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Armada II 1.1 Patch Readme(TM)
This patch was created to resolve issues found in Armada II after the game's release, and also includes several features that were requested by the Armada II community.
For additional help, please see the help system that came with the game, or contact Customer Support at http://www.activision.com/support.
To install the patch, simply double-click on the executable. Please note: you will need to have the full retail version of Armada II installed on your system before you will be able to install the update.
What does the upgrade do?:
General Gameplay and Options:
- Added a left-click interface mode. Left click will give orders and select, while right click will be to deselect.
- Adjusted the power of Borg Cubes for better balance.
- Repair ships set to high special weapons autonomy and high movement autonomy will auto-repair any ships within their sphere of influence.
- Added an interface hotkey with 4 states -- show all, show only minimap, hide all, and hide cinematic only. Ctrl-I cycles through them.
- Health bars of ships in the ship display now display the color of the ship's shields: green for full health, red for almost depleted and blue for no shields.
- Added an opacity slider for the selection sphere.
- Added 'F' as hotkey to bring up Formations menu.
- Right-drag in tactical view does a free camera move.
- The tactical view camera no longer has a stopping point at the top and bottom of the screen.
- Ships scouting will flee if they are not on red alert and they are
1) being attacked, or
2) can see an enemy with guns nearby.
- Ships scouting with high movement autonomy will warp to within 1000 units of their scout location.
- Added a metal cost to creating a fusion cube. It will now cost 750 metal to form the fusion cube. It will cost 1500 metal to form the Tactical Fusion cube.
- Increased max zoom-out in strategic view from 1500 to 2200.
- Changed the range of the mouse hold slider on the Game Settings screen.
- Decreased the minimum speed of the keyboard scroll slider.
- Increased the maximum speed of the mouse scroll slider.
- Assault wall formation has been optimized. Science ships are now in a protective position in the fleet in order to increase their weapon effectiveness.
- Species 8472 fleets using the bio-pulse conduit now share damage (e.g. 50 points of damage to one ship gets dealt out as 10 points to each of 5 ships in the fleet) when the frigate is targeted.
- Improved the game's Artificial Intelligence with numerous tweaks.
- Added a method to let players save and load their favorite multiplayer settings.
- Added an option to disallow map downloads, or only download after asking.
- Minimaps will display immediately after map download.
- Start locations will be selectable immediately after map download.
- AI-controlled Borg colony ships will colonize occupied planets only if no empty planets are available.
- You can recrew a station while life support is down.
- Idle AI-controlled ships will check to see if they should repair.
- AI-controlled mining stations built around depleted Dilithium moons will now decommission.
- AI-controlled Trading Stations will now trade Latinum for Metal or Dilithium.
- AI now builds mining stations at the same height as their moon.
- AI will not build bases near threatening enemies.
- AI will prefer infinite moons over non-infinite ones.
- To save a multiplayer game, press CTRL+S. To load a saved game, you can choose it from the map selection screen in multiplayer.
Advanced Multiplayer Options and Instant Action Options:
- Added a slider for ship (not station) build times.
- Added a slider for global unit cost.
- Added a slider for map depth.
- Added a Slower Physics button. This will cause larger ships to turn and accelerate more slowly, more in line with the physics of ships seen in Star Trek shows and movies. This will affect Federation, Cardassian, Romulan, and Klingon vessels.
- Added the option to fix 8472 Motherships in place.
- Per fan requests, added an "Early Upgrade" techtree, which allows the ship upgrade facility to be built immediately after the first research facility is built.
What does the upgrade fix?
- Eliminate the warp jumpiness of the AI.
- Fixed the tooltip bug in the German version of the game.
- Your own ships will not attack your fleet.
- AI-controlled Species 8472 collectors no longer endlessly circle Dilithium moon instead of dropping off their cargo.
- Sensor upgrades are no longer applied to derelict ships.
- Species 8472 AI can now build motherships (in addition to the one given at the beginning of the match).
- AI-controlled Species 8472 transmuters will no longer all park next to the same resource.
- Ships queued for repair at stations on bottom of map won't warp off to lower left of screen.
- Ships guarding planets will not attack allies.
- The Romulan Shadow's Energy Shield Converter cannot be used on planets.
- The Romulan Warbird's Shield Inversion Beam cannot be used on the flags in Capture the Flag games.
- New Admiral's Log art for Romulan Star Empire Research Institute.
- Species 8472 Mines now have no buttons whatsoever on their pop-up palette.
- Splines are no longer drawn when setting waypoints, lessening frame rate drop when setting long patrol paths.
- Mines will no longer damage colonized planets.
- If colony ships arrive at a planet already being colonized by another team, they cannot steal the planet.
- Verbose tooltips will not get "stuck" on the cursor if you moved the cursor over the minimap or cinematic view when it was up.
- The game can now remember the last camera height.
- The Cloak Enhancer will now fire autonomously when appropriate.
- The Romulan Spy will now activate autonomously when appropriate, and can be used while cloaked.
- The Tech Tree screen displays an "Unavailable" message if you select it in a free tech game.
- Idle ship button is disabled for observers.
- Orbital processing facilities now have a transport button.
- Clicking on the cinematic view will not reset the camera height.
- On the multiplayer setup screen, start locations for non-square maps now appear in the appropriate place.
- Fixed several German text errors.
- Atypical characters have been removed from in-game chat.
- Fixed Radeon 8500 performance issue by disabling vertex buffer flushing for Radeon
- Automatically disable dot3 bump mapping for Radeon 8500.
- Fixed fireball explosions.
- Fixed Planetary rendering issue for older video cards.
- 8472 Collectors can't use resource extraction beam on own team or allies.
- Fixed bug in Admiral's Log Ships screen where events were not sorted properly.
- Launch lights no longer appear on Instant Action setup screen.
- Can't fuse/separate ships that have been Gemini-ed.
- Optimizations for heavy combat situations.
- Optimizations for path planning system.
- Depleted planets are now less preferred than non-depleted ones.
- Ferengi traders enroute to stations that are taken over by the Borg will now turn around.
- Repaired trading stations can now receive traders even if they previously went derelict while a trader was on the way.
- Crew cost for Tactical fusion cube has been changed from 5400 to 5600.
- Frigates will now occupy a different placement when assigned to a formation.
- The shield recharge rate for the Borg fusion cube has been reduced from 643 to 58.
- The special energy rate for the Tactical cube has been reduced from 32 to 20.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Will I be able to play against players who do not have the 1.1 patch?
No, you will only be able to play against players who have the patch. In Gamespy, if a game has a white name, then the game is the same version as yours. If the game has a yellow name, then this version of the game is different (either patched or modded) version of the game. If the game has a red name, then that game has already launched.
2. What does the "Selection Effect Opacity" slider do?
The "Selection Effect Opacity" slider will change the transparency of the circle around your selected ship. Moving the slider to the right will make the circle darker, while moving the slider to the left will make the circle lighter to the point of being unperceivable.
3. What does the "Weapon Strength" slider in the advanced multiplayer options do?
The weapon strength slider will control the amount of damage that your ship does. As you move the slider to the left, your ship will grow stronger and cause more damage. Moving the slider to the right will weaken the power of your ship.
4. What does the "Mothership Movement" toggle in the advanced multiplayer options do?
Toggling the Mothership Movement on will allow Species 8472 players to move their mothership during the game. Setting this toggle to "Mothership Locked" will prevent the Mothership from moving during the course of the game.
5. What does the Normal Physics/Slower Physics button do?
With Slower Physics on, the larger ships of the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, and Cardassians have a slower turning rate and slower acceleration, in order to simulate the large mass of the ships as depicted in Trek shows and movies. Please note that this will not affect the Borg or Species 8472.
6. What does the "Map Height" slider do?
The map height slider will set the depth of the map. Setting the slider to shallow will reduce the maximum height and depth movement of the ships, while a deep setting will create a map that allows a lot of movement on the vertical axis.
7. What does the "Ship Build Time" slider do?
The Ship Build Time slider will affect the amount of time that it takes for a ship to be built. Moving the slider to the right will globally increase the time (i.e. it will take longer to build a ship), while moving the slider to the left will decrease the amount of time (i.e. it will take a very short time to build a ship).
8. Will I be able to use my old saved games from version 1.0 in version 1.1?
No. Saved games from Version 1.0 will be incompatible with Version 1.1.
9. I am receiving graphical corruption on the Matrox G550 card.
If you are having graphical corruption, then please use the beta .1320 drivers that are available from Matrox's website. We have noticed that the .1220 drivers will cause corruption within the game.
10. How do I change my "Download Maps" option?
To change your "Download Maps" option, start a multiplayer game and click on the "Download Maps" button that is located in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Clicking on this button will toggle between the options of "Download Maps: Always," "Download Maps: Never," and "Download Maps: Ask." Once you have chosen your selection, click on the Previous Menu button or Main Menu button to save your choice.
11. I have "Download Maps: Ask" as my option, but I do not want to download a map. How do I choose not to download the map?
If you do not want to download the map, simply exit the multiplayer game by clicking on the "Previous Menu" button.
12. I have a Radeon 8500 video card and I am experiencing issues with the game.
If you are having problems with the game and a Radeon 8500, we recommend that you use either the .3286 drivers, which are for Windows 2000, or the .7189 drivers, which are for Windows 9x/ME. These are beta drivers and they are available from ATI's website.
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