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#45 „Space Pirates and Vendors“

Dear Colony Managers, space is getting more frightening by now as a new threat is arising. Read about space pirates, special vendors, unique landing ships for all eight corporations and much more in our latest update release #45. Here’s what we got for you this time:

  • Beware the Space Pirates
  • New Item: Resource Piracy
  • Unique Landing Ships
  • Three Specialized Traders
  • Resource Trading Partners and Auto-Trade
  • Emission Trade and Visualization
  • More New Features & Fixes

Beware the Space Pirates

These nasty creatures land a strange kind of unknown flying object right over your warehouse to plunder it with their tractor beam. Simultaneously they start firing their board cannon to vandalize your base.

You can helplessly sit back and relax until they have stolen enough and loose interest. Or, you can choose to pay a ransom or install an energy shield onto a tower to block the guys off from your warehouses. In later missions you might as well develop lasers or pulse canons to give them a warm welcome if they ever return…

New Item: Resource Piracy

These pirates are not only a threat that randomly happens. You can also craft a landing control to send them upon one of your opponents. Sweet addition: You get half of what their ship can steal.

Unique Landing Ships

We are proudly presenting individual colony landing ships for all eight corporations.

After having introduced the individual factions last update now you can tell the difference between them by looking at their landing ship, which is automatically expanded into the main city tower after landing.

Three Specialized Traders

They come around with awesome looking new space ships amazing landing animations ;-). And they are specialized to trade either wares, items and tech, or rare resources.

Resource Trading Partners and Auto-Trade

The resource panel has been split into a money and a resources part. This helps to put the four basic resource classes and their storing and trading issues directly into the middle of your attention.

It now also shows you if there is another colony or trader able and willing to sell a certain resource to you when you need it (e.g for crafting).

You can also activate the automatic purchase and sale of resources. Note that this involves trading with every potential trading partner – regardless of whether the price is fair or not.

Emission Trade and Visualization

The emission levy now always must be payed as soon, as a company on the planet has a negative emission balance. Environmentally friendly corporations get emission trade payouts if there is a company that pays in.
The global emission balance is now visualized with positive values when the world’s climate is OK. It’s represented with negative red numbers when climate balance is going bad. Much more intuitive isn’t it?

 

More New Features

  • Now you get written info on all construct upgrades left to the tool ring.
  • The field info panel with details on deposits, pollution and other values of a single field is now also visible in navigation mode.
  • The probability of occurrence of riots and epidemics was too low. it has been increased by about 40%.
  • When using the seed bomb or nitro-skirlide seeds you can now see how well the plants will grow in that area.
  • There’s now a countdown for competitors coming down and landing their capsules. This puts you a bit under time pressure to find the best place for the base.
  • You can buy landing permits in missions as soon as you got the second city center. Good news in case a city is burning down.
  • Temples can now be repaired.
  • Trading panel improvements

Fixes

  • Rewritten – Hypergate Ideon Objective – the vendor states out more clearly have to find and also sell the ideon crystal to him to open hyperspace gate into Udoxia Galaxy.
  • Rebalanced – Higher runtime costs for remediation centers
  • Fixed – Temples are no longer charging themselves apparently by surrounding nature or stuff
  • Fixed – Rocks had a shimmering on the surface as if they where rare resources
  • Fixed – A city center landing is now final – no more abort and vanishing of the landing capsule
  • Fixed – Background of colony value
  • Changed – Loading screens animations
  • Fixed – Many particle emitter problems
  • Fixed – Warehouse Upgrades couldn’t be activated in the tech-panel
  • Fixed – Cure goal bar looked finished after half of the task
  • Fixed – Savegame buttons in sandbox mode or messed up
  • Highscore background bar is reworked
  • Fixes for Rounos mission: Joe story plot does not wait for clicking the quest icons anymore.
  • Tornado fix – still visible in navigation when multiple tornados in one field.
  • Midras Extractor Temple has model and animation fixes
  • Midras Digger fixed model and particle system. Dust when drilling.
  • Spaceport fixes

Thanks for your attention once again! We hope you enjoy playing Imagine Earth and share with us your ideas on development.

#43 „Ocean Districts & Trade Discounts“

Dear Colony Managers,
prepare yourselves to build some beautiful ocean districts for your people! In addition there are loads of detail improvements that give the overall playability a huge boost! Mostly based on testing and your highly appreciated feedback. Special thanks to Johannes for improving our german translation!

TL;DR

  • Display info icons during colony placement
  • Trade discounts and surcharges
  • Ocean district
  • UI improvements for research, colony shares and workshop
  • List of gameplay improvements
  • New rendering system for buildings and world objects

Colony Placement

Placing a new colony or frontier building now displays icons on the surrounding fields. The represent the quality of the area by highlighting deserts, fields with high fertility, fossil or rare resources and more.

Trade Discounts

The price of resources and items always depends on who you are trading with. Space merchants and tech traders will charge a fee that makes buying more expensive and selling less lucrative. Natives and midras on the other side don’t know a lot about space market prices and often sell stuff very cheap.

Other colonists, finally, link their pricing to your diplomatic relation. This means it can be very powerful to have a good relation towards another company.

Ocean District

This new district is now made available in the Lorian mission.

The ocean district can be built on coast fields and the open sea. Districts have to be linked to others who connect with the shore.

Microplastic collectors clean the seas and recover goods by filtering floating plastic, other waste and impurities from the water.

Ocean thermal energy conversion uses the temperature difference between cooler deep sea and warmer surface water to meet part of the energy demand.

UI Improvements

Research

  • Only display elements of buildings that are already available (the buildings don’t have to be licensed, though)
  • Highlight research options by improved category: energy, food, goods, income, emissions

Colony Share Trading

  • Take-over of a city no longer needs at least 50% of shares
  • Clearly display the player’s stake in another colony
  • Tooltip with transaction fee and expected dividend

Workshop

  • Unite different item categories in single panel with scroll bars

Other UI Stuff

  • Added „mission failed“ dialog to competitions
  • Highlight when an opposing faction is almost winning the competition
  • „Back“ buttons in game are now called „resume game“ to make it more clear
  • Infrastructure buildings now have gray icons

Gameplay

  • In competition and free play other factions will no longer wait until you have placed your first city center
  • Forests and other plants regrow much faster now after being harvested or burning
  • Nitroskirlid-pumpkins grow bigger in most areas now
  • Increased number of default tech licenses in competition and free play

Graphics & Tech

We have completely rewritten our rendering system for buildings and other world objects:

  • Improved render performance
  • Much nicer animations
  • More powerful particle effects

#42 „Equity Crash, Riots and Security Complex“

Attention colony managers,
you may have expected the „Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything“ from update 42 or have you newer sheltered a passing hitchhiker in one of your outposts?

Anyways, what you get instead is of course just another bunch of problems which will make the colonizing business so much more interesting…

TL;DR

  • Catastrophes let colony shares drop
  • Riots in cities and native camps
  • Security Complex
  • New item: Soma
  • New city center animation
  • Anti-aliasing
  • Biome & forest diversification
  • Fixes & improvements

Catastrophes Let Colony Shares Drop

For example a persisting epidemic in another companie’s colony is lowering their colony’s stock price. Use this opportunity to buy their shares at a discount!

Riots, fires, hackings, flood, tornadoes, asteroids, meteors and other incidents have similar effects. Also threats like Assimilators or Xrathul will cause a drop.

Your ability to artificially trigger these natural catastrophes through temples and items makes price drops an interesting prelude to the next strategic equity buying spree and the takeover of other colonies. The free market makes it possible.

Riots in the Colony

Riots are now a real threat to your colony! This is what happens when your colonists are unhappy for a long time. Under-supply of resources or negative external influences lead to a poor quality of life. If these circumstances continue for too long, people’s misfortune increases to anger and a riot develops. It’s too late to fight the causes of the uprising as soon as it breaks out. A riot can be pacified with the use of Soma and prevented by a security complex or a frontier tower. But the easiest thing to do is to provide good colony living conditions in the first place.

Security Complex

This building stations police units to maintain order in the colony. Riots of dissatisfied colonists in the surrounding area are prevented. This ensures peace and quiet, although this is associated with additional costs.
The facility monitoring upgrade scans production facilities in the surrounding area and prevents incidents.
The cyber security upgrade monitors the information networks in surrounding buildings and prevents hacker attacks.

Soma

We could finally synthesize Soma, the famous drug from Aldous Huxley. This is what the packing slip says: „To avoid major mood swings that can lead to negative moods, people regularly take Soma, a drug that has a mood-lifting and stimulating effect and is also used as an aphrodisiac. Unlike alcohol, it has no side effects at the usual dosage and is produced synthetically.“

To sum it up: it’s raising the general life quality and helps against riots.

New City Center Animation

A new age of ingame animations awaits us! Starting with the colony center base which is expanding in various parts that screw, bend and turn out of the ground when the landing capsule is coming down. The worker drones are now stationed on landing pads from which they will lift off to build and repair.

Anti-Aliasing

Might sound a bit weird but we had to disable this basic graphics feature for ages due to framework issues. But what it adds to the game’s look is awesomely amazing. Lovely, calm and soft edges everywhere especially when you zoom out from the planet, have a look.

Biome & Forest Diversification

Ralph sent us a very detailed feedback with improvement suggestions to make the environment and nature more realistic (Thanks!). Based on this we decided to further diversify the biomes and forests:

  • Forests in fertile areas are often better at binding CO2. This is for example the case for rain forest and bog forest
  • Big fish swarms are more common in cold areas
  • Industrial farming and fishing reduce fertility
  • Steppe is bad ground for forest growth, but quite good for farms and especially resistant, so fertility is only slowly decreased
  • Rain forest ground in contrast is easily damageable and loses it’s fertility fast

Fixes & Improvements

  • Added achievements for Edora, Iqunox and Thera and when reaching 40 points in the campaign
  • Workshop queue is only available for workshops of level 2 now
  • Camera position is restored when loading a savegame
  • Priorization stores at least 10% of a resource’s production. This amount is now shown in the list of consumed resources
  • Fossil resources below 10% will decrease a fossil power plant’s productivity (up tp 20%)
  • Fixed bugs in highscore list
  • New unlocked items are highlighted in the inventory
  • Switched background music compression from ADPCM to WMA streaming
  • Fixed game freeze and window disappearing problems

#41 „Colony Interface & Desertification“

Welcome back colony managers,

here comes a set of awesome new features improving your space colonization systems.  This month we spent a lot of time into pimping the user interface of the game into it’s 4th evolution and making it 4k ready by the way.

With the remediation center a very important infrastructure building made it into this release and also the logistic center got a workover enabling you to fully automate repairing and cleaning processes. And there’s more…

TL;DR

  • New user interface
  • Remediation center & carbon sequestration
  • Logistic center is now maintenance station
  • Desertification threat and temple power
  • Solar park and wind farm alignement
  • Mountain variations
  • Fixes & improvements

New User Interface

The existing user interface clearly did not meet the demands of our colony & planet simulation. It was very clumsy and reminiscent of a casual mobile phone game.

So we rebuilt it, using the smaller and much clearer Roboto font for all text elements, while keeping our futuristic fonts for headers and elements that need highlighting.

The new interface now has become much easier to read while taking less screen space and thisway giving even more focus to the planet itself.

If you are using a relatively small screen with a high resolution you can still zoom the interface up to 150% in the options.

A side effect of our work is that the new user interface has a higher resolution and thus is ready for your 4K display.

Remediation Center & Carbon Sequestration

The new building remediation center comes with an additional worker drone and uses this drone to automatically start the clean up process for nearby fields.

An powerful upgrade for the center is carbon sequestration – the technical separation and storage of CO2 emissions from surrounding buildings and power plants. Thanks to underground compression, the exhaust gases do not enter the atmosphere.

The second ugrade for this building is „Advanced Remediation Process“ it halves the cost of soil clean up in the area.

Logistic Center is now Maintenance Station

The logistic center is now called „Maintenance station“ and automatically repairs nearby damaged buildings by default. It’s upgrades are the fire station and „Advanced Repair Process“, which halves the cost of repair processes in the area.

Desertification Threat and Temple Power

In the course of global warming there will be new deserts emerging next to others. Thereby the infertile wasteland is growing. The only way to prevent this is to plant forests onto desert fields so it can’t spread. Trees will effectively stop the process of desertification.

In the illuminati temple you can use gaian energy to create a field of desert anywhere around the world. Except on fields with forests on them.

Solar Panels and Wind Farms

They are aligning to the sun and the wind direction now.

Mountain Variations

Each mountain has two versions now to bring more variety into the game’s look.

These two versions are now put to the three edges of big mountains as well to make it easier to see whether a field is blocked by mountains.

Fixes & Improvements

  • Fixed animation problems: we had some seriously strange problems with sub models and animations. Mystery finally concluded!
  • Ships and oilplatforms no longer visible under water, while being built.
  • City expansion now also needs drones.
  • Show diplomatic relation progress as ring (full ring reaches next diplomatic level)
  • Fixed orientation angle of volcanoes and huge mountains on small planets
  • Sandbox category for mushroom forests

As always we wish you a good fun and hope you let us know if anything comes to your mind about the new features!

Jens & Martin

#40 – „Diplomacy“

Space colony people, may we have your attention please?

The age of diplomacy just kicked into Imagine Earth! Other corporations now have an attitude towards you. When you are being offensive they will find appropriate strategies to react to your doings.  Also there’s a mighty construct in this update for you as well: The Midras Extractor creates tornadoes and does terraforming.

Read your way down through all those good news to catch a glimpse of some future plans we have.

Thanks very much for being with us! If you do like the way we do things here please consider giving the game a thumps up on Steam. It would help as a lot!

Why not follow our brand new twitter account @SeriousBrothers?

TL;DR

  • Diplomacy
  • Midras Extractor
  • Niter pumpkin seeds
  • Planet Bonus Goals
  • AI & Merchants
  • Fixes & Improvements

Diplomacy

Did you always want to interact more with the colonies you share the planet with? Well we did ever since. Now the other corporations have a mood set in seven levels from being allies to enemies. They react to certain events that you trigger like stealing their land by building a tower or using a hacking tool against them.

As you can see they stopped trading stuff with us because I threw an asteroid on them. There reactions go down to aggressively taking my terrain and buildings.

Note that these are our first „diplomatic steps“ and will definitely need some refinement and your feedback!

Midras Extractor

The Extractor is a high tech construct of the Midras. It absorbs the power of fallen asteroids to generate force fields. It can do rare condensation to turns rocks into gold. Technically it condenses all the small metal particles so they become harvestable. A second power generates a force field in the sky to create a small-scale air vortex in the earth’s atmosphere with an almost vertical axis of rotation – a tornado. Third it enables you to do terraforming.

For the next update we plan to build these and other temple structures with artifacts you can buy from the various races.

Nitro Pumpkin Seeds

Natives will sell pumpkin seeds now. You can use them to plant your own nitro-pumpkins whereever you like.

In addition they trade ideon treasure maps showing how much ideon is in the nearest ideon deposit. Of course, you will also find classic products like gaian energy containers and the universes most favorite meal drug „Spice“ in their shop.

Planet Bonus Goals

The bonus competition missions in the campaign mode now have 5 goals which help to introduce the victory point systems. This will make it more of a challenge to reach full points in your game profile.

AI & Merchants

  • The different AI fractions have individual item crafting preferences
  • AI finally has trade demands for energy, food and goods
  • AI actively buys resources for crafting tactical items
  • AI pays more attention to its emission balance
  • AI starts with less money because the where to rich!
  • Merchants only offers rare resources and goods – no longer food and energy
  • Merchants tries to offer things the player likely needs (e.g. for crafting)

Fixes & Improvements

  • Nice new snowy mountains
  • New construct: ski lodge for winter sports. Ahm no, just kiddin‘! Time for spring to come…
  • Titanium goal on Tuto had a problem that we fixed.
  • Lithium goal on Lorian had an error regarding the amount of lithium that you were about to harvest.
  • Laser rotation speed got faster now to shoot asteroids in time.
  • Icon render order fixed.
  • Fixed profile generation available colors.
  • Fire spreads slower – we felt it was to dangerous.
  • Building city center no longer costs extra money. The landing permission is enough.
  • You can now destruct assimilator ruins. We wonder why nobody did complain, about this.

Future Constructs

During the holidays Jens scribbled down some ideas about the next buildings that will fill the build rings in of our game. Tell us which one feel most intriging to you or what other possible game features you would like to see. The 3 most original ideas in the comments of our blog will win a steam key for yourself or a friend: https://www.imagineearth.info/alpha-40/

Thanks for reading about Imagine Earth!
Martin & Jens

#39 „Thera“

Fellow space colony managers,

we recently discovered a new planet – say hello to Thera. In addition, our world management system needed some adjustments. All building upgrades were rebalanced and the resource simulation was revised. And of course there is so much more…..

TL;DR

  • New bonus mission on planet thera – a planet like earth
  • New vegetation graphics
  • Upgrade balancing
  • Resource simulation revised
  • Assimilators & Xrathul Harvester interaction with bombs
  • New trailer voiceover
  • Other improvements

Thera – a Planet Like Earth

The latest planet that you can unlock in the bonus galaxy is Thera. It might remind you of another planet you left long ago, right where you grew up before you joined the colonization business and started building a better future in space. Make sure that history wont repeat itself on this planet…

Organic Flora

We added some edge modells to forests so they look more organic and more round than triangle. As simply as this is said as astonishing it does look in the game.

Upgrade Balancing

All the upgrades in the game have been revisited and rebalanced. We mostly made them cheaper and more powerful to increase their strategic value.

Furthermore the visualization has been improved so you can see the most important numbers at a glimpse.

Resource Simulation

In order to make the upgrades more significant, we also had to adjust the complete resource simulation.

Let’s have a look at the most important change: The production and consumption values of all buildings are now per space minute instead of per space second.
For example the tax value of a district now represents what is collected within a full space minute. 1/60 of the amount will be added to your budget ervery space second.
If your colony makes a profit of +300€, it will take one space minute until the full amount is added to your budget. This equals +5€ per space second.

This allowed us to increase the production and consumption values of all buildings which makes them easier to read and compare.
Money related values have been increased by factor 10. Energy, food, goods and rare resources have been increased by factor 2-4. The same goes for emissions and field pollution.

In addition it allowed us to halve prices and money budget and to reduce the size of a resource cargo from from 1.000 to 100 units. These values are now easier to read and compare with the production as well.

Assimilators & Xrathul Harvester Interaction

These flying enemies are now attackable with ideon bombs and explosive devices, which will be thrown on them by your drones.
To do so you can simply hover and click the flying enemy unit and pick the item of your choice. Thisway you also get a context info about their motives and vulnerabilities.

New Trailer Voice Over

As you can hear the game features and mechanics are now explained by a native speaker with a compelling voice. As soon as we find time to redo the intro/trailer we also want to have this voice for Lima, the leading character in the game.

More Stuff

  • The inventory is now accessible through the tool ring for fields where it makes sense to use items. In addition you can open the construct ring with a right click any time.
  • Tower upgrades are also constructable through the tool ring when you have bought the corresponding item from a trader.
  • No distorting ringing sound for infos anymore.
  • Joe’s 50k Sales Goal on Mission Joma is only triggered when Joe was not already fired by the boss… oups, that was a spoiler ;D
  • On Planet Iqunox you have to craft medicine now instead of just selling medical substence harvested from corals.
  • Rounos Native Quest now tells you to build towers to repress uprisings of angry natives.
  • Mission Joma: We added a „Buy Scanner“ goal to make more clear how to proceed in the mission.

Grafix

  • The fieldmarker was redesigned to look better!
  • Tons of forest models have been optimized and graphics reworked.
  • Underwater build animation got fixed.
  • Hospital icon fixed, pumpkin shadow fixed.
  • Rooftop of the saw mill construct fixed.
  • Palms bigger and bump map fixed.
  • Reconstruct icon fixed.

#35 „Atmosphere“

Dear Space Colonists. We have released our monthly update of Imagine Earth. In the next days we will also update the Demo version to the latest state.

TL;DR

  • Atmospheric scattering shader
  • Hover cars add some life to cities
  • More variety for assimilator battles
  • Reworked and extended mission on Bora
  • Outro
  • Temple sacrifice logic changed
  • Loads of detail improvements

Atmospheric Scattering Shader

This release is foremost a beauty and game atmosphere update.

We have implemented a new atmospheric scattering shader that puts every planet into a unique light color situation.

Hover Cars

Hover cars fly through the skyscraper canyons of your cities and show how full districts are. They bring some visual life into the so far empty city districts and the whole colony environment at all

This is only the beginning – we plan to have cars driving to all of the supply buildings as well.

Bora Mission & Assimilator

It got totally reworked to make the end boss more understandable and assailable. The robotic entity is now attackable not only with astroid strikes but also with gaian fire, volcano eruptions from the temple and bombs as well.

The companions are constantly giving you tips how to attack the assimilators.

In addition we put a lot of work into rounding up the storytelling of the mission. Plus there is now a proper outro sequence thanking you for your great efforts to make it this far 😉

Temple Changes

We also had to redesign how temples work. Spells are now available from the beginning as you have to sacrifice anyway to get the construct loaded with gaian energy.

You can now queue sacrifices and load up to four tons of gifts into it that will slowly be turned into gaia one after the other. This makes spells much more accessible and the temples therefor much more use- and powerful.

More Improvements

  • Tutorial now points out the hotkeys and control hint panel that you activate by pressing F1
  • Build shortcuts are working again: Q,W,E,A,D,Y,X,C will directly take you into the several building categories
  • Fixed overlapping button icons in sandbox mode
  • Stoniness will no longer be seen in the navigation view options as it is a thing that is changing the landscape only visually and indirectly influences the fertility of a field.
  • Corals and seegras will no longer burn.
  • You can again save your self-made planets from the sandbox mode.
  • No more sounds looping when game is minimized
  • Merchant was given more importance by letting him sell landing permits and development licenses exclusively
  • Midras: Item and resource availability and food demand have been optimized in their visualization.
  • Illuminati now sell gaian containers
  • Claiming land costs less next to towers
  • Cannons on frontier towers will no longer shoot each other
  • Fixed AI behavior in case of climate change
  • Smart styled mailing list form: http://eepurl.com/3w7iH
  • Mission, info and housing icons reworked
  • Fixed company score calculation
  • Fishing boats float on the surface of the ocean again
  • Editor: special field types can be overwritten again

Links

Alpha 32 „Sea Farms & Drones“

We present you the greater changes of the April release #32 in a short video on YT. It’s definitely an experiment we wanted to try. Hope you like it:

TL;DR

  • The sea farm is a new food producing building.
  • Forest, rocks and rare resources are now harvested with drones that are stationed at your warehouses.
  • Researched items can now be reset in the campaign screen.
  • We have updated the official trailer. Check it out here.
  • Midras and natives now trade with gold instead of money.
  • Land claiming and tower claim visualizations have been optimized.
  • Day & night lighting improved.
  • Fixed a lot of small problems and balancing stuff in the Tuto, Magni and Bora missions

Sea Farms

Building of the month is the new construct called sea farm. It can be build on coast fields and sea fields adjacent to land (called „near-shore“). It works as port logistics for offshore fishing boats and the building can also breed shellfish to intensify food production for higher pollution values. The smokehouse upgrades makes its food production more durable, but comes with higher running costs.

Harvest Drones

Little drones that fly around and actually harvest the stuff you ordered to crop or gather. They are stationed on the warehouse and limit the number of crop actions that you can make. But most of all they are pretty good looking and the AI uses them too.

Reset Research

You can now reset your research decisions and strategy in the campaign screen.

New Official Trailer

The Trailer was reworked to show some more actual footage from the game. It has grown old as i had no time to change the video material for nearly two years. Really ;D Check it out here.

New Construction Site

The construction site model is more advanced now. In the next version we want to add individual build and landing animations, also for space ships to make everything a bit more cinematic…

Tower Range Visualization Changed

From now on if you construct, deconstruct or relocate towers you see a red visualization for the land you loose and blue marks on the field you claim. Expensive Upgrades will be relocated as well.

Planet Day & Night Lighting

The Planet was always too dark and contrast less on the night side. With the new moon light night shifts now have become much easier.

Gold Trading

Some NPCs like Natives & Midras will no longer trade for the universal currency of the galaxy. They stick to the gold standard and you can buy gold from merchants or dig it out yourself. These guys will also pay you for certain resources they’re interested in with gold, so you can gather exchange values this way as well.

Special Upgrade Items in the Shop

Laser, Pulse & Shield Upgrades Items can now be bought from traders. This is especially helpful in the Lorian and Magni missions. So if you do not research you can still defend yourself against alien threats and stuff.

Land Claims Repriced

This tool just got more cost intensive as well. It’s price depends on the distance to the outer radius of your city center. This means the price gets higher the farer away you claim land from your city.

Mission Improvements

Excessive bugfixes and roundups for the missions on Tuto, Magni and Bora.

Other stuff

  • Bookmark panel shows twisters and Xrathul harvesters
  • Several editor fixes
  • Improved animation quality for drones
  • Fixed game-speed dependent particle generation
  • Improved city level up animation
  • Reduced forest’s sensitivity to temperature and fertility
  • Renamed meteoroid to asteroid to better reflect size relations and impact
  • Cursor shows progress ring when tooltips are coming up
  • Fixed sandbox menu
  • Improved hyperspace gate menu

Alpha 30 „Hyperspace Gate“

Welcome to the hyperspace! We are starting to extend the campaign with bonus planets you can access using a hyperspace gate. This gate is being build by Moax the tech trader, who will be able to complete his construction if you find and deliver him enough ideon crystals during the campaign missions.

Udoxia Galaxy

The gate leads into a new galaxy that contains new planets and missions.

Edora

Edora is the first planet in the Udoxia Galaxy. A small planet with giant icebergs at its polar caps. The low valleys of this planet will be flooded immediately by the melt of global warming.

The planet offers a predefined expansion competition against two opposing fractions. This world is also the experimental test ground to establish and improve AI battles in the game. Please give your feed back on how we could improve the interaction with other factions.

Having predefined competitions with a general comparable highscore might be the main concept of the missions in this galaxy. It adds playable content and challenging competition with some additional extra goals to master. This reduces the necessity of story filled scripted missions that need endless balancing.

New alien race: Minas

This short-lived race of typhers and diggers builds giants machines to rummage through entire solar systems searching for rare earths and noble metals. Even though they totally ignore money they are valuable trading partners. They produce rare items and exchange them for raw materials. You will meet these dudes for the first time in a reworked Lorian mission… and they will occur eventually on all following planets.

New terrain texturing algorithm

We have put some additional work into our terrain texturing algorithm to make sure the characteristics of each field are visualized in a clear way. This includes the fertility, temperature and rockiness. In addition fields that might be flooded by rising sea levels have a more sandy or stony look. The transition from one characteristic to another used to be quite blurred. The new shader uses material based alpha blending to enhance this. For example you will see little green spots on terrain, when it becomes more fertile.

Brush sizes

Choose four different brush sizes when drawing height, fertility, temperature, rockiness, forests and bioms.

Editing local temperature is now clamped between +/-20°C

Forest brush

The brandnew „Forest brush“ places forests that match the local field types and ground conditions. That’s good, because the plants need certain climate conditions to prosper and grow.

Improved forests

The updated use of transparency for deciduous and acacia forests, mushrooms and palm trees shows a great way to revolutionize the overall look of Imagine Earth’s flora.

Titanite

Deposits of this new rare metalic resource can be found primarily in the dryland biom which are infertile areas with medium temperature. Titanite is so far just costly and exchangable with bombs at the Minas store.

Campaign translation possible

For those in our community who are interested in translating the game. It is finally possible to do translation of the mission scripts as well. Now it is possible to translate every single written word in Imagine Earth. All details are explained in the community translations section of the forums.

New item: Rocket kit

As rockets are now at the end of the research chain. Luckily you can buy rocket building sets from our latest alien race, the Minas.

Construction drones

We have implemented flying construction drones. They lift off and land in a new hangar at the city center tower. It’s an early version but its already fun to see them being busy to set up new constructs. Future implementations might include harvester drones for resources that start and land on warehouses or automated repair drones on the repair units. Currently the city center has one drone per city level.

Other stuff

  • Traders leave when spaceport is destroyed
  • Terrain height is visualized with height lines
  • Fixed „no sound“ problem
  • Improved „white screen on startup“ problem
  • Big Illuminati temples are no longer destroyable
  • Activating the shield on Bora needs a single completely loaded big Illuminati temple
  • Free Play: Renamed threats to events and added the miner, tech trader and merchant
  • Improved „earth over“ messages
  • Meteorite metal is now called crytanite
  • Display status timer ring for crashing meteorites

PS: Thanks to all of you who voted us in the indie of the year competition. We made it into the overall top 100 and the top 4 of futuristic sims – next to Space Engineers, Empyrion and RimWorld!

Alpha 28 „Biomes“

  • 9 different biome types to classify different areas on each planet
  • Planet texturing based on biomes
  • Planet generator based on biomes
  • Biome editor in sandbox mode
  • New forest type Acacia
  • New food producing building Cultivation Unit
  • First version of Spanish community translation
  • Balancing of forests and buildings

Biomes

This is a fundamental new (and really awesome) gameplay element. Biomes classify the average temperature and fertility of a small planet area. Each comes with an individual type of forest and graphics for the ground, rocks and mountains.

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Summed up: It’s much easier to just see how well a certain area on the planet fits the needs of your colony. Here is a short description of all 9 biomes:

  • Rainforest: Hot and very fertile area where palm trees grow.
  • Savanna: Hot area of medium fertility where acacia grow.
  • Desert: Hot and barren area where cacti grow.
  • Subtrope: Fertile area where thick bamboo forests grow.
  • Temperate zone: Area with moderate fertility and temperatures, in which a lot of deciduous forest grows.
  • Drylands: Infertile area in the medium temperature range.
  • Mires: Cold but fertile area in which mushroom forest grows.
  • Taiga: Cold area of medium fertility with a lot of coniferous forest.
  • Mountain: Cold area of high elevation, which is mostly barren. Thinly populated with coniferous forest.

In addition Illuminati temples and camps are placed in the hot biomes rainforest, savanna and desert. Other temples and native camps are used in the moderate temperature areas of the subtrope biome, temperate zone and drylands.

Since this is a completely new game element we still have to figure out a few details. Please let us know what you think about the biomes!

Biome based planet generator

Those biomes are perfect to generate different types of planets.

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As shown above the planet generator now allows you to define the biome distribution on the planet.

Each planet themes also come with a predefined configuration. E.g. Bora is a very fertile planet that mainly comes with the fertile biomes Rainforest, Subtrope and Mires, but also some areas of Savanna, Temperate zone and Taiga.

Biome sandbox editor

In the sandbox editor you can use the biomes to paint the planet with regions of different temperature, fertility, fossils, forests, rocks, rare resources and temples.

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Cultivation Unit

This new building is made available in the Joma mission. It breeds and harvests crops that thrive in symbiosis with the local flora. Therefore, each adjacent forest piece  increases the yield of berries and herbs.

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The upgrade „bio lab“ reduces the costs of the cultivation program by genetic adaptation of the seedlings to local conditions.

The upgrade „external herb beds“ enables the cultivation of valuable herbs and grasses on areas that can not be used for other plants.

Acacia

A new type of forest that is very robust against drought and mainly spread in the savanna biome.

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Community Translation

Alpha 28 comes with the first version of a Spanish translation that has been written by Purple Sister. THANKS A LOT! In addition a french translation is in progress.

If you are also working on a translation or would like to contribute, please let us know in the community translation thread in the forums.

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We have updated the Imagine Earth fonts with a few new letters (for czech). In addition the many UI elements now automatically make sure the text fits into the available space.

The next big step here for us is to make missions translatable.

Balancing

  • Frontier tower is now available starting with the Joma mission
  • Relocation tool now also relocated upgrades
  • Explosive device now completely blasts rocks (instead of only 50%)
  • Forest growth calculation has been updated based on the new biomes
  • Mine produces more at lower cost
  • Recycling factory produces more goods
  • Sorting system no longer causes increased ground pollution
  • Fishing port upgrades require less energy and money
  • Cattle farm needs less energy and money
  • Waterworks has greater dependence on fertility

Special thanks to Justice for writing a very detailed balancing feedback on this!

Other stuff

  • Completely pause the game
  • New ideon goal in Joma mission (5th bonus goal)
  • Pulse cannon is available for defense against first Xrathul wave on Magni
  • Orientation of particle effects for better engine exhaust graphics
  • New animation for fishing port graphics
  • New colorization and icons for rare resources
  • Big Illuminati temple has now up to 8 gaian power slots
  • Graphics setting „Shader quality“ allows disabling normals maps for more performance
  • New neutral smiley icon when when city is unpopulated
  • Number of available items sold be the tech trader is now shown as bars

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