Dual Universe studio Novaquark patched up the beta this week, adding a range of quality-of-life and economy fixes with its 0.23 release. Most notably and as promised by the company’s earlier dev blog, the patch notes include ship canopies, internal schematic banks for industry units, better map drill-downs, graphical improvements, changes to buy orders, tweaks to element restoration, new talent requirements, DRM protection for blueprints, tutorial teleports… it’s a lot, and it’s pretty granular and isn’t going to make sense for people not already in the beta, I suspect.
As for those people, well, the sentiment on Reddit right now is what I would charitably call disgruntled. Memes abound, with the majority of legitimate complaints centering on the perception that grind in the game is spiking sharply upward. Hopefully Novaquark is taking the feedback and putting it to good use.
And hey, if you’re grumpy about the new grind, just be thankful you’ve still got access to your account. One of our own dear readers, who’d been gifted an account from yet another upstanding reader, was recently informed that his account will be deleted because of what Novaquark characterized as a “system error” that apparently generated invalid keys. It kinda looks to us as if Novaquark meant to issue keys with limited time on them and instead issued pre-beta keys that grandfathered the user into permanent free beta access, and it’s now “fixing” its error. If you got one of these mails, you’ll have to sub to retain access. A quick search of the DU Discord shows multiple people upset over this situation, so if you’re someone affected, you might want to send them a note to request that someone re-examine your account and its provenance.
Here’s the original Discord notice from last week, from after Novaquark had booted and then reinstated all those accounts, delaying action until next week. Either way, don’t click links in any emails you get, but do check up on your accounts.