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Impressive space combat sim 'ASTROKILL' has its first major update in a year

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ASTROKILL, the Unreal Engine powered and impressive space combat sim is alive again, with a major update now available for this Early Access game.

With this fresh update out it brings in an upgraded Unreal Engine to 4.21.1, a completely new HUD with customisable colours, all asteroids and debris have been given a makeover to be more varied and realistic, mission loading time has been reduced, 4K display support, a new objectives system, new objectives in various missions, AI improvements and quite a lot more. See the full update notes here.

In my testing of this update, the Linux version (which uses Vulkan) continues to work well and performance with everything maxed out seemed very smooth. Audio volume is an issue though, with the speech being far too low for me compared to the rest of the game audio but that's a minor point.

Since this is the first major update in about a year, the developer posted about the delay in a longer post on Steam. They talked about how it's basically a one-person show and they've been at flight school, which was more time consuming than they thought. They also mentioned how they understood ignoring all social media about the game during that time was "NOT good". I think most of us will appreciate their openness on it, life is hard and trying to develop games on top of real-life work is hard.

With that out of the way, they did say they're now working on "new ships and structures" which they need for some other missions.

You can find it on Steam in Early Access.

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mirv 21 February 2019 at 3:29 pm UTC
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....aaaaaand I think I know what I'll be playing around with tonight. Good to see an update, and I'm incredibly curious about how well Unreal Engine with Vulkan will work on my Kaveri.
(I don't keep games installed if I'm not playing them, so I don't really see notifications about game updates unless they're posted here.)
Liam Dawe 21 February 2019 at 3:45 pm UTC
mirv....aaaaaand I think I know what I'll be playing around with tonight. Good to see an update, and I'm incredibly curious about how well Unreal Engine with Vulkan will work on my Kaveri.
(I don't keep games installed if I'm not playing them, so I don't really see notifications about game updates unless they're posted here.)
And that's why I've got so much of my library installed, to keep everyone up to date
Eike 21 February 2019 at 4:01 pm UTC
mirv(I don't keep games installed if I'm not playing them, so I don't really see notifications about game updates unless they're posted here.)

Major updates should be posted by the developers as news (that's my hope at least), so following the games could help.


Last edited by Eike at 21 February 2019 at 4:02 pm UTC
Egonaut 21 February 2019 at 4:29 pm UTC
EikeMajor updates should be posted by the developers as news (that's my hope at least), so following the games could help.

This could be helpful as well: https://store.steampowered.com/updated/myapps/
hummer010 21 February 2019 at 4:58 pm UTC
liamdawe
mirv....aaaaaand I think I know what I'll be playing around with tonight. Good to see an update, and I'm incredibly curious about how well Unreal Engine with Vulkan will work on my Kaveri.
(I don't keep games installed if I'm not playing them, so I don't really see notifications about game updates unless they're posted here.)
And that's why I've got so much of my library installed, to keep everyone up to date

Thanks for taking one for the team!!
Liam Dawe 21 February 2019 at 5:02 pm UTC
Egonaut
EikeMajor updates should be posted by the developers as news (that's my hope at least), so following the games could help.

This could be helpful as well: https://store.steampowered.com/updated/myapps/
The problem here, is that there's tons of developers who only post changelogs in their Steam forum as lots of developers feel like they spam users with updates.
mirv 21 February 2019 at 5:52 pm UTC
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Well, it sadly locks up on low settings for me. Unreal Engine problems everywhere in the logs...but it works ok on everything not low. And by works ok I mean it renders correctly, responds, but runs at a framerate that would make a snail say "how slow". Basically I don't think this is a game cut out for a Kaveri, which isn't exactly surprising really but I had to check.

Otherwise, compared to when I last gave the game a try...wow, what a difference. Really has had some serious work done to it.

--edit: it doesn't need Steam to run by the looks of things, in case some people find that interesting.


Last edited by mirv at 21 February 2019 at 5:57 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 21 February 2019 at 6:11 pm UTC
liamdawe
mirv....aaaaaand I think I know what I'll be playing around with tonight. Good to see an update, and I'm incredibly curious about how well Unreal Engine with Vulkan will work on my Kaveri.
(I don't keep games installed if I'm not playing them, so I don't really see notifications about game updates unless they're posted here.)
And that's why I've got so much of my library installed, to keep everyone up to date
Your hard drive/s must be a monster.
iiari 21 February 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
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My pointer isn't working on the Linux build so I can't select anything. The game seems to work perfectly in Proton, however.

I'm a big fan of this title and have played both campaigns all the way through. I love the engine but feel some modifications have made things a bit off. I'd like better momentum directionality, and for left and right thrusters to have more effect. Also, it feels like the enemy is EMP bombing me like mad, so much so I really can't do much in some missions. The dev has been on and off responsive on Discord, I'll reach out there...


Last edited by iiari at 21 February 2019 at 6:43 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 21 February 2019 at 7:43 pm UTC
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liamdawe
mirv....aaaaaand I think I know what I'll be playing around with tonight. Good to see an update, and I'm incredibly curious about how well Unreal Engine with Vulkan will work on my Kaveri.
(I don't keep games installed if I'm not playing them, so I don't really see notifications about game updates unless they're posted here.)
And that's why I've got so much of my library installed, to keep everyone up to date
Your hard drive/s must be a monster.
I have four, all of them almost full...
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