StarCraft II Patch Adds Editor Improvements, BNet Channels

Back by popular demand are voice chat channels, which Blizzard has just added to StarCraft II in the fairly massive Patch 1.2.0. Get it here on Windows, here on Mac.

It’s not as big as the some of the other StarCraft II patches we’ve seen, but it does look to fix up a bunch of bugs to the game. Patch 1.2.0 also makes substantial changes to the StarCraft II Editor, both improvements and bug fixes.

StarCraft II’s custom map-making community seems to be enormous and extremely creative, so these changes are a pretty big deal.

You can get the full rundown of what’s in the patch on the StarCraft II development blog. Meantime, here’s a whole list of the new Editor improvements.

  • Map locale management has been added.
  • Further editor tips and hints have been added.
  • New trigger functions, actions, and events have been added:
    • New trigger functions:
      • Verify Bank -  used to verify that a bank’s signature is intact.
    • New trigger actions:
      • Bank Option – used to change options for banks including adding a signature.
      • Remove Inventory Item – used to instantly remove a requested item from an inventory.
      • Set Visibility Type Of Text Tag – used to control whether fog or black mask hides the tag.
    • New trigger events:
      • Mouse Moved – sent in response to the mouse being moved in the game world.
  • New Effect Used event property has been added:  Life, Shields, and Energy changed.
  • New unit properties have been added:
    • Carried Minerals, Carried Vespene, Carried Terrazine, and Carried Custom Resource.
  • Bounty (XP) – used to grant experience when a unit is killed.
  • Copy/paste support has been added to the upgrade editor.
  • Behaviors can now be replaced by either the shortest duration (the original method) or by farthest distance.
  • Behavior abilities can now properly charge the player using the ability instead of always charging the owner.
  • Right clicking an item in an inventory will now have the icon appear immediately next to the cursor.
  • Font Style Files can now be added to Mods and Maps using the FontStyleFileArray field in GameUIData. Existing styles can have their individual attributes overridden or entirely new styles can be added.
  • UI Layout files can now be added to Mods and Maps using the CustomLayoutFileArray filed in GameUIData. Most existing frames can be modified or overridden and entirely new templates can be added which can be created from the Dialog system within the Editor.
  • Attributes and values can now be hidden in the game lobby and can be configured through Game Variants.
  • Attribute and Veterancy behaviors now normalize vitals when new levels are applied.
  • The mouse wheel now scrolls the control under the cursor.
  • Copied doodads now retain their height offset
  • Mouse clicks and highlights are now allowed while in relative camera mode.
  • Edit boxes are now available for trigger dialogs.
  • The game will now properly find custom imported files within mods.
  • Maps can now depend on even more mods.
  • Dialog Items can now be hooked up from already existing frames within a created Panel.
  • Change Focus commands are now available in the Trigger module View menu for switching input focus directly to different areas.
  • The water editor layout has been improved.
  • Effect offsets can now optionally contain a Z component.
  • Added a new type of Dialog Item called Panel. Panels are containers for other dialog items to help with grouping and hierarchy.
  • Added new UI to insert text tags for data references, unit info, and hotkeys.
  • Added an effect range to the effect ability to restrict how far away the effect can be placed. This will allow effects to behave like the Stalker Blink effect.
  • Added a behavior flag to suppress fidgeting.
  • Added a new stalemate melee option to determine whether the stalemate detection checking is enforced.
  • Added a new “Creator” player to effects. It will be set to the player issuing an order if available.
  • Added a new type of item that can use an effect ability.
  • Added a validator that checks to see if a unit can path to a point.
  • Added a validator that checks if there is a cliff between two points.
  • Added MinimapRenderPriority to CActorUnit and MinimapRenderPriorityList to CActorGlobalConfig. This allows custom map makers to define the render priorities of units on the minimap.
  • Added a Locale sub-menu in the Mod menu for changing the active text locale for the current document.
  • Added a Mod Info dialog in the Mod menu for more easily changing mod name and description text.
  • Added a Modify Locales dialog (also in Locale sub-menu) for adding or removing text locales.
  • Added an Editor Tips dialog in the Help menu (and optionally on start up) with tips for using the editor effectively.

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