We’ve been asked if we’re going to reset the Skirmish and Main galaxies because of the exploits that were introduced with Play with Friends. After analysing the data we’ve concluded it’s better to keep Skirmish and Main running and don’t plan to reset them at this time.
Across the playerbase the exploit was used to a relatively low degree, whereas a reset would affect everyone and likely cause much more frustration. Of the players that did use the exploit only a handful used it to a significant degree while others used it only once or twice. We do appreciate that if you are next to one of these players it will be dissapointing and we apologize to you for this. But for most of you it should have little to no affect on your game.
At some point we may well add a new game slot but that won’t happen before more new features are added – in particular those that make sense to be introduced with a new galaxy – or when a new game type is ready…
More Play with Friends Fixes on the Way
In the last patch we added some fixes to address how Play with Friends can be exploited. In the next patch we’re adding a couple more:
- Home planets abandoned/reset in the first 28 days will have some of their resources depleted e.g. they won’t be left with 5 * 60%+ density resources (the buildings are already removed in this scenario)
- Spawn codes can’t be activated if another player has colonized a planet in that system (in response to player concerns that the 28 day new player protection could be used to form a stronghold in an enemy’s system)
A couple of players also reported spawn codes not working – they were spawned onto a different planet instead of the one their friend had allocated them. We found the cause of this and it will also be fixed in the next patch.
We don’t have a fixed date for this patch yet but will let you know as soon as we do (it will also contain a German language option for those of you that have been patiently waiting for it).
Pre-Beta Galaxy Ends on February 5th
The Pre-Beta galaxy will end (get turned off) on Wednesday Feb 5th at 12:00 UTC. The Pre-Beta galaxy was superceded by the Main galaxy launched in October as part of Outscape’s Early Access release on Steam and naturally the majority of the players have since moved across to Main. We’ll add a notice to the game lobby to make sure that anyone that is still logging in there will get a heads up well in advance.
– The Outscape dev team