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Demigod Patched

The promised new version 1.1 patch for Demigod is now automatically available, offering the first of "several major planned updates" for Gas Powered Games' action/strategy game. Here's word on the changes:

Demigod v1.1 is out! This is the first of several major planned updates to Demigod from developer Gas Powered Games.

Version v1.1 highlights:

        • Teams can concede a game to end it early once it becomes apparent who is going to win.
        • Launch of the second Epoch online. Existing statistics archived and rankings based on new games.
        • Improved chat window handling
        • When players sell a minion idol, minions connected to that idol are destroyed.
        • Improved computer AI.
        • Removed “spammy” achievement alerts.
        • Improved visuals on certain nVidia cards at lower quality settings.
        • Heart of Life more expensive, now an artifact, longer cooldown.
        • Hex Scroll is more powerful
        • Pantheon games are forced to even teams (e.g. 3 vs. 3)
        • Reward for completing a game is now 40 favor points.
        • Reduced experience and gold reward from killing piling priests and angels.
        • Angel unit AI improved
        • Many small tweaks and fixes to engine and multiplayer
        • Custom Games fully make use of new Demigod Online system developed by Stardock:

        ◦ Players who have opened their ports get directly connected.
        ◦ Players who don’t have opened ports will get connected via a NAT server
        ◦ Players who still can’t connect will have their games hosted by Stardock servers based in Asia, Europe, or North America depending on player location.

We will also be resetting the stats to launch the second Epoch later today and that includes favor points so that everyone is starting from an equal playing field. First epoch stats are being archived.

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12. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 25, 2009, 03:01 Warskull
 
This game's community is dying out sadly, the launch period and negative buzz really ravaged it. I used to get games fairly quickly but now I can sit around waiting for 5-10 minutes sometimes and the bitching on the forums about the connection issues never ends. They really needed an open beta for this game, kind of boggles the mind why they didn't bother.

Of course the game is dying. It is a bad game. Their release was a total failure with the multiplayer component not working. It took them months to even begin to get the game working. On top of it all, they have never really hammered out their connection problems. Time to move on and wait for someone else to come along and make a good game like this.
 
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11. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 22:03 The PC Warrior
 
This game's community is dying out sadly, the launch period and negative buzz really ravaged it. I used to get games fairly quickly but now I can sit around waiting for 5-10 minutes sometimes and the bitching on the forums about the connection issues never ends. They really needed an open beta for this game, kind of boggles the mind why they didn't bother.  
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10. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 21:53 Scottso
 
A buggy demo can turn those planned sales into non-sales if they experience launch issues, even if those issues were fixed in just a couple days. Now, instead, they get the initial influx of sales, plus whatever others they score from people who were on the fence beforehand.

Not to mention the good business sense of fixing the big bugs for the folks who actually bought the game, rather than wasting resources making a demo for those people who are waiting it out anyway.
 
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9. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 21:38 elefunk
 
A buggy demo based on old code is one of the dumbest things you can do. Makes far more sense to release a demo a month or two after the game's released - launch issues are ironed out, bugs are fixed, and you get sales from the people who were already planning on buying it anyway.

A buggy demo can turn those planned sales into non-sales if they experience launch issues, even if those issues were fixed in just a couple days. Now, instead, they get the initial influx of sales, plus whatever others they score from people who were on the fence beforehand.
 
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8. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 21:23 Prez
 
They stated previously that they would release a demo based on the 1.1 update. I would imagine it's the next thing we'll see. I've been waiting patiently myself.  
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7. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 20:07 mixma242
 
@Dean

The Devs have been working overtime trying to patch things. For a while they were putting out 2 bug fixes a week.

The game itself has issues, but I for one think I have spent more time on this title than any other (possible exception would be Sins) over the last couple years.

At any rate, props to the Dev and Pub. I'm sure they are aware that people want a demo, and that can be expected soonish. They (rightly) wanted to resolve connection issues before moving on to marketing issues...
 
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6. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 19:51 Dean
 
think they wanted to get the code to 1.1 before they pooped out a demo.
This fixes a few exploits that I'm sure they didn't want in the demo.
Have you got a source for that thought, or are you just making it up as you go? Starting your comment with "I think . . ." makes me think the latter.
 
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5. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 18:59 Ventura
 
A patch for a Gas Powered Games product? I don't believe it!  
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4. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 18:21 MrBone
 
This is one of those games that takes on a whole dimension when played with a group of humans. Single player is okay, but working with a skilled teammate(s) makes it so much more fun.  
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3. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 18:10 MTechnik
 
How bout a fuckin demo doosh bags.
I think they wanted to get the code to 1.1 before they pooped out a demo.
This fixes a few exploits that I'm sure they didn't want in the demo.
 
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2. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 18:10 effbee
 
Amen.  
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1. Re: Demigod Patched Jun 24, 2009, 17:57 Sempai
 
How bout a fuckin demo doosh bags.  
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