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Friday, July 13, 2018

July 13 Livestream Recap


“New shaders, tons of bug fixes, fixes for Intel crashes – go try the new stable build of NWN:EE!” ~ Phil
Today Beamdog CEO Trent Oster and Studio Director Phillip Daigle shared the latest Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition and Infinity Engine Enhanced Edition news. Soren, a community developer who's been working on NWN:EE shaders, joined the stream to talk about building shaders and Ravenloft - Prisoners of the Mist, a NWN:EE persistent world.

Missed the stream ? It's on YouTube and Twitch! Here's a quick summary of the highlights:

  • Meet Beamdog at Pax West (Seattle, WA - August 31 - September 3, 2018)! We’re going to have a fairly big room for a special announcement panel. Come by and ask your questions!
  • If you’re local to Edmonton, we’ll see you at Edmonton Expo in September!
  • The next few months are going to be pretty exciting! Sign up for our newsletter to get exclusives on our future projects, patch news, sales, giveaways, and more!
  • Make sure you’re following our Steam Developer page!
  • Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition is currently on sale on Google Play and the App Store. Spend your vacation in Sigil, the city of doors!
  • We’re hiring! If you’re a Web Developer, Programer, or Technical Artist looking for a new adventure, get in touch!

What are those secrets and things Trent can’t talk about yet?
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Patch 1.76 was released this week. It focuses on stabilisation, fixes the majority of Intel-GPU related crashes, and addresses issues found since the previous update shipped. Check out the full patch notes here.
  • We’re investigating the remaining Intel issues and are in touch with Intel programmers.
  • We’re exploring plans for a Collector’s Edition of Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition further down the road. We want to make it truly fantastic! Share your ideas in the NWN:EE forum.
  • We’d like to add Neverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford portraits and soundsets to the base game, but have to get permission from Ossian Studios first.
  • We’re looking into new soundsets for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition. More news soon!
  • We have a lot of work to do on dynamic UI for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition. To bring NWN:EE to Android, we have to support all kinds of dimensions. Eventually, you’ll be able to scale UI into different resolutions.
  • Phil says a custom module contest for NWN:EE is coming soon. If you’re building a team to create a module, let’s have a chat!

“You can’t have other games like Neverwinter Nights” ~ Soren on persistent worlds
  • We’re working on the 2.5 patch for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Siege of Dragonspear. Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will also get one additional update at the end of the 2.5 patch cycle.
  • The 2.5 update for BG:EE, SoD, BGII:EE and IWD:EE will come to the Mac App store after all the patches are completed.
  • The Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition 3.1.4 build, which includes the Czech localization (currently available from Steam), will roll out to all platforms after our work on the 2.5 patches is done.
  • Soren has worked on shaders for us - SSAO, Sharpen, and DoF, and according to him shaders are something that players can notice in the game quickly. Go check the new shaders in NWN:EE!
  • According to Soren, NWN:EE provides lots of opportunities for modders and custom content creators. Now with the new shaders it’s possible to create amazing things.
  • Soren runs Ravenloft - Prisoners of the Mist, a Neverwinter Nights roleplay persistent world set in Ravenloft, a gothic horror Dungeons & Dragons setting. It features more than a thousand unique areas, with a huge selection of sites to visit, people to meet, creatures to fight, treasure and dark secrets to uncover. If this caught your interest, download all the needed files from Steam Workshop and join the server!
  • We’ll be bringing more guests to talk to during our livestreams. Stay tuned!

Excited for what’s next? Come and join the next livestream next Friday!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Update 1.76




The next stable patch for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is live! If you have been following the Development branch announcements, you know what’s coming!

This patch focuses on stabilisation and addresses issues found since the previous update shipped. In particular, the patch includes fixes for the majority of Intel-GPU related crashes.

The full list of changes since v1.75 (Build 8176) is:

Client Changes

Features

  • We added a new experimental full screen shader effect: Sharpen. It’s disabled by default, so you have to go into Options, Advanced Effects to try it out.
  • MacOS now defaults to “Desktop” style fullscreen mode (Borderless Fullscreen). This allows you to switch spaces. To make use of it on existing setups, set FullScreenDesktopMode=1 in nwn.ini.
  • The name generator tables for all races (including custom) are now configurable in racialtypes.2da.
  • We turned Depth Of Field off by default (only for new installs). This will be re-enabled once it works better in conversations.
  • The SSAO FBO has been updated to use 25% fewer GPU cycles.

Fixes

  • We addressed one of the major crashes people were seeing on Intel GPUs. Matters should now be much improved for some players, however we are continuing to work on Intel-related issues.
  • The high contrast shader has been tweaked so that the fog colour is not impacted anymore.
  • Issues with playing Premium Modules in multiplayer have been addressed.
  • We fixed a resource management issue when entering areas; resulting in crashes on area load screens.
  • Loading save games now works with encrypted premium module saves.
  • We fixed where object visual transforms would not apply immediately when spawning or loading objects into an area.
  • Text bubbles now move alongside any applied visual transforms.
  • Some people were seeing “Could not translate address” when attempting to connect to servers, especially when attempting to connect via icon shortcuts. This has been fixed.
  • Area Transitions clickable state is now sent to clients indiscriminately, which previously resulted in them turning into the wrong colour, hiding them from DMs, and making transitioning harder.
  • We’re making it so that door boxes now again don’t have a highlight when mousing over them. (This was a very sneaky regression introduced by making the script call SetTransitionTarget work).
  • We fixed a crash when area of effect VFXes would attempt to animate in an area that was just unloaded on the client.
  • We fixed a game crash that happened in updating a creature without a valid animation base.
  • The chat window sizes now load properly for all users.
  • We allow server admins to disable relay functionality if they so desire. (nwnplayer.ini: “Network Relays Enabled”)
  • We fixed a game crash while updating the appearance of a creature without a valid body appearance.
  • The game client doesn’t hang or crash anymore when receiving a very large data packet; such as character files, area data, or DM palettes.
  • We fixed the game hanging or lagging when no audio device is available.
  • We fixed a crash when a dedicated server would save a game, where a logged-out player was in Defensive Stance mode.
  • We fixed a crash when exiting from a module with HAKs loaded.
  • The UI scale for Dialogues with scroll bars has been fixed.
  • We excluded localhost (127.0.0.1) from ever being relayed in order to fix a confusing error message for users.

Content Creation Changes

Fixes

  • Script Compiler: We now allow escaping backslashes (“\\”).
Writer

Friday, July 6, 2018

July 6 Livestream Recap


“I remember shipping Baldur’s Gate almost 20 years ago” ~ Trent
During today’s livestream Beamdog CEO Trent Oster and Studio Director Phillip Daigle shared the latest studio news and updates on Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition and Infinity Engine Enhanced Edition games. Phil and Trent also chatted with Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment, about Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms and their newest champion, Deekin!

Missed the stream ? It's on YouTube and Twitch! Here's a quick summary of the highlights:

  • Beamdog is going to Pax West (Seattle, WA - August 31 - September 3, 2018) to do a special announcement panel. According to Trent, it’ll involve something “strategic”. Interested to know more? Sign up for our newsletter!
  • We’re still hiring! We’ve been hiring for some time, and have a lot new faces in the office. Check out our career page, and apply!
  • Beamdog will celebrate a 9th birthday on July 9. Stay tuned for a special Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Collector’s Edition sale!
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on GOG is happening, just slowly!
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition got the big 2.5 patch last week. Check out the patch notes here. 2.5 patches for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Siege of Dragonspear are next!
  • We’re aware players of BGII:EE and other EEs have been running into a download resource issue on Google Play. It seems this issue is occurring in non-Beamdog titles as well. We’re currently investigating the cause of the problem.
  • Before the 2.5 cycle ends, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will get one final update. It’ll fix the multiplayer problems experienced in the current IWD:EE build, and will also bring an exciting new test feature.

In the chat with Eric Jordan Trent shared the story about creating Deekin for Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.
  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Development Build 8179 is now available on Steam and from the Beamdog Client. This build is a release candidate for 1.76, and introduces a fix for the majority of Intel-GPU related crashes. We've also prepared a binary for players on the current stable patch as a separate download. If you are seeing crashes on Intel hardware, follow these instructions and install the fix available here.
  • According to Trent, we’ve been able to catch about 80%+ of Intel-GPU related problems, and we will not rest until all of them are resolved.
  • We haven’t officially announced Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition for iOS devices. We have to make NWN:EE 64-bit compliant first. After that hurdle, NWN:EE on iOS becomes a possibility.
  • We have heard requests from the community to update the Original Campaign of Neverwinter Nights. Both Phil and Trent would like to do a Director’s Cut version of the Original Campaign. We have some plans, but not ready to share them just yet, as we need to improve the engine first.
  • We’ve made a lot of changes to the code for Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, and will continue to improve it. Additional content will come, but it’ll take time.
Deekin has recently come to Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms.
  • Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is an official free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons-based clicker game by Codename Entertainment. It now has a new Champion - Deekin, the kobold NPC you all know from Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide and Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark.
  • Want to know more about Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms? Check out the Steam, iOS and Android pages.
  • We’ll be bringing more guests to talk to during our livestreams. Stay tuned!

Excited for what’s next? Come and join the next livestream next Friday!