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Beta 1 Release Notes. Last updated on September, 23rd

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Hi Noveans, 

 

This is it! After almost three years of regular live testing in Pre-Alpha, and three different Alpha versions, Dual Universe now enters its first Beta phase!

This also means that the NDA is finally lifted. 

 

The team worked extremely hard for you to discover this new milestone for our crazy dream project! We hope you'll see its potential and will continue helping us fixing, refining, and improving everything. Thanks for your awesome support since the beginning, it means so much to us... But enough of this, please find below the lastest release note: 

 

New Feature

 

  • Screen Unit image upload verification

In order to see your content displayed on a Screen Unit, you now have to upload your images on our new website. Note that all images uploaded will be 100% public. To do so: 

  • Go to dualuniverse.game and after logging in via the upper right corner panel, you will be able to go to the “upload image” page
  • You’ll then be asked to open your Windows explorer and select your file, provided it’s in .jpeg or .png format (that’s right, no gif allowed) and that it’s under 5MB. Please note that drag & drop is not functioning at the moment, contrary to what’s written on the page
  • There’s no feedback yet, but your image should appear after a few seconds in the “Pending Review” section on the page. Refresh it if needed. This review process can take about one week for now but we’re doing our best to proceed as quickly as possible. For now, you have to go back to the page to know its current status (this will be improved after the Beta launch)
  • If rejected, you won’t be able to use your image, obviously
  • If accepted, the image will appear on the dedicated section of the page. A mouse-hover will allow you to click on the link button to copy the link. No feedback will be displayed yet, but it works
  • You now have a link starting with assets.prod.novaquark.com/XXXXX.
  • With this copied link, you’ll then be able to insert it in a Screen Unit
  • Right-click on your Screen Unit and use the “Quick Image” function. Paste the link in the pop-up field, validate, and ta-daaaaa. (You can also use it in any HTML content if you like)
  • You can have 5 images validated at the same time
  • For now, you can’t delete an image. This possibility will be added soon
  • Remember that your content must comply with our EULA and ToS. If, for any reason, you find a way to circumvent the moderation process and display offensive content, you’ll be eligible for a sanction. Be responsible and have fun!

 

Note: On a more general note, that verification applies to all external URL used in HTML content in the game. Any external URL used must be validated or it will not be ever loaded in-game. This includes custom HUD on piloting seats, manifesto and organization logos, info button, and or course, Screen Units. 

 

Improvements

 

  • Added a clear warning about death and inventory loss
  • [GUI] Added a confirmation message when using Force Respawn in a Tutorial session
  • [LOC] Updated text for English, German and French languages
  • [GUI] Added a red warning on inventory loss in confirmation popup for respawn, and removed the settings that allowed to skip confirmation
  • [GUI] Improved display of quantas in dispensers (separate thousands with spaces, not commas, to be locale-independent)
  • [Codex] Standardization of the codex font sizes between HUD mode and dashboard and fix of stretched images
  • [Market] Buy/Sell orders are now sorted from lowest price to highest
  • The downloadable package has been shrunk to 5.9 GB and the unzipped assets to 15 GB

 

Gameplay Balancing/Changes

 

  • [Control] Removed reminder about ‘Shift + i’ shortcut to toggle container in the consumable bar
  • [Voxels] It's now forbidden to put planet voxels 100m above the original ground height. There is still no restriction on constructs
  • Temporarily removed wrecks
  • Removed red watermark from the game
  • Updated Beta disclaimers (long and short one)
  • [PvP] Radar identification uses the construct center position
  • [Organization] Removed the possibility for non-legate to deploy in the name of the organization

 

Crash Fixes

 

  • Fixed a crash when sharing Construct
  • [Warp] Fixed a crash when coming out of a warp

 

Bug Fixes

 

  • [Rendering] Fixed ice moon position that was rendered on top of Sanctuary Moon
  • [Rendering] Reverted voxel material shader to fix colored steels
  • [Rendering] Fixed rendering order of clouds
  • [Physics] Fixed an exploit where indefinite lift is possible when hover pads interact with a child construct
  • Fixed ‘Share Element Publicly’ for all that did not work
  • [Container] Fixed a bug where items from linked container was not added to the consumable bar when double-clicked
  • [Inventory] Fixed sub-menu ‘Tool compatible’ that did not update itself when switching tool
  • [Tuto] Fixed an exploit when dying in Tutorial sessions
  • [PvP] Fixed a weapon exploit
  • [Art] Fixed asset textures for Radar Atmo S and Radar Space Medium
  • [Build] Fixed offset when placing Commander Seat
  • [SFX] Fixed fireworks that did not explode in the sky
  • Fixed some bugs with Sell orders from active container to distant market
  • [Market] Fixed confusing message when player doesn’t have enough inventory space to retrieve an item from the market
  • [Market] Fixed current scroll being lost on market update
  • [LOC] Fixed typo in an error notification (inventory full on dispenser)
  • [Sound] Fixed multiple audio cues that were triggered when selecting Exit on the Main menu
  • [FTUE] Fixed the green marker that was larger than the window in the Codex sequence
  • Fixed an issue that allowed to use items from the active container to create a sell order on a distance market
  • [Market] Displayed average price and best offers were confused in Buy/Sell order windows (not instant one), Sell order windows displayed the prices of Buy orders, and vice-versa

 

Known Issues

 

  • Windows certificate is not up to date. This issue will be fixed soon. This may prompt a warning message for new players in the first install. It can safely be ignored
  • Beta keys system to distribute codes to your friends doesn't work for existing account yet. This will be fixed in the coming days
  • Language selection from the game is not saved on exit
  • Numerous French and German localization issues have already been spotted and we’ll fix them as time goes by
  • In the previous Beta Release Candidate version of the game, ore veins were absent in the Sanctuary Moon. This has been fixed. However, any previous territory scan is now obsolete
  • In some situations, you may not be able to place a Static Core Unit on your claimed Sanctuary Territory. An error message saying that it's too close to another construct is even displayed. It may be due to being too close to a District. Trying again from a bigger distance should solve the issue for now
  • A random rendering crash can occur in many places because of some exhaustion of GPU/driver resource
  • Voxel crash about disk/memory exhaustion
  • [PvP] Slight difference between radar and 3D marker distance displays because radar uses the construct center as origin while 3D markers use the player position
  • [SFX] Only blue fireworks may work for the moment
  • If the game is set in German, Aphelia sometimes mixes German and English languages while speaking. A fix is coming for this very soon
  • [Image upload] Regarding the new image upload feature on the new website, when clicking the copy link icon on the validated image section, there is no feedback to say that the link has been copied (it’s copied nonetheless)
  • [Image upload] Drag & drop is not functioning at the moment, contrary to what’s written on the dedicated web page
  • [Image upload] For now, you can’t delete an image. This possibility will be added soon
  • [Image upload] Delay to display uploaded images in the pending review section can be long. Refresh the page after 10 seconds if needed
  • [Image upload] There’s no feedback saying if an image is properly uploaded, nor rejected or accepted after review. You have to check directly by yourself on the dedicated page
  • Uninstalling the game directly from Windows will leave the game’s files on the disk anyway. Please use the game's dedicated unins000.exe uninstaller in the game's directory for that. This will be fixed soon!

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi guys, 

 

The game is now in Beta 1 r0.21.1. Here's the latest patch note: 

 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the German voice issue of Aphelia in the tutorial
  • Replacement of the correct quanta character in the variable currency symbol and removed the uppercase style on this kind of values (market/all player wallet...)
  • Fixed non-localized notifications in French and German
  • Fixed a shadow issue with the hand tool


Crash Fixes

  • Fixed two crashes when exiting the game
  • Fixed a crash and handle nanocraft item quantity notification

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi guys, 

 

The game is now in Beta 1 r0.21.2. Here's the latest patch note: 


Improvements

  • Added a limit to the fetch construct debug feature to a 4 km range and added a 24h timer cooldown
  • [GUI] Removed in-game language selector in the option menu. The language selection is now only possible via the launcher on the upper right corner 
  • [GUI] Saved email on login screen is now hidden properly after at least a first connection


Bug Fixes

  • [GUI] Quantity in a container is now displayed while doing instant sell order
  • [GUI] Fixed chat channel old messages being unexpectedly erased when someone speaking in another channel
  • Restored missing Natron harvestable rock
  • [LOC] Fixed some missing texts and typos in French and German languages
  • Fixed Small space engine S variations that all had the same name
  • Fixed an issue where a moon could appear pixelated 

 

Known Issues

  • Image upload feature is not accessible via the website and will come back soon


Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hello Noveans, 

 

Time for a new update and here's the release note. Dual Universe is now in Beta1 r0.21.3 version.

 

Improvements

  • Improved minimap rendering performance
  • Players are now able to share a territory with a right-click menu, for friends, organizations, nearby players or everybody
  • [FTUE] Fixed and improved the input reminders during First Time User Experience


Gameplay Balancing/Changes

  • The login screen roadmap is now localized in all available languages
  • Added a new "health warnings” disclaimer in the login screen


Crash Fix

  • Fixed a crash related to minimap performances


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the ‘Loading rights’ query bar which was visible when looking at a foreign construct from a cockpit
  • Updated assets for harvest rocks and fixed Natron that looked like Malachite
  • Fixed invisible market markers on Madis Moon 2
  • Fixed a bug where the current core/skip tutorial was not restarted after getting out of a sandbox tutorial
  • Fixed an exploit with Lua scripting


Known Issues

  • Windows certificate is not up to date. This issue will be fixed soon. This may prompt a warning message for new players in the first install. It can safely be ignored
  • Uninstalling the game directly from Windows will leave the game’s files on the disk anyway. Please use the game's dedicated unins000.exe uninstaller in the game's directory for that. This will be fixed soon!
  • Beta keys system to distribute codes to your friends doesn't work for existing accounts yet. This will be fixed in the coming days
  • Numerous French and German localization issues have already been spotted and we’ll fix them as time goes by
  • In some situations, you may not be able to place a Static Core Unit on your claimed Sanctuary Territory. An error message saying that it's too close to another construct is even displayed. It may be due to being too close to a District. Trying again from a bigger distance should solve the issue for now
  • A random rendering crash can occur in some places because of some exhaustion of GPU/driver resource
  • Voxel crash about disk/memory exhaustion
  • [PvP] Slight difference between radar and 3D marker distance displays because radar uses the construct center as origin while 3D markers use the player position
  • [SFX] Only blue fireworks may work for the moment
  • The image upload feature is not accessible via the website and will come back soon
  • [Disclaimer] Health warning message is only localized in English for now. It will be translated into other languages next week

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi Noveans, 

 

Dual Universe is now in Beta 1 r0.21.4 version. Please read carefully about the idle constructs auto-compacting activation.

 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an inventory exploit when force respawning from the login screen
  • Fixed elements that could be raycasted through a force field

Improvements

  • Client/server voxel communication optimization
  • Idle constructs auto-compacting activation: To improve performances around cluttered points of interests (Districts, Markets, Ship-Shops...), we're about to compact and give back in player's inventory any construct matching the following criteria:
    • Based on an XS Core Unit
    • without any container
    • with one fuel tank tops
    • without any weapon
    • with a maximum of three atmospheric engines
    • with no space engine
    • in a radius of 1 kilometer around any point of interest
    • having a mass up to 20 tons
    • after 3 consecutive hours during which the Constructs have remained in "idle" (not used) state.

 

This special “compacted Blueprint” allows you to deploy your construct again for free and the fuel in its fuel tank will also be restored as well.

 

If you don't find a Construct of yours where you have parked it a moment ago, this may be because of this so please check first your in-game notifications and your character inventory before panicking and contacting the Customer Support.
 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi Noveans, 

 

Dual Universe is now in Beta 1 r0.21.5 version.

 

New Feature

  • The image upload feature is back via the website

 

Bug Fixes

  • Beta keys system to distribute codes to your friends now works for existing accounts
  • f you tried to take back a container that was linked to an industry, it failed after 30 seconds waiting. The workaround was to unlink the container from the industry manually first. This is fixed
  • [Image upload] Regarding the new image upload feature on the new website, in the past when clicking the copy link icon on the validated image section, there was no feedback to say that the link has been copied while it was copied nonetheless. This is fixed and the feedback is now properly displayed
  • [Image upload] Drag & drop is now working properly
  • [Image upload] You can now delete an uploaded image


Improvements

  • Optimized RDMS request frequency and server load
  • Optimized communications between industries and containers and server load
  • Improvements on the way constructs are processed and displayed to improve performance server-side


Known Issues

  • Windows certificate is not up to date. This issue will be fixed soon. This may prompt a warning message for new players in the first install. It can safely be ignored
  • Uninstalling the game directly from Windows will leave the game’s files on the disk anyway. Please use the game's dedicated unins000.exe uninstaller in the game's directory for that. This will be fixed soon!
  • Numerous French and German localization issues have already been spotted and we’ll fix them as time goes by
  • In some situations, you may not be able to place a Static Core Unit on your claimed Sanctuary Territory. An error message saying that it's too close to another construct is even displayed. It may be due to being too close to a District. Trying again from a bigger distance should solve the issue for now
  • A random rendering crash can occur in some places because of some exhaustion of GPU/driver resource
  • Voxel crash about disk/memory exhaustion
  • [PvP] Slight difference between radar and 3D marker distance displays because radar uses the construct center as origin while 3D markers use the player position
  • [SFX] Only blue fireworks may work for the moment
  • [Disclaimer] Health warning message is only localized in English for now. It will be translated into French and German next week
  • [Industries] Number of ingredients increases when clicking on "Start" in some industries

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi Noveans, 

 

New client update time, Dual Universe is now in version 0.21.6. Here's the changelog: 

 

Bug Fixes

  • [Industries] Fixed multiplication outputs and wrong timer duration with auto batching
  • Fixed an exploit with instanced items


Improvements

  • [Inventory] Added an inventory button that allows removing dynamic properties over selected items
  • [Inventory] Added feedback on items that have "nonSpecialized" dynamics


Known Issues

  • Windows certificate is not up to date. This issue will be fixed soon. This may prompt a warning message for new players in the first install. It can safely be ignored
  • Uninstalling the game directly from Windows will leave the game’s files on the disk anyway. Please use the game's dedicated unins000.exe uninstaller in the game's directory for that. This will be fixed soon!
  • Numerous French and German localization issues have already been spotted and we’ll fix them as time goes by
  • In some situations, you may not be able to place a Static Core Unit on your claimed Sanctuary Territory. An error message saying that it's too close to another construct is even displayed. It may be due to being too close to a District. Trying again from a bigger distance should solve the issue for now
  • A random rendering crash can occur in some places because of some exhaustion of GPU/driver resource
  • Voxel crash about disk/memory exhaustion
  • [PvP] Slight difference between radar and 3D marker distance displays because radar uses the construct center as origin while 3D markers use the player position
  • [SFX] Only blue fireworks may work for the moment
  • [Industries] Talent that impacts ingredients and products of a recipe is not handled client-side for the display but on start the recipe updates with the server recipe
     

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi Noveans, 

 

Here comes the biggest Beta 1 client update so far. Dual Universe is now in r0.22.0 version and you'll find the changelog below: 

 

Improvements

  • [Disclaimer] Health warning is now localized in both French and German languages.
  • Improved Screen Units performance which previously generated freezes in districts.
  • Slightly improved the performance of shadows and fixed world shadows in the Ultra settings.
  • Increased max light shadow precision.
  • Optimized voxel server load.
  • Optimized Deferred Lights to improve overall performance.
  • Added additional optimizations on RDMS requests to reduce server load.

 

Gameplay Balancing/Changes

  • [Inventory] Items can now be equipped directly from the linked Container context menu.
  • A Fuel Consumption field is now displayed for all engines in both the inventory and item inspector.
  • [Talents] Added 269 New Talent icons and increased the text size of their description.
  • [GUI] Dispenser popup now displays ħ instead of quanta.
  • [GUI] Changed "Settings" button to a Main Menu title.
  • [GUI] Various ownership polishes.
  • [GUI] Integrated a new waypoint icon.
  • [GUI] Various Surrogate station polishes (texts, tooltips, list order, etc.)
  • [Legal] EULA Settings link now redirects to the new website.
  • Added an “Options” tab under the surrogate/tutorial session explaining how to exit. (Tab => Click Exit Popup)
  • [PvP] Disabled the load/unload/reload ammo menu if the weapon is currently in a loading/unloading/reloading sequence.
  • [Container] Disabled the save button when no changes are made in the ownership auto transfer area.
  • [Container] Disabled "save" button for custom filter if no change is detected between current filter & selected filter.When a change is made in the data tree using custom filters, the save button becomes active.
  • [Talents] Modified the layout of both impacting and required talents within the item inspector.
  • Now sorts avatar marks by distance instead of random.
  • [Organizations] Now sorts organizations by name in the multiple context menu.
  • [GUI] Sort items by alphabetically order in blueprint recipe.
  • Message announcement popups such as server restarts, are no longer modal and can be closed by clicking on the cross.
  • [Radar] Detects the position of nearby constructs with greater precision.
  • Marks: Displays the correct icon for distant constructs.
  • Gunner Seat: Displays the correct icon for distant constructs.
  • [Industries] Added animations when launching industries.

 

Crash Fixes

  • Fixed a crash when manipulating a container while the Server is overloaded.

 

Bug Fixes

  • [GUI] Fixed return to line in the text area of the organization panel.
  • [GUI] Few interface bugs have been fixed for the settings menu, maps and market.
  • [GUI] Fixed barter money inputs.
  • [GUI] Fixed float number during Barter and removed the timer.
  • [GUI] Fixed the overflow of product descriptions and other small fixes in the Industry menu.
  • [GUI] Polishes/fixes in both the Inventory and Item inspector.
  • [GUI] Fixed item Label ellipsis issue in the Organization menu.
  • [GUI] Fixed overflow issues on the login menu.
  • [GUI] Fixed both the talent groups update percentage value and the double % label.
  • [GUI] Modified achievement notification position for rewards.
  • [GUI] Various RDMS polishes (titles, search field texts, button behavior, etc.)
  • [GUI] Polished reward panel and fixed a few other issues.
  • [Market] Fixed a bug where HUD notifications were missing material amount values when displayed.
  • [Market] Repaired the crafting pattern and adjusted elements including the dropdown menu and queue list width.
  • [Market] Fixed the numerical input for the Market modal popup. It now displays decimals correctly.
  • [Map] Fixed Territory count inside of the solar map.
  • [Map] Fixed bookmark creation from clipboard.
  • Fixed elevators and pressure plates that could be activated through walls or not functioning as intended.
  • Removed exploit which allowed players to clip through walls.
  • Fixed jetpack emissive to reflect the player’s chosen color.
  • Fixed global menu selection.
  • The delete-dynamic-properties icon inside the inventory now uses the appropriate icon.
  • Fixed talent group word descriptions.
  • [Settings] Adjusted mouse sensitivity upon game launch.
  • Fixed the ability to drag & drop items into inventory tabs.
  • Fixed a soft lock when exiting the map panel via the close button instead of “Esc” while the planet view modal is active.
  • [SFX] Fixed Automine SFX that rapidly plays when not targeting a surface.
  • [SFX] Added sound effect for the Flatten tool.
  • Fixed territory tiles not appearing when enabled at launch.
  • [Industry] Fixed a bug where clicking "Make" (or "Move" in transfer unit) failed to select the "Make"/"Move" option.
  • Fixed an exploit regarding the deployment of Static Cores.
  • Fixed a potential issue regarding Lua scripts freezing the game.
  • Fixed the "Take Manual Snapshot" rights issue and ownership availability.
  • Fixed reward panel opening sound during loading.

 

Known Issues

  • Windows certificate is not up to date. This issue will be fixed soon. This may prompt a warning message for new players during the first install. It can safely be ignored.
  • Uninstalling the game directly from Windows will leave the game files on the disk. Please use the game dedicated unins000.exe uninstaller located in the game directory for that. This will be fixed soon!
  • Numerous French and German localization issues have already been spotted and we’ll fix them soon.
  • In some situations, you may not be able to place a Static Core Unit on your claimed Sanctuary Territory. An error message saying that it's too close to another construct is displayed. This may occur due to being too close to a District. Trying again from a further distance should solve this issue for now.
  • A random rendering crash can occur under some conditions due to low GPU/driver resources.
  • Voxel crashes may occur due to low disk/memory.
  • [PvP] There are slight differences between radar and 3D marker distance displays because radar uses the construct center as an origin point while 3D markers use player position.
  • [SFX] Only blue fireworks currently function.
  • [Industries] Talents that impact ingredients of recipe products are not displayed client-side, but the recipe updates with the server recipe when starting.
  • The tool model clips through the player’s hand.
  • Surrogate VR Stations may be active in the tutorial and standalone Markets whereas Aphelia says that they are fake. We’ll fix that in the next patch.

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi Noveans,

 

A small patch has been deployed yesterday around 23:30 UTC to switch DU in Beta 1 r0.22.1. We fixed an issue with hovercrafts and speeders hovering not working properly.

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

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Hi Noveans, 

 

A client patch has been deployed to bring several improvements: 

 

• Sanctuary Territory Unit is now part of the initial inventory batch
• Aphelia's lines during core tutorial have been shortened and improved
• Various improvements to make core tutorial more robust have been added

 

Dual Universe is now in r022.3 version. 

 

Cheers, 

Nomad

 

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