Squad-Servers.com Blog Feed en https://squad-servers.com/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:45 CEST Squad-Servers.com is a Squad servers list. Its goal is to provide an efficient way for players to find a server that suits their needs and also for servers owners to get more players on their servers. 60 The Wrench - September 2021 https://squad-servers.com/blog/927/the-wrench-september-2021/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/927/the-wrench-september-2021/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:45 CEST Danish Armed Forces Mod (by Viktor)
This mod aims to represent the armed forces of Denmark as they stand today. The mod will include custom rifles, vehicles, and custom-ish soldier models.





Better Armor Layers (by Zezacle)

Better Armor Layers catered to the hearts and minds of all those armor squads out there. (And sadly, to all the AT players too.) Sometimes, you just want an armor-focused match, but there isn't quite the Layer you're looking for. BAL aims to scratch that itch with RAAS layers with brand new layouts and vehicle-centric gameplay. Rarely should a crewman be aimlessly wandering around Main Base without a chariot to ride into battle. This also means that Infantry players are going to have to play smart and coordinated, feeding ammo to their ATs, and placing those ever pesky ATGMs. Ever wanted a Tank on Kokan? Yeah. We've got Tanks on Kokan.

Additionally BAL has brought the 6v6 Tanks game mode to your favorite maps like Gorodok, Yehorivka, Narva, Mutaha, and more, while also spicing it up by making it Random Advanced and Secure (RAAS Tanks).

Whether it’s Events, Memes, or general variety in the layer rotation, BAL can provide a fun experience to all. This Layer Pack is in its early days, and that means there is much more content planned for it, including brand new Invasion, AAS, and RAAS layers, eventually covering every map in Squad.

See you on the battlefield. (Don't Ammo Rack me please) - Zee, Mod Author.

For a complete overview of Better Armor Layers, join the Discord: https://discord.gg/KqCgSpqD2v
For a better marketing schpeel, check out the Steam Workshop page: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2583205870





Japan Ground Self Defence Force (by Gunslinger and the JGSDF Mod Team)

We are creating the JGSDF as a playable Faction in Squad. Our goal is to make a faction that is balanced but feels different enough to be worth the effort. We want the JGSDF to be fun to play but also fun to play against. We're still looking for Blueprint Specialists, Modding Experts, Animators, and 3D Artists, especially for environment Art. If you want to know more or support us please join us at our discord.

Visits our Discord for more information on the Mod: https://discord.gg/UCZZ5Kt3B8





Raid Mod (by [RWR] Robez)

Raid Mod is a brand new PvPvE game mode for Squad that features a hardcore ruleset, full kit customization, and a dynamic, mission-based gameplay loop. In this mode you will become the soldier you idealize, taking into the game whatever weapons and equipment that you need to complete diverse missions to gain tickets and personal currency that can be used to buy even better equipment and assets. However, when you die out in the field you lose anything that you brought in with you, any reward you gained, and are sent back to main to join a new squad and try again. Compete against members of the other team to complete the AI/PvP based objectives and then return to main to collect your reward. Raid Mod is currently in Alpha status so join the discord to see updates and be informed when we hold future playtests: https://discord.gg/Wx9ss89t.





French VBL (by Tactical Collective)
BORIS is currently working on the texture of the Véhicule Blindé Léger for the French Faction. This will be our recon amphibious vehicle, and different versions will be available:
  1. VBL Mag 58/AANF1
  2. VBL Milan
  3. VBL .50 Cal
  4. VB2L Mag 58 with turret
Discord: https://discord.gg/ZCCYEFx

Website: https://smf.tactical-collective.com/

Steam Workshop: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2198088821





Brazilian Armed Forces Mod (by Smoking Snakes Dev Team)

Hey guys we are here once again to showcase another WIP, this time we have the EE-9 Cascavel a Brazilian made reconnaissance vehicle, equipped with a 90mm cannon, capable of firing multiple projectiles such as:
APFSDS, HESH, HEAT-T, HE rounds.





Treason (by JJ)

TREASON is a game mode inspired by popular games like Mafia, Secret Hitler, and Trouble in Terrorist Town. Commissars and Comrades work together to uncover the treasonous comrades. The Traitors work in secret to kill all innocent players and carry out their plot!

Featuring a variety of unique custom maps and tools to play, TREASON will be a great mode for taking a break from the stress of leading those blueberries into battle with something a little different :-)

The mode is still in development, but expect to see a playtest soon!

https://discord.gg/uH8pUBYhWe <- Link to my personal Mod Hub with information on all my projects.





Hawk’s RAAS Rework (by EyeOfTheHawks)

Now with more layers than ever!

Hawks RAAS Rework looks at tackling the predictability of laned RAAS, redesigning from the ground up how point selection works. Its been dubbed "GRAAS" or "Good-RAAS".
With this new generation method, you'll experience point configurations and areas of the map that you may have never seen before.

Now with well over 100 distinct layer configurations, Hawks RAAS Rework is the perfect supplement to any server, giving you a classic Squad experience with a new twist. Don't bother loading up Squadlanes, because it won’t work, it’s the RAAS experience we always wanted.

Some of the changes since you last saw me on the wrench:
- Added standardized CAF faction templates
- GRAAS Layers on Goose Bay, Manic-5, Anvil, Fools Road, and more!
- Point balance changes to help speed up the early game, so there's less waiting around
- A bunch of new experimental Invasion and TC Layers

Did I mention it’s only 40MB and has workarounds for the "infinite running man" bug that's bothered us all since day 1?

Be sure to check out the workshop page (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2442357787&searchtext=hawks+raas+rework)
and the Discord (https://discord.gg/mCEH6xZW6M)
and the google doc with more layer information (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1y_OZTQ9n-tIxoJ3beW9umqOQ2DuakL1vzvvN2AV2CZI)

Keep an eye out for a server near you running it!
And as for that last screenshot, some things are best left a surprise





Grand Falls (by BaronVonBoyce and Gunslinger)

Located on the US-Canada border, Russian forces are approaching from their previous victories during their amphibious landing in Labrador and seizure of the Manic-5 dam, Canadian and NATO forces will have to hold them here or risk Russian infiltration into the American homeland.

Grand Falls is a 4x4.5km map with the goal of capturing the feeling of a North American suburb and small town. It is in an early-playtest stage and remains unoptimized. Some small optimizations have been made in the most recent updates, including an erosion pass on the terrain courtesy of Wunda to help reduce the feeling of the landscape being ‘too smooth’.




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The Wrench - September 2021 https://squad-servers.com/blog/926/the-wrench-september-2021/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/926/the-wrench-september-2021/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:45 CEST here.]]> The Wrench - August https://squad-servers.com/blog/925/the-wrench-august/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/925/the-wrench-august/ Thu, 26 Aug 2021 22:50 CEST
We’re back again with another version of The Wrench, your number one source for knowing what the modding community has been up to, and to get updated on how their work is progressing.

Oh boy, have the modding community come through with some delightful-looking mods for y’all to admire.

As always, if any of these mods catch your attention, be sure to join the mod teams Discords, or provide feedback via their Steam Workshop page (if available)

Now, on to the creations!

PGM HECATE 2 by Titoonet



Titoonet is presenting us the PGM Hecate 2, a long-range precision rifle chambered in .50BMG (12.7mm), used by snipers in the French army. The rifle is equipped with a Scrome J10 (x10 zoom) scope that will allow shots from 500 to 1800 meters. We are thinking of a few ideas to balance this rifle in-game, for example, reduce standing accuracy a lot, low ammo, or a lack of short-range ranging options on the scope



Discord: https://discord.gg/ZCCYEFx

Website: https://smf.tactical-collective.com/

Steam Workshop: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2198088821

Squad Masters Mod by Mjölnir Husky



The Squad Masters Mod started as a small mod for the Squad Masters BLITZ tournament.
But it grows fast into a caster/streamer-friendly system with alot of features.

Now the mod should be a system for better squad streaming for caster and viewer.
Every AAS vanilla layer is added to the mod to be usable for nearly everyone.
Every Event that wants to use vanilla AAS or RAAS layers should be able to use this mod.
So the caster and the viewer have a much more friendly system to understand what happens on the map.

Caster Cam Features:
- Kill feed
- Radio built and proxy ranges
- Radio health info
- HAB Siege Status, sphere, and ranges
- Rally point siege ranges
- Rally point spawn timer
- Flag Info with capture status
- Kill/Death/Downed info
- Vehicle health info
- Add/Change team logo (128x128px)
- Add/Change event logo (64x64px)
- Add/Change team names
- Teleport by clicking on the Spawnmap
- Stick with the cam on players/vehicles
- Change the stick height and range

And more is being currently worked on.

View more here: https://streamable.com/n3afgr

Dutch Armed Forces by Victor

A Squad Mod that aims to add an accurate representation of the Dutch Armed Forces into the game.
Read more on their progress over on their site here: https://sites.google.com/view/dafmod1







Visit their Discord: https://discord.gg/FaSEnuc79v

Squad_JO by LaughingJack
https://youtu.be/lad7qYkEKDs

Steam Workshop link: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2240351000

Squad_JO is a Gameplay modification of Squad, based on the classic game Joint Operations from 2004 - "western democratic" coalition forces versus "rebellious anti-western" allies.
It retains Squads' organization & communications but removes much of the structured role-playing elements required by players, allowing for a more accessible playing style that highlights 'playing the objective'.

With headshots and knife attacks killing outright and no rally points, this makes for a more deadly game that puts a greater value of life on the player and encourages smarter play, with plenty of room for tactical styles that don't rely on the 'FOB-crafting' meta.
The Mod includes Multi-faction teams, modified Gamemodes for AAS, PAAS & TKOTH, and numerous new assets. It also includes numerous gameplay layers for a bunch of Squad-vanilla maps as well as two classic Joint Operations maps; Black Rock Beach and Dormant Volcano Isle.
The mod is now in its final stages of completion of all the basic changes to gameplay and visual elements. The mod will be updated to v1.0 very soon but is totally playable as it stands and is cooked for Windows and Linux servers. Future additions will be the CAF and Aussie factions when they are available within the SDK.

For more in-depth details, please see the description and change notes on the Steam Workshop page.

Grand Falls by BaronVonBoyce and Gunslinger



4x4km

Grand Falls is a town located in Victoria County, New Brunswick, Canada. It's situated on the Saint John River. The town derives its name from a waterfall created by a series of rock ledges over which the river drops 23 meters.

Located on the US-Canada border, Russian forces are approaching from their previous victories during their amphibious landing in Labrador and seizure of the Manic-5 dam, Canadian and NATO forces will have to hold them here or risk Russian infiltration into the American homeland.



Squad: Vietnam by the Squad: Vietnam Team
Squad: Vietnam update time!



We get asked on a daily, sometimes hourly basis when we’re going to be releasing our mod and we wanted to give a quick shout out to our ever-growing and patient community. We’re nearing 6k Discord members and know many of you are eager to play. We very much appreciate all the support and understanding of our focus on quality over an early release.



Those of you who have been following the mod for a while will be glad to hear that our flagship Mekong delta based map is coming along nicely. We’ve added another member to the mapping team and hope to be featuring it in a Wrench edition very soon. Until then you can catch a few sneak peeks and even a SQD:VN themed wallpaper over on our Instagram.[www.instagram.com]



Recently we showed our Huey helicopter over on our discord. The Huey along with napalm and the M16 are some of the most iconic Vietnam War-era US arsenal pieces we can think of. Po our very talented Huey modeler with assistance from advisers has spent hours making sure it’s perfect and we can’t be happier with the results. So here are a few extra renders for everyone.

Join their Discord[discord.gg]

Platoon Mod by MoiDawg

Platoon is a mod set on re-imagining the fundamental Squad gameplay loop.

In typical Squad gameplay, quite often players are subject to walking simulators, but that isn’t because Squad is a slow-paced game. Instead, this is because Squad is an incredibly fast-paced game that rewards those who capture objectives quickly, and not necessarily those who win firefights.



In many games, the most efficient way to capture an objective is usually one Squad Leader running around and placing multiple radios with a HAB on them. For an average game of Squad, this results in uncoordinated hordes of enemy attacks requiring defenders to go out and overrun HABs, play hide and seek with radios, and destroy one FOB while the three other spawn points are still allowing attackers into the objective. FOBs are glorified team spawns, wave spawns are tiresome, and many games can be won without memorable firefights all because of strategic teleportation around the map.



Platoon aims to re-imagine the FOB, create the ability to establish fire support areas around the map, re-imagine a player’s interaction with objectives, and also create more interesting unit cohesion between infantry, vehicles, command assets, and emplacements. Most importantly, Platoon hopes that every game can result in memorable and entertaining firefights.

Join us as we create new gameplay interactions, new game modes, and a new way to enjoy the game we all love.

Here is a link to our Discord server[discord.gg]

Koshtantau by duramorph



Koshtantau is a map with high mountains, steep slopes, and dense forests. In the middle of the map, there is a radio station on a mountain top that can be reached through a long tunnel from the valley. There are several checkpoints alongside the road system. The map also contains an iron mine, a worker camp, a scrap yard, and a crash site.

Factions
-Russian vs. Militia

Current Layers
-Koshtantau_AAS_v1
-Koshtantau_RAAS_v1
-Koshtantau_Invasion_v1
-Koshtantau_Training



Check out our Steam Workshop page here.

South African Border War: Operation Savannah (Angola Map) by Springbok

A conflict theatre set during the South African Border War/Angolan Civil War of the 1960s to 1980s.




Japanese Ground Self Defense Force by JGSDF Mod Team



Hello, we are the JGSDF MOD Team and aim to create the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force as a playable Faction for Squad. Even though we are a relatively new mod, we're glad that our team already has some very talented people helping from the Squad Modding Community! We do not have any ETA on the mod yet and our main goal is to make a balanced yet fun faction while also having fun and learning while we create this faction. If you want to know more about this project or if you want to actively support and help us, please come around to our Discord.[discord.gg]

Greetings from the JGSDF MOD Team!



VDV Russian Sub-Faction by VDV Mod Team
We first want to thank you for the interest shown in the last Wrench. For this reason, we have listened to you and have created a public discord.

In the last Wrench, we showed you the Jump Helmet and RPG-22, since that we were able to welcome new members to the team and work on new things like the SVDS and Mi-8 retexture.

SVDS



VKS Grey Mi-8

VKS Green Mi-8


If you are willing to join us, we are looking for Military Advisors, 3D Artists, UE4 Developers, etc. you can apply in #📩-apply-here.[discord.gg]

You can also head over to our discord for any questions, will be glad to answer those.

Brazilian Armed Forces by Smoking Snakes Dev Team
Hey guys!

For you out there that doesn’t know us, we are a dev team that aims to bring a Brazilian faction for Squad with unique vehicles, weapons, maps, command actions etc.



Today we have some more work in progress to showcase for you guys, this time we brought the Guarani with actual textures, unfortunately, we didn´t have time to prepare decent textures for the other 2 models, I hope you guys can understand.





Please go check out our discord and website
http://squadbrazil.rf.gd
https://discord.gg/ucXhXEKcaT
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Squad Update: V2.11 https://squad-servers.com/blog/924/squad-update-v211/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/924/squad-update-v211/ Wed, 18 Aug 2021 20:02 CEST
Here at Squad HQ, our team has been taking on feedback since our last update regarding the changes to spawn mechanics at HABs/FOBs and within this update, you should see some new changes come into effect.

Alongside these updated changes, we have a quality of life change to improve everyone’s overall experience with a new “Saveable Keybinds” function that allows you to save multiple keybind presets with all-new preset slots.

Most importantly though, with V2.11 we have a new piece of content arriving, with the map Anvil. Anvil was originally developed by Midnight Interactive for the Australian faction, and although the Australian faction isn’t ready for release quite yet, we didn’t want to hold up the release of this brand new battlefield any longer while our team gave the faction some finishing touches.



A large chunk of our development time on Anvil was spent bringing the map in line with the newer visual standard we are trying to accomplish for future Squad maps, while also increasing accessibility for infantry units moving between the plateau and the canyon basin.

As a quality of life improvement, we have also added more road access on the plateau to promote better vehicle movement, while these updated road networks also hint at future locations for possible additional POIs. We have also improved routing of infantry movement within most major POIs.



Other work has been focused on heavily increasing cover and concealment on the plateaus for infantry, while at the same time adding a handful of minor POI’s throughout the map to cover empty areas between major POI’s.

With Anvil, we have begun working with the entirely new lighting features the team has been developing to reflect future style changes across all maps in a later update. Keen eyes will also notice that the gameplay layers for Anvil have been tweaked and rebalanced since its original showcase, as well as the MEA faction being added to some map layers - as it did not exist when the map was first showcased.

We look forward to hearing your feedback, and we’ll see you on the battlefield!
System & Gameplay Updates

  • Added new map - Anvil. This map is based in Afghanistan, featuring a unique canyon environment with villages and farms in the valley and rocky desert terrain above.
Note: the map was originally developed by Midnight Interactive for the Australian faction, and although the Australian faction isn’t ready for release quite yet, we didn’t want to hold up the release of this brand new battlefield any longer.

Once the Australian faction’s optimizations and standardizations are complete, they will be featured on Anvil and Lashkar Valley, adding to the variety of other maps and factions in Squad’s vast catalog.
  • Anvil AAS v1 - USA vs RUS, 5 CP’s, 350/350 tickets, 1x helicopter per team, Mid Day lighting.
  • Anvil AAS v2 - USA vs RUS, 6 CP’s, 350/350 tickets, Mid Day lighting.
  • Anvil Invasion v1 - RUS (attacking) vs INS (defending), 6 CP’s, 200/800 tickets, Dawn lighting.
  • Anvil Invasion v2 - RUS (defending) vs INS (attacking), 6 CP’s, 800/200 tickets, Night lighting.
  • Anvil RAAS v1 - RUS vs MEA, 4 CP’s, 400/400 tickets, 1x helicopter & 1x mbt per team, Mid Day lighting.
  • Anvil RAAS v2 - CAF vs MEA, 9 CP’s, 300/300 tickets, 1x helicopter & 1x mbt per team, Mid Day lighting.
  • Anvil Skirmish v1 - USA vs RUS, 5 CP’s, 200/200 tickets, Mid Day lighting.
  • Anvil TC v1 - RUS vs MEA, 56 Hexes, 400/400 tickets, Mid Day lighting.
  • Added a new Saveable Keybinds Feature in the Controls menu:
    --You can now save your custom keybinds as a preset.
    --You can switch between presets instantaneously thru this new menu without restarting Squad.
    --Any edits done to key bindings in the Controls menu will be automatically saved to the current loaded preset.
  • Updated the FOB Exclusion Radius mechanic to now have the possibility of varying exclusion distances depending on the map layer. This change gives designers the ability to lower the FOB Exclusion Radius on smaller maps and layers, allowing for more flexibility in FOB placement where maps have fewer viable placement locations, and preventing centrally placed FOBs from blocking most other viable FOB locations on more compact layers. This change also allows for the possibility in the future to increase the exclusion radius on larger maps, if desired, as well as allowing modders to potentially tweak these values in a more granular manner.

    --Reduced the FOB Exclusion Radius from 400m to 300m on the following map layers: All Skirmish map layers, Chora, Fools Road, Kokan, Logar, and Sumari.

    --Added a new Map Layer Info popup UI in the Command map, which will indicate specific information about the map layer. It currently includes the FOB Exclusion Radius in meters.
  • Integrated the CAF faction assets into the main game. This creates an internal workflow improvement, which means the CAF faction will no longer require separate building/installation. This will also benefit modders, who will now have access to CAF content in the modding SDK.
  • Updated the “Soft-Dead-Dead” system, which will no longer impact the Incapacitated revive times from most infantry small arms. Any damage taken that is less than 260, (which is a headshot with 7.62mm) will no longer decrease Incapacitated revive times.

    Designer’s Note: The original design intention with this mechanic was to help reduce mass revive spam, which is no longer necessary due to the implementation of the post revive recovery state. Getting hit by high caliber rounds will still reduce Incap times, this is unchanged. This is intended to emphasize the threat that these larger vehicle/emplaced weapon systems pose to infantry.

    --.338 Lapua & .50cal headshot = 30sec revive time.
    --30mm AP bodyshot = 120sec.
    --30mm AP headshot = Instadeath.
    --All 120mm headshot/bodyshot = Instadeath.
    --Close proximity to IED = Instadeath
    --These higher caliber values may change in the future.
  • Updated the Admin command ‘ListSquads’ to now include which player created the squad.
  • Updated the HAB map icon to no longer have borders while it is NOT in an active & spawnable state.
  • Updated the HAT Ammo Rack damage modifier, so now the RUS T72B3 MBT’s ammo rack can be cooked off with a single ATGM from the side, instead of two ATGM in v2.10.
  • Adjusted the burnout rate for helicopters when in a flipped/unrecoverable state. Helicopters are considered to be in a flipped/unrecoverable state whenever the tail or main rotors are blocked by a collision with world objects. When in this state, a helicopter will begin to take burnout damage after 90 seconds. After entering burnout, the helicopter will slowly take damage and will be destroyed after ~60 seconds (was previously 300 seconds).
  • Adjusted the ticket loss for all light and medium class APC's from 10 tickets to 5 tickets. This includes the following APC’s: USA M1126 M240, GB FV432 M2, GB FV432 RWS GPMG, RUS/MIL/INS BTR80, RUS/MEA/MIL MTLB VMK, INS MTLB PKT, RUS MTLB 6MA, CAF LAV3 C6.
  • Adjusted the INS/MIL T62 MBT ammo rack component size. The T62 has two separate ammo racks, as per real world spec. Previously, the T62’s forward ammo rack component was mistakenly emulating the shape of the T62’s fuel tank, which envelopes the ammo compartment - while the shells themselves should only extend about half-way forward. The size of this forward ammo rack has been reduced; the rear ammo rack compartment was also excessively large, so it too has been reduced in size. These changes should make it more difficult to destroy the T62 ammo rack, and also more closely reflect the real world dimensions of these components.
  • Optimized the Post FX shader for improved performance.
  • Minor optimization for ground vehicle base class to apply best code practices. The SQGroundVehicle initialization of VehicleMovement component initialization, and the subsequent children of said class, has been updated.
  • Added the BugItGo command to non-editor builds - this command allows people in admin cam to move to predefined locations instantly, while maintaining a specific viewing angle using precise coordinates. To get these coordinates, you can use the command SqBugit in-game, which will output a screenshot and a text file to C:Users<your user>AppDataLocalSquadGameSavedBugItWindowsNoEditor. In the text file, you will find a section stating BugItGo, followed by a line of coordinates. When reporting map bugs, you can attach that info. to a report to help us find the location of these bugs quicker.
Bug Fixes
  • Second Fix attempt at a long standing Client Crash when switching maps, determined to be related to the vehicle tire configs. Further investigation determined the cause was more likely a slightly different threading issue where a TireConfig could report as being destroyed before destruction has actually completed causing a desynchronisation, which is resolved by improving the check to make sure the object is fully destroyed.
  • Second Fix attempt for a problematic and difficult to reproduce Client Crash that is related to the Particle System at the end of a round when switching maps. The Particle System was reusing a Particle Emitter Instance from a pool, which is tied to the FX System in the current map world, which was persisting to the new map world after a map change, and then re-using one of these instances from the pool, but the FX System it was created with was no longer valid. This fix ensures emitter instances are always reset as the map is changing which should hopefully catch all occurrences of this issue.
  • Fixed an issue with desynced vehicle components occurring when the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop. Vehicle components such as logi truck supplies, camo netting, exterior bags, exterior ammo cans, etc, as well as the driver/passenger camera would become offset/desynced, resulting in visual oddities.
  • Fixed an issue with the HAB map icon staying red after the spawn point activation sequence completed.
  • Fixed an issue with the radial menu where kit roles would show up with SL icons for every kit when rearming at ammo crates.
  • Fixed an issue with vehicles floating in the air or sinking in the ground when they naturally spawned on a map layer. Most commonly experienced with GB HX60 Trucks, RUS Kamaz 5350 Trucks, and Modern Technicals with BMP1 Turret.
  • Fixed an issue with backblast and muzzle overpressure components not working on certain emplaced weapons/vehicle turrets. This component’s line trace was sometimes hitting the owning actor and not dealing damage to soldiers in the effect cone, as well as some effect cones not being positioned correctly. Affected vehicles/emplacements: All Kornet & TOW launchers (emplacement + vehicle mounted), BTR82A autocannon, BMP1 cannon and BMP2 autocannon.
  • Fixed an issue where an infantry player’s reload would unintentionally complete even if the player got into an emplacement or vehicle. Now, if a player initiates a reload and enters an emplacement or vehicle, the reload will be cancelled upon entering the emplacement/vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue with the ranging on the CAF grenadier rifle (C7A2 w/ M203A1 w/ C79A2). The base ranging of the rifle was set at ~300m (rather than 200m, as intended/in line with the other CAF kits); the offset persisted at higher ranges.
  • Fixed an issue with the RUS Kamaz 5350 Truck, which had excessively tinted glass windshield/door windows, as seen from the inside of the vehicle cabin.
  • Fixed an issue with the CAF TAPV Armoured Car, where the RWS gunner seat was incorrectly receiving radial damage with frag rounds.
  • Fixed an issue with the CAF TAPV armor collision mesh, which had an opening in the back where the hatch is located.
  • Fixed an issue with the controls where being crouched or prone, and holding down forward while ADS, then tapping the Sprint key would cause the soldier to focus zoom, rather than initiating a sprint, as intended. Hitting the Sprint key while aiming down sights and moving forward while being crouched/prone will now initiate a sprint.
  • Fixed an issue with the INS Alternative Technical DShK (M1151 Technical DShK), where a redundant shield component in the turret was colliding with the vehicle mesh, affecting the vehicle’s ability to climb hills in a straight line while transitioning from the 2nd to 3rd gear.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the MIL/INS Emplaced DShK Emplacement, where the shield armor mesh had a duplicated component.
  • Fixed the in-game name of the Tigr-M RWS Armored Car to include “Kord” in the name.
  • Fixed the in-game name of the CAF LAV III APC to include the gun variant (C6 or M2).
  • Fixed a client log spam issue where there was a divide by zero error in the Map Horizontal/Vertical Bar widget.
Map Updates & Bug Fixes
  • Added an experimental map layer for server seeding: Sumari Seed v1. This layer has the same capture point configuration as Sumari Skirmish v1, but includes some helpers for seeding a server:
    --2 pre-captured flags for each team (the middle flag is still neutral).
    --Temporary Forward spawn points and ammo crate close to the middle flag; these expire after 10 minutes.
    --Single use forward spawned Logi Truck.
    --No Staging Phase.

  • Updated the Infantry Tutorial to include Community Playtesters’ names in text on the foot lockers. You may recognize a few of the names next time you're in the Infantry Tutorial. Thanks go to all of our Community Play Testers, Wiki editors, and all other dedicated testers that have helped report and reproduce bugs. These dedicated community members have been consistently turning up to report bugs and help us test!

  • Adjusted the defenders initial forward spawns on the following Invasion layers:
    --Removed the defender’s initial forward spawn on the following Invasion map layers: Chora Invasion v1, Chora Invasion v2, Fools Road Invasion v1, Mestia Invasion v1, Mestia Invasion v2, Skorpo Invasion v2, Sumari Invasion v1.
    --Belaya Invasion v1 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from Gabukay to Nikola.
    --Belaya Invasion v3 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from Depot to Gabukay.
    --Fallujah Invasion v1 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from Bus Terminal to Muallimin.
    --Fallujah Invasion v3 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from Police Station to Warehouse.
    --Gorodok Invasion v2 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from Gain Processing to Mechanic's Homestead.
    --Kamdesh Invasion v2 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawns from Paprok to Manyal and from Kushtoz to north-east of Kushtoz.
    --Kamdesh Invasion v3 - moved the defender’s initial spawn from Parun to Manyal.
    --Kohat Invasion v2 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from Suni Khel to Ali Abad (left some hidden bikes on Ali Abad and Malak Abad).
    --Lashkar Invasion v1 - moved defender’s initial forward spawns from Derapet to Lashkar and from Nangalam to Gulestan.
    --Yehorivka Invasion v1 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from West Novo to Scrapyard.
    --CAF Goose Bay Invasion v2 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawns from Drilling Site to Churchill.
    --CAF Lashkar Invasion v1 - moved defender’s initial forward spawns from Derapet to Watapur and from Nangalam to Lashkar.
    --CAF Manic-5 Invasion v1 - moved defender’s initial forward spawns from Patrol Base to Cannabis Farm.
    --CAF Manic-5 Invasion v2 - moved defender’s initial forward spawns from Firebase Mississauga to Penstocks.
    --CAF Yehorivka Invasion v1 - moved the defender’s initial forward spawn from West Novo to Lower Stepne.

  • Adjusted Fools Road Destruction v1 and Gorodok Destruction v1 to remove the forward spawned vehicles for defenders.
  • Adjusted CAF Manic-5 Invasion v2 defenders LAV6 IFV initial spawn time to 10 minutes (was 5 minutes).
  • Adjusted CAF Al Basrah Invasion v3, added an initial delay on both CAF LAV6 IFV’s and replaced the North VCP Ruins CP with River crossing CP. Also replaced Island Suburbs CP with Canal CP.
  • Fixed an issue on CAF Yehorivka RAAS v2 where the RUS helipad supply zones were offset.
  • Fixed an issue with some Skirmish layers having the incorrect setting for minimum # soldiers to capture a flag (was 3, now 2) and incorrect flag capture time (was 120sec, now 90sec). Affected layers were: Belaya Skirmish v1, Mutaha Skirmish v1, Tallil Skirmish v3.
  • Fixed an issue with Fools Road Skirmish v1 not having enough vehicle spawners to spawn the RUS Tigr during Staging Phase.
  • Fixed an issue with Sumari TC v1 where MEA started with 100 less tickets than USA.
  • Fixed CAF Narva Invasion v1 not using fog of war.
  • Fixed CAF Manic-5 RAAS v1 minimap being offset by 10m.
  • Fixed a minor issue with a European shed asset which had missing player collision on the small portion of the roof ledge.
  • Fixed a minor formatting issue with the following map layer data assets that were missing "v" in the name: Belaya RAAS v1, Belaya RAAS v2, Belaya RAAS v3, Logar v1, Sumari Insurgency v1.
    Fixed a minor issue with Kohat RAAS v1 and Kohat RAAS v2 where 2 CP's were named Sarozai Highlands.
  • Fixed a minor issue with Mutaha Invasion v2 where it had night time ambient sounds playing instead of the day time ambient sounds.
  • Fixed an issue on CAF Goose Bay where stairs were missing at the Train Derailment POI.
  • Fixed a minor visual issue on 2 Narva house statics and the large industrial garages at BluFor Main.
SDK Updates
  • Added CAF faction maps and assets to the SDK.
  • Updated the editor tool TraceViewToggle to have an offset between the lines of output, so the text does not overlap, making it a lot easier to read.
  • Updated all Single Use Faction setups to use standardized naming.
  • Updated all Single Use Faction naming.
  • Updated SquadGame.uproject to enable python plugin, this is an editor only stock plugin from Epic.
  • Added an editor debug tool for toggling infinite ammo.
  • Added an initial Foliage LOD Generator tool.
  • Added a new variant of the Train Car Flat, that does not include the metal poles.
  • Added a new European rock set.
  • Cleaned up the deprecated role data assets in the Gameplay folder.
  • Layer Data Assets now have a FOBRadius Data Table Row Handle near the top, which is used to select preset sizes for FOB Exclusion and Construction radii.
    --This lets you control them on a per-layer basis.
    --It is possible to use a custom data table to implement your own custom radius scales specific to your mod.
    --Note that this DTRowHandle overrules the Range value set in SQRestrictionFOBInRange (see Settings/Deployables/Other_Restrictions folder), as long as FOBRadiusTableColumnName is set to a column which exists in the Data Table.

Clear Cache to resolve residual issues
If you are experiencing issues, be sure to go to Settings -> “CLEAR CACHE” after updating.


Known Issues
  • Occasional Player (Client) crashes in various circumstances. Detailed crash reports help us fix things faster, and we truly appreciate those that have filled out and sent in crash reports.
  • Various Kit icon issues - Occasionally the kit and weapon in the deploy screen squad list will show up as a white square instead of the kit.
  • The deploy screen squad list will sometimes display incorrect players that are not actually in the squad.
  • SL icons sometimes incorrectly show up for player kits in the spawn screen squad list (and outside of the squad list).
  • Player kit role icons are sometimes not being displayed on certain menu screens.
  • “Extremely Low Res Textures” - Some players may be experiencing very low-res textures after the v2.0 release. If you are experiencing this issue,you are likely under the minimum recommended specs for VRAM (4gb). This may be mitigated by ticking the “unlock pool size” box in the settings menu under the textures tab, but it may come with more performance stutter.
  • "Logi bug" - Occasionally, vehicles with construction resources will have these resources be unavailable for interaction to certain players when they interact with Logi Trucks and Helicopters. This issue may be linked to the “Missing vehicle turret bug” and the “Glitched vehicle passenger seat bug”. There is a fix attempt pending for a future update.
  • “Missing vehicle turret bug” - Occasionally, vehicles have their turrets missing from the round start. This issue may be linked to the “Logi bug” and “Glitched vehicle passenger seat bug”. There is a fix attempt pending for a future update.
  • “Glitched vehicle passenger seat bug” - Occasionally, when entering a vehicle’s passenger seat, the player will be permanently stuck in that seat with a fixed camera position. The player is then unable to leave the seat until the vehicle is destroyed. This issue may be linked the the “Logi bug” and “Missing vehicle turret bug”. There is a fix attempt pending for a future update.
  • “Ghost player in vehicle bug” - Occasionally, entering a vehicle makes a player permanently take up a seat in that vehicle. This issue is a high priority to fix.
  • "Mass EAC disconnect issue" - Occasionally upon the end of a round and when a map switch occurs, the majority of a server population will be disconnected with a “Server Closed Connection” message. Hopefully this issue should be resolved now.
  • "FOB teleport bug" - Occasionally upon digging a FOB down, players within a certain radius of the FOB will be teleported outside of the FOB radius in a random direction.
  • “Commander UAV VOIP bug” - When the commander changes to the UAV camera, he cannot hear local audio anymore, even though he still sees local audio transmissions in the bottom left corner. Others can still hear him when he talks. Additionally, when leaving the UAV camera, he hears all of the local audio broadcasts at the same time, originating from the point where they were initially transmitted from – even if the person doing the transmission has moved afterward. Will be addressed in a future update.
  • Vehicle Reset Feature does not currently work with Helicopters. This will be addressed in a future update.
  • Vehicle Reset Feature can freeze a vehicle in the air if used too close to a tree.
  • Occasionally a player does not spawn at a Rally Point. This often happens when numerous players are spawning in at the same time — This will be addressed in a future update.
  • Server performance may periodically dip when a server has a high population and high load. We are continuously working to improve server performance and optimization.
  • ATGM projectiles desync for other players that are not the gunner, however, what the gunner sees should be the actual synced projectile. This is an inherent problem, and the solution is currently in long-term development.
  • “Alt-tabbing” out of Squad during a loading screen freezes the Player (client). The recommended solution, for now, is to run Squad in the “Borderless” mode. This can be changed in Settings -> Graphics.
  • The audio module for Squad is initialized at the game start. If a player does not have a microphone plugged in at launch, or accidentally unplug their microphone and then plug it back in, Squad needs to be restarted to get the microphone to work again — This issue will likely require an engine upgrade to UE4.25 to be fixed.
  • SFX bug while Firing in full auto. If the player presses the fire button for a short period, the sound effect gives the impression that you fired more rounds than you did — This will be addressed in a future update.
  • Localization for most language translations is currently out of date. We plan to push a full localization pass in a future release as we lock down the text that needs to be translated for the game.
Local/Offline Issues & Bugs (these currently have a lower priority):
  • Local/Offline Bug with Commander – Insurgent / Militia Handheld Drone does not move in local. Local/Offline issues currently have a lower priority.
  • Local/Offline Bug with Commander – UAV hovers in one position instead of moving along the flight path in local.
  • Local/Offline Bug with Commander – CAS does not do damage in local.
  • Local/Offline Bug with Vehicles: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, Tracks, Wheels, and other components are not destructible while on the Jensen’s Range in Local play.
  • Local/Offline Bug with Weapon damages: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, Weapon damages with both Infantry and Vehicle weapons are not accurately replicated.
  • Local/Offline Bug with Scoped Emplacements: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, if a player exits an Emplacement while looking through the scope, the Scope remains on the Player’s HUD until they get back in the Emplacement and then Scope out.
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Squad Update: V2.11 https://squad-servers.com/blog/923/squad-update-v211/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/923/squad-update-v211/ Wed, 18 Aug 2021 20:02 CEST here.]]> WIP Lighting/Shadows UAT Playtest #2 – August 1st 2021 https://squad-servers.com/blog/921/wip-lighting-shadows-uat-playtest/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/921/wip-lighting-shadows-uat-playtest/ Fri, 30 Jul 2021 03:49 CEST here.]]> WIP Lighting/Shadows UAT Playtest #2 – August 1st 2021 https://squad-servers.com/blog/922/wip-lighting-shadows-uat-playtest/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/922/wip-lighting-shadows-uat-playtest/ Fri, 30 Jul 2021 03:46 CEST
We have an updated Shadows & Lighting Overhaul playtest build that will be available for public play this weekend Sunday 1st August 2021. We especially want to hear from players currently running Squad on PCs which can be considered low/minimum specification to observe if players using such hardware are affected by any significant performance problems. We will shortly be updating the Squad Public Testing* App on Steam in preparation for the weekend.

The playtest server will be available this Sunday, August 1st, and we would love to populate a full server, to have as many players - with varying hardware setups - as possible join us and help put it through its paces. The download should be available shortly on the Squad Public Testing app.

We welcome all player’s feedback and performance reports. Please use the #experimental-shadow-feedback[discord.gg] discord channel or our joinsquad forums[forums.joinsquad.com] to provide this feedback.

When providing performance feedback, please supply the following information in your report:
-CPU
-Graphics Card
-RAM
-Resolution
-In-Game Settings

NOTE:
The lighting/shadow overhaul changes you see in this build WILL NOT be in the forthcoming v2.11 update, these changes are in a test phase for us to continue receiving feedback before we implement these changes to the live version of Squad in the future.

If you are experiencing issues in the build, be sure to go to Settings -> “CLEAR CACHE” after updating to see if this offers some improvements.

*The Squad - Public Testing application will only appear within your Steam Library if you own Squad, and can be easily found via the search function within your Steam Library.

What’s New
  • Reduced the occurrence of client hitching during gameplay compared to the previous Shadows & Lighting playtest build.
  • Muzzle flash effects have been overhauled and should be much more prominent and visible in this playtest. Also, infantry and vehicle muzzle flashes should now display at much further ranges than the current live build.
  • Gorodok grass prototype: Much more lush foliage with better variety and shading. Needs to be evaluated for both performance and gameplay impact.
  • Gorodok landscape overhaul: Much more detailed and realistic landscape materials, featuring micro detailing and better shading. The landscape texture should no longer appear to repeat.
Known Issues
  • In this playtest build, walking into a wall will force your character out of ADS. This is not an intentional feature, it is a bug.
For those that did not see the full details from the last playtest on June 27th, here are the full changes:

Previous Detailed Info on the Lighting & Shadows Overhaul
Currently in the live game, when players run with lower Shadows and lower Ambient Occlusion settings, this can allow for somewhat easier spotting of enemies in certain circumstances, while also greatly downgrading the game’s visual quality. Also, the current Far Shadows are not optimized, leading to performance degradation for most player setups when Far Shadows are enabled.

This playtest version has an extensive overhaul of the way lighting and shadows work under the hood, accompanied by a vast new range of performance options, while greatly improving the overall visual quality of lighting and shadows across all quality settings. An essential aspect of this change is retaining a consistent gameplay experience across all settings levels - from low to epic - to reduce potential gameplay advantages that can be attained through toggling the various new shadows settings to a negligible level.

Shadows should now also give a better overall performance for all shadows settings, from low through high/epic settings. Even when running with the lowest possible settings, shadows will still be enabled to allow for an effect on gameplay consistent with higher shadow quality settings, albeit with greatly reduced visual quality to save on performance. We would love to get as many varied setups as possible playing to help us see what impact this potentially has on system performance - particularly on lower-end / minimum-spec hardware.

  • Setting Shadows to “Low” will retain most of the gameplay impact of shadows and Ambient Occlusion when they’re set to higher levels, but drastically reduce their quality. Currently in the live game, setting Shadows to “Low” removes shadows almost entirely.

  • This is expected to have a slight performance hit for players running on Low settings - but a large benefit to gameplay, in that all settings levels are much closer to presenting the same overall levels of lighting and shadows, thus providing similar effects on gameplay.

  • Removed Far Shadows tickbox - The new shadow implementation covers the range of the current Far Shadows at higher quality and a lower performance cost. The new shadows will have potentially up to 10x less performance cost compared to the current shadows in the live game.

  • Distant Field Ambient Occlusion will be enabled on all graphics quality settings while having been optimized at lower quality settings. DFAO allows the realistic dimming of enclosed spaces and areas of dense foliage. In combination with the extended shadow ranges, this will ensure that all players will have similar visibility when trying to spot targets.

    -Low - 25% quality, 1 sample
    -Medium - 50% quality, 1 sample
    -High - 75% quality, 2 samples
    -Epic - 100% quality, 3 samples

  • Overhauled shadow rendering - all shadows will render up to 1.7 km at all quality levels, while having up to 8 km of surrounding mountain, terrain, and large detail shadows (some maps have exceptions and render at less range if the map is smaller or emphasizes CQB, such as Fallujah, Logar, etc).

  • Optimized Shadow Cascades, as well as increased maximum resolution for epic settings:

    -Low - 1k, 3 Cascades
    -Medium - 2k, 3 Cascades
    -High - 4k, 4 Cascades
    -Epic - 8k, 5 Cascades

  • Note that for both Shadows and Ambient Occlusion, "Low" settings will be at lower resolutions than they are now to offset the performance cost of having more shadows on screen. “High” and “Epic” settings will render shadows at a higher resolution than before, achieving improved visual quality while performing better than Far Shadows do in the current live version of the game. This means that you may want to raise or lower your Shadows and Ambient Occlusion graphics settings from what you normally run in the live game.

  • Ambient Occlusion will be reworked for underground areas such as tunnels and bunkers to allow for more accurate shading, better gameplay and greatly improved atmosphere.

  • Lighting will be improved on all layers. Some layers will be completely overhauled with new HDR lighting. The rest will be incrementally upgraded, and will gradually receive their finishing touches in further patches.
Lighting Improvements
  • Updated lighting to give more contrast, brighter highlights, and deeper shadows on most map layers.
    Overhauled the colour grading and post-processing on all map layers.
  • Implemented Volumetric Lighting on all map layers.
  • Reduced fog thickness on Tallil, Yehorivka, Gorodok, Lashkar, and Kohat. Adjustments of fog on many other layers.
  • Removed Eye Adaptation from all layers to reduce exploits and allow for balanced gameplay in all areas of our maps.
  • Removed Ambient Cubemaps from layers to reduce the washed out feeling across all maps.
  • Most night layers are now brighter.
  • Relit most underground tunnels with new lights and atmospheric effects, especially on Mestia.
  • Adjusted layout and tooltips of the Graphics menu to improve clarity and user experience.
  • Added localized volumetric fog for dusty areas such as tunnels.
Lighting Fixes
  • Fixed Ambient Occlusion artifacts on thousands of buildings, environment objects, and foliage assets.
  • Fixed Ambient Occlusion artifacts where underground tunnels intersect with the landscape.
  • Fixed incorrect PBR shading on several hundred environment assets.
  • There are still some shading artifacts with some older assets on maps. We are continuing to address these.
  • Fixed incorrect PBR shading on several landscapes, including Skorpo, Manic, Yehorivka, and Al Basrah.
  • Improved palm tree shaders to have light scattering through the leaves.
  • Fixed shiny road materials on many maps, including Al Basrah, Yehorivka, Belaya, and Goose Bay.

Offworld Out!]]>
Server Spotlight #5 https://squad-servers.com/blog/920/server-spotlight/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/920/server-spotlight/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:02 CEST here.]]> Server Spotlight #5 https://squad-servers.com/blog/919/server-spotlight/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/919/server-spotlight/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:49 CEST
My name is Jenny, and I am the Server Licensing Manager at OWI. Welcome to our fourth edition of the server spotlight. This feature will highlight some of the community servers that we think you may want to check out, share information about them, and show what they are up to or where they excel.

Whether they are old or new, it's always good to highlight the fantastic stuff our established server owners are doing every day.

LiQuid Gaming



LiQuid Gaming was created back in June of 2019 by our founding Members, Almtree, Apache1, Budge, and Chase. We created this community to be about the players, to make sure that their voice won't ever be lost and cast away because of the indifference of belief. Since then we have grown upwards of 2400 people in the discord and over 450 LiQ Members and reserves!

We love the fact that we care for over 25000 unique players per month with 47 Admins and moderators on our two public Servers, with a goal to help new players learn the fundamentals of Squad so they will fit in well as they fan out into the world of Squad!

We update our rotations bi-weekly using feedback from the community and try to make every layer as balanced as possible. Our main rule is to Play the Objective! This enables us to make sure you are never far away from any action and the games are always exciting!!

With the launch of V1.0 Liquid Gaming released player tracking of all stats on our website www.liqgaming.com, We track all Kills, Deaths, revives, and TK's! so come and play and then brag to your squadmates about who is the best!

Without our Advisors, Staff, Admins, and Moderators, LiQ would not be one of the top Squad communities and the fun social place it is. We thank all of our volunteers (including greeters) for the hours they put in, across all the games that we run and administer.

Visit us at https://liqgaming.com/discord and for player stats https://liqgaming.com/playerstats

Jenny Notes:

When I joined the server, I saw that one of the liquid members created a squad calling it ‘teaching noob players’. When I joined his squad, he was supporting the new players in his squad, giving them direction and answering questions they had about the game. This was very refreshing to see and experience. I had lots of fun on the server, I would highly recommend giving them a go.

German Squad Gaming



A friendship between our now two “Community project managers” developed while playing Squad, thoughts were exchanged, and an idea evolved: A new community looking for communication and teamplay while maintaining the focus on having fun after a day of work. One of our main goals is recruiting new Squad players and beginners of all backgrounds giving us a chance to expand our community and the Squad community as a whole. With the goal of uniting national and international players under one virtual roof, a continuously developing cooperation with groups such as HMC, SSC, BF, and Time led to the creation and growth of what we may now call our “GSG” community.

First and foremost, the capability of military realism to the extent we want. Naturally, team play, communication, and the development of situational tactics play a defining role in this endeavor. Furthermore, the continuously developing and evolving gameplay and content of Squad has kept us hooked for quite a while.

GSG has a good exchange due to the relatively small partner clans. We have a “beginner-friendly playstyle”, a willingness to help and support new players. With the organized events we provide, the team opens as many Squads as possible to play with new players. We also provide tutorials for “Squad Leading” and other roles to help players develop further.

Discord: https://discord.gg/Cq95cYYMaW

Jenny’s Notes:

When I joined a squad on this server, the squad leaders along with the rest of the players chose to speak English to help me understand what was going on. Although they didn't need to as the server advertises that they are a German-speaking server and I had made the choice to join them. I had a lot of fun on the server and appreciated the support from the team. I highly recommend this server for some games.

Z Special Unit



Originally, ZSU Gaming was simply known as “Z Special Unit” starting out in Mid 2008 as an ARMA unit with only a handful of players, bearing the namesake of an Australian WWII unit. Eventually, as the membership grew to around 200 people close to 2015, ZSU started to move towards a more community-focused group, and in 2018 after a massive rebrand to "ZSU Gaming" we really started branching into the full-blown server host and gaming community we're known as today - supporting close to 300 players over 3 licensed servers when required and being asked for a 4th and 5th for mods and training servers, whilst also still supporting our roots in ARMA. We also started branching out to other games like Space Engineers, Dead Matter, Dual Universe, R6S, and many others. Now reaching 5600 players and rising within Discord, ZSU Gaming is well established as a leader in Australia for servers and the community spirit that Squad tries to instill in its players.

We think something that the community really enjoys about Squad as compared to other games is its reliance on teamwork, which is one of the pillars of ZSU Gaming. You cannot win by being a Rambo, you need to cooperate with your squad and the wider team to win. That's what originally drew us to Squad in the first place. The Oceanic community centered around Australia is a diverse set of people, something the Americans find hilarious (don't worry yanks, we think your accent is funny too), but we play to win, we play to have fun, and the community has prospered as a result of the determination the staff, community representatives and community members of ZSU Gaming put into the game every single day. We couldn't be more proud of what we've managed to achieve with 1/10 the player base of other regions.

Apart from our community itself, we believe providing the players a great environment by
  • Purchasing dedicated top spec server hardware - so the game runs as smoothly as possible for the players on our server.
  • Developing a custom map selection and voting script - so the players have the say on what they play next based on what hasn't or has played previously.
  • Our large, collaborative and multicultural admin team - Our team is sourced from the entirety of the ZSU Gaming player base - not just those with our tags. We actively recruit players from other communities, countries, groups, and backgrounds who regularly play on our servers.
  • Providing our admin team with extra tools and dashboards - so they can see what is happening in-game to a high level of detail and can make informed decisions.
Discord: https://discord.gg/zsu

Jenny’s Notes:

I had lots of fun on this server, the players were very welcoming and focused on playing the game. The community on the server also had a great sense of humor which was relaxing to new players on the server. I highly recommend this server for a visit.]]>
Server Spotlight #5 https://squad-servers.com/blog/918/server-spotlight/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/918/server-spotlight/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:49 CEST here.]]> Quarterly Development Update https://squad-servers.com/blog/917/quarterly-development-update/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/917/quarterly-development-update/ Fri, 09 Jul 2021 21:10 CEST
Welcome to the first edition of our new Quarterly Development Update, where we will be giving our community some insight into how development works behind the scenes. In these updates, we will be exploring recent challenges faced by our development team, provide some insight into our process, and provide a bit of discussion surrounding our priorities. Once you’re done reading this update, feel free to head over to our forums to ask your questions in the discussion thread found here[forums.joinsquad.com]. We will compile the questions and answer as many of them as possible!

A Look Back:

The Logistics Supply Bug

During the last few months, the team faced a difficult challenge in finding a resolution for the logistics supply bug. The bug was tied to several other issues including the turret-disappearance bug and the passenger seat bug. This made it difficult to investigate and pin down the root cause.

Through the team's investigations, the team discovered that the bug is a symptom of an overarching engine issue. This issue is caused by the client and server’s GUIDs for certain objects in the world being mismatched upon loading a new level. The issue is unfortunately not completely resolved, but it is less frequent with the mitigation the team has implemented. The team is continuing to investigate new solutions to completely eradicate the bug once and for all.

Several months were used to diagnose the source of the problem, and get an acceptable patch to the player base. The interconnectedness of the issue pushed our timeline far beyond what we expected and we ended up spending most of March diagnosing the source of the problem, then the majority of April testing several different possible solutions.

After several tests, we took a new approach reviewing the engineering side of things. During our testing phase, we were able to find a better solution that significantly reduced the frequency of users experiencing this bug. Thanks to the discovery of some previously hidden settings and testing several different engine changes. We eventually found a new understanding of how the engine caches client GUID values and we have been able to make a significant amount of progress.

The Vehicle Meshes bug

As many of you know, another issue several players had been facing within Squad was the Vehicle Mesh bug, which caused the armor of the vehicle to become indestructible. This bug came out of the new functionality we created for armor meshes. The new functionality replaced armor meshes with a newly created component that allows us to decouple the armor rating information and information about the physical material used on the mesh.



Previously, armor rating information was embedded into the physical material, causing numerous headaches for our VFX artists and game designers due to the sheer number of different physical materials needed to represent different armor values. The new component the team has designed has allowed us to move away from the physical materials-based workflow, making it simpler to set up and tune armor values without affecting the VFX and audio used for that armor. This also allows us to extend our methods of armor penetration more easily in the future if need be. Unfortunately, this new system had a bug where the projectile would not use the correct value for penetration, and the fix for the bug would cause a crash while using mods that had custom projectiles. This meant that we needed to disable this change until we could get a solution for the crash in place.

Update to Forward Operating Base Exclusion Radius

In update 2.9 the Forward Operating Base’s (FOB) Exclusion Radius has been increased back to 400m from 300m. This change is intended to reduce the effectiveness of massed FOBs surrounding an objective, and tone down the spawn point spam meta which is a staple of current public games. The spam meta is where teams use the ability to deploy multiple spawn points in close proximity to the surrounding objective area and this is not aligned with the focus of our game.

We hope the exclusion radius change encourages players to put more emphasis on teamwork when picking locations for their FOB placements. In the future, we are looking at more changes to help mitigate this broader strategic meta, and encourage a wider variety of effective strategies. The goal is to better align Squad’s gameplay more closely with our focus on teamwork, communication, planning, and coordination. This alignment would allow and encourage more often a wider range of strategic options with more effective planning.

Recent HAB Meta Changes

In update 2.9 a future change to the HAB proxy radius was mixed with a merge and pushed to the live game an update early. The change makes it so that players can proximity block a spawning unit from an increasing radius with more players, 3 at 30 meters, 4 at 40, and so on until 8 players can block it at 80 meters. We are currently reading the feedback about this change from multiple channels and are actively looking for the right way to fine-tune this change that takes into account all of your feedback. You can read a more detailed post from us on the subject here.[joinsquad.com]

Coming Soon-ish: Rotor wash system

The team has been designing a new feature called the helicopter rotor wash system. It allows for helicopters to affect the environment it comes into contact with. For example, when a helicopter flies over a field of grass, it will flatten the grass as the air is blown down onto it. The system is dynamic, so there is no constant shader cost of the effect unless there is a helicopter with an engine on, within 60m of the ground, and within 700m of your player.

Wash can overlap from multiple helicopters, causing vast turbulence between them, with a max of 8 active at a time. The active helicopters sort by distance, opening possibilities for future effects from helicopters, other vehicles, or players.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for your deep interest in everything Squad-related! As a reminder, if you have any questions, please head over to the discussion thread in our forums, found here[forums.joinsquad.com]. We will be reading your questions and aim to answer them over the coming weeks.

As always, you can catch a glimpse of the Squad Roadmap[trello.com]. The roadmap has always been our way of providing the community with transparency, but with that transparency comes the caveat that things we’ve discussed may change.

Offworld Out!
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Recently Released HAB Meta Changes in v2.9 https://squad-servers.com/blog/916/recently-released-hab-meta-changes-in-v29/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/916/recently-released-hab-meta-changes-in-v29/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 20:17 CEST
We wanted to take a moment to address the recent HAB Spawn Proximity Disable Scaling rework, and the feedback we’ve been seeing from our player base on this matter so far. This changed the distance at which a Hab can be proxied by enemies (i.e. the HAB Spawn is considered overrun and becomes unspawnable). It will now scale by the number of enemies in proximity to the Hab. For example:
  • 2 soldiers can proximity disable a HAB if they are all positioned within 20m of it.
  • 8 soldiers can proximity disable a HAB if they are all positioned within 80m of it.
  • Note: A minimum of 2 players is required to proxy a HAB. The maximum proxy range now scales up to 80m (this was previously fixed always at 30m).
You may have noticed that the v2.9 release notes received an edit after release and were updated to include the above details which, as we mentioned during the recent SquadChat, was originally slated for a possible release in Squad v2.10.

Several weeks ago we had planned a playtest for the reworked FOB Exclusion Radius increase, as well as the reworked HAB Proximity Scaling. As we specifically wanted to test both changes together, this was to be done in a separate playtest which included both changes and was a content sandbox separated from our then-upcoming, now live release of v2.9. The HAB Proximity Scaling was intended to be enabled for that playtest and then temporarily removed before the v2.9 release. This playtest was then canceled due to various technical issues, and FOB Proxy Scaling was to be temporarily reconfigured to be identical to v2.8.

At this point, an accidental merge of the FOB Exclusion Radius content, which still included the HAB Proxy changes, overwrote the correct values and resulted in the overhauled HAB Proximity Scaling being released with v2.9. We did not discover the change had slipped through until after the update had gone live.

This was a mistake in our internal release process, which led to the release of this feature earlier than intended and prior to the desired testing. We apologize for the discrepancy between our previous communications, the v2.9 patch notes, and the reality of what shipped in the update. A hotfix at this time specifically to revert these changes would be quite disruptive, and come with new technical problems of its own. This feature, while released prematurely, is meant to address gameplay mechanics that previously encouraged undesirable in-game behavior - lone wolf tactics being utilized to counter larger combat efforts with a FOB/HAB, and overall game pacing.

We know this is a large meta shift, one that the team has been planning to implement for a long time, and we are in the process of evaluating additional possible tuning. We encourage and appreciate all of your comments on this change, especially related to the way spawns affect the pacing and general battle cohesion. Our team is continuing to review player feedback, and this feedback combined with in-game behavior will help us further fine-tune these changes.

We will update everyone once we have had more time to review our tuning and all of your comments. Please keep the comments coming!

Offworld Out!
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Recently Released HAB Meta Changes in v2.9 https://squad-servers.com/blog/915/recently-released-hab-meta-changes-in-v29/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/915/recently-released-hab-meta-changes-in-v29/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 20:17 CEST here.]]> Squad Update: V2.10 https://squad-servers.com/blog/914/squad-update-v210/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/914/squad-update-v210/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 23:32 CEST
Today’s update brings in an urgent server crash fix we have been notified about since the release of V2.9, as well as a couple of fixes for some long-standing client crashes.

See below for complete explanations of these issues, and thanks again to those who submitted server crash logs to help us address these as soon as possible.

Be sure to let us know if you continue to experience any of these issues through our dedicated channels and try clearing your in-game cache if you continue to experience residual issues.

Hot Fixes
  • Fixed the Server Crash related to UB32 Rocket Pod & SPG9 Recoilless Rifle’s backblast.
  • Fixed a problematic and difficult to reproduce client crash that is related to the Particle System and switching maps. The Particle System was reusing a Particle Emitter Instance from a pool, which is tied to the FX System in the current map world, which was persisting to the new map world after a map change, and then re-using one of these instances from the pool, but the FX System it was created with was no longer valid. There has been an attempt to fix the same (or similar) issue with particle rendering, which essentially iterates all particle systems at the end of the match and force deactivates them. This fix has been extended to also reset the particles, and therefore clear the instance pool which should hopefully fix this assertion failure. As we still do not have proper reproduction steps for this, this is not straightforward to test or be certain the issue is resolved completely. If this issue persists, full crash dump logs are appreciated to investigate the issue further.
  • Fixed a Client Crash when switching maps, related to the vehicle tire configs. After investigation, the client crash was determined to be caused by a race condition in the Tire Config. Tire Configs are modified on initialization and destruction, however async loading initialization can happen on a separate thread and these functions are not thread-safe. Added locks around access to the Tire Configs array, to ensure it is thread-safe. This should address the fundamental issue causing the crash. Some reports of this crash mention that it was happening specifically while Alt-Tabbed, but this is not conclusive.

Clear Cache to resolve residual issues
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Squad Update: V2.10 https://squad-servers.com/blog/913/squad-update-v210/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/913/squad-update-v210/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 23:32 CEST here.]]> The Wrench - Freedom Edition (July) https://squad-servers.com/blog/912/the-wrench-freedom-edition-july/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/912/the-wrench-freedom-edition-july/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 22:18 CEST
Here we highlight some of the modifications the modding community is working on, and how to find their dedicated community spaces.

With mods now available in the licensed server browser, if you are a server owner and like the look of what there is on offer from the modding community, be sure to sync up with the creators to try and organize an event to help get things popping!

With that said, let's show off these mods!

Disparity by RagTag Interaktive Team
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Steel Division v2
We are working on releasing a v2 overhaul for the steel division mod rebuilding it from the ground up. We are adding new exciting features for the player base to enjoy.





Hawk’s RAAS Rework
Hawks RAAS Rework is an overhaul of the RAAS Gamemode, set out with express purpose of making Squad Lanes obsolete. And it accomplishes this.

Redesigned to be both as unpredictable as possible, while also maintaining the sanity of those who play, Hawks RAAS Rework is a hybrid between the olden days of Full Random, and the new-school Laned RAAS.

Without going into too much detail, it allows for jumping between lanes in a newly reorganized setup that makes it impossible to know what the point 2-points ahead will be, even after you dig into the layers and learn all the potential caps.

In addition to this, Hawks RAAS Rework implements a variety of standardized faction setups for each of the existing factions within Squad, and these are reused across all reworked RAAS layers. This allows me to address balance changes quickly and effectively, as well as add new content much quicker as OWI releases more vehicles and more factions.

In addition to the RAAS rework, there are also some extra Territory Control and Invasion layers that aim to fill a niche that didn't already exist, like 24 motorcycles storming Basrah Airport.

What all this allows is for you to enjoy the Squad you know and love, in a more unpredictable, novel, and exciting package.





Dutch Armed Forces
This mod aims to add a realistic representation of the modern Dutch Army, mainly the mechanized infantry, or "Pantser Infanterie". I am not using the NFP stuff.

Discord: https://discord.gg/rktAweGz67





Serbian Armed Forces
The SAF mod is here once again to showcase some sweet new things that have been worked on.

The mod is going to bring the Serbian army into Squad, using a mix of old Yugoslavian era equipment as well as more modern weapon systems. Also coming to the mod will be a more Yugoslav-equipped militia force, using old M53 machine guns, SKS's, and the sort.

In this current showcase are the M79 osa anti-tank rocket launcher, some miscellaneous ammunition crates, and an old M59/85 helmet. There is a lot more stuff on the discord server as well.

Discord: https://discord.gg/prKRvP46Aa





Gradac by Hawken
Gradac is a 6.5x6.5km (42km²) map, but the playable area is slightly smaller than that. It features a large city near a coastline, a 2.3km long racetrack, several villages, dense forests, military installations, and scattered farming compounds. Gradac will have ~10 villages & the city. The city itself is slightly smaller than Narva and features multiple unique POIs, such as a Hospital, a Construction Site, Industrial District, Urban and Suburban areas.

Currently, it is a work in progress, with the city only having buildings placed, mostly without fences or detailing in the backyards. The villages don’t have much of anything yet. Still, the overall road and forest layout are complete. Playtesting should begin soon™. If you’re interested in joining in on the playtests, following the map’s development more closely, or want to ask questions, join the discord - https://discord.gg/F6pRvdexPt





VDV Russian Sub-Faction
The VDV sub-faction project aims to bring the Russian Airborne Forces to Squad, as a RedFor equivalent to the upcoming USMC.





Waterlogged by Rookheim
Taking lessons learned from previous projects and then completely ignoring them, "Waterlogged" (working title) is a map set in a fictional European mountain pass of strategic importance. The map will feature snow-capped peaks as the backdrop to a lush valley containing dense forests, treacherous swamps and mires, villages and farms, flooded barracks, and dangerous cliff-side roads snaking their way to hilltop camps and outposts. The map is still in the early stages so may take some time before it's in a playable state, but it's slowly getting there.





Zavod 34 by Gunslinger
Priviet Comrade, welcome to Zavod 34 a top secret russian factory town used to produce any armed goods mother russia has to offer.
There is just some minor disturbance here: Foreign forces keep attacking Zavod 34.
Zavod 34 is a small-scale Map with one goal in mind: CQB Action.
The Map has an altered Version of Skirmish (No Vehicles!) and features its own "Team Deathmatch" mode!

Team Deathmatch Settings:
- No Flags to capture
- No Vehicles
- 3 Ammo Boxes per Team on the Map
- 5 Seconds Respawn
- Random respawn around the Map
- Team with at least some Tickets remaining wins

Steam: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2506289822





Reborn: SQZ
REBORN is a zombies vs humans PVP mod. Humans start with one life at the beginning of the round and are slowly infected by zombies, turning into an unstoppable horde.

REBORN features 6 modes, including a Super FOB Last Stand mode, Vehicle Escort mode, Extraction mode, and more, on 14 maps and over 60 layers- including 6 custom maps only available in REBORN.

Players have access to a variety of weapons and loadouts to help survive, as well as customized deployables. On night layers, humans have access to tools like glowsticks, flashlights, and night vision.

Humans aren't the only ones using teamwork! Zombies have 6 custom classes to work together to infect the humans.

The mod is in active development, with regular updates. Come join our Discord server here: https://discord.gg/89A2a4k63R





Brazilian Armed Forces by Smoking Snakes Dev Team
Today we are back again with more content to showcase for you guys out there.

We are getting closer and closer to a playtest state and as we said before, we plan to have the mod ready to play by the end of this year.

Today we got 5 new models to showcase for you guys, 2 of them will only be available on our discord and website, so be sure to go check it out.

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/ucXhXEKcaT
Website Link: http://squadbrazil.rf.gd





Squad: Vietnam
Hello Wrench readers, Squad: Vietnam is back and this time we have GunTrucks!

We’ve been fleshing out our vehicle pool adding the M131 MUTT, M35 truck, Honda SS50, and yes the M35 Guntruck. The individual customizations that were so Iconic to the Vietnam War have always been in the minds of our team with small details being added from cigarette cartons to graffiti. It only seems right to include the ultimate customization that US soldiers in Vietnam made. The Guntrucks were custom built with many sporting colorful graffiti and various armaments and ours are no different. Praise the Sphere!

We’ll have more for you very soon with our Huey Helicopter and Vietcong character models expected to be completed shortly.

Please head on over to our discord for any questions and for progress updates.

Discord: https://discord.gg/2Z42SbY9jV





French Faction
We have made good progress on the achievement of the French soldiers of the 2020 faction, here are some examples. We are also working on producing soldiers for the 2010 faction who will have different equipment.

Discord: https://discord.gg/ZCCYEFx

Website: https://smf.tactical-collective.com/





SATCOM
SATCOM is an in-development mod that offers a new game mode. The commander is given access to a RTS-style top-down camera and can build base buildings, automated base defenses, vehicles, give units orders, and order offensive strikes. Teams can collect construction and ammo resources around the map. You can win by destroying the enemy headquarters or breaching it and destroying its SATCOM control terminal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc85u1bwa2k

Swiss Faction
We're trying to make the swiss a playable faction in Squad. We're not many still lacking helping hands but one of us managed to make an early soldier model. Sadly there isn't much more to say at this stage. The rifle is undergoing texturing work and animation work, vehicles are being worked on etc, but with the year we all had progress has been slow.





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The Wrench - Freedom Edition (July) https://squad-servers.com/blog/911/the-wrench-freedom-edition-july/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/911/the-wrench-freedom-edition-july/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 22:18 CEST here.]]> Squad Update: V2.9 https://squad-servers.com/blog/910/squad-update-v29/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/910/squad-update-v29/ Mon, 28 Jun 2021 20:02 CEST
Today brings the v2.9 Update for Squad containing a slew of gameplay updates and bug fixes aimed at improving your overall experience while playing Squad.

If you missed our latest SquadChat from Friday 25th June where we discuss some of the changes in this update plus future updates that we hope to make, you can check that out here.[www.twitch.tv]

If you like what you see, remember that Squad is 25% off during the Steam Summer Sale until the 8th of July.

System & Gameplay Updates
  • Updated the vehicle ammo rack components mechanic:

    Designer’s Note: This is mainly a quality of life and UI/UX rework for this component, this is not anticipated to greatly weaken or strengthen vehicle dynamics as it relates to this vehicle component in engagements.

  • An ammo rack will now be set on fire/cookoff when the health of the component falls to 0 HP, instead of the previous 30% HP.
  • After reaching 0% HP, the ammo rack will no longer be repairable by any means (This is intended to disincentivize player behavior of vehicles camping at repair stations to avoid destruction).
  • When the ammo rack is on fire & cooking off, the component health indicator on the driver's UI will start blinking red, notifying the driver of imminent destruction. The SFX of rounds being cooked off will still be present, as another indication of the ammo rack component being destroyed.
  • A burning ammo rack no longer deals damage directly to the vehicle hull, but instead starts a timer counting down to detonation. This ensures the VFX gets a chance to play without being immediately interrupted by the vehicle exploding when it reaches 0 HP.
  • The amount of time needed for the ammo rack to burn out and detonate is randomized between 15 and 30 seconds.
  • Disabled the ability to cause instant detonation of the ammo rack by over damage (i.e. tank AP sabot round previously was causing instant detonation & vehicle kill on IFVs ammo racks, which no longer will be possible)

    Designer's note: the intention here is to reduce the frequency of one-shot kills, and to give players on the receiving end a clear understanding of why their vehicle was destroyed so fast. This will also increase the survivability of infantry transported in APCs and IFVs, as they will have time to dismount.

  • On ammo rack destruction & start of ammo cookoff, the vehicle will now lose most of its large-caliber ammunition.
  • Tanks will lose all ammunition for all main gunner weapons, except for the one currently loaded in the main gun, and the coaxial machine gun.
  • IFVs will lose all ammunition for all main gunner weapons except the coaxial machine gun. The only exception is BMP-1, which will act the same way as tanks.
  • Damage modifiers on the ammo racks were tuned to give more reward for precisely aimed shots, especially with LATs, HATs, and ATGMs.

    Designer's note: Vehicles have different armor values on different parts, which will affect the amount of post-penetration damage done to internal components when shooting from different angles.
    All of these changes mean that the visual and audio effects will be more often perceptible when a vehicle has been ammo-racked, rather than skipping to near-instantaneous destruction. However, if a vehicle’s hull reaches 0 HP while the ammo rack is cooking off, the vehicle will still instantly explode.


  • Overhauled the ammo rack component code, allowing for more related features to be potentially implemented by developers or modders in the future (i.e. ammo rack that doesn't kill the vehicle on cook-off but makes it lose all the ammo, and applying certain amount of burning damage without violent detonation, simulating the effect of blow-out panels and wet covers on the ammo racks).
  • Updated the FOB Exclusion Radius, this has been increased back to 400m (from 300m).
    This change is intended to reduce the effectiveness of massed FOBs/HABs surrounding an objective, and tone down the FOB spam meta which currently exists.

    Designer’s Note: We recognize that the ability to deploy multiple FOBs/HABs in close proximity to the surrounding objective area should not be the primary means to take control of an objective, and will be looking at more changes in the future to help mitigate this broader strategic meta, and encourage a wider variety of effective strategies. We want to align this part of Squad gameplay more closely with Squad’s focus on teamwork, communication, planning & coordination, to allow and encourage more often wider strategic options and effective planning.

  • Updated falling damage and burning damage to no longer cause the player to begin bleeding. The intent is to prevent minor falls from requiring bandage use, costing the player a valuable consumable. This is part of a larger upcoming overhaul of soldier locomotion involving stamina drain, jumping, leaning, etc.
  • Updated all Armoured Car RWS turrets to now have a collision mesh which will take component damage from projectiles. Armored Car variants with RWS turrets include: RUS Tigr Arbalet Kord, USA MATV CROWS M2 / M240 variants, CAF TAPV CROWS M2 / C6 variants.
  • Updated Admin Access Levels bit flags. This is a small optimization and should make the checks on access rights a lot faster. It does not affect the functionality of Admin Access Levels on servers.
  • Updated the Server Browser to add a new reconnect button prompt. This will appear in the Server Browser after a player gets disconnected from a server.
  • Updated when a player creates a Squad to now be logged in the server log file. This is an admin quality of life improvement and part of our ongoing effort to support server admins with better monitoring tools.
  • Updated the list of names in the IED Phone. Thanks go to all our Community Play Testers, Wiki editors, and all other dedicated testers that have helped us uncover bugs. You may recognize a few of the names next time you're dialing your IED Phone. These dedicated community members have been consistently turning up to report bugs and help us test!
  • Optimized the following vehicles by switching to the new turret movement component: RUS/MIL BTR80 APC, RUS Tigr RWS, RUS/MIL MTLB with PKT turret, RUS/MIL MTLB with NSVD turret, MIL MTLB 6MB. All other vehicles are already using this new turret movement component since v2.0. This new turret component is intended to improve overall vehicle network performance.
  • Optimized grass shaders with improved wind math on foliage, and improved the grass normals and shading.
  • Adjusted M68 and Z-Point red dot reticles to be smaller and brighter. This should make it easier to line up accurate shots with these reticles without obscuring the target.
  • Adjusted Transport/Logistics Truck’s and Technical’s engine component armor thickness, reduced from 3mm to 2mm, so now they can be damaged reliably with small arms.
  • Adjusted INS/MIL/MEA machine gun shields armour thickness. All shields and guns now have 10mm armor.
  • Adjusted the rail on the G3 Rifle’s ZF Optic mount to include the proper hollowed out hole, so in the future the iron sights could be seen thru the rail to support potential backup iron sights.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with players getting disconnected on map change with a "Server is full" error message. The issue would occur when, upon reconnecting after a map switch, the player reached the pre-login stage but had not successfully completed the login, and would lose connection during this time. The player would be removed from the reconnection cache but they would still remain in the pending players list and take up a slot until this connection timed out (InitialConnectTimeout), even though they would never be able to reconnect in this way if the connection had been broken.
  • The player should now be correctly removed from the pending players list if they disconnect during the connection process.
  • If the player does not reach the pre-login stage of connection, the player will remain in the reconnection cache and will retain the server slot until the reconnection timeout (default 60s).
  • If the player does reach pre-login, they will be removed from the reconnection cache and added to the pending players. If the player loses connection during this process they will be removed from pending players and the server slot will be freed instantly.
  • Fixed a problem with the way steam encrypted app tickets were being sent to EAC. This should improve overall stability around EAC authentication, potentially reducing mass disconnects.
  • Fixed & improved the error popup coverage for various network errors, where previously the Player would be sent back to the main menu with no popup message.
  • Fixed an issue with the FOB request map marker not being auto-deleted when a new FOB was built within its relevant area. This functionality was previously lost during an engine upgrade. Now if a friendly FOB gets placed inside the FOB request icon’s radius, it will be correctly auto-deleted.
  • Fixed an issue with logistics vehicles, wherein certain scenarios the vehicle’s ammo supply points would be reset to 50% of the total vehicle supply capacity when a player rearmed directly from the vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue with the USA M249 SAW M68 Aimpoint variant having an incorrect weapon zero, the zero is now set correctly to 100m (previously was labelled as 100m but was shooting high to 300m).
  • Fixed an issue with the Shielded DShK Tripod mesh, where the shield was not visible. This issue started in v2.8.
  • Adjusted the turret skeletal mesh position on the following vehicles: MIL/INS BMP1 IFV, USA M1A2 MBT, GB FV4034 MBT, CAF Leo2 MBT, RUS T72B3 MBT.
  • Fixed Mesh Decal Projection Bleed.
  • Attempted fix for an issue with HE Autocannon explosions incorrectly showing up as UGL explosions on certain surfaces.
  • Fixed an issue with closed turret vehicles turret collision hitting desynced colliders on client-side.
  • Fixed an issue with the CAF LAV6 IFV which was incorrectly using the M1126 APC armor values instead of the stronger LAV6 IFV armor values, this issue started in v2.7.
  • Fixed an issue with the GB FV4034 MBT which had missing effects when the ammo rack component was in a critical low health state and burning.
  • Fixed an issue with the CAF LAV6 IFV where the gunner could shoot and damage their own vehicle. The gunner’s turret pitch curve was adjusted so that the barrel stays above the collision on the right front side of the vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue with the INS Modern Technical Transport, which was using a Logi map icon instead of the correct Transport map icon.
  • Fixed an issue with the INS Modern Technical Logi which had the player collision clipping through the roof.
  • Fixed an issue with certain Closed Turret Jeeps map icons (BRDM2, LPPV RWS, TAPV M2), which were being displayed incorrectly as Open Turret Jeeps. The map icon should now correctly display these vehicles as Closed Turret Jeeps.
  • Fixed an issue with the RUS Tigr RWS being displayed on the vehicle list incorrectly as an Open Turret Jeep. The icon should now correctly display on the vehicle list as a Closed Turret Jeep.
  • Fixed an issue with the wrecks of BTR80 & BTR82A APC's which were casting to the VehicleClosedTop CPP instead of BTR80.
  • Fixed an issue with AT mines not respecting the maximum placed limit for each kit (currently 10). Land Mines will now remove the oldest placed mine when placing a new mine over the limit (10).
  • Fixed some issues with wreck meshes for the following vehicles: M1A2, T72B3, FV520 CTAS.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the INS/MIL T62 MBT turret wreck falling through the vehicle when the vehicle was destroyed.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the CAF TAPV Armoured Car where the displayed names on the UI were not reflecting the different TAPV variants.
  • Fixed a minor visual issue with the CAF TAPV C6 Desert Armored Car, which when switching to smoke launchers, the gun model would visually swap to the M2 variant and would also swap to the woodland camo for the turret mount.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the USA M1A2 MBT, which was missing its turret wreck when the vehicle was destroyed.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the debug function CanDriverSwitchTo3rdPerson which caused a flood of warning messages.
  • Fixed a minor issue related to the ban log which caused a flood of redundant debug error messages in the log.
  • Fixed a minor issue with GB FV432 APC where the collision mesh had a material with no triangles assigned.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the RUS/MIL BTR80 & BTR82A APC, the turret wreck was offset and sometimes glitching inside the wreck of the main hull.
  • Fixed a minor visual issue with the CAF LAV6 IFV where a small part of the mesh from the turret base was floating under the vehicle.
  • Fixed a minor issue with the USA BFV IFV’s turret wreck, whereupon destruction of the turret would fall through the vehicle body.
  • Fixed a minor issue with Admin Cam where a Player who is actively using Admin Cam could be sent to the ragdoll state by a vehicle if the vehicle runs over the location of the Player's hidden unpossessed solder.
  • Fixed a minor issue with missing faces on the SKS PU Rifle scope while ADS.
  • Fixed a minor issue on the Main Menu Entry Map, where the soldier LOD transition distances were incorrect and resulted in the soldiers looking very low-poly at close range.
  • Fixed a minor issue on the Infantry Tutorial where some remaining soldiers had bad LOD transition distances, resulting in the soldier models looking low poly at close range.
Map Updates & Bug Fixes
  • Added 5 new map layers: Mutaha Invasion v2, CAF Al Basrah Invasion v3, CAF Narva Invasion v1, CAF Mutaha Invasion v1, and CAF Yehorivka RAAS v2. Also updated the server config to add those new maps.
  • Mutaha Invasion v2 is a clone of Mutaha Invasion v1, but with Midday lighting instead of Night lighting.
  • Fixed an issue with the following 3 new map layers not being listed on the default server config:
    -Kokan_AAS_v2
    -Sumari_AAS_v2
    -CAF_GooseBay_AAS_v2
  • Updated Tallil Outskirts Soviet Air Base POI: 3 of the Soviet tube air hangars are now updated with two new entrances and additional props.
  • Updated Tallil Outskirts bomb craters to be more smoothed out.
  • Updated the lighting on Al Basrah Invasion v1 (Sunset lighting layer), replacing the HDRI and adjusting lighting for a more realistic look.
  • Adjusted most Invasion map layer vehicle timer initial delays so Attacker’s have better odds on the first objective. Increased the initial delay for Defender’s MBTs & Mobile ATGMs to 15min (some 20min), and IFVs to 10min.
  • Adjusted Skorpo Invasion v1 map layer balance to give Attackers better odds of winning. Moved the Militia initial forward spawn point from the Fish Oil Factory to Vaagen Beach. Replaced Militia Spandrel and BMP1 with Technical SPG9 and Technical UB32.
  • Adjusted vehicle balance on Chora AAS v2 - USA with 2x M1126 APC & 2x MATV versus RUS with 1 BTR82A, 1x BTR80, 1x Tigr.
  • Adjusted Kamdesh RAAS v4 vehicle balance, removed MEA Simir Kornet Mobile ATGM.
  • Fixed an issue on Yehorivka Zolota Hillside Bunker POI, the bunkers had an opening where players could access under map.
  • Fixed an issue on Fallujah RAAS v2 where GB team’s transport truck did not spawn when it should have.
  • Fixed an issue on Sumari where there was an invisible collision above Souk.
  • Fixed several issues on Fallujah: Prevented FOB Radio placement behind the grates in the sewers; Fixed floating road splines near the Crash Site POI; Removed duplicate building at Crossroads.
  • Fixed an issue with Physmats on plaster materials.
  • Fixed an issue with several Map Loading Screens which were using older Full HD images which did not have the best quality rendering settings for the image.
  • Fixed an issue on Fallujah Skirmish v2 with the northern out of bounds not being lined up with the road edge.
  • Fixed some visual errors on the Yehorivka minimap.
  • Fixed various issues on Fallujah with some floating and clipped objects.
  • Fixed an issue on the Al Basrah Refinery POI where a Warehouse building had a very small unintended exploitable gap in the wall; this gap has now been closed.
  • Fixed an issue on the Belaya Tunnel POI where an invisible collision existed at the tunnel entrance due to a landscape visibility mask.
  • Fixed an issue on Yehorivka AAS v2 where both teams’ IFVs were incorrectly delayed by 20min, now correctly set to 15min.
  • Fixed an issue on Sumari AAS v2 where the Checkpoint POI map name was offset from the actual capture zone.
  • Fixed a minor issue on Manic-5 with a floating rock.
  • Fixed a minor issue with a static mesh having missing faces; the end of the wooden beams on a slanted damaged village house roof could be seen through.
SDK Updates
  • Updated the file names of Layer Overhaul delay data assets to include the time of initial delay in the file name instead of using “Short”, “Long”, “Very Long”, etc.
  • Removed the combined stairs from Skorpo Fish Oil Factory Building, since this was an unfinished asset.
  • Restored the original version of the Aircraft Hangar Bunker Tube and converted the new version with the side door to be an alternative version.
  • Removed yeho_compound_v2 merged static due to physx errors. Due to prior issues, this asset has already been replaced with a BP variant, so this is just a cleanup to remove the error.
Clear Cache to resolve residual issues
  • If you are experiencing issues, be sure to go to Settings -> “CLEAR CACHE” after updating.
    /list]
    Known Issues
    • Occasional Player (Client) crashes in various circumstances. Detailed crash reports help us fix things faster, and we truly appreciate those that have filled out and sent in crash reports.
    • Various Kit icon issues - Occasionally the kit and weapon in the deploy screen squad list will show up as a white square instead of the kit.
    • The deploy screen squad list will sometimes display incorrect players that are not actually in the squad.
    • SL icons sometimes incorrectly show up for player kits in the spawn screen squad list (and outside of the squad list).
    • SL icons show up for every kit on ammo crates when rearming.
    • Player kit role icons are sometimes not being displayed on certain menu screens.
    • HAB will sometimes show up as "red/unspawnable", even when it is in fact spawnable. Fix has been applied but there still remain some alternative ways to reproduce this issue.
    • Some players may be experiencing very low-res textures after the v2.0 release. If you are experiencing this issue, you are likely under the minimum recommended specs for VRAM (4GB). This may be mitigated by ticking the “unlock pool size” box in the settings menu under the textures tab, but it may come with more performance stutter.
    • Player (Client) occasional crash at the end of a round, upon map switch, due to a UE4 Particle Crash bug upon seamless map travel. Actively pursuing a fix for this crash.
    • “Missing Turret in Vehicle Issue” - Occasionally vehicles have their turrets missing from the round start. This issue is a high priority for us to fix.
    • “Ghost Player in Vehicle issue” - Occasionally entering a vehicle makes a player permanently take up a seat in that vehicle. This issue is a high priority to fix.
    • "Mass EAC disconnect issue" - Occasionally upon the end of a round and when a map switch occurs, the majority of a server population will be disconnected with a “Server Closed Connection” message. Closely working with EAC to resolve this issue.
    • "FOB teleport bug" - Occasionally upon digging a FOB down, players within a certain radius of the FOB will be teleported outside of the FOB radius in a random direction.
    • Commander – When the commander changes to the UAV camera, he cannot hear local audio anymore, even though he still sees local audio transmissions in the bottom left corner. Others can still hear him when he talks. Additionally, when leaving the UAV camera, he hears all of the local audio broadcasts at the same time, originating from the point where they were initially transmitted from – even if the person doing the transmission has moved afterward. This will be addressed in a future update.
    • Vehicle Reset Feature does not currently work with Helicopters. This will be addressed in a future update.
    • Vehicle Reset Feature can freeze a vehicle in the air if used too close to a tree.
    • Occasionally a player does not spawn at a Rally Point. This often happens when numerous players are spawning in at the same time — This will be addressed in a future update.
    • Server performance may periodically dip when a server has a high population and high load. We are continuously working to improve server performance and optimization.
    • ATGM projectiles desync for other players that are not the gunner, however, what the gunner sees should be the actual synced projectile. This is an inherent problem, and the solution is currently in long-term development.
    • “Alt-tabbing” out of Squad during a loading screen freezes the Player (client). The recommended solution, for now, is to run Squad in the “Borderless” mode. This can be changed in Settings -> Graphics.
    • The audio module for Squad is initialized at the game start. If a player does not have a microphone plugged in at launch, or accidentally unplug their microphone and then plug it back in, Squad needs to be restarted to get the microphone to work again — This issue will likely require an engine upgrade to UE4.25 to be fixed.
    • SFX bug while Firing in full auto. If the player presses the fire button for a short period, the sound effect gives the impression that you fired more rounds than you did — This will be addressed in a future update.
    • Localization for most language translations is currently out of date. We plan to push a full localization pass in a future release as we lock down the text that needs to be translated for the game.
    Local/Offline Issues & Bugs (these currently have a lower priority)
    • Local/Offline Bug with Commander – Insurgent / Militia Handheld Drone does not move in local.
    • Local/Offline Bug with Commander – UAV hovers in one position instead of moving along the flight path in local.
    • Local/Offline Bug with Commander – CAS does not do damage in local.
    • Local/Offline Bug with Vehicles: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, Tracks, Wheels, and other components are not destructible while on the Jensen’s Range in Local play.
    • Local/Offline Bug with Weapon damages: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, Weapon damages with both Infantry and Vehicle weapons are not accurately replicated.
    • Local/Offline Bug with Scoped Emplacements: When playing offline on Jensen’s Range, if a player exits an Emplacement while looking through the scope, the Scope remains on the Player’s HUD until they get back in the Emplacement and then Scope out.
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Squad now 25% OFF in the Steam Summer Sale https://squad-servers.com/blog/908/squad-now-25-off-in-the-steam-summer-sale/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/908/squad-now-25-off-in-the-steam-summer-sale/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:30 CEST here.]]> Squad now 25% OFF in the Steam Summer Sale https://squad-servers.com/blog/909/squad-now-25-off-in-the-steam-summer-sale/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/909/squad-now-25-off-in-the-steam-summer-sale/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:27 CEST
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Offer ends 8th July]]>
Phase 1 Extension - Ends 7th June https://squad-servers.com/blog/907/phase-1-extension-ends-7th-june/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/907/phase-1-extension-ends-7th-june/ Fri, 04 Jun 2021 17:08 CEST
At this time we are coming to the scheduled end of the open modding event. Instead of ending today, we're extending the open modding to next Monday June 7th so we all get one more weekend of modded fun together.

We ask that all licensed servers remove any non-whitelisted mods by Monday 7th June at 12:00PM GMT.

Before we start lifting restrictions on mods in general, there are a number of issues on our end that need to be addressed, including the following:
  • Stability issues relating to mod versioning.
  • An infinite Loading Screen issue that affects mods with custom factions.
  • An issue where, after downloading a mod through the game client, the game must be restarted in order to access any map layers which come with the mod.
  • An issue where installed mods cannot be updated properly through the game client.
These were mostly known issues, and this test run gave us an idea of what to expect when we open the floodgates for the real thing. We are currently investigating these issues.

The team is very passionate about revisiting another testing phase for modding, followed by another open modding event once the most serious issues have been resolved.

We want to thank everyone for the time and passion in making this phase of the open modding event a success, we couldn't have done it without you all :)

Our team has been going over the analytics we have available to us throughout the event and we aim to provide a breakdown of what we learned and discovered from this event and will also be issuing a survey to gauge player feedback from the event. I will share the link once it has been finalized.

Lastly, please note that as this open modding event comes to an end (for now), that does not mean that mods are no longer playable in Squad! Several servers running mods can be found in the Custom server browser, and there are often events scheduled by their respective communities on their social channels. If you like a particular mod, join their communities to keep track of their progress while we work on the necessary improvements on our end.
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Phase 1 Extension - Ends 7th June https://squad-servers.com/blog/906/phase-1-extension-ends-7th-june/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/906/phase-1-extension-ends-7th-june/ Fri, 04 Jun 2021 17:08 CEST here.]]> Open Modding Event - Phase 1 https://squad-servers.com/blog/905/open-modding-event-phase-1/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/905/open-modding-event-phase-1/ Wed, 26 May 2021 22:26 CEST
Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that we have allowed some licensed servers to run modifications as part of their server license; you may even have joined them a couple of times to see what was going on. These tests were part of a testing phase to see what kind of effect this may have if we were to open this for all licensed servers.

Today we will see that test taken to a new limit by allowing all current server license holders to apply modifications to their server so their communities can experience a whole new side to Squad.

For too long now, the modding community’s efforts have been relegated to the Custom Server Browser or had to go through an arduous process to receive whitelisting to allow their mods to be run within the main server browser. As Squad itself is the spiritual successor to a mod project, it hasn’t sat well with parts of the team that modifications would be restricted in this manner. So, we’re going all out and allowing the server owners to freely pick which modifications they may like to play within their servers.

The Open Modding Event - Phase 1 is planned to run from 10am - 26th May 2021 until 2nd June 2021, though if we see an unexpected technical outcome, we may have to close the event prematurely. If this does occur, we will inform you as soon as possible.

To ensure you can see which servers are running a modification, make sure you have enabled the “Show Modded Servers” filter when in the server browser. This will show a Wrench icon next to the server name to inform you that the server is running a modification. If you select a server and do not have the required mod, this should download in the background before allowing you to enter. However, it is strongly advised to visit the Steam Workshop pages of any mods you have tried for complete information and ways for you to feedback to these modding teams to let them know what you think of their work so far.

Following the event, we will be issuing a survey to gather your feedback but make sure you are also following our Squad socials throughout the week as we will be showcasing some of the mods and perhaps which servers are running them at the time.

Before we sign off, there are two Known Issues that people should be aware of:
  1. Infinite loading animation (running man) when joining a round:
    This happens when a mod is downloaded in-game, and the player immediately joins a server running the mod with a layer that's using a custom faction setup. The player just needs to restart their game once, and this will resolve the issue for future launches of the game.
  2. "File Mismatch" bug after mod update:
    This bug happens when a player has an out-of-date version of a mod installed and attempts to join a server using the newer version of the mod. They will be prompted to download the update via in-game but will continue to see a 'file mismatch' message when they attempt to join. For this one, the player must unsubscribe and resubscribe to the mod via the Steam workshop or verify their game files via Steam. The 'File mismatch' error can also be displayed legitimately when a player has a newer version of a mod, but the server runs an older version. In this case, the server requires updating and restarting
A big thank you to the servers that ran as part of the initial testing run, and we look forward to hearing from you all about your new Squad experiences with mods.]]>
Open Modding Event - Phase 1 https://squad-servers.com/blog/904/open-modding-event-phase-1/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/904/open-modding-event-phase-1/ Wed, 26 May 2021 22:26 CEST here.]]> Open Modding Event - Phase 1 https://squad-servers.com/blog/903/open-modding-event-phase-1/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/903/open-modding-event-phase-1/ Wed, 26 May 2021 18:22 CEST
Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that we have allowed some licensed servers to run modifications as part of their server license; you may even have joined them a couple of times to see what was going on. These tests were part of a testing phase to see what kind of effect this may have if we were to open this for all licensed servers.

Today we will see that test taken to a new limit by allowing all current server license holders to apply modifications to their server so their communities can experience a whole new side to Squad.

For too long now, the modding community’s efforts have been relegated to the Custom Server Browser or had to go through an arduous process to receive whitelisting to allow their mods to be run within the main server browser. As Squad itself is the spiritual successor to a mod project, it hasn’t sat well with parts of the team that modifications would be restricted in this manner. So, we’re going all out and allowing the server owners to freely pick which modifications they may like to play within their servers.

The Open Modding Event - Phase 1 is planned to run from 10m - 26th May 2021 until 2nd June 2021, though if we see an unexpected technical outcome, we may have to close the event prematurely. If this does occur, we will inform you as soon as possible.

To ensure you can see which servers are running a modification, make sure you have enabled the “Show Modded Servers” filter when in the server browser. This will show a Wrench icon next to the server name to inform you that the server is running a modification. If you select a server and do not have the required mod, this should download in the background before allowing you to enter. However, it is strongly advised to visit the Steam Workshop pages of any mods you have tried for complete information and ways for you to feedback to these modding teams to let them know what you think of their work so far.

Following the event, we will be issuing a survey to gather your feedback but make sure you are also following our Squad socials throughout the week as we will be showcasing some of the mods and perhaps which servers are running them at the time.

Before we sign off, there are two Known Issues that people should be aware of:
  • Infinite loading animation (running man) when joining a round:
    This happens when a mod is downloaded in-game, and the player immediately joins a server running the mod with a layer that's using a custom faction setup. The player just needs to restart their game once, and this will resolve the issue for future launches of the game.
  • "File Mismatch" bug after mod update:
    This bug happens when a player has an out-of-date version of a mod installed and attempts to join a server using the newer version of the mod. They will be prompted to download the update via in-game but will continue to see a 'file mismatch' message when they attempt to join. For this one, the player must unsubscribe and resubscribe to the mod via the Steam workshop or verify their game files via Steam. The 'File mismatch' error can also be displayed legitimately when a player has a newer version of a mod, but the server runs an older version. In this case, the server requires updating and restarting
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A big thank you to the servers that ran as part of the initial testing run, and we look forward to hearing from you all about your new Squad experiences with mods.]]>
Open Modding Event - Phase 1 https://squad-servers.com/blog/902/open-modding-event-phase-1/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/902/open-modding-event-phase-1/ Wed, 26 May 2021 18:22 CEST here.]]> Squad Update: V2.8 https://squad-servers.com/blog/901/squad-update-v28/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/901/squad-update-v28/ Wed, 19 May 2021 20:02 CEST
  • Fixed the Vehicle armor penetration issue.
  • Fixed bans issued in-game not persisting after map switch.
  • Fixed a server crash when banning a player via RCON.
  • Fixed an issue with Ammo Bags and other equipable deployables not having its ghost update state working correctly (displaying green when it should display red) and having the placement error message failing to appear.
  • Fixed an issue with BMP1 and BMP2 Armor Mesh, removing a material that had no triangles assigned to it.
  • Adjusted format of the admin name in bans entry, to include both admin's name & admin's steamid.
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    Squad Update: V2.8 https://squad-servers.com/blog/900/squad-update-v28/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/900/squad-update-v28/ Wed, 19 May 2021 20:02 CEST here.]]> Status Update: V2.7 Issues https://squad-servers.com/blog/899/status-update-v27-issues/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/899/status-update-v27-issues/ Tue, 18 May 2021 00:14 CEST
    Last week on Thursday, May 13th the team released v2.7, which among other changes, had a fix to reduce and remove the bug that was affecting players’ ability to load/unload supplies from logistics trucks and helicopters, and a BP player controller fix. The logistics bug was initially introduced in our v2.4.1 release, and since patching it in v2.7 we have seen a dramatic decrease in the frequency of reports regarding this issue. However, after the release of v2.7, we started receiving reports that vehicle armor meshes were not behaving correctly. Specifically, armor thickness values are not working as intended. All vehicles are affected.

    After the initial reports of the issue on Thursday, we immediately started our investigation. Once we verified that there was indeed an issue, work was underway Thursday, Friday, and over the weekend to build and test a hotfix that could correct these armor mesh anomalies. While the team was able to correct the armor meshes, plus other crashes/bugs, this led to the discovery of a problem with the modding framework. If we were to apply the armor mesh fix, it would cause a crash if mods were installed on a player’s machine when trying to launch Squad. In light of the recent modding push, this would affect more players than ever before.

    With this information at hand, we reviewed the options that were available to us including:
    • Releasing a v2.8 hotfix update to fix the issue directly. This is what we were working on last week, and over the weekend. Unfortunately, the changes that we had to make to fix the armor bug introduced a Squad crash as soon as the game tries to load the main menu, for anyone who has mods installed. Unsubscribing to all mods would be required, and we are not very keen on that option.
    • Preventing the v2.8 mod compatibility crash by redoing the armor mesh fix in a different way, or changing the way mods are loaded. This would probably take quite a lot of time, longer than we would like for pushing a hotfix for the armor issues.
    • Rolling back to v2.6 plus the logistics UI supply mitigation fix and the BP player controller fix (making custom modded player controllers compatible with map switches) in v2.7. This will effectively restore the armor meshes to what they were before. This would give us more time to revisit our armor mesh changes and ensure they do not cause issues or crashes. Unfortunately, this would also come with a few changes in v2.7 being “rolled back”, which we would have to be patient with until the next update.
    Of these options, we have decided to go with the last option. We are currently building v2.6.1 - once this has been built, tested, and verified by our QA team, it will be made public for download.

    We will continue to keep you updated on this situation as more information becomes available.]]>
    Status Update: V2.7 Issues https://squad-servers.com/blog/898/status-update-v27-issues/ https://squad-servers.com/blog/898/status-update-v27-issues/ Tue, 18 May 2021 00:14 CEST here.]]>