved game limit (114862)
  • Fixed moving to target assist task crash (114862)
  • Fixed auto repair / reclaim while transporting (114862)

Maps

  • Added shuffleLandingZones
  • Updated the following maps to use shuffleLandingZones: true
    • Clutch
    • Lock
    • Crag
    • Bedlam
    • PAX
    • Medea
    • Roc
    • Blitz
    • Forge
    • Berg
    • Duat
    • Pacific
    • Styx
    • Meso
    • Amplus

Modding

  • Exposed locTree for localislation parsing of modified DOM nodes avoiding the need for concatenated loc strings or data-binding
    locTree(document.getElementById('#nav-link'));
  • Added gOffline and gModsOffline for offline mode (work in progress)
  • Added api.audio.getDevices():[string]
  • Added api.audio.setDevice(string)
  • Reworked SettingItemModel to support
    • options.function(currentValue)
    • options.deferredFunction(currentValue) for async
    • options.refresh: seconds
    • option.empty: string
  • Added support for JSON // single line comments
  • Improved modding support for multiple selectable skybox mods in settings: (114776)
    • model.skyBoxes.push({text: 'Test', value: '/pa/terrain/sky/textures/skybox_02.json'})
    • api.ar_system.changeSkyBoxSpec(api.settings.getSynchronous('graphics', 'skybox'));
  • New recon observer channel (114862)
    • radar_jammer

AI Modding

  • Default personality tag is the placeholder for current base game functionality
  • Added fall back to default netural_networks if not included under personality.ai_path which will be the case for most mods
  • Added additional --ai-debug output (114673)
  • Added enabled to build specs for AI debugging (114673)
  • Added debug to build conditions for AI debugging (114673)
  • Added IsMainBase build condition (114673)
  • Added first pass of AI intel point threat status (114673)
  • Added personality.starting_location_evaluation_radius (114673)
  • Added gw mod support for bounty_mode, bounty_value, sudden_death_mode, shuffle_landing_zones and land_anywhere (114716)

AI mods can use personality.ai_path to specify their own complete set of templates, builds and unit maps as the default AI may be changing significantly

Toolchain

Updated software development toolchain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toolchain

  • C++17
  • Visual Studio 2019 latest with 142 build tools / Windows 10 SDK latest
  • Xcode 11.5 / macOS 10.15.x latest for macOS Mavericks 10.9+ with full notarisation using hardened runtime
  • Steam Linux runtime with gcc-9 / LTO native (previously limited to gcc 6.2 and no LTO)
  • Steamworks SDK 148 (will upgrade to 149 soon)
  • Windows libcurl 7.68.0 with nghttp2 1.40.0 for HTTP/2 and multiplexing (will upgrade to 7.70.0 and 1.41.0 soon)
  • breakpad latest
  • libpng 1.6.37 with SSE optimisations
  • libsquish 1.15 with SSE optimisations
  • stb_image 2.25
  • stb_truetype 1.24
  • lz4 1.9.2
  • miniz 2.1
  • zlib 1.2.11
  • sdl 2.0.12

114618

  • Fixed missing Unicorn Commander build image
  • AI tweaks

114628

  • Fixed SDL2 full screen toggle / resize issue on Windows
  • Changed libpng 1.6.37 SSE optimisations for older CPU on Windows (use legacy build for older CPUs)

114673

  • Updated translations
  • Updated Steam Linux runtime
  • Improved discord user handling
  • Improved commander spawn zoom
  • Added current zoom type support to api.camera.lookAt
  • Added early exit for sim tasks that set failed during initialisation
  • Added spacebar to exit video
  • Fixed intro video loss of focus
  • Improved locale error logging
  • Improved fatal error logging
  • Fixed server crash for modded units with ORDER_Attack and no weapons

AI modding

  • Added additional --ai-debug output
  • Added enabled to build specs for AI debugging
  • Added debug to build conditions for AI debugging
  • Added IsMainBase build condition
  • Added first pass of AI intel point threat status
  • Added personality.starting_location_evaluation_radius

114716

  • Updated translations
  • Added audio device routing
  • Added default audio device setting with list refreshing every 5 seconds
  • Added default audio device selection during startup
  • Added Default personality placeholder to gw minions
  • Improved AI start location selection
  • Fixed target priorities vision
  • Fixed tutorial commander specs

AI Modding

  • Added gw mod support for bounty_mode, bounty_value, sudden_death_mode, shuffle_landing_zones and land_anywhere

Modding

  • Added api.audio.getDevices():[string]
  • Added api.audio.setDevice(string)
  • Reworked SettingItemModel to support
    • options.function(currentValue)
    • options.deferredFunction(currentValue) for async
    • options.refresh: seconds
    • option.empty: string
  • Added support for JSON // single line comments

114726

  • Fixed custom line formations crash
  • Fixed settings mod compatibility issue

114750

  • Updated translations
  • Added automatic open of players list for 1v1 ranked games
  • Added --enable-detailed-minidump command line parameter as an alternative to setting the MINIDUMP_DIRECTORY environment variable
  • Fixed join modded game crash from modded new game lobby or live game
  • Fixed landing crash on slower systems

114759

  • Updated translations
  • Fixed setCommandMode crash
  • Fixed line command crash

114776

  • Updated translations
  • Added skybox graphics setting
  • Improved modding support for multiple selectable skybox mods in settings:
    • model.skyBoxes.push({text: 'Test', value: '/pa/terrain/sky/textures/skybox_02.json'})
  • api.ar_system.changeSkyBoxSpec(api.settings.getSynchronous('graphics', 'skybox'));

114780

Updated TITANS 1v1 ranked maps and reconnects

114803

Grenadier

  • Idle aim delay restored to 1.0 from 0.5
  • Max firing velocity decreased to 80 from 90
  • Min firing velocity decreased to 70 from 85
  • Splash radius decreased to 5 from 6

Gil-E advanced sniper bot

  • Vision and range decreased to 200 from 220
  • Can no longer target seafloor

Naval Basic Fabrication Ship

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model

Barnacle support barge

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model
  • Can now build teleporters on land

114823

  • Updated translations
  • Fixed custom line formation crash

Grenadier

  • Maximum firing velocity increased to 90 from 80

114862

Client Improvements

  • Updated translations
  • Reduced unnecessary locks and allocations during material creation

Server / Sim Improvements

  • Added radar jamming

Server / Sim Fixes

  • Fixed Windows 4GB replay / saved game limit
  • Fixed moving to target assist task crash
  • Fixed auto repair / reclaim while transporting

Balance Changes

Grenadier

  • Splash damage decreased to 30 from 40

Slammer advanced assault bot

  • Damage decreased to 90 from 100

Vanguard advanced heavy tank

  • Radar jamming 75 added

Typhoon drone carrier

  • Squall torpedo damage decreased to 75 from 100

Jig gas mining platform

  • Cost increased to 4,000 from 3,000

114880

Client Improvements

  • Updated translations
  • Reduced unnecessary locks and allocations during material creation
  • Removed outdated sRGB restrictions for AMD / Intel GPUs
  • Added --gl-disable-srgb / --gl-disable-mrt-srgb command line options to restore previous behaviour if needed
  • Added --hardware-hdr command line option to enable experimental HDR10 support on latest Windows 10 for modern 10 series or newer Nvidia GPUs

Note: macOS HDR10 support is automatic.

https://planetaryannihilation.com/support/troubleshooting/#HDR10

Client Fixes

  • Fixed API data access
  • Fixed get units crash

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