News!Subscriber’s Town Hall
The Town Hall was centered around the Alien races with guests: Senior Writer Will Weissbaum, Lead Writer Dave Haddock and Technical Designer Johnny Jacevicius
They clarified a few things about the Banu Defender:
It has one size 2 shield.
It has two power plants, not one
It has four size 2 weapons on size 3 gimbals which can be swapped for size 3 fixed guns.
Ballistic weapons against the Defender will be more effective, but the Tevarin shield which the Defender has will mitigate some of that.
They are going to show some of their visibility ideas to address some of the concerns with the cockpit visibility.
You can swap out components on the Defender or any alien ship without too much hassle so you won't be stuck with finding rare components to repair your ship, but don't expect them to perform the same.
The BMM will be significantly bigger than the current specifications, but not as big as an Idris. They're looking to have it be around the size of the Polaris, but nothing is confirmed until they build it out.
There will be Banu landing zones that we can visit when they're made.
The Banu language hasn't been worked on very much as most of the attention is on the other alien languages at this point
working side-by-side with Engineers to flesh out tools and tech for procedural planets
made progress on manual setups required to spawn effects in engine
new Designer has joined the team
churning through performance capture scenes across numerous S42 chapters
pushing on all story scenes taking place in the Shubin facility so it can be finalised
doing edits for big sequences for the opening and middle of the game
fleshing out different procedural terrain elements of Delamar and resolving various challenges
made a few changes to Levski exterior: integrated garages for ground vehicles
made the mining structures in and around the borehole more functional and did a polish pass
did some finishing touches to the moons to make the feel more distinct from each other
finished the design pass on the surface outposts and handed them off to the Art Team
started work integrating Levski into the procedural version of Delamar: lobby, airlocks, garages, roads and parking areas
planned out the elevator network and workers area and added Administrative offices
performed some R&D work on foot constrained locomotion to give characters a true sense of weight at all speeds and angles
worked on some skinning tasks to widen the range of character customisation
worked with Weapons Team on tools to spot errors in the pipeline and rigging new/updated weapons
progressing with Actor Status System: incorporates breathing, stamina, G-forces, injuries, etc.
added subsystems for suits getting punctured and patched and recharging oxygen tanks
started mass production on Usesables
finalising the design of the Spectrum game integration to enable access to core Spectrum functionality in-game
began testing the new Stanton system PU level
tweaks and testing to in-house server launcher tool "Catapult"
performed initial round of testing on the Subsumption Editor's new conversation system
worked with System Designers to create the AI basic feature test level and add behaviours for all NPCs
added new VFX test cases and editor checklist for the Particle Editor
focused on supporting 3.0 release of Cellin, Yela and Daymar
defining the visual quality required for surface outposts in 3.0 and beyond
implementing the new Light Groups System: surface outposts lighting reacts to low power, emergencies, hazards, etc.
new developer joined the team
refactoring the ship movement system to unify the movement pipeline between NPCs and ships
general improvements to the AI pathfinding and navigation: fixed issues with certain configurations of corners
focused on missions from two S42 chapters: expanding existing functionality and adding new ones
Subsumption Visualiser now allows the starting mission for a level to be overwritten for testing
added ‘platforms’ (a template object container with a list of items) for the Mission System
blocking out new weapons: 2 Vanduul, 4 Kastak Arms, 3 Gemini, 1 K-Hex
completed first pass on Knightbridge Arms ballistic cannon (size 2 and 3) through the new modular pipeline
assisted the UK team with props in spare time
continued work on Object Container streaming and SolEd
performed housekeeping on existing code base to reduce compile time by several minutes
further improved procedural planet tech: blending (terrain, scattered objects) and dissolve blending
QA tests tech that goes into builds
Finding issues, write out step by step how to reproduce them
QA has to touch pretty much every discipline and be an authority on pretty much anything as developers/Designers cover most bases
Issue Council is important to QA as the players will often run into issues by just playing the game and will usually be problems QA either didn’t run into or hadn’t thought of as being a possible point where one could occur