TITANS Balance Changes

Official Discord: https://discord.gg/pa

Unit database: https://palobby.com/units

Upcoming Balance Changes

  • Radar jamming
  • Deep space radar
  • Shields

Recent Balance Changes

114980

Grenadier

  • Acceleration decreased

Added UNITTYPE_WaterHover and are no longer targetable by below the waterline naval torpedoes

Note: This excludes amphibious torpedoes from:

  • Commander
  • Slammer advanced assault bot

The following naval below the waterline torpedo weapons no longer target UNITTYPE_WaterHover with "exclude_unit_types": "Hover | WaterHover"

114862

Vanguard heavy tank is now a mobile radar jammer.

Grenadier splash damage decreased.

Slammer advanced assault bot damage decreased.

Typhoon drone carrier Squall drones torpedo damage decreased.

Jig gas mining platform cost increased.

114803 / 114823

Grenadier splash radius decreased and velocity range increased.

Gil-E advanced sniper bot vision decreased and 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 and can now build teleporters on land

114716

  • Fixed target priorities vision

114438

Fixed attack (focus fire) delayed targeting and charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc. eg Commander, Grenadier, Hornets, etc.

Added water-hover navigation type for low draft brown water navy access to shallows.

Commander

  • Faster and more accurate alt-fire ubercannon d-gun
  • Fixed all commanders to have identical mesh bounds based on base commander spec

Piranha gunboat / sea scout:

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

Area build:

  • Four wide strips of land mines
  • Double walls
  • Nuke farm sphere
  • Double Galata Anti-Air
  • Double Flak Cannon Advanced Anti-Air

114344

Partially fixed attack (focus fire) charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc. eg Grenadier, Hornets, etc.

Queued area load and unload can now be used to create a temporary ferry.

Commander build range increased.

Icarus solar drone speed increased.

Stryker attack vehicle speed increased (faster than Dox)

Grenadier rate of fire, yaw, range and accuracy increased

Drifter hover tank range and damage increased

Pelter medium range artillery range and accuracy decreased

Orbital Launcher cost decreased

Mend advanced combat fabricator can now build Anti-Nuke Launchers and Umbrella anti-orbital defenses (check the build range)

Anchor defense satellite ground weapon range decreased

Jig gas mining platform energy and metal production decreased

114218

Orbital Fabrications Bots can now build T1 metal extractors.

Stryker attack vehicle ammo damage and velocity increased.

New Units

Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft

Stryker attack vehicle

New Mechanics / Automation

Radar Jamming

Vanguard heavy tank is now a mobile radar jammer.

Area Load / Chase and Custom Formation Unload

The following transports can now queue area loads:

Note: area load will now wait for units to enter or rolloff a factory in the area and can be queued with unload to create a temporary ferry.

Area load / chase and custom formation unload are also enabled in classic PA.

Auto Reclaim

The following can now auto reclaim:

  • Mend advanced combat fabricator
  • Angel advanced air support platform

Note: patrol will not normally reclaim if economy is positive and metal storage is full. Auto reclaim units will always reclaim wreckage while patrolling.

Amphibious Sea Floor Targeting

Amphibious units moving on the seafloor which are near the water or above the water surface can now be targeted as surface units.

The following can no longer target sea floor (113929):

Defenders still have the advantage as units must surface and if underwater they can still be targeted by artillery and bombers.

Amphibious sea floor targeting is also enabled in classic PA.

Water Hover Navigation Type

Brown water navy can now access shallows (114438) and are no longer targeted by below the water line naval torpedoes (114980).

Noteworthy Balance Changes in 2019

Advanced Metal Extractor cost increased and production rate decreased to slow T2 rush in favour of expansion, map control and T1 units (113410).

The following can no longer target air (113945)

Advanced Hornet tactical bomber and Wyrm heavy bomber speeds increased.

Naval speeds increased to be faster than land (113553).

Typhoon drone carrier Squall drones can fire torpedoes (113318).

Target priorities updated for:

Technical Details

Economy

Advanced Metal Extractor

  • cost increased from 1,500 to 2,000 (113410)
  • production rate decreased from 20 to 15 (113410)

Land

Bots

Grenadier

  • Rate of fire increased to 0.5 from 0.4 (114344)
  • Range increased to 145 from 130 (114344)
  • Yaw ranged increased to 135 from 90 (114344)
  • Idle aim delay decreased to 0.5 from 1.0 (114344)
  • Firing standard deviation decreased to 0.75 from 1.0 (114344 / 114803)
  • Splash radius decreased to 5 from 6 (114803)
  • Min firing velocity decreased to 70 from 85 (114803)
  • Max firing velocity increased to 90 from 88 (114823)
  • Splash damage decreased to 30 from 40 (114862)
  • Acceleration decreased from 120 to 100 (114980)

Mend advanced combat fabricator (check the build range)

Slammer advanced assault bot

  • Damage decreased to 90 from 100

Gil-E advanced sniper bot

  • Velocity increased to 1000 from 600 (113929)
  • Can now target Stingray Tactical Missile (113945)
  • Vision and range decreased to 200 from 220 (114803)
  • Can no longer target seafloor (114803)

Lob Dox launcher

  • Range decreased to effective range of 240 (no change to existing behaviour and range circle will now be correct)

Vehicles / Tanks

Skitter vehicle scout

  • Added UNITTYPE_Vehicle (114980)

Stryker attack vehicle

  • Damage increased to 15 from 12 (114218)
  • Ammo velocity increased to 140 from 120 (114218)
  • Speed increased to 20 from 15 (114344)
  • Added UNITTYPE_Vehicle (114980)

Drifter hover tank

  • Range increased to 115 from 100 (114344)
  • Damage increased to 125 from 120 (114344)

Leveler advanced tank (113936)

  • Range increased to 140 from 120
  • Velocity increased to 160 from 140
  • Turn rate increased to 60 from 50

Vanguard advanced heavy tank

  • Radar increased to 260 from 150 (113936)
  • Radar jamming 75 added (114862)

Ares hover titan

  • Target priorities added (113318)
    • Commander
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Also see mobile anti-air below.

Artillery

Pelter medium range artillery

  • Firing standard deviation increased to 0.5 from 0.35
  • Range decreased to 240 from 260

Holkins long range artillery

  • Target priorities added (113318)
    • Commander
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Mobile Anti-Air

Spinner anti-air vehicle (113929)

  • Range increased to 130 from 120
  • Added UNITTYPE_Vehicle (114980)

Storm advanced mobile flak vehicle (113681)

  • Health increased to 400 from 300
  • Changed to fire 4 projectiles
  • Damage decreased to 15 from 60
  • Splash damage decreased to 10 from 30
  • Velocity increased to 100 from 60
  • Added pitch of 60 with pitch rate of 360
  • Second stage duration decreased to 300 from 700
  • First target priority changed to Air & (Bomber | Gunship)
  • Range increased to 100 from 80 (113929)

Static Anti-Air

Flak Cannon advanced anti-air (113681)

  • Changed to fire 4 beams
  • Damage decreased to 40 from 150
  • Splash damage decreased to 40 from 150
  • First target priority changed to Air & (Bomber | Gunship)
  • Range increased to 120 from 100 (113929)

Air

Icarus Solar Drone

  • Speed increased to 50 from 30 (114344)

Kestrel advanced gunship

  • Target priorities added (113318)
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense
  • Damage decreased to 15 from 20 (113681)

Hornet advanced tactical bomber

  • Target priorities added (113318)
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense
  • Speed increased to 40 from 30 (113953)
  • Can no longer target seafloor or underwater layer / subs (113953)
  • Cost increased to 800 from 600 (113600)

Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft (114349 / 114353)

  • Cost increased to 2,000 from 1,200
  • Health decreased to 1,250 from 1,500
  • No longer target air

Wyrm advanced heavy siege bomber

  • Target priorities added (113318)
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense
  • Added heavy unit type UNITTYPE_HEAVY (113681)
  • Speed increased to 30 from 20 (113945)

Angel advanced air support platform

  • Can now manually reclaim wreckage / features and will auto reclaim nearby wreckage if nothing to repair
  • Speed increased to 40 from 30 (113945)
  • Health increased to 1,200 from 1,000 (113945)

Zeus air titan

  • Target priorities added (113318)
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Naval

Naval Fabrication Ship

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model (114438)
  • Added UNITTYPE_WaterHover (114980)
  • No longer targetable by torpedoes (114980)

Piranha gunboat / sea scout

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model (114438)
  • Removed UNITTYPE_Scout (114980)
  • Added UNITTYPE_WaterHover (114980)
  • No longer targetable by torpedoes (114980)

Barnacle support barge

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model (114438)
  • Added UNITTYPE_WaterHover (114980
  • )No longer targetable by torpedoes (114980)

Narwhal frigate

  • Speed increased to 12 from 9 (113550)
  • Target priorities: (114473)
    • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
    • Mobile & Air

Orca destroyer

  • Torpedoes now have splash damage (113318)
  • Speed increased to 12 from 9 (113550)

Stingray missile ship

  • Speed increased to 11 from 8 (113550)
  • Target priorities: (114473)
    • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
    • Mobile & Air

Leviathan battleship

  • Speed increased to 11 from 8 (113550)

Typhoon drone carrier

  • Speed increased to 11 from 8 (113550)
  • Cost decreased to 5,200 from 6,500 (113550)
  • Ammo rate increased to 30 metal per second or 20 stored drones then one per second once depleted (113550)
  • Initial launch stage decreased to 200 from 500 for shorter launch before turn (113550)
  • Now targets sea floor (113550)
  • Guard layer changed to WL_AnyLayer from WL_AnySurface with guard radius of 100 (113583)
  • Launch projectile lifetime changed to 3.0 from 2.0 (113583)
  • Squall drones
    • Drones can now fire a single short range low damage torpedo (113318)
    • Weapons priority changed to torpedoes (113550)
    • Torpedo rate of fire increased to 0.8 from max 1 with up to 10 low damage torpedoes depending on range to target (113550)
    • Torpedo damage decreased to 75 from 100 (114862)

Orbital

Orbital Launcher

  • Cost decreased to 1,500 from 2,000 (114344)

Orbital Fabrication Bot

  • Can now build T1 metal extractors (114218)

Anchor defense satellite

  • Ground weapon range reduced to 80 from 100 (114344)

Jig gas mining platform

  • Metal production decreased to 30 from 36 (114344)
  • Energy production decreased to 7,500 from 9,000 (114344)
  • Cost increased to 4,000 from 3,000 (114862)

Commanders

Commander

  • Build range increased to 30 from 20 (114344)
  • Faster and more accurate alt-fire ubercannon d-gun (114438)
  • Fixed all commanders to have identical mesh bounds based on base commander spec (114438)

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 7

Season ends at 2020-07-24 00:00 UTC.

Three maps carried over from season 6:

  • Alloy
  • Shoulder
  • Tropics

One map returning from season 5:

  • Gargantuan LE

Eight maps returning from previous seasons:

  • Aquilaris
  • Backbone
  • Hyde
  • Kelvin
  • Niflhel
  • Tartarus (updated)
  • The Ardennes
  • The Marne

One original map returning from season 1:

  • Amplus

Three NEW maps for season 7:

  • PAX Frontier
  • Complaint Department
  • Herculaneum

114218 Balance Changes

Orbital Fabrications Bots can now build T1 metal extractors.

Stryker attack vehicle

  • Damage increased to 15 from 12
  • Velocity increased to 140 from 120

114220

Linux hotfix.

Most Active Prizes Are Back!

Participation prizes are back for the most active players when the season ends at 2020-07-24 00:00 UTC:

  • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each

Winners

  • Uber #1: andreasg
  • Uber #2: diskraip
  • Uber #3: nikolamx
  • Uber #4: nimzo

Work In Progress

This is a preview of work in progress and experiments for the next major update to PA.

Also check the #dev, #balance and #modding channels in the official discord: https://discord.gg/pa

Technical Notes

TITANS Balance Changes

  • Deep Space Radar returns as system wide planetary radar
  • Omega orbital battleship kinetic bombardment
  • Reclaim metal value based on metal cost (vs max health)
  • Laser turret energy consumption

New Mechanics / Automation

  • System wide planetary radar
  • Shields
  • Allied use of teleporters (and maybe transports) for dynamic alliances and unshared team static alliances
  • Map units
  • Map wreckage
  • Commander capture of map units

Client Improvements

  • Coherent GT
  • Terrain horizon occlusion for icons, status, blips and features
  • Visible wreckage reclaim progress

System Editor Improvements

  • Data editor for terrain height adjustments

Client Fixes

  • TBD

System Editor Fixes

  • TBD

UI Frameworks Updates

  • KnockoutJS 3.5.1
  • bootstrap-select 1.13.14

Server / Sim Improvements

  • Reclaim wreckage value based on metal build cost
  • Update height of reclaimed wreckage

Server / Sim Fixes

  • Fixed incorrect initial and dead reclaim values

AI Improvements

  • AI retraining with air changes
  • AI proxy bases

AI Fixes

TBD

Galactic War Improvements

  • TBD

Toolchain

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

  • C++17 optimisations
  • Visual Studio 2019 latest with 142 build tools / Windows 10 SDK latest
  • Xcode 12 / macOS 10.16 testing
  • Steamworks SDK 150
  • Windows libcurl 7.70.0 with nghttp2 1.41.0 for HTTP/2 and multiplexing
  • breakpad latest
  • AMD Optimising C / C++ Compiler (AOCC) vs Clang / LLVM 10 for dedicated servers

PAnet

  • Linux servers

Modding

  • Skybox selector
  • Added wreckage_mesh_bounds for visible wreckage reclaim (defaults to mesh bounds)
  • Added icon_vertical_offset for terrain horizon occlusion (defaults to top of mesh bounds)

Breaking Changes

  • strategic icons for metal extractors will include a green metal spot for terrain horizon occlusion
  • health and ammo bars will move to top for terrain horizon occlusion
  • particle_icon.fs
  • custom URL protocols will be changing:
    • atlas:// > coui://atlas/
    • spec:// > coui://spec/
    • bundle:// > coui://bundle/
    • uncached:// > coui://uncached/

Known Issues

  • TODO: Fix Linux segfault in CoherentUI_Host (deferred to Coherent GT)
  • TODO: Fix Linux mesa corruption (deferred to Coherent GT)
  • TODO: Fix reclaim server crash
  • TODO: Reproduce load game crash

Attack Task Fixes

The recent attack task fix to prevent mobile units charging to their death exposed some other issues with the attack task and multi-threaded updates.

The previous implementation of the attack task would accidentally require mobile units with ballistic weapons to move towards their target prior to setting a weapons target even if they were in weapons range.

This was most obvious with the commander ubercannon (d-gun) where the commander turns or moves towards the target.

Without a weapons target the weapons task could not iteratively calculate ballistic firing solutions for either high or low arcs.

Meanwhile the attack task would be waiting for a firing solution during the first tick which would never be calculated.

The second tick of the attack task would then create a move task even when in range assuming no ballistic firing solution could be calculated and the unit needed to move closer.

The third tick would be waiting for the move with the weapon firing no early then the fourth tick.

The original implementation would also create a move task with a target goal based on 50% of the existing move range causing units to charge to their death even when in range.

This was most obvious with grenadiers, hornets, etc.

A small move distance or failed move might also stall the task by not setting the weapon target.

This was most obvious with the commander ubercannon (d-gun) where the minimum commander movement was too small at close ranges.

The attack task now sets the weapon target as early as possible when in range to allow for parallel calculation of a firing solution and only moves units their minimum navigation distance when required to keep them at range.

TODO: Area attack fixes

Horsefly Updates 113953 to 113783 and TITANS 1v1 Ranked Mid-Season 4 Winners

Hello Commanders,

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTT!

That’s the sound of the Horsefly exploding its way into Planetary Annihilation, the newest addition to your arsenal.

Found in the Advanced Air Factory and armed with rapid-fire cannons, it strafes targets to remove all the pesky AA (and fabbers) from the vicinity, while tanking return fire with its heavy armour. Conduct your bombing campaigns in peace once more. It will attack the land, it will attack the sea, and in a pinch it can even attack air.

For those of you running on Linux we have some good news: Planetary Annihilation will now work with Mesa when run within a Steam Proton environment. We continue to work with Coherent Labs on the native Linux issues.

We also have prizes to give out. The mid-season arrived, and with it the tightest contest for first yet. When the fires died down it was KillerKiwi who stood victorious among the wreckage. Congratulations to them, US$500 is on its way. We’ve also listed below the individuals from each league claiming the US$100 activity prizes, if you’re on that list and haven’t been contacted please raise a ticket with support. As ever, there will be further prizes issued at the end of the season (2019-10-25 00:00 UTC), so keep on fighting!

Some further adjustments to the air game have proven necessary, with Kestrel gunship damage slightly reduced. Flak has been adjusted to place greater emphasis on its splash, making it more of an anti-horde unit, while reducing its single target damage. The Storm mobile flak has also been given the ability to tilt its gun forwards and backwards to fire off a shot earlier against attacking bombers and to help it land shots in the middle of Kestrel gunship hordes, but it remains vulnerable when approached from the flank. The Angel advanced air support platform and Mend advanced combat fabricator can now auto reclaim the wreckage of your enemies or fallen comrades.

Finally, we’ve been improving various technical bits and bobs to continue enhancing performance, especially with loading of the UI and mods. SVG fonts are dead too. What’s an SVG font you ask? Look, it says SVG font in the technical notes, that’s all I know. Let’s mourn their passing together.

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Mid-Season 4 Winners

Uber #1 (US$500): killerkiwi

Most active players (US$100 each)

Uber

  • clopse
  • smurf
  • admiralgeneral

Platinum

  • quaatal
  • mkfed
  • reynald009

Gold

  • aleks.clark 
  • bakkiz
  • neovalence

Silver

  • celestial deed
  • solumath
  • svalfish1

Bronze

  • 906797135
  • petermeffert
  • kuna

If you have not received your prize contact support via https://support.planetaryannihilation.com/


Technical Notes

TITANS Balance Changes

  • Added Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft!
  • Flak Cannon advanced anti-air
    • Changed to fire 4 beams
    • Damage decreased to 40 from 150
    • Splash damage decreased to 40 from 150
    • First target priority changed to Air & (Bomber | Gunship)
    • Range increased to 120 from 100 (113929)
  • Storm advanced mobile flak vehicle
    • Health increased to 400 from 300
    • Changed to fire 4 projectiles
    • Damage decreased to 15 from 60
    • Splash damage decreased to 10 from 30
    • Velocity increased to 100 from 60
    • Added pitch of 60 with pitch rate of 360
    • Second stage duration decreased to 300 from 700
    • First target priority changed to Air & (Bomber | Gunship)
    • Range increased to 100 from 80 (113929)
  • Kestrel advanced gunship
    • Damage decreased to 15 from 20
  • Wyrm advanced heavy siege bomber
    • Added heavy unit type UNITTYPE_HEAVY
    • Speed increased to 30 from 20 (113945)
  • Angel advanced air support platform
    • Can now manually reclaim wreckage / features and will auto reclaim nearby wreckage if nothing to repair
    • Speed increased to 40 from 30 (113945)
    • Health increased to 1,200 from 1,000 (113945)
  • Mend advanced combat fabricator:
    • Will now auto reclaim nearby wreckage if nothing to repair
    • Can now build Laser Defense Turret, Flak Cannon and Radar (113929)
  • Stryker attack vehicle, Ares hover titan, Atlas seismic titan and Zeus air titan mesh bounds adjusted
  • Amphibious units moving on the seafloor which are near the water or above the water surface can now be targeted as surface units (see below)
  • Lob Dox launcher range decreased to effective range of 240 (no change to existing behaviour and range circle will now be correct)
  • Dox assault bot, Slammer advanced assault bot, Stryker attack vehicle, Ant tank, Drifter hover tank and Leveler advanced tank can no longer target sea floor (113929)
  • Gil-E advanced sniper bot
    • Velocity increased to 1000 from 600 (113929)
    • Can now target Stingray Tactical Missile (113945)
  • Spinner anti-air vehicle range increased to 130 from 120 (113929)
  • Leveler advanced tank
    • Range increased to 140 from 120 (113936)
    • Velocity increased to 160 from 140 (113936)
    • Turn rate increased to 60 from 50 (113936)
  • Vanguard advanced heavy tank radar increased to 260 from 150 (113936)
  • Pelter short range artillery velocity increased to 160 from 150 (113936)
  • Dox assault bot, Slammer advanced assault bot and Stryker attack vehicle can no longer target air (113945)
  • Hornet advanced tactical bomber (113953)
    • Speed increased to 40 from 30
    • Can no longer target seafloor

Note: patrol will not normally reclaim if economy is positive and metal storage is full. Auto reclaim units will always reclaim wreckage while patrolling.

For other recent balance changes see: https://planetaryannihilation.com/news/happy-birthday-update/

Client Improvements

  • Added simple DPS calculation using damage x rate of fire x projectiles per fire to build bar and unit hover
  • Added POV camera weapons aim tracking with smoother transitions
  • Coherent UI 2.6.8.x with faster rendering and macOS Catalina 10.15 64 bit support
  • New download manager with HTTP/2 and multiplexing for faster mod downloads and XHR
  • Improved UI caching and loading times
  • Improved readability of top economy bar in header
  • Improved readability of build bar hovers
  • Added radius to top right planet selector details

Client Fixes

  • Fixed memory leak in multi-threading async parallel for

Server / Sim Improvements

  • Improved saving and loading of saved game / replay times up to 2.5x faster
  • Added amphibious units moving on the seafloor which are near the water or above the water surface can now be targeted as surface units eg Atlas titan is now targetable by any unit that target surface layers. Kestrel advanced gunships and Horsefly advanced strafer aircraft can target any unit as they appear out of water.
  • Added auto reclaim of nearby wreckage
  • Added reclaim of nearby wreckage to patrol for auto reclaim units

Server / Sim Fixes

  • Fixed memory leak in multi-threading async parallel for

AI Improvements

  • Added splash damage to DPS calculations
  • Added Phoenix advanced fighter
  • Added Piranha gunboat

AI Fixes

  • Fixed average mobile health including structures in its calculations

Galactic War Fixes

  • Fixed Phoenix advanced fighter buffs not being applied

Toolchain

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

  • Visual Studio 2019 latest with 142 build tools / Windows 10 SDK latest
  • Xcode 11 / macOS 10.15.x latest for macOS Mavericks 10.9+
  • Latest steam linux runtime / GCC 6.2.0 (currently limited by Steam Linux runtime)
  • Steamworks SDK 146 with macOS Catalina 10.15 support for 64 bit only
  • Coherent UI 2.6.8.x with macOS Catalina 10.15 support for 64 bit only
  • Windows libcurl 7.66.0 with nghttp2 for HTTP/2 and multiplexing
  • Steam Proton compatibility
  • Fonts converted to WOFF and all UI  html and css updated

Note: PA Launcher is not currently supported on macOS Catalina 10.15 and will be updated later this year.

AI Modding

  • Added --al-debug for instrumentation
    • Dumps unit threat analysis on start for first AI (assumes all AIs are using the same unit list)Dumps per planet influence map on pause
  • Added --ai-log and --ai-debug to client which will pass through to local server
  • Added personality.ai_path to specify a different set of AI files for side by side testing of changes eg
    Test: {
    ai_path: '/pa/ai2/',
    display_name: '!LOC:Test,
  • Added AdvancedFighter, Strafer and Gunboat / SeaScout to AI unit maps
  • Added personality.percent_open_vehicle, percent_open_bot, percent_open_naval, percent_open_air and percent_open_orbital to specify first factory percentages

Modding

  • Added auto_reclaim to build arm specs (same task as auto_repair)
  • Added projectiles_per_fire and dps to unit specs, build bar info and unit hover info
  • Added ignore_overshoot to nav specs to disable distanceToStartBraking warning
  • Added leash_behavior and leash_distance to nav specs to control unit assist behaviour (113801)

Mods may break in the following scenes if they make assumptions about layout:

  • start
  • gw_play
  • live_game_econ
  • settings

Mods may also break in any scene if they make assumptions about the social bar position.

There are now two versions of Coherent UI / Chromium which can make UI testing challenging:

  • Coherent UI 2.6.8.x / Chromium 40 on Windows / macOS
  • Coherent UI 2.5.9.4 / Chromium 28 on Linux

https://caniuse.com/#compare=chrome+28,chrome+40 (not all features in that list are supported within Coherent UI 2.6.8.x)

SVG fonts are no longer supported in Chromium 40.

113794

Reverted to Coherent UI 2.5.9.3 for Linux.

113801

Added leash_behaviour and leash_distance for Horsefly.

113895

Reworked start:

  • Responsive layout
  • New background
  • New watermark logo on top right
  • New build version displayed on top right
  • Classic style favourite or random commander
  • Improved events (from community mods)
  • Improved news
  • Improved videos
  • Improved streams
  • Improved mini leaderboard
  • Improved credits

Reworked settings: (work in progress)

  • Responsive layout

Reworked Galactic War card layout:

  • Responsive layout for system and inventory tech cards that should display all text clearly

Reworked live game eco bar: (work in progress)

  • Responsive mirrored layout highlighting the 3 key eco numbers (energy, efficiency, metal)

Reworked social bar visibility:

  • Assumes always visible with individual scenes like gw play and live game controlling visibility and layout
  • Live game handling via main scene has been disabled

Reworked main:

  • New splash handling

Reworked armoury:

  • Responsive layout
  • Improved TITANS upgrades
  • Improved handling when steam overlay not available

Reworked replays browser:

  • Responsive layout
  • Added winner (from community mods)

113909

  • Fixed live streams not clickable
  • Added stop_clears_nearby_targets for Horsefly advanced heavy strafer aircraft

113932 / 113929

Restored Coherent UI 2.6.8.x for Linux with fixes for boringssl/openssl segfault and mesa transparency.

TITANS Balance Changes

  • Dox assault bot, Slammer advanced assault bot, Stryker attack vehicle, Ant tank, Drifter hover tank and Leveler advanced tank can no longer target sea floor
  • Mend advanced combat fabricator can now build Laser Defense Tower, Flak Cannon and Radar
  • Gil-E advanced sniper bot velocity increased to 1000 from 600
  • Storm advanced mobile flak vehicle range increased to 100 from 80
  • Flak Cannon advanced anti-air range increased to 120 from 100
  • Spinner anti-air vehicle range increased to 130 from 120
  • Slammer advanced assault bot can now target air – jk
  • Horsefly advanced heavy strafer aircraft assist removed

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TITANS Balance Changes

  • Leveler advanced tank
    • Range increased to 140 from 120
    • Velocity increased to 160 from 140
    • Turn rate increased to 60 from 50
  • Vanguard advanced heavy tank radar increased to 260 from 150
  • Pelter short range artillery velocity increased to 160 from 150

113945

TITANS Balance Changes

  • Dox assault bot, Slammer advanced assault bot and Stryker attack vehicle can no longer target air
  • Wyrm advanced siege heavy bomber speed increased to 30 from 20
  • Hornet advanced tactical bomber speed increased to 40 from 30
  • Angel advanced air support platform:
    • Speed increased to 40 from 30
    • Health increased to 1,200 from 1,000
  • Gil-E advanced sniper bot can now target Stingray tactical missiles
  • Horsefly advanced heavy strafer aircraft health decreased to 1,500 from 1,800

113953

Hornet advanced tactical bomber can no longer target seafloor.

Known Issues

  • PA Launcher is not currently supported on macOS Catalina 10.15 and will be updated later this year
  • Some mods may break with the update from Chromium 28 to Chromium 40 in Coherent UI 2.6.8.x as a result of html, css, layout, rendering, js and font changes
  • Modern native Linux may black screen or corrupt (toggle full screen (alt+enter), resize or refresh (F5) may correct)

PA was built with modding in mind, and while we appreciate the contribution that mod authors make to our game, please remember that running mods can sometimes lead to unexpected defects and crashes, especially after a new update.

Before reporting any issues please ensure you test the game without mods enabled. Defects with mods should be reported to mod authors in the PA forums thread for each mod.

PAnet and TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 3

113318 TITANS Balance Changes

Hello Commanders,

We all know machines are superior to organics, yet they’re only as good as the hardware underpinning them. You know this, we know this, which is why upgrading the game’s server infrastructure has been such an important goal for us. The road has been long, the struggle real, and we are finally migrated to (drum roll please)… PAnet. Oooooo, literal chills. Uh, I mean, bleep bloop, fellow machine.

PAnet (Planetary Annihilation Network) is our replacement for UberNet and provides all the backend infrastructure for managing game servers and player accounts. It has faster servers for better sim speed, more regions for lower latency, and higher capacity servers.

TITANS 1v1 ranked season 2 came to a close at the end of April. It was hard fought for a while with Uber #1 changing hands multiple times. But as the dust settled a clear victor emerged in NikolaMX, a good 100 points clear of the nearest competition. Should the Progenitors return we know who they will want as their leader.

With season 2 over we surprised everyone with a transition to a season that was one digit higher. Four maps from season 2 have returned, along with 12 entirely new maps, courtesy of WPMarshall. The lessons of season 2 have been applied and we think you’ll find these maps a big upgrade. Ranks were wiped clean and it’s anyone’s game to win once more.

AI performance has been improved and its impact on the server decreased. In addition, we have again put a big focus on eliminating known sources of client and server crashes. We even did a thing with the updating of the toolchain so they have higher version numbers, and we all know higher version numbers are better, right?

PAnet Features

New features in PAnet:

  • modern servers with faster CPUs, more memory and increased bandwidth
  • new regions (see below)

New Regions:

  • USWest (Oregon)
  • USCentral (Ohio) – this was USEast (Virginia) on UberNet since March 2018
  • USEast (Virginia)
  • APSouthEast (Singapore)
  • APNorthEast (Japan)

The following regions have higher capacity servers for bigger games:

  • USWest (Oregon)
  • USCentral (Ohio)
  • USEast (Virginia)
  • EUWest (Ireland)

The new PAnet URLs are:

Migration to PAnet was completed on 2019-05-20 with build 113298.

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 2 Winners

Uber #1 (US$1,000): NikolaMX

Most active players (US$100 each)

Uber

  • NikolaMX
  • Diskraip
  • nimzo

Platinum

  • Pa!nCorgi
  • Viroo
  • Sinoccence

Gold

  • Qivy
  • Alive In
  • theiban

Silver

  • muhr
  • G-Force
  • go

Bronze

  • FrigoPorco
  • TotalAnnihilator
  • MrStorm

If you have not received your prize contact support via https://support.planetaryannihilation.com/

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 3 Prizes

Mid-season at 2019-06-06:00:00 UTC

  • Uber #1 – US$500
  • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each

End of season 3 at 2019-07-25:00:00 UTC

  • Uber #1 – US$1,000
  • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 3 Maps

Four maps carried over from season 2:

  • Aquilaris
  • Disparity
  • Centax-3
  • The Ardennes

Remaining season 2 maps have been added to the in-game map list.

Twelve new maps:

  • Backbone
  • Exeunt
  • Basilica
  • Hopper
  • Rotunda
  • ASAT
  • Hyde
  • Kelvin
  • Echo
  • District
  • Maginot
  • Bailiff

Technical Notes

Legacy builds are no longer supported and will not be updated.

Translations

  • Dutch updated as an official language

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Improvements

  • Improved region selection for players in different continents
RegionAustraliaSingaporeJapanUSWestUSCentralUSEastIreland
AustraliaRandomSingaporeRandomUSWestUSWestUSWest
SingaporeRandomRandomJapanUSWestUSWestUSWest
JapanSingaporeRandomRandomUSWestUSWestUSWest
USWestRandomJapanRandomRandomUSCentralUSEast
USCentralUSWestUSWestUSWestRandomRandomUSEast
USEastUSWestUSWestUSWestUSCentralRandomRandom
IrelandUSWestUSWestUSWestUSEastUSEastRandom

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Fixes

  • Fix for failed to join game (113329)

AI Improvements

  • Improved performance of AI deployment data
  • AI will do better at protecting its commander against nuke snipes (113318)
  • Orbital lasers and the Orbital Titan will make attacking units that can attack orbital a priority (113318)

AI Fixes

  • Fix for platoon disbanding weirdness
  • Fix for evaluateReconNeed AI crash
  • Removed a couple of duplicated build conditions (113318)
  • AI dps calculations will correctly take projectiles_per_fire into account (113318)
  • Units that can target Air will now correctly have AntiAir threat (113318)
  • Walls will now have Land threat (113318)
  • MetMinFabberCount now counts Naval fabbers (113318)

Client Improvements

  • New 1v1 and shared army team vs team maps from TITANS 1v1 ranked season two
  • Updated Coherent UI with improved 4K+ support for Windows
  • Improved start menu videos feed (moved into base game from community mods patch)
  • Improved start menu streams feed (moved into base game from community mods patch)
  • Improved start menu news feed (moved into base game from community mods patch)

Client Fixes

  • Fix for 4K+ crashes on Windows
  • Fix for Coherent UI crashes
  • Fix for material library crashes
  • Fix for social bar not shown after 1v1 ranked requeue

Server Improvements

  • AI no longer directly influences sim and all commands are queued
  • AI now updates concurrently with history

Server Fixes

  • Fixes for shutdown crashes

113318 TITANS Balance Changes

Holkins Long Range Artillery

  • Target priorities added:
    • Commander
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Ares Hover Titan

  • Target priorities added to main weapon:
    • Commander
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Bumblebee Bomber

  • Target priorities added:
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Kestrel Gunship

  • Can now target underwater layer (subs)
  • Target priorities added:
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Hornet Tactical Bomber

  • Target priorities added:
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Wyrm Heavy Bomber

  • Can now target underwater layer (subs)
  • Target priorities added:
    • Commander
    • AirDefense & ( Land | Naval )
    • Titan & ( Land | Naval )
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Zeus Air Titan

  • Target priorities added:
    • Commander
    • AirDefense | ( Air & Fighter)
    • Artillery & Advanced & ( Land | Naval )
    • Nuke | NukeDefense

Orca Destroyer

  • Torpedoes now have splash damage

Typhoon Drone Carrier

  • Drones can now fire a single short range low damage torpedo

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Ladder Season 2

UPDATE: We have expanded the participation prizes to include the three most active players in each of the five leagues for a total prize pool of US$4,500 this season.

 

Hello Commanders,

Season one of 1v1 ranked has ended, so let us give our congratulations to [TNC] [Nik] NikolaMX, a player so humble he put his own name in a clan tag.

Fighting off many worthy opponents he has dominated the Uber league, holding the #1 position for most of the season. An Invictus statue will be on its way to our deserving season 1 winner.

Season 2 – 2019-01-25 to 2019-04-25

It’s season 2!

All ranks have been reset; everything is up for grabs again.

A new season needs new maps. As you know we introduced four new maps mid-way through the previous season, and they’ll be carrying over to season two. But the rest of the maps have been taken out back and… retired. Sleep well old maps, you’ve served your time. Replacing them are eleven brand new maps.

Season 2 Map Pool (15)

  • Aquilaris (WPMarshall)
  • Bulkhead (WPMarshall)
  • Canyon (WPMarshall)
  • Centax-3 (Grand Homie)
  • Disparity (WPMarshall)
  • Enfer (Grand Homie)
  • Geonosis (Grand Homie)
  • Lost Temple (WPMarshall)
  • Lugaan (WPMarshall)
  • Niflhel (Grand Homie)
  • Riddler (WPMarshall)
  • Singe (WPMarshall)
  • Tartarus (Grand Homie)
  • The Ardennes (Grand Homie)
  • The Marne (Grand Homie)

New maps mean new strategies, and everyone is on an even footing because no one has had a chance to practice these before. We look forward to seeing what you make of them and hearing your thoughts on how they play. These maps will also be made available to play in custom lobbies in the near future.

Prizes!

Of course, what season is complete without prizes? And what could possibly top an Invictus Commander statue? Like that relative that doesn’t know what to get you as a present, we opted for cold, hard cash. Nice.

The player who holds Uber #1 at the mid-season point (2019-03-08 00:00 UTC) will be awarded US$500. The player who is Uber #1 at the end of the season (2019-04-26 00:00 UTC) will receive US$1,000.

But what about those of you playing in Bronze reading this and thinking, I’m never going to hit Uber so what do I care? Well we’ve got you covered too.

We will be awarding US$100 to the three most active players in each of the five leagues, both mid-season and at the end of the season. Doesn’t matter where you rank in the league, only how much you play. (UPDATED)

Summary of Prizes

  • Mid-season at 2019-03-08:00:00 UTC
    • Uber #1 – US$500
    • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each
  • End of season 2 at 2019-04-26:00:00 UTC
    • Uber #1 – US$1,000
    • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
    • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each

Maximum annual winnings for Uber #1 is US$6,800 if you hold the position all year and play the most!

All prizes are awarded at the discretion of Planetary Annihilation Inc. Players in breach of the Planetary Annihilation Community Rules and Guidelines may be disqualified. The decision of Planetary Annihilation Inc is final.

tl;dr

Seriously? We spent a lot of time writing all that. Millennials are ruining the patch note industry.

  • Ranked season 2 has begun
  • New ranked map pool
  • US$4,500 to be won this season (UPDATED)

Let the soothing voice of WPMarshall take you on a guided tour of this season’s maps: https://gaming.youtube.com/watch?v=ienE1HgwmLM


1v1 Ranked Leaderboard Update 112835



Our ladder uses a tried and tested ranking algorithm, with numerous best practices for implementation. To oversimplify, all players have two scores: stable and volatile. The former is a rating which the system has a high confidence in and should be used for ranking, avoiding placing a player too highly based on a few good games. The latter is a lower confidence rating, but looks at the potential of the player.

Volatile and stable are used for matchmaking to find opponents of the right difficulty. Think of stable as reflecting how good we know you are, while volatile is how good you might be. Over time these two ratings will converge.

During work to migrate to PAnet we have been examining the code underpinning the ladder and identified an issue. Rather than using the stable rating for ranks the ladder had been implemented using the volatile rating, leading to wild swings in position and players being placed in high level leagues far too easily. This runs counter to the goal of the ranking system: rewarding consistency of play over time.

A fix for this has been deployed and players have had their position on the ladder updated accordingly. All games played this season remain valid, none of your results have been lost or invalidated as a result of this change. The only change is to leaderboard ranks. This does not impact the result of season 1, we reviewed the data and [TNC] [Nik] NikolaMX was the clear winner.

Players with few games in ranked will likely find they have dropped to a lower rank, or even league. The key to your rank now is consistency over a large number of games. You will no longer be able to obtain Uber status with only a few games.

We debated leaving the ranking system unchanged for season 2, but decided as it was still very early in the season it was best for the health and integrity of the ladder that an immediate fix be deployed. This will lead to a better experience for everyone, avoiding the issue of players with a small number of games camping high ranking positions, allowing players who continue to play to see an improvement over time.

You will see a significant change in the number of players within each league at first. These numbers should change over time as players play more games. Thresholds for each league have not changed and we will be reviewing the season 2 data for possible adjustments in season 3.

Accompanying this change are three much requested features. Everyone’s stable score is now visible on the leaderboard, along with the number of games played, and you can view the top 500 of every league instead of just the top 10 both in-game and on the web at: https://palobby.com/leaderboards/

We hope this improved transparency, in combination with the leaderboard correction, will make for a more satisfying ranked experience.

Finally, players new to the ladder must complete 10 games before being assigned a rank. This allows the system to ensure a more accurate rating before adding people to a league.

Bulkhead has also been updated with a fix for missing metal spots that were identified.

tl;dr

  • The ladder has been updated to use the correct value for ranking players
  • The ladder UI has been updated to display your rank, games played, and 500 players per league
  • Players need to complete 10 games before being assigned a rank
  • Bulkhead updated for missing metal
  • https://palobby.com/leaderboards/

Smurfs in Platinum / Uber and Player Behaviour

For season 2 we are monitoring the use of smurfs and player behaviour. That may result in some changes, some warnings, some season bans and some permanent bans (a number of which have already been applied).

To report an individual player please use: https://support.planetaryannihilation.com/

We strongly recommend you play on your own main account, be respectful in chat and avoid impersonating other players.

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