15.11.2016 23:15 - The future of Unofficial Patch 1.5 and EE2.eu in 2017
Dear Empire Earth II fans! I'll post some details what will be done by EE2.eu in next year. Some players might be dissapointed, but I'll try to explain why the decisions I made are better for the community.
Unofficial Patch 1.5:
- The base version of Empire Earth 2 and Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy will still be "1.5.5 (2016)".
- Most likely Minor updates for UP1.5.5 will be backward compatible.
- No new units/buildings or significant features will be applied to the game.
With 5 major updates of Unofficial Patch 1.5 all game crashes were fixed. Additionally, some new units and buildings were added. Unfortunately, adding new units was very problematic. It caused more problems and new game crashes than I expected. At the moment all these problems are fixed, and the Unofficial Patch is very stable. That's why I don't want to ruin it by developing the "mod" part of UP1.5. On this site (click)
I explained what Unofficial Patch 1.5 is focused on and that only 30% of all changes are visible for the ordinary users. Please remember that the other Empire Earth II mods (EE4 mod, Realistic Mod) are still developed, so if you like new units/buildings you can always download and play these mods using the Developers Version of Unofficial Patch 1.5.
One year ago - Unofficial Patch 1.5.5 with a working in-game Multiplayer Lobby has been released. It changed the style of minor updates, that they're now backward compatible. It means that no matter what minor version you have installed, you can still join other players on Multiplayer. It's good for people who still experience compatibility problems with game. Minor updates always improve the Launcher behaviour, fix compatibility with the newest Operating Systems and improve additional fixes (like the famous DirectX 8 to DirectX 9 converter). I understand that it seems like for the last year nothing was changed to the game. However - it's a very unfair vision. The last year was the hardest year of UP1.5 Developement. The Multiplayer Lobby programming and improvement, new Server, databases and the other things made me spent more time on EE2 than for the previous 2 years. Also, there were a lot of launcher fixes and new features which made Unofficial Patch 1.5 perfect. I'm not affraid to use this word, because in my opinion it's very close to perfection. Also, the number of reported problems shows it (we used to receive at least 2-3 reports per day, now it's like 1 report per 2 days, where the problem usually lays on the user's side).
Language Changer for Empire Earth II and Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy:
In 2017, the Language Changer will be finally released. The Changer will allow you to replace audio + text language in game. Unfortunately, not all languages will be supported. It's because I was unable to collect files for all languages. You can read more details in this topic at forum.ee2.eu (click)
Support chat and Multiplayer Lobby chat rules:
The Ministry of Game Affairs will write a new Act which will contain the clear chatting rules. These rules will affect the Support Chat and the Multiplayer Lobby chat. It's because we were accused of giving unfair bans. Racism, nazism propagation and the other forms of hate speech were never welcome in our community.