Uber Weekly Update – July 28, 2014

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Consider your latest skirmish in Planetary Annihilation an appetizer. The feverish, mind meltingly huge battle was just a sample, a tease of what’s to come. The latest build, as we promised, ushered in a new lobby, new menus, and new explosive effects. You saw quite a few performance breakthroughs, too, as you wildly battled across the stars.

The gains over the last build were incredible, and we’ll keep building on that momentum well into the future. Every day, there’s a new discovery, a new feature or mechanic that we can make better or more powerful and cost less.

The target is clear: deliver on the vision that you helped make a reality. There’s a lot more work to do, but we’re up to the task.

40-Person Battles

 

Fans who fight commonly in epic free-for-alls and team games often ask when they’ll get to experience 40-person battles. Planetary Annihilation has always had big fights, even early on. Yet, we’ve always wanted to up the ante.

You might be surprised to know that we can support these matches now. Unlocking them for you, however, is a matter of making absolutely, totally sure that the experience will be as fun and as smooth as possible.

In order to get there, we’ll need to add in layers of UI to handle the increased amount of players. Also, we’ll have to tune servers to handle all the carnage. And, of course, bigger fights are going to require some additional background polish work to make sure they run smoothly, efficiently, and offer as much interesting content as possible.

The game you’re playing right now has an excellent example of how we’re paving the way to raising the player cap. Currently, whenever you play in big systems, you aren’t hit with data about planets that aren’t immediately relevant to your interests. This keeps the game’s footprint smaller than it would be if planets were constantly phoning home, and as a result the game runs faster.

Don’t be surprised to see the player cap jump up over time. It’s how we plan to scale the game.

Ladders in 1.0

 

You asked and we’re listening.

Last week, Jon revealed on our forums that we’re going to re-evaluate our stance on saving ladders for competitive update down the road. We learned a lot about what you think ladders add to a game during our various discussions, so we’re looking at ways that we can accomplish what you want.

We’re with you: we want to make sure new players can battle it out against other new players and veterans can battle it out against veterans. Thanks for your input! It’s been a big help. We’ll have more on this in the future, no doubt.

And Now For Some Questions:

 

Have everyone who want to grow a beard, after a month or two, have a community vote on the best beard. MAKE IT SO!

That’s not a question, but we like where your head is at. Ryan and Brad are trying to grow out their hair again. Does that count?

Will we be getting an annihilation victory condition where we must kill commander, factories, and fabricators?

That’s a great question. Different victory conditions (and new modes, even) are on the agenda. One of the wonderful things about our short-term goals for modding, however, is that want to give you the power to make cool victory conditions and modes.

I haven’t heard anything about the Gas Giants since launch. Are gas giant planets still planned?

Yes, yes they are. In fact, we plan to talk about them in detail very soon.

That’s it for this week, but we did want to mention: did you see this thread about Super Monday Night Combat on reddit? Interesting stuff, for sure.