A Halo mod for the critically acclaimed Sins of a Solar Empire, that aims to capture the fast paced intensity of the Halo series.

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Today we're releasing Sins of the Prophets: Warlords, version 0.90 of the public beta! That’s right, we’re finally far enough along to call this crazy thing a Beta now. With sixteen months since our last release we have finally left our cave on Reach with a new catechism from the Gods, and we’re so thankful for your patience and your support. See bottom of article for v0.90.2 changelog.

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Greetings Fleetmasters and Admirals!

Today we're releasing Sins of the Prophets: Warlords, version 0.90 of the public beta! That’s right, we’re finally far enough along to call this crazy thing a Beta now. With sixteen months since our last release we have finally left our cave on Reach with a new catechism from the Gods, and we’re so thankful for your patience and your support. (See bottom of article for v0.90.2 changelog.)

After the innumerable changes we have made over this time a formal changelog would be more nonsensical than helpful. So, this release article will be detailing the broader changes and focusing on the holistic vision for this update.

As we work on this total conversion and we seek a more perfect interpretation of Halo’s space combat, the mod has transitioned through several iterations since the last update. Multiple combat models were tested and tweaked until we found something that we felt was authentic and fun. Eventually Sundered Echo, known for his work on the Mass Effect mod "Dawn of the Reapers”, joined the team as a designer and coder; with his support, we were able to finally tighten the game balance to acceptable levels. Since his arrival, we’ve vastly improved as a team and have discarded our conventions in order to find a better way forward. With that aside, let’s get into the meat of this update and help you understand what you’re getting today.

Leaders

Carriers


One of the major changes to the mod is the inclusion of leader-based research. This was heavily inspired by titles like Halo Wars, where you have factions and gain access to unique units and stats through leaders within those factions - effectively subfactions. In Warlords, this inspiration is represented by your ability to choose between one of three leaders for each faction. The UNSC has Fleet Admiral Lord Terrence Hood, Vice Admiral Preston J. Cole, and Vice Admiral Stanforth while the Covenant has the High Prophet of Regret, Supreme Commander Thel 'Vadamee, and Imperial Admiral Xytan ‘Jar Wattinree.

Each of these leaders was designed to enhance certain styles of play, and you can read all about them in our dev diary titled “Lead into the Stars” (Moddb.com).

Research

PB


While the inclusion of leaders is a large component of the update to the research menu, the whole system saw a shift in focus from a myriad of small techs to a tree where each item was more meaningful and had a larger impact on the moment-to-moment state of the game. We moved from an eight-tier system to five tiers, which allowed us to simplify the UI for the menu and use larger buttons. We also chose to integrate the ship supply and command techs into the other research tabs so that we could that space for the leadership research.

You can read more about our decision-making process for this part of the mod in our recent article titled “Technology Dictates Tactics” (Moddb.com).

Culture

UHStation


We had originally found the culture mechanics of Sins of a Solar Empire to be inappropriate with Halo’s setting, especially since in the vanilla game hostile culture can actually lead to your own planets rebelling due to the overwhelming power of the enemy’s cultural influence. This makes little sense in a universe where the enemy is a hegemony of genocidal aliens or a cohort of heretical vermin. However, we reevaluated the utility of the system and found that there was merit in removing the teeth of culture and enhancing the internal “economic” benefits of using the system. You can read more about this and the changes to logistical structures in our dev diary called “Articles of Faith” (Moddb.com).

Balance

Balance


Individual unit statistics, combat behavior, and the balance between factions and leaders has been where we’ve focused most of our attention for Warlords. We have brought back more complex weapon, damage, and defense (armor) types to enhance the strategy and tactics present in the mod, including adjustments to ship speeds. The effect of this overhaul is a more competent counter system and the availability for more nuance in fleet composition. We cover this in great detail in our most recent dev diary, called “War Never Changes, but Combat…”(Moddb.com).

Art

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With sixteen months and several new systems, this latest update allowed the art team to address a myriad of assets, both new and old. The introduction of the leader system allowed us to experiment with differing design styles and finally bring to life many of the ships which we had otherwise not been able to or had been pushed out of the main roster, including the Athens and our own homegrown battleship, the Thanatos-class. Over the hiatus, our new artist, StellarStateLogic, did some spectacular portrait work creating a custom San'shyuum Prelate portrait, while LordSet modeled us a completely new shipyard, and Zero contributed an awe-inspiring Ark model to backdrop a brand new “King of the Hill” game mode.

Our resident particle experts reworked many of the existing particles and added some striking new effects which bring a lot of life to the improved combat flow. Overall, nearly every art asset has been upgraded in some way since the last release and we’re hoping that the changes add just that much more immersion and excitement to your SotP experience.

Sound

While not much has changed in the way of sound effects for this release, a few things have affected the mod’s sonic identity by and large. Chief among these are the various additions to the ship rosters’ voice performances. Honorable mentions are the overhaul of the Artemis (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, from the cast of Disney’s Inside Out), removing distortion and other imperfections, inclusions of the Halcyon Refit, and several Covenant ships such as the DRP and DDS.

As previously mentioned, not much has changed in the way of sound effects, however there are new SMAC audio effects for ships and orbital defense stations. The effects were created by combining the enthusiastic impact of a car door, the hammering of a large drum and distortion on a large plate reverb. There are future plans to modify more of the mod’s weapon sounds, but that is a topic for a later time.

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Sins of the Prophets v0.90.2 Changelog

  • Fixed issue with game UI scaling to lower resolutions improperly
  • Fixed issue with Relationship menu portraits incorrectly displaying
  • Fixed issue with research glow effect being incorrectly scaled
  • Fixed potential runtime error on game launch
  • Fixed Microwave Generator not having an icon on Anchor Stations when upgraded
  • Fixed Punic build icon displaying incorrectly
  • Fixed Punic ability “Objective: Survive” icon not displaying
  • Fixed Baselard bounding box issue that allowed the player camera to clip into the mesh at closest zoom level
  • Fixed Baselard having engine particles spawning in the incorrect position
  • Fixed Athens lacking engine particles
  • Fixed Stalwart engine particles spawning in the incorrect position
  • Fixed ADP fleet auto-join behavior
  • Fixed ADP stat card incorrectly displaying SDV stat card
  • Fixed Artemis Fast Charge ability toggle state string
  • Fixed ORS description (no longer claims to be a colonizer)
  • Fixed EXP frigate that spawns from CAS and OSS. No longer has 7k health when leveled so it won't cause fleets to break targeting during combat
  • Fixed Flood World spawning with neutral faction vanilla constructor ship


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BrotherBacon
BrotherBacon

Thanks for the excellent work!

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Nathanius
Nathanius

Well done! :D

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eyecberg
eyecberg

I have been following this mod, mostly from the shadows since 2008 or 2009. I want to thank everyone that has worked on it over the years to keep this dream alive. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Chokepoint Games. Keep up the amazing work.

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Blue199
Blue199

Awesome!

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Redlightning
Redlightning

If anything I need to play this just for the badass screenshots.

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Prioriel
Prioriel

I played some last night, and I can already tell its a major improvement over what it was. Well done all!

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Tacticzz
Tacticzz

A Curse on you, SoTP Devs! My sleep schedule was bad enough with the MCC on PC, and now I have to fit this into my schedule as well!
On a more serious note, from the few hours I've sunk in to this release thus far I'm really liking it. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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Guest
Guest

Amazing!

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Darthvader247
Darthvader247

Hey man i was wondering can the covenant get a titan facility

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sookendestroy1 Creator
sookendestroy1

Nope, the Covenant do not have a titan in this release.

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

One day I hope to see the Banished in a mod. Good work on this!

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Centurian128
Centurian128

"Glory to our station! All without exception!"

Woot! Can't wait to give this a try!

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I think it would be great if you considered adding post-war UNSC ships such as Strident-class or Vindication-class. I mean I just hope if you can add them. But still, great job your mod is really great since the first release.

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