To reinforce the Early Access astronauts on Mars, we just released the Power Update for Take On Mars. The highlight of the new Power Up update is the addition of power simulation (electricity) to the game. That means you can produce solar arrays to generate power, and build a functional electric grid to power up machinery and buildings.
Machinery, such as the drilling rig, and buildings can be connected to the electric grid via a newly added cable spool, which holds up to 50m worth of cables. These cables can be connected to special wall panels that contain power sockets and/or the power connection points on equipment. The cables are also physically simulated, meaning you can print a spool of 5 cables, and then unwind them from the spool, and physically drag them across the floor, connecting the ends.
Besides that, there have been many, many fixes and improvements. We sincerely hope you all enjoy the new content, and look forward to your feedback!
1st October 2015
- Implemented multiplayer synchronization of building block groups
- Fixed multiplayer save game issue where it saved less data than it should have
DEV BRANCH UPDATE 1st October 2015
1st October 2015
- Implemented power simulation, machines now subtract power from power sources and all have displays indicating power/load
- Implemented machines not functioning without power (except for 3D Printer for now)
29th September 2015
- Added a cable spool, holds up to 50m worth of cable
- Implemented winding of cables onto the cable spool if there is room
28th September 2015
- Fixed issue where seats/beds could no longer be highlighted
- Fixed issue where 3D GUIs could not be clicked with mouse cursor enabled
- Fixed an occasional issue that occurred when respawning in multiplayer, related to character IDs
- Fixed issue where if clients opened inventory it would enable cursor on server
DEV BRANCH UPDATE 25th September 2015
25th September 2015
- Added wall panel (old style base) with power sockets for both in and out
- Improved planet appearance in Mars Orbit, Earth Orbit, and Deimos locations
- Supply modules now spawnable on ground without heatshield part
23rd September 2015
- Added Communications Array, functionality still WIP
- Implemented multiplayer support for power cable plugging/unplugging
22nd September 2015
- Fixed issue where when mantling and holding tool out, it froze the animation
- Fixed issue with over-the-shoulder 3rd person camera where it did not highlight objects correctly
- Fixed minor issue where is your cursor was on a 3D GUI and you had the main menu shown it still interacted with the gui
- Implemented hose nozzle movement animation for the Topsoil Extractor
- Added input power connection points to the Topsoil Extractor
- Added input power connection points to the Materials Refinery
21st September 2015
- Added compass to player's helmet for better navigation
- Added input power connection points to the Atmospheric Processor
20th September 2015
- Improved wind simulation, now using more realistic calculation, taking exposed object surface area into account
- Added placeable Solar Array with output power connection points
- Added input power connection points to the Drilling Rig
18th September 2015
- Added power cables as ragdolls that can snap end to end
- Optimized base GameEntity class, removed many unnecessary variables, overall improving memory usage and save file size
17th September 2015
- Barrels can now be placed purely based on distance and without construction tool
- Pop-tent can now be placed without construction tool
10th September 2015
- Added WIP water impact and underwater effects
- Added triggers triggering only when the mission is started
- Improved light shadows, no longer jagged
- Improved mantling, now relative to head height
- Tweaked conditions for going into ragdoll
9th September 2015
- Added a pause button to the in-game editor, which allows pausing of the in progress mission
- Fixed issue with object highlighting where objects that were just out of range could still be highlighted, but not grabbed
- Fixed issue where building block custom grid snap size did not save in singleplayer
- Fixed several issues with hosting on LAN
We’re happy to announce that after almost 2 years of Alpha development, our team has successfully pushed the first BETA marked build of Take On Mars to Steam. While this suggests that we’re closing in for the final release of the game later this year, there is still a lot to be done and polished: including additional features we’re considering for further development.
In that aspect, we see the first BETA release as an important milestone that sets the basic boundaries for the game – meaning that from the gameplay perspective, no radical changes (such as the additional multiplayer mode or the manned missions were in the past) should happen in future.
From a player perspective, the main task of this BETA release is mainly to provide a set of stabilizing fixes: for example the texture crash bug that was causing a lot of pain recently, as well as several other crashes, should now be resolved.
Looking ahead, we will keep adding content until we reach a feature complete BETA, and we will also be looking at some refinements to the content that already is in the game. The first iteration of these refining efforts can already be seen in this build, where we’ve reworked most of the user interface, including the one in our in-game editor.
Announced earlier, we will of course keep working on the redesign of building blocks (there are still several tasks that need to be done) and with some additional help from our fellow game designers at Bohemia Interactive, we will also think about possible tweaks regarding the overall experience players have with Take On Mars.
With the first BETA release, we’re also changing the price of Take On Mars a little bit – from now on, new players will be able to buy our Early Access BETA starting at 21,99$/19,99€/15,99£, while of course nothing changes for those of you who already own the game.
Take On Mars was originally announced two years ago at E3 2013. What was then a Mars rover simulator has grown into a significantly larger game - especially with the addition of a manned section, multiplayer and new locations such as the Moon or the Low Earth Orbit. Since Bohemia Interactive is sponsoring the first PC Gaming Show[www.pcgamingshow.com] at E3 this year, we thought we could use the opportunity to present Take On Mars there - and we did. With a brand new trailer and a 33% OFF sale!
Prepping for E3 combined with a bunch of other major things on our to-do lists ultimately resulted in moving the BETA release a little bit further. As we also want the BETA release to be as stable as possoble, we want to avoid pushing updates too often, because this could make the odds of randomly messing things up quite high.
With that said, we've had a period where we seemingly kept things quiet, but the reality behind the scenes was quite the opposite of that. Let's take a look at some of the things our team's been working on lately.
Major building redesign
Changing the design of buildings and building blocks is something that not everyone would consider necessary, but it's going to be an important part of the BETA release. The word "redesign" in this context means not only changing the models and textures, but basically reworking the entire system of what players can build with available parts.
Bases built with the new building blocks will feel less like "bubbles" and more like real buildings. Making the blocks larger and available in many different shapes and variants should also sweeten the building process and lead to more unique, believable structures. Also, interior and exterior blocks are now separate. This allows for the construction of greenhouses (only exterior panels with windows), or full buildings with several floors and rooms.
Since proper interiors would feel empty without more equipment, we are now also working on additional furniture pieces, such as sofas, beds or new chairs that have their intended functionality.
Ragdoll and character animations
Don't jump around a lot in Take On Mars, or you'll experience some nasty falls! If you are subscribed to the Test Branch on Steam, you've probably already noticed the new contextual climbing animation. Another addition to the character movement in the BETA will be ragdolls. If you, for some reason, miss your jump, fall unconscious, die, or have no oxygen, your friends will be able to drag you into an airlock, or you'll be able to recover your things from your body later - all that with new animations.
Killing bugs and crashes
We've been recently fighting some nasty crashes related to texture size, which we will need to reduce a bit, because it was filling the available video memory in a sub-optimal way. Also, atmospheric zones are incorrectly generated on occasion (sometimes a zone is not generated where it should be), so this is one fix we need to take care of, as well as bunch of other things: for example, we've spent quite some time working on the Steam Workshop implementation, which we are quite proud of. It is fully functional now and makes the process of joining multiplayer sessions with mods much easier.
Before the BETA release, we also need to address another important part of Take On Mars development: localization. We are now coordinating the translation of Take On Mars into 10 different languages. Combined, the original English texts contain more than 38 000 words, while the biggest portion of the text is dedicated to the Take On Mars Wiki (which is basically a big educational handbook with everything you need to know about Mars or space exploration).
One thing we would really, really like to emphasize is that majority of translations is taken care of by either enthusiastic professional translators or with the help of Take On Mars community members. We would like to thank everyone participating in the translation process for their hard work (hint: they will be soon able to read their names in Credits!). After we finish the largest chunk of translations during BETA, we are confident that players from around the world will appreciate the effort put into it. Please bear in mind though that translations in BETA will be a work in progress, constantly developing and improving until full release, as will be the case for the whole game of course.
BETA release date and one sneaky surprise
We have the the BETA release scheduled on July 3rd, 2015, and we will do our best to deliver in time. After all, we really want to, because if all goes well, we should be able to treat you with a very exciting addition to the game sometime after BETA. But let's just keep it a surprise feature for now on.
I would like to start off by thanking you all for your support thus far, it has been tremendously rewarding, and Take On Mars would not be what it is today without you!
Thanks to this and our desire to make this game as great as possible, we have decided to revise the release plans.
This means our previously released 'Roadmap to Release' is no longer applicable.
The planned Beta release has been pushed to the 16th June, 2015, and the final release date will be determined after that point, because we want to avoid promising a release date and not delivering on time, preferring to properly finish what we have planned rather than unnecessarily cut features that bring a lot to the game.
I am also happy to announce that our team has slightly expanded in order to help bring the project to completion while keeping to a high level of quality.
I believe this is very positive news and the team is elated, so it is our sincere hope that you, our dedicated fans, are as well!
In short, this means:
* Beta release on the 16th of June, 2015
* Final release date TBD after Beta
* Planned features will be completed, nothing will be cut from the plans
* The team is focused on polishing and improving existing features
We really hope everyone is as happy about this news as us, and we look forward to receiving further feedback from you all!