Into The Breach patch fixes false victories, adds initial touchscreen support

While we’re all distracted by BattleTech‘s intricate and ponderous mech warfare, the polar opposite, lightning-quick approach to turn-based giant robo-combat has been busy too. Into The Breach‘s latest patch quietly fixes a dozen-odd problems I doubt many of us even noticed this ridiculously slick game ever had, including one that meant getting your whole team killed in the final mission didn’t always mean a game over. Me, I’m happy because this patch marks Into The Breach’s first step into ultimate perfection – becoming a game I can play while lying down.

Now, patch 1.0.22 sadly doesn’t herald a full touchscreen UI for Into The Breach, but it does make the difference between touch-unplayable and touch-playable for folk who own fancy finger-poky laptops such as Microsoft Surfaces, Lenovo Yogabooks or certain Dell XPSes, amongst many others.

Notes Subset designer Matthew Davis here, “We have not created a full touch friendly UI, as that would take months. But I have improved general capabilities along with some touch friendly improvements so it’s all very playable using nothing but touch on tablet PCs like the Surface. Ultimately I would like to design and include a full touch UI for the game, but there is no time line on that. This is just a stop gap measure.”

Nice to know it’s on their radar, though – ITB’s predecessor FTL never got any real touch support on PC, despite having a fully finger-friendly iPad edition. I’ve just give the patch a quick spin on my Surface Book 2 (review), and it’s mostly fine during battles. Where before there was a lot of double-tapping and unrecognised input with a finger, now I can do my bug-squishing fairly freely. However, there is some jank – I need a mouse or keyboard to select options from the main menu, for instance. A big improvement though. I don’t feel that I need new icons or anything like that, but a bit of refinement would be welcome.

As for the other fixes, here’s yer list, or browse’n’discuss ’em all over on the ITB forums. I don’t think I’ve encountered even a single one of these, although if I had ever run into a situation wherein the game let me win the final mission despite getting all my pilots killed, I probably wouldn’t admit it here.

  • Better support for Touch Screen / Tablet PCs (See note below)
  • Viscera Nanobots will now trigger on minor enemies (Spider Eggs, Blobs, etc.)
  • Deadly Environment / Unit effects are made more clear to the player
  • Potential fixes for some system compatibility issues
  • Satellites are now immune to Smoke effects
  • Fixed rare bug where a single game could be stuck resisting every Grid Damage
  • Fixed some rare token failures in pilot/CEO barks
  • Fixed bug where Mechs without weapons could become inactive
  • Small changes to the save backup system to prevent corruption
  • Phase Cannon will no longer damage buildings on the edge of the map
  • Mech falling down a hole will now negate the “Perfect Battle” achievement
  • Fixed various strange behaviors that can be triggered by the Blob Boss splitting
  • Unstable Mechs will no longer explode incorrectly if using the Psionic Receiver
  • Archimedes/Rong save and reload exploit fixed
  • Mission where Vek spawn from ACID tiles will no longer spawn units on Frozen ACID tiles
  • Losing every Mech in the final mission will correctly result in a Game Over
  • Viscera Nanobots will no longer revive units that fell down holes
  • Fixed: Info Overlay hotkey sometimes displayed wrong enemy unit info
  • Fixed: Rare bug where a repaired unit lost its weapons
  • Fixed: Secret Pilot / Ralph pilot skills could be attributed as “environment” for xp
  • Fixed: Health bars with 10 (or more) won’t look ridiculous
  • Attack Order UI fixes
  • Minor art/UI/animation fixes
  • Minor text fixes

It is a damn-near perfect game, it really is. Here’s my Into The Breach review on why that is, if you missed it.

7 Comments

  1. Author X says:

    Funnily enough, I’ve been playing on my Surface Pro touchscreen this whole time and didn’t notice a problem – until now. My stylus was working just fine as a mouse substitute, but now it doesn’t register and I can *only* use my finger, making it less convenient to play as I can’t hover over things anymore.

    So… thanks?

  2. Dave Mongoose says:

    I assumed that minor enemies didn’t trigger Nanobots because it was too easy to exploit. I guess it did go against the game’s philosophy of consistent rules to have only certain enemies trigger it, but that change is quite a boost to the ability.

    • vahnn says:

      Beat the game on my first try clearing all 4 islands with that squad, never noticed that. Of course that was on Easy. But it was only my 3rd game. Best squad is best. And now, er… bester?

      • tacoguy says:

        Um, did you just say that Rusting Hulks isn’t the best squad?

  3. Themadcow says:

    Between this and FTL I have all the justification I’ll ever need to buy a Windows tablet (once the cheaper Surface variant launches).

  4. automatic says:

    They should make an Android version for this.

  5. dethtoll says:

    I have four other games I’m working on and this goddamn game has supplanted all of them.