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Experimental / Stable Branches - how to access them!

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The pre-order builds of Xenonauts 2 are split over three different branches on Steam and GOG. This post explains what the branches are for and how you can switch between them.

  • Stable / Default Branch: anyone playing the game on Steam / GOG will be on this branch by default, and it contains the most recent *stable* build. This generally means you will experience fewer bugs and crashes but you will also not have access to the latest features.
  • Experimental Branch: you have to manually switch to the Experimental branch if you want to access the latest builds with all the new features in them. Be aware that these are much more likely to contain serious bugs than the Stable builds.
  • Legacy Branch: updating to a new version of Xenonauts 2 will break save games. When we update the Stable Branch we move the old build to the Legacy Branch so anyone who wants to finish playing a saved campaign can do so.

The general pattern is that a new build will be released on the Experimental Branch and we'll spend a few weeks patching out the critical bugs and crashes. Once this process is complete we'll move the new build to the Stable branch, and the previous Stable build goes 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 "default" if you want to revert back to the stable branch at any point

XSOLLA - Changing Branch:

  • Xsolla has now been discontinued and you should have been sent either a Steam key or a GOG key to replace your Xsolla purchase. If not, please get in touch with us!


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