Stardrive has always been a very good real time x4 game with excellent mod support. The main issues of the game were low performance on end game and bugs.

The Blackbox project addresses these issues. And we decided also to work on and improve some of the better mods out there, created for StarDrive 1 over the years.

Combined Arms is based on Combomod (keeping the best parts in Combomod). We did a lot of balance work on Combomod and added such vast amount of new content that we decided it deserves a new name.

A short summary of the new content:

  • 110 New ships 3D models and hulls. Every role (besides Titan) has 2 more 3d ship designs to research, along with dedicated slot maps. This is of course, per faction. So with the new Bomber and Drone ships, each faction will have a total of 19 hulls to design ships for. The new Titan per faction is truly big. Draylok Titan, for instance is 4.8k slots.
  • New drone role - a 4-6 slot (based on faction) small, automated fighter which is launched from drone bays
  • New ship hull (classified as Fighter Role) per faction - Bomber, which contains internal slots to unleash Anti capital bombs
  • New weapons, such as Rapid Blue lasers, new versions of mass drivers (extended, compact)
  • New Reactors. You can take a path of lower output, but non exploding reactors such as the Cold Fusion or Quantum Fusion reactors, or go crazy with very high output, but highly unstable Anti-Matter or Dark Energy reactors
  • 19 new types of armor, including shields combined with armor, self repair armor and more. These were present in Combomod but got new textures and massive balance
  • New, hi-res textures for all the lower texture modules in the game
  • Tech tree is 2.5 times the vanilla one

Installation:

In order to install and play Combined arms you need a Vanilla copy of StarDrive 1. Once you have that installed, you can either choose to install the more stable Radical elements version of Blackbox, or the alpha version called Texas. These are not the mod itself, but major code refactoring and new features of StarDrive core game. Once you have the above installed, you can download the latest copy of combined Arms from Bit Bucket.

  • Get a Vanilla copy from Steam. If you have the game already installed, a re-install its recommended, since we saw several early game crashes being solved by re-installation).
  • Install Radical Elements Hotfix or Texas latest build (Texas is unstable so prepare to encounter bugs)
  • Download the mod and extract it into the mods dir of StardDrive
  • It is recommended to remove your saved ship designs if you saved designs using the old combo mod. Usually its located in c:\users\[username]\.appdata\roaming\stardrive\saveddesigns
  • Drop us a note in Discord chat.

Other Recommendations:

  • Highly Recommended - Dont use more than 5 factions due to Memory Fragmentation issues being investigated in Blackbox (we will update)
  • Dont use larger than "large" galaxy due to Memory Fragmentation issues being investigated in Blackbox (we will update)
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