Update 8: Merry Xmayhem

published Thursday, 19 Dec. 2013, 00:00 by ZPSPhyrefli

It's the Holidays! Update 8 brings stats, achievements and a very special Holiday version of Mainline Winter.

Update 8: Merry Xmayhem

It's the Holiday Season! So fire up Interstellar Marines and dive into a very special, holiday-themed version of Mainline Winter with an all-new gamemode and some highly unusual Christmas surprises.

Update 8 also introduces our first version of stats and achievements. Kills now provide Training Points which build towards your Training Rank. Every 10th rank gives you a special Steam Achievement to wear proudly. Who's going to be the first rank 100? We can't wait to find out!

The Making of Interstellar Marines: Episode 1 - The First Update

Ever wanted to know the honest truth of how a computer game is made and what happens inside an Indie developer? We want to show you.

This is the first documentary in a series our videographer, Jonas, will be making. It shows the good, and the bad, of working on a game such as Interstellar Marines. We hope you enjoy it.

Team Photo

A few days before Christmas and "most" of the team got together for a special celebration. 2013 has been nothing short of miraculous for us. It has been a wild, exhilarating and unforgettable ride, and none of it would have happened if it wasn't for you - the community.

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Version: 0.5.8
Released: 18th of December 2013

New Features

  • ADDED: Support for tracking Stats and Achievements.
  • ADDED: Training Points (TP) gained for kills (other ways of gaining will be added later).
  • ADDED: Training Ranks based on TP that unlocks achievements.
  • ADDED: Merry Xmayhem surprise game mode (includes seasonal achievements - get them while you can!).
  • ADDED: Training Point info to in-game UI.
  • ADDED: SARA speak when Suit System is enabled/disabled.
  • ADDED: Kill message area (no more kill messages in the chat).
  • ADDED: Win/lose music to round end.
  • ADDED: Jump and Land sounds.
  • ADDED: Weapon aiming sounds.
  • ADDED: SMG Xmas decoration.
  • ADDED: T-IM101 gift/spawn/pain/idle/kill sounds.
  • ADDED: Christmas hat to T-IM101.
  • ADDED: T-IM101 (increased shoot damage and armor).

Improvements

  • UPDATED: Mainline Winter with xmas theme.
  • UPDATED: Profile page in main menu with Training Points/Rank.
  • UPDATED: Relevant UI with player Training Rank.
  • UPDATED: All SARA sounds.
  • UPDATED: Emissive strips always visible on teammates.

Fixes

  • FIXED: "Existing players won't be auto-assigned to teams on new rounds."
  • FIXED: "Profile button not selected after clicking it."

Known Issues

  • Names UI is capped at 8 players in Xmayhem game mode.
  • View jittering may occur when jumping on lossy networks.
  • Audio may cut off partially/completely on weapon/helmet sounds.
  • Other players will seem to float above or interpenetrate while standing on a moving dynamic platforms (network smoothing will exaggerate this effect).

Keep the great feedback coming!

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME,
Your team at Zero Point Software


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11 months, 1 week ago

Nice work and first!

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11 months, 1 week ago

Thanks mate and second! :)

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11 months, 1 week ago

*really* good video Jonas ! That gives a really cool insight into everything that was going on :) Looking forward to seeing the next episode!

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11 months, 1 week ago

oh and yeah as i have already said, good update as well... but that wasn't as much a surprise as the documentary ;)

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11 months, 1 week ago

Thanks forge, there is *nothing* like progressing this vessel forward .. slowly providing you and ourselves with the game we all need to play so badly! :)

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11 months, 1 week ago

Loving the game so far gang! I am wondering though: I have a plenty powerful computer (runs Crysis no problem), but I can only manage about 14 FPS with the graphics in IM set to fantastic. If I set em down to Fastest I get up to 18-20 FPS. Is that a problem on my end or a lack of optimization in the game so far? Just wondering, thanks!

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11 months, 1 week ago

Nice!!!! ;)

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11 months, 1 week ago

I loved the documentary! Can't wait for the next part of it!

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11 months, 1 week ago

I assume when christmas is over the mode will stay but the christmas decorations will go

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11 months, 1 week ago

+1 B1gB4ddy
Can't wait to see the next video!

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11 months, 1 week ago

BTW why was Mikael's hand wrapped up in the video? what did he do to himself?

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11 months, 1 week ago

btw i will stop the first thing from now on

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11 months ago

Mman36, are you running a laptop? The usual problem for something like that is Optimus, or the AMD equivalent. Basically that problem is that the computer has two graphics card, one integrated into your cpu, which is not great, and then the one it advertises it having, which is a lot better. It is supposed to switch between them to save power when not doing something intensive, but have quality when you need it. The problem is that it isn't very good at detecting what gpu intensive times are and aren't, especially when it comes to indie games they probably haven't heard of. So if you are using a laptop, you can manually force the high-performance gpu over the integrated, or if you are really lucky, you can disable the integrated gpu in the bios, but very few laptops let you do this. You can probably find plenty of step by step tutorials online by searching 'Optimus fix', but the basic steps are open your graphics control panel, add Interstellar Marines to the list, and select the option to use the high end gpu. If you aren't using a laptop, then I assume you are just using a card which isn't well optimized with IM, and maybe ZPS has some channel for sending hardware specs to them so they can fix performance issues or something. I don't know, that kind of falls outside of my realm of knowledge. It sounds like an Optimus issue, so hopefully it is just an easy fix like that. If so, then it might improve your experience with a number of other games as well. A lot of indie games, especially newer ones, as well as mods which improve/alter the graphics of a game have a tendency to not properly detect under Optimus.

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11 months ago

I AM GONNA HIT THAT 100th LEVEL BEFORE ANYONE ELSE, ALL BE SHURE OF IT!

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11 months ago

The_PeaceKeeper.... What is your steam name??? CUZ I JUST GOT IT!!! :D

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks zeq! I had mman36's question and I never thought to check my nvidia controls. It decided not to recognize IM automatically. Thanks!

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10 months, 1 week ago

EUROS !!!!!

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10 months ago

When is there coming new weapons ?

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9 months ago

f*ck this sht i cant do jack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5 months, 1 week ago

Amazing, I can not wait for more, thanks! http://www.friv2hi.com

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