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Prey Patch, Content Plans

The Prey Weekly... Er... Monthly Update #24 on the 3D Realms Website written by Chris Rhinehart makes up for lost time in discussing the release of Human Head's first-person shooter, offering details on the coming first patch for the PC edition of the game, mentioning a 360 patch is also in the works, and taking the lid off plans to release more content for the game that includes some smaller maps and six new player characters. Here's a bit on the new stuff:

We're currently working on a 1.1 patch for Prey to fix several bugs and a couple of additions. Here is the (not final) list of changes:

    Fixed a crash at startup on some machines
    Fixed an occasional crash on the dedicated server
    Fixed a crash when using image_usecache cvar with very big textures. Textures whose lowest mip map doesn't fit will be default texture.
    This was causing a crash when a modified prey was loading "Mother's Embrace".
    Fixed a crash on some machines when reading savegames.
    Some timedemo features not appearing if you restart between record/playback
    Added widescreen resolutions to menus
    Updated multiplayer browser to fix servers not showing up due to DNS resolution
    Updated multiplayer browser not keeping join button up to date when server summary wasn't the active tab.
    Updated multiplayer browser so punkbuster icons show up in their column properly
    Updated multiplayer browser so mod games' icons show up properly
    Updated multiplayer browser so server scanning is more consistent on slower connections
    Fixed multiplayer weapon exploit
    Venom is working on a 360 patch for Prey which will address the network lag issues on the 360 as well as fix several bugs there as well.

No ETA yet on the release of either of these patches, other than we hope to have them resolved and out very, very soon.

New Content for Prey
There's also new content for Prey coming soon -- still in the process of finalizing the new maps. We've read online that some people have requested maps that function well as 1v1 maps. So, we've taken that to heart and have been working on four maps that work better with a smaller number of people 2-4 players. Of course, you can still play with more than four in the maps, but they can get pretty insane.

Also, we're adding in six new player characters:

- Four female characters: Jen, Elhuit, Mother, and Becky (the blond victim you see occasionally on slabs in the single player Prey)
- Two Hunter characters: Hunter and Elite Hunter

Similar to the 1.1 patch, no ETA on the release on this, other than soon. We're still working on finishing the maps and play balancing them. We'll announce the release date for this, once we're closer to final. Watch 3DR's page, or Prey.com for that info.

Yes, this additional content will be released on the 360 as well. Further details about possible points cost of the extra content for the 360 has yet to be determined.

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10. ROFL Aug 12, 2006, 00:40 Kxmode
 
Yes, this additional content will be released on the 360 as well. Further details about possible points cost of the extra content for the 360 has yet to be determined.

Nice. Basically pay for a patch with some extra content to justify the cost. Nevermind the fact that if someone doesn't want to pay for this patch their SOL. The more I see the way things deploy on the 360 the least I want to buy that console. Nintendo's system is looking more encouraging.

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