News Formula Fusion’s technical update out now

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Kevin Dooley

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Game: Formula Fusion

Platform: PC, PS4, XBox One

Publisher: R8 Games

Release Date: Mid 2019 (PS4 & XONE)

After finally winning a battle with “an internal bug from an Unreal upgrade” R8 Games’ promised “technical update” for anti-gravity racer Formula Fusion is now available.

Thanks to some development wizardry, loading times will see a decent improvement, support for bots in multiplayer races has been added, tracks have more detail, more music tracks and skins have been added, and more.

On a side note, R8 Games has secured funds to port Formula Fusion to the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One consoles. Currently, plans are afoot for a simultaneous release of a new Steam edition (free for existing Formula Fusion owners) and console versions before the middle of 2019.

You can view the full list of changes in Formula Fusion’s 1.3.186 update below.

Patch 1.3.186

New Stuff:

Formula Fusion now runs on version 4.18 of the Unreal Engine.
Music Tracks now stream in from disk instead of being loaded into memory to improve loading times.
Videos now stream in from disk instead of being loaded into memory to improve loading times.
Changed the way craft skins are loaded into memory to improve loading times.
Improved initial loading time of the game entering the splash screen.
Added a new layer of data checking when loading save data to prevent players using modified save data files for skins.
Added community discord link in the main menu.
Added support for bots in multiplayer races.
New billboards around tracks.
Hitting a kill volume or travelling too far away from the track no longer kills the player, instead it resets you back to the track.
New weapon modifier cards:
Mine – Hollow Charge.
Gauss Cannon – Lead Slug.
Energy Bolt – Heavy Payload.
New Achievements:
Hat Trick – Win 3 races in a row.
Just Getting Started – Earn 5k Tech Credits.
Bringing Home the Bread – Earn 20k Tech Credits.
Breaking the Bank – Earn 50k Tech Credits.
Locked On – Successfully fire and hit 100 Energy Bolts.
Electric Avenue – Discharge 200 shockwaves.
Predator – Spend 10 minutes cloaked.
Peashooter – Successfully fire and hit 1000 Gauss Cannon rounds.
Sonic Boom – Reach 1260kmh.
Marathon Runner – Complete 50 (or more) laps in a single race.
4 new music tracks added as the TonaZ Pack.
6 new skin additions for the Vixen.
8 new skin additions for the Sabre.
11 new skin additions for the Python.
15 new skin additions for the Dragon.
12 new skin additions for the Voxel.
New light strip skin additions for each craft which contain multiple colour variants.

Changes:
Player Names in multiplayer now move and scale much smoother.
Map Vote now displays track still images instead of videos if video playback is disabled.
All videos are now h.264 and cheaper in performance.
Improved Video Billboard performance in all tracks.
Music Selection menu now displays full track names properly instead of clipping the text.
Performance optimizations in Midtown Trafik.
Performance optimizations in Niagara.
Performance optimizations in Fiyah! Fury.
Performance optimizations in El Muro.
Performance optimizations in Freeway
Lighting changes to Midtown Trafik.
Lighting changes to El Muro.
Lighting changes to Atlas Torres.
Lighting changes to Niagara.
Removed skin specific stats from the player stats menu.
Damage stats no longer show an absurdly long decimal value.
Starting a race with less than 10 players will now start you closer to the start line leaving empty starting positions at the back of the grid rather than at the front.
Improved loading times of the Main Menu.
Improved loading times of the lobby.
Tweaked volume on some UI sounds to not be as loud.
Lobby settings now remember previous track and variant selections.

Bug Fixes:
Fixed a bug which caused the splash screen to hang on a black screen when hammering input to skip it.
Fixed a bug which caused the save loadout screen to not let you save a loadout if you cancelled saving one previously.
Fixed a bug which caused the antler skin to not fade out with the cloak.
Fixed a bug which prevented earned tech credits being added to the players wallet correctly when restarting an event in the results screen.
Fixed a bug which caused the Tech Credits display to not display the correct number after making any purchase.
Fixed an issue that prevented WASD input from working in the garage section of the main menu.
Fixed a lot of issues that caused input inconsistency in various sections of the main menu.
Fixed an issue that caused Time Trial to not update stat progress for the distance achievements.
Fixed an issue which caused the splash screen to have a black screen when playing on N versions of windows operating systems.
Fixed an issue that caused Time Trial to not set leaderboard entries properly.
Fixed a couple of issues that caused the main menu navigation bar from displaying the correct path.
Fixed a couple of issues that caused the main menu input bar from displaying the correct options.
Fixed an issue that caused the loading screen to fade out twice when returning to the lobby after a race as a client.
Fixed an issue that caused clients to briefly appear below the garage when initially joining a lobby.
Fixed an issue that caused lobbies to display the christmas tree at all times.
Fixed an issue that allowed legacy weapons to still be used from ancient save data files that should no longer have been accessible in the game.
Fixed an issue that caused the lobby player grid to not replace a player with “Free racer slot” when a player disconnected from the lobby.
Fixed a bug that sometimes caused multiplayer races to get stuck on the starting grid when players disconnected during the loading sequence.
Fixed a bug which caused the second weapon card in each slot to be removed if equipping 2 of the same card in a loadout.

Known Issues:
disabling billboards via settings in a race requires a level travel to activate.
Main Menu->Records->Leaderboards->ShowFriends always says “loading” and never populates the UI with your friends leaderboard entries.
slight stutter when first navigating the team select menu in the campaign.
rare crash when navigating the tutorial section of the main menu.
incredibly rare crash when changing map, possibly related to turning on and off billboards.
If you die in a race and respawn, activating the cloak will not display the purple outline.
Playing the game on an outdated version of windows 10 can result in a green flickering when playing in fullscreen.
Attempting to play old replay files may cause the game to crash.

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Tom Enright

I’m really disappointed the PS4 version won’t be out until 2019