WSE: Voice of the Martian Updates – December 1st Patch Notes

New this week in War Star Empire:

Voice of the Martian Updates

Heads up, Martians!

It came in the dead of night. A patch of stars disappeared a few days ago. In its place, a strange spot of darkness, a black void where the stars should have been. It quickly grew larger, eventually encompassing the night sky. Then, it suddenly disappeared. The stars flickered again, as if nothing happened.

These were the words of our night-duty guards, who swear that since that incident, our technological progress has been reversed. That we have been sent back a short period back in time.

This, of course, is hard to believe. We are leaning more towards the possibility that our guards were having a sneaky drink while on duty. They have been sent to our resident psychiatrists for further eval.

We still have our CC12. We still have our latest military technologies. Our units, turrets, and bases still behave as they used to two months ago.

Still, even though the guards have sent to our resident psychiatrists for further eval, some of us cannot shake the feeling that something has changed. If what they saw was real, perhaps it is a sign of things to come. We will report any updates, Commander! In the meantime, here are the…..

Tweaks of the Week

  • Just in case it wasn’t clear above, all balance changes have been reversed.
  • If you have seen any units being invulnerable when being targeted by base defenses, it was a bug, and it has been fixed.
  • Due to the reversal of the balance changes, there will likely be little to no tweaks made further. Apocalypse event development is now in full-swing.

We appreciate all the feedback over the past few weeks on the new systems. We understand that some have gotten used to and have actually enjoyed the new systems. Unfortunately, further tweaking and balancing is taking up too much of our lead developer’s time – something we are running out of.

Have feedback to share about this week’s releases? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our TR Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: Voice of the Martian Updates – November 24th Patch Notes

New this week in War Star Empire:

Voice of the Martian Updates

Heads up, Martians!

Our team has continued, and will continue, making tweaks to the new systems so as to make it easier for everyone to participate in our “Grand Finale.”

We are again thankful for those who keep on providing feedback so we can continue to try and make these last few months as fun and memorable as we can for everyone. Here are some changes to address a few of the issues and suggestions that you’ve brought forth to us.

Tweaks of the Week

  • Splash area was too small that units are often unable to hit moving targets. Splash area has been doubled.
  • Reduced HP penalty for DPS units by 20%
  • Nerfed AI unit damage and HP.
  • Slight boost to unit damage and HP for all player units.
  • All other maps have closed. There are now only two maps.
    • Tournament Map: Strongpoint Quarries now award combat bonuses in addition to quarry yield and text bonuses.
    • Non-Tournament Map: Free base damage protection is now awarded more frequently.
  • Due to PvP issues at higher levels, security teams from leader items have had their HP and DPS nerfed. Since single player AI attackers have reduced HP and DPS compared to players, this should have minimal effect on the difficulty of single-player and bring the defenses of bases in PvP closer in line with what people are used to.
  • When units are selected a group, their speed is modified so they will stay closer together. As soon as they are no longer in a group they regain their normal speed.
    • Group speed works this way: The difference between the speed of the slowest and largest is divided by the size of the group. The group then gets the minimum speed plus this, or +5%, whichever is smaller.
    • The reason for this is to make it always worthwhile to group units, but not allow really slow units to travel super-rapidly around the map by also selecting an ultra-fast unit.

Incoming

  • Client: Will take another crack at improving targeting when a unit can do no damage.
  • Combat Balance: Will be continuing evaluation of difficulty attacking and defending. Have made new script to instantly rework a base at a higher or lower CC tier in order to test different difficulties.
  • Content:
    • The “Apocalypse” event is in the works.
    • Reduced costs of CC leader upgrades (will require a CC leader promotion token instead of merging, reduced time and resources to upgrade).
    • Reducing XP requirements for player levels so everyone has a chance to get to max level before the end.
  • De-Monetization: We will be further increasing speed bonuses given by gold/alloy. Pre-closure announcement, you got crafting, repairs, upgrades, etc sped up by 3 minutes per gold/alloy. Currently, these get sped up by 6 minutes per gold/alloy. This will increase to 9 minutes on 12/1. Resource harvest rates will be increased on 12/1. The maximum craft/research/upgrade/etc time will also be reduced by 24 hours on 12/1.

Have feedback to share about this week’s releases? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our TR Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: Central Computer Level 12 – November 10th Patch Notes

New this week in War Star Empire:

Central Computer Level 12

Attention, Commanders!

Get ready to celebrate on Mars with this week’s update! Effective today:

The Central Computer level cap is raised to Level 12, paving the way for new maximum levels for your production, storage, and research buildings!

The Elephant in the Room

As you all have noticed, there has been a lot of changes happening since last week. We do apologize for the delay in our communications, but we’d now like to address and explain what, why, and how things have changed.

Hopefully, in addition to dispelling some weird rumors and theories, we can clear the air and give you a little more insight as to how to utilize the new systems put in place. For simplicity’s sake we will categorize the main changes into two: economy and buildings, and unit rebalance and strategy.

Economy and Buildings

  • Previously, levels per tier are wildly inconsistent. They are now consistent
  • Economy buildings now have two levels per tier.
  • All unit research/production buildings have two levels per tier.
  • Non-elite units and their associated research/production buildings also get two levels per tier.
  • Turrets, mines, and missiles have three levels per tier.
  • Time requirements dramatically reduced. It takes a maximum of 5 days (without leader bonuses) to build or research anything now. It’s a hard cap at 120 hours.

Frequently asked question: Why are our resource storage and production so low now?
Our old levels jumped all over the place in terms of advancement. Now they’re consistent. However, all research unlocks, build costs, repair costs, etc are now auto-scaled to the available harvest rate and storage caps, so you have lost absolutely nothing in terms of buying power. Think of it this way: your resource currency just underwent serious deflation. You can buy more with each unit of each resource than you could before.

Unit Rebalance and Strategy

  • Unit HP, DPS, build time, and resource costs all balanced based on space requirements. The more expensive a unit, the more powerful it is, and at a predictable and consistent rate. That means that out the gate, a unit that takes 30 space is exactly twice as powerful as a unit of the same type that takes 15 space, but they receive modifications based on their roles.
  • Unit speed and range balanced based on unit type and unit role: Infantry is the slowest with the longest range on average. Air units are the fastest with the shortest range on average. Artillery and Sniper units get range boosts and speed nerfs to compensate
  • Close range units get a bonus to their speed and a proportionate nerf to their range.
  • Long Range units get the same bonus to range and nerf to speed.
  • High Speed gets a slightly higher boost to speed while paying the same range cost as close range.
  • DPS units get a bonus to damage and a proportionate nerf to HP. Most of your artillery units are Long Range/DPS roles.
  • Some units have the “Threat” stat, which makes the AI increase their priority in the targeting system by 50%.
  • Threat gets a bonus to HP and a nerf to damage.
  • The “Tank” role get a bonus to HP and get an even higher “Threat” stat, making the AI 100% more likely to pick them as a target. Note that the “Tank” role is not strictly limited to actual Tank units. Some aircrafts have the “Tank” role, too. You can find these in the Unlock/Upgrade windows of a specific unit.
  • Turret HP is based on potential attacker DPS output, and is currently designed to withstand 20 seconds of fire from the average unit. There will be ongoing analysis and fine-tuning for this.
  • Mine DPS is designed to insta-kill the strongest non-elite unit in its target category.
  • Turret DPS is designed to focus on particular target types as well and to kill a target in 2 to 10 seconds of sustained fire.
  • Missile DPS is designed to take a few hits to kill the toughest units, while able to insta-kill groups of weaker ones.

Frequently asked question: Why are units so weak now that we can’t do event bases anymore?
Units have been balanced to encourage trying different battalion compositions and being more strategic; possibly requiring a little more micro skills too. The older strategies of steam-rolling everything with Elite Paladins, for example, may no longer work, as they are now in an Artillery Role. It may be MORE effective to bring units with a Tank role and high Threat to draw aggro from turrets, then using Artillery like Mortarmen, due to their high anti-building DPS and very long range.

We know some players have taken up the new challenge of getting to know the new systems. Of course, we still welcome feedback. Please expect more monitoring and tweaking of the new systems, so if you have tried different strategies and still find it difficult, please let us know what you are having trouble with!

Miscellaneous improvements and fixes

  • Central Computer resource cost cuts are in. L4 to L11 (and eventually 12 and 13) now costs 65% of your maximum possible resources to build.
  • Major cuts to unit research costs and build costs are complete.
  • More buildings have had their hit points adjusted to unit DPS, and more building costs have been made proportionate to storage available at their CC level.
  • All upgrades, unit construction, missile, mine, and turret crafting should be appropriately scaled to resource storage.
  • Building HP should all be scaled to unit DPS. Turret, mine, and missile DPS should all be scaled to unit HP.
  • Special “items” added in the game that allows for insta-building missiles, or building “Doped” Mines that insta-kill any unit below its level. These items are obtainable from event bases, and sometimes, from the mail.
  • CC leaders no longer have an equip/unequip cooldown
  • The update caused old missiles to unstack with no way to stack them. This has been fixed, but you may need to click the “Sort” button to restack your old missiles.
  • Issues with missile blueprints not unlocking the the research is being looked in to. Please do not repurchase the blueprints if you encounter this issue.
  • AI units all given some unique aspects. Hunt them all!

More releases incoming, including a planned “grand finale” event. We here at Battlehouse are eternally grateful to all our players, and we plan to go out with a bang on April 2023; and we would love it if you join us there!

Have feedback to share about this week’s releases? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our TR Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: War Star Empire Wind-down Announcement

New this week in War Star Empire:

Dear Martians:

It is with heavy hearts that after 10+ incredible years of producing Battlehouse games, we announce that War Star Empire will be taking its final ride off into the sunset in April 2023.

Effective now: We’re doubling the time speed-up for gold (halving the cost of all gold speed-ups), after which point we’ll be rolling out one final major content patch. While easing the grind on the next batch of content, we also plan to release a unique “End of The World” event that we think is going to be really fun for all of us. War Star Empire deserves to go out with a bang!

We can’t stress enough how appreciative we are of all of you, and everything you’ve all contributed to Battlehouse games over this time. The majority of free-to-play games don’t last nearly this long, and the fact that we thrived as long as we did is a direct credit to our passionate player base. We’re aware that many of you have been with us since the very beginning, helping to build and nurture this amazing global community that has enjoyed these games just as much as we have. For that, we say “Thank you!”

In advance of sun-setting the games, we want to be as transparent with everyone as we possibly can, give plenty of time to make sure our small team has a soft landing at their next adventures, and also so that we all properly celebrate the legacy of the games we all love.

It’s important to note that in-game purchases will be available up until March 31st, 2023, at which point the games’ payment systems will be completely turned off. Thereafter, the games will not be accepting any payments, but will remain open for one last hurrah until at least April 30th, 2023. Any remaining gold that you have during this period will need to be used before that date.

We hope that the experiences we’ve developed over the years have provided you with the highest level of entertainment that we’ve always strived to reach. This hasn’t been an easy decision for our team to make, but we remain hopeful that with every end, comes a new beginning.

Godspeed, Martians!

WSE: Welcome to Season 23!

New this week in War Star Empire:

Welcome to Season 23!

Welcome to Season 23! Going into the new season, all Leaderboards and PvP Points are reset, meaning that it’s a fresh start for YOUR Clan to be the new the dominating Clan of the Season, and win the Seasonal Clan Tournament Grand Prize of 8,000 Gold for your Clan at the end of the Season in 3 months from now. Does your Clan have what it takes?

Looking for the Season 22 Tournament winners list? Don’t worry. It will be revealed soon. Stay tuned for another Patch Notes coming later!

Have new feedback to share? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our Official Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: End of Season 22 Clan Tournament

New this week in War Star Empire:

End of Season 22 Clan Tournament

Heads up, Martians!

From September 29th – October 6th, 2022, rally your Clan and head to the regional map for your chance to be the strongest Clan of Season 22!

Be one of the Top Clans with the most Clan PvP Points to win between 1,750-8,000 Gold, divided evenly among the top 10 members of your clan.

Tournament ends on October 6th, 2022 at 1700 GMT, at which point winners will be announced, prizes awarded, and leaderboards will be reset for the new season. It’s important to note that you should stay in the same Clan through the end of the tournament and for at least one hour afterward, until at least 1800 GMT to ensure your Clan’s prizes are scored correctly.

Season 23 opens on October 6th, 2022

  • The new season will begin immediately after the end of the tournament.
  • Please be reminded that PvP points can only be accumulated on “Highlands” maps.

Have new feedback to share? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our Official Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: Sanctuary Explained – September 22nd Patch Notes

New this week in War Star Empire:

Attention Martians!

In the beginning of September, we have rolled out an update to our Terms of Service and have mentioned it in the Patch Notes for that day.

Part of the update that was of most interest to a lot of players were the policies regarding alt accounts and account sharing. This update, and the warning of “DO NOT SHARE ACCOUNTS” has been foreshadowed as early as at least December of 2021, as per this post on Discord.

Our aim is to be simultaneously stricter on these policies, while also being more lenient. Stricter in a sense that we’re doing more aggressive account sharing detection and active-but-hidden alt detection; and more lenient, in a sense that low-count offenders are not necessarily moved to the Prison map right away. Hence, the introduction of “Sanctuary“.

Here are a few FAQs that we have gotten, and possible explanations.

What is Sanctuary?

Sanctuary is where a player base goes when it is involved in a violation of, typically, but not limited to, the alt-account policy.

What is the Difference Between Sanctuary and Prison?

Previously, offenders are sent to a different map or to Prison. If a player is in Prison, they will be unable to get out unless the imprisonment was a mistake, and an admin releases the player.

With Sanctuary, the player is free to move out on after a set number of days, depending on the violation. However, a player that makes frequent trips to Sanctuary will ultimately find themselves in Prison, and will no longer be able to get out.

Why am I in Sanctuary?

The player is sent an in-game message of why they were sent to Sanctuary, as well as for how long they will need to wait before they can go back to the map type they’ve been banished from. The length of the sentence depends on the violation incurred.

Effective today, if you are in Sanctuary, you will be able to jump to a map that you specifically have not been banished from.

For example, if you were moved to Sanctuary for an alt-violation, you will be banished from anti-alt maps for X days, but you are free to move to an alt-allowed map until your sentence is over.

As always, if you feel that you have been mis-identified as an alt, please contact support.

I received no message on why I am in Sanctuary/Prison

Some players have found themselves in Sanctuary or Prison without an in-game message like above. In most cases, there are likely other reasons why they have been relocated.

Please contact our support team to check what your account status is. Or alternatively, send a direct message to bh-wulfstan on Discord.

I am in Sanctuary, but cannot move anywhere

Please refer to “I received no message…” section above.

The Future of Sanctuary

We will continue to refine our Sanctuary and Prison systems and sentences, so this may change in the near future – with the name change from “Sanctuary” to something else maaaybe being in the nearer future. We will be making an announcement of any such change when it happens.

Have feedback to share about this week’s releases? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our Official Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: Terms of Service Update – September 1st Patch Notes

New this week in War Star Empire:

Attention Martians!

Terms of Service Update

As per our Terms of Service Section 18, we may change our Terms of Service from time to time, and we are obligated to notify you of such changes.

So…. please be aware that our Terms of Service has been updated. We encourage everyone to review the changes. We reckon most of our players would be most interested on our new alt-account policy, but we hope you take the time to read everything. You can find it HERE.

Have feedback to share about this week’s releases? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our Official Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: Auto-Migrate is Here!

New this week in War Star Empire:

Attention, Martians!

You can now auto-migrate your Facebook account details over to the desktop client! No more contacting support, no more jumping through hoops, nothing!

Interested? Please follow the steps below based on which scenario fits you.

Scenario 1: You have never tried our client before. Here are three easy steps to do it!

  1. Install client and run it.
  2. Select “Use Facebook” and log in with the account you use for the game
  3. Click Play Now.

Scenario 2: You have tried the client, logged in with Facebook, but have not migrated yet and want to do so. Please follow these steps:

  1. Install the client, and log in
  2. Click Account Info
  3. Scroll down and look for “Auto-Migrate Existing Account”. If it is Off, click on “Click to Enable”
  4. Click Play Now.

Scenario 3: You have tried the client before, but didn’t use the “Login with Facebook” option AND have not yet migrated, please use these steps:

  1. Check if you have a Facebook account associated with your login by going to https://www.battlehouse.com/bh_login/login/
  2. Click the button for the login method you currently use in the desktop client.
  3. Click on “Click here to manage your account.”
  4. If “Linked Facebook Login: (none) appears, copy down the email address that appears further up
  5. Go back to https://www.battlehouse.com/bh_login/login/
  6. Click “Continue with Facebook” and log in with the account you use for the game
  7. Click on “Click here to manage your account.”
  8. If the email address is the same as the one you already had, you’re done. If not, click on “Change” next to your email and enter the one you copied in step 4.
  9. Check your email and click the confirmation link.
  10. Follow the steps in Scenario 2

Note: Please follow the appropriate steps for your situation. As it was before, migrating accounts will result in loss of access of one of the accounts. Due to the technical challenge of unmerging accounts, we will not be able to do this for anyone in the foreseeable future.

Important: If you have already migrated your account via support or the migration tool, do NOT enable “Auto-Migrate Existing Account” on your client.

Have new feedback to share? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our Official Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!

WSE: Desktop Client is Officially Available for Download!

New this week in War Star Empire:

Attention, Martians!

The desktop client is now officially available for download! You can download it HERE.

Some of you may have gotten it in advance during the Facebook issue last week. If you did, no need to download again!

The difference this time is, you can migrate your main account to the desktop client – by yourself – and play from either platform! You can do this via the self-service migration tool, which can be found on the Store. Interested? Please follow the steps below VERY carefully.

Migration Steps

1. Download the client via the above link
2. Install the client, run, and create a new account, preferably, via Microsoft or Google.
3. Skip the tutorial, go to your player info, and write down your newbie account’s player ID.
4. Open up your main account on Facebook, and simultaneously run both for a bit so your newbie account is recognized as an alt.
5. Go to the Store and purchase the “Start Account Migration” item. It will not be active on the store unless you have your Battlehouse account recognized as an alt.

6. Activate item from Warehouse, and enter your newbie account’s player ID.

7. Go back to your newbie account on the client, and check the mail for the “Confirm Account Migration” item.

8. Activate the item from Warehouse, and restart the Thunder Run client. You should now see your main account. If you don’t, please wait 1-2 hours and run the client again.

If you want your old Facebook avatar in-game while using the downloadable client, please go here and log in with your client credentials, and change your avatar from there.

IMPORTANT: As you may have noticed from the screenshots, there are at least THREE warnings that you will LOSE the alt account. If you complete the whole process, we take it that you have acknowledged all three warnings and understood what would happen.

New features will be added to the desktop client over time, so stay tuned!

Have new feedback to share? Let us know over in the “war-star-empire” channel within our Official Discord Server.

Good hunting, Commanders!