Vendetta Online 1.8.419

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VO 1.8.419 includes:- Android gamepad analog sticks now use a linked sensitivity curve.- Updated damage indicators for the new Hornet and Ragnarok.- Added a Gamepad Settings menu for PC when a gamepad is detected.- Fixed blank screenshots on Windows when Anti-Aliasing is enabled.- Fixed VR settings not getting properly reloaded when a gamepad is detected.- Fixed plugin issues when changing HUD options to hide touch-region discs or changing the size of the regions.- When a player with a passenger enters a sector and they are hated by the monitoring faction, and the passenger is also hated by the same faction, the passenger no longer gets ejected.Lots of tweaks. The Android gamepad curves should provide a valuable improvement on that platform.Similarly, let us know how the new Gamepad Settings menu works for you on the PC? It should be a big improvement, but like any major new item, it may have some aspects that need tweaking. The menu is another step towards supporting use-cases like Steam Big Picture, or generally allowing more convenient re-mapping of gamepad controls while in VR, etc.There's a newsletter in the works, as well as another ship-update, and more. Hopefully next week, but we'll see how it goes. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Vendetta Online May 20th 2017

Vendetta Online 1.8.413-418

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VO 1.8.413-418 included the following:- Goliath may now be manufactured from the shipyards in Latos.- New Ragnarok graphical ship assets, across all platforms except for iOS (delayed there, but coming soon).- Older non-manufactured Goliaths purchased through the LTS testing program have been revoked, but their inventories and addons will be retained in the respective stations.- All Manufacturing missions will now return components to inventory if the mission is aborted before the current set of objectives are achieved.- Fixed possible buffer overrun in multi-threaded renderer when there are a lot of effects going on at the same time.- Fixed issue with many effects starting up concurrently when a entering a sector that has been running while empty of players.- Input menu should now fit on smaller screen mobile devices.- Touchscreen HUD components are now sized and placed relative to a 1920x1080 screen size for phones that are higher resolution.- Fixed an issue with the look-around tutorial in the Offline Training Simulator where it stopped responding to input.- Added option to hide the touchscreen discs on the HUD. It is located in Options -> Advanced -> Interface -> HUD Settings- New Hornet graphical ship assets for Android.- Added "Designate Enemy" option in the Target HUD menu. It tags the currently selected ship as an enemy when pressed.- Added optional larger HUD touch regions on Android and default to using it on phone-scale devices.- Touchscreen analog (left) throttle/strafe region now uses linear input for more rapid response.- Touchscreen analog (right) orientation input now defaults to an improved "vector cube root" curve.- Multiple input curve options now available for both touchscreen analog regions.- Touch input regions now use linked X-and-Y axes for more uniform sensitivity.- Disabled input filtering for touchscreen devices, with options to re-enable.- Touch tracking circles are now drawn in the HUD touch regions.- New "flight/strafe" tutorial back-propagated from "HD" version to regular Android release.- All Android versions now default to the Platinum UI skin.- Android non-VR font now defaults to NTR-Regular.- Removed un-needed "Use UI With Head Tracking" option for Gear VR and Daydream.- Improved graphics for Hornet variants, on PC platforms.- The old EC-88 is now only available in the Latos N-2 station. Related missions have been updated to indicate this.- Fixed potential crash on Android Daydream version.- Daydream version now defaults to "look-to-select" user interface, if a full gamepad is detected.- VR Cockpit now defaults to Alternate 1 when HUD is not in locked-to-head mode on Android.- Moved the radar displays inward and chat display downward when VR HUD is in locked-to-head mode on Android.- Added Ren
Vendetta Online May 13th 2017

Vendetta Online launches for Google Daydream VR!

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As of today, Vendetta Online is now available for Google's Daydream VR platform. This means, if you own a Pixel, Moto Z, or other Daydream-compatible phone, you can play Vendetta Online in fully immersive virtual reality!There is comprehensive support for the Daydream controller, although for advanced gameplay we still recommend a full-sized bluetooth gamepad (SteelSeries, Moga, Razer, Nyko, etc).The game is available via a separate Play Store install, for $2.99, and otherwise uses the same business model(s) as the regular Android version (Free to Play, Lite, or Premium subscription). For more information, check out the Google Play Store:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guildsoftware.vendettahd
Vendetta Online March 30th 2017

Vendetta Online 1.8.410-412

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We haven't updated news recently, but there've been quite a few new changes in the last few weeks..VO 1.8.412 includes:- Taking damage now aborts the logoff timer.- Added a new, third optional cockpit model for VR.- Muted players are now able to remotely command their capship via msg commands.- Private messages are now echoed to chat in the SendChat() lua function instead of being echoed by the caller of SendChat(). This is intended to make plugin chat activity more transparent to the person running the plugin.- Premium accounts that have never paid (used subscription keys instead) are not eligible for pledging as a Long Term Subscriber, unless the key is for at least a year of time.VO 1.8.411 includes:- Added two new cockpit designs to VR. They can be selected here: Options -> VR Options -> Cockpit Design- UI updates for upcoming Google Daydream release.- Attempt to fix rare crash on Android 4.4 devices.VO 1.8.410 includes:- Ship selection list cargo branch is now expanded by default.- Collision damage no longer resets the capship's shield repair timer.- NFZ TempKoS no longer gets triggered when a player shoots at their own capship.- Fixed bug on PC clients preventing mines from being destroyed by energy weapons.- Players under TempKoS with a specific faction may no longer gain standing for that faction, for the duration of the TempKoS timer period.- Players under TempKoS may now accumulate faction losses, for the given faction, during the TempKoS period. Losses are applied after the TempKoS ends.- If a player is docked to a capship that does NOT belong to them, and enters Guarded or Monitored space where their standing triggers the launch of a Strike Force, the player will be ejected from the capship, or returned to their home-station if they do not have a ship.- "/vote mute" will now succeed with only 5 votes, but mutes for only 30 minutes at a time. Successful mutes and participants are reported to the developers. Players found to be abusing the mute-voting feature may be permanently stripped of their ability to vote, and muted themselves for an extended period.- Added Decelerate to list of available commands for analog inputs on gamepads/joysticks.- Fixed Invert setting for Trigger inputs on XBox One controllers in Windows to go from center to left instead of right to center in the Joystick menu. This allows the Accelerate/Reverse command to work as Reverse on an inverted trigger.
Vendetta Online March 11th 2017

Vendetta Online 1.8.408-409

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VO 1.8.408 and 409 included:- The new Capella-class capital ship has been added to random NPC convoys.- Capship Hangar and station Manage Ship tab ship lists now show the addons and cargo of each ship, and display the ship's total mass in its description.- OpenGL 4 driver on Linux now uses 3.1 Core Profile to enable instanced rendering support on hardware that supports it.- Self Defense flag now expires only when the 15 minute timer runs out, or the original victim kills the attacker.- Gear VR now allows mining guns to operate when they are in the primary weapon group, and no gamepad is detected. The tap-to-select action changes to Select Nearest in Front and the mining guns auto-start when close enough to the asteroid.- Previously unseen character names coming from kill messages are now added to the name tab-autocomplete list.- Capella's rear launch bay is now also a docking bay.- Fixed visual artifacts and improved quality of the Capella's texture maps.- Increased number of turrets on the current Capella variant in convoy testing.- Fixed crash when starting VO for the first time on a system with no audio driver enabled.A number of substantial changes lately, starting with the introduction of the new Capella-class capital ship previously announced in the Holiday Newsletter.Additionally, GearVR users on headset-only can now mine, something that was impossible before due simply to the limited number of controls and buttons when in headset-only mode (no game controller). Now a new automatic-fire mining system has been created to allow these players to invest in mineral and ore content as well.OpenGL users on Linux can expect some performance enhancements from the additional of Instanced Rendering on the platform, a feature we utilize much more intensively on mobile and we intend to expand drastically on PC as well. It's basically a best-case scenario for handling large numbers of identical objects, like asteroids, and helps enable much higher potential densities in asteroid fields. On the flipside: Players with old graphics chips, that are not OpenGL 3.1-compatible, will have to resort to using our older GL 2.x "Reference" renderer. Overall, we feel this compatibility matrix is the best fit for the game as a whole, as the vast majority of systems now have GL 3.1 support, and we should be targeting the game for the common-case and not the oldest machines out there. Support for older hardware, via the Reference driver, will be maintained for a very long time to come; but performance will not be guaranteed on slower systems, of course.Many other fixes and tweaks in this release as well. We hope you all enjoy it. We have bigger changes and announcements in the works as well. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Vendetta Online February 11th 2017

Vendetta Online 1.8.406-407

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VO 1.8.406-407 included:- Teller-Ulam mine ammo now no longer free in capships.- Mine timeout lifespans increased, maximum count per user/sector also increased.- Added a 'Local' option to the Mission Category filter that shows all missions that are local to the sector.- New gamepad configuration menu in Options -> Advanced -> Controls -> Gamepad for Android when a gamepad is detected.- Added an 'Insufficient Energy' warninig message when using weapons that require 400 energy or more and the power cell doesn't have enough available.- Auto-fire and the target lead-off reticule now work when non-blaster weapons are in the primary weapon group.- An itemized list of storage rental deductions is now displayed in the log when you are charged each week.Some changes in here were controversial, like the cost for re-loading TU mines in capships. But, the TU mine is an exceptional case, a very powerful item whose usage was always intended to be offset by the high cost of ammo. On the upside, other mine stats, like lifespans have been bumped, to make the regular mine fields a bit more interesting.The gamepad configuration UI should be a big benefit for players. It is being tested first on Android, specifically for GearVR and regular Android users, but will eventually be featured on the PC as well (PC is a little more complicated, due to the use of flight-sticks and the like).Work on the new Capella-class capship and other features is still on-going. Have a great weekend, everyone.
Vendetta Online January 28th 2017

Syndicate robots: The final wave

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The final 4 robots of the new Syndicate line make their debut in patch 3.8.3, alongside of numerous balancing changes. In this blog we'll take an in-depth look at all these updates - spreadsheets warning ahead!

Helix and Callisto

Helix

Helix

Class: Light robot specialized in electronic warfare

"The Helix is a good all-rounder when it comes to electronic warfare. While it may not be the toughest bot around, combining a light chassis with an assault-class undercarriage makes it probably the fastest."

Slots

  • Head slots: 3
  • Leg slots: 2
  • Chassis slots: 3 (2x light turret/misc, 2x light/medium misc)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% increase to EW strength
  • 3% reduction to EW modules accumulator usage
  • -0.10 to surface hit size
  • 1% reduction to firearms cycle time
  • +2 to signal masking
Helix

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 350 AP @ 120sec recharge
  • CPU: 220 TF
  • Reactor: 170 RP
  • Armor: 725 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 3 m
  • Locking range: 350 m
  • Sensor strength: 110 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 75 rF
  • Signal masking: 120 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 3.75 U
  • Slope capability: 56°
  • Mass: 6000 kg
  • Base speed: 129.6 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 80 TM tokens
  • 80 ICS tokens
  • 80 ASI tokens
  • 800,000 NIC

Callisto

Callisto

Class: Mech specialized in electronic warfare

"Employing our own technologies and incorporating all the knowledge that we have gained from the Nian factions, the Callisto is an elusive and flexible mech for tackling and shutting down enemy units."

Slots

  • Head slots: 4
  • Leg slots: 4
  • Chassis slots: 3 (3x light/medium turret/misc)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% increase to EW strength
  • 3% reduction to EW modules accumulator usage
  • -0.10 to surface hit size
  • 1% reduction to firearms cycle time
  • +2 to signal masking
Callisto

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 2600 AP @ 360sec recharge
  • CPU: 450 TF
  • Reactor: 700 RP
  • Armor: 1350 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 6 m
  • Locking range: 400 m
  • Sensor strength: 120 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 110 rF
  • Signal masking: 110 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 7.5 U
  • Slope capability: 45°
  • Mass: 16500 kg
  • Base speed: 95.4 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 700 TM tokens
  • 700 ICS tokens
  • 700 ASI tokens
  • 8,000,000 NIC
Legatus and Metis

Legatus

Legatus

Class: Heavy mech specialized in firearms

"Alluding on its appearance our engineers have nicknamed it "Doc". Aptly so, as the Legatus can administer a swarm of good old glowing hot bullets at a relatively long range for those in need. And that without writing out a prescription."

Slots

  • Head slots: 4
  • Leg slots: 6
  • Chassis slots: 6 (2x light/medium turret, 2x light/medium turret/misc, 2x light/medium turret/misc/industrial)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% increase to firearms optimal range
  • 3% increase to firearms damage
  • -0.20 to surface hit size
  • 1% reduction to firearms cycle time
  • +3 to passive resistances
  • 9% reduction to NEXUS modules accumulator usage
Legatus

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 3850 AP @ 720sec recharge
  • CPU: 370 TF
  • Reactor: 1200 RP
  • Armor: 3750 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 9 m
  • Locking range: 350 m
  • Sensor strength: 90 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 90 rF
  • Signal masking: 90 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 12 U
  • Slope capability: 45°
  • Mass: 34000 kg
  • Base speed: 72 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 2,000 TM tokens
  • 2,000 ICS tokens
  • 2,000 ASI tokens
  • 20,000,000 NIC

Metis

Metis

Class: Heavy mech specialized in combat support

"Exceptional energy output and defense capabilities - two traits that turn this heavy mech into an indispensable powerhouse on the battlefield. The Metis is the holy grail of remote support, which usually makes it a primary target in the eyes of enemy commanders."

Slots

  • Head slots: 6
  • Leg slots: 6
  • Chassis slots: 6 (2x light/medium industrial, 3x light/medium misc/industrial, 1x light/medium turret/missile/misc)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% reduction to engineering modules cycle time
  • 3% increase to armor repair amount
  • 3% reduction to accumulator recharge time
  • 1% increase to armor hit points
  • -0.30 to surface hit size
  • 9% reduction to NEXUS modules accumulator usage
Metis

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 3800 AP @ 360sec recharge
  • CPU: 600 TF
  • Reactor: 1200 RP
  • Armor: 5500 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 13 m
  • Locking range: 230 m
  • Sensor strength: 100 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 70 rF
  • Signal masking: 70 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 21 U
  • Slope capability: 45°
  • Mass: 60000 kg
  • Base speed: 66.6 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 4,000 TM tokens
  • 4,000 ICS tokens
  • 4,000 ASI tokens
  • 40,000,000 NIC

Balancing changes

Tuning module rebalancing

The last patch introduced diminishing returns when using tuning modules in the form of exponentially increasing accumulator usage. The changes were a bit on the brute force side, so in 3.8.3 we are refining this concept further and create some diversity between tuning module tiers.

There is now an efficiency difference between tiers (efficiency meaning what you get from the module for the accumulator used). T1 and T3/T3- have balanced efficiency, T2/T2+ have higher efficiency (meaning the energy usage penalty is less than the provided bonus), and T4/T4+ have low efficiency (energy penalty is higher than the bonus).

In practice this means that if you want to go for maximum bonuses using multiple high tier tunings, you'll experience exponentially higher accumulator usage with every additional tuning. However, if you are concerned about accumulator stability, you can choose lower tier tunings, which provide lower bonuses, but at much better efficiency, with lower accumulator usage penalties.

ARMOR REPAIR TUNINGS

  • The additional remote repair accumulator penalty has been removed, as the armor repair penalty also affects remote repair modules.
  • To make things more simple, cycle time modification has been removed (hence all the 1s in the "After" table here) so the new balance is done using only accumulator modification and repair amount modification.

BEFORE

TIER Acc MOD Repair MOD Cycle MOD
T0 1.3 1.1 0.97
T1 1.3 1.3 0.95
T2 1.3 1.3 0.95
T2+ 1.3 1.35 0.95
T3- 1.3 1.4 0.92
T3 1.3 1.4 0.92
T4 1.3 1.5 0.9
T4+ 1.3 1.55 0.9

AFTER

TIER Acc MOD Repair MOD Cycle MOD Ratio
T0 1.4 1.1 1 0.79
T1 1.2 1.2 1 1
T2 1.1 1.2 1 1.09
T2+ 1.15 1.3 1 1.13
T3- 1.4 1.4 1 1
T3 1.4 1.4 1 1
T4 1.6 1.45 1 0.91
T4+ 1.7 1.55 1 0.91

INDUSTRIAL TUNINGS

BEFORE

TIER Acc MOD Gather MOD
T0 1.3 1.1
T1 1.3 1.3
T2 1.3 1.3
T2+ 1.3 1.35
T3- 1.3 1.4
T3 1.3 1.4
T4 1.3 1.5
T4+ 1.3 1.55

AFTER

TIER Acc MOD Gather MOD Ratio
T0 1.4 1.1 0.79
T1 1.2 1.2 1
T2 1.1 1.2 1.09
T2+ 1.15 1.3 1.13
T3- 1.4 1.4 1
T3 1.4 1.4 1
T4 1.6 1.45 0.91
T4+ 1.7 1.55 0.91

EnWAR TUNINGS

  • EnWar tunings did not have a diminishing returns factor so far, quite the contrary actually. The more tunings you used, the better your drainers/neutralizers became. This is turned around with the new values, so efficiency is either balanced (T1/T2), or reduced (T3/T4) the more tunings you equip.
  • This is more interesting for neutralizers since the used and neutralized energy amounts are more closer; for T4 medium tunings the turning point in efficiency (when you need to sacrifice more energy than the amount you neutralize) arrives at using 3x tunings. (For those curious, in the case of T4 medium drainers this theoretically happens at 17x tunings.)
  • The difference between drained and neutralized energy modification has been removed.

BEFORE

TIER Acc MOD Drain MOD Neut MOD
T1 1.1 1.1 1.2
T2 1.1 1.1 1.2
T3 1.1 1.13 1.23
T4 1.1 1.15 1.25

AFTER

TIER Acc MOD Drain MOD Neut MOD Ratio
T1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1
T2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1
T3 1.2 1.13 1.13 0.94
T4 1.3 1.15 1.15 0.88

WEAPON TUNINGS

  • Creating a difference in accumulator usage modifiers between the weapon types was a bad idea, now all types of weapon tunings use the same values. This retains the specific accumulator usage traits of each weapon and creates the same efficiency reduction curve when using multiple tunings.
  • The same tier efficiency ratio differences are used here as for repair and industrial tunings.
  • Cycle time modification has been removed here as well, efficiency is controlled by only accumulator usage versus damage modification.

BEFORE (magnetic weapon tunings taken as the example)

TIER Acc MOD Damage MOD Cycle MOD
T0 1.5 1.03 0.97
T1 1.5 1.05 0.95
T2 1.5 1.05 0.95
T2+ 1.5 1.055 0.95
T3- 1.5 1.075 0.95
T3 1.5 1.075 0.95
T4 1.5 1.075 0.925
T4+ 1.5 1.085 0.925

AFTER (for all wapon types)

TIER Acc MOD Damage MOD Cycle MOD Ratio
T0 1.4 1.05 1 0.75
T1 1.1 1.1 1 1
T2 1.05 1.1 1 1.05
T2+ 1.05 1.2 1 1.14
T3- 1.3 1.3 1 1
T3 1.3 1.3 1 1
T4 1.55 1.4 1 0.9
T4+ 1.7 1.5 1 0.88

Medium firearm balancing

Long range firearms (autocannons) were using disproportionally less energy than their short range brothers, so their accumulator usage has been brought in line.

BEFORE (Machine gun vs Autocannon)

MG Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec DPS ratio* Accu ratio*
T1 4 2 160 40 0.50 1.49 2.00
T2 4 1 160 40 0.25 1.49 2.00
T3 4 2 170 42.5 0.50 1.51 4.00
T4 3 2 135 45 0.67 1.44 2.67

AC Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec
T1 8 2 215 26.875 0.25
T2 8 1 215 26.875 0.13
T3 8 1 225 28.125 0.13
T4 8 2 250 31.25 0.25

AFTER (Machine gun vs Autocannon - accumulator usage brought in line, tier cycle times equalized)

MG Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec DPS ratio* Accu ratio*
T1 4 2 160 40 0.50 1.49 1.45
T2 4 1.5 160 40 0.38 1.49 1.46
T3 4 2 170 42.5 0.50 1.51 1.51
T4 4 2.5 180 45 0.63 1.44 1.43

AC Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec
T1 8 2.75 215 26.875 0.34
T2 8 2.05 215 26.875 0.26
T3 8 2.65 225 28.125 0.33
T4 8 3.5 250 31.25 0.44

* DPS and Accumulator ratio is MG/AC
** DPS is calculated with using 1 damage ammos for simplicity's sake and doesn't consider ciritical hits

Weapon hit dispersion balancing

In order to widen the gap between light and medium weapons, the hit dispersion of guns and the explosion size of missiles got increased. This increases survivability of light robots against larger robots (if the latter use medium weapons, which they mostly do).

Weapon Before After
Short Laser 8 16
Long Laser 8 18
Short Magnetic 10 18
Long Magnetic 10 20
Short Firearm 12 22
Long Firearm 10 20
Compact Missile 8 14
Ballistic Missile 9 16

NEXUS module specialization

NEXUS modules are being rebalanced to become a specialty for heavy-class robots. This is achieved by drastically increasing the accumulator usage of the modules, and adding a strong accumulator usage reduction bonus to the robots themselves. In practice this means that the following robots will be able to use NEXUS modules efficiently:

  • Gropho
  • Seth
  • Mesmer
  • Lithus
  • Legatus
  • Metis
  • Riveler
  • Symbiont
  • Scarab

NEXUS-related extensions will be reimbursed during the patch in order to let players reconsider their usage.

Other changes

  • Increased the missile cycle time bonus of Troiar, Ictus, and Gropho from 1% to 3% per extension level.
  • Doubled the mass of light armor plates and tripled the mass of medium armor plates.

Deployment

Patch 3.8.3 including the final wave of Syndicate robots and all the above changes will be deployed next week - the exact day and time will be announced soon.

Perpetuum Online January 17th 2017

Syndicate robots: The final wave

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The final 4 robots of the new Syndicate line make their debut in patch 3.8.3, alongside of numerous balancing changes. In this blog we'll take an in-depth look at all these updates - spreadsheets warning ahead!

Helix and Callisto

Helix

Helix

Class: Light robot specialized in electronic warfare

"The Helix is a good all-rounder when it comes to electronic warfare. While it may not be the toughest bot around, combining a light chassis with an assault-class undercarriage makes it probably the fastest."

Slots

  • Head slots: 3
  • Leg slots: 2
  • Chassis slots: 3 (2x light turret/misc, 2x light/medium misc)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% increase to EW strength
  • 3% reduction to EW modules accumulator usage
  • -0.10 to surface hit size
  • 1% reduction to firearms cycle time
  • +2 to signal masking
Helix

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 350 AP @ 120sec recharge
  • CPU: 220 TF
  • Reactor: 170 RP
  • Armor: 725 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 3 m
  • Locking range: 350 m
  • Sensor strength: 110 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 75 rF
  • Signal masking: 120 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 3.75 U
  • Slope capability: 56°
  • Mass: 6000 kg
  • Base speed: 129.6 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 80 TM tokens
  • 80 ICS tokens
  • 80 ASI tokens
  • 800,000 NIC

Callisto

Callisto

Class: Mech specialized in electronic warfare

"Employing our own technologies and incorporating all the knowledge that we have gained from the Nian factions, the Callisto is an elusive and flexible mech for tackling and shutting down enemy units."

Slots

  • Head slots: 4
  • Leg slots: 4
  • Chassis slots: 3 (3x light/medium turret/misc)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% increase to EW strength
  • 3% reduction to EW modules accumulator usage
  • -0.10 to surface hit size
  • 1% reduction to firearms cycle time
  • +2 to signal masking
Callisto

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 2600 AP @ 360sec recharge
  • CPU: 450 TF
  • Reactor: 700 RP
  • Armor: 1350 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 6 m
  • Locking range: 400 m
  • Sensor strength: 120 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 110 rF
  • Signal masking: 110 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 7.5 U
  • Slope capability: 45°
  • Mass: 16500 kg
  • Base speed: 95.4 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 700 TM tokens
  • 700 ICS tokens
  • 700 ASI tokens
  • 8,000,000 NIC
Legatus and Metis

Legatus

Legatus

Class: Heavy mech specialized in firearms

"Alluding on its appearance our engineers have nicknamed it "Doc". Aptly so, as the Legatus can administer a swarm of good old glowing hot bullets at a relatively long range for those in need. And that without writing out a prescription."

Slots

  • Head slots: 4
  • Leg slots: 6
  • Chassis slots: 6 (2x light/medium turret, 2x light/medium turret/misc, 2x light/medium turret/misc/industrial)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% increase to firearms optimal range
  • 3% increase to firearms damage
  • -0.20 to surface hit size
  • 1% reduction to firearms cycle time
  • +3 to passive resistances
  • 9% reduction to NEXUS modules accumulator usage
Legatus

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 3850 AP @ 720sec recharge
  • CPU: 370 TF
  • Reactor: 1200 RP
  • Armor: 3750 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 9 m
  • Locking range: 350 m
  • Sensor strength: 90 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 90 rF
  • Signal masking: 90 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 12 U
  • Slope capability: 45°
  • Mass: 34000 kg
  • Base speed: 72 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 2,000 TM tokens
  • 2,000 ICS tokens
  • 2,000 ASI tokens
  • 20,000,000 NIC

Metis

Metis

Class: Heavy mech specialized in combat support

"Exceptional energy output and defense capabilities - two traits that turn this heavy mech into an indispensable powerhouse on the battlefield. The Metis is the holy grail of remote support, which usually makes it a primary target in the eyes of enemy commanders."

Slots

  • Head slots: 6
  • Leg slots: 6
  • Chassis slots: 6 (2x light/medium industrial, 3x light/medium misc/industrial, 1x light/medium turret/missile/misc)

Bonuses (per extension level)

  • 3% reduction to engineering modules cycle time
  • 3% increase to armor repair amount
  • 3% reduction to accumulator recharge time
  • 1% increase to armor hit points
  • -0.30 to surface hit size
  • 9% reduction to NEXUS modules accumulator usage
Metis

Notable stats

  • Accumulator: 3800 AP @ 360sec recharge
  • CPU: 600 TF
  • Reactor: 1200 RP
  • Armor: 5500 HP
  • Passive resistances: 45 points universally (31%)
  • Surface hit size: 13 m
  • Locking range: 230 m
  • Sensor strength: 100 Hw³
  • Signal detection: 70 rF
  • Signal masking: 70 rF
  • Cargo capacity: 21 U
  • Slope capability: 45°
  • Mass: 60000 kg
  • Base speed: 66.6 kph

Syndicate Supplies cost

  • 4,000 TM tokens
  • 4,000 ICS tokens
  • 4,000 ASI tokens
  • 40,000,000 NIC

Balancing changes

Tuning module rebalancing

The last patch introduced diminishing returns when using tuning modules in the form of exponentially increasing accumulator usage. The changes were a bit on the brute force side, so in 3.8.3 we are refining this concept further and create some diversity between tuning module tiers.

There is now an efficiency difference between tiers (efficiency meaning what you get from the module for the accumulator used). T1 and T3/T3- have balanced efficiency, T2/T2+ have higher efficiency (meaning the energy usage penalty is less than the provided bonus), and T4/T4+ have low efficiency (energy penalty is higher than the bonus).

In practice this means that if you want to go for maximum bonuses using multiple high tier tunings, you'll experience exponentially higher accumulator usage with every additional tuning. However, if you are concerned about accumulator stability, you can choose lower tier tunings, which provide lower bonuses, but at much better efficiency, with lower accumulator usage penalties.

ARMOR REPAIR TUNINGS

  • The additional remote repair accumulator penalty has been removed, as the armor repair penalty also affects remote repair modules.
  • To make things more simple, cycle time modification has been removed (hence all the 1s in the "After" table here) so the new balance is done using only accumulator modification and repair amount modification.

BEFORE

TIER Acc MOD Repair MOD Cycle MOD
T0 1.3 1.1 0.97
T1 1.3 1.3 0.95
T2 1.3 1.3 0.95
T2+ 1.3 1.35 0.95
T3- 1.3 1.4 0.92
T3 1.3 1.4 0.92
T4 1.3 1.5 0.9
T4+ 1.3 1.55 0.9

AFTER

TIER Acc MOD Repair MOD Cycle MOD Ratio
T0 1.4 1.1 1 0.79
T1 1.2 1.2 1 1
T2 1.1 1.2 1 1.09
T2+ 1.15 1.3 1 1.13
T3- 1.4 1.4 1 1
T3 1.4 1.4 1 1
T4 1.6 1.45 1 0.91
T4+ 1.7 1.55 1 0.91

INDUSTRIAL TUNINGS

BEFORE

TIER Acc MOD Gather MOD
T0 1.3 1.1
T1 1.3 1.3
T2 1.3 1.3
T2+ 1.3 1.35
T3- 1.3 1.4
T3 1.3 1.4
T4 1.3 1.5
T4+ 1.3 1.55

AFTER

TIER Acc MOD Gather MOD Ratio
T0 1.4 1.1 0.79
T1 1.2 1.2 1
T2 1.1 1.2 1.09
T2+ 1.15 1.3 1.13
T3- 1.4 1.4 1
T3 1.4 1.4 1
T4 1.6 1.45 0.91
T4+ 1.7 1.55 0.91

EnWAR TUNINGS

  • EnWar tunings did not have a diminishing returns factor so far, quite the contrary actually. The more tunings you used, the better your drainers/neutralizers became. This is turned around with the new values, so efficiency is either balanced (T1/T2), or reduced (T3/T4) the more tunings you equip.
  • This is more interesting for neutralizers since the used and neutralized energy amounts are more closer; for T4 medium tunings the turning point in efficiency (when you need to sacrifice more energy than the amount you neutralize) arrives at using 3x tunings. (For those curious, in the case of T4 medium drainers this theoretically happens at 17x tunings.)
  • The difference between drained and neutralized energy modification has been removed.

BEFORE

TIER Acc MOD Drain MOD Neut MOD
T1 1.1 1.1 1.2
T2 1.1 1.1 1.2
T3 1.1 1.13 1.23
T4 1.1 1.15 1.25

AFTER

TIER Acc MOD Drain MOD Neut MOD Ratio
T1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1
T2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1
T3 1.2 1.13 1.13 0.94
T4 1.3 1.15 1.15 0.88

WEAPON TUNINGS

  • Creating a difference in accumulator usage modifiers between the weapon types was a bad idea, now all types of weapon tunings use the same values. This retains the specific accumulator usage traits of each weapon and creates the same efficiency reduction curve when using multiple tunings.
  • The same tier efficiency ratio differences are used here as for repair and industrial tunings.
  • Cycle time modification has been removed here as well, efficiency is controlled by only accumulator usage versus damage modification.

BEFORE (magnetic weapon tunings taken as the example)

TIER Acc MOD Damage MOD Cycle MOD
T0 1.5 1.03 0.97
T1 1.5 1.05 0.95
T2 1.5 1.05 0.95
T2+ 1.5 1.055 0.95
T3- 1.5 1.075 0.95
T3 1.5 1.075 0.95
T4 1.5 1.075 0.925
T4+ 1.5 1.085 0.925

AFTER (for all wapon types)

TIER Acc MOD Damage MOD Cycle MOD Ratio
T0 1.4 1.05 1 0.75
T1 1.1 1.1 1 1
T2 1.05 1.1 1 1.05
T2+ 1.05 1.2 1 1.14
T3- 1.3 1.3 1 1
T3 1.3 1.3 1 1
T4 1.55 1.4 1 0.9
T4+ 1.7 1.5 1 0.88

Medium firearm balancing

Long range firearms (autocannons) were using disproportionally less energy than their short range brothers, so their accumulator usage has been brought in line.

BEFORE (Machine gun vs Autocannon)

MG Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec DPS ratio* Accu ratio*
T1 4 2 160 40 0.50 1.49 2.00
T2 4 1 160 40 0.25 1.49 2.00
T3 4 2 170 42.5 0.50 1.51 4.00
T4 3 2 135 45 0.67 1.44 2.67

AC Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec
T1 8 2 215 26.875 0.25
T2 8 1 215 26.875 0.13
T3 8 1 225 28.125 0.13
T4 8 2 250 31.25 0.25

AFTER (Machine gun vs Autocannon - accumulator usage brought in line, tier cycle times equalized)

MG Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec DPS ratio* Accu ratio*
T1 4 2 160 40 0.50 1.49 1.45
T2 4 1.5 160 40 0.38 1.49 1.46
T3 4 2 170 42.5 0.50 1.51 1.51
T4 4 2.5 180 45 0.63 1.44 1.43

AC Cycle Accumulator Damage DPS Accu per sec
T1 8 2.75 215 26.875 0.34
T2 8 2.05 215 26.875 0.26
T3 8 2.65 225 28.125 0.33
T4 8 3.5 250 31.25 0.44

* DPS and Accumulator ratio is MG/AC
** DPS is calculated with using 1 damage ammos for simplicity's sake and doesn't consider ciritical hits

Weapon hit dispersion balancing

In order to widen the gap between light and medium weapons, the hit dispersion of guns and the explosion size of missiles got increased. This increases survivability of light robots against larger robots (if the latter use medium weapons, which they mostly do).

Weapon Before After
Short Laser 8 16
Long Laser 8 18
Short Magnetic 10 18
Long Magnetic 10 20
Short Firearm 12 22
Long Firearm 10 20
Compact Missile 8 14
Ballistic Missile 9 16

NEXUS module specialization

NEXUS modules are being rebalanced to become a specialty for heavy-class robots. This is achieved by drastically increasing the accumulator usage of the modules, and adding a strong accumulator usage reduction bonus to the robots themselves. In practice this means that the following robots will be able to use NEXUS modules efficiently:

  • Gropho
  • Seth
  • Mesmer
  • Lithus
  • Legatus
  • Metis
  • Riveler
  • Symbiont
  • Scarab

NEXUS-related extensions will be reimbursed during the patch in order to let players reconsider their usage.

Other changes

  • Increased the missile cycle time bonus of Troiar, Ictus, and Gropho from 1% to 3% per extension level.
  • Doubled the mass of light armor plates and tripled the mass of medium armor plates.

Deployment

Patch 3.8.3 including the final wave of Syndicate robots and all the above changes will be deployed next week - the exact day and time will be announced soon.

Perpetuum Online January 17th 2017

Vendetta Online 1.8.401-405

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We've run a little behind on posting updates to News/RSS over the holidays, but there have been quite a few changes. Also, be sure to check out the latest Vendetta Online Newsletter:https://www.vendetta-online.com/newsletter/12.2016/newsletter.12.2016.htmlVO 1.8.401-405 included:- Gear VR 'Stop Ship When In PDA' setting is now saved on exit.- Ships launching from the Goliath no longer scrape the sides of the launch bay.- Fixed issues with resetting the calibration of the Left and Right Triggers on Android gamepads (also for GearVR).- Increased timeout length of DNS server name resolution to 30 seconds.- Added IPv6 Support option in Network Settings to disable it if there are problems connecting to the game server.- Fixed lua error when taking missions and 'Mission Text To Speech Volume' audio setting is set to Mute.- Android version now defaults to first-person flight mode for new installs.- Text-to-speech is now disabled for Training V and Hive/Border skirmish missions.- Music and sound effect volume is now lowered while Speech-To-Text or Text-To-Speech are active.- Removed extra highlighted gamepad controls in the help menu before the Rings tutorial.- Fixed Mission History list control to work properly with controller and/or headset in VR.- The selected Nation logo in the character creation menu is now highlighted.- Fixed issue with being unable to equip Goliath Powercell to the Goliath after un-equiping it.- Fixed issue with preferring IPv6 over IPv4. IPv4 is now preferred on Android platforms.- Fixed issue with mission log Text-To-Speech setting not being saved on Android.- Internal changes to support new Android APK expansion files for the Play Store version. - Fixed issue with power cell sometimes not recharging after jumping into a sector.- Fixed issue with text-to-speech and recorded voice-over playing at the same time for the Training I mission on Android.As mentioned in the Newsletter, the new Goliath light freighter is in testing with our "Long Term Subscriber" users. We recently increased the Goliath's cargo capacity to 600 cu, and improved the docking and launch bays, more tweaks (graphical and otherwise) may be coming prior to final "removal from testing" and production launch.We do intend to give a few days of warning before we remove the existing "testing" ships from inventory. Subscribe to our RSS, Facebook or Twitter to stay in touch with announcements.RSS: Herehttps://www.facebook.com/vendettaonline/https://twitter.com/VendettaOnline
Vendetta Online January 8th 2017

Vendetta Online 1.8.399-400

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*** Vendetta 1.8.400- Updated the crystal intro menu to better explain the Free-To-Play business model.- Added Speech-To-Text feature on the virtual keyboard for Android. It requires a Play Store App update.- Added Text-To-Speech for mission text for Android. It requires a Play Store App update.*** Vendetta 1.8.399- Improvements to analog stick sensitivity is now applied to all Android versions.- Fixed launch bay positioning on the Goliath so your ship doesn't scrape the side of it when launching.- Removed unused device selection controls int the Voice Chat settings menu for Android.- Updated OpenSSL library on Android.- Updated the voice-over for the Offline Training Simulator's Ring tutorial intro menu.- Fixed a couple of uncommon lua errors.Lots and changes and improvements for Android, coming from developments made for GearVR. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Vendetta Online December 3rd 2016