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Old 12-25-2017, 11:41 PM   #1
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Default December 23rd update

ran across this information on the steam page, figured i would pass it along,

Good evening everyone!

It's nice to be back here with a regular update again. Furthermore, the time to sum up a whole year has come.

The last period was the same as usual a hard-working, it's probably our lifestyle already We tried to do as much as possible to get to the moment that we will only be refining the details. Do not count your chickens before they hatch, but we think we have implemented all we planned. The last ones were shooting, implementing types of ammunition, more precise damage mechanisms and macro management. We tried to refine all elements as accurately as we were able to. We were watching other productions, collecting materials, reading them, watching them, trying to draw the right conclusions. Have we succeeded? You will judge.

Not everything is closed, it must wait for its time and constantly evolve together with our knowledge. In the new year we will mainly polish the game, add more ships, graphics, sounds, voices, texts, icons and other minor elements. Furthermore, we will be involved in the production of the campaign. That's real final part.

But now let's get to the summary of recent works.

We've fully implemented both manual and automatic modes for all types of guns on the boat. All guns have different types of available ammunition that we tried to model in a historically accurate way.
the steam page references a load out of HE AP Star Shells, fused AAA and smoke shells for laying screen, though i do not think it to be historically accurate for a U-boat to carry such a varied load out for its deck gun

U-boat now has a fully functional storages for items that you can load at ports, loot from freighters etc. You have to wisely manage the available space as these items are often very important for your boat functioning or are just valuable in some ways. We have a very long list of items in the game, but to give you an idea of what kind of items are out there, there comes a short list:
Food: bread, meats, vegetables etc.
Replacement parts
Enemy technologies
Mission equipment: hand guns, weather stations, deep diving suits etc.
Potassium absorbers
so it appears, that you will be responsible for making sure provisions are loaded onto your boat in sufficient quantities that you can be sure to have enough of each, however, obviously, the storage capacity is limited. judging by the above list, there will be quite a bit to think about when loading up and making ready for sea - it is also implied that you can capture supplies from stricken enemy merchants (possibly via boarding party?)

It's now possible to rescue and capture enemy pilots or crew in addition to arresting your crew mates for their misbehaviours. You can either keep the prisoners under guard in Battery Room No. 1 or let them freely roam your boat.

You can drop your prisoners in ports for some budget and prestige points.
there has apparently been a brig system implemented, where you can confine captives or misbehaving crewmen to a specific area of the boat. Though - depending on the year of the conflict - you wouldn't be called upon to capture anyone, and as we all know, boats had orders to take no captives after laconia

We've introduced numerous improvements to our damage system in this update.

- Most enemy vessels can now be broken in half, if they are badly damaged into a weak spots on their hulls.

- Hull holes are now fully 3D and reveal ship's internal structure.

- Water gushes from explosions were made from the scratch again to follow your feedback. They are far better than they used to be.

- Torpedo fuzes were fixed back again. You won't be able to damage targets in a close proximity to your ship.
cool damage models and torpedo realism tweaks

This is a major change for the gameplay and it's rather a good one. From now on all officers on your boat, including a skipper, can be promoted to field officer ranks (Stabsoffizier) and work at Kriegsmarine headquarters. You will get your first field officer after finishing the first story mission and can gain more of them by spending prestige points.

You can communicate with the headquarters by using onboard radio as long as you are in your currently built transmitters range. After establishing a communication you can assign jobs to your men out there.

- They can start and oversee missions for your u-boat. It's now the only way to start missions in the game as this explains well how you are free to choose missions for yourself.

- They may work on tasks directly supporting your war effort in addition to providing something useful for your boat. This includes building new submarine pens, decrypting enemy codes, researching new technologies etc.

In addition to your field officers there is also the rest of the admiralty represented by Admiral Dönitz. Admiralty chooses work for themselves independently from you and they push forward historical evolution of the world independently from your added impact (which is configurable to satisfy pure simulationists too).
perhaps most interesting in this December update which i had not heard mentioned before is the headquarters aspect of the game. from what im reading, once an officer aboard your boat is promoted past a certain level he can be sent to headquarters it is also how you will become aware of and select missions to undertake with your boat. I dont see much more information than that, so we will have to see how that pans out.

Ship physics were criticized in your feedback to the last update and we tried to do something about that. As of now, our physics system for ships has been completely rewritten and uses neural networks to approximate many factors that normally were too expensive to compute or would require too much toying around with simplified colliders. In addition to more realistic boat visual behaviour, this new method has a better performance and ensures historically accurate diving and acceleration times.

This means that from now on it's no longer that easy for your enemies to dodge torpedoes, so even if they spot you or your torpedo it's often too late for them to do anything with this. Not all our ships use updated physics, so on the video you can be sure to see it in action just on the u-boat.

Also, it's very tweakable so if you don't like something about it, we will probably be able to fix this. As a matter of fact we recorded hours of footage with different settings and made a voting in our team to choose a preset that looks most convincing in our opinion.

Our radio communications were massively upgraded. After selecting one of your radio operators you will see a list of transmissions reaching your boat. Usually these last for a limited time, so you have to hurry, if you want to receive them. Some transmissions are encoded, some are not. If it's not Enigma nor a broken Allied code then at best you will be able just to track its location with a direction finder.

In addition to messages, radio can now be used to communicate with your headquarters and to listen to radio stations from many cities around the world to boost morale recovery.

Aircrafts in our game are now fully functional although we still don't have final models for them Planes should approach your boat realistically and drop their bombs with a correct horizontal acceleration.

Sometimes they may flood their engines, if they get too close to water when dropping bombs. It's intentional and not a bug as this was happening historically at times and we tried to model this in our game too.
additional changes and tweaks... you can now tune the radio to various civilian channels and listen to period radio broadcasts to boost morale and break allied codes to find convoys etc


Besides all of these additions to the game we were mostly working on fixes and necessary improvements to existing stuff that felt raw and that probably took us most time since the last update. This trend will now continue and we (probably?) won't add anything new to the game from now on and focus on fixing stuff.

Having this in mind, it's probably our last big content update, but you will hear from us more as we will be sure to keep you updated.

We don't feel confident enough to give you any reasonably accurate estimate how much time this remaining work is going to take, so for now we will still have to stick to the "2018" release date. We feel that it's good for all of us as with our relatively small team size, we can't reliably predict how much time this work is going to take. Usually there is just one unreplaceable person for each task and if delays happen it's just how it is.

PS many thanks for the feedback since the last update. If you feel that we should improve some area of the game feel free to speak openly in the comments section as we literally read all comments. We are aware of some things that need to be improved, but we lack the perspective and distance that only you can put into our further considerations. Thanks!
they still have dodged any narrowing down any iron clad release date other tan just to say, some time in the year 2018, however, the update referenced above does indicate that they are down to the final major changes to the game, and moving forward will largely be focusing on fixes and tweaks to the final product.

Video linked below

based on the video and the update - im kind of reminded of Sims, only with u-boats should be interesting
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:41 AM   #2
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Can't wait. Hopefully the release date is getting closer whenever that may be. I purchased a new computer last December in anticipation of uboot so hopefully it will be worth the wait. The latest video looked great.

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From the update in December 2017 it mentions Q2 2018 for release, so another 3-6 months to wait, hopefully your PC won't be out of date by then.
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Looking forward to this. Q2 will be here before we know it!.

It's been a long time (too long) but it's going to be great to get to sea again at long last.
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