For this week’s Status Report, Lead Producer Brian Hicks will be informing us on the upcoming plans for the CLE as the team moves closer towards BETA. Additionally, he’ll tell us a bit about what will be in focus for 0.59 Experimental once we progress past 0.58 release on Stable branch.
Much like the last Status Report – we’ve still got the gameplay programming team working on the blocking issues preventing 0.58 to hit stable branch. The primary issues of which were a result of some tests on resolving animation looping, and related problems we are still aiming for 0.59 to address. We’ve been working hard to resolve these issues so we can provide as compelling a gameplay experience w/ 0.58 as possible while still in development.
Once 0.58 leaves incubation on experimental branch, survivors will notice a sharp difference in how loot is distributed across Chernarus. We’re still pretty early on in where we want to be with the central economy by release from Early Access, however we do now have much more precise control over the distribution. The system allows us to dynamically modify quantities, spawning frequencies, spawning priority, and so on without having to push an update to stable branch.
We’ll be closely monitoring active item concentration across official servers, and adjusting based upon this. Those more stalwart survivors might notice higher quantities of canned food goods than are specifically required – we’ve found that the best method to acclimate players to having to scavenge for supplies versus the placeholder prototype systems distribution is to slowly dial the quantities incrementally down – until the balance reaches a playable state.
Above you can see the current top 10 distributed items on an example experimental branch server. Non persishable food currently has the highest priority / quantity for entry level items in the respawn system. Primarily to allow folks to acclimate themselves to the need to move *around* Chernarus to continue to find the supplies they need. Ideally, we’ll dial these quantities back in increments of 10 until we find a comfortable balance. Past non perishable goods, basic tools have the highest quantity of items spread across Chernarus. Wood Axes, Matches, Burlap Sacks, Water Purification, and so on.
Again, once 0.58 stable hits and has time to settle – with a larger player base than experimental roaming across the environment we’ll make changes according to how the distribution looks and performs. Moving past 0.58 and looking at 0.59 experimental – in addition to the new features, content, and so forth – We’ll be looking into more QoL improvements for the stable player base. Vehicle position sync optimization (no fun riding around in new vehicles if your passengers want to vomit from desync!), animation state sync between clients, animal herd behaviour, position & projectile synchronization bugfixing, and much more.
As well, with 0.59 experimental we’ll be testing the potential effect of players spawning with radios and how it may or may not impact player interaction. The range of the radios should be temporarily (for the duration of the test on Exp 0.59) increased to cover the whole of Chernarus. Once this hits experimental, I encourage you to head over to the official DayZ forums (forums.dayzgame.com) and share your experiences (be it good, or bad) with how this impacts your gameplay!
As mentioned during our RTX panel presentation, longer incubation times on Experimental and dedicating more time to QoL issues on the primary branch may end up costing us some time here or there, but we firmly believe it will present a higher quality player experience during DayZ’s development. Of course, there will still be plenty of bugs – but we’ll do our best to make sure the experience is still enjoyable.
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