Can I download an older version of FAF?

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In the last few days FAF has been hard going for me. About a third of games I seem to lose connection to everyone (at random) when my internet is 100% fine and working.

About a third of the time I have difficulty joining lobbies.

And about a third of the time I am grouped with people who seem to have good rankings but act like they are playing their first ever game (ok i admit nothing can be done about this)

Can i delete the FAF on my system and install an older version such as
https://github.com/FAForever/downlords-faf-client/releases/tag/v1.5.0-RC5
until the current bugs/issues are ironed out? I've just realised how addicted I am to this game and not being able to play is giving me withdrawal.
Thanks!

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You can install older version as long as they are supported but be aware that the client which you linked is only the desktop application you to find games and does not have any affect on the game itself. That is a different patching system which cannot be reverted.

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Well that went over my head lol. Is there a version of the game anywhere i can download and easily setup that is a prior version to the recent updated version that has all the issues??

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You cannot play multiplayer with an older version of the game as that would cause desyncs between players.

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There are two applications that collectively people might call "FAF."

The first is the "client." The client is what you use to connect to look for games, host games, chat, download maps/mods, pretty much everything other than actually playing the game. The current version of the client is v1.6.0 "downlords-faf-client.exe"

Then there's the game itself, "ForgedAlliance.exe" and associated data files like units.nx2 or whatever they're called. When you join a lobby, or when you host a lobby, that's the "ForgedAlliance.exe." And when you launch a game from the lobby, it's the ForgedAlliance.exe that handles everything (graphics, user interface, keeping track of units, calculating projectiles, connections between players, in-game chat, etc. etc.). The client basically stops doing anything related to how the game goes, whether it's stable, whether it crashes. The client might have a role in terms of collecting information from the game, like telling the replay server who won and who lost, but the client has nothing to do with the crashes. When the game crashes, the client can report to you that a crash happens. So you might see an error message coming from the client and think that it's the client's fault, but actually the crash happened in "ForgedAlliance.exe"

If you wanted to play an older version of the game: first, as Sheikah says, everyone you're playing with would have to have an identical version loaded. To do this you would have to use old versions of the data files, which wouldn't be impossible to set up. Any time you watch an old replay from the vault, it has to load the correct version of the data files in order for the replay to display properly. So it's definitely possible to collect the old versions of data files and use them.

If the devs can't get the crashes under control in the next month or so, then it would make sense to revert the changes, or to add a new "game type" (for example, "nomads" and "phantom-x" are game types) called "FAF 2020" that used a stable version of the game. But I think it's too early to take drastic measures like that.

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Thanks all for the input, things seem to have stabilised a bit for now, hopefully all the bugs get ironed out soon

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that should not be an issue as I know people who are still on v 1.5 of the far client and don't update unless they are forced to.