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Happy Hour: June 2nd, 2017 - Summary Written Friday 2nd of June 2017 at 11:58am by CanadianSyrup

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  • Today's Happy Hour featured guests Mark Abent, Kirk Tome, and Chad McKinney talking about Item system 2.0 and what it means to 3.0 and beyond.
  • Item system 2.0 isn't a single entity, but the technology that allows them to customize objects infinitely more than before. CryEngine before used Logic blocks which worked well, until you wanted something different from them. Item System 2.0 removes the logic from the blocks and allows developers to put in whatever they'd like. So instead of getting into a ship and having it automatically turning on, now you can get into the ship and sit there. From there you can turn on individual systems or turn them off at any given time. You can also have a co-pilot manipulate the shields in specific ways such as how much power is diverted to them or the direction the shields can be focused. Power can be diverted from weapons to engines to give a better chance of escape, etc.
  • Locking your ship likely won't be in 3.0 as it's more involved than just a simple lock, but designing a security system to allow for passage of certain players and the system can be adapted to more than just doors.
  • All ships have to be converted to Item system 2.0 for 3.0.
  • For the first release there won't be restrictions on ship components as they want to test to system to make sure it works, down the line they'll tweak it to have certain ships only allow certain components.
  • They posted a sneak peek of the ship stats page revamp and said that anytime a ship changes, they'll update it right away. 


  • The show has begun! Hosting Today's show is Jared Huckaby with three guests: Mark "BugSmasher" Abent, Senior Gameplay Programmer. Kirk Tome, Lead Technical Designer. Chad McKinney

  • [What do you do Mark] Anything related to the gameplay whether it's ships exploding, flying, moving, anything the player can do and interact with.

  • [What does a Lead Designer do Kirk?] They're responsible for the design of ships and their systems and determining what loadout they have, their configuration of components, etc.

  • [What do you do Chad?] He works with Kirk so a lot of the same stuff Kirk does, but is delegated to him from Kirk.

  • [What is Item system 2.0?] Item 2.0 has been thrown around as the fix for everything, but what item 2.0 is not an entity, but the technology that is coming up. What exists now is this very static logic block that does its job pretty well, but when you try to do additional things with that logic block that it wasn't designed for, it doesn't go very well. So Item 2.0 takes away the logic from those blocks and allows you to manipulate those blocks in a way that you can seperate different entities to be able to individually customize those. So instead of a ship being either On or Off when you board it, now you can sit in the cockpit and sit just there, instead of having it automatically turn on, or you could turn on just radar or etc.

    • Doors can be locked, lights can be turned on or off individually. Clothes can have useable pockets. This is more than just items, but rendering for planets and having a series of objects load differently because of how Item 2.0's tech is designed and can allow for more cores to be taken advantage of when it comes to stuff like that.
  • [Why didn't you just make Item system 2.0 in the first place?] CryEngine didn't have the systems that they have now and scaling was something that played a bit part to where you don't know the limits until you hit them. Iteration is something that happens many times during game development to where the first system will never look like the last system that is implemented. When they started the project the focus was just to start building stuff and figuring out what they need from there and then they can get an idea of what they need to work towards.

  • [Will Item system 2.0 finally allow us to lock our spaceships?] It does allow for that functionality to happen, but there's a little more involved to make that happen such as having a security system implemented to verify whose allowed in or not and the different ways to authorize people to have access to the interaction panel to get through said door.

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    • This is a sneak peek of the revamp for the ship stats page and give you a better idea of what the ship is capable of.
    • Their goal is to keep the stats page up to date anytime there are changes to the ship that affect the page itself.
  • They've been talking about hypothetical scenario's with Item 2.0 being implemented such as diverting power from weapons to engines to allow you to escape an encounter or how fighting a ship now will be different because ships are mostly stock in game, whereas in 3.0 and beyond people will be able to kit out their ships in ways that can drastically change the characteristics.

  • [With Item 2.0 allowing us to hit buttons to access the various systems, will there be shortcut keys to the systems?] Yes and no. Interaction will be done mainly through the onscreen systems, but there will be some keys you can press to swap pages or focus on a certain element.

  • [What will gameplay be like with the new interaction with systems compared to now?] Well before things were either on or off and with Multi-crew ships there wasn't anything one could do except be in a turret really. Now players will be able to have a co-pilot that can manage power to shields or where to direct the focus of the shield if getting hit from a certain direction. Then there's the whole scenario of components getting damaged and having to repair them in a multi-crew ship to keep yourself alive in the fight or from the elements.

    • With the current system a connie can have four people inside, and 4 times the amount of enemies spawn, but those four players can't fully utilize the connie to its full potential and so the connie can't be all that it can be.
  • [Will we see the return of an indepth power system management] Yes

  • [Will all ships be converted to item system 2.0 for 3.0?] Yes, they have to be. There's no way to have the old and new system ingame at the same time so it's a big effort.

  • [What is the Room system?] It's a generic way for designers to layout volumes to designate areas. It's a way to simplify things for designers gameplay wise. An example is atmosphere and what rooms have it and what happens when you open a door to another room, does it have atmosphere too? If not what happens? etc.

    • The hangar is having work done on it to make it expandable with the room system tech, but it's not high on the priority list at the moment.
  • They're talking about the stamina system and how it's not static in what your character is capable of, but what your environment allows. So it works on the oxygen in your blood and some planets may allow you to run farther or perhaps not run as far because the atmosphere is thin. The system doesn't just support oxygen, but also other gases.

  • [Are there incompatibilities planned between components for item 2.0?] The first iteration won't have those because they're getting the system online and want to make it sure functions correctly, but they'll put some restrictions down the line and look at the components and how they're used and see if it's within the boundaries they want to see.

  • [Will replacing a damaged shield module bring a shield down or is their a redundancy?] That depends on the ship, but that won't be something you'll encounter now as live swapping won't be in the first iteration.

  • [In Item 2.0 how will stackable and variable items be handled] That's been handled by another developer, but they're not sure how much they can talk about it, but Kirk says they are working on a system to have stackable items in containers and etc.

  • [Final thoughts?] Kirk: Right now they're focused on polishing 3.0 and getting all the tech in that they want and working for it.

    • Mark: I need more coffee
    • Chad: It's exciting to see what's to come and can't wait for players to get their hands on 3.0
  • That's all for this week's Happy Hour. Next week will feature the monthly Subscriber Town Hall on Tuesday. For those who aren't aware yet, Happy Hour is now on a bi-weekly schedule so tune in two weeks from now for the next Happy Hour.


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