Game Version 0.3X
- 1 0.40
- 1.1 Major Update. Cavalry! Ride To Glory
- 2 0.38
- 3 0.37
- 4 0.36
- 5 0.35
- 6 0.34
- 7 0.33
- 8 0.32
- 9 0.31
- 10 0.30
Major Update. Cavalry! Ride To Glory
Gallop away gentleman as tides of glory await! Ride into battle with your trusty steed and engage the enemy from horseback with the new Hussar, Cuirassier and Dragoon classes. Come have a read of our blog post as there’s plenty more to look forward to in this much-anticipated major update release.
Before you do so, as is well deserved of all this mounted goodness, there’s a new trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Cavalry Units! The Hussar
Have your pick at one of these well-dressed cavalrymen. Sporting a rather flamboyant uniform won’t come of much use in the field of battle but their increased damage with swords while riding on horseback and increased speed will certainly come in handy while playing this class.
Discharge your pistol at the general direction of the enemy, equip your sword and charge away.
Hussar Role: Cavalry - Branch: The Army
Well-dressed. Great showmanship with swords on horseback.
British Hussar – 15th (The King’s) Hussars
French Hussar – 7e Regiment de Hussards
Prussian Hussar – Leib-Husaren-Regiment
Abilities Horseback Riding - Trained in the art of horseback riding. You are able to mount and ride glorious steeds of war.
Traits Skilful Rider - Well-versed in the art of horseback riding. Your speed while riding a horse is increased by 10%. Mounted Sword Specialisation - Drilled in various sword combat techniques while on horseback. Your damage when wielding a sword while on horseback is increased significantly.
Cavalry Units! The Cuirassier & Dragoon
Carbineers on horseback. These units excel at the use of this firearm while mounted and combined with the versatile mobility their steed provides, they can quickly traverse the battlefield, take careful pickings of the enemy and retreat back in support of your lines.
Well trained Carabineers can excel just as much as a hussar in melee combat albeit the advantages traits provide.
Cuirassier & Dragoon Role: Cavalry - Branch: The Army
Mounted infantryman. Carbineers on horseback.
British Dragoon – 1st Royal Regiment of Dragoons
French Cuirassier – 4e Regiment de Cuirassiers
Prussian Cuirassier – Brandenburg Kurassier-Regiment Nr. 3
Abilities Horseback Riding - Trained in the art of horseback riding. You are able to mount and ride glorious steeds of war.
Traits Mounted Firearm Specialisation – Experienced with the use of firearms while on horseback. Your damage when firing pistols and carbines from horseback is increased by 10% and accuracy by 10%.
Horseback Riding. Cavalrymen & Combat
Master the art of horseback riding as those brave gentlemen once did. You’ll have a much easier time doing so should you give a quick read to what’s going to follow. Mounting, dismounting, putting your steed on the gallop, firing from horseback and various other aspects related to combat.
Riding On Horseback
Let’s get to the riding now, shall we? Hussars, Cuirassier and Dragoons all spawn readily mounted. Once you’ve had your pick at one of these classes, you’ll find yourself on horseback. Holding the ‘W’ key will take the horse from one gait to the other gradually building up its momentum. An indicator to the left of your steed’s health bar will reflect the pace at which the horse is moving.
Pressing the ‘Shift’ key once your steed reaches a full gallop, will take it into a sprint further increasing the speed at which it travels. While the horse is at a sprint, your movement on horseback will be limited as you grab tightly of its reins. Tread carefully as this can place you at a disadvantage when engaged in battle since you can only strike forward and cannot make use of your firearm.
Should you need to make a turn, press the ‘A’ key to go left and the ‘D’ key to head right.
Horses travelling at a slower gait can alternatively toggle and go into strafe mode by hitting the ‘Z’ key. Your steed will consequently move to the left or to the right at the press of the ‘A’ or ‘D’ keys. You’ll find no excuse to neatly dress the gaps and keep in formation. A regiment must uphold its reputation.
Slowing down is at times key to ensure your survival. You can do so by pressing the ‘S’ key. Should this key be held long enough, your steed will start moving backwards at a slow pace.
Holding the ‘Ctrl’ key will similarly reduce the horse’s speed. There’s one key difference however, your horse will not go backwards after it reaches its lowest speed and instead come to a halt.
Make your way over smaller defensive emplacements and fences by jumping with your steed while on horseback. Carefully time your jump and press the ‘Space’ key at the right moment.
It is not a simple feat to handle these beasts but you’ll get used to their ins and outs as you go by. Practice makes perfect.
Swimming While On Horseback
Go for a swim all the while remaining mounted. Controls here remain as usual but you are unable to engage in combat.
Halting The Horse
Spotting a Chevaux De Frise reaching ever closely? Should you find yourself in a pickle, firmly hold the ‘F’ key and pull on your horse’s reins. This will rear the horse and bring it to a complete halt.
Hitting this defensive emplacement will kill your mount and diminish your health points as you fall from horseback.
Dismounting From Horseback
Instructed to fall in line? You can dismount from horseback by pressing the ‘E’ key while your horse is going at the slower gaits.
Mounting Back On Horseback
Keep your steed at a safe distance as you never know when the need arises to climb on horseback once more. Press the ‘E’ key while looking at your horse, mount and get going. Riders that have met an unfortunate end will leave their horse ownerless. Should you find yourself dismounted, try to mount another.
If you favour the Hussar class, you’ll find yourself engaged in combat up close and personal more so than often. Equip your Sword by scrolling to the relevant weapon or pressing the ‘3’ key, move your mouse to your desired strike direction and stab or slash away at the enemy.
If you have yet to release your strike, you can cancel and switch to another by holding the ‘Right Click’ mouse button.
Carbineers make use of their firearm on horseback as you would whilst playing an infantryman. Hold ‘Right Click’ to aim, press ‘Left Click’ to fire then ‘R’ to reload.
The speed at which you travel on horseback will be restricted to the slower gaits whilst reloading.
Horses are mighty beasts! Blocking their path is of little to no use and you’ll find yourself injured or killed in the process. Horses travelling at a faster gait will deal greater damage to those unfortunate infantrymen.
Should you be enough in good favour to remain alive after the fact, you will no longer have your weapon equipped. Wait a short while to come to your senses after the knockback and equip your weapon using the scroll wheel or number keys.
Community. Join The Discord!
Looking for a good bunch of fellows to play the game with? Do join our Discord! Linebattle events where players are encouraged to play in formations relevant to the Napoleonic era are hosted by the community through the week. Discord is also a great place to be to stay in touch with the game’s development. Feedback is always greatly welcomed.
If you’re a fellow in the ranks of a regiment, go declare your enlistment. Through this, you can gather access to the ‘Field Camp’ where regimental specific discussion ensues. We look forward to seeing you there!
There’s more to look out for in this major update! Additions focused towards gameplay balance, quality of life improvements, performance optimisations, administrative tools, plenty of bug fixes and more.
Take a look at the changelog for all the details.
Changelog 45 - Game Version 0.39.7290.31301
- New Cavalry Unit! The Hussar. Have your pick at one of these well-dressed cavalrymen. Great showmanship with swords on horseback.
- New Cavalry Units! The Cuirassier & Dragoon. Carbineers on horseback. These units excel at the use of this firearm while mounted and combined with the versatile mobility their steed provides, they can quickly traverse the battlefield.
- Horseback Riding! Ride glorious steeds of war. Mount, put your steed on the gallop and charge into battle.
- » Hussars, Cuirassier and Dragoons spawn readily mounted.
- » Line Infantry Officers are able to mount and issue commands all the while remaining on horseback.
- » Press ‘Shift’ to sprint when at full gallop and the ‘F’ key to instantly halt a horse.
- Horseback Combat! Engage the enemy on horseback with swords, pistols and carbines.
- Trampling Infantryman. Horses are mighty beasts! Blocking their path is of little to no use and you’ll find yourself injured or killed in the process.
- Chevauxs De Frise. Riders that find their way into these player-built defensive emplacements will find themselves dismounted. Make sure to make good use of these anti-cavalry defences.
- Cavalry Leaderboards. Rise to the top in the new leader boards.
- Small Shell Rockets. New shell rockets to be mounted atop launchers and fired away! They have less range than their larger variant and can, therefore, more easily target those making their way near the launcher.
- Scrollable Scoreboard. Players can now scroll through the scoreboard should they wish to view themselves at the very bottom of the list. It won’t be a great sight to behold but it stood as one of the most player-requested quality of life additions so we delivered.
- 1st Person Field Of View. Players can now adjust their field of view while in 1st person from the game options.
- Dedicated chat channel for Infantry Officers, Hussars, Dragoons and Cuirassiers. Co-ordinate in the field of battle.
- Carpenter Axes. Carpenters are now able to destroy wooden emplacements with their 2H Axe. This also includes palisades that make up for defences on some of the game’s fortifications.
- Players are no longer able to destroy moveable field guns and rocket launchers being operated by their own faction with explosive barrels or other artillery pieces. Should an artillery piece be captured by the enemy, this can still be destroyed.
- » Setting ‘friendly_fire’ to true will once again allow players to destroy friendly moveable field guns and rocket launchers.
- You are no longer required to ram swivel guns and mortars. Instead, a short cool-down timer is applied between shots.
- You can now adjust the VoIP volume of each and every individual through the Round Players ‘P’ menu.
- » Adjusting a player’s volume will persist through rounds.
- » You’re now also able to ramp up and boost the volume of those low-sounding players.
- Players can now enact defences in more locations when playing the Sapper class.
- » The fortification present on Fort Christina.
- » The fortification present on Fort Schwarz.
- » The elevated grounds near the church on Training Grounds.
- » Multiple areas within Fort Salettes.
- Players can no longer capture flags from underneath the bridge whilst playing the Army Conquest game mode on Highlands.
- Players will now find themselves killed if they jump in the fire present atop the lighthouse on King George.
- Players are no longer able to angle the Infantry Spikes and Chevaux De Frise (S) player-built defences.
- Carbines now come animated with a ramrod when reloading.
- You are now able to change the default Windows audio device without restarting the game.
- Renamed the ‘Weapon Fire’ audio slider to ‘Weapon’ as players can now adjust the firearm reload sounds through the same slider.
- You can now adjust audio related to destructibility through the ‘Ambience’ slider.
- Players that die during the match then select the ‘Freeflight Mode’ will now remain able to type in chat.
- Flag Bearers and Musicians now only gather assist score from kills done by others through firearms of which they provide bonuses to.
- Similarly, Infantry Officers only gather assist score respective to the buff they are providing. For instance, if the ‘Fire At Will’ command is issued, the Infantry Officer will gather assist score for kills by the ‘Rank & File’ using firearms.
- Spikes situated around the Highlands and Fort Christina fortifications damage cavalry if an attempt is made to traverse the walls with them.
- Slightly reduced the damage dealt by sword and muskets against player-built defences.
- Increased the damage dealt by axes that the Carpenter class wields against player-built defences.
- Light infantryman now moves at a greater speed while on foot. They also had their accuracy when firing whilst crouching slightly increased.
- » Light Footed trait increased from 5% to 7%.
- » Skirmisher trait crouching accuracy increased from 13% to 15%.
- Destroying objects with the Carpenter Axe now gathers you a total of 5 score instead of 2.
- You can no longer switch from 1st to 3rd person view to shoot from behind hills while remaining in better cover whilst playing the hardcore game type.
- Slowed down the rate at which players can feint from one strike to another.
- Increased the speed at which the ladder can be carried.
- Carpenter axes can now deal damage to wooden structures aboard naval vessels.
- Rowers assisting the fellow steering the rowboat now properly contribute to its increased in speed. Rowboats are now able to travel at a faster speed due to this.
- Coastal and naval artillery pieces had their effective range reduced to promote closer-range engagements.
- Reduced the maximum aim of naval guns present aboard ships by a few degrees.
- Opposing naval vessels now spawn slightly closer to one another on Harouti Islands and Open Waters to make up for what was mentioned above.
- Increased the maximum speed of the 1-Gun Gunboat and Rocketboat.
- Decreased the maximum ship speed of the 13-Gun Brig-Sloop when in favour of the wind.
- Decreased the maximum ship speed of the 50-Gun Frigate when in favour of the wind.
- Undergone an upgrade to the game engine Holdfast: Nations At War runs on.
- Player models received optimisations to ease some burden off the CPU.
- Optimised the main menu scene. It will no longer ramp up your CPU usage. Locked to 60 FPS.
- Input the following command per map rotation for the Infantry Officer class to spawn readily mounted. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a use for this during events!
- » officers_spawn_mounted true or false
- Input the following command per map rotation to limit the number of lives for the defenders on the Army Siege game mode.
- » max_player_respawn <No. Of Lives>
- Server administrators are now able to define an introductory message which displays itself when the player joins the server or a new round starts. This can be used to define rules during linebattle events amongst others.
- » You can make use of rich text to customise the message. Input the following in the server configuration to display the message.
- » server_intro_title Welcome To My Server!
- » server_intro_body Greetings to everyone. You will see this message every time you join the server.
- Server administrators are now able to log in-game chat messages. The messages will be saved to a file you predefine through the command below after the round ends.
- » --chatLogFilePath "FilePathchatlog_server1.txt"
- Server administrators are now able to log the in-game scoreboard. Player score and other relevant round details will be saved to a file you predefine through the command below after the round ends.
- » Information is exported in CSV format for easier accessibility.
- » --scoreboardLogFilePath "FilePathscorelog_server1.txt"
- Server administrators can spawn horses by issuing the following command. Horses will spawn on the defined faction’s spawn location.
- » rc vehiclesSpawn <No. Of Horses.> <Faction> <Cavalry Class>
- Input the following command to allow all classes to ride on horseback.
- » rc set vehicleHorseForAll true or false
- Gather a thousand blessings by spawning the holiest of horses. Blessed be thy cavalrymen.
- » rc set useSpecialHorseVariants true or false
- Server administrators can adjust the conditions for when and how an idle horse is despawned after its rider meets their end.
- » A cavalryman's horse is immediately despawned if the cavalryman respawns. The horse timers only kick-off when the horse's original owner dies. Once the original owner dies, if the horse is no longer mounted by another player, the below conditions will kick in.
- » rc set secondsToPassAfterDismounted
- » rc set secondsSpawnedBeforeDespawn
- » rc set secondsToPassAfterHealthUpdated
- Server administrators are now able to disallow blocking with melee weapons.
- » rc set allowBlocking true or false.
- Server administrators are now able to allow players to change to another weapon direction while blocking is disabled. The command mentioned above must be set to true.
- » rc set allowWeaponHoldSwapOverride true or false.
- Solved an issue which allowed players to go through the base of the windmill present on Spanish Farm amongst others.
- Solved an issue which caused the outhouse doors to produce incorrect SFX when destroyed.
- Solved multiple issues with invisible objects on Camp Salamanca.
- Solved an issue with stairs being difficult to climb on Fort Salettes.
- Solved an issue where other players could appear sliding when healing others using the Surgeon class.
- Solved an issue which caused players to get stuck on map load.
- Solved an issue with the Custom Naval Map missing a loading screen.
- Solved an issue where a notification message informing the player that they were unable to authenticate to Steam was overlaid by the leader boards user interface when launching the game.
- Solved an issue where the player’s nameplate and voice chat indicator kept on showing while spectating.
- Solved multiple issues with user interface elements not scaling correctly on different aspect ratios.
- Solved an issue where the ‘Lantern Box’ was incorrectly shown as a ‘Spyglass Box’
- Solved an instance which allowed players to go outside the gate before the round starts on the Melee Arena game mode by utilising benches.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused an exception to occur when a player damaged another.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused moveable field guns and rocket launchers to not respawn.
- Solved an error that was sometimes outputted when a player received a buff.
- Solved an issue where sometimes non-fully built explosive barrels could still be chain exploded.
- Solved an issue with text sometimes being offset for administrative functionality in the Round Players ‘P’ panel.
Changelog 46 - Game Version 0.40.7292.26678
- Performed several optimisations on both the scoreboard and cavalry units to improve client-side and server-side framerate.
- Reduced the time idle horses remain alive on the field of battle.
- Should you not be feeling the holiday spirit, you now have the option to toggle off the ‘Festive Event’ through your ‘Game’ options. It will take effect after the next map loads.
- Increased the cooldown timer after firing swivel guns and mortars by a few seconds.
- Slightly increased the time it takes to go from crouching to standing and standing to crouching.
- Slightly reduced the range and angle of the shoves and kicks.
- Solved an instance which caused the server to crash unexpectedly.
- Solved multiple exceptions on both the server and client.
- Solved an issue where trampling someone with a horse would grant you the ‘Pub Brawler’ achievement.
- Solved an issue where players could get stuck on the wooden bridge present near Arendan River while riding on horseback.
- Solved an issue where the Field of View setting slider reverted back to default values on game launch.
- Solved an issue which caused players to sometimes be unable to join a server.
- Solved an issue where the ‘K, D, S and Latency’ indicators on the scoreboard appeared to be miss-aligned.
- Solved an issue where cannonballs didn’t their correct festive addition.
- Solved an issue where antlers for the ongoing Christmas Event were at times not showing.
It has been an utmost pleasure developing this update, delivering on yet another promise prior to our release on Early Access. Months of hard work were had leading to the glorious introduction of cavalry units in Holdfast: Nations At War.
We would like to extend a heartfelt and personal thanks to all of those good chaps that joined us in our testing and shared with us their feedback. The same goes for all those members within the Holdfast community that patiently partook in the filming of the trailer.
Once again, we thank you for your support and until next time may good health be yours.
Go forth now and ride you beauties, ride!
2 Maps! Lamarsh Fen & Causeways
Present and playable with the latest game update, you will find two new maps to sink your teeth into on the Army Front rotation. Lamarsh Fen is designed to encourage and promote action-packed engagements as players can quickly get into the fray. Capture and hold key positions on the Army Conquest game mode or co-ordinate assault on Army Battlefield.
Causeways is making a comeback. Long-time followers of our on-goings may keenly remember that a concept for this level was undergoing BETA testing but didn’t just make it to release due to its sheer size. We’ve gone back and revisited the map to bring the engagement closer.
More Languages! Localisation
In support of niches within our dedicated community, we’ve expanded the selection of available languages to Polish, Italian, Czech as well as Dutch. Existing languages have also been revisited to improve upon their translation. Our sincere thanks go to all of those who supported this community-wide effort!
- Italian - Barba Rossa, Aranos92, Jack Aubrey & Helbert.
- Polish - Czechu, Wiking & Samowar.
- Dutch - Wordsmith, Plastie, Timsel, Xeha, Fireman & VergerNL.
- Czech - Billy Mays, Moley, Fainey, Kockonos, Svatda & Mimu.
- Chinese (Traditional & Simplified) - FeX Xcd, Marshmallows & Kamoeth.
- French - Persess, Spitch & Mcfloy.
- German - Loler, Mendoza, Pixelfall, Darknightmare100, Friedrich, Jan v. Richthofen & Airborne.
- Japanese - Sato.
- Korean - SNG.
- Portuguese (Brazil) - Tatic, Frex20K & Blonde Mechanics.
- Russian - Cortez, Paul & Progylkin.
- Spanish - Belle, Voli, Humsl, OGNrazer, Zarko985, Carlos Pedretti, Dionant, Arsen & Fischer.
What’s Next? Cavalry Units
It won’t come as a surprise to many but we are indeed gearing up for the much-anticipated cavalry release! They will be seeing an introduction in Holdfast: Nations At War with the next major update.
It is quite the undertaking for our rather small development team and there's a lot that needs doing but our sights are still set on releasing the update this year and to this date, things are still very much on schedule.
Here’s a little something for your eyes to feast upon.
- 2 New Maps! Lamarsh Fen and Causeways are now playable on the Army Front rotation.
- » Input the following parameters to play these maps on your community server: map_name lamarshfen and map_name causeways
- Amended the Army Front rotation to include one instance of Ernest Ridge on Conquest.
- New Languages! In support of niches within our dedicated community, we’ve expanded the selection of available languages and improved on existing ones.
- » Italian, Polish, Dutch, Czech, Chinese (Traditional & Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian & Spanish.
Quality of Life
- You can now type in chat while auto-running.
- Implemented a command to reset the server configuration back to its default state.
- » rc set default
- Solved an issue where the highest level 50 soldier rank medal wasn’t showing correctly.
- Solved an issue which caused the time played in the extended leader board to display incorrectly.
- Solved an issue which caused certain piano tunes to play less often then others.
- Players are no longer able to use buildable ammo boxes and rocket stacks to block pathways.
- Player-built ammo boxes and rocket stacks are now destructible.
- Similar to other melee weapons, you will now find yourself killed within a single strike if someone lands a hit on you with a flag while you’re reloading a firearm.
- The ‘rc ForceFirstPersonMode’ command now immediately forces players in third-person view to the first-person view.
- Server administrators are now able to parse multiple commands within a single line. The syntax goes as follows. Use a semicolon between commands and don’t repeat the rc parameter.
- » You must always log in as an administrator first before issuing a remote command.
- » rc <Command 1>;<Command 2>;<Command 3>;...
- » rc broadcast Form a line!; set characterRunSpeed 5
- Server administrators are now able to prevent players from shooting with firearms through an rc command. You’ll certainly find a use for this when a melee all charge is issued during events.
- » Keep in mind that rc commands persist through rounds. If a command is enabled in one round it must be manually disabled on the next by setting it to false.
- » rc set allowFiring <true or false>
- » rc set allowFiring false
- Server administrators are now able to delay the application of a particular rc command to a specific time. For instance, you could set ‘rc delayed 300 broadcast All Charge!’ to kick in at the 5-minute mark followed by a command to prevent players from firing during the charge by issuing ‘rc delayed 300 set allowFiring false’.
- » Keep in mind that rc commands can also be inputted in the server configuration file per map rotation.
- » rc delayed
- » rc delayed 300 broadcast All Charge!
- » rc delayed 300 set allowFiring false
- Players making use of older AMD cards will no longer be presented with texture-less terrain.
- Players making use of older AMD cards will now correctly render ocean while playing on the Naval Battlefield, Naval Assault or Coastal Siege game modes.
- Solved an issue with audio when player-built or static defences where destroyed. It could be heard from a great distance afar and was otherwise quite loud.
- Experimental fix towards an intermittent issue which causes players to spawn with their hands always pointing towards a carriable object.
- Solved an exception that occurred when a player requested to auto-join a round.
- Solved an issue where the player’s score breakdown overlapped the spectate text.
- Solved an issue where graphics preset would instead show as vsync in the settings.
- Vistula, 92nd, Freikorps and musician classes now show their correct medals in game.
- Solved an issue which causes the Top 5 leaderboards to not refresh correctly.
- Solved an issue where players could gather the 'Pomp & Circumstance' achievement without playing as a musician.
- Solved an exception that occurred during the end of round when the leaderboard standing was being displayed.
- Solved an issue with medals showing next to a player’s name becoming blurry when a player selects one of the lower graphical settings.
- Solved an exception that occurred when an administrator slayed another player.
Optimisations & Others
- Conducted multiple server-side optimisations for when players connect to a server.
- Optimised the scoreboard accessed through the ‘Tab’ key.
- Update the ‘Join Custom Server’ panel.
- There’s now more leeway for players to move about while a surgeon is healing them. It will not immediately cancel it as a player moves away.
- Improved the surgeon’s healing animation.
- Rockets, round shot and grapeshot assist and kills now contribute towards your leaderboard standing and soldier rank.
- Reduced the damage dealt when standing on a campfire. You’ll be instantly killed should you try to make your way into a larger fire. We’re looking at you good fellows unfairly rising through the ranks with the surgeon class.
- You can now see the server your Steam friend is playing on through your Steam’s friend list.
- » You may need to restart Steam to be able to view this new addition.
- Server administrators now have the option to enable a command which restricts game play to first-person view.
- » rc set forceFirstPersonMode true or false
- Solved an issue with older ATI graphics cards crashing when the spawn button was pressed on. The game will now launch using a different DirectX for the graphics cards players reported issues with.
- » For these older cards, the terrain will appear to be white once launched using an older DirectX. We will push a fix towards this in a future update.
- » If you’re still experiencing issues with crashes upon clicking the spawn button, please be sure to make this known to us on the #bug-reports channel on our Discord.
- » https://discordapp.com/invite/holdfastgame
- Experimental fix towards an issue which causes players to get stuck while loading the map.
please be sure to make this known to us on the #bug-reports channel on our Discord.
- Solved an issue which caused the game to freeze and only show a black screen on launch due to missing pre-requisites.
- Solved a recurring exception which caused framerate to plummet when a player was carrying an object.
- Solved an instance which caused players playing with the surgeon class to be unable to reload.
- Solved an issue where some of the images present in the spawn menu appeared white when a spawn point becomes full.
- Solved an issue with missing localisation for the Korean, Japanese and Chinese languages on the leaderboards.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused nameplates of enemy players to show.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused player nameplates while in spectate to show.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused nameplates of players who already faced their end to continue to show.
- Solved an issue where nameplates would flash when switching between spectating players.
- Solved an issue which prevented leaderboards from populating and player medals from showing.
- Solved an issue which caused soldier rank medals in the game to be offset by one. You would have received your first medal upon gaining the 6th rank instead of the 5th.
- Solved an issue where you could sometimes be unable to see yourself on the leaderboard.
- Solved an issue with white squares appearing in the leaderboards that are supposed to be representing medals.
- Solved an issue where the highest soldier rank medal wouldn’t show.
- Solved an issue that caused soldier rank progress to sometimes not be accounted for while playing on the Melee Arena game mode.
- Solved an issue with an incorrect set of medals showing next to the player’s name for both his leaderboard standing and soldier rank.
- Solved an issue where the leaderboard would show the player’s Steam name instead of the custom name set from within the game. You can now represent your regiment in the leaderboards without having to change your Steam name.
- Solved an issue where the leaderboards would display multiple players as [Unkown] instead of their custom name.
- Solved an issue which caused increased leaderboard loading times.
- Improved the reliability of the Steam friend minimap tracking pointer. In the game, your steam friends show in yellow on the minimap.
- Solved an issue where sometimes the extended leaderboards view showing the Top 100 players would not display the correct results.
- Solved an issue where the player’s playtime wouldn’t show on the leaderboards.
- Solved an issue where sometimes the extended leaderboard button would become unresponsive.
- Solved an issue with underpopulated leaderboards not loading correctly.
- Solved an issue with achievements which required progress not to function.
- Solved an issue with the 'Conscientious Objector' achievement still being awarded if the player killed someone using a cannon.
- Solved an issue where the destroyed guns aboard the 50-Gun Frigate would produce an invisible collider making it difficult for the crewman to move about on deck.
- Solved an issue which allowed players to go inside one of the ruins present on Fort Schwarz.
- Solved an issue with textures on the spawnable Martello Tower prop.
- Solved an issue where one of the rock slabs on Desert Ruins was missing a face.
Hotfix 1 - Game Version 0.36.7200.35090
- Solved an issue which was causing the server to get stuck after the map loads.
- Leaderboards. Better Your Standing. Good folks in the rank and file, artilleryman, skirmishers, crewman, those playing a support role as well as the ones in high-command strive to better their standing in the newly introduced class-based leaderboards.
- » You can view the leaderboards by clicking the button present on the main menu or by pressing the ‘Esc’ key during a match.
- » Expand the leaderboard to show the top 100 fellows by pressing the arrow button next to each class.
- » Class-based leaderboards are respectively split into 'Class' and 'Melee Arena'. You will only be able to better your standing in the 'Melee Arena' leaderboard by playing on the respective servers.
- » You require a minimum of 10 players on the Army Front servers for your score to contribute towards bettering your leaderboard standing or soldier rank advancement. Naval Warfront servers only require 6.
- Leaderboards. Medals. Leaderboard medals are awarded based on a particular bracket you fall under. Show-off your honourable feats to those good men standing shoulder to shoulder. These medals will be displayed right next to your name whilst playing the game.
- Soldier Rank. Battlefield Experience. Soldier your way through the field of battle and rise through the ranks! You’ll gather experience based on how well you did during a match. Start by picking one of the many classes to join the fray and advance through all 50 ranks.
- » You can view the ranks of your soldiers through the leaderboards.
- Soldier Rank. Medals. There’s a total of 9 medals you can gather through soldiering. Similarly, these will also be displayed next to your name while playing. It’ll certainly be quite the sight to see those good fellows well decorated.
- Scoring. Game Balance. Player scoring has undergone balance changes. Musicians and flag bearers will see an increase in score they gather by playing a supportive role indicative of their class and more.
- Steam Achievements. Decorate. Up for hunting a few Steam achievements? There are 50 ones to unlock all of which vary in difficulty. Humourful references to community on goings, legendary works of art and more. Take a look at all the achievements you can gather below.
- Solved an issue which caused players to be pushed back when jumping aboard a moving ship.
- Solved an issue which caused players to get stuck ramming or loading a cannon.
- Solved an issue which prevented players from opening the spawn menu user interface when a ship was sunk by the enemy faction.
- Solved an issue which allowed infantry officers to stack ‘fire at will’ and ‘fire’ firearm accuracy bonuses.
- Solved an issue which caused special characters from various localised languages on enemy player name plates to show.
- Experimental fix towards an issue which causes interaction icons indicators to stretch throughout the map.
- Solved an issue which broke subsequent Army Battlefield and Army Assault map rotations if a greater or lesser number of spawn points where present and using spawn overrides.
- Solved an issue which allowed server administrators to slay a player which was already dead.
- Solved an issue which caused other players to disappear when looking at a specific area on Fort Salettes.
- Solved an issue with invisible rock models on Snowy Plains 2 (L).
- Solved an issue with invisible gabions on King George.
- Solved an issue with invisible rocks on Fort Winston.
- Solved an issue with one of the pillar models missing a face on Desert Ruins.
- Solved an issue where the background appeared to be cut-off on Desert Plains 1.
- Solved an issue with the church door override props always spawning sideways.
- Solved an issue with the door1 props always spawning sideways.
- Solved an issue which allowed gates on Fort Salettes to be openable while playing as the attackers on the Army Siege game mode.
- Solved an issue which allowed gates on Southsea Castle to be openable while playing as the attackers on the Army Siege game mode.
- Solved an issue with floating barrel props on Palisade Arena.
- Pianos are no longer destructible.
- Hiding behind partially built Chaevaux De Frise (L) will no longer make you impervious to shots from firearms.
- Reduced the number on infantry spawns on Fort Salettes gatehouse while the Army Siege game mode is playing.
- Several maps have received amendments to prevent players from capturing points from obscure locations on the Army Siege and Army Conquest game modes.
- » Fort Christina - Fort Flag = You can only capture this flag from the top of the blockhouse.
- » Fort Salettes - Gatehouse = You can only capture this flag from ground level.
- » Fort Salettes - Cellar = You can only capture this flag from the cellar itself.
- » Fort Salettes - Tower = You can only capture this flag from the first floor upwards.
- » Fort Schwarz - Fort Flag = You can only capture this flag while atop the tower.
- » Balamor Bay - Tower Flag = You can only capture this flag from atop the fortification’s base.
- » Fort Imperial - Fort Flag = You can only capture this flag while standing at the very top of the fort.
- » Martello Tower - Tower Flag = You can only capture this flag from inside the tower.
- » Martello Tower - Shipwreck = You can no longer capture this flag without going ashore.
- » South Sea Castle - Fort Flag = You can only capture this flag from the first floor upwards.
- » Fort Winston - Fort Flag = You can no longer capture this flag from atop the walls.
- Increased the number of Infantry Officers playable on the Melee Arena game mode.
- Blocked a few pathways on the walls present on Fort Arena to prevent players from running around in circles unnecessarily delaying the round.
- Players can no longer enter inside the towers present on Watchtower Arena.
- You will now find the kill streak announcer present on the Army Deathmatch game mode.
- Several amendments to the top bar user interface while playing the Army Deathmatch game mode.
- » It now shows neutral flags instead of faction-based ones.
- » Flag to the left now tracks the kills you’ve gathered.
- » Flag to the right now tracks the player that has gathered the most kills while excluding yourself from the equation.
- Removed obsolete centre screen text from showing during the end of round screen while playing on the Army Deathmatch game mode.
- Changed the winning condition of the Melee Arena game mode so it enables teams to make a comeback. Victory is now determined based on the team which first reaches a set number of rounds.
- Several amendments to the top bar user interface while playing the Melee Arena game mode.
- » It now correctly tracks the winning team.
- » It now correctly represents the maximum number of rounds.
- Solved an issue with the match duration being displayed incorrectly in the end of match screen while playing the Melee Arena game mode.
- Solved an instance where the maximum player respawns parameter would break the Melee Arena game mode.
- Solved an instance in which the round start countdown timer would flash shortly after the round reset in the Melee Arena game mode.
- Solved an instance in which the wave spawn timer would be displayed whilst spawning in the Melee Arena game mode.
- Prevented double kills from occurring inside spawn locations for fresh spawns in the Melee Arena game mode.
- The battle timer is now visible for spectators in the Melee Arena game mode.
- The end of round score now displays for longer in the Melee Arena game mode.
- Removed the respawn timer displayed in the death screen whilst playing the Melee Arena game mode as it served no purpose.
- Solved a rare occurrence which caused the Army Assault game mode to end early.
- Disabled the wave spawn timer on the army Assault game mode. Players should spawn in instantly.
- Slays from Administrators and player suicides now correctly count towards the enemy team in the Army Assault game mode. This sometimes resulted in the top bar displaying incorrect information.
- In the Naval Assault game mode, the out of time winning condition was changed to count the number of ships sunk instead of the ships that remain alive.
- Implemented a command that copies the position and rotation of the player automatically to the clipboard. You will no longer have to get position then rotation and typing everything over manually to the server configuration file to place object overrides.
- » Make use of the following command: get details
- Players can now spawn green and blue screens through overrides.
- » bluescreen
- » greenscreen
- You can now make use of more spawnable objects during your map editing endeavours.
- » Palmetto_1
- » Palmetto_2
- » CoconutPalm_1
- » CoconutPalm_2
- » MusketStack
- » CrateLong_Red
- » CrateLong_Brown
Hotfix 1 - Game Version 0.35.7196.286
- Solved an issue when the round resulted in a draw which could halt the server.
- Client-side optimisations to reduce framerate spikes. We'll be working more on this.
Hotfix 2 - Game Version 0.35.7197.2161
- Solved an issue which resulted in players being unable to spawn or join the round.
- Pushed more client-side optimisations towards instances where players experienced a sudden drop in framerate.
Know Issues - Upcoming Fixes
- Players sometimes don't see medals while playing the match or are unable to open the leaderboard.
- Launching the scoreboard will cause a spike in framerate.
- We're currently looking into these issues. All of the data throughout your play-session is being logged and accounted for. You will not lose any progress.
- Player Optimisations. It sat at the forefront of this update’s development as we delved into ways to improve CPU utilisation when a lot of players are on screen.
- » Optimised functions used to animate players.
- » Optimised player movement.
- » Optimised the minimap.
- » Optimised the name tags.
- » Optimised the player markers.
- Map Optimisations. Our one-man art department embarked on optimising over 30 game levels that make part of Holdfast’s current map selection in an effort to cut down on draw calls.
- Memory Optimisations. Conducted multiple optimisations to reduce memory.
- Game Bugs. A good majority of the bugs which saw an introduction due to the massive number of additions in the recent major updates have been tackled. We are aware that some remain in the game and we’ll be tackling them in future updates.
- » Solved an issue where the charge command didn’t provide a buff which increases melee damage at times
- » Solved an issue where a cannoneer was still able to take control of a cannon when another cannoneer was already operating the piece.
- » Solved an issue where players would take priority over carrying a ladder irrespective of the class.
- » Solved an issue with class priorities when carrying a rocket.
- » Solved an issue which caused extra score gathered from killing a Guard to be shown as support. Players will now receive the correct message informing them of their ‘Guard Kill’.
- » Solved an issue which allowed players to grief teammates by igniting an explosive barrel.
- » Solved an issue which allowed players carrying an explosive to kill their own teammates if they got shot while carrying the barrel. Should you get shot when carrying an explosive barrel, only damage to players in the enemy faction will be applied.
- » Solved an issue which caused the server to crash when playing on the Watchtower Arena map.
- » Solved an issue where gabions and infantry spikes placed through object overrides couldn’t be destroyed.
- » Solved an issue which caused bonfires placed through object overrides not to deal any damage.
- » Solved an issue which allowed surgeons to reload and heal.
- » Solved multiple instances which caused recurring exceptions causing dips in framerate.
- » Solved an issue with weapon racks missing their localisation.
- » Solved an issue which enabled players to clip through constructible earthworks.
- » Attempted fix towards an issue which sometimes caused players to immediately die after they respawn.
- » Solved an issue with a swivel gun clipping through one of the windows present on Linburg.
- » Solved multiple issues with destruction pieces on Balamor Bay’s lighthouse.
- » Solved an issue when dynamic snow was enabled on Sharpton.
- » Solved issues with missing faces on some ruin props.
- » Many more map-related fixes.
- Error Handling. Improved the way on how errors are handled when a player is unable to connect to a game server or otherwise play was also a part of this update’s objective.
- » You will now be accordingly informed if Steam isn’t running before launching the game for instance.
- You are now provided with the option to auto-join the round.
- The spawn menu has been restructured to show the attributes tab from the get-go and remain visible as players opt between different class selections.
- Classes, naval vessels, land-based spawn points or factions that are unable to be selected are now being greyed out serving as an additional indication that all slots have been taken.
- An all-new launch splash screen.
- New functions to facilitate navigation in the server browser along with other additions to improve its looks.
- Several changes and additions to polish the main menu user interface.
- Introduced additional tips tackling new game functions, game modes and community-related matters.
- Cleaned up the map loading screen interface and implemented new map loading screens that feature up to date graphics. This is still a work in progress.
- Improved the looks of the flag and infantry stakes kill log icons.
- Players that are experiencing framerate or latency related issues will be accordingly informed through the use of multiple warning indicators. You can disable this through the ‘Game’ settings by looking for ‘Warnings’ under ‘User Interface.
- Players can now view the cooldown and duration of each order by hovering on one of the icons present in ‘Attributes’ panel before spawning with the Infantry Officer class.
- Guardsmen are no longer always guaranteed to kill other classes in the rank and file with a single strike. Instead, they have been equipped with muskets that have a greater reach when compared to other classes.
- Due to the above change, we have done away with the slight differences in weapon reaches on bayoneted muskets between factions.
- Grenadiers now tank less damage when hit by a melee weapon as they had their resilient trait reduced by 10%.
- Firearm accuracy for the Light Infantry class when crouching and firing has been increased from 10% to 13%.
- Reduced the health points of palisade walls and slightly increased the time it takes to build them making them more susceptible to artillery fire.
- Those playing a support role and carrying a pistol are now provided with a chance to kill a foe with a single shot if they are only a few meters away. If you miss your target, you’ll end up in close quarters without a melee weapon equipped so choose dearly.
- Surgeons now receive more score for their good deeds.
- Infantry Officers can now toggle on and off beacons issued through the ‘Reinforce’ order.
- Fort Schwarz. Ladders on this map have been moved near the initial infantry spawn location instead of at the back were the artillery resides for the attackers.
- You are now able to spawn with the carpenter class on the Crosshills map. Same goes for Desert Ruins when played on Army Siege.
- You can now jump over the fences present on Balamor Bay.
- You are now able to quickly bash and stun an opponent through secondary attacks. Kick or push an opponent by pressing the ‘F’ key. Secondary attacks have limited range and are only able to deal upwards to 5 damage.
- » Equip the spyglass by pressing the ‘G’ key or a lantern by pressing the ‘H’ key.
- Ironed out an issue which caused players rotating and striking to miss their target more often even if they were playing on servers correct to their region and using a stable internet connection.
- Crouching animations have been changed to help players better distinguish the direction a strike is coming from.
- Stun timers have also received amendments to incentives players to block after they’ve been struck by a melee weapon and managed to survive the hit.
- Solved an issue which caused players to became almost invulnerable to melee strikes if they had their back facing against the wall.
- Functions used to determine if a strike has hit the player’s chest or legs have been redesign to improve accuracy.
- Improved the looks of the Training Grounds, Sharpton, Caribbean and multiple other game levels.
- You will now find more ruins on the Desert Ruins maps.
- Camps on Fort Winston are now enterable.
- Server administrations are now able to teleport players to their location by using the rc teleport player <Players> <Destination> command.
- » Players is able to accept the following parameters: player id, me, attackers, defender or all.
- » Destination is able to accept the following parameters: player id, me, co-ordinates using the usual ‘x, y and z’ format as floating-point numbers.
- Server administrators can now disallow melee strikes from bouncing off friendly players if friendly fire is disabled.
- » Input the following parameter on your community server to enabled or disable this functionality: friendly_fire_melee_bounce true or false
- Events. Those with a keen interest in map customisation will be pleased to hear that we’ve significantly expanded the selection of spawn-able object overrides with the inclusion of over 150 new props and customisable spawn points!
- Introduced two completely empty maps that are perfect to let your imagination run wild.
- » Input the following parameters to play this map on your community server: map_name custommap or map_name custommapnaval
- Class System. Roles Redefined. Classes in the game which make part of either the army, naval or coastal military branches are now assigned specific roles that distinguish them from the rest in the field of battle.
- » Command, Rank & File, Skirmisher, Support, Artillery & Crewman
- Class Selection. Military Branches. Sectioned into multiple military branches classes now come with multiple traits and abilities to define, distinguish and characterise them.
- » Have a go yourself at all of the classes and see which ones you like best. There’s plenty to go over!
- Officer Orders. Make Ready, Fire! Staying true to the tactics of war during the Napoleonic era, this new gameplay feature brings with it additional firearm accuracy or melee damage bonuses to those in the rank and file bravely standing shoulder to shoulder.
- » Officers are able to issue the following orders: Form Line, Make Ready, Fire, Fire At Will, Crease Fire, Charge, Break Rank & Follow and Reinforce.
- » You can disable orders by inputting the following command per map rotation in the server configuration file: class_system_orders false
- Arsenal. Melee Weapons & Firearms. Your melee weapon and firearm selection just got a whole lot bigger! Guard muskets, dragoon muskets, blunderbusses, pistols, sabres, cutlasses, axes and pikes.
- » Holdfast: Nations At War now features over 35 melee weapons and firearms.
- » Carbines have also been added to this very selection in this update.
- » Ramrods now make part of the cannoneer’s melee arsenal.
- » Administrators should amend their weapon overrides in the server configuration file to match the new inputs listed on the Wiki as the weapon system has undergone a complete rework.
- Sappers. Infantry Stakes. Casually jumping over player-built infantry stakes without fearing for your good life is now a thing of the past as these stakes will deal damage if you run into them. The sapper that constructed the stake will be rewarded the kill.
- » Fires and the smaller variant of the chevaux de frise similarly deal damage as well.
- » The placement of player-built defences has also received some much-needed polish.
- » Earthworks can be raised higher providing for greater cover.
- » Facilitated the placing of sandbags on earthworks.
- » Defences can be built closer to one another.
- » Gabions no longer provide cover for firearms unless fully built.
- » Multiple issues with objects jittering prior to their placement.
- » Improved the visual identification for when an object cannot be placed due to an obstruction.
- » Reduced the carry cooldown of explosives to 3 seconds.
- Swimming. Lakes & Rivers. Lakes and rivers across a multitude of maps present on Holdfast’s army front can now be crossed due to this recent inclusion.
- Player Scoring. Multiple additions to reward players for their actions.
- » Surgeons will finally receive a score for their good deeds. Healing another while playing with this class will gather you score pending on the health that has been replenished.
- » Assisting with the loading or ramming of ammunition in artillery pieces will too receive additional points through assist kills should the shot hit its intended target.
- » Officers receive a score for successful kills by those in the rank and file.
- » Players will also be rewarded with some points when healed.
- Carpenters reintroduced to the selection of Army Front classes. They come equipped with a blunderbuss and a two-handed axe.
- Grenadiers have been included to the Melee Arena game mode class selection.
- Solved an instance which was causing frequent lag spikes on the naval and coastal game modes.
- The attributes tab in the spawn menu now serves to display various information related to classes. Traits, abilities, orders, the represented regiment, health points and multiple others.
- The equip tab in the spawn menu now serves to display various information related to firearms, weapons or secondary equipment.
- Hovering on a trait, ability or order in the spawn menu will display information relative to it.
- Military branches in the spawn menu now change according to the game mode being played.
- Redesigned the panels used to select shouts or a jolly tune.
- Implemented a new kill log icon for death by flags.
- Implemented a new shield objective icon serving as a better indication that a capture point must be defended.
- Capture point indicators on the minimap will now overlay all the others so they remain visible.
- Adjustments to the interface representing cooldowns for objects after they’re carried.
- You no longer display both the attacking and defending objectives while in free-flight. Instead only the defending objectives will be displayed to reduce clutter.
- Multiple amendments to localisation.
- Solved an issue with normals present on the French Carpenter, Fifer and Drummer.
- Buildable chairs have been resized and their sitting position adjusted.
- The spawnable second variant of the large tent is now enterable.
- Flags now come with new wind physics. We’ll continue improving on this in future updates.
Quality Of Life
- You can now change the colour of the centre screen dot from the crosshair settings.
- You’ll now find it much easier to open, close and yes, sometimes even turn on doors.
- Solved an issue with the back wall of Fort Schwarz when destroyed.
- Solved an issue that allowed drummers and pipers to crouch and play a tune.
- Solved an issue that allowed players to ignite than carry an explosive.
- Solved an issue with interaction labels on doors flickering.
- Solved an issue which allowed players to heal a player in the opposing faction.
- Solved an issue where players would teleport to the middle of the map for a short while when going to spectate.
- Solved an issue which was causing certain players to appear to be frozen in place due to an exception.
- Solved an issue that allowed players to place down defences with the Sapper class even after they met an unfortunate end.
- Solved an issue with moveable field guns and carriable swivel guns being present in an incorrect location or turning invisible while in spectate or free flight.
- Solved an issue with an error occurring on the client due to an incorrect hand pose.
- Solved multiple issues related to audio.
- Removed various debug logs.
- Decreased the health points of the constructible palisade walls and platforms.
- A New Class. Sappers! Your go-to class to freely construct a multitude of defences, carriable swivel guns, fusible explosive barrels and repair damaged artillery pieces.
- Player-Built Defences. Fortify! A vast selection of defences, artillery and explosives to construct.
- » Defences: Infantry Stakes, Gabions, Chaveux De Frise (L), Chaveux De Frise (S), Palisades, Palisade Platforms & Chairs.
- » Artillery: Explosive Barrels, Carriable Swivel Guns, Ammoboxes & Rocketstacks.
- » Digging: Earthworks & Sandbags.
- Deconstructing Defences. Deconstructing a defence will retain back its material points allowing sappers to make use of those materials to build the defence once more.
- Destroying Defences. Destroying the enemy faction’s emplacements through the use of various artillery pieces, explosives or melee weapons will deplete materials from their pool and bring them into yours.
- Repairing. Should a defence become damaged, sappers can equip their hammer and repair the emplacement back to its original state. Field guns, rocket launchers, mortars, swivel guns and long guns that have seen better light of day can similarly be repaired as well by the same class.
- Fort Doors & Windows. Whilst playing on the Army Siege or Coastal Siege game modes, the attackers no longer gather instant access to a fortification by casually opening up a fort’s door. Instead, they must now topple them down using artillery, explosives or melee weapons.
- » Windows now shatter if hit by projectiles from firearms or stricken by a melee weapon.
- Target Dummies. Dummies present at the shooting range on the Training Grounds map now provide feedback when shot at. They can also be spawned using the spawn override commands.
- » Have a look at our Wiki[wiki.holdfastgame.com] for more on how to spawn this object.
- Reduced the health points of all coastal cannons. If you manage to land a single shot, the cannon will be no more.
- Reduced the coastal cannon’s range and projectile travel velocity.
- Increased the time it takes to reload coastal cannons by 2 seconds.
- Reduced the health points of Fort Imperial’s walls.
- Improved the effectiveness of the smaller variation of the grapeshot. This was done by increasing its effective range and shots it fires.
- Carpenters are now playable only on naval and coastal scenarios.
- Server administrators can configure limitations per buildable object as well as the starting material points.
- » Have a look at our Wiki[wiki.holdfastgame.com] for more on how to make use of this new functionality.
- Included a new model as part of the spawn able object selections that ships can collide with.
- » Have a look at our Wiki[wiki.holdfastgame.com] for more on how to make use of this new functionality.
- Solved an issue which caused the map rotation to cease functioning if more than 250 objects are spawned using override commands.
- Solved an issue which caused a specific user interface element to remain on screen after interacting with a spawn-able firearm ammobox.
- Solved an issue that enabled players to clip inside one of the ruins present on Fort Schwarz.
- Solved an issue with a red-line showing underneath the water in naval scenarios.
- Solved an issue which caused swivel guns present on all coastal scenarios to be indestructible.
- Reduced the volume of specific destruction sounds.
- The 50-Gun Frigate! Complimented with a well-organised and trained crew the 50-Gun Frigate based on the ‘La Proserpine’ is quite the sight to behold!
- Rocketboats! Rocketboats will come in especially handy during the bombardment of coastal fortifications. Work your way through the enemies’ defences and create a breach before the landing parties do their deed.
- Rowable Rowboats! Up to four players can assist the crewman steering the rowboat with rowing the boat increasing the speed at which it travels.
- Coastal Siege! A community-favourite game mode is now playable once more. Fend off naval vessels and marine-filled rowboats with chain, round and grape shot in an attempt to capture your fortified position.
- New Map. Balamor Bay! A lighthouse on the beachhead overlooks the oncoming invasion as the garrison must make their stand in defence of the fortification until the timer runs out.
- » Input the following parameter to play this map on your community server: map_name balamorbay
- Naval Battlefield. Redesigned! Pending on the type of vessel sunk, factions gather a score that will ultimately determine the victor. Sinking larger vessels contributes more score than smaller ones do.
- » Ships and boats will also respawn shortly after they’re sunk enabling the crew that lost their vessel to join the round. Having to wait for the next round to join in the battle is now a thing of the past.
- Naval Assault. Redesigned! The Naval Assault game mode has been redesigned to factor in the ship’s sunk instead of the crewman killed as the condition that determines the victor. Ships don’t respawn in this game mode. By setting the commands below per map rotation, it is also possible to prevent players from respawning once they meet their end.
- » allow_midround_spawning false
- » round_spawn_close_timer_seconds 120
- Naval Warfront! Combined Naval & Coast. The Naval Battlefield and Coastal Siege game modes will feature a combined front on the Naval Warfront official servers. Different scenarios will continue to iterate and provide for a unique experience.
Roleplay Gameplay Additions
- Roleplay Scenarios. Providing solid groundwork for various roleplay scenarios to occur, hosts can now configure multiple server-side setting that will take Holdfast: Nations At War outside the confines of its usual gameplay experience.
- » Configure limits for classes.
- » Define the allowed spawn-able classes per spawn point.
- » Define the allowed spawn-able classes for every naval vessel.
- » The weapons each and every class spawns with per faction.
- » The ammunition each and every class spawns with per faction.
- » Spawn objects and various artillery pieces by inputting coordinates per map rotation.
- » Allow players to equip weapons from racks.
- » Allow players to replenish firearm ammunition from ammoboxes.
- » Configure the health points for every naval vessel.
- » Define the selection of ships to spawn per map rotation. This can be unique for both factions.
- Causeways. Players can now play this map once more on their community server. Due to its sheer size, we thought it could prove useful for some roleplay scenarios.
- » Input the following parameter to play this map on your community server: map_name causeways
- Protect The Stern. Be on the lookout for enemy vessels looking to gather a tactical advantage by manoeuvring behind your ship!
- » Upwards to 30% damage of the overall ship’s health will be dealt if the stern is destroyed.
- Fight With The Weather Gauge. Raising your square-rigged sails is of much more importance now when sailing into the wind.
- » Each and every naval vessel sails differently from one another. Learning your way through their strengths and weaknesses will significantly improve your chances of staying afloat.
- Global Ship Health Pool. Ships are now assigned a global health pool. Every shot irrespective if it hit a damageable object or not will deal damage.
- Round & Chain Shot. Chain shot is now your shot of choice if you’re looking at de-masting an enemy vessel. Be sure to make your shots count however as chain shot deals much less damage than round shot if it lands anywhere but the mast.
- Bigger Guns. More Damage! Larger calibre guns like the relatively massive long gun present on the 2-Gun Schooner deals more than the 4-pounder aboard the 8-Gun Schooner.
- Player Scoring. Captains. Players that decide to take up the demanding role of the Captain class will now gather score when an enemy vessel is sunk by their crewman.
- » This score is calculated based on the damage dealt by crewman manning the guns so Captains will also be rewarded for assisting with sinking an enemy vessel.
- Player Scoring. Crewman. Crewman that manage to successfully land shots through the use of various artillery pieces on deck will similarly gather score based on the damage that they have dealt to an enemy vessel.
- Designated Rowboat Spawns. Designated rowboat spawn positions will ensure that players will always find an available spawn point to join the round.
- Launching Rowboats. As a preventive measure against the frequent launching of rowboats aboard bigger ships, we have now implemented a two minutes cooldown in between spawns.
- » Cooldown will be reduced to just 5 seconds if the ship is sinking.
- Battlefield Areas. Borders placed around the map edge restrict naval engagements to a specific area. This will prevent players from endlessly sailing the seven seas making the fight at sea more engaging.
- Paint Schemes. Yellow, red, black, green blue and a combination of paint schemes for each and every naval vessel present within the game!
- Ringable Ship Bells. Is it time for breakfast? Stuck in heavy fog with the rest of the fleet? Sound the ship’s bell!
- Naval Announcer. You’ll now be notified when an allied or enemy vessel has been sunk. This announcement is also voice acted.
- Rocketeers are now able to carry ammo boxes.
- Players can now fire round shot from swivel guns on Gunboats.
- Performed multiple changes to better balance the Army Conquest game mode on plains maps.
- Increased the size of the wind indicator to make it more distinguishable.
- Players interacting with the Captain’s wheel or tiller will have a user interface displayed atop the minimap displaying the various sail groups they have raised or lowered.
- » The numbers on the sail groups represent pressable hotkeys to raise or lower them. Once again, be sure to lower your square-rigged sails if you have no choice but to manoeuvre against the wind.
- Designed a new user interface to aid players to distinguish the remaining health of the ship they’re crewing amongst various other ship statuses.
- A user interface addition will now provide feedback to players when they successfully damage an enemy vessel or fortification with artillery pieces.
- Ships that have been sunk will have their re-spawn timer displayed in the spawn menu. You’ll also find scrollbars present next to the spawn and class selections.
- Included more varied ship names.
- The bar at the very top which aids players to identify the faction in the lead now correctly reflects the defender’s winning condition on the Coastal Siege game mode. In this mode, the defenders must survive until the timer runs out.
- Ships that get sunk are now displayed in the kill feed.
- Multiple interaction icons have been included to aid players to become familiar with various interaction points aboard a naval vessel. Launching rowboats, climbing the rigging and various others.
- Several additions to the ocean system present on the Naval Battlefield, Naval Assault and Coastal Siege game modes to improve its looks.
- Players steering the rowboat now have their hands placed on the tiller.
- Improved trails for cannonballs.
- World objects now reflect in the water.
- Adjusted the musket and cannon water hit particle effects.
- Improved the animations for pennants atop a ship’s mast.
- Changed the map loading screen for Open Waters. We plan to do the same with other maps in the future so they reflect the update graphics.
Quality of Life
- Cinematic Camera Mode. Players have the option to toggle cinematic view for the free-flight camera. Enabling this will smoothen your movement when turning in free-flight.
- » Several setting to adjust the yaw and pitch speed, as well as sensitivity, can be found in the ‘Game’ options.
- You will now find artillery pieces to make use of on all the smaller variations of the plains maps.
- Players are now provided with the option to filter out ‘Private Servers’ from the server browser.
- Servers no longer idle at a 100% CPU usage when hosting the Naval Battlefield, Naval Assault or Coastal siege game mode. Servers idle at maximum usage irrespective of the player count.
- » This occurred due to several inefficiencies with how a third-party plugin functioned.
- Switching to a lower quality ocean setting will completely replace the ocean shaders to a much simpler one gathering more performance.
- Administrators can now reload the server configuration file during runtime without restarting the server. Be warned that performing changes to the override commands incorrectly may cause the server to shut down. The same can occur if the syntax is used incorrectly. Changes will occur on map reload.
- » rc fileReloader serverConfigFile true
- Administrators are now able to input rc commands in the server configuration file per map rotation. Once inputted, the command will be executed when that map rotation comes into play and will continue to persist through the rounds unless defined in a map rotation thereafter.
- » Most of these commands are used for development proposes but can also prove useful for events or other roleplay scenarios.
- Administrators can now configure the time it takes for a ship to respawn by inputting the following command per map rotation.
- » ships_respawn_time_seconds 120
- Administrators can now configure the required score that must be gathered by a specific faction in order to become the victor whilst playing the Naval Battlefield game mode. This should be done per map rotation.
- » max_tickets 700
- Administrators can now adjust the wind strength. Wind strength impacts both the maximum knots at which a ship can travel and its manoeuvrability when sailing against the wind.
- » wind_strength 1
- Administrators can adjust the cooldown timer for rowboats spawned aboard ships by inputting the following commands per map rotation.
- » rowboat_cooldown_timer 120
- » rowboat_cooldown_while_sinking_timer 5
- Be at the forefront of interplanetary travel! By inserting this command per map rotation, you can enable ships to fly. Press the ‘Space’ key to ascend and the ‘Shift’ key to descend.
- » ships_spacemode true
- Solved an issue which caused buoyancy on ships not to function.
- Solved an issue which sometimes causes the weapon used to kill another player to be displayed incorrectly in the kill feed.
- Solved an issue which caused ships to take flight when they hit the rocks on Harouti Islands or the shoreline on Coastal Siege maps.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused cannonballs to become invisible when fired.
- Attempted fix at an issue which sometimes caused a player to spawn in the middle of the ocean.
- Solved an issue were sails in a damaged state remain visible on the ship even though the mast was destroyed.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused ships to spawn on top of one another and flip. Same goes for when spawning a rowboat aboard a ship.
- Solved a bug which caused ships in the spawn menu not to retain their correct order from largest to smallest.
- Solved an issue with masts not floating correctly on the water when destroyed.
- Attempted fix towards an issue which caused the initial looking direction to not retain its original position when switching from 1st to 3rd person camera. This caused players to end up looking at another direction when switching between modes.
- Solved an issue that caused interaction icons to still remain visible when a ship is sinking.
- Solved an issue which sometimes caused ships to be pushed back when hit by an artillery shot.
- Solved an issue were sails belonging to a destroyed mast still followed the lead of the ship when being raised or lowered.
- Solved an issue which made interacting with ladder and rope positions aboard a ship to be quite tedious.
- Solved an issue with ladder positions on the rowboat being inverted causing players to frequently fall off the boat.
- Solved an issue that enabled players to interact with the guns aboard a ship’s deck when swimming.
- Solved an issue with the reflection probe not updating correctly causing the ocean to appear extremely bright.
- Solved an issue with normals on the Marine.
- Solved an issue which caused other players to appear jitter when moving in free-flight.
- Solved an issue with an ammo box giving the wrong ammunition on Fort Imperial.
- Solved an issue with server showing up as an empty black bar in the server browser if they are unable to correctly establish a connection with the lobby.