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The newer team behind Planetary Annihilation: TITANS has put out two new test builds, one built with newer modern tools and the other on their legacy toolchain. It comes packed with new features and updates too.

Why are they having two different opt-in beta versions on Steam? Simple, they wish to test their new modern toolchain versus their older one. You can opt into either and test!

Firstly, they're moving their entire server architecture over from UberNet to PAnet which also means moving their servers from Windows to Linux.

As for the game client itself, the legacy test build is still using the "Legacy steam linux runtime / GCC 4.8.4" whereas the other modern test build is using the "Modern steam linux runtime / GCC 5.4.1 (currently limited by steam linux runtime)". They say that moving over to much newer tools will help them to "lower RAM usage and boost performance, among other benefits".

As for what else is new, here's the short version (full version here):

  • Official PTE (Public Test Environment - the betas) servers using modern toolchain builds
  • 1v1 ranked maps expanded with four community maps
  • 1v1 ranked lobby is now anonymous showing Player 1 and Player 2
  • 1v1 ranked lobby leave option has been removed
  • AI improvements with reworked and retrained neural networks
  • AI commander selection
  • Server crash fixes

I tested the "modern" test build on my NVIDIA desktop and Intel laptop and both worked well. On my desktop, it's as smooth as anything. Surprisingly, on Low settings the game was also very smooth on my low-end laptop. There's a couple minor UI issues on the Intel Mesa driver, but seems to be playable enough.

So very happy they're really pushing forward with development again under a dedicated company. It still has a few hundred dedicated players, so hopefully the renewed progress to update it can boost the player numbers.

You can find Planetary Annihilation: TITANS on Humble Store and Steam (75% off!), probably the biggest RTS available on Linux (outside of Spring RTS games).

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liamdawe 23 December 2018 at 12:05 pm UTC
QuoteCoherent GT next year will be the big change for Linux.
https://twitter.com/PA_the_game/status/1076810497339514880?s=19

Looks like AMD and Intel UI issues will be sorted
MayeulC 23 December 2018 at 3:14 pm UTC
It indeed still has a lot of UI issues, with corruption popping up, and Steam crashes (while the game runs fine) if the overlay is enabled. But it seems to be better, as I could finish a skirmish

Liam, it seems the website has issues with the comments area, at least on Firefox Android. The smileys cover everything.
pete910 23 December 2018 at 3:40 pm UTC
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All I see is

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liamdawe 23 December 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
MayeulCLiam, it seems the website has issues with the comments area, at least on Firefox Android. The smileys cover everything.
Just checked, don't see the issue, can you screenshot and report in the bugs area of the forum please.
buenaventura 27 December 2018 at 12:11 pm UTC
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I just traded for a humble bundle copy of this, great! Will try it out soon.
Grim85 30 December 2018 at 5:55 am UTC
I am still having the major graphical corruption with mesa, even with the modern toolchain build, in the old builds if you started with --software-ui you could at least play the game, switch doesn't seem to fix it on the new build
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