Many new users tend to ask questions that have been answered many times before because they don’t read plan updates and F.A.Q. So we attempted to categorize them and answer them briefly and comprehensibly.
Read this before posting! There is a high possibility that your question is already here.
For technical issues, visit this thread. If you have an undescribed technical issue, create a post about it and the forum will try to help you.
: I can’t download the game, the tab closes itself. What do I do?
: Open the link in a new tab using the right mouse button or copy-paste its address manually in the new tab, the file will be downloaded.
: When will there be an Android/iOS/Linux/Mac version?
: When it’s done. These versions will be released after the game’s full release. The Linux version most likely won’t be made due to discontinued support but you can use Proton in Steam instead.
: Will this game be released on PS/XBOX/Switch?
: I can’t log in, the game asks to update! How can I update the game without losing my save?
: Install the newest version above the previous or delete your game through the control panel and install the newest version. Your data will be saved. However, during the early access, you may need to configure some of your settings again after every update. Steam version updates automatically, all you need to do is to restart the game in case you were playing when update happened. If you still can’t join the server even after update, it’s probably in progress of upgrading to a newer version.
: Others can connect to the server but I can’t. Why can’t I enter?
: This is a networking access error (“An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions.”)
This happens when the game is blocked by a firewall and it is strictly a problem at your end. Try using
ping gameservers2.chickeninvaders.com and
ping gameservers.chickeninvaders.com in command prompt with administrator mode. If your result looks like this:
Pinging ec2-18-207-180-213.compute-1.amazonaws.com [220.127.116.11] with 32 bytes of data:
That means your device resolves server IP but experiencing some problems with the 23006 port
Turn your firewall off temporarily to see if it helps (just because you’ve opened a port on your firewall doesn’t mean that the game/application is allowed to access it).
If the above solutions could not help, use a VPN with tunneling the whole device & apps feature (Especially when you see a connection timed out error).
: How do I get rid of “… NAT” in multiplayer browser?
: NAT is defined either by your provider or router settings. The easiest way of getting rid of restrictions is port mapping (binding). Port-restricted cone NAT works fine for the most cases, while symmetric NAT may have major issues joining others. Read Multiplayer topic to get more information.
: Where can I find original FAQ and forum rules (ToS)?
: What does FAQ stand for?
: It stands for Frequently Asked Questions. It also stands for Fully Anticipated Questions.
: Why is bumping (writing comments under forgotten topics) bad?
: If you write something under not updated for a long time topic it will jump at the start of the topic list and will move down newer, more important topics. If the post wasn’t updated for months, there is a possibility that users have forgotten about it or they don’t need to discuss it anymore (you can check this by last replies). If you have something important to say — do it, but make sure you will not disturb anyone with something like “I agree with you!”, the button is there for something like that.
: Why did those users tell me to stop doing something? They aren’t even moderators, why should I listen to them?
: You should always listen to any user when they say you broke forum rules or something similar. Stop and check to make sure you don’t break them or correct your behavior in case you did. Of course, the usual moral rules have not gone anywhere, even if those aren’t described here. The best way to keep our community civil is to be civil.
: How much description of an idea should I provide?
: As much as you can. People need to understand what you are talking about. All ideas, especially not very simple ones, like weapons or game mechanics, need to be explained clearly.
Also, before posting your idea you should check if it was suggested before you. If that’s the case you can post it but you should give credit to the original author and be aware that the medal goes to the original author, especially if your idea doesn’t make any corrections to the original.
: Why did that user say my idea isn’t good?
: Any idea has good and bad sides for every aspect. If one user said that they don’t like your idea it doesn’t mean that your idea is bad. This user should explain why they don’t like it so you can change your idea a bit to make everyone happy.
: How can I help the game?
: Suggest your ideas or improvements on the forum and leave your feedback. Before reporting or suggesting anything, check if it wasn’t solved or suggested before with the search button.
: Which important topics should I read?
: The most important topics for new users are: Plan updates, FAQ, This F.A.Q and particularized topics like “Multiplayer” or “Weapon data spreadsheet” if you are going to use related stuff in the game.
In-Game Features/Frequently Suggested Ideas
: I found a bug! How do I report it?
: Please try to describe the bug. The best case is to have a video or an image of what’s going on. You can report it on “Early Access version X” threads. However, please check the Known bugs topic and older posts to make sure you don’t report a bug someone else had already reported before.
Note that “Known bugs & new features” topic contains changelog of the next version, not the current one, hence the bug which appears to be “fixed” may still be in the game.
: Where is my save data and how does it work? and How can I transfer my data to another device?
: As of v81, you can link your account to an E-mail and then use it to restore your profile, even on other devices. To do that you have to Change e-mail of your account first, then use Link button to restore the account on any device. If you want to remove the e-mail from one account to use it on another, just change it to an impossible e-mail and ask InterAction studios in forum private messages to remove the account (you won’t be able to restore your account in case the session gets lost due to different PC and e-mail is changed to non-existent one). Your save-data is located in
C:\ProgramData\InterAction studios\CIU\ia[steam]\*your_version_folder*. This data only contains your profile information, the progress is stored in the server.
: How much will CIU cost? and Is Chicken Hunter License worth to buy? What does it offer?
: The game will be free for everyone but there is some exclusive “endgame” content for those who find the game too easy. Part of this content is accessible only if you have the Chicken Hunter License, other part might still have a harder but free way of obtaining (Example: contraband purchase). Any purchase in your account disables the advertisement banner. CHL gives access to the Ironman Competition, the ability to buy the best spacecraft model at a normal price, a light blue badge at the left of your in-game callsign, and it’s planned to allow you to fly with a skill level harder than Superstar Hero. If you like to challenge your skills it’s worth it. You can buy the Chicken Hunter License in-game for ~$7. The Steam version uses regional prices to make IAP more affordable.
Please note that Chicken Hunter License is not giving you a significant advantage over other players, it only allows you to take part in more serious stuff.
: Why bosses here are harder than in CI3/4/5?
: In Chicken Invaders Universe, the difficulty of bosses and enemies in waves depends on the mission difficulty level (orange indicator), mission tier, and selected skill. If bosses are too hard for you, try to use a lower skill (“Tourist” or “Rookie”, for example) or play a different mission. The default skill is “Rookie”.
: When will the game be released?
: When it’s done. This game is quite large and contains a big amount of complex mechanics. You want to have a playable game in the final release, don’t you?
: Will Easter/Halloween/Thanksgiving content (“editions”) get added to CIU?
: This is simply not possible because iA often has some other tasks that require far more attention than adding holiday content, only to remove them a few weeks later. Christmas is a much more popular holiday than the ones in question combined.
The latter two are way less likely to make it into the game due to lack of already existing holiday content to temporarily replace with, and more will need to be created for the game for completeness, which is what a lot people want.
Note that the aforementioned content are only available in CI5 and CI4 respectively as exclusive editions.
: Why does food not give missiles? Why can’t I get extra lives in mission for score?
: In CIU you can only use food to sell it in Space Burger restaurants to get some keys. Points can’t give you extra lives, use the galaxy store or aftermarket to buy missiles and lives.
: Can I win the game?
: The game is a CI spin-off, it has no plot nor ending and it is not connected to the episodes’ timeline.
: How can I get more satellite docking spots?
: The amount of docking spots depends on your spacecraft type. For example: The Müller M400 Caterer can hold 2 satellites while the Müller M408 Cuisinier can hold 4 of them. Bombers usually have more docking spots than regular type spacecrafts. The amount of docking spots can be seen in store spacecraft description.
: How do I change my in-game nickname?
: Press the pilot button on the galaxy screen and write your desired nickname in the top field.
: How do I mod Chicken Invaders Universe?
: There is an IAMI that can install mods from the corresponding topic.
Mods are being made by a small group of people who have unique tools for this. You can also use audio-only version from IAMI discord server. The rules for modding is the following:
- It must not provide the player any unfair advantages.
- It must not screw the game up and increase support costs. (Crashing the game, for example)
Abide by these two, and you should be all good. But otherwise, the safest thing or the only thing you should even mod is just game audio. But as for how to mod the game, no one will tell you how.
The reason we can’t tell you how, is because there’s the risk of some player just messing the entire game up and post this as a bug, causing developers to spend time to fix the issue which doesn’t exist. Also, people might make mods to their advantage (contrast background, bullets, loud cowards sound, and others). More of that, the tool which is used for making mods is ugly and hard to work with, so only people who were working with it since its creation know everything about it.
The following is an example of a modded CIU:
Touhou-rized CIU: Deep Space Encounters 2 [EARLY ACCESS] - YouTube
Audio and font mods should be okay, just don’t mess with the game mechanics/textures and all that, please.
: The in-game date is 100 years in the future! Is it a bug?
: It’s not a bug, it’s a cosmetic element as the game takes place in the future.
: Will my progress be reset after the game is released?
: There are two possible ways iA is currently considering:
- Reset of progress, but bug/idea/EA medals and keys persist. “keys”, meaning that your current key balance plus whatever your owned equipment is worth (so you can buy it again). Note that this is not the same as giving you back everything you’ve ever gained – He has decided against that, because it has impossible to maintain fairness due to changing rules (e.g., balancing of mission key yields, economy/price changes, plus the occasional exploits).
- Maintaining the current galaxy exactly as it is, and creating a separate galaxy (everyone starts at zero on the new galaxy).
: Will you ever add voice chat in CIU?
Voice chat might sound like a simple idea on paper, but it’s a huge can of worms. I won’t go into the reasons here (technical, economic, abuse, etc.), but it’s definitely outside the scope of a small indie production like CIU.
Just use some other external voice chat system.
– InterAction studios, Microphone In Game, 7th reply
: Will U.C.O. #5 or another Space Crab get added?
: No, there are enough of them. Originality in ideas is better than variations of existing stuff, with rare exceptions.
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