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My Colony 2 v0.40.0 Released

Today I am releasing the 0.40.0 update to My Colony 2. Let's get right into it!


I had a lot of technical issues with this update that I will not bore you with, but I will just say that I think going forward, my update ambitions need to be broken into smaller chunks so that I don't end up destroying the entire engine each release.

I have a goal for MC2 of merging the new (as of the previous update) title screen with the actual game play, sort of connecting everything together as one universe that you can sandbox your way through in Player mode. In order for this to work, I needed to merge the title screen rendering with the gameplay rendering into the same Scroll 3D graphics context. In my head this was going to be a small change, but it ended up being a nightmare, although I do believe I have woken up from it now.

The main reason this change was necessary is because I plan to have all modes of MC2 fully playable in VR mode, and you cannot switch from one graphics context to another in VR without leaving immersion mode, which sort of ruins the whole thing. As the engine worked before, walking your player through a star gate would have pushed the player out of VR mode and forced them to go back into it once the next planet loaded. Not acceptable.

So anyway, I got that fixed. It's one of those changes that takes a week to work on and that most people will not even notice that anything is different. Oh well!

Moving on, you may have noticed a different map type in the main post screenshot. I have added Forest World to the game. @therealchromedino had posted a model for a forest world planet, and I was thinking that, it's going to be fall here soon (at least in northern hemisphere), maybe it would be neat to have the forest world be sort of fall colors as well, so a lot of the trees are red/orange/yellow colors. I thought it would look better than it turned out, I am not 100% satisified with it, but you guys can let me know. Maybe we need a larger variety of tree species? If anyone wants to make some tree models, feel free!

I also thought it would be cool to have some sort of hostile AI "ewok" type species on the forest world, so I might add something of that nature as well.

The Forest World right now brings back the old Potato Patch as a unique world structure. I have not come up with a unique world resource yet, but I will in time.

Moving on, @GeneralWadaling posted a batch with a bunch of reskinned structures, and I have implemented 22 of them so far in this release. There are more that I will probably add soon as well, I was just getting tired of swapping out all of the models so I took a break from it for the time being. Look around though, as a lot of buildings got a graphical makeover in this release!


I have also added two new buildings, the City Hall and the Sports Stadium from @spamdude and @seabass13 respectively. The Sports Stadium now becomes the top entertainment structure, but you can only build it on worlds with an atmosphere. The City Hall is going to unlock city (settlement) management options in the stats window, just as soon as I figure out what those options should be. You can leave suggestions if you have ideas.

I have also added a 6th settlement level tier, since we are getting a lot of level 5 settlements already. I will add the 7th if people start unlocking tier 6. I am thinking that once your settlement level is high enough, you will be able to build some sort of Congress building (model suggestions welcome), and that building will allow you to start the independence process that will lead to the Nations feature. At least that is the rough outline of what I have in mind.

The engine should now support an option for structures that are only allowed one per settlement, or one per world. The City Hall is a one per settlement building. I also thought it would be cool to have "Wonders" or super buildings that can only be built one per world, so the first person to build it gets to have that landmark for the world. So again, if you have any ideas for Wonder/Landmark/Superstructures, let me know!

Finally, I spent a fair bit of time on performance optimizations in this update, both for rendering and for saving/loading. It should be better, but then again I always think it's better when I'm testing, so let me know how it runs "in the real world." In addition, local saves (games that are on the filesystem, not cloud sync or internal app storage) are no longer compressed, which should vastly speed up their saving and loading times.

That is it for this update, you should be able to try it basically now, or at least real soon. Let me know what issues you have, and stay tuned for more!

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7mo
#2
This looks awesome!
7mo
#3
oh hell yeah
Living the Spamlandian Dream
7mo
#4
love the trees look like fruit trees im still kind of loving colony 1 but this new ones getting really nice now .
my colony 1 on the off chance it would be nice if there was a way we could buy all the older buildings as i missed quite a few when you started doing that . I LOVE the new resident structure 30000 k colonist really nice
7mo
#5
it updated now thaks
7mo
#6
i got very worried that my large models was going to get redesigned but very very glad you still chose mine no hate against waddling just love the models . thank you !
7mo
#7
already cant wait for the level 6 structures
7mo
#8
I'm with Sparky.
6mo
#9
SPARKY0303 said:i got very worried that my large models was going to get redesigned but very very glad you still chose mine no hate against waddling just love the models . thank you !


I don't know fam, sounds like somebody is clingy to their models. Still salty about that Spice Den change, and I'm not alone.

Anyways, salt out of the way, I miss ya man. Hope you are doing well!
The Spice must flow.
6mo
#10
therealchromedino said:
SPARKY0303 said:i got very worried that my large models was going to get redesigned but very very glad you still chose mine no hate against waddling just love the models . thank you !


I don't know fam, sounds like somebody is clingy to their models. Still salty about that Spice Den change, and I'm not alone.

Anyways, salt out of the way, I miss ya man. Hope you are doing well!


aren't we all, man
Living the Spamlandian Dream
My Colony





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