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Full Patch Notes for December Patch

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by 2K Greg, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. 2K Greg

    2K Greg <span style="font-weight:bold; text-decoration: un

    May 24, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I just posted the full list of changes for next week's patch over on the 2K Forums

    Here it is:

    Apologies for these patch notes not listing which changes are new since the last update; this is a rewritten list with all of the changes, and also provides more details about a lot of the items that you guys have been asking about.


    • Proper evaluation of which enemy units can reach my units next turn.
    • Sorting enemy targets (within a class) by damage.
    • Combine bombardment fire from cities with other ranged fire where possible.
    • Never target a city for a ranged attack when they are already at (or going to be at) 1 health.
    • Have the tactical AI be more aggressive about fortifying units that aren't moving anyways.
    • Make all forms of guarding improvements the lowest priority tactical AI moves.
    • Don't mark tiles adjacent to enemy at sea as good for flank attacks -- there is no flanking at sea.
    • Update to tactical AI pillaging code - now prioritize enemy land resources and trade routes (never regular mines or farms). Always uses the check to make sure AI is not trying to pillage in an enemy dominance zone. Barbarians will still target everything.
    • Never use ranged units to provide flank bonuses.
    • Reduce chance of AI civs making "suicide" attacks.
    • Changes to better protect the capital or any city with an enemy within 5 tiles.

    • AI will be more aggressive about pursuing Diplo victory (bribing City States) if they are wealthy.
    • AI will be more aggressive about building Spaceship parts when going for Science victory.

    • Tweak a few leader settings to be more likely to use their traits.
    • Adjust Napoleon to make more likely to go for culture.

    • AI will not use Horse as defenders on hills as much.
    • AI will often build more defensive troops.
    • AI will more aggressively hunt barbs in the early game.
    • Slightly more naval units.
    • AI will now build ranged and mobile units more in line with the flavor settings for the team - in general, this means more mobile units.
    • AI now builds, deploys, and uses air units more effectively.
    • Allow AI to build more units if above Prince.
    • AI will be more likely to build and bring siege units in a city attack.
    • Better nuke targeting by AI.
    • Won't build AA if no air threat.
    • Allow AI or automated human explorers to move to edge of sight range and then explore again.

    • AI will emphasize getting an Ocean going explorer unit when the time comes.
    • AI slightly more likely to settle off home continent.
    • AI should colonize other continents regularly.
    • AI second wave expansion more aggressive.
    • Improve the AI's chances of setting up protected bombard attacks.
    • Settlers: should handle watery maps better.
    • AI will grab goody huts on other land masses.
    • AI will grab empty barb camps more often.

    • Large Cities should be more willing to build happiness and gold buildings.
    • Workers prioritize repair builds higher than other builds.
    • AI will be more likely to build a wall on any city that was an original capital.
    • Builder tasking now calculates yields appropriately during golden ages and weighs tiles according to how much stuff they provide overall as well as their maximum yield of a certain type.
    • More likely to build up economy early.
    • Multiple worker AI improvements.

    • Factor GS into flavors more.
    • Disband obsolete units even if not losing money.
    • Upgrade units a bit more.
    • Tweak flavors of policies a bit.
    • Have AI factor Grand Strategy into picking policies.
    • AI will factor grand strategy into tech choices a bit more.
    • AI don't send a barb expedition if defenses are critical.
    • AI less likely to pick a city on an inland sea for serious naval production.
    • Additional pathfinder optimization.


    • Added "National Treasury" national wonder, which requires Markets in all cities. Provides +8 Gold per turn to the city in which it's built.
    • Added “Circus Maximus” national wonder, which requires Colosseums in all cities.. Provides 5 Happiness.
    • Library now has no specialist slots.
    • Wat now has two specialist slots.
    • Public school now has 1 Science per pop, +1 free Great Scientist point, +1 Culture for 3 gold maintenance.
    • Observatory now has 1 specialist slot.
    • Research Lab has two specialist slots.
    • Public school now provides 1 beaker per pop for 3 gold maintenance.
    • Watermill now provides +2 good and +1 production for 2 gold maintenance.
    • Paper Maker now has no specialist slots.
    • Circus now has +2 happiness and no maintenance.
    • Theatre now has +5 happiness.
    • Stadium now has +5 happiness.
    • Reduced production cost and maintenance for the Courthouse.
    • Courthouse can now be purchased in a city (although it is expensive).
    • Removed maintenance from city defense buildings (Walls, Castle, Military Base).
    • City defense buildings now help cities heal.
    • Increased city strength ramp-up based on technology.
    • Reduced effects of Forbidden Palace and Meritocracy (Happiness per city).
    • Reduced amount of food needed for cities to grow at larger sizes.
    • Buildings can now no longer provide more Happiness than there is population in a city (wonders are excluded from this).
    • Ironworks now gives 10 hammers instead of a % bonus.
    • National College now gives +5 science in addition to the % bonus.
    • Hermitage gives 5 culture in addition to its previous bonus.
    • Raze/Unraze exploit fixed.
    • Cities being razed are unhappy about it (only during the razing process).
    • Cities heal more quickly.

    • Cavalry can now go obsolete with Combustion.
    • Stealth bombers cannot use carriers.
    • Only allow one upgrade per unit from a goody hut.
    • Add second embarkation promotion ("Defensive Embarkation").
    • Amount of damage done during naval combat increased.
    • All melee horse units get penalty attacking cities.
    • Increased city attack penalty for mounted and armor units to 50% (from 40%).
    • Lancers (and Lancer UUs) upgrade to helicopter.
    • Lowered combat value of Horseman and Companion Cavalry.
    • Promotions must be picked the turn they're earned.
    • Can no longer promote a unit that has fought during the turn (instead, the promotion comes up the beginning of the following turn).
    • Catapults and Trebuchets now weaker against units but stronger VS cities.
    • Reduced effectiveness of Archers & Crossbowmen (and their UUs) VS cities.
    • Reduced some combat bonuses: flanking (15 to 10), Great Generals (25 to 20), Discipline (15 to 10), Military Tradition (2x to 1.5x).
    • Remove requirement for aluminum on Mobile SAM.
    • Lower open terrain penalty to 10% .
    • Marsh is now 3 moves to enter (Chariots do not move quickly through it anymore).
    • Cavalry now upgrade to tanks.

    • Reduced bonuses from Maritime city-states - Friends: +2 food in capital, +0 food in other cities - Allies: +3 food in capital, +1 food in other cities
    • Only the first 3 units gifted to a city-state will earn Influence now.
    • Killing a barb inside a city-state's territory now gives a 5-turn buffer where there is no Influence intrusion penalty.

    • If an empire reaches -20 Happiness, it goes into revolt, and rebels start appearing throughout the empire, based on the number of cities.
    • Amount of Happiness needed to trigger a Golden Age reduced.
    • Amount of Happiness needed to trigger a Golden Age now increases as the number of cities in the empire goes up.

    • Landed Elite (Tradition Branch) now reduces culture cost of border growth by 2/3.
    • Monarchy (Tradition Branch) now provides +1 Gold per 2 pop in the Capital..
    • Liberty now provides a Settler training bonus to only the capital, and not every city.
    • Tradition now provides +50% growth in the capital.
    • Theocracy now reduces Unhappiness by 25% .
    • Reformation now gives a 10-turn GA.
    • Adopting Rationalism now gives a 4-turn GA.

    • Add link between Military Science and Dynamite.
    • Add link between Civil Service and Education.
    • Add link between Economics and Scientific Theory.
    • Add link between Chivalry and Acoustics.
    • Research overflow now works correctly (extra beakers after completing a tech will rollover to the next tech).

    • Fixed bug where clicking on a city plot wouldn't select the garrison.
    • Natural wonders now award culture (if worked) and happiness (if in border) if that trait is assigned to a wonder in XML.
    • Players must now always adopt Policies immediately, and cannot defer picking until later.
    • Have culture cost for policies never go down (trading away cities to reduce culture cost exploit). Razing cities will not raise your policy cost ceiling.
    • Reduced culture needed for first plot acquisition from 20 to 15.
    • 3 new Natural Wonders and rarity code for both base game and New World scenario.
    • Reduced points from Wonders (40 to 25) & Cities (10 to 8), increased points for pop by 1 (3 to 4).


    • AI's attitude towards you is now visible in the diplo screen and diplo drop-down.
    • Added info tooltip for an AI leader's mood. Lists things that are making an AI player happy/upset.
    • New diplo system: Declaration of Friendship (public declaration with diplomatic repercussions).
    • New diplo system: Denounce (public declaration with diplomatic repercussions).
    • New custom leader responses (Serious Expansion Warning, Aggressive Military, Luxury Exchange, Borders Exchange, Gift Request, etc.).
    • Not agreeing to a friend's request now results in a relations hit.
    • Third party AIs can now respond when a player makes a DoF or denounces someone. What they say is based on the situation - e.g. if you make friends with someone they don't like, they'll scold you.
    • AI leaders will now sometimes ask their friends to denounce one of their enemies as a show of support, and refusing to denounce someone when an AI asks can now make them very upset.
    • AI is now capable of denouncing friends (aka, backstabbing) and added backstabbing info to diplo overview screen.


    • Add XP bar for air units, do not allow XP for air units attacking a city that is already down to its last hit-point.
    • Change ActivePlayer's name to "You" in single player in score list.
    • Added game option to disable automated workers from removing features.
    • Fixed bug where Happiness from garrisoned units wasn't being listed in Happiness info tooltip.
    • Load Map function will now display correct size and type of saved map.
    • New “Angry Genghis” loading screen (replaces the “fluffy-bunny Genghis” loading screen).
    • Added setup options to allow players to defer choosing Policies and Promotions right away.
    • Show the river penalty when attacking city across river (the penalty was there but was not being shown in the preview).
    • Global politics screen updated to reflect new diplo system.
    • Can no longer Force End Turn (shift-enter) through blocking notifications. CAN now use it to skip over units which need orders.
    • Multiple tweaks and bug fixes.


    • Fix small bugs with adding long roads around existing features.
    • Fixed bombard arrow across world wrap.


    • Parent category counts now include counts of child categories.
    • Selecting/deselecting a category now automatically selects/deselects it's children and its parent.
    • Tweaked category name truncation to better fit names.
    • Hide categories w/ no children and a count of 0.
    • Added support for fallback languages (if mod is not translated, fall-back to English so text keys are not showing).
    • The pager for the installed mods tab of the mods browser is now displayed in the correct location.
    • Long values for properties such as "Special Thanks" will no longer extend past the edge browser frame.
    • Categories refresh much faster now in the mods browser.
    • Multiple additional tweaks and fixes to the mod browser.
    • Support for mods that perform major restructuring of the tech tree including adding, deleting, and updating techs, buildings, and units.
    • Added GameEvents system for overriding Gameplay DLL specific functionality.
    • Fixed "Reload Landmark System" mod flag to now refresh landmarks defined in "ArtDefine_Landmarks".
    • Multiple SDK updates (new version to go live shortly).


    • Fixed save format which causes saves to increase the memory footprint of the game drastically when loading frequently over the course of the game. This heightened the risk of late-game our of memory crashes significantly.
  2. bossconian

    bossconian Warlord

    Jun 19, 2007
    Any estimated end date of these beta tests?

    Any plans for a playable multiplayer mode in civ V?
  3. Louis XXIV

    Louis XXIV Le Roi Soleil

    Mar 12, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    Dec 10, 2010, 02:50 PM From 2K Greg
    Dec 10, 2010, 02:51 PM From Tanthil
    Dec 10, 2010, 02:53 PM From Zyxpsilon

    Damn people are on top of things. Anyway, there's a lot of stuff here, so I'll give it a look through in a second and see what's new.
  4. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Administrator Supporter

    Oct 22, 2008
    I closed the other 2 now (sad to close some productive threads :(), so that we can focus on one.

    And with a look at the list...i think we should send the devs a list of the bugs which have already been solved/figured out here, because i still see some things missing, which could easily be corrected (or at least it's not hard).
  5. PawelS

    PawelS Ancient Druid

    Dec 11, 2003
    What is a GS? And what does it mean to "factor it into flavors"?
  6. Shadow717

    Shadow717 Warlord

    May 14, 2010
    Everything sounds fantastic, and just in time for winter break. It's going to be a good christmas ;)

    yes i'm curious what a GS is too, all I can think of is great scientist, which I dpn't see how applies to the flavors

    from this can it be assumed the 3 new wonders are all places found in the "new world", the Americas, or might Africa be part of this scenario too. Amazon river, Angel Falls? Because I was expecting 1 or 2 of them to be found in Africa or Asia, not in the Americas (I hope I didn't phrase all this awkwardly)
  7. RedRalph

    RedRalph Deity

    Jun 12, 2007
    Cheers Greg. you have a thankless job and I wish people here and at the 2k forums would stop shooting the messenger! Anyway, this looks like a great update.
  8. Louis XXIV

    Louis XXIV Le Roi Soleil

    Mar 12, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    Planned to be some comments, will probably turn out to be long comments. Let's start by saying Diplomacy looks quite interesting. Let's see how it plays out, of course, but I think it's going to be my first focus post-patch.

    Now comments:
    Wow, I was expecting one. Zero is going to be quite interesting.

    Very cool. Makes it a bit different, but still good.

    :dance: :beer: :band: Glad to hear both of these (even if it weakens a mod idea I have ;) ). The new tech tree should look interesting with the research overflow and a couple path changes.

    Interesting to see how they implemented both of these. I quite like this.

    Ooh, cool.

    :lol: I never thought about it that way before. :D
  9. Escalate

    Escalate Chieftain

    Sep 17, 2010
    overnerf ?? I'm not sure.

    Now, I picture a guy on horse bum rush city wall to death.

    Superb change.

    Anyway, this complete lists look so delicious. Last think I've worried is patch size.
  10. PawelS

    PawelS Ancient Druid

    Dec 11, 2003
    I don't like the changes to National Wonders. The fact that they provide a fixed bonus instead of (or in addition to) a percentage makes it less important in which city they are built, which makes them less useful in city specialization.
  11. anjinsan1966

    anjinsan1966 Chieftain

    Oct 22, 2005
    I really like this:

    Research overflow now works correctly (extra beakers after completing a tech will rollover to the next tech).
  12. Louis XXIV

    Louis XXIV Le Roi Soleil

    Mar 12, 2003
    Norfolk, VA
    It's just the Ironworks that's dramatically changed, though, right? It helps you run an engineer specialist city, though.
  13. Celevin

    Celevin King

    Jul 21, 2010
    You can't be unhappy if you're dead :)

    This is a really cool way to handle a situation I brought up, that bigger empires not only benefit more from golden ages, but achieve them more easily as well.


    Tradition is too much emphasis on the capitol, which does not scale with map size. I'd rather see emphasis on big cities in general or something.

    And, finally,

    AGH. :(
    I can't express my sadness well enough.
  14. El Caballerion

    El Caballerion King

    Sep 4, 2010
    New York
    I expect these patches will come out on the 16th to coincide with Spain/Inca release, no?
  15. SammyKhalifa

    SammyKhalifa Deity

    Sep 18, 2003
    I love that citizens get angry from getting razed. How unreasobable of them.

  16. Zyxpsilon

    Zyxpsilon Running Spider

    Oct 29, 2009
    On Earth
    Yeah man, i feel -- sooooo -- i dunno -- silly -- for even trying to double-post without second thoughts.
    So if moderators could delete the extra stuff, it's no longer needed.
  17. Shadow717

    Shadow717 Warlord

    May 14, 2010
    Oh I also Like that the 2 different Cavalry trees stay different instead of both becoming tanks. Infact this keeps it so that the Lancers will still counter the Cavalry after upgrades. Very nice.

    (The Lancer does get something against cavalry doesn't it? hahaha)
  18. DSChapin

    DSChapin Warlord

    Nov 28, 2005
    I assume it's the AI Grand Strategy mentioned four lines after.
  19. stormerne

    stormerne is just a Retired Moderator

    Jan 16, 2001
    the United States
    Important question: When can we expect an update to the Civ V Manual (currently at v1.0) to reflect these changes?

    Likewise, will the civilopedia be updated reflecting all of this?

    Many thanks.
  20. Zyxpsilon

    Zyxpsilon Running Spider

    Oct 29, 2009
    On Earth
    Lancers to Helico, Cavalry to Tanks... wow, i mean this is superb thinking for more gameplay reasons than i can stress upon.

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