We're excited to bring you Update 10, our special Spring Cleaning edition. It's the proverbial 'tock' to our tick-tock release strategy of delivering new gameplay one update and improving core systems the next. We did a lot under the hood and a lot in preparation for future updates (and new unannounced projects). Read on for more details.
We did a big pass on performance. As you know, we not only render in VR but also up to four separate views in splitscreen. This has a fairly big impact on performance and we keep a close eye on it. We did a major pass on performance (our third since we launched in Early Access) and made a lot of improvements. We shaved off roughly 3ms off an average frame. Considering we aim for 90fps, we only have ~11ms to play with, so we're pretty happy with this improvement.
New Language Support
Thanks to the awesome @Mr.Stump we now have language support for Ukrainian and Russian. As a reminder, we are willing to add support for any language, if you're willing to help us translate it. Find out how on this thread.
We took another run at the UFO mode in the forest. The map was way too big and open, making it super difficult for the VR player. Too much land to cover and fast moving UFOs makes for exhausted unhappy players. We've tweaked the AI as well as they were a bit to hardcore. We experimented with changing the number of lives but didn't love any new values so left it as it is for now.
Let us know what you think!
We found and fixed a litany of bugs. The full list is available in the changelog below. We hope this new build feels a lot more stable.
We're slowly working towards a 1.0 release. We haven't finalized what will be in it, but we're working on that. We should have more news over the summer, stay tuned and let us know what you would like to see.
Please read on for the full changelog for this update. We hope you enjoy it!
Changelog - Build 443
Language: added support for Russian and Ukrainian, a very big thank you to @Mr.Stump
Language: auto-sync on latest language file on start
Controls: Mouse Freelook when holding Alt key for UFO (vertical-only), Planes, Trucks
Controls: fix tank lock-on behavior and range-check
Controls: tweak tank gamepad aiming sensitivity, a bit more precision
Performance: smooth plane controls, less jitters
Performance: improved render batching
Performance: improved "Update Step" performance of various components, lots of cleanup of unnecessary updates.