We put together some of the top questions we received with the Steam launch for you. Merc?
Short for mercenary. :)
If you encounter issues with starting the game on Steam, try the following steps:
1. Close JAO
2. Go to your Library, look for Jagged Alliance Online - Steam Edition in your games-overview on the left side.
3. Right click the name and go to select Properties.
4. Now go to Local Files
and click Verify Integrity of Game Cache...
The system will check for any updates and flush your Steam Cache.
5. Once this is done, try to log in to JAO
Now you should be able to start JAO. If you don't, please send your JAO-Log file including your company name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
------I have no interest in pvp matches. Does anyone know if there are any free contracts to try before putting down cash for the campaign pack?
Yes, there are. You play through a tutorial to get familiar with the basic game mechanics. Contracts Level 2 – 10 can then be played and tested for free. Furthermore, all the Warzones and the first Prestige Map are accessible to everyone, as well.
------Why can’t I play more missions?
To unlock the PvE content after contract 10, you need the campaign pack.
You can however PvP your way up all the way to level 50 with your team. The PvE is extra content we see as optional.
------Download All DLCs… What does that mean?
of the DLC packs will give you the full campaign content.
Additionally, you will get a merc, Ivan with the Ivan Edition or Shadow with the Shadow Edition, one merc slot, and some extra cash.
Getting BOTH DLCs will give you to the full campaign, both mercs including their slots and the extra cash from BOTH DLCs, but IS NOT REQUIRED to play the campaign.
------Can I delete my merc and create new one? // Can I reset my mercs?:
Unfortunately there is no easy way to adjust your merc or names after creation.
However, all your mercs can be useful, even when you don't like the one you created. Later in the game you will need up to 6 mercs for missions and you can individualize them exactly to your needs. Trust us, play for a while and you will see!
Mercs you hired will stay in your merc list the way they were when the contract ended so that you can easily re-hire them without any further hassle. However, you can still take the items off your merc when their contract has run out.
You can completely dismiss hired mercs, as well. They will then disappear from your merc list, including the items they might have had equipped. So make sure to remove the items before you dismiss them. Also the skill points get reset. So if you decide to hire the same merc again later, he will be as you never had them.
------How to whisper:
You can whisper ingame using either the command /w “USERNAME" or by right clicking the name in the chat and then selecting “whisper”.
------Why no Linux?
JAO uses Unity 3.5, but for Linux Unity 4 is required.
------Where is pvp?
PvP unlocks with level 7 (after completing contract 5 – Hell Hath No Fury).
Go the worldmap; you will see a star with a skull. Click it and deploy your mercs to sign up for PvP.
You can play against other players and you can also form Alliances. Alliances will be especially helpful when playing Warzones as there are also fancy alliance rewards to be won. You cannot play directly with your friends in a map.
The match making for PvP is currently random, so you cannot play with or against a friend of yours unless randomly matched.
------How can I turn around or look into a different direction?
Right click the spot you want to look at until you see the eye. Then confirm.
------How can I rotate the camera?
Not at all. We kept it the way known from previous JA games where the cam was always fixed. We have thought about implementing the options later on, but due to the resources that would require, we cannot promise anything.
You can’t stack low ammo mags, but you can sell them to the store and buy new ones. They are not expensive at all and you can also get them in the emergency shop in case you run low while playing a mission or pvp. Take care though of which ammo you buy – there is normal one, and special, more expensive one.
------How to ignore other users:
It’s currently not possible to ignore other players, but the feedback was forwarded to the developers.
------Does reinstalling JAO delete any of my game saves?
No, all of your company data is stored server side, you can't lose anything by reinstalling JAO.
------My Mercs have special class bonuses?
Yes! They do, but let’s have a look at a short summary of each merc:Scout:
Scouts are trained in rifles and shotguns. A scout can spot enemies before they spot him. Weapons
: Rifles or ShotgunsPrimary Attributes
: Dexterity and PerceptionClass Bonus
: more Actionpoints Commando:
Commandos are short-range killers. With fast reflexes they usually shoot first, using SMGs and Pistols. Weapons
: Handguns or Sub-machinegunsPrimary Attributes
: Reflex und DexterityClass Bonus
: more Actionpoints Sniper:
Snipers can take out the opposition from a long distance and excel at aimed shots. Weapons
: Sniper Rifles or PistolsPrimary Attributes
: Perception and DexterityClass Bonus
: higher Perception Gunner
Gunners provide heavy support with machine guns and shot guns. Gunners are usually tough and strong. Weapons
: Machine Guns or ShotgunsPrimary Attributes
: Strenghths and EnduranceClass Bonus
: more Healthpoints Soldier
Soldiers are trained in assault rifles and pistols. They are strong and have great reflexes. Weapons
: Assault Rifles or HandgunsPrimary Attributes
: Strength and DexterityClass Bonus
: skill with all weapons