4:20pm EST - Given the majority of our player base voted for a fresh start, our main server is wiping in 10 minutes. I didn't wipe immediately after the update to make sure gameplay was solid. Besides some issues with dropping items, everything seems to be running pretty well. Here's the new maps for both servers.
3:47pm EST - The server and client update just hit. Our main server has not wiped yet, however, our dev branch server just got a fresh wipe and new map.
3:34pm EST - The devblog just came out.
3:26pm EST - The update should be hitting any time now. Maurino just shared some last minute patch changes with me:
- Hide clothing changes
- Costs more than burlap now
- Protects better than burlap from attacks
- Doesn't protect from cold as well as burlap
- Repair bench is now a default item and costs:
- 500 wood
- 100 metal fragments
- These climate and metabolism changes look like they are going to have a big impact on gameplay (and clothing).
11:26am EST - It’s that day of the week again, time for an update and a devblog! The team is mostly focusing on bug fixes and play testing today, with a plan to launch the update later this afternoon (estimated release time from Garry is 3pm EST / 8pm GMT). Some stark changes to gameplay are in store, here’s a summary of what’s included in this update:
- Sleeping bag assignment
- No more hammer demolish
- Missing building parts fixed
- Repair bench
- Eoka works different
- Stone texture improvements
- Networking fixes
- Bow aims different
- Bow and arrow craftable by default
- Damage indication
- Metabolism changes
- Handmade shell
- Starter bps no longer dropping
- Candle hat (maybe? not in dev yet)
To wipe or not to wipe?
We’re in a unique position: Our main server has been running for almost a week since the last wipe and performance is holding pretty strong. The update today will not force a wipe, making this the first week in a while where we don’t actually have to wipe. That said, I see many people calling for a wipe. To help gauge where the community is at, I’m putting up a poll to weigh in your opinion on wiping today. Note: The results of this poll are not definitively going to determine if we wipe or not, it’s mainly to gauge where people are at.
No more hammer demolish
One huge change to gameplay (and specifically building) is coming today: the demolish option on the hammer is no more. There are some stark pros and cons to this one:
- People can no longer easily destroy your whole house when they raid it
- This will probably limit people building on rocks and such
- You can still knock down the twig tier in a couple hits if you misplace a part while building
- It’s a lot harder for builders to expand on their existing house
- Maps stand to get much more cluttered if buildings aren’t demolished
- It's easier to get totally locked out of your house now (even if you still have cupboard access)
Whether you like it or not, one thing is for sure, this will force a shift in how people plan their buildings and their raids. Side note: The admin demolish option is still on the hammer. Additionally, Garry fixed it so admins can still demolish in cupboard radius (before the menu wouldn’t pop up if building was blocked).
A new type of ammunition is now in the game: the handmade shell. Costing 5 stones and 5 gunpowder, this ammunition can be crafted from the get-go (no need to find a blueprint) and shoots several projectiles (similar to a buckshot).
The Eoka is now the only weapon which uses this round (the Waterpipe Shotgun still uses 12 gauge shells). There have also been some changes to the Eoka in this update. The animations and reload action have been improved, however, you can’t currently aim down the sights.
Sleep bag assignment
Another cool change added yesterday is the ability to shift ownership of sleeping bags to other people on the server. This small functionality stands to have a huge impact on how people group up and live together. Here’s some shots of how it works:
Bow and arrow craftable by default
No more searching around for bow and arrow blueprints, you'll now be able to craft them by default.
Maurino has done a ton of changes to the metabolism system. Comfort works, cold damages you, armor protects against cold, climates have different temperatures and radiation is working again.
New C4 explosion
Minh has created a new explosion for C4, check out the video here.
Facial changes on the way
Looks like Newman is getting a facelift soon. Garry posted these two shots in our server admin community:
New loot containers
Daniel posted some new loot containers, looking good!
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