Marek Rosa  [developer] Jan 21, 2013 @ 5:15am
MINER WARS 2081 - OFFLINE MODE!
MINER WARS 2081 – OFFLINE MODE!

Dear Community,

It has been almost two months since we released Miner Wars 2081 and it’s time for updates and some recapitulation.

Today we released a new patch that adds:
- Offline single-player for Steam version of Miner Wars 2081 – in other words, now you don’t have to be connected to internet and logged into our servers to play the campaign.
- Optimizations and bug fixes, more info: http://www.minerwars.com/CurrentBuildFeatures.aspx
- Two new add-ons available for free as part of Miner Wars 2081 installation:
o Cheats – infinite ammo, immortality, skip to any mission, and more (Ctrl+F1 in game)
o 2.5D Experiment - multiplayer 2.5D add-on for MW 2081 - available as a set of 2.5D death-match maps (all 2.5D sectors have 2.5D as a prefix)

We want to address an important issue many players have reported - low FPS (bad performance) even on computers that should run the game smoothly. After some investigation we have found the cause – it happens on some computers that have one integrated GPU (graphic card) and one external and more powerful GPU. Expected behavior in this case is that driver/OS switches to the more powerful GPU once Miner Wars 2081 is launched and game runs smoothly. Due to unknown reasons, this doesn’t happen on certain systems. We are working on a fail-safe solution – until then please do the following: disable integrated GPU (best in BIOS) or check our trouble shooting page: http://www.minerwars.com/Troubleshooting.aspx

Another issue that needs our response is the accusation of censorship about DRM in Miner Wars. I believe this happened after we deleted one offensive and untruthful post on our Youtube channel. We have deleted posts for reasons that were not related to DRM. If we did delete any comment on our forum, it’s only in extreme cases and I know that we deleted only a handful of comments in the whole history of Miner Wars.

I can assure everyone that we are not censoring posts, if those posts don’t substantially break discussion rules. We are definitely not censoring posts that say “This game has DRM” – proof at our Steam forum which is full of these discussions and we didn’t mind them: http://steamcommunity.com/app/223430/discussions/

There is much more to say and I will continue next week on my blog. To everyone who is interested in what we are working on right now - we are rewriting our rendering engine from XNA to DirectX and then we want to optimize it further. Meanwhile, I am working on the design document for our next unannounced project!

Last but not least, I am happy to announce that last week we crossed boundary of 50,000 sales. This number is far more than what we expected. Thank you!

Best Regards,
Marek Rosa & The Miner Wars Team
www.minerwars.com
Last edited by Marek Rosa; Jan 21, 2013 @ 5:50am
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City Builder Jan 21, 2013 @ 7:03am 
Offline mode, that should make some players quite happy.
Seth Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:33am 
The store page still says "Always on internet required!"
Not sure how long it takes them to update, just thought i would mention it.
Marek Rosa  [developer] Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:00am 
Store page is controlled by Valve and we sent them this update just today, so it may take day or two.
JiminyJickers Jan 21, 2013 @ 12:01pm 
Good stuff, thanks for the offline mode. Will definetly be giving this a go now.
ThreeSon (banned) Jan 21, 2013 @ 3:36pm 
Originally posted by MinerWars:
Another issue that needs our response is the accusation of censorship about DRM in Miner Wars. I believe this happened after we deleted one offensive and untruthful post on our Youtube channel. We have deleted posts for reasons that were not related to DRM. If we did delete any comment on our forum, it’s only in extreme cases and I know that we deleted only a handful of comments in the whole history of Miner Wars.

You didn't delete one post. You deleted two of them. And I find it extremely difficult to believe that you deleted them for being "offensive and untruthful," especially since you waited nearly two months until you finally addressed them at all. Up until this point, you have completely ignored these accusations, no doubt hoping people wouldn't care about them and they would just fade away. Serves you right.

If those two Youtube comments really were so offensive, why would they both have been promoted to "top comment" status by other Youtube users?

I would like to know exactly what was offensive about the two posts that you deleted on your Youtube channel. Let me guess your response: You can't remember, because they were posted so long ago. What a very convenient excuse that would be.
Vengador_Toxiko Jan 21, 2013 @ 4:31pm 
Good news, now I'm interested
Wardiaper Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:03pm 
Thank you. Now I wholeheartedly recommend this game. The destructible asteroids is remarkable tech in a game and what made me buy the alpha about a year ago. Picked up another copy on steam but was not happy with online single player and the possibility of losing the ability to play in the future in the event that the company's servers went down for whatever reason.

Call it whatever you want - but I have a stack of games, old games, that the devs are no longer in business and I can still play these games.
Nettacki Jan 21, 2013 @ 10:20pm 
Well, at least you saw what others have seen. Hopefully this is the beginning of a series of improvements to the game that should have been made long ago.
ludicruslnrd Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:34am 
I have been waiting for offline mode since the game released officially.. Now I really don't have any excuse for not getting it except for the difference in price between STEAM and direct from the Miner Wars website. It would be nice to see the offline mode added to the "RETAIL" Non-Steam release as well. I know from a large number of other comments that there are just as many NON-STEAM users out there that want offline mode as there are STEAM users. Hope it's comming soon! Especially for us die hard gamers with more than one computer to install the game on. I want to install the STEAM version on my XP and the NON-STEAM versions on my Windows 7 so I can see how each version plays and performs since they are both high end machines.
fisk0 Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:40am 
this is great news, I'm one of the people who was put off by the DRM, but I did kinda make a promise that I'd buy the game if they implemented an offline mode, and I'll stand by that.
Sysgen Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:01pm 
Originally posted by ThreeSon:
Originally posted by MinerWars:
Another issue that needs our response is the accusation of censorship about DRM in Miner Wars. I believe this happened after we deleted one offensive and untruthful post on our Youtube channel. We have deleted posts for reasons that were not related to DRM. If we did delete any comment on our forum, it’s only in extreme cases and I know that we deleted only a handful of comments in the whole history of Miner Wars.

You didn't delete one post. You deleted two of them. And I find it extremely difficult to believe that you deleted them for being "offensive and untruthful," especially since you waited nearly two months until you finally addressed them at all. Up until this point, you have completely ignored these accusations, no doubt hoping people wouldn't care about them and they would just fade away. Serves you right.

If those two Youtube comments really were so offensive, why would they both have been promoted to "top comment" status by other Youtube users?

I would like to know exactly what was offensive about the two posts that you deleted on your Youtube channel. Let me guess your response: You can't remember, because they were posted so long ago. What a very convenient excuse that would be.

Is there something wrong with you? Eveything is going in the right direction here and posters here have not been entirely truthful. GTFO.
ThreeSon (banned) Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:06pm 
Originally posted by Sysgen:

Is there something wrong with you? Eveything is going in the right direction here and posters here have not been entirely truthful. GTFO.

No thanks, I think I'll hang around. At least until the developers actually own up to their abusive behavior and apologize (or provide an excuse that actually makes sense).
evstream Jan 22, 2013 @ 4:43pm 
@ Threeson: nothing will make sense to you, because you only want to troll.
If they ever apologize (which I believe they won't do), then you'll complain for another thing, then for another thing, then.... ad infinitum.
I know what you are doing.
ThreeSon (banned) Jan 22, 2013 @ 5:36pm 
Originally posted by evstream:
@ Threeson: nothing will make sense to you, because you only want to troll.
If they ever apologize (which I believe they won't do), then you'll complain for another thing, then for another thing, then.... ad infinitum.
I know what you are doing.

First, I don't think you understand the meaning of the word "troll."

Second, you have been literally worshiping the developers and the game non-stop since its release. Any time someone has brought up an issue, you tell them to shut up and get lost. I don't think you have much credibility here with anyone.

I understand that you don't care about censorship or DRM or anything else that these devs are responsible for. Just try and comprehend that your opinion is not the only one that matters.
evstream Jan 23, 2013 @ 1:02am 
I don't want your credibiity. You only want to troll here.
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