Hey folks, I think you will be happy to learn that 1.0e will be coming out very soon. We have just finished wrapping up the issue that causes mass amounts of ragdolls to spawn in the level upon server join. The problem came about since we moved to the Orange Box engine with its server side predicted ragdolls. Now that we have marked that off our list, we are just testing linux stability and can release 1.0e. This is where you come in! We will be hosting a Public Stress Testing event on our forums, where we give our community members the chance to check out 1.0e and stress test it on our official Linux testing server. From now on, before every release, we will be hosting public stress testing so that we can make sure the build is stable before releasing it to Server hosts and the general public. Information on the first Public Stress Test will be available on our forums. If you are wondering what makes 1.0e different from 1.0d, here is a list of features you can expect:
An increase in the base weapon accuracy across all weapons allows for more distant engagements. The problem before this was that most engagements were happening face to face due to the general inaccuracy of the weapons. If you fired at someone at a distance, most of your shots would miss, and those that did connect were limb shots more often than not. Increasing accuracy allows you to properly aim and take down targets with precision, and a greater influence from fire modes gives players a better reason to swap at different ranges.
With the decrease in armor absorption, players are generally taken down much faster under fire but their armor lasts much longer overall. The problem before was that with full heavy, we saw quite a bit of tanking, and players simply weren't being taken down quick enough. Fire fights would often last multiple magazines. We have since dropped the absorption by half of its previous value, with more decisive and exciting firefights as a result.
1.0e is our last planned patch before the big 1.1 release, so we want to make sure the server admins have the tools they need to run a successful server. These new server options allow server owners to limit weapons where they see fit, restricting weapons for scrimmaging or competitive games. While we encourage all play styles in FAS, we understand that others may want to tailor the experience.
We are fixing bugs daily, and trying to remove all critical bugs so that we can allow our player base to grow. Unfortunately, there was some oversight to how extreme a number bugs were, particularly in the case of the ragdoll issue mentioned above. In its worst form, this all but prevented players with lower end specifications from joining servers in progress. In 1.0e you will notice a much more stable game, both as the client and server.
Thank you for supporting Firearms Source, and happy fragging.