19 julio 2014
Hey guys! This one’s definitely a biggie, overflowing with plenty of bug fixes and improvements, and introducing the codex system. This will bring more of the game’s lore to life, and give you a chance to understand the alien world around you. Helpful how-to’s will also be added to the codex, giving you a handy reference in game for the more complicated systems. More of the missing critters return, along with a couple of new baddies to tackle!
New System: Codex!
-Implemented first run of codex system
-Added alert for when a player gains a new codex entry
-Re-added red jellies
-Re-added green jellies
-Re-added Mundo crabs
Doug Vs The Bugs:
-Fixed Laser Saw persistent sound
-Fixed an issue with the Refiner Menu remaining open in Single Player mode when player moves out of range of Refiner
-Fixed an issue that would cause a “Phantom” firefox to remain when a player leaves a server world or when entering alternate worlds (such as tutorials)
-Fixed an issue that caused arklight canisters to leave light behind after expiring
-Fixed an issue that caused Willer Worm light to remain after they are defeated
-Fixed an issue where a player could hear other player’s hot slot switching on servers
-Fixed an issue that caused Research Unlocks to display in doubles
-Fixed an issue that caused Tech Upgrades Notices to display in doubles
-Fixed an offset in the Tech Upgrades listing where the upgrade number was offset by +1
-Fixed an issue with infinite chest range in Single Player mode
-Fixed an issue with Energy Scanner overlay remaining until player exits map
-Fixed an issue preventing Energy Scanner overlay from pulsing
-Fixed an issue where Fabricator hopper would not update properly in Multiplayer
-Fixed an issue where the Radar Kit would not properly display when logging in
-Fixed an issue where a S.A.D. event would present “respawn at bound pod” even if player had no extra pods available
-Fixed a freeze issue that could occur in growth a few seconds after the game starts
-Fixed an issue where the player could receive a negative health regen rate
-Fixed an issue with the “Connect” menu not retaining servers
-Fixed an issue that prevented players from dropping items from chests
-Fixed an issue that prevented players from un-equipping gear to a chest
-Fixed an issue where players could craft the wrong item in the tutorial, and become stuck due to lack of resources to progress
-Fixed an issue where defense platforms could be destroyed by the players
-Fixed an issue causing plasma torches to not update on world entry
-Fixed an issue where tiles were being destroyed instead of damaged
-Fixed an issue that allows unlimited spawns of Holo Raptors in tutorial
-Fixed an issue that prevented ammo drops from going to ammo reserves
-Added a new alert for completing objectives, to make it more clear if something has been finished
-Adjusted blue jelly behavior to improve it overall
-Updated sounds for laser pick and enhancement unlocks
-Added new Quick Menu UI to allow players to quickly see what keys open different menus.
-Moved energy scanner to the tutorial to allow players to use PIOS system earlier in the game (Thanks for your feedback, Selpar!)
-Improved drop rates for T2 chips and plasma hides
-Added plasma hide to loot table for raptors
-Adjusted starter jetpack to now increase max energy by 14 instead of 10. -Energy upgrade 1 reduced from 35 to 15 to balance energy from becoming overpowered too quickly (Thanks for the feedback, Jimbo!)
-Adjusted Ammo drop rates
-Adjusted Radar UI to make beacons more visible
-Blocked access to personal Black Hole during tutorial to prevent accidental item destruction
-Adjusted plasma hide cost for outlander slightly higher (balanced for increased drops)
-Moved Helix armor to enhancement system instead of tech upgrades (Thanks for your feedback, Hunter Este!)
-Temporarily disabled Omegatron key to avoid material waste before he is returned to the game
-Added comet tier research drops
-Adjusted health on defense platforms
-Jelly nests and defense platform events now function as intended
18 julio 2014
This has been quite a week for us! We can’t thank everyone enough for the support during the Midweek Madness sale, and we’re so happy to have so many new players on board! Since so many new folks are here now, we wanted to take the time to give some insight into the current state of the game, and the development process going forward.
The first thing we’ve seen many new players post, is that there is too little content in the game. There is a definite reason for this, that being that the core systems are being re-coded in a far more efficient way. The first phase of this is nearly complete, the critter AI overhaul. We still have a few creatures getting finished up to be put back into the game, and then we will be progressively overhauling each area of the game, including UI, armor, weapons, housing, etc. “Why would you do this?” you ask. “It’s a serious time sink, and players feel bored with the game!” We certainly understand that, but let’s look again at the critters from the development standpoint. Prior to our rewrite, a single creature would take Jake around a week or more to fully design, code, and implement. In the new system, it has been reduced to maybe 1 or 2 days. This means that from here on out we can dump in more and more creatures at a significantly faster pace. This is the goal we’re going to be looking to achieve with every area of the game, so that by taking this time out now, we can churn out the content at a solid pace once these systems are in place.
Our veteran players are definitely familiar with how we work, implementing, testing, and then pulling back features that we are not happy with or that need to be greatly improved. The result of this is being able to take your feedback, pull back things that are not working for the players in terms of experience, and then putting things back into the game in a way that feels good to the players. Now that we have a second programmer, this will become much easier to do. That being said, it will take Doug some time to get into the game’s code, learn all of our systems, and bring himself up to speed with Jake and Paul. Once he gets there, the real fun will begin, and he’ll be able to really show what he’s made of. It’s not an overnight process, but we’re very confident in Doug and excited to have his help!
The game will be getting a patch this weekend, and then the patch timer on the game’s main menu page will be bumped to reflect the next patch in 4 weeks. (That one’s gonna be awesome!!) We’ll be rolling out another hefty round of bug fixes, and we want to encourage everyone, especially our new players, to keep sending those bug reports. It does matter, and it does help the game’s development, so even if you’re frustrated by an issue you encounter, you CAN be the one that helps get it fixed. We’re very grateful to be surrounded by a community that cares about the game, and is willing to take the time to share feedback.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time for ArkCo News! Stay awesome!