Weekly Update #85

#1

Hi everybody, this is Flavien. First I would like to congratulate Keith on becoming a father ! Of course, he’s been pretty busy ( what an understatement ) this week with the arrival of his child. But although the timing was pretty bad, I’m happy to report that we successully released the pre-alpha patch 0.2 as we announced last week. So far the feedback from dev-tier backers has been very good and they seem to have a lot of fun with the new build. That being said, let’s have a look at the main features of the new version. A fan-made video is also available, thanks to SpaceJay:

https://vimeo.com/239707357

Patch 0.2 main features:

  • Scalable network refactoring: we do now support hundreds of ships / potential players in a single battle. This is no longer a far-distance dream; this has already been tested with our US-East server and seems to be working well, even with larger battles and no instancing.
  • AI / bots: the server is now populated by dozens of bots that fly around and hunt each other ( or hunt players ), around points of interests such as space stations. Bots are still experimental and not guaranteed for the release, but we feel like they add a lot to the game experience so we’ll do our best to integrate them into the final game. There’s also an AI commander that controls the flow of the battle and spends team credits to calls for reinforcements on hot battle spots.
  • Improved HUD / UI: while those are still placeholders for the most part, we’ve introduced a number of enhancements such as a chat, mission objectives, warnings, new target indicators and more. We’re aware that battle / teammates awareness is an issue, but we have a lot of ideas to improve it in the future. Placeholder voice commands have been introduced, as well as wheel-based radial menus for various ship systems.
  • New content: a brand new icy planet is now available. Check out the pictures or the video stream below to have a taste of how it looks like. It’s personally become my new favorite planet :slight_smile: There’s also a giant asteroid ( almost a miniature moon ) available around the gas giant.
  • Capital ships are now available: again, they’re mostly placeholders ( don’t forget ships are mostly unfinished and untextured )… but for the first time, players can experience them, and even try to fly them on a planet’s surface… which can lead to some pretty hilarious moments.

I streamed a presentation of the new patch last monday; if you haven’t seen it yet, you can see the game in action here:

Next steps:

Now that this pre-alpha patch is out of the door, which has sorted out most of the technical / refactoring issues, iterating on gameplay is going much faster. However, before we can deliver the alpha ( probably around Q1 next year ), we still need to add more content and gameplay:

  • Functionnal factories and land bases, so that players can attack / destroy / protect them. Those will generate credits for your team which then gets redistributed. The art for those is almost ready.
  • New weapons and missiles, as there’s only one weapon implemented in game at the moment ( generic blasters ). Also, auto-aiming turrets, which will make capital ships playable. At the moment they fire in a straight line, and they’re so slow that aiming smaller ships is impossible. But this will get fixed before the alpha is out.
  • A star-system map, showing the various objectives and hot spots, allowing players to coordinate with each others.
  • And of course, there will be a lot of bug fixing and polishing before we can deliver this alpha. More work on the atmospheric flight model ( which is pretty basic right in the current version ), more work on warping, shields, controllers, interface etc.

If you want to see more, you can head on to our forums where you can find more screenshots and videos of the latest patch. That’s all for now !


Cruiser controlled by a player, flying over the new icy moon


Reflections on ice at night

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#2

Great update! And the new patch is excellent for play-testing. I can’t wait for

and

:smile:

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#3

Congratulations, Keith!!! :heart_eyes:

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#6

The prettiest patch by far :slightly_smiling_face:

Also glad to see the gameplay coming along very nicely along with the feedback from everyone. I have high hopes of playing alpha this year :grinning:

Also… it’s a boy!

Jk, I have no idea but congratulations anyways!

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#7

Congratulations to the couple. :slight_smile:

Also congratulations Inovae team on the new patch.
It looked great.

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#8

Boy or Girl? Congratz Keith! :smiley:

Patch is also great. Imho a very big priority of the coming weeks must be to better define the roles of all 6 ships together with the weapons they can use. All of the 6 ships should feel like something that can contribute to your team’s victory throughout a match, not like something you will always want to trade in for the next bigger and better version.

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#9

It’s a boy! The first 48 hours were a hell of a kick in the pants. We’re quite tired but the baby is starting to settle in and I’m slowly reconnecting with the world now :stuck_out_tongue:.

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#10

Congrats Keith! Keep up with the naps when you can!

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#11

Congratulations Keith. And best wishes to your wife and new member of the family. :family_man_woman_boy:

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#12

I deleted the old installation because I screwed up the files but for some reason I get an error when trying to reinstall the game. Ugh…

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#13

It’s a Patch 0.2.1.0 Boy!!!

Congrats on both!

It’s been awesome to experience the work you guys have been doing on this, it’s going to be mind blowing!

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#14

Congratulations on the baby boy Keith.

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#15

Thanks for the well wishes all, I greatly appreciate it! =)

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#16

You’ll need to dig around and remove everything, and then do a fresh install, I’ve had to do that a few times now :wink:

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#17

Download the installer.
Open up the Command Prompt (hit the start menu and type cmd) and go to the INovaeInstaller.exe in your Downloads folder.

type

cd C:\Users\YourName\Downloads

Type

INovaeInstaller.exe -pid:1 -uninstall

Hit enter, it should then deinstall
And the same thing again

Type

INovaeInstaller.exe -pid:0 -uninstall

The installer should open each time and deinstall the game.
Try a fresh install from the installer after that and see if it works.

#18

Thanks everyone for the help. Will get it done…just takes a little longer. :yum:

#19

Hey Playbenni, tried your instructions but didn’t work, says can’t find path…

Use to be a whole thread on installing installer but can’t find it.

EDIT: Found thread…just a matter of time. Damn Yen signs. lol

#20

Got on! And it is without a question the best Space Sim/Game I have ever experienced - and it’s not even Alpha!! Truly well done Devs!!!

Oh, and used Keith’s instructions - really helped, thanks Keith. It was simply a matter of finding that damn file in C:

Default Everyone Installation

  1. Delete C:\Program Files\INovaeInstallerRegistry\Products
  2. Delete C:\Program Files\I-Novae Studios
  3. Download INovaeInstaller.exe5
  4. Run INovaeInstaller.exe as you normally would
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#21

I’m not sure how I feel about the AI commander in terms of gameplay. It would seem to make a lot of the logistical decisions by itself, which could be achieved by player communication instead. It’s fine if the AI commander sets a beacon at a location that is experiencing a battle so that players and bots could flock to it but actually selecting the locations to attack seems to take away an element of gameplay.

Players should be able to decide when and where they want to scout or attack, as that decision has logistical value. Destroying a hauler versus capturing a land base, for example. If player agency was reduced to within single engagements, the game would lose some replayability as well.

The AI commander could still control and spend the team credits and control the hauler paths, but I think squadron leaders should set battle plans for which people can complete. Then, if the mission becomes significant enough, the AI could ask people (and bots) to join. I feel this would enable strategic decisions by players while still incentivizing large fleet battles.

#22

I think the AI commander would be a good thing to develop, for times during a game where hardly anybody is on or wants to be in charge. And since you have bots already, setting up a practice match offline will be viable if you want to test stuff out without any consequences.

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