This week we updated the game Release 154 to add new features to the compass and
break improve the Warps. We have also fixed a wide range of bugs in the grapple hook. The general balance of the Grapple (and all Equipment) will continue to change up to 1.0. All the different material variations of each tool and weapon will offer different balanced values. More details can be found here.
For next week, we are targeting to update the game with the following:
- Update grapple hook control / balance.
- Tweaked tool animations.
- New Hopper animations (including explosion on death).
- Roadrunner in the game.
- More HUD features
Bigger updates we are targeting for this month are the Portal creation and the foundation of a RPG system to allow us to build up and enhance our Player Stats and Player Progression.
The Hopper will now transition into a rolling state once shot that can be pushed or grappled around. This allows you to manipulate the Hopper into a helpful (or dangerous) explosive tool. The Hopper will also swim if dropped into water. (If you count bobbing around and kicking it’s little legs a bit as swimming.)
We’ve done some tweaks on the Grapple hook to improve the prediction and placements in the world. More updates are still todo.
We are working on a generic Stats System that will allow multiple modifiers to be applied to the Player, Items, Equipment and Creatures. This will be used with the Creature for the Elemental and Exotic enhancements, for levelling up Players, forging Tools and Weapons, and crafting temporary buffs.
The portal work continues. It’s non-trivial because the player needs to define both source and target locations which are likely to be on different worlds, and the servers need to be synchronised with their creation, fuel costs, and expiration.
The HUD Compass polish up showing more information about your Beacons and Named World Regions. We continue to optimise the GUI and HUD update and rendering to not slow down the game as much, especially on devices with slower CPUs including the PS4 where it’s very noticeable.
To enable the art team we have been doing some work on the Special Materials for advanced blocks, items and equipment variations (for example an Oort Slingbow). We are also working on the Maya exporter pipeline to allow simpler model exports.
On the servers we’ve been addressing more issues with the database back end and continue the bot testing work.
@luke-turbulenz has been continuing to work on the Objectives, and the rewards they can give. He’s also been working with Andy on the stats system, and tweaking some things in the forum setup.
Rob has done a pass on the Guilds GUI, and he’s also worked out how the beginning flow of the game should work for new players. This includes stages such as: Account Creation or Sign In, selection an initial World spawn (near a friend, default selection, or custom selection) and, Character creation and customisation. Below is the part of the design:
@olliepurkiss has managed to break out of Hansoft, and has done some polish and balancing work on the grapple. He’s also been supporting the work on the stats system, and helping out with the creature polish.
This week we’ve been doing planning and working across many of areas of the game.
We’ve experiment with creating some natural prefabs for the 1.0 biomes.
@jesshyland has been working on creating the dynamic special materials. There’s still a bit more work to do before we can reveal these.
Dom has been continuing experimenting with the Elemental variations of the explosions. Below is the Corrosion version:
@gerryjacobs has provided animation support for Fooks who’s integrated the Hopper rolling around and jumping to it’s feet.
We’ve also released better night time lighting. All gleam and lights will look more atmospheric at night… guaranteed!