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v1.22 Patch Live

The focus of our latest patch was on adding new rare item drops and improving the lighting quality in a handful of maps in the game.

4 “sets” of equipment were added as rare drops. These will drop much less often than all other drops and are much more powerful than the equivalent equipment at that level. The 1st set is a “Blood Stained” Set with the health leech effect when dealing damage to a target. They range from level 4 to 20 and features all the melee weapon types. The next set are 4 rings that provide continual health and magic regeneration. They are rare and are level 10 and 18 drops. Next, there is a “Quick” set of Staves ranging from 3 to 20. They reduce the cooldown of magical abilities by 20% along with providing a lot of damage and generally lower magic consumption. Finally, there is a set of “Spiked” Armor from level 3-18 that provides a 15% damage shield along with a slight armor boost.

Along with the new rare items we modified the lighting in the main menu, tutorial, tavern, some sewers, and all caves. This are slight tweaks that should improve the baked quality of the lighting and in some cases reduce the size on disk for the lighting as well.

Items

  • Rings Rarity adjustments to better match their actual rarity (most of them were marked one tier higher than they were. Ex: Uncommon when they were common).
  • Added Blood Stained Dagger. It is a rare level 4 drop that has a health leech effect.
  • Added Blood Stained Sword. It is a rare level 7 drop that has a health leech effect.
  • Added Blood Stained Axe. It is a rare level 11 drop that has a health leech effect.
  • Added Blood Stained Holy Sword. It is a rare level 14 drop that has a health leech effect.
  • Added Blood Stained Mace. It is a rare level 17 drop that has a health leech effect.
  • Added Blood Stained War Hammer. It is a rare level 20 drop that has a health leech effect.
  • Added Ring of Health Regeneration. It is a rare level 10 drop that restores health even out of combat.
  • Added Ring of Magic Regeneration. It is a rare level 10 drop that restores magic even out of combat.
  • Added Ring of Health Restoration. It is a rare level 18 drop that restores health even out of combat.
  • Added Ring of Magic Restoration. It is a rare level 18 drop that restores magic even out of combat.
  • Added Spiked Leather Armor. It is a rare level 3 armor with a 15% damage shield.
  • Added Spiked Plate Armor. It is a rare level 10 armor with a 15% damage shield.
  • Added Spiked Mithril Armor. It is a rare level 18 armor with a 15% damage shield.
  • Added Quick Staff of Breeze. It is a rare level 3 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Added Quick Summoner’s Staff. It is a rare level 7 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Added Quick Staff of Light. It is a rare level 10 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Added Quick Storm Staff. It is a rare level 13 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Added Quick Earth Staff. It is a rare level 16 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Added Quick Necromancer Staff. It is a rare level 18 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Added Quick Inferno Staff. It is a rare level 20 staff that reduces cooldown of magical abilities by 20%.
  • Damage shields are now properly specified for magic and items. The value will be the % of damage it returns to the npc.
  • Fixed Arcane Staff attack particle placement so it appears at the tip.

Levels

  • Improved lightmap quality on the main menu, tutorial, tavern, some sewers, and all cave dungeons.
  • Added additional lights to some parts of the Dwarf1 map.
  • Optimized the Fortress2 layout.
  • Made LOD adjustments which have optimized performance on the Sewer3 layout.
  • Fixed some spots where players could fall through the map in the Dwarf1 map.
  • Fixed some rocks which were levitating slightly above the ground on the Cave4 map.
  • Fixed some floating torches in the Fortress2 layout.
  • Fixed two dark spots in the Sewer3 layout.

Miscellaneous

  • Reduced the disk space requirements of many of the map layouts.
  • Fixed a problem where the old training points were being used to display a message that you had unspent training points, rather than the newer talent point system. This was only noticeable to players who had old points previously. The message is still in place but now it displays based on the newer system.
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the player to fall through the world and crash.

User Interface

  • Keyboard users should now be able to use the direction keys in addition to WASD when picking locks.
  • Mana restoration now has a different color in the floating text for players.
  • Tooltips in VR now will show over the Escape Menu.

Prevent the Fall Hits Early Access

We are happy to announce that the 1.0 patch has gone live, and more importantly Prevent the Fall has entered into Early Access on Steam. It will be on a 15% discount for the first week. We wanted to take a minute to give players an idea of what to expect from the initial Early Access phase.

The major features are all in place, and you can rise to level 20. The game features optional virtual reality support, but it is not required. It can be played with gamepad, vive motion controllers, or keyboard and mouse. Oculus Touch will be officially supported in the future, but Oculus users can currently participate using gamepads.  

The Action RPG gameplay revolves around generated quests with a mixture of generated and static dungeon elements. You can play entirely in single player, or can host or join multiplayer co-op sessions. Co-op sessions can mix and match VR and non-VR players.

We expect the game to move out of Early Access by the end of the year, and you can expect continued improvements throughout.

Audio

  • Added grunt and tumble sounds to dives and rolls.
  • Necro projectile sounds are no longer louder than other sounds.
  • Fixed the deafening heartbeat sound if you died via a trap.

Combat

  • Gamepads will now work like keyboard/mouse when attacking and not finding a target (will face toward the camera). It was not doing this and made it hard to aim with ranged weapons.

Items

  • Loot from chests and creatures will now check your inventory to avoid giving out equipment you do not need.
  • Rings will now be offered as loot/rewards.
  • It is now possible to reward highly rare items by chance.
  • Introduced new magical item variations.
  • Leather armor and Chain Coif are now available a bit earlier as a reward. They are also available for a bit longer if you happen to miss them early.
  • Coin rewards from completing missions and treasures were increased significantly.
  • Required experience for each level was increased by 1.5 times.
  • Experience now gets reduced if the creature is 2 levels or more lower than you and mission exp rewards also get reduced in a similar fashion.
  • Staff of Dust is now included as a starting item giving players a ranged, melee, and shield from the beginning.
  • Leather Armor and Cured Leather Armor now use different icons.

Levels

  • Added a new Sewer layout.
  • Reduced how quickly minion waves spawn in the trap floor wave event.
  • Fixed an issue with the pit trap on the dwarf2 map not registering.

Miscellaneous

  • Increased mana regeneration rate.
  • The left system button on Oculus Touch controllers can now be pressed a second time to close inventory.
  • Lowered the boss achievement counts to roughly half the mission success counts.
  • Added an achievement for finishing your first mission.
  • Turned on vsync by default for non VR mode. There will be a setting added to options to toggle this on/off soon.
  • Using the B button will now work with containers and dropped items along with pushing the right stick.
  • Slightly increased VR walking speeds.
  • Fixed an issue which was preventing the camera from fading in if you were hosting a multiplayer game in VR mode.

NPCs

  • Attack AI now has an option to go into a switched defense state less often, if desired.
  • Eliminated a bug in the loot code which was causing NPCs who were meant to have no chance at loot to always drop it.
  • Fixed a bug which was preventing Rock Golems from attacking.
  • Fixed some NPC errors caused by trying to execute animations before the behavior trees were set up.
  • Fixed an issue where NPCs would constantly go in/out of logic when you died making some NPCs look like they were jumping/strafing everywhere.

Quests

  • Interacting with empty containers in collection quests will now remove the container to make it easier to track what you have already searched.

User Interface

  • VR Motion Controller UI interactions now feature a new laser pointer to make it easier to direct your UI navigation. This is only visible when in the tavern or when interacting with a UI.
  • Pressing Shift+Enter will now bring up a command interface. You can enter console commands on it.
  • Added the chat command. It will send a banner message to everyone in the zone with you if playing online. You can also use ; instead of chat if using the new console window listed above.
  • Items with effects will now show the effect in their tooltip (example: rings, rare weapons).
  • Equipment with a level set will now show the level in the tooltip.
  • Gold banner messages now display how much. They also should be negative if the value was negative (such as purchasing an item).
  • Clamped gold to 999,999,999
  • Added a tip window. Currently it is being used to show gamepad buttons used in the inventory system, but will be expanded in the future with more information.
  • Adjusted the ability button sizes so they were not stretched.
  • Symbol when using a gamepad should show the right buttons for Heal now.
  • NPCs now display their name above their health bar.
  • Pressing the Start button on the gamepads will now close the inventory if it was already open.
  • You can now use CTRL-L to print out the level name and your current location. This is to make it easier to report bugs or issues on specific levels.
  • Fixed an issue where player markers on the minimap would not disappear after the player exited.
  • Fixed an issue with opening the inventory with a gamepad where it would close it down quickly if you held the button down.
  • Fixed tooltips so they will update when something happens to the slot you were hovering over or using as a gamepad.
  • Fixed the manual tooltip not showing up on containers.
  • Changed Leather Armor icon so it didn’t match Cured Leather Armor.