Its finally here - patch 1.1.0. This patch has two main features - Goons Follow You and AI Construction of new parts of the city. It also has lots of extras, such as a new game mode (Strategy Zero) and lots of QoL improvements, such as improved repair mechanics (including city autorepair), improved base raiding and a upgrades to the minimap. Let's get started!
AI Goons Follow You
Above: Raiding a faction base with 2 recruited goons
Remember those goons you can hire in bases? You can recruit them as your personal escorts now. You can order them to:
- Follow you
- Guard a location
- Advance to your marked waypoint on the map
- Return to their home base
You can have at most 4 dudes following you or having orders issued (goons with guard orders count as under your command). Goons will follow you into and out of vehicles and warp back to you if they get too separated from you.
This also gives you a useful way to fight Turf Wars. Have multiple bases, garrison your front line bases and garrison you back line bases. Have the goons from the back line follow you and you can attack the enemy bases with them.
Or you can use them to raid a bandit base if you breach the walls. This opens up so many gameplay possibilities!
Additionally goons can wear hats! Your goons now wear coloured hats that match your colour, as do the goons of other factions, so you can easily see who's on what side. Some CDF officers also wear hats too!
Finally all mobs now heal at a rate of 0.5%/sec, so your followers should be healed between engagements. If a goon is in their home base and is not in combat for 12 seconds, they now fast-heal (just like the player does).
The AI Now Builds Cities
The AI Factions can now establish new bases and construct new regions of the city. They won't construct for the sake of construction - they will only build if a Human player is approaching them in Networth or has many more bases than them.
Above: 4 AI factions were allowed to expand without restriction here. They have constructed most of this city (faction controled areas are coloured).
This now means that the AI is a strategic threat to the player that spreads out and takes over the map to counter the player as you grow more powerful.
The AI will also establish new bases to facilitate its expansion. It'll either place new bases in large vacant areas near its current holdings or it'll expand to unexploited parts of the city.
Finally the AI will now also repair any damaged bases they have over time.
New Game Mode - Strat Zero
This patch introduces the Strategy Zero game mode. Its a cross between Turf Zero and Strategy. You start on a blank map with 16 players and they build up the city. But watch out, they will start wars!
Major Economic Changes
All construction costs QUATERED! This is so that you can get into building stuff from the game's start rather having to beat high paying missions first. Racketeering costs have also been reduced, as have incomes to not effect the balance of the investing side of the game.
Revamped Peace + New Peace Demands
The game now has a warscore system. There is also a small check box telling you if the AI is likely to accept or reject your peace deal and give you a reasoned breakdown why.
There are 2 new peace options: demand reparations and demand humiliation.
Reparations give make the other side pay 10% of their income (before expenses) every hour while the truce is in effect.
Humiliation makes the other side lose 20 reputation each. If they have positive reputation then you'll get half of the amount that they lose (so if a side has 10 reputation you'll get 5 and they'll be set to -10 rep).
This gives you the ability to demand stuff from factions, weaken them and strengthen yourself without taking bases and gaining aggression.
Once a war ends the players/factions will have a 32 minute truce, preventing further declarations of war between them. Players/factions cannot join an offensive war with someone they have a truce with.
The city now auto-repairs over time. For a standard sized city this there is ~1% chance/min of a lot auto-repairing. Auto-repairing is free and it doesn't matter who owns or racketeers the lot. Only roads and economic buildings auto-repair and lots do not auto-repair if there are players nearby.
Repairing Lots With Chests No Longer Wipes the Contents
All this construction and repairing here and there has necessitated some improvements for the game server. The game server will pre-load areas undergoing AI construction, so when the AI decides to plonk down 200 road tiles it doesn't slow down the game.
The game now does staggered autosaves too. Before people were sometimes having autosaves that would take 1 or 2 seconds. This may not sound much to you as a player (its only an occasional nuisance), but it could wreak havoc on the AI - making their cars crash off of the road. The server now splits autosaves over many frames (if needed) to prevent these lag spikes.
Allied goons appear on the minimap as smaller triangles and civilian vehicles appear as white rectangles.
The CDF also appear on the minimap, as red rectangles or red triangles. You can only see foot CDF if you are less than 40m away from them. If you have notoriety the CDF flash red and blue
Improved Base Raiding
I've added a simple timer to Bases and Bandit Bases. When you kill a bandit or a base defender the base will not respawn a new one for a few seconds (5 on normal, 8 on easy, 2 on hard). This prevents insta-respawns that snag newer players.
Of course, with the addition of goon-orders this opens up a lot more strategies too!
Human Players can now Launch Base Attacks
If controlling minions one by one isn't enough for you there's something a bit bigger now at your disposal. You can now launch Base Attacks from the map screen. When you have enough bases (6 currently) your first Base Attack Slot is unlocked, build more bases to unlock more. Your base attack charge rate is proportional to your base garrison levels: Garrison all your bases up to charge up your base attacks!
More icons for shops are finally available on the map
More info on players or factions are available from the Player Info screen:
I've done a little work on polishing placing-lots-as-bases. You now see the radius of influence of the new base you are about to place and the red is removed from the map as is the "You must have a base to build things" message (as you can legally build a base anywhere).