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Planetary Annihilation: TITANS continues to improve with another recent patch

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Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, the massive scale RTS now being continued by the new Planetary Annihilation Inc had another small patch recently to further improve it.

After the recent update to add in more multi-threading, they've expanded it a step further. Released on Friday last week, update 112314 added in experimental multi-threading on official servers, performance and memory usage improvements to navigation cost cells, more logging so they can find issues, plenty of AI improvements, some server bugs have been fixed along with modding adjustments and making orbital attack lines in the orbital path visualiser more visible.

I'm really quite impressed how quickly they've come back to continue improving this RTS. They've got a lot more improvements to come, as they haven't upgraded the software behind various parts of the game yet like the UI system and so on.

It's quite different to any other strategy game, especially since the maps are based across entire planets you scroll around. I love the fact that the mini-map is essentially another game window which you can set to watch any point you want, it's very cleverly done.

Find it on Humble Store and Steam. With the current price, Humble seems cheaper than Steam.

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Cestarian 6 November 2018 at 10:55 am UTC
This game is great, and these updates are too, but the update we really need is making it possible at all to list dedicated servers in the server browser.

The official servers are complete trash, and I mean they are so bad that unless you limit yourself to playing on one planet, it will break and crash and burn before you can finish your match (this update should at least somewhat alleviate that, but when the server's resources are split between several matches at a time, it's still gonna happen)

And hosting a dedicated server to actually play with randoms rather than friends only is basically impossible, because the only way to connect to a dedicated server right now is with a direct connect function which the game doesn't even have (it requires a fucking mod!)

It is just shameful that the developer is not actually doing anything about this. As it stands this game will legit die from the moment they decide to pull the plug on those official servers, and that would be quite a shame.
Liam Dawe 6 November 2018 at 10:58 am UTC
I've no doubt they will work towards that, especially now they've begun improving all aspects of it.
MayeulC 6 November 2018 at 3:27 pm UTC
Welcome updates!

Does the improved UI plays nicer with AMD GPUs? IIRC it was an outdated version of CEF, or something like this, that was causing issues.
Liam Dawe 6 November 2018 at 3:30 pm UTC
MayeulCWelcome updates!

Does the improved UI plays nicer with AMD GPUs? IIRC it was an outdated version of CEF, or something like this, that was causing issues.
As mentioned, they haven't done that yet.
Cestarian 6 November 2018 at 7:05 pm UTC
liamdaweI've no doubt they will work towards that, especially now they've begun improving all aspects of it.
I sure do hope... But they've had years to do it already...
hummer010 6 November 2018 at 9:49 pm UTC
Cestarian
liamdaweI've no doubt they will work towards that, especially now they've begun improving all aspects of it.
I sure do hope... But they've had years to do it already...

Yes, and no.

Yes, because Uber had years to do it and didn't. No, because it is now being supported by a different team, who've only taken over recently.
Liam Dawe 6 November 2018 at 10:42 pm UTC
hummer010
Cestarian
liamdaweI've no doubt they will work towards that, especially now they've begun improving all aspects of it.
I sure do hope... But they've had years to do it already...

Yes, and no.

Yes, because Uber had years to do it and didn't. No, because it is now being supported by a different team, who've only taken over recently.
They are some of the original team though, although I know one of the team I used to speak to left for Unity.

So far, the new team seems to be doing good. Doing some things that also should have been done some time ago. Naturally, like everything it's a balancing act. They have to keep players amused and entertained, often in the form of new content which for some ends up becoming too big a focus over the more pressing game issues.

I hope the new team understand they need to really work on the core parts of the game, like the performance, upgrading the UI software to improve support across drivers, the server issue mentioned before by Cestarian and so on.
MayeulC 6 November 2018 at 10:59 pm UTC
liamdawe
MayeulCWelcome updates!

Does the improved UI plays nicer with AMD GPUs? IIRC it was an outdated version of CEF, or something like this, that was causing issues.
As mentioned, they haven't done that yet.

Yes, my bad, I must have read that too quickly and thought it was already in. I stand corrected, thanks!

Very much looking forward to it! That game never lived up to its potential to me, and I'd be interested to revisit it!
N30N 10 November 2018 at 4:16 pm UTC
hummer010
Cestarian
liamdaweI've no doubt they will work towards that, especially now they've begun improving all aspects of it.
I sure do hope... But they've had years to do it already...

Yes, and no.

Yes, because Uber had years to do it and didn't.
You're mistaken, it was long supported & only removed over concerns about complying with GDPR.
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