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November 30th, 2006, 16:52
Ubisoft released the fixlists for the upcoming patches 1.02 for Dark Messiah - first for single player:
Patch 1.02 changes and bug fixes
  • Combat Difficulty has been raised for "Hard" mode
  • Added a new "Hardcore" difficulty mode
  • Re balanced NPCs strength & health on the second half of the game for all difficulty modes
  • Added an intermediary "Texture" setting between "Medium" & "High". "High" could create an overload with some video card memory, so to offer more scalability, it has been renamed to "Very High" and the "High" option now offer "Medium" textures for the scenery but "High" textures for the NPCs.
  • No More Crash on NPCs behead (that happened with the “head_link” error message)
  • Fixed the black BINK playback problem with GeForce FX video cards
  • Fix FPS drops with GeForce 6800
  • No More graphical glitch on GeForce FX cards when player is under water
  • No More graphical glitch on GeForce FX cards when player is being hit or is almost dead
  • No More graphical glitch on GeForce FX cards equipping a Magic Weapon.
  • If you still have trouble, please set GFX Detail to “Low”
  • Fixed additional stuttering problems, linked to Expression files being
  • Saved Game system changed to the new Async System to prevent too much stuttering when the game is auto saving (if you’re still experience problem, you may want to disable the Auto Save feature in the “Gameplay” options menu)
  • GFX Option is now properly Saved
  • Avoid Rope Bow to disappear under the world surface before getting it
  • Fixed inconsistency with the way Xana behaves during “City of the Flames” chapter events depending on player’s choices
  • Fixed a bug where the giant spider was not spawned at all.
  • Fixed a bug with some potions being destroyed on map spawn in the “Temple of the Spider” chapter
  • GFX Detail level Option is now properly translated in the french version
  • Avoid user from being stuck in the walls while using the Rope Bow
  • Final Boss has been re-balanced
  • Removed some dev button that could be found behind some walls in the Epilogue
  • Fixed the way some objectives were badly managed with the Pao Kai in the last chapter
  • Removed an improper “use” flag on some wooden beams in “Gleam of a Cold Knife”
  • NPC immune to Telekinesis can't be grabbed using Telekinesis Spell when they are in ragdoll behavior
  • Arrows that are out of the Game world are now Removed properly to prevent Framerate to slowly decrease to zero
  • Max number of potions/food you can stack in your inventory is now properly checked
  • Avoid the Ghoul script to be broken in some cases if player used the bow to attack the creature in “Dead Man's Trail”
  • Remove small memory leak on the Particle System
  • Remove small memory leak on clear value
…and for Multiplayer:
Patch 1.02 changes and bug fixes
New Content
New game mode
Capture The Flag
Significant optimisations for sounds, textures and particles on lower-specification hardware
New Map CTF_1
New Map CTF_2
Defend your team's flag while stealing the enemy flag.
You must have both flags at your own base to score.
Scoring a flag will give XP to all players on the scoring team.
Returning your own flag also gives personal XP.
Flags will not appear until there are players on both teams, and the 'battle begins' timer has finished
Picking up a flag will slow you down, disables your weapon and briefly highlights you to the enemy team.
Pressing fire when holding a flag will drop it and allow you to fight (be careful not to pick the flag up again when fighting)
Dropped flags return to their base when touched by their team, or after 20 seconds.
These can be found in the Options->Gameplay tab, and will generally require a restart of the game engine to use.
Character LOD values lower by default (can be returned to higher quality by users in config files)
Option to use alternative particles New high performance particles for all spell effects. Total particles reduced, 'distort' effects removed, dynamic lights reduced. (This replaces the particle sliders)
Option to disable streamed sounds prevents sound being streamed from the hard drive during play. May improve framerates, but will disable some ambient noise.
Option to use lower quality texturemaps reduces load times and increases framerates for almost all users.
Option to force simplified texture surfaces (this disables Normal mapping and Specular mapping). Will speed up loading times, especially for low RAM users, but the visual quality is reduced.
Map Changes
MP1 Recompiled
spawn point error fixed
MP2 Recompiled
ambient sounds improved, framerate optimised, spawnpoint error fixed
MP3 Recompiled
framerate optimisations (detail models now fade earlier)
MP5 Portcullises at final Undead point now lock open for last flag. New route added to final quadrant. Ambient sounds optimised.
Character Changes
Assassin Backstab improved
Assassin Triggered Poison Orbs Recharge time added, Mana cost added
Mage Lightning Orb no longer instant-fire, must be charged, will not hit behind caster when cast.
Mage Flame Arrow & Lightning Shock damage adjusted for maxed elemental alignments.
Mage FireBlast Projectile flight speed reduced
Priestess is now informed how many team-mates have been mass resurrected or healed
Warrior Leaping Attack fixed
Warrior Safeguard now defends only in an arc in front of the character (you will need to track lightning orbs/fireballs to be protected)
Warrior Safeguard now costs mana to create, and takes mana if it is hit by a spell. If mana is depleted, the Safeguard will fall.
Warrior Safeguard now emits a noise telling players it is active
Warrior shield no longer interferes with the movement model with when hit by an arrow
Smoothed Spectator Cam
Game Timer now shown on main screen and it highlights when time is short.
Teamkill menu now available for 15 seconds after a teamkill
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