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Planetary Annihilation: TITANS & Classic PA Timeline

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Development & Updates Timeline to 2021-09-04

DATE BUILD(S) DESCRIPTION KS
2012-08-15 Classic Planetary Annihilation Kickstarter begins
2012-09-14 Kickstarter Ends & Payment Processed 11
2013-03-22 Engine Tech Livestream 22
2013-04-18 Live Game Client Demonstration Live Stream 25
2013-05-03 Combat Livestream 26
2013-05-17 Pre-Alpha Livestream 27
2013-06-06 Alpha Begins

9 months after Kickstarter Ended

28
2013-06-13 Steam Early Access 29
2013-06-28 First Alpha Live Stream
2013-07-30 Second Alpha Live Stream
2013-08-14 Third Alpha Live Stream
2013-09-26 Beta Begins 35
2013-10-11 Beta Livestream 41
2013-11-22 Final Beta Invites 50
2013-11-27 Fall Livestream 53
2014-01-17 Gameplay Livestream 62
2014-02-27 Gamma Begins 68
2014-04-24 Gamma Update Livestream 71

72

2014-05-22 Galactic War 76

77

2014-06-03 Developer Walkthrough 78
2014-06-05 Soundtrack Available 79
2014-06-20 Early Access Retail Edition 80
2014-08-11 Launch Price $29.99 89
2014-09-05 Classic PA Launch

2 years after Kickstarter

93
2014-10-01 Steam Achievements / Badges / Trading 97
2014-10-02 Human Resources Kickstarter begins
2014-10-07 Jables Starts as PA Producer 100
2014-10-09 73939 DRM Free Offline Play 99
2014-10-20 Human Resources Kickstarter cancelled :-(
2014-11 Uber Entertainment Layoffs :-(
2014-11-25 75539

1v1 Ranked

Advanced System Editor

AI Improvements

103
2014-12-17 76557 Unit Cannon 104
2015-01-28 77443

77582

77673

77725

Submarines and Interplanetary Fighter 105
2015-03-13 79600 Offline Single Player Save / Load 107
2015-04-14 80462 Online Single Player Save / Load 108
2015-05-28 82369

82293

Resume Anywhere 109
2015-06-09 82834

83074

83391

83796

Galactic War Redesign 111
2015-07-31 85138

85423

Asteroids 114
2015-08-18 86422 TITANS LAUNCH

3 years after Kickstarter

116

Free to Kickstarter Backers

66% off for existing owners of classic PA

Experimental Titans

New Units

Unit Wreckage

New Terrain

Bounty Mode

Tutorial

Balance Changes

New Engine Mechanics to support Titans

Concurrent updates to both Titans & Classic PA

AI Improvements

Galactic War Improvements

New Maps

Notification & Sound Alerts Improvements

Balance Changes

2015-08-26 86765

Balance Changes

Polish / Fixes

2015-09-09 87296

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

2015-09-21 88163

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

2015-09-23 88288 Hotfix
2015-10-14 89528 Hotfix
2015-10-22 89755

Final Uber Entertainment Updates Before Layoffs

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

2016-05-31 94684 Community Update

Community Mods In-Game Mod Manager

Custom Servers support

Legion Expansion support

Modding Improvements

Polish / Fixes

2016-11-21 99377 Performance Update

Multi-threaded local servers

AI Improvements

LZ4 Compression for Sever Mods (2x faster)

System Editor Rework

Connect to Game Improvements

Polish / Fixes

2016-12-05 Chat Global Community Chat
2016-12-20 Legion Expansion Faction Mod
2017-03-05 Unit Restrictions via Community Mods
2017-06-21 105067 Enhancement Update

POV Camera

Balance Changes - Removed Commander Reclaim

Alternative Win Conditions - Sudden Death Mode for teams

Sim Speed Control for Local Servers

16 New Free Commanders

2017-10-17 108271 Balance and Community Servers Update

Balance Changes - Zeus, Leveler, Gil-E

Polish / Fixes

New Community Servers options

AI Improvements (via Community Mods)

2017-11-25 1v1 Rank Display Improvements (via Community Mods)
2017-11-26 Galactic War Exploring Improvements (via Community Mods)
2017-12-04 Unit Restrictions Improvements (via Community Mods)
2017-12-27 Game Browser Sorting Improvements (via Community Mods)
2018-03-08 Uber Entertainment removes dedicated SoftLayer servers leaving older spec EC2 instances with high contention ratios resulting in sim stalls and crashes
2018-04-09 109959 Official Chinese Translations
2018-04-15 110029 Community Hotfix for Windows and Linux Connection Issues
2018-04-17 110069 Community Hotfix for macOS Connection Issues
2018-04-18 Community Updated Uber Launchers
2018-05-01 Replay Browser Improvements (via Community Mods)
2018-05-12 Game Browser Improvements (via Community Mods)
2018-06-01 Uber Entertainment outsourced UberNet to PlayFab port rolled back to 110069 after leaking secrets in client builds
2018-08-18 Planetary Annihilation Inc

6 years after Kickstarter

Permanent 90% off TITANS upgrade discount for existing classic PA owners

118


2018-08-25 sorian returns to work on multi-threading, sim performance, new mechanics and AI 119
2018-09-05 Classic PA removed from sale

(no impact on current owners with concurrent updates to both games)

https://planetaryannihilation.com/

https://forums.planetaryannihilation.com/

https://support.planetaryannihilation.com/

Official Planetary Annihilation Discord Server

120



2018-09-15 Deprecation of 32 bit client support and older unsupportable operating systems

New Community Rules and Guidelines

121
2018-10-18 112176 Multi-threading and Performance Improvements

AI Improvements

Improved Crash Reporting

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

Modding Improvements (icon atlases optimised for up to 99,225 strategic icons)

122



2018-11-02 112314 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Ladder Reset and Seasons

Multi-threading on Official Servers

AI Improvements

123


2018-12-20 112589-pte Modern Toolchain Test Builds with Audio Modding

AI Improvements

2018-12-31 112589

112595

Happy New Year Updates

Modern Toolchain Builds on Official Servers

AI Improvements

Audio Modding

Polish / Fixes

Dedicated Servers

Official Guides

124
2019-01-05 Steam Daily Deal
2019-01-25 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Ladder Season 2

New 1v1 Ranked Map Pool

125
2019-02-07 112835 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Leaderboard Update

https://palobby.com/leaderboards/

2019-03-08

2019-03-08

2019-03-20


113044

113034

113132


Translations, AI and Modern Updates

Updated and new translations for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chines and Traditional Chinese

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

126



2019-05-19

2019-05-24



113298

113318

PAnet and TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 3

Modern servers with faster CPUs, more memory and increased bandwidth

New regions including Singapore, Tokyo and USWest

Official Dutch and Polish Translations

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

127




2019-05-25

2019-07-03

2019-07-08

2019-07-17

2019-07-22

113410

113426

113430

113457

113462

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Mid-Season 3 Winners

Custom Line Formations

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

128
2019-07-13 Steam Daily Deal
2019-07-25 113470 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 4 129
2019-08-18

2019-08-29

2019-08-29

2019-08-30

2019-08-31

113553

113578

113581

113583

113600

Happy Birthday Update

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

Stryker

130



2019-08-18

2019-08-29

2019-08-29

2019-08-30

2019-08-31

113553

113578

113581

113583

113600

Horsefly Update

Toolchain Updates

AI Improvements

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

131



2019-10-20 Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Commander

132
2019-10-25 113901 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 5 133
2020-01-04 Steam Daily Deal
2020-01-25 113968 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 6 134
2020-03-14 AbleGamers 2020 Pay To Win Charity Community Tournament 135
2020-04-24

2020-04-30

114218

114220

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 7 136
2020-05-28

2020-06-16

2020-06-18

114344

114438

114475

Stay Safe Update

Updated Translations

Balance Changes

138
2020-06-25

2020-06-26

2020-06-28

2020-07-03

2020-07-08

2020-07-10

2020-07-12

2020-07-13

114599

114618

114628

114673

114716

114726

114750

114759

Rainbows & Unicorns Updates

Unicorn Commander

Toolchain updates

Updated Translations

Polish / Fixes

139
2020-07-23

2020-07-25

2020-07-30

2020-08-12

114776

114780

114803

114823

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 8

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

140
2020-08-15 Back to launch price of US$29.99

8 years after Kickstarter

141
2020-08-18

2020-08-26

114862 TITANS 5 Year Birthday!

Radar Jamming

2020-09-03 114480 sRGB and experimental HDR10 changes
2020-10-22

2020-10-30

2020-11-18

2020-12-16

2020-12-28

2021-01-15

115003

115013

115050

115186

115280

115447

TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 9

Polish / Fixes

Balance Changes

Water Depth

Orbital Balance

142
2021-01-09 Steam Daily Deal
2021-01-21 115482 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 10 144
2021-02-13


2021-02-22

115506

115521

115546

Upgraded game servers and balance update
2021-04-23 115626 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 11
2021-06-14 115678 Balance Changes

Polish / Fixes

145
2021-06-24


2021-07-01

2021-07-14

115819

115836

115847

115863

115923

Fusion Updates


Galactic War Updates

146
2021-07-23 115938 TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 12 147
2021-08-04 Dev / Support (and day to day management) resigns with 90 day notice period
2021-08-14 115958 Fusion Updates
2021-08-27 TITANS 1v1 ranked map pool expanded to the best 50 maps from all 12 seasons
2021-09-04 Planetary Annihilation Inc reverts to Uber Entertainment management
2021-09-06 Steam Daily Deal (cancelled) – Galactic War server mod support with faster mod mounting / uploading / downloading using new APIs and mod signing
2021-09-17 Community Maps (cancelled) – Improved map selection replacing map packs and system sharing
2021-10-17 Forced suspension (hopefully temporary) of community services (any services connecting to APIs)
NOTE: Community Dedicated Servers although operational can not be advertised due to the forced suspension and lack of security updates since 2021-08
NOTE: Improved Linux support, Steam Proton compatibility and better client user interface performance for ALL operating systems was part of the Coherent GT upgrade after important updates to the modding APIs to replace synchronous XHR, IndexedDB, etc.

Linux server performance was significantly better than Windows with similar results expected for the Coherent GT client upgrade.

2022-04-11 115444-dev New dev team balance update release with incorrect older dev build number, broken 1v1 ranked, no classic PA build, no legacy builds and no dedicated servers build
2022-04-15 115517 Non dev (still old) build number to fix 1v1 ranked
2022-05-12 115673 Fixes broken maps (still old build number)
2022-06-14 115806 Fixed broken skybox mods (still old build number)
2022-09-19 116242 Default local hosting (precursor to downgrading or shutting down multiplayer servers?), Windows only insecure UPnP (Steam suggests disabling UPnP), balance, maps and AI updates


Default Galactic War server mod support enabled playing against Legion Community Expansion AIs

Historical Roadmap For Fusion Series

  • Toolchain and performance updates
  • Default continuous build with view of build queue
  • Improved map selection (map packs no longer required)
  • New game lobby system preview (including metal spots)
  • UI unicode font updates with emojis
  • Defeated player and spectator vision options eg defeated unshared player can only view team
  • Faster mod mounting, uploading and downloading
  • Server mods support for Galactic War
  • AI updates
  • Shields!

Note: Fusion series roadmap was removed from website and Steam news.

Kickstarter post: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/659943965/planetary-annihilation-a-next-generation-rts/posts/3230861

 

New Mechanics (not included in the Fusion Series Roadmap)

  • Energy spots
  • Neutral units (army 0 support for individual units placed by map maker)
  • Inactive neutral units that activated temporarily or permanently via proximity of guard radius (eg map maker early / mid game area denial)
  • Commander only capture of neutral or inactive units with high energy cost (high risk / high reward with commander on front lines)
  • Commander only mass teleport of surrounding units with high energy cost where phasing units took damage but could not return fire (high risk / high reward with commander on front lines)
  • Map wreckage (single use metal with optional path blocking placed by map maker)


Uber Entertainment / Star Theory Games

Prior to August 2018, Planetary Annihilation was developed and published by Uber Entertainment Inc who renamed to Star Theory Games in 2019 while developing KSP2 then dissolved in March 2020.

Watch the Jim Sterling video for context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJAi5Wu3W08


Planetary Annihilation Technology

Planetary Annihilation is a cross platform client / server networked OpenGL application with a custom engine developed in 2013/2014 using C++11 and a fully moddable HTML5 user interface using Coherent UI based on Chromium.

Since 2018 the Planetary Annihilation engine had been modernised to C++17 with updated versions of third party libraries.

Historical Technology links

Game AI Pro (early approaches to tech used in Planetary Annihilation):

  • 23. Crowd Pathfinding and Steering using Flow Field Tiles (Elijah Emerson)
  • 30. Using Neural Networks to Control Agent Threat Response (Michael Robbins)

GDC 2012 Off The Beaten Path (early approaches to tech used in Planetary Annihilation):

  • 17 minutes: Neural Networks in Supreme Commander 2 (Michael Robbins)

Toolchain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toolchain

Third Party Libraries

Crash Reporting Platform

Backtrace: https://backtrace.io/

Localisation Platform

Crowdin: https://crowdin.com/

Translations

Transfluent: https://www.transfluent.com/

Security

We recommend https://1password.com/