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Hello! Let’s get down to zombie business.

 

VEHICLES

Quite an intriguing update to the Public Vehicles Tech Test build today – but first off a quick Public Awareness Notice that the ‘engine ignition’ key has been changed to ‘W’ as that should feel more natural for new players. We’ve also taken the password off the beta channel, as everyone knows it’s WIP content now.

So what’s in the new build? Previously all vehicles had their wheels in the same place so, following Animator/Modelling man Martin’s guidelines, Yuri has been making sure each car has its tyres spinning in the correct place.

 

This, temporarily, made the vehicles fly – which was not the desired effect. Yuri, then, has now gone back in to debug each vehicle individually and also used the opportunity to experiment and improve handling/feel on each of them. They should feel a lot more distinct now, but we’re still at an experimental stage so you may well like some changes more than others. Early feedback is really good, but sounds like we need to finetune sports cars and vans a little more in terms of turning circles and spin-outs.

In terms of performance, things are a lot more stable now but there’s certainly still room for improvement in terms of FPS. As such with this build we’ve also introduced some new caching to the LightingJNI interface which should make things smoother game-wide.

 

To make life easier for our amazing testers (who are providing so much good feedback) we’re also now addressing various ‘irritation issues’ that have crept into the Tech Test that prevent ‘proper’ PZ playthroughs – stuff like the loot table being messed up on reloads, rain somehow breaching ceilings on anything above the ground floor etc. These will be added to build during the week.

The most pressing however, the ‘survivor is stuck on top of a flipped car until they starve’ bug, should be fixed in this new release.

 

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STEAM INVITE FIX

Those who were struggling to send/receive Steam invites to private servers should now find the issue fixed via a recent Steam update. If you’re still having issues then please try restarting Steam to make sure you’ve caught the latest version.

 

Our thanks to Sergei from General Arcade for all his investigation work into the issue, and to Valve for being on the ball in terms of the fix that remedied the situation both for us and a variety of other games.

 

 

OTHER STUFF

RJ’s work on Build 38 continues – as mentioned last week at first it’ll introduce a bunch of new sandbox options, experimentation with darker nights, negative consequences for survivors who let fetid corpses stack up outside their safehouse and new ways to bury/burn/dispose of corpses.

 

Mash is currently creating new sprites for graves, pyres and RP-enhancing memorials and crosses. We should have news on when the IWBUMS public beta will be ready in the week ahead. It’s also a fair bet that Mash’s next map update, including the Knox Heights Country Club, will be a part of Build 38 – although it’s unlikely to be a part of the initial testing.

 

Elsewhere our new workers are getting used to the new codebase. GA’s Stas is ready for his deep-dive into the MP code and his warm-up ‘introduction task’ is to look into some of the crashes our server hosts face. NewChris, meanwhile, has begun investigations into improving the single building cutaway system and making interior cutaways while inside buildings to be more Sims-esque. This, in turn, should lead into his wider mission that we’ll discuss a little later down the line.

 

Mark’s work on streamlining the foundations of the animation system, meanwhile, has brought him up to speed with the ins and outs of the code – and with his expertise on board we feel we’ll finally be able to bring you good news while vehicles are finished off elsewhere. In the background Animator and Model Man Martin hasn’t been resting easy, and recently has been polishing weapon and weapon upgrade visuals according to community feedback and getting ready for the time at which Mark requires everything re-exported under the improved export/format system. [Away from this Martin has also been creating some awesome-looking military vehicles for implementation further down the line.]

 

At this point we’ve got double the bodies working on PZ that we did at this point last year (it really has been like ‘London buses all turning up at once’ in terms of the talent that has become available) and, much as we know that PZ development has been slow, we hope that the introduction of The New Batch will bear more and more fruit as the year goes on.

In final news, if PZ Modding Hero Nolan ever wants to create a Back to the Future Part II flying car mod then the opportunity is now here! Where we’re going we don’t need roads…

 

This week’s car lot tragedy from Ellihow. The Centralized Block of Italicised Text would like to direct your attention to the PZ Wiki should you feel like editing or amending something, and the PZ Mailing List that can send blogs like this and patch notes direct to your mailbox. We also live on Twitter right hereOur Discord is now open for chat and hijinks too. A general overview of the content of PZ builds past, in testing and upcoming can be found here.

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animation news?

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OPTIMISTIC animation news?!?!?!?

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love you guys

also the mash texture vehicles are on point now, just need the shadow and im convinced it will look just right and fit into the game world seamlessly

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Any chance of a sneak peak at the military vehicles?

 

And I must say the mondoids have been a lot better and more informative lately. They were very limited for a while and I started losing hope we would ever see a 1.0

 

Feeling a bit more informed now ;)

 

Keep up the good work devs

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2 hours ago, Capt.Motty said:

Excitement levels over 9000!!!!

Had to double take there, At first glance, I read that as "Excrement levels over 9000!!!!"

 

:shock:

 

19 hours ago, nasKo said:

improving the single building cutaway system

 

I don't know what this means. It sounds awesome but can someone throw me a bone?

 

I agree with Neutralnz1, everything sounds really positive. Can't wait to see the new map update, weapon visuals and military vehicles when they're ready.

 

Thanks for doing what you do guys! We appreciate it.

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47 minutes ago, OffitMan said:

Had to double take there, At first glance, I read that as "Excrement levels over 9000!!!!"

 

:shock:

 

 

I don't know what this means. It sounds awesome but can someone throw me a bone?

 

I agree with Neutralnz1, everything sounds really positive. Can't wait to see the new map update, weapon visuals and military vehicles when they're ready.

 

Thanks for doing what you do guys! We appreciate it.

Last I heard of this was when they mentioned that a building will only cutaway once you enter it that way the game world wont always be cut in half, I'm extremely excited for more information on this.

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53 minutes ago, OffitMan said:

I don't know what this means. It sounds awesome but can someone throw me a bone?

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Something like this, instead of just drawing a transparent texture.

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53 minutes ago, EnigmaGrey said:

Something like this, instead of just drawing a transparent texture.

My instincts were correct. This is awesome awesome. I didn't even realise the game needed this, but now you've shown me, yeah absolutely.

 

On a separate note, could something like this be used to rectify the issue where if a zombie is stood next to long fence but you're quite far away, you can't see it? (I'm on my mobile so can't show an example) Or am I jumping the gun little?

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Concerning Build 38 and new options, I hope there will be a sandbox option to control the amount or turn off certain aspects of world randomization like randomly looted houses or the boarded up ones.

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6 hours ago, EnigmaGrey said:

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Something like this, instead of just drawing a transparent texture.

Not sure how I feel about that. It could make it harder to know where your windows are and how many barricades are still on them, things like that. Plus, I've always felt that, because of the way PZ handles sight, it has always had the best indoor "feel". I like the current style and don't see much of a reason to change it, but as long as it doesn't hurt gameplay I guess it's fine.

 

It might be too much to ask, but it would be nice to have both graphical styles in the options. 

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38 minutes ago, BayCon said:

don't see much of a reason to change it

 

Try to see if there's a zombie directly behind the northern or western wall of a house, 5 meters in front of you :P

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1 hour ago, nasKo said:

Try to see if there's a zombie directly behind the northern or western wall of a house, 5 meters in front of you :P

Nobody cares about zombies, Nakso. Try to see that door, fence, or log wall beside you . . .

 

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Wow staff! AMAZING!!! You are building something of exceptional and unique!!!!! This isn't a game, this is an example of virtual real life ^__^

I'd like to know how is it possible to realize all these pixels that move into a game. Too difficult for everyone that hasn't the knowledge.... congratulations PZ Staff, the best project game.

 

P.S. Thank you Nasko for your patience to do new threads for every news!

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