v0.2.7 REVERTED! – Hotfix to be released asap.

Greetings Pioneers!

We have encountered a few issues with updating servers using the latest update and so have temporarily reverted to previous build number v0.2.6.

As soon as we have fixed the issue we will upload a new update which will be fully playable!

Sorry again for the false start…

– Team Flix

v0.2.7 Released! Bug Zapper

Greetings Pioneers!

The past few weeks we have been debugging, profiling and optimising. So without further delay.. Kabam! we call this release the bug zapper!

We have primarily focused our efforts on reducing load times and finding out what has been causing server de-syncs and hanging. Both of which have been causing Pioneers to become disconnected, or even prevent them from joining and re-joining entirely.

Massive thanks to all those who have been helping with testing and catching issues, you’ve been a real help.

  • Added ‘Initialising’ label for server screen when a server has not fully loaded

  • Moved hive spawner out of C21 Base location
  • Increased player inventory slot limit from 78 > 100

  • Crash fixes.
  • Fix for decorator holograms that intersect with other objects displaying as blue when they should be red.
  • Fixed an infinite loop which would cause games to hang/crash or the server to hang/crash when building outside of A.I. navigation areas.
  • Fix for Ability to dupe items with the transfer all button.
  • Fix for ‘unknown error’ pop up sometimes appearing when crafting in a utility.
  • Fix for Eden Kit placement not always claiming all blocks under the shield.
  • Fixed Deployment UI unusable with > around 10 Replication Units, as the list would disappear offscreen.
  • Fix for durability factor applying health incorrectly to blocks when changed.
  • Fix for when damaging abandoned colony bases caused them to heal instead.
  • Player character optimisations.
  • Cleaned up duplicate foliage managers which were causing needless amounts of traffic on the server.
  • Cleaned up asset collisions to improve navigation.
  • Removed unneeded AI volumes from outside playable area (should reduce load times slightly).
  • Multiple multiplayer optimisations (this will be ongoing).
  • Possible fix for sometimes walking on water (Jesus bug)
  • Fix for being able to build underwater (it was a bug that you could).
  • Fix for energy blade audio remaining on sometimes.
  • Potential fix for persistent laser turret PFX.
  • Fix for VR apps launching with the game when they shouldn’t.
  • Fixed several bugs incorrect actor collisions and placements in the level.
  • Fixed several places the player could get stuck.

We hope your experience is a lot smoother after this build. As always you can keep up to date on development and throw feedback over to us on our Public Trello boards.

See you in the fray,

– Team Flix

January Development Update 2

Greetings Pioneers!

This week we have been working hard on debugging, profiling, and optimising. We had help from students at Staffordshire University to sanity test on our development debug server so that we can catch more issues, massive thanks guys!

We have fixed up some annoying bugs and we’ve made some steps towards reducing the load times. We’ve also been working on designs for the next set of shiny new features and UI to accommodate them, including character customisation and vehicles!

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

John – Lead Designer

This week we’ve been designing and replying to everyone on the forums, we are pushing through a final pass on all of the UI in the game and also making sure that the main multiplayer features go into the build as soon as possible, including an in-game player count, server messages and also admin access. I am also trying to catch up on the food items so that the next release includes the new sustenance items and full treatment system.

Matt – Art Director

On top of fixing quite a few level bug fixes that were brought to our attention, I’ve been creating some graphic design guides for our up and coming vehicle systems, most of which are UI based. We’ve been having many a UI design meeting to sort out an easy to use server wizard as well.

Me and Tom are looking to begin work on our full character system very soon, which is particularly exciting, everything we have had in the game to date has been filler content to allow us to develop the correct mechanics.

Lee – Technical Director

This week I’ve been helping out with planning some new behaviours that we may want for creatures as we move forward with the project. I’ve also been looking at a few issues around optimisation.

Tristan – Senior Developer

This week I have been looking into profiling and debugging the server performance and putting things in place so we can better catch the more difficult to recreate issues.

Yves – Senior Developer

I’ve been preparing for the community test day which went down really well, we want to make this a regular occurance so that we can make our servers as stable as possible.

Joe – Environment Artist

Lots of designs and UI this week – we’re looking at properly going over the front-end and refining the initial player experience. In practise this means I’ve been working on designs for a new Options Menu, Character Customisation, Loading screen and helping out Matt with some ideas for vehicle assembly and vehicle ‘in-the-field’ menus.

I’ve done a bunch of icons so we should be able to start putting things together soon. Also some minor level issues have been rectified, including problems with getting stuck in things and colliding with invisible bits. Thanks again to our wonderful community for pointing these out!

Carlos- Developer

This week I’ve worked on solving an issue to do with block durability, this involved shifting the health saved to a percentage value, allowing us to retrieve this and apply it to the durability factor that you guys set in your single player and multiplayer games. This should mean that you’ll be seeing correct updated values from this option, there are however some prefabs around the world that won’t conform to this just yet.

Lastly I’ve begun the process of authenticating connecting players on Steam!

Ricky – Developer

Working hard trying to find those big issues like structures decaying under the shield and the damage settings not working correct. We’ve also been using some new detective tools and I was helping with the community to look over the results of our tests.

Marcin – Designer

Hello there. This is my first week back in the New Year, so I’m ready to go. The feedback and support we got from the community, that is you guys, after the Christmas release was incredible, so thank you very much for that. It was a big update with some really big changes, even since the last experimental version, so as it often is, apparently we missed a lot of bugs.

Oops. That’s what I have been focusing on all week. I’ve looked into visual issues with energy turrets, block destruction, and block repairing. I’ve been debugging and redoing a lot of the water mechanics because as it turns out the files got corrupted and were causing extremely random bugs for a few months now.

Now I am looking into a few extra bugs with decorator placement, and who knows what’s next. The other guys are doing their best fixing other, maybe even more pressing issues, but we are looking good to have some bug fix patches ready for you fairly soon, I hope.

Tom – Character Artist

Starting work on super awesome updates to the player character(s)! Including male and female heads and body’s with some nifty customisation options. Stay tuned!

Lauren – Animator

This week I’ve been going over the server setup menu with Matt and putting a design together for a wizard and preset settings to try make it a bit less overwhelming.

In addition to this I’ve put together some ideas for more feedback in the log when the server is running such as when it has successfully loaded, when new players have joined and updates on time of day, numbers of AI and other useful information. I’ve also been in discussions about the new designs for melee and enemy encounters as well as talking about the story, introduction and next steps, exciting stuff!

Andy – Lead QA

On Thursday we held a multiplayer server test session with a group of really helpful folks from Staffs Uni. John was able to persuade them into spending the day with me bombarding them with requests while they play Eden Star like the proverbial snake charmer coaxing a timid yet deadly cobra from its wicker home.

All joking aside, the information that these guys helped up to collect was invaluable and couldn’t have been caught by me testing alone. Pair this with the fact that all of them are uni students with I’m sure a lot on their plates already only adds to this particular groups awesomeness and the team’s appreciation for the effort made.

This kind of play sessions are not only really enjoyable but are such a great help. We will be planning more of these days in the near future, but for now I just want to thank the guys involved, it really was appreciated.

See you in the fray!

-Team Flix

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