Vendetta Online 1.8.474

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VO 1.8.474 includes:- Windows version is now using new experimental multi-threaded job system.- Windows version now includes a Vulkan graphics driver. To try it out, go to Options -> Video -> Change Driver.Tonight's Windows-only release is the first public test of a long-running project to re-architect the Vendetta Online engine, and bring it up to a point where we can deliver the kind of next-generation content required from many of our goals.From our benchmark testing, we've seen about a 15% performance improvement over the previous version of the game, across the board. The new engine is only partially utilized at the moment, so we expect things to continue to get better from here.We'll discuss this a bit more in the next newsletter, but basically, the new engine should make much better usage of systems with many cores, while still being very efficient on systems without them. Even low-power devices have a lot of cores now (8-core phones, and the like, and new Windows-on-ARM laptops), so multi-core scalability is increasingly important.Similarly, we're very excited for the future of our new Vulkan renderer, which has been in development for quite some time. At the moment, you should not expect major performance improvements for using Vulkan over DirectX 11, as we're still in the process of re-tooling the greater engine to make better usage of Vulkan's advantages. However, we still encourage you to try the new renderer, if you have a reasonable Intel, NVIDIA or AMD GPU with recent drivers. Please post any issues to Bugs, and revert back to DX11 if things don't work for you. Basically, expect this to be a "beta" renderer, right now.To those not on Windows: Yes, the improvements will be coming to you as well. As always, our world is very cross-platform, and one of the big benefits of Vulkan is the potential to use a single API across both mobile and PC.. unlike the need for DirectX, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES. On Apple devices, there are translation layers to allow Vulkan renderers to work via Apple's "Metal" API.We released this only on Windows, as it's better to have a narrower test-case when the code is still relatively "early". We'll expand the engine testing onto other platforms, once we're a little more confident. If something goes awry, it's a lot easier to debug the process on just one platform at a time.As always, please post any issues on the Bugs forum, and have a great weekend!
Vendetta Online September 22nd 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.472-473

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VO 1.8.473 included:- Stronghold Queens are now more dangerous.- Added numeric entries to joystick axis dead zone menu.VO 1.8.472 included:- Fixed crash when a drop-down list control's selected item is set to nil.- Fixed crash on Android when searching for gamepads too many times.- Fixed crash on Gear VR when the Back button on the remote control is pressed too many times.
Vendetta Online September 22nd 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.471

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VO 1.8.471 includes:- Added a slight 200 millisecond delay to auto-fire, to equate it to average human reaction time, and mitigate usage with the Railgun.- Fixed issue with turret fire delay exploit.- Buddy invites now persist across logins and invites/accepts/declines work when the other player is not online.- Fixed issue where your buddy list doesn't update when you accept your first buddy invite.
Vendetta Online September 1st 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.469-470

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VO 1.8.470 included:- Behemoth and Atlas class vessels now mention their Turret capabilities in the description.- Latos D-14 is now more dangerous.- Flight stick Throttle axis is now saved properly on Android.- Fixed velocity direction indicator API functions.- Added further mitigation of spy bots. If you run another type of bot, be sure it stays docked to a single station.- Added code to mitigate capship turret firing delay exploits.VO 1.8.469 included:- Added optional display of guild tags in Nearby Players list in the Sensor Log. It defaults to on and can be changed in Options -> Interface -> Show Guild Tag in Sensor Log.- Added optional display of a velocity direction indicator on the HUD. It defaults to hidden and can be changed in Options -> Interface -> HUD Settings -> Show Velocity Direction Indicator.For modders, the size, color, and icon can be changed with the new lua functions radar.SetVelocityDirIconSize(<number>) radar.SetVelocityDirIcon('iconfilename') and radar.SetVelocityDirIconColor(r,g,b,a,'&') (r,g,b,a are between 0 and 1 and the '&' sets the blend mode to pre-multiplied alpha blend)
Vendetta Online August 27th 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.467-468

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VO 1.8.468 includes:- Fixed issue with flight stick buttons being unmapped when the game is restarted on Android (includes Oculus Go, etc).- Fixed issue with certain forbidden console flight commands working on Windows.- Persistent capship timeout now gets reset when the capship is damaged.- NPCs now continue to target persistent ships when the player logs off.- Fixed information-leak about whether a player is currently on or offline.VO 1.8.467 included:- Added mission text to speech for Oculus Go.- Added option to lock HUD/Cockpit to ship instead of head when engaging turbo for Oculus Go for a more immersive experience.Quite a few bug fixes in tonight's release, building on our improvements from Monday for the Oculus Go. Please let us know via the Bugs forum if you find any additional issues.
Vendetta Online August 11th 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.465-466

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VO 1.8.466 includes: - Added option to show player guild tags in chat. It is disabled by default and can be changed in Options -> Interface -> Show Guild Tag in Chat Log.- Added option to colorize sectors that have notes applied to them in the navigation menu. It is enabled by default and can be changed in Options -> Interface -> Colorize Sectors with Notes in Navigation Menu. The options are in Options -> Advanced -> Interface for mobile devices.VO 1.8.465 included:- Fixed an issue with decreased mouse aiming speed when mouse-look is off on Windows, Mac and Linux.Other announcements are in the works, please stay tuned!
Vendetta Online July 21st 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.464

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VO 1.8.464 includes:- Keychains are now sorted with active keys first.- Inactive key descriptions are now a darker color.- When given an access key, the description of the key is now displayed in the text notification.- Removed In-App Recurring Subscription choices from Gear VR and Oculus Go version.- Players who spend a great deal of time docked in a station may find their sector visibility decreases while docked. This can then be reversed through regular gameplay.Lots of other development on-going, which hopefully we can start to publicly discuss before long. Have a great weekend everyone!
Vendetta Online June 30th 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.458-463

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E3 chaos and other distractions have deferred our recent news posts, here's a recap of the May and June releases, starting with 463 (released last night):VO 1.8.463 includes:- Improved XBox One S gamepad support for Android.- Improved deadzone calculation of gamepads on Android.- Improved UX when a gamepad is detected during play on all Android VR platforms.- The 'A' button on gamepads and the Fire button on other joysticks can now be configured through the Options -> Keyboard menu on Android.- Increased detail of asteroids on Oculus Go.- Improved multi-threaded performance.- Removed response message from group invites, to eliminate information-leak about whether a player is currently on or offline.VO 1.8.462.2- More updates for Oculus Go.VO 1.8.462-462.1- Changed the Pirate Trident drop rate of FCP and FFSA to a 50% and a 25% chance respectively.- Added paint overlays for Pirate Trident and Assassin fighters.- Added Camo overlays on some military-role ships.- Added support for Oculus Go (requires Oculus Store App update).VO 1.8.461- Pressing Esc/Back now closes the maximized chat menu.- Fixed specular lighting issue on cockpit for Android VR.VO 1.8.460- Increased capship turret firing arc to 180 degrees side to side.- Fixed issue with capship turrets firing in the wrong direction.VO 1.8.459- The Corvus Greyhound Camo Edition (LTS reward) is now only available in Odia, like the other Greyhound ships.- Fixed issue with Controls menu buttons going off the bottom of the screen on mobile.- Fixed issue with missile-based turret weapon explosions not causing damage under certain conditions.- Fixed sector crash under certain conditions.VO 1.8.458- Added support for 6DOF Daydream VR headsets.- Fixed issue with hand controller position when looking backwards in Daydream VR.
Vendetta Online June 23rd 2018

Buying/Selling of Game Items: Clarification of the EULA.

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Section 9 of the Vendetta Online "End User License Agreement" states:"You may not buy, sell or auction (or host or facilitate the ability to allow others to buy, sell or auction) any Game characters, items, coin or copyrighted material."Obviously, the point of this is to dissuade the usage of real-world money (or monetary items) to purchase in-game content (ships, addons, characters) or currency (credits). One of the goals is to mitigate "pay to win" scenarios, where people are able to pay to find a short-cut to a challenging gameplay goal, like constructing a capital ship.The other major reason is the amount of administrative overhead that is created by these situations like this that go awry. People complain because they feel (understandably) that the value of their game effort is de-valued by the "pay to win" offers made by others. Or, worse, if exchanges like this go awry, people end up coming to us, angry that some player took their money and didn't give them their illicitly-purchased item. This stuff is bad enough when it's just people arguing over in-game credits, let alone involving real money.Lastly, there's also a negative impact on the game environment as a whole. We recently had to take action against someone who was badgering people with offers to sell them in-game items for real-world money. Previously, I've had to take action for people spamming offers of subscription keys in exchange for goods. Both cases are bad for the game environment, and no, the fact that someone uses subscription keys (or liveries, or other VO purchasable goods) does not mitigate the fact that this activity is banned by the EULA.So, just by way of a reminder, I would like to clarify this issue:1) Buying/Selling of in-game items for out-of-game currency or cash-backed goods (like sub keys) is not allowed, and may result in banning.2) No, it doesn't matter if you conduct your trades on Discord, or some other forum somewhere, because people still get upset and we still end up hearing about it.3) At the very least, there's a good chance that real-world "purchased" content may be revoked. So, as you pay someone a bunch of dollars for that capital ship, keep in mind that it may suddenly vaporize at any time. We have logs for years..4) Buying the goods is just as bannable an offense as selling the goods.5) Guilds whose leadership specifically fosters this kind of activity, may have action taken against the guild itself.Now, people will raise a couple of points in relation to the above, which I'll try to address here:- "But if we're using sub keys, you make money! It's good for VO!" No, the tiny amount of revenue generated from sub keys for this kind of activity, does not remotely offset the time and effort required for the administrative complaints that often result from it. - "People are doing it anyway! You should enable it!" Maybe someday, but not at this time. As people know, I'm not opposed
Vendetta Online May 1st 2018

Vendetta Online 1.8.457

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VO 1.8.457 includes:- Fixed issues causing the game to freeze on the Oculus Rift and in Simulated VR Mode.- Fixed bug causing classic DirectInput flight-sticks to be improperly recognized and configured as gamepads on Windows.- DirectInput flight-stick buttons are now named by button number, instead of by gamepad-style concepts.- Chord button combinations will no longer be bound by default for DirectInput joysticks. This should not impact most gamepads, which use Xinput instead of DirectInput.- Added a new default control layout for the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick.Hopefully some more joystick and other improvements coming soon, as we continue to clean up the PC version in advance of a Steam launch. Enjoy!
Vendetta Online April 29th 2018