Preview Release 012.1
To keep you up to date, here is a little preview about our upcoming Release 12.1. Besides the usual amount of fixes and improvements, there are some more items on the list that might be interesting for you.
Let’s see … Yeah, we are working on getting Smartcast in the game and it looks pretty good so far. Smartcast means that you will automatically cast the skill that you activate at the position of your mouse cursor. The prime example is the Tactician who can now drop his shield on his teammates a bit quicker and safe lives more efficiently by just hovering over another player and pressing the button – without another click!
What else is there … Oh, Daily Missions. Every day a new Daily Mission will be randomly assigned to you – you can either complete this mission and receive the rewards or you can just wait until you get your next Daily Mission assigned in case you don’t like your current one.
And what is that … I can barely read that … looks like … Switchable … hm, I can’t quite make out the second word. Well, you will be able to switch “something” … I guess we will have to wait what this might be, so stay tuned for more information
Your Merc Elite team.
Exploits & What you can do to prevent them!
It has come to our attention that several players exploited a mechanic of the game to receive a substantial amount of Credits. We have fixed the underlying issue and have taken care of the Credits that some players got by exploiting it.
We want to have a game that is fair for everybody and intent to keep it that way! Therefore we will stay vigilant, look for irregularities and will continue to take measures in case dishonest players are trying to get an unfair advantage over the honest players! Because in the end Merc Elite thrives on fair play and sportsmanship! And this starts by being honest about finding possible exploits and helping us improve the game!
And you can help us with that! If you discover parts of the game where it is very obvious that something is not working as intended, please just report this to us either via support-ticket or directly in the forum, so we can fix it and stop dishonest players from exploiting it and/or receiving an unfair advantage! The more detailed your description is and the easier it is to reproduce that issue with the help of your description, the easier it is for us to find and fix it!
Your Merc Elite team
Maintenance – December, 17th 2013, starting at 0800 CET (UTC+1)
We will have a maintenance tomorrow morning on Tuesday 17th starting at 0800 that will address a small, but critical issue.
Your Merc Elite Team
Maintenance – December, 10th 2013, starting at 0800 CET (UTC+1)
We will have a maintenance on December, 10th starting at 0800 CET (UTC+1) to deploy Release 012b! This release will contain the following:
- Fixed an issue where it was not possible to add players as friends from the result screen after a match
- Fixed an issue where it was possible to benefit from first victory bonus on newly bought Tier 1 Mercs
- Fixed an issue where opening and closing a custom game lead to two chat rooms after opening another custom game
- Fixed various issues regarding UI, image and text positioning, error messages
Welcome to our new forum
As you already noticed the new forum is a bit different from the old forum, some areas have been moved or renamed but they are still there
There are also some great new feature for you to use on this forum but let's start with the Layout of the forum and where to find something and where to post what exactly.
The general layout and order of areas are not that different from the old forum:
Headquarters didn't really change - you'll find all the Official announcements and Patch Notes in this area.
We also have an extra section for Event announcements now.
The Help / FAQ section got it's on (bigger) area on this forum. Some FAQ forums are just like Headquarters a 'read only' area for players. Of course you'll find a lot of helpful posts by the Moderators there and players can use the 'Newbie' section to ask for help or offer help as well as some of the other FAQ forums that are open for you to post there.
When you need to post in the FAQ/Help are please make sure to post in the right forum.
The biggest area of the forum, here you can look for other players to play with, discuss new updates, report bugs and other issues, introduce yourself to the community and advertise your wings as well as your ideas for the game.
You'll also find a sub forum for Kobol in the bug report section, it's the only server that's not part of the server discussion section because from time to time we deploy some Beta builds on Kobol.
The official forum Games section is (like the name suggests) for official forum games. So when there are any forum games we maybe will have in the future, that's the area where you have to be.
Just like on the old forum you'll find the Speaker's Corner (Rec Room) as well as the Media Library here. You also find the server discussion forums in this area. Every server got it's own sub forum in this section.
And then there's Archive in case you ever need to check some old OAs or discussions.
So there are some great new features on this new forum for you to use which you didn't have on our old forum.
Report - Button
You now have the chance to report posts for inappropriate content. So if someone is harassing you or posted something that's against the rules you just have to click on report and we'll look into it.
IMPORTANT: Abuse of the Report button will lead to sanctions against your account forum and game account. Do not report a post just because you don't like the player !
You can now 'Like' a post someone else made, you'll find the 'Like' button on every post in the lower right corner.
Follow other players
Not only can you like posts you can also 'Follow' other players. Followers can (if the player allows it) see additional profile information and they can use our next new feature ...
Unfortunately the 'New Post' button will show you all new posts for all language forums, so if you want to keep an eye on areas and threads you can use the 'watch thread/forum' feature.
Some of you may notice that you don't see any signatures, that's because by default it's deactivated to display them. Go to your account preferences and check the 'show signature' box and you'll see them
That's all for now, we hope you'll like the new forum,
Your Merc Elite Team
Release 012 – The Custom Release
We have just deployed Release 012 – The Custom Release – which features Custom Games as well as a whole bunch of goodies! Now let's get into more detail:
1) Custom Games
Yes, that's right – you now can create custom games and invite your friends to a little friendly competition, some impromptu clan fights or battles against bots! Host games for up to ten players or just fill up the empty slots with bots. Select the map you want to play on, then the Tier range and start playing! It is that easy!
2) Bot Difficulty Levels
We have tinkered with the AI, so that you can now adjust the bot difficulty level to match your playing style in your Custom Games!
3) New Map – Deep Freeze!
In addition to the Custom Games, we have added a new map – DEEP FREEZE! And if you can't wait until you get your next assignment on this map, just use the Custom Games to check it out earlier! And it has rockets!
4) Automatic Default Graphic Quality Settings
After updating to Release 012, all graphic settings will be reset and automatically adjusted once. The settings of new players will also be adjusted to better match their machines' capabilities and improve their experience while playing Merc Elite.
5) General Fixes and Improvements
Chat: We have slightly changed the way the chat choses language-specific channels, so that you always will be connected to the correct language channel.
Performance: We found and fixed several sources of lag during the start of the match and during the matches themselves. We also fixed issues that after switching to full-screen mode.
Shop: When you click through the different Mercs in the shop, you will now hear a preview of their voices.
We also squashed a huge amount of bugs and sorted out several language errors, typos, tooltips and much more!
We rebalanced the DPS output of the Heavy and fixed an Overcharge bug that sometimes appeared for the Assault.
- Decreased weapon damage from 22 to 20
- Decreased weapon damage from 1.4 to 1.3
- Effective range is now 11 (so that the weapon's effective range and the damage scale down when the target is further away)
- Fixed a bug where the attack speed bonus scales with efficiency.
You can find the bug threads for Custom Games and the new map Deep Freeze in the Feedback section of the forum!
Short maintenance – 12.11.2013, starting at 0800 CET (UTC+1))
We will have a short maintenance tomorrow morning on Tuesday, 12th at 0800 CET (UTC+1)) to deploy an update that addresses various issues like not being able to create new squads or that skills are visible for units that have not reached the proper Tier level.
We will also change the way that you are joined into chat rooms – you will join the chatroom based on your GeoIP and also the Global EN chat. That means that you are now automatically in the global chat and in the chat room where you are located independently from the language you have selected that the game will be played in.
Opened Beta! Now!
Today we take the next step for Merc Elite and are opening up for most of the world (you can find the exact countries that are open below)! That means that you don't need a Closed Beta key anymore to join! Just go to www.mercelite.com, register and start playing!
So you on the battlefield!
The countries we are open in are: AD, AE, AL, AM, AT, AZ, BA, BE, BG, BH, BY, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FO, FR, FX, GE, GG, GI, GR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IM, IQ, IS, IT, JE, JO, KG, KW, KZ, LB, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, MD, MK, MT, NL, NO, OM, PL, PT, QA, RO, RU, SA, SE, SI, SJ, SK, SM, SY, TJ, TM, TR, UA, UK, UZ, VA, YE, YU. The Americas are not in the Open Beta phase yet!
We are aware that at the moment a NullReferenceException pops up quite frequently and we are already working on a solution for this. Please stay with us, we are trying to get it fixed asap.
Open Beta reset or the lack thereof!
The question came up if there will be an account reset when we go into the Open Beta phase. The answer is: We don’t have any plans to reset the accounts when we will enter the Open Beta phase!
We also don’t have any plans yet to have an account reset when we leave the Beta phase altogether!
And to clear some things up: IF we should reset the accounts at any stage, you will get the Gold in full that you have paid for to your account again!
Example: You have bought 500 Gold now and got yourself some nice Premium or additional roster slots or whatever -> You will receive that amount of Gold again in case that we will do an account reset! You won’t lose that Gold in case we will reset accounts for another Beta phase!
I hope this clears the situation up a bit.
Your Merc Elite Team
Extended maintenance for Update 11 - 05.11.2013, starting at 0800 CET (UTC+1))
We will have a maintenance for about 1 hour tomorrow starting at 0800 CET (UTC+1) to deploy our Update 11.
Rollback of Update 11
We have found some severe issues on our live version of Merc Elite and therefor will do a complete rollback to the version 010. This is why we are currently in maintenance at the moment.
Players that have bought Gold on our Update 11 version will get this Gold refunded completely to their account as soon as we are back up and have all the data at hand, so no Gold will be lost.
Your accounts will be at the stage they were before the maintenance this morning!
We are very sorry for this inconvenience!
Extended maintenance - 31.10.2013, starting at 0800 (CEST (UTC+1))
We will have a maintenance for 1 hour tomorrow to deploy a rather big update
Gamescom 2013 - Merc Elite and more!
We have just finished our Gamescom 2013 trailer! But pictures say more than words, so what are you still waiting for?
Go on and watch > Gamescom 2013 - Merc Elite and more! - Now on YouTube < !
Merc Elite - Think. Strike. Win.
Merc Elite EU+ Open Beta! Now!
It has begun! Merc Elite is now in the European+ Open Beta! That means that you can now just register and play from any of the countries mentioned below!
Spread the word! Merc Elite - Share. Like. Win.
The countries we are open in are: AD, AE, AL, AM, AT, AZ, BA, BE, BG, BH, BY, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FO, FR, FX, GE, GG, GI, GR, HR, HU, IE, IL, IM, IQ, IS, IT, JE, JO, KG, KW, KZ, LB, LI, LT, LU, LV, MC, MD, MK, MT, NL, NO, OM, PL, PT, QA, RO, RU, SA, SE, SI, SJ, SK, SM, SY, TJ, TM, TR, UA, UK, UZ, VA, YE.
The Americas are not in the Open Beta phase yet!
Short maintenance - 10.09.2013, starting at 0900 CEST (UTC+2)
We will have a short maintenance tomorrow morning, to deploy a smaller update that will fix the armor values! We realized that the armor upgrades did not apply the proper values to the Mercs that have them equipped! With the fix the upgrades will work properly and therefore it can appear that the damage output will go down – depending on the armor that is equipped on the enemy Merc.
This is actually not the case as the armor now just correctly mitigates the damage as intended!
Your Merc Elite Team
Merc Elite Missions Fixed
We have just released an update that fixed several important bugs in the event Missions. We had several issues where some players would not see their matches played updating, and a bug where some players would not see a reward for maxing out proficiency, and a bug where completed events were not triggering their rewards. If you encountered these issues please give it another try. We have large credit, free XP, and gold rewards available, and we don't want anyone missing out.
We've extended the event until midnight tonight to give you a chance to claim your rewards.
Your Merc Elite Team
Short maintenance - 04.09.2013, starting at 0900 CEST (UTC+2)
We will have a short maintenance tomorrow morning, to deploy a smaller update and quite a few fixes.
Your Merc Elite Team
Weekend Event extended!
We will extend the Weekend Event until Tuesday, 3rd (23:59:59)! So get in and start playing!
Merc Elite & Twitch.tv
We are currently trying to get Merc Elite on Twitch.tv, so you can have a common place for streaming the game!
Your Merc Elite team