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Usurpator 04-05-24 01:25 PM

Weekly updates
Hello everyone!

Axel has continued work on some of the last remaining bugs in UI-areas (such as nameplates disappearing etc.) He has also started working on a texture streaming framework, intended to load height maps and other world location data at runtime as efficiently as possible - this will be used for creating land and more advanced AI navigation. Oscar is still refactoring net code. It is tedious, but it needs to be done and the final result will be great! Einar is working on the VIIC/41 exterior.

Usurpator 04-12-24 09:35 AM

Weekly update
Hello everyone!

This week Axel has continued work on the texture streaming framework. Oscar is still refactoring net code and is making progress. Einar is working on the VIIC/41 exterior.

Usurpator 04-19-24 10:20 AM

Weekly update
Hello Everyone!

This week Axel's continued working on the texture streaming framework, as well as looking into terrain loading/shaders. Oscar's making progress on the net code. It's getting there! Einar is unwrapping/texturing the VIIC/41 tower.

Usurpator 04-26-24 02:23 PM

Hello everyone! This week Oscar has continued work on the net code refactor - more details below. Axel has been on sick leave most of the week, but is continuing work on the global map and terrain planning. Einar has been finishing up the type VIIC/41 model.

FAQ about our progress and priorities:

Why do you have to refactor the code right now, canít you just fix the bug and release the patch?

Refactoring code is a normal and necessary part of development and needs to happen periodically, because requirements change as the product matures. Right now, the net code is the oldest piece of code in the game. It was written seven years ago, when the game was in its infancy and everything worked very differently from the way it does now. This has caused several issues as time has passed, and is currently preventing us from expanding the design of the game.

Why is it taking so long to fix?
The net code affects most of the components in the game. Since we have to rewrite the components, weíve decided to also make some structural changes to them, in preparation for future updates. This means it takes a bit longer now, but in return it enables improvements and speeds up upcoming releases. For example:

In the current version of the game, the player character is a property of the U-boat. This means that each U-boat has seven hidden player characters in it at all times, and when a player connects they possess one of these pawns. Each u-boat has exactly seven player slots, and the player character canít leave the u-boat. This design is part of the legacy code that we are throwing out with this patch.

In the new version, the player character is its own object, separate from the u-boat, and the u-boat implements a generic container interface that can hold any number of players. This change means a couple of things:
It will be possible for the player character to be in different places than the u-boat, for example in the bunker, or in the water.
It will be very easy for us to add other vessels, like the Corvette and the Type VIIC/41 that Einar has modeled.
The u-boat (and other vessels) is no longer limited to 7 players, it can have as many players as we want.

How much work is left on this patch?

The netcode itself is finished, but all of the components that touch the net code need to be updated to work with the new system. Oscar has been implementing one system at a time.
These are done:
The water and weather system.
The player character
The propulsion system
The torpedo system/tdc
The electrical system.
Periscopes and depth keeping.

We still need the radio/sonar room and map to work before we can release the patch.

Thank you for your patience!

Usurpator 05-03-24 09:44 AM

Weekly update
Hello everyone!

This week Axel has returned to the UI temporarily to prepare some fixes for the new patches, and otherwise continued work with land and sea charts. Oscar has been working on the map implementation, it is almost finished. For more details, see the previous update.

Usurpator 05-10-24 03:11 PM

Hello everyone! This week Oscar has finished work with the map. Axel has been working on shaders for the land / world map. Einar has been working on the corvette.

Usurpator 05-17-24 04:32 PM

Hello everyone!
This week we have worked on real scale world maps, terrain and in-game sea charts rendered according to those maps (using real oceanographic survey data), AI groups/convoys and steering behaviors as well as network code cleanup.
We wish everyone a great weekend, happy hunting!

Usurpator 05-24-24 04:57 PM

Weekly update
Hello everyone!

This week Axel has been working on a group system for non-player units, which includes pathfinding according to depth/terrain and task/waypoint management. Without getting too technical, individual units (ships, submarines, aircraft) are composed into groups (mixed compositions are available), groups share tasks and waypoints and will operate as a group when pursuing those objectives. Groups can dynamically form and split at the command of a "global" AI director. This should make missions much more dynamic and more replayable.

This group system is built with a new mission editor in mind, where our vision is for mission authors to be able to compose groups in real-time and assign waypoints, etc.
Oscar is making progress on the network update and Einar is working on a few unfinished parts of the the VIIC/41 tower.

Lignite 05-25-24 10:23 AM

That sounds very... Dynamic! Great concept, would love to hear more as it developes.

entrippy 05-27-24 09:57 PM

Sounds exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing the next patch.

Speaking of which, are you still working towards the net code patch milestone or have you extended the scope (eh?!?! geddit?!?!?) to include the new features you mention above.

I'm not try to to project manage you, just create a picture in my head of how you're structuring your delivery

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