Nature Treks VR - Custard
Not a very exiting patch but its been a common request recently.

Thanks
-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard
Hello Everyone,

As promised I have just added a guide that hopefully gives players an idea of what animals can be encountered within Nature Treks VR and the environments they can be found in.
In time I will do more work on the guide. There are still several animals that need adding, mainly smaller fish and some more birds.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1317076104

Nature Treks VR - Custard






Hello Everybody,

The new update is finally ready, its taken longer than originally planned but hopefully it is worth it. Its a mixed bag of improvements and additions, most of them based on common requests, I have tried to listen and do what I can to keep improving the experience. I was planning to launch this next week accompanied by some marketing material and a new trailer but I have decided to release early.

A pass on all animal models has been completed, a number of new animals have also been added bringing the total number of animal encounters in excess of 60. I will be making a guide of all animals featured and where to find them in the next couple of weeks.
A completely new animal behaviour system has been implemented that allows the animals to behave in a more natural manner and lets them herd.
The audio has had a complete overhaul with approximately 80% of the audio effects being replaced. A volumetric audio system has also been incorporated.
The music tracks not ending smoothly has been fixed. A new simplified help panel has been added. An option to disable the audio visualisation elements but retain the music has been added. Icons now appear when toggling options to give some feedback to the user. Several trees have been replaced with higher detail versions (Most pine trees). Added some smaller animals such as dragonflies, wasps. bees and lady bugs.
Two new environments have been added. 'Jade Jurassic' features numerous peaceful herding dinosaurs in a prehistoric valley.
'Gray Storm' aims to provide a more localized experience and includes a Komodo dragon, giant tortoise, geko, iguana and a 'feature event' dragon.
Several incidental interactive objects have been added to 'Gray Storm' such as shells and sticks. This alludes to additional features that will be available in the next project.
There are a few things that didn't make it. Namely a full graphical interface (I tried but it broke everything) and some additional locomotion requests/options that really needed a graphical interface to implement/select them.
Nature Treks VR has become what a large project, now with 15 environments (from an original 8), making adjustments very time consuming. Given that, I have decided to focus additional requests and feedback into the new project which hopefully builds and improves upon the essence of the NTVR experience.

Changes in this update include:
  • Added new environment 'Jade Jurassic'
  • Added new environment 'Gray Storm'
  • Added new audio system
  • Added 2 new music tracks
  • Added 16 new animals
  • Added new animal behaviour system
  • Added new help panels
  • Added toggle icons
  • Fixed bug with music not ending smoothly
  • Various other tweaks and fixes

If you have an issues just let me know and I will be sure to take a look. On the flip side if you do enjoy NTVR a positive review is always appreciated, I read them all and its always a positive lift to get a nice one.

Thanks for supporting the project.

-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard




Hello Everybody,

After the ocean, space and Halloween themes of the last few updates NTVR goes back to its roots with a new tranquil environment 'Green Bamboo'.
Its quite a diverse landscape so hopefully something for everyone, it also includes a new animal, an Asian Tiger.

Now we have a good number and broad variety of environments development will now shift toward improving and building on the fundamental experience.

Changes in this update include:
Added new environment ' Green Bamboo'
Added new animal audio
Added new audio tracks
Fixed some of the color banding in 'Blue Moon'
Fixed the flicking fire glitch affecting rift users

NOTE: If you experience extreme judder for the first few seconds when entering an environment please exit and re-enter or wait for it to settle down. It seems to happen only on first load - looking into the cause.

As always if you have any issues, comments or suggestions please let me
know and I will be sure to listen and take a look.

Thanks for supporting the project - I really mean it. Its been a great journey so far and given some time I think I can really evolve the essence of the experience.

-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard




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Hello Everybody,

A new environment has been added. 'Blue Moon' aims to give a haunting
yet beautiful experience, there are no jump scares here, only your
imagination. Hopefully it creates a nice atmosphere in time for
Halloween. This environment is also different from the others in that it
contains some man made structures. There are also some new animals to be
found.
NOTE: I've noticed an issue with the flickering fire on the Rift, will try and fix it in the next update.

Some work on the audio visualization FX has been added. Remember if you
toggle off the music these will also stop appearing.

Aurora Borealis have been added to 'White Winter' if you toggle the time
of day to night.

Changes in this update include:
  • Added new environment ' Blue Moon'
  • Added new audio visualisation FX
  • Added Aurora Borealis effect to 'White Winter'
  • Added new audio tracks
  • Removed rim shader from animals
  • Slowed down some rolling fog effects
  • Fixed issue with the player being to high in scene selection
  • Various other minor fixes and tweaks

Another update with a new environment will follow in the near future. It
will take the shape of a beautiful Asian landscape complete with tigers.

As always if you have any issues, comments or suggestions please let me
know and I will be sure to listen and take a look.

Thanks for supporting the project.

-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard





Hello Everybody,

This new update takes you to the stars with a completely new environment and experience. Create stars, planets and solar systems in a tranquil physics based sandbox experience.
Glide high above the earth, manifest a beautiful comet storm or simply create a spectacular cosmic forest of 'galaxy trees'.
Failing that just send everything into oblivion then meditate inside a singularity (Really you can :)).

Changes in this update include:
  • Added new environment ' Black Beginning'
  • Added new audio tracks
  • Added free locomotion for xbox controller users(Rift)
  • Performance improvements (Ongoing)
  • Changed animal Ai so they don't run away from player
  • Various fixes and tweaks

Another environment is in production with a new climate type and a host of new animals. I will update the 'update plan' on the discussions board with some more details on the current road map for NTVR. I will continue to support it and improve it.

As always if you have any issues, comments or suggestions please let me know and I will be sure to listen and take a look.

Thanks for supporting the project.

-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard



Hello Everybody,

Just a note to say that a new update is in the final stages of testing and will be made available soon (Next few days).

This update will feature a new environment 'Black Beginning'. The new environment enables you to create stars, planets and solar systems in a tranquil physics based sandbox experience.
You can also hover above the earth, manifest a comet storm and create a forest of 'galaxy trees'. Or you can just send everything into oblivion and meditate inside a singularity.

There is also new audio, fixes, performance improvements and requested tweaks. A free movement locomotion system has been implemented for Rift users using an Xbox Controller.

Another new environment that features a new climate with plenty of new animals is in development for anyone wanting more of that.

Once the update is live I will post an announcement as usual.

Thanks for supporting the project.

Cheers
John
Nature Treks VR - Custard
Hello Everybody,

Just a small update for 3dRudder users.

Users of 3dRudder controller can now enjoy full axis support in 'Blue Deep'.

In terms of other update news there are 2 new environments being worked on, new animals are being added and new audio visualisation features are also in progress.

As always if you have any issues, comments or suggestions please let me know and I will be sure to listen and take a look.

Thanks for supporting the project.

-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard




Hello Everybody,

The new 'Blue Deep' underwater environment is now available.

I wanted to spend some more time on this but I've been working long hours on it and am pretty worn out. Will be taking a week or so off to spend with my family.

As I mentioned previously this has been in development for some time intended as a separate project. I will continue to add and polish this and all the other environments.

You can explore the environment and discover a host of ocean life including dolphins, turtles, sword fish, sharks, manta ray, Orca, Jelly fish, sea horses, a variety of smaller schools. Plus get up close to the largest animal ever, the blue whale.

Warning: There are over 1000 fish in the environment and it can get resource demanding.

The creator orbs allow you to control huge schools of fish and create a lively sea bed with kelp forests and seaweed.

There is also a couple of wrecks to discover.

As for the other environments some new animals have been added including some Gorillas, Leopards, Snow Leopards and Linx.

Changes in this update include:

  • Added new environment ' Blue Deep'
  • Added gorilla to 'white waterfall'
  • Added leopards to 'white waterfall'
  • Added snow leopards to 'white winter'
  • Added Linx to 'white winter'

Also contains various other minor tweaks and improvements

As always if you have any issues, comments or suggestions please let me know and I will be sure to listen and take a look.

Thanks for supporting the project.

-John
Nature Treks VR - Custard


Hello Everybody,

I'm pleased to announce that an Ocean Update will be coming to Nature Treks VR soon.

Originally planned as a separate release I have decided to included it as a free update for Nature Treks VR to say thanks to everyone that has supported and stuck with the project.
Its come along way and without people taking the plunge early on, the updates would not have been possible.
Nature Treks VR was never envisaged as a way to generate personal wealth so as long as I'm getting by I will continue to maximise content.

There is still some work left to be done. Expect a late July or early August release. I will keep the forum updated with any news or developments.

Thanks
-John
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