9.16 Update Notes

CM Chris
CM Chris
KIXEYE Community Manager
Joined Mar 2014 Posts: 3,733
edited 16 Apr 2019, 11:03PM


Greetings, Captains. The 9.16 update is deploying Tuesday, April 16th at ~4:00 PM PDT. This update contains support for a new campaign, the April Forsaken Missions, April VXP Weekend, several balance changes, and new component retrofits for T8 Siege.



T8 SIEGE COMPONENT RETROFITS

New retrofits will now apply to broader component groups within their class as an additional means of helping reduce PvE repairs, while ensuring that retrofits are not so granular as to be a pain. These three categories are:

  • T8 Siege Offense - 1% Damage / Level up to 10%

    • Devastator Cannon

    • Annihilator Cannon

    • Raptor Launcher

    • Stalker Launcher

  • T8 Siege Battery - 1% Building and Wall Damage / Level up to 10%

    • Radioactive Battery I

    • Ballistic Battery I

    • Lowered Cannon Mount II

  • T8 Siege Tactical - 1% Projectile Speed, Cannon Critical Damage and Radioactive Reload / Level up to 10%

    • Welded Barrel System

    • Insulated Charge Capacitor

    • High Velocity Rounds

    • High Pressure Piping


PvE & PvP SILOING

As part of the ongoing work to silo PvE and PvP from one another following the defense update, fleets containing a mix of both PvE and PvP ships will no longer launch into the world map or combat.


APRIL BALANCE CHANGES

Our regularly scheduled balance change pass has arrived, which will primarily be focused on PvP. Most of these changes are in 9.16, but we are calling out one additional change in 9.17, as it is part of the bundle.

The players who spent gold on these hulls since 3/1/19 to the time of release notes posting will receive a compensation gift to offset any setbacks incurred.

  • Resonance Capacitor and Resonance Battery - Released with 9.17

    • Starting on the 23rd these specials will no longer provide bonuses in base combat. They will still function exactly as they normally do in all other parts of the game.

  • Breacher Countermeasures

    • Accuracy decreased from 150% to 65%.

    • The accuracy bonus for being stationary still applies.

  • Vassago’s Pride - This change is correcting an oversight from the PvP refactor last year. The aura of Vassago’s Pride adding 250% damage is an out-of-balance number in relation to the scale at which things were tuned last year. You may have noticed your hulls getting instantly killed by Prides, and the Vassago’s Pride is the cause of that.

    • Flagship Aura - Corrosive Damage from +250% to +50%.

  • King’s Writ - The King’s Writ is a hull that simply does too much additional damage. This was an oversight from the PvP refactor last year.

    • Concussive Damage bonus from +225% to +125%.

  • Harlock’s Revenge and Revenge - Similar to Vassago’s Pride and King’s Writ, these hulls have built in damage bonuses that are simply out of scale post damage refactor. They are being brought in line.

    • Concussive Damage bonus reduced from +315% to +115%.

  • Thunderlord - The pressure created by the Thunderlord against ships attempting to stay at long range is correct, but the pressure it creates on ships attempting to engage with a base directly is a bit more than we’d like. The minimum range has been pushed out, and projectiles travel slightly slower now.

    • Projectiles travel roughly 20% slower.

    • Minimum range increased from 250 to 300.

  • Tempest - The Tempest is a little stronger than we intended it to be, and the community has been pretty vocal about how much they dislike that. We’re bringing it in line.

    • Damage decreased from 800,000 to 600,000.

    • Accuracy decreased from 80% to 70%.

  • Piranha Depth Charge IV - Just a bug fix!

    • Should now correctly deal damage to submerged targets.

  • Deathrattle Rockets - Deathrattle Rockets were overlooked in tuning for the Defense Update. Unfortunately, this has left them in a devastatingly overpowered state; they are getting the same damage adjustment that most weapons received with the Defense Update in the interest of keeping them in line with pre-Defense Update behavior.

    • Damage reduced from 78,000 to 54,600.


Additionally, the refit tax removal period has ended. It will be re-enabled as part of this update. 



APRIL FORSAKEN MISSION

Cycle 1
Begins: Wednesday, April 17th @ 3:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, April 24th @ 12:00PM PDT

Cycle 2
Begins: Wednesday, April 24th @ 3:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, May 1st @ 12:00PM PDT

Cycle 3
Begins: Wednesday, May 1st @ 3:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, May 8th @ 12:00PM PDT


The April Forsaken Missions contain lots of great components to claim and improve your ship builds. Don’t miss out!

Full briefing releases Tuesday, April 16th.


DEATHLY VISAGE CAMPAIGN

Begins: Wednesday, April 17th @ 12:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, April 24th @ 12:00PM PDT

Get your hands on the Basilisk, weapons, upgrades, and tokens - with the Deathly Visage campaign. Bring your Legendary Eradicator or Shrike fleets and earn prizes that will level up your PvP arsenal.

  • [Prize Pack 1] Medusa Missile; Medium Basilisk VXP Token x1; Basilisk Hull Upgrade Kit x10; 1d Basilisk Hull Upgrade Token x1

  • [Prize Pack 2] Dark Cloud Mortar; Medium Basilisk VXP Token x1; Basilisk Hull Upgrade Kit x30; 1d Basilisk Hull Upgrade Token x1

  • [Prize Pack 3] Basilisk Hull x1; Medium Basilisk VXP Tokens x2; Basilisk Hull Upgrade Kit x40; 1d Basilisk Hull Upgrade Token x1

  • [Mastery Pack x3] Medium Basilisk VXP Tokens x2; Basilisk Hull Upgrade Kit x40; 1d Basilisk Hull Upgrade Token x1


WHAT LURKS BELOW CAMPAIGN

Begins: Wednesday, April 17th @ 12:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, April 24th @ 12:00PM PDT

Obtain the Lurker! Bring your Bat Ray and Razortail fleets to earn the Lurker Hull and VXP Tokens, along with lots of other great prizes.

  • [Prize Pack 1] Abyssal Torpedoes; Medium Lurker VXP Token x1

  • [Prize Pack 2] Piranha Depth Charge IV; Concussive Upgrade; Medium Lurker VXP Token x2

  • [Prize Pack 3] Lurker Limited Blueprint x1; Medium Lurker VXP Token x2; 1d Lurker Build Token x1

  • [Mastery Pack x3] Medium Lurker VXP Token x2; 1d Lurker Build Token x2


BEYOND THE BREACH CAMPAIGN

Begins: Wednesday, April 17th @ 12:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, April 24th @ 12:00PM PDT

Upgrades for the Breacher have proved to be a powerful ally. Take your Bat Rays or Razortails against this Campaign to earn Upgrade Kits and Tokens.

  • [Prize Pack 1] Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Kit x10; 1d Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Token x1

  • [Prize Pack 2] Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Kit x30; 1d Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Token x1

  • [Prize Pack 3] Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Kit x40; 1d Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Token x1

  • [Mastery Pack x3] Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Kit x40; 1d Breacher Dreadnought Hull Upgrade Token x1


INTO THE BREACH CAMPAIGN

Begins: Wednesday, April 17th @ 12:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, April 24th @ 12:00PM PDT

Don’t yet have a Breacher? Take your ranked up Bat Ray or Razortail fleets to claim the Breacher Dreadnought, along with powerful weapons and VXP Tokens.

  • [Prize Pack 1] Arbalest II; Medium Breacher Dreadnought VXP Token x1

  • [Prize Pack 2] Raze Scattergun II; Medium Breacher Dreadnought VXP Tokens x2

  • [Prize Pack 3] Breacher Dreadnought Limited Blueprint x1; Medium Breacher Dreadnought VXP Token x2; 1d Breacher Dreadnought Build Token x1

  • [Mastery Pack x3] Medium Breacher Dreadnought x2; 1d Breacher Dreadnought Build Tokens x2


TITAN RISING CAMPAIGN

Begins: Wednesday, April 17th @ 12:00PM PDT
Ends: Wednesday, April 24th @ 12:00PM PDT

Break out your Mega Ships to pick up various modules and Mega Class Tokens.

  • [Prize Pack 1] Congreve Rocket Module; Pyro Engine Module; 6hr Mega Class Tokens x6

  • [Prize Pack 2] Missile Strike Drone Module; Drone Bridge; 6hr Mega Class Tokens x6

  • [Prize Pack 3] Exocet Missile; 6hr Mega class Tokens x3

  • [Prize Pack 4] Rocket Strike Drone Module; 6hr Mega Class Tokens x3


APRIL VXP WEEKEND

Begins: Friday, April 19th @ 9:00AM PDT
Ends: Monday, April 22nd @ 9:00AM PDT

Rank up your hulls by hitting VXP Targets and Robots Raiders out on the world map. As normal, the 98 target will only be available until Saturday at 9:00PM PDT.



  • [Ships] Mega Hulls cannot build the Missile Strike Drone Module or Rocket Strike Drone Module.

  • [NUX] Low-level cargos have too much health

  • [UI] Each prize popup from “Pairs Well With” in an event or FM has to be closed individually.

  • [UI] ‘Use VXP Token’ button is enabled while VXP Token modal is empty

  • [Other] General bug fixes and performance improvements



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  • CM Chris
    CM Chris
    KIXEYE Community Manager
    Joined Mar 2014 Posts: 3,733
    The balance changes specifically for 9.17 (res cap/bat changes) are on hold until further notice. The balance changes for 9.16 are still going forward as planned.
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  • CM Chris
    CM Chris
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    Compensation for the 9.16 balance changes will roll out with the update, with the exception of compensation for the Breacher Dreadnought balance changes. That compensation pack will be slightly delayed but will still be coming!
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