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Global Agenda

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2010 (US), Sept. 10, 2010 (EU)

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'Global Agenda' v1.1 Update Coming Tomorrow, Fixes Bugs, Adds New Features, And More

by Rainier on March 1, 2010 @ 2:36 p.m. PST

A departure from the traditional online settings of high fantasy, outer space, or military, Global Agenda, powered by the Unreal Engine 3, is set on 22nd century Earth. An invisible war is fought not with armies, but with elite teams of highly trained and well-equipped special agents, where technology is a race, knowledge is power, and everyone has an agenda.

In the wake of severe global disaster, the political face of 22nd century earth has changed. Player created factions scheme against each other for power while simultaneously opposing a totalitarian world government bent on domination. Traditional full-scale wars a thing of the past, factions must rely on covert agencies, teams of elite special operatives able to seize and defend key facilities. The future of humanity is their battleground, where knowledge is power, technology is a race, and everyone has an agenda.

The players are truly in control of Global Agenda, forging alliances with their peers and executing lightning strikes against their enemies. They determine which factions to aid and which to oppose, while the only thing that stands in their way is other agencies.

Players will be able to experience the major features of the game after a one time purchase via digital download or box sale, with no monthly subscription required.  An optional subscription package called  Global Agenda: Conquest will be available for those players who wish to participate in the persistent Alliance vs. Alliance territory control game-play.

Gamers that play Global Agenda may earn experience points, in-game credits, achievements, upgrades and loot through either player-vs-player (PvP) or player-vs-environment (PvE) missions. Reinforcing the game's team-based gameplay, PvE missions feature teams of four player agents infiltrating Commonwealth facilities and working cooperatively to defeat an end boss.

Players inside the virtual world of Global Agenda will be able to use features such as in-game voice chat to communicate with teammates during play and enjoy in-game news broadcasts describing key victories and events associated with Global Agenda's persistent territory control gameplay. In addition, monthly subscribers to the game will be able to use out-of-game player voice chat to talk with other Global Agenda players while playing other games or simply browsing the web. Players can use a variety of access methods including the Vivox Web Voice within the toolbar controls, Vivox Voice on Facebook, or calling into a specified chat channel from their phone.

Version 1.1 introduces several frequently requested features, including:

  • A Friends and Ignore Lists
  • Two New Conquest Zones
  • The ability to repair your upgrades
  • Additional Player Choices when queuing
  • And much more...

Scheduled Deployment

  • Patch 1.1 is currently scheduled to be deployed on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. The Global Agenda servers are scheduled to be down for the patch deployment between 11 AM and 3 PM US Eastern. (16:00 and 20:00 GMT, 8AM and Noon US Pacific).
  • All Conquest/AvA Zones will be closed all day on Tuesday, March 2.  Conquest Zones will re-open on Wednesday, March 3.
  • Watch GAServerStatus on Twitter to follow latest status of servers and patch.
  • Once the patch is deployed on March 2, you must download the patch of the game client from Steam before you can play the game. This update should occur automatically, but if it doesn't and you are sure the patch has been deployed, we recommend closing out of Steam entirely, waiting several minutes, then relaunching Steam in order to ensure you get the latest patch.

General Notes Regarding the Public Test Server

  • Patch 1.1 went live on the Public Test Server on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
  • The Public Test Server should be on and available for login at most times during the day but may be subject to occassional downtime. Follow GATestSvrStatus on Twitter for latest status.
  • All players that own Global Agenda should have a "Global Agenda Public Test Client" available to download through the TOOLS menu on Steam. This requires a full download of the game client. (More...).
  • Players may login to the Public Test Server using their normal account credentials. If your "Live" password has changed in the last week, your old password may still be in effect on the PTS.
  • The test database has been seeded with a copy of the Live environment as of Friday, Feb 19.

New Features

New items and features in this patch include:

  • Friends List: A Friends and Ignore list has been added (More...)
  • Mission Screen: When joining the Mercenary PvP queue, players have checkboxes to select the Map Types to queue for (Control, Breach, Demolition, Payload, Scramble).
  • Mission Screen: When joining a PvE queue, players have the ability to "Only join a balanced team." If this option is chosen, it may take longer to get a match, but you will be ensured of having one player from each class on your team.
  • Upgrades: Upgrades can now be repaired using Repair Kits that can be crafted using blueprints purchased in the Prototyping Center in Dome City.  (More...)
  • Crafting: Additional rare and epic blueprint options have been added.
  • Crafting: There are now specific uncommon blueprints, so it is no longer necessary to craft random.  Existing random blueprints have been converted to match the new scheme. To accommodate this:
    • All existing uncommon blueprints were removed from the game and your credits have been refunded.
    • There are now separate armor and weapon blueprint vendors in the crafting area. Each vendor sells 42 blueprints that craft a specific item (rather than the random chance at a stat as prior).
    • All upgrades and blueprints have been renamed to make them esier to identify. (Example: No longer do you have to wade through hundreds of Alpha Analysers to find one with a ranged damaged bonus. Now you can search on Ranged Analyser and see all of them with that particular stat).
  • Crafting: Item names are now more representative of the enhancements they provide.
  • Loot drops: Plates now drop at 2x the previous rate in PvE missions.
  • Loot drops: Alarm bots no longer drop loot.
  • Conquest: Two new Conquest Zones have been added -- Tradewind has times convenient for Oceanic players, and Anvil has a start time convenient to many European players.  (More...)
  • Conquest: New tabs have been added to the CONQUEST MAP screen for "Combat Log" and "Alliance". These allow you to get a fuller picture of the recent activity and current state of a given Zone.
  • Conquest: Improved support for the Zone Win Condition has been added.
  • Conquest: Equipment brought into an AvA match that is not destroyed by the opposing team is no longer destroyed by the system if your team loses (this would happen a % of the time previously, by design).
  • Conquest: If you lose an AvA match, your dropship is now always destroyed.
  • Conquest: When a strike-force leader withdraws from a hex, a chat message is now sent to notify the entire strike force.
  • Conquest: Multiple maps rotated for each type and level of facility (before there was one map for each facility level). Any given hex with a given facility type will always play the same map.
  • VOIP: Players with multiple speaker/microphone devices on their PC, may now choose which devices to use for in-game voice. Visit the SOUND tab on the SETTINGS menu.
  • VOIP: Options have been added to disable Instance Voice, Team Voice or all Voice. Visit the SOUND tab on the SETTINGS menu.
  • VOIP: A variety of changes intended to improve stability and performance have been implemented.
  • Settings: An option to enable mouse smoothing has been enabled. Visit the GENERAL tab on the SETTINGS menu.
  • Settings: An option has been added under Video Settings for a "borderless" window. This is most useful for fast alt-tabbing while running at your monitor's native resolution.
  • Abuse Reports: Use chat command /report to report players for suspected cheating, griefing or harrassment. Use form "/report <name> <reason>". (More...)
  • Auction House: Several improvements to searching, filtering and sorting.
  • Agency Management: Your Agency's Message of the Day is displayed in chat when you login to the game, or when an Agency member with permissions modifies it.
  • Agency Management: An option exists under SETTINGS | CHAT to be notified in chat each time an Agency member logs logs into or out of the game.
  • Agency Management: Level now shows on the Agency screen (for online characters only).
  • Agency Directory: The Agency Directory now offers the option to filter by Conquest HQ Zone.
  • PVP: No more than 4 players of the same class will be match-made into a mission on the same side.
  • PVP: Overtime is now limited to a maximum of 3 minutes. If the attackers do not capture the objective during this time, the Defenders win.
  • PVP: The game-type (Breach, Control, etc) is now visible on the loading screen for each PvP map.
  • Equip Screen: Improved tooltips for level/skill/seasonal requirements.
  • Human Resources: Dye Vendor #3 has gone off strike and is now back at work.
  • Website: The MYSTATS section of the website has gone through several upgrades and improvements.
  • Miscellaneous: Various map cleanups and improvements.
  • Miscellaneous: Various audio/sound effects improvements.
  • Miscellaneous: Various animation cleanups and improvements.
  • Miscellaneous: Visual elements on combo boxes modified.
  • Miscellaneous: Paging support has been improved/added on several screens throughout the game.
  • Miscellaneous: F3 now launches the Friends list instead of Network Stats. Use "/stat net" in chat or F8 to show network stats.
  • Miscellaneous: The radar is now disabled in Dome City.
  • Miscellaneous: You can now rotate your character in the equip screen and vendor preview screen by left-clicking and dragging the mouse (same as character select screen).
  • Miscellaneous: /dance will now randomly play one of the games' several dance-like emotes.

Bug Fixes

  • Some crash conditions have been fixed.
  • Agency Recruiting screen not updating under some conditions
  • Search and filtering on the Agency Directory improved.
  • Several fixes to Auction House search
  • Several fixes to Strikeforce Inventory management.
  • The Agency field now populates on the PvE Matchmaking box (previously blank).
  • Condition in which mouse was not properly locked during map load when in windowed mode has been fixed.
  • Various spelling failures corrected.
  • Death animations have been added to the Think Tank boss.
  • The proper key binding now shows on the ESC menu for AGENCY.
  • A condition that would cause some clients to lose text chat sporadically has been fixed.
  • Agency tax rate no longer displays in chat with lots of digits after the decimal point.
  • Fixed bug in which sniper projectile was not visible at long distances.
  • Damage messages now show correctly when damaged by an AvA deployable.
  • A fix to HQ relocation logic that allowed HQ's to be misplaced under some conditions when automatically moved by the system upon HQ loss.

Device Changes

  • The Drone Duration and Super Drones skills under the Robotics tree now function as intended.
  • Neutralize Wave: The base recharge time on all Neutralize Wave ranks is now 60 seconds (times had been inconsistent across ranks).
  • Damage on the AvA Mini-nuke has been increased to ensure it fully wipes out AvA Turrets within its range.
  • AvA Turret deploy time increased from 5 to 20.
  • AvA Turret collision improved
  • Armored Beacon I Class 1 Ore Requirement reduced from 25 to 20
  • Production Cost reduced to 350 on all Tech II Buildings, and Missile Complex, making them take less time to manufacture.
  • Research time on Tech II Mine and Tech II Factory Blueprints reduced to 330.
  • Resource requirement for Tech II Foundation blueprint reduced to 3000 Class 1 Ore, 300 Class 2 Ore.
  • Ununpentum requirement for Tech II Mine, Factory and Lab Blueprint reduced to 90.
  • Android Squad: Reduced Class 1 Ore requirement. Reduced production time. Reduced research cost.
  • Venom Bomb II no longer injures teammates (bug fix)

Features :

  • Develop your agent – Create, extensively customize, and improve your agent character over the course of your career, complimenting your FPS skills with RPG-style progression and high-tech gear.
  • Join with other agents – Engage in cooperative PvE missions to develop and refine your individual and team tactics
  • Advance your agency – Join a player-created agency, compete in technology races for advanced equipment, and capture critical locations to increase your influence in the world.
  • Compete in fast-paced PvP combat – Work with your allies to raid or capture enemy controlled facilities during objective-based missions. Equip yourself from a powerful array of weapons, armor, and strategic devices like triggered explosives, deployable turrets, stealth suits, holographic decoys, and remote control robots.
  • Experience a dynamic, player-driven world – Agency leaders navigate through a global conflict of other player-run groups, striving to reach their goals first. Territory, resources, technology, and influence are all valuable commodities, with agencies engaging in politics, intrigue, and outright deception to control them.

A comparison of the features included in the non-subscription and subscription ("Conquest") portions of the game, as well as additional pre-order information is available on the official website.

A Limited Edition Game Box is available for purchase direct from Hi-Rez Studios on the Global Agenda website and Amazon.com Marketplace. This Game Box includes a poster and a Commonwealth Art Book, in addition to the other incentives offered to those that pre-order (listed below). The art book explores the historical events leading to the creation of the single, totalitarian world government called Commonwealth, as well as the emerging resistance to the Commonwealth, and the current competition for limited resources and scarce inhabitable land that exists in the year 2155 when the player enters the world.

Players who pre-purchase Global Agenda today receive the following special benefits:

  • Gain access to Beta – Players that pre-order will gain access to Global Agenda beta events in January. Note that the beta servers are available for play only during specific play test windows, and that tests may be limited to only certain game features. To participate in the Global Agenda beta, you must register your Product Key online at the Global Agenda website following your pre-purchase. Registered beta participants will receive specific test instructions prior to each Closed Beta test event, as the events are announced.
  • In-game Items – Players that activate their Product Key on the Global Agenda website prior to February 1, 2010, will receive a special in-game helmet captured from the Commonwealth, as well as head flair honoring the Global Agenda "No Elves" marketing campaign.
  • Reserve Your Player Name and Agency Name - Gain access to Global Agenda’s pre-launch “Name Reserve” event, in which players are given the opportunity to reserve their in-game name ahead of launch day (exact dates for the Name Reserve event to be announced). Players will also be able to reserve an Agency name during the game's official launch.

In addition, all players that purchase Global Agenda have the ability to sign up for one free month of Global Agenda: Conquest at registration (credit card required, can be canceled at any time).


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