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#56 – Unity Engine

Finally! There it is, the new version of Imagine Earth using the Unity graphics engine. It took us a while to port all visualizations and UI elements, but the result it totally worth it – especially because we can move much faster now based on a modern graphics engine with a lot of tools and features that make the live a lot easier for us.

Full savegame compatibility

Before we have a look into what is new, we want to point out that your existing savegames will still work. If you experience any problems related to that, please note that we lately moved the savegames to a new directory:

%userprofile%\AppData\Local\ImagineEarth

If you want to try out the old version again after tomorrow afternoon on for comparison, you can do so with the following instructions:

Right-click Imagine Earth in your Steam Library.
Under „Properties…“ click „Betas„
Enter the password „oldgameengine„

Ocean shader

A good example for these beautiful opportunities is the new ocean shader that comes with refraction effects for objects that are under water.

Physics based materials & new lightning

The unity engine made it a lot easier for us to add beautiful visual effects. We use physics based rendering for all buildings and world objects, which for example gives rare resource deposits metallic reflections in the sun.

Also each planet theme now has a much stronger colorization and individual look.

https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steamcommunity/public/images/clans/5849166/d638cddee82d896b7187076c1ff152eadfd18613.jpg

Post-processing effects

The game now makes use of an improved bloom post-processing effect and a depth of field filter, as shown in the image below.
There is also an exposure filter that lights the scene up on the night side of the planet.

3D Sound

Finally we have a working solution for the 3D sounds in the world. This feels especially great with the new landing sounds of the trader space ships.

Planetary shield

This is the new style for the planetary shield generated by the great pyramids. The triangle elements randomly move and make it look very organic.

Explosions

I picture says more than a thousand words…

Thunderstorms

The thunderstorm has a completely new visualization and each lightning strike puts the scene into a bright light.

Pollution, snow and more particles

Snow areas now look more natural and sometimes have a decent snow particle effect.

We have also used particle effects and the new building shader to intensify the pollution visualization. Thus it’s now easier to see which fields have a high pollution and need cleaning.

Forests

Trees in forest now move independently from each other in the wind. Also we have added basic shadows that make the forests easier to see on the night side of the planet.

Other improvements

  • Improved video quality and playback.
  • „Building menu“ title on the building ring to make it better distinguishable from the tool ring
  • Consistent usage of fertility icon
  • Volcano and other big objects: The tool ring is now positioned over the clicked field instead of the center of the object

New Engine Release Livestream And Giveaway

Greetings space colonists,

The time has come and the new version with the Unity Engine goes online as a standard version of Imagine Earth. For all those who have not tried it yet, a lot of nice impressions and new visual experiences are waiting. The work of the last months was mainly of technical and graphical nature. We want to inaugurate the official, new version on Sunday and celebrate with Writing Bull in his live stream on Twitch .

http://twitch.tv/writing_bull

The live stream will start tomorrow, Sunday at 15:00 (3pm)
Central European Time.

During the show we will press the big red button and the new engine will be unlocked as the standard version on steam. The broadcast is in German, because Writing Bull is one of the most popular streamers for buildup and strategy games in the German-speaking world. We are happy that he discovered Imagine Earth at gamescom in the Indie Arena Booth this year and wants to play it now.

New thunderstorms have more lightsources much more threatening!

11 Keys Giveaway

If you follow our Twitter account until the show ending around 6pm and subscribe to our monthly newsletter or join the chat on Twitch you can win one of 11 Steam-Keys. The winners will be announced in the stream, but will also receive a prize notification by mail or message. Among other things, the reason for this generosity is, that we want to get our new release tested as soon as possible and are looking forward to your comments, impressions and ideas.

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The volcanic world is harmful and hard to colonize

Retro Times

If you want to try out the old version again after tomorrow afternoon on for comparison, you can do so with the following instructions:

  • Right-click Imagine Earth in your Steam Library.
  • Under „Properties…“ click „Betas
  • Enter the password „oldengine
New ocean shader is far more realistic

Savegames Moved & Steam Cloud Support

Hello lovely space colonizers, a new update had to be done. Some bugs and exotic writing problems in the documents folder of Windows didn’t want to stop appearing for some players while being not reproducible by us. We suspect hyperactive anti-virus programs behind it and the like, but now we’ve rewritten the Imagine Earth method to save your profiles and your savegames to end it once and for all!

Thunderstorms first time with light effecting the terrain

No Savegame Left Behind

Imagine Earth will copy your populated worlds and achievements into a new folder the next time you start the game.

Savegames are now stored here: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\ImagineEarth

As always with our updates, all savegames should still work afterwards, a circumstance that is less self-evident than you might think, or so to say that causes extreme activity at our end 😉 Please try if everything still works as usual.

Really intense particle explosions

Steam Cloud Support

On that occasion we added steam cloud support for our game. This means savegames and scores will now be synchronized via Steam.

Depending on the amount of savegames you have and your upload speed this may take a while when starting the game the next time.

Unity Engine Beta

Of course also the new Unity Engine beta version of our game has also undergone some optimizations as we want to change to the new Universal Pipeline of the Unity Engine with the new year if all goes well. If you want to have a look at it, check in the last dev post how easy you can unlock it on Steam. Everything is already in its place and running. https://www.imagineearth.info/alpha-56-preview/

Preview – New Unity Version

Greetings Colony Managers, surely you are wondering what happened to the monthly updates that we used to deliver all the way. The simple reason is that big changes are coming. After 5 years of early access we decided to make an engine switch to Unity before finally releasing the game.

We worked restlessly and after two month the new version is ready to be tested. So to make it short if you’re already supporting Imagine Earth in early access we wanted to give you the opportunity to join the preview of the new version.

Why all the work you might ask. Well we simply wanted to make it easier for us to provide you with great visuals and to have a better out of the box stability and compatibility than the community driven Monogame engine, we used before. It also gives us easy portability to other platforms and consoles. New opportunities await us in terms of graphics and shaders so the quality, look and the atmosphere of the game can finally meet the aspiration and complexity of its content that we have created over all the years.

Please help us getting the new baby tested!

  1. Right-click Imagine Earth in your Steam Library.
  2. Under „Properties…“ click „Betas“
  3. Enter the password „unitypreview“.

Important note: You can always leave the beta and return the the existing version of the game. All savegames will be compatible!

The current version comes with automatic crash reporting. This means that we will receive a technical error report that will help us to find and fix the problem.

List of Improvements

  • A good example for these beautiful opportunities is the new ocean shader.
  • See the noble metal deposits glitter in the sun.
  • Experience physics based rendering for all constructs in the world.
  • Improved lighting system renders the world more colorful and shining.
  • Finally we have an improved solution for the 3D sounds in the world and it comes with new effects for incoming space ships.
    -Finally we have a contemporary implementation for hd video for the intro and cut-scenes.
  • A new style for the planetary shield generated by the great pyramids.

Expect more exciting stuff to happen in Imagine Earth – Planetary Colonization soon as the Unity universal render pipeline is still in development we keep the game up to date of course. After all this engineering work we can’t wait to get back into game design and put some well thought-out ideas into practice. Please stay tuned for what comes next.

#55 Share Trade

Welcome! The September update of Imagine Earth is ready. Our focus this time is on share trading but as usual you get lots of improvements and new features.

We hope you enjoy all of these goodies. If you haven’t reviewed the game on steam yet, please do! Let us know what you think about the changes. We’re so close to reclaim the 80% – Very good“ rating, which would be incredibly great for the reception of the game 🙂 Cheers, Martin & Jens

Shares Trade & AI

You can’t miss the new share panel which is located among the all important panels in the middle bottom. It offers a great overview to all values and numbers that play a role in share trading.

The AI opponents are know actively buying shares. At least those who have share trading in their corporate agenda. On the right you see how many owners a corporation has and how many shares they own. This also means another important thing: AI will now actively take over cities if they have a sufficient amount of shares. The times when you could sell your own shares excessively without a risk are over!

Catastrophes and Global Warming

All possible natural catastrophes are now listed in the Global warming drop down. And the disaster risk is rising by several percentages with ongoing global warming.

You will be notified regularly about the changes in the global ecosystem.

Tools in the Build Panel

We integrated a toolbox into the build ring and the build menu. There you can activate tools for mass upgrading, cleaning and repairing. It’s super handy and it come’s with the new forestation tool: It always plants the best fitting forest on a piece of land. You only have to examine the type of vegetation first.

Productivity Warning Icon

We brought a permanent icon into the world that shows unmistakably when a certain production building is unproductive or misplaced. So you can optimize your colony without having to do guess work and checking each individual field.

Highscores for Steam Workshop Planets

You can now compete for global highscores on every planet that you downloaded from Steam Workshop. Just play it in competition mode and get ready to beat global scores.

Music Tracks

We have a new win theme created by Alex of William E. Audio. A good opportunity to play and win one of those workshop planets and listen to it!

Also, we changed two music tracks that where part of the game for years now. Their highest intensity level for the final state of global warming was an e-guitar melody that most people couldn’t stand for long. We optimized one track to be suitably played as background music for longer time and erased the other completely. Please stay tuned until we have the funding for a full force SciFi soundtrack 😉

New Event Notifications

As you can see new event notification popups will inform you from now on when important things are happening. They popup whenever you earn landing permits, research budget or licenses. They will also show up when catastrophes are threatening your base.

Gamescom, August 20. -24th

We have been to gamescom in Cologne and showed Imagine Earth to the public in the Indie Arena Booth. Definitively the best place for innovative Indie Studios! As expected it was a so called blast to present the game to so many excited players. New ideas and balancing issues popped up by the minute. Also the prime minister of our home state was showing up to try the smartest climate crisis simulator made in Niedersachsen, Germany so far ;D

In case you’re wondering, the one to my right in the first picture isn’t Martin. It’s Timo from Mad About Pandas who helped me out presenting Imagine Earth for almost 10 hrs over 5 days because Martin has become a father most recently and couldn’t attend the show due to obvious priorities 😉

Lots of Other Things

  • Simplified script syntax (will soon be available for workshop as-well)
  • Changed color of infrastructure building icons
  • Allow to cancel „quit mission“ dialog
  • Make sure trader has always at least one laser or pulse cannon
  • Display faction names in game setup
  • Xrathul now „harvest“ all colony buildings – not only districts
  • Display victory point target number in victory points panel
  • Improved camera controls (less sensitive in some situations)
  • Also adjust temperature in fields adjacent to area of climate generator
  • Display build graphics immediately after placements
  • Colorize area that will belong to a city while it’s being built
  • Removed annoying sound in colony rating panel
  • Make sure AI keeps some resource and items to have better trading opportunities between players
  • Improved territorial dominance logic – distance to claiming building should be more important than build order
  • Allow cancelling of research

#52 – French Stock Market Hack

Greetings, Colony Managers our latest release is ready for you. Tons of bake-fresh features sweeten the colony day. To wrap it up, making the other AI corporations your rivals is more dangerous than ever, now they attack with offensive items. Researching is now less casual and more time based. Some items are produced by districts in addition to being crafted. You can also hack the stock market in a new share panel attached to the tool ring on city centers of other colonies. We polished the new build menu and you can monitor upcoming threads much better in the reworked bookmarks panel.

We hope you’ll enjoy the latest features! Please leave your feedback in our forum. We would be so happy if you’re interested in supporting our project as a beta tester. Which basically means you get the new update earlier than the rest. In case send us a mail. Additionally a 25% sale is coming to Steam on April 22. Mark our words!

Cheers, Jens & Martin.

French language translation

We can’t party hard enough on the commitment of Victor „Lartima“ who out of nothing send us a mail with the completed french translation of Imagine Earth! Thanks so many times to you and to Bouy, who got the translation started!

Fresh gameplay trailer

This one is simply showing it all, all features, all threats, all items and all that we worked on over the last two and a half year – as the old trailer was kind of that old. On top it has something special, a final release date. Yes, we are hopeful to finish version 1.0 within 2019… Please share, post and tweet it as much as you can.

Actually this is a good opportunity to thank all the 30.000 supporters that helped to keep the Imagine Earth project alive and well progressing with their early access purchases. If you wanna join the crew, this might be an opportunity…

Shares panel & stock market hack

You can buy the shares of other corporations directly from the tool ring on their city center. There you overview who’s owning the corporations shares and you can directly hack the stock market from here in case you made or bought a stock market hack which is a brand new offensive strategic item in the game.

Count down warnings in UI

The bookmarks and events panel in the top right of the screen now warns you with a countdown before Pirates, Xrathul or Asteroids and other threats kick in. We needed to give players more time to prepare and you can even increase the warning time for an area by building research districts. At the same time we reduced alerts about stuff going on in the middle of nowhere. The panel now gives a better visualization of all the threads and catastrophes next to your cities and around the globe.

Time based research

From now on it takes a certain amount of time to research upgrades to make the decision of what to research first more strategic. You have a research queue that can by prioritized any time and you should pay attention to the efficiency factor which is raised by every research district you build. The city center also contributes to the factor as it has a built in research lab as well.

Item production in districts

We almost accidentally came up with the idea of letting the various types of districts produce items over time. That gives every district a more individual and special functionality. The new build menu nicely visualizes the items that are in production and it also shows the ones that can be crafted.

AI sabotages with offensive items

Based on diplomatic relation and mood of AI factions they start using offensive items against you. Their tension to move against you is raised by an aggressive agenda. They will not hesitate to use pirates, assimilators, asteroids, sabotage and sometimes also explosive device and ideon bomb.

Improved UI of build panel

The build panel is an UI element we reintegrated lately after having it replaced by the practical build ring several years ago. It allows you to permanently see your stock of items and gaia forces, also those who are actually still loading up and in production. This precious piece of user interface needed a cleanup and that’s what we did recently. Also hovering buildings in the build ring or panel will show related resource icons on planet.

Mission improvements

  • Tuto: Show research icon more early
  • Joma: Birons epidemic quest working again
  • Lorian: Changed timing of asteroids and improved trigger for slick bay quest
  • Rounos: Joe starts some destructive actions after losing
  • Rounos: Gave Joe access to a temple with tornadoes

Improvements and fixes

  • Balanced generation and regeneration of pollution
  • Districts freely convertible
  • Victory point per 5,000 mined rare resources
  • Fields can now be bookmarked with CTRL+number key
  • Personalized messages by NPCs
  • Smoother build radius
  • Improved forestry explanation dialogs
  • Fixed auto save naming problem (will reduce the number of created savegames)
  • Use saw icon for rare plants like corals
  • Fixed interaction with icons in navigation mode (space key)
  • Sound pitch fine tuning
  • Changed color of price text to neutral
  • Fixed overlap of alliance confirm buttons in message panel
  • Fixed AI selling and back-buying items all the time
  • Improved rare resource description texts
  • Fertile only from 90% and desert only from 10%
  • Editor: Clustering of fossil and rare resources
  • Editor: Distribute temples evenly and add ocean citadel
  • Editor: Ensure that rare resources are available everywhere

#51 – Research, AI and UI Optimizations

In the first update for Imagine Earth in March you’ll find many optimizations for UI and AI that lay ground for innovative new game play features consider the next update to revolutionize core game play at several odds and ends.

Extended research menu

The research menu has a new optional viewing mode where all details are presented directly on screen instead of as tool-tips. For now the compact view still stays the default view, so you have a perfect overview for all your research processes.

We also optimized the filters in the research menu. You can highlight research options according to what their primary effect is. That makes it easy to adjust your research strategy to suit your specific needs.

Upgrades in build menu

The building descriptions in the build menu now also contain all upgrades of the building and their potential pros and cons.

Upgrades that have already been researched can be activated here to be automatically build together with the building.

Visualization of competitors

We made the visualization of competitors more compact and consistent to the rest of the user interface. Instant intuitive visibility for the ranking, diplomatic status and victory points. More over you see which incidents or catastrophes are impacting their colonies and also the resulting share price drops.

Competition rating UI reworked

We reworked the competition ratings table. The x-axis now has the different types of colony points needed to win the competition. We added more captions and explanation texts to clarify all aspects.

Faction messages in tool ring

When accessing a city center other factions are now talking to you directly – we are working on making this communication as personal as possible…

Factions have individual agendas

Factions do now have individual agendas that add character and individual tactics to the 8 different corporations you can play in competition and freeplay mode.

  • Cooperative: Cooperative diplomatic sentiment.
  • Aggressive: Aggressive diplomatic sentiment. Sabotages other colonies.
  • Sustainable: Preserves the environment and prefers buildings with low emissions.
  • Exploitative: Tries to get as many fossil and rare resources as possible. Does not care about environmental impacts.
  • Expansive: Trying to own as much territory as possible. Does not like it when someone takes over territory.
  • Trader: Focuses on trade. Likes to sell resources and items.
  • Gaian: Tries to get as many temples as possible and generate Gaia.
  • Oceanist: Prefers to build the colony on the coast and the sea.
  • Scientist: Researches as many technologies as possible.

Water foam at the coast line

A decent foam line at the coast makes it easier to identify the exact sea level and whether fields are land, coast or ocean. This is an addition to the waves the are rolling in and breaking.

Building type visualization

There are several options in the build menu that help to visualize certain states and objects in the world. For example it can colorize buildings by their type to provide a better overview.

Additional changes & fixes

  • You can now sell incomplete packages of rare resource to free up space in the warehouses.
  • New city center sounds!
  • Workshop menu got a face lift.
  • Build menu buttons reworked.
  • All campaign planets have decoration and environment objects like mountains suitable to their planet theme now
  • Big Illuminati Pyramids can’t burn anymore
  • Unified calculation of field and construct values to improve AI decisions and simulation speed
  • If you loose competition you won’t get spammed by the professor commenting on that anymore .
  • Build menu: you can now have a certain category activated that stays open also when you hover another for short operations. So you can keep your eye on your inventory or the forces you have ready.
  • AI in sandbox is no longer saved and transferred into created planets.
  • Bora: AI allies may no longer build their second colony next to the great pyramids to prevent the mission plot from getting stuck.
  • Fixed problem with multi-use of temple powers
  • Fixed assimilator drone explosions

#50 „New Characters and a Control Menu“

Happy new year again, this time from China! As Steam has started its Lunar New Year sale „Imagine Earth“ is 25% off for the first time in 5 years Early Access. Don’t wait for more until the game is finished ;). We are accompanying this sale with an update release that brings you much more than redesigned game characters and a classic strategy game styled build menu for advanced gameplay…

Please note that we are looking for beta-testers who can check on our new update releases days earlier than other players, please mail us if you happen to be that enthusiastic about getting your fingers early on new updates of Imagine Earth!

Meet the New Crew

The old avatars of the main crew members in the campaign are some years old by now and we always knew we’d have to give these guys a makeup someday. Nothing is a better way of showing how this game has grown up over the years than the evolution of Limas character. It goes all the way back when it was a casual game idea with comic characters. Maybe we should not have opened this old box 😉 but with the final release coming in 2019 this nostalgic flashback came over Jens..

The Brand New Control Menu

A new build menu on the left side of the interface will keep you informed about all your build options. Coolest thing about it is that this menu also shows your inventory and on top the craftable items. It has a category for all your gaia forces and shows if they are fully loaded. You won’t have to visit a workshop anymore to craft your stuff. It comes in addition to the classic build ring, so nothing changes, you just get more options.

World Visualizations

The control menu also offers a set of visualization tools. you can highlight fields that are threatened by rising sea-level caused by global warming. You can highlight rare resources, fertility, ground pollution, construct types and colony areas.

Standalone Diplomacy & Trade Panels

If you open a trade or a crafting panel it will be centered on screen from now on. The background is blurred out and playtime is paused, so you can concentrate on deals and negotiations with factions and traders.

Drone Reconfiguration

We are currently experimenting with how the drones are working. We decided to limit the city centers drones to one per level – so you are starting now with one instead of two. This makes it more important to level your city.

The maintenance station no longer comes with a build drone. Instead it comes with a repair drone that only does repair jobs and will automatically do this in the range of the building. As before it can be upgraded with a fire station.

Same goes for the remediation center. It now has a special remediation drones instead of a build drone

Gaia & UI Balancing

Based on feedback and the experiences we received from Wuik in the steam forums, we had another look at the Gaia balancing. The following changes have been done:

  • Doubled Gaia production
  • Reduced price of Gaia container
  • Display correctly how much Gaia is available in a temple
  • In addition display how fast Gaia is created and how this is influenced by the nearby population

#49 „Ocean Citadel and Global Warming“

The first update of Imagine Earth in 2019 brings you a new power construct which is built on the open sea with three brand new forces to unleash and a devastating catastrophe. As always there are tons of UI, AI and game balancing improvements. We reworked the first three missions intensively and enhanced the effects and visualization of global warming… We hope you enjoy the latest features and changes and send feedback and requests into our forum! Cheers, Jens & Martin

The Ocean Citadel

The ocean citadel is a powerful construction of the Nootilas, it can convert Gaian energy into force fields which influence sea and weather conditions. It is to be found on the open sea of course.

Thunderstorms

A power of the ocean citadel provokes a thunderstorm that moves across the planet in wind direction. The storm can cause wildfires and incidents in production facilities. Thunderstorms are also natural catastrophes whose occurrence becomes more likely with increasing global warming.

Ocean vitalisation

This power of the ocean citadel generates a gaian force field that vitalises the flora on the seabed and allows sea plants and occasionally corals to grow. This is helpful to re-balance the carbon emission balance on the planet.

Land subsidence

This Gaian force field of the ocean citadel lowers the tectonic continental plates – entire regions sink into the sea. Keep the mouse button pressed to apply the power.
Land reclamation works the same way from now on.

We redesigned the Cover Image, the website, Steam and social media channels

Multi-use of powers and item

You can now reuse forces and items by holding the shift key as long as you have more items of the same kind or enough gaian energy left in the according power constructs.

Global Warming

Due to the importance of this feature we have represented Global Warming more prominently in the Interface. You get a permanent display and icon for the emission balance and the global warming in percentage. And there is a global value of sea-level and temperature rise. The population counter has moved to the left of the UI also because it is not global.

Land height shown in field info panel

For better information it displays how high a certain piece of land is above the sea-level which is of particular interest in case of global warming. Will it be flooded by the melting polar caps?

„Earth Over“ quarantine deactivated

We deactivated the quarantine of the planet in case of climate collapse which ended game way too early. You can now live on a ravaged planet with maximum climate chaos and all the catastrophes arising with it and still try to make your living or win a competitive round somehow.

You can activate this quarantine when starting a new game to stop a round when it gets almost hopeless. Also we changed the visualization of high global warming which was a bit over the top with yellow coloring of the oceans and the atmosphere.

In one of the next updates we plan to further increase the effect of global warming on the local field temperature and buildings

Mission improvements

Again we had to rework many aspects of the first three missions of Tuto, Joma and Lorian to improve the experience of the campaign, make it more accessible to new players and adjust them to the lately added features.

AI improvements

  • AI now uses temple powers to sabotage enemy colonies
  • AI will actively expand into territory of enemies when additional land is needed
  • AI will respect border of alliance colonies
  • AI gets a Pulse cannon in time
  • AI tries to explore cannons if necessary

UI & graphic improvements

  • Display overview of other factions in missions
  • a bar displays the goals for achieving new research, tech licenses and landing permits as such.
  • storage capacity is visualized more intuitive in the resource menu
  • New and universal desktop icon for the game and for all social media accounts
  • Increased speed of tooltips. Especially in build menu
  • Influence of temperature on productivity is now shown in the build ring as well
  • Improved drone flight
  • Cinematic landing animation for dropping asteroids, trader, vendor and the Midras drillbot
  • Visualization when using Soma item
  • Restored loading animation

Bugfixes & improvements

  • Fixed some issues of trader speakers, icons and ships that have been swapped
  • Fixed pirates event not being triggered
  • Towers only loose claim for surrounding fields when completely destroyed
  • Increased reach of ideon bombs and comparable items
  • Fixed: Speaker is sometimes interrupted by other sounds in the main menu
  • Laser attacks should no longer trigger fires
  • Selling and buying of items now also influences their pricing
  • Increase in Gaia power is no longer increased linearly with additional surrounding population (but logarithmic)
  • Fixed pollution created when destroying mountains
  • Ideon bomb no longer destroys the rare rocks that appear when a big mountain is blown up
  • Science district gives research bonus instead of improved quality of life
  • Assimilator settings decrease/increases probability of uplinks landing
  • Changed balancing of fights between assimilator drone and frontier towers
  • Assimilator drone no longer follows fleeing city capsule
  • Temples can now be destroyed

#48 „Alliances, Sabotage & Company Rating“

Again we have a big December update for you with lots of interesting features that will refresh the space colonizing business. Have a look and give us your feedback on how they work…

Of course we’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all pleasant holidays and a happy new year in advance! We plan to celebrate the final release of Imagine Earth together in mid 2019!

Sabotage Hacks

The Sabotage item hacks supply buildings within a small radius and sets them into the state of malfunction in which they stop production and are constantly damaged until the building is destroyed or the malfunction is fixed.

Supply Capsules

Supply capsules contain items, resources and building construction kits. The colony that claims the field it landed on can take the cargo. The capsule will then disassemble automatically. They will land randomly on the planet throughout gameplay.

Orbital Lift for Colonists

New orbital lifts show you when colonists are coming or leaving your colony. This animation makes the colony more lively and visualizes where the colonists come from and where they disappear to when the quality of life is too low.

Company Rating

In the campaign galaxy you will now see a completion panel that shows your overall campaign progress. More important the colony ratings on all planets are wrapped up in a company rating that is compared in a global ranking.

Visit Your Colony

You can now revisit colonies after finishing the mission to find the remaining ideon crystals and to raise your colony rating by expanding your colony.

Campaign research and unlocked buildings are permanent. So you can use the technology you gathered in later missions to advance the cities when your return to earlier colonized planets.

Diplomacy States

Other corporations now have three shared diplomatic statuses: rivalry, neutral or alliance. They define if other factions trade with you and if there will be discounts. It also influences AI behavior: An alliance partner will respect your territory – a rival will actively grab your land.

AI Behaviour

We have added brand new AI behaviors to make factions more lively and authentic actors in the game. They may contact you via the message system and to propose neutrality or an alliance. In addition they will cancel an alliance or even declare rivalry when your relation is very bad. The AI remembers when you have helped against threats like an epidemic and alien invasions by using items or temple powers

Additional changes

  • Added clarifying goals on Bora to help Otarek against Assimilators
  • Introduction briefings for all game modes
  • Steam store page updated with images and Simplified Chinese version
  • Landing and starting animations for the Boss‘ and Leen’s command center
  • Increased number of sleeping volcanoes in ice worlds
  • AI now uses pulse cannons more often
  • Pulse cannons will destroy small meteors with one shot
  • Cannons will not focus on asteroids when another cannon is already targeting it
  • Engagement popup: Ask players for feedback after having played 20 hours of having finished the campaign
  • Asteroid rocks give stone quarry an extra bonus

Fixes

  • Now possible to get the „scientists“ research achievement
  • Harvesting of rare asteroids is properly displayed in the resource statistics
  • Alignment of level visualization for city centers
  • Waking up volcanoes in sandbox editor is working again
  • Size of world icons when using different UI scales
  • Leveling frontier buoys is working again
  • Display range when building maintenance station and remediation center