I ran out of witty things to say. Sorry. Just have an update that is — hopefully — stable for the foreseeable future.
This release is being provided both in the form of an installer for those new to the game, and a patch for those who have already installed the game. The patch works with any previous version of 2.1.
This release fixes the following issues:
- Fixed game state becoming indeterminate if a player leaves while resynching, often causing crashes or game freezes.
- Monitors on moving/bouncing platforms are no longer deadly to touch.
- Fixed an exploit where characters could be changed while continuing in Single Player.
- Fixed game freeze on Egg Satellite Zone in OpenGL.
- Fixed missing emblem on Flooded Cove Zone.
- Minor optimization/speed related improvements.
- Minor level design fixes.
- Fixed patches wrapping from the right side to the left side even when they weren’t supposed to.
- Detons no longer murder their resident animals if they strike a wall or object.
On a side note, the Soundtrack was also updated as well; a few missing tracks were added and the tracks were re-tagged and organized into two “CDs” of tracks. If you have the time, you should go check it out.
We said 2.1.10 was the next version to be released and we weren’t kidding around. Though this patch may not look like it contains much, it makes modifications (especially Lua-based ones) much less prone to breaking in unusual and frustrating ways.
- Longstanding issues with Lua’s stability have been fixed.
- Lua can tolerate large scripts much better.
- Lua can handle multiple separate scripts running at the same time much better than before; you should no longer have to fiddle around with adding WAD files in different orders to make the game stable.
- The game no longer crashes if scripts are added via the command line (-file) that replace commands normally present in the game.
- The game no longer crashes if you try to host your own server after failing to join someone else’s server due to not being able to download WAD files.
- The game no longer crashes at the end of the last special stage, and the shrink ray section now works again.
- A few minor level design fixes.
It’s been a while since the last patch, but this one is a little larger than the last few patches. The main fix in this patch is that netplay should at least mostly work now. Also, no, the next patch is not 2.2, it’s 2.1.10. Don’t even get us started.
- The netcode is dramatically more stable, especially when new players are joining. This of course doesn’t mean it’s perfect, but it should be much better than before.
- Late joiners in Special Stages in Co-op now spectate until the end of the map instead of interfering with other players and/or exiting the map early.
- Many bugs in the engine and level design that were reported on the forums were fixed.
- Egg Rock Zone 3 now supports the Competition and Race game modes.
- Lots of new functionality has been added to Lua scripting for use in modifications. Additions include (but are not limited to):
- Hooks for player skin abilities and multiplayer chat events.
- Custom map header options.
- Many sorely-needed functions in the game’s code were opened up for use in Lua.
One last patch before I fly off to Vegas. No, not to gamble over Easter, you fools.
This patch works with Version 2.1.7 only — please make sure you have Version 2.1.7 installed before downloading. This patch addresses the following problems:
- Fixed an exploit in netplay that would crash the game for all connected players.
- Fixed an issue with the GIF movie code that would occasionally output corrupt files.
- Fixed a few more issues with OpenGL rendering (and included the proper r_opengl.dll this time).
- Fixed a few Lua hooks that completely stopped working in 2.1.7.
I told you all this would be the year of 2.1, and I wasn’t kidding. How many other years have we made eight releases in?
This release is being provided both in the form of an installer for those new to the game, and a patch for those who have already installed 2.1. The patch works with any previous version of 2.1.
This release fixes the following issues:
- Fixed an exploit where Bounce Rings would give rings to teammates without disappearing.
- Fixed an exploit with Tails being able to ascend and keep his flying speed unchanged when over the speed cap.
- Tails was given Super transformation sprites (courtesy of Iceman).
- Fixed Super Knuckles in Match not having a speed bonus applied to his gliding.
- Fixed Knuckles being able to use the Whirlwind Shield after leaving a glide.
- The Final Boss now conveys a certain line-of-sight attack with a guideline as well as a target.
- Fixed custom Record Attack replays not working for maps above a certain number.
- Fixed ghosts in Egg Rock Zone 2 always being flipped, even when they left the starting area.
- Fixed bounded console variables being set to MIN when given any string (including MAX).
- Many small fixes were made to OpenGL rendering, including fixing Splitscreen mode not working properly.
- Many fixes and minor changes were made to the maps.
- Optimized the Lua backend a bit. There should be less lag when using Lua, especially in object-heavy levels.
- The game no longer crashes if you refer to a custom console command with the wrong case.
- The game’s internal console commands can now be replaced with Lua console commands.
You know, I’d love to order a pizza right about now, but some bum removed the ORDERPIZZA command a year or two ago.
This patch is compatible with every previous release of 2.1 (surprise!) and changes the following things:
- A timer was added when replaying the special stage levels via NiGHTS Mode.
- Fixed CTF mode for what will hopefully be the last time.
- Fixed the Scatter Ring not working properly.
- Fixed a crash when two people with Armageddon Shields hit each other.
- Forceskin no longer crashes dedicated servers and also outputs a special message on change.
- Some bugs were fixed regarding Knuckles’s sliding along the ground.
- Still more minor level fixes.
If you were one of those poor saps that guessed 2.1.4 would be stable, then I’m sorry to say you lost that bet.
This patch works for any previous version of 2.1 and fixes the following:
- Numerous errors in Egg Rock Zone 3 were fixed.
- If you have any Record Attack replays for ERZ3, you must remove them before trying to play ERZ3 in Record Attack again. This is because some of the old bugs resulted in writing corrupt data to the replay files.
- Fixed character switching while Super Sonic in netgames leaving you stuck as another character with one of Super Sonic’s flashing colors.
- Fixed an issue with resynching CTF netgames.
- Once again fixed the game crashing if you were hanging on the center chain as the CEZ3 boss dies.
- Fixed the final boss’s bombs causing major lag in certain situations.
- More minor level fixes.
- HUD drawing functions can now use v.patchExists(string) to check if a patch exists without having to cache it.
- Three extra configurable buttons were added that Lua can use for custom actions.
Anyone placing any bets for what version number we’ll be on until everything is stable?
This patch works for any previous version of 2.1 and includes the following changes:
- The multiplayer consistency protection code was rewritten to help netgames be more stable.
- You can now add files to your own server without kicking yourself out of the game (fixed for real this time).
- A lot of video code was rewritten to add features to both renderers.
- OpenGL now has proper transparent patch support, and can now draw both the cropped pictures in the character select menu and the small player icons used for continues.
- OpenGL should now draw the menus and HUD in their proper locations.
- OpenGL now supports skyboxes.
- OpenGL should now support MD2s better.
- Software now supports the translucent HUD option.
- Software now supports drawing any patch at any size with any translucency level and colormap. (This is mostly of interest to those doing Lua scripted HUD work.)
- Additional functions added to the HUD library for Lua scripting.
- Analog mode is now properly saved and restored after exiting the game.
- More minor bugfixes and level related fixes.
Sorry I don’t have the wit of Mystic, but I do have more bugfixes for everyone. This patch works with any previous version of 2.1 and fixes the following bugs:
- Castle Eggman 3:
- Fixed a crash when hanging on the center chain as it disappears.
- You should no longer be able to dodge the spikeballs by standing up against the walls.
- Minor map related modifications to make the pinch phase a bit easier.
- Visual errors with objects extremely far above or below you have been fixed.
- Fixed the game freezing in some circumstances without producing an error log; most notably in Red Volcano 1.
- You can no longer pause the game in Record Attack or NiGHTS Mode.
- Fixed the -room command line parameter; hosting on the Master Server through the command line is now possible again.
- A few other minor map related fixes.
- A few minor display issues were fixed.
As usual with a big release, we’re overloaded with bugs and we’re still in the process of hammering them out. This patch works for either 2.1.0 or 2.1.1 and fixes the following:
- You can now collect the hidden emblems in record attack; you still can’t get the record attack emblems in the normal game, though.
- Fixed a major issue with joining mid-round in netgames. Hopefully this should help deal with a lot of the quirky behavior netgames are currently experiencing.
- Fixed an issue where adding WAD files while running a server would always remove you from your own server.
- Fixed an issue with one of the secret stages being impossible to complete.
- Fixed a bunch of little level errors.
- Fixed a bunch of other minor bugs.
Please keep reporting any bugs you continue to find on the Bug Reports forum. You’ve all already been a big help in this regard.