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Development News #34 - (Walls, walls, walls!) Walls redesign incoming!

13.01.2017
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Hey everyone,

We are excited to share our overhauled castle walls with you!

While working on the new wall system, our top priority was getting rid of the major problems with the old system.

Wall battlements now take character height into account; this will make them more convenient to use as a cover while using ranged weapons. We have also changed loopholes, passages and different sections coupling with one another.


This variety of new elements will allow the building of various fortification designs, so get creative! For each wall type, we are going to have some segments without battlements - this will be helpful while laying out the inner perimeter of the castle.

You can use wall arcs to create passages without gates, add sculptures in niches to show off your stature and generally mix and match the wall types to suit your needs! We’re also thinking about the possibility to customise your walls: adding flags, bas-reliefs etc - or even the ability to add your heraldry colours as wall paintings.

Last but certainly not least: as well as all of this, we’ll also be adding the long awaited drawbridge!

In other news, we mentioned that we’ve been working super hard on the 64-bit version for both LiF:YO and the MMO in our last Dev News. We were hoping to launch sometime this week, but we want to ensure it works smoothly, so we are going to spend some extra time polishing and smoothing out any kinks. We are pretty sure that we will be able to present it sometime next week in the open beta branch of LiF:YO for you guys to try it out and let us know how it is!

Thanks for reading this week’s dev news, 

- The Team

Development News #33 - '2017 - more feudal than ever!'

09.01.2017
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Hey everyone,

It’s the end of the festive season and the start of a new year! We hope you all had a great holiday and are ready for what the new year brings - perhaps, who knows... 64 bit feudalism to both LiF:YO and the MMO!?

We have to say that we have invested a lot of hot and passionate development time into these builds - we even affectionately named the internal code branch for those builds, ‘69 bit’...

We hope you'll be able to help out with testing this version - we’re optimistic it helps increase our client stability and performance significantly!

We’re working very hard, so keep checking back for more information regarding the 64 - *ahem* [i]69[/i] bit versions.

In the meantime, let us know the fun you had over the holidays!


- The team

Development News #32 - A Feudal New Year!

30.12.2016
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Hey everyone,

Firstly, we want to wish you all a very happy new year from all of us here! It’s been an amazing year and we’re so excited for 2017.

To conclude 2016, we’ve finished the first testing run of the MMO closed beta tests. We’ve took on board all of your feedback, reports and ideas and are eager to move forward with this information! We’ve also put together a list of statistics we thought would be cool to share:


 
Thanks for reading this week’s news update - and once again, have a happy new year!

- The team

Development News #31 - Christmas is Feudal

23.12.2016
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Hey everyone,

The end of December is one of the most magical times during winter, and here, at Bitbox, it’s almost impossible for us to resist the holiday mood. We have decorated our houses and our office, bought gifts and signed postcards to friends. Now we are just waiting for Christmas Eve.


We have also tried to create a Christmas mood in the game. The main news is that we've added holiday hats, boots and mittens in this patch! Put them on and wear them with pleasure. Let Santa know, that Life Is Feudal should be the next place for him to come visit!
To create your hats and other items, you must have linen as well as wool or silk cloth. The required materials depend on the type of item you desire. Sew it with the Weaver's Toolkit. For boots and mittens you need just one linen cloth for each item.

We hope you enjoy today's patch!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

- The team

Development News #30 - First results of MMO Closed Beta Tests

16.12.2016
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Hey everyone!


Since the Early Access release of Life is Feudal:Your Own in September 2014, and since its full release in November 2015, we have definitely lacked that feeling of perpetual motion, excitement and 24/7 working schedule before and after the launch of Closed Beta tests! “Burning anthill” is the best description of what our small studio house has looked like in the last few days.

We estimated that one server node will begin to die and eventually crash after 200 players are in it. Well, node 25 has been proven to hold 368 players simultaneously before it crashed. We do not know how this is even possible at the current stage of development and server side optimizations :)

We want to thank all participants for helping us to gather all the valuable performance and bug data. We remind you that it is the first time ever that we have such a massive test of Life is Feudal: MMO with a peak of concurrent users topping 800 users yesterday!

Right now, our top priority is to increase stability and performance of our servers along with fixes of critical issues that you guys report.

Thank you once more for being awesome and for understanding those issues you may stumble upon while playtesting our game!

- The team

Development News #29 - ‘Horsin’ Around’

09.12.2016
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Hey everyone!

We know how excited some of you are for horse-pulled carts; it’s still early stages while we ensure they work exactly how we want them to, but we thought you’d like to see a WiP video:



There is still some confusion surrounding exactly how we will be able to implement them. As you can see, we want to implement almost complete turning freedom for them and you will hopefully be able to use them to move one movable object on top of them.

Yes, we know that it has taken a hella lot of time before we were even able to start the development, but we really are super serious about getting it finished… ‘soon™’! :)

We hope you’ve enjoyed this small insight into what we’re up to!

- The team

Development News #28 - ‘Now I’m a Believer - More Info’

02.12.2016
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Hey everyone!

You might have seen our news regarding our new ‘Believer’ packs for the MMO so we thought we’d elaborate a bit for you guys in this week’s news update.

Firstly, the packs are divided into three: True, Devoted, and Zealous (which you can find out more about here)

In order to elaborate a bit better, we’ve picked some useful questions from the FAQ - remember you can check out the FAQ on the forums too if you haven’t already, and submit your questions!


 

What can you actually buy with real money? Just how much "pay2win" is it?
Answer: It’s mostly cosmetic items and a ticket for character transfer. The original plans to avoid Pay2Win byall costs are still in place, while Bobik is alive and within the project!

Reserving character names for mmo (i guess it is ok) but is guild forming going to be available 2 ?
Answer: Nope, that will work only for character names.

What is God’s favor?
Answer: It's a premium currency that you later will be able to buy with real life currency.

What about those of us who donated in the very early days before the game was even on Steam?
Answer: You still have an access and we want to preserve your unique status by some special unique in-game title or maybe some item. There are no final plans yet.

Are "Tickets to the Mainland of the Realm" in the open-beta available to anyone with YO ownership or only for those who have "Devoted Believer”?
Answer: Tickets will be available at Beta Wave #2 to everyone. But LiF:YO users will have one such ticket for free.

"Ticket to the Mainland of a Realm" and its tooltip is pretty unclear… is that the "character ticket"? and then, if a YO owner buys the zealous pack, they'll have 3 character tickets and then be able to have 3 characters on their account?
Answer: Yes, you need one ticket to move one character on the mainland. 
If you want to buy a pack as YO owner, you will be promoted with $10 OFF and getting package with 1 + 3 tickets on Open Beta.
 
How long after purchasing a package will an account be credited with the benefits? As an example I've purchased a Zealous package and was informed by a prompt that the keys would be available in my personal account, but have not yet received a key for the extra copy of LiF: YO, nor has my account name changed in color.
Answer: If you activated your pack on your account, you should receive an email confirming the activation.
If you applied for additional $10 discount, you will not receive additional YO key.
In-game benefits will be available in Open Beta (Wave #2).

 

We hope these Q&As help clear up any initial confusion! We definitely recommend visiting the FAQ on the forums for any questions you may have in the future.

Thanks, as always, for being so great and understanding!

- The team

Development News #27 - ‘Fall in! Patch and New info’

25.11.2016
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Hey everyone!

We’ve just introduced some pretty major physics refactoring in the Steam Beta branch, which has allowed us to re-add fall damage - so you better tread carefully! We believe this adds to the realism and immersion that we aim for in LiF.

Speaking of realism, we recently slowed tree-growth down significantly to feel more realistic, but if you do find the growth a bit too realistic for your liking, we’ve added a new server setting, allowing you to tweak the growth speed.

Check out the rest of the patch notes and information on how to switch to Beta here

In other news, this week we’ve implemented a more simplistic method of signing up and logging in on our forums! You can use your Facebook, Google Account, Steam and/or VK to login, so be sure to check out the forums if you haven’t already!

We hope you enjoy today’s patch and dev news,

- The team

Development News #26 - 'Hunting the Gottlung‘

18.11.2016
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Hey everyone, we’re sharing a bit of lore with you in this week’s news!
Lore:

“Earlier today we entered the forest.

I don’t like forests.They breathe danger and frightening ancientry here on this side of the continent. Commander of my “iron-bellied” called it Ulfskargsrann. Wolfish-fright-death-fly - something like this, when translated to the common tongue, does not sounds very encouraging at all. However, the commander is vigorous.

I don’t understand their hard, clunking speech well enough. It is more suited for warfare than for communication.

My brave”iron-bellied” Gottlungs sang their drinking songs under the forest canopy, scaring away all the birds and spirits, up until one of them got an arrow right through his throat.

Oh my, they are good at fighting, these Gottlungs, let Jodenande hug them with her legs.

It is good when there is someone to slash with the long Gottlung sword.
It is good when the enemy is seen.

But here, our enemy was the forest itself.”




A  travel log page
by Torson from Gavranskelle - master of trade
found in bear dung near Rivenspinne.


In other news, we know how excited you are about the MMO as are we, of course! So keep checking back for info next week.


- The team

Development News #25 - ‘Onwards! The testing continues’

12.11.2016
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Hey everyone!

We’re sorry for the delayed dev news; we’ve been preparing for more tests and were hoping to have some news regarding that yesterday!

So it's a bit of a short one this week, just to let you know that we’re working hard and you can expect some news hopefully this Friday coming up.

Thank you for being so patient and supportive - keep checking back for more news!


- The team

Development News #24 - Marching on: Continuing Improvements

04.11.2016
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Hey everyone!

As you’re likely already aware, we ran more MMO Beta tests over the weekend and of course, had a blast working with you guys, and have taken onboard all feedback.

We are excited that we’re at this point in testing and we’re currently preparing for the next test run.

Firstly, of course, we’re taking some time to iron out bugs and any issues that were brought to our attention - check out this recent announcement for some more information.

In the meantime, here are a couple of MMO screenshots that some of our awesome testers have shared with us!


Thanks SonofKitt


Thanks Khan

Thanks for checking out this week’s development news, catch us next week for more!

- The team

Development News #23 - ‘Hallows Eve Approaches and the Sleeper is watching’

28.10.2016
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During the dark of the night, where the last leaf drifts away from the dying branch,
Where the lost souls of the departed are seeking the Great Tree,
And the glaring eyes of blood-thirsty animals pierce the dark -
This is the night gloom and cold crawl across the land.

The dead maiden departs her domain,
To douse the hot, bright sun
and let the three Ice Princes roam and rule the land.

Look, however, onto the scarlet sky,
Notice the Sleeping God has opened his eye.
You will see the clouds part way,
To allow for his gaze; for he is watching.

So gather all that is ripe on your fields,
Store your harvest away and seek shelter.
Legend states to light a lantern,
from the head of your enemy.

And wait. Wait as your ancestors waited, and their ancestors before that.
Now everyone will remove their masks and show their true face.

The hour is close. Do not sleep.



In last week’s post, we warned off unusual happenings in faraway lands, but it looks like they’ll be reaching us very soon - when the moon is full at the end of this month...

Development News #22 - ‘Something strange in the village hut - who’re you gonna call?’

21.10.2016
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We’ve heard of some rather unusual goings on in faraway lands, and think you all ought to be prepared in case it reaches our Feudal isles!

Talks of ghostly fog and animals with glaring eyes in distant places is probably nothing for us to worry about, and surely won’t reach our humble Island - alas, just in case, there’s no harm in being aware, lest these oddities surprise us unexpectedly!

You may also do well to heed these words:

If you are the type to enter dark, undisturbed waters as though you were walking through a sunshine-flooded valley…

The type who practically sniggers at the mere thought of evil spirits, and storms through bears and boar alike as though passing by rabbits and squirrels…

The type who’s sword, spear or axe is much a part of you as your hand, leg or heart; the rough wood and coarse leather 
is as familiar as seeing the sun in the morning and the stars at night...

...then perhaps the time has come to discover something new about this world - and perhaps, about yourself.

This something new awaits you, deep in the thick of the forest. It is angry, thirsty for blood and extremely cunning, and it is eager to greet you.

Behold, either its blood ...or the colour of your own fear.

May the Sleeping God protect your soul.





We hope these words stay fresh in your mind, but before we go we would like to end on a more uplifting note!

We are also working on objects and decorations for natives’ settlements, which you can check out:







We hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into some of what we’ve been up to!

- Thanks, the team!

Development News #21 - ‘Shoot it! Range combat revised’

14.10.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

If you checked out the last one, you’ll know we’re overhauling melee and ranged combat mechanics. In today’s development news, we’re looking at bows, crossbows and ranged combat!


Check out some of the changes we have in mind:
  • Crossbows. Reload speed, accuracy and range will be increased for all Crossbows. Unlike other ranged weapons, crossbows will require significantly less strength and agility. Crossbow bolts will be possible to equip in a hip slot.
  • Bows. Most changes are planned for simple and short bows, in some situations they may be preferable over the longbow. Agility will also noticeably affect accuracy.
  • Throwing weapons. Throwing trajectories of javelins, throwing axes and throwing knives will be changed, slightly affecting the effective range. All throwing weapon damage will be increased.
  • Projectiles. Stacks of arrows and bolts will be limited in number.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into some of what we’ve been up to!

- Thanks, the team!

Development News #20 - ‘Combat Mechanics Overhaul'

10.10.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

We are working on overhauling melee and ranged combat mechanics. Check out our short-term goals:
  • Enhanced shield importance. Shields will give a more significant defensive advantage. We are going to increase blocking speed and passive protection, as well as improving shield bash by making it easier to hit with.
  • Changes in pounce mechanics. We will improve the effectiveness of this ability against foes with shields, and at the same time, we will reduce its jump force.
  • Extra damage. We plan to set a certain weapon group with a special feature of increased stun chance.
  • Parrying system change. Parrying should be an immediate action to counter your opponent’s moves, rather than a permanent defense like blocking. We are going to overhaul the parrying to make it possible to deflect blows, as well as make it impossible to stay in the parrying state permanently. We are also going to make parrying chance dependent on the particular weapon you use.
  • Speed bonus. We plan to make speed bonus depend more on player’s movement speed rather than weapon speed for certain strike types.
This will be the melee combat changes that we plan to introduce in the near future!

Next week, we’ll be talking about our plans for bows, crossbows and ranged combat mechanics.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into some of what we’ve been up to. We’d just like to let you know that we are fully aware of the problem with overpowered damage when the direction of a strike switches while you’re attacking.

- Thanks, the team!

Development News #19 - ‘The trees are alive!'

30.09.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week's development news!

We’ve been working on a new maintenance algorithm for trees.

Forests: they aren’t just a supply of firewood and construction materials at your disposal - they’re living organisms; they need particular weather conditions, and thrive in certain locations.



Just like any living entity, the trees can bloom or wither, or even perish if you so wish.

We’ve made a number of adjustments, including with the models, and will also be adding a number of new options. We are looking forward to presenting you with a new, living forest!



We are also so pleased to let you all know that we've managed to defeat a number of issues that were bugging some of our users:

We found, and fixed, a particular bug that caused some tanning tubs, drying racks, campfires and other similar objects to work incorrectly.

We also fixed an exploit, which allowed the player to log out under a wall and log back in on top of it.

Finally, we’ve stopped grass from growing through your building's floor or above tunnel entrances.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into some of what we’ve been up to!

- The team

Development News #18 - Gottlung Plate Masterwork & Armour Crafting Overhaul

23.09.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

If you haven’t noticed the theme yet, we’ve been showcasing the upcoming armour improvements! Check out the previous news posts to see the scale armour and chainmail improvements.


Plate armor is known to be heavy armour, it guarantees unmatched protection against slashing damage - however, to keep mobile, a warrior must have great strength.


Heavy plate armour of a high quality is the dream of any medieval combatant, and pride and joy of the master who forged it. In our new armor crafting system we have overhauled the production process of all metal armors so they will be more fun to craft but a bit more of a pain to lose.


We’d also like to thank everyone who participated in our recent poll. We’ve decided to not completely remove the halo, but to reduce its radius and brightness. You’ll be able to see your character and the area surrounding, up to the length of an outstretched arm. We’ll be updating this in the next patch!

As always, we hope you’re enjoying the insight into some of what we're working on - look out for next week’s update!

- The Team

Development News #17 - ‘Sashes, Silk and Scales: a Khoor Design’

16.09.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

As a follow-on from last week, we’ll be looking into more of our upcoming armour improvements that we’ve been working on.


Scale armour has the best defence against piercing attacks, and is also pretty good against slashing. Its design allows better mobility than plate armour, but not as much as padded or leather.

You can see the armour below, handcrafted by Khoor artisans, using rather specific elements, such as horse tails and sashes - plus silks and furs for the more elite. 



As always, we hope you’re enjoying the insight into some of what we're working on - look out for next week’s update!

- The team

Development News #16 - The night is dark and full of...reasons to enjoy our new lighting

02.09.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

We’ve been improving existing rendering calls, such as reworking the lighting system, which you can check out in these side-by-side comparison images: http://lifeisfeudal.com/screenshots-comparison-2

The improved lighting has made way for a more realistic nighttime, thus you better have a torch handy to guide your way through the pitchblack. You can check out how a torch in the dark looks in our new render in this video:



In other news...

Chainmail: a pretty average armor - it has good protection against slashing attacks, but is vulnerable to piercing damage from spears, lances, arrows and bolts. Below you can see some chainmail armor made using old-school Slavard traditions, with the use of hides and tanned leather for additional protection and warmth.

Of course, you do not wear chainmail over your bare body! Additional layering is required underneath. This can be some basic, common clothing or a padded tunic.


We’re implementing this requirement to our new armor crafting system.
 

We hope you enjoyed the insight into some of the features we're working on - look out for next week’s update!

- The team

Development News #15 - Forest Village Launch + New site + some News!

26.08.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

Firsty, we are super excited to let you all know that we are launching Life is Feudal:Forest Village in early access on Steam today! Check that out [here].

LiF:Forest Village is a city builder with engaging survival aspects set on an island in the unforgiven medieval era. Developed by Mindillusion, you can shape, build and expand your settlement, grow food to ward off starvation and scurvy, send expeditions to explore - even occupy villagers for additional micromanagement or simply to explore!

We’ve also been overhauling our website, which is why it’s been down this morning, but we really hope you like it. Let us know what you think when it’s all up and running!


We're aware that we’re quite late with our development (because since when does anything go to plan!?) and the guild politics and claims system took us longer to implement than what we originally planned. This along with some pesky bugs, which have been very hard to trace or sometimes lead to a major rewrite of some code parts to properly fix them, has definitely slowed us down.

Overall, our development has slowed down a bit while we're investing even more time into quality, rather than an instant result, which we have learned our lesson with after feeling forced to do so way back before, and after, the LiF:YO EA release and full release.

An important piece of info we’re excited to share is that we're currently in the middle of negotiations with a company, which will most likely be our partner from the Wave#1 release. This will really help us with a number of aspects as we move forward. Of course, we’re still negotiating so, at present, we don’t have any final plans, but we just wanted to keep you all in the know.

Thanks for taking the time to read our updates, look out for next week’s dev news!

-The Team

Development News #14 - ‘extra padding!’

19.08.2016
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Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s development news!

Following [Plate armor], we are happy to introduce you to the new Padded armor. It’s super lightweight but with reasonable protection - armor like this was widely used among early medieval warriors.

Padded armor allows you to move faster for longer and carry more weight, as well as giving some decent protection. We are going to introduce an overhauled armor creation system in LiF. Cloth armor will soon become more affordable than the other types and will take its proper place in your inventory.


You might have seen that we launched a [patch] yesterday, that quite a few of our players have been really excited for. We have received numerous requests in the past for Observe Mode to work while moving so you can plan your terraforming needs from every angle.

We are also super excited to let you all know that we have managed to find some code that was not optimal - fixing it resulted in a significant server performance boost!

Check out the patch announcement for the rest of the notes.

Thanks for reading, look out for next week’s post!

- The team

Development News #13 - With it or on it? Destroy it!

12.08.2016
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Hey guys!

We always love seeing the results of your hard work - including those of you who partake in the type of work that includes an axe and an enemy’s body.

Sparks, splinters and blood droplets: the recipe that inspires the heart of a warrior! And now we’re expanding that list with three new damage stages for shields, which allows you to better evaluate how fast your opponent will die by your hands!

 

You can see in this screenshot the difference between the new, moderately damaged and severely damaged shields.

To accompany this new improvement, we’ve also reworked some of our shields and even added some new ones!


We also know how much you all want to hear about the MMO - totally understandable! At present, we’re continuing to work very hard on the Guilds/Claims. The mechanics are very complex so we really want them to be of a very high quality for you guys. We’re also currently working on fixing some bugs that affect transition between servers. We’re so excited to progress to the next wave and are so grateful for your patience, support and feedback!

Thanks from all the team

Development News #12 - ‘It’s not just sword-wielding heroes facing their foes!’

05.08.2016
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    If your hands feel more familiar to the rough handle of a pickaxe than the leathery grip of a battleaxe or the iron coldness of a sword - and if underground passages and dark mines feel like a second home - keep in mind that armor-clad knights aren’t the only ones to face danger...


You will do well to remember that not every distant rustling and echoed rattling is the sound of earthfall and rubble; and that obscure rumbling deep in the mine isn’t always the Sleeper’s venomous breath.

There can be something vicious and utterly unnerving about complete silence - but you are not alone. Keep your torch close - allow the flames to dance ahead and illuminate the darkness; inspect the inky shadows a little closer.

Ah, but don’t look too close, unless, of course, you are willing to put down your faithful tools and take up arms and fight the fear that preys from beneath the shadows.

Stay safe - they could be watching…


Hey guys,

Yep, that’s right, more NPC teasing in the form of lore and screenshots just because we can!

This week’s blog is going to be a short one, since we’re still working on things we’ve mentioned recently in past dev blogs.  Including improving and fixing things in the MMO as we’ve been receiving feedback (thank you again to our brilliant testers).

Thanks for checking this week’s dev news, join us next Friday for more!

- The Team

Development News #11 - ‘If you go out in the woods today…’

29.07.2016
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A small group of lumberjacks working deep in the woods were the first victims...

Their mangled corpses were reminiscent of a bear attack; horrible lacerations moulded by claw-like marks, broken bones, shattered skulls - surely no man could inflict such mutilations?


If you happen upon an unusual mound in the forests, resembling an ancient tree stump with it’s great roots unearthed, ensure it’s not moving, because if it is… run. Now is the time to decide how precious your loot really is; you won’t want anything weighing you down. Now is the time to push yourself to your limits and run as fast and far as you can. Now is the time to be anywhere but here.

...Although, are you not one of those brave madmen who do not tremble at the sight of danger, but rather unsheath their axes and arrows?

Perhaps you should rally your allies - maybe it’s time to check if blood even flows in these forest demons. Before you do, remember to pray to the Sleeper to save your souls.

So if you go out in the woods today, be sure of a big surprise,
If you go out in the woods today, listen for blood-curdling crie
s




...Hey guys!

Welcome to this week’s dev blog - we hope this fun little bit of lore and new screenshots have peaked your interest. We’re sorry for being a tease, but we are all really excited about what we have planned on the horizon.

We know how you are also really eager to find out what’s happening with the MMO waves - and are especially eager to find out when you can join in - so we’ll be updating you guys on that.

Firstly, if you’re unsure, you can find out when you are eligible to join on [this page]

We’re pleased to say that nearing the end of Wave #0; it’s been really rewarding and has helped us move forward with fixing any bugs and taking back feedback. We’re expecting to be starting the next wave after we’ve perfected some of the guild mechanics. As you know, the guild system is a huge part of the MMO, so we would like it to work as intended, of course - with some of the more stubborn bugs ironed out -  before letting player enjoy Wave#1!

Keep checking back for more information as we’ll keep you posted along the way.

- The Team

Development News #10 - Animals and Algorithms

25.07.2016
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Hey guys,

Welcome to this week’s dev news! There’s lots of reworking some older mechanics on top of everything else so we thought we’d elaborate on some the new mechanics you can look forward to.

After we released LiF:YO, we decided we’d like to completely rework animal behavior mechanics. Our goal was to achieve better code clarity, extensibility, and an easier way to modify parameters in realtime.

The new pathfinding algorithm removes the old manual implementation, and instead takes advantage of the well-known recast/detour library. This allows us to provide walkable surfaces (Navigation Meshes), not only on the ground, but on the stairs, buildings - everything with proper collision geometry. It’s also fully tunable: maximum angle, impassable area size near walls, etc.


After we had taken care of the new pathfinding, new animals (and the native NPCs in the future) would still be lacking good behavior implementation and proper spawn logic. Therefore, after many discussions, we decided to move forward with the ‘behavior tree’ approach. This technique showed great adjustability and was really clear to understand.


This screenshot shows an approximate behaviour tree for predatory animals, such as bears, boars and wolves.

Spawn logic was the last feature to add for our overall animal AI improvements. We originally divided the whole territory into regions.

256 regions in one terrain
256 x 9 regions in one server

However, now civilization rates are taken into account, it reduces the chance for animals to spawn so we’ve made the animals appear more randomly in their respective biomes (wolves on forest soil for example) and the spawning algorithm is more adjustable.

At the moment, these new algorithms are present in Beta Wave #0 of the MMO, and are currently being thoroughly tested and continuously improved.

Thanks for reading this week’s dev news, join us next Friday for more!

Please note that we are aware of, and hard at work on, issues that may have affected some users since the latest update. The team are diligently working on fixes and apologise if anyone is affected by these changes

- The team

Development News #9 - New Dangers Lurking in the Wild!

15.07.2016
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Hey everyone,

Welcome to this week’s development update! We sincerely hope you’ve been enjoying the screenshots and insight into some of the things we’ve been getting up to.

Check out one of this week’s WiP screenshots - this halfplate armour concept art:


We know a lot of you are really looking forward to our native NPCs, so we’re really excited to share some more information and concept art to entice you that little bit more!

According to old chronicles, the fierce tribes are dotted about mountains and mines in both the north and in the south of the Island. They’re vicious, stealthy hunters and have even been known to indulge in cannibalism. Their form seems less than human, leaving many to speculate that they are demons.


These natives may not be too happy with your arrival to the island, it is their homeland, afterall.

Look out for them, they’re coming soon™!

Thanks for reading this week’s dev update - catch us next week for more

- The Team