CIU version 126.2

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END OF EARLY ACCESS! Unbelievable. And it only took four years and 126 versions. Looking back at version 1, it’s hard to believe that this is still the same game at its core. Everything is familiar, yet everything has changed.

Let’s take a whirlwind tour of these past four years. Please keep your hands, arms, legs and feet inside the ride at all times, and remain seated in the ride until it comes to a complete stop and you are instructed to exit. Thank you.

But before we even get started, it must be underlined that the game as it stands today is almost exclusively the product of the player community. It has been your feedback, your ideas, and your bug reports that have shaped the game into the flawless masterpiece incomparably superior experience that it is today. Thank you to everyone who has ever contributed in any way – this is your game. Numbers don’t lie: 1148 idea medals and 812 bug medals awarded (so far) must certainly count for something. And that’s not even taking into account the years’ worth of ideas (565 currently) already in the to-do list, which are waiting for their chance to be realized one day.

So, here we go:

  • Remastered content. A lot of content from the previous episodes (CI2, CI3, CI4, and CI5) has been reworked, remastered, and re-designed, and incorporated into CIU.

  • Waves. CIU currently has 261 unique waves (not including variations), 104 of which are new. The overwhelming majority of these waves are the result of the incessant creative output of the CIU community of players, and the game is much better for it. Well done, players!

  • Weapons: Although new weapons have of course been added (Absolver Beam, Clucker Bombs), the significant thing is that the main weapon roster has been re-designed and re-balanced from the ground up. This is also the result of a massive community effort and a lot of (presumably) sleepless nights tweaking, un-tweaking, and re-tweaking weapon characteristics. To support and facilitate this effort, weapon data was made externally controllable through an Excel file.

  • Spacecraft: New families of spacecraft have been added (Heavy bombers, Space Supremacy fighters) to enable each player to find their ideal style of play. Boosters provide an extra level of firepower customization.

  • Mission types: Mission types from previous episodes have been added (Comet Chase, Supernova, Feather Fields, Meteor Storm), but also brand new ones (Boss Rush, Squawk Block, Key Rush, Ironman, Double Team, Budget Constraint, Pot Luck).

  • Enemies: Certain enemies from previous episodes have been added (Balloon Chicken) , as well as a host of new enemies with unique mechanics (Toxic, Berserk, Chiller, Phoenix, Slob, Alchemist, Coward, Assassin, Fester)

  • Bosses: The bigger they are, the louder they cluck. New bosses include Bossa Nova, Henlley’s Comet, Magnetic Manipulator, Master/Crazy Squawker, Feather Brain, Thundercluck, Dr. Beaker, and Egg Cannon Cannon Cannon Cannonade (inspired by the community, no less).

  • Mission Environments: Frozen, Electric, Hot, and Massive environments affect mission rules and flight performance of your spacecraft.

  • Galaxy: New galactic landmarks and features not originally present have been added (Asteroid belts, Supply Droids, Shady Dealers), and even the entire galaxy was re-generated at one point.

  • Translations: CIU is the first game in the series (and probably one of the few games in existence) to support community translations by the player themselves directly from within the game in real time. This came with significant technical complexity (not to mention QA and abuse issues), but it was clearly worth it because it now allows players to experience the game in their native language, regardless of how uncommon it might be.

  • Multiplayer: It’s hard to believe that CIU originally did not ship with multiplayer missions. Technically speaking, the original game was already too complex, and adding multiplayer from day one was sadly not possible. Still, fast-forward three short years, and multiplayer became a thing. And it’s not just a rehash of previous episodes’ multiplayer: this is full 99-player, cross-platform multiplayer with double the network rate, improved ping, better host control of game, and chat and player “kick” feature.

  • League: A ladder of player rankings, where you gain (or lose) ranks by daring other players to beat your score.

  • Galactic Cup: Players periodically compete through the Qualification, Group, and Knockout Phases in order to win the coveted Galactic Cup trophy.

  • Quests: A comparatively recent addition, quests offer yet another way to advance through the United Hero Force ranks until you are “Supreme Admiral of the UHF Fleet”.

  • Customization: A lot of additional customization options for spacecraft (spawn shields, paintjobs, ghost trails, strobe lights, pixie dust, exhausts), new cuisines (Burgers, Sweets, Vegetarian, Fried Chicken, Pizza, Popcorn, +secret?), Color Themes and Config Presets, Music & Starfield Backgrounds, HUD insights and other equipment (Pecking Order Revealer, Power Preserver, Speedy Recovery, and more).

  • Music: New original orchestral music from 2dB! Enough said.

  • Seasonal editions: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving.

  • Platforms: Initially a Windows-only stand-alone release, CIU has now expanded to more platforms (Steam, Android), with more coming in the future (iOS, macOS).

FUTURE PLANS

Leaving Early Access will have practically no impact on the game’s continued development. Nevertheless, over the coming couple of months there won’t be any major content additions, because all effort will be concentrated on getting the mobile versions released. After the mobile versions are done, the development branch will most likely be split off into “stable” and “beta” branches for logistical reasons (or, alternatively, “rapid release” and “long-term support”). The details of this have still not been finalized, expect more soon.

So, what else is there is store ? Hmm, let’s see…

SOUNDTRACK

Let’s face it: Chicken Invaders music is simply too good to only be heard inside the game. To this end, 2dB is preparing a monster quadruple album containing all original music from Chicken Invaders episodes (Revenge of the Yolk, Ultimate Omelette, Cluck of the Dark Side), as well as Chicken Invaders Universe itself. He’s even thrown a few bonus tracks in there. The soundtrack will become available on Steam sometime in January 2023. More news will come nearer that time.

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MOBILE

The Android version is already in the experimental stages. Over the coming few months, a version for iOS will initially become available, followed by the finalized Android version. Or perhaps the other way around. It’s still all a mystery.

PARTY LIKE IT’S 2002

To commemorate the 20th anniversary from the initial release of “Chicken Invaders: The Next Wave” (a.k.a. Chicken Invaders 2) on 22 December 2002, CIU’s “2002 party” mode simulates an (approximately) authentic 2002 experience: graphics have been reduced in color and resolution, music has been replaced with era-appropriate tracks, and certain special effects have been disabled.

This mode is still present in v.126, however it’s not the default and you need to manually enable it from the main menu (restart your game to turn it off again).

MULTIPLAYER PARTY

A series of multiplayer games will be hosted on Saturday, December 17th 2022. The details of these matches are still being worked out, and a schedule will be posted tomorrow. Footage from these multiplayer missions may be used in upcoming CIU trailers and promo videos on YouTube, so make sure you touch up your paintjobs and polish those exhaust nozzles before you join.

OTHER NOTES

The game is still being listed as “Early Access” on Steam. It will undoubtedly transition out of Early Access, but at this point it’s still unclear whether Steam itself needs to validate the game before this can happen, or how long the process will take. Later today or possibly tomorrow is the most likely scenario.


Bug/Idea medals will be awarded later in the day. Note that your medal cannot be awarded if your in-game callsign doesn’t match your forum name (put it in your forum profile where it says “name” so I can find it).

COMPATIBILITY

You will lose:

  • any mid-mission progress
  • your language selection

CHANGELOG

:new: New features – :bulb: Tweaks – :bug: Bug fixes – :gear: Internal changes

  • :gear: Deleted users who haven’t logged in during the past week and have less than 10 minutes of playtime, and also users who haven’t logged in during the past 4 weeks and have less than an hour of playtime, and also users who haven’t logged in during the last 12 months and haven’t set an e-mail. Note that users with any purchase are never deleted.

  • :bug: In-mission pause menu: “Chat” button is now only drawn if touchscreen control is used (@VN.Rain_An :medal_sports: Bug)

  • :bulb: Main menu color theme for Christmas Edition is now red (@Error_Bonnie :medal_sports: Idea)

  • :bug: Christmas Edition: Corrected color of rocky asteroids (i.e., snowballs) smoke trail and explosion (@EnticalMintian :medal_sports: Bug)

  • :bug: Enemies now stop dropping keys immediately after glow disappears (would previously drop for an extra 500ms) (@RuLinh :medal_sports: Bug)

  • :bulb: Shockwave Capacitor radius now depends on wave zoom (@AmirMohammad.as :medal_sports: Idea)

  • :bug: Starfield (and gravity) now always turn in the same direction as the primary player (@RainbowBoyVN :medal_sports: Bug)

  • :bug: Christmas Edition: Shrunk size of Mysterious Ship to match non-seasonal texture (@RainbowBoyVN :medal_sports: Bug)

  • :bug: Christmas Edition: Removed cape from Infinichick (Santa) boss (@RainbowBoyVN @Instinct8 :medal_sports: Bug)

  • :gear: 2002 mode is no longer the default.

  • :gear: Removed Early Access nag screen.

  • :gear: Removed Early Access medal.

  • :bulb: 2002 mode: Now also replaces “Darkness” music (@taxter789 :medal_sports: Idea)

  • :bulb: More Christmas Edition re-skins: Bandana/Eyepatch/Berserk chick, saucer chick/chicken, Superchick (elf), Henperor (blinking lights animation), Planetary Egg City (blinking lights animation), Mysterious Ship (blinking lights animation), Thundercluck, Dr. Beaker.

  • :bug: Renamed “Squark Factor 5” music to “Squawk Factor 5”.

v.126.2 EMERGENCY PATCH (client-side)

  • :bug: Fixed anomaly zones not controlling gravity in multiplayer games (@Chick12 :medal_sports: Bug)
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Big shot

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I don’t know if this can be considered a bug, but it seems some accent marks can be cut off, due to how the text is aligned in the top listing. Take a look at the second person in my Group. The accent at the “start” of their username is cut off, but when you look at the fixtures for the day, that same character is visible (definitely due to the spacing of the text box and the text alignment there). I didn’t think much about this, but thought it’d be worth raising.

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Hurry up! :grin:

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Ok IA :wink::ok_hand:

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Ok :ok_hand:

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i was here

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Finally, the time has come

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I was outside the map

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why version 126? i thought it was supposed to be version 1 since well, release

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I think it’s better to stick to the chronology than to create a new sequence (maybe)

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Stood in new version :grin:

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one thing I still wondering: will the Early Access category be deleted after this turn of the game?

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At long last…
Congrats on leaving early access :partying_face:

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4 Years🥳

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Leave the EA category alone.
It’s enough that off-topic was banned and now you can’t search anything that was suggested there.

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I can’t believe it the game is complete but

nothing new to be very good look like weapons all was wanted or spacecraft :roll_eyes:

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I thought the medal was removed.
But no… It’s still there, and any players who join UHF from this time, then won’t get it.
R.I.P Medal Medal for them

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It’s not over yet.
The game is ready to be released but not yet fully completed: more updates will add more stuff in the future

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glad i joined this 4 years Early Access journey :partying_face:
(Although i joined the game 7 months ago lol)

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