UPDATE/PATCH NOTES

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« on: May 15, 2014, 09:37:35 AM »
*Build Notes for 17 April 2014

Welcome all to The Golf Club! The Early Access version is now available on the Steam store!

Here are some of the big additions to this first release:

* Improved Cameras
* Improved Ball Physics
* Improved Terrain Physics
* Fringe Added
* Splat Maps that improve course visuals
* Mouse and Keyboard support within Front End and Game Play
* New Object and Signs to add to your Created Courses
* Tuned Game Play
* Live Play working
* Message Centre now available for easy Social Interaction with Friends
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 09:39:39 AM »
*Patch Notes for 22 April 2014

* Show popup on start up for unsupported hardware
* Fixed bootup crash
* Fixed Nvidia Optimus choosing wrong gpu
* Fixed several multiplayer issues
* Fixed player handedness save issue
* Plus a few more.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2014, 10:40:13 PM by HB_LorinB »

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 09:42:31 AM »
*Build Notes for 24 April 2014

We downgraded from a hot fix as we added some less than emergency changes.

New build should be up there now

* Ghost Ball Surfacing - Showing current shot number, yardage from pin
* A restart button in the in-game menu, so it’s easier to restart a round
* Controller Crash bug fix
* Mouse Controls in Course Creator Improved
* Ultra wide resolution support
* Nvidia GPU Improvements
* Server Speed Improvements
* Lawn Mower now available in Course Creator
« Last Edit: May 16, 2014, 10:39:58 PM by HB_LorinB »

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 09:43:33 AM »
*Patch Notes 25 April 2014

The latest build will have

* Fixed course ratings. Minimum number of ratings is now required for it to show up.
* Update button callouts for Play, Appearance and Save & Exit option in course editor menu
* Fixed Course Creator sliders showing the wrong description when they are full.
* Fixed replay for echos not properly setting up the camera
* Fix for ghost stroke and hole displays on the scorecard
* When starting a game from certain notifications, the sender's ghost will now be added to the game.
* Added reset button to start-up Input configuration.
* More performance optimizations
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 09:44:57 AM »
*Build Notes for 1 May 2014 - Build v0.30

We're just about to push our latest build. Things to look out for this week are:

* Fix issue where the course creator is stuck on one hole when waypoints are placed on top of each other
* Improvements to club selection on large or shared greens
* Fix for penalty application when exceeding shot limit
* Update help menus for mouse and keyboard controls in the course creator to show buttons for each tool
* Add WASD support for tools (along with the arrows) to scale and rotate brushes and objects
* Improve logic to determine when a tee shot is desirable
* Turn off edge panning when the editor menu is active
* Tweak speed of rotation/movement of the camera in Course Creator for mouse/KB
* The user will now always appear in the Global filter of the leaderboard, regardless if they are in the top-10 or not
* Added notifications for when a friend finishes a round and favourites a course
* Improve notification display logic
* Fix bug where moving the pin to another area changes the hole that pin is associated with
* Improved full-screen handling and screen flickering in windowed mode
* Fix issues with the selection tool in the course creator not being able to find brushes/items when they're overlapped
* Fix for 50% input power limitation with low frame-rates 64 bit game version
* Moved course save data out of the registry, fixes lost progress in courses when saving
* Green Grid update. Grid colours now take into account green speeds. This helps course designers judge reasonable pin placements based on green speeds and slope. http://www.gcga.org/documents/speeds_slopes_locations.pdf It also helps players understand any given greens behaviour a bit better when playing.
* It is now possible to take a screenshot when publishing a course with only the keyboard
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 09:46:07 AM »
*Build Notes 8 May 2014 - Build v0.40

A new build is up and ready to take a look at. Here's what we've added this week.

* If the height tool is over the green, slow down the rate at which it raises/lowers the terrain so you can tune the slope of the green easier.
* Press Start or click the Player Info panel in the front end to launch the Message Centre.
* Click Messages in the Social Ticker to activate them.
* When finishing an course you haven't rated, the default setting is now the course's current rating.
* Scorecard is no longer interactive.
* New and improved Pause Menu
* Moved social options (change rivals, active friends, watch replay) into the pause menu
* Social Ticker will now populate with messages from your archive when you first start the game
* Fixed bug preventing messages from cycling in the Social Ticker
* "Friend has started a round on X" messages will auto-delete themselves when the sender is no longer playing
* Added "Friend has complete a round on X" messages
* Ball labels will fade out 3 seconds after the ball has come to a stop
* The Hole Info and Scorecard aspects of the HUD are now visible in all camera mode
* Fixed bug where the game could sometimes get stuck on the end of a course when playing with a Ghost Ball
« Last Edit: May 18, 2014, 12:38:16 PM by HB_LorinB »

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 10:38:42 PM »
*Build Notes 16 May 2014 - Build v0.50

Big update this week with loads of gameplay improvements and the introduction of turn-based multiplayer!

* Introduced an automated drop on hitting the water.
* Reskin the in game popup windows to be more streamlined across consoles and pc.
* Added the ability to remove Ghost Balls on the pause menu, under the 'Change Rivals' option.
* Fixed bug where a Ghost Ball could sometimes get stuck on a penalty stroke.
* Fixed bug where a Ghost Ball would sometimes fail to log a penalty stroke.
* Fixed bug where a Live Ball would stop taking shots if the player finished before the Live Ball.
* Added the ability to force Ghost Balls to play in stroke order in the pause menu – see Turn Order option in the Pause Menu.
* Added the ability to force Live Balls to play in stroke order, as well as seeing their avatar – see Turn Order option in the Pause Menu.
* Ghost Balls in Turn Order play will use the same avatar as the player that created the scorecard.
* Fixed bug where the Pause Menu wouldn’t always populate correctly.
* Choosing ‘Send Invite’ to a friend that is on the same course as you will add them to your game in addition to sending a message.
* Messages received during a game will slide out under the scorecard.
* Hit 'Back/Select' on the gamepad or click the Join Now text to join the senders game.
* Live Balls will automatically replace Ghost Balls in the scorecard when they join if the scorecard is already full.
* Updated fringe physics properties.
* Added delete button call outs to Course Creator screens.
* Gameplay (swing mechanic) tuning.
* Pitch swing animation update.
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2014, 02:03:32 PM »
*Patch Notes 17 May 2014 - Build v0.51

*Temporarily removed distance changing when adjusting loft due to bug.
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2014, 07:25:39 PM »
*Build Notes 23 May 2014 - Build v0.60

This week's update introduces a completely new game mode: Tours and Tournaments. This allows you to create and share your own tours and tournaments and compete with your friends. There is also a completely new course theme - Desert. See below for the full list of build improvements:

* Tours and Tournaments mode added
* Users can create their own tournaments (single location events) or tours (multi-location events) and share them
* Settings/rules can be customized per competition
* Private (friends only) competitions are supported
* Club distance tweaks
* Loft resolution tuning
* Short game shot tweaks (Pitch+Flop)
* Desert course theme
* New official courses: “Yuma Desert Golf Club” and “Sonoran Golf and Country Club”
* New Course Creator Items and Features
* New wildlife (ducks, swans, fox, wolf, chicken, cow, goat, pig, sheep, crocodile)
* New terrain sculpting brushes

Known issues:

* In the details for a published competition it still states 'unpublished' even though it has been published.

* If, when creating a competition, you scroll the cursor too quickly on the event line-up (course thumbnails at bottom of screen) you will lose the cursor. It can be retrieved by saving, selecting add new event and then going back again.

* When you change the name of an event within a tour it displays correctly in the event details to the left but displays as the course name in the event line-up thumbnails.


As always - enjoy and post any issues you run into in the forums!

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 02:01:55 PM »
*Build Notes 30 May 2014 - Build v0.70

There will be a new Early Access build, version 0.7, available later today. We are primarily focused on bug fixing and optimisation on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the moment as we prepare the console builds for submission to first party. All bug fixes also apply to the PC build, though, and some console optimisation will also drift across. The big push on PC related performance and compatibility issues will happen once the console submission process is in hand. In the meantime, bug fixes will keep coming.
 
KEY FIXES AND UPDATES IN v0.70

* New Official Timed Tournament Added - TGC Summer Open is open for 3 days and it involves two rounds of Dr.Yetis’s frankly awesome Haunted Forest C.C. course. Results will be posted on the website next week.
* Hole Overview Camera - The B button (or equivalent) now displays a blimp view of the hole with yardage markers every 50 yards.Now there are no excuses for misjudging that dogleg.
* Rock object collision. - The ball now bounces off rocks, which rocks!
* Improved Text Quality. - The smaller and thinner text was losing its edges. Not now.
* Social Notifications Option - There is now a setting to turn these off should your friends’ superior performances be bothering you.
* Shot Shaper Enhancements - We have improved the clarity of the gauge and also added the display of ranges on the grid. Remember that the impact on distance of a loft adjustment can go up or down.
* GPU Performance improvements. - As noted above, some of the console optimisation is beneficial for the PC build. We love our children separately, but equally.
* Vsync Display setting added. - The big question in PC gaming has been Vsync On or Vsync Off? Now you can play that game in The Golf Club. Turning it on will lock your game at 30fps or 60fps.
* Tour Leaderboard fixes. - Now there is no claiming that you were pushed out of first place by a leaderboard bug.
* Tour settings fixes. - No more tournaments played without the intended settings but Direwolves are still available.
* Added ability to remove ball tracers in the Display Settings

*Boring sounding things:
-Fixed null reference exceptions in course creator when exiting the place way-point tool.
-Fixed camera going out of focus and updating only the UI when sometimes entering the course creator on a new course.

Plus other minor fixes, polishing and tidying.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2014, 05:12:33 PM »
*Build Notes 6 June 2014 - Build v0.80

A new Early Access build will be available this evening via Steam. This week we have been focused on bug fixing for all builds and optimising the console builds for next week’s E3 conference in Los Angeles where the game will be on both the Microsoft and Sony stands.

VERSION 0.8 BUILD NOTES

* Setting fix forcing defaulting the follow cam back to on
* Tours & Tournaments Leaderboard paging and Friends filter implemented.
* Misc Tours & tournaments Leaderboard fixes.
* Added more terrain sculpting brushes - These brushes are particularly useful for creating cliffs and other steep slopes without stretching the textures.
* Added more props - A couple of sheds, a clubhouse, a rowing boat, a bridge and a dumpster.
* Last weeks change to putt aim is now on only if Shot Suggestion is ON
* New Social setting to limit the number of Ghosts auto-added to a new game
* Fix random course generation to create 1 hole courses of the correct size defined by the user
* Fix bug when attempting to Play From Here along the edge of the terrain where the player would be off the valid area
* Updated help callouts in course creator
* Other, smaller bug fixes, minor performance and load time improvements

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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2014, 04:02:24 PM »
*Build Notes 19 June 2014 - Build v0.90

The new Early Access build is available now. Below are the changes and improvements you should see in this build.

*Fixed turn order bugs
*Fixed tour rivals
*Fixed bug where echos would be effected by the wrong wind when turn-order was turned on
*Live friends will now be auto-added to your tour if they are on the same or later round/event
*Fixed bug where an auto-added echo would cause an existing echo to stop updating it scorecard
*Fixed bug where the game would sometimes get stuck when backing out of the MessageCenter
*Fixed bug that occasionally prevented 'X has started a new Course' messages from showing in the MessageCenter
*Fixed bug where golfer resets or hides when pausing mid-swing
*Fixed bug where golfer foot doesn't placed properly on ground on high terrain slopes
*Updated animation control to have more responsive start of a back-swing
*Slight performance improvements

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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2014, 05:33:25 PM »
*Build Notes 25 July 2014 - Build v1.0

A lot of updates this week from new bunker lies to new wind, searching by course designer and, of course, the introduction of the Greg Norman Course Designer with new surface brushes!  Read the full list below! 

**Note: All previous scorecards will be wiped from the game this week due to the new wind system.**

*Global Course Wind
*Surface Bushes (Fairway, Light Rough, Heavy Rough)
*Improved Dead-Zone control on non Xbox 360 controllers
*Improved loading times
*Improved game stability
*Fixed overpowered putts from the fringe
*Improved Greg Norman Course Creator tools and bug fixes
*Multiple fixes to live and ghost play
*Rivals now stored when resuming games
*Replay will use the correct golfer and multiple stability improvements
*Users not in game can receive invites
*Addressed excessive roll out on the green with certain clubs
*More variation in bunker lies
*Added 'More by Designer' search button on course splash screen
*Fixed putting info being blocked by golfer's head
*Multiple Front End usability Improvements
*Plus much more that we can’t remember since the last update
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2014, 09:48:19 PM »
*PC Patch Notes  - 4 Sept 2014


*Tour/Tournament stability fixes
*Online stability improvements
*Fixed scorecard/Course Overview yardage discrepancy
*Turn Order fixes
*Rivals Filter improvements
*Course Leaderboards should show stats from rounds played in the current session.
*Course and Tour selection screen improvements
*Reduced main menu loading times
*Improve the create tour flow, got rid of redundant renaming during create a tour.
*Slim down leaderboard function for pc, no more scrolling selection which is unused.
*Fix the lighting for player edit screen for a dark /late day course.
*Add in back button for pause menu when controller is present.
*Fix up the message center through out the game to turn on/off with proper screens.
*Fix up the title disappearing issue with the scorecard screens when displaying scorecard for a while on screen.
*Turn on/Offline mode for pc.
*Fix putting info being blocked by golfer

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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2014, 12:07:35 PM »
*Feature Update 1.0 Notes - 8 October 2014

*New Greg Norman Course Designer Theme – Boreal
*Backgrounds can now be changed in Greg Norman Course Designer
*Three backgrounds of varying height now available for all themes
*New Easy to Medium skill level Official Course – Black Brook Golf Course
*New Medium skill level official course for Boreal Theme – Flathead County Golf Club
*Ability to Scroll between Clubs the other way, Putter to Driver
*A set of New Cameras
*Added ability to cycle cameras in real-time during shot set-up (Off-swing stick click on controller, ‘V’ on keyboard)
*Added option to remove reticule
*Ability to toggle off follow-cam. Can initiate in real-time by pressing ‘A’ (Xbox controller) or ‘X’ (PS Controller)
*Remove User Ratings from Official courses
*Three new official tournaments
*Separate the HB Official and Suggested courses to improve content discovery (to be implemented in server update soon)
*Remove Official Courses from the Public Course Lists to improve content discovery (to be implemented in server update soon)
*In-Game Pause Menu, Scorecard, Leaderboards should all show under/over along with total score – e.g. 48 (-5)
*Commentary additions and improvements
*Ability to play rivals in all rounds of Tours/Tournaments
*Only show “Bested” Messages if it is a score that beats the players record, as well as the users
*Add Pin-Height, relative to cursor, in real time in GNCD
*Tree lighting and culling fixes
*Added a ‘Personal Rounds’ filter to rivals screen, taking first ghost ball from the top of that list
*Added ‘Suggested Opponents’ to rivals filter
*10-20% overall performance improvement
*Wind tuning and gust support
*Improvements to speed in which you appear in the leaderboards
*Career screen improvements
*Mouse Swing Improvements – Remove Dead Zone
*New keyboard shortcuts for club selection (Number keys, including ~ and +, to quick select clubs)
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