Planet Explorers - All News
Wednesday - February 18, 2015
Planet Explorers - Build 0.87 Released
There are a lot of things that still need work in the Planet Explorers alpha, but I think going into a0.9, we all knew that we needed to upgrade the combat system dramatically. We started with the animation and went from there. Pretty much all the key animations have been changed, now the player character will have different animations for hit, run, dash, different weapon types (staff, crossbow, dual wield, etc.), and much more. We've also included IK and ragdoll animations to give variety to all the different animation sets. We tried to make it so that the player isn't fighting with the controls. One thing we're making optional is the ability to attack where the player clicks.
On the AI side, we rewrote/modified the entire behavior tree, plus lots of new animations as well. We want the AI to feel smarter, to be able to dodge swords and bullets, to engage the player more naturally instead of always facing the player and throwing different attacks at a percentage rate as before. We also added in IK hit detection so that each hit from the player generates a visual response from the body of the AI.
Finally, we wanted the combat to have more oomph. Players getting hit by large attacks will fly a long way. Players getting hit with a smaller attack will show reaction from the part of the body that's been hit. We're still in the progress of modifying the camera and the UI so that they show a corresponding reaction with each hit, we'll show off these as they come online. With all of that added together, we hope the combat will become a more satisfying experience for everyone.
Thursday - February 05, 2015
Planet Explorers - Progress Update
Pathea Games posted a progress update for Planet Explorers on Steam this week, and the talked about the latest Alpha version. So for those interested read on.
We've been working really hard over the last month to finish up all the components of a0.9. We're getting there, but there are still lots to do. Many players have asked for an exact date for a0.9, based on our current standing, we're looking at sometimes in March. As to why we went from the original December date to now, it's because we've decided to rewrite the items code as well so that the game can become easily moddable on all fronts. We like to joke around the studio about it, but a0.9 really is turning out to be PE 2.0 as far as programming's concerned: every system except for voxel generation has been tweaked or rewritten. The bad part is that it's taking up a ton of time and the results won't be seen regularly like in games such as Kerbal or Space Engineers (they had more flexible and better programming structure from the start to allow for faster updates). We do sincerely apologize for that as it is a demonstration of our lack of experience when it comes to setting up the structure for this type of game (though in our defense, there weren't a lot of smooth voxel games around as a blueprint). But we've learned a lot and we'll make sure there won't be a repeat of that for any of our future games.
Wednesday - December 24, 2014
Planet Explorers - New X-Mas Build Promised
Pathea Games promises a new update for Planet Explores will be released this week.
We’ve been having lots of meetings regarding the progress of A0.9 this months. So far, the main objectives of a new ai behavior system, a new player movement system, a new ui, the world editor, and their incorporation into multiplayer are all moving forward, albeit at different speeds. The world editor is fairly stable and ready for player testing now, while the rest are still a month away at the earliest. So, we’ve decided to put out an a0.86 build before Christmas with the world editor. Before anyone gets too excited, the game can’t currently read the world editor maps yet (the a0.86 build is still based on the a0.85 branch, not the a0.9 branch), but most of the editing functions are in. We’ll try to put in an early version of the story editor as well if we can get it to work smoothly, no promises though.
Another thing to be included in a0.86 will be the block building system LOD. What this does is to allow block buildings to show up at the farthest terrain setting. We’ll also be testing in the future to see if we can get the resolution of blocks down to .25 meters from the current .5 meters.
Monday - November 10, 2014
Planet Explorers - Update & World Editor
Pathea Games shares information about the development of Planet Explorers, and posted a new video of the games editor. Here are the details. and new video.
Hope you still remember the World Editor we post a couple weeks ago. Today, we’ll show you more details about it with a video. To remind you, World Editor is one of the major things we’re working on for a0.9. It is a program that enables you to launch and edit a world map in the editor, or import maps from other editors such as World Machine. The main tools we’re going to introduce today are different brushes, auxiliary tools and the artifact, a kind of voxel brush that players can generate and share. One thing that we haven’t finished is that editor UI, so there are lots of empty icons, that will be fixed later. We’re still incorporating the Story and Mission editors into the world editor, so we’ll show those later.
Wednesday - August 27, 2014
Planet Explorers - Preview @ IGC
I found a new preview of Planet Explorers on IGC about the games beta version.
For a game about building and taking in beautiful environments you sure do a lot of killing. It’s much like how your first action in Watch_Dogs, a game initially promising to be a more clever affair, is to pull a trigger. It would have been much more fitting to just start you off with a basic pack of supplies and maybe have you avoid some wandering creatures that could kill you in an instant rather than just farming stupid herbivores for their parts like the cyborg from last night’s Doctor Who (Aha, topical reference). There’s no survival to it, and at its worst, it just feels like an MMO farming simulator. Go here. Get ten bear kidneys. Marvel at how some bears don’t have any kidneys. Repeat until you throw up.
Monday - August 18, 2014
Planet Explorers - 150,000 Copies Sold
Pathea Games announces that Planet Explorers has sold 150,000 copies on Steam.
Planet Explorers Over 150,000 Copies on Steam Early Access
MEMPHIS, Tenn (August 15, 2014) - Planet Explorers, the indie adventure RPG by Pathea Games for PC, has reached over 150,000 in sales since releasing on Steam Early Access in March 2014. Planet Explorers is now at Alpha version 0.831. The game is an open world voxel based adventure RPG set on a distant planet. It uses an OpenCL system based on the Unity3D engine to allow players to change the terrain in any way, create new objects in any form, and do it anywhere. Pathea Games plans to include the first version of a custom world editor starting in Alpha 0.9 by the end of the year. The game retails for $24.99 on Steam.
In Planet Explorers, it is the year 2287, one of the first colony ships sent out by humans arrives at the planet Maria, in the Epsilon Indi Star System. During its landing sequence, something appears in front of the massive ship that causes it to lose control and crash onto the planet. Some of the colonists survive in lifeboats, but what they find is an unforgiving land filled with creatures ready to outlast the visitors from the Solar System. Now the survivors must explorer, gather, build, create, fight, and ultimately, build a new home.
The gameplay is in 3rd and 1st person perspectives. Players are able to customize their character, combine and create swords, guns, vehicles, objects, and buildings. At the same time, players will have to defeat multitudes of enemies of varying intelligence and defend the remnants of the colonists. The game currently features over 25 hours of gameplay for its RPG storyline. Planet Explorers comes in single and multiplayer. In single player, there are the story, adventure, and build modes; while in multiplayer features coop and pvp seed based maps.
Thursday - June 12, 2014
Planet Explorers - Preview @ RGZ
RGZ has posted a short preview of the Early Accees build of Planet Explorers.
Overall, this is a game I will definitely continue playing in the future. I really would have loved to have been able to check out the multiplayer options but there were barely any to no people playing multiplayer at the time. On top of this, most of the games that had players were private. I think this game shows a lot of promise and I am really excited for what the developers will be bringing to Planet Explorers in the future.
Friday - April 18, 2014
Planet Explorers - Patch 0.761 Released
Pathea Games has posted information on the Steam forums about a new Alpha update for Planet Explorers. Here are the details of the new patch.
Hey everyone, you'll note that we had the a0.76 patch out last weekend...that was a mistake, we actually only wanted to launched that into the Beta version. Ah, can't do anything about that. Since it was out, we did get to hear what people thought of the bugs and such, so we went ahead and tried to fix some of them with the a0.761 patch. Here's the changelist:
Alpha 0.761 ChangelistAdded laser weapon items in Creation Editor
Added motorcycle items in Creation Editor
Added jet items in Creation Editor
Added new vehicle weapon types in Creation Editor
Forward inertia after character dies in a vehicle
Optimized weapon movement and aiming for vehicles
Added field of view slider for camera
Added another 10 slots for saves
Changed the way items are organized in the NPC store
Added the Ostrov Shark (giant fish)
Added the Caelum Rex (giant bird)
Always day time in Build Mode
No ai enemies in start area of Adventure Mode
Added durability to multiplayer
Added oxygen level to multiplayer
Added stamina to multiplayer
Added animal ai options to versus mode
Changed multiplayer day/night cycle so that night is shorter
Added limitations to naming conventions in multiplayer
Added parsing options in multiplayer lobby for game type, server name, room number, etc.
Started using Steam Workshop for ISO storage in multiplayer
Added ISO download failure prompt
Added map marking
Optimized multiplayer memory use and database use
Optimized procedural terrain and resource location
In Windows and Linux, players can now open the client even when the server is still running
Fixed Layerback mission problems
The climate in Adventure mode is now saved
Fixed the lag when exporting multi-barrel guns in multiplayer
Fixed multiplayer saving objects to wrong location
Fixed female character unable to climb ladders
NPCs on patrol will now stop to have a conversation with player
Fixed some plants crashing the game when gathering them
Fixed colony repair machine causing crashes
Some resources have their limit upped to 9999
We've now moved on to a0.8. That build's contents are going well, I think you'll really like some of the new things we're adding. We're aiming for early May release.
Sunday - April 06, 2014
Planet Explorers - Preview @ Gizorama
Gizorama played the Steam Early Access version of Planet Explorers, and decided to post a new preview to share their opinion on the game.
Overall Planet Explorers is a fun game which certainly has its good qualities, but there are few things that truly make it stand out among a crowded PC market. Still, I applaud the game for the things it does right, namely its huge open world and fascinatingly odd creatures. I look forward to seeing the final product.
Sunday - March 30, 2014
Planet Explorers - First 30 Minutes of Gameplay
of cramgaming has posted a new video were he shows off the first 30 minutes story mode in Planet Explorers. So beware of spoilers if you watch it.
Planet Explorers – First 30 minutes Story Mode
Take a look at the opening 30 minutes of the Story mode in the recently released early access game on Steam, Planet Explorers which plunges players on a planet ready for colonization. What this means is players can craft, survive and take over. The video only scratches the surface of this massive game, so if you want more details then head on over to the Steam store page.
About Planet Explorers:
Planet Explorers is an open world sandbox adventure RPG game developed by Pathea Games set on a distant planet. The game uses a new OpenCL calculated voxel system to allow players to change the terrain in any way, create new objects such as weapons, vehicles, objects, and do it anywhere.
Wednesday - March 26, 2014
Planet Explorers - Preview @ RPS
Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a new hands-on preview based on the Early Access version of Planet Explorers. Here is a small part to see if it catches your interest.
The title of the game is direct, to be sure. In Planet Explorers, a planet exploration game by Pathea Games, there is a planet, and you explore it. If that doesn’t sound like enough, there’s also resource gathering, crafting, building, and tons of alien creatures to discover, by which I mean “slaughter and turn into money.” Get ready, innocent alien planet! Humans have arrived, and we’ve brought hunting, real estate development, and capitalism.
There’s a little movie explaining the game’s central predicament, but here’s the abridged version: some colonial spaceships have crashed on an alien planet, so get out there and start exploring! Well, start exploring in a bit. First, there’s my shipmate, Gerdy Hooke, to attend to. She’s injured, see, and needs me to do her a bunch of favors, like chop some wood, fetch some water, and make a campfire, all in service of introducing me to the game’s crafting system.
Wednesday - March 19, 2014
Planet Explorers - Alpha Patches & GDC
Pathea Games has released two more updates on Steam for Planet Explorers. The first update is about a new patch, and mentions the game will be at GDC 2014.
A0.751 Patch and GDC
We have our first Steam patch with a0.751. This patch fixes a lot of bugs, mostly for multiplayer. The change list is below:
Please note that when joining multiplayer once you've updated, you will need to join the servers that say A0751 and not the older version servers.
Unless we're doing bug patches, the next update should be coming in about ~2 weeks, it's not a major update, but will contain some new content. The major update will be a0.8, which should be ~late April. For a0.8, we want to include saving building structures as ISOs and making them share-able; adding in building block LOD to save on memory; adding in ai attacks on camps and colonies; DOTA like tree structure for item replication; missions in adventure mode; character select in multiplayer; new story missions; and more.
Finally, we will have a booth in the corner (since we signed up so late) at GDC Play at GDC in San Fran next week, so if any of you are going, drop by and say hi!
The second update is about another patch that was released this week.
A0.752 PatchPlanted plants now have texture
Fixed bug of unable to exit vehicle
Fixed unable to repair sentries
Fixed voxels filling in again once a player gets far away in multiplayer (no more mine collapse)
Fixed trees not giving resin and plant fiber in multiplayer
Fixed rubber trees not giving rubber in multiplayer
Fixed Mac OSX 10.9.1+ crash
Cockpit cannot be tilted anymore
Optimized creation system camera
Added in new Battleship vtol build type 30X60X24 meters
And yes, our main board is broken, not sure why yet (but my guess is the stress), we're looking into it.
Also, our lobby server is getting a lot of traffic as well, it's a much better server, so it should withstand it. We do want to clear a time every week to reset it, probably Thursday mornings. Some players have trouble logging on sometimes, this is probably due to multiple players trying to log on at once, just wait a bit and try again. We will try to have multiple lobby servers in the future, but we'll need time to implement that code.
Wednesday - March 12, 2014
Planet Explorers - Released on Early Access
Pathea Games announces Planet Explorers is now available on Steam Early Access.
Well, we're on Steam!We've been developing Planet Explorers for over 2 years now, and it's finally made it onto Steam Early Access. We want to thank all of you for your support in getting us here!
As with any Early Access title, this game isn't complete. It's still in alpha form. There are lots of bugs and incomplete content. We will be fixing these bugs and adding more features over the next year until completion hopefully by year end 2014. Our update schedule will have major updates spaced by about a month apart, while smaller updates and fixes will be much more often. One thing I can promise is that each major update will have lots of content.
For new players, I want to tell you that you can count on us in keeping you up to date on the development of the game as well as getting things done. We will make mistakes and probably release updates that some of you will dislike. But we will try to make a great game to the best of our ability. There's actually a demo you could try here: http://planetexplorers.pathea.net/download/
Now I'm going to get into more technical stuff. This game requires opencl from the gpu or cpu. Pretty much all DX10.1 cards support this feature, so normally, it's just a driver update away if you didn't have it already. We also included the cpu opencl option in the launcher options. So if you crash at the start of the game, go to launcher options and select "Cpu" in the opencl calculation options.
Anyway, that's all for now, have fun and please report any bugs on the board and we'll take it from there. And also be sure to visit our site here for the latest news on Planet Explorers: http://planetexplorers.pathea.net
Monday - March 10, 2014
Planet Explorers - A0.75 Released For Backers
Pathea Games shares information that Alpha version 0.75 for Planet Explorers is now available to all backers, and that the game will shortly be on Steam Early Access.
A0.75 is here!
While we’re still waiting for Steam to approve of our build and release it on Steam, here’s the A0.75 PC build. We’ll release the other two platform builds next week.
If you’re looking for the optimum performance, the first things you can tweak are grass distance and amount, changing these to normal or lower will give you at least 10fps. Next would be water reflection, turn that off will give you another 10fps. Finally, tweaking the shadow distance will also give you large performance gains. For memory reduction, turn down the amount of grass, trees, and terrain.
Monday - March 03, 2014
Planet Explorers - New Alpha Update
Pathea Games shares information about a new Alpha update for Planet Explorers.
A0.75 Update #2
We’re just a few days away from the a0.75 build. We’ll try to get it out by this Saturday here, but as you know, it’s never a sure thing. We’re still working on Steam and launcher integration (all 3 platforms) and will be testing that out over the next few days. Hopefully, there will be no problems (if there are problems, we’ll probably launch with PC first). If everything goes smoothly there, we’ll submit the build to Steam for approval, if they approve, then PE will be on Steam probably by ~midweek next week. That gives us enough time to fix any major bugs that you may find before then.
We’ve been optimizing a lot of the things in the current build, including the terrain formation speed in adventure mode. It is now about 3X what it was in the a0.72 build. What this means is that you won’t fall off the terrain on a glider or car anymore. Vtols are another matter, but players are making these go at 300-400km/h and we can’t really help that. Another thing about adventure mode is that there are multiple biomes within a single seed now.
We’re still working on block building lod, water physics, and multiplayer general testing, these things will decide when exactly the build will be done.
Friday - February 28, 2014
Planet Explorers - Video Preview @ Shakes Pub
Shakes Pub has a video preview for Planet Explorers on why the game is fantastic.
Planet Explorers is like a breath of fresh air for the action, adventure, rpg genre. It makes me feel like I'm a kid again reading a great science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov. This game can be enjoyed by kids as well as adults and the sense of adventure, discovery, and ability create is only really limited by your imagination. With all of the game modes and features this game has to offer it should do very well. This video is the first in a new series so join Shake as he embarks on his Planet Explorer adventure...cheers!
Friday - February 14, 2014
Planet Explorers - New Alpha Update
Pathea Games announces a new Alpha update for Planet Explorers.
We’re coming up pretty quickly to the end of the month, so we’re trying to get as much in as possible before the Steam build. We’re working on several notable areas for the build, they include: the farm building for the settlement, Steam integration for the launcher (across all 3 platforms), more Creation Editor features, voxel water (maybe flowing) and new water shader, better building controls and shaders, tweaking player controls, starting first person control design (what a lot of you want), ai optimization, more enemies and bosses (especially for multiplayer), rainforest biome, and story extension. We want to get the build out before February ends, so we will cut whatever’s not done when the time comes. So far, it looks like everything’s safe.
Thursday - February 06, 2014
Planet Explorers - Steam Early Access
Pathea Games has a new update for Planet Explorers about Steam Early Access.
Steam Early Access
It’s February, 2014. If you remember correctly, we said Planet Explorers would be out by now back on Kickstarter (if you don’t remember, go straight to paragraph two!). Obviously, it’s not. We do apologize for that. We were a little too optimistic with our schedule and personnel acquirement (and frankly, making a RPG is harder than we expected). The game also expanded in scope by quite a bit. So in the end, we have to revise our schedule. We aim to have the game in final form before the end of 2014. This is a lot more realistic and much more attainable. The Kickstarter items will be sent out when that happens. But, hopefully, after following this game for over half a year now, you will have seen enough to trust in us to not only finish this game but make it worth your time.
Which brings us to the next point: Steam. We’re currently selling the preorder for Planet Explorers on our site, it’s doing decently in sales, but we’re not close to breaking even each month. Thus, we’re always very conservative with our budget and it’s been working out for us so far. But, our cash reserve is decreasing, and if we want to make Planet Explorers into a great game, we need to hire a few more developers (from 28 to ~35). For that, we will need the revenue that being on Steam Early Access can bring.
We plan to release our first Steam Early Access build when Alpha 0.75 comes out, probably in the last week of February. What does this mean for you? Anyone with a key already will get a corresponding Steam key. Anyone who doesn’t want to play on Steam can still use our standalone program and we will continuously update the download versions on our own site as well. The first version of Steam of course won’t be perfect in integrating all the Steam functions, but we will try to take advantage of Steam features such as the Workshop and voice chat in game in the future.
For our release schedule, it’ll mean shorter duration and less new content in each new build. We won’t be doing the 4 months that it took to get a0.7 out the door anymore, even though some people actually liked that. From Steam on, it’ll be about 1 to 1.5 months inbetween each build during the rest of alpha.
Thursday - January 23, 2014
Planet Explorers - Reaches Alpha 0.72
Pathea Games has sent a new press release about Planet Explorer. The game has reached a new Alpha milestone, and has a new demo.
Planet Explorers Reaches Alpha 0.72 with New Demo Release
MEMPHIS, Tenn (January 22, 2014) - Planet Explorers, the indie adventure RPG game by Pathea Games has reached the alpha 0.72 build. Many new features have been added since the previous build, including a new block based building system, a new Creation System, a new grass system, new storylines, new npc characters, new multiplayer functions, and more. The most improved feature in this build is the multiplayer aspect of the game, with coop and pvp now fully playable on a 40X40 kilometer random seeding based map. A new demo based on the a0.72 build have also been released. The demo features the Story Mode and Build Mode. The storyline in the demo lasts for 2-3 hours.
In Planet Explorers, it is the year 2287, one of the first colony ships sent out by Earth arrives at the planet Maria, in the Epsilon Indi Star System. During its landing sequence, something appears in front of the massive ship that causes it to lose control and crash into the planet.
Some of the colonists survive in lifeboats, but what they find is an unforgiving land filled with creatures ready to outlast the visitors from Earth. Now the survivors must explorer, gather, build, create, fight, and ultimately, build a new home.
The gameplay is in 3rd and 1st person perspectives. Players are be able to customize their character, combine and create swords, guns, vehicles, and buildings. At the same time, players will have to defeat multitudes of enemies of varying intelligence and defend the remnants of the colonists. There is also a mission system that features NPCs giving the player goals to achieve to advance the storyline. Planet Explorers features single player and multiplayer. The game costs $22 to preorder on Planet Explorers' website. Planet Explorers was featured in a successful Kickstarter campaign as well as successfully green lite on Steam Greenlight.
Planet Explorers Preorder: http://planetexplorers.pathea.net/order/
Alpha 0.72: http://planetexplorers.pathea.net/download/
Alpha 0.72 Demo: http://planetexplorers.pathea.net/download/
Friday - December 27, 2013
Planet Explorers - Post-Funding Update #49
Pathea Games has a new post-funding update for Planet Explorers with a new Alpha version for eveyone for X-mas.
And a Merry Christmas to you, here’s a gift!
PE Alpha 0.7 PC Torrent: http://www.pathea.net/a07pc.torrent
PE Alpha 0.7 Mac Torrent: http://www.pathea.net/a07mac.torrent
PE Alpha 0.7 Linux Torrent: http://www.pathea.net/a07linux.torrent
Speed will be faster once we get more stuff uploaded to some seeds.
Direct Links forthcoming.
Alright, after working on this for almost 5 months, we’ve finally finished the initial version of alpha 0.7. Now, it’s not completely bug free, that’s for sure, so we will be putting out a a0.71 version for sure. In fact, some last minute multiplayer syncing bugs almost kicked this build to next year (we fixed them in the eleventh hour). We actually tried to do a little too much for a0.7, and some of the experiments failed. We tried to do realtime cubemap based ambient lighting. It worked, but the frame rate took a dive to around 15fps even on the HD7970. So it went out the window. We also wanted to write a sound program that runs outside Unity in parallel for all the sounds of the game so you don’t get a hiccup when Unity does garbage collection (Unity’s Mono is really old, so garbage collection takes longer than it should, and doesn’t seem to work all too well anyway). We were waiting to see if Unity will upgrade their Mono with Unity 4.3, they didn’t, and by the time we knew that, there wasn’t enough time to add this feature. So you’ll still get awkward skips in sound and music in this build.
Thursday - August 01, 2013
Planet Explorers - Name the Moon Contest
Pathea Games has a new post-funding update announcing a new "Name the Moon Contest" for Planet Explorers.
Hey everyone, our forum mod Malus is running a contest to name the second moon of the Planet Maria. That moon isn't in game yet but will be very soon; it's a desert moon. Which ever name people pick on the boards will end up being the name of the moon, the submitter of the name will get a game key and credits in the game. So if you want to give it a go, goto this thread. There's one more day to submit a name, voting will start after that. Make your voice heard.
Also, our friend and PE's composer Aakaash is also working on another game called Liege, it's a 16bit like RPG with modern graphics. They're running a Kickstarter right now with only 2 days left. Go take a look and see if you're interested.
Friday - July 26, 2013
Planet Explorers - Alpha and Game Update
So we're actually going to add quite a bit of stuff to the a0.61 build. Having a bigger team is really helping our speed and ability to tackle multiple things. The bad part is organization is a lot sloppier now since we're keeping track of a lot more things and bugs slip through the crack easier. If all goes well, we'll release the a0.61 patch next week (and yes, it's a patch, although it's still pretty big, since Unity's asset files can't be cut up).
- able to load iso files in build/adventure mode
- bullet script
- torches become charcoal when picked up
- script for ladders
- climbing ladders
- flying enemy when flying to a certain height
- chop and pick up plants in adventure
- adventure mode working
- adventure mode starting with way less things in the pack
- able to dig tin to replicate bronze with copper
- pickaxe balance
- custom shields in the creations editor
- chairs for npcs to ride in vehicles
- crystals for Hitomi's quest
- repair kits in camps to fix items low in durability
- gunpowder script
- can pause a mission in the middle, leave the npc there, do other things, come back and lead the npc on and finish the mission
- fixed multiple launcher, Mac, Linux bugs
- chat ui in multiplayer
- bigger ore deposits, less random
- more stable settlement
- sentry gun type 01
- fixed bugs
Sunday - April 21, 2013
Planet Explorers - Update #14, The End and the Beginning
Planet Explorers brings another update on their kickstarter. The update is mostly about the projects success and other information.
What a month it has been. We really didn't know what to expect when we started this Kickstarter campaign. After all, we're a no name studio pitching a equally no name game, all we had was our alpha build. But boy, the response has been very uplifting for us. In the end, we beat out our goal by almost 40% and we got greenlit by Steam. This is all thanks to your support! I cannot tell you how much gratitude we feel for you giving us the chance to make Planet Explorers into something we can be proud of.
We will be sending an email survey to every backer who has backed us as of the end of the Kickstarter campaign, including the ones on Paypal, over the next 2 days. If you do not get a survey in the next two days, please contact us at email@example.com.
As I wrote in the last update, if you missed the chance to help fund the game during the KS campaign, we're doing an extended campaign with Paypal. This will last for 35 days starting right now. We'll get the counters working in the next day or so. All the Kickstarter options will be there. This will also count toward the "stretch goals" as well, just for fun and something to aim for.
Now that KS is over, we'll be keeping you up to date on the progress of the game on the game's website and on our boards as well as right here on KS (but the updates will be slower than on the boards where we post everyday). Speaking of our boards, there's a contest to name the 3 moons of Maria, the winners will get to have their names forever remembered as land features on these moons. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
For the people who's emailed us about testing server hosting, thank you! We'll get back to you slowly over the next couple of weeks.
Now it's time to get back to work, after all you guys kept your end of the bargain by funding us. This time it's our turn to keep our end by making Planet Explorers into an awesome game. Thank you all!
Saturday - April 20, 2013
Planet Explorers - Update #13, Where do we go from here?
Planet Explorers brings a new update on their kickstarter page. The update basically explains were the kickstarter is heading.
What a week for Planet Explorers. We've hit the goal on KS, and a few days later, we're approved for Steam. This is all thanks to your support. On Greenlight, out of all the people that voted, 76% voted yes, that's much higher than the 58% average of the top 50. What that tells us is that Planet Explorers has hit the balance between hardcore and casual just right, at least in initial impressions and expectations. Now, we're fully aware of the pressure to deliver, and we will work all the hard to live up to these expectations.
The Kickstarter will end in less than 48 hours, please continue to help us spread the word on the project and try to push the final number as high as possible. Development isn't cheap, so the more cash reserves we have, the less pressure we have to spend time looking for extra budget. We will run an extension of the KS tiers for an extra 40 days through Paypal on our site. After a0.6, we'll presell the game on our site. That should pretty much solve our budget shortfall and we won't have to worry about money and just focus on getting the game done.
Regarding Steam's Early Access, I know many of you want to play games in Steam so that they're all located in the same place. But, we will not put the game on Steam until we feel the game's ready for prime time, which means probably not until beta 0.1. The first batch of Early Access games have not been received well by some player, we don't want that negativity. The launcher we'll have for a0.6 will be able to give you the patch updating most of you want, so it should be more convenient anyway.
We are going to try to test multiplayer before the release of a0.6, so the backers that want to host a server, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will probably do some tests in early May, so we will need your help then.
Wednesday - April 17, 2013
Planet Explorers - Update #11 & 12, Let's Talk About the Player Character
Planet Explorers has two new updates on there kickstarter. The updates gives informaion on the player character, and mentions the game has been greenlighted on Steam.
Hey everyone, we're still moving at a pretty nice clip, we'll probably end up at $120,000+ for the entire KS. Thanks for your support! On Greenlight we're now at #21 with a littler over 40,000 "yes" votes. We're find out in a few hours if we made it in this round of Greenlit titles, if not, we're set for next time in late May.
A little update on Linux, we have it working in the office! Crash free! But, only for the Nvidia cards...AMD cards still have problems. Sigh.
Today, we'll take a look at some of the new things coming to the player character for a0.6. There will be (at least) 5 more new armor sets for both female and male, we're moving to more modern designs for some of the armor. We're also adding in a lot more hair selections and a couple of facial selections. We're also changing the female and male models a little bit so that they look more like the NPC character style (smaller eyes), a bit more realistic.
We will probably reinstate the character editor, now with a new morph target system. What it means is that we can keep the current model efficiency (with less than 60 bones), but allowing for facial editing and body editing. The facial editing will allow for a lot of changes and will look pretty good, but the body editing will be a lot less robust than what we had before (the model used 190 bones before) which used bones to do the character editing. Finally, we will be adding in the character save feature so you can load a character in the editor before a game starts.