Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Medieval Engineers Major Update 0.6: Mechanical Blocks


SUMMARY:
  • Mechanical blocks!
  • New planet with unique biomes and additional resources!
  • Research quests
  • Improvements for animations and performance!

Hello, Engineers!

I have been working with the Medieval Engineers team over the last couple of months to make sure the game fulfills our original vision. This major update is one step towards this goal. It’s full of features like a new planet with new biomes to explore, new resources to mine, new tools to build faster, and mechanical blocks to enhance crafting! You get all of that along with research quests so you can discover more advanced blocks while building and improved character animations so your engineer looks good exploring the world.

If you already own the game, all of this content is free! If you haven’t bought your copy yet, get it today because Medieval Engineers has never been a better value. Other improvements include faster multiplayer code, faster voxel loading, and faster particle effects! See all of this and more in this latest trailer for Medieval Engineers!



Now With Mechanical Block!

As the name alludes, Medieval Engineers now has Mechanical Blocks! You no longer need to mill your wheat and saw your timbers by hand. It’s possible to build machines that will do the work for you with greater speed and efficiency. You can get started with a windmill to provide power and various joints and shafts to connect things together. There is a small selection of crafting blocks available right now. Don’t worry, we are planning to continue adding new crafting blocks to expand the mechanical systems with your feedback and suggestions in mind.


Now With Biomes!

There is a new planet for you to explore in this update of Medieval Engineers. It comes with new terrain and seven distinct biomes! Each one has a unique mix of flora and terrain to create vistas unlike anything you’ve seen before in Medieval Engineers. You can mine precious metals alongside desert mesas, build a stone lodge in the frozen arctic, and farm amongst the hazel trees in the cratered karst landscape. Take a trip across the steppe grasslands and go lumberjacking in the coniferous forests. There’s something new to discover over every mountain!

  

Now With New Resources!

The planetary changes don’t stop with just the scenery. There are additional resources carefully woven into the biomes by our elite team of designers. These include new ores such as tin, copper, silver, and gold that you can discover and mine. You can smelt new types of metal ingots to use or process into alloys. Tools and weapons varying in efficiency and durability based on the metals used to craft them. There is also a new clay material that you can use to craft items like pottery, roof tiles, furnaces, and ovens. With these resources the game finally has the depth and complexity you’ve been asking for, and I think you’ll love it.

 

Now With Research Quests!

The quest system has been whipped into shape by including starting conditions, failure conditions, multiple prerequisite conditions, location finding, and control over what is unlocked for you to build with. All of these have been put to use in the new research system that allows you to unlock knowledge by completing quests in the game. It is a more immersive approach that allows for a natural progression during gameplay and adds a little adventure into your engineer’s progression.
 


Now With Improved Animations!

I recently spent some time working with the team on aesthetic improvements and quality-of-life improvements for characters. These changes should improve the general game experience, especially during early gameplay when you are running around with only the engineer trying to survive. Some of these changes include more complex and polished animations, using tools as weapons (back by popular demand), and first-person camera movement improvements. Other things, like character behavior when trying to climb a hill that is too steep and better particle effects for walking and running, have been polished.



Now with better performance!

Many of the changes in this update perform better than in the past. New player character code, changes to how voxels are updated, and an updated renderer are just a few of the optimizations you will find in 0.6.
  • Player Characters (PC’s): The programmers recently spent a lot of time writing more efficient PC code and along the way they were able to streamline the multiplayer aspect of PC’s as well. The results in trials were, instead of 10-15 characters causing slowdown on a server, it’s now possible to have 30-40 characters running and jumping around at the same time! This opens up a lot of possibilities for the future of Medieval Engineers as well as the immediate benefits to servers that support larger numbers of players and bots.


  • Voxels: We made some changes to voxels that resulted in impressive performance. You'll get into the game faster with reduced loading times and optimized rendering. Changes from mining and voxel hands are immediate.
  • Renderer improvements in VRAGE have much more optimized GPU performance than in the past. All of the particle effects are calculated on the GPU to reduce CPU bottlenecking. Additional render options have given us greater flexibility in the graphics options. There are new extreme settings for high-end graphics cards. Low-end graphics cards will benefit from the new low settings. In testing we’ve seen between 30% and 50% increases on low settings!

Modding changes

There are some great changes for modders including definition merging and definition inclusion. Definition merging makes it possible to modify or append part of a definition without changing the whole definition. This means smaller mods with less conflicts. Definition inclusion allows you to copy one definition into another. This works much like inheritance in programming and it’s not only useful on its own for modders but it’s a giant leap toward supporting mod libraries.  There is a guide on how these work on the Medieval Engineers Wiki.

Character data is now saved on the character itself. Entity components that save on the character now persist between sessions, even in multiplayer. Finally, now that the old MyCharacter class is gone, characters are created by combining entity components. This makes characters much more flexible to work with for both modders and Keen programmers.

Notes

As always; we are leaving the previous version, 0.5.23, as a historical branch that will be available forever. This will be your fail-safe way to play older saves that aren’t compatible with 0.6 or to update those that are.

List of New Features:

  • Mechanical blocks
    • Windmill
    • Sawmill
    • Gristmill
    • Transmission block
  • New planet with unique biomes
    • New resources spread across biomes
    • Additional ores, voxel types, bushes and grasses
    • Planet improved to be more interesting to explore
  • Voxel optimizations
  • Renderer upgrade
  • Multiplayer optimizations
  • Quest system upgrade
  • Research system upgrade
  • Improved character animations and behavior
  • Tools usable as weapons
  • New Tools and Weapons
  • Improved interaction hints design 
  • For Modders:
    • Definition merging and inclusion
    • MyCharacter deletion and componentization
    • Character saving 

Read the full list of new features at http://news.medievalengineers.com/0_6_release/update_0_6
Purchase your copy at http://news.medievalengineers.com/06_prerelease/buymblog

Thank you for reading!

Marek Rosa
CEO, Founder Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder GoodAI


For more news:

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General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org
AI Roadmap Institute: www.RoadmapInstitute.org
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com


Personal bio:

Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for their best-seller Space Engineers (2.4mil+ copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic. 
Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. Marek started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence, with $10mil. 
GoodAI started in January 2014 and has grown to an international team of 20 researchers.

4 comments:

  1. Really great! Especially performance part )))
    2 questions: i don't see scaffoldings in a survival mod and i can't find iron ore on the map (but i've met a lot of copper and tin). Is everything ok?

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  2. Really great! Especially performance part )))
    2 questions: i don't see scaffoldings in a survival mod and i can't find iron ore on the map (but i've met a lot of copper and tin). Is everything ok?

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    1. Hello,

      We're glad you are enjoying the game. In reply to your first question, we used the term "scaffolding" to refer to using the small stairs and wall-walks as a way to climb to the top of a house. There is no block named scaffolding. As to your difficulty finding iron ore, it is less common now than it was. There is still plenty of it to be found and there is no secret to finding it. It is just in the ground and clearly visible.

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