It’s here! With today’s update, Uber Entertainment turned the page on beta. This is the first of several updates in Planetary Annihilation’s new “gamma” phase of development. Gamma is all about you and your friends. During this phase, Uber will unveil new social features and new ways to interact with Planetary Annihilation. Uber uber also roll out a dizzying amount of really cool new tech like linkable replays and more picture-in-picture functionality.

Today’s update is a fantastic sneak peek at what the gamma phase is going to bring to the table — and it has some awesome, brand new features:

User Experience Updates:

Streamlined UI Elements! – Uber rebuilt our front-end menu and lobby menu. They look a lot cooler and sleeker, and are also more intuitive.

Planetary Annihilation Lobby

Planetary Annihilation New Game Interface

In-Game UI Refresh! – Uber has created a new build bar and reimagined the system menu.

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Armory! – In the brand new armory (which is available in the main menu), you can view all the Commanders you own.

Planetary Annihilation Armory

Orchestral Score! – It’s in! Prep your earholes for this: it’s as stunning and epic as you imagined it would be.

More Commanders! – Uber has added several new Commanders for you to enjoy. This list includes the awesome Theta Commander. You’ve got to see this guy.

AI can now use naval. Insert battleship and sinking reference here.

Features:
Alliances! – In free-for-all games, you can now create alliances.
Twitch.TV Improvements! – You can now view streams in the lobby.

Tech Stuff:
Performance and Optimization Fixes! – As part of our ongoing process of making Planetary Annihilation more awesome, Uber has tweaked some elements to make it play better.

Balance:
Uber Cannon! – The Uber Cannon is no longer so great at wrecking buildings — or other Commanders.
Armor System! – Uber has created an armor system to balance out a couple of edge balance issues.

Known Issues:
Lobby Shenanigans! – Non-owning members in a new lobby have the appearance of adding/removing slots; it doesn’t actually do anything, but it looks very confusing. Only the person who created the lobby can control it.
Uber has really proud of this update and can’t wait to get even more gamma features out to you in the near future. Uber has see you in the (newly redesigned) lobbies, Commanders.

Some of the Balance Details:

Land Mines:
– Improved size and placement
– Damage: 500 -> 1000
– Splash Radius: 5 -> 15
– Metal Cost: 150 -> 20
– No longer leaves wreckage.

Combat Fab:
– Health: 150 -> 50
– Metal Cost: 300 -> 540
– Guard Radius: 60 -> 50
– Energy Usage: 2500 -> 2000
– Metal Usage: 15 -> 20

Adv Combat Fab:
– Health: 250 -> 150
– Metal Cost: 1260 -> 1620
– Energy Usage: 5500 -> 6000
– Metal Usage: 45-> 60

Bomb Bot:
– Metal Cost: 135 -> 90
– Damage Radius: 10 -> 15

Assault Bot:
– Increased mesh size so it can be hit easier.

Air Balance

Advanced Bomber:
– Metal Cost: 540 -> 810

Fighter:
– Guard Radius: 100 -> 200

Advanced Fighter:
– Metal Cost: 270 -> 540
– Guard Radius: 160 -> 200
– Damage Splash Radius: 10 -> 5

Gunship:
– Metal Cost: 270 -> 540
– Damage: 25 -> 20
– Improved movement

AA Vehicle:
– Damage: 10 -> 25
– Improved missile speed and tracking
– Missiles now spread fire around to targets more.

Missile Tower:
– Guard Radius: 120 -> 150
– Damage: 20 -> 25
– Rate of Fire: 2 -> 3
– Improved missile speed and tracking
– Missiles now spread fire around to targets more.

Flak Tower:
– Metal Cost: 300 -> 600
– Guard Radius: 120 -> 150

AA Bot:
– Damage: 20 -> 25
– Guard Radius: 100 -> 120
– Rate of Fire: 1 -> 2
– Improved missile speed and tracking
– Missiles now spread fire around to targets more.

Orbital Launcher:
– Roll off time: 4 -> 3

Defense Sat:
– Health: 10000 -> 5000

Vehicle Factory:
– Metal Cost: 5410 -> 5500

Advanced Air Factory:
– Build Metal Cost: 3300 -> 5670