Empyrion – Galactic Survival - Community Forums

Jun
01
by EleonGameStudios at 8:33 AM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

After six weeks of intense Experimental updates, we are almost there!

While we are working hard on the next Release Candidate, we are very excited to reveal the planned date for the upcoming public release of Alpha 8.0:

June 12, 2018

Thank you so much for all the valuable feedback and bug reports during this Experimental phase. Alpha 8.0 would not have been possible without you!

For the remaining days until June 12, we will continue to work on polishing features and squashing more bugs. As indicated above, and depending on how fast we progress, there will be at least one more Release Candidate, which is planned to hit mid of next week, incorporating your latest bug reports and feature feedback.

Please check back and have a look by then!

Empyrion Dev Team

PS: A Hotfix that addresses several issues in the current RC1 (like not being able to select different starter planets in Multiplayer), will be released soon - latest tomorrow.
PPS: As a side note for those who asked concerning the upcoming public version update: we will keep Alpha 7 AND Alpha 6 available in the Steam library!
May
31
by EleonGameStudios at 6:55 AM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

We are on the home stretch for Alpha 8.0! :)

As of todays release of ‘Release Candidate 1’ (RC1) - bugfixes and polishing aside - no big changes will be made to the game as it stands now. Larger feature additions and changes will be a topic in the post-public release phase.

For the upcoming Release Candidates, testing, searching and hunting down major bugs and issues is now getting even more important. So every time you run into an issue, make a note and report it right away. Also retest older issues again.

For a proper testing procedure and bug reporting, we recommend the following preparations and workflows:

1. Go to your steam library and VERIFY your game files!
Steam > Library > Right-click Empyrion in the list > Properties > Local Files > Verify Locale Data

2. Make sure you are NOT using a custom config!
Go to this folder and check if only three files are there: Config_Example.ecf, EGroupsConfig.ecf and TraderNPCConfig.ecf: ..Empyrion - Galactic Survival\Content\Configuration
Remove or delete any other file as long as testing with the release candidates!

3. Avoid resuming any pre-Release Candidate savegame!
There is a chance that changes we made do not translate to older savegames. Especially for bugs concerning terrain, loot and other playfield configs.
Best practice: if you run into an issue with a savegame that was started BEFORE a RC has been released, please re-test the issue in a fresh new RC savegame again!

4. Additional Routine: Delete the GAME CACHE when trying to reproduce a bug!
The game cache saves some presets and may be source of a false positive reports or even be part of the problem. To make sure we have all the infos, please check the following folder when trying to reproduce a bug and make a note in your report if the bug still happens AFTER clearing the cache: ..\Empyrion - Galactic Survival\Saves\Cache

5. When running into a ‘Continue or Quit’ (CoQ) message,
5a. Please go to the LOGS folder ( ...\Empyrion - Galactic Survival\Logs ) , then find the folder with the HIGHEST number, pick the most recent .log file and attach the logs to your report!
5b. Add a description of what you did the last minute BEFORE the CoQ happens. Sometimes a Screenshot sent in with the CoQ is helpful as well!
5c. If you are playing on a server, do the same, but we might also need the full LOG files from the server.

Most important threads for now:

Bug Reports: Alpha 8 EXP...
May
26
by EleonGameStudios at 1:57 PM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists

Thanks a lot for your feedback about the Fog-of-War (FoW). Regarding the opacity of the FoW, it seems that a part of you favors the current approach with a semi-transparent FoW, while the other part would prefer a fully opaque FoW.

The pro "semi-transparent FoW" group argues that it is more realistic to see the shape of the planetary terrain since the escape pod has dropped from space and thus the player should have a basic understanding of the terrain. The pro "opaque FoW" group argues that the "mystery of exploration" is lost with a transparent FoW since you already know more-or-less how the whole planet looks like. We understand the arguments of both groups.

In this test update, we want to give the group who favors a fully opaque FoW the possibility to experience this "mystery of exploration" on a planet where you do not know what lies ahead:
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Let us know what you think in the comments below

We could also combine both approaches: when you approach a planet from space and then land on it, the FoW can be semi-transparent, while the FoW is fully opaque on the starter planet and planets you reached via teleportation.

Finally, we adapted the reveal distance of FoW based on your feedback. It is now fixed to 500m, which is equal to the discovery distance of deposits/POIs.

We are looking forward to your feedback.

Yours,
Empyrion Dev Team

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CHANGELOG: Alpha Experimental 8.0.4 (Build 1649)

Changes:
- Tweaked Fog-of-War shader: fully opaque, added gridlines
- Fog-of-War reveal distance is now always 500m independent of detector range

Here is a teaser for the next EXP release:
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May
25
by EleonGameStudios at 6:59 AM
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Update May 25, 2018: Hotfix (Build 1648)

Hi everyone,

We just wanted to clarify our below statement regarding the A8 release: we are planning to announce the Release Date of Alpha 8 next week - we are not planning to release Alpha 8 next week! :)

We have read your feedback about the Fog-of-War with a lot of interest - especially your comments regarding a completely opaque Fog-of-War (to keep the mystery for exploration). We might give it a try in the next update to get your feedback (actually we already had a complete opaque Fog-of-War in the first place).

Thanks a lot for all your feedback!

CHANGELOG: Alpha Experimental 8.0.4 (Build 1648)

Bug Fixes:

- Fixed: Existing mobile constructors (in spawned HV's and SV's) are not accessible. Unfortunately, save games loaded with EXP 8 - Part VI cannot be fixed, you have to remove and replace the constructor
- Fixed: Problem that Laser Drill Module CV did not work

Changes:
- Removed Wing Blocks from HV Constructor
- Added alternative crafting recipes for biochemical compounds: ConfettiMossScrapings, FiremossScrapings, AlienParts01-03, AlienThorn
> What do you think?

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Hi Galactic Survivalists,

Public release is coming closer! Before we start the Release Candidate phase, we are releasing a final Experimental version today.

All base features for Alpha 8.0 are now implemented, although some will see future refinements in the Release Candidates and beyond.

The latest major feature we added is a Fog-of-War (FoW). The goal is to allow you to track ‘where you have already been’ - which is quite helpful as we think. While the Detector (added in Phase V) gives you a rough direction, the Fog-of-War, or better: the removal of the ‘fogged’ areas, will add an indicator where you should go next or have already looked for POIs or deposits. We are looking for your feedback right here: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-fog-of-war.37875/

We also made some changes on the playfield threat layout. While Phase 5 added the possibility to let any spawnable NPC patrol around a POI or deposits, we iterated on this new feature a bit more. So expect more troops of the glory Zirax Empire strolling around their bases ;)

Beyond FoW and threat updates, we of course added a ton of other additions, balances and bugfixes. Please find all the changes listed in the changelog...
May
18
by EleonGameStudios at 8:20 AM
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Update May 19, 2018: Hotfix (Build 1636)

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Problem that RadarVesselT1 did not show up in Constructor
- Fixed: Portable Constructor could be sometimes stuck in crafting an ingot
- Fixed: Removed hotspot spawn zone around Junk T2
- Fixed: When exiting from open SV cockpit\passenger seat the player can get stuck in the ship
- Fixed: Exit points of Open Cockpit show strange requirement for free block spaces
- Fixed: Random exception when moving on terrain (Support Email: #EE8C4)

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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Alpha Experimental 8.0 is progressing nicely thanks to your dedicated and wholehearted feedback!

In Phase 5 we not only squashed more bugs, but also added a first iteration what will address one remaining challenge that came with the up to 64x increased playfield sizes: How do you find a Ore deposit or a POI with so much space in between? With a Detector!

The Detector that will be available with this update is pretty much NOT a device that will pinpoint the exact location. It is also not a ‘track-all-your-foes-in-a-distance’ device - it is explicitly only tracking ore deposits (SSOR and Voxel) and POI. The current T1 Detector will give you an approximate direction and a hint how many contacts you can expect when walking into this direction, serving as the most-requested helper for ‘getting a direction where you could run into something interesting’.

For feedback on this brand new and still ‘work-in-progress’ feature, please join the thread over here for more info and discussions: https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-radar-t1.37772/

Beyond that, we again added new POIs, new game parameters, made a lot of fine tuning, for example on the new status effect system and the occasions where you can run into those, loot tables, weapon and NPC balancing, as well as on smaller and larger changes on planets, playfields and other major features like Repair-2-Template and AI.

Check out all the changes and additions below and please make sure that you are using the available discussion threads for the main topics and contribute your feedback!

As always: First play, then Feedback! :)

All feature discussion threads pinned: https://empyriononline.com/forums/experimental-features-discussion.35/

Note: If you are NEW to Alpha 8.0 please read the individual feedback thread starters as they contain valuable information of the new gameplay mechanics!...
May
11
by EleonGameStudios at 3:26 PM
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Update May 12, 2018: Hotfix (Build 1623)

Starter Planet (Temperate) Update:
- Reduced tree density in forest biomes to improve FPS
- Removed strong temperature reduction for several biomes (Forest, DeepForest, Marsh)
- Replaced some 3d models with grass meshes to reduce draw calls and improve FPS

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: 'Shadow jumping' every 10 game minutes
- Fixed: FPS drop in dense vegetation during dusk and dawn (ie sun is flat)
- Fixed: Several internal exception found in output logs

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Hello Galactic Survivalists!

Welcome to Alpha Experimental 8.0 - Part 4! We are making good progress and are getting close to the final polishing and bug fixing phase.

Important:
- Please start a new save game in EXP 4 since we changed the naming of some yaml parameters (you can load old save games but the terrain might have changed)
- You might need to reset keybindings to default once again (sorry!)
- Please also make sure you do NOT use custom config.ecf when playing the Experimental version, as this can cause issues when items or their composition or template is changed. To ensure that, go to ..\Empyrion - Galactic Survival\Content\Configuration and rename or remove any config.ecf file (You can keep the Config_Example.ecf).
- Survival Constructor is now ‘Portable Constructor’ and former Suit Constructor is now ‘Survival Constructor’!

Phase 4 has again added a few more gameplay elements, like the Mobile Heater/Cooler that can directly be crafted from the Survival Constructor. This should further resolve issues with temperature - of course at the cost that you need to stay close to it.

Apart from changes to the Repair-System, we added a few more features that you will see growing in the next updates, like POI are now allowed to float, several updates on gameplay mechanics, visuals and loads of other changes and improvements!

As always: First play, then Feedback! :)

Alpha 8.0 EXP: New Planets
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-newplanets.37161/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Solar System Generator - Doku & Feedback
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-solar-system-generator-doku-feedback.37162/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: AI Behavior
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-ai-behavior.37160/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Repair Template & Repair-to-Template...
May
04
by EleonGameStudios at 3:21 AM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

While Experimental Phase 2 addressed most of the Survival Start issues, Phase 3 will concentrate on some of the other features - but of course add more refinements to the Game Start! For example the Stamina-rebuild, reducing your food points is now tied to the difficulty setting (See details below). We also increased the output for the crushed-stones-to-ore reprocessing.

Repair-2-Template has seen a few changes as well and, beyond that, we changed the way how repairs are handled in general. Up to now, repairing a damaged block was for free - this has changed. Repairing a damaged block now uses Iron Ingots as a resource (100 HP demand 1 iron ingot). To make this work with the new Repair-2-Template method and to avoid having to manage different devices for the same tasks, we further unified the two features of the repair feature (Repair blocks + Repair-2-template) so you can always use it from one console.

Beyond these two topics, nearly every feature, from AI to Planets to Zirax Weapon balancing, got additions and refinements as well. So please check out the full changelog below for all the updates and, as always, please report your feedback directly to our dedicated feedback threads:

Alpha 8.0 EXP: New Planets
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-newplanets.37161/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Solar System Generator - Doku & Feedback
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-solar-system-generator-doku-feedback.37162/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: AI Behavior
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-ai-behavior.37160/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Repair Template & Repair-to-Template
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-repair-template-repair-to-template.37156/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Suit- and Survival Mechanics
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-suit-and-survival-mechanics.37159/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: New food and food-item drop system
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-new-food-and-food-item-drop-system.37158/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: New Status Effects / Diseases
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-new-status-effects-diseases.37157/

Dungeon Feedback: Derelict Mining Ship
https://empyriononline.com/threads/derelict-mining-ship-poi-feedback.37566/

Note: If you are NEW to Alpha 8.0 please read the individual feedback thread starters as they contain valuable information of...
Apr
27
by EleonGameStudios at 7:28 AM
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Hotfix: April 28, 2018 (Build 1598)

Changes:
- Animals do not follow player into water anymore
- Repair Console can now also be placed on a CV
- Re-arranged Repair Bay / Console in TechTree
- Now using sectors.yaml to determine default starter planets for Creative Mode
- Updated textures for Land Claim Device
- Added possibility to teleport using sector map (shift-right click when hovering over sector body)
- Added missing loca text for igmNoRepairBay
- Land Claim Device is now in "Equipment" group in Control Panel

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed: Invisible SV/HV thrusters
- Fixed: Drones sometimes not reacting to the players presence - especially in MP
- Fixed: Drone from a wave when close to a base sometimes did not attack the base but instead was diving on the ground and did nothing (you need to start a new game to ensure that the fix works)

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Hello Galactic Survivalists!

First of all: thanks for the overwhelming amount of feedback and responses to our first iteration of Alpha EXPERIMENTAL 8.0! :)

Although the Experimental Phase I was possibly a bit rough at some edges and a lot has changed compared to all the versions before, we’ve seen lots and lots of positive feedback on the now more survival-focused and possibly “harder” game start.

As promised, we picked up a lot of your feedback on that topic - and all others - and made some first improvements, like adding back more POIs to discover (Please tell us what you think of the amount and types!) and, of course, tried improving the Temperature-Food-Stamina topic, that possibly made even the Easy game start a bit too harsh at times (depending on the seed).

Check the changelog below for all the updates and, as always, please report your feedback directly to our main dedicated feedback threads:

Alpha 8.0 EXP: New Planets
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-newplanets.37161/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Solar System Generator - Doku & Feedback
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-solar-system-generator-doku-feedback.37162/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: AI Behavior
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-ai-behavior.37160/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Repair Template & Repair-to-Template
https://empyriononline.com/threads/alpha-8-0-exp-repair-template-repair-to-template.37156/

Alpha 8.0 EXP: Suit- and Survival Mechanics...
Apr
24
by EleonGameStudios at 11:04 AM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

Today, we are very excited to announce the release of the first EXPERIMENTAL version of Alpha 8!

You’ve been patiently waiting for this day, following nearly half a dozen dev blogs and various teasers about the new features coming with Alpha 8.0. Now it is your turn to play and give us feedback! :)

Be aware that this is still a very rough version - so expect bugs and unpolished features. We wanted to release Alpha EXP 8.0 as early as possible to get your feedback!


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CHANGELOG: Alpha Experimental 8.0.0 (Build 1591)

MAIN FEATURES:


Instead of detailing all the features, we just highlight the main Alpha 8 features and recommend reading the feedback threads below for more details.

1. Larger Planets:
Increased size from the current 8x4km (32km²) up to 64x32km (2048km²) playfields, i.e. the planets in Alpha 8 will be up to 64x larger than in Alpha 7!

We would like to give you an idea of how big these planets are. Do you see the spire base on the other side?
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It looks quite far away - right? However, if you look at the map, it seems to be just in front of you:
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- Actual size of a planet will also be reflected in the orbit
- Tilted planet axis so that the day/night ratio depends where you are on the planet (eg longer days and shorter nights on the northern hemisphere and vice versa on the southern hemisphere)
- Improved outside view of the planets in the orbit
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2. Random Generation of Solar System:
- Each time you start a new game, a new solar system is generated with a different amount of planets and POIs
- You can control the generation process via a configuration file (number and type of planets, POIs, extension of solar system etc)
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The above screenshot shows the new 3d sector map of a random solar system

3. Procedural Terrain Generation:
Procedural terrain generation is back - no fixed heightmap planets anymore
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4. More Diverse Biomes:
Realistic biome distribution based on humidity and temperature:
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By changing Temperature, Humidity and the Seed, we obtain a very varied biome distribution:
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5. Underground Layers...
Apr
09
by EleonGameStudios at 9:32 AM
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Hi Galactic Survivalists!

The Experimental version is nearly around the corner! We have already started to refine some of the features that should be playable in the first iteration of the Alpha 8.0 public testing version. In addition, we are currently fixing the remaining major bugs to get the Experimental version ready for release.

1. Planet Update
In the current public version, when you dig into the ground, the textures do not change a lot. This was one of the downsides of the fixed heightmaps as the terrain shader was not very flexible with respect to textures.

In Alpha 8, the 'underground layers' are coming back. Creators will have the possibility to set up to 7 different consecutive layers for their planetary playfields.

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2. AI Behavior Update

For the upcoming Experimental phase, we are developing a new AI technology, which will be used mainly for the AI of animals on the planets. We will be primarily using it on few animals on the starter planet.

2.1. Technology
We will be using a new Behaviour Tree technology for the animals. It is a visual tool, in which we can design the behaviour from small AI modules. This helps us to easily create prototypes and reuse the modules between animals.

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To make the animal behaviour more natural we are using some new tools.
- Vision sensor - it will simulate vision of the animal. If you get in range and field of view, it will inform other systems of your presence
- Noise system - similar to vision sensor. This system is gathering some of the noises in game and feeding them in to the AI
- Alert level - If the animal can hear or see you, it can get alerted - it can be just a slight disturbance or a strong rage, depends on the alert source strength, was it just a rustle, or a shot in the back? You can now try to go stealthy, slowly and not using items. You can see the animals react by changing their behaviour. Learn to read the posture ;-)

- Fear sensor - similar to alert level, animal has also a fear level. The fear is increased with noises or damage, and decreased by time (as time heals everything) and friends. So if you see aggressive creature in big group, be careful!

2.2. New behaviours

Friendly herbivore:
A friendly herbivore will be eating grass (or maybe rocks, depends on their taste) and roam around the world...