What a weekend!

Firstly, a big hello to all the people that visited us at our booth at Too Many Games! We really enjoyed seeing all your smiling faces and showing you all our new game!

Secondly, thank you to our devoted community. So regularly are we able to find volunteers from our game to help us at our booths, and it really speaks volumes to how awesome you all are.

As for the details, we had some awesome neighbors all around us down in Indie Row, and it was a real treat to just go around and try everyone else’s games, show off our own, and practice our pitches before we were open to the public. The sense of indie community was fantastic, with lots of us going around just to say hi and watching after each other’s booths when those inevitable bathroom breaks needed to take place. We even got invited to an indie dinner, where we all went out to grab some food after the con and really got to talk about the nitty-gritty bits and pieces of game development. It was a great time.

That’s in no way to take away from the attendees, who were also excellent. We had a whole plan to show our game trailer when there was nobody actually playing the game, and we probably got to play it for 2 minutes total. Everyone was super active and engaged, and we saw several faces coming back time and time again! We had a few special guests appear at the booth as well, and it was great to be able to talk to them and show off our game.

I love being able to show off the game in person, and I really feel like Guns of Icarus shines extra bright when a whole ship is sitting in the same room. Seeing groups of friends playing for the first time, getting excited in the chaos and screaming to ‘get on the hull!’, only to hear ‘I don’t know where the hull is!’, watching them explode, hearing them all laugh, and then watching them turn around and asking if they can try again was truly magical; I can’t wait to show off Guns of Icarus: Alliance at the next convention!


Clear Skies!

-Cameron

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We’re partnering with Steam on a one of a kind sale just for Guns of Icarus owners and friends.
Owners of Guns of Icarus titles get 50% off for a limited time*, when you buy a copy for a friend on Steam!

*Offer ends June 7th at 10AM PT

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New content:

  • New factions! The final factions have been added, the Arashi League and Yesha Empire. Each come with their own ship, gun, and cosmetics that are waiting to be unlocked.

  • Ship: Arashi Stormbreaker. An extremely agile ship to weave in and out of combat with ease. It may not be the fastest or the toughest, but with the right pilot and crew it’ll be a hard target to chase down while packing a massive punch.
  • Gun: Immortal Gaze Heavy Accelerator. Put together from the scraps buried beneath the sand, the Arashi have harnessed a mysterious and devastating power in the form of a new heavy gun. Hold down to charge its power and tear through armor and components.

  • Ship: Yeshan Judgement. A powerful ship with a primary and secondary heavy gun ready for dishing out significant damage from afar. A skillful pilot will be able to train the majority of the ship’s guns on enemies, but beware a spread out component layout.
  • Gun: Roaring Tiger Heavy Detonator. Exacting control are strong Yeshan characteristics that have even carried through to their weaponry. Launch powerful bombs into the air that can be detonated mid-flight with the alt fire button. Each bomb explodes 4 times!


  • Game Mode: Blockade. Control the skies in this high-octane struggle between the defence of your faction’s refineries against bomber ships & repelling skirmisher attacks from the enemy fleet!
  • New General Weapon: Nemesis Heavy Carronade. The robust cousin of its class, the Nemesis harks back to times when naval warfare reigned supreme. Its classic cannonball slug is a key ingredient to the power of this ordinance.

  • New PvP Map: Misty Mutiny. Take the fight of the skies to an exotic and alluring landscape woven together by nature and civilization. Use the cover of the misty environment to make your strike, carry out an assault in formation in the open valleys, or dig in your heels and unleash a maelstrom of your payload!

New Alliance Class progression:
  • Each class has an additional achievement that unlocks new cosmetic items! Unlock victory poses, repair tool skins, and ship decals to use across any class while you play!
  • Gunner Unlock: New Victory Pose. The language of victory is a glorious demonstration of your prowess and clever strategic skills in the battlefield. Show your foes your pride in this accomplishment with new victory pose selections!
  • Engineer Unlock: New Engineer Tool Skin. Trade is on the rise and with it new gear for prospecting engineers looking to put out fires with exquisite taste. Golden Chemical Sprays are now an available tool option, show some class in tools you use with mastery.
  • Pilot Unlock: New Decal. Stand tall amongst your adversaries with your own vessel’s ensign. A symbol of the loyalty and commitment to your faction and your cause

Changes:

  • War has changed the world… strong borders can been erected where battles wrought the most devastation. Seek new alliances, face new challanges for an unknown future…
  • All daily login rewards now include coins.
  • Adjusted faction colors for colorblindness
  • Added vignette to World Map
  • Tempest projectile performance improvements
  • Boss particles on guns tweaks
  • Better inflow for ‘solo’ players
  • Matched map icons for blockade to loading screen and sidebar
  • Enemy faction is now randomized when rematching in the same lobby

Fixes:

  • Fixed binding of inverted joystick “look” axes
  • Fixed missing click sound feedback in video options
  • Resolutions lower than 1024×768 are no longer shown in video options (they were incompatible with some UI anyway)
  • Fixed flickering decorations on birthday Magnate
  • Magnate: Fixed the “hole” where you can walk off the ship
  • Fixed some joystick/controller input being framerate dependant
  • Binding settings: changing tabs doesn’t go to the top
  • Fix misleading adjacency lines on world map
  • Fixed missing airplane sounds
  • Munitions upgrade from killing supply ships no longer modifies reload time (previously was bugged and increased reload time by 25%)
  • Fixed invisible hitbox suspended in mid-air on Northern Fjords
  • Inconsistent fonts on icon display and map
  • “Not Ready” in Match Lobby Lowercase
  • Fixed boss potentially not spawning when multiple progress events trigger in very rapid succession
  • Water collider and fan colliders
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The first war of Icarus ends. Long live the North!

The war ends with a begrudging surrender. The Northern Guard claims victory and an uneasy peace settles across the land. A peace that is more of a mask for the next insidious attacks from all the factions, piracy.

Those that don’t accept the fight as over are taking to raiding and pillaging. Some are loyalists looking to fight for honor others are opportunists looking to take the post-war chaos to make a quick buck.

So hide in your safe territory and strike out and plunder the world. Do it for your faction, for your pocket, and for an exclusive title!

The faction that has the most successful attacks by the end of the mission will all earn the exclusive Pirate title. No need to hold the territory, just capture, plunder, and move on!

This will continue until the 30th when a new patch drops and new factions join in with even more content!

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Greetings Fellow Sky captains and Crews!

We created the Tower of Babel! A maddening structure made by an angry god of code for our attempts to break the sky. While last night our new buildings looked good for Ambush, check out the violent dealings of our newest test build!

If you want to be the first to see all the content we’re working on. Follow us at twitch.tv/gunsoficarus where we show off every internal session and give away the password to the dev games early (and your chance for free items.)


NEW Bug: Towers of Babel

The new ambush building scaled up massively, but its collision box didn’t so the start of our test was in the middle of a massive structure that was impossible to find the top or end of. Do not test the jealous gods of code for they will smite you!


NEW Ship Naming: Yeshan

We were testing out the Yeshan ship with our latest fixes and something struck the team. We have not named the Yeshan craft (player and enemy) yet, but it’s something we’re working on right now. If there’s something that strikes you from what you’ve seen. Let us know!

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Greetings Fellow Sky captains and Crews!

We crashed our testing server! We were testing a bunch of MK2 weapons and broke the server!  In Between crashing everything we got to try some truly exciting things that we can’t wait to share with everyone.
Congrats on the Shrike and Tempest Launcher being earned. Your hard work in game has brought this new ship and weapon to PvP!

If you want to be the first to see all the content we’re working on. Follow us at twitch.tv/gunsoficarus where we show off every internal session and give away the password to the dev games early (and your chance for free items.)

New Gun: Mk2 Project

We’re trying to expand on the success of the Heavy Flak Mk2 which has been amazing to see players use. Today we tried everything from shotgun lasers to the newest room clearing Mk2 Cavitation Gun. We’re not 100% sold on it yet, but it was a great test especially when combined with Mk2 Telsa! The Mk2 Tempest with a slow moving missile offered a unique take on the weapon, but we have quite a few more ideas for all the weapons before we settle.

New Gun: Fan Made Mk2

Eric hasn’t been the only one trying out crazy new weapons. We took the Mk2 Carronade into Search and Destroy to a solid victory. The cannonballs over grapeshot approach was intriguing. There’s a lot of potential there and it was great to see how guys from the art team and engineering team reacted to this new and exciting beast.

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New content:

Night descends on Icarus!

  • Parous Glen (Night)
  • Ashen Scuffle (Night)
    • Enjoy a new visual experience as you navigate a dark and ominous lava-scape. These are the first of many night maps and have been testing for a while. This comes with a lighting change to lamps on ships to make sure even if you have a hard time seeing ahead of you, you’ll still know where you are on the ship!

 

PvP gains Alliance ship and gun!

  • New PvP Ship: Shike
  • New PvP Gun: Tempest Missile Launcher
    • Global community challenge. Since PvE players have to unlock new guns and ships, we wanted to attach the same idea to new PvP content. To make sure some players don’t have tools that others don’t, it’s a global challenge. Once 4700 matches of PvE are completed both the ship and gun will be available to everyone in PvP! We want to use this system for a bunch of rewards so let us know what you think!

 

  • Leadership medals
    • The first leaders earned a special reward for taking the top spots on the leaderboard. This was something we did manually, but now every leader will automatically get a medal and title for the work they’ve put in.

 

War begins!

The merchants hit their war goal over the weekend and with that, the small squabbles between factions have blown up into a full blown war! Merchants join arms with the Chaladon as the Immortal Insurrection and find themselves squaring off against the Northern Guard the combined forces of the Republic and Baronies.

Get into game to vote for your alliance’s goals. You decide your reasons for fighting and what you need to fight for next.

 

Changes:

  • Added a message that appears when a running Steam client is not detected, and prompts the user to restart Steam and then the game (used to quit immediately)
  • Changed display of Wall and Mission Reward to display approximated real efforts and % change instead of abstraction of curve that these are based on
  • Crusader visual adjustments
  • More accessible wanted leaderboard
  • Reduced leadership time to 4 days (from 7)
  • Updated opening cinematic
  • See skills and guns and ships locked and show how to unlock them with rollover
  • Added instructions for the world map
  • Tutorial improvements
  • Enemy AA Ordnance: Muzzle speed 500m/s (from 350)
  • Infiltration: Increase enemy budget, increased VIP hunting task force 0.5 (from 0.4), fixed issue with walls and enemy spawning interaction
  • Assault: Increased enemy budget, Mining Outpost (intermediate base) hull +30% and armor +25%, Manufacturing base (final base) hull +25%
  • Hard difficulty: Enemy base and AA ordnance damage -13% (from -25&)
  • Veteran difficulty: Drill & bases durability +35% (from 0), Enemy base and AA Ordnance damage +50% (from 0)
  • Hell difficulty: Drill & bases durability +55% (from 25)
  • New menu for books

 

Fixes:

  • Achievement adjustments and fixes
  • MAC: When displaying function keys to the player, macs now add ‘fn +’ in front of it
  • Chat overlaps window
  • Fixed a pathfinding issue that could cause matches to freeze up on certain maps (Thornholt Crest most notably)
  • On the statistics screen, if one hadn’t played a class yet, the most played ship is no longer shown as a white square
  • Infiltration: fixed mismatch between in-game and match-end display of VIP health
  • The CA list no longer continues off the UI when there are more than 7 CAs online
  • Fixed glitched world map when a system language other than US English was in use
  • Fixed typo in Lochnagar description
  • Fixed broken storm sky transitions after exiting a match while a transition was active
  • Fixed an error caused by people trying to activate special abilities in PvP
  • Team tab now properly displays the teams when spectating to the end match screen of a PvP match
  • Increased flare gun’s light brightness and fixed it overbrighting the helm
  • Fixed lights not falling back to vertex path (should improve dark maps on low settings)
  • Clan membership button disappears
  • Inconsistent load-out preview when joining ongoing match
  • Character customization lighting darkened
  • Fixed resource display during war
  • Fixed unlocked faction ships are not accessible in Evadne’s Ship Reports
  • Fixed missing loading screen images

 

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