Cossacks 3: Guardians of the Highlands - mini-expansion announcement

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Ferox, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Ferox

    Ferox Administrator Staff Member

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    Dear friends!

    We are proud to announce the first ever mini-expansion to the game – Cossacks 3: Guardians of the Highlands. It will come out on April 11 and will feature a newcomer to the Cossacks series – Scotland, with its own unique armies and gameplay mechanics.

    Cossacks 3: Guardians of the Highlands gives you an opportunity to lead Scotland, a freedom-loving nation of highlanders, which makes its debut in the Cossacks series and changes the way the players can wage war. Its captivating campaign will tell a tale about the triumphs of the Scottish people in the 17th and 18th century, and will allow you to personally participate in them. Among other additions to the game, the mini-expansion brings AI-assistant – a great tool for both new players and the veterans of the game.

    Main Features:

    • Scotland: a brand-new nation with unique game mechanics, units and buildings. Force even the fiercest of foes to flee with help of the mighty highlanders, or turn them to ashes with the Scottish machines of war.
    • New game mechanics: Scotland shall impress even the most hardcore fans, as warriors in kilts, with help of some new tactics and tricks, completely change the way the game is played.
    • Assistant: revolutionary AI-helper that will assist the player with the toughest of tasks – ruling a nation. It will advice the player on what buildings it is better to build with the current resource poul and automatically guide the idle peasants various resource nodes or priority tasks, and much more! From now on there’s no need to waste your time on things not fit for royals, you can focus your attention on things that matter: leading an army and crushing your enemies, while assistant will take care of trivial tasks.
    • Scottish campaign: lead the Gaelic warriors to victory in their bloodiest struggles. From the battle of Marston Moor to the famous Jacobite rising, you shall lead the sons of Alba to glory!
    • New units: nine unique Scottish units shall strike fear in the hearts of your enemies. Highlanders and clansmen are ready to annihilate your enemies.
    • New soundtrack: lead the brave highlanders to victory while a traditional Scottish tune plays in the background.

    The mini-expansion is not a part of the Deluxe Edition of the game.
     
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  2. Emperor Highlander

    Emperor Highlander Highlander Staff Member

    I have a message for all! Sons of the flesh come here and get some!

    Aye my laddies you'll fear the mighty highlander and his rebel army!
     
  3. Original-Cossacks-Player

    Original-Cossacks-Player Active Member

    The fact that they are men running around in dresses kind of puts me off battling women, it's no wonder they were able to win some wars, a lot of men on the other side had no interest in killing women.
     
  4. Emperor Highlander

    Emperor Highlander Highlander Staff Member

    Awfully offensive there sir. Highlanders never wore a dress and they certainly fought like animals. As a highlander myself I can tell you that they were the best and still are the best fighting force in the world.
     
  5. Original-Cossacks-Player

    Original-Cossacks-Player Active Member

    A kilt is not a dress?
     
  6. Emperor Highlander

    Emperor Highlander Highlander Staff Member

    A kilt is Scottish dress wear, dress wear are more formal clothing and certainly not as what you call a dress.
     
  7. O' sound the Pibroch loud and high!
    From John'O Groats teh' the isle of Skye
    Rise and follow Charlie!


    Revelry aside, how much will it cost?
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2017
  8. (OC)Fotheringill

    (OC)Fotheringill Active Member

    Original-

    Try having a pike attack with a low upsweeping motion and see if the pike survives.

    My questions to the devs- Is this going to mess up the release of the MAC version and make all modders start all over again?
     
  9. Francesco_Cavalli

    Francesco_Cavalli Active Member

    To add to Fothergill's question - are these new tricks and tactics part of some additions to fighting mechanics, or will all scottish troops have +1.5HP... love the ribauld!
     
  10. (OC)Fotheringill

    (OC)Fotheringill Active Member

    Francesco-

    All I see is modders having to go back to the start line until we get a definitive answer.
     
  11. Ferox

    Ferox Administrator Staff Member

    I listened to your feedback and read Daddio's post in one of the previous topics. Due to the Mac and Linux versions of the game we had been a bit shorthanded for the last month and the mod scene took a hit because of this. This is no way acceptable, so in the coming weeks we pledge to be more cooperative with our most dedicated fans and to assist modifications creators in every possible way. Most likely, there will be one more person beside me that will assist modders and answer your questions about the engine. We also plan to continue working on improvements for the Mod Manager.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2017
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  12. (OC)Fotheringill

    (OC)Fotheringill Active Member

    Ferox-

    Thank you for the encouraging reply. I know for sure that at least two of our members involved in the actual modding (which is way over my head) look forward to the devs working toward that end.
     
  13. Daddio

    Daddio Moderator Staff Member

    Not sure what was updated today, but the mod is broken again
     
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  14. [KGR]-^K[o]K^-

    [KGR]-^K[o]K^- Moderator Staff Member

    Changes to ranked games + patch notes!
    Dear friends!

    After thoroughly reading all your recommendations and ideas about improvement of the ranked mode in Cossacks 3, we made the necessary adjustments and numerous bug fixes to improve the overall quality of the mode. With the release bugs squashed, playing ranked both solo and with your friends is now a significantly better experience.

    We also have news for Mac and Linux users: the beta-testing will commence within a few days. We included the way to access the beta branches in the end of the patch notes.

    We thank Mark "Madgeek" Kandaurov for the screenshot.


    Patch Notes 31.03.17 (1.4.5.69.4993)

    General:
    1. Reduced the amount of units sent to defend the buildings from 3 to 2.
    2. Reduced the range at which units can capture buildings or defend them from being captured.
    3. Now there's a mechanism that forces the game to continue after the re-host process is done, if some players failed to reconnect within 10 seconds after a new host has been found.
    4. Removed the re-host process from finished sessions, when victors and losers are already decided.
    5. The game has an anti-spam mechanism right now.
    6. The resource nodes are now placed closer with more players on the map now.
    7. Resource nodes are now placed more evenly across the map, making the start of the game more fair for all player.
    Errors:
    1. Fixed an error that prevented the notifications about lack of resources for unit maintenance/construction of buildings and population slots from appearing on the players' screens.
    2. Fixed an error, which allowed the player to make a foundation of a building, even if he lacked the necessary resources for its construction (it was impossible to finish the construction).
    3. Fixed a number of errors, which prevented production of some units.

    Multiplayer:
    1. Ranked games are now 1 v 1, they use the same map settings as before. This may change in the future, depending on the feedback from the community.
    2. Changed the algorithm the game uses to define a host. Now the player with the most RAM is more likely to be chosen as a host.
    3. Added a list of players queuing for a ranked match.
    4. Added an icon that will appear near players that are queueing for a ranked match.
    5. Added a timer that shows how much time has passed since you entered a ranked Queue.
    6. Non-ranked games now count towards the amount of victories made by player.
    7. The "Quick Play" button now displays the number of players queued for a ranked match.
    8. Added counters of victories that are displayed next to the players' nicknames.
    9. Fixed an error, when the game tried to add the player to an already started session.
    10. Made some correction in the poit distribution formula. Now players will get even more points after winning against a more powerful opponent, while victory over opponents of lower rank will grant less points than before.


    Balance:
    Drummer 17c:
    - Reduced the defence upgrade bonuses from 20 to 12.

    Officer 17c:
    - Reduced the damage from 150 to 30.
    - Reduced the damage upgrade bonuses from 150 to 20.
    - Reduced the defence upgrade bonuses from 20 to 10.

    Officer 18c:
    - Reduced the damage from 150 to 50.
    - Reduced the damage upgrade bonuses from 150 to 100.

    Cannon:
    - Reduced the reload time of cannonballs from 14 seconds to 11 seconds the same way as in the original Cossacks)

    Players can now create formations with hired grenadiers and roundshiers as Ukraine, as it has no officers of its own.

    Exciting news for Mac and Linux users:
    The Linux and Mac versions shall enter an open beta phase of the game. Every Mac and Linux player will be able to launch the game on his/her system by following the steps bellow:
    1. Go to your Steam library.
    2. Right-click on Cossacks 3.
    3. Select "Properties".
    4. Select the "Betas" tab
    5. Use "beta000" as a beta access code.
    6. Now you can select an appropriate "Beta" from a drop-down menu above.
    7. Now you can participate in the epic battles of 17th and 18th century Europe as well!

    Important!
    Due to nature of the Steam betas, Linux and Mac players will be able to play play only against players with the same version as them. So if you want to play against your friend who uses Windows, it's necessary for him to follow the steps above and switch to the "beta" version as well.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2017
  15. Commodore

    Commodore Active Member

    What on earth are the devs trying to do with these new updates to multiplayer? No choice of what type of game you play if you want to get ranked? Weird and stupid update. Before the previous update last month I had rank 5 with over 50 wins, that got reset. Then I got back up to rank 2 with 20 odd victories, now this has been reset as well. I am back to esquire with no points at all. As I have a life and a job, and I like to play longer games eg 45 pt or 30 pt it takes me about 1 month to get 20 victories. I am very disappointed . There now seems no way to play ranked games apart from the quick play option unless I am missing something.
     
  16. Foeurdr

    Foeurdr Moderator Staff Member

    Soon Scotland will be in the game !! Here some music ! (I could have taken a lot more from the Corries that fit the theme !)

     
  17. Emperor Highlander

    Emperor Highlander Highlander Staff Member

    Och aye laddies I am ready f'r this, roses of prince cherlie will be pla'd. the He'lin cherge will happen!
     
  18. Marius

    Marius Member

    Still not out :(
     
  19. The day is nearly done, maybe if we go by the American west coast time then they'll get it out before April 11th is finished everywhere.
     
  20. Emperor Highlander

    Emperor Highlander Highlander Staff Member

    There was an announcement, it'll be out tomorrow.
     
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