The update is available amid a special 3-day Steam Sale
Published on April 4, 2017 By Island Dog In Sins News

v1.9 Modernization Update Improves
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for Current PCs

Get Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion on Steam for only $10!*

Sins: Rebellion celebrates its 5-year anniversary with an update that brings significant changes to the game's engine, AI, graphics systems, and more! Modern gamers will enjoy an incredible remastered 4K experience, optimizations to late-game play, and improved memory capabilities.

Major Features

Graphics Optimizations
Sins: Rebellion gets a face lift in v1.9! The improvements to the memory system have allowed for a new "Extreme" texture setting that makes the game look better than ever. The difference is noticeable in everything from the ships and the planets all the way to shadow rendering. The UI will look incredible on 4K monitors now thanks to user interface scaling.

Memory Optimizations
Concern yourself with space battles instead of space restrictions! Previously, Sins: Rebellion's 32-bit process was unable to exceed 2 GB of RAM usage. New adjustments in v1.9 allows the game to use up to 4 GB of RAM, which reduces crashes and lets modders focus on their creations instead of worrying about hitting the 32-bit limit. Any mods that already exist will benefit from the engine improvements with an overall better look and performance.

Late Game Optimizations
Reduced stuttering and lag during late game battles let you focus on the fight! The Iron Engine has been improved so you can enjoy large fights without worrying about issues. The game's AI has also received some updates, making for more interesting challenges and gameplay.

For a full changelog of version 1.9, see here.

v1.9 is available and ready for you in the Steam Client!

Don't own the Award-Winning RTS, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion? 
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*Sale ends at 1:00 PM ET on 4/6/17.


Comments (Page 1)
on Apr 04, 2017

Yep, definitely wasn't expecting this! This team continues to amaze with the ridiculously long running support for the game.

 

Know what I'm doing after work today...

on Apr 04, 2017

So many erections right now.

on Apr 04, 2017

I love you guys so much right now.

on Apr 04, 2017

neato

on Apr 05, 2017

Great news and an amazing patch! Also great choice of screenshots on this article. *wink*

on Apr 05, 2017

Supertrinko

... ridiculously long running support for the game.

I started playing Age of Empires 2 1.5 years ago, still very much alive and growing that one, and it's what, 17 yo now. Nice to see this following a similar path of longevity, which means I may start playing this ^^.

You know this is good when it's on GOG. RTSs rarely get outdated in any case.

on Apr 05, 2017

Hey all!

Have a question... I have SoaSE already, but its through the GameStop app. If i buy this expansion through steam, will it play by itself? or do i need to buy it through the GameStop website.... I ask because its $10 on steam, but almost $40 on the GameStop site.

on Apr 05, 2017

No, you just need the Steam (or GOG) version. There's no dependency on GameStop to play.

on Apr 05, 2017

OK< so this IS a stand alone... not an expansion that requires the base game in order to play. Thanks!

on Apr 06, 2017

Great.  I sure hope this reduces late game lag a little bit.  At this point the game has probably come as far as it can on its current engine. I hope you guys and Ironclad will soon make a definitive decision on whether or not to produce a Sins-2, and if not, to sell the IP to a competent studio.

on Apr 06, 2017

If Sins 2 is not on the cards yet, how about another content addition to Rebellion? While i would love completely new game, honestly even if it was just remake of Rebellion on the Nitrous engine with better graphics, i would be fine with just another iteration of the original game as well. Surely letting the game using twice as much RAM as before + all these late game optimizations opened the space for more content from devs themselves, i mean more than 18MB of better textures? 

on Apr 06, 2017

Thank you Iron Clad and Stardock for once again continuing to keeping this game alive and fun.

Its good to see that so much can be added with such a small update in size. Therefore, I cant wait to see what's next for Sins since we now have that extra 2gb of ram to take advantage of in some way or another. This is definitely more room for an expansion.

2017 is a year of great promise/hope and I know you guys are hard at work on surprising us. You have released 8 iterations of this game within a period of 5 years and that is no small feet on your end for a new studio on a primary focus on space rts. In that time you have had competitor titles come but have remained strong in your segment.

Galactic Civilization 3 went 64bit then aims to improve its ability to use multiple cores with the crusade update. I hope the same can be said about sins future or if you use Ashes Nitros Engine. Whichever path you guys choose is best for all of us because keeping this game alive and taking advantage of the ram in our computers is really beneficial for the games visuals. Thank you for giving us 4k.

Thank you and happy gaming.

 

 

on Apr 12, 2017

Computer crashes when quitting the game...

on Apr 15, 2017

I am trying to download this 1.90 update on my steam. Does it already download to the game already? because I tried to see if the works and it still shows my really really slow massive game play maps with the A.I. with the old update Maybe I am not doing this right. 

on Apr 15, 2017

And it's broken now all I get is black screen and an error message:

 

MiniDump

---------------------------

An error has caused Sins to stop working correctly. A report on this error has been logged for the developer.

 I have 2 dump files from my trying twice (I checked the integrity of the files and all is well).

 

My specs:

 

OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

Version 10.0.14393 Build 14393

Other OS Description Not Available

OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation

System Name **********

System Manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.

System Model N56DP

System Type x64-based PC

System SKU ASUS-NotebookSKU

Processor AMD A10-4600M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, 2300 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)

BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. N56DP.205, 14/06/2012

SMBIOS Version 2.7

Embedded Controller Version 255.255

BIOS Mode UEFI

BaseBoard Manufacturer ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.

BaseBoard Model Not Available

BaseBoard Name Base Board

Platform Role Mobile

Secure Boot State Off

PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible

Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS

System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32

Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1

Locale Canada

Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "10.0.14393.206"

User Name ****************

Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB

Total Physical Memory 7.45 GB

Available Physical Memory 1.91 GB

Total Virtual Memory 14.4 GB

Available Virtual Memory 2.72 GB

Page File Space 6.95 GB

Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes

Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes

Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in Firmware Yes

Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes

 

When I check the game files on Steam it finds no error, I start the game, the error message shows up and the game closes, I recheck the validity of the game files and it downloads one file that didn't check right. I revalidate after and all is clean. I restart the game, it crashes again I revalidate and it download the file again with the same size all the time 13.4 MB.

Dump Files

 

EDIT:

 

I started the game with the Dev.exe and got tons of this kind of error message:

Failed to Create D3DX Effect

I went to the _CommonRedist folder and installed all that was there but still having the same problem

 

EDIT2:

 

The file that keeps getting downloaded is gamedata.dat in the root folder of the game

 

BTW resetting the setting does nothing either

 

EDIT3:

 

More errors

D3D9 - ChangeDevice...

  DeviceType.......... HAL

  AdapterOrdinal.......0

  AdapterFormat....... X8R8G8B8

  BehaviorFlags....... HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING 

  BackBufferSize.....  1024 x 768

  BackBufferFormat.... A8R8G8B8

  DepthStencilFormat.. D24X8 (Enabled)

  MultiSampleType..... IDSMultisampleTwoSamples (Quality=0)

  IsWindowed.......... 1

D3D9 - ChangeDevice...

  DeviceType.......... HAL

  AdapterOrdinal.......0

  AdapterFormat....... X8R8G8B8

  BehaviorFlags....... HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING 

  BackBufferSize.....  1024 x 741

  BackBufferFormat.... A8R8G8B8

  DepthStencilFormat.. D24X8 (Enabled)

  MultiSampleType..... IDSMultisampleTwoSamples (Quality=0)

  IsWindowed.......... 1

  ChangeDevice Result. success

  ChangeDevice Result. success

Settings Saved: C:\Users\******\Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\Setting\rebellion.user.dev.setting

Setup:DataFileSystem

Added 4 Fixed Data File paths

> .\Rebellion

> .\Diplomacy

> .\Entrenchment

> .

Found 0 Available Mods in C:\Users\Younes\Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\Mods-Rebellion v1.85 Dev

C:\Users\Younes\Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\Mods-Rebellion v1.85 Dev\EnabledMods.txt not found... New Version being created.

Found 0 Enabled Mods in C:\Users\Younes\Documents\My Games\Ironclad Games\Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion\Mods-Rebellion v1.85 Dev\EnabledMods.txt

Failed to Create D3DX Effect '.\PipelineEffect\SetupDefaultStates.fx'...

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Failed to Create D3DX Effect '.\PipelineEffect\Error.fx'...

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Failed to Create D3DX Effect '.\PipelineEffect\Prim2D.fx'...

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Failed to Create D3DX Effect '.\PipelineEffect\Error.fx'...

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Failed to Create D3DX Effect '.\PipelineEffect\Prim2DShowChannel.fx'...

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