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Relay Replay: October 2-6 Written Sunday 8th of October 2017 at 12:00am by Erris

The Replay is back!

With Shiver's return, quality returns to Relay's Podcasts!

3.0 ETF is go!


  • Ended last week week with 1 critical must fix issue for Evocati

  • Monday:

    • Started with two must fix issues

    • Resolved one by just disabling the fatal error

    • Todd is compiling feedback for the shopping, commodities and cargo gameplay loops

    • The "go/no go" decision was "no go" (Sean Tracy's fault apparently)

  • Tuesday:

    • Five must fix issues

    • Graphics guys fixed issue with the new build in the morning

    • QA reopened the 30007 disconnect issue again: Clive and Chad are on it

  • Wednesday:

    • Two must fix issues

    • Still tracking the root cause of the disconnects

    • Carlos, Spencer, Chad, Paul, and Zane working on insurance issues

    • The "go/no go" decision was "no go"

  • Thursday:

    • The "go/no go" decision was GO!

  • At the time of filming they are at zero must fix issues for traversal

  • Now moving on to improved shopping which has 17 must fix issues


  • Hitting targets with turrets was quite unsatisfactory in the past and improvement of that was their goal

  • They imported the old system in for set designer freedom of control, to hook it into the new pipe system properly, and adapt it to a new aiming system

  • Aiming improved by increasing turret rotation dependent upon distance to target and faster response to player movement as well as decreasing of freelook area

  • Though they plan to eliminate the dash-pip, there are several that enable better aiming that also include the circle-pip and crosshair-pip.

  • They also included IK to allow the player to see their body and G-forces along with gimbal ship compensation to increase fun along with accuracy

  • Simultaneous turret seat movement and rotation was accomplished in animation and involved bones and timing in states

  • One problem encountered made the player dizzy from the snapping of rotations and animations

  • Another problem entailed the player starting out by facing the wrong direction once loaded into the turret solve by allowing rotations to be defined in DATAForge

  • This also allowed for the player entering at odd angles

  • The most challenging aspects dealt with converting what the player wanted to do as far as their aiming input

  • Another fun feature added is alternate fire mode allowing for all guns blazing or sequential fire for better targeting

  • Another issue was setting limits so that a player didn't shoot their own ship when an enemy target dove below them

  • Though they lost some things in the Item 2.0 conversion for turrets they are working to retrieve them and add even more to the UI for better enemy awareness

  • Some possible improvements include the sharing of target and radar information between multiple crewmembers

  • Much of the most important improvements were made simply through trial and error



Erris is Canadian. He does some random things for Relay, no-one really knows what, but still they're stuck with him. He’s also written one Young Adult novel that he can’t stand, which can be found here.

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