Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August Update!

This July was a pretty great month in terms of what has been done to eliminate some outstanding issues, and also build towards the future with our Next Big Thing update coming in September. Some highlights:
  • Mounts: We've made loads of progress on how mounts are handled on both the client and server side. Expect to see a lot less weirdness (rubberbanding, disappearing vehicles to name a few) when cruising the Wasteland, reducing some of the everyday annoyances that folks have to deal with.
  • The Dump: We know the debuff issue has been lingering for a while, a result of the fix requiring a ton of investigation on how the engine handles area-bound buffs. Our new developer-ninja has been working to eliminate root cause of the underlying issue, and we hope to have a fix out soon.
  • Server stability under load: Some players may be more familiar with this than other, but issues that sometimes cause levels, character models and inventories to display weird/incorrect data should be resolved with upcoming patches.
  • Bloodsports: Our next major project from a "fix stuff" perspective will be focused around Bloodsports, including everything from movement prediction to objective completion bugs. We hope to release this around the same time as our Next Big Thing.
And just because we've been spending loads of time fixing things doesn't mean there isn't still good stuff on the horizon. Next up is Neverender, with a glimpse at some of the upcoming game updates.

Next Big Thing
Ahoy, Neverender here! I’m sure you’ve all been wondering what those silhouettes were in the last update we did. If you guessed “completely badass new weapons that will melt your face off”, you were correct.  GlobalTech Ordnance of Rapid Extermination (G.O.R.E.) weapon plans have been discovered and these babies are unlike anything else in the Wasteland you’ve encountered! But be warned, it can be a bit hazardous to acquire the plans and necessary materials to construct these instruments of destruction.
Some of the materials required can be found at an abandoned GlobalTech dump site, but there have been reports of a creeper den in that area. But this isn’t just any creeper den, as it is protected by the monstrous Crabbahoak. Nobody that has laid eyes on this beast has survived. But they were clones, so they still told us all about it. It’s pretty gruesome; I’ll spare you the details.


In other parts of the Wasteland, the Cult of the Dead has re-emerged with a scheme to use G.O.R.E. technology to further their own interests. Protected by Queen Lilith and her Pale One minions, this technology will have to be pried from their lifeless fingers.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the last area. Well, a lot of buzz, and then some screaming, and a lot of running. As soon as we’re able to get more intel on that we’ll be sure to let you know!
Anyway, the team has had a lot of fun designing and testing this new content and we’re looking forward to sharing more with you soon.

-Neverender and the Fallen Earth Team