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Been a while, you might say? With the successful release of Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries 3.1 and the few screws WE had to adjust on MTX to deliver such a monster to the community, news on MekPak's annoying little sister project had to eventually reach out to the AT1 community as well!

Posted by vamman on May 17th, 2010


While not as impacting as the free release of MW4, the AT1 update "Dasher" (version 2.3.2.1942) released on MTX features improvements and bugfixes mostly focused on what our players have suggested and encountered, respectively:

Improvements:
- Mechlab changes: added the advanced criticals section for those items that could not get added automatically to certain mech parts.
- Animation blending, mostly visible while the mech walks-runs.
- Minimal graphics settings available for users with lower-end machines.
- Improved input settings: multiple joystick support.
- Changes on the interface design: the menus now use pixel-relative scales according to how big your screen is, much like the way websites work.
- New shadows rendering method (hopefully, faster)
- New mechs: Firemoth and Shadowcat.
- Instant action menu now autofills your newly created starmates with random mechs in order to make the "action" more "instant".
- New keymapping commands have been added to the game but wont appear if you keep your old input.at1 file; in order to restore the default keyboard and joystick input and thus gain access to the new keystrokes (such as radar display mode) delete input.at1 file on your game directory after patch installation and let AT1 restore it on the next launch.
- Keyboard torso twist feature.
- AT1 torso twist style (torso twists when mouse reaches near the edge of the screen) and ability to change between this and the old one.
- HUD color customization: no more forced green and yellow.
- "God rays" effect.
- New cockpit artwork for a few mechs other than the MadDog. We will be adding the rest in as updates come.
- Legging; get ready to bite on dirt. Still experimental and only three mechs (MadDog, Timberwolf and Stormcrow) feature the animations for it. Other mechs will suffer from legging too, but will feature a normal and slower walk animation. This also means leg actuator damage does manifest in this version.

Bugfixes:
- Keymaps now properly use combined strokes without having conflics. EG you can use Ctrl+Z and Z alone for different functions.
- MASC allocation bug on the empty varians has been taken care of.
- AI behaviors corrected for their close range combat.
- Clan LRM missiles now have a reduced flying arch, the closer their target is.
- Critical hits now are based on 2D6 rolls (and damage amount on the part where the critical resides) to mimic the board game rules.
- No more "unassigned criticals" bug. See above in "Improvements" for details.
- Mechlab memory use has been decreased by unloading mech visuals not on display; this however causes a bit of a pause each time a mech is fetched from the mech list.

Installation Instructions:
You can choose to either download our update via MTX Client or Use the MTX Extract and Patch Utility. The MTX Client should always be simpler to obtain the latest update!

MTX Client Download
The MTX Client ensures all software released by MekTek.net is up to date.
Latest Download (v.1.0.3.5): Click Here

MTX Extract and Patch Utility
MTX File Extract and Patch Utility. Provides an easy patching mechanism.
Latest Download (v.0.0.1.5): Click Here

Patches Download Via Torrent Client
You may download all the of the following patches via your favorite torrent client (such as utorrent). Please continue seeding these files when not playing your game.

Installing 2.3.2.1941 - Date May 16th, 2010
These files will update any existing installation of AT1. Select the file that will update your current version, or use the FULL Install (version 2.3.0.10313). After downloading the .mtx files from these torrents, you can use the MTX Extract and Patch Utility to create the AT1:BT game installation.

AT1:BT MTX FULL Install (version 2.3.0.10313)
AT1:BT Patch (version 2.3.0.10313 to 2.3.0.10314)
AT1:BT Patch (version 2.3.0.10314 to 2.3.1.115)
AT1:BT Patch (version 2.3.1.115 to 2.3.2.1941)

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42 May 17 2010, 9:51pm says:

I would download this but I really dont like your installer client

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vamman Author
vamman May 18 2010, 10:33am replied:

If you want to avoid the client then download the Extract utility and the Patch Files (links provided in the news article) and install manually.

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kaiserpanda
kaiserpanda May 17 2010, 11:38pm says:

I don't think anyone likes MTX. please make it go away forever. :(

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vamman Author
vamman May 18 2010, 10:34am replied:

Thanks for the useful comment ;)

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42 May 18 2010, 4:03pm replied:

yeah I second that

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alphaflight83
alphaflight83 May 20 2010, 2:01pm replied:

Imho, for an indie studio development, MTX works quite well.
Admittedly, in the beginning (or rather the MW4 release) it was quite a mess, but now i'm quite contented with it.
Since it's a free show, i'm glad to see that they learned from the problems and are improving the software.
Eventually it works now with AT1 and MW4 installed, it does the updates, and runs the games without problems, so nothing to complain about from my side.

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KatrinaCurio
KatrinaCurio Dec 24 2010, 2:11am replied:

I understand some of the uses MTX provides but I still don't really like it. I wish I could download the game seperately. I would especially like to be able to download Assault tech on a flash drive and install in on a computer that doesn't have the internet. Is that possible with MTX?

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Kalenov
Kalenov May 18 2010, 3:57am says:

Well I'll think about grabbing this MTX file, however, if your going to be using a torrent client, is it really that hard to have a compiled & ready .exe/OS Specific Installer?

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Arxae
Arxae May 18 2010, 9:15am says:

yeah i wanted to download a while ago but MTX putted me off big time :/

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Shoelip
Shoelip May 19 2010, 1:51am says:

Man, between this, free MW4, and Living Legends mod for Crysis I won't even mind if the new Mechwarrior game ends of a dumbed down modernized, disappointing piece of drivel. Not that I have any reason in particular to think it will. It seems like it's good to be a Mechwarrior fan these days. Now if only someone would make a turn based tactical game using the tabletop rules.

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