Alpha patch 0.83 has just been released via Steam to all Alpha players.
There’s a lot going on in this patch: a new fleet management screen, the ability to upgrade ships, wreckage after battles and cargo containers!
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New fleet management screen
In this update we’ve improved the fleet management screen. The aim was to make it more informative and quicker to configure things, so let us know what you think once you’ve had a chance to try it out.
This is the first batch of fleet management improvements we’ve got coming e.g. the ability to form/break-up fleets from a menu will be in a future patch – instead of having to manually move ships to the same position… zoom in… drag them into formation…
Upgrading your ships
The controls for upgrading ships are built-in to the new fleet management screen:
- Move your fleet into orbit of a planet with a shipyard.
- Open the fleet management screen.
- Click the ‘Up arrow’ icon next to the ship you want to upgrade (from the ‘Fleet Ships’ panel on the left of the screen).
- Select the blueprint you want to upgrade the ship to (only blueprints for that ship’s hull class will be listed).
- A confirmation popup will show how much it will cost to upgrade and give you the option to proceed or cancel. The minimum cost to upgrade is 10% of the original cost to construct the ship.
- If the blueprint to upgrade to costs more than the original the difference is added to the cost (you aren’t refunded the difference if it’s less). The cost in Farsu has to be available on the planet with the shipyard.
Other key points about ship upgrading:
- A fleet can’t be moved while a ship is being upgraded (moving it will cancel the upgrade and a future upgrade would start from zero).
- The shipyard on that planet can continue constructing as normal.
- Multiple ships in a fleet can be upgraded at the same time.
- Each additional ship ordered to be upgraded increases the total time needed for the upgrade.
- Cancelling the upgrade of one ship will cancel the upgrade of all ships in the same fleet.
- Wreckages will now appear at the site of every completed battle.
- The resources that can be salvaged from a wreckage are equal to what the owner of the fleet would have got if they’d recycled it – about 75% of those used for its construction.
- Additionally, any cargo that was carried by the fleet can also be salvaged from the wreckage.
- Any player can salvage the available resources from a wreckage.
- After 6 hours a wreckage can no longer be found.
Salvaging resources from a wreckage works in a similar way to the other transfer screens:
- Fly a fleet (with cargo space) in to the wreckage debris field (use the ‘move to position’ command after selecting a fleet and then clicking on the wreckage).
- Click the fleet’s transfer button.
- The wreckage should show up as an option on the transfer menu.
- After selecting the wreckage, any resources available can be transferred to your fleet.
When we added fleet to fleet transfer it was limited between a player’s own fleets. But we thought using jettison pods to transfer resources to another player would provide more interesting gameplay possibilities e.g. another player in the area could swoop in and hijack its cargo, players could drop cargo for each other without having to wait for their ships to reach the same point, etc.
To jettison cargo into space, the fleet must have 100 Farsu available to construct the jettison pod.
- Click the fleet’s transfer button to open the transfer screen.
- Click the ‘Drop Jettison Pod’ button on the bottom left of the screen.
- The newly created jettison pod will appear on the left of the transfer cargo screen (along with any other objects within range e.g. other fleets, wreckage, jettison pods). Please note: at the moment you may have to close and then reopen the transfer window to be able to see the newly created jettison pod (this will be fixed soon)!
- The jettison pod can then be selected and the desired resources transferred to it (and then from it again).
Once a jettison pod has been constructed it has no owner. Any player can drop resources to it or collect from it. However, it only has a 6 hour lifespan (we want to see how this new features performs before increasing lifespan)!
There is currently no limit on the resource quantity a jettison pod can hold, but this will likely change in the future.
What do you think?
We’ll be back soon with another update. Thanks everyone 🙂
Full patch notes
Features and changes
- New and improved fleet management screen
- Ships can now be upgraded
- Wreckages containing resources are spawned after battles (disappear after 6 hours)
- Jettison pods can be dropped and resources transferred to/from them by any player (they disintegrate after 6 hours)