CryoFall Alpha 14 is out!

Added on 25 June 2018 by Lurler.

And another update is finished and deployed!

This past month we were still working on some technical tasks in the background, so there isn't as much new content as in some previous updates, but thankfully we are mostly done with that and the next update should be rather substantial again.

Anyway, what's new this time?

The primary change is complete reworking of the quest system - it now includes more than 30 quests ranging from very simple to something you would have to put quite a bit of effort towards. We are quite happy how this system turned out to be, but there are still a few things we would like to do.

Another thing is the inclusion of miner helmet. At first it may not seem like much, but it signifies substantial improvement of the lighting system. It is now possible to include things like night vision goggles and other things!

New industrial crate and corresponding loot have also been added to industrial ruins. Now there's a good reason to go there ;)

Another major change is complete rebalancing of the weapon system. Now there is more reason to use different ammo as it now properly does what it's supposed to do (such as armor piercing bullets actually being better than normal bullets against armor).

As always you can see the detailed list of changes on the forums.

CryoFall Alpha 13 is out!

Added on 1 June 2018 by Lurler.

Greetings friends!

We are continuing with CryoFall development and the new version is finally ready.

This time we have some major changes, the primary of which is the new quest system!

For the time being its primary purpose is to serve as a kind of tutorial to introduce new players to the game and offer some goals to aim towards in the beginning, but with each subsequent update we are planning to add even more interesting and challenging tasks.

The same system of requirements that is currently used for quests will also be used for achivements in the future! Basically two sand crawlers with one rocket launcher :)

Another large update is complete overhaul of points of interests (ruins, etc.) with tiered approach. Lower tiers would be perfectly suitable to all new players, even without any equipment, but more difficult areas will require substantial investment into a good gear and weapons to be able to clear them. This should offer interesting progression system as well.

Another major change is the improvements to general usability and accessibility, for example you can now use items directly from inventory or by using keyboard shortcuts. Things like that don't change much, but certainly make any game more user friendly.

This of course goes along with our usual content expansion. Some new items include respirator (early game environmental protection gear), new decorations, saplings (and ability to plant trees), new fridge (evaporative type), new water type - lake (and ability to draw water from water bodies), new recipes, new technologies and many more!

You can find detailed list of changes for this update on our forums.

And don't forget to join our Discord server!

CryoFall Public Alpha Launch!

Added on 9 May 2018 by Lurler.

Largest CryoFall update is finally live now!

The game is finally ready to fully enter public alpha and ready for large number of people to join and try the game!

With this CryoFall is finally launched publicly! And not only that, but CryoFall is available completely for free during the initial alpha period! We would like everybody to give it a try without any strings attached, voice their opinions and participate in its development as much as possible for the next several months. Yes, we plan keep it completely free for the time being!

We will also starting promotional activities this month, which means there should be more players now compared to closed alpha test.

We are also looking forward to your YouTube videos and specifically Let's plays as they allow us to examine just HOW exactly you play and make adjustments to the game based on that knowledge. So, even if you have a tiny channel with a few subscribers it will still be useful to us!

Naturally, you can also preorder CryoFall if you would like to show your support and we would very much appreciate this gesture! Preorders are available in our official store. CryoFall Deluxe Edition also comes with additional features and content. There is also no need for a demo, as you can just play it as much as you want and then decide for yourself if it's worth the price. Additionally, we will keep the price much lower during this free alpha period to make barrier to entry lower.

Now that the game is finally out and publicly available - we will keep working with redoubled effort to bring new content at a steady pace and see every planned feature implemented! From today onwards we will return to posting our regular development updates on CryoFall in our blog, we will also try to align them with each version release.

Don't forget to join and follow our social channels:

And finally, you can check our detailed list of changes for this release since closed alpha.

VoidExpanse v2.1.0 is out!

Added on 6 March 2018 by Lurler.

Greetings friends!

This time we have several really good news lined up!

First up, to continue from the last week - we are practically done with all the technical backend improvements mentioned before. It enables us to finally release CryoFall and new version of VoidExpanse, among other things.

And VoidExpanse is exactly the topic of today's blogpost!

Obviously it nothing super major, but we have completed a lot of small improvements and changes in this update. Some of them are:

  • New game option for static camera (the camera won't follow the mouse cursor, as you guys asked us to add!)
  • Video setting improvements and compatibilities with Ultra HD and 4k displays.
  • Large expansion of modding and scripting capabilities as requested by people who are modding VoidExpanse. You can now create devices to interact with space objects (such as debris), and a lot of other API methods.

You can find the complete list of changes of here.

 

But that's not all of course!

We've updated our site with all the necessary stuff needed for the CryoFall Alpha launch. With that we can safely start inviting people to the game. Cross your fingers! If everything goes well we will open CryoFall to public in just a couple of days! :)

We've also updated our AtomicTorch Game Launcher so that it can be conveniently used with CryoFall and all of our previous games. You can download it right now.

We will see you in a few days with a new blogpost! Stay tuned!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #31 - Almost there

Added on 26 February 2018 by Lurler.

Greetings friends!

It's been awhile since we last posted an update on the progress of CryoFall development. That's because we were making the game ready for the open alpha. And today we're going to make several pleasant announcements. So, let's begin!

First of all, the game is practically ready for the open alpha, we have completed everything that we wanted to finish before public release. There are of course things that would need further improvements, but we will work on them during the Alpha stage, when you'll provide us with feedback on those features. Bottom line is - the game is now ready!

Secondly, we are now working on our backend system and master server. And it, unfortunately, takes a bit more time than we would have liked. Still, good news is that all of our previous games will benefit from this update as well, including VoidExpanse. Plus, we are also updating VoidExpanse with all new bugfixes and improvements made over the course of several months based on your feedback and reports. We're also providing our modders with extended Modding API.

Lastly, and most importantly, we want to reiterate that during the open alpha stage, CryoFall will be fully accessible and available for everyone for Free on our website! We will soon publish a separate blog entry, explaining how you can download the CryoFall Alpha client and connect to one of our servers.

Thank you for following us and stay tuned for the updates!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #30 - Pre-launch preparations

Added on 16 January 2018 by Lurler.

Greetings!

CryoFall open alpha is approaching and we're making final preparations! We've decided to make the game completely free during the initial soft-launch period to gather player's feedback and continue improving the game before the release!

So, today we'd like to talk about some very interesting technical solutions that we've just finished implementing for the game backend and specifically - cloud game servers.

As you probably know, many online and multiplayer games quite often experience various issues on launch such as not being able to secure enough server resources (should there be too many players), latency bottlenecks, long waiting lists, etc. This mostly stems from the lack of ability to scale server infrastructure quickly to meet demand and management difficulties.

Naturally, we are a much smaller team and it is unlikely that we will see ten million players on launch, still, being a multiplayer game it is very important for us to be able to scale our servers easily. Consequently, doing it manually is simply out of the question.

Our approach for dealing with this problem is to use Docker containers and .NET Core running on cloud servers provided by Vultr!

How does it work? First and most important point is that we created a completely automated management solution that allows us to quickly deploy and manage any number of cloud server instances. Secondly, this will allow us to avoid any latency-related issues as well, as we can use cloud servers specifically from the regions where our players are actually located to provide the best connection speed and quality.

Here's the result of our first test deployment of cloud infrastructure:

And it took just a few minutes to deploy!

What's more, in the future this system will allow us to add player-owned servers for a very reasonable price - for those of you who might be interested to run your own world. We will manage the servers for you and provide technical support - including automatic updates and scheduled maintenance and backups to ensure the best experience. Naturally, you will be able to host any servers yourself too, even on your home computer.

For the soft-launch we will run only a couple of servers, most likely in North America. But from there we will be gradually increasing their number with the growth of the community as needed.

We were hoping to soft-launch CryoFall in January, but it looks like we will have to push it to February. There's still a lot of things to prepare for launch.

Anyway, stay tuned for more news and don't forget to join our forums and follow us on the usual social media: Facebook, TwitterReddit for all the important updates regarding launch!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #29 - Land Claims

Added on 21 December 2017 by Lurler.

Friends, this week we've finally completed our work on a new and very important mechanic of land ownership in CryoFall.

This is hugely important for the future development of the game as it functions as a foundation for all planned additional features, but let's not get ahead of ourselves and start from the beginning! :)

As many of you know land claims or "base ownership" mechanics in other games help players control a certain territory on a map or a particular building to create a stable dwelling there. Usually, land claims also allow construction of advanced buildings and give you an opportunity to protect your loot behind solid walls. Basically, land claims are used for base ownership.

This is the most basic effect that land claims offer in CryoFall. There's much more to it, however.

In the very beginning you will have a rather small land claim which can function as a core of your base, but with its continuous upgrades and base expansion it will allow you to control larger and larger territory around it. It ensures that no other players can build anything in your claimed zone or deconstruct any of your existing buildings. As long as your land claim is there you can be sure that your base is protected from other players.

Of course, if they breach your defenses and walls and actually get to the land claim they can destroy it and with it remove the protected status from the entire base. It is absolutely essential to ensure that your landclaim is well protected.

Now, this all sounds good and all, but what if you are not online and some other players are snooping around your base with not the most friendly intentions in mind? We wanted to avoid situations of complete territory loss just because someone needed to finally get some sleep. That's why there's a "damaged" state for the land claim structure. If someone damaged your land claim significantly enough it won't be completely destroyed at once, instead there will be a time window when you can repair it and restore its full protection (or move you stuff away from such unfriendly neighbors). This protection timeout depends on the upgrade level of the land claim and increases with each level.

Of course, you can be the sole owner of everything that's built on the claimed territory, but you will also be able to manage permissions and allow your friends to interact with the objects there. There's a list of owners that you can manage for each land claim.

We believe that land claims in CryoFall have an incredible promise - groups of players can create cities and small towns, with walls to protect the land and a lot of good stuff hidden inside from the outside world, so that those, who prefer to take, rather than build, could have some fun as well (and by fun we mean raiding). Cities and isolated dwellings will further trade between the towns, shuttles will need protection and mercenaries to defend the cargo. And all of this will make the world of CryoFall even more immersive!

Anyways, that's it for today, soon you will able to try land claims on your own! Subscribe and stay tuned for the updates in our blog!

Don't forget, you can also follow our development roadmap here.

CryoFall Dev.Blog #28 - More props

Added on 27 November 2017 by Lurler.

Hey there!

Today we'd like to share with you another update on CryoFall development. We're progressing at a nice pace towards the first public release and besides the general mechanics we're also working on a number of visual candies to make the world more diverse in its presentation.

As you know, there are different climate zones in the game (biomes) and each will have different visual presentation and gameplay elements. So our first three props are craters, fallen space debris and even some kind of an aircraft or a shuttle after a crash (could that be your ship?). These props were designed with a futuristic, sci-fi nature of the game in mind, and we think they communicate that feel quite well.

Now, there are also a few more props for a more finished look of the landscape in temperate regions of the map. We've had a lot of trees done before, but after a couple of playtests it became clear that more details were needed to properly convey the "wilderness" feeling. And while the work on actual landscape is nowhere near finished (and will be continued after release) we have now added a few variations of tree stumps and fallen tree trunks among other things. Well, technically these are not props, because you can harvest them with your axe, but they do make the forest look much better.

Well, that's the gist of it for this week's update, we'll keep updating our blog with new entries, so stay tuned for more news!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #27 - Character Faces

Added on 6 November 2017 by Lurler.

Hey there, friends!

Today we'd like to share our latest feature - face customization system. We know that everyone wants their character to be unique, or resembling themselves or just to be random and fun. Well, with this system done we can all have that, or at least try :)

Naturally, there are both male and female options available right now, and you'll be able to change your hair and other features as well. Currently though, the system doesn't allow changing the hair and skin color, but we will implement the color sliders on the next iteration of the system. But for now we're quite pleased with the current solution.

We've also taken into account various hats your hero might be wearing during the game - when that happens the facial system will "hide" the hair under the hat. And of course there's a randomizing function as well if you don't really want to get into that.

There are currently around 400 Male and Female faces that can be set with this system, thanks to our talented artist, who worked on all of those to make them look good and fun. Some of the options look just the right amount of silly :)

Anyways, that's it for this week's update, stay tuned for more news and don't forget to join our forums!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #26 - Development Roadmap

Added on 26 October 2017 by Lurler.

Greetings, friends!

Today we would like to present you the CryoFall Development Roadmap! As we've always done with our blog, we want to make all of our ideas, planned features and information about current progress public.

Using this roadmap, you can vote on things you'd most like to see in the game sooner. With your input we will have better idea of what's important. Obviously it will go hand in hand with discussions on our forums. So you can create topics about any of the planned features to discuss them in greater details or offer your opinions.

Stay tuned for the updates and share the news with your friends!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #25 - Lighting system

Added on 4 October 2017 by Lurler.

Greetings friends!

Today we'd like to share with you our final big feature we've completed for CryoFall before the public release. And that is being the lighting system!

Do you remember our previously shared screenshots? Even though those looked rather nice (if I do say so myself), they were all taken during daytime - that's because they were taken before implementation of the lighting system. In fact, the image was rendered without any post effects or other visual changes. Thankfully, all of that is finally addressed!

With the lighting system addition, we can now positively state that there's now a working day\night cycle in the game as well. With that you can try sneaking up to people at night, and doing all sorts of interesting stuff! Or get eaten by wolves who quietly snuck up to you at night ;)

What's more, the new system also fully supports dynamic and multi colored lighting. Now all the flares from guns shooting or electricity flecks are looking really cool, especially in the night!

And as the system allows for (and requires) night lights to maneuver around dangerous fauna, we've added torches, oil lamps and flashlights.

For those with eyes keen for detail, we want to note that shadows are still something we need to work on, but those will be added to the game later on as well!

And with that we can conclude that yet another step was taken towards the first public version of the game, so stay tuned for our news updates and don't forget to share your opinion with us on the forums!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #24 - Ambient Occlusion

Added on 20 September 2017 by Lurler.

Greetings, friends!

This will be a short update on a small, but widely-used feature! Today we've finally added a separate layer for Ambient Occlusion effect to the game, which should make most of the buildings and other static objects on the ground seem more realistic and having more depth.

Here's a screenshot of "before" and "after" the effect. As you can see - it makes quite a difference. Without the shadow it looks like the crates just float in midair.

Anyway, this is only the first features related to visual presentation that we are currently working on for the upcoming public release. Soon to come are shader effects, dynamic lighting and more!

As always, let us know what you think in the comments below or on the forums.

CryoFall Dev.Blog #23 - Medical items

Added on 12 September 2017 by Lurler.

Today we'd like to continue with the topic of previous post and tell you more about the related features and mechanics.

To be specific - this time we'd like cover medical items in CryoFall. We've mentioned some of those items in some of our previous blog entries, but this time we have much more to show and talk about.

So, without further ado, here's a picture of some medical items currently used in the game:

As you can see there are numbers of different items from the basic herbs to a cutting edge anti-rad treatments and stimpacks. What are those for?

  • Herbs are used as a basic remedy for the everyday simple needs.
  • Concoction is a more advanced treatment used to restore health.
  • Hemostatic and Bandage are your first priority needs when bleeding.
  • First aid kit restores more health and removes some of the negative effects mentioned in our previous blog entry, like nausea, bleeding, etc.
  • Splint is used to fix the broken bones. Of course, as we have told you before - running is not an option when your leg is broken.
  • Painkillers are used just like in real life to remove the effects of pain - another negative you can get, when, say, your character's leg is broken.
  • Stimpacks are used when you want to restore your health very fast. But be wary: overdosage of stimpacks will lead to addiction and other negative effects!

Now we're getting to the interesting part! As you know, CryoFall will have places with technogenic effects like Radiation or Toxic pollution. Of course you will need to treat those somehow. But this is much more difficult, taking into account how dangerous those effects can be.

So, there are two main types of medication for these ailments:

  • Pre-exposure treatments - these are taken before the contact with polluted areas. They will drastically decrease the amount of exposure you will get while in the polluted area. There are Toxin pre-exposure treatment and Radiation pre-exposure treatment. What are they needed for? Well, those are needed to make you actually survive the contact with the pollution and make it out alive to get the next kind of medication!
  • Emergency treatments - these are taken after your exposure to either radioactive or toxically polluted areas. Effects of being exposed to either kind of this pollution are rather long-lasting, and negating those will help your character to get better faster. And of course, he or she won't die and won't be shining in the dark after taking those meds.

As you can see, the medical aid system is finally getting into its finalized shape. It might be somewhat complicated, but as the game is quite realistic we wanted to make the ailments and their cure as close to reality as possible! Plus it just adds more depths to the game when you need to consider different consequences and possible course of action.

Anyway, don't forget to join our forums or leave your comments here!

CryoFall Dev.Blog #22 - Status effects

Added on 31 August 2017 by Lurler.

It's been a while since our last update... Sorry about that :)

But we've been working hard on a lot of new additions to the game in preparation for launch!

Wait... "Launch"?!

Yes! We are planning to make CryoFall public relatively soon. We feel there's enough content to keep people entertained for a while and we are constantly adding even more content, so it seems a good time to finally make the game available for public! Currently, I won't go into too much details regarding our release plans, but we will have a detailed post with more information within a few weeks. So, make sure to follow our blog!

Anyway, now onto the main topic for today. And that is character status effects!

It looks something like this in the game. Now, obviously you won't ever see madness like the above, at most I expect people to have 2-5 active status effects at any one time, but for the testing purposes I added most of the status effects that are available in the game just to show you how it looks :)

So, let's get into a bit more details about the stuff currently in the game.

We can start with the negative status effects (or "debuffs"):

  • Bleeding - This is probably one of the most common status effects in this type of games, so the explanation is unnecessary :)
  • Broken leg - This one is also pretty self explanatory. You can use a splint to fix the broken bone and this will change the status effect into Splinted leg, which will heal after some time. You can't run with either of the two effects.
  • Dazed - If you've been hit hard you will get this status effect for a few seconds. During that time you can't move or do anything else.
  • Hunger - If your food meter goes all the way down you will get this status effect. It simply means that you are losing health slowly.
  • Thirst - Similar to hunger, but the effects are more severe (as in real life).
  • Nausea - If you eat something bad there's a chance to get this status effect. When that happens you can't eat or drink anything else for some time.
  • Pain - This is quite an interesting one. You will get this effect as a consequence of some other effects and when you get hit. It doesn't do that much on it's own, but it indicates that "something is not right". Still, you can use some painkillers to completely remove it.
  • Psi - Now it's getting interesting! There are some areas and creatures in the game that will have psi powers! This is as much as I can say right now! :)
  • Radiation - This is the amount of accumulated radiation in your body. Essentially radiation poisoning or "dose". The higher the level the faster you will lose health.
  • Toxins - Similar to radiation, but the source of the influence are toxins. Quickly use some anti-toxin meds!

There are obviously some positive effects, including:

  • Energy rush - After drinking an energy drink or taking stimulants your fatigue recovery will be much higher and you can run for a very long distance without getting tired.
  • Healing - This simply means that you are recovering your health. Usually as a result of using a healing item (such as medkit).


And finally there are some "neutral" effects that don't do anything by themselves, but affect other things:

  • Drunk - This status has a bunch of different effects ranging from reduced pain to protection from psi.
  • Medicine overuse - If you keep using meds non stop - eventually your body will tell you "Enough!". In game terms it is simply a measure to stop players from abusing the meds and giving them excessive advantage.
  • Protection - From bleeding (by using blood coagulants), pain (by using painkillers), psi, radiation, toxins, etc. Essentially a protection from some influences.

And that's more or less it. Next time we will cover the actual items that help with those status effects (medicine).

And don't forget to join our forums or leave your comments here!

CryoFall - Second Closed Test

Added on 19 June 2017 by Lurler.

Hey there, friends!

Today we'd like to announce our second closed alpha test for CryoFall!

It's been quite a while since we launched our first closed test back in January, but after half a year of continuous development we have finally reached second stage of the project!

So, the test will take place quite soon (in about a week or so to be a bit more precise) and we'd like to invite as many people as possible. We will announce the exact date in a few days, so please follow the forums and our twitter.

Also, if you participated in the previous test - you are already set! Just download the updated client when the test is live. Otherwise you can sign up to be a participant on our forums right now. Anyone is welcome! :)

Either way - just follow the guidelines on the forum and you'll be good to go!

We hope to see you in the game!

 

Update:

The test is now live! Please update your client and join us in the game! You can also find more information about the test in the same topic on the forums!

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