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“Our big DX11 beta release later today featuring VR, hope you guys enjoy it! Now here’s a little preview to keep you going”


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Greetings!

We’ve been receiving transmissions from Commanders all over the galaxy seeking more information on our next update. I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the beta of Elite Dangerous: The Commanders (2.3) will be landing the week ending February 26! This will be available to everyone with Horizons beta access.

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With the content now reaching a stage where it begins to fit together, we’ll soon be able to start sharing more news and updates on exactly how the features will look and work. We’ll be sharing more granular detail about how the core features will function in our upcoming dev spotlight as well as showcasing all of the content in our pre-beta stream!

Elite Dangerous: The Commanders (2.3) will come with features such as Multicrew and Commander Creator, as well as a number of other improvements and changes. Bring your friends or invite new crew mates to pack that extra punch you might need in key situations, and add more personality to your Commander with an all-new visual upgrade.

So ready your engines and tell your friends, the Elite Dangerous: The Commanders beta is just around the corner.


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X-Plane 11.00 is the initial version of the newest flight simulator from Laminar Research. It is currently in early public beta testing and access.


Known Bugs

  • Plugin system menu APIs broken.
  • Low frame rate – we are still optimizing rendering; please do not report low framerate unless you see < 5 fps on low settings.
  • If the visibility seems too low, set the visibility higher in Weather Customize screen.
  • XPD-6849 Issue with power lines & base mesh
  • XPD-6835 Fuel truck missing glass
  • XPD-6827 Shadows or artifact on trees
  • XPD-6812 Editing the Rendering settings for Visual Effects is SLOW
  • XPD-6808 Some windows not re-skinned to match new UI
  • XPD-6898 Jagged sky color transition
  • XPD-6959 Color artifacts are visible on the “occluded” area of an object when SSAO is turned on
  • XPD-6952 Crash with popped out secondary GPS windows
  • XPD-7005 3rd party Tornado crashes sim
  • XPD-7004 Text misalignment when Russian is picked for language
  • XPD-7001 Local time discrepancy when using “track real world date & time”
  • XPD-6568 Get translations
  • Scenery only goes to 60 degrees north/south latitudes

Public Beta 3

Key Features & Improvements

  • XPD-7219 3rd party plugin brakes fixed.
  • Networking, crash, and joystick fixes.
  • New electrical system model changes.
  • XPLMNavigation API should work for third party plugins.
  • XPD-7070 Provide plugin per frame callouts even when paused.
  • Changes to .sit and .rep file types to make them stable across updates.
  • Pilot defined waypoints saved by the FMC now go into the user_fix.dat.
  • FMS will now correctly use GPS alt or barometric altitude for approach VNAV as per approach setting. Default is GPS altitude as for LPV approaches.
  • FMS fixes when using VNAV.
  • Backward compatibility in ARINC 424 interpreter.
  • Free global resources at program end to avoid memory leak false positives.
  • Fixed crash when loading DSFs while flying really, really fast.
  • Updated tire model.
  • A fix for weapons that have OBJs but not custom particle effects.

Additional Bug Fixes

  • XPD-7289 IP address of receiving network data was wrong.
  • XPD-7288 IPs are sorted in order and fixes missing IP address list.
  • XPD-7203 Crash with Open Air file.
  • XPD-7078 Fix for non-fogged interior objects.
  • XPD-7091 Failures now get applied only for the aircraft you set them on.
  • XPD-6851 Fix sky color through alpha texture in HDR mode.
  • XPD-6958 Changing plane altitude or speed in map changes heading as well.
  • XPD-7281 We now explicitly support approach targets that are not in our “nearby approaches” list.
  • XPD-7217 We can now separate the enum and order of the API.
  • XPD-6863 Take windows down to windowed mode before destroying them.
  • XPD-7060 Fix dev assert reloading 737.
  • XPD-7249 Fix for crash when you add a monitor while looking at Settings > Graphics.
  • XPD-7273 Updates to KSEA demo area.
  • XPD-7271 Removes G1000 C172 from installs.
  • XPD-7252 Update to LOWI demo area.
  • XPD-7064 Added ability to bind hat switches to any command, not just our suggested ones.
  • XPD-7061 Fix for setting aircraft heading via the inspector being wonky due to live editing the text field.
  • XPD-7268 Remove separate selection style from map.
  • XPD-7009 We now hide localizers in the map view that might interfere with seeing your “target” ILS.
  • XPD-7159 We can now select an approach at any time, and we no longer show downwind ILSes if applicable.
  • XPD-7245 Fixes dragging the plane icon on map when not paused.
  • XPD-7246 Tow plane does not tow us on the runway.
  • XPD-7256 Landing light switch dataref is a float.
  • XPD-7254 Fix for ATC window crashing when in “AI Flies Your Plane” mode.
  • XPD-7251 fix for crash in r-tree when the r-tree is empty.
  • XPD-7227 Fixed autobrakes.
  • XPD-7110 Stopped hover help tips from getting repositioned.
  • XPD-7221 Determine if an aircraft supports 2-D panel mode.
  • XPD-7236 Search in the command mappings table now includes children of matched folder.
  • XPD-7154 Fix for windowed -> fullscreen -> windowed transition increasing the window size and moving it.
  • XPD-7232 Fix for failures trashing your currently-loaded aircraft’s livery.
  • XPD-7210 Fix for crash when loading a bad .sit file in quickflight mode.
  • XPD-7211 Fix for crash caused by trying to load airport from prefs that no longer exists in your installation.
  • XPD-7212, XPD-7228 GPS has a problem with “degenerate” STARs that only consist of transition segments and no trunk route.
  • XPD-7233 Crash when changing location with IOS.
  • XPD-7032 Fix for “manual” network connections defaulting to port 0.
  • XPD-7186  Center map on PPOS if empty flight plan is viewed in PLN mode.
  • XPD-7193 Fix for missing NDB or VOR in flight plan.
  • XPD-7018 Restored ability for “optional” dialogs to be auto-dismissed on external visuals & machines under IOS control.
  • XPD-7083 We only display the “Save Configuration as Default” button if you do not have an image mapping for this joystick.
  • XPD-7044 Fix for incorrectly identifying monitor resolution when using mixed DPI displays.
  • XPD-7088 We now read your language prefs before falling back to prompting you to pick a language.
  • XPD-7184 AI can fly your aircraft again.
  • XPD-7220 Additional sounds added to C172 cockpit.
  • XPD-7250 Push-back working for AI aircraft.
  • XPD-7160 Stop labeling both ends of helipads in the map.

Public Beta 2

See this developer article for additional notes on some key fixes.

Key Features & Improvements

  • Fixes to joystick configurations, naming and handling during set up.
  • Restored support for gear doors in Plane Maker.
  • Fixed sparkling VOR gauges in C172.
  • Fixed GPS/FMS crashing at end of route.
  • Windows UTF16 fix for loading and saving FMS files into GNS430 and G1000. This could fail when X-Plane was installed in a user path with non-ASCII characters.
  • New tire model to reduce tire squealing.
  • Fixed plugins searching for NAVAIDs–SDK returns XPLM_NAV_Refs for NAVAIDs.
  • Custom engine sounds in aircraft folders work again.
  • Linux no longer requires the libc++ runtime to be installed for the apps to run.
  • XPD-6949, XPD-7058, XPD-7114 Updated aircraft fixes reflections, dataref typos, and wipers.
  • XPD-6905 Fixed panel blending in legacy planes & deprecated lit panels (panel 8).
  • XPD-6847 Fixed bogus colors in Plane Maker.
  • XPD-7051 Modern driver ban now in effect.
  • XPD-7050 Refactoring how we handle GLSL extensions for texture arrays.
  • XPD-7079 Plugin created commands now go in correct “folders”.

Additional Bug Fixes

  • Fixed sound log warning when parsing sound files.
  • Now we have auto-board, auto-start, and quick-start commands.
  • XPD-6962 Fix for OS-native file dialogs being inaccessible when in full-screen mode on Windows.
  • XPD-6930 Fix for handling of arbitrary full-screen sizes.
  • XPD-7002 We now respect the user’s preference for both temp and pressure units.
  • XPD-6956 Plane Maker and Airfoil Maker now match the V10 behavior of reading the language pref from the *X-Plane* prefs file.
  • Fix information on ND refactored to support displaying multiple generated abeam fixes.
  • XPD-7019 The units are called “United States Customary”, not “imperial.”
  • XPD-7025 Fix for broken pedals configuration.
  • Tweak in the seaplane model.
  • Networking configuration screen tells user if internet is disabled.
  • XPD-7034 Added support for 120 and 144 Hz refresh rates.
  • XPD-7046 Sim crashes with selecting RNAV approach at 0S9.
  • XPD-7047 Using X-Plane 10 nav data now gives error message and not a crash.
  • XPD-7052 X-Plane crashes when using a custom command key to popup/hide the G430.
  • XPD-7067 Remove “other” tab tutorials that crash the sim.
  • XPD-7066 Reseting joystick now *actually* sets the low/high data back to the default.
  • Added user provided .joy file for Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner.
  • XPD-7059 Updated CH Flight Sim yoke assignments.
  • XPD-7090 Bumped up axes per device to 25 to cope with PFC USB devices.
  • XPD-7112 Missing runway in scenery should give clear error and not crash.
  • Improvements to ground truck behavior.
  • XPD-7126 We no longer enable FMOD Live Update by default. It’s now a command line option for developer.
  • XPD-7095 We now a) default to north-up mode in the map, and b) remember your preference for north-up.
  • XPD-7116 Fix for not changing your view index when you changed devices.
  • XPD-7123 Fix for returning to weather UI not maintaining your real weather display.
  • New mouse cursors to help in the case where the rotator is counter-wound from expectations.
  • Joystick prefs now saved separately.
  • XPD-7152 Avoids crash when starting a new flight in replay mode.
  • XPD-7098 Fixes typo in settings.
  • Keeping the engines a little hotter…the oil was cooling a bit too much before.
  • XPD-6700 Additional half-stop brighter rendering in cockpit.
  • Bug XPD-7150 Data output should start in the upper left.
  • XPD-7144 Low idle has high N1 compared to v10.
  • XPD-6874 Service trucks can join route mid-segment.
  • XPD-6935 Removes S-76 default Master Caution.
  • XPD-6508, XPD-6700 Adding esys bus 5 & 6 to panel and nav 3-10 to nav deflections.
  • Map updates to airway thickness, NAVAID labels and colors.
  • XPD-7162 Fix for inability to file popup clearance.
  • XPD-6968 Winch line disconnects immediately due to astronomical tension.
  • XPD-7117 Fix for issues with CH Eclipse yoke.
  • XPD-7165 Fix for tutorials paying attention to your “start running” pref.
  • XPD-7160 We no longer label both ends of helipads in the map.
  • XPD-7147 Fix for texture compression pref getting discarded.
  • XPD-7021 The nav inspector now tunes your ADF radios when you’ve selected an NDB, not your NAV radios.

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Greetings commanders,

Today we begin a special beta for the 2.2 series. This beta will last into the new year and is focused around balance passes and game changes. As previously mentioned, the vast majority of these updates for 2.2.03 are targeted towards the following subjects…

  • Powerplay and its associated AI along with mechanical changes of how Powerplay functions.
  • Engineers update: Extensive balancing tweaks and changes to promote a larger variety of recipes to use. Many additional changes are designed to smooth out the combat related blueprints.
  • General Combat Balancing: We hear you. We’ve begun the process of changing existing weapon meta to enable a far greater choice in how you, the commander, can outfit your ships for combat.

While not an exhaustive list above, we’ve included a full list of changes below. Below are the starting changes for the 2.2.03 beta; they are not final changes. We’ll post further updates to patch notes in the 2.2.03 beta feedback forum due to the focused nature of this update series.

Additionally, if you are using the standalone version of the Elite Dangerous Launcher, you can find the latest version of it here: http://hosting.zaonce.net/elite/Client-Installer.exe If you’re not using Steam to launch Elite Dangerous, you’ll need to be using the latest and greatest of our game patcher client!


2.2.03 Change Log

Stability Fixes

  • Fix for a crash when dropping from orbit at Eafots LZ-H b10-0 D 1
  • Crash fix for a rare case when hyperspacing out of a system that turns into an invalid state en route
  • Fix for outfitting crash when receiving a web response without a ship loadout in it
  • Fix a crash in the PlayerPOISpawner if the closest planet in the planet surface manager hasn’t been found yet
  • Softlock loading in to a persistent POI in multiplayer situation fixed
  • Xbox One: Fixed low level cockpit GUI crash

General Tweaks/Fixes

  • Allow a mini USS bubble around Colonia
  • Fix transaction server error when clearing a save that had lots of exploration data
  • Reboot-repair now Bump-starts shields when it completes, reducing downtime waiting for them to return. Could also be used in other cases when the player is willing to accept the risk of being idle and defenceless for the duration to focus power on their shields
  • Shield restore from Reboot/Repair now requires you to be near stationary or it will fail (to prevent in-combat overuse), 50m/s threshold
  • If saving or autosaving while in supercruise, move the player well clear of star Jet Cones. You shouldn’t ever reload back in after a hyperspace failure stuck in the cones anymore. Note that if you save/log out while in normal space, you will still be in the cone on your return, this safety check can’t be used to escape once you’ve already made a mistake, it’s just covering for failures that aren’t the player’s fault
  • Added a warning message when a non-flown ship is being scanned
  • Fixed “Ship scan detected” warning not always appearing
  • Fix for NPC voice volume slider not working in the audio options
  • Wings matchmaking improvements
  • Allow Reload time in Outfitting to be shown to the nearest 1 decimal place rather than rounded to whole seconds
  • Added some system metadata for the five starsystems holding refuelling bases between the Sol bubble and Colonia
  • Crew rank does not update on the contacts or ship GUI after ranking up fixed
  • Fixed missing cyrillic glyphs in module and systems panel
  • Avoid tinting weapon impacts on environmental surfaces
  • Fix for the POIs getting stuck loading due to the ReplicatedLevelContainer not activating its advance phase
  • Allow Reload time in Outfitting to be shown to the nearest 1 decimal place rather than rounded to whole seconds
  • Don’t clear legal state after a cargo scan! This will make the cockpit “Wanted” warning vanish!
  • Warning message now appears when player scans fighter or mothership with Kill warrant or Manifest scanner
  • Fixed a rare cause of triggering the ship rebuy screen when docking an SRV at a planet base
  • Fixed outfitting with multiple purchases of bobbleheads
  • Xbox One: Don’t show nameless scoreboard entries. If we have data for a player without a name, then don’t add it to the score summary
  • Xbox One: Where we have axis bindings, unhide the +/
  • button bindings so they can be rebound. Also make all flight control axes invertible
  • Xbox One: Don’t handle a protocol activation if we’re resetting or disconnecting. This means if we accept one while suspended, we won’t process it until we’ve gone through a full reset and reconnected, at which point we should be able to safely join the session

Passengers

  • Added passenger seating allocation to allow passengers to be assigned outside of mission board

Missions

  • Added a new mission type for investigating the ancient ruins
  • Make supply to demand overrides take max distance into account (Stops Colonia making missions which intend to only go 500ly into missions to pop back to the bubble with a ~24 time limit)
  • Reduce number of missions sent to clients as we’re only sending relevant missions now
  • Increased maximum mission duration to 28 days
  • Fix elite rank point calculations from missions so that they are a % of any mission profit earned

Weapons

  • Link Gimbal weapon tracking to the sensitivity of ship sensors. Does not affect CQC/Fighters/Non-main-ships
  • Rather than permanently disabling guidance on torpedoes, it now scrambles them for a short time (randomly between 2 and 8 seconds), after which they will re-acquire a lock and turn back in to engage
  • Emissive Munitions duration reduced to 30% of what it was, and capped much shorter for missiles
  • Emissive Munitions Scale reduced vastly, it will still guarantee visibility but no longer maxes out gimbal tracking at all ranges
  • Feedback Cascade no longer provides a fixed 90% reduction to healing, instead each hit reduces the healing rate by an amount proportional to damage capped at -90% as before. Exact number of hits to reach the cap varies based on size of weapon and shield cell, but will typically be 2-3 (requiring either high skill or multiple railguns) and up to 5 for smaller weapons against size 8 cell banks
  • Fixed multicannon Clips increased to 100 (from 90)
  • Fixed/gimbal multicannon reload times adjusted for consistency (generally buffed), fixed are now 4s, gimballed 5s (from an inconsistent 4s/5s mix)
  • Fixed cannon clip size increased to 6 (from 5)
  • Fixed cannon reload time reduced to 3 (from 4)
  • Fixed cannon ammo reserve size increased to 120 (from 100)
  • All fixed pulse/burst/beam weapons have 10% reduced WEP drain
  • Gimbal/Turret cannon damage increased by 15%
  • Fixed cannon damage increased by 25%
  • Plasma Accelerator reload times reuced to 6s (from 8)
  • Plasma Accelerator damage increased by 10%
  • Plasma Accelerators now deal Absolute damage
  • Reactor power draw for beams reduced 10%
  • WEP draw of burst lasers reduced by 15% (on top of fixed weapons as mentioned earlier)
  • Slugshot Armour piercing reduced to 15/25/35 for Small/Med/Large (from 20/35/52)
  • Slugshot reload time reduced to 2.5s (from 5s)
  • Slugshot ammo reserve doubled (to 180 from 90)
  • When scaling Weapon Range up in an engineered recipe , we now display that the projectile speed has increased
  • When scaling Weapon Range down in an engineered recipe, we no longer scale down the Damage Falloff start, nor the projectile speed
  • Clip size modifications now always round the clip up to avoid overly punishing small-clip weapons, and the modifier is not shown if it will have no effect
  • Increase damage buff for Short Range to 45% (+5%) so that it is competitive with Overcharged and Rapid fire for raw damage,but with different tradeoffs

Powerplay

  • Powerplay consolidation feature added
  • Powerplay assassins removed
  • Powerplay pirates no longer spawn in exploited systems
  • Powerplay pirates must align with an opposing superpower to that of the controlling power
  • When a crime worthy of an authority response is committed between two ships (NPC or player) who are each pledged to a power, effectively reduce the security level of the system for the purposes of considering strength of response and delay
  • Power security and pirate ships must now scan for powerplay vouchers, to check for powerplay cargo, and concerning which powers will get involved based on the player’s power
    • Power Security NPCs attack ships of opposing powers (different major faction) if they are locally wanted, they have powerplay vouchers issued by the controlling power of the system, or are carrying any powerplay commodity relevant to the controlling power of the system. They can not be appeased with cargo drops
    • PowersPirate NPCs attack ships of the same power as the controlling power of the system if they are wanted, carrying any powerplay vouchers, or carrying any powerplay cargo (any power). They can be appeased by cargo drops as long as the attack was due to cargo, not bounty or vouchers
    • Ships not meeting these criteria will be left alone, even if pledged to a power
  • New chatter lines added to support changed behavious
  • Ensure PowersSecurity ships are given an FSD interdictor by the auto-loadout system
  • Updating the balance on AI ambient power play ships, as well as tweaking some of Famine and Outbreak AI ships
  • When Opposing Control or Undermining a hostile power, vouchers will only be issued when destroying NPC ships from the defending power
  • Cargo used for Opposing Control or Undermining a friendly power will now only count for 1 merit when delivered
  • Voting for logistics consolidation becomes available at Rank 2 after supporting a power for 4 weeks. The number of votes increases to 5 after supporting a power for 16 weeks
  • Replaced the 18 second threaten timer on PowersSecurity ships with a 2 second one (they appeared to be broken right after scanning, which was undesirable behaviour). Also adjusted standard Bounty Hunter AI to be the same

Engineers

  • Auto loader improved and ammo penalty removed
  • Concordant sequence regeneration amount doubled and lasts twice as long
  • Dispersal field damage penalty removed
  • Overload Munitions ammo capacity penalty removed
  • Smart rounds flight time penalty removed
  • Overcharged and Efficient Blueprints now available for Beam weapons
  • More improvements to restocking weapons with engineer modifications
  • Ensure the latest version of recipe ingredients are used when crafting, regardless of how long ago a recipe was pinned
  • Automatically update modified modules to the latest version of the recipe

NPCs

  • Fixed firing on fighters launched from already scanned ships counting as a crime
  • Don’t spawn more escorts each time we transfer authority to a new authority
  • Tweaks to make NPCs less effective against silent running
  • NPCs should’t always be so accurate with rail guns
  • Wanted NPC has clean fighter fixed
  • Balance pass for AI interdiction ability, to make it slightly easier

POIs/USSs

  • Removed wreckage and salvage from tourist beacon USSs
  • Fixed some broken uplink messages

Ships

  • Fix for cockpit ambience ducking artifact

Player Journal

  • Improved atmosphere description in player journal
  • Added “Target” property in player journal when recording a kill
  • Fixed json syntax for Interdiction event
  • Fix for getting the correct faction when docking at a station (to write into the journal)
  • When a ship/slf takes damage, the journal entry now includes whether it’s the ship or fighter, and whether the player is the pilot
  • Added a journal entry when gaining Federation or Empire rank

This thread will remain locked. Please make a thread specific to your questions/feedback from above. Otherwise, use the threads that are stickied to discuss the changes. Thanks.


GP BIKES

Changelog:
fix: soft terrain tyre simulation crash
fix: improved rear suspensions geometry debug
fix: memory usage optimization
fix: dynamic track surface optimizations
fix: server restart
fix: web servers browser clients list
fix: bike reset with missing checklines
fix: bike reset with the bike still moving after a crash
fix: testing mode crash with missing testing.ini
fix: white and chequered flags
fix: compare setup
fix: setup change bug
fix: specular + shadow rendering path
fix: blending + bump rendering path
fix: HTC Vive mirroring to the main window
new: “Linkage Rod Swingarm” rear suspension geometry simulation
new: remote bikes visible in pits, too
new: remote bikes visible in the pits when not on track
new: lean heading support
new: TrackIR support




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This month´s dev update is coming out a bit late – we have indeed been running a bit later than planned, and as a result v1.0 release isn´t quite behind us yet as we´d hoped for in our June Development update.

The good news is that the extra time has been put to good use, as even though a couple features have demanded a bit more time than we had anticipated, we have also used it to throw in some extra goodies into the v1.0 mix. Overall we have made some great progress again this month as you´ll hopefully notice as you read through this update, bringing us very close to v1.0 release and also to what´s coming beyond :)

Here are the main highlights from this past month:

V0.9.8 Release

A couple of weeks back we released AMS EA v0.9.8, which introduced some very nice FFB updates, along with the cool new indoor / outdoor Speedland kart circuit:
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We are very pleased with these recent FFB developments, and believe they have provided a significant all-around step forward to the sim. If you haven´t tried AMS lately we strongly recommend you give it a go – your old favorites should feel better than ever, and it might even be worth checking out the cars you were not too fond of before, as the latest developments might help change that perception :)

V1.0 release coming up

We´ll be dropping out of our usual EA release schedule by not releasing a new EA update this friday, as all efforts are now concentrated towards wrapping v1.0 for an early august release. In the changelog attatched to this post you can see the latest changelog for the v0.9.9 build which is hitting Beta this friday. We are pushing to add to this list by introducing a couple of extra features along with some further polishing before wrap-up time.

On the content side, our biggest addition will be the F-Vintage, our own “GPL” celebration of that heroic era in motorsports.
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As it had been outlined in our AMS dev roadmap, the original plan was to do a single car based off a 1967 spec, V12 powered GP car, however we couldn´t resist spicing things up a bit by adding some diversity to the field, so we created an alternative version of the car by bolting a DFV V8 engine in place of the V12. @Sandro Kholodkevich has put together a couple of renders so you can check both variants in all its glorious details:
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The late 1960s was of course also a very significant time in racing due to the “discovery” of downforce – we decided to explore that too by creating a low-winged, “1969” season of F-Vintages:
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We are specially pleased with how the F-Vintage is turning out and fully expect the free addition of these beasts to be one of the main highlights in the upcoming v1.0 release. As usual campaign backers and Reiza members will be able to enjoy an advance peek of the Vintages along with the other developments set to hit AMS Beta this friday.

On the track front, the biggest additions in v1.0 will be the inclusion of several extra layouts to existing tracks, the biggest one being the “long” 7km version of Mendig by @ilka , which exits the airport to travel through the nearby village roads:
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On the physics front, we´re working on the development of a brand new ECU model as conceived by @Niels Heusinkveld and developed by @Luis Miguel , which should provide a lot of important enhancements. So far, we’ve made considerable improvements to the way engine torque is generated as you ‘roll on’ the throttle, simulating the more advanced “throttle mapping” techniques from modern ECUs. Most noticeable in modern high powered cars, basically this will translate into more control when powering out of turns, as it will be easier to find the throttle position where you get the best acceleration without lighting up the tires in wheelspin. Your throttle ‘technique’ may need some adjusting though as the engine responds more directly at smaller throttle inputs.

The new model also allows us to do a few modern computerized engine control tricks such as changing power levels and engine braking for each gear. With the Formula Extreme up to v0.9.8 for example it is very tricky putting 900hp to the ground in 1st and 2nd gear, as you can very easily be turning half of that into white smoke. By limiting the engine power, it will be easier to optimize power delivery.

Engine braking can also have quite a disturbing effect on the balance of the car – this is specially so as you go down the gears, because the gearing amplifies the engine braking the more you downshift. The new model allows us to reduce engine braking in low gears so the rear end is less likely to lock as you’re downshifting and entering a turn.

This is all ‘passive’, not traction control so naturally you´ll still spin the tires by giving it too much throttle, but it may only happen at 70% throttle instead of 35% throttle which should be a big driveability improvement for the more powerful cars – a case of the sim becoming easier as models are developed to be more realistic.

We are pushing to have at least the throttle mapping side of the new ECU mode ready in time for v1.0 release.

There has also been some solid development to the VX Portal, and we´re hoping @Dave Stephenson will manage to deploy a new build for it this friday, including multiplayer Lobby integration, which beyond the ease of use of being able to launch multiplayer sessions from your browser should open some interesting possibilities moving forward.

DLC Development

Things continue to progress nicely in the DLC front – Brands Hatch is now nearly complete and the team is well advanced with Cadwell Park.

During our Cadwell recon trip @Alex Sawczuk trialed a new method of surveying race tracks for increased accuracy. We used a digital level to take camber and elevation measurements at set points around the trace track and then using that data calculate the elevation changes. This allows us to get an accurate profile for the track, as well as its camber changes. We have also been using a laser measure along with good old basic tape to make all the key measurements, which coupled with Alex´s usual meticulous precision have led to some pretty hard to fault road modelling:
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@Joradson Rodrigues has also been doing some quality work in texture development for Cadwell as you can see in the preview below:

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The cars are also coming along nicely – our audio man @Domagoj Lovric has added the soul to the Ultima GTR with yet another lovely sound set of its throaty Chevy LS7 V8 – check out an in-game preview:

Along with the road version of the Ultima GTR, we are also developing its race-prepped version, here is a preview of its cockpit (will feature both right and left-hand options):
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The MCR Sports 2000 is also well on its way, with modelling now nearly complete:
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Both Ultima GTR and MCR Sports 2000 will soon be joined by a variety of Caterham models which had also been previously confirmed to be part of the Brit Pack – unlike previously announced though the Brit Pack won´t be restricted to these 3 new classes of vehicles, as another bonus car has been added to the list – watch this space!

We´re pushing to have these initial items of the Brit Pack available before the end of august, with beta a couple of weeks earlier.

Imola confirmed!
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We´re very happy to confirm official licensing of the legendary Enzo & Dino Ferrari race track , which will be coming as its own premium DLC pack for Automobilista.

Legendary tracks become such after decades of rich racing heritage – we believe that in order for a sim to capture the history of corners such as Tosa, Tamburello and Rivazza it´s fundamental to reproduce those famous bits of terrain through the times, and race them with machines that belong to those eras.

Hence Imola will be the first of our “Legendary Race Tracks” line of DLCs, and will feature no less than four unique versions of the track: from early 70s, late 80s and early 00s, along of course the modern version of the track. This pack is estimated to sell for US$ 6.99, with release expected to be towards the end of october.

Worth remembering that those who took part in our crowdfunding campaign last year or bought into our membership pack have already secured all these upcoming DLCs at no extra charge. Those interested in securing all this content and also a chance to give the new stuff an early go should look into our membership packs from our forum store.

Automobilista base and the membership pack (both all-inclusive and ugprade options) remain with their promotional Early Access pricing in our forum store, selling for US$ 29.99 / US$ 54.99 / US$ 24.99 respectively – upon v1.0 release these prices will be upgraded to US$ 39.99for AMS Base, US$ 59.99 for all-inclusive and US$ 29.99 for membership upgrade, so if you´re interested in AMS or in the DLCs at all you won´t want to miss out on these current offerings.

We´ll be offering a similar “Season Pass” for all DLCs through Steam upon v1.0 release along with options for the individual items and packs as they become available – the best deal however still is to acquire the membership packs which not only includes the Season Pass for all DLCs, it also grants a key to AMS Beta and access to Reiza51.

This covers it for our July Dev update. We´ll catch up again in august, this time most definitely with AMS v1.0 release already behind us


AUTOMOBILISTA

A new Early Access build of Automobilista has been released – v0.9.8 is now out.

This is the main changelog:

Content:

  • Added Speedland Kart track venue (4 layouts)

Features & Fixes:

  • Enhanced pneumatic trail by adding new PneumaticTrailGripFractPower (PTGFP) function, for much improved self-aligning torque (should make tire forces more perceivable through FFB)
  • Tweaked FFB output code & added “FFB Low Force Boost” to Controller UI (this should help wheel “lightness” under low steering forces with lower end FFB controllers)
  • Added new low speed FFB fuction to eliminate vibration / oscillation at very slow speeds
  • Revised default Realfeel settings and pneumatic trail values to match to new FFB functions
  • Added AIWs to Time Trial anticheat verification (this will lead to failed authentication in case of AIW edits)
  • Added function to sort cars of different performances within the same series for the TT leaderboards
  • Tweaked road dust smoke & skid properties
  • Brasilia: Tweaked track limits to allow running over green crete run-off
  • VIR: Improved road & curb textures
  • Superkart: Adjusted tires, slight increase of front/rear track width
  • Karts: Adjusted tires
  • Montana: Adjusted mirror height; Fixed oversized interior Windshield resolution (from 2048px to 1024px)
  • Boxer: Added wiper to cockpit view; Corrected AI tire wear
  • Lancer Cup: Fixed pneumatic trail bug which numbed FFB output

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If you have a multiplayer race tonight, you may want to check with the league admin whether you´ll be racing with the old version or this latest v0.9.8. Previous v0.9.67 is still available as a Beta branch on Steam (by right-clicking Automobilista on Steam -> Properties -> “BETA” tab, and selecting v0.9.67 from the dropdown box).

As per the changelog, V0.9.8 features some substantial Force Feedback updates – read about these in the AMS FFB topic.

If you wish to discuss the new track limit violation system, please use this thread.

If you have a bug to report please use the bug report thread. (make sure to check the opening post).



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“Our amazing team at Frontier is continuing to deliver on an incredibly ambitious vision for Elite Dangerous. There have been major Elite Dangerous deliveries every 2-3 months, with smaller point updates in between – a stunning total of 148 deliveries over the last 15 months. For The Engineers we decided to take a bit longer, to ensure what we deliver is great, but also to give us a chance to revisit many of the features in the game already. This is in addition to the great new features we have already hinted at, and of course more of the story, more on the ‘barnacles’ and their origins, more on aliens, and much, much more…

The Engineers are individuals that are mavericks in some way. Each has some sort of expertise from their pasts that they have made into a business – tuning all sorts of aspects of your ship to improve them. They do this using exotic and often hard-to-find components. Most Engineers are very secretive, working behind the scenes for the military or other shady organisations, and so you need an introduction, and need to find out how to find them. Missions can lead to introductions to Engineers, and some Engineers will introduce you to others, providing a more directed path for those that want that sort of approach. There is progression with each Engineer too, as you build up your relationship with them by doing missions and earning their trust.

I am delighted to announce The Engineers (Elite Dangerous 2.1) will be available to players with beta access in the week ending 8th May.”

David Braben

The Engineers and Elite Dangerous 1.6

The Engineers (2.1) is the second major release in the Elite Dangerous: Horizons season of expansions that started with Planetary Landings. The Engineers adds Loot and Crafting and the eponymous Engineers themselves as the headliner features, but also delivers a massive number of new gameplay elements.

Through the engineers, you will be able to improve and upgrade the stats on every module of your ship, and add rare, experimental effects to your weapons for some special outcomes. We’ll be showing more of these weapons in the coming newsletters, but here’s one example of the abilities that you can implement.

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Our second big announcement today is that Elite Dangerous 1.6, available to all players of Elite Dangerous, not just those with Horizons, delivers significant changes to the core gameplay experience for all players, headlined by a completely re-vamped mission system and having its own vast number of additions and changes, and it will go into closed Beta and be released at the same time as The Engineers.

In the next three week’s Newsletters (starting this Friday) we’ll be going into both 1.6 and The Engineers, with articles written by Executive Producer Michael Brookes about all of the new features coming to the game, artwork, in-game images and much more.

We’ll be following up these weekly newsletters with ‘Countdown to Beta’ livestreams on the following Thursday, where we discuss the information in the newsletter with the developers, show you on-screen examples and answer any questions you have about that week’s content.

We thank you for sharing the Elite Dangerous journey so far. We have taken our time with The Engineers and 1.6, and we think you will like the results. The future of Elite Dangerous is incredibly exciting – and it starts in three weeks!


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The KartKraft Closed Beta is due to commence shortly. Our primary objective for the Closed Beta is to get focused, hands-on gameplay feedback, so the number of participants in this phase of the Beta will be limited. Players who miss out on the first round of testing, will be given further chances as more waves of invitations are sent out in the coming weeks and months.

Information sharing is strictly not permitted and is to be limited to forum discussions only. Please read the “Terms and Conditions” prior to registration.

To participate in the upcoming Closed Beta test, please register your interest by filling out the form below.

LINK

http://kartkraftgame.com/beta-terms.html


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Changelog:
fix: improved rear suspension simulation
fix: deformation data load
fix: reconnection during a race
fix: garage setup selection bug
fix: replay laps list
fix: dedicated server pause / resume
fix: whitelist and blacklist update
fix: kit name
fix: pitboard during practice
fix: engine sound idle
fix: improved alpha mipmapping
fix: improved 3D grass rendering
fix: terrain rendering optimization
new: race number and kit name shaders
new: dedicated server save option
new: event name
new: laps race length option
new: EdTracker support
new: possibility to disable a joystick input
new: default controller profiles support
new: output plugins race data
new: replay orbit camera speed
new: stand paint support
new: default paint support
new: testing track deformation save / restore / reset
new: supermoto support
new: bike and rider dirt is not automatically reset when going to pits
new: clean bike option
new: garage setup compare option
new: fork offset setup
new: support for stock bike setups
new: trainer
new: stability helper
new: 250x bike
new: 450xf bike
new: 450sm bike
new: Practice Track short layout
new: Forest track
new: Holjes track

http://www.mx-bikes.com/?page=downloads


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That means if you already have Stock Car Extreme activated on Steam and you bought it before January 6th, you will already be able to play Automobilista this weekend free of any extra charge! The game should be added to your library as soon as it´s released.

If you did not purchase Stock Car Extreme, Early Access will offer you a chance to get Automobilista with a 20% discount (which will gradually reduce as we approach the full release).

You can check out the Automobilista Steam store page here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/431600

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A-10C: The Enemy Within Campaign, Now Available

Created by “Baltic Dragon”, The Enemy Within is a story – driven campaign that puts you in cockpit of an A-10C Warthog, sent as a part of small US detachment to Georgia in order to help contain a growing threat from a terrorist organization calling itself the “Caucasus Liberation Army” (CLA). As the story unfolds, you will be faced with a variety of challenges, including close air support, precision strikes, combat search and rescue, anti-ship strikes and even air to air combat. Striving to be as realistic as possible, the units featured in the campaign are based on their real-life counterparts. It also uses a sophisticated radio control system, meaning that you have to tune your on-board radios to the correct frequency to be able to hear more than 670 voiceovers included in the campaign. There are also over 80 pages on FRAGOs (fragmentary orders, based on the ones used by US Air Force), 50 pages of briefings and 40 maps and recon photos designed to help you successfully finish all the 21 missions.

Purchase from: http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.co…hop/campaigns/

DCS: A-10C Warthog SALE!

To commemorate the launch of The Enemy Within Campaign, you can reduce the price of DCS A-10C up to 50%(!), by spending your bonus points. Starting Friday, December 18th at 1500 GMT and lasting until Monday, December 21st at 0900 GMT.

Purchase from: http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.co…_a10c_warthog/

DCS: M-2000C Coming Next Week!

RAZBAM’s DCS: M-2000C is now undergoing final testing prior to its Open Beta release next week. This Open Beta will work with both DCS versions 1.5 and 2.0.

Once the Open Beta is released, the pre-purchase sale price will end, so get your copy now and treat yourself to this outstanding new entry to DCS World.

Purchase from: http://www.digitalcombatsimulator.co…odules/m2000c/

DCS World 2.0 Open Alpha Update 1

We are now preparing the first update to the Open Alpha of DCS World 2.0. Highlights of this update include:

  • L:39 updates: SPU communications fixed, flashing lights on ADF dials, ADF frequency dials in rear cockpit getting stuck
  • Signal flare brightness increased
  • Fixed multiplayer client loss when changing slots
  • Localization fixes for Russian, German and Chinese
  • F-86F: Improved rudder control, corrections to manual, AN/ARN-6 CONT position now selectable, added input for accelerometer and fast gyro slaving, updated rudder trim
  • Mi-8MTV2: Corrections to manual, added window heating regulator
  • Fw-190: Fixed left gun not firing
  • MiG-15Bis: New Chinese livery for MiG-15
  • Bf-109: Updated wind sound
  • UH-1H: Added UHF ARC51 channel frequency table, fixed ARC51 presets
  • Encyclopedia corrections
  • Entire flight refuels when player refuels now
  • Corrected missile plume visual from certain angles
  • Further stabilization fixes
  • Corrected Moskva attack distances
  • Adjusted display of airfield ATC frequency on F10 map
  • Fixed crash as a result of client cargo unhooking
  • Corrected VORTAC frequencies
  • New imposter data test parameters
  • Corrected S-8 rocket smoke
  • Added KAB-1500LG to encyclopedia
  • Adjusted BMP-3 100mm gun
  • Reduced memory allocations
  • Improved Combined Arms “Arcade Camera” view
  • Corrected AI A-10C and A-10A landing gear damage
  • Changed MAXFPS to 180

Happy holidays and have a wonderful New Year’s!
The Eagle Dynamics Team

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