Developer Blog #46 - Insight

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Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Aetherblade » Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:33 am

Hello Everybody!

As promised, I want to start getting back on track with regular updates!

So let's start with something cool! Here is a quick vid we made to show a few of the aspects of novus including some new stuff that the rebuild of the engine makes possible!

Watch on youtube.com


Not all of these features are playable ingame yet, since we are totally rebuilding the client from the ground up which takes some time. I do hope this gives you a bit of a glimpse into “why” we rebuilt it, and personally, I think the final product will be so much better for it!

Getting infiltrators the new client:
My current estimate is before the end of the month. There are some elements which make it a bit hard to judge time such as debugging, which is more up to the Bug Gremlin than us… hate that guy…

I will be much more active from here on out keeping everyone up to date on progress and time tables. Once again sorry for all the delays, and your patience really means a lot to me.

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A random selection out of the hundred fracture points that each of the “Shields” the Dreadnought has in the front of the ship as an example. Each of these fracture points can be used by explosions to create craters or debris that comes out of the ship.


Insight on how development will be progressing on new client:
Unity allows us to change our workflow somewhat, so you can expect more updates and improvements on a more regular bases for client sided features. While larger server sided game features still take a longer time to develop, we are now able to develop these two kinds of features in parallel.

This means much faster development on quality of life kinds of features, still like “Tactical View” for example, which technically is not a “gameplay feature”. It makes the game easier to play and more fun, without actually changing the way the core game mechanics work.


Graphical changes also fall into this category, such as dynamic hull destruction. When ships take damage (see video above), chunks and debris can break off them during the explosions, while weapons, explosions and other sources project sexy light effects on the ships, debris and other objects in the scene such as asteroids (like @03:00 in the video).

Expect to see a lot more things like this, since we can develop more game features now in parallel.


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Here you can see a sample of how we make new planets for the game. The planets on the right were created by adjusting the original one on the left. I can tweak anything from the colors the different biomes have (such as mountains, deserts, forests, etc.), any cities it might have (and the color of its lighting), mountain ranges, the (lack of) atmosphere, etc. This system allows us to create and adjust new planets pretty fast, which is a huge bonus for the diversity in the universe when it comes to planets, moons and stars!


Current state of the Unity Client:
The new client is still in development, and if you measure it feature for feature it is not quite
yet back to the point where the old client was. However, each feature the unity client gets, is a much better version of what the old Vision client used to have. Let’s take research, for example. Technically it was in the Vision client, but it never really worked properly the way we wanted it to work and the system was a bit simple. The new research currently being developed for the Unity client is MUCH cooler and more in depth. It mixes the old system where you dynamically unlocking new techs, along with mini tech trees that can improve upon the techs you unlock in different directions.

For example:
You unlock the “Ion Thruster” tech in one of your research centers, instead of just gaining the ability to produce that component, you will gain a small tech tree. This allows you to improve on the basic ion thruster in multiple ways. It might make it easier to manufacture, reduce the CP cost, increase its max speed or turning rate, improve construction times, or whatever else we can come up with.

For kickstarter backers who got the ability to “design a research theory”, this means you will also get to pick the directions in which your theory can improved upon.
Guide to the game:
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Game tutorial videos: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=2901

Want to keep up to date on the playtesting / server status, or just talk to the developers? The steam group is a good way to get in touch! We are always in chat on Thursdays and often on the days as well to talk with you guys about whatever :). Link: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/NovusA ... filtrators
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby ante185 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:14 pm

Hey i might not have wanted to have goosebumps all over for 3 mins!
It looks and sounds like that at least as a infiltrator we'll get a playable game before christmas!
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby darkae » Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:57 pm

I had my doubts about the Unity engine but this looks good. can't wait to see what the playable release is like.

keep it up matt
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Silligoose » Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:01 pm

Looking great guys. I don't think I have infiltrator access (can't remember which tier that was tbh), so I'll have to wait a smidge longer, but really looking forward to it :D
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby ante185 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:23 pm

Silligoose wrote:Looking great guys. I don't think I have infiltrator access (can't remember which tier that was tbh), so I'll have to wait a smidge longer, but really looking forward to it :D

the cheapest infiltrator access was 75 USD
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Therianwolf » Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:41 pm

I love the idea of ships "breaking apart" as they become damaged, visual cues! Thinking back, maybe I shouldn't have been sending those quest related questions/ideas I had. Probably should have wrote them down and waited instead, there was no WAY any of them could have been answerable
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Petroph » Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:59 pm

I'm loving this. Sure hope that some awesome looking shield effects come along with these graphical improvements.
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Silligoose » Sat Nov 07, 2015 3:30 pm

ante185 wrote:the cheapest infiltrator access was 75 USD


Ah that's right thanks.
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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Aetherblade » Sat Nov 07, 2015 3:36 pm

Of course we'll have some awesome looking shield effects as well, assuming you put them on your ships of course. xD
Guide to the game:
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Game tutorial videos: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=2901

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Re: Developer Blog #46 - Insight

Postby Johnm81 » Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:36 pm

Looks great guys. Thanks for the video and visuals. Question, has much changed from the vision engine to the unity engine in regards to balance ie weapon damage, placement positions, ship hp etc...

My fleetcraft spreadsheets demand to know!
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