Maia - simon
It's update time and Maia 0.62 has been deemed fit for consumption! Here's a quick video of me showing off some of the latest features I've been working on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR-8YrmHrWY

Alien Breeding and Parenting Behaviours
More of the alien creatures can now breed and produce a flock of tiny cute murder machines. This will change how they protect their territories, react to colonists, and also feed back into the simulation of the ecosystem in new and emergent ways.

Baby creatures, and animals of all sorts, will now imprint on the first thing they see and follow and copy their new parent. So be sure to keep your livestock room doors locked unless you want your dogs to become unsuspecting parents to your hatchling chickens.



 
Fear
Colonists will now sometimes break down and run away from something if it terrifies them, such as an alien sneaking into the base or an out of control fire breaking out. They will go cower and cry and feel guilty about how much of a burden they are to the colony.

When trapped in rooms colonists will start getting very upset and start banging on doors to try and escape. Leaving them in the room will deeply upset them, potentially damaging their sanity causing them to harm equipment or themselves!

 



 
Fine Dining
Colonists can now sit down at the dining table for relaxing communal meals in the living area, allowing them to rest, eat and socialise simultaneously.

They can can also now deposit raw food supplies in the storage room if there is a surplus of production. These can be picked up later to build ration packs or to fill a food preparation station.

 



 
Deep Learning
Colonists can now learn skills by practising them, once a new skill is leant it will allow the colonist to perform the action better, faster or more often. They can also sit at desks to learn new expertise in theory, saving themselves the effort and bringing more exotic skill sets to your colony.

 



 
Other major changes:
  • Fix for locked doors blocking nearby objects.
  • Loads of new detail and variants in colonist activity report emails.
  • Colonist activity reports added for building rooms, panicking, and shooting animals.
  • New 32 exe for Windows users. Stop using 32 bit Windows, please, join us in the future.
  • Turret tracer effect added. Turret PFX updated.
  • Several object placement problems fixed (such as nearby blocked objects stopping you placing something).
  • Higher density of grass, foliage and creatures on the exterior world map.
  • Button flashing added for new emails to grab the user's attention faster.
  • Fusion reactor now requires you to initiate a power up. This will require many fly wheels or super capacitors.
  • Fly wheels and super capacitors have a higher capacity to better represent future materials. This now makes a larger solar powered base more feasible.
  • Smelting rebalanced.
  • Colonist stockpiling needs balanced.
  • Rebalancing of lighting.
  • Colour grade changed.
  • New animated volumetric fog outside.
  • Lava fluid simulation optimised.
  • Body KJ of energy for creatures changed which should lead to different hunger and carrion behaviours.
  • Bug with air vents settings fixed.
  • Crop blight tweaked to be slightly less predicable.
  • Several maintenance needs tweaked for different items.
  • Pips added to the GUI between emails to denote the differences in specific days.
  • Fixed several door pathfinding fixes.
  • Massive performance optimisations on several core systems. (40% better frame rate in some cases).
  • Many small optimisation fixes.
  • Fixes for several missing pfx in the exterior and lava.
  • Large amounts of code cleanup on game and engine.
  • A few potential crash bugs fixed.
Maia is now undergoing very regular changes. Sometimes several a day. Get on the development branch if you'd like to be part of this transition from Alpha to Beta. The 1.0 release for Maia is now set for August so I need all the help I can get with testing.

That's all for now. If you like these updates be sure to drop us feedback via Twitter and Steam reviews.
Maia - simon
Maia 0.61 is out now. Right now. This build brings many new useful features to the game and a significant amount of tweaks and fixes.

Here’s a video of me playing the latest release:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZyRkEkUCME

Interface

This update brings several new user interface and management tools to the game. Room options are now available and allow for managing the stockpiling of items, new security features and even tweaking the lighting of a room. Just click a room to see the available options. Carefully managing these fine grained controls can significantly improve the efficiency of a busy base.





When placing items the UI now presents more useful information about whether an object is reachable, and visible paths are shown to illustrate how the colonists would walk to the item.

Movement orders

You can now practice your interior design skills and rearrange items in your base using the new movement order. By click-dragging on an item you will create a new move order and your colonists will push the items to their new locations. Utility robots given movement orders will use them as waypoints and if they are not too busy, go directly to the locations.




The tutorial has been significantly reworked and with more guidance and information, and provides an easier and clearer first contact with the game. Even experienced players may find it useful to give it another go.

Planning

Build priority changes for better base flow and design. Colonists are now more aware of the flow of a base and will order door builds based on the need of that specific room. They will also no longer have complete emotional breakdowns when locked in a room with no doors, so will build one if it is placed. They will also share workbenches more efficiently and the amount of duplicated builds has been reduced.

Suit refill points are now critical to surface operations. You can no longer build items far away from your base and must build a supply chain to the item so your colonists can restock their suits and rest.

 



Resuscitation and first aid has been added, allowing colonists to save unconscious members of the team (if they like them enough). Just ensure you pick some colonists with medical skills as improperly given resuscitation can give patients other health complications.

Other notable changes:
  • Colonists with surface walking skills will now walk much faster in suits.
  • Atmosphere generator output increased a little.
  • Vent system tweaked to push less air than the atmosphere generator.
  • Medical emergencies are now mentioned by the base announcer.
  • Probe generation fixed. Every map now has several lost robotic probes to find.
  • Tutorial spelling mistakes fixed.
  • Migration event emails now lock onto specific creature.
  • Camera locks on to colonist who sent an email when it is opened.
  • Utility robot infotip fixed.
  • If an AI is destroyed in code they will now properly release any item they were using.
  • Tutorial can now be completed using the alt-rotate.
  • Text overlays for objects and rooms are no longer drawn when an email is open.
  • Mouseover text is hidden if the player opens the manifest.
  • Cursor animations for left and right clicking.
  • Cursor size options added to the menu.
  • Capsules should no longer land next to each other.
  • Holes in several environment models fixed.
  • Fix for pathfinding bug where colonists went to wrong interaction point, potentially getting stuck.
  • Interface options menu split off.
  • Lights brighten when mouse-overed.
  • Tracking sound fixed to only fire when clicking a living item.
  • Sounds for selecting colonists on the menu added.
  • Sounds for turning on and off heaters fixed.
  • Fixed several colonist animation bugs.
  • General game code improvements and optimisations.
  • Inter-gameobject messaging improved code quality and to reduce bugs.
  • Engine render calls made more efficient.
  • Lava lights fixed.
  • Lava optimisations.

As you may be aware, we are rapidly approaching beta, so do send us all your bugs and issues. Be sure to get yourself on the development branch to see all the latest changes.

That's all for now. If you like these updates be sure to drop us feedback via Twitter and Steam reviews.
Community Announcements - simon
Alpha 0.60 is here! Lava can now rain down into your base, incinerating anything in its path. Here's a video of me showing off the new features and changes to the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20AsxhlpBkU

Lava
Lava, (perhaps more accurately, magma) is now in the game! Maps with high tectonic activity will run a huge risk of lava breaches, that will pour into your colony and destroy anything in its path. Watch as your equipment and colonists die gloriously in the all consuming fire. The system is a full 3d fluid smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulation so has realistically simulated viscosity, density and pressures all running in real time.



 
Memories.
All intelligences in the game now have a detailed long term memory, allowing them to remember their actions, moods and feelings. In their emails, colonists will now comment on what they did in a day, why they did it, how they felt about it, how important it was and even details down to what the bases conditions were like at the time. Domestic and alien creatures will use their memory to make better choices in the future, such as returning to a place they found food or warmth.


 
Relationships
Colonists can now make friends, build relationships, fall in love and make enemies. The relationships will change their attitudes towards each other, their moods and their behaviour in the base. New interactions, such as arguments, follwing and shoving will come about as colonists get to know each other.
Interface improvements
The game's zoom has been improved substantially to allow you to get in close to the action, and also to allow you to pull back for a wider overview of your colony.

Many small changes have been added to the user interface to improve object placement, such as wall-snapping auto-rotation of items and object-type rotation memory, to allow for consistent placement when placing several duplicate items. A small amount of latency has been reduced from the mouse movement which will also make things feel more responsive.

The new mission-day counter on the top right of the screen will give you a better feel for your base's progress as you track the passage of time.



 
Other notable Changes:
  • Plants can now be harvested earlier if needed. Priority is given to plants that are fully matured.
  • Colonist food preparation priority increased.
  • Extra detail added to colonist emails regarding food and base planning.
  • Pressing escape from the options menu now takes you back to the game.
  • IMP digging cancel requests no longer pop up if there are no dig orders.
  • Colonists can now request to disable the alarms for a short period of time.
  • Game window buffer swap now performed before the frame end sleep, to improve responsiveness.
  • Tweak for world gen to prevent jungle worlds!
  • If water need is higher than food need, the colonists may now eat to fulfil it too.
  • Colonist water need only hijacks food need if need is greater than 50%
  • Eating now gives a bit more water.
  • Solar arrays now correctly advertising food need to the vox nocturna.
  • Geothermal generator now repairable by robots.
  • Twilight Zone mission ending and some text fixed.
  • Colonists will no longer go outside without suits to shoot or inspect downed aliens.
  • Fix and tweaks for medical room items build priority.
  • Chance of leg or arm fracture from earthquake reduced down to 2% for each.
  • When choice to torch medical beds is given and dismissed colonists will only have a 25% chance of getting gastric distress instead of 100%.
  • Fix for geothermal generators causing colonists to go outside without suits on.
  • Sitting on the floor was not giving colonists enough rest. Therefore if you did not build colonists beds before they got tired your base would become very unmanageable.
  • Entire world object placement generation code updated. Must faster now, and you will always have some creatures on the map.
  • Colonists have a little more water in their bodies now.
  • Sweating reduced when dehydrated.
  • Sweating reduced to two litres per hour equivalent. If a colonist has one litres of sweat on their body, sweating now stops.
  • Fix for announcer bugs.
  • Food prep priorities tweaked a little bit.
  • Object destruction order priorities tweaked on many objects. Fossils are rarer. So less likely to jam up your storage room in the early game.
  • Gaps removed from emails.
  • Multithreading improved for systems with four or more cores.
As you may be aware, we are rapidly approaching beta, so do send us all your bugs and issues. The estimated date for the 1.0 release of Maia is now the end of May.

That's all for now. If you like these updates be sure to drop us feedback via Twitter and Steam reviews.
Community Announcements - simon
I hope everyone enjoyed trying out the latest update over the weekend. I've been working like a mule to smooth off a few of the rough edges.

Here's the main changes gone in over the last few days.

Tuesday:

  • Sweating reduced to 2 litres per hour equivalent. If a colonist has 1 litres of sweat on their body, sweating now stops.
  • Grass is no longer an impediment to path finding.
  • Utility robots and colonists can now crush grass when going over it.
  • More grass spawned on the world, better clumping.
  • Email system scrolls to newest email if the user does not have one open and is not mousing over the "scroll back" button.
  • Potential fix for colonists complaining about no minerals when there is a hopper available.
  • Removal of confusing save and load buttons on game hud
  • Fix for announcer seldonly causing a crash when fire is started in an unknown room.
  • Fix for announcer announcing fires instead of rations low.
  • Fix for announcer announcing power depletion instead of power low.
  • Removal of strange 1MW output claim on wind turbine text.
  • 32 bit exe updated for people on ancient Windows.



Monday

  • Research room incorrectly labelled.
  • Incomplete door no longer suffers mechanical damage.
  • Incomplete door no longer blocks atmosphere.
  • AI agents now have a temperature weight (in addition to distance and need fulfilment). This weight reduces the chance of picking a task by 2.5% for every 10 degrees C away from 21 degrees Celsius.
  • Minerals in storage room now have a higher needs fulfilment for colonists than those in excavated areas. Minerals in the hopper now have a slightly higher needs fulfilment than those in the storage room.
  • Unbuilt doors can no longer be locked.
  • Colonist action level fixed to correctly change fatigue.
  • Chance of yawning increased when tired.
  • Fatigue fixes and balancing.
  • Colonist perspiration and ambient heat loss balancing. Fix for excessive sweating.
  • Sweat, ventilation and misc bodily water loss updated with better science.
  • Ventilations effect on room atmosphere now more accurately simulated, taking into better account lung capacity, CO2 toxicity and breath rate.
  • Potential fix for energy storage depleted complaint from Announcer.
  • Atmosphere generator output increased slightly.
  • Fix for lander lockups when there are no spots for a landing.



Sunday

  • Linux lib issues fixed which were preventing the game from starting on some systems.
  • Small lighting system performance optimisation.

Again thanks for all the bug reports and save files.

I'll be releasing 0.60 quite soon. We haven't quite nailed down the feature list yet, but it should bring a few very anticipated things from the road map.



Keep up to date with the progress of the game on dev.maiagame.com!
Community Announcements - simon
Maia 0.59 is now live. This update brings the threat of dangerous alien creature incursions into the base. Don't panic! Your colonists are now armed and ready for them, with new patrol behaviours to hunt down and eradicate the threat. 0.59 also brings a multitude of cool new features, such as the command and control room, new UI changes, AI updates and hundreds of bug fixes.

Here's a video of me showcasing some of the new features:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNe3cNYEuxk
Invasions.
The local creatures are now far more likely to breach a base that sits within their territory. They may enter to steal livestock and rations or just to mark their territory by destroying your vital equipment. Colonists are ready for them however with new side arms and patrol behaviours to locate and destroy the intruders.


Special Stuff
Not all the local wildlife is a menace. With ecological research, the nocturnal aliens can now be captured, domesticated, bred and slaughtered for high quality tasty food production.

Overseer
The new command and control room gives your colonists better command oversight of your base. It lifts the population cap and provides a map table that gives insight to the movement of colonists and threats to your base. It's thermal mode allows you to spot issues with heat distribution within your network of rooms.


Easy Reading
UI accessibility has taken a step forward with a new dyslexic mode for the game that presents a dyslexia friendly font and increases text sizes throughout the game. Dynamic drop shadows have also been added on overlay text to ease reading in high contrast scenes and many button behaviours have been tweaked to stop misclicks and other small annoyances.


T'annoy
Several base announcements have been added to provide feedback for many base systems such as power grid issues, blackouts caused by solar storms and energy storage depletion. The announcer will also warn of incoming natural disasters, base events and fire emergencies.


Basophobia
The games's pathfinding systems have been improved, which should lead to less issues with complex build orders and also see greater performance gains on low end machines.
Rough change log since 0.58:
  • Colonists now carry and use sidearms.
  • Colonists will now patrol inside the base .
  • Colonists with markspersonship skills are now more effective at shooting.
  • Rifle firing outside is better in synced in sound and animation. Includes tracer rounds pfx.
  • Alien protobirds can now eat ration packs, dead voxnocturnus and also... other protobirds.
  • Protobirds can attack worklights and other base equipment.
  • Alien bum scooting animations no longer give the creatures too much velocity.
  • Sound lure now makes voxnocturnus clicking sounds .
  • Dyslexic mode added and several GUI changes made for readability.
  • 2x MSAA added.
  • Door frames can now be built without materials, but require them to be completed.
  • Flare burn time now saved to stop them all reigniting on load and creating a headache inducing din.
  • New colonist emails to ask for medical and research rooms.
  • IMP AI tightened up to prevent dawdling.
  • IMP sound and pfx synced to animations.
  • Many more objects generate heat from wasted electricity.
  • Super capacitor energy storage now degrades much slower.
  • Object holograms given bases to aid placement.
  • Base announcements for fires, earthquakes, solar events, energy storage depletion and more.
  • Utility robot wheels now kick up dirt.
  • Damage particle effects added to many objects.
  • Control room added. Colonist cap reduced to eight, control room raises that to 12.
  • Map table added with sonic mapping and thermal mapping modes.
  • New research for alien domestication and captive breeding.
  • Some research perks now have prerequisite research that is needed before they can be discovered.
  • Medical bed interaction point moved to stop colonists getting stuck using it.
  • Chicken wandering behaviour fixes. They will now seek out the livestock room faster and not wander out of it so much.
  • IMP pathfinding and framerate issues fixed when stuck in in anomalous locations.
  • Room update improvements and optimisations. Larger bases supported.
  • Fix for occasional bug where a room tile is not deletable on right click.
  • Fix for loads failing because the ongoing mission flag was not set and the game exiting back to menu in the blink of an eye.
  • Atmosphere spread in subrooms of large blue casing areas fixed and optimised.
  • New colonist surnames added.
  • Game world rendering improved and optimised.
  • Airlocks no longer cause intermittent pathfinding blockage. Reducing the chance of issues with building outside.
  • Rooms no longer locked on startup allowing colonists to wander about before an initial room is placed.
  • Crop blight adjusted to be less predictable.
  • Colonists will now assign a higher priority to body-bagging up corpses.
  • IMPs will no longer use hoppers when not carrying enough materials.
  • Flywheel integrity degradation adjusted, colonists will consequently no longer spend as much time trying to fix them as a high priority task.
  • AI agent path verification on world changes optimised. Building, locking doors, cave ins and digging should cause less CPU spikes.
  • Colonist and IMP idle behaviours now checked against reachable sectors. Should reduce failed pathfinds and improve performance.
  • Dog pathfinding optimised.
  • Cat pathfinding optimised.
  • Several spelling mistakes fixed
  • Potential data corruption fixes.
  • Every item in the game now has a very simple description of what it does in general terms when placing it.
  • Basic food production added to the tutorial.
  • Basic explanation of the heat mechanics added to the tutorial
  • Colonist requests can now be answered with a y/n key press. Those are rebindable in the menu options.
  • Build priority added to the tutorial. (Double click on items to set them higher!)
  • Objects no longer maintain high priority after being built.
  • Cave ins and structural weaknesses no longer persist between level changes. This may also prevent a crash.
  • Colonists will now be less likely to over run when approaching an object. Stopping them getting stuck in and behind things.
  • Dracaena plant selection fixed and readded to the game.
  • More rooms given the selection of three aesthetic plants.
  • Aesthetic plants no longer spread blight.
  • Aesthetic plants no longer show Kj of energy stored in them like food plants as they are quite inedible.
  • Colonists will no longer join a team meeting if they are already going to an action with a high need.
  • Sounds added for loading and saving and for successful and failed loads.
  • Greyed out buttons now capture input so elements behind them can not be clicked on.
  • When an email is open no left or right clicks will be accepted apart from to the email manager buttons.
  • Emails can be dismissed with a right click.
  • No input is accepted for a fraction of a moment after closing an email to prevent misclicks that might cause dig orders etc to be placed.
  • Hud no longer updates when the player is in first person, stopping it grabbing input or applying the screen darkening effect.
  • Chickens no longer self destruct after being on fire if there are two or less remaining.
  • Building materials no longer placeable in workshop or storage room to reduce player confusion (Colonists will automatically move surplus materials from the smelter to the shelves).
  • The colonists will no longer present the player with any choices in the first few minutes of game play.
  • Engine draw call optimisation.
  • 32 bit exe updated.
I'll be back soon with our next update in December. Here's a rough roadmap of what to look forward to as we approach Beta and then release.



If you like these updates be sure to drop us feedback via Twitter and Steam reviews.
Community Announcements - simon
Maia 0.59 is now deep into production, and I have decided to release some of the fixes from that milestone early.

This build focuses on improving performance and several small annoyances in the game. The CPU and cache optimisations in this release will bring a frame rate improvement of up to 20% on some previously bottlenecked systems.

  • Chicken wandering behaviour fixes. They will now seek out the livestock room faster and not wander out of it so much.
  • IMP pathfinding and framerate issues fixed when stuck in in anomalous locations.
  • Room update improvements and optimisations. Larger bases supported.
  • Fix for occasional bug where a room tile is not deletable on right click.
  • Fix for loads failing because the ongoing mission flag was not set and the game exiting back to menu in the blink of an eye.
  • Atmosphere spread in subrooms of large blue casing areas fixed and optimised.
  • New colonist surnames added.
  • Game world rendering improved and optimised.
  • Engine draw call optimisation.

Thanks for all the feedback and reviews on the previous build. We will be back very soon with a feature full 0.59.

You can watch as I make and check in changes to our code base on https://dev.maiagame.com/ (some spoilers if you want the 0.59 update to be a surprise)
Community Announcements - simon
Time for another hotfix build!

Today's update brings several important improvements to 0.58, and fixes several bugs that were hampering the AI and the simulation of more complex bases.

  • Airlocks no longer cause intermittent pathfinding blockage. Reducing the chance of issues with building outside.
  • Rooms no longer locked on startup allowing colonists to wander about before an initial room is placed.
  • Crop blight adjusted to be less predictable.
  • Colonists will now assign a higher priority to body-bagging up corpses.
  • IMPs will no longer use hoppers when not carrying enough materials.
  • Flywheel integrity degradation adjusted, colonists will consequently no longer spend as much time trying to fix them as a high priority task.
  • AI agent path verification on world changes optimised. Building, locking doors, cave ins and digging should cause less CPU spikes.
  • Colonist and IMP idle behaviours now checked against reachable sectors. Should reduce failed pathfinds and improve performance.
  • Dog pathfinding optimised.
  • Cat pathfinding optimised.
  • Several spelling mistakes fixed
  • Potential data corruption fixes.
  • 32 bit exe updated.

Thanks for all the feedback on the previous builds. We will be back very soon with more updates.

You can watch as I make and check in changes to our code base on https://dev.maiagame.com/

If you want more help getting into the game. Check out the useful guides on the community portal, including this getting started guide:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=779670720
Oct 19, 2016
Community Announcements - simon
Thanks for everyone who took the time to try the latest build and leave their feedback on the forums and and in reviews. I've fixed several of the pressing issues in the latest two hotfixes.

Yesturday's changes:

  • Every item in the game now has a very simple description of what it does in general terms when placing it.
  • Basic food production added to the tutorial.
  • Basic explanation of the heat mechanics added to the tutorial
  • Colonist requests can now be answered with a y/n key press. Those are rebindable in the menu options.
  • Build priority added to the tutorial. (Double click on items to set them higher!)
  • Caveins and structural weaknesses no longer persist between level changes. This may also prevent a crash.
  • Colonists will now be less likely to over run when approaching an object. Stopping them getting stuck in and behind things.

Today's changes:

  • Dracaena plant selection fixed and readded to the game.
  • More rooms given the selection of three aesthetic plants.
  • Aesthetic plants no longer spread blight.
  • Aesthetic plants no longer show Kj of energy stored in them like food plants.
  • Colonists will no longer join a team meeting if they are already going to an action with a high need.
  • Sounds added for loading and saving and for successful and failed loads.
  • Greyed out buttons now capture input so elements behind them can not be clicked on.
  • When an email is open no left or right clicks will be accepted apart from to the email manager buttons.
  • Emails can be dismissed with a right click.
  • No input is accepted for a fraction of a moment after closing an email to prevent misclicks that might cause dig orders etc to be placed.
  • Hud no longer updates when the player is in first person, stopping it grabbing input or applying the screen darkening effect.
  • Chickens no longer self destruct after being on fire if there are two or less remaining.
  • Building materials no longer placeable in workshop or storage room to reduce player confusion (Colonists will automatically move surplus materials from the smelter to the shelves).
  • The colonists will no longer present the player with any choices in the first few minutes of game play.

Again, thanks for the feedback, I will continue to fix the larger issues in the game and be back with more updates and patches in the future.

You can watch as I make and check in changes to our code base on https://dev.maiagame.com/

If you want more help getting into the game. Check out the useful guides on the community portal, including this getting started guide: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=779670720
Community Announcements - simon
Maia 0.58 has arrived. This update brings new AI systems, multiple base support, deepened simulation, procedural colonist written music and sci-fi and hundreds upon hundreds of bug fixes. Here's a video of me playing the latest build:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pqq1bqldI4

Emergent-cy

Colonists are now able to use their skill sets and experience to plan tasks and directly consult players on the running of the colony. From complex base management and room planning, to scientific excursions to the surface, torching failing crops and even presenting their mood-reflecting avant-garde electronic music or their desperately clichéd (procedural) science fiction writing. These emergent choices add a little extra challenge, depth and flavour to the game.



Expansionism

Multiple airlocks and even rudimentary multiple bases are now supported, allowing for much more ambitious building projects and paving the way for colonising the game's massive maps. Colonists will now take much greater care to manage their suit usage, planning their journeys around efficiency and safety.



Thinking Machines

Robot batteries now run down and will need to be replenished at a robot recharge station. A robot on low power will become sluggish and throw more fussy tantrums, upsetting the colonists. The IMP AI has had a major rewrite to re-prioritise their efforts around digging and materials collection. Their new detailed mouse over info-tips presenting a clearer picture of their robotic planning process.



Feed the rot. Rot the feed.

Crops are now susceptible to fungal blights, which spread based on temperature and maturity of the plants. These diseases can transfer to nearby hydroponic planters and wipe out plants of the same species. Growing varied crops and carefully considering placement of the growers, lights and heating adds new depth and challenge to food production.

Neighbors (become good friends?)

The creatures in the world will now migrate around the map to expand their territories and seek out new food sources. If the animal's new territory includes your base you will receive a warning email, giving you more time to consider defences.



Precipitation solution

Food and Water systems have been tweaked in many ways to reduce issues around dehydration and starvation. These range from the new condenser unit that can provide an efficient water source in any room, to new colonist crop anticipation priorities, down to small planning tweaks in the storage room reducing the chance of essential items being buried in mineral ore by a careless robot.



Notable changes include:

  • Tutorial start base is warmer and has more atmosphere to take the pressure off new players.
  • Base manifest now lists where colonists are going and more useful information.
  • Added new emergent Colonist Suggestion emails
  • Added Robot recharge station.
  • Robots now move slower if they run low on charge.
  • IMP AI rewritten.
  • IMPs should no longer stand still when given unreachable orders.
  • IMPs should no longer start conversations when carrying things, which lead to bugs.
  • Creatures now migrate around the map based on habitat.
  • Timmy the dog less likely to get stuck in walls. Sorry about that Timmy.
  • Warning emails for creature migration added.
  • Politeness no longer applies to using airlocks.
  • Total rewrite of colonist airlock AI, including support for multiple airlocks.
  • New Condenser object added.
  • Creature Sound Lure added.
  • Crops can now catch blight if in overly warm rooms and not regularly harvested.
  • Colonists with medical skills now wear white shirts.
  • Colonists no longer walk through locked doors
  • Colonist food growth/preparation cycle rewritten to ensure colonists plan to create food, reducing starvation.
  • Colonists can now use the smelter if it is left with minerals. However this risks fire as they are incompetent.
  • Greatly reduced instances of colonists failing to build outside.
  • Adjusted water barrel interaction points, leading to fewer interaction issues.
  • Storage room tweaks to allow for better access and more efficient packing.
  • Fix for rare case where cursor locked up when quitting to main menu.
  • Medical Beds can now catch fire.
  • Standard Beds can now be repaired after catching fire.
  • Glitch effect during solar flares is now more obvious.
  • Mouse over info-tips optimised. No longer update too fast to read.
  • Several info-tips rewritten to be more useful.
  • Some animation length fixes.
  • Colonists will now mention it in emails if they are dehydrated.
  • Utility Robots act on repairs before colonists.
  • Workshop table now sparks when damaged.
  • Reduced tendency for Workshop Table to get damaged.
  • Illnesses now take longer to progress.
  • Chicken AI improved. They should spread out more and show better flocking behaviours.
  • Colonists using the scanner will no longer send multiple diagnosis emails.
  • Tendency for healthy hypochondriac colonists to use the medical scanner reduced.
  • Medical scanner cycling more consistent. Cooldown added.
  • Fix for Bulkhead door disappearing when upgraded through research.
  • Improved graphics for Body Storage Unit.
  • Twilight Zone mission tweaked to account for new food system.
  • Additional starting text added to missions.
  • Repair sound added to make it easier to tell if colonists are fixing something.
  • Room atmosphere simulation optimisations
  • Miscellaneous spelling and grammar fixes.
  • AI for colonists taking ownership of objects rewritten to be more robust. Stops colonists who pop their clogs on the job from never relinquishing control of items.
  • Communications tower build priority changed.
  • Fixed building materials giving three materials for every one picked up.
  • Adjusted interaction points for Storage Room so that building materials could be taken off every wall.
  • Expanded clickable area on multiple objects to make them easier to select.
  • Solar Flares reduced.
  • Storage room objects moved to create more space.
  • Engine rendering optimisations
  • Changes to save system to store more data.(old saves are no longer compatible).
  • Mission hud now correctly resets.
  • New art assets for several models.
  • Fix for rare save-file issue where creatures had burrowed off the map and would cause instability.

I hope you enjoy this update, please let me know what you think over on the Maia forums or on Twitter. You can watch my development on https://dev.maiagame.com/

Maia 0.59 will be out at the start of November, with Maia 0.60, our first Beta build out on December 13.
Sep 15, 2016
Community Announcements - simon
Simon here! Update 0.58 is on the way soon, but on the way we have been releasing many small fixes to the current 0.57 release. These fixes centre around AI behaviour and there have now been enough of them for them to change the game significantly.

I'll save a full changelog for the next update, but here are some of the key changes to the current game:

  • Colonists are more aware of the importance of different parts of the food production cycle and can balance the competing needs of planting, harvesting and then preparing food. This will make the food preparation stations more effective and allow you to quickly build ration packs too.

  • Condenser units provide a source of drinking water and can be placed in most the rooms. This means that a lot less time will be wasted on regular trips to storage to drink. This coupled with food production fixes means dehydration will be much less of an issue.

  • Utility bots can now act on repairs long before colonists. This means that in larger bases you are not going to have as much time wasted to colonists doing repair work. The sound for repairs has been hooked up now, so if you hear a ratchet tightening you will know that a colonist is repairing something and you should consider building more repair robots.

  • Several parts of the building pipeline have been streamlined or fixed. Most the issues with colonists not building things outside are resolved. The workshop table now shows damage with a particle effect so it better telegraphed as unusable to the player.

  • Illnesses take longer to progress, barring a lot of bad luck, they will become an issue for the later game now.

  • IMP AI improved in several cases. Colonists will also no longer start conversations with robots that are carrying things, which caused stuff to get dropped in weird places and could break the game.

  • Chicken behaviour bugs fixed. This should see less clumping in the livestock containment and also more natural actions around the base.

In testing we've found that this smooths over most of the issues people were having with the game. The upcoming update also has a lot of nice little changes that will add a lot to the experience. We'll see you then.

Remember you can keep up to date with development by visiting https://dev.maiagame.com and viewing our changes as we make them.
...

Search news
Archive
2017
Jun   May   Apr   Mar   Feb   Jan  
Archives By Year
2017   2016   2015   2014   2013  
2012   2011   2010   2009   2008  
2007   2006   2005   2004   2003  
2002