Hey everybody, time for a new update. Two weeks ago we released the beta along with patch 0.4.0.0. I’m happy to report that overall, the beta went pretty well. The server crashed twice during the launch, but the issue ( related to multithreading ) was fixed a few days later and the server has been perfectly stable since then.
SpaceJay has posted a lot of new 4K screenshots which you can see in this thread: Wallpaper - Give Us Your Best Shot! (Image Intensive)
Playbenni has also released a fan-made video of the beta launch, which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxQ1MrltSn8
Last week we released patch 0.4.1.0 with more fixes and improvements to the beta version. We’ve still got a long way to go; namely, the balance is still off, some ships are overpowered ( I’m looking at you, cruiser’s shields overcharge ) and some of the controls / mechanics are still clunky ( locking will get a revamp soon ). Some of the most important feedback we’ve gathered from this beta launch is that the game still has a too harsh learning curve. We’re not all that worried about it (yet), though, since we’ll be add tutorials and more in-game helpers at a later stage.
As I mentionned last month, our top priority for March will be work on the UI and in-game menus. The goal is to have a first version of the star map and main menus somewhere around end of March.
Although UI has the highest priority, there’s also a number of important tasks that we’ll be working on in parallel. Here’s a non-exhaustive list the next 1-2 weeks:
We’re switching to FMOD for our audio library. Goodbye OpenAL, you served us well, but you won’t be regretted ! The main advantage of FMOD is the higher sound quality ( we can use 3D stereo / multi-channel sound sources, while OpenAL only supported mono 3D sources ) and the ability to apply real-time filters to effects. We might give a try to muffling distant sounds in space as an option - is that something you’d be interested in ? Please let us know.
More iterations on capital ships control scheme
Another balance pass, especially on ground bases and static defenses. We’re also revising hardpoints on various ships
We’ll be finally adding the missile, torpedo launchers and laser countermeasures on capital ships. Art assets are ready for this, but due to lack of time it couldn’t get finished in time for the beta.
More improvements to the HUD / controls and revamping the locking system ( it’s been long coming )
Adding correct projectiles intersection hits with the mesh hull of a ship, instead of using the bounding box
Finishing the new AI battle system that was being worked on during December and January
And of course as usual: bug fixes, new minor features, improvements, HUD updates, some new icons, some experimental changes etc…
And that’s pretty much it for the “coming soon” list. A new patch ( 0.4.2.0 ) is scheduled for the new Community Event, probably this week.