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Experimental / Stable Branches - how to access them!

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This post will explain what different branches are available for Xenonauts 2 and how you can switch between them.

  • Stable / Default Branch: anyone playing the game on Steam / GOG / Epic will be on this branch by default, and it contains the most recent *stable* build. This generally means you will experience fewer bugs and better performance, but you will not have access to the latest features.
  • Experimental Branch: the experimental branches contain special debug builds which contain additional logging and save more often so bugs can be located more easily. Unfortunately, this also means they have longer loading times and worse performance than normal builds. You're also more likely to encounter bugs in the newer versions of the game that are still being tested on Experimental!
  • Legacy Branch: updating to a major new version of Xenonauts 2 will usually break save games. When we update the Stable Branch we move the previous version to the Legacy Branch so anyone who wants to finish playing a saved campaign can do so.
  • Experimental Legacy Branch: this is the same concept as the standard Legacy branch, but it contains the last Experimental build instead of the last Stable build.

The general pattern of development is that our new updates will be released on the Experimental Branch and will spend a few weeks there being patched and improved. Once we're happy with the stability and gameplay, we'll move this new version to the Stable branch (and send the previous Stable version to the Legacy branch).

STEAM - Changing Branch:

  • Go to your Steam Library
  • Right-click on Xenonauts 2 in your game list
  • Click on "Properties"
  • Click on the "Betas" tab
  • Click on the dropdown and select the Experimental or Legacy branch
  • Select NONE if you want to revert back to the stable branch at any point

GOG Galaxy - Changing Branch:

  • Load up GOG Galaxy
  • Right-click on Xenonauts 2 in your Owned Games list
  • Click on settings menu at the top of the screen (the icon looks like two sliders)
  • Hover over "Manage Installation" and then click on "Configure..."
  • Use the "Beta Channels" dropdown to choose Experimental or Legacy branch
    • If this dropdown is disabled, make sure the game isn't currently downloading or already open!
  • Select "Disabled" if you want to revert back to the stable branch at any point


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