Before we head out for a couple of weeks of sorely needed summer vacation, we have cooked up a lovely little mutation to the game for you all!
From now on, all missions have a chance to appear with Mutators attached to them. They come in two variants: Warnings and Anomalies. Anomalies are neutral or even positive, while Warnings will severely increase the danger you’ll face. Missions with Warnings on them also add a substantial Hazard Bonus to the final score. Look on the mission map for the new Warning and Anomaly icons!
The following Warnings and Anomalies are already implemented, and we expect to add lots more in future patches.
EXPLODER INFESTATION: Whatever mutation affects the Glyphid Exploders, this is likely one of the epicenters! Hordes of ‘roided-up, rabid Glyphid Exploders will do their best to turn you into a fine red mist.
SHIELD DISRUPTION: The cave is heavily electrostatically charged. And wouldn’t you know it, it makes your shield generators short out. So...no shields!
MACTERA PLAGUE: Macteras of all kinds have completely taken over this cave! Flying horror descends from the sky! You could say it’s going to be... Macterrible!
CAVE LEECH CLUSTERS: If you have a phobia of Cave Leeches, this cave will either cure you or confirm your worst fears...
GOLD RUSH: This cave has extraordinarily rich deposits of gold; huge veins of it just waiting for the sweet caress of your pickaxe!
MINERAL MANIA: Crafting Minerals galore! It is the reason to go to Hoxxes after all.
TRIPLE XP: 10 credits says you can’t guess what it does...
LOW GRAVITY: Jump vast chasms! Scale nearly vertical walls! Just keep in mind... fall damage is still a thing, so don’t get TOO cocky...
CRITICAL WEAKNESS: Multikill! Aim for the weak spots for severely increased damage!
GOLDEN BUGS: Each kill earns gold for the team!
RICH ATMOSPHERE: You feel energized and can move more easily around. Your beautiful voice may appear slightly altered by the rich atmosphere, Chipmunk!
TERRAIN SCANNER - NOW IN 3D!
The ol’ flat Terrain Scanner has had an overhaul! The camera is now fully rotatable and zoomable, and you’ll have a much easier time finding where you need to go. Terrain Scanner has been mapped to both [TAB] and [M] by default. Go try it out!
DYE YOUR HAIR OR DIE DYEING!
For Update 14, we experimented briefly with locking hair colors to classes, to make them stand out more. It turns out the players didn’t enjoy that too much... in fact, we practically feared being strung up like elves! Rejoice, however! Custom hair colors are back, and are even a bit more advanced now!
MORE HEADWEAR ADDED
A couple of new hairdos have been added (The Franklin and The Gamekeeper), as well as a bunch of much-requested variations to some of the hats and helmets!
TAKE YOUR DWARF FOR A SPIN!
Ever wondered what your dwarf looks like from behind? Well, you can now rotate your dwarf in all the relevant menus!
Note: For those who wondered where all your armor went after Update 14, it was down to a massive reworking of the system we use for all the Vanity items. All those affected should have gotten all the credits and minerals you spent on them back.
AN EVEN BETTER BOSCO
Bosco has had a brain upgrade and should now be much better at doing what he’s told and dishing out damage. He is so good that we had to tweak down his damage from 8 to 6 per bullet. His burst fire has also been adjusted to be a bit slower.
RETURN OF THE DRONE
When starting a multiplayer game solo, Bosco joins you until another player joins. If that player drops out again, Bosco will reappear!
FASTER WAY TO PLAY
EASY FRIEND INVITE
Invite your friends directly into your game! And you don’t even have to have set up a mission yet!
JOIN FRIENDS UNINVITED
You can always join your friend’s game - unless they already have a full team that is!
Health will regenerate to a specific minimum after taking massive damage. No more running around with 1 hit point!
The Minigun has had a massive overhaul, with a snazzy new model, improved animations, and new particles. After firing the Minigun, the accuracy is reduced at a slower rate.
LOOK WHO’S TALKING NOW
An icon is shown next to a player’s icon when using voice chat.
HUD IT LIKE YOU WANT
Some aspects of the HUD can now be hidden through the Options. For now, Enemy Health Bars, the Compass, your depth, Player Name, Class, and Class Icon.
SALVAGE OPERATION TWEAKS
Uplink and Fuels Cells have gotten new models and animations.
Escape Pod powering up time reduced from 120 seconds to 90 seconds.
PERKS, BUFFS, AND NERFS
Increased the sprint speed bonus of the Weekend Athlete perk.
Rank 3 Field Medic Perk will send nearby Glyphids fleeing when you finish reviving a teammate.
Rank 5 Resupplier Perk will auto-reload all your weapons when you resupply.
Fixed grammar and typos on several Perks and Milestones.
Red Sugar Rocks: Max rank will give you a 20% speed boost for ten secs.
Summer Vacation Time
Summer is upon us, and that means we are also going on summer vacation. So we will be a bit less active in our different forums, social media etc.
Also, we are moving to new offices in August, due to we have grown in team size. We need more SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
We will slowly be more active in August, and at full speed in September!
Until then there is only one thing to say:
ROCK AND STONE!