Experimental Branch Update! v 0.3.9

Greetings Pioneers!

Plus a happy new year! although somewhat late.. Quite a few changes and additions have been dropped for this update, mainly focused around improvements to the immersive feel and design of the starting environment as a whole.

We’ve added a visual weather/storm feature of which the importance will become more apparent when the world is expanded! All improvements are listed below, including additions of a cave system and revised AI placements.

Update your experimental branch to gain access to these latest changes. If you need a reminder on how to do this you can follow our previous post here.

We hope you enjoy these latest changes! Our updates have become less frequent lately, this is not because we are winding down development of the game in any fashion, it is our baby after all 🙂

More in depth info on our progress to come soon! Change-list is as follows:

Additions

– Added more Trees and Mine-ables
– Added Storm Supercell above central Monolith
– Updated ship wreck visuals
– Added New Terrain surface visuals
– Added Area with new Hive Growth visuals

Changes

– Tweaked HUD Loadout bar, and it now hides if it’s empty
– Tweaked HUD reticle visuals
– Increased the range that enemies can hear the player
– Tweaked Mite spawners at starting camp so you do not see them spawn in
– Updated area around Drop Pod
– Updated Player Footstep impact effects for Sand
– Updated Dam building
– Updated Grass mineable asset & effects
– Updated Fiber drop mesh
– Updated Textures for Health Packs
– Replaced More placeholder objects
– Built broken bridge
– Added more Spawners to the world
– Updated Wreckage sites
– Updated Bridge on the way to the Dam
– Major terrain tweaks

Bug Fixes

– Fixed Navigation Mesh Issues which were causing some enemies not to spawn
– Fixed an issue where Mites wouldn’t play their animation when turning
– Fixed an issue where collisions on fallen drop pod engines would block players from jumping over them
– Fixed an issue where creatures spawning in would loop on their intended path
– Fixed an issue where climbing into the back of a vehicle would crash your game
– Fixed several collision issues in the cave next to the starting camp
– Fixed floating mesh assets in many places

See you in the fray,

– Team Flix

Experimental Branch Update! v0.3.8 – Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Pioneers!

To celebrate we’re pushing another update to experimental branch before we voyage into next year. Which we’re all very excited about!

We’ve also included an upcoming ‘mini blog’ (below the release notes) with insight into what will be happening next with Eden Star, both from the perspective of improvements to World Art and New Gameplay content.

Additions

– Expanded the size of the Dam
– Added new office areas within the Dam
– Added new Dormitory area for Dam workers with some temporary placeholder objects
– Added new pathways throughout the Dam
– Added a cave to explore near the start of the game
– Added more AI spawners throughout the game
– Added more mine-able nodes
– Added a few more trees
– Added more weapon pickups and ammo in various places
– Added fence at the top of the tower to stop you from getting stuck behind it

Changes

– Changed the layout of the first generator room
– Updated the drop item visuals for the particle accelerator
– Adjusted the layout of the Camp
– Adjusted some of the AI spawners to make them work better
– Spawners will now reset when the time goes from day to night or night to day
– Made various terrain modifications

Bug fixes

– Fixed an issue where sometimes turrets would have trouble seeing and shooting at enemies
– Fixed an issue where sometimes enemies would have trouble spawning in
– Fixed an issue where shooting the glass in the Drop Pod would cause alien blood to spurt out
– Fixed some issues to do with the terrain not blending in well to the top of cliffs
– Fixed a rock had no collision on the mountain side near the Tower
– Fixed no physics material on Splintermite explosive spikes
– Fixed no collision on structure opposite the top of the tower
– Fixed floating stalker on the tower

Upcoming changes and improvements in the new year..

Art & Design

Visual improvements to infested bases, including further audio, lighting and design iteration. With this we aim to deliver a more horroresque and immersive experience.

Terrain surfaces will be getting passes to bring them in line with supporting more varied foliage types. Currently we want to get away from the Mars/Dune look that is going on, as this was more experimental than a final art direction.

Utility destruction and some drop/breakable items will get a visual overhaul so there’s better consistency.

Systems Development

  • Fuel UI will be getting a proper final pass to make fuel consumption in Utilities easier and more intuitive to understand.
  • Full Xbox controller support! It’s a tad awkward to navigate UI and certain systems on controller as it stands, this will be tackled in the new year to make it much more fluid.
  • Final pass 3rd Person animations.
  • Vehicles… both salvageable and build-able types.
  • Revisions/balancing to progression systems.
  • Expanded World Development & Additional bases

Thanks for all your continued support! See you in the fray…

– Team Flix

Experiment Branch Update v0.3.7

Greetings Pioneers!  

Its been a few weeks but as always we’re pushing on improvements to our experimental branch. This update includes some more extensive changes to design and performance, we’ve had some core system issues with navigation that have prevented a bunch of creatures from spawning in the world at set distances.

Soon we’ll be re-introducing the night attacks that made developing your bases critical to surviving the night.

Additions

  • Added more enemy spawners to an encounter in the Dam.
  • Added respawn reset triggers to other entrances/exits around the Dam to make sure enemies respawn properly.

Changes

  • Refinement of the Dam location, tweaking visuals and resolving several issues with areas you could get stuck.
  • Extended how long it takes for a turret to run completely out of fuel to 40 minutes
  • Adjusted ‘Escape the Drop Pod’ mission objective beam to be more aligned with the Drop Pod since it looked off  
  • Cleaned up the terrain near the camp behind the Transmitter Tower
  • Expanded the first generator room within the Dam
  • Expanded the outer Dam to accommodate for the Generator room expansion
  • Moved objective button inside generator room to the opposite side of the room
  • Replaced old pipe meshes with new ones
  • Adjusted respawn reset triggers on top of the Dam

Bug fixes

  • Fixed several bugs and inconsistencies with Oxygen levels in and around the Dam.
  • Fixed an issue where fuel wouldn’t be used up after saving and loading the game  
  • Fixed an issue where some enemies would struggle with spawning inside the Dam
  • Fixed an issue where you could walk through the lower section of the drop pod from the outside in damaged generator room
  • Fixed a few spelling errors in the Data Logs
  • Fixed gaps in the inner Dam main entrance where you could see through

See you in the fray,

– Team Flix

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