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General Discussion / Jupiter Hell 0.8.7 - Hellhack - RELEASED!
« on: January 13, 2020, 12:36 »
Introducing Jupiter Hell update 0.8.7 a.k.a. Hellhack! To celerbrate the new update we're putting the game on a -20% discount for a week - perfect moment for you if you'd like to help us promote the game :). There's a lot to go through, so lets jump right into it!

Hacking
Annoyed by drones getting in your way? Tired of those turrets chipping away your health? The big bad security bot giving you nightmares? Time to turn the tables!

You can hack any mechanical enemy by bumping into him. This brings up a hacking menu, where if you have enough multitools (which replaced repair kits) you can either disable the enemy (cheap) or hack it to convert it to your side (expensive). Scouts and Technicians have access to the Hacking trait which dramatically reduces the cost of bot disabling and hacking. Finally technician only has access to an Active trait that can perform a hack remotely!

Both a successful disable and hack gives you the enemies experience (hack twice as much!) and the items he had. The hacked enemies continue their previous wandering - later we'll probably introduce a way to make them follow you or even take more direct control :).

Terminals
Terminals now appear not only on levels that have a vault. The reveal map option has been boosted, and marks stations and loot boxes on the level. A new option allows you to download tracking data, permanently revealing the enemies on the minimap. Finally through a terminal you can remotely mass disable/hack the turrets on a given level!

Technical stations
Dismantling is no longer reserved to the Technician, anyone can perfectly dismantle a modded weapon as a new option in tech stations. Additionally you can extract the new multitools from them.

Backpack
As an option for the utility slot you can find a Backpack raising your inventory space. So does (although to a lesser degree) a new perk for armors!

Scouting skills
Each class gets its own scouting trait - which reveals more info on the minimap. The Technician has one to sense terminals and stations, the Scout has one to sense loot chests, and the Marine gets Bloodhound, allowing it to regain minimap info on enemies he already saw (useful for baiting!).

UI
We've done quite a bit of minor UI improvements (full list in the changelog). Most notably you can ESC-exit out of most in-game menus now, and items created are put directly into your inventory if space is available. You can also reorder your weapons on the Equipment screen!

Marine
Not to leave the trusty Marine underpowered due to all those hacking changes, we've given him Ironman back, and moved to him the Field Medic perk!

Balance
We've done a significant balance pass that should make EASY and MEDIUM difficulties easier. We've also buffed SMG's and pistols and made cells stack up to 100. Ammo found in boxes is in larger stacks, and gray lootboxes drop more stuff!

Fixes
There haven't been many bugs introduced in the last update but we still nailed a few :)

Changelog

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Beta  0.8.7 - January 13, 2020
NEW    #015 - bot hacking! - you can disable or hack bots, drones
              and turrets using multitools (bump into them)
NEW    #015 - Trait - Hack skill for Scout/Tech reducing hack cost
NEW    #015 - Remote Hacking active skill for Technician
NEW    #894 - multitools - replace repair kits, used also for hack
NEW    #946 - Music - new menu theme
NEW    #939 - technical stations allow anyone to dismantle modded
              items for the cost of 2 charges
NEW    #938 - revealed stations and terminals marked on the minimap
NEW    #938 - revealed unopened lootboxes marked on the minimap
NEW    #949 - Trait - Marine - Bloodhound (track met enemies)
NEW    #949 - Trait - Scout - Golddigger (reveal loot boxes)
NEW    #949 - Trait - Tech - Networking (reveal terminals/stations)
NEW    #579 - CRI backpack! To be found randomly, but maybe Tyre...
NEW    #579 - Compartments perk for armor (+2 inv capacity)
NEW    #950 - Terminals - can enable tracking for enemies (3multi)
NEW    #015 - Terminals - can mass hack/disable turrets
NEW    #015 - Terminals - appear on non-vault maps
NEW    #894 - Terminals - you can extract tools from tech stations
NEW    #770 - UI - you can rebind UI keybindings
NEW    #935 - UI - Home, End, PgUp and PgDown keys work
CHANGE #926 - UI - you can ESC out of a mod or dismantle menu
CHANGE #926 - UI - you can ESC out of a station or terminal menu
CHANGE #926 - UI - items created by stations are put to inv if space
CHANGE #937 - UI - SHIFT-view of stacked items shows stack/carried
CHANGE #937 - UI - character screen kills moved to bottom
CHANGE #937 - UI - damage is colored if affected by target health
CHANGE #937 - UI - use weapon slot key to reorder weapons in equip
CHANGE #937 - UI - default minimap size a bit larger (config later)
CHANGE #950 - Terminal map reveal costs 1 multitool (0 with hacking)
CHANGE #950 - Terminal map reveal reveals chests and stations
CHANGE #940 - Trait - Marine has Ironman back (possibly temporarily)
CHANGE #940 - Trait - Field Medic is now a Marine trait (50%->30%)
CHANGE #940 - Trait - Marine loses Spray'n'Pray
CHANGE #015 - Technician starts with 3 multitools instead of mod
CHANGE #937 - vault doors now magenta, red card doors now red
CHANGE #936 - audio feedback on weapon swap
CHANGE #907 - more walls on the Callisto platform generator
CHANGE #907 - changed one Europa generator to doublewidth corridor
CHANGE #943 - Balance - removed accuracy penalties from most SMGs
CHANGE #942 - Balance - reduced amount of enemies on Europa L1
CHANGE #940 - Balance - slightly reduced amount of enemies
CHANGE #940 - Balance - reduced accuracy of Callisto/Europa formers
CHANGE #940 - Balance - slightly reduced health of C/E formers
CHANGE #940 - Balance - bumped pistol and revolver damage +2
CHANGE #940 - Balance - Son of a Gun gives +20% accuracy and crit/lv
CHANGE #933 - Balance - more ammo per stack from boxes
CHANGE #933 - Balance - cells stack now up to 100
CHANGE #933 - Balance - general boxes drop 1 more, ammo boxes 1 less
CHANGE #944 - Balance - ravager melee is now pierce
FIX    #941 - fixed visibility of poison, freeze, disable effects
FIX    #932 - fixed "Sustained" status being too long
FIX    #940 - Tyre Outpost reward list is now stable
FIX    #948 - fixed terminal visuals

What's next
Next version should drop at the end of the month (or beginning of the next), and will either be about Melee or Dualgunning :). We want to wrap those two up, so before February ends we can finally implement a long awaited feature - Master Traits! If need be, hotfixes will be deployed within the next days. See you next version, and help us spread the word :)



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General Discussion / Jupiter Hell forum boards
« on: December 27, 2019, 05:15 »
So discussion on the ChaosForge forums don't seem to die off easily and not everyone uses steam forums - which actually makes me happy :). As it is such, I took a moment to add the standard sub forums for Jupiter Hell - Bug Report, Request for Feature and Post Mortem. Please post the appropriate content in the proper sub-forums, and thank you for sticking with us!

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Last release of the year brings you class-specific resources, new traits, a mod capacity system, a new challenge and more!

Class resources
Each class has now it's own resource - Fury for Marines, Energy for Scouts and Power for Techs. Using a class skill now isn't limited to one use per level, but controlled by usage of this resource. Each class has a different way to replenish that resource - Marine needs kills, Scout opening chests and Tech gathers power dropped by mechanical and semi-mechanical enemies. The cost of class skill usage is lower than the capacity of the resource and you can invest traits in increasing capacity too - possibly having two skill uses back to back! The system will be expanded with additional resource use possibilities and balancing in further updates, so stay tuned!

Sustained Fire and Pinpoint
Speaking of traits, apart from the new resource traits we also removed the overpowered Son of a Bitch, and substituted it with a more proactive trait - Sustained Fire for Marine/Tech and Pinpoint for Scouts - check them out!

Mod capacity and Dismantle
Moding has also gone some changes - now mod capacity is an item trait instead of being controlled by Whizkid. This allows us to balance the capacity by weapon - most of them have capacity of what you'd have at old Whizkid 2, but some have higher capacity. Also ADV weapons may now come with more mod slots! Closing out this change, you might also enjoy the new Tech active skill - Dismantle, that allows you to destroy an item and get one random mod it had back (or more if you're Skilled enough!).

Callisto L1 and New York Reload
To make early game a bit more varied we also added two layouts for Callisto 1. For veterans we added Angel of New York Reload - despite ridiculous rules we checked it's beatable on Easy, no idea if it's beatable on higher levels - if you do, please tell us!

Full Changelog
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NEW    #929 - ALL classes have a different class resource - this
              resource is used instead of "once per level" CD
NEW    #929 - Marine has Fury, regeneated by kills
NEW    #929 - Scout has Energy, regeneated by opening chests
NEW    #929 - Tech has Power, regeneated by power orbs
NEW    #929 - Marine gets Furious trait, that increases Fury
NEW    #929 - Tech gets Extra Batteries trait increasing Power
NEW    #925 - max mod amount is controlled by item mod capacity
NEW    #925 - new Technician active class skill - Dismantle!
NEW    #928 - Technician and Marine get Sustained Fire trait!
NEW    #928 - Scout gets Pinpoint trait!
NEW    #906 - two new layouts for Callisto L1
NEW    #927 - Angel of New York!
CHANGE #929 - stimpacks regenerate class resource
CHANGE #929 - removed perks allowing extra class skill use
CHANGE #929 - Ironman and Son of a Bitch traits removed
CHANGE #925 - WhizKid now controls max mod level of the same type
CHANGE #930 - updated MoltenVK, performance gain on MacOS
FIX    #923 - fixed border calculations for atlas packer
FIX    #916 - removed duplicated scissor and viewport setup for shadow pass
FIX    #913 - stabilised Vulkan implementation in terms of ALT+TAB ( fullscreen switching ) and resolution changes
                - added support for suboptimal KHR
                - added support for single, double and tripple buffering
                - on low end gfx cards single buffering is default
FIX    #921 - fixed broken status effects on ADV rifles and SMGs
FIX    #167 - fixed a TON of ragdoll issues
FIX    #167 - fixed hit animation issues
FIX    #167 - fixed walk and attack animation timing
FIX    #167 - hit ragdoll wont trigger at low FPS values
FIX    #914 - you can no longer gain aim bonus without a target

Future Updates
The real work that went into this release however is as yet not apparent. We fully rewrote the animation and ragdoll system in preparation for much anticipated future features - Melee and Dualgunner. These two are also essential to bring you the most anticipated feature - Master Traits. Nuff to say that in upcoming updates things will get interesting :). That said, the immedately next update might be more a love letter to the Technician, stay tuned!

Next version should appear somewhere in the middle of January.

Finally, from us at ChaosForge, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (full of great Jupiter Hell updates :P)!

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Here we are again, a bit late due to conferences and cats, but Hounds of Hell are live!

Kerberos

As the name implies one of the major additions is kerberos - a huge hound-like late game enemy. Don't be deceived - it comes in many variants, and only the basic one is a melee enemy! Apart from elemental versions it also comes with an enrage ability - if you kill it, kill it fast!

Beyond

The second part of this versions name implies a tileset remaster of the Beyond levels - aside from the regular lava/rocks we rock a new basalt-themed visual tileset, especially for beyond. To celebrate, we gave the Summoner boss-fight a significant revamp :).

Perks

While not in the name itself, the third change might be the most significant - and definitely the most fun! We significantly expanded on the weapon perks feature from the previous update, added several new perks and added perks for armor too - among them of special interest are the class perks - which give boosts to your class skills, or an extra charge to your once-per-level ability! Due to the bigger pool every ADV weapon now comes with at least one perk! Moreover, energy weapons (pistols, rifles and shotguns) have their ADV versions added. To not let exotic weapons fall too much behind, we've added a perk to most of them too!

Item drops

Speaking of ADV weapons, we modified the item drop system - item level is now independent of difficulty (and less dependent on where it drops) - however a seperate mechanic controls the drop "tier". Special boxes (magenta) are now tiered - regular ones are Tier 1, vault and exalted drops are now Tier 2, and special levels can have one or more Tier 3 drops. These control mostly the quality of ADV weapons - Tier 3 weapons and armor will have 2 perks guaranteed!

Dodge and traits

Regarding armor it now has a negative dodge modifier - the heavier the armor, the bigger the penalty. Do not worry too much though, as base dodge was increased to compensate, and armor has been made significantly more durable (a common request).

To top off, two new traits are added Dodgemaster for Scout and Incoming! for Marine and Technician, to help with survivability.

Finally

Finally (among a plethora of bugfixes) we added a new challenge - Angel of Doom - let us know what you think about it :).

Full changelog below, we really can't wait for your feedback on this release, be it here, on the Steam forums or on Discord :D

Happy hunting!

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Beta  0.8.5 - November 18
NEW    #867 - new enemy - kerberos! (with several variants)
NEW    #871 - ADV armor now rolls with perks!
NEW    #873 - ADV armor can have class perks (ability modifing)
NEW    #869 - new weapon ADV perks - Frenzy, Vampiric and elemental!
NEW    #869 - new rocket launcher ADV perks - Toxic and Haze
NEW    #869 - ADV energy pistol, rifle and shotgun added
NEW    #868 - ADV tiers - regular t1, vault/exalted t2, special t3
NEW    #880 - new Scout trait - Dodgemaster
NEW    #882 - new Marine/Tech trait - Incoming!
NEW    #866 - new beyond basalt rocks tileset
NEW    #866 - expanded summoner boss-fight
NEW    #797 - Angel of Doom added!
CHANGE #797 - AoSh adds 3xEMP grenade and a special Frenzy trait
CHANGE #883 - most exotic weapons have perks added from the ADV pool
CHANGE #882 - Marine gets Shredder back (experimental)
CHANGE #869 - ADV launchers and shotguns always have perks
CHANGE #876 - armor has dodge penalties, base dodge increased
CHANGE #868 - item drop quality is no longer increased by difficulty
CHANGE #870 - improved armor durability, especially ADV armor
CHANGE #870 - swapped level 2 guaranteed extra medbox for armor box
CHANGE #872 - increased SHIFT-compare window
CHANGE #872 - increased player info screen size
CHANGE #865 - new, faster and more precise, fire line algorithm
CHANGE #880 - reloader has just 2 levels now (might be removed)
CHANGE #889 - added SHIFT, wait, hunker and aim info to Tutorial
FIX    #872 - armor no longer show description in SHIFT compare
FIX    #870 - toxic enemies no longer take poison damage
FIX    #865 - enemies will no longer waste ammo on 0% shots
FIX    #865 - if you see it you have non-zero chance to hit
FIX    #875 - fixed landing craft - now is cover instead of block
FIX    #888 - CRI phase checks if destination is reachable
FIX    #888 - fix for rare case of player dissapearing after phase
FIX    #890 - fixed chroma effect on Vulkan (now matches OpenGL)
FIX    #885 - potential fix for alt-tab issues

Next version (0.8.6) will be out in 2-3 weeks and will feature terminal/technician changes, telegraphed attack improvements, new content, and hopefully the first effects of the animation system upgrades that we're planning for this period. 'Till next!

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Time to outsmart hell itself! The major 0.8.4 update is now live and most notably introduces a full overhaul of Jupiter Hell's AI system! Enemies now can hear you, smell you and humanoids know the value of cover!

Infernal Intellect
The AI system has been completely rewritten - humanoids will now take and stay in cover if close, and most of the enemies will react to the noise you and other enemies make! To make things more interesting, fiends and ravagers can now track you by smell - there's nowhere to hide from them! The new AI increases the general difficulty, but makes (especially the early levels) the game more interesting - just standing behind cover and mashing "F" is no longer the best tactic - sometimes you need to retreat to bait the enemies to follow you, and often you'll be ambushed by enemies following you by scent, or interested in the noise you made.

Weapon Perks
The other big update is the introduction of weapon perks on ADV weapons. Take careful note of them as they might prove much better than regular modded weapons or exotics especially if the perk requirements are met. Perks for example can increase damage based on the type of enemy, your distance to them, whether they are wounded or make reloading of the weapon really fast if its empty, or even automatically reload on move! The perk list will be slowly expanded both in variety as well as adding them to other items in the future!

Quality of Life
Two "quality of life" features have been added - an audible click on wait, and highlighting the last enemies on the level on the minimap (doesn't trigger on levels with summons). We also made "swap time" actually work propely, which also changes a lot - we reduced the 200% swap time weapons as this might be a bit much, especially for seasoned players.

Balance Changes
Due to the AI changes we made some enemy nerfs - Callisto formers are less accurate, and the UV enemy buff of accuracy has been reduced to +10%. Speaking of UV, we also made it so that there are no "lucky drops" of early late game weapons - to provide for a more consistent early game.

We nerfed P-mods a bit, as they basically reduced endgame to P3-modding a rapid-fire weapon - to offset that, summoner armor has been nerfed and now everyone can single-mod ADV weapons and everyone has two levels of Whizkid. This is subject to change soon, as we'll be doing a full mod overhaul in the near future, so stay tuned!

Full Changelog
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NEW    #852 - ADV weapons now may have unique perks!
NEW    #812 - Major AI overhaul! (see other issues for details)
NEW    #812 - humanoids will now consider (and stay in) cover!
NEW    #841 - most enemies will hear and investigate sounds!
NEW    #840 - fiends and reavers now can follow player scent!
NEW    #850 - waiting now plays an audible click
NEW    #851 - last 3 enemies may be revealed on the minimap
CHANGE #812 - enemies will no longer ignore you if they saw you
CHANGE #839 - AI aware state resets after losing target
CHANGE #833 - UV enemy accuracy bonus reduced from 20% to 10%
CHANGE #833 - Callisto formers have even lower accuracy
CHANGE #833 - wall cover now gives 70% cover instead of 80%
CHANGE #834 - p-mods give +1 on multishot bullet weapons (smg/auto)
CHANGE #834 - nerfed summoner armor slightly
CHANGE #834 - everyone can single mod ADV items
CHANGE #834 - Technician can mod every item twice by default
CHANGE #834 - every class has two levels of Whizkid
CHANGE #835 - min depth for some items added - no early UV chainguns
CHANGE #732 - reduced the emissiveness of lava cave rocks
CHANGE #732 - improved terrain rendering performance
CHANGE #847 - crash handler will work when Vulkan device is lost
CHANGE #842 - crash handler will work when assertion fails
CHANGE #824 - Aim modifier is always lost when switching weapons
CHANGE #823 - Aim resets if loosing sight of enemy
CHANGE #852 - Point Blank now gives +80% crit chance
CHANGE #732 - optimized terrain rendering
CHANGE #845 - decreased 200% swap-times to 150% to prevent surprises:
FIX    #845 - swap time now works properly
FIX    #853 - fixed targeting related crash on level change
FIX    #732 - ADV auto rifle now uses proper sprite
FIX    #732 - minor spelling/grammar fixes
FIX    #831 - fixed crash on trying to drop with empty inventory
FIX    #849 - pad trigger will no longer lock on use from ground
FIX    #846 - 0-damage sources (smoke screen) wont "benefit" from SoB
FIX    #830 - reset enemy number after wipe (fixes enemies left)
Next Update
Due to Game Industry Conference coming next weekend, the next update (0.8.5) will come in around three weeks time, although you can expect a bugfix version or two within the next few days :P

Help us out!
Please tell us what you think of the recent changes, in the comments, on the Forums or on Discord!

Also, we're launching this update with a discount, so if you're a dedicated player it's a great moment to share Jupiter Hell with your communities :)

Thanks for all your support, and see you next update!

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General Discussion / Jupiter Hell 0.8.3 RELEASED!
« on: September 17, 2019, 13:34 »
It's update time again!

This release has some significant gameplay changes! The tl;dr: we removed Eagle Eye, added Aim action and new traits, revisited and improved "transition" levels (first and last levels of a moon), improved manual targeting, balanced a shitload of stuff and added plasma ravagers. A more detailed description follows!

Accuracy
We've rewrote the accuracy calculations and decided it's time for a significant changes in this territory. Following our design goal of not having traits just increase numbers, we've removed Eagle Eye. In turn we added a new basic action, Aim, activated by waiting (the same as hunker - you can have both now!). It gives a whopping +50% to accuracy (up to 100% after two waits). But there's more - several new traits have been added instead! Marine got Focused fire (+10% accuracy to every next successive shot if only shooting), Scout got Deadly precision (your Aim bonus is also a bonus to critical chance) and both Scout and Marine got Steady shot (retain the aim bonus after shot). Technician already benefits much from Aim synergy with Hunker, so we gave him a different trait - Tinkerer (+2 charges on stations).

Looking at aim we obviously looked at cover too, now accuracy always helps to avoid cover properly - this fixes a few wierd behaviours too! At the same time we noticed problems with shotgun damage vs cover. Movable cover was taken into account, but wall cover wasnt. We decided to go halfway - cover affects damage, but only half as it affects accuracy of weapons. To offset shotgun stopping power, we increased basic shotgun damage.

Ranges
Following that we took a look at ranges and noticed that they're not to clear. The minimum range was tweaked so now it's the minimum range at which you have full accuracy, and the max range is the range at which you still have any base accuracy. We tweaked some values to a couple weapons, see CHANGELOG below for details - most notably chaingun has now minimum range 3.

Manual targeting
Accuracy also made us take a look at manual targeting. Now the last manual target is remembered unless you move, and as a bonus you can see the health of inanimate objects! I hear rejoicing from blind fire abusers, but hold your horses - aiming at stuff you don't see no longer takes accuracy into account (how can you aim at what you cannot see?) and has the standard -50% to hit penalty against things that are not targeted.

Weapon/Armor mods
Further on the balance train we also took a look at modding. We decided to reduce the mod capacity increase of Whizkid to +1, but to offset that we decided to allow everybody to mod exotic (magenta) weapons with one mod. The idea is that due to overmodded basic weapons there was no place for exotics or ADVs in the meta unless you were a Technician (who can still multi-mod them).

Balance
A small change that might not immediately pop from the list - enemies are now more aggressive, especially in their optimal range. They will more likely shoot instead of moving, especially at the higher difficulties.

We hope that some of the balance changes will introduce more weapon variety viability as well as make mid-late game harder (e.g. we buffed the armor of post-Callisto formers and Summoner). The latter goal is still in the works though (in the meantime play around with plasma ravagers). In general we hope that Scout got a general buff in this release to make him as viable as the other classes - between Deadly precision, Aim and the stealth vs melee improvement.

Transition levels
However, the most immediately visible change is the transition levels! No longer will people ask us how do you take an elevator from Callisto to Europa :P. We took the occasion to add some balancing too - e.g. you have all three energy weapons guarantee to appear on Io early levels.

Visual
Finally there are visual improvements with shadows and smoke effects. The former being a side effect of FINALLY fixing the Iris Pro shadow bug!

Full changelog below!

Changelog
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NEW    #792 - Callisto L1 upgraded!
NEW    #772 - Aim action added (use Wait to add +50% to hit)
NEW    #777 - new trait - Steady shot (retain your aim between shots)
NEW    #777 - new trait - Focused fire (successive shots +10% acc)
NEW    #777 - new trait - Deadly precision (Aim bonus -> crit chance)
NEW    #790 - new trait - Tinkerer (+2 charges on stations)
NEW    #780 - manual targeting remembers targets until you move
NEW    #779 - new setting - turning off "idle" voice quips
NEW    #771 - settings now in categories
NEW    #780 - targeting doors or other destructible objects shows hp
NEW    #690 - weapon range and accuracy topics added to Help
NEW    #796 - plasma ravagers added
CHANGE #800 - Valhalla Spaceport updated
CHANGE #801 - Europa L1 - smaller "intro" level with own generator
CHANGE #804 - Europa Central Dig revisited
CHANGE #805 - Io L1 - intro level with guaranteed energy weapons
CHANGE #796 - Whizkid gives +1 mod capacity per level
CHANGE #796 - everyone can mod exotics once
CHANGE #798 - min distance now correctly shows the minimum distance
              at which the tohit chance is full while max distance
              shows the maximum distance at which it is possible to
              hit the enemy (consistency) - all values updated by 1
CHANGE #789 - stealth gives 150% evasion (so -75% melee to-hit)
CHANGE #777 - removed Eagle Eye
CHANGE #781 - shotgun damage properly depends on cover
CHANGE #781 - increased shotgun damage to compensate
CHANGE #777 - removed EE from Marine and Scout, both get Steady shot
              Marine gets Focused fire, Scout gets Deadly precision
CHANGE #776 - accuracy calculations refactored!
CHANGE #776 - accuracy now always helps to not hit cover
CHANGE #780 - vault, keydoors have now armor instead of shitload hp
CHANGE #769 - cannot aim at something you cannot see (blindfire -50%)
CHANGE #796 - most demonic melee enemies now cause Bleeding
CHANGE #805 - you can now compare amps on floor
CHANGE #788 - balance - hunter rifle min distance raised by 1
CHANGE #796 - balance - rocket launchers have min dist 2
CHANGE #796 - balance - chaingun min and opt ranges raised by 1
CHANGE #796 - balance - reduced auto, assault, energy max range by 1
CHANGE #788 - balance - non-ammo using enemy ammo drops made more
              consistent, with a guaranteed amount
CHANGE #796 - balance - revolver max distance raised by 1
CHANGE #796 - balance - turret max distance decreased (-acc on long)
CHANGE #796 - balance - enemies more likely to attack in opt range
CHANGE #799 - balance - europa+ formers have slightly better armor
CHANGE #799 - balance - CRI marines have better armor
CHANGE #799 - balance - summoner armor buffed
CHANGE #633 - improved shadow quality
CHANGE #807 - improved smoke rendering
FIX    #633 - Intel Iris Pro (esp macOS) - fixed shadow rendering
FIX    #776 - fixed hitting enemy in cover by firing at enemy behind
FIX    #776 - fixed high accuracy display and real chance mismatch
FIX    #778 - fixed repeating no ammo quip on reload dance
FIX    #781 - fixed mismatch of shotgun damage between world and UI
FIX    #768 - explosion range in targeting no longer reveals enemies
FIX    #796 - fixed advanced SMG's sometimes having no stats
FIX    #792 - fixed yet another case of lootbox in tight corridor
FIX    #805 - fixed display for armor value 10 and over
FIX    #774 - fixed rare cases of running out of texture space

A traditional bugfix release will probably follow. Next update will probably be 0.9.0 (note that the scheme we use moves to 0.10.0 afterwards, so it's NOT 90% ). It will probably be out at the beginning of October!

Thank you, and good luck!

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General Discussion / Jupiter Hell 0.8.2 RELEASED!
« on: September 02, 2019, 11:21 »
Hello marines, time for a content update! 0.8.2 is deployed and you can download it now (you might need to fully restart your client to trigger the update).

Please note there's no save compatibility - your previous run will be silently deleted. Your progress and statistics should stay unaffected.

Most notable change is the addition of the second Io branch - CRI Laboratories! It comes with its own special level - CRI Armory. We'll leave you to discover its secrets for yourself, although prepare as you would for Blacksite Vaults :P.

Second biggest change is Medical and Technical stations. They are carefully placed in terms of randomness (the bulk that you'll find is guaranteed), and allow for some control over your run. With Medical terminals you can either use them as stationary healing, extract a medkit out of them - a combination of both or even more :). Technical stations will allow you to better control your mod supply, or/and repair your armor.

Third topic of 0.8.2 is acid. You'll meet it both as a new barrel type, as well as in the furious hands of the archreavers. Due to the fact that this makes Anomaly even more deadly, we addressed the Friendly Neighbourhood Reaver issue, and guaranteed that those cozy creatures don't spawn right in your face.

Speaking of special levels, we've revisited some and improved the rewards for most of Callisto and Europa special levels. Among them you may find the newly added ADV rocket launchers and chainguns to even your chances out!

There are several smaller changes and bugfixes, most notably killing the fiend burn crash bug (hopefully for good!) and making Io and Boss Reavers not count to the 100% clear count (which should make some of you really happy).

Full changelog below!

[h1]Content updates[/h1]
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NEW    #496 - new branch - CRI Laboratories!
NEW    #496 - new special level - CRI Armory!
NEW    #563 - Medical and Technical stations added!
NEW    #753 - archreaver attack now with acid
NEW    #753 - added acid barrels
NEW    #761 - added additional generator to Callisto
NEW    #762 - ADV chainguns and ADV rocket launchers added
CHANGE #753 - Anomaly archreavers will no longer summon beside you
CHANGE #747 - Gateway and boss reavers don't count to max kills
CHANGE #750 - No more "alpha-strike" on Valhalla Command
CHANGE #750 - Valhalla Command improved (enemies and rewards)
CHANGE #563 - Ironman has now just 2 levels
CHANGE #563 - swapped armor and weapon position on UI
CHANGE #760 - Angel of Light Travel grants +20% move speed
CHANGE #752 - nerfed Summoner regeneration by half
CHANGE #752 - nerfed calibrated pistol and auto/pistiol amps a bit
CHANGE #761 - improved Callisto and Europa special level rewards
FIX    #749 - fixed ridiculous to-hit chance when targeting
FIX    #748 - fixed another burning death crash (hopefully the last!)
FIX    #755 - Angel of Confidence has 9mm ammo again
FIX    #761 - potential dead area fixed- industrial_wide_02 generator
FIX    #761 - fixed two cases of unopenable vaults

It is quite possible that a bugfix release will follow, as our point tester is on vacation :P. Next update (0.8.3) should appear September 12th and should be more content heavy than this one!

Thank you, and good luck!

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General Discussion / Jupiter Hell 0.8.1 RELEASED!
« on: August 15, 2019, 14:31 »
Hello marines! It's time for the first content/feature update! 0.8.1 is now deployed and you should be able to download it (you might need to fully restart your store client for the update to trigger).

Please note there's no save compatibility - your previous run will be silently deleted. Your progress and statistics should stay unaffected.

We've implemented a lot of changes and features, many of them suggested by the community - you might find one you suggested in this list :).

As far as new stuff goes, you'll mostly notice the damage types - EMP, Toxic, Fire, etc. Barrels now behave differently based on color, old enemies might have new attacks, and cyroreavers and toxic reavers will introduce you gently to the new damage effects. And to turn the tables you have access to new grenades - EMP and Gas (note that the old grenades have changed colors). There's a lot new exotic (magenta) weapons too!

Speaking of weapons the cell-weapon tier has been added - rifle, pistol and shotgun (bye bye armor :P). They all do plasma damage, which mostly behaves like pierce damage.

Early game benefits from slightly different gear between classes and a new Level 1 generator that eases into a given run by providing a more balanced first level clear. We also balanced armor and health drops a bit.

We're slowly working on improving Io too - you'll find the new Blacksite special level to be something a bit different from the old ones :).

AI has been more agressive. We'll be working more on the AI later, but you should definitely be able to kite demons now.

Angel of Shotgunnery has been moved to a higher rank requirement, and Angel of Carnage (which is subjectively more fun) has been unlocked in its place instead. AoSh should be easier now though, as we allow the use of grenades (and the plasma shotgun eats armored enemies).

Tough as Nails has been reworked to reduce the accuracy penalty instead of pain, and do it on a 50%/100% level.

UI wise, we've added a item description modifier (SHIFT or LTrigger on pads), which allows you to see the stats of a weapon on the ground (and compare them to the held weapon - nicer UI improvements comming to this later!), but also allows you to use the pickup key while held to use the item immedately from the ground.

Finally some visual improvements were done - to the particle and sprite effects and icons and to the visual rendering equations.

Full changelog below!

Content updates
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NEW    #682 - several new exotics added! (magenta weapons)
NEW    #524 - energy cells and plasma weaponry!
NEW    #686 - Blacksite special level!
NEW    #688 - starting gear - small med for Marine, .44 revolver
              for Scout and accuracy mod for Tech
NEW    #716 - cryoreavers and toxic reavers added
NEW    #524 - former CRI may carry plasma weapons
NEW    #715 - fire fiend sets you on fire
NEW    #540 - Barrels are now different - red ones have a larger
              explosion, blue are cryo and green are toxic
NEW    #726 - two new types of grenades - gas and EMP
NEW    #685 - Callisto 1 is now a small level with it's own generator
CHANGE #682 - exotics have same mod restrictions as advanced weapons
CHANGE #643 - Tough as Nails now reduces pain effect on accuracy
              instead of pain (by 50/100%)
CHANGE #643 - Hunker Down now requires a level of Tough as Nails
CHANGE #676 - fixed lootbox bug- much more consistent counts on HARD+
CHANGE #676 - buffed armor health a bit and repair kit rarity - added
              guaranteed armor boxes
CHANGE #716 - Containment Area has now different reavers
CHANGE #692 - AoShotgunnery now on moved to rank 3, AoCarnage rank 1
CHANGE #692 - AoShotgunnery now allows grenade usage
CHANGE #682 - slight nerf to CRI SMG, buff to JAC SMG
CHANGE #702 - slightly buffed grenades - more armor stripping to krak
              and more damage to frag
CHANGE #675 - demons no longer ignore the player if out of sight
CHANGE #675 - AI properly retalitates if fired from beyond sight
CHANGE #705 - minor changed to the boss fight
CHANGE #711 - A-mods decrese fire-time by 20%, B-mods decrease reload
              time by %20 (instead of 30%)
CHANGE #710 - minimun spawn distance from player increased by 1
CHANGE #685 - .44 ammo is more common on Valhalla Terminal
CHANGE #734 - SMG swap time reduced to 0.5
CHANGE #680 - AI groups keep patroling given area instead of walking
              around the whole map
FIX    #640 - "Mag size" instead of "Clip size"
FIX    #675 - chargers wont charge through doors anymore
FIX    #675 - AI wont get stuck behind boxes anymore
FIX    #688 - AoLT scout now properly starts with 3 slots
FIX    #710 - europa_03 sometimes missing elevators fixed

UI/Game/Visual updates
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NEW    #706 - chance to restore game progress on game crash
NEW    #693 - you can now abandon a game instead of Save and Quit
NEW    #677 - hold SHIFT/LTrigger to view/compare item on floor
NEW    #678 - SHIFT/LTrigger + G/A use item from floor
NEW    #679 - option to reduce or turn-off the text typing animation
NEW    #689 - option to separately configure CRT geometric effect
NEW    #673 - What's new/Changelog screen
CHANGE #677 - grenade info is shown in SHIFT mode and inventory
CHANGE #726 - frag is now yellow, krak is red
CHANGE #695 - Enemies left on level info on character screen
CHANGE #472 - animation and move speed now dependent on ingame speed
CHANGE #471 - smoke fx upgraded
CHANGE #728 - Improved Vulkan and OpenGL init and error reporting
CHANGE #674 - added GoG Galaxy integration and achievements
CHANGE #684 - integrated MacOS version for GoG
CHANGE #737 - improved linear space color calculations for particles
              and sprites and ambient light calculation which now
              finally uses correct linear color space
FIX    #735 - fixed ui icon blending issues
FIX    #725 - improved decal rendering on curved surfaces
FIX    #724 - rendering of ammo shells on ground
FIX    #720 - potential fix for loading non existing material
FIX    #675 - potential crash when saving game on Io fixed
FIX    #472 - fixed animated particles - now starting from index 0
FIX    #472 - proper loading of status effects on player
FIX    #471 - animation fix for particles
FIX    #724 - fixed ammo shell decals on floor
FIX    #707 - minimap no longer renders over the UI

Apart from a potential bugfix release, the next update (0.8.2) probably will appear in two weeks, however it will be slightly lighter on content, as we'll be half or this period attending Gamescom. You can expect further gameplay improvements by that time though!

Thank you, and good luck!

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Jupiter Hell finally has been released on Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development! Get it now and help us support its further development!

Jupiter Hell on Steam!
Jupiter Hell on GOG!


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Announcements / Jupiter Hell - Beta 0.7.0 RELEASED!
« on: June 22, 2019, 11:56 »


Welcome to Io, Marines - there's a war raging! There's a lot of meat in this release so gear up and get ready (and restart Steam to force the update!)

Read about it on the Jupiter Hell website: https://jupiterhell.com/news/27

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Announcements / Jupiter Hell FREE Weekend DEMO on Steam!
« on: June 21, 2019, 13:52 »
Play a FREE pre-release DEMO of JUPITER HELL on Steam all weekend! 

1. Retweet!
2. Join the Discord: https://discord.gg/jupiterhell
3. Message the CRI Command bot the secret passcode: !Hell4U
4. Play and wishlist!



WELCOME TO A TURN-BASED ROGUELIKE COSMIC HELL, MARINE!

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Announcements / Jupiter Hell BETA 0.3.0 Released!
« on: October 05, 2018, 13:17 »
Jupiter Hell Beta released!

The Beta is here! If you're a Beta backer or above you should by now have received an e-mail from us with the Beta 0.3.0 Steam Key - check your spam folder! If you can't find it, please get in touch with us.



You can read more about the release on the Jupiter Hell website!

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Announcements / Jupiter Hell Alpha 0.2.0 Released!
« on: August 10, 2018, 08:56 »
We've reached the Alpha 0.2.0 milestone - which means, Beta 0.3.0 is just around the corner!



If you're an alpha level backer check the Jupiter Hell Alpha subforum to read release the notes and download the alpha. It's available for both Windows and Linux.

Read the full Alpha 0.2.0 update at the Jupiter Hell website!
https://jupiterhell.com/news/20

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I'm posting this design discussion in General, as I need as much feedback on this as possible. As you may now, we're trying to make Jupiter Hell as accessible as possible, but at the same time we're trying not to lose tactical depth and the choices involved. Usually I manage to find a reasonable compromise for that with the mechanics, but now I hit a problem.

I have a plan for a fairly complex damage calculation system, but I'm afraid it will not be very easily understandable to the casual players. We already decided that weapons in JH will have constant damage (for simplicity and tactics vs randomness sake), however we also want different weapons to interact differently with different enemies (resistances/armor). Apart from different weapons there will be also different ammo (think armor-piercing or hollow point) usable with the same weapon type that will have different characteristics.

The current (Alpha 0.0.3) system works as follows:

We have damage types (impact, slash, piercing - more to come like plasma, fire etc), beings have health and armor. Armor is a single number with a set of resistances. In general, impact is default (no modifiers) so just take the damage, substract the armor, and that is the amount of HP damage. Slash damage (used by shotguns, maybe we'll change it to shred instead) and piercing works the same, but doubles or halves the armor value respectively, so a 9 damage slash shot against a armor 2 enemy deals 9-2*2 = 5 damage. This is simple, although more complex than say XCOM, but it works.

However, this does not give me the design space I'd like, so I wanted to go forward with the "Damage 2.0" system:

  • both armor and health has resistances
  • by default, armor is *2 against slash, * 0.5 against piercing
  • by default, hp for humans is *2 damage from slash, * 0.5 from piercing
  • in contrast, hp for mechanical enemies is *0.5 damage from slash, *1 from piercing/impact
  • a skeletal enemy could have hp at 0.25 from piercing/slash and *2 from impact

However, I have problems with - is it easily understandable? Is there a way to easily communicate the system to the player? This is not something that could land in a tutorial (it's too deep mechanics) and without tooltips it would be hard to convey this to the player - any idea how to list that information on the player screens? Finally, it might be confusing for casual RPG players, that by default from the get go you have different resistances for piercing/slash as the player.

I know that this system is pretty simple as far as deeper RPG's go, but I do see major benefits from having clear-cut mechanics like XCOM does...

Your feedback is needed!

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Announcements / Jupiter Hell Alpha Released!
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:51 »
After many months of hard work, with much love and support from our community, we have now shipped Jupiter Hell's first Alpha release! We're now on Alpha 0.0.1, which is a good start.



If you're an alpha level backer check the Jupiter Hell Alpha subforum to read release the notes and download the alpha. It's available for both Windows and Linux.

Read the full Alpha update at the Jupiter Hell website!
https://jupiterhell.com/news/18

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