Update 0.94 - Ice Biome

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Update 0.94 - Ice Biome

Postby MrBenjammin » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:02 pm

After some delay due to technical issues, update 0.94 is finally out. 0.94 brings a new frozen biome with large islands of ice. Buried frozen ships rest in them for the salvaging as well as a new block(Machine Parts) used to make Fuel Hoppers. Fuel Hoppers automatically feed all of your Mass Generators on your ship so long as they have fuel themselves. Combined with the switches from the last update this makes fueling and powering large ships much easier. It also allows you to have unreachable Mass Generators as you do not need to access to them. Machine Parts now also act as a replacement for the Gravity well in Syphon Miners to make them cheaper to build.

Since these new frozen isles are very big. Like really, really big. I spent quite a bit of time improving what terrain looks like at a distance since it had never been an issue before. Mipmap bleeding has been improved greatly, so large areas should blur less to incorrect colours and light fogging has been added to help aid in depth perception. These and a couple of other changes have made quite an improvement, not just too the new very large isles but too existing ones as you can see below:
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A lot of the work on 0.94(and hold ups) has been improving how the game itself integrates with Steam to bring some really useful features the game has been lacking. Previously the game servers themselves never talked directly to Steam's Servers which made it quite awkward to use a lot of Steam features. The servers now do and can even be downloaded via SteamCMD or the Tools section in the Steam Library. A huge benefit from this is being able to use Steam's VAC(Valve Anti-Cheat) and much more reliable authentication, where previously as you may of noticed the authentication would occasionally go down without warning. This should hopefully lead to being able to use the Join Game and Invite features on the Steam friend list pretty soon!

For a full list of the changes check out the change log at the bottom.

How do I update?
The client will be automatically updated for you. To update your server. First of all make sure you make backups first. Then simply download the server files and overwrite your existing files with them.

The server files will be available shortly.

Change Log
Changes
  • Added Ice Biome.
  • Added faint distance fogging to give better depth perception.
  • Added wind sound when ship is moving at moderate speeds.
  • Added Machine Parts block. Sourced from Ice biomes.
  • Changed Gravity Well component for Mining Syphons to Machine Parts to make them cheaper.
  • Added Fuel Hopper. Fuel Hoppers automatically feed all mass generators on the ship, as long as it has fuel in it.
  • Added Steam implementation to game servers. You will be able to use SteamPipe(also known as SteamCMD) to run the servers on dedicated machines(with which you don’t need to be logged in) or you can simply run it from your Steam client via Steam Library->Tools. As well as the standalone as before.
  • Added Valve Anti-Cheat(VAC) support for Steam users.
  • Added support for SN Servers appearing on friends list and elsewhere. Future update will hopefully allow invites/join game.
  • Vastly improved authentication speeds. No more client hanging on waiting for Steam to reply if the Steam Web API is down.
  • Added VC++ 2013 x86 redistributable to the game for first time installs. Should fix any issues running the game for people on fresh windows installs.
  • Greatly improved mitigation of mip mapping bleed for flat surfaces a long distance away.
  • Ships store much less data when unloaded on the server, servers with a large amount of ships should use considerably less memory.
Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where Chunks would sometimes be jumbled up.
  • Fixed a bug where non-English characters were not being encoded properly by new networking library and thus would appear as “???”.
  • Fixed disconnections before full authentication occurred would sometimes leave a ghost of a player in-game.
  • Chunk Cache will now automatically do its best to spot errors in the cache and remove bad files. This will automatically fix corrupted data in the cache.
  • Fixed an issue making it difficult for non-English character names to login.
  • Fixed an exploit with switches.
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Re: Update 0.94 - Ice Biome

Postby Sssuperguy » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:00 pm

Finally!
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