Greetings revered backers of WRAMACHINE: Tactics! We've got a big update for you today with a lot of information straight from WhiteMoon Dreams about what will be coming up with the game.
First though, get ready for next week's game update when we introduce the Warcasters of Apotheosis!
On August 18th, the game will be updated with the four Warcasters of Apotheosis, marking the completion of all stretch goal-related character content. The characters will automatically appear in the game for all backers when the patch is downloaded; no code is required.
The Warcasters of Apotheosis include:
Cygnar — Captain E. Dominic Darius and his Halfjacks
Khador — Karchev the Terrible
Protectorate of Menoth— Harbinger of Menoth
Cryx — Lich Lord Terminus
In addition to the new characters, there are some exciting new upgrades included in the update:
A new, better integrated in-game chat system has been introduced!
New Targeting Interface and UI improvements!
Continued improvement of performance issues.
Remains-In-Place effects now damage units that are pushed into the effects.
Sometime around mid-September, another patch will include 4.8 Unreal Engine integration, which will greatly improve performance and optimization, especially on lower spec machines. WhiteMoon Dreams will also be making a huge visual polish push, so expect to see continued improvements in UI, visual feedback and scenario tools, animation and VFX improvements, and more.
Physical Disc and Non-Steam Download
We also have some information regarding the physical disc reward as well as a non-steam download option. Here is the dispatch straight from WhiteMoon Dreams:
"Those of you awaiting a physical disc, we apologize for the wait. There are several features we are still working diligently to bring to the game before we feel it is finished. Hotseat mode, asynchronous play, unit painter and better matchmaking are all still on the way – these are things you paid for and require an incredible amount of resources to complete and we are a small team working on a very complex game. The release of the Apotheosis casters marks the final batch of Kickstarter unlocks units and frees up our engineers to focus on other tasks. We also need localization and translation, which requires participation from several international sources. We know this isn’t happening as quickly as you or we would like, but we’re working to bring you everything we promised. We hope that you decide it was worth the wait when you see it."
"For those of you waiting for a non-Steam download – we have something for you sooner! Our networking engineer is going to be busy getting 4.8 Steam engine integration through the entire month of August. It is very high priority for us as it will greatly increase optimization as well as allow players on lower end machines to experience WARMACHINE: Tactics. After that, we will create a direct download for you hosted on our server. You will have full access to single player and all the Kickstarter unlocked units for LAN multiplayer and skirmish. Because you will not be utilizing Steam, certain features will not work – achievements and connecting to multiplayer players on Steam, as well as some Steam-based chat functionality. However, you will be able to connect to LAN matches and play skirmish mode against the AI. Hotseat (which will allow 2 players to play multiplayer on the same machine) will not be implemented just yet, but we’d rather get you guys playing the game in the meantime. We will regularly update the download with new content, bug fixes, the new single player campaigns, unit painter and hotseat mode once they are completed. Since you won’t have Steam access, the game will not automatically update, but we’ll be sure to let you know when there are any huge features that go into the build so you can grab it."
Custom Logo of Your Own Design
Last, If you pledged at a level that received the custom logo reward, WhiteMoon Dreams has extended the deadline to submit your design until the end of August. Please see the previous update for details and please get your design to them soon so you don't miss your chance to see it in the game!
Thank you for your continued support as we march forward to completion!