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We are happy to announce the Phase 5 update has been released. In this update we have released our in game custom train builder. This innovative feature, found exclusively in Theme Park Studio, allows players
to quickly and easily create custom trains by snapping together pieces from the train build set. You can even mix and match pieces from different styles and coaster manufacturers, allowing you to invent your own designs,. Finally, you can paint each piece for the final touch.
We have also paid special attention to the voice of our backers. We understand that many casual users wanted a simpler path tool and updated controls. We are striving to make Theme Park Studio the ultimate theme park designer and respect our backers interests, so we built a completely new path tool. It is based on our popular coaster editor, and is very easy to use. With just a few clicks elaborate path systems can be designed with sidewalks, bridges, fences, pads, and intersections. We have even included stairs and the ability to dig into the terrain.
We also created a new control scheme called 'Basic Controls' This new control scheme provides a simpler control mechanic, and also includes helper functions like auto level at low altitudes. There is a checkbox option in Tools/Options menu that will enable/disable this feature, for those favoring the original control scheme. You will also find other control settings in the Tools/Options panel including scroll speed, rotation speed, edge scroll, and more.
Finally we added some in game design tips, to help players along their journey in creating amazing theme parks.
Below is a detailed list of new features and improvements:
Documentation for the Custom Train Builder, Express Path Builder, and new camera control features can be found in the Help/Documentation menu.
New in-game Custom Train Builder
• Custom train build set containing Launched, Wing, Floorless, Dragster, Giga, and Wood coaster pieces
• Pieces easily snap together and are interchangeable.
• Point and click painting of any train piece
• Build trains of any size, configuration, or length
• Easy controls that keep camera locked on your custom design
• New Express Path Builder
• Build elaborate path systems with just a few clicks
New path stairs with adjustable shape and size
• Single click path construction pieces, including a new bridge
• Vastly improved path editing with faster and more precise editing
• Paths auto snap to pad edges, making manual alignment a thing of the past (use control to disable)
• Paths auto snap to other paths (use control to disable)
• Buildings and rides auto snap to path sides (use control to disable)
• Optimized path movement and terrain interaction
• Added new terrain 'Dig' feature when terrain 'Clear' or 'Clear and Raise' is set.
• Dragging a path now rotates the end in the direction you are moving
• During the 1 click build process, paths detect intersections and auto snap to edges
Added new 'Basic Control' scheme
• Move the camera using a simple right mouse drag
• Rotate the camera using a middle mouse drag
• Zoom camera by positioning cursor over target and using mouse wheel.
• Customizable controls including scroll speed, edge scroll and more.
• Auto camera level at low altitudes
• Easy navigation.
We appreciate the support of all our backers and will continue to add requests into future phase updates.
Thank you for working with us during Early Access and helping us make Theme Park Studio the ultimate theme park simulator.
We hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.
We are happy to announce phase 4 is complete. We have also optimized memory, improved performance, and fixed bugs. Some of you may notice a significant performance increase.
Phase 4 allows you to attach audio to objects in your scene. For example, you can attach a motor sound to the center of the swing ride, then attach guest audio to each chair. As the swing ride rotates, the audio will change in volume and pan from ear to ear as the guests swing by the camera.
We have provided over a hundred audio samples in the sound effect library. Of course, since Theme Park Studio is all about customization, you are free to use your own audio samples if you wish. There is also a new audio properties panel for customizing each audio source to your individual needs.
For a quick start tutorial, simply add the Cyclone ride to your scene. Next click on the audio button from the side toolbar and open up the 'Flat Ride' sound effects panel. For this example we will use the 'Ferris Wheel Generator' sound. After clicking the thumbnail, hover the mouse over top of the ride. The part name will appear and begin with 'HUR2_TowerTop'. Left click to add the sound and press escape to exit 'Add Audio' mode. That is all there is to it. Now press the 'Test' park button on the top toolbar and you can audition your audio source.
Next we will add a hiss sound. Press the 'Test' button again to exit 'Test' mode. Click on the 'Mechanical' library button from the tool bar and press the 'Hiss' sound effect. Next hover the mouse over one of the arms, for example 'HUR2_Arm1', and left click to add the sound. Press Escape to exit 'Add Audio' mode. Now click on the 'Properties button on the bottom of the toolbar. Change 'Start Attenuation' to 20 to increase the audio, uncheck 'Pitch Shift', uncheck 'Loop', and enter '5' into 'Loop Interval' so the hiss sound will play every 5 seconds. Now press 'Test' park'. The ride now plays with a hiss sound from one of the arms every 5 seconds. As you can see the audio possibilities are almost endless.
Finally, we added the ability to attach a stereo music source to any coaster. Music is streamed and played while riding first person. We've provided some songs in the new music library, but you are free to stream your own custom music.
Documentation for the new audio features can be found in the Help menu.
Thank you for working with us during Early Access.
Theme Park Studio Team
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