Status Report: July 2018

A new month has arrived, and it’s time to review what went down in July 2018! The biggest addition to the game is the (first part of) the new syndicates feature. Now you can unite with other citizens in an alliance! Each membership gets expressed by a unique tag shown with your name, e.g. in chat. Speaking of chat, chat’s been updated and extended too. The combat system and private ships received various upgrades, and new 3D artwork, weapons, armor and consumable items have been added. As usual, our monthly status report includes a sneak peek of our plans for August. Enjoy!

New: Multiplayer Syndicates (part 1)

The first part of our new multiplayer feature is live and there is so much more to come! As of July 25th, you can unite with other citizens by starting or joining a syndicate. Read all details about this major new game feature in the dedicated blog post.

  • Chat – Syndicate members now automatically have their own private group chat tab.
  • CORETECHS – The new entry Syndicates brings you to your alliance in the case of membership, and it also contains a list of all existing groups.
  • Gov’t Center – In this area, you can now apply for a syndicate licence or support a foundation by giving your signature.
  • Tag – All members are marked with a unique syndicate tag in chat and profile.
  • University – New courses are now available which are required to found a syndicate.

New Features & Important Changes

  • New Mission – “Brinkmanship” is available on Yards of Gadani in the Alpha Centauri System. Some missions need to be completed beforehand; the minimum level requirement is 10.
  • Bashing (punishment) – Attacking and defeating the same citizen more than once in a 24 hour time frame now lowers your local reputation (the more successful attacks, the more it’s lowered).
  • Character (description) – Update your character’s description in your settings page.
  • Chat (channels) – More chat channels are starting to appear: general and help channel are available for everyone. A dedicated syndicate channel is available for every union and its members.
  • Combat (multiple) – A couple of improvements were added to the combat system, such as: an attacker won’t auto-flee anymore and and only the attacker risks fleeing to the Brig, not the defender (get more details).
  • Prices (reputation & skills) – Your local reputation now has an impact on prices (e.g. for local shuttle tickets), but your social skills can now also lead to price adjustments when buying/selling to vendors.
  • Private Ships (multiple) – In July, a lot was done thanks to the feedback of all the Captains in Tau Station. The balancing has been improved, ships take less damage now, and you get more helpful feedback (get more details).

Various Improvements & Changes

  • Credits (side bar) – In response to a common Community request, your bank balance of credits is now shown on the side bar, similar to your wallet.
  • Icons (hover tips) – Hovering over icons now reveals a tool tip explaining their meaning.
  • Items (Community) – 5 special items have been added, carrying the names of citizens in homage of their Community Spotlight contributions.
  • Items (new pictures) – 9 items received brand new 3D artworks (bring me to the list).
  • Profiles (weapons) – You can no longer see the “secondary weapon” description when you view another character. Better hope it’s not a BFG!
  • Stims (improvement) – The stat boost items now offer much greater boosts and less toxicity, making them more useful in combat.
  • Weapons (types) – Weapon types are now exposed in the detailed view of an item, as this has been a prominent request by our Community.

Plans for August 2018

Some of the features and improvements planned for August:

  • Avatars – Chose your alter ego.
  • Syndicate Campaigns  – Take a challenge with your alliance and enter the maintenance tunnels!
  • Syndicate Forums – A dedicated section only Syndicate members can access.
  • Syndicate Taxes – You will be able to change it (even down to zero).
  • Missions – UI to show the rewards after you succeeded.
  • Campaigns – Reward popup showing your rewards.
  • Items – Adding new images, e.g. for the new multi stims.
  • Chat – Several improvements and fixes.
  • and more…

Some Update Impressions

UI of the gun, check all stats in the game: https://alpha.taustation.space/item/silenced-song-of-dotsent
One of the new Community items: Silenced Song of Dotsent
Syndicate list at CORETECHS. with 3 existing syndicates, the detail view of one union is shown/opened
Apply for a syndicate membership
Example of the Info section, showing the name, description text, level, Syndicate XP, 4 of 10 members, and also stats like foundation time in GCT, founder's name, tag, recruiting status, min level and Genotypes that are allowed to join (all)
“My Syndicate” info screen with the basic summary

 

Bank credits have been added to your profile
Bank credits have been added to your profile
the new chat UI with multiple tabs: general, help, and syndicate in case of membership
The new chat UI, in this case without the syndicate tab which you only have in case of syndicate membership

Changelogs

You can find a short, detailed summary of every single update in their according changelogs, which we have been publishing on an a regular basis since we started the Closed Alpha Test. Here are all of the changelogs for July 2018:


About status reports

The status reports contain major aspects of the work done on Tau Station each month. As we’ve started to provide changelogs for every game update, you can find way more details, including all smaller changes, in these dedicated posts. Links to all updates / changelogs that happened this month are listed above.