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    Xenonauts Experimental Builds & Instructions

    Steam allows multiple branches of a single game, so we have set up an Experimental branch of Xenonauts. This sits alongside the Stable branch, and changing between the two only takes a few clicks.

    Stable Branch: This is the standard branch of the game you get when you install Xenonauts. It will have few bugs in it so can be played for extended periods, but will only be updated every couple of months.

    Experimental Branch: This branch will be updated most weeks and contains all of the latest features and balancing. However, it will also contain all of the latest bugs so will likely crash much more than the Stable branch. Also, new features generally do not work properly immediately so you'll likely see some strange behaviour with them until they've gone through a few iterations.

    Therefore, if you just want to drop in and play the game for a bit every few months to see how we're doing, you should definitely stick to the Stable Branch. If you want the bleeding edge and don't mind that you might get a random crash at any point, then by all means opt in to the Experimental Branch.

    All the changes in the Experimental branch will make their way into the Stable branch, but this takes time - an update to the Stable branch is a set of features that have gone through enough iterations on the Experimental branch for them to be stable enough for general release.

    Important things to know about the Experimental Branch:
    • Your save games will not be compatible between the different branches (though you can always switch back if needed)
    • There is a special "Experimental" sub-forum in the bug reporting forum you should use for reporting bugs
    • You will almost certainly not be able to play an extended session without being affected by a bug / problem!
    • You can always switch back to the Stable branch if you want.


    How to opt in / out of the Experimental Branch:
    1. Go to your Steam Library
    2. Right click on Xenonauts >> Properties >> "Betas" tab
    3. Type the password XenoExperiment into the "Enter Beta access code" box and press Check Code
    4. Select "Experimental - latest changes, unstable" from the drop-down box above
    5. Click Close


    To opt back into the Stable branch, just select "NONE" in the drop-down box. Have fun!
    Chris England - Xenonauts Project Lead
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    Hi Chris,
    could you let us know when you update strings.html and xenopedia.html so we can realign the translations?
    thanks

    Gam

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    Hello, its not giving me the option to select "Experimental - latest changes, unstable", it accepts the password and then nothing happens.

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    How do I get V19 on desura?

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    How do I get V19 on desura?
    You probably can't for the time being. Eventually it will be uploaded to Desura (probably after the hidden movement bug is fixed and 19 stable is re-released.)

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    We're uploading everything to Dropbox and getting it ready to update Desura / Humble Store at the moment. Expect it in the next couple of days, all being well.
    Chris England - Xenonauts Project Lead
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    We're uploading everything to Dropbox and getting it ready to update Desura / Humble Store at the moment. Expect it in the next couple of days, all being well.
    Any news on this?

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    Sorry, there were some bugs in the assets that meant we had to cancel the process and start again once we'd fixed the bugs. I've just sent the V19 Stable files off to Humble Bundle guys and am uploading it to Desura as we speak.

    Mac / Linux builds have also been delayed but will be along in the next few days.
    Chris England - Xenonauts Project Lead
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    Hi

    I'm trying to opt out of the experimental build but it doesn't seem to work.

    I entered the password but did not get any other option than the experimental build. Anyone else having this problem?

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    Have you tried restarting Steam? That normally fixes problems with that system.

    Remember the "main" branch is the option called "NONE - Opt out of all beta programs" in the dropdown list. Also right now the experimental and the main branch are the same thing, it will be a few weeks before we have a new experimental ready at least.

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