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Title: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: BlackBox on January 04, 2021, 03:03:18 AM
We're extremely pleased to announce the long-anticipated wait is over and unofficial update 1.4.0 for Outpost 2 has been released, adding proper support for the GOG version of Outpost 2!

We've included a huge number of fixes on top of the fixes from previous updates.  In addition, we've moved to using a method for loading our mods into the game that better complies with the GOG EULA (we no longer make permanent changes to existing game files).

Note that this does require an existing copy of OP2, either the English CD or GOG versions should work (special note: if you have access to a non-English game CD, the installer can copy its files to localize the English install and still be multiplayer-compatible with it).  If you don't have an existing copy of OP2, we recommend buying the game from GOG or getting the CD version from a website such as eBay.

You can download the unofficial update from the page here: https://www.outpost2.net/outpost2.html

For further details (including installation instructions, as well as a list of all changes and known issues, please see the release notes below.

Thank you for your patience throughout all this, and a special thanks to everyone credited in the patch notes below for making this possible.

One last thing: Please note that this material is not made or supported by Activision, if you run into issues and need help, please respond to this forum thread (or better yet, join our Discord via the "Chat" link at the very top of the page, which you can also use to find others to play multiplayer with), please do not contact Activision or GOG for help with the modded game.

Remember Commander, extinction is not an option!


Outpost 2 OPU Unofficial Update 1.4.0 Patch Notes

The OPU Update 1.4.0 is an unofficial mod loader and collection of patches for Outpost 2 that improves compatibility with modern systems (especially with regards to multiplayer), fixes numerous bugs in the base game, and makes various gameplay quality-of-life improvements.

In addition, several custom missions are included (both single-player colony games as well as new multiplayer maps).  The update also improves support for modding the game as well as custom mission creation.

Note that unlike previous updates, in order to comply with specific requirements set forth in the EULA for the GOG Outpost 2 release, this version does not require permanent modifications to the existing files in the base game folder, allowing the unmodded game to be run at any time by simply double-clicking the Outpost2.exe file.

The OPU modded game may be run by double-clicking the OPULauncher.exe file in the OPU subfolder under the game folder, or by running Outpost2.exe /OPU.

Disclaimer / License

THIS MATERIAL IS NOT MADE OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION.

This mod is distributed by Outpost Universe at https://outpost2.net.  If you downloaded this from somewhere else, we recommend downloading it from our website as we can't vouch for the safety of other copies of it on the internet.

Outpost 2 is (C) Activision Publishing, Inc. and its affiliates ("Activision").

This mod ("OPU Update") is a community-supported update to Outpost 2, intended only to be used with a properly licensed copy of the game.

By using this mod, you acknowledge the following:

  This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.

Please do not ask us how to get Outpost 2 for free, or otherwise illegally pirate a copy of the game, as we cannot and will not provide that.  If you don't already own a copy of Outpost 2, we recommend either purchasing the GOG version, or an original CD from a seller such as eBay or similar.

In the same vein, please do not contact Activision or GOG for support with this modded version.  As described in the GOG EULA for Outpost 2, Activision/GOG can only support the base, unmodified copy of Outpost 2.  If you run into issues with the modded game, please reach out to us on Discord or the OPU forums, and we'd be happy to take a look.

Requirements


Installing

Simply download the installer and run it.  It should work equally well on both CD and GOG versions, and will attempt to move any pre-existing mods from a CD install to a backup folder.

It will attempt to autodetect your OP2 installation, but you can specify the path to your installation directly (or copy the installer to your OP2 folder and launch from there).

As mentioned above, for CD installs, we recommend inserting the CD if you have it available, as the installer can copy music, cutscenes, and (if you have a non-English CD) localized content from the disc.

Note that there are options in the installer to extract the music to .wav files, as well as extracting from a localized CD if using the GOG version.

New and updated missions

This update includes several new and updated community-created missions, many of which are adapted from existing maps.  All of these missions are selectable from the Colony Games and Multiplayer dialogs in game.  Note that they will not be available when running the base, unmodified OP2.

Please note that (with the exception of the demo missions) these missions are community-created and may not have been as rigorously tested as the official missions, so they may contain occasional bugs, crashes, or gameplay and balance issues.

Single-player Colony Games


Multiplayer "Survivor" co-op missions

Survivor is a new co-op game type that involves elements of the traditional Space Race with twists such as the need to survive the Blight and defend yourselves from hostile AIs.

Note that many Survivor maps also have custom game mechanics, such as requiring use of Scouts to discover mining beacons, requiring food loaded in Cargo Trucks when all your Agridomes are destroyed, requiring Evacuation Transports per 25 colonists when all your structures are destroyed, and DIRT coverage grants structures passive hitpoint repair.

All of these missions are selectable under the "Space Race" game type.


Multiplayer "Exiles" co-op campaign missions

Exiles is a new series of co-op campaign missions.  Descriptions of each mission can be found under OPU\maps\Exiles\Briefings.

All of these missions are selectable under the "Midas" game type.


Multiplayer Last One Standing missions


Multiplayer Resource Race missions


Multiplayer Land Rush missions


Other Multiplayer Missions

All of these missions are selectable under the "Last One Standing" game type, although these are not typical LoS missions.


Changes


Changes specific to the CD or GOG releases are annotated with (CD) or (GOG) accordingly.  In all other cases, the CD and GOG versions of the game are treated as equivalent.

Mission-specific balance changes and bug fixes


Gameplay-related changes and bug fixes


Interface-related changes


Graphics-related changes


Audio-related changes


Network and multiplayer-related changes


Mapmaking/modding and developer-related changes


Miscellaneous changes


FAQ / Known Issues

Important: Before reporting bugs, please first try reinstalling the original game from either CD or the GOG version and try again with this "pristine" copy of OP2, especially if you previously had modified your game files or installed older mods.

If you continue to have problems, please reach out to us directly via Discord or the forums rather than reporting this to Activision or GOG (they did not make this mod, are not responsible for support for our mod or any other custom mods).  In doing so, please include as much detail as possible (such as your Windows version, whether you're using the CD or GOG version of the game, which previous mods were installed (if any) where the problem occurred, etc.)

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Windows Defender, my virus scanner, etc. thinks this is malicious/a virus!  Is this legit?

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The update won't install, fails with errors, etc.

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The game won't run after installing the update, displays a black screen on launch, prompts to insert the CD, or some other error message appears on launch.

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I don't agree with gameplay change X, or it's breaking the campaign/custom missions, can I turn it off?

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Mission X doesn't work, crashes, etc and I want to report a bug!

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I can't host a multiplayer game, or others' multiplayer games don't appear in the "Find session" dialog.

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When starting a multiplayer game, it fails with errors such as "remote load failed," "host and client checksums don't match," or a similar error.

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I tried to create / join multiplayer over IPX as described in the GOG release and the IPX option under Multiplayer is grayed out!

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The "Outpost 2" text on the top-left of the game window frame is blacked out and the game isn't responding to some keyboard/mouse input!

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OPULauncher appears to hang/do nothing for a long time before launching the game!

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(Win8/10) In the CD version, pressing F1 or clicking Help in the main menu leads to an error or opens a webpage about help not being supported anymore.

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(Win8/10) Cursors are partially transparent or only show a black outline and are hard to see.

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(Wine-specific) The game window can't be resized, and buttons in the title bar don't work.

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(Wine-specific) The lists of missions (under Tutorials, Colony Games, etc) are illegible due to having a white background.

Credits

This wouldn't have been possible without the help and support of various OPU community members, of which there are too many to really list.  We did want to call out a few folks for specific things:


Not to mention a few open source projects:

Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Arklon on January 04, 2021, 03:37:57 AM
Edit: Source code is now available! See this thread (https://forum.outpost2.net/index.php/topic,6379.0.html).
Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Arklon on January 24, 2021, 04:37:07 PM
Edit: Outpost 2 1.4.1 hotfix has been released! (https://forum.outpost2.net/index.php/topic,6377.0.html)

It has come to our attention that you cannot progress past mission objectives like "have 3 empty Cargo Trucks" (e.g. Eden campaign mission 5 on easy), and the included version of the Fractured Alliance map is broken. A hotfix will be coming soon.

For people who have already installed 1.4.0, we will just distribute the update as a zip to extract over your Outpost2 folder. We will also update the installer exe for fresh installs, but it won't be able to handle updating yet.
Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Monarky2000 on February 27, 2021, 03:33:17 AM
-Hey Guys! Its been a while since I posted here. Downloaded and played the Outpost 2 community patch. Noticed at the main menu you have my old picture there. I will post it down below. Its no problem. But I spent the time and made a new picture. Modeled a new ship put it in Photoshop. Its not the best work but thought if you want you could put this one at the main menu think its much better then my old one.

-Old pic https://www.deviantart.com/monarky/art/Outpost-2-150366784

Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Monarky2000 on March 16, 2021, 09:17:36 AM
Here is a link to the Deviant Art page. Been over a month have not heard anything. Community pretty much dead?

https://www.deviantart.com/monarky/art/Outpost2-873402558
Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Sirbomber on March 16, 2021, 12:49:59 PM
Things have been quiet lately but that's not too unusual.  There's generally more activity on Discord (https://discord.gg/VR4ue7MT) but even that's been pretty quiet lately.  Personally, I hadn't said anything because I actually prefer the current image over this new one...
Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Highlander on March 17, 2021, 03:40:08 PM
I agree with Sirbomber - I also like the old version better. Maybe something to do with New Terra ?
Title: Re: Outpost 2 1.4.0 community-supported update released
Post by: Hooman on March 23, 2021, 01:00:30 AM
Oh hey, neat.

Yeah, I haven't been checking the forums recently. Plus, I haven't been getting notifications of new messages, so I don't know when to check.

I kind of like the space station in the older one a bit better. The top of the station in the older image looks smoother. The new one seems to have some aliasing causing banded lines.