Update coming Thursday 26/02/2015
Torching settlement gates has been replaced with the ability to hack them down with melee attacks. This new last-resort feature has been made in response to community feedback, and is an important mechanic to enable the attacking side to still have a chance of besieging a settlement even when their siege engines have been destroyed. The trade-off is that it comes at an extremely high price for the attackers. It’s the pyrrhic act of a desperate general.
Certain weapons are more effective at destroying gates than others. Axes and two-handed weapons are the most effective, followed by swords and maces, followed by spears, daggers and pike. The less effective a weapon is, the more time it takes to break through.
Given the prominence of towers, boiling oil etc in ATTILA, attacking gates is a very costly exercise for the attacker, and the AI will only use it as a last resort.
If the AI attacks gates, it will employ more heavily armoured troops to do so, though it will deprioritise the use of elephants and its general.
Basic barbarian settlement gates can be burned down at range using fire-arrows, though this is less efficient than before. Reinforced or bronze gates are immune to fire altogether, and when no artillery is present, will need to be engaged in melee.
The AI is more likely to build siege equipment on the campaign map before assaulting a settlement.
Technical and Performance improvements
Level of detail on certain units in battle is now handled better on Mac.
Improved how the level of detail changes on trees on the campaign map, to make it less noticeable.
Optimisation for unit banners in battles.
Memory optimisation for imposter sprites.
Fixed various instances which may cause crashes.
Added missing Hadrian’s Wall back into battle outfields.
Fixed a 30-60 second freeze that sometimes occurred after ending turn in Campaign mod
Improved video playback.
Fix for the Campaign map terrain sometimes turning dark/black after leaving a Campaign battle during the End Turn sequence on Mac.
Some beaches around the coast of Britain will no longer appear white through the Campaign shroud, as they did before with certain graphics settings.
End Turn times optimised.
Fix for error in event generation logic.
Fixed various instances which may cause crashes.
Improved performance with AMD graphics cards.
AMD MSAA optimisation.
Changing the "Unit Detail" graphics settings during battle will no longer cause some units to lose their weapons.
Optimisation to reduce the VRAM usage in battles.
Updated some battle environments.
Updated Barbarian gate house, shifting the gate forward so attacking units would be effected by boiling oil.
Fix for a battle map near Constantinopolis, where the terrain previously allowed the player to deploy land units in midair above the sea
AI controlled elephants are now less likely to attack settlement gates in battles.
Improved the coordination of the siege AI when attacking walled settlements in order to use their artillery and siege equipment more effectively.
Added more variation to the environment lighting in late game battles.
Campaign AI no longer always accepts war coordination targets.
Improved Battle AIs placement of units within settlements.
Fixed a battle AI bug which caused units to reform unnecessarily when being commanded by the AI to attack walls.
Updates to victory conditions:
Reduced number of units required for Western Roman Empire to achieve Divine Victory.
Reduced number of buildings required for Divine Victory for Western and Eastern Roman Empires.
Fix for the wrong port building being specified in the Divine Triumph Victory requirements for the Eastern Roman Empire.
Improved Prologue scripting to prevent some strange behaviours, such as the Huns wandering off in the late stages of the prologue, the Eastern Roman Empire not declaring war for many turns at the end of the prologue, and a progression blocking issue when the player did not own Apulum at the time the script expected them to.
Campaign AI is now more likely to hold sieges for longer.
Campaign AI is less likely to underestimate its chances when attacking enemies in Forced March stance.
"Controlled water" morale effects are now also applied in "Shared water" in the sea during Campaigns.
Fix for armies controlled by Campaign AI sometimes getting stuck in a settlement’s Zone of Control.
Fix for a bug causing Blockades and Sieges to not end, when a settlement was razed during Campaign mod
Non-Horde region-less Factions, and Hordes with navies but no armies, are now forced to capture settlements instead of razing, sacking etc.
Fix for "Governed Province" bonuses applying as "Local Province" bonuses when the character is not a Governor in Campaign modes.
Infighting effects are now removed when going to sea in Campaign modes.
Infighting effects are now removed when a faction is no longer a Horde in Campaign modes.
Fixed some campaign Dilemmas that were not spawning the agents they promised.
The "Employ Him" option on the Stonemason subject dilemma no longer kills a random character.
The "Do Nothing" option on the Tribal Loyalty" subject dilemma no longer has a public order reduction effect.
Fixing issue where Huns would not get any missions after a prolonged period of play.
Added a rematch button for final battle in the Prologue when the player loses.
Adding more conditions to diplomatic events in Campaign modes.
The calculation of the "Ferocious Warriors" passive bonus has been changed to better match its tooltip. It was previously calculated based on casualties sustained during the current battle. It is now calculated based on casualties compared to the unit’s full strength.
Balance pass on building damage.
Fixed shields appearing too dark on the battlefield.
Corrected some unit selection voiceovers.
Music-ducking when horses pass under the camera has been improved.
Burning embers on trees in battle have been improved on Mac.
Fixed a descynchronisation in the Multiplayer battle setup lobby, which could cause a crash.
Removed "Fire damage" from gates tool-tip in battles, as they can no longer be burnt down.
Refined wavering animations and fixed additive animation on certain units
Vegetation now correctly impedes projectiles.
Added a new dynamic state to the music to break up the intensity in battles.
Fixed text clipping on second player’s faction dropdown in the battle setup screen.
Fixed the rotation of certain upgraded battle tiles, so they fit into the terrain properly.
Fixed incorrect positioning/scaling of unit marks in battle, which sometimes obscured the unit health bars on unit markers when the games resolution was set below native resolution. Also improved the sharpness of these when the game is played above native resolution.
The sun colour in the battle environment no longer affects the colour of the battle deployment areas.
Fixed clipping and visibility issues with some Longbow, Camel and Falx units.
Unit markers now appear in the Tactical Map view during battles, when enabled with the "Show unit markers" game setting.
Decals on top of settlement walls in battles will "smear" less down the face of the wall.