Steam Updates and Releases 09 August 2011

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Team Fortress 2 Update Released

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 02:49 PM PDTNew on Steam 09-08-11

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Team Fortress 2

  • Renamed The Tamrielic Relic to The Dragonborn Helmet
  • Updated The Original, The Dragonborn Helmet, The Anger, The Pip-Boy, and The Wingstick so they can be purchased/crafted/traded/found
  • Updated the gamehaptics file
    • Added draw/recoil/reload/crit forces for The Original
  • Updated the localization files

Counter-Strike: Source Beta Update Released

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 01:54 PM PDT

Updates to Counter-Strike: Source Beta have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Counter-Strike: Source Beta

  • Fixed players not being able to buy smoke grenades
  • Fixed case where releasing the fire button on AWP is ignored and the player needs to press fire twice
  • Fixed DX8 crash

Left 4 Dead 2 Update Released

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 12:44 PM PDT

Updates to Left 4 Dead 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Left 4 Dead 2

  • Fixed issue with awarding the “Connecting Fights” achievement

Chantelise Update Released

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 11:46 AM PDT

  • After defeating the Volcanicrab in the Ignan Ruins, Chante now correctly states that the player can use three magic stones.
  • Selecting the "Simplify barrels/torches" option in custom.exe no longer causes the game to spit a few errors on startup.
  • The display error with the Survival Dungeon floor counter has been corrected.
  • The late-game magics that summon the elemental spirits now all have correct spell descriptions.
  • Using the Return to Title option in windowed mode during plot events now properly terminates the event.
  • Mackerels in the Emperor-Bug’s Tomb have had a bug fixed and no longer make the fishing minigame unplayable if you fail to catch them on the first pull.
  • The song list in Jukebox Mode is now properly in English.
  • The few typos in plot events and in the post-game event listing have been corrected.

Tropico 4 - Demo Now Available!

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 11:30 AM PDT

The Demo for Tropico 4 - Steam Special Edition is now available to play on Steam!

Get ready for Tropico 4 by playing the Demo now. It contains the full tutorial comprised of 4 missions as well as the first campaign scenario.

Plus, Tropico 4 is available for pre-purchase and comes with a copy of Tropico Reloaded to play now! Already own Tropico Reloaded? Give the extra copy to a friend!

The Steam Special Edition of Tropico 4 includes an exclusive island (Isla Nublar) and El Presidente avatar costume (Luchador). For the first time in the Tropico series, the Tropico 4 Steam Special Edition comes with 50 Steam achievements!

Midweek Madness - Terraria 50% off

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 10:38 AM PDT

Terraria is available at 50% off during the Midweek Madness sale. Offer ends Thursday at 10am PDT.

Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint.


Terraria Update Released

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 10:04 AM PDT

Updates to Terraria have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

NPCs

  • New Enemy : Spike Ball (An Immortal Enemy.)
  • New Enemy : Blazing Wheel (An Immortal Enemy.)
  • New Enemy : Dungeon Slime (Contains Golden Keys)
  • New Enemy : Goblin Scout
  • Hornets in the Underground Jungle now shoot stingers. These stingers have a 1 in 3 chance of poisoning their target for 10 seconds.
  • EoW is no longer “defeated” when he flees.
  • Cursed Skulls now now have a chance to apply the Cursed debuff.
  • Npcs that are far from home and try to turn to return home will no longer twitch left and right when stuck.
  • Bats, Harpy and Demon AI has been improved to prevent wall hugging.
  • Slimes when in water will now turn around when they have no where to go.
  • Man Eaters and Snatchers now have less HP, and are drawn above tiles rather than behind.
  • Lava Slimes no longer spawn lava when killed.
  • Meteor Heads now move much slower but do a lot more damage.
  • Bone Serpents now have a new death sound, and their hit-box has been fixed.
  • Hornets are correctly now unable to enter water.
  • Vultures should no longer ‘float’ if the sand they are perched on falls from beneath them.
  • NPC’s furniture requirements have changed to work with new items.NPCs now requires one “comfort object” (Chair, Throne, Bench, Bed, Toilet) and one “flat surface furniture” (Table, Dresser, Workbench, Tub, Bookcase) for a room to be complete before they will make it their home.

Items

  • New Item : Shadow Key
  • New Item : Golden Key
  • New Item : Shadow Chest (These require the Shadow Key)
  • New Item : Obsidian Background Walls
  • New item : Mud Background Walls
  • New Item : Jungle Spore (Replaces Jungle roses former crafting uses.)
  • New Item : Tattered Cloth
  • New Item : Battle Standard (Allows for manual starting of the Goblin Invasion)
  • New Item : Piano
  • New Item : Loom (Crafting Station, Now required for crafting most clothes from silk.)
  • New Item : Bench
  • New item : Dresser
  • New Item : Bathtub
  • New Item : Red Banner
  • New Item : Green Banner
  • New Item : Blue Banner
  • New Item : Yellow Banner
  • New Item : Lamp Post
  • New Item : Tiki Torch
  • New Item : Barrel
  • New Item : Chinese Lantern
  • New Item : Cooking Pot
  • New Item : Safe (A separate private storage from the Piggy Bank.)
  • New Item : Skull Lantern
  • New Item : Trash Can
  • New Item : Candelabra
  • New Item : Pink Jar
  • New Item : Mug
  • New Item : Beer Keg
  • New Item : Beer
  • New Item : Bookcase
  • New Item : Throne
  • New Item : Bowl
  • New Item : Bowl of Soup
  • New Item : Toilet
  • New Item : Grandfather Clock
  • New Item : Statue
  • Wooden Tables, Doors and Workbenches now have improved looking graphics.
  • Jungle Rose is now a rarer drop and no longer used to craft.
  • Bottled water can no longer be crafted by standing near lava.
  • Suspicious Looking Eyes will now sometimes be found in chests.
  • Several Magic items have been rebalanced.
  • Fire of Flower now does more damage, and costs more mana.
  • Flamelash, Sunfury, and Flower of Fire are no longer dropped, they are now found in shadow chests in the underworld.
  • Band of Star Power now adds 20 mana to your maximum, and no longer adds mana regeneration.
  • Orb of Light now moves slower and is now listed as a buff that you can remove if you so desire and also know its remaining duration.
  • Magic missile is now quicker and is ‘launched’ when you release the mouse button, rather than disappearing.
  • Flamelash is ‘launched’ when you release the mouse button, rather than disappearing.
  • Meteor Armor and Molten Armors no longer glow.
  • Grappling Hooks can no longer be spam shot, you must now wait until your previous shot lands or returns before you can throw another.
  • Starfury now does a bit more damage, requires more mana, and now works underground. If a star is spawned inside a wall, it will be able to travel until it reaches open space and then becomes ‘solid’ colliding with the next wall it hits.
  • Glow sticks price reduced. And are now a bit brighter.
  • Coins now leave a sparkle trail while moving.
  • Night Owl Potion now works correctly.
  • Two of the same type of accessories may no longer be equipped at once.
  • Armors are now more ‘Class Type’ specific and their stats have been set accordingly.
    • Meteor Armor - Buffs Magic Damage and Set Bonus : Space Gun 0 Mana Cost.
    • Molten Armor - Set Bonus : Melee Damage
    • Shadow Armor - Buffs Melee Attack Speed and Set Bonus : Movement Speed.
    • Necro Armor - Buffs ranged damage and Set Bonus : Reduces Ammo Consumption.
    • Jungle Armor - Buffs Max Mana, Magic Crit Chance and Set Bonus : Reduced Mana Usage
  • Potions now offer less HP on use, and their cool-down is now a minute.
  • Placing background walls is more simple, as 1 block holes are automatically filled in.
  • ALL placed background walls are now considered ‘house walls’. (Yes even Dirt and Dungeon walls.)
  • The Mini-shark now has a 33% chance that shooting the weapon will not take ammo. So it does not consume as much ammo to use.
  • Flintlock Pistols and Muskets are now a bit stronger.
  • Flails now have a different mechanic. You can ‘spin’ them by pressing left and right fast over and over after they have been thrown while holding down the mouse button.
  • Piggy Banks should no longer float when the ground beneath the table it is on is removed from beneath them.
  • Fish Bowl’s recipe has been changed to require Bottled Water, rather than just an empty Bottle.
  • Ash and Mud no longer fall due to gravity.

Server and Clients

  • The IP screen now shows the seven most previous IP’s you’ve joined, to allow you to quick connect to your favorite or commonly played servers.
  • Improved Server Syncing

Game Interface

  • There is now an option to disable pickup text.
  • When creating a character, there is now an option for ‘Male/Female’, this is used to change the characters voice. This way, any hairstyle can be used for either gender.
  • When choosing your hairstyle, you may now right click to cycle through the hair selections backwards.
  • New Hot-key for grappling hooks. (Defaults to E)
  • Hot-bar Slots now show their Hot-key number.
  • The Mana Bar is now Blue, and text for gaining health is now green.
  • Interface Boxes are now colored differently. Inventory is Blue, Equip is Green, Craft is Purple.
  • Hot-keys for Mana and Healing Potions now work correctly with Rejuvenation potions.
  • Some tool-tips now have more specific details about item uses.
  • Right clicking on an accessory or a piece of armor in your inventory will auto-equip it.
  • Newly obtained items will now be placed starting in the bottom right of your inventory rather than the previous top left.
  • There is now a Trash Can slot in the inventory. Placing an item here will destroy it. However the item will be saved in memory until another item is destroyed, allowing you to retrieve it if you wish. Holding Shift and Clicking and Item will move it to your trashcan.
  • When at a chest or piggy bank, there is now an option to loot all. This will take all items inside the chest/bank if there is room, If not it will take all items starting from top left.There is also a Quick Stack option for the reverse effect. If the chest you are viewing has items stored in it that you are also carrying, this option will stack those items into the chest combining stored and carried stacks.
  • When at a chest or piggy bank, there is now an option to Deposit all. This will take all items not in your hot bars and starting from the bottom right slot, place each item that will fit into the chest or bank. It will stop when space runs out.
  • It is no longer possible to drop items through the spaces between boxes in the inventory
  • Some Tools now give you an idea in their tool-tip of what they can mine. Example - “Can mine Meteorite”.
  • There are now four ammo slots. Ammo may be placed here to de-clutter your inventory. Weapons will take ammo from these slots first, and will then take from any in the inventory after they are empty.
  • Hot-Bar slots that have a ranged weapon on them will show the current used ammo count on them.
  • There is now a toggle in your inventory, that when clicked, will LOCK your hot-bar and not allow you to change your currently used hot-bar item by clicking it with the mouse, only the 1 - 9 hot -keys and mouse-wheel will scroll them at that point.
  • Hotkeys can now be used to change selected item when the inventory is open.
  • Shops now sell items back to you. Holding Shift and Clicking and Item while at a shop will quick-sell it.
  • You can now quickly clear and cancel your chat message by hitting escape.
  • ‘Misc’ in Character Creation color selection, has been renamed “Shoes”.

Misc

  • New Feature : Critical Hits. There is now a small chance you will do more damage to an enemy
  • New Feature : Damage Types. Damage is now separated into Melee, Ranged and Magic damages. These will be used going forward for a few different systems, such as buffs, de-buffs. Items will list what kind of damage they do in their tool-tip so you know what will be effected by what buff.
  • New Music : Corruption.
  • Added 19 new hairstyles.
  • There are now 3 difficulty modes that are set when creating a character.
    • Softcore - Drop coins on death, keep max hp and mana values.
    • Mediumcore - Drop all items on death, keep max hp and mana values.
    • Hardcore - Drops all Items and deletes your character on death, requiring you to start a new character. On death you will become a ghost that can not interact with the world until you log out.
  • Players now heal automatically when ‘not in combat’. You are flagged as in combat when you are damaged by anything. The longer you have spent after getting hurt will increase your hp regen speed slightly.
  • Mana now recharges on its own when you are not casting. Slowly if you are moving, and fast if you stand still.
  • Hellstone no longer produces light and is more rare.
  • Hellstone now spawns lava when it is mined, but only in the underworld.
  • Cacti no longer cause knock-back making running through a desert less of a hassle.
  • Cacti no longer destroy blocks as they grow.
  • Some sounds have a randomizing pitch change (like sword swinging), to make them have more variance.
  • Optimized “Finding Tile Frames”, so worlds should load faster
  • There are new sounds for the following actions/events
    • Talking to an NPC
    • Mana Becoming Full (also shows a purple sparkle on player)
    • Using Water Bolt, Flamelash, and Flower of Fire
    • Starting to Drown.
  • Melee speed increase items are now calculated correctly.
  • Thorns are now destroyed after you touch them and receive damage.
  • Corrected some spelling errors and also the placement of ‘%’ in some potion tool-tips.
  • Added a bunch of new randomized game subtitle captions.

World Gen

  • More Gems spawn in the jungle.
  • Hell Houses now spawn differently. A worlds Hell Houses can rarely spawn as all obsidian, and they can now get really tall.
  • Underground Jungles now have a Mud Background
  • Dungeons should no longer spawn in the ocean.
  • Deserts now spawn slightly further away from spawn.
  • Dungeons now spawn with more spikes and less lighting.
  • Underworld Ash is now filled with more lava pockets, making mining Hellstone more of a challenge.
  • Some items no longer spawn in Dungeon, these were meant for non-dungeon areas.

Daily Deal - Sniper Elite 50% off!

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 10:02 AM PDT

Today’s Deal: Save 50% off Sniper Elite

Now Available - ARMA: Cold War Assault

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 04:54 PM PDT

ARMA: Cold War Assault, previously only available as a part of ARMA X Anniversary Edition, can now be purchased as a separate product.

ARMA: Cold War Assault is Bohemia Interactive’s debut game published by Codemasters as Operation Flashpoint in 2001, and became a genre-defining combat military simulation and the No. 1 bestselling PC game with over 2 million copies sold since its release.


Pre-purchase Now - Rock of Ages at 10% off

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 03:52 PM PDT

Rock of Ages is now available for Pre-purchase on Steam. Save 10% by purchasing before the August 31st release.

Brought to you by ACE Team, the creative minds behind Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages is a combination of rock-rolling action, deep strategy, and captivating art and music from different ages of history. Check out the trailer and get ready to crush or be crushed!


War Inc. Battlezone Updated

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 08:11 AM PDT

  • New death match map added: Deep Freeze
  • movement speed increased by 10% (right now speed reduced by about 10% from before update on Aug 5th, so overall slowdown is only about 10%)
  • SpecOps skill changes:
    • Lvl 1 > Reduces Armor Weight by 5%
    • Lvl 2 > Reduces Armor Weight by 20%
    • Lvl 3 > Reduces Armor Weight by 35% and increases your running speed by 2%
    • Lvl 4 > Reduces Armor Weight by 50% and increases your running speed by 4%
    • Lvl 5 > Reduces Armor Weight by 65% and increases your running speed by 6%
  • Sabotage: in sabotage armor weight is always reduced by 65%
  • Sabotage: sniper sway is reduced, as skills in sabotage are not working
  • Sabotage: set bomb timer to 45sec, disarming bomb to 4.5 seconds
  • Improved shadows quality
  • fixed a bug with chat when typing in /g would show previous message

War Inc. Battlezone Updated

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 04:18 PM PDT

  • movement speed was decreased
  • special forces skill now affects armor weight
  • sabotage: when dead and watching your team mates, camera is now fixed
  • show server time in frontend, to prevent any future confusion about weekend rewards and competitions
  • allow to jump and shoot (pistol spread is less affected when jumping)
  • allow jump and scope
  • do not allow to change moving direction when in the air
  • sniper: changed rifle sway
  • sniper: removed breath penalty (when you depleted breath fully)
  • reduced time it takes to scope in and out
  • fixed berserker effect not being red
  • fixed a wrong message about client need to be updated
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