Jupiter Hell 0.8.4 - Infernal Intellect!
Time to outsmart hell itself! The major 0.8.4 update is now live and most notably introduces a full overhaul of Jupiter Hell's AI system! Enemies now can hear you, smell you and humanoids know the value of cover!
The AI system has been completely rewritten - humanoids will now take and stay in cover if close, and most of the enemies will react to the noise you and other enemies make! To make things more interesting, fiends and ravagers can now track you by smell - there's nowhere to hide from them! The new AI increases the general difficulty, but makes (especially the early levels) the game more interesting - just standing behind cover and mashing "F" is no longer the best tactic - sometimes you need to retreat to bait the enemies to follow you, and often you'll be ambushed by enemies following you by scent, or interested in the noise you made.
The other big update is the introduction of weapon perks on ADV weapons. Take careful note of them as they might prove much better than regular modded weapons or exotics especially if the perk requirements are met. Perks for example can increase damage based on the type of enemy, your distance to them, whether they are wounded or make reloading of the weapon really fast if its empty, or even automatically reload on move! The perk list will be slowly expanded both in variety as well as adding them to other items in the future!
Two "quality of life" features have been added - an audible click on wait, and highlighting the last enemies on the level on the minimap (doesn't trigger on levels with summons). We also made "swap time" actually work propely, which also changes a lot - we reduced the 200% swap time weapons as this might be a bit much, especially for seasoned players.
Due to the AI changes we made some enemy nerfs - Callisto formers are less accurate, and the UV enemy buff of accuracy has been reduced to +10%. Speaking of UV, we also made it so that there are no "lucky drops" of early late game weapons - to provide for a more consistent early game.
We nerfed P-mods a bit, as they basically reduced endgame to P3-modding a rapid-fire weapon - to offset that, summoner armor has been nerfed and now everyone can single-mod ADV weapons and everyone has two levels of Whizkid. This is subject to change soon, as we'll be doing a full mod overhaul in the near future, so stay tuned!
NEW #852 - ADV weapons now may have unique perks! NEW #812 - Major AI overhaul! (see other issues for details) NEW #812 - humanoids will now consider (and stay in) cover! NEW #841 - most enemies will hear and investigate sounds! NEW #840 - fiends and reavers now can follow player scent! NEW #850 - waiting now plays an audible click NEW #851 - last 3 enemies may be revealed on the minimap CHANGE #812 - enemies will no longer ignore you if they saw you CHANGE #839 - AI aware state resets after losing target CHANGE #833 - UV enemy accuracy bonus reduced from 20% to 10% CHANGE #833 - Callisto formers have even lower accuracy CHANGE #833 - wall cover now gives 70% cover instead of 80% CHANGE #834 - p-mods give +1 on multishot bullet weapons (smg/auto) CHANGE #834 - nerfed summoner armor slightly CHANGE #834 - everyone can single mod ADV items CHANGE #834 - Technician can mod every item twice by default CHANGE #834 - every class has two levels of Whizkid CHANGE #835 - min depth for some items added - no early UV chainguns CHANGE #732 - reduced the emissiveness of lava cave rocks CHANGE #732 - improved terrain rendering performance CHANGE #847 - crash handler will work when Vulkan device is lost CHANGE #842 - crash handler will work when assertion fails CHANGE #824 - Aim modifier is always lost when switching weapons CHANGE #823 - Aim resets if loosing sight of enemy CHANGE #852 - Point Blank now gives +80% crit chance CHANGE #732 - optimized terrain rendering CHANGE #845 - decreased 200% swap-times to 150% to prevent surprises: FIX #845 - swap time now works properly FIX #853 - fixed targeting related crash on level change FIX #732 - ADV auto rifle now uses proper sprite FIX #732 - minor spelling/grammar fixes FIX #831 - fixed crash on trying to drop with empty inventory FIX #849 - pad trigger will no longer lock on use from ground FIX #846 - 0-damage sources (smoke screen) wont "benefit" from SoB FIX #830 - reset enemy number after wipe (fixes enemies left)
Due to Game Industry Conference coming next weekend, the next update (0.8.5) will come in around three weeks time, although you can expect a bugfix version or two within the next few days :P
Please tell us what you think of the recent changes, in the comments, on the Forums or on Discord!
Also, we're launching this update with a discount, so if you're a dedicated player it's a great moment to share Jupiter Hell with your communities :)
Thanks for all your support, and see you next update!