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Space Marshals 3 – Status Update

Space Marshals 3 – Status Update

(updated) Space Marshals 3 – 1.2.0 update is now out on iOS.

I wanted to start by saying thank you for all the awesome feedback! Both good and critical. We’re hard at work trying to remedy the newly discovered issues and get the game up and running smoothly for everyone.

There is a new game update out on Android fixing some of the issues and we are submitting the iOS update today hoping to get it out very soon. See below for more details.

Here’s the status update of some of the most common issues:

ISSUE #1: The graphics don’t look crisp on older devices
There is a new “low graphics detail” coming very soon out now on iOS and Android. Let’s call it a “retro mode”. It uses some rendering techniques similar to Space Marshals 2 and will be able to run at a higher resolution on older devices.

ISSUE #2: (iOS) Poor performance on iPhone 12
Unfortunately this seems to be a tricky one and is not only affecting Space Marshals 3. We are investigating what we can do. Reportedly the latest iOS update improves the performance slightly. Also, enablabling screen recording in the OS seems to let the game run smoothly.

ISSUE #3: (iOS) Crash on the takedown of Gavin in the tutorial.
There are two different crashes here, both are related to Game Center and are very rare.

The first only occurs on iOS 13 and happens when the OS displays the achievement notification banner. The next update will disable achievement notifications on iOS 13 to avoid this. In the meantime it may help to sign out of Game Center.

The second crash only occurs on iOS 14. We have reports that signing out and then signing in again on Game Center will resolve the issue. There is a potential fix incoming in the next game update.

ISSUE #4: (Android) Graphics are mostly black.
There is an issue on devices with Snapdragon 845 specifically. (835 and 855 not affected)

Switching to low detail graphics in the latest game update fixes the issue. We are investigating for a fix to allow higher detail settings to work properly.

ISSUE #5: (Android) Crash during load on some devices
We have optimized the memory usage in the latest game update which should allow the game to run on devices with lower available memory.

89 Comments

  1. Günniko

    Hallo, der Google play store sagt diese Version sei nicht mit meinem Gerät kompatibel. Ich habe ein Huawei Y6. Gibt es noch hoffnung für mich?

    1. Pixelbite

      Unfortunately we will be unable to support that particular device.

      1. Günniko

        Wird es voraussichtlich irgendwann eine Version für mein Gerät geben oder nicht. Und warum, ich habe die ersten beiden Teile doch auch gespielt. Ich möchte ihnen nicht zur last fallen, es wäre mir nur wichtig.

      2. Günntako

        Ich konnte doch auch Teil 1 und 2 spielen. Wird es irgendwann eine Version für mein Gerät geben? Ich würde mich wirklich sehr freuen!

      3. Günntako

        Das is doch scheisse, das hätte man doch vorher erwähnen können. Naja Teil 1 und 2 sind trotzdem Premium elite games. Ich habe bis jetzt nichts besseres auf einem Smartphone gespielt. Echt Weltklasse. Alles absolut ernst gemeint!

  2. Arnarix

    Please, fix the Play Games sign-in issue.

    1. Pixelbite

      Sorry for the inconvenience. this should be fixed now!

  3. Saamee

    Please fix the google log in issue. I’ve tried everything from reinstalling to clearing data and cache and nothing’s working. I’ve bought the first chapter and want to finish it to a 100% before the next chapter is out but since I cannot login and restore my purchase I’ve been unable to play anything but the first two missions. I don’t have any issues with graphics but just the login. I’ve sent you a mail as well and I was hoping this update fixed it but the only difference is that before it was logged in but didn’t recognize that I had purchased the first chapter. Not it’s not logged in and doesn’t despite my numerous attempts. I’ve sent a mail to you team with my purchase details as well as video of the issue. If you require any further details please contact me. I’m a huge fan and I don’t want to regret my trust. Thank you.

    1. Pixelbite

      Sorry for the inconvenience. this should be fixed now!

      1. Saamee

        Same issue is recurring. I’ve sent you an email with the details regarding the issue as well as screenshots. Thank you for all the hard work and I know it’s a difficult time for the pixelbite team as well but I hope you’re able to fully resolve this issue soon. Stay safe and have a nice day.

        1. Bruno Pilan

          Olá, não entendi o que vocês querem dizer com a frase “conclua com a pontuação de equipamento maxima 5”. Onde encontro essa informação? Não estou conseguindo pegar a melhor arma na fase 9.

          1. Pixelbite

            Each quality star on your equipped gear gives 1 point in Gear Score. You can see the sum up on the top-left side of the screen. Choose gear with less quality stars to complete the Gear Score Challenges.

  4. Joe

    Hi. That’s really great that you’re working on improving the game – thanks. I’m personally affected by issue 1 in your post so am really glad you’re addressing it.

    Keep up the great work, can’t wait for future chapters 🙂

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks.. Can’t wait to get the other chapters out there! 🙂

      The iOS version is still awaiting review – hopefully we can get it out before the weekend. Apple TV version got reviewed and approved last night.

  5. Cindy

    thx guys, did another legence. BTW, when it out in China?

    1. Pixelbite

      It will take a long time. To be able to release the game in mainland China now we need to find a reliable publisher and get the government to approve the game. As a reference – Space Marshals 2 still is not approved for release in China on Android…

      1. WOODS

        can you guys just release it in App Store just like Space Marshals 2 rather than to find a local publisher?or the in-app purchase form is the main cause?

        1. Pixelbite

          It is no longer possible to self publish games and apps in China on the App Store. Also to our understanding all our games will be removed from the Chinese App Store in January.

  6. Jeronym

    Hi,
    The first chapter was really great – any chance you could comment on the future chapters? Are you planning to release at least the second one before Christmas perhaps?

    Thanks as always 🙂
    J

    1. Pixelbite

      Sorry. We will not be ready to release chapter 2 before Christmas.

  7. Ray

    When will release in China?
    Can’t wait plz

    1. Pixelbite

      Unfortunately we are not allowed to release the game in mainland China at the moment and I have no time estimate when we will.

  8. lightbreakerD

    Hi, I love your game and already completed the first chapter.

    When will you release the second chapter?

    1. Pixelbite

      We’re aiming for a Q1 2021 release. Cannot be more specific right now.

  9. Cm

    Still a bit laggy and the graphics not very crisp on snapdragon 865

  10. Kainan

    The graphic on my ipad still look not sharp compare to space marshals 2. Why? Even after update.

    1. Kainan

      Im using IPad 2017. So it should support or not for the graphic.?

      1. Pixelbite

        We’ve discovered and fixed an issue that limited the resolution range on “older” iPads. iPad 2017 was the newest device on that list.

        The next update (1.3.1) will allow you to increase the resolution further. It’s just awaiting for approval to be released and we’re estimating to have it out on the store tomorrow (20/11).

    2. Pixelbite

      May I ask if you have you switched to Low graphics detail and set up the resolution to 100% in the options menu?

      It is not guaranteed to change the settings automatically if you already played the game before the patch.

  11. Daniil

    An interesting game. I liked it very much! You are cool developers! Interesting levels, rivals, weapons. Passed chapter 1, I’m looking forward to the second. And you can ask how soon chapter 2 will be released?))))

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks! 🙂 We’re aiming for a Q1 2021 release. Cannot be more specific right now.

  12. Wes

    Thanks for the update. I’m sure you’re working hard over there. With the graphics issue, I suppose my only gripe would be the resolution. In the game screenshots on the Apple Store it looks the same as SM2, but in game even with detail level lowest and resolution 100 it does not look the same. The game is fully playable and the graphic do have a certain feel to it if it is intentional, but I’m just a little confused on how my device can run SM2 fine but not SM3. Do you know which device can run SM3 with its trailer-level graphics?

    1. Pixelbite

      May I ask which device you are running on? There was a device specific scaling on top of the slider scale in the previous version. It should have been removed completely now. However, worth to double check if you are still having this issue.

      Personally I am running the game on an iPhone XS with max resolution and detail.

      1. Wes

        I saw no device specific scaling before or after the update. I am using the Apple IPad generation 5 and played through all of the first chapter with max resolution and high detail level. There doesn’t seem to be any big difference between medium and high detail level. (I think your Captcha check might be broken…I entered 9 for 14-five and it said I was wrong).

        1. Pixelbite

          We’ve discovered and fixed an issue that limited the resolution range on “older” iPads. iPad 2017 was the newest device on that list.

          The next update (1.3.1) will allow you to increase the resolution further. It’s just awaiting for approval to be released and we’re estimating to have it out on the store tomorrow (20/11).

          (Thanks for letting us know. Will look into it!)

          1. Wes

            Awesome, thanks! Testing it out, the resolution is much better. Low detail level fixes the frame rate, but it is lower than previous SM games at higher detail levels (not really a problem). What exactly is the difference between high and medium detail levels though? P.S. while switching back and forth between different graphics levels quickly, the entire video just crashed. The music still played but the screen was filled with weird patterns of black and green. Restarting the app solves this, so I don’t really think it’s a problem either unless you’re toggling between menus really fast.

          2. Pixelbite

            The difference between High and Medium is mainly accuracy for various effects, such ambient occlusion, bloom, shadows.

            Thanks for letting us know. We’ll take a look at that!

          3. Wes

            Have you considered making a Discord server to facilitate communication? This comment system is ok but not great.

          4. Pixelbite

            We’re looking at it. This comment system isn’t the best…

  13. John

    Thankfully, I haven’t had any issues, but Pixelbite has always been responsive to bug reports in the past.

    I’ve completed the first eight missions, and have been resisting burning through the first chapter in a short time, and having to wait longer for new chapters. SM3 carries on the fine tradition of SM1 and SM2, with improvements.

    However, I think that the game may be too easy! Especially with the availability of longer range weapons early on.

    I see that the star rating system is an attempt to mitigate the effect from having too powerful an arsenal, but still, I would welcome more of a challenge in general.

    Yes, as a SM veteran, I’d like the game to be harder!

    1. Pixelbite

      The plan is a to crank up the difficulty a little in the later chapters. Especially the gear score challenges.

  14. Oliver

    Please make Space Marshsls 3 available for iOS 12.4.7 latest Firmware for iPadAir !!! Sure there’s a lot of users out there with older devices not able or willing to buy a new device

  15. Jan

    Hi,
    I just realised that both my iphone and ipad only support iOS versions up to 12, the SM3 requires iOS13. Is there a way to make the game available for iOS12? Appreciate it might not be easy / possible but wanted to ask, before having to buy a new iphone – been a long time fan of the series.

    Thanks
    Jan

    1. Pixelbite

      Unfortunately, we cannot lower the OS requirement, due to performance requirements and old quirks in the older OSes we rather avoid. Still with the iOS 13 requirement the game supports devices that are 6 years old.

  16. Jeffrey Paulo

    All I just wanted to say is thank you so much for the time, dedication and effort you put into the your games dear Pixelbite! The level of design is astronomically out of this world! I have already memorized the 10 current chapters of Space Marshals 3.

    All I wish is for a higher difficulty, just give those frustrating levels to us! And new guns as well please!

    Is there a confirmed number chapters? Or will chapter 2 be the last? Will Ava or even Gavin get their own story lines? Just give us more Pixelbite! I absolutely love your games!

    Thank you so much for your masterpieces!

    1. Pixelbite

      Thank you so much. 🙂

      The plan right now is for 3 chapters in total for Space Marshals 3. The difficulty will ramp up a little in upcoming chapters, especially for gear challenges.

  17. Sjoerd

    Bought number 3 because I also have 1 and 2 on Nvidia Shield. Now I see that the shield is incompatible with 3. Will there be a fix in the near future? (Android TV compatibility?)

    1. Pixelbite

      We are working on getting approved for Android TV. The game is fully compatible.

      1. Blackwell

        How many chapters SM3 is gonna be? And are you making it like 60 missions?

  18. RoD

    I’m sorry for being that guy, but I gotta ask. Will there be support for the Nintendo Switch in the near future? We know you guys have been on the fence up till now, has that changed? Like, is there an official statement? Why are you ignoring the Switch?

    1. Pixelbite

      We are looking at the Nintendo Switch. Cannot say more right now.

  19. Kelvin

    Hi how to earn the best weapon? What do it mean by best gear rating 5

    1. Pixelbite

      (Good find! That is actually a typo. It is supposed to be “Gear Score”)
      When you are equipping your gear you can see your Gear Score in the top left of the screen. Each “star” on a piece of gear gives you +1 in Gear Score. To be eligible for the Gear Score Challenge rewards you need to keep it equal or below the limit (5). I hope that helps!

  20. Joshua

    Just purchased the game and so far I have not encountered any problems. Levels are a bit short but otherwise very entertaining. Completed 3 levels so far.

    Does these games support game controllers? I’m playing it on my Samsung Galaxy Tab s7 Plus and I think a game controller will be much more intuitive.

    1. Pixelbite

      Yes, the game supports controllers on both iOS and Android.

  21. Jan Florycek

    Hi. Can I ask if the price of unlocking the first chapter changed since the game’s launch? I could have sworn it was 99 CZK (in my Czech version of AppStore on iOS), now I can see it for 129 CZK. I am wondering if it indeed increased or if Apple adjusted the price based on currency exchange rate movement (which should actually have decreased the price in CZK compared to USD, not increased)

    Thanks

  22. Michael

    Awesome game, a very worthy sequel to Space Marshals 1 and 2! One suggestion: It would be great if there were special achievements for some missions that require different tactical approaches. For example:

    – Complete mission without hurting any enemies – not even a tiny bit (no use of weapons, no stun guns, no flash bangs, no takedowns. Just sneak, sneak, sneak). Doesn’t work for all missions, but for example it is is possible in Lone Doe Calling and One Finger Discount for sure.

    – Kill All enemies within a very tight time limit

    – Use only takedowns, no weapons use

    – Use only one specific weapon in the mission (e.g., Granate launcher)

    I think that would be great for replay value, and it would provide additional challenges for people who feel the missions are a bit on the easy side!

  23. MCFantastic4

    When are you going to release on Chinese iOS App store? I am a big fan and still waiting

    1. Pixelbite

      We are not allowed to release it in Mainland China. All non approved games will be removed from the Chinese store in January.

  24. Patrick

    I love the Game, all three parts of it!
    Please don‘t change anything.
    You did a great you on the leveldesign.
    Lg
    Patrick

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks! 🙂

  25. Superman

    Love the game! Completed chapter 1 and anxiously awaiting for Chapter 2!
    When can we expect Chapter 2?
    Keep up the great work!

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks! 🙂
      It should be finished in the first quarter of 2021. Difficult to be more specific than that – the team is spread out due to covid which makes most things more complicated and harder to plan.

  26. Tijon

    Amazing game, it’s so polished that I can see it by the shiny icon.

    It was way too easy on the first chapter after I got some of the better guns. Please increase the difficulty in the next chapter!

    It has a lot of guns but it is still missing a lot of weapons like my favorite weapon which is DIOPT Energizer. Also add the Cloak Armor back in the next chapter.

    I would rate this 9/10 because it’s way too easy.

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks! 🙂 Yes, we will ramp up the difficulty in the upcoming chapters.

  27. 朔秋

    I came from mainland China to buy games completed in the United States, thanking the production team for its excellent work.
    First of all, would you like to ask if you provide iCloud cloud archiving function, if not, will it be provided?
    Can you add equipment drawings to the game and want to know whether your weapons and equipment have been collected and completed.

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks! 🙂

      Save games are stored in iCloud automatically (and does not take up space from your normal quota.)

      Not sure if I understand, but you can see which items you have collected on the mission select screen. There’s a green checkbox and the item icon is filled out if you have collected the reward already.

  28. WOODS

    Hi guys! Thank you very much for bringing such an amzing game to us all! I’m a fans from mainland China,and I reviewed your comments before. I feel so sad there is no schedule to release the game in China yet. What I want to ask is,can you guys release the game in App Store in China just like Space Marshals2 rather than to find a local publisher? As you can see the SM2 is available in App Store without any approval from any supervision,Or the in-game pucharse form is the main cause?As a veteran player, I’d rather wait for the game released by yourself than by a reliable local publisher(I think there is no such a so-called reliable middleman in China).All in all,Thank you guys again!

    1. Pixelbite

      Thanks! 🙂

      Unfortunately, to our understanding, all non-approved apps and games (including SM2) will be removed from the Chinese App Store in January. Regulations are available here: http://www.nppa.gov.cn/nppa/contents/329/46004.shtml

      1. WOODS

        Well, there are thousands of apps and games in Chinese App Store without approval yet and I don’t think they will be removed,this situation may be more common in Android.So perhaps you guys can try to lanunch the game in later Feb,we all Chinese fans are eager for the day coming!
        best wishes

        1. Pixelbite

          All non-approved games were removed January 1 2021.

  29. Ali shabri

    I already brought the chapter one .but when reinstalled the game it’s not recognised my purchase. Please fix this bug sooner . I can’t purchase again and again.

    1. Pixelbite

      Please contact our support at support@pixelbite.se and we will assist you.

  30. Henry

    How to lower the gear score?? I cannot get the highest reward after completing missions rn.

    1. Pixelbite

      Each quality star on your equipped gear gives 1 point in Gear Score. You can see the sum up on the top-left side of the screen. Choose gear with less quality stars to complete the Gear Score Challenges.

  31. Sashika

    Hi

    When can we get the chapter 2 ???

  32. Hunk_Lin

    How many chapters are there in this game plan?

    Do I need to continue paying for the next chapter after I have purchased the first chapter?

  33. Z

    Hej! Good job buddies! Here is some of my personal point of view, traditional Chinese translation is better than simplified Chinese translation. I am a simplified Chinese user. There is no difference in nature and semantics between Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. You can find translation sites for converting Traditional Chinese to Simplified Chinese on Google. I hope this can help you. Sometimes the experience of Simplified Chinese is not good. English and machine-translated simplified Chinese sometimes ruin the gaming experience.

    1. Pixelbite

      Thank you for letting us know! We’ve contacted our localization provider to look into it further.

  34. Pixelbite_Sucks

    Played for 3 minutes, game is garbo, sorry. At least you folks tried.

  35. Joel

    Hi! Love the space marshals saga, and looking forward to buying me 3 now that I tried the free missions. I noticed one thing. When the gameplay paused for a “cutscene” where the camera pans away from the main character to view the “deathskull” marked hostile with keycard A in mission 2, the gameplay actually kept on going in the background. So when the camera came back from the cutscene an enemy had crept up all the way next to me. Not something I remembered happening in SM2?
    Glad att se fler spel från er!
    Tack på förhand // J

    1. Pixelbite

      Tack för buggrapporten – vi ska kolla på det! 🙂

  36. Jim

    Happy new year everyone 🙂

    Would you have any update to share on the second chapter? Can’t wait to play it 🙂

    1. Pixelbite

      Please see our latest post. We’ll try to post more steady updates now.

  37. José Firmino

    Bom dia, estrela 5 top..
    gostou muito todos os dias space marshals 3 mas vai será 2 missões data? Me aguardo

  38. ShieldUser

    Hello any update on the certification process for Android TV? You mentioned on Nov 19th that it’s fully compatible and you’re working on the certification. Given that’s more than 2 months ago, and I’m very eager 🙂 Just wondering whether you could provide an update?

    1. Pixelbite

      Unfortunately, no. It is an ongoing mystery we are trying to solve. We are receiving little actual human feedback and unclear information on what the issue is – but we are still trying.

  39. Phil

    Great game, bought the first two and wanted to get the third but the chapter purchase is putting me off a bit. If I pay for the first chapter do I then have to pay for the others on top of the first price? I understand that game production is a costly business but would like some clarity before I go ahead. Thanks

    1. Pixelbite

      Thank you for your support! The purchase is for chapter 1 only.

      If you are uncertain you may want to wait. We are having an ongoing discussion internally on pricing and may make changes when Chapter 2 is released.
      However, if we do this then all early adopters will be compensated with a discount or a free chapter.

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