We had planned on having a new experimental build out last week, but we were hung up with some niggles transitioning from our old systems to the new systems. There’s big changes which have involved tearing a lot down, so we have decided to bite the bullet and just release the new build when it’s back together. It might be worth mentioning that this has nothing to do with the transition to Unity 5 (which has been and gone) as some people seem to think that’s what we’re still working on for some reason whenever we change something big… 😕
Here’s some of what we’re working on in the new build —
Work on revamping and expanding the crafting system has begun and is well underway. In short, the main reason for revamping the crafting system is to allow a lot more variety and uniqueness in crafted tools and structures. We want to give you different types of building materials which you can piece together how you like so your creations will be more unique to you and not the same stick hut from someone else’s screenshots.
Pictures speak a thousand words —
We want your crafted items and structures to be something you can be proud of, something you can say you survived long enough to scavenge and build…
At the moment, we’re really nailing down the functionality. In the last week or two, we implemented a lot of ideas we had and realized some were going to be too ambitious for performance and maintainability… But the system we’re moving forward with now stays true to Stranded Deep’s current game play and allows a lot more variety. Win. Eventually, the structures you build will serve a purpose in keeping you warm or cool and protected from the elements too.
Once we’ve got a few more specifications finalized like building components and scale, we can really start pumping out a lot more content for the crafting system that fits within those specs.
Some people have expressed concern about Stranded Deep turning into a building-oriented game, with not enough focus on the survival aspects or an end goal. We get a lot of questions like “What’s the point?” “What’s the end game?” “Why do I need to build anything?” …
Well, the point is to survive! More specifically, the goal is to survive and to survive well. Different players will define their ‘success’ in different ways – some might see it as who has the best and biggest structure, some by their killed shark count, fish stockpiles, days survived and so on. The main thing is you can play it your way and be proud of your progress and success.
Building is just one of the ways you can choose to use your time.
The new terrain system is also progressing. One of the biggest things we’ve noticed is that height has really added an extra visual pop. Large rocks and cliffs together with the large waves out on open water really makes a huge difference.
With the new terrain system a lot of the larger islands won’t be procedurally generated but will be created by hand. With that in mind, we’re planning on releasing a small external tool to let players create their own ‘zones’ with their own maps and islands which they can share with the community. So while there might not be as much procedural content in the new system, there’s potentially endless possibilities for community content.
In addition to the crafting and terrain, a lot of code is also being rewritten and re-factored. Systems originally grew and evolved as we needed them, which was fine, but we have a much clearer picture of what we need now so we can rework a few things better.
Tito is also making great progress on the new character model —
The design is pretty much final and just needs to be textured and rigged. Then our animator can get to work!
So there’s lots happening in lots of different areas!
We’ll keep you posted 🙂
:: Beam Team