PROGRESS REPORT — MERCS AND RETRIBUTION, REJOICE!

Season’s greetings, WARMACHINE: Tactics Fans! The team at WhiteMoon Dreams has been hard at work to bring some great new improvements to the game. Here’s the exciting news, straight from the studio:

Here is what is coming out with the upcoming patch, scheduled to release on December 15th :

 4.10 Engine Integration-4.10 engine integration is largely bug fixes, especially for Mac. Moving forward this will allow us to create Mac builds much faster and with fewer issues. You may see some more optimizations on your computer depending on your system.

Trainyard Map-Brand new Trainyard map.

New Retribution and Mercenaries Units-All Kickstarter backers will receive 7 brand new units for free. This will bring up the numbers for Mercenaries and Retribution players so that they are evenly matched with the main 4 factions. Even though these units were not part of the Kickstarter, you still receive them for free as our thanks for being part of the community. Anyone who has purchased any Retribution or Mercenaries DLC will also receive these units for free. Units include: Rahn, Ravyn, Drake, Ashlynn, Mage Hunter Strike Force, Vanguard and Nomad. You will not need a DLC code to unlock these units. They will be added to your account automatically.

Continued VFX and Optimization Improvements-Tons of new VFX and continued bug fixes and optimization.

Dynamic Tutorial- Educating new players is the name of the game. We have built a dynamic tutorial tool, which will pop up helpful information about a tactic when a player encounters it for the first time in game. There are so many hidden rules and deep tactics within WARMACHINE: Tactics, that it creates a very steep learning curve. Now, if a player encounters an unusual rule for the first time (such as Stealth), a dialogue window will pop up that explains what they are seeing in real time. Players can choose to dismiss it (it was pop up again next time they encounter it), never show this specific dialogue again, or not show any tooltips ever (for you players who already know the ins and outs of the game). We will continue to add new tooltips every patch, making the learning experience easier and more seamless for everyone. If you have a friend you have been wanting to teach WARMACHINE: Tactics, now is the perfect time.

Camera Improvements-Based on your feedback, we have removed the Free Cam option and improved the Default Camera. There are tons of options for you to customize your camera to your liking. Now it responds better to input, environmental collision, and has much smoother, more natural controls. Please continue to give us any feedback about the camera improvements.

AI Improvements-The first round of AI improvements for single player and skirmish is here! This will only continue as we build toward Dark Seduction next year. AI now more intelligently deploys, allocates focus, and chooses whether to commit to a ranged or melee attack. You should see AI improvements with every patch moving forward.

Dynamic Splash Screen-The splash screen can now be updated independently from the game, which means more current and up to date news, including sales, articles, events, community features, and contests.

ALSO…

Physical Disk-The physical disk is just about ready to be sent off for manufacturing. We wanted to be sure the build that was put on the physical disk was as bug-free and feature complete as possible, and we figured that everyone would want that to include the latest Mercenaries and Retribution units. Once this patch is completed, we will send off the build to the manufacturer – then it’s just a quick turnaround time while artwork is made and the DVDs are printed before they are out the door to you. The installer is Steam based, but you do NOT need to be connected to Steam in order to play the offline content. You WILL need a Steam account if you want to play the online multiplayer content. You can also download any updates by connecting to Steam. This DVD will only work for 64bit PCs, but if you are a Mac or 32bit user, we will have an online hosted installer for you.

(We’ll keep you updated on the delivery timeline once we are given that information from the DVD manufacturer.)

More to come in the weeks and months ahead!

All the best to you during this season of thanks,
Matt Wilson