My Colony 2 v0.14.0
has just been released and should be hitting all devices in a timely manner. I had originally planned to focus on the Water World for this update, but it ultimately ended up being completely different! That's fine though, because this release brings a lot of interface changes and some good new content to boot. Let's take a look at what's new!
I have added a new glow effect to units when you select them so that it is easier to tell which unit you have selected. Also, I have brought back the gesture from MC1 where you can click/tap on a unit twice to select all units of that same type (within a 40 tile radius).
This change solves two feature requests at once, so it's all good. I still need to bring back the drag/box select for Units, which will happen in due time.
I have started to expand the Encyclopedia
with the new Structures
Right now it is only a glorified list of all structures in the game, but of course you will eventually be able to click on them to get all of the detailed information.
Speaking of expanded dialogs, the Engine Settings
screen has a new Interface
section. Here, you can adjust the size of the in-game chat text, and turn off the Camera Mode toolbar button, since players who use a mouse may never need to click on that button anyway.
And finally for dialogs, I have started to implement the Statistics
screen, although it still has a ways to go.
The stats will be greatly expanded in the future. For now you can get some general information about the planet as a whole, a list of all settlements (as well as the ability to instant jump to each settlement location) and details on all players on the server. If you are the server owner (or a moderator), you can even conduct player moderation tasks on the Players screen.
In addition, you can also now finally change your player color on the Players screen by selecting your own name. These player moderation options are also available now in the Dedicated Server console.
Speaking of the Dedicated Server console, you can now easily switch your game between regular and dedicated server mode! On the game listings screen, click on the settings gear icon to launch your game in either mode. This allows you to play on your own server when you are at home, and then switch it over to dedicated mode when you are away.
And finally, you can now restore your game backups from the game listing screen by clicking on the new Restore Backup
option that is at the bottom of your games listing.
I have updated the Chat Commands
guide with new console commands that have been added to the game. Most of these also can be accessed by in-game UI, but those who prefer to type have the option as well. To go along with these, and as I lightly mentioned earlier, you can now assign a Moderator
to your server to help watch over things when you are away. A moderator currently has the ability to kick a player for 5 minutes, as sort of a time out. The server admin can ban a player for however many days they deem necessary. Feel free to suggest more options for both Admins and Moderators.
Pictured below, you can see three
new building options that have been added to the popup that appears when you select a building, which are Sell Confirmation
, and Clone
The little sell confirmation dialog will appear when you click on the sell button, so that you do not accidentally do something by mistake. The clone button works as in MC1, allowing you a quick way to "build another" of a certain type of building without searching through the build menu. And of course the upgrade button is there because we can now upgrade buildings
, just like in MC1!
Moving on, you will now notice that Border Lines
are drawn around your settlements!
This makes it easy to determine where you can and cannot place structures.
There are other little engine changes and improvements throughout, but let's move on to the new stuff next, starting with a new map, the Abandoned World
The lovely pink radioactive waters are back, and along with them come the new resource Ether
, and the associated Ether Tank
and Ether Pump
. The Ether will eventually be utilized for power generation and other industrial uses.
Speaking of power generation, you can now harvest Uranium using the new Uranium Miner
, which is stored in the new Uranium Silo
, and can be used to power the new Small Nuclear Reactor
, giving you way more power than you had before!
Lastly, I have made several changes to the Ice World, making it more difficult than before. You can no longer construct solar panels (or solar anything) or water pumps or Ore Fracking operations. The world is also darker than before, to highlight its cold inhospitable nature.
In exchange, the Ice World gains the new Crystal Glowrod
, a light source powered entirely by Crystalline, and the Tundra Molehole
, which is essentially an Ore Fracking operation, but for Regolith.
As always, there are other things here in the new update, but you can have fun discovering them on your own. I will be submitting this build to the Windows Store in the form of a premium PWA, so look out for that if you want to purchase the game through your Microsoft Account. And next month, My Colony 2 will finally be hitting the iOS App Store, so look out for that too. Until then though, thank you all for playing and supporting the game, and leaving your suggestions and feedback. And of course, stay tuned for a whole lot more #mycolony2