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Good news everybody! I’m pleased to announce that Build V8.5 has been released on Desura. This should be by far the most stable build of Xenonauts yet – I’ve sat down and played through the first two months of the game myself, up to the point where I’d researched the Wolf armour and laser weapons, and had no crashes.

We’ve made a few changes to the autosave functionality, so it would help if you’d go to My Documents and clear your save files from the Xenonauts folder there before updating to stop any confusion or errors arising.

I’ve attached the improvements and bugfix list below:

Improvements:

  • The ground combat save should (hopefully) now work. Please give that a test and see how it goes.
  • Basic loading screen added to the ground combat.
  • The Scout UFO map should now function a bit better. I’ve blocked out the walls in the terrain editor so now the aliens shouldn’t be able to spawn in them and your soldiers shouldn’t be able to walk through them. Let me know if things are still shooting through them.
  • UFOs that ‘escape to space’ after being engaged by Xenonaut interceptors now have a 50% chance to return to Earth in the next UFO wave to attempt to finish their mission.
  • A “Target Lost” or “Target Escaped to Space” alert should pop up if a UFO being intercepted by Xenonaut aircraft flies outside radar tracking range or finishes its mission and disappears from the map.
  • We’ve made a variety of balance changes to make the game more fun (listed below).

Balance changes:

  • Aircraft monthly maintenance costs halved and initial purchase costs doubled.
  • Sidewinder missiles now turn substantially faster and should be more effective against Scout UFOs.
  • Shotguns and sniper rifles have had their damage increased to compensate for a lack of burst fire.
  • Wolf armour now offers more protection than before.
  • Damage randomisation has increased from 10% of base damage to 20%.
  • Caesan Guards have received 5 extra points of armour.

Bugfixes:

  • Ground combat:
    • Fixed crashbug associated with trying to use grenades.
    • Fixed crashbug from opening soldier inventories on battlefield.
    • Fixed crashbug from equipping a soldier with basic armour and a stun baton.
    • Fixed “ghost” soldier bug where units were capable of moving through the “ghost” unit and it could not be clicked on.
    • Fixed soldier inventory bug where a one-handed weapon equipped in the secondary weapon slot would disappear from the game if a two-handed weapon was equipped in the primary slot.
    • Fixed bug where the Hunter armoured car could fire weapons without using any APs.
    • Fixed bug where pressing “I” with the Hunter selected would open soldier inventories.

    [*]Geoscape:

    • Wounded soldiers should be assigned armour correctly and therefore no longer crash the game when recovering from injury.
    • Ghost crash sites should no longer appear when you load a game with a crash site in it.
    • Some UFO types (fighter derivatives) no longer spawn crash sites when destroyed. This will stop crashes when trying to attack crash sites spawned by UFOs not intended to spawn crash sites.
    • Autosave should now stick to three autosaves and continually overwrite itself, rather than creating dozens of autosaves in the save game folder.
    • Save Games now display most recent first.
    • Semi-transparent white line no longer appears through UFO / interceptor name text on the map.

As always, report any bugs on the forums. However, be aware that at this point we've decided to draw a line in the sand and only fix the important bugs so we can concentrate on adding new features instead (it's been a while since we've added anything new and exciting to the game). The remainder of the bugs will be fixed in the beta. If you're going to post up a relatively minor bug, have a quick look at Sathra's master bug list to check if your bug is known already - but if in doubt, post it up anyway.

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Great, stopped playing since the game always crashed when entering inventory on the battlefield. Looking forward to trying out the new build!

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Just played around with 8.5. I have 1 Question 1 Request. Q: when i save in the ground combat and load the game it starts at the beginning of the ground battle not where I actually saved. Is that the way the battle save-load is supposed to work? Request: Is there any way to choose 85hz refresh rate? it seems to default at 70hz. I use 1024x768. Otherwise this game is really starting to become quite awesome. Good work. How complete is the game you think? 70%?

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When i save in the ground combat and load the game it starts at the beginning of the ground battle not where I actually saved. Is that the way the battle save-load is supposed to work?

This bug's been reported, will be looked at.

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Current best event: Set a trooper with a machinegun to watch an area for aliens (Reaction fire). Alien duly appeared after pressing end turn, somehow fired a single shot from a machinegun (?), was shot by the alien and killed, then the alien ran into a nearby fire and died.

This took all of 10 seconds, and was quite an emotional ride.

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Just had an alien shoot through the UFO door at one of my troopers that walked up to it. Hadn't opened the door.

Addendum: For some reason, Alien Alloy Fabrication never came up for research. Quit the game, it crashed and now all my saves from that game crash when I try to load them.

Edited by Sathra

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Just had an alien shoot through the UFO door at one of my troopers that walked up to it. Hadn't opened the door.

This was happening to me before the latest update. Sometimes they shoot right through it and the next shot bounces off, pretty messed up.

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Check Chris' first post in this thread. Its in the 'My Documents' or 'Documents' folder.

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Awesome news! :) And for the first time... EVER, Desura actually did manage to update the game without issues! :) Looking forward to playing me sum more xenonauts!

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I should have some time over the holidays to give v8.5 more of a workout. I'd like to see how far I can get before everything goes to pieces. :)

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You can look at the changelog. Right click the game on the Desura launcher and choose "View changelog". It should have a description about the changes made in v8.5

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That and V8.5 has an updated splash screen when it first loads up that says "8.5" at the top, along with some other words.

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Great Update news, Chris :). I should have time to give 8.5 a try later today and I'm greatly looking forward to it. This is great, 2012 is the year that Xenonauts will break onto the scene and revitalize the classic X-Com genre.

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