Cross-version server browser

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Cross-version server browser

Post by JuicyJuuce » Fri May 11, 2018 4:46 pm

Suggestion: Make the in-game public server browser show games from all versions of Factorio.

We run our PvP scenario server on the latest experimental version of the game, as there are often necessary bug fixes not found in the stable branch and habitual users seem to prefer experimental. Yet we have noticed that our server gets a spike in player activity when the stable and experimental branches are on the same version, presumably because a large portion of the player base never leaves the stable branch and probably doesn't know experimental exists.

Instead of pining for the precious days of future merged branches to gain that sweet sweet exposure (and the resulting gameplay joys that follow), this issue could be addressed by being able to see servers from all versions within the browser, along with a small tooltip directing users to information on how to change versions. You could of course have the option to filter out other versions in the same way that you filter out servers with mods or passwords.

More broadly, this would unite the entirety of the Factorio multiplayer community, allowing users to have a gauge of what servers are out there at a glance without having to switch between versions or use some obscure external website.
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Re: Cross-version server browser

Post by DDDGamer » Fri May 11, 2018 5:23 pm

I like the idea, just as long the versions not the same that the one the player is running are maybe grayed out (along with filter column)

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Re: Cross-version server browser

Post by Chocolatetthunder » Fri May 11, 2018 5:55 pm

This is a great idea and of any post release beta virsons are going to be continued it is a must have.
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Re: Cross-version server browser

Post by PyroFire » Sat May 12, 2018 3:00 am

Agreed, there should be an option to list ALL public servers, not just the ones running on the same version as you.

I would expect this to be a tickbox so that i can filter them out if i'm looking for a server to join.

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Re: Cross-version server browser

Post by Valansch » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:19 am

I second the suggestion. Its a great i idea. I think there are many people stuck on stable that don't know what crazy cool stuff is going on on experimental servers!
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Re: Cross-version server browser

Post by badgamernl » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:36 am

As a community owner I would like to see this feature being added because there is a large portion of the community is unknown about the a large part of the servers.
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Re: Cross-version server browser

Post by bobingabout » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:09 am

There are only good ideas here so far.
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