Hey everyone time for an update. This last week has been fairly hectic for all of us. As was mentioned last week most of the team is trying to find new living arrangements within their respective cities because our leases all coincidentally expire at roughly the same time. This has affected our work schedule a bit since finding a new apartment is quite time consuming.
WIP final geometry pass for the interceptor
Flavien has taken a brief break from the networking code to implement the foundation for what we hope will someday be support for mods. We’ve implemented a simple racing mod which we intend to maintain throughout development of the game so that the interface between mods and the game will be preserved. I’ve been working on some low level rendering improvements that will lay the foundation for the new UI system we want to build to power our HUD and menu system.
Another WIP shot of the interceptor final geometry pass
On the art side work continues on the final geometry passes for the corvette exterior, interceptor exterior, and large station pieces. Aside from the new screen shots in this update there’s not much else to say about that at the moment. I’ve put in an application on a new (cheaper) apartment so I should have a lot less distraction this week which will allow me to refocus on finishing the pledge upgrade system. Unfortunately the other guys are still looking but we hope they’ll find something agreeable soon.
One last WIP shot of the final interceptor geometry pass
Given that we’ll all have to pack, move into, and then unpack in our new apartments by the end of November - combined with the upcoming holidays - it’s possible that our Alpha launch early next year might be a bit on the rougher side. It’s still too early to know for certain but in the end we figure that Alpha backers just want to have something to play sooner rather than later. Lastly we’re planning on having our free weekend for Alpha backers to try the game sometime after the pledge upgrade system is completed. Some Beta backers have expressed their desire to upgrade so they can be a part of that free weekend and we want to make that available for them. That’s it for this week!