Monday, June 29, 2009

AI War 1.008 Released (Free DLC & Player Suggestions)

Arcen Games is pleased to announce the release of AI War: Fleet Command version 1.008. You can download a trial version of the game, as well as purchase a license key to unlock the full version. If you already have the game or demo installed, just hit "Check For Updates" inside the game to get the latest patch.  
More Free DLC: The primary upgrade in this release is improvements to the AI and how the players can interact with them.  Planets on the galaxy map now show up as red (as seen below left) when the AI is likely to reinforce at them.  This helps the human players avoid tipping their hand too soon and causing key AI planets to reinforce too heavily.

Additionally, AI players will now reinforce their wormholes much like the human players tend to do.  This makes deep raiding much more difficult and interesting, and requires many new tactics.  In response to this, the human scouts are now much upgraded -- they all now include Cloaking, and most also now have a Cloaking Booster ability (as seen below right) that makes them even more effective in groups.


In addition to the above, this release also contains another large batch of improvements, tweaks, and extensions based on player suggestions.  Here are some of the highlights:
- Capturable ships now are now only captured after a command station is finished being built.
- Parasite costs have increased.
- Waypoints can now be queued in conjunction with wormhole-movement commands.
- Ships can now move between planets in attack-move or free-roaming defender modes.
- Repair Stations and Mark II Engineers have had a range upgrade.
- Cloaked ships will no longer auto-fire at enemy ships unless in attack-move/free-roaming mode.  This helps them maintain invisibility on longer raids.
- New Ship: Wormhole Command Posts are a perma-cloaked ship used by AIs to reinforce their wormholes. Kill the command station to kill these.
- Scouts and EyeBots have been heavily upgraded to deal with the newer wormhole threats; they now all have cloaking, and most have a new Cloaking Booster ability.
- Control group icons are now included in the planetary summary.
- Mark II Science Labs and Missile Silos are now less expensive.
- The range of all tachyon beam emitters is now higher.
- The way the AI reinforces is now tech-level dependent (higher techs get fewer reinforcements).
- Lightning Missiles have been made a bit more durable.
- A new "AI Alert Level" is now shown on the galaxy map intel summaries, showing at which planets the AI is likely to do reinforcements.
- Fixed several fairly rare bugs, including a multiplayer desync relating to attacking forcefields.
- Fixed Astro Trains just hanging out at their stations.
- Fixed a bug with AI players getting new ship types at too fast a rate.
- Fixed a 1.007 bug where too many Advanced Research Stations and Data Centers were being created on maps 80 planets and up.

The above list is just a sampling, however, so be sure to check out the full release notes to see everything (attached at the end of this post).  More free DLC will be heading your way next week. Enjoy!

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