What a party! Thank you so much for all that participated, sent in fantastic contest entries, and got down to some right ol’ dirty cavedelvin’ with us during the celebrations. Now, though, we’re all out of Dark Morkite, there’s no more confetti in our hair, and we’ve gotten right back to work. That’s right, it’s Update Time, and we think we got a good one for you! First things first though:
THERE’S SOMETHING... NEW... IN THE DARK
With Update 23: Horrors of Hoxxes, we chose to focus on one of the most often requested improvements for the game (ourselves included): More aliens! Well, more aliens you shall have - alongside a ton of other stuff, we’ve got a bunch of new Hoxxes natives for you to pump full of lead, as well as some much-needed facelifts for some of our old friends.
Have a gander at the list at the end of this post for the full notes or dive in as un-spoilered as you please! Either way, we’re pretty proud of this one.
Checkmark on 23: Check! Onwards to 24! We still have some design ahead of us before we can fully commit to the headlines on this one (some key members of the team are out of town, attending conferences), but 24 will likely be a less feature-oriented Update, and more focused on polish and improvement of current stuff while we put work into more long-term stuff in the background. So far it looks like Update 24 will bring things like yet more Mods to unlock, at least one new enemy type, and a bunch of UI improvements such as revamped Mission Load and Mission Complete screens, but we’ll have something concrete to share with you soon.
That’s pretty much it for now. All that’s left is to wish you all some lovely trips down into the dark to meet all your new...friends… :>
ROCK AND STONE!
- The Ghost Ship Crew
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P.S. For Microsoft Store Version (Xbox One and PC Version), you have also gain the Hotfix 1, 2, and 3 into the version! See the hotfix lists in the bottom of this post!
P.S.S. We also have a competition running on Gleam.io ! There is a chance to win a Deep Rock Galactic t-shirt! https://gleam.io/voYtF/miners-follow-us-competition
A GAZILLION NEW ENEMIES
This distant cousin of the Glyphid Acidspitter is both smarter, faster, and more aggressive. It’ll burrow into the ground between firing off devastating volleys of corrosive goo, making for a high-priority target when spotted.
This mysterious Glyphid sends out regenerative waves of spores to its nearby kin, reinvigorating and buffing them. Better take it out quick.
GLYPHID BULK DETONATOR
A sickening horror of the deep. It’s Bulky and it Detonates. You’ll know it when you see it - and then you’ll likely die. You have been warned.
The first species encountered of this awful breed of Hoxxes wildlife. The Trawler has been observed in the Sandblasted Corridor Region and it burrows through sand at high speeds, aiming to catch prey in its’ extended maws as it passes. Don’t stand in front of it.
GLYPHID GRUNT SLASHER
A more durable and fast version of its weaker cousin, the Grunt. Plus...its long-bladed legs deal thrice the damage. Nasty buggers!
GLYPHID GRUNT GUARD
Another variation of the Glyphid Grunt. This one is heavily armored and has twice the health but is a bit slower than a normal Grunt.
RADIOACTIVE GLYPHID PRAETORIAN
In the Radioactive Zone, Praetorians have mutated and now do radiation damage! Better keep your distance.
RADIOACTIVE GLYPHID EXPLODER
Exploding with radiation! ‘Nough said!
RADIOACTIVE GLYPHID SWARMERS
They glow in the dark and are radioactive - they’re small enough that the radiation they emit isn’t enough to affect a healthy dwarf, however.
GLYPHID DREADNOUGHT OVERHAUL
New behavior: If the players are hidden in a small hole, the Dreadnought will now destroy the terrain until it gets to them. Can’t stop me now!
New attack: Swarmer Egg. Besides the fireball, the Dreadnaught will shoot a projectile full of swarmers. If hits the players, it will also cover them with pheromones, turning them into the target of new enemy swarmer spawns.
Regenerating armor. Make sure to attack it while it’s vulnerable. Health values have been modified to conform to this new system.
An all-new Boss Health Bar lets you know when you are facing a serious challenge. For the moment it’s only for the new and improved Dreadnought, but it’s almost like we have plans to use it for more things in the future, isn’t it? :>
Fixed the bug that would allow you to trap the Dreadnought using the Gunner’s shield
All its attacks and behaviors have been tweaked. The Dreadnaught is now more aggressive, more responsive, and more dangerous. Management wishes you luck.
More Nitra is spawning in elimination missions since you will need more ammo to take down a Dreadnought.
Fix so 2 Dreadnoughts can’t spawn in Point Extraction at the same time
Supply Pods won’t instakill a Dreadnought anymore - it still deals a good chunk of damage though.
Dreadnought's fireball damage reduced
Tweaks to Dreadnought's behavior for solo play
Rolling periods are now shorter so it will open up more often to shoot (which almost means more chances for players to shoot it).
Armor resistance and base health reduced.
It can only be found in Salt Pits now. Radioactive Exclusive Zone didn’t feel like a healthy place to settle down.
Received a much-needed model and animation overhaul. Now grabbier than ever!
All new model and animations.
BET-C BATTLE MULE
BET-C’s grenades have proper models and improved shaders
BET-C now moves away if there are players too close to her for a few seconds
BET-C no longer turns into an unkillable murder machine if the parasites die too quickly
MISCELLANEOUS ENEMY TWEAKS
Enemies now only use melee attacks that are in range to actually do damage
Grabber only screams if its target is valid
Chance of getting a generic scripted wave increased compared to special scripted waves
Tweaked all the Glyphids blood particles. They are now much more visible
Glyphids have received several new attack animations
Glyphid Warriors have been renamed to Glyphid Grunt, because that’s what everyone kept calling them. Also, it fits. :>
Difficulty reduced a bit on 2-3 player games on Hazard Level 3-5
The location of the cocoons will no longer be displayed using an icon, now they appear on the terrain scanner
Cocoons are more evenly distributed throughout the map
New debris has been added in the vicinity of the Cocoons, in case you had trouble spotting the 15 ton, pulsating, gurgling, alien egg
Defense Zones have been increased a bit in size
Reduced Egg Collection goals depending on Cave Complexity from 5, 8, 10 to 4, 6, 8
Slightly increased spawn rates
Wave music added to the announced waves
CLEARER GEM FRAGMENT INDICATION
The glowing bits around embedded crystals like, Aquarq, Jadiz etc. now only glow when said item is close. No more returning to already mined spots!
MORE GEAR MODS
We are still in the process of adding mods to all the gear and we are slowly getting there. After this update, only the Pick Axe and the Grenades are left to do.
LMG GUN PLATFORM
Number of turrets, target prioritization, build speed, scan angle. You are a special snowflake and now your automated killing machine can be too.
Have you ever thrown down a Satchel Charge only to regret it immediately? Well, now you can install a kill switch for safe disarming and retrieval. Plus many other mods like carve size and fear effects.
More flares? Longer burn time? Auto-reload? Illuminate the situation with these and other mods.
Customize the size, duration and recharge time of your happy place.
Please note: You have been refunded credits and minerals invested in previous upgrades!
STATUS EFFECTS ON HEALTH BAR
Enemies’ health bars now display status effects such as being electrocuted, etc. They also show temperature variations so players can now know how far from bursting into flames or freezing they are.
MK5 ARMOR SETS
Management has approved the introduction of an all-new set of armor for the most experienced employees to procure - the mighty Mark 5!
1ST PERSON ARMOR
All first-person animations now display the correct armor!
SUPPORTER GEAR MORE GOLDIER
By popular request, the Supporter Upgrade Armor and Weapons have gotten a material overhaul - now more goldier than ever!
BOSCO QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS
It will now try to position himself below cave leeches, and not above them
It will be less glued to the floor when fighting except versus cave leeches
It will not fire if something other than enemies is blocking his line of sight
Doubled the frequency of Bosco checking if he should get out of the way
NEW MISCELLANEOUS MODELS, SHADERS, AND ANIMATIONS
New Mallet model for all your building and repair needs
New Beacons for Supply Pods
New third person animations make it easier to see if a teammate is currently checking the Terrain Scanner
Attempt to fix light bug on Stasis Grenade
Fix crash related to people joining and being immediately grabbed
Added a third-person animation to players looking at the Terrain Scanner
Fix spelling error in Mini-gun upgrade
Fix DisableMasterEQ setting to work correctly
Work on reducing server list backend load
The Cryo Cannon’s feedback sounds have been made louder and easier to hear
The One Year Celebration is over! If you missed getting the One Year Celebration hat while it was available, tough beans!
Also, Management has returned beer prices to normal. Drink responsibly (because it’s expensive!).
Sand and Ice geysers should no longer blow you out of the Drop Pod
Fixed Mixer Praetorians not working properly
Fixed Mixer spawning 4 times the amount of enemies it was intended
Fixed Mixer viewer name not properly working
Introducing new enemies to Mixer integration: Mactera Spawn, Mactera Grabber, Mactera Bomber, Acid Spitter, Web Spitter, and Shellback
Introducing new assists to Mixer integration: Resupply of ammo
Introducing mixer integration in the Space Rig: Buy the streamer beers, explode confetti
Exploders’ footsteps sound volume increased
Reduced the spawn amount of radioactive crystals
Better attenuation for the jukebox
Scout Grenade IFG FX tweaked
Chatbox: System Messages now green and bold, general line height slightly lowered.
Mission success music reactivated
Fix Linecutter performance
Fixed a bug that caused players with Ironwill to not show as downed in their player portraits after dying
Fixed trader terminal assignment showing that you completed it one mission too early
Tweaked sounds for shield
Fixed the cave leech sense bug that caused the sensing UI to get stuck on a players screen
Change lists from Experimental Builds on Steam
Update 23 - Hotfix 1, 2, and 3
Hello Hard Tried Miners,
We got Hotfix 1 for update 23 ready for you! We have been monitoring the game over the weekend and we have noticed that the game got more difficult with Update 23 and that you have had to work harder to get your paycheck. Some of this is intentional like the buff to Elimination and Point Extraction missions, and some are not.
Overall we have now increased rarity of some of the new special enemies and they have been both bug-fixed and tweaked. Glyphid Grunt Slashers and Guards were appearing way too often compared to what we intended and they have been reduced in numbers as well. The Nayaka Trawler has also gotten some much-needed love.
We now expect your chances of survival to have increased, but please keep in mind that Hoxxes still is a very dangerous place to work, even for a dwarf!
-The Ghost Ship Crew-
More granular scaling of Dreadnought's difficulty across hazard levels
Fix for enemies in attack stance sometimes ignoring shield (and other blockers)
Fixed: Naedocyte Shockers leave an empty health bar upon death
Tweaks to enemy types distribution
Nayaka Trawler impact+supply pod sound distance fixed
Nayaka Trawler no longer infinity grabs the player
Fix crash when joining a game in progress while someone is grabbed by Mactera Grabber
Tweaks to reduce Nayaka Trawler's speed
Nayaka Trawler's damage reduced
Nayaka Trawler is now scaling health based on player count
Hooked up sound for Trawler so it does not use the supply drop pod impact sound for bumping into players :-)
Better distribution of grunt Slashers and Guards + Glyphid Warden and Trawler is rarer
Fixed Caveleech biting sounds being heard over big distances.
Lowered chance of Slasher and Guard spawns
Weapons and Tools
Fixed the flare duration upgrades for the regular flares.
IFG particles on enemies made more intense
Fixed SMG Electrocution Bonus was showing 1 when it should show +20%
Fix crash when joining a game related to Line Cutter
Fixed a bug that caused clients to not be able to see the upgraded damage radius on the Satchel Charge
Fixed shield generator icon not always being removed after cool down
Fixed an issue that caused the player to turn when reopening the terrain scanner after closing the terrain scanner during a turn to face operation
Fixed a bug that caused you to get stuck in the terrain scanner camera mode if you swapped guns while using the terrain scanner
Fixed a problem that caused the ammo for Satchel Charge and carried sentry gun ammo to display incorrectly on clients if they were upgraded
Made it easier for Bosco to hit the cave leech
Bosco's digging animation now stops if you send him from one dig operation to another
Bosco now looks for a place that has line of sight to his target before firing his rocket
Bosco ability los checking now actually works... oops
Improve how resource veins are generated in rooms. Mostly affects point extraction where they should be distributed further out into the room
Change Weapon Assignment Milestone to 1,3,5 so that you can actually complete the last one.
Making mixer dreadnought a bit less dangerous
Hotfix 2 (Loot Bug got its Health Bar back)
Loot bug showing health bar again (This is the most important fix!)
Possible flaregun intensity fix
Fixed a collision issue with the Supply Pod beacon that caused the hologram to block alot of shots/projectiles
Wardens now only summon enemies if they no longer have anyone to buff nearby, but they summon a group instead of only 1.
Glyphid warden now takes 3x damage instead of only 2x on weak point
Bulk Detonator and Glyphid Warden a bit rarer
Fixed spawn diversity for Haz 1-3
Fixed Sound attenuation for Trawler
Update 23 Hotfix 3
Fix enemies suddenly appearing out of terrain when they could not reach you.
Fix enemies pathing through air
Wardens weak points glow when they take damage.
Warden doesn't leave invisible collision behind when it dies
Fix for the scout grenade triggering twice
Tweaks to slightly reduce the difficulty of the Dreadnought for 2 and 3 players games in order to match 1 and 4 players experiences
IFG made more blue