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  • ECHOES OF THE ENDLESS - Release Notes and Rewards for our Community

    This is it. We will be releasing in the upcoming hours "Echoes of the Endless", after weeks and weeks of hard work, testing, feedback and testing again. You guys have been very patient and helpful: still providing interesting discussions on the forums and supporting us, even months after the release. So really, thank you for being that awesome.

    Like we said, we tried (and hope we did it well!) to bring more life, personality and feedback with this Add-On: interactive random events, Endless & Natural wonders, exploration rewards, galaxy anomalies, new audio tracks, endgame illustrations, new heroes, additional lore, sentry mode, auto-cycle through fleets, etc.

    One special gift from us: The battle timer (when choosing a participating mode: auto/manual) is now a game option. By default, the battle timer is disabled for a single player session, and it is enabled for a multiplayer session.

    Enough talking for now! I know you are all eagerly awaiting for the update, however, you'll have to wait a little bit. Until then, here are some portraits illustrations: these are our new heroes (my favourite one being the dinosaur-like hero ).

    Release Notes

    Quote Originally Posted by Lt_Miles View Post

    • The galaxy generation seed is displayed with the pause menu.
    • Added a sentry mode to the available fleet actions.
    • Added an auto-cycle button to enable the review of all fleets without orders.
    • The battle timer (when choosing a participating mode: auto/manual) is now a game option. By default, the battle timer is disabled for a single player session, and it is enabled for a multiplayer session. [G2G vote]
    • Added a new state for the "end turn button" that notifies the player he has pending encounters.
    • Refactored the heroes' ability trees.
    • If a system improvement will never be relevant for a system, hide it from the improvement picklist (credits: by grubnik)
    • Added a victory/defeat picture and extra information to the 'Continue' panel.
    • Added a ‘Game Introduction’ option in game options (to introduce the new content of an add-on).
    • Updated the tutorial with the new features.
    • Added 5 new musics.

    • Refactored the game events system:
      - The pre 1.0.30 events are compatible
      - Added new event effects
      - Added interactive random events
      - Added a new panel to the Empire Factors panel, which summarizes all the effects of the current random events
      - Added an advanced game option to activate/deactivate the random events generation
    • Added descriptions and pictures to the new random events.

    • Added exploration rewards: small random bonuses for the first player to explore a system.
    • Some exploration events are now interactive.
    • Added a GUI feedback in the galaxy view to identify systems with an exploration reward. The Amoeba players have a slightly different feedback.
    • The effects of the exploration events are now displayed in the Empire Factors panel.

    WONDERS [G2G vote]
    • Added natural and endless wonders. The endless wonders can be restored.
    • Lowered number of wonders depending on the different size.
    • Added GFX for natural and endless wonders.
    • Added a GUI feedback in the galaxy view to identify explored systems with a wonder.

    • Added more life to the galaxy with the random addition of comets, black holes, pulsars, ...

    • Removed the waiting period for the cold war status.
    • Added diplomatic answers when the player trades with an AI and when an AI is offering a proposal.
    • With the previous diplomatic behavior we could have deadlock involving a permanent cold war state between all the factions.

    • Added a new Pilgrim hero.
    • Added 4 heroes of new factions (Sheredyn and minor factions).

    • Set the Steam regional parameter to ‘Worldwide’ for the multiplayer sessions.
    • The game disconnections related to the Steam servers should be less frequent.
    • All the multiplayer sessions of a given version are now displayed. You can join a game only if you have the same files/mod as the session's host.

    • Removed growth and fleet upkeep bonus for the AI.
    • AI for newbie is less aggressive and less militarized.
    • Lowered normal Pirates difficulty.
    • During a deal, the AI values a resource depending on the number he already owns.

    • Reduced the science trade route multiplier from 2 to 0.5.

    • Fixed a potential desync in MP when unlocking a technology by a random event.
    • Fixed an issue where the random events frequency is not tied to the game speed.
    • Fixed an issue where entering planet view after scraping a population improvement causes an assert.
    • Fixed an issue where desert planet does not display all life simulation effects.
    • Fixed an issue where life simulation effects are not properly displayed on high population planets.
    • Fixed an issue where the ships created by events don't have the good amount of HP.
    • Fixed an issue where an assert occurred for a same random event for two empires.
    • Fixed an issue with the anomaly reduction of the hell gourds.
    • Fixed an issue where an exploration event causes a desync in a multiplayer session.
    • Fixed an issue where the constructibles were overridden by the modding.
    • Fixed an issue where the warning events "no current technology" & "bankrupt next turn" made the battle notifications disappear.
    • Fixed an issue where the wrong ship design was queued after an advanced defender exploration event was encountered.
    • Fixed an issue where the advanced defender exploration event used the designs based on affinity.
    • Fixed some issues of GUI and localization.
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. adder's Avatar
      adder -
      IYou guys!

      That last hero, what faction is he from?
    1. Skorcha's Avatar
      Skorcha -
      Oh god, this Dino is really cute :3
    1. Devilmann711's Avatar
      Devilmann711 -
      I am super excited for this add on, I have to be honest and say I walked away from the game for a bit, and as much as I hate to admit it, it was because I felt the game lacked a bit of depth visually and didn't offer enough in the way of a 4X game, but with these add on's and fixes I think you may have finally nailed it....I am looking forward to finding out, and still onboard with you guys.
    1. Kcyrion's Avatar
      Kcyrion -
      Very nice art, congrats! And thanks for the update, looks like i have to plan todays evening events new
    1. Bruherd's Avatar
      Bruherd -
      The battle timer (when choosing a participating mode: auto/manual) is now a game option. By default, the battle timer is disabled for a single player session, and it is enabled for a multiplayer session. [G2G vote]
      This will be a blessing
    1. Unbowed's Avatar
      Unbowed -
      Well Done!
    1. FinalStrigon's Avatar
      FinalStrigon -
      Awesome work! I'm really curious what races the first new hero and the last are, though...Have I just been away for so long I missed two new races being added?
    1. The_Flyingshovel's Avatar
      The_Flyingshovel -
      Awesome! Space dinosaurs! Now, you have to make a faction with those! And a faction of zombies too.Great addon! Can't wait!Cheers
    1. rikugo1's Avatar
      rikugo1 -
      What are the minor factions? Will we get to see them in-game at some point?
    1. DevildogFF's Avatar
      DevildogFF -
      Looks good, guys and gals! Can't wait to give it a shot!
    1. DevildogFF's Avatar
      DevildogFF -
      Also, please see my post about diplomacy. I think you're taking steps in the right direction, but there's still work to be done!
    1. Tredecim's Avatar
      Tredecim -
      Great notes!
    1. ericbrooke's Avatar
      ericbrooke -
      Awesome work people :-) and thank you for listening about the Battle Timer, really awesome :-)
    1. Atlantis_Risen's Avatar
      Atlantis_Risen -
      That third hero is a hottie.
    1. Jingo's Avatar
      Jingo -
      Do we have already christmas?? Hold up the excellent support for ES . And kudos for the battle timer! Thank you!!
    1. Nomas's Avatar
      Nomas -
      Minor factions?? I guess they are coming with 3d add on or expansion
    1. Ochso's Avatar
      Ochso -
      great work!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for Battle Timer!!!!
    1. Korath's Avatar
      Korath -
      Quote Originally Posted by adder View Post
      IYou guys!
      I agree!
    1. TheSnake's Avatar
      TheSnake -
      great news!
    1. Atlantis_Risen's Avatar
      Atlantis_Risen -
      Are the file image names hints? "Pirate Bosun" and "Broken Lord"?