Subsistence - ColdGames

Hi guys! Today’s update brings a vast expansion to the west side of the map. A new forest type hugs the mountain slopes and stretches out around the large central lake. Waterfalls, streams, lagoons and cliffs offer new points of navigation and locations for interesting base designs.

I’ve implemented new tree and foliage types to give the new areas a distinct aesthetic from the previous regions of the world. The increased foliage density may affect the difficulty in finding resources. Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it out.


The large central lake is now fully accessible from all sides. It always bothered me to have to fence off the central section of the lake, so I’m pleased to have this opened up.

The expanded lake area also means there are much greater areas of deep water. These depths aren’t currently accessible due to oxygen capacity. I definitely want to explore some ideas so that there are reasons and means for players to explore these depths in a future update.



Configurable hunter attack settings:
Players can now choose the hunter attack setting that best suits their taste. There are 3 settings:
  1. Normal attack patterns:
    Hunters will launch periodic attacks on player bases and revenge attacks.
  2. Only revenge attacks:
    Hunters will only attack player bases if they are avenging a player attack against them.
  3. Never attack:
    Hunters will still guard their territory, but will not launch attacks on player bases.

These new settings should give players better freedom to customize their own games. This setting can be changed whenever when launching a profile.

Reduced predator count in easy mode:
Many players have mentioned that the predators are too overbearing (no pun intended) in easy mode, and I have to agree. It’s not very welcoming to new players looking to get a feel for the mechanics to be bombarded by attacks. The reduction is close to 20%, so not a total nerf, but should make a positive impact for players of this mode. Note: This does not affect cougar spawns.


Compass:
Given the much larger space for players to explore, I’ve implemented a basic compass as an additional tool of navigation. This has been notably requested by co-op players, new to the game, to help locate one another.

This isn’t currently a craftable item, and simply displays as default in top-left of the hud. It didn’t seem worth making it craftable until there is a map implemented.

Base lights optimization:
Up until now interior base lights have been quite expensive on fps. This is due to their expensive dynamic shadow casting. It looks really cool, but could get needlessly taxing on system resources when there are many lights on at the time. I’ve implemented a system to dynamically toggle their individual shadow casting based on the current fps, so it should scale appropriately while maintaining a stable fps.

Increased Rogue Squads:
Due to the expanded map size, there are now slightly more rogue squads on the map at any given time. I’ll be keeping a close eye on how this balances out. I appreciate any feedback on this in the forums or discord.


Other notable changes:
  • Fixed bug that caused predator to group-up at one particular spot on the map (details for those interested: https://steamcommunity.com/app/418030/discussions/0/2561864094348880301/).
  • Fixed bug/exploit where clients of co-op games could build overly close to hunter bases (thanks GameEdged, Ohno, Emma, Selebear, Dread for finding this one ;) ).
  • Added splashing particle effect for players running through water.
  • Sinew removed from grenade recipe.
  • Updated sound for upgrading structures to armor-plated.
  • Glass roofs now require glass to repair (was previously wood).
  • 9mm ammo now stacks to 50 and 7.62 stacks to 25 (included in prior hotfix).
  • Added system to ensure more even spread of deer in the world.
  • More pronounced hairs on wolves and bears.

Some players may feel that focus should have been on balance and expanding on gameplay mechanics. It’s important the map continues to grow incrementally to accommodate for future mechanics (there will certainly be more expansions in the future). I want travel and exploration to start to play a greater role as the game continues to grow. This month I had family visiting, so it made sense for me to take the opportunity and commit to a large map expansion for this particular sprint.

After such an art-heavy sprint, I’m really looking forward to moving onto many other pressing tasks. All with a much larger world to work within.

Thanks for everyone’s patience on this one. It means a lot to see support from players on the forums and discord. Please come and join the discord if you haven’t already (link below).

Hope you have a great weekend.
CG

Discord invite: https://discord.gg/zyy4jQs
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New wildlife (Deer):
It’s been a while since any new animals have been introduced. You will now find wild deer roaming the landscape. The idea being to add greater diversity to the wildlife population, while adding a non-aggressive, elusive and agile animal to hunt.

New behavior system:
Unlike the other animals that stay somewhat localized to their territory, deer will traverse the entire world while grazing and dodging predators. They are stealthy and spook easily, so players should be careful while hunting.

They are coded to understand where they’ve previously been and to explore new areas, so you may find one wandering into your backyard or into unexpected areas (so keep an eye out). Their hearing and sight sensitivity differs across easy/medium/hardcore.

Animal-on-animal attacks:
Predators will now chase and kill deer. It has been tricky to balance the predator/prey life-cycle, so i’ll be keeping a close eye on how this balance plays out and will make adjustments as necessary.

Headshots:
Because of how quick deer can flee, focus on landing a headshot to ensure a kill. The vanilla 9mm won’t kill on a single hit, but all other weapons (including the bow) will.

Antlers and craftable Adhesive:
Harvesting deer will yield antlers (as well as meat and cloth). Antlers can crafted down with biofuel and ash to create a strong adhesive.

Adhesive is now used in several of the advanced crafting recipes (especially glass structures which now require less scrap).

Mechanical Ladder Hatch:
A new ladder hatch can now be found in the default crafting menu (under wood ceilings). Placed like any normal ceiling, it can be opened and closed to gain access to floors in your base without the need for stairs.

The ladder hatch can also be upgraded to armor-plated using the hammer.


Claymore mines:
Players can now craft claymores at the workbench. These can be placed around your base perimeter to help deal lots of damage during hunter attacks.

Here are their rules:
  • Players that place them will be safe from triggering them.
  • Teammates of a player who placed them will not trigger them (so don’t forget to add your teammates to the player list in the BCU).
  • Animals will not trigger them, so there are primarily intended to defend against hunter attacks.

They can be moved and/or disassembled, much like buildables. They can also be shot to trigger a detonation, which may come in handy during a fight.


Hunter-placed traps:
Hunters can also now use claymores. Once their base becomes large enough, they will start placing them to ward off raids (so watch your footing).

New Glass Roofs:

I’ve added three new glass roof buildables (compact, slanted and curved). These can be found in the default player crafting menu.

My hope is this will give players a bit more freedom with their base layouts, and lead to some interesting and cool looking designs.

Inverted Stairs and Armor Plating:
I’ve finally gotten around to adding an inverted variant of the corner stairs, which many players have politely asked for for a long time. While I was at it, I also added armor plated variants for each.


Hunter AI:
There have been a lot of small improvements to the hunter AI.
  • They now use a deeper tree of pathing decisions while travelling large distances across the landscape.
  • I’ve reworked their swimming behavior. They no longer flip and spin on their back while crossing water. They now smoothly swim across bodies of water. This also means they reach their destination quicker, making them less vulnerable to fire while swimming.
  • I’ve fixed many of their odd quirks while in combat. Such as; they no longer aim away from their target and spin at the last moment to take shots, instead taking time to aim at their target, allowing players time to react. I’ve slightly reduced their firing frequency to balance these changes.
  • They now use new pathing to find dry land while in deep water (this is also applied to animal AI).

Please note: The hunter AI is very much a work in progress, and I know they still need a lot of work. I have a lot planned for them to make them capable and believable adversaries who are fun to fight. It will take time.

Netcode optimizations:
I’ve spent some time trimming out a lot of unnecessary network calls during co-op play. Digging through various systems I managed to find a great deal that were needlessly using up bandwidth. Netcode is something I’ll be continuing to improve as the game evolves. The plan is to soon support dedicated servers for greater stability.

Disable Autosave:
Some players have reported lag spikes during auto-saves. While I investigate the cause of this issue I’ve added the ability to disable auto-save from the options menu (under the gameplay tab). Please note that this does not disable the auto-save on death (in normal and hardcore). If you choose to disable auto-save, please don’t forget to save manually (using F8) and the “Save and Exit” when leaving the game.


Other notable changes:
  • Fixed bug that prevented players from picking up items or harvesting animals in shallow water.
  • Inflicting a headshot now gives the player obvious audio feedback, regardless of distance to the target.
  • Fixed bug that would cause the camera to get stuck if using co-op text chat while butchering animals.
  • Added in-game option to toggle windowed mode (found in the graphics option menu).
  • Animal AI now will now choose to cross bodies of water if they cannot find a dry route to their destination.
  • Scrap metal now stacks up to 50 (previously 40).
  • Cougars now do slightly more damage to base structures.
  • Added some of the new items to the loot tables for hunter bases and locked crates.
  • Increased the color saturation of grass in the green meadows.
  • Prevented animals playing out suspicious animations while swimming.
  • Staggered the workload of the save system to reduce system demand during saves.
  • Fixed bug where hunters would build their campfires on river surfaces.
  • Fixed issue of hunters sometimes spawning on the wrong side of the fence. If you currently have hunters outside the fence, you can either reset them, or destroy their base with a BCU cracker.
  • Placing a second BCU now lights up the BCU build sphere on the original, so it is easier to know when you are linking them.
  • Fixed audio feedback not playing when upgrading base buildables.

Thanks as always to everyone that’s been supporting the project. It’s great to have you joining the discussion, making suggestions and reporting issues. It feels pretty amazing to be working on the project full-time now. I’m excited for the future and to truly start shaping and expanding the game.

If you haven’t already, please join myself and other players on the Discord server, and on the Steam forums. Please let me know if you experience any issues with the update. I’m sure there will be balancing tweaks needed.

Have an awesome weekend.
CG


Discord invite: https://discord.gg/zyy4jQs


Edit (hotfix): I needed to release a hotfix (at 6pm PST 10th April) to fix a reported bug that could lead to animals not tiring when giving chase.
Subsistence - ColdGames

New wildlife (Deer):
It’s been a while since any new animals have been introduced. You will now find wild deer roaming the landscape. The idea being to add greater diversity to the wildlife population, while adding a non-aggressive, elusive and agile animal to hunt.

New behavior system:
Unlike the other animals that stay somewhat localized to their territory, deer will traverse the entire world while grazing and dodging predators. They are stealthy and spook easily, so players should be careful while hunting.

They are coded to understand where they’ve previously been and to explore new areas, so you may find one wandering into your backyard or into unexpected areas (so keep an eye out). Their hearing and sight sensitivity differs across easy/medium/hardcore.

Animal-on-animal attacks:
Predators will now chase and kill deer. It has been tricky to balance the predator/prey life-cycle, so i’ll be keeping a close eye on how this balance plays out and will make adjustments as necessary.

Headshots:
Because of how quick deer can flee, focus on landing a headshot to ensure a kill. The vanilla 9mm won’t kill on a single hit, but all other weapons (including the bow) will.

Antlers and craftable Adhesive:
Harvesting deer will yield antlers (as well as meat and cloth). Antlers can crafted down with biofuel and ash to create a strong adhesive.

Adhesive is now used in several of the advanced crafting recipes (especially glass structures which now require less scrap).

Mechanical Ladder Hatch:
A new ladder hatch can now be found in the default crafting menu (under wood ceilings). Placed like any normal ceiling, it can be opened and closed to gain access to floors in your base without the need for stairs.

The ladder hatch can also be upgraded to armor-plated using the hammer.


Claymore mines:
Players can now craft claymores at the workbench. These can be placed around your base perimeter to help deal lots of damage during hunter attacks.

Here are their rules:
  • Players that place them will be safe from triggering them.
  • Teammates of a player who placed them will not trigger them (so don’t forget to add your teammates to the player list in the BCU).
  • Animals will not trigger them, so there are primarily intended to defend against hunter attacks.

They can be moved and/or disassembled, much like buildables. They can also be shot to trigger a detonation, which may come in handy during a fight.


Hunter-placed traps:
Hunters can also now use claymores. Once their base becomes large enough, they will start placing them to ward off raids (so watch your footing).

New Glass Roofs:

I’ve added three new glass roof buildables (compact, slanted and curved). These can be found in the default player crafting menu.

My hope is this will give players a bit more freedom with their base layouts, and lead to some interesting and cool looking designs.

Inverted Stairs and Armor Plating:
I’ve finally gotten around to adding an inverted variant of the corner stairs, which many players have politely asked for for a long time. While I was at it, I also added armor plated variants for each.


Hunter AI:
There have been a lot of small improvements to the hunter AI.
  • They now use a deeper tree of pathing decisions while travelling large distances across the landscape.
  • I’ve reworked their swimming behavior. They no longer flip and spin on their back while crossing water. They now smoothly swim across bodies of water. This also means they reach their destination quicker, making them less vulnerable to fire while swimming.
  • I’ve fixed many of their odd quirks while in combat. Such as; they no longer aim away from their target and spin at the last moment to take shots, instead taking time to aim at their target, allowing players time to react. I’ve slightly reduced their firing frequency to balance these changes.
  • They now use new pathing to find dry land while in deep water (this is also applied to animal AI).

Please note: The hunter AI is very much a work in progress, and I know they still need a lot of work. I have a lot planned for them to make them capable and believable adversaries who are fun to fight. It will take time.

Netcode optimizations:
I’ve spent some time trimming out a lot of unnecessary network calls during co-op play. Digging through various systems I managed to find a great deal that were needlessly using up bandwidth. Netcode is something I’ll be continuing to improve as the game evolves. The plan is to soon support dedicated servers for greater stability.

Disable Autosave:
Some players have reported lag spikes during auto-saves. While I investigate the cause of this issue I’ve added the ability to disable auto-save from the options menu (under the gameplay tab). Please note that this does not disable the auto-save on death (in normal and hardcore). If you choose to disable auto-save, please don’t forget to save manually (using F8) and the “Save and Exit” when leaving the game.


Other notable changes:
  • Fixed bug that prevented players from picking up items or harvesting animals in shallow water.
  • Inflicting a headshot now gives the player obvious audio feedback, regardless of distance to the target.
  • Fixed bug that would cause the camera to get stuck if using co-op text chat while butchering animals.
  • Added in-game option to toggle windowed mode (found in the graphics option menu).
  • Animal AI now will now choose to cross bodies of water if they cannot find a dry route to their destination.
  • Scrap metal now stacks up to 50 (previously 40).
  • Cougars now do slightly more damage to base structures.
  • Added some of the new items to the loot tables for hunter bases and locked crates.
  • Increased the color saturation of grass in the green meadows.
  • Prevented animals playing out suspicious animations while swimming.
  • Staggered the workload of the save system to reduce system demand during saves.
  • Fixed bug where hunters would build their campfires on river surfaces.
  • Fixed issue of hunters sometimes spawning on the wrong side of the fence. If you currently have hunters outside the fence, you can either reset them, or destroy their base with a BCU cracker.
  • Placing a second BCU now lights up the BCU build sphere on the original, so it is easier to know when you are linking them.
  • Fixed audio feedback not playing when upgrading base buildables.

Thanks as always to everyone that’s been supporting the project. It’s great to have you joining the discussion, making suggestions and reporting issues. It feels pretty amazing to be working on the project full-time now. I’m excited for the future and to truly start shaping and expanding the game.

If you haven’t already, please join myself and other players on the Discord server, and on the Steam forums. Please let me know if you experience any issues with the update. I’m sure there will be balancing tweaks needed.

Have an awesome weekend.
CG


Discord invite: https://discord.gg/zyy4jQs


Subsistence - ColdGames

New system for hosting/joining co-op games:
Ever since the release of co-op, players wishing to host were forced to forward ports to allow their friends to join. This was always a huge pain and resulted in many players not being able to play with their friends.

I’ve implemented a new system that will detect when your Steam friends are playing, and allow you to join them (without the host needing to forward any ports). It’s still early, so I expect there may be some issues. However this should hopefully allow many players who were previously unable to play co-op to now play with their friends.

Who can see who?
Players need to be Steam friends to see each others games in the new menu. Players also need to be visible in Steam (so not appearing offline).

Hosts should use the same in-game host menu as before. Once launched, their friends should see them popup in the “Join/Friends” menu, and can join from there.


Tips for hosts:
I’m still yet to implement proper error reporting for when joins fail. As such it’s not always clear why a client would fail to join. Please ensure you set the required amount of open slots when launching the game. There’s also an issue where sometimes it will report that it failed to join, but then go in after anyway. I’ll be working to improve this and add better error messaging.

Dedicated servers?
The existing server list is still in. Players that wish for their games to be publicly listed (so non friends can join) will still need to forward their Steam port (27015). Eventually I plan to add dedicated server support.

Player count increased to 8 (in testing):
Several players mentioned they were unable to play with their core group of friends due to the player cap. I’ve increased the cap to 8.

We should treat this as an experiment to see how the netcode scales with more players, so let me know if you experience issues in games with higher player counts.

Official Subsistence Discord created:

I've created an official Discord server for Subsistence players to meet, play and discuss. If you are looking for players to team-up with, please come and join us in the Discord. I haven’t yet set up moderators etc, so will get that ironed out over the coming days. I’ll be on the server fairly often to help troubleshoot and discuss development.

Discord invite: https://discord.gg/zyy4jQs

Few other small things:
  • I’ve updated the placeholder wood log image:

  • I’ve added a glass doorway after a few players mentioned they needed one for the their builds. No glass door yet, but that will come.

  • Dismantling upgraded walls now returns half the upgrade cost back.

  • Fixed hammer not functioning correctly for clients of co-op games (previously only the hosts could use it to upgrade walls).

The goal of this update is to attempt to make it much easier for friends to play together. This is just an iteration and still needs more work (and I imagine there will still be players experiencing networking issues). If you do, please post on the forum or discord so that myself and other players can help troubleshoot any issues.

Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!
CG

Subsistence - ColdGames

New glass building pieces:
Hi guys. It’s been a while since any new base construction options were added. Today’s update introduces an assortment of new glass building pieces, which are now crafted from the default player crafting menu. These pieces will snap onto other wood and metal building pieces.

The glass is fairly tough and will withstand a fair amount of damage. However, just as with all structures, will require repairs to maintain. I’ve added damage skins (cracks) to indicate the health of any piece. The strength sits between that of wood and armor-plated.

I’ve added a subtle distortion to the glass material and a very slight tint. This is to give the sense of enclosure when inside your base looking out. Let me know if you think the effect is too much.

My hope is these new building pieces will open up a ton of possibilities for creative base designs, as well as adding further depth to later-game building. Looking forward to seeing some creations.

The game is configured to understand light passing through the new panels, meaning that glass rooms can be constructed to act as protective greenhouses for plantbeds.


Sandstone ore nodes and glass fragments:
It’s now possible to find sandstone ore nodes beneath the water in the various lakes. They can be harvested with the pickaxe (or axe for less yield) and refined down into glass fragments in the refinery.


The glass fragments can then be crafted down in the workbench to glass panels, which in turn can be used to craft building pieces. Note: Raw glass fragments are required for repairing glass structures.


Animated glass windows and door:
It’s always bothered me that windows were just empty holes. This lead to otherwise cosy and secure bases to feel cold and exposed.

Players can now craft glass windows for both the flat and curved windowed-wall variants. The new windows are fully animated, allowing for player to quickly open/close them while defending against attacks.


While working on the window animations, I also finally added a animation for the door (which was long overdue).


New underwater graphics:
I’ve never been overly happy with the underwater visuals. The water surface would become opaque once submerged (meaning players were unable to spot potential dangers when surfacing) and the image was fairly static.

I’ve added a ripple/distortion post-process effect and updated the water surface material to handle translucency when submerged. I think it looks way better and more immersive when swimming, but let me know what you think.

Getting started tasks/tips:
New players starting out are offered little guidance on how to make progress, often leading to frustration and repeated deaths. I’ve added some basic ‘getting-started’ tasks to better inform new players during the early game.

For experienced players (or those that want to figure things out on their own), these task lists can be disabled in the options under gameplay.

While building this feature, I implemented a substantial system to track detailed stats on player activities (stats are only stored locally in profile saves). I plan to expose these stats for players to view in a future update.

Quick item use:
Having to always right-click on an item to open it’s actions, and then click on the use action can be annoying (especially when in combat or in a hurry). I’ve added a quick-use function that allows players to simply hover the mouse over an item and click their ‘use’ key.

It will attempt to perform the primary ‘use’ action for said item (if the item has one). This will improve and quicken player inventory management.

Hunter base update and loot drops:
I’ve updated the hunter bases to incorporate the new glass buildables. I’ve also updated the loot drops in their bases to include many of the new items that were added in the last few updates.

Hunter loot drops, and locked crates have also been updated to include the new items (including a chance of fish oil on hunters).


Potassium used as fertilizer:
Finally potassium can be used as a rich fertilizer for plantbeds. This should ease the fertilizer demands for players that choose to refine the ore down.

Few notable misc changes:
  • Fixed exploit that allowed empty canteens to be pre-heated and then sterilize water when filled.

  • Fixed exploit that allowed players to build in hunter bases.
  • Fixed delay on items disappearing from inventory when dropped for clients of co-op games.
  • Added sound and blood-spurts effect for hitting dead animals/humans with melee weapons.

A personal note:
As many of you know, Subsistence has always been a passion project I work on by myself in my spare time, alongside my full-time job. I’ve finally made the decision to leave my employment to focus on the game full-time. I’ve never worked on such a challenging, creative and enjoyable project, and i’m so excited to dedicate myself to its continued development.

It’s been a tough journey to reach this point, and I wouldn’t have got this far without the support and encouragement from such an awesome community, of which I’m deeply grateful. There’s still a long road ahead and tons of work needed, and I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend, and please let me know about any issues with the update.
CG
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Hi guys. Today's update introduces a new fishing mechanic into the game. A highly requested feature since the introduction of water into the world, players are now able to craft fishing rods and float-fish in the ponds and lakes (it is not currently possible to fish in running rivers). The rod can be crafted from the default player crafting menu.



Once the fishing rod is crafted, players must craft fishing tackle. Fishing tackle requires a tree grub (a new item), which can be harvested from the large fat-trunked trees dotted around the map. Tree grubs can be eaten by themselves in desperate situations, but provide very little nutrition.



Fish Types:
There are currently two types of fish that can be caught in the lakes and ponds; Salmon and (a generically named) small fish. Salmon can be eaten raw, or can be filleted to produce fillets of meat, and fish-oil (which can be used in medicinal crafting).

Small fish can also be eaten raw, or cooked whole (providing better nutritional value). Being small, they take much less time to cook than other proteins. Instead of being used for meat, players can choose to instead harvest them for oil.

I intend for the variety of fish (and their purpose) to expand over time as things continue to progress.


Medicinal tonic
Medical items now require Medicinal Tonic to craft. The tonic can be crafted using fish oil and medicinal herbs.


Stackable meats:
Meats have always used up way too much inventory space. I had kept them as single items due to complications with handling the various cooked states and perish timers.

Here are the new rules:
  • Meats can be stacked providing they are at the same cooked state.
  • Only single pieces can be cooked at a time (per cooking slot).
  • Perish timers are maintained for each individual piece even when stacked.

I’ve also removed the individual rotten states for each food type, and have simplified it into a single (stackable) “rotten meat” item. This should lead to cleaner inventory management. A greater purpose for this item will be added at a later date (currently you can only recycle it).


Small dead animals now perish:
For a long time, players have been able to store small dead animals without risk of them perishing. This exploit devalued efforts to keep food fresh and presented issues with storage space. This has now been patched. Rotted animals can still be butchered but yield less resources (and no meat).


Smoothed models UV normals:
Various models for base items had some fairly janky UV mapping, so I spent a bit of time cleaning these up. It’s a subtle change, but one that has been bugging me for a while, and i feel looks much cleaner now. Examples:


Capped “Eat All” action:
Many players reported frustration of accidentally clicking “eat all” when extracting tomato seeds etc. I’ve now put limits on all consumable items to avoid this:


Base repairs:
Many players have reported that it takes too much wood to make repairs after hunter attacks. I’ve increased the amount of hit-points per repair. However each standard repair now takes 1 nail. This should help balance the dwindling need for nails during the later game.


Hunters not attacking?:
Thanks to the help of a few community members, I was able to trace down certain conditions that would prevent specific hunter teams from attacking player bases. It was based on the combined locations of the bases, and intersecting bodies of water. The issue is now patched, so if you weren’t experiencing attacks before this patch then you may want to keep and eye out for incoming attacks. This issue was affecting normal and revenge attacks.

Other misc changes:
  • A splint now takes two sticks to craft.
  • Fixed bug that was allowing small dead animals held in player inventories to become alive again after reloading a save.
  • Increased hit-points of floodlights and and solar panels. This will make them more resilient to base attacks.

  • Fixed bug that was preventing the bleeding icon from showing for hosts of co-op games.
  • Fixed bullet/water impact fx to play correctly in deep water:

  • Fixed issue whereby transparent buildable mesh would become invisible when viewed in front of water.
  • Updated bow so that you can now hold down “aim” while the player is equipping the weapon, then it will transition into the aim state without having to re-click key.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the profiles launching if there were special characters in the profile name or password.
  • It now takes less time to cook rabbit and chicken.
  • Added rocks and other visual tweaks to rivers/waterfall.

Please note that the new fishing system is intended to be iterated and improved on, so I welcome feedback once players have given it a try. I’m excited about the new possibilities this opens up for future updates. Thanks for everyone’s support and patience as the game continues to evolve. I’ll be on the forums as always, so please let me know your thoughts on the new changes.

Have a great week!
ColdGames
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Hi guys. Today’s update introduces a large expansion to the world and offers a much greater space for players to explore, build, hunt, fight and survive. I’ve been meaning to expand the world boundaries for a long time and decided to spend some dedicated time and focus on doing so.

My hope is this expansion and new varied terrain will offer greater immersion and freedom for players. More varied build locations and base design potential, and present a more interesting challenge to orientate and navigate the world.


You’ll find a new river winding down the slopes of the expanded area, running down into a new big lake. Rivers and waterfalls will open up new possibilities for gathering and game-play mechanics for future updates. Many players have requested fishing, and I totally agree this would be awesome. I have some ideas of how the mechanic could work and will be putting more thought into it.

There are also new stretches of open beach and small inlets for players to explore:


The addition of the new lake area has also opened up some areas of deep water. I’m keen to expand on this, and give players meaningful incentives to dive and explore the depths. I personally love when games allow you to explore deep underwater. Please stay tuned for more on this.


New trees (increased performance)
I’ve gone ahead and replaced many of the old pine trees throughout the entire map. The old trees were very high-poly and put a lot of demand on hardware with their high alpha calculations for shadows and light shafts. They were also fairly small, making it hard to create a sense of density to forest areas. They were also somewhat dull with a very muted color palette.

The new trees are much lower poly-count (1/3 of the previous trees). They have a more dense foliage spread, meaning certain familiar areas may feel very different. I’m also using a fairly high saturation pallet for the materials, meaning the greens are way more vibrant. This should make the world feel more colorful.

The increased foliage density from the new trees may have an impact on resource gathering and predator/hunter encounters. It will be less easy to spot items and enemies in the world. I’ll be keeping an eye on how this affects balance (may need some tweaks). I welcome your thoughts and opinions on this.

I’ve decreased the fog density at higher altitudes, giving players better visibility. I’ve also decreased the depth of field over distance to account for the larger vistas.


Few other minor tweaks:
  • Reduced hunter movement speed while sprinting.
  • Added distance-based low-pass filtering for all footsteps.
  • I replaced the (annoyingly) loud Unreal logo when booting the game for a quiet one (many players had mentioned this was hard on the ears).
  • Added correct weapon impact sounds for many base items (campfire, lights, beds, switches, etc).
  • Fixed issue where hosts of co-op games could not see water-based bullet impacts.

World expansion is something that will continue as the project continues to progress. However with this new expansion now merged to the main build, I’m excited to start focusing on new gameplay features and mechanics for the next update. I have a long list of ideas I’ve been eager to work on.

I hope everyone has an awesome holiday with their families and friends. Thanks so much for all the continued support for the project. I’m really looking forward to continue evolving the game into 2018. See you on the forums!

CG
Subsistence - ColdGames

Hunter base destruction:
Up until now, hunter bases would remain statically placed once they set-up camp. This could lead to some frustrating scenarios of players not being able to push the hunters out of their area.

Today’s update allows player to completely destroy hunter bases, forcing them to abandon their post and start building from scratch at another location in the world.

This change will hopefully allow players to truly influence the world and the situations they find themselves in.

BCU Cracker:
To destroy a hunter base, players can now craft the BCU Cracker at the workbench.

This device can be placed on any BCU. Once placed it will auto-activate and result in huge damage to the base (and ultimately destroy the BCU). Once hunter BCU’s are destroyed, they will abandon the base and need to find a new building location to start from scratch.

Hint: Destroying a hunter base does produce some additional loot, but it can also attract rogues so keep your guard!

Note: Remains of abandoned hunter bases will slowly decay over-time.

Crafting Materials and Rogues:
Up until now, there was little incentive to hunt down rogue hunters. However the BCU Cracker requires Gears (a new item type), that is primarily found on dead rogues.

The hope is this will provide more interesting and varied later-game goals. Rather than avoiding rogue squads, players will have meaningful reasons to engage in combat (when they choose to do so).


Grenade-tipped Arrows:
Players can now craft grenade-tipped arrows at the workbench. They can be extremely handy for base defence when dealing with groups of hunters, and also do significant damage to base structures.


Hunters are also now trained to use grenade-tipped arrows. They will favour using them when they feel they are unable to get well placed shots with standard grenades. Please let me know if this feels off-balance!

Power/Mass balancing:
Due to the heavy power/mass requirements of the BCU cracker, there are now some additional means to generate power.

Reared animals now produce higher quantities of fat, which can be rendered down into biofuel to power the base.


Growable Medicinal Plants:
Another new means of generating supplemental power, medicinal plant seeds can now be grown and harvested. Once harvested they can be crafted-down into biofuel.



Join Co-op Game By IP:
I’ve added an option to join co-op games via IP. I know that port forwarding has been an issue for many players, so I hope this offers more options for those wishing to host (LAN or VPN).

I know a lot of work is needed to make the hosting/joining process easier. This is high on my list and will continue to be worked on. Thanks for your patience while I continue to work on this.

Co-op text chat client:
I’ve added a basic chat client for co-op games. This can be opened by hitting ‘return’ while in game (which can be rebound in the controls menu).


Animal leveling health tweak:
During co-op games (and singleplayer), it can be frustrating (and unfair) when an animal levels-up after killing a player when on low health, leading to it becoming more powerful and having fully replenished health. Now when an animal levels-up, it only regains 30% of its health.


Base Item Damage Skins:
Previously it was difficult to identify when base items were damaged. This often led to critical items being destroyed during attacks (sometimes entire storage chests full of gear). I’ve added damage skins for nearly all base items so players are more aware of when items need repair.


Other notable changes:
  • The bow now costs slightly less cordage to craft.

  • Bed spawns now only cost 350 power (rather than 400).

  • Slightly reduced power usage of fridge (from 0.25 per sec to 0.20).
  • Power generator now uses ⅔ the fuel, but generates power at ⅔ the rate (so needs to be run for longer durations).

  • Ash stack count increased from 200 to 250.

  • Nails stack count doubled from 100 to 200.

  • Fixed bug where premium arrows would show as normal arrows for hosts of co-op games.
  • Added models for premium and grenade-tipped arrows to third-person perspective.
  • Slightly reduced the volume of the generator running.
  • Increased detail of Wellhead texturing.
  • Fixed bug that was causing single-player profile day-counts to be reset.

As always, thanks so much to everyone that has been supporting the project, and welcoming and helping out new players. I excited to continue moving forward with new features. I know there is a ton of work needed, and the road ahead is long, so thank you for your continued patience moving forward!

I’ll be on the forums so please do share and issues and feedback on the new changes. Have an awesome weekend!

CG



Subsistence - ColdGames

Hi guys. Today’s update finally brings co-op multiplayer to the public build. Thanks for everyone’s patience while I worked through this one. MP has easily been the most requested feature since EA launch, so I’m excited to start getting some feedback and moving forward with the project.

Hosting:
For this first step, players are able to host their own games to play with friends (dedicated servers will eventually follow). Any host has 5 multiplayer profile slots (similar to singleplayer), allowing groups to shut down their server and resume any profile at a later date.

Note: In order for hosts to be seen in the game list, they may need to forward their Steam port (27015). For assistance with troubleshooting, please refer to the community forums, where many community members have been helping other players (thanks for all the help!).

Also, please be sure to set a password if you intend to play with only friends.

Co-op (PvP?):
Currently the game design is focused around co-op. Building and upgrading a base together, while surviving, fending off hunter attacks, and attacking hunter bases. While it is possible to kill other players, PvP is not a focus at this point.

When a player establishes a base, they can add/remove players as base-members from the ‘Players’ tab in the BCU. A base-member is able to open doors, build, move items etc, whereas non base-members are limited.


Hunter Aggression:
Just as in singleplayer, players can choose to enable/disable hunters at any point. If disabled then re-enabled, they will need to build up from scratch.

In co-op the hunter presence and aggression is greater than that of singleplayer. This is an attempt to balance the difficulty, as players will be able to better defend themselves in groups. Please note that this balance is something I’ll be continuing to iterate on. I’ll be listening to feedback and making changes accordingly.

Focus on fortifying your base walls with armor plating, upgrading your weapons and wearable armor to better resist the pressure from hunter attacks.



Some other changes/tweaks:
  • Higher resolution skies and sunsets/rises. I’ve reworked the day/night cycle to have higher detail, as well as draw-out the length of transitions during mornings and evenings.

  • Grenades now only require 1 sinew to craft (3 was way too much).

  • Fixed audio glitch causing heavy splashing sound when entering/exiting lakes.
  • There are now 5 single player save profiles. So if you’ve been meaning to try out a new build, you have 2 new slots.

  • Eating most foods now depletes hydration. There wasn’t enough emphasis on collecting water, as too many foods gave a supplement of water. This change is subtle, but should improve the overall balance (let me know).

  • Reworked the woodburner model and particle fx. The woodburner model was previously extremely high poly and suffered material artifacting (and flames that clipped through the model). The new model addresses these issues and has 20% of the poly count (so much better performance).

  • Fixed bug where a phantom glowstick lights would appear in the world.
  • Hunters now move at a greater speed when closing in on a target player base.
  • Increased despawn time on fired arrows.

Thanks so much for everyone’s patience and support since the last update. The multiplayer netcode has required much greater work than typical feature updates. As this is the first step into multiplayer, please expect some technical issues while I iron-out the kinks. I’ll be working hard to resolve player issues. Also, a big thanks to everyone who have been helping with connection troubleshooting on the forums.

With this milestone passing, I’m hugely excited to start moving forward with new features and expanding on the gameplay and mechanics. There are many things I’ve been eagerly waiting to start on.

As always, keep me informed with issues or feedback on the new changes (I’ll be on the forums), and have a great week!

CG
Subsistence - ColdGames

New Predator - Cougar:
A new predator now occupies the high-grounds of the world. The cougar is rare and presents a greater threat than the other wildlife, being faster and with heightened senses. Players should avoid encounters unless well prepared.

To help balance the early-game, Cougar’s will not enter the world until the player has established a base (placed their BCU). Unless in hardcore mode, where they will be present from day 1.

As with all other predators, Cougars will engage hunters when necessary, and vice versa (so use it to your advantage where possible).

Some tweaks and nerfing may be required, so I’m keen to hear feedback from players. I plan to further build upon the Cougar’s behavior patterns and stats moving forward.

New items and crafting changes:
Butchering Cougars will yield Sinew (yield size is based on animal level). This is used in many existing crafting recipes. It is also used for crafting Rope, which is now used on many of the advanced weapon, armor and base upgrades. The intention is that these are later-game items; harder to obtain, yet not crucial for early-game (so a new player is not expected to hunt Cougar on their first day).

It’s now possible to craft Metal Ingots in the Workbench using Copper and Iron. The aim here is to simplify the higher tier crafting recipes, while allowing a means to process raw materials down into higher value items.

There has been a sizable restructuring to the craft recipe system (across the board). There may well be some imbalance in item requirements, so I welcome feedback and intend to iterate on these changes.

Auto Log Collection:
Logs will now auto-drop into the player’s inventory while harvesting. I understand that some player may disagree with this choice, but I feel it can be too frustrating when dealing with thick foliage.

To balance this change, planks now require 3 logs to craft. This should not impact the grind by much, as players will spend far less time searching for dropped logs.


Other Changes:
  • Tightened the spread on the shotgun. This change is subtle, but should make a difference during mid-range combat.

  • Fixed bug where starter Canteen’s would sometimes not fill the water meter on plantbeds and animal housing.
  • Fixed bug where dying while in shallow water would cause the player kit to not drop.
  • Added sound and particle effect for hand-catching chickens.
  • Improved player death-ragdoll (no more extended fingers etc).
  • Increased texture resolution of animals, players and hunters at close/medium range.
  • Smoothed animal movement over angular terrain.
  • Fixed bug that was allowing animal attacks to be interrupted/reset during a fight. This may impact balance/difficulty (let me know if things are off).
  • Added low-pass filtering to predator idle sounds at distance.
  • Added new death camera. Also removed several hud elements during death scene, allowing the player to better assess what happened.

As always, thank you SO much to everyone that has been supporting the project. The feedback (forum comments, uploaded gameplay, etc) has become so essential while working on the game. It really highlights for me how incredibly impactful an early-access community can be for a project, for which I’m so grateful.

Please let me know any issues/thoughts on the update (I’ll be on the forums). Have a great weekend!

*Edit* Hotfix updates (Aug 19th):
  • Added ability to optionally disable auto log pickups (it's enabled by default). The option can be found under Options->Gameplay.
  • Added chance of sinew spawning in locked crates.
  • Dead chickens no longer squawk when picked up.
  • Updated ambient environment sounds.
  • Updated cougar falling animation (minor).
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