Release notes here.
The graphics for ships and structures being incomplete was one of our biggest bugbears… since forever, really. We always were adding more ships and structures faster than we could do graphics for them.
It’s been well over a year since I’ve done any new ship visuals, because my focus was elsewhere, but in the last week it’s been time to tidy all that up in preparation for our 1.0 launch on (tentatively) October 22nd; and that includes revised trailers and screenshots, of course.
More than just adding a bunch — 80ish — of new ship and structure visuals (and overhauling the lighting and bloom on all the rest of them about a week ago), this particular build also vastly improves the quality of the background planet visuals by moving them to updated shaders, adjusting their levels, and so on. I made some improvements to the planet visuals back during the “lighting and darkness” release, but this is a whole other level of improved.
- There’s only one bugfix in this build, which is hilariously little in terms of that sort of thing, but you can see where our focus has been. We’ll be returning to interface, bugfixes, and tutorials now that the visuals are done.
- There are four new ship variants (Ram, Fusion Saw, Kite, and Ion Disruptor) now in the game.
- There are some other moderate balance tweaks, such as spider units being a lot more effective, weapon jamming ships working a lot more effectively and efficiently, forcefield guardians having a forcefield of any notable size, and a few other bits.
More to come soon. Enjoy!
Problem With The Latest Build?
If you right-click the game in Steam and choose properties, then go to the Betas tab of the window that pops up, you’ll see a variety of options. You can always choose most_recent_stable from that build to get what is essentially one-build-back. Or two builds back if the last build had a known problem, etc. Essentially it’s a way to keep yourself off the very bleeding edge of updates, if you so desire.
The Usual Reminders
Quick reminder of our new Steam Developer Page. If you follow us there, you’ll be notified about any game releases we do.
Also: Would you mind leaving a Steam review for some/any of our games? It doesn’t have to be much more detailed than a thumbs up, but if you like a game we made and want more people to find it, that’s how you make it happen. Reviews make a material difference, and like most indies, we could really use the support.