0.44.00 STABLE BUILD! NEW FUEL STILL, FISH, ANIMAL TRAPS, OCEAN CURRENT AND MORE!

Update 0.44.00 Splash

Hey everyone,

A new stable build 0.44.00 is up!

The new 0.44.01 update transitions our latest work on the experimental branch to the stable branch. If you haven’t been following the progress of our experimental branch, we’ve recently added a new Fuel Still, new Animal Traps, new Fish Schools, new Ocean Current and more!

We’ve covered the new features in the patch notes below and you can also read more on the new features in our previous experimental patch notes on the News page.

A short recap —

The new Fuel Still uses Potatoes to distil a crude ethanol fuel which can be used to power Vehicles. If you use combustion propulsion for your Rafts or Gyro you will probably want to start growing Potato crops ready to be distilled to ensure you have enough fuel for travelling. This functionality goes hand-in-hand with the re-introduction of the new Fueling System. Like the good old days of Stranded Deep you will need to find and use Jerry cans to carry fuel and refill vehicles again.

This build also features new Fish Flocks!. The new flocks are part of our on-going work on the new fish system. The new flocks of small detail fish that can be found around shore-lines and reefs which help to add more life to the underwater environment in SD.

Thanks to Paul and Felix, our friends at Only Sound, we are completely overhauling the sound effects in Stranded Deep. See below for a complete list of implemented audio effects and be sure to let us know what you think. Please note that some sounds are missing and some are WIP.

This update builds on the last with a new, more efficient and easier to work with Audio FX system now running behind the scenes. There’s also a new Sea Snake and some more new SFX included.

The Fish Trap is back! The new Fish Trap does not require bait but does require assembling once placed in the water. Dismantle the Fish Trap and drag it to a new location to catch different species of fish. It is a slower alternative to Rod and Spear fishing so can take a few hours to catch something.
The Bird Snare allows you to catch seagulls whilst you’re doing other activities. The snare triggers when a seagull lands on it and can then be collected and skinned.
The Water Still has been adjusted to a more realistic design. You will now have to place foliage such as Palm Fronds and Fibrous Leaves into the bottom compartment while the top section will collect the evaporated droplets. This setup works similar to the Fuel Still Boiler.
There’s also a new Ocean Current feature where all buoyant objects are affected by and move with the current. Rafts will automatically move at the ocean current speed which is approximately 1 knot. Sails will move rafts at the wind speed if raised, approximately 4-5 knots. It is possible to lose floating objects if you let them sail off into the horizon. This is where the recent addition of the Sea Anchor may come in handy!

Have fun 🙂

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

0.43.02-0.44.00 EXP. LOG
CHANGES

– Changed Water Still to be drinkable on-site.
– Reduced Farming Plot water usage by half.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Splint craftable item! Can be used to heal Broken Bones.

0.41.00-0.44.00 STABLE LOG
CHANGES

– Added Hunting crafting menu category.
– Added new Drowning player effect.
– Added dynamic Footstep audio for different surfaces.
– Added auto-centering for Boat Motor.
– Added position and rotation smoothing to Fish movement to remove jitter when avoiding obstacles.
– Added Gyrocopter pieces to Loot generation.
– Added Map Editor objects for Medical Items, Farming Hoe, Fishing Rod, Bobber, and Vehicle Parts.
– Updated Boat Motor model.
– Improved Fish avoidance AI.
– Changed Oxygen and Drowning system.
– Changed Stick Farming Plot water servings from 5 to 4.
– Changed Plank Farming Plot water servings from 5 to 8.
– Changed Corrugated Farming Plot water servings from 5 to 8.
– Changed Farming Plot water to deplete 1 serving every 12 hours.
– Changed Farming Plot water to not deplete if raining instead of adding water servings.
– Changed Farming Plot to start with 1 water serving instead of being full.
– Changed Solar Still to require Palm Fronds.
– Removed Gyrocopter pieces from Mission rewards.
– Changed Gyrocopter to be craftable like Boat Motor.

BUG FIXES

– Fixed excessive trailing numbers displaying in Inventory for item health/durability.
– Fixed visual bugs when Charging weapons in various scenarios, half-charged, post-charged, etc.
– Fixed pressing Esc not quitting Fire Lighter sequence.
– Fixed pressing Esc not quitting Mission menu.
– Fixed Mission starting audio repeating over and over.
– Fixed Farming Plots not removing water when sleeping.
– Fixed Farming Plots not loading incomplete part of interval.
– Fixed Water Still not adding water when sleeping.
– Fixed Steps not placing on Foundations and Floors.
– Fixed Player camera not initialising position immediately when created.
– Fixed modified Input key bindings not applying when opening a new game session.
– Fixed Birds flying through items and displacing objects.
– Fixed Footsteps playing when sailing.
– Fixed Rafts being pushed or launched by player.
– Fixed Construction Wedge pieces not allowing proper placement.
– Fixed Gyrocopter flying at wrong angles.
– Fixed Buoyant objects not getting cleaned up properly.
– Fixed bug in Fish AI that was severely reducing effectiveness of avoidance in tight spaces.
– Fixed bug where Fish environment bounds weight was overriding avoidance.
– Fixed Player not moving with Raft when climbing ledge.
– Fixed a bug where Boat Motor audio would continue if stopping immediately after starting.
– Fixed Boat Motor only applying rudder deflection when key pressed.
– Fixed Smoker hit box for interacting.
– Fixed Sharks attacking rafts too frequently.
– Fixed Sharks respawning every time an island was revisited.
– Fixed Raft decal spelling mistake.
– Fixed some Map Editor objects missing meshes and materials.
– Fixed bug on loading where Sharks listening to game time events were called before being initialized, causing random errors.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Fuel Still constructable item!
Create ethanol fuel for Vehicles.

– Added new Fuelling System!
All Vehicles using combustion engines now require fuel to run. A full tank of fuel (4 potatoes) will average 4 trips to an island (there-and-back) for the Boat Motor and 2 trips for the Gyro.

– Added new Water Still!

– Added new Fish Trap!

– Added new Bird Snare!

– Added new Ocean Current!
– Added new Anchor craftable item!

– Added new Fish Flocks!
– Added new Sea Snake!
Sea snakes work the same way as the Lion Fish in that they will poison the player within proximity. Sea Snakes cannot be harvested.

– Added Vehicle Engine loot item.
– Added Vehicle Electrical Part loot item.
– Added Vehicle Filter Part loot item.
– Added Vehicle Fuel Part loot item.

– Added Clay Brick Door building item.
– Added Clay Brick Steps building item.

– Added new high quality Sound Effects!
– Added Axe sound effects.
– Added Knife sound effects.
– Added Stone Tool sound effects.
– Added Hammer sound effects.
– Added Footstep sound effects.
– Added Jump sound effects.
– Added Land sound effects.
– Added Climb Ledge sound effects.
– Added Climb Ladder sound effects.
– Added Climb Tree sound effects.
– Added Swim Underwater sound effects.
– Added Boar Movement sounds.
– Added Boar Death sounds.
– Added Boar Damage sounds.
– Added Snake Attack sounds
– Added Snake Warning Hiss sounds.
– Added Crab Movement sounds.
– Added Crab Attack sounds.
– Added Shark Movement sounds.
– Added Shark Attack sounds.
– Added Squid Movement sounds.
– Added Squid Attack sounds.
– Added Eel Movement sounds.
– Added Eel Attack sounds.
– Added Smoker Attach meat sounds.
– Added Campfire Ignite sound.
– Added Campfire Extinguish sound.
– Added Campfire Refuel sounds.
– Added Solar Still Refill sounds.
– Added Palm Tree Harvest sounds.
– Added Ficus Tree Harvest sounds.
– Added Pine Tree Harvest sounds.
– Added Yucca Harvest sounds.
– Added Driftwood harvest sounds.
– Added Boat Motor sounds.
– Added Ambient Raft sound.
– Added Coconut hit and break sounds.
– Added Sail and Sailing sounds.
– Added Eating sound.
– Added Drinking sound.
– Added Drinking Medical sound.
– Added Shark movement sound.
– Added dirt Footstep sounds.
– Added Seagull flock audio.

DEV NOTES

– Fixed Smoker logging an unnecessary error for empty smokable positions.
– Changed Player audio to use new Audio system.
– Changed Player footsteps audio to use new Audio system.
– Changed Player status effects to use new Audio system.
– Changed Player speech to use new Audio system.
– Changed Boss audio to use new Audio system.
– Changed Audio system to cull single FX out of range of listener.
– Changed Audio system to pause/resume persistent FX based on range to listener.
– Rewrote Audio FX system for an easier workflow and to be more efficient.
A refactored soundtrack and new environment zone audio system still to come.

0.43.00 EXP. UPDATE! NEW ANIMAL TRAPS, OCEAN CURRENT AND MORE!

Update 0.43.00 Splash

Hi everyone,
A new experimental build 0.43.00 is up!

This update features new Traps, including a new Fish Trap and Bird Snare!

The Fish Trap is back! The new Fish Trap does not require bait but does require assembling once placed in the water. Dismantle the Fish Trap and drag it to a new location to catch different species of fish. It is a slower alternative to Rod and Spear fishing so can take a few hours to catch something.
The Bird Snare allows you to catch seagulls whilst you’re doing other activities. The snare triggers when a seagull lands on it and can then be collected and skinned.
The Water Still has been adjusted to a more realistic design. You will now have to place foliage such as Palm Fronds and Fibrous Leaves into the bottom compartment while the top section will collect the evaporated droplets. This setup works similar to the Fuel Still Boiler.
There’s also a new Ocean Current feature where all buoyant objects are affected by and move with the current. Rafts will automatically move at the ocean current speed which is approximately 1 knot. Sails will move rafts at the wind speed if raised, approximately 4-5 knots. It is possible to lose floating objects if you let them sail off into the horizon. This is where the recent addition of the Sea Anchor may come in handy!

That’s it for this update.
Have fun!

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

BUG FIXES

– Fixed Player camera not initializing position immediately when created.

CHANGES

– Added Hunting crafting menu category.
– Changed Solar Still to require Palm Fronds.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Fish Trap!

– Added new Bird Snare!

– Added new Water Still!

– Added Ocean Current!

0.42 EXP. UPDATE! NEW FUEL STILL, FISH FLOCKS, HIGH QUALITY SFX AND MORE!

Update 0.42.00 Splash

Hey everyone,

A new experimental build 0.42.00 has been released!

The new 0.42.00 update adds new Fish FlocksFuel StillFueling System and new high-quality Sound Effects!

The new Fuel Still uses Potatoes to distil a crude ethanol fuel which can be used to power Vehicles. If you use combustion propulsion for your Rafts or Gyro you will probably want to start growing Potato crops ready to be distilled to ensure you have enough fuel for travelling. This functionality goes hand-in-hand with the re-introduction of the new Fueling System. Like the good old days of Stranded Deep you will need to find and use Jerry cans to carry fuel and refill vehicles again.

This build also features new Fish Flocks!. The new flocks are part of our on-going work on the new fish system. The new flocks of small detail fish that can be found around shore-lines and reefs which help to add more life to the underwater environment in SD.

Thanks to Paul and Felix, our friends at Only Sound, we are completely overhauling the sound effects in Stranded Deep. See below for a complete list of implemented audio effects and be sure to let us know what you think. Please note that some sounds are missing and some are WIP.
There’s been some adjustments to the Gyrocopter as we begin finalizing our end-game plans. The Gyrocopter has been removed from the Story crafting tab and added as a craftable object in the renamed ‘Vehicles’ crafting category. You can obtain Gyrocopter parts from loot containers or mission rewards.

We’ve made some changes to the Oxygen and Drowning system. Now once a player is starved of oxygen the screen will fade black until death. The system no longer harshly relies on the player’s health.

Have fun!

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

BUG FIXES

– Fixed bug in Fish AI that was severely reducing effectiveness of avoidance in tight spaces.
– Fixed bug where Fish environment bounds weight was overriding avoidance.
– Fixed Player not moving with Raft when climbing ledge.
– Fixed a bug where Boat Motor audio would continue if stopping immediately after starting.
– Fixed Boat Motor only applying rudder deflection when key pressed.
– Fixed Smoker hit box for interacting.
– Fixed Sharks attacking rafts too frequently.
– Fixed Sharks respawning every time an island was revisited.
– Fixed Raft decal spelling mistake.
– Fixed some Map Editor objects missing meshes and materials.

CHANGES

– Removed Gyrocopter pieces from Mission rewards.
– Changed Gyrocopter to be craftable like Boat Motor.
– Changed Oxygen and Drowning system.
– Added Gyrocopter pieces to Loot generation.
– Added new Drowning player effect.
– Added auto-centering for Boat Motor.
– Added dynamic Footstep audio for different surfaces.
– Added Map Editor objects for Medical Items, Farming Hoe, Fishing Rod, Bobber, and Vehicle Parts.
– Added position and rotation smoothing to Fish movement to remove jitter when avoiding obstacles.
– Improved Fish avoidance AI.
– Updated Boat Motor model.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Fuel Still constructable item!
Create ethanol fuel for Vehicles.

– Added new Fuelling System!
All Vehicles using combustion engines now require fuel to run. A full tank of fuel (4 potatoes) will average 4 trips to an island (there-and-back) for the Boat Motor and 2 trips for the Gyro.

– Added Fish Flocks!

– Added Vehicle Engine loot item.
– Added Vehicle Electrical Part loot item.
– Added Vehicle Filter Part loot item.
– Added Vehicle Fuel Part loot item.
– Added Clay Brick Door building item.
– Added Clay Brick Steps building item.

– Added new high quality Sound Effects!
– Added new Axe sound effects.
– Added new Knife sound effects.
– Added new Stone Tool sound effects.
– Added new Hammer sound effects.
– Added Footstep sound effects.
– Added Jump sound effects.
– Added Land sound effects.
– Added Climb Ledge sound effects.
– Added Climb Ladder sound effects.
– Added Climb Tree sound effects.
– Added Swim Underwater sound effects.
– Added Boar Movement sounds.
– Added Boar Death sounds.
– Added Boar Damage sounds.
– Added Snake Attack sounds
– Added Snake Warning Hiss sounds.
– Added Crab Movement sounds.
– Added Crab Attack sounds.
– Added Shark Movement sounds.
– Added Shark Attack sounds.
– Added Squid Movement sounds.
– Added Squid Attack sounds.
– Added Eel Movement sounds.
– Added Eel Attack sounds.
– Added Smoker Attach meat sounds.
– Added Campfire Ignite sound.
– Added Campfire Extinguish sound.
– Added Campfire Refuel sounds.
– Added Solar Still Refill sounds.
– Added Palm Tree Harvest sounds.
– Added Ficus Tree Harvest sounds.
– Added Pine Tree Harvest sounds.
– Added Yucca Harvest sounds.
– Added Driftwood harvest sounds.
– Added Boat Motor sounds.
– Added Ambient Raft sound.

UPDATE 0.41.01! NEW FISHING ROD, CONTROLLER SUPPORT, MED. BUFFS AND HEAPS MORE!

Update 0.41.00 Splash

Hey everyone,

A new stable build 0.41.01 is up!

The new 0.41.01 update has been up on the stable branch for a few days now. It transitions our latest work on the experimental branch to the stable branch. If you haven’t been following the progress of our experimental branch, we’ve recently added a new Fishing Rod and Bobber, a completely new Fish System, Official Controller Support, the ability to craft new Medicinal Buffs, new Farmable Plants, a revamped Life Raft, new Sailing mechanics, new Diarrhoeaeffect and more!

We’ve covered the new features in the patch notes below and you can also read more on the new features in our previous experimental patch notes here —
0.40 EXP. UPDATE! NEW FISHING ROD, LIFE RAFT
0.39 EXP. UPDATE! OFFICIAL CONTROLLER SUPPORT, CRAFTABLE MEDICINAL BUFFS

A short recap —

Dual-analogue style controllers are now officially supported in this update. You can view the controller mapping in the Input settings menu.

This update features the new Fishing Rod and Fish System! You can now craft a Fishing Rod and use it to catch fish! Fishing is a completely new game mechanic where you cast your line towards a group of fish, wait for a bite and then begin the struggle to reel it in! The Fishing Rod requires the new Bobber item to be used, similar to the how the Bow uses Arrows.

Sails have been split into separate Sail and Rudder components. A Sail adds forward propulsion, while a Rudder controls the direction. A raft will now begin moving whenever a sail is raised.

Eating too much of the same food within a small window can now cause Diarrhoea. Eating and drinking Coconuts and eating Potatoes are the only foods that cause Diarrhoea for now.
You will need to discover how much you can eat over a period of time. Once enough time has passed since you last ate that kind of food, you can go back to eating it again.

Drinkable Coconuts have been replaced with a new Coconut Flask. These flasks can be used as an ingredient together with native plants to craft Medicinal Buffs.

The player now sits more forward on the Raft and controls it as you would in real life. Your forward controls move the raft forward as usual, however to change direction you need to rotate your raft by paddling left and right.

Sun exposure is kept track of in-game, which is shown visually as sunburn on your arm. If you are exposed for longer than the time it takes to burn you’ll get Sunstroke. When you’ve contracted Sunstroke you need to find shade to reduce your sun exposure. You can keep track of your sun exposure by checking for visual signs of sunburn on your arm. Aloe plants can be used to immediately reduce your sun exposure. This can be a simple way to prevent Sunstroke if you pay attention to the sunburn arm effect and re-apply every so often so it doesn’t escalate into Sunstroke. The other option is to be pro-active and craft Aloe Salves which will completely prevent any sun exposure and Sunstroke for 12 hours. Sleeping in a Shelter is a quick way to remove Sunstroke if you’re unable to craft a salve.

Have fun 🙂

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

0.40.01-0.41.00 EXP. LOG
BUG FIXES

– Fixed new Fish generating waypoints in unrealistic positions (under terrain, inside objects, etc) and the resulting glitches from attempting to move to that position.
– Changed Fish bounds weight to apply exponentially to allow a bigger range of movement inside area bounds.
– Fixed FPS Counter displaying in top corner of standalone builds.
– Fixed unsupported multiple Sails causing weird physics bugs until new sailing mechanic completed.
– Fixed Gyrocopter not ejecting player when underwater.
– Fixed not being able to interact with Doors.

CHANGES

– Added auto-centering for Raft Rudders.

0.38.00-0.41.00 STABLE LOG
BUG FIXES

– Fixed Mission Maps not being added to a new world when selecting New Game->Random.
– Fixed Driftwood Half Wall crafting ingredients.
– Fixed Snake AI behaviour errors when close to a player.
– Fixed Snake rattle audio spamming.
– Fixed Watch not refreshing player effects list.
– Fixed Fire Torch burning underwater.
– Fixed Player Speech playing when underwater.
– Fixed Palm Tree not cutting when climb UI is displayed.
– Fixed Palm Tree stumps stopping placing building constructions.
– Fixed [b[Small Plants[/b] stopping placing building constructions.
– Fixed Skinnables not casting shadows.
– Fixed Labelmaker input field being limited to 8 characters.
– Fixed Labelmaker not refreshing Hud UI immediately after renaming.
– Fixed Player being able to continue eating when about to Vomit or Poop.
– Fixed scenario where Vomiting would stack, breaking movement controls.
– Fixed Item Info UI appearing incorrectly after saving options.
– Fixed Tooltips being left behind onscreen when Crafting menu closed.
– Fixed Containers staying ‘open’ if opened and then switched to Inventory storage.
– Fixed Inventory opening after closing Storage when ‘Toggle Radial Menus’ setting is enabled.
– Fixed Underwater Audio continuing after death.
– Fixed Boat Motor not moving backward.
– Fixed Player not crouching when using Boat Motor.
– Fixed Gyrocopter compass showing wrong heading.
– Fixed Gyrocopter not turning off.
– Fixed Camera snapping when interacting with vehicles.
– Fixed medical Breath Boost unable to be consumed.

CHANGES

– Added new Input Remapping UI.
– Added new Consumables crafting category.
– Added unique Action Descriptions when interacting with items, i.e. Hold to Refill, Open, Operate, Attach, etc.
– Added Switch Item key.
– Added Sprint Toggle functionality and input option setting.
– Added Crafting Subcategory Icons.
– Added Radial UI display for incomplete constructables.
– Added Watch Effect indicators for positive and negative effects.
– Added Sunblock Arm Effect.
– Added support for multiple players to control and ride on Vehicles.
– Changed Coconut to give you Diarrhoea when too many are consumed.
– Changed Coconut Food to give you Diarrhoea when too many are consumed.
– Changed Potato to give you Diarrhoea unless cooked.
– Changed Potato to be farmable.
– Changed Potato calories from 100 to 200.
– Changed Palm Top to give you 5 Palm Fronds instead of 4.
– Changed Sailing mechanic to require a Sail and Rudder.
– Changed Spear Animations.
– Changed Climb UI to display the actual key binding instead of ‘Jump.’
– Changed Stick Farming Plot model.
– Changed Sunblock duration to 12 hours.
– Changed Sunburn duration to 7 hours.
– Changed Sunburn Calorie and Hydration deduction from 350 to 200 per game hour.
– Changed Hunger depletion time from 3 to 2 game days.
– Changed Health Regeneration effect time to regenerate full health from 29 game hours to 7.
– Changed Health Regeneration effect to activate only when Hunger and Thirst are above 6 bars and no negative effects.
– Changed calorie and thirst reduction while Sleeping to be based on semi-realistic ratios.
– Changed Snake to now Poison player.
– Changed Boar spawn chance from 10 to 20%.
– Changed Logs Health from 150 to 100 units.
– Changed Stone Tool crafting combination to only require 1x Rock.
– Changed Stone Tool from ‘Invincible’ to have Durability.
– Changed Stone Tool damage from 3 to 5 units.
– Changed Fire Torch fuel from 6 hours to 12.
– Changed Bed model to be on a wooden frame when placed.
– Changed Smoker to be interactable like the Fire Spit and Hooks. You can now attach 5 items.
– Changed Smoker to cook smokables while smoking.
– Updated Smoker model.
– Updated Potato item model.
– Updated Steel Raft Floor deprecated model to new Clay building tier.
– Improved object layout when splitting Splittable objects.
– Improved Watch positioning in relation to the camera which adjusts with field of view.
– Adjusted Boat Motor and Gyrocopter engine volume.
– Renamed Coconut Half to ‘Coconut Food’.
– Renamed Coconut to ‘Coconut Drink’.
– Restored Paddle as a physical item.

NEW FEATURES

– Added official Controller Support!
Please note that the Cartographer has limited functionality with a controller and the Map Editor is not supported.

– Added new Input System.
There have been some big changes to the input system which is now much more efficient than the old system. It’s fairly boring to talk about but a big deal; supporting multiple controllers is another step towards supporting multiple players in the scene. The changes to the input system potentially affects a lot of other systems so we appreciate your bug reports as always.

– Added new Fishing Rod and Fishing Rod Bobber craftable items!

– Added new Fishing Mechanic!

– Added new Fish system!
Better quality, more efficient fish animation.

– Added new Diarrhoea status effect!

– Added new Life Raft model.

– Added new Sea Anchor to Life Raft!
Damps ocean movement. Will come into full effect with the addition of ocean currents.

– Added new Storage to the Life Raft!

– Added new attachment to the Life Raft to stow a Paddle.

– Added more realistic Raft Paddling.
The player now sits more forward on the Raft and controls it as you would in real life. You also require a paddle to be able to move the raft. Your forward controls move the raft forward as usual, however to change direction you need to rotate your raft by paddling left and right.

– Added new Raft Rudder craftable item!

– Added new Sail model.

– Added new Food Ration Tin food item.
– Added Coconut Flask water bottle!
– Added Antidote consumable. Stops Poison.
– Added Gauze consumable. Stop Bleeding.
– Added Aloevera consumable. Stops Sunstroke.
– Added Breath Booster consumable. Boosts underwater Breath by 50% for 3 hours.
– Added Shark Repellent consumable. Repels Sharks for 12 hours.
– Added Ajuga farming plant!
– Added Pipi farming plant!
– Added Wavulavula farming plant!
– Added new Coconut model.
– Added new Coconut Brown model.
– Added new Coconut Half model.

MAP EDITOR

– Added Coconuts to Map Editor.
– Added Coconut Flasks to Map Editor.
– Added Aloevera plant to Map Editor.
– Added Pipi plant to Map Editor.
– Added Wavulavula plant to Map Editor.

DEV NOTES

– Added much better quality Dither fading.
– Optimised Splittable objects.
– Optimised input and physics for Vehicles that aren’t being operated.
– Optimised Intro Private Jet scene resources and asset loading.
– Updated Intro Private Jet interior models and textures.

Stranded Deep’s new PR Representative

Hey everyone,

My name’s Samson and I’m the new Public Relations representative for Beam Team Games. I will be here to keep a greater presence on the forums and discussions so that the dev’s can focus more on giving you the content you want. I will also be posting some awesome stuff to their social media pages; amazing user-created content and exciting new developments. So keep an eye out!

I’m really excited to be on board with Beam Team Games and Stranded Deep. The developers are constantly coming up with exciting new things to develop and release for you guys and I’m sure the content will only continue to add to the immersive and gripping world of SD.

The dev’s really appreciate the great community of users they have got here and want to continue to provide great content and support.

See everyone around


Stay Alive!
Samson | BeamTeamPR

Sound Collaboration


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Beam Team is excited to announce new collaboration with our friends from Only Sound.

What does this mean for Stranded Deep?
Over the next few months we will be working closely together to completely transform and enhance the overall sound for the world of Stranded Deep.

We know this is a much needed change; early Stranded Deep sound effects have struggled with consistent volume, quality, and theme – so you can expect all of these to drastically improve!

We are confident these changes will bring a whole new level of immersion so keep an eye out for these changes over the next few months.

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

0.40 EXP. UPDATE! NEW FISHING ROD, LIFE RAFT AND MORE!

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Hey everyone,
A new experimental build 0.40.01 is up!
The new 0.40.01 update has been up on the experimental branch for a few days now. It adds a new Fishing Rod and Bobber, a completely new Fish System, a revamped Life Raft, restored Paddle and more!

This update features the new Fishing Rod and Fish System! You can now craft a Fishing Rod and use it to catch fish! Fishing is a completely new game mechanic where you cast your line towards a group of fish, wait for a bite and then begin the struggle to reel it in! The Fishing Rod requires the new Bobber item to be used, similar to the how the Bow uses Arrows.

The Fish system has also been completely overhauled and is more efficient. There is only one fish in this update for basic testing of the new fishing mechanics. The fish have very basic AI so expect some unusual behaviour. The revamped fish system has been created to support large fish flocks which will be coming next update. Spear fishing is not supported in this build.

We’ve majorly pimped your ride for this update. We heard you like paddles, so we’ve restored the Paddle as a physical item and it also has a new dedicated attachment on the Life Raft to stow it away so you don’t lose it. We’ve added a new Storage container to the Life Raft which is filled with basic supplies when starting a new game. This will make it easier for us to balance the game, while not making it too difficult in the beginning. There’s also a new Sea Anchor item fitted to the Life Raft which you can deploy to prevent the raft moving position.

Sails have been split into separate Sail and Rudder components. A Sail adds forward propulsion, while a Rudder controls the direction. A raft will now begin moving whenever a sail is raised. There is a new wind and ocean current system coming in the next update – just didn’t quite get it finished before the xmas/ny holidays. It features much more realistic sailing, including using the wind, tacking upwind, etc. The Sea Anchor will also come into full effect once the ocean currents are fully implemented. For now, we don’t recommend using multiple sails at once as it could result in some unusual glitches.

Eating too much of the same food within a small window can now cause Diarrhoea. Eating and drinking Coconuts and eating Potatoes are the only foods that cause Diarrhoea for now.
You will need to discover how much you can eat over a period of time. Once enough time has passed since you last ate that kind of food, you can go back to eating it again.
Diarrhoea and Vomiting instantly removes one bar of fluids from your vitals. If you get Diarrhoea, it will completely deplete your fluids within 1 game hour, at which point you’ll get the Dehydration status effect also. So it will be important to manage your fluids during that game hour if you get Diarrhoea!

In other development news, we’ve teamed up with the guys from OnlySound to produce more immersive and awesome sound effects which should start appearing in the game soon. We’ve also got some more exciting collaborations that we’ll update you on through the year!

Note: We fixed a few shenanigans from the previous input update. Please reset your input to defaults before reassigning new custom inputs as they could load back incorrect assignments.


Note: For those of you that the caught the early release of 0.40.00, we’ve removed the new brutal mode, where logs and palm fronds weren’t splitting 😉

Have fun!

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

BUG FIXES

– Fixed Player being able to continue eating when about to Vomit or Poop.
– Fixed scenario where Vomiting would stack, breaking movement controls.
– Fixed Tooltips being left behind onscreen when Crafting menu closed.
– Fixed Containers staying ‘open’ if opened and then switched to Inventory storage.
– Fixed Inventory opening after closing Storage when ‘Toggle Radial Menus’ setting is enabled.
– Fixed not being able to assign modifier keys in Input settings (right shift, right ctrl, etc).
– Fixed Input reassigning removed bindings to first controller element instead of ‘none’.
– Fixed Input not reverting to previous input bindings when cancelling recent input changes.
– Fixed Input options menu being set to dirty when first selected.
– Fixed Input error when assignment timeout.
– Fixed Fish possibly floating above ocean from player movement in some cases.
– Fixed Underwater Audio continuing after death.
– Fixed Boat Motor not moving backward.
– Fixed Player not crouching when using Boat Motor.
– Fixed Gyrocopter compass showing wrong heading.
– Fixed Gyrocopter not turning off.
– Fixed Camera snapping when interacting with vehicles.
– Fixed being unable to pickup Pipi and Potato farming plants.
– Fixed Pipi plant display name when planted.
– Fixed floating Farming Plants.
– Fixed medical Breath Boost unable to be consumed.

CHANGES

– Restored Paddle as a physical item.
– Added support for multiple players to control and ride on Vehicles.
– Added unique Action Descriptions when interacting with items, i.e. Hold to Refill, Open, Operate, Attach, etc.
– Improved object layout when splitting Splittable objects.
– Renamed Coconut Half to ‘Coconut Food’.
– Renamed Coconut to ‘Coconut Drink’.
– Changed Green Coconut to require hitting to ‘open’ again.
– Changed Coconut to split into Coconut Food when hit or thrown with force again.
– Changed Coconut to give you Diarrhoea when too many are consumed.
– Changed Coconut Food to give you Diarrhoea when too many are consumed.
– Changed Potato to give you Diarrhoea unless cooked.
– Changed Palm Top to give you 5 Palm Fronds instead of 4.
– Adjusted Boat Motor and Gyrocopter engine volume.
– Updated Smoker model.
– Changed Sailing mechanic to require a Sail and Rudder.
– Changed Spear Animations.
– Changed Stick Farming Plot model.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Fishing Rod and Fishing Rod Bobber craftable items!
– Added new Fishing Mechanic!
– Added new Fish system!
Better quality, more efficient fish animation.

– Added new Diarrhoea status effect!
– Added new Life Raft model.
– Added new Sea Anchor to Life Raft!
Damps ocean movement. Will come into full effect with the addition of ocean currents.

– Added new Storage to the Life Raft!
– Added new attachment to the Life Raft to stow a Paddle.

– Added more realistic Raft Paddling.
The player now sits more forward on the Raft and controls it as you would in real life. Your forward controls move the raft forward as usual, however to change direction you need to rotate your raft by paddling left and right.

– Added new Raft Rudder craftable item!
– Added new Sail model.

– Added new Food Ration Tin food item.

DEV NOTES

– Added much better quality Dither fading.
– Optimised Splittable objects.
– Optimised input and physics for Vehicles that aren’t being operated.

0.39 EXP. UPDATE! CONTROLLER SUPPORT, MEDICINAL BUFFS, AND MORE!

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Hi everyone,

A new experimental build 0.39.00 has just been released!

 

This build adds Official Controller Support, the ability to craft new Medicinal Buffs, new Farmable Plants and more!

Dual-analogue style Controllers are now officially supported in this update. You can view the controller mapping in the Input settings menu. See the patch notes for more info and the changes to the input system.

You can craft a new item – the Coconut Flask. These flasks can be used as an ingredient together with native plants to craft Medicinal Buffs, which you will find in the new Consumables crafting category. There are 5 new medicinal buffs: Antidote, which cures poisoning; Gauze, which stops bleeding; Aloe Salve, which prevents sunstroke; Breath Boost, which increases your breath by 50% for 3 hours; and Shark Repellent, which repels Sharks for 12 hours. The medicinal buffs use three new plants: Pipi, Wavulvula and Ajuga. These are small native plants that can be found growing in the ground cover around the islands. All of the recently added plants are farmable as well so you can collect and grow these new plants to make your medicines.

The Sunburn status effect has had some more tweaks in our efforts to really dial in the new environmental effects. The Sunburn status effect has been renamed to Sunstroke as it makes more sense. To recap – your sun exposure is kept track of in-game which is shown visually as sunburn on your arm. The time it takes for you to burn is based on the UV index, the same as before. If you are exposed for longer than the time it takes to burn you’ll get Sunstroke. When you’ve contracted Sunstroke you need to find shade to reduce your sun exposure. You can keep track of your sun exposure by checking for visual signs of sunburn on your arm. Aloe plants can be used to immediately reduce your sun exposure. This can be a simple way to prevent Sunstroke if you pay attention to the sunburn arm effect and re-apply every so often so it doesn’t escalate into Sunstroke. The other option is to be pro-active and craft Aloe Salves which will completely prevent any sun exposure and Sunstroke for 12 hours. Sleeping in a Shelter is a quick way to remove Sunstroke if you’re unable to craft a salve.

TL/DR:
– If you get Sunstroke you need to reduce your sun exposure by finding shade or using one of the items below, otherwise you will stay sun stricken.
Aloe resets your sun exposure. This can essentially prevent Sunstroke if you pay attention to your sunburn arm effect and re-apply Aloe every ‘x’ hours (‘x’ is based on the UV intensity).
Aloe Salves completely prevent sun exposure and Sunstroke for 12 hours.

There’s also been heaps of tweaks, so be sure to see the patch notes to catch them all.
Have fun 🙂

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

BUG FIXES

– Fixed Mission Maps not being added to a new world when selecting New Game->Random.
– Fixed Item Info UI appearing incorrectly after saving options.
– Fixed Driftwood Half Wall crafting ingredients.
– Fixed Snake AI behaviour errors when close to a player.
– Fixed Snake rattle audio spamming.
– Fixed Watch not refreshing player effects list.
– Fixed Fire Torch burning underwater.
– Fixed Detail Foliage not generating when starting a game.
– Fixed Player Speech playing when underwater.
– Fixed Palm Tree not cutting when climb UI is displayed.
– Fixed Palm Tree stumps stopping placing building constructions.
– Fixed Small Plants stopping placing building constructions.
– Fixed Skinnables not casting shadows.
– Fixed Labelmaker input field being limited to 8 characters.
– Fixed Labelmaker not refreshing Hud UI immediately after renaming.

CHANGES

– Added new Consumables crafting category.
– Added new Input Remapping UI.
– Added Switch Item key.
– Added Sprint Toggle functionality and input option setting.
– Added Crafting Subcategory Icons.
– Added Radial UI display for incomplete constructables.
– Added Watch Effect indicators for positive and negative effects.
– Added Sunblock Arm Effect.
– Changed Sunblock duration to 12 hours.
– Changed Sunburn duration to 7 hours.
– Changed Sunburn Calorie and Hydration deduction from 350 to 200 per game hour.
– Changed Hunger depletion time from 3 to 2 game days.
– Changed Health Regeneration effect time to regenerate full health from 29 game hours to 7.
– Changed Health Regeneration effect to activate only when Hunger and Thirst are above 6 bars and no negative effects.
– Changed calorie and thirst reduction while Sleeping to be based on semi-realistic ratios.
– Changed Snake to now Poison player.
– Changed Boar spawn chance from 10 to 20%.
– Changed Coconuts to be consumed on use.
– Changed Coconuts to only provide Hydration.
– Changed Potato to be farmable.
– Changed Potato to no longer require Cooking.
– Changed Potato Calories from 100 to 200.
– Changed Logs Health from 150 to 100 units.
– Changed Stone Tool crafting combination to only require 1x Rock.
– Changed Stone Tool from ‘Invincible’ to have Durability.
– Changed Stone Tool damage from 3 to 5 units.
– Changed Fire Torch fuel from 6 hours to 12.
– Changed Bed model to be on a wooden frame when placed.
– Changed Smoker to be interactable like the Fire Spit and Hooks. You can now attach 5 items.
– Changed Smoker to cook smokables while smoking.
– Changed Climb UI to display the actual key binding instead of ‘Jump.’
– Improved Watch positioning in relation to the camera which adjusts with field of view.
– Updated Potato item model.
– Updated Steel Raft Floor deprecated model to new Clay building tier.

NEW FEATURES

– Added official Controller Support!
Please note that the Cartographer has limited functionality with a controller and the Map Editor is not supported.

– Added new Input System.
There have been some big changes to the input system which is now much more efficient than the old system. It’s fairly boring to talk about but a big deal; supporting multiple controllers is another step towards supporting multiple players in the scene. The changes to the input system potentially affects a lot of other systems so we appreciate your bug reports as always.

– Added Coconut Flask water bottle!
– Added Antidote consumable. Stops Poison.
– Added Gauze consumable. Stop Bleeding.
– Added Aloevera consumable. Stops Sunstroke.
– Added Breath Booster consumable. Boosts underwater Breath by 50% for 3 hours.
– Added Shark Repellent consumable. Repels Sharks for 12 hours.
– Added Ajuga farming plant!
– Added Pipi farming plant!
– Added Wavulavula farming plant!

MAP EDITOR

– Added Coconuts to Map Editor.
– Added Coconut Flasks to Map Editor.
– Added Aloevera plant to Map Editor.
– Added Pipi plant to Map Editor.
– Added Wavulavula plant to Map Editor.

DEV NOTES
– Updated Intro Private Jet interior models and textures.
– Optimised Intro Private Jet scene resources and asset loading.

0.37 EXP. UPDATE! GYROCOPTER, UV SYSTEM, ALOE, AND MORE!

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Hi everyone,

A new experimental build 0.37.00 has just been released!

This update adds more to our end-game scenario. It has always been our plan for the player to be rescued by helicopter after completing a series of objectives, but recently we thought ‘Why don’t we let the player build their own helicopter?’ …and so in this build you can now build your very own Gyrocopter in true MacGyver style!

You will need to collect all the parts to build the Gyrocopter which you can do by completing the new missions. There’s a few Gyro parts unlocked for the time being while we finish off the rest of the missions. The Gyrocopter will eventually form part of the final end-game story/event.

This update also addresses the controversial new environmental status effects. After seeing how they were playing out and listening to player feedback we realise we took a few missteps. The most obvious is that players weren’t able to manage the effects other than limiting exposure, which meant hiding under a tree or sitting next to a fire for x hours – not fun. The flu was just annoying so we’ve removed it and focused on making the sun a better and more manageable threat.

The effect of the sun on the player now correlates to a ‘UV Index’ shown on your watch. The UV Index is an indicator of harmful solar UV radiation. It ranges from Low, Medium, High, Very High and Extreme. It is affected by the time of year with the months from June-September being the most deadly. This will be tied into a game setting in the future, but just keep that in mind if you’re finding the sun too intense. There are also heatwaves which increase temperatures and the UV index. When there is a heatwave the temperature icon is replaced with a heatwave icon on the watch display. The UV index affects how quickly you burn from the sun:

11+ Extreme – 1 hour
8-10 Very High – 2 hours
6-7 High – 4 hours
3-5 Moderate – 5 hours
1-2 Low – Effectively never.

If you are exposed for the corresponding amount of time you will get Sunburn effect. This effect drains your thirst and hunger until it has worn off. The new method to remove Sunburn is to use the new plant, Aloe. You can find Aloe dotted around islands like other plants and it allows you to cure a Sunburn immediately. Aloe is also farmable. As you progress you will also be able to craft an Aloe Salve to cure and prevent Sunburn from happening. Aloe Salves will be incorporated with a new station and arm effects in a coming update. As before, you can also find shade for x game hours to remove Sunburn.

Once you have Sunburn it will deplete your thirst and hunger completely within 2 game hours. This gives you plenty of time to find shade or Aloe. Keep in mind that even when your hunger and thirst are fully depleted it still takes approx. 3 game days to deplete your health (if you have no other status effects). So you have quite a lot of time to fix your problems!

The temperature shown on your watch now displays the ‘apparent temperature’ which is how hot it actually feels based on the humidity. This temperature currently doesn’t contribute to any status effects, but we may look at restoring Heatstroke based on the apparent temperature – However, sometimes realism doesn’t equal fun!

TL/DR:
– The higher the UV index, the quicker you burn.
– The risk of sunburn time is 10am-3pm.
– Find Aloe to cure Sunburn.
– Craft Aloe Salves to prevent Sunburn.

There’s also been some large changes to the backend to support some upcoming features so we appreciate letting us know of any new bugs you find.

Have fun!

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

CHANGES

– Added Sunburn status effect.
– Removed Heatstroke status effect.
– Removed Flu status effect.
– Added Vertical Swimming movement with [Jump] and [Crouch] controls.
– Removed Shark respawning.
– Removed [Jump] button cancelling vehicle operation.
– Increased Underwater Breath by 15 seconds.
– Increased Water Still refill time from 0.2 hours to 1.0 hours.

BUG FIXES

– Fixed Atmospheric and Underwater Fog drawing over transparent effects – crafting ghost, smoke, etc.
– Fixed display name repeating for empty Fire Torches.
– Fixed different sound effects for Drinking and Eating.
– Fixed Quick Crafting and Crafting menu not refreshing Hud UI on close.
– Fixed Player Status Effects not saving correct display names.
– Fixed teleporting to operating position when first operating Rafts.
– Fixed being able to place Bed Shelter in mid air.
– Fixed being able to place Farming Plot in mid air.
– Fixed terrain generating sharp edges on Shorelines.
– Fixed player Super Jump when jumping near shorelines.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Aloe Plant to cure Sunburn.
– Added new Aloe Salve to prevent Sunburn.
– Added new UV Index display on Watch.
– Added new Heatwave display on Watch.
– Added new Gyrocopter craftable vehicle!
– Added Gyrocopter Frame mission reward!
– Added Gyrocopter Seat mission reward!
– Added Gyrocopter Motor mission reward!
– Added Gyrocopter Cockpit mission reward!
– Added Gyrocopter Rotors mission reward!

DEV NOTES

– Changed Player code structure to support multiple players in a scene in the future.
– Changed Watch to load from external bundle to support custom watches in the future.
– Optimized Buoyancy by calculating wave positions for all buoyant objects in a single batch.

Update 0.36 Stable!

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A new stable build 0.36.00 has just been released!

This build transitions our latest work on the experimental branch to the stable branch. If you haven’t been following the progress of our experimental branch, we’ve recently introduced new Missions!. These are fun objectives that you can complete to earn trophy rewards. These missions will also be tied into the upcoming end-game scenario.

We’ve covered the new features in the patch notes below and you can also read more on the new features in our previous experimental patch notes here:
0.35.00 New Giant Squid Mission
0.34.00 New Megalodon Mission
0.33.00 New Missions

Stay Alive!
:: Beam Team

0.32.00-0.36.00 STABLE CHANGE LOG
CHANGES

– Added new Crab attack behaviour. Crabs now do a very small amount of damage.
– Changed Bandages to restore 2 bars of health when healing Bleeding status effect.
– Added Double-tap functionality to lock forward movement when W key double tapped.
– Added ability to Drop items directly in Inventory menu.
– Added dedicated Inventory select and drop key-bindings.
– Added new Radial UI to display water and fuel amounts.
– Added simple Oxygen UI when underwater.
– Updated Hud UI.
– Changed Translucency rendering method reducing performance overhead.
– Implemented new Post-FX stack, significantly reducing performance overhead for effects.
– Added proper Ambient Occlusion quality settings.
– Added new Temporal Antialiasing effect!
– Reduced Weather frequency from 70% to 35%.
– Replaced Bed with new Sleeping Bag.

BUG FIXES

– Fixed Dialogue Window audio sources not being assigned to UI mixer channel.
– Fixed Intro scene Audio sources not being controlled by audio mixer and settings.
– Fixed Audio sliders not immediately updating when slider value changed.
– Fixed Audio settings not being applied on main menu start.
– Fixed Player Footsteps audio not controlled by effects audio setting.
– Fixed incorrect icon for Clay Roof Wedge in crafting menu.
– Fixed being able to pick up un-cut Logs.
– Fixed a possible cause of Smoker bugs.
– Fixed any objects created by a generation helper spawner not billboarding, ie: Sea Forts, Mission Markers, etc.
– Fixed Farming Plots not reinitializing plant progression immediately after loading game.
– Fixed Farming Plot dirt decal positions not initializing properly.

NEW FEATURES

– Added new Eel Mission!
– Added new Megalodon Mission!
– Added new Giant Squid Mission!

– New Trophies!
Unlock and collect special trophies for completing difficult missions.

– Added Sleeping Bag craftable item!
Replaces the Bed. Please note there is a ‘no-mans’ land area between islands where you won’t be able to save.

DEV NOTES

– Upgraded to Unity 5.6.3.
– Fixed Developer Console not suspending other menus when open.

0.35.00-0.35.01 EXPERIMENTAL CHANGE LOG
CHANGES

– Added ability to snap smaller constructions like Camp Fires to Foundations.
– Added menu option for Auto-walk feature.
– Changed Auto-walk to cancel if backwards key pressed.
– Audio volume now fades in and out when sleeping.
– Added smoother Shoreline Generation.
– Added more variation to Island Generation.
– Added Shark Ragdoll Buoyancy.
– Increased Small Island generation size by 10%.
– Increased Large Island generation size by 20%.
– Increased Rock item spawn rate.
– Increased Stick spawn rate.
– Increased Tarp spawn rate.
– Increased Yucca spawn rate.
– Increased Shipping Container spawn rate.
– Changed Clay Minable Resource to spawn in deeper ocean.
– Changed Driftwood resource to spawn ‘Stick’ instead of ‘Driftwood Stick’.
– Changed Driftwood tier to require ‘Stick’ instead of ‘Driftwood Stick’.
– Changed Skinning animation.

MAP EDITOR
– Improved general performance.
– Changed object category list to be sorted alphabetically.
– Added Time of Day slider.
– Added Ficus Trees.
– Added Boar.
– Added Snake.
– Added Crab.
– Fixed objects missing Preview Icons.
– Fixed object LOD’s not working.
– Fixed ocean Waves not updating with changes.
– Fixed Grass spawning on Seafort bridge pieces.
– Fixed object normal placement.
– Fixed object drag-and-drop’ collisions.
– Fixed memory leak.

BUG FIXES

– Fixed possible cause of Skinning failing if animal moves.
– Fixed VSync and Fixed Frame Rate settings not loading on main menu.
– Fixed audio volume not fading in properly when loading a game.
– Fixed Inventory not playing full sound when trying to switch item with a full inventory.
– Fixed Cooking and Smoking sounds being 2D.
– Fixed Animals colliding with interactive objects.
– Fixed Driftwood Stick spawning under terrain.
– Fixed Projectiles stuck in animals colliding with objects and rafts.
– Fixed Giant Squid colliding with Buoy.
– Fixed Ficus Plants colliding with player.
– Fixed Shoreline Rocks mission collision.
– Fixed Mineable Resources missing collision.
– Fixed Driftwood decal not spawning under driftwood resources.