Testing 246: Creative Worlds!

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The following release notes are not final and should not be considered complete or exhaustive.


  • Added player owned Creative Worlds.
    • Creative worlds are part of the main universe, allowing you to move between public, exo, sovereign, and creative worlds.
    • When you visit a Creative world your character progression is locked and will not progress.
    • You also have a new Creative Inventory accessible only on Creative Worlds.

Video Overview:

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Testing 246:

Creative Worlds:

  • Added player owned Creative Worlds.

    • Creative Worlds are a new version of Sovereign Worlds that adds a Creative building mode to the live universe.
    • Creative Worlds are part of the main universe.
    • Creative Worlds will behave the same as Sovereign Worlds when it comes to visibility in the sky, and Citizen permissions.
    • Block Colours can be changed at any time via the World Control, there is no Finalisation required.
    • There are two extra options in the World Control’s Overview page to control “Invulnerability” and “Flying” for all Citizens. These are enabled by default.
      • Invulnerability gives all Citizens on the world permanent full Health, Stamina and prevents Suffocation.
      • Flying gives Citizens the ability to Fly.
      • Added new Tips for Creative mode, Invulnerability and Flying.
  • Characters on Creative Worlds:

    • Creative Worlds still use your normal survival Characters but with some key differences:
    • All characters have a new “Creative Mode” inventory.
    • The Creative Mode inventory is entirely separate from the normal “Survival Mode” inventory and persists across all Creative Worlds which you visit. Items cannot be moved between Creative and Survival Mode. You do not have access to your Survival Inventory on a Creative World and vice versa.
    • Your normal survival skill pages are unavailable whilst on a Creative World, and are replaced with a single Creative Skill page. Here, you can freely assign 100 Skill Points without restriction.
    • You can add, remove, and reset your Creative Skill page whenever you like without affecting your Cleanse or Reset tokens from Survival.
    • Your Creative Skill page persists across all Creative Worlds.
    • Your character progression (XP, Objectives, Achievements, and Journal) is entirely locked and will not progress on a Creative World.
    • You will also not generate Endeavour for your Primary Guild whilst on a Creative World.
    • You can also not claim coffer rewards from the Exchange which is locked whilst on a Creative World. However, any Items purchased with Cubits in Creative Mode will carry through to Survival as normal.
    • You have an unlimited number of Plots on Creative Worlds, this does not affect your Plot allowance from Survival.
    • Your Places menu items are shared with Survival, and you can see the status of any Beacons on Creative Worlds from anywhere else in the Universe.
    • Your Health, Stamina, Air and any Status Effects will be copied from Survival when you enter the Creative World, but any changes will be lost when you leave. (You cannot carry status effects from Creative through to Survival, nor heal yourself in Creative and then go back into Survival.) This also applies to Defeat penalties; you will not be able to remove the defeat penalty in Creative, and if you die in Creative, you will not receive a defeat penalty in Survival.
    • Note: Your Character Appearance and Wearables, as well as your Coin and Cubits are shared with Survival as normal; opening Warps will still cost you Coin.
    • You will not be able to generate Saved Locations via the use of a Warp Augment.
  • Coin on Creative Worlds:

    • Coin can not be generated on Creative Worlds.
    • Beacons on a Creative World will not generate any Footfall Coin.
    • Chrysominters do not generate any Coin.
    • Shop Stands and Request Baskets are minimalist, providing only an option for a user with permissions to add Items to them, but without any configuration options or setting of Prices. They will function as pure display Plinths in Creative Mode.
    • As there is no progression, no footfall, and no chrysominting on Creative World coin can’t be generated.
  • Beacons are still required on Creative Worlds.

    • Beacons are required to protect your builds from world regeneration, invited players and visiting players.
    • Without beacons and plots there can’t be any permissions, shared creations, regeneration, settlements, capitals, prestige, etc. Beacons allow you to collaborate on builds, and protect your builds whilst allowing others to build on your world.
    • Note: If players ever wanted to build on a creative world without beacons and plots, then there could be no regeneration and any player could destroy your creations. So it would only make sense in a solo or with highly trusted collaborators. So whilst beacons and plots may seem unnecessary, they are essential in a multiplayer Creative World.
    • Beacons can still be Reclaimed in Creative Mode, but no Reclaim inventory will be generated.
  • Prestige on Creative Worlds:

    • Prestige is still generated so that players can have a feel for the scale of their build, and it’s required to create Settlements and a Capital.
    • Whilst beacons still have Prestige it will not count towards the Guild they are aligned to.
    • Prestige associated with a Creative World will always be tagged via a “Paint palette emoji” in the GUI. This highlights that the prestige was generated via a Creative World.
  • Items on Creative Worlds:

    • All Items in Creative Mode are “infinite” and will never wear out; for example adding Oort Shard to a Portal will allow the Portal to be fuelled “forever”.
    • The Knowledge screen will display a Give Tab (where appropriate) rather than Shopping Tabs. Here you can select any colour of your chosen Item and add it to your Creative Inventory. As it stands, there is no control over Forged attributes here, and you will still need to use the Forge to create forged items in Creative Mode.
    • No block or item drops of any kind will be produced in Creative Mode. This includes dropping items from your inventory, destroying machines, killing creatures, and gathering surface resources or blocks.
    • The HUD and main shared elements of GUI screens are restyled in Creative Mode to help make it obvious you are not in normal Survival mode; your Backpack will also be displayed in “Dark Mode” in Creative to help remind you it is not your normal Backpack.

Known Issues:

  • Currently, you will not be able to open Portals between Creative Worlds and Survival Worlds as Portal Token items cannot transfer in either direction! We plan to allow you to open Portals only from a Creative World to the Survival World which orbits in the universe. This means that you can connect your Creative World to the public universe for free.

    • Note: The idea is that a player looking for a Creative-only experience does not need to acquire Oortshards to connect their world to the main universe.
    • You will not be able to create Portals between Creative Worlds. This is to prevent the use of Creative Worlds as an “oortshard-free” way to generate portal hub networks.
    • You can freely create portals within your Creative World.
  • The Flying tooltip shows up on non-creative worlds. Resolved with Testing 246.1.

Testing 246.1:

Creative Worlds

  • Allow assigning forged traits to items in the Knowledge on Creative Worlds. This follows the normal forged requirements around trait exclusions and counts.
  • Removed beacon reclaim age requirement on Creative Worlds.
  • Prevent Guild Buffs being started on Creative Worlds.
  • Add a new “Can Edit” world permission that can be set globally or per Citizen / Guild on Creative Worlds.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix Request Baskets miscounting available space in non-empty and non-smart-stacked slots.
  • Fix recycling items from the Forge on Creative Worlds.
  • Fix forged gear stacking with non-forged gear in the Creative inventories.
  • Fix some minor text element sizes in the GUI which were too wide.
  • Fix minor GUI layout issue in beacon overview dropdown if viewed whilst guild alignment state is changed.
  • Fix an issue where starting a new character could leave the GUI empty after setting up the character name and appearance.
  • Fix bad forge GUI behaviour if an input ingredient is not divisible by the forging tool count; eg 2 hammers + 3 effect gums (which rounds down to display as 1 effect gum in the GUI when forging). After using the effect gums once it would “disappear” in the GUI, but actually still be there hidden in the input and you could not shift-click new ingredients in (but could manually drag-drop still), and the forge would even let you continue activating even though it would do nothing.
  • Fix the Flying and Invulnerability tips appearing on non-creative worlds.

Testing 246.2:

Creative Worlds:

  • Allow Sovereign owners the option to force-Reclaim any beacon on their world. Stand in the beacon and open PLACES -> BEACONS -> CURRENT BEACON -> Beacon -> RECLAIM BEACON. This action is destructive and can’t be undone.
  • Refactor the admin process for Locking, Extending, Unlocking and Terminating worlds.

Bug fixes:

  • Workaround a Visual Studio 2019 compiler optimisation bug.
  • Fix creative forged attributes being able to leak out of creative and then becoming permanently set onto your creative character. If you have a character on Testing who has permanent status effects then just delete the character.
  • Fixed an issue that stopped Creative worlds from extending their active time.
  • Fix some items being forgeable in the Knowledge>Give menu of Creative Worlds, even though they are not actually valid items for forging via in-game systems.

Testing 246.3:

Creative Worlds:

  • Allow home beacons to be on Sovereign and Creative World.
    • If your private World becomes unavailable then show a help text and expose an “additional home” entry which takes you to the assigned world of your home world. (The world your private world orbits.)
    • Note: We continue to have a restriction on the new character flow to require entry into a public world. The Tutorial Objectives aren’t resistant to the possible limited permissions on Sovereign or Creative worlds.
  • Allow the Totem and Warp Augment to create locations from Creative Worlds. Technically it’s an exploit as it allow the creation of locations for free, but only against the world you’re orbiting.


  • Add a maximum delay when chunk-mesh deltas are received by the meshing processes before they will be applied ignoring synchronisation with neighbour mesh deltas that is required to avoid holes appearing in the geometry. This means that on slower machines the maximum delay before seeing changes to the world will be reduced, at the expense of ensuring no holes in the geometry can be seen. The main intention however is reducing RAM usage and CPU spikes on slower machines where certain patterns of quickly modifying the world around chunk borders could end up with ever-growing graphs of mesh updates failing to apply due to synchronisation and just sitting in memory getting larger and larger (and when they do finally appear, causing a large CPU spike).
    • This issues caused meshing delays and crashes on PS4 especially.

Bug fixes:

  • “You’re a Survivor” objective no longer requires creatures be initially hostile to count towards the objective.
  • Fix issue swapping the assigned augment of an item in creative mode (for example, drag a rough ruby onto an atlas that already has another kind of resource assigned to it).

This is awesome! Glad to see sovereign and creative world’s coming at the same time :ok_hand: great work dev team


Will these new creative mode features map over to the local creative worlds too?
(Obviously there will be no interaction with the live universe, but other features like world control colours)

Absolutely awesome news on adding this into the live universe!

I’m really looking forward to this hitting live and seeing what some players/groups will do with creative worlds and having them accessible/visible to the live universe population will really help to showcase what Boundless can do!


Sure I will test it a bit more.

Looking good.

How portals and portal fuel is plan to work is cool but should there be limit how many of those are available or creatives could became elevator hubs? :smiley:

Very nice.

So is this the response regarding color rarity the devs have for us? If so, this is sad. I want to gather/collect the colors I want, not go full creative just to use the colors I want. Especially when the colors I want are exclusive to gleam. @james Why are you guys so quiet regarding gleam colors and rarity of colors?


No, their response to color rarity was to allow colors to come out randomly with sov, which has been met with highly differing opinions. This is the response to those who have been asking for creative mode for 2+ years. While it might not be your or my cup of tea, there are many looking forward to it.


They hadn’t responded to if there truly is a subset of colors that are specifically set aside to NOT generate. I still feel this is still the case regarding certain colors, … like Black Gleam. … I could be wrong, but there’s been no yay or nay on the subject whenever its been asked.

Yes there has been some dev response

Regardless I agree this is NOT anything to do with color rarity it’s to do with the people asking for creative.

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Awesome, I cant wait to see what some players are going to make when all restrictions are lifted.

PS. a note to all future creative world owners, put a cover on your Death Stars exhaust port :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: you know someones gonna do it


Its vague in the sense that it doesn’t say yay or nay if ALL colors can generate or not.

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To me it implies there are specific colors exclusive to exo world’s. I guess it’s not concrete in what he said but that’s how I interpreted it

Things to check out:

  • Does creative inventory include forged chisels and liquid tools (IMO it should)
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They are not blocking any particular colors from spawning. There is no bank of colors not allowed to spawn. The responses are just buried in the rush of back and forth on the forums or misdirection by individuals wishful thinking. Now that isn’t to say some colors are highly unlikely if everyone focuses on low tier planets or the same couple of types.


Unlimited plots @majorvex! :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:


I’m assuming it’s just the F9 Give Inventory UI. So no preforged things. But infinite forging ingredients.

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That is what I am afraid of. Creative shouldn’t need any waiting times.
But maybe there is own tools like when going to generated planet from world builder.