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Hi Squaddies,
The day has finally arrived. After much tribulation we present to the world Alpha 9 of Squad! It is now available via Steam so be sure to update before playing.
In addition to upgrading to Unreal Engine 4.14, this update comes packed with a whole lot of content related additions including new vehicles, map expansions, gameplay changes and balance tweaks.
For more information on some of the major new additions in this version, please take a look at our Feature Preview for Version 9 put out recently.
Version 9 is now available via Steam. Please always reset your appdata in the game settings on every new build!

Gameplay

  • Added Minsk 400 Motorcycle, BRDM-2 Scout Car and MT-LB PKT APC to the Insurgent vehicle pool
  • Added BTR-80 APC, BRDM-2 Scout Car, MT-LB NSVT APC and MT-LB 30mm Cannon IFV to the Militia vehicle pool
  • Added BTR-82A IFV, MT-LB NSVT APC, MT-LB 30mm Cannon IFV and Ural 4320 truck to the Russian vehicle pool.
  • Added Stryker ICV to the US Army vehicle pool
  • FOB Radio Hub no longer creates a spawn point
  • Added a new FOB Deployable, the ‘HAB’, which is basically a spawn point. US Army and Russian HABs cost 500 Construction Points, Insurgents cost 350 and Militia costs 400. HABs are limited to 1 per FOB.
  • Added a Heavy Anti Tank for Insurgents and Militia. This kit features the PG7-VR Tandem HEAT warhead launched from the RPG-7. Youll find that this is the most effective anti vehicle weapon on the battlefield. It is similarly very front heavy, so be sure to take your time to line up your one shot. The kit is team limited as well as squad limited, similar to how the Marksman role operates. Unlocks 1 slot per team at every 20 players. Squad size must be 9 to claim. Kit comes with 1 Tandem HEAT round and one regular HEAT round as well as an AKS74U as a primary weapon.
  • Temporarily disabled the open/close driver hatch functionality on the BTR-80. The feature will return soon! New experimental version of closed hatch available on the MTLB series of vehicles.
  • Added a new feature where you can double tap the Walk key to stay locked in walking mode and you can toggle the shift manually to sprint. A simple tap of any Walk key will then disable it.
  • Reduced the stamina regeneration rate by 33%.
  • Due to the success of the test of the HMG environment penetration, we are now rolling it out for all 5.56/5.45 and 7.62 rifle caliber weapons. This practically means any primary weapon in the game, with the exception of the PPSH-41. The penetration varies depending on the caliber of the round (bigger being better) and what you are shooting at. Both damage and effective range upon exit is modified by the material. Time to consider if you are in cover or concealment from your attacker, as well as if you want to have a weapon with better environment penetration or not. G3s and 7.62 AKs are options in this case. 30mm AP projectiles are similarly able to penetrate the environment, and are particularly good at it. Beware, this is the first damage type able to penetrate the afghan tightly packed mud walls material.
  • Deployable SPG-9s are now limited to 2 per FOB.
  • Repair stations are now limited to 2 per FOB.
  • All 5 ton transport trucks now hold up to 18 players instead of 13
  • Smoothed out the overheating penalty on emplaced and vehicle mounted HMGs. The punishment period is shorter but you will overheat quickly again. More viable for sustained fire and less crippling.
  • Squad Leaders are now able to set ‘possible’ friendly FOB locations thru the SLs map Hex Menu as a green FOB icon for the entire friendly team to see. This should help facilitate SL to SL communication when relating to FOB placement.
  • SL Hex enemy spotted icons are now red to bring it more consistent with items that expand or items that are placeable.
  • Due to the success of Op. First Light Conquest and at the request of the community, Conquest has now been added to Gorodok and Yehorivka.
  • All layers have been updated with all new vehicle loadouts. Depending on gamemode, faction, and size will determine how many and what type of asset is used.
  • Increased head turning angle limits as passengers in vehicles
  • Added a ton of interior decoration to the HMMWVs and in the back of the Technicals

Systems

  • Vehicle Handling has been dramatically improved. Force is now applied at the contact point between the wheel and the ground, rather than the center of the vehicle.
  • Added N-Wheeled and Tracked Vehicle physics. N-Wheeled vehicles allow us to simulate any number of wheels, and Tracked vehicles allow us to simulate vehicles with tracks. The BTR has been moved over to N-Wheeled physics.
  • Added the ability to climb obstacles by engaging Off Road mode (Default Key: Left Shift), which is useful in situations where you need maximum torque.
  • The Last player to damage a Vehicle is now cached for 30 seconds. Any unknown or burn damage that is dealt to this vehicle will be attributed to the last damager until the timer expires. Any new damage will become the owner and reset the timer.
  • Flipped Vehicles now attribute their damage to the driver. If there is no driver, it’s attributed to the last damager. This means that any passengers that die due to a flipped vehicle will be counted as team-kills for the driver.
  • Added an admin-only notification for when a developer or privileged QA member joins a server
  • Added a Crash Reporter. Now, if your game crashes or generates a crash dump, a crash reporter will appear, asking you to send the crash to us. Please do, as this helps us find and fix crashes.
  • Redid the way steering wheel hand animations are handled, resulting is a much better and more natural way to steer
  • Added some physics to the vehicle as it transitions into its wrecked state after being destroyed
  • Reduced height impact normal to try and reduce the amount of situations where players were being killed behind low cover.
  • Content is now packaged into PAK files. This should reduce loading time and increase the security of the game.
  • Tweaked player movement when going up and down stairs to be a little more deliberate
  • Updated the Easy Anticheat SDK.

UI

  • Replaced the Scoreboard with a new design and added many new points of data to track your performance during the round.
  • Added new Kit Role icons, replacing the old set
  • Ammunition UI has been updated to conform to newer design standards
  • Tightening some style elements regarding font sizes
  • Restyled and reworked the backend on how Text Chat is rendered on the screen
  • Added a new more realistic reticle for the BTR-80 KPVT Turret
  • Added new icons distinguishing APCs vs IFVs (IFVs have a 30mm Cannon or greater)
  • Added new icons distinguishing Tracked and Wheeled armoured vehicles
  • Added new loading Splash image
  • Updated loading QuickStart guide
  • Tweaked radial menu button sensitivity to feel a better in terms of hovering over with your mouse (outer widgets were being selected too early when moving the mouse from the middle to the outer widgets)
  • Removed old Ticket Counter and Round timer as they are now integrated into the new Scoreboard
  • Optimised code for the Stamina and Jump bar, also adjusted the visual styling
  • Updated Credits

Audio

  • New vehicle engine sounds for all new vehicles and also modified the existing vehicles
  • Improved some bullethit impact sounds and flyby bullet crack sounds
  • Modified distance sounds for some explosions
  • Modified M4, AKs, SKS, KPVT fire sounds.
  • Added burning vehicle sounds
  • Added UI sounds
  • Added music tracks ‘Downtime’ and ‘Faith’ to the Main Menu music playlist

Maps

  • Gorodok has been expanded greatly, with the addition of more towns, industrial complexes and points of interest.
  • Yehorivka has had additional towns, map detailing and points of interest added.
  • Adjusted map terrain lod levels to minimize distance warping especially on Kohat. Should reduce occurrence of floating players and vehicles.
  • Added an array of additional compounds and ruined areas to Chora as well as fixing general bugs and issues. Optimization pass to reduce draw call overhead.
  • Kohat and OPFL have been completely merged down to hardened maps (some minor final steps) should see increased GPU performance especially on low end machines. Allowed us to push foliage and grass draw distance out to more acceptable levels.
  • Added Minsk Motorcycles on the Jensen’s Range Racetrack, along with additional spawn points
  • Improved behaviour of map borders on Sumari, Logar, Kohat and Chora.
  • Adjusted scale of the Bridge on Kohat and improved its collision mesh to prevent players from falling through
  • Removed all static Minsk 400 bikes from maps
  • Updated Kokan lighting on PAAS V1
  • Added a number of additional compounds to Kokan
  • Fixed a lot of doubled up static geometry occurring on some maps
  • Fixed ammo crates on Sumari ITC from being in the ground.

Bug Fixes & Optimizations

  • Fixed super dark shading on the Militia faction soldier models
  • Fixed odd player camera rotations while as a passenger in a vehicle
  • Fixed a bug where the logistics driver wasn’t getting points for dropping supplies off
  • Merged a lot of deployable statics together, improving performance
  • Heavily optimised the Weapon Cache mesh
  • Fixed engine sounds playing the incorrect sounds on low settings
  • Increased shovel detection zone size on repair stations.
  • Fixed attachment of burning and destruction effects on vehicles
  • Tweaked rocket trails and backblast effects
  • Optimized footstep dirt effect
  • Fixed a couple of issues involving shooting your own vehicle unintentionally with the turret gun on some vehicles
  • Adjusted and optimised a number of vehicle wrecks
  • Fixed chain-link fences, razor wire and regular wire fences to be penetrable
  • Fixed collisions on a number of stone-wall statics
  • Changed minimum required mipmap LOD bias to prevent .ini changes from making the minimap unusable
  • Fixed collisions issue with destroyed vehicles bouncing around like crazy and colliding with players
  • Fixed giving radial menu access depending on your deploy role instead of your current role
  • Prevented unnecessary overlap events from firing on all vehicles to improve performance on vehicles
  • Fixed an issue where dying due to bleed damage shortly after revive would incorrectly send you to wounded rather than dead.
  • Fixed a bug where ‘Use Inventory Switch Timer’ config setting didn’t persist across game restarts
  • Started hardening passes on many of the older maps, dramatically decreasing draw calls. Will continue into A10 on newer maps as they become complete.
  • Audited physmats to ensure penetration was enabled on all appropriate material types.

Modding

  • Exposed the following functions to Blueprint.
    • SQVehicle
    • bool IsValidSeat(int32 Seat) const
    • bool IsSeatHeldByClaimingSquad(int32 Seat) const
    • void EjectAllPlayers()
    • TArray<usqvehicleseatcomponent*> GetSeats() const
    • USQVehicleSeatComponent* GetDriverSeat() const;
    • void GetExitPoints(TArray& OutTransforms);
    • AController* LastDamageInstigator
    • void EjectPlayerFromSeat(int32 Seat)
    • void RequestChangeSeat(class ASQPlayerController* Player, int32 RequestedSeat)
    • SQGroundVehicle
    • void SetEngineActiveInput(bool bNewEngineActive)
    • void SetEngineBoostPressed(bool bInHasEngineBoostBeenPressed)
    • bool CanToggleEngine()
  • Fixed an issue where the OnSeat Events weren’t being called in SQVehicle (Thanks SgtStryker)
  • Added a 4-param event in SQSoldier, OnSeatChange(Soldier, Vehicle, FromSeat, ToSeat) for when seat switching happens on the client. The client only receives this event when a seat change event happens, not why. A player has entered a vehicle when FromSeat is null and ToSeat is valid, a player has exited the vehicle when FromSeat is valid and ToSeat is null. A player has switched seats when both FromSeat and ToSeat are both valid. FromSeat and ToSeat both being null is an invalid operation, and will never happen.
  • Exposed “Wound” and “Die” to Blueprint. Note: These functions may fail in certain situations and the player may not be wounded or die. Check the return value to be sure if the call succeeded!

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The hype train has arrived! A monthly recap and Version 8 in one go!


Alpha Version 8 is now released.

After hitting one of Squads biggest milestones with the introduction of vehicles in Alpha Version 7, we could finally focus on doing an optimization pass on the core systems now that all the underlying wires are connected. This was a team wide effort, with a lot of micro-optimizations quickly building up to a level of performance that the team is proud to present to the players.

That is not the whole story though! We added a few treats to add more spice to the current gameplay and quite a few quality of life improvements alongside the main focus which was optimization.As more content and features are added, we’re able to better pace the game to where we eventually want to go.

These changes have to be implemented over time so the player base has a chance to adjust and adapt. This has been the trend for for the entire life cycle of Squad, and this patch is no different. We are steadily slowing things down so there is more time to breathe and those engagements feel more significant.

Version 8 is now available via Steam[joinsquad.com] and below is a full changelog. Major Changes

Optimization Pass

We’ve done a major optimization pass over almost every single system in Squad. We’ve improved collision and physics performance, graphical and GPU performance, multithreaded major pieces of the game such as animations and vehicle updates, and many more performance improvements.

Additionally, Effects have had a wholesale overhaul after some detailed profiling on both Intel and AMD machines. Optimization of shader implementations and a detailed pass over configs and best practices gave us a 10x improvement in performance of effects. This should greatly improve reliability of frame rate in large firefights. There is still a bit of work to do but the results we’ve seen are already worth the effort.

As always, we will continue to improve the performance and optimize the game with every patch.

New Vehicle Variants and Assets

Added improvised rocket artillery variant of the technical for both Insurgents and Militia factions.

This vehicle is hard to aim and use effectively, especially without the aid of a forward spotter and communication between driver, gunner and observer. Rocket artillery technicals can only be found in small numbers on large maps such as Yehorivka, Kohat and Chora.


They are worth 20 tickets on destruction and have a respawn timer of 18 minutes, so stay out of trouble!


Added a HMMWV variant that has the remote controlled weapon station CROWS on top, with an M2A1 mounted on it. This will provide much better protection for the gunner as he is safely inside of the vehicle, with magnified optics on his .50 cal machine gun. Be mindful of the long reload time. They are worth 20 tickets on destruction.

Added NSV heavy machine gun emplacement (Russians are sometimes right!) to the Russian faction. Firing at a blitzing 700 rounds per minute, this HMG is certainly a force to be reckoned with. It comes in both tripod and bunker form. Build cost is unchanged from the placeholder they have been using up until now.

Added a forward facing shield to the Dshk machine gun. This can be found on both the deployable as well as the vehicle mounted version. There are still unshielded versions available for those that prefer greater visibility over front facing protection.


Updated Weapon Mechanics

Penetration

Added experimental environment penetration for heavy machine gun calibers.We will be watching closely, if all goes well expect small arms to get a similar treatment in the future.

Low Stamina Sway

Added penalty to weapon sway when you have low stamina. The lower the stamina the worse the sway will get. Be aware of your movement in hostile territory.

Slightly increased visual suppression effects across all weapons.

Lighting & Post Processing

We have done a huge lighting pass on all the maps in order to unify the quality and look of the game. Each map now has at least two lighting scenarios using custom skyboxes in order to provide variety and to help players identify gameplay layers more easily. Some key areas such as Fools Road tunnels got a complete overhaul as well, using lighting to help direct players. Additionally, our post processing has been unified to ensure effects such as bloom, ambient occlusion and lens flares are enhancing all our maps.


In the future we will continue to push our lighting tech further but in this pass we had to be careful not to work against our main focus for this update, optimization.

Main Menu

Server Browser

We’ve dramatically improved the Server Browser, switching to an asynchronous update method where results are streamed in as they come in. We’ve also improved the sorting, so that server entries are sorted immediately upon being added to the browser and fixed a number of issues where the server browser would show incorrect results or fail to refresh..

Graphics Menu

Our new programmer Zak, with some help, has vastly improved the Graphics Menu, improving a number of options and simplifying some of the more complex choices in the menu.

We’ve also spent some time to auto detect a number of settings that were previously exposed, as we’ve found that incorrectly setting them would negatively impact users performance.Finally, we’ve added a few tooltips to explain what each option does to help users better understand the performance impact of changing certain graphics options.

We also added a button that will clear out your cached user settings, just in case something goes horribly wrong.

Changelog

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Hi Squaddies,

The day is finally here. Vehicles have arrived. It has been a long road for everyone on the development team, and especially you, the player. But finally one of our long awaited features is ready to roll out. Besides this, our programmers, production artists, mappers, testers and support staff have all been hard at work producing other content that will certainly make Version 7 one of our biggest and most ambitious patches yet.

Version 7 is now available via Steam and below is a full changelog.

For a quick summary of the major changes, please read our previous news post HERE.[joinsquad.com]

Changelog

Gameplay

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Vehicles have been added to the game. Please familiarize yourself with what you will encounter on the battlefield.

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Starting map tickets have been increased across the board by about 150-200 tickets. This gives more room for a comeback and to accommodate vehicle losses.

Vehicles have a respawn timer from 3-6 minutes from the time that the vehicle is lost. Vehicles with weapons on them have a respawn timer of 6 minutes. Note that some vehicles on some maps have no respawns and are a one time use only.

Losing a vehicle will result in a potentially heavy ticket loss (4-30 tickets!!). Protect and repair your vehicles!

If a vehicle flips over, it will catch on fire to get it off the map. This will take a while, and your team will be without an asset for a while. Pay attention to where you drive.

New System: Vehicle Claiming
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Overview: The squad vehicle claiming system in its first iteration will function primarily as a way to strengthen the role of the Squad Leader and eliminate the ability of players to go rambo and take a vehicle without any responsibility for its usage. The system is entirely passive but also considered an advanced system.

Only SL will interact and be notified as to the claim states.Only a Squad leader may claim a vehicle. The SL claims the vehicle by attempting to enter the vehicle or by approving a vehicle claim on his minimap made by members of his Squad.

He will get one of several messages depending on the vehicles current claim condition.

  • “Only Squad Leaders may enter unclaimed vehicles.” – You are not an SL.. Nice try!
  • “You must have the Squad Leader role to claim a vehicle.” – Go get an SL kit
  • “Must have at least 3 members in your Squad to claim vehicles.” 3 members – 1 vehicle can be claimed 6 members – 2 vehicles can be claimed 8 members – 3 vehicles can be claimed
  • “Must have at least 2 squad members nearby to claim a vehicle.” Much like our FOB and Rally Point systems you need to have your Squad with you to claim a vehicle. (2 additional members) Vehicles can also be approved for claim by approval on the minimap by a Squad Leader
  • “Unable to enter due to another Squad’s claim on this vehicle.” This vehicle is already claimed. Please try a different vehicle or radio for a ride.
  • “Vehicle Claimed.” – Great Job! Your Squad can now enter the vehicle and have a happy battle!

In addition, a squad leader can claim a vehicle by approving a claim made by his Squad members.

If 3 squad members are near an unclaimed vehicle and the Squad has claimed slots available they can request a claim by attempting the enter the vehicle.They will be notified to Radio their Squad Leader for approval. Squad leaders can open their minimaps and approve the claim. (provided they have a claim slot available)

Active VS Passive claims and how it affects your Squad.

The system maintains a chain of possession of claimed vehicles through Active Claims (You have a squad member actually in the vehicle) and Passive Claims (Your squad claimed and used the vehicle but currently have no members of your squad occupying a vehicle seat)Active Claims always give you complete control over the vehicle seats and the driver position. Players not in your squad cannot enter the driver seat of your actively claimed vehicle (but they can enter the other seats). In order to maintain an active claim you must have a squad member somewhere in the vehicle.Any Squad member may also bump a friendly from an occupied seat by switching to that seat. (via the F keys)

Passive Claims are maintained even when the vehicle is not manned. Your Squad members can enter and exit the vehicle freely and the driver seat will still remain locked to the owning Squad. However.. A passive vehicle can be claimed by another Squad Leader provided he has the ability to do so. (This can be done in person via attempting to enter the vehicle or remotely via a group of 3 squad members)

We all know there are good reasons and bad reasons for losing and/or choosing to lose a vehicle. We want to reward the good reasons and punish the bad ones. Here are some messages relating to dropping off your vehicle you will encounter.Additional Mechanics: There may be a good reason to want to unclaim a vehicle and we are providing a number of methods to do that.

  • Drop off the vehicle at a FOB.
  • Drop off the vehicle at a Main Base.
  • Coordinate another Squad Leader to take over your claim.

As with any experimental system.. A lot will be changing as we get testing feedback and we will continue to refine and improve it.

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Spawning, Supplies and Logistics

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  • Rally Point cooldown timer is now 2.5 minutes. 2 minutes if placed too close to enemies. Rally Point needs a fellow squad member within 8m to place (was 5m).
  • Forward Operating Bases no longer have an active spawn point when initially deployed.
  • Forward Operating Bases gain an active spawn point after having been placed for 5 minutes. (Unless visited by a friendly supply truck
  • Losing a Forward Operating Bases Radio now results in a 20 ticket penalty (was 10).
  • Passive supply rate has been lowered to 1 per second.
  • A FOB can now hold a total of 2000 Supplies and 1000 Ammo.
  • Forward Operating Bases get an active spawn point if a friendly (loaded) logistics vehicle comes close to the radio. Bypassing the 5 minutes of waiting time.
  • Bringing a loaded logistics truck to a Forward Operating Base and unloading supplies near the FOB radio will deposit 1000 supply points and 1000 ammo points to the base. Logistics technical will supply a base with 500 of each rather than 1000.
  • You will need to press the “Unload Supplies” button (Default “Q”) to unload supplies. Once a logistics vehicle has unloaded its supplies at a FOB the space in the graphical representation of the supplies goes away. You will need to restock the vehicle again to perform another resupply action. Drive to your main base supply depot to pick up new supplies.

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Kit Changes

  • Binoculars removed from all medic kits.
  • Change to the rate that Fire Support kits unlock at. They now unlock one slot for each 3 squad members you have. Was 2 slots at 4 and an additional at 8. Riflemen classes should be a bit more frequently seen now.
  • US medic kit now has an M4 with a red dot sight.
  • US LAT kit now has an M4 with a red dot sight.
  • US ironsights rifleman now has a foregrip on his M4A1.
  • Marksman kits with SVD now has 6 magazines instead of 4.
  • Russian kits that previously had the AKS-74M now has the AK-74M.
  • Insurgent RPG Gunner kit now has the AKMS instead of the AKS-74U.
  • Russia and Militia gets access to an additional scoped rifleman at 8 squad members.
  • Adjusted the limits of the AK74 Fighter kit for insurgents. Now limited to 2 rather than 3.
  • Reduced the number of colored smoke grenades carried by the Squad Leader kits. Now has 1 of each color rather than 2. Still carries 2 white smoke grenades.
  • Added HEAT rounds to all RPG-7 kits and adjusted the number of Fragmentation rounds as well. Militia and Insurgents carry 2 Fragmentation rounds and 2 HEAT rounds. Russia carries 1 Fragmentation and 2 HEAT rounds.
  • Added Designated Marksman kit for the US Army. The kit has the M110 DMR and an M9 with an additional pistol magazine like the other DMR kits. Kit unlocks at: 5 squad members and 10 team members, limited to 1 per squad.
  • Added Scout kit for Insurgents and Militia. The kit contains SKS as the primary weapon and also has a set of binoculars. This kit is perfect for scouting and directing fire. Kit will get more toys in the future ;) Kit unlocks at: 3 squad members and is limited to 1 per squad.
  • Added a limited alternative Fighter kit for Insurgents. The kit contains a AKS74 with 1p78 optic. Kit unlocks at: 8 squad members and is limited to 1 per squad.
  • Added limited alternative Fighter kit for Insurgents. The kit contains a G3A3 as the primary weapon. This rifle has better range and more stopping power than your standard AK rifles. Kit unlocks at: 4 squad members, and another one at 8.
  • Added alternative Squad Leader kit for Insurgents. The kit contains a G3A4 as the primary weapon. This rifle has better range and more stopping power than your standard AK rifles. Kit unlocks at: 6 squad members.
  • Added Raider class for Insurgents. The kit contains the PPSH-41 as the primary weapon and RKG-3 anti tank grenades. This kit is perfect for causing mayhem up close. Kit unlocks at: 6 squad members and is limited to 1 per squad.

Weapon Handling
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  • Weapons now move more dynamically when you perform rapid twists and turns. This makes sight alignment take ever so slightly longer.
  • Weapons with a foregrip have less vertical recoil than weapons without (M4 variants, PM md. 63 and AMD-65). Additionally it also has a faster sway pattern to simulate the pressure applied.Lastly they have an ever so slightly quicker ADS time than a weapon without.
  • Weapons with underslung grenade launchers similarly have less vertical recoil due to the added weight out front. Furthermore these front heavy weapons have slightly more sway.
  • Minor tweaks to M4 recoil to compensate for the very high rate of fire.
  • RPG-7 and M72 has lowered deviation to make hit percentages similar to real world expectations.
  • HMGs such as the M2 and Dshk are now able to sustain fire for a longer time without overheating, but cools off at a slower rate.

Deployables

  • Added vehicle repair depot deployable. Costs 400 supply points and slowly and passively repairs vehicles in a radius around it.
  • Hesco/sandbag bunkers are now reduced to 300 supply points.
  • Hesco walls are now reduced to 200 supply points.
  • Single hescos are now 50 points.
  • Sandbag walls now cost 50 supply points rather than 100.
  • Added C sandbags to Insurgents and Militia. 50 points.
  • Added a new Pillbox-style Sandbag Wall that has firing ports.
  • Sandbag Walls are now stackable again.
  • Razor wire now cost 25 supply points.
  • M2A1 on tripod is now 350 supply points.
  • Dshk heavy machine gun on tripod is 350 supply points.
  • Concrete barriers are now 50 supply points.

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Vehicles

Not all weapons will be able to damage all vehicle types.

Most vehicles in the game will be able to take about 2 hits from an RPG-7 HEAT round, M72 LAW or RKG-3 grenade. The exceptions are the technicals who can take about 1 and a few bursts of rifle fire to top it off. The other exception is the BTR that will be able to take roughly 3 rocket hits.

The BTRs main 14.5mm cannon will be able to easily chew through all vehicles before it. The gun has Magnification that can be switched with the 1 and 2 Number keys.

Heavy machine guns such as the M2 and the Dshk will be able to damage all current vehicles fairly easily. Some vehicles are more resistant than others, expect anywhere from a 1/3rd to almost a full belt of .50 cal ammo to be needed, depending on the vehicle you are firing at.

Rifles and infantry weapons are split into three categories.

7.62 Caliber weapons will be able to damage bring down soft skinned vehicles such as the technicals and trucks. Expect to spend up to several hundred rounds to reduce a healthy vehicle to a useless hunk of metal. Weapons in this category include everything from 7.62×39, such as the AKM, up to the 7.62x54R of the SVD.

5.56/5.45 Caliber weapons will be able to do light, and significantly less damage to technicals and trucks. You will need the determination of your entire squad to take down a fresh vehicle with just your hand weapons. Examples of these calibers are the M4 and the AK74 series of rifles.

Pistol calibers have no effect on a vehicle’s health whatsoever. Conserve this ammo for self defense.

Fragmentation grenades. Hand grenades, the RPG-7s fragmentation grenade and the GP-25s fragmentation grenades do little to no damage on vehicles. They are only able to slightly damage unarmored technicals and trucks. Use the proper explosives for the job!

There is one exception to the fragmentation grenades. The US 40mm grenade launcher utilizes the HEDP rounds which are somewhat effective vs soft skinned vehicles. They will be able to damage all vehicles in the game, but at a significantly reduced rate as the armor of the vehicle increases.

There are currently no indicators of your vehicle’s current health in the field. So keep track of what you have been fighting and return to base or a FOB to get fixed up and rearmed at a repair depot.Keeping your vehicle operational will give you a great advantage.

Damage Effects

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Unlike most games, vehicle damage effects are not tied to a specific % of health. In Squad, effects such as a vehicle being on fire, doesn’t necessarily mean that the vehicle is about to die.

Several weapons have a chance to light vehicles on fire. As a vehicle is closer to getting on fire, the vehicle will start smoking in an increasingly more dramatic way. Once a vehicle is on fire (visible flames) the vehicle as well as all of the occupants will take a light amount of damage every second until the flames die out by themselves or the vehicle is destroyed.

The TL:DR version of the weapons that adds chance for a vehicle to catch on fire is as follows (in descending order):

  • (Most Powerful) RPG-7 HEAT rounds / M72 LAW / RKG-3
  • 14.5mm Armor Piercing Incendiary rounds from the KPVT on the BTR-80
  • US 40mm HEDP rounds from the M203
  • M2 and Dshk HMGs

Penetration

First step on a long road ahead for projectile penetration! Depending on what weapon you are using and what vehicle you are shooting at, there is a possibility that your rounds can penetrate the hide of the vehicle and damage the passengers inside, at a greatly reduced level.

The higher the caliber of your weapon, the more damage you will do to the occupants of the vehicle. If you can penetrate it in the first place.

Vehicles such as the HMMWV and the BTR-80 are immune to all infantry firearms and can only be penetrated by .50 cal or larger. The remaining vehicles can be penetrated by infantry rifle calibers.

Systems

  • Players now move slower when moving along inclines and up stairs. The speed reduction is governed by the type of material you are traversing.
  • Acceleration into a full sprint has been decreased by half.
  • Addition of a Walking Animation while ADSing.
  • Addition of a prone movement animation while moving around in Prone.

UI

  • Order and Enemy markers will appear in 3D space for a brief amount of time when initially placed to the Squad of the Squad Leader who placed it.
  • Order markers (Construct, Move, Defend, Scout, Attack, etc) can now only be seen by the squad.
  • Enemy Spotted markers (vehicles, infantry, etc) can be seen by the team.
  • Each squad is allowed 1 action marker and 3 spot markers at a time. As you place new markers the older ones will be removed.
  • Crowdfunding backers have now been added to the credits list.
  • When creating a squad, the SL will be given a squad leader kit. They will then be taken to the Roles screen so they can exchange it for another version of the SL kit.
  • When joining a squad, the player will be taken to the Roles screen so they may choose their kit.
  • Updated the map flags to be higher quality and new designs for the Militia and Insurgents.
  • Kits are now grouped in appropriate sub groups at the ammo crate.
  • Redesigned the FOB Status Widget and fixed a few cases where it wouldnt show up when it should.
  • The ammo counter widget now displays a rough estimate of the rounds you have in your magazines, including the one in the gun.
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  • Added PPSH-41 submachine gun.
  • Added G3A3 battle rifle.
  • Added G3A4 battle rifle.
  • Added SKS semi-automatic carbine.
  • Added RKG-3 anti-tank grenade.
  • Added M110 SASS designated marksman rifle (rifle has placeholder optics).
  • Added PG-7V HEAT anti-tank rounds to the RPG-7 launcher.
  • Added Dshk heavy machine gun emplacement for Insurgents and Militia.
  • Added the AKMS back to the game.
  • Removed the AKS-74M.
  • Updated textures on base AK-74 models.
  • Added M1151 HMMWV
  • Added Technical
  • Added M939 transport and logistics truck
  • Added Ural 375D transport and logistics truck
  • Added BTR-80 APC

Maps

  • Added new map Yehorivka to the map rotation.
  • Added Night version of Chora
  • Added Infantry layers for most maps
  • Added Dusk version of Gorodok
  • Added more details to Sumari Bala
  • Added one of each vehicle type and variation to Jensens Range. All of them are enterable with no requirements. 30 second respawn timers on them.
  • Added a racetrack to Jensens Range

Modding

  • Added a function to the Radial Menu, IsMarkerVisible, that can be overriden and used to hide markers
  • Moved Ragdoll behavior to a component on Soldier and added a number of methods to control the ragdoll state. This should allow modders to put the soldier into a ragdoll state at any time, rather than only when incapacitated.
  • SQPawn now switches the team of MapIconWidgets, so the team state should always be correct.
  • Added new Ruleset function VehicleDestroyed.

Before we sign off, there’s one last thing we want to share.

We are extremely excited to be able to share the first trailer for Post Scriptum: The Bloody Seventh. The first full scale conversion for Squad under development currently.

Congrats to Periscope Games[postscriptumgame.com] for taking this huge step into the public. We are very proud of your work so far and look forward to lending our support.



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Hi Squaddies,

We’re proud to present the newest version of the Squad Alpha: Version 4.0.

Contained are a number of major improvements to gameplay but also new content additions in the form of additional equipment for the Russian and Militia factions, As well as expanded playable areas for maps currently in rotation and further performance and balance tweaks. Enjoy the changelog below!

Major Changes:

Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC)
This release will feature Easy Anti-Cheat as a new active anti-cheat protection system.
1P78 Kashtan Rifle Optic

The Russian faction now have scopes for their weapons! As one of the most requested feature, we are pleased to grant the Russian faction a rifle optic for their primary AK74M and support RPK74M rifles as well as sneaking some goodies for the Militia.

RGD-5 Grenade
The RGD-5 is a post-WW2 Soviet-era grenade, inexpensive to manufacture and commonly found in many modern conflict areas. Will be featured on the Militia and Russian factions.

Map Updates

Fools Road received a new industrial area in the South West of the map, an updated Estate with a very cool tunnel section connecting the buildings together, as well as many new details and features spread out around the map.

Chora has also received many updates, expanding the playable area and more detail work.

Flag Capture Mechanics Updates

AAS has been updated with some new gamemode rules to encourage greater emphasis on the flag objectives.  Flags now have an increasing ticket bleed based on the number of flags owned by the opposing team, reducing the chance that the team with more flags loses the match.  Additionally, capturing a flag now grants the capturing team some tickets, as well as increasing the ticket loss for the team that loses a flag. Finally, we have added a protection sphere around each teams main base, which prevents bullets and players from the opposing team entering in it’s area thus adding a layer of protection from main base camping.

Post Processing Effects

Many post processing effects and the ability to change their settings have been added.  Ambient Occlusion helps to define soft shadowing of objects.  Auto Exposure and Eye Adaptation causes the exposure of the screen image to simulate the effect of human eyes moving between brightly lit and dim environments.  Bloom is the bleed-over of light caused by looking at bright objects in lowly lit environments. Motion Blur adds a blur effect to objects depending on how quickly they are moving on the screen (works well with the new Russian scopes).  Lens Flare simulates scattering of light when viewing bright objects through lenses.

Server Browser and Joining Server improvements

The server browser has been improved, adding sorting by each column as well as better usability in general.  Additionally, a number of bugs have been fixed, improving the server join experience and a quicker response when you fail to join a server.

Changelog

  • Added a team switch timer, limiting how often you can switch teams, this timer only applies after the round startup time allowing teams and friends to get set up.
  • Added Dome of Defense around main bases (Destroys all enemy projectiles upon impact, and pushes back enemy soldiers if they try to enter)
  • Updated the AAS logic to be more robust and have more features
    • Allows for giving the capturing team tickets and also has an option to prevent ticket gain when capping from start-neutral
    • Owning more capture zones than the opposing team will begin to incur a slight bleed penalty. The more zones owned, the more bleed the opposing team incurs.
  • Fixed the ability to lean while prone, this snuck in due to lean code optimization
  • Kit, role and equipment changes
    • Marksman kit moved from the specialist group to fire support, same squad/team limitations as before
    • Fire support kits are now reduced to 3 when at max squad size, down from 4. You should see more ordinary riflemen on the field now
    • Grenadier kit now unlocks at 5 squad members, rather than 4
    • Max amount of grenadiers available per squad down to 1 from 2 (AK74+GP25 removed from Militia until we have a more flexible inventory selection system)
    • Ordinary riflemen/fighter kits with ironsight or red dot sights now have 2 frag grenades rather than 1
    • Automatic riflemen now have another 150-200 rounds depending on the caliber of the weapon, so you don’t have to feel bad about suppressing the enemy
    • Designated marksmen now have less rifle ammo to keep in line with damage potential of other classes (SVD down from 8 to 4 magazines), make those shots count
    • Designated marksmen has 3 pistol mags rather than 2
    • Added more smoke variation and each team now has different colored smoke variations. Militia have Green and Yellow smoke colour variations, Russians have Purple and Orange, while the insurgents have Black and Yellow. 40mm smoke grenades remain the same for now.
    • Russian squad leader has an alternative kit available at 6 squad members, an AK74M with an optic
    • Russian rifleman + optics kit available at 4 squad members. Limited to 1
    • Russian Automatic rifleman + optics kit available at 8 squad members
    • Militia rifleman + optics kit available at 4 squad members. Limited to 1
    • Every kit that has a magnified optic now has one less magazine than their red dot / ironsight counterparts
    • Added RGD-5 frag grenade to replace placeholder M67 on the Russian faction, also gave an alternative skinned version of it to Militia instead of the F1
  • Weapon changes
    • Added deviation to rockets and launched grenades projectiles
    • ACOG model got a quality of life upgrade to make it look prettier
    • Slight increase in the recoil of the SVD
    • Fixed a bug where all weapons were firing at the same muzzle velocity. Now weapons have different bullet drop depending on caliber/muzzle velocities
  • Updated inventory action delay timer on the scrolling menu from .5 to 1.5 seconds.
  • Medic bag and field dressing improvements
    • Added more information feedback to the player
    • Fixed an issue where enemy soldiers could be healed
  • Rally point changes
    • Rally point code has been more optimized for server use
    • Increased placement cooldown time from 30 seconds to 210 seconds
    • Rally points can no longer be placed with enemies within a 50m radius, and will reset the placement time from 0 to 90 seconds. Your former rally points do not disappear.
    • Rally point placement now requires sl + 3 squad member if the sl does not have an officer kit, if he does have it, then only sl + 1 squad member is needed
    • Changing squad leader now resets the rally point placement time to 120 seconds if the placement time was under 120 seconds.
    • All rallypoint messages are now shown in the chat area instead of the middle of the screen.
  • If your squad leader changes, a message is now sent to your chat area to inform.
  • Deployable placement errors are now posted to your chat area.
  • Fixed an issue where you could leave a squad and keep your kit if you were incapacitated
  • Map and spawn screen updates
    • Opening of map and spawn screen no longer stops the talking input
    • Clicking around and interacting with the spawn screen no longer stops other inputs (you can now move and interact with the menu at the same time, note that there are many edge cases to this particular issue and we will be addressing them as they are reported)
    • Fixed an issue where the mouse cursor could be lost when returning to the spawn screen after having opened the main menu
    • Map and spawn screen now automatically closes when the main menu is opened
    • Moved a large chunk of the map implementation to c++ improving stability and speed
    • Fixed a bug where the SL menu on the spawn map was not updating it’s last clicked position correctly
    • SL menu on the spawn map now opens with the cursor in the middle of the hex menu, making it easier to mark locations and work with the ui
    • SL marker lifespan is now 5 minutes, up from 1.5 minutes
    • Reduced the zoom levels on the map from 7 to 4, and made the map zoom all the way out on the outmost level
    • Slight rework of the map medic icon, making it more distinct.
  • Keybinds for the spawn screen and map now work on both open/close. (You can rebind them to Enter without issues)
  • Changed the lowest possible FOV to 90 degrees.
  • Added more graphics settings for Motion Blur, Bloom, Lens Flare, Auto Exposure, etc.This is still work in progress
  • Fixed issue where some higher resolutions were missing from the graphics settings
  • Added sortable server browser
  • Fixed some disconnection issues upon joining a server
  • Added a system that allows for individual damage sounds depending on the collision bone that was hit, this is replacing the dead sounds, meaning that you no longer know if an enemy died unless you do a visual confirmation
  • Added initial enhancements to the Admin Camera to support Squad League with Player Outlining and Capture Zone visualizations.
  • Redesigned smoke grenade variations to share one projectile and one effect. Any color variations now only need to be a child of the original, instead of needing duplicate effects and projectiles. This optimizes the deployment of smoke grenades and makes implementation easier.
  • Stopped smoke from playing on the server unintended. This prevents smoke spam affecting server fps.
  • Removed manually placed border blocking volumes and updated with new spline blocking volumes.
  • Lots of LOD models added to weapons, improving performance
  • Reworked tracers slightly, making them easier to use when correcting bullet drop
  • Reworked server configs, ban lists & admin lists http://forums.joinsq…-server-config/
  • Added server messages
  • Changed console command ShowPlayerIds to ListPlayers
  • Added temp / timed bans

Before signing off we wanted to give everyone a bit of a road map of our intentions over the next several months.

Our next monthly patch for February will be largely focused on content, quality of Life, UI updates and possible integration of Unreal Engine 4.11 (Check out the preview notes. Exciting stuff)

With completion of the backlog of high priority updates to content, QoL and UI , we’ve moved the majority of our coders (Including our two new guys!) into a focused campaign over the next 8 or so weeks to come through the other side with a feature rich base system for vehicles and character animations.

We hope you guys will help us in keeping these guys engaged and keeping all of our eyes on road ahead. We are very excited for the next couple months.

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Art Effects Update

Our Lead Effects Artist, Bruno, explains the changes behind a number of effects in version 4, in particular the way smoke from smoke grenades behaves and a new approach to depicting muzzle energy.

 

TrueSky Experiments

We’ve been running tests on Truesky for Squad and we’re pleased to say that the results have been stunning. We’ll let these test screenshots speak for themselves.

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New Weapons in the Pipeline

We have a number of interesting and unique weapons that are nearing the end of the art pipeline, (their actual implementation into the game is still TBD)

KS-23

A 23mm rifled shotgun originating from the Soviet era, the KS-23 fires shells that are considerably larger than most typical western combat shotguns.

 

PPSH-41

A classic World War 2 era Russian sub-machine gun that has survived into the modern era, the PPSH-41 is capable of delivering pistol-caliber ammunition at incredibly high rates of fire. We are expecting to include two different kinds of magazines when this weapon ships, a 71-round Drum, or a 35-round box magazine.

 


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Hi Squaddies,

We hope that you all had a great New Years, and now that a majority of the development team is back at work, we’d like to put out a new update, version 3.9 of the current Alpha build of Squad. Contained are a number of Steam usability improvements, heaps of performance updates, Server browser improvements and other goodies.

Alpha 3.9 Changelog
  • Improved client performance related to optimizations in the anim system
  • Fixed kit allocations not working in many situations
  • Updated Militia player models with new components, distinguishing them further from other factions
  • Performance improvements to the Militia player models
  • Leaving a squad now replaces your kit
  • Improved Steam authentication for better stability
  • Allows for joining on Steam friends
  • Allows for joining servers via web browser sites
  • Increased server connection timeout, decreasing the amount of unintentional disconnects
  • Increased server browser timeout
  • Increased timeout for joining a map to allow people with low spec pc’s to load the game, without being kicked unintentionally by the server for timeout
  • Added SteamID to showplayerids
  • Fixed banning by ID issues
  • Improved performance of explosion effects
  • Added the ability to reset keybindings
  • Separated out the default button in each section of the settings menu, pressing default now only resets the current menu’s settings.
  • Players can now cancel joining the firing range in menu
  • Fixed incorrect access level for banning
  • Fixed a few server crashes

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Large number of bug fixes in this hotfix, including an attempt to fix the disconnect issue, fixes to Ping on the server browser, and more. Also in this hotfix we are pushing live a new set of Texture Streaming settings, which fixes a possible hitch when turning rapidly, and helps increase performance overall. If you’ve been having low FPS, let us know how this patch works for you.

Alpha 3.8

  • Fixed a bug where the FOV could be set outside the range
  • Further pass on optimizing the animation system
  • Fixed an incorrect name on Sumari
  • Fixed a possible performance issue in the Animation System on AMD processors
  • Fixed a server crash when creating a squad
  • Fixed an issue where aim offsets would be wrong when aiming down
  • Fixed an issue where the recurit kit was not being given to people who leave the squad
  • Fixed an issue where the gamemode rules weren’t being shown on map switch
  • Disabled Framerate smoothing by default (was causing FPS lock on certain machines)
  • Further pass on the map legend to ensure that all gamemodes were covered
  • Fixed a bug where Rally Point Error Messages were being sent to the wrong player
  • Added new sounds for Prone Movement and Sprinting
  • Fixed Ammo Crates posting a message on the HUD when used
  • Added ‘Streamer Mode’ to the game options. This disables the Server Name on the scoreboard and a few other things
  • Fixed destroying friendly FOBs would deduct your team’s tickets
  • Adjusted the attenuation settings on rocket flybys
  • Added placement sounds for Rally Points
  • Fixed Fools Road not being properly randomized when selecting a random variation
  • Fixed an issue where the server would look up UserSettings for every player joining the server
  • Enabled texture streaming and increased the texture streaming settings
  • Updated the Lod Bias on every asset, vastly improving Video Memory usage and rendering speed
  • Fixed a bug where the ‘End Use’ message would not be sent when a player died while using an object. Fixes the Ammo crate menu sticking around when you died while using it.
  • Fixed a visual ‘jumping’ when a player is revived and goes into prone
  • Upped the spawn delay on FOBs from 5s per enemy to 10s per enemy in the radius
  • Added better logging when players are disconnected from servers to help debug the disconnection issues
  • Changed ‘Training’ to ‘Firing Range’ on the main menu
  • Fixed a server crash when validating player inventories
  • Added Ping to the server browser
  • Fixed a display issue with scoreboard pings (they were too high)
  • Fixed a possible cause of the disconnect bug, where players were attempting to switch to an empty weapon
  • Changed the handling of the Server Name, so it’ll update more often
  • Removed some extra ammo crates in Fools Road
  • Improved the handling of getting stuck in objects

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