Hello and welcome to the release overview for Thrawn’s Revenge: Imperial Civil War 2.3.3. This release includes a reworking of some galactic-level scripting, new models, a new gameplay mode, and much more, but before we get into the overview, there’s a few other things to note first. As usual, the update will mean saves from 2.3.2 will not be useable- we keep instructions on how to make a backup and have had a warning of the release date ingame on several menus for the last month, however since we know there will be people who didn’t read that, we have also released a backup version of 2.3.2 on Mod Database for the Steam version. There is also a copy of 2.3.3 there for people who want that instead of the workshop version, for whatever reason (and as a backup for when 2.3.4 is out).
This is also the first release of 2.3’s cycle for non-Steam version, specifically Disk and GoG. There are several things to note about this, since it’s one of the things I’m asked about all the time, and quite often, along with many other modders for EaW, harassed about. The Steam version of Empire at War has several patches that Disk and GoG do not have. These patches from Petroglyph addressed engine issues that impact stability and the capabilities of the game pretty heavily, and releasing the mod at all for other versions has necessitated stripping out a lot of content in order to try to make sure saves will work, especially. It was not possible for the GoG or Disk versions to save in Art of War and Empire’s End, so those maps will not be available outside of Steam. Unit VOs and map preview images also use up RAM space on the galactic map, and make it more likely that saves will also fail to load in other maps, so they too will remain only for the Steam version. The GoG / Disk light version of the mod will be linked in the description, but it is being provided as-is. The game goes on sale on Steam for $5 fairly regularly, so while we understand that’s not possible for everyone, the reality of the situation is that until and unless the Disk and GoG versions get patched, we will never be able to provide the exact same features we can in Steam.Download [Steam] Imperial Civil War 2.3.3 Download GoG/Disk 2.3.3 Light Version
That being said, it’s time to go over the major changes for 2.3.3. The biggest new addition is a new game mode, instant action, which we announced recently. In this mode, you can build up custom fleets of whatever composition you want for each faction and fight it out, even disregarding pop cap. Right now, the mode only supports playing as the Empire and is only Empire vs New Republic, but that’s just while we work on expanding it and fleshing it out. Eventually, it will allow battles involving every possible faction in the mod, simultaneously. It can be accessed from the galactic conquest menu. There is setup phase where the factions won’t fight, which can be ended by clicking the tactical cam button (which is not a permanent solution, just for now)
- New Mode: Instant Action / Fleet Battle (Empire Beta)
- New/Updated Models & Textures: AT-AP, ARC-170 AT-TE, Victory Star Destroyer, Allegance, Venator, LAAT, Praetor
- New Galactic Conquests: Corporate Acquisitions, Deep Core Conflict
- New Unit: BTL-B Y-Wing (CSA), Swift Assault 5 Hoverscout (Maldrood)
- Attempt at some GC AI performance optimization (stagger freestore servicing)
- Revamped planet defection events, fixed several issues with progressive GCs/Shadow Hand scripting
- Z-layers for ships now randomize over a larger range
- New Reinforcement Point indicators for CSA, Pentastar, Hapes
- Changed planet selection ring collision
- Fixed cloud texture for low-orbit maps
- Some updated icons
- Various other balance adjustments and minor bug fixes
We’re also working towards finishing the beta for Fall of the Republic, our Clone Wars mod, which will hopefully start October 31st. If you would like to report bugs for 2.3.3, please do so in the Discord server linked in the description.