Truth be told, patch 3.14 ranks right there along with the original 3.0 patch. While 3.0 was less than playable and failed to live up to the hype surrounding its release(CIG failed to acknowledge that much of the game play code would need refactoring), patch 3.14 is unplayable due to a rash of ERROR(s)- CIG services(Code 16008). Truth be told, even CIG doesn’t fully understand this issue. After reviewing the RSI Roadmap for clues it would appear the root cause of these issues is the removal of account login in services from the main Dedicated Game Servers (DGS) to the network code in preparation for server meshing.
As described during this year’s CITIZENCON, the concept of a SHARD is being implemented.
The Shard Manager functionality is responsible for creating a shard in the EntityGraph database, ensuring it is “seeded” with an initial population of entities, communicating with matchmaking so that players can join a shard, and talking to provisioning services so that a Hybrid and Dedicated Game Servers (DGS) can be assigned to a shard.
In anyone’s book, this is an extensive and critical update and it is understandable that this uprooting of account login procedures and refactoring to implementing a “SHARD” is consuming quite a bit of time. Not only is populating a new database time consuming, but I suspect that the account login procedures were not thread safe, and difficulties have arisen as to the best way to deal with event signals that never occur. Better them than me.
The 3.15 PTU exhibits the same issue, but the problem has been greatly reduced. In 3.14 I was lucky to login about 5% of the time, now I seem to get lucky with 25% of my attempted logins.
The good news is that FM is looking sweet, we haven’t seen ship performance at this level since prior to the 3.0 patch. 3.15 promises to add back in differences in shield performance(A,B,C,D) and hopefully stealth game play.
For now, I have taken my light sabers out of storage awaiting CIGs completion of the necessary refactors on their way to server meshing.
After over 10 days of sheer agony over Code 16008 I finally logged last night. Not much to buy at Orison yet, and the climb out of the atmosphere was over an excruciating 750Km! Must be a bug.
This issue is caused by an incorrect obstruction radius around Crusader. This will be resolved in the next PTU release (most likely after the weekend) to place it closer to 150km instead of 750km above the planet. For now leaving atmosphere when at Orison may take much longer than intended. This may also make spline jumps to Orison impossible for now.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.14.0n PTU.7666961 Patch Notes
My previous brief initial test of the new Power Triangle feature suffered from a bad keyboard mapping, the default bindings do not match previous settings or the keymap! Thus I was powering up my shields, not my weapons and left scratching my head as to why shit wasn’t working. That’s free flight test mode for you and a quite prudent step, the key bindings have changed significantly, so imports may be problematic. A key bind wipe is helpful from time to time.
So WOW, the light fighters are kicken ass! They handle well enough to forgo wasting boost allowing increased weapons power with an occasional shield boost if you get hit. Was having trouble in the hornet, fricken aurora’s were taking me out with missiles. Will need to revist the medium fighters.
So yeah, CIG is getting closer! And yeah, this to will change.
CIG seems to have throttled access to the PTU for at least this wave 1 volunteer. I did get an early chance to tour Orison, an expanse much to large to navigate on foot. I am not sure what the static about shuttles on Orison was about (glimpsed on one of Lando’s shows a week or two back), but yeah, there were shuttles. Did I say the place was HUGE?
Accessing the PTU is spotty at best as various backend services are being outfitted with the Steaming Entity Graph objects or are being used to gate traffic until the DB upgrade is complete. The SEGs were formally known as icache. The store’s structure seems to be largely complete wrt to this patch, but I suspect much data has yet to be transferred. Checks of the various components reveals that some components may not differentiate themselves much if at all. Some on Spectrum have posited work scheduled for 3.15 may be being moved forward and tested.
Let’s just say that it is not likely that CIG would be experimenting with 3.15 features while 3.14 remains languishing in the PTU. Far more likely is that loading up the SEG requires far more data than originally anticipated, it is a DB after all! Equally likely, there are 3.15 core features needed now and CIG is correctly biting the bullet and is spending the time to get the Steaming Entity Graph objects completely integrated into thousands of entities that now comprise the game.
As of this update, backend server login servers are up and running while character generation is not. It is also unlikely that the ship refactoring for the “capacitor” update is complete. My initial bounty run featured TTK times are bit too long for my liking. AC and SM also spawn your toon in a vacuum and thus neither is playable at this time.
Looks like a big push to get SQ42 released is on for next year as Sandi and Chris announce they are moving to England next year to be with the SQ42 team.