eXodus Explains Planetary Annihilation PTE

eXodus Explains: Planetary Annihilation PTE

  • Date: 18th February, 2015
  • Updated: 21st June, 2017
  • Category: Step-by-step

What is a Planetary Annihilation PTE?

PTE is probably a term you’ve heard thrown about if you’ve been anywhere in the Planetary Annihilation community. It stands for Public Test Environment and refers to an environment where Uber Entertainment release upcoming changes to the community to allow them to try them out ahead of being released to stable. Feedback from the community about these change are then incorporated into further PTE builds in a cycle of continual improvement. Finally, when the bugs have been quashed and Uber are happy with the state of the changes it’s turned into a patch for stable.

Think of PTE as a beta of the next patch.

What changes are in the PTE?

A Planetary Annihilation PTE can contain bugfixes, new features and enhancements, even new units.

You can find a full list of changes, both current and upcoming, on the Wiki.

How do I access the PTE?

This will depend on whether you’re using the Uber Launcher or Steam.

Steam

Steam users will opt-in to PTE as they would any other beta.

    1. Open your Steam library
    2. Right-click Planetary Annihilation
    3. Click on Properties eXodus Explains Planetary Annihilation PTE
    4. Select the Betas tab
    5. In the drop down list select the pte entry eXodus Explains Planetary Annihilation PTE
    6. Click close
    7. The game will now download some additional files
    8. Navigate to /steamapps/common/Planetary Annihilation Titans/
    9. Open the text file version.txt
    10. Replace the contents with “105067” (no quotes).  This will allow you to play with stable version players.
    11. Launch the game

For more information on Steam product betas I recommend this excellent guide.

Uber Launcher

    1. Log into the Uber Launcher
    2. Click on your username
    3. Select Build Options… from the drop down eXodus Explains Planetary Annihilation PTE
    4. Check PTE eXodus Explains Planetary Annihilation PTE
    5. Save
    6. Change Stream from stable to PTE eXodus Explains Planetary Annihilation PTE
    7. Click Verify
    8. Once the download has completed navigate to the launcher’s PTE directory
    9. Open the text file version.txt
    10. Replace the contents with “105067” (no quotes). This will allow you to play with stable version players.
    11. Click Play

Conclusion

Using the PTE will allow you to be part of shaping the future of Planetary Annihilation. You should be prepared for bugs, weird balance issues, and a smaller online crowd (though Community Chat can help with that). Still, it’s where you want to be if you’re the type who likes the bleeding edge.

Hopefully this makes all those mysterious PTE references clearer. If you have any questions then leave them in the comments section below.

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