Patch History/Archive/2018 Jul to Dec

From Vox Machinae Codex

On this page, recent patches for Vox Machinae may be found. Information is usually copied verbatim from the Steam News page.

This page is archived every six months. For older patch notes, please see Patch History/Archive.

Holiday Update

December 20 - TonyDanza

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Don't forget your booties, because it's cold outside! A bit of fresh powder has hit the Serpent Plains for a limited time only. You'll look stylin' with a new pilot model and festive hat while piloting the latest-est in Grinder technology: Rook. Two large free-aiming weapon slots allow previously unavailable weapon combinations. We've also got a bunch of other changes including a much-requested new throttle control in the shape of an L (on your forehead). This lets you easily shift between forward/park/reverse without looking.

Patch Notes - 0.30.0 alpha

  • Add new Grinder "Rook".
  • Add Gamepad button combo to eject: Back/Start on 360 controller, View/Menu on XBone controller.
  • Add Exclusive Fullscreen option.
  • Connecting to servers from the Steam server browser while the game is running now works.
  • Fix audio muting when game window lost focus.
  • Add new hats for Limb-taker achievement and for viewing credits achievement.
  • Festive content.
  • Add briefing animations for multiplayer missions.
  • Added L-shaped throttle for much easier shift to Parking gear.
  • AI/comms monitor screen bigger and better angled towards player.
  • Graphical improvements to Oasis. Refined textures and added additional scattered vegetation.
  • Added new pilot model.
  • Balancing tweaks to railgun, now 2.75sec to charge with slightly reduced damage.
  • More dramatic overheat lighting.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.29.3 alpha

December 1 - TonyDanza

  • Fix all controllers not working if a controller with more than 20 buttons was connected.
  • Fix a rare crash.
  • Eat your fruits and veggies (not included).

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.29.1-2 alpha

November 26 - TonyDanza

Just some little fixes today!

0.29.1 alpha

  • Add additional detection for NOLOVR controllers.
  • Fix incorrect prompt for "up" action on 3drudder.

0.29.2 alpha

  • Fix missing controller graphics on calibration screen.

Steam News page

Oasis Update

November 22 - TonyDanza

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Time for a little getaway... but there's no time to relax! Fire up those jump jets, you'll need them in the latest geographical addition to Vox Machinae: the Arid Oasis. Featuring more verticality, you'll have lots of nooks and crannies to explore with your fellow pilots.
Hawkz #1!

Patch Notes - 0.29.0 alpha

  • Flak cannon shells +33% speed.
  • New level, Arid Oasis.
  • New hat. Is it a construction worker? Is it a secret agent? You decide! (unlocked with "This is fine." achievement)
  • Personal stats shown at the end of the match.
  • Audio engine updated.
  • Oculus SDK updated. (may improve stability for some users)
  • Add support for 3drudder to control steering and jump jets. (make sure your 3drudder software is updated)

Steam News page

the Spooky Update is live for Vox Machinae!

October 26 - aphex_guy

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Spookiness Descends on Vox Machinae

We’re happy to announce that our first content update to Vox Machinae is here: the SPOOKY UPDATE. Here’s a quick rundown of all the things both big and small that we’ve managed to cram into it:

  • Listen to the tremors, something BIG is ready for a tasty Grinder dinner!
  • Many new headgear options, with an overhaul to the hats system too.
  • Flak cannon mechanics have been changed.
  • Dredge receives less damage from physical impacts.
  • Grinder health re-balanced, adding more health to limbs and increased health on Dredge.
  • Blast shield stays open longer when ejecting.
  • Fix Mic not working for Vive players if Steam VR was not open when the game launched.
  • Players with no Mic can now transmit gestures to the video chat.
  • Add announcement in menu when new hat is unlocked.
  • Decorative pumpkin to ring in the festive season.

It has been a whirlwind month over at Space Bullet. We crunched, launched Vox Machinae, and people are finally seeing what our game is all about. First of all we’d like to give our sincere thanks to all the kind words you lovely people have expressed over the various places of the internet. We’re proud as punch that the reception has been so positive and are committed to continuing to develop the experience with surprises, improvements, and sharing those plans with you so you guys can take part in contributing to the journey.

Speaking of taking part, we’ve decided to share big chunks of our development roadmap over on Trello with you guys. You can get involved and vote on your favorite ideas, and we’ll try our best to take your votes into consideration as we flesh improvements/features over the coming months. Here’s the Trello board:

Vox Machinae Roadmap

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.27.16 alpha

October 16 - TonyDanza

  • Update Oculus SDK to 1.30.
  • Add "Invert Y" option back to the Aiming settings, which was removed by accident.
  • Fix match browser saying "No matches found." instead of "Refreshing..." while refreshing.
  • Add error screen if server process fails to launch.
  • Add HAPTICS menu in settings with vibration STRENGTH and FADE.
  • Tune haptics on WMR controllers.
  • Fix crash that could occur in the server networking under certain conditions.
  • Players with Mic volume muted can now still transmit gestures to the video chat.
  • Animate mouth on Pilot customization screen.
  • Fix frame hitch when grabbing or releasing radio.
  • "STICKY" grip mode. Tap the grip to latch on and let go, OR hold the grip and release to let go.
  • Add strong rotation bias to eject handles to avoid grab conflicts with other controls.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.27.13 alpha

October 11 - TonyDanza

  • Fixed bug which caused projectiles (cannon, railgun, missile, bullets) to not be associated correctly with the target they hit. This caused a number of issues including impact visuals appearing inside/behind the target, damage texturing not updating, combat music not playing, and cockpit shake/haptic feedback not triggering when taking hits.
  • Increase mid-range damage of Lasers. Before: 500m = 60%, 750m = 30%. After: 500m = 80%, 750m = 45%.
  • Catalyst receives a 25% bonus to heat dissipation.
  • Changes in this patch require an update to servers, which will happen at different times depending on location.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.27.11 alpha / 0.27.12 alpha

October 9 - TonyDanza

0.27.11 alpha - October 6, 2018

  • Fix server browser menu freeze if trying to select an option before it finishes opening.
  • Preliminary support for Razer Hydra. May not work properly yet.

0.27.12 alpha - October 8, 2018

  • Fix bug that prevented launching training missions or creating a match if the install directory had an apostrophe in it, such as C:\Bob's Games.
  • Prevent irrelevant XInput warnings in log file.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.27.10 alpha

October 5 - TonyDanza

  • Add "Aggressive" blinder mode for extra comfort.
  • Hide radio model on pilot customization screen.
  • Mirror pilot on the customization screen.
  • Increase Grab threshold to make it easier to blind-grab cockpit controls.
  • Add RESET option in the Controls menu.
  • Add "Reticle Offset" option to set the reticle off-center vertically 2, 4, or 6 degrees.
  • Fix networking error that could cause the server to become unresponsive. (rolling out to dedicated servers on version 0.28.0)
  • Add more communication with server during level loading and increase max allowed loading time before being disconnected from server to avoid problems for players on spinning hard drives.
  • Add visual cues to show that some radial menus contain more entries and can be scrolled.
  • Fix virtual nose turning transparent during training.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.27.9 alpha

September 30 - TonyDanza

  • Fix unresponsive pilot customization screen when player has non-ASCII characters in their name. These characters will still not display correctly for now, but the game will behave properly.
  • Fix a few very rare errors that probably nobody noticed.
  • Fix error that could cause some controllers to not read analog input properly.
  • Workaround for Oculus SDK bug that prevented haptic feedback on Oculus Touch controllers as well as occasional crashes when launching the game.
  • Fix missing LOADOUT and MODIFY icons on the respawn menu.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.27.8 alpha

September 30 - TonyDanza

  • Fix WMR headset placed too high and needing to be recalibrated every run. WMR players will need to hold the menu button in-game to calibrate the headset one time, and this calibration will now be remembered between runs.
  • Remove function of holding the Scope button to take a screenshot to prevent accidental taking of screenshots during gameplay. High-res screenshots can still be taken with the F5 key.
  • Fix error that could prevent the player grid from displaying properly.
  • Fix error that could prevent AI speech from playing.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.26.0 alpha to 0.27.7 alpha

September 29 - TonyDanza

0.26.x alpha - September 6 - 16, 2018

  • Little buildings now destructible.
  • Achievements added.
  • Prevent entering Spectate while the screen is fading out, which could result in black screen until menu button was pressed.
  • Optimize performance of Bloom effect. (bloom ~25% = overall ~2%)
  • Improve the spotlight effect in Training to help catch player's attention if they are looking away from the focus point.
  • Add "-wipe" command line option to reset loadouts.
  • Increase default VR super-sampling to 1.2x for 8GB GPUs.
  • Reduced default music volume.
  • Simplify menu in training missions.
  • Optimize debris effects.
  • Add dynamic resolution option.
  • Fix bug that caused dropped frames while moving through the map.
  • Training missions and offline matches now pause when: removing Rift headset, opening Oculus overlay, or opening SteamVR overlay.
  • Fix stuttering when loading into map
  • Fix stuck on black screen after first time calibrating headset.

0.27.0 alpha - September 18, 2018

  • Added developer credits.
  • Factories play sounds when captured in Stockpile mode.
  • Add filters to the server browser, with options to hide Empty, Full, Dedicated, and Player Hosted servers.
  • All Grinders except Goldrush can receive damage when their torso collides heavily with terrain or other objects.
  • Drill can more easily kill. It's quite a thrill.
  • Add Communication training mission.
  • AI buddy only moves sometimes.

0.27.4 alpha - September 24, 2018

  • More accurate aiming of turret-mounted weapons. (Goldrush, Drill, roof weapons on Dredge)
  • Added auto-reconnect for players who are connected when the servers need to restart (every few days or so).

0.27.5 alpha to 0.27.7 alpha - September 26 - 29, 2018

  • Added Vive Pro controller support.
  • Added NOLO VR controller support.
  • Added Knuckles EV1.3, EV2.0, EV3.0 support.

Steam News page

Jet Set Aerial Future

September 17 - TonyDanza

There's just no two ways about it, jumpjets play a vital core role in Vox Machinae's gameplay. Oftentimes jumpjet use can be the difference between getting the edge on your enemies and being stuck without a paddle. Whether they're used for brunt force impact, to gain a tactical advantage, or a simple hit'n'run, we've given em the affectionate saying, "jumpjets are life."

Jumpjets as a blunt Weapon
Since Vox is entirely physics-driven, we're able to leverage jumpjets in ways most other games can't. Take Goldrush for example, its built-in cowcatcher together with an extra pair of jets gives it a unique physically-forward punch. Able to ram at double the speed, it can take out an enemy with a single crafty trajectory. Aim too high however, and good old physics will teach you that you can't survive so good without a set of legs to stomp on. Other grinders can get in on the collision action too using their bodies and jumpjets to forcibly remove enemy limbs.

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Jetting to high ground
The battlegrounds in Vox Machine were built to be vertically exploited with the use of jumpjets. Perch atop the biggest rock at the center of all the action on the Serpent Plains, or seek a spikey shelter between the spires of Pierced Valley. Using your fuel wisely is key since limited fuel supply means you have to be careful where you take it to zero. And although it will self-recharge over time, you don't want to be stranded too long without fuel in a sticky situation.

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Jumpjets for a tactical advantage
And it's not just about getting from point A to B either. Use a lighter grinder's jumpjets to arc swiftly around to Goldrush's weak back-plating, or try death from above on a Catalyst's exposed head. Another tactic when faced with an incoming Goldrush is to simply jet out of the way, bruising their ego and armor plating in the process. One standout Grinder with purpose-built jumpjetting is Drill. While it's fuel capacity is small like its svelte physique, it can recharge like nobody's business, enabling it to hover effortlessly. Not only that, but it's built with unique upward firing jets that will propel it down for a punishing drill attack or a timely air dodge.

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Built to complement our grinder's lumbering pace, jumpjets offer exhilarating maneuverability that's fun to mess around with and a challenge to master. Vox Machinae will be blasting through the Early Access gates real soon, so keep watching the skies for more info to come.

Steam News page

Crossplay, the Vox Way

September 5 - TonyDanza

While not exactly our best kept secret, today we’d like to remind you that crossplay is a core feature for Vox Machinae. And when we say crossplay, we mean VR players together with screen players, support for all major PC VR headsets, and basically all the control schemes you can shake a tracked stick at!

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As you may very well know, Vox Machinae is built from the ground up to be a VR-first title. What you may NOT know, is that it's also being designed to play wonderfully on flat screens such as the one you’re looking at right this moment. Naturally over the course of development we got to thinking, what if both our VR and non-VR folks could all play together? So that’s exactly what we set out to do, carefully balancing the pros and cons of each platform so they could compete on the same skill level while retaining the advantages of each.

Speaking of platforms, we’re supporting all the major PC VR headsets at launch, specifically Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and now Windows Mixed Reality. And we didn’t stop there, players who purchased Vox Machinae on the Oculus Store will be able to play with players who own the game on Steam. Finally a game that can settle the age-old VR platform debate via giant robots with rockets and frickin’ laser beams.

With so many platforms, controlling those giant robots had to cover a wide range of input devices. As VR progressed through the years from curiosity to the consumer market, the way players controlled VR games went through many iterations too. From fumbling around for your mouse/keyboard on DK1/2, Xbone gamepad’n it at Rift’s launch, to motion controls with Vive/Touch, We’ve developed through (and learned to support) it all. Seriously, by this point we think it’s safe to say that we’re likely the longest in-development VR title to date. So one of the happy accidents that came with the territory was incorporating all those control schemes along the way, meaning you can play whichever way suits you best.

So no matter HOW you or your friends choose to Vox Machinae, you’ll be able to fight together when it launches later this year in Early Access form.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.25.2 alpha

August 28 - TonyDanza

Behold, it improveth.

  • Write screenshots to disk in the background, greatly reducing the pause that happens when a screenshot is taken (by holding down scope button).
  • Fix mouse aiming not being affected by Invert Y control option.
  • Detached limbs of any team will highlight with a neutral color.
  • Improve spawning of objectives, which were sometimes appearing in the wrong location.
  • Add -reset launch flag to reset all game settings to default.
  • Improve detection of monitor native resolution (used as default).
  • Enable asymmetric rendering on Oculus Rift for increased performance ~10%.
  • Stabilize shadows to prevent shimmering/flickering when moving and looking around.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.25.0 alpha

August 20 - TonyDanza

  • Level boundaries on radar map now match more closely to (virtual) reality.
  • Stockpile Mode: Assembly Line symbol changed from lightning bolt to hourglass.
  • If server is found on the LAN, a duplicate "online" server entry will no longer be shown in the server browser.
  • Game now responds properly to Recenter request from within Oculus overlay.
  • Fixed controller inputs still interacting with game when in Oculus overlay.
  • Improve placement of terrain detail geometry to prevent floating objects.
  • Reduced required network bandwidth by ~15%.
  • Shooting dead Grinders or detached limbs no longer increases damage stats.
  • It is no longer possible to get a kill by shooting a detached limb just before the owner ejects.
  • Spectator camera now collides with terrain.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.24.0 alpha

August 15 - TonyDanza

  • Fix ghost image of player avatar when closing zoom scope while someone is talking.
  • Railgun shots no longer count as multiple hits for the purpose of calculating accuracy stats.
  • Fix radar blip of newly spawned GDRs appearing in the wrong location for a fraction of a second.
  • Radio now stays in the hand when switching between Hangar and Cockpit, allowing you to continue talking through location transitions.
  • Fix bug that could carry over respawn timer if you ejected right at the end of the previous round.
  • Bots will wait until their weapons align before firing.
  • Bots will use their jets to assist with steep inclines or getting stuck, and the occasional squirrel tactic.
  • When the match timer runs out and scores are tied, the timer will change to reflect a tiebreaker situation.
  • Losing all legs now results in a fixed amount of "last stand" time before being forcibly ejected, instead of the old mechanic which caused damage over time.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.23.0 alpha

August 8 - TonyDanza

  • Hats.
  • AMD GPUs: Fix flickering and improve performance when rendering some transparent objects such as effects.
  • Pilot customization now shows a preview of how you will look on comms.
  • Added deadzone to gamepad left stick when jumping forward/backward, to prevent accidental jet activation while steering.
  • Fix hand resting pose in Hangar (for those not using motion controllers).
  • Swapped location of heat and fuel bars, to place heat near the weapon readout and fuel near the jumpjet control.
  • Stockpile mode: Capture progress on neutral factories will slowly revert to zero if no one is in the zone. Friendly GDRs can restore the capture progress on their factory after an enemy capture attempt by being in the zone.
  • Railgun charge time increased from 2s to 2.5s.
  • Ejecting manually now allows you to respawn in half the time (as opposed to being auto-ejected due to destruction).

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.22.2 alpha

August 3 - TonyDanza

  • Pressing Back on the team select menu after joining a match now allows you to disconnect from the match and return to the main menu.
  • Prevent VR nose and blinders from showing in Spectate mode.
  • Last used Grinder will show in the Hangar when not connected to a match.

Steam News page

Patch Notes - 0.22.1 alpha

August 2 - TonyDanza

  • Fix issue with Oculus Rift when re-centering headset in Spectate mode which would cause view to be teleported to the wrong location.
  • Added left hand grab pose for radio in the Hangar.
  • Fix All-Talk remix option which was activating Fast Fuel instead.
  • Kills match length mode renamed to Points.

Steam News page