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Update 1.3 – Czech Version

Honored guild of planet managers,

our monthly update is out, this time mainly fine tunings and fixes. But at the end there’s a preview of the next update with the new Daily Missions game mode. We are always amazed ourselves what can go wrong in a global simulation and where the devil hides in the details. Anyway, the bugs are also getting more and more bizarre and today’s cleanup post is an amusing collection of such occurrences.

A bit of a gut-wrenching September update comes because we had a lot of bureaucratic stuff to do that kept us from generating cool new features. I had to write a colossal final report for the German federal grant that allowed us to stay independent until version 1.0, and porting the Playstation version is keeping Martin busy with some pitfalls longer than he imagined. All the more we’re both looking forward to getting back to our core business and just building fancy new stuff and DLC for Imagine Earth and you, respectively. Soon we’ll be sharing with the world a roadmap of what’s in store for you in the galaxies of our game world. As always, thank you for your sustained interest in our climate crisis simulator project and the obligatory request to support us with a review if you haven’t already. Nothing helps Indie Studios on Steam better than this support, except of course your personal feedback on the latest update, the balancing in the current game and what other wishes remain unfulfilled. But now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Have fun with it, Jens & Martin

Czech translation

First of all, we would like to announce that Imagine Earth is now also translated into Czech! We wish all Czech players a lot of fun with the new version that was created by Jan Balek of Balek Localization.

The World Congress

Unfortunately, the central diplomatic instance for all global factions was no longer accessible to players after successfully completing missions and competitions. The NPCs then blithely discussed tax increases and funding measures among themselves, while the humanoid player was left out in the cold and faced with a fait accompli. And on top of that, the World Congress featured the wrong representatives of their own faction, apparently the characters from past games. All history now, of course.

AI advanced training in cleverness

The AI in Imagine Earth once again behaves a bit more logically in this update. NPC factions now actively use research licenses. Also, AIs now only mine rocks when there are no other valuable resources, which previously slowed them down mightily.
In addition, small changes to priorities have resulted in AI corporations no longer planting trees, and as soon as reforestation became necessary due to climate change, they planted exactly the most inappropriate type of tree in each of the eight different biomes on the planets. This seemingly tiny inconsistency may have led to the fact that in the case of an impending climate collapse, exactly nothing was done to counteract the catastrophe. Which let the economic strategy of the companies turn out rather kamikaze moderately.

Apply All Tool

If you hold down the Alt key during the game you can now install all upgrades of one type on all applicable buildings at the same time again. This is exactly how it works with tools, all fields that could use a cleanup will be cleaned in one go, or all buildings that need a repair will be repaired.

The building list

A must-have management feature for several updates once the colony reaches a global scale. This menu has now received a functional update, the header display has finally been polished in layout and the button that allows you to repair, clean or mine all affected buildings resources deactivates when no such operations are needed or all have been activated.
Also, we disabled replaceable upgrades from showing as active in this panel. Because it was easy to accidentally swap when you thought there was still something to optimize there.

Optimization for world editor

A particularly perfidious bug had crept into the editor. Although the editor saved the values for victory points and player factions properly, it did not load them itself. So that one then accidentally saved changed conditions. And because of this, the player faction was often left undefined, whereupon the game system simply picked one at random and simply let another unwanted faction land on the planet.

Taking over towers with the hacker kit

Lately, sometimes enemy towers wouldn’t let me take them over with hacking tools. This strange bug in the game was also hard to identify, as it only occurred if you had previously loaded a game. It was similar with the planetary shield of the Great Pyramids, until today.

System voice warnings

These helpful announcements have piled up to 3-4 times announcing pirates, storms, Xrathul and other disasters. What was actually important, strategic information thus became outright scare tactics.

Crash Fixes

Finding the remaining occasions for crashes in the game is getting more and more difficult and tricky, all the more heartfelt thanks to all of you who report them to us so diligently. The following rare error messages are now a thing of the past: “NullReference in UpdateValue”, “NullReference in UpdateTerritories” and “NullReferenceException in DroneManager.Update”.

Outlook into the next update: Daily Missions

Many of you have asked for the game to offer more long-lasting challenges. That’s why we will work on a new game mode next, which I would name with the working title “Daily Missions”. Players will then be able to colonize a new procedurally generated planet every day where they will have to compete against other corporations. This planetary conquest mission can then only be played for one day to create a high leaderboard ranking. For this, an online league is created in which one can gain the high score lead on a weekly, monthly or even yearly basis.

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Update 1.2 – Mini campaign

Dear all, we have been working on improvements, fine tuning and bug fixes for quite a while now. This is the basis for us to offer innovative features for Imagine Earth again from now on! We are very excited about this and hope you are too. If you scroll down to the bottom of the post, you will have the opportunity to name your own planet name in the game.

We are always looking to lower the barriers to entry into the game and gather your feedback. The most common criticism is the chattiness of characters, especially that they seem to explain too many details about buildings and tools to players, interrupting the flow of the game. This is also addressed in this update. The player can consciously choose his difficulty level at the beginning of the campaign and also determine the story mode.

Minimalist Story Mode

Now you can choose which difficulty level you want to play at the beginning of the campaign, and we’ve included a reduced story mode that allows you to experience the campaign exclusively with the dialogs relevant to the story.

Building Shader

We have added more contrast to the rendering of buildings and forests. This should make them look more vivid, stand out better against the terrain, and give them more intense color depth and shadows. To do this, we turned up the Ambient Occlusion and made it dependent on the time of day and added an exception for metallic surfaces. Sunlight was made a bit stronger overall and more Exposure was added to the night side. Well, you never think what a well-rounded look causes for work.

New vegetation

There is a new, third vegetation in two of the planet themes. Along with the terran forest and the mushroom forest, it is something between deciduous and flower forest. It is rather slightly alien and exotic. There is not much more to say about it, you just have to see it up close.

Balance of energy production

To some players it seemed as if Imagine Earth was virtually trying to coerce them into using renewable energy sources, yet our goal is to represent global warming authentically and keep all avenues open to the player. In fact, the fossil sources in the game were disproportionately unproductive. Now they produce more, but also the deposits in the earth last longer and allow full productivity until the failure of the unit. After all, the main problem in today’s world situation on Planet Earth is not that coal and gas are all going, but that we can’t burn any more of them without driving global warming to dangerous levels.

Your opinion counts


At this point I’d like to weave in a personal note from the development department. Myself and Martin have been working on this game passionately and dedicated for many years, but currently every update has the stale aftertaste that with every improvement we somehow only create new demands. Some people don’t seem to realize that Imagine Earth is an indie game and already has a lot of features under the hood. If you like it, help us with your feedback and write a review, there is nothing that helps the project more.

Rouno’s optimizations

There is now a lower start and end goal for population growth in this mission so the challenge is not too demotivating. You can now no longer form an alliance with Joe Dectow, and he no longer builds department stores almost exclusively. The landing permit you get after the challenge can now only be used to build up the destroyed colony, which prevents a potential dismantling of the whole colony. All alien NPCs now have greetings out again when you visit their camps, cities or ships. Natives respond more directly to donations.

Uprisings and pandemics limited


We have introduced a limit on negative events, while the emergence of riots in the colony illustrates a dangerous undersupply of the population or the spread of diseases makes too high pollution noticeable, these and similar events should not dominate the gameplay and make it annoying.

Frozen worlds

There is no longer snow on active colony buildings. This doesn’t look quite as great as a completely snow-covered cities, but it’s worth its weight in gold for building recognizability.

World Editor


This goes out to everyone who has already built their own planets with our terraforming editor and shared them via Steamworks. The editor has received a new briefing tab in the setup. In the future, when you create or update new planets, you will be able to write an introduction, mission description or story that the player will see first when downloading and playing the planet via Steamworks. So far you could already upload a script for planets, but the menu structure in Competition and Freeplay could not display it yet.

Modding preview


The briefing is the first step. Soon you will be able to add your own mission objectives, events and dialogs to this script, use characters from the game as voice actors and possibly create your own characters as well as make buildings. And ultimately combine the planets into a campaign galaxy. This will be great, we just have to ask for some patience for this feature….

AI optimization


We also fixed a funny bug: if the planet creator didn’t specify their own faction, the game would assign them an AI faction, which would then blithely mess with players. We’ve also fixed some of the AI’s biggest quirks.

  • AI was prevented from actively defending against attackers with items through repairs.
  • AI now builds fewer special districts and more normal ones.
  • AI now builds its City Centers not so often next to each other.

Improved controls


We made small many control improvements and user interface optimizations, as many newbies were still having trouble getting to grips with managing entire planets.

Improvements

  • You can finally blast away giant mountains, just needs lots of ideon bombs and explosives.
  • Laser cannons now let asteroids with precious metals through, if no house is damaged by them.
  • We have been able to reduce the memory requirements per frame by at least half. Some out of memory problems should be history.
  • We optimized the design of the faction and trade menus and threw out unnecessary buttons. Especially important for gamepad control.
    [We have reduced the size of the fossil fields so that you can see more of the landscape.
    [When you log in the Achievements will be reassigned.
  • The icon selector was lost for a short time and is now back so you can better distinguish whether you are activating a building’s option ring or a recommended quick action.
  • Various improvements to the Tuto mission.
  • Mining drones were too high over forests
  • Supply pods are closed when they have been emptied.
  • Midras speaker has been widened so it is no longer cut off.
  • The calculation of deep ocean fields has been corrected.
  • Reduced repair speed on uplink and similar units.
  • Increased probability that a volcano erupted by Gaia force field will hit its target.
  • Removed the player’s faction indicator in the faction panel from Campaign and Endless because it is only interesting for competitions.
    [Hacking Tools – the radius in which you can use them has been increased and is now visualized.
  • When too many small lights were in view due to drone processes, light irritation occurred. Hopefully we have solved this satisfactorily now.
  • Empty models are no longer incorporated.

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Fixes

  • Forest: Powers overlapped with deletion
  • Intro was not played
  • Field markers overlapped buildings
  • Jungle Planet sometimes had bald spots
  • Forest power did not show Gaia particle effect on target field
  • Building menu: Selector was out of place
  • Faction Speaker and Trader sometimes had truncated statements
  • City shows radius incorrectly
  • Sometimes placing did not work
  • SaveEditorPlanet Illegal characters in path
  • ArgumentException TradingOffer
  • ArrayTypeMismatchException UpdateFactionAndLiftMeshInstance
  • NullReferenceException Producer.GetInfluence
  • CityCenter.Main: Could not find node ‘Ufo’
  • “.. does not exist in …” – Unity/Xbox IL2CPP strange problem with string constants
  • Crash: NullReferenceException CombinedString.Append ToolActionButtonRenderer.GetCaption
    [Crash: NullReferenceException Producer.GetInfluence
  • Crash; at string_concat
  • Crash in ResxFileResourceManager_GetString
  • Workshop: Leaderboard not found == no score yet

There is a call on our Discord server right now. We invite you to suggest names for planets that we can include in Imagine Earth. We are working on a new game mode where you build a main space station while conquering procedurally generated galaxies. So we need names for all these generated planets. Can you think of names of planets from famous science fiction movies, comics and books that people would like to recognize? e.g. we already have Betelgeuse 7, Melmac, Altair, Kepler 186f…. in the game. We are looking forward to your ideas, post them in the General Channel on Discord or here in the forum!

Have fun with Update 1.02 and see you next time,
Martin and Jens

Hotfix 1.02.1

  • Fixed ArgumentNullException that appeared during missions
  • Re-activated mass-mode for tool ring (alt key) and added it for the gamepad
  • Moved “clear/repair/… all” buttons to top of building list columns and also introduced them for upgrades and city leveling
  • Fixed position of “open hypergate” button
  • Added missing alert for fires on non-colony buildings (e.g. gaian constructs) in your territory
  • Gamepad: Added context info for fast ring selection
  • Fixed chemical planet getting bonus from forests

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Development Blog

And of course, a small update on the state of development should not be missing. We are about to release a new update August 9 that takes into account many wishes and your rich feedback.

New Vegetation

There will be a new, third vegetation. Beside terran forest and mushroom forest it is something between deciduous and flower forest. It is slightly alien-like and will be included in two of the six planet themes.

Reduced Story Mode

Also, at the beginning of the campaign you will be able to choose which difficulty level you want to play and we have a reduced story mode in the works, because again, another faction of players felt annoyed by too much info and popups.

Enhanced controls

There will also be a lot of improvements to the controls and interface optimizations, as many newcomers still had problems getting to grips with the management of entire planets.

Convenience Update 1.1

So, just as you’re used to from seven years of Early Access, we continue to make Imagine Earth better and add new features. You can be curious about what is still to come and please do not stop to contribute your feedback, ideas and wishes to the development.

Auto-Mining Function

We want to move further in the direction of making automation work better. An important step in this direction is the auto-mining function for warehouses named in the title.
When you activate it, your harvester drone automatically flies off and harvests valuable resources. The system even makes sure that different resource loads are collected evenly and prioritizes those that you have reserved for storage. The previous mining tool then also serves as a way to manually prioritize a resource for mining.

Overlay for Resources

It is now possible to activate overlays for rare resources, fossil resource deposits, fertility, temperature and building types via the building menu on the left side of the screen. Some will recognize these from an earlier version. Back then they were immature, but we have revised and brought them back.

Optimized Gamepad Controls

We’ve optimized the gamepad controls and now you can use the directional pad to jump directly to your spaceports to trade, jump to workshops to craft, or jump to the cities or gaia constructs in your area of influence.

World Editor: Control other Factions

When you build a new world in the world editor, you can now click on the factions at the bottom right to switch to them and build buildings for them. Another step in the direction that you can soon script entire missions with story.

Mixed Feelings

Personally, after the particularly brilliant start of the final version of Imagine Earth, we currently have mixed feelings about the feedback we get. Regarding the reviews, it just feels like the game is being torn between two fronts. Some complain about too many dialogs and constant explanations, while the other front is unhappy about too little tutorial and too weak, incomprehensible instructions. Looks like this is really a tricky topic and we have to admit that the idea of making it a challenge to explore and understand the game itself doesn’t have the necessary appeal for everyone.

Anyways, we would really love to have a broader picture, so if you have played Imagine Earth already and normally don’t feel like writing reviews for games, we warmly invite you to take a few minutes and give Imagine Earth a review.

New Features

Added: Uncover rare resources with scan even when paused
Added: Highlight new Goals with animation
Added: Bonus missions: End Competition after completion. Other competitors will leave the planet to you
Added: Interactive context infos for gamepad controls
Added: Gaia forces to the ring whenever there’s place
Improved: Make shallow ocean look better
Improved: Difficulty “Hard” – Reduce Colony Payout (AIs go bankrupt)

New Fixes

Fixed: On Bora you could pre-activate the great pyramid
Fixed: Terraform item sometimes did not work
Fixed: Harvesting of rare resources is cancelled when loading a savegame
Fixed: Magni unable to complete as can’t decontaminate
Fixed: Undiscovered rocks show their resource type in the description
Fixed: Colony rating layout
Fixed: Wrong gamepad description dialogs taken out to reduce messages
Fixed: Gamepad controls: If renaming cities the game menu was opened
Fixed: Bora: Mission script error if player takes over other city ruins

Full Release – Out now!

Out of Early Access with
World Congress Update

Seven years have passed since our real-time global civilization simulation Imagine Earth first embarked on its epic journey through Early Access. Today, the full version of the game finally launches here on Steam – with a big launch update to boot!

Thanks to the 43,000 Supporters – You made this happen
First of all, a big thank you to all EA supporters, for your interest and support over all these years! You have made the continuous and independent development of this unusual game possible – global building sim, which can become a real survival thriller in the conflict between growth and sustainability.

Official Launch Trailer

Please stay tuned, we are tinkering with a complete Early Access history recap
Imagine Earth entered Early Access in May 2014, and has been growing ever since, with updates coming approximately once a month. Today’s update is our biggest yet. We’ve rewritten the rules for competition and freeplay mode by introducing the ‘Word Congress’ – a democratic allegiance containing every faction on the planet, brought together by the threat of a climate crisis and environmental collapse.

Final Release FeatureThe World Congress
This is where the battle between sustainable and exploitative corporations takes place. The World Congress is a democratic body with wide-ranging powers, to which each faction on the planet sends a representative. The factions have voting rights in the congress that correspond to their share in the galactic population. In the voting process, they decide on taxes and subsidies, funds for projects, penalties for rule breakers, and emergency aid. In addition, a representative of the United Space Nations USN is always present.

Proposal Round

At the beginning of a session of the congress, each delegation can propose new resolutions, which are then voted on. When resolutions are passed they apply to all factions.

You can see who benefits from your resolutions, as well as who stands to lose out. This data will help you make calculated political decisions.

Voting Round

Once the proposals submitted by the delegations are ready for voting, each faction pursues its own interests. The symbols on the representatives indicate whether they are more likely to vote in favor of or against a bill. Voting behavior is also influenced by a faction’s agenda, strategic advantages and by loyalty in alliances. However, nothing is certain until the final vote is counted. Diplomatic tensions abound!

World Status

This screen is always accessible and provides an overview of the state of the planet. Here you can see how different global trends develop in relation to each other.

LeaderboardsAs you may have noticed, all leaderboards of the early access version have been reset for the Imagine Earth 1.0.

What does the future hold?

Of course, this isn’t the end of the road for Imagine Earth. We’re planning to compile a list with all the unfinished ideas we’ve collected in the backlog to ask you what you think the game really needs. We are already working on an addon where you will be able to colonize procedural galaxies.

Hotfix 1.0.7

  • Joma: Fixed Birons not willing to by your medicine (really stupid…)
  • Reduced default world congress intervall for campaign and freeplay mode to 30:00
  • Updated Russian translations for UI elements
  • Fixed a few bugs that lead to exceptions or crashes

Final Release Date – May 25

Imagine Earth – Steam full release date revealed

Global real-time civiliation sim Imagine Earth finally has a Steam release date along with a massive update.Big News Space Colony Managers,
It’s been a long lasting journey of over seven years through the hyperspace of Early Access for Imagine Earth – Planetary Colonization. Our global real-time civilization sim Imagine Earth finally has an official Steam release date and will be delivered with a massive “world congress” update PC on 25th May.

Thank you all for making this possible.

Some of you have been following our project for ages, popping in every few years, and some are new to it, having only recently joined our quest for new, habitable worlds. Over all these years, the game has found over 43,000 supporters who have made the development of our world simulator possible until today.

Beta Test for Release Feature

In the next few days we will be making available a beta version of a new feature we are currently working on. If you would like to participate in this beta, please join our Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/fCJAUxc.

Open Space Addon

In parallel, we have already started planning and producing an addon in which you will be able to colonize procedural galaxies and the exchange of goods and commodities between planets will be strengthened. It will also be possible to upgrade your own space base and equip the settlement capsules with special properties.

Early Access Recap Post

To celebrate this important milestone, we will write a comprehensive summary of all the events and developments during that time. It’s going to be a turbulent journey through time.

Community Survey

Over the time of development, we have accumulated a long list of good ideas that we think would be great additions to the game. However, we want to get your opinion and wishes on how best to improve the game. Get ready for a big poll around the release.

Here you’ll find the official press release. Here is the release post on Twitter from you afterwards we’d be happy if you would push it with likes and retweets.

Imagine Earth – Last Ea Update

Greetings Space Colonists,

we hope you are all well and ready? We have the next update ready for you! While summarizing the new features and changes to the interface, world, and game mechanics, I realized that #65 is probably the most comprehensive update in Imagine Earth’s Early Access history, and will remain so as Imagine Earth comes out in a month and a half as version 1.0 and exits Early Access!

Good Bye Early Access

Who would have thought that, to myself these words seem quite unreal and strange after almost seven years of EA. First of all, thank you for your interest and support over all these years! You have made the continuous independent development of this unusual global building and economic strategy game with environmental and climate simulation possible.

Price Increase

Of course, as we approach the final release of the game, it’s worth mentioning that we’ll be ending the Early Access discount for backers and early birds in a week after update #65. The price of the game will increase to $24.99/€ But this has been thought of for years and is quite common and will not happen before Thursday 4/23/21. Those who grab it by then will save themselves the 25 % increase in the full price. But we’re convinced that after 7 years of 1-2 month updates Imagine Earth has reached a quality, depth and maturity we can be proud of and which justifies a new price. Nevertheless, of course we understand the following question:

What Else is There to Come?

But as you might have guessed, it doesn’t end there. This update boasts an almost endless list of fixes and tweaks, but since the last update we’ve been working on quite a few other innovations besides the ironing. The final release will include a brand-new feature, the World Congress, which forces the various corporations to the negotiating table, where they must work together to negotiate measures against climate and environmental destruction. As a game mechanic, this strengthens the interaction between the corporations and also the already established diplomacy system, since the negotiations have a direct impact on international relations.

Final Release Features

The World Congress

The World Congress is in the making and will be ready for release End of May, it is where the amount of redistribution between sustainable and exploitative corporations will take place in the future. The congress will also be a democratic body in which all factions have voting rights corresponding to their share of a planets population. In the future, taxes on resources and trade will also be decided there, the revenues of which will flow into a World Fund from which important investments can be made. In addition, this body with global authority can also decide on penalties for corporations that have sabotaged or harmed others.

Emissions Trade

We remain committed to delivering an authentic environmental simulation with Imagine Earth. To do this, we have recently revolutionized the emission trade that exists in the game. For this update, we have simply reduced the redistribution, because the previous solution made farming unprofitable. As a result, the game has regulated away the climate problem by making all corporations go bankrupt due to overly high flat fees. For the final release version there will be a new system for trading emission rights, only the share of the world population decides how much greenhouse gases a faction may blow into the air.

Content of This Update

UI Optimizations

  • The influence of buildings and other effects they had in a certain radius are now visualized with dashed outer borders instead of colored field markers.
  • If one of the groups has not landed yet, it has been shown as failed / eliminated in the Victory Panel so far.
  • Show loading animation enlarged and in the center of the screen.
  • When you change the game speed, the game fades in time display.
  • In the final screen of a failed mission, the title and menu ring were missing.
  • Correction: The button for landing permission button activates the placement of City Center again.
  • If you now open the research panel or the technology menu, you will receive clear introductory texts that explain the playful function of the interface.
  • Navigation panel: Show own cities – No. Cities of other factions: Show names only when hovering.
  • Icons of other factions and units are displayed permanently again.
  • Quick actions overlay smileys to show quality of life from now on.
  • There were just too many smileys over cities trying to visualize the quality of life of balanced districts.
  • Unit Uplink: Ads were not centered over them.
  • Previously her already 20% field pollution prevented the construction ring from opening on this field.
  • Faction and trade panel was re-centered.
  • Tool ring closed again for traders when clicked from further outside.
  • Fixed 11 different graphic problems on the UI.

World and Balancing

  • Towers and research districts now clearly indicate with a bright light if they have active laser or pulse cannons installed for defense.
  • Contamination icons are more important than inefficiency icons.
  • Repair icons are more important than inefficiency icons. Also so you can see the rebuild tool in case of destruction.
  • Strange deductions were displayed in the ring menu for districts with optimal quality of life.
  • There is now only a maximum of 3 Xrathul, Assimilators or Pirates at the same time.
  • Assimilators now also attackable with fire, but this has only weak effect.
  • Prevent the opposing factions from spamming the player with diplomatic messages and alliance offers.
  • Warehouses and towers needed a revamp of the method that dynamically lets you drive out of the ground when upgrades are made.
  • The same, broken method had prevented missiles from neatly riding up from the silo in the Space Port when they were finished building. Which made them virtually invisible to players, making mission completion visually difficult.
  • If you had taken over a faction, a city, so far this collected the victory point for it.
  • The mood of the city is now saved.
  • Fire particle effect was reduced from 9×2 to 4 emitters. In addition, it now looks visually reduced so that you can still see something on the planet below.
  • When jumping to a custom city, do not open the tool ring.
  • Damn, all planets had ring?! How long has that been the case?
  • Field marker recolored the colors of the other markers every time.
  • Oceanic water surface was too crinkly.
  • Underwater objects were sometimes faded out too early.
  • Titanium mesh was not set directly.
  • Titanium asteroids on Tuto removed.
  • Some units were rendered gray.
  • Camera movements of cutscenes de-jerked.
  • Terrain-stoneyness locked icon added.
  • Trader spaceships – animation went crazy when hovering.

Complete Playtest

  • Mission Tuto: bars in the supply capsule were missing.
  • Planet Rounos: Joe Dectow’s AI built strange things and sometimes just didn’t do anything it was supposed to.
  • Planet Bora – Planetary shield was displayed above all pyramids.
  • Planet Edora – The mission got stuck at the end sequence.
  • New dialogs that are important to the story can no longer be pushed away as easily as before. As a result, fewer details and info are now lost unintentionally.
  • Completion screens for successfully completed missions no longer overlap.
  • Various fixes for bugs in the missions Joma, Lorian and Magni, which sometimes made them rarely or not at all playable.

AI Balancing

  • In the future, the AI will be prevented from repeating friend requests. Until now, if you were too nice to them, they would literally bug you with alliance offers.

Game Setup UI

  • A faction says “Hello” succinctly when you select them.
  • Do not show Speaker in Game Setup Editor menus.
  • New yellow Okay Button when you are in the options for setting up a custom game on a single planet for competition and endless play mode.
  • The number of research licenses is adjustable.
  • We moved the UI a bit to the right, so that you can see the place behind menu and character.
  • Minimum and maximum planet temperatures were swapped.

Sound Optimizations

  • World Sounds, Spoken Language and UI Sounds are now separate options. So in addition to the music, everything can be beautifully fine-tuned for individualized sonic enjoyment of Imagine Earth.
  • Pirates, Xrathul, Uplinks and other merchants now have default greetings that come whenever you click on them.
  • “Plink” loading sound built out at the beginning of the game because proven to be annoying.
  • Two different, new voice announcements when you launch into the main menu.
  • The sound effects in the UI now sound more impressive than ever.
  • Volume of speakers turned down so they no longer overdrive.
  • Sound overload removed when you first start the custom game setup.

List of building panels

  • Cleaning tab – move nuclear contamination to the bottom because you can’t do anything anyway.
  • Various Highlight and Comfort tweaks.

Resource panels

  • Population dropdown now includes extensive indication of when a new landing permit will be issued.

Fixes

  • You could blithely wander around the planet with a tower because you could move it within your own radius.
  • It was possible to use the left gamepad stick or the mouse during cutscenes and crash the game.
  • Switching to the new Unity version brought illustrious render and shadow effects. Hard to imagine such a thing.
  • This was also possible in the planet view of the editor.
  • Even with shortcuts you could open unwanted panels.
  • If you pressed the restart button on a planet, you suddenly started with a different number of victory points.
  • Button hover sound was often played twice.
  • Disable UseGuiScale for all fullscreen panels and set optimal size.
  • Whenever a faction said something and the speech bubble closed, the speaker and dialog popped up again briefly in the message panel.
  • Object shadows (except planet): shadow casting for buildings, etc. can be deactivated.
  • Strange striped graphic errors in the terrain display.
  • Black holes – alpha color values of transparent terrain layers corrected.
  • Planet in the main game menu does not rotate.
  • Overglow Sunburn issue after update to Unity 2020.2.7f1.
  • Sea surface hidden colony borders.
  • Operation of different panels, hovering through on planets.
  • UI was lost when loading during a cutscene.
  • Quest icons flicker on planet silhouette.
  • Space was cut off from certain camera angles.

World Congress & Space DLC

  • Open Space Planet Menu.
  • AI voice allocation on regularities.
  • Use UI speaker with subpanel in voting.
  • Open Space game concept – A new company in each round.
  • Onboarding of Alex a new member of the Serious Brothers Clan.
  • We developed a concept that in Open Space mode you have a space base where you can store items. These can then be taken in limited numbers in the capsule to the planet.
  • We got the latest version of Imagine Earth running on Xbox One X and One S and to our delight, it runs very well on these consoles after some tweaks.
  • Initial load times and GPU optimized on Xboxes.
  • Xbox Achievements built in.
  • Xbox Submission build and visualization.
  • Created a whole mountain of Xbox Submission icons.

64 – Listen To The Voices

Dear space pioneers, this update means a not inconsiderable revolution for the game. The characters in the game, which we already gave a complete makeover in the last update, learn to speak in this version. That’s easy to say, but it changes the gameplay of Imagine Earth in an incredible way. The talented voice actors we were able to hire give the characters a personality we never thought possible before, and condense the action of the campaign into an unprecedented adventure. We are overjoyed to have successfully completed this elaborate gameplay operation and hope you enjoy it. Replaying the game is more rewarding than ever because of the many improvements we have made in balancing, menus and performance. Give it a try and share your impressions and ideas with us.

You can listen to Alias new voice in the latest official trailer.

Forest Ambient Sound

To increase the atmosphere of the game, we have added forest sounds, leafs rustling in the wind and birds chirping around you when you move the cursor over larger connected forest areas and zoom in on them with the camera. This soundscape will soon be expanded to include civilization noise, sounds from air cars and factories, ship horns and rotors that bring the world to life.

Harvesting Tool

We have revised the multi tools, with which you can perform actions like repairing or harvesting multiple times. Each tool now shows with icons on which fields it can be applied. Upgrading, repairing or cleaning buildings were already there and now we have also combined mining and harvesting operations in one handy tool. It replaces the previous deactivation tool, with which you could temporarily shut down production, because that was very rarely needed.

Technology Panel

Many of you missed the technology panel as it provides such a splendid overview for all available buildings and enables you to install upgrades to all of them. So we put it back in business and enabled gamepad controls as well.

Need for Speed

A lot more performance optimization has been done. More multi-threading to make use of available CPU cores and better distribution of logic calls to get rid of CPU usage peaks.

Cheers to the Winners

We have optimized the Victory Panel to more clearly communicate which faction is ahead in the race for planetary dominance.

List of Buildings

We have further optimized the building list of the global planetary management interface to get a targeted and faster overview of the infrastructure and to be able to react in a comprehensive and far-reaching way.

Everything at a glance

All strategic menus of the game are now united in the message panel, which is uniformly structured in mouse and gamepad control.

Ideon Goals Visualization

The indicator for the completed mission objectives and the Ideon captured on the planet are now also visible during the game.

Share Market Panel

The stock market menu has also undergone a visual overhaul, which is not only pleasing to the eye but also simplifies navigation with the game pad.

New Research Panel

The Research Panel has undergone an update that not only ensures that the upgrade descriptions have now all found a permanent place in the box at the bottom right, so they no longer obscure the navigation in the research grid. The system itself has also changed. To be able to research more than one thing at a time you have to build additional City Centers. Only the amount of research districts now regulates the efficiency or speed of research.

Translations

Big Asian language update! Imagine Earth is now available and playable in a proper simplified Chinese version as well as in Japanese and Korean. Have fun, spread the word.

By the way, have you recognized the brand new cover image we made for Imagine Earth?

Interface Changes

  • Replaced “Imagine Float” font with “Sansation” for better multi-lingual support
  • Gamepad: Display red cursor when something is not possible
  • Introduced blur for tool ring when trading with other factions or space traders
  • Hide city borders when switching planets
  • Planet rotation in main menu
  • More visible icons for scrolling in savegame menus
  • Display forest debris when damaged by tornado
  • Display highlight when game is paused

Fixes

  • Renamed Illuminati to Illumati
  • Reduced pollution by Fishery and Shellfish farm
  • Fixed saving problems for sound settings
  • Fertility Gaia power no longer causes creation of a desert somewhere and vice-versa
  • Asteroid crater not visible after impact
  • Fixed Xrathul vs. AI endless repairing of city centers
  • Ideon sold not properly updated
  • Each additional spaceport increases frequency of traders
  • Don’t let pirates steal Ideon in campaign missions

63 – Character Revolution

Dear planet colonizers, just in time for the Steam Winter Sale we can offer you a very special update as the new illustrator’s character design has been finalized and successfully integrated into Imagine Earh – Planetary Colonization. Please help us by testing the new features and give feedback into the Steam forum. If you like what we are doing think about reviewing the game on steam – this will help the project a lot!

New Factions and Campaign Characters

You’ll see them everywhere once you start the game. Design wise it’s another evolutionary step forward to the finishing line for version 1.0. Because these people are more likely to be taken serious and showing authentic emotions throughout the campaign.

Tension Tracks

Whenever there is danger in the air you will now also be able to hear it. When asteroids are raining down on your colonies or Xrathul aliens are closing in to feast on your colonies special tension tracks will be played that reflect these threats in the music of the game.

Performance Optimizations

On the CPU side of the game calculations the code has been enhanced and cleaned up for multi threading. That enhances the game speed quite a lot – especially for systems that have a slow CPU.

Load Planet Dialogs

These screens finally show all the information you need to know when loading a planet in competitions or in the workshop.

Game Pad UI Optimized

All interfaces for game pad controls have once again been overhauled to make it a joy using game pad controllers as well. The game features on Steam are now officially set to full game pad support. Since we haven’t received a lot of feedback on this yet, we’d be happy if you have a try and tell us what you think.

Interface Changes

The list of Buildings has been redesigned to make mass repairs, cleaning and upgrading of infrastructure in your colonies a piece of cake.

  • Hide build menu info when cursor hovers planet behind it
  • Hide buildings list until first city is built
  • Reformatted descriptions in victory points overview
  • Building list notifications centered between bookmarks and factions panels
  • New startup logo

Fixes

  • Fixed campaign research counter
  • Fixed build panel still shows selected item, when another category is selected
  • Sound volume should not affect music volume
  • AI keeps asking for alliance
  • Icon shown in wrong height over asteroids with rare resources
  • Editor build menu can now be used with gamepad

62 – Light in the Dark

Most of this winter’s update 62 for Imagine happens under the surface or in the controls and interfaces. There is a lot of fine-tuning to optimize the general usability of the game with gamepad and mouse alike. We also worked on the Xbox implementation and the translation. Yes, the characters in the game will soon not only look completely different, they will speak to you! But according to the season there are also some improvements on the ice planets, a new soundtrack and much more…

Light Curser

A simple and effective optical innovation is that the cursor now emits a light on the night side of planets. As half of the planet is logically in the dark and the landscape there is not very impressive without shadows from the sunlight, this light brings life to the dark. Water surface reflections and also gold, metal and crystals sparkle exactly where you look and act on the planet.

Heat Radius of Volcanoes Increased

Dormant volcanoes can be awakened with ideon bombs and thus heat up the landscape in order to be able to better grow food on icy planets, for example. For a while now, this can also be achieved with thermal generators. It was urgently necessary to increase the heat range of a volcano compared to that of a generator.

Brand New Ring Styles

The style of the construction and tool rings was adapted to each other and visualized in a cooler way. The information about the tools no longer overlays the navigation in the ring but is clearly arranged on the right side.

Winter Wonderland

The snow-covered landscape was optimized and embellished. Small but fine adjustments ensure that the landscape is still visible under the snow cover and that the structure of the surface is seen. Thus the snow cover also makes houses and plants even more recognizable.

New Character Design

Just to get you used to this quantum leap in character design, here is a preview of what the next update will bring. We found a talented illustrator and he redesigned all the characters and taught them how to talk in elaborate animations. We believe this will give a fundamentally new feeling to playing Imagine Earth.

Keyboard and Mouse Controls Info Optimized

We have also optimized the control display for mouse & keyboard control. On top of that there are a few handy new shortcuts.

New Soundtrack

Another new track has been added to the Imagine Earth soundtrack. Making the whole atmosphere of Imagine Earth more rich, symphonic and diverse.

New Languages

We added community translations for Polish and Japanese language. If you happen to speak one these languages please let us know how the quality is because we can’t check it ourselves.

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Gamepad Refinements

  • Gamepad cursor with action icon for tool
  • Delete mode für Editor planets
  • Briefing/Goals/Planet info buttons
  • Refined control of factions panel (bottom right)
  • Refined gamepad control of button selection
  • Directly close build ring

More Fixes

  • UI problem in Inventory ring description
  • Refined generation of fossils and resources on planets
  • Fixed mood influence range of health district upgrade
  • Fixed buildings sometimes showing with a delay after camera jumps
  • Increased heating range of volcanoes in cold areas
  • Build panel now shows building descriptions when no upgrade is hovered
  • Reduced Xrathul bait crafting resources to three
  • Improved AI abilities to defned against Assimilators and Xrathul