Midair in the Steam Winter Sale + A Special Gift

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If you or a friend have been on the fence about getting Early Access, now is a great time to get in on the action! Midair is in the Steam Winter Sale with a 34%-off discount, bringing the price for both early access and the FREE Progression Pass to just $20 (normally $30). Check out the Midair Steam page to take advantage of this awesome deal before it’s too late!

Hey Early Access Open Beta Backers,

It’s Time You Joined Us.

Also, because this sale price is the same as what supporters with Early Access Open Beta paid during Kickstarter and on our website, we’re giving them access NOW even though we’re not technically in EA Open Beta yet! You heard right – if you’re waiting for Early Access Open Beta, check your emails as keys have already been fired off through the twisting, winding tubes of the internet.

Happy Holidays everyone, and we’ll see you in Midair!

Hotfix 0.29.1 Patch Notes

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In the last patch we added a bunch of great new content but also introduced some issues due to the sweeping engine changes. We’ve spent some time fixing these issues and also snuck in many improvements including some Top User Issues for 0.29.1. This hotfix is LIVE as of this post.

Hotfix 0.29.1 Patch Notes

General

  • [Top User Issue] LCTF servers can now disable permanent flag IFFs when the flag is held, but it still has an IFF when flag is on stand or not being held (final implementation will also allow disabling of flag IFF in field)
  • Respawn prompt now shows time till respawn in all game modes
  • Rabbit now has a unique flag material
  • Star ratings now account for midairs specifically and non-midair hits are scaled based on how far away from the target they are
  • Added star ratings to Grenade Launcher, Plasma Gun, and Air Fighter
  • Updated Frag and EMP Grenade icons
  • The energy cost for Blink has been reduced from 60 to 40 in an effort to make this pack less punishing when used
  • “Teams are balanced” messages should occur less frequently in scenarios where the teams being balanced is obvious
  • Updated warp out effects including changing the colors to team colors instead of enemy/friendly
  • Temporarily removed kills from leaderboard to improve service reliability
  • The Death icon is now an X and the Evacuate icon is now an O

Missile Launcher

  • Using your jetpack now generates 25% less heat for all armors
  • In addition, heat conversion wasn’t considering the increased rate of energy usage for Medium and Heavy armors, so we have further decreased heat generation for these armors to make managing heat actually manageable instead of always staying at max heat
  • Dropping missile locks has been made slightly easier for every armor by increasing the heat threshold to drop missile locks
  • Missiles are now shootable (but it’s difficult)

Maps

  • LCTF-Hypothermia is back due to popular request
  • Outpost99: After listening to player feedback we’ve adjusted the terrain back to how it was pre-0.29.0 but included some changes made to the midfield area
  • Tenebris: Fixed deployable and collision issues inside the base
  • CTF-Brynhildr: Added missing repair packs
  • LCTF-Brynhildr: Added missing flag forcefields
  • LCTF-Tenebris: Added missing door blockers
  • Crashsite: Fixed various issues, improved LOD issues, added missing OOB grid to LCTF version
  • RB-Tenebris: Updated spawn locations
  • RB-Outpost, RB-Brynhildr: Removed floating door meshes, updated spawn locations

Bug Fixes

  • [Top User Issue] Fixed impulse behavior in all situations and all weapons (front midair, rear midair, side midair, etc.) – if you see this happening still, please report it!
  • Can no longer get illegal loadouts in SpawnCTF
  • Fixed disappearing/invisible projectiles
  • Improved poor FPS performance on weapon switch and in general
  • Fixed an issue where SpawnCTF servers added extra spawn time when the server switched to LCTF
  • Arena: Players Alive counter at top of UI now works properly
  • Added last man standing UI notification sound removed old temp sounds and cues from missile launcher and last man standing
  • Fixed guns casting ghost shadows on themselves
  • Deployable range indicators now work on graphics settings lower than Ultra
  • Adjusted blaster fire offset so it doesn’t come out of the middle of the screen and instead shoots closer to where the gun is
  • Fixed Heavy Character missing death and evacuate icons

Dev Log #18 – Build 0.29.0 Highlights, Patch Notes, and Team Change

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Welcome to Dev Log #18! Due to the delay in our last build release, we’re lumping together lots of features into one big release, now LIVE on Steam. This means we have a lot of new things to talk about and plenty of changes in the patch notes. We’re going to repost some of our content from Dev Log #17 just to keep a single record of all of the changes in this build. If you already read Dev Log #17, it’s still worth reading it all as we’ve added new information about additional changes.

Team Change

Before we jump into the patch, we wanted to announce that Asher (lencorp) from the Oceanic community has joined the team and will be doing project management and QA work with us. We’re excited to have him and look forward to working with him.

Think you have a skillset we could use? Want to offer help where you can? Email us at [email protected]!

Build Highlights

It’s time to dive into some of the great features now available in Midair!

“Spawn in Loadout” in Testing

When looking at community feedback we see a recurring theme around loadouts and spawning in CTF. In Midair, we want base play to be an important element of the game. One way we wanted to do that was to require every player to visit an inventory before equipping their selected loadout. This does shift importance to the base, but sacrifices some very common user experience benefits the industry has shifted to over time. Due to this feedback we are testing the balance of spawning in loadouts in some official servers. These servers have slightly increased spawn times but will enable players to spawn unrestricted in the currently selected loadout. When the generator is down, the entire team’s spawn time is increased. These values are easily changed through server configuration, so these settings may change over the course of this build’s life as we continue testing this feature. This particular setting is also not the extent of the tests we will be performing in this area to ensure players have a great experience playing CTF.

Servers where we are testing this feature:

  • [Branzone.com] Official – NY – Spawn CTF
  • [Branzone.com] Official – EU – Spawn CTF
  • Bittah.com Official – AUS – Spawn CTF

Slow to a Stop

Another common point of feedback we heard from players touched on how a player goes from skiing to walking. Previously, when a player was moving fast and wanted to transition from skiing to walking, they would almost immediately stop and gain traction. This gave the player stopping immediate control over their walking but made “finesse” movement where they might want to slow down slightly much more difficult to pull off. In addition, hitting players that were moving less predictably due to this control was just harder. In this build we’re introducing a work-in-progress implementation of slowing to a stop that attempts to solve these issues without reducing the feeling of control at low speeds. There are a couple issues with this implementation that we intend to fix but we wanted to get this out in the wild to get your feedback early on how it feels.

Deployable Range Visuals

For deployables like sensors and turrets that have an effective range, we’ve added a visual while deploying that communicates this range so you can make better informed decisions about where to place deployables.

Turret Clustering

We’ve implemented a turret clustering feature that allows more control over where turrets are placed while keeping the total number of turrets in an area manageable for the enemy offense. When placing turrets, you can now place turrets closer than before, but when two or more turrets are near each other they create interference, so subsequent turrets must be placed outside of the larger interference range. This is more inline with our final deploayble system design, but will be tweaked as we hear your feedback.

Tenebris Returns!

Tenebris is returning with a massive art update. The map has undergone some gameplay changes as well, particularly with the flag stands and bases.

The flag stand has been replaced with a refueling cargo ship with plenty of space to stash inventory stations or hide from the enemy defense.

The base interior has been brought to life and now features more paths and tubes to make gameplay more interesting when assaulting and defending the base.

There’s plenty more to see and explore on Tenebris. Jump in and take a look!

Vehicle Shields, Missile Launcher, and Flares

Vehicles have been in a weird place for a while now. The Air Fighter was really dominant in the right players’ hands while being very difficult to take down due to no weapons built to counter it. On the other side, the Tank has a lot of health but with enough focus from the enemy team it can be hard to stay alive. In this build we’re adding three key elements that will change up the balance for how vehicles are played and countered. We’ll describe these new features in detail here and pictures will follow on social media.

Vehicle Shields

The first thing we’ve done is make vehicles feel less brittle by adding shields that pull from the vehicle’s energy pool. This should help defend against stray ground fire slowly eating away at vehicle health and make it more resilient overall. However, pilots will need to plan carefully when moving in for an engagement, since taking too much fire or using too much boost will drain your energy pool and make you more immobile or more susceptible to enemy fire.

Missile Launcher

The Missile Launcher has long been on the roadmap and is now making its way into Midair. The missile works by locking on and homing to a target with a high heat signature. Players generate and lose heat through jetpack usage, but vehicles and base assets always have a full heat signature. If a target drops below the heat threshold, the missile will lose its target unless its heat signature increases back beyond the threshold or the missile time-detonates. If you’re locked on to by a missile, an alarm in your armor will go off alerting you to the incoming missile at which point you can choose to reduce your heat signature or use flares to distract the incoming missile.

Flares

Both players and vehicles can have flares that will divert incoming missiles when the missiles are in range of the flare. A single flare will divert one missile. For players, flares are equipped by selecting them as a throwable item like grenades or mines. Vehicles can fire off several flares in series but have a cooldown between uses. This means pilots will need to tactically use their flares then lay low while their cooldown resets. In addition, both handheld and vehicle-dropped flares will confuse future target locking from shoulder mounted missiles within the area while the flares are still active.

 

Stats, Match History, and Leaderboards

We’ve spent some time reworking our stats backend which enables us to retrieve and display player match history and create leaderboards – both of which are now in this build along with a menu UI functional revamp to make accessing these more straightforward. Here’s a quick look:

Match History

Your match history displays your most recent matches along with quick details about the match. Eventually this will also include a personal highlight, a way to view more advanced match statistics, and a demo playback button to relive your greatest moments. Let us know what you’d like to see here on the forums!

Leaderboards

Leaderboards stack you against other Midair players and your friends for each gametype in Midair. The three leaderboard views are: Global, Around Me, and Friends. The Global leaderboard shows the ranking of everyone in Midair starting at the top. Around Me shows you and players near you so that you can see what you need to do to overtake the players next in line. Friends shows your rankings compared to a filter of only your Steam friends. This is just the start of our leaderboards feature, so expect changes to happen based on your feedback!

New Map: Crashsite

Crashsite is now available for LCTF and Arena. This map features two dropships crash-landed in a desert with low visibility. Hop on to test out the new map and please post any feedback you may have in the forums!

Engine Upgrade

Midair has been upgraded from Unreal Engine 4.14 to 4.17. This upgrade provided several bug fixes, workflow enhancements, rendering features, and various engine optimizations. From a gameplay perspective, nothing should have changed. We still have a lot of work to do when it comes to optimization and changes in engine versions beyond 4.17 may be integrated in a piecemeal fashion. More about what’s in the engine upgrade can be found here.

0.29.0 Patch Notes

General

  • NEW: Missile Launcher weapon now available in CTF for medium and heavy armors
  • NEW: Flare Grenades now available for all classes
  • NEW: Vehicles now have flares
  • NEW: Vehicle Shields
  • Unreal Engine upgraded from 4.14 to 4.17
  • Hitting the ground relatively fast while not skiing will not immediately stop the player and will instead ‘skid’ while coming to a stop
  • NEW: A “spawn in loadout” mode for CTF is now in testing on some official servers
  • NEW: A “star” rating system for kills has been added and is displayed in the event feed
  • Turret clustering interference system has been introduced
  • Added player heat mechanic for heatseeking missile launcher
  • Jetpack and ski sounds are now different for each weight class
  • Buying vehicles now use the Activate/Use binding instead of having a unique key
  • A visual indicator for effective range is now shown when deploying turrets and sensors
  • The Missile Lancher has been added to some default loadouts in CTF

UI

  • Improved look of main menu to make it more consistent with the rest of the game’s UI
  • Added player Match History and Leaderboards
  • Moved player stats from Players tab to new profile menu
  • Removed Players tab and made it a button available only in matches
  • Added filters to server browser for passworded and official servers
  • Added escape key functionality to options menu, loadout submenus, and several other prompts in the game
  • Improved UX of exiting the game, a match, or returning to a match
  • Improved binding icons (rounded corners)
  • Improved vehicle HUD
  • Updated grenade icons to be reflective of the grenade type they are instead of using a generic icon
  • Official servers are now denoted by a star icon in the server list and can be filtered accordingly

Animations

  • Improved flag grab animations
  • Loadout Screen player models now have idle animations
  • Updated third person Mortar reload animation

Maps

  • Tenebris – Gameplay and art overhaul
  • NEW: Crashsite is now available for LCTF and Arena
  • Outpost 99  – Terrain changes
  • Brynhildr – Base changes
  • Sunset Cove – Terrain changes
  • Research – Gameplay overhaul
  • Frozen Lines – Terrain overhaul

Bug Fixes

  • Players can no longer stand on the flight ceiling
  • CTF-Hoki – Flag holders are no longer floating off the stand
  • CTF-Dam – Base windows no longer have broken collision
  • LCTF-Minora – Fixed translucency sorting issues with clouds
  • Ammo Pickup no longer block damage/impulses
  • Wall repair packs IFF can now be seen through walls
  • Fixed a bug causing players to be on different teams in Rabbit
  • Switching packs from repair or engineer now results in switching back to your previous weapon
  • Your deployed mines will no longer be red while on blue team
  • Fixed translucency sorting of OOB grid
  • Fixed cloak perspective being wrong on first person arms
  • Fixed Vehicle Pad not showing it was unpowered
  • Fixed flag base color not matching team color