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Re: Stars End
« Reply #75 on: December 15, 2020, 02:05:42 AM »
Updated 50 - Available in Beta Testing Mode (Live in 48 hours)
Mon, 14 December 2020



Hey Everyone,

Over the past couple of weeks we had many new players join Stars End, and with a higher player population we`ve received a lot more feedback. So with out 50th update we focused on fixing, polishing and improving various aspects of Stars End based on player feedback, bug reports and suggestions.

In addition we started work on making other planets in the star system more playable but this is just the first steps, and we still recommend Beta Prairie as the main planet.

...please keep in mind that our 50th update is now only available in Steam`s beta testing mode (right click on the game, click properties, then beta, then opt in), but we expect it to be fully ready tomorrow or Wednesday.

In our next major update we will be finally introducing new characters with much higher visual fidelity, but first we have one more bug fixing and improving update coming up in a few days.

Thanks for your continuous support, and lets take a look has to offer:

Setting up New Planets
   Planet audio added to Caliban planet and Cassius moon
   Waypoints, resources, AI and additional fixes on Caliban planet
   Underwater rocks added on Cassius moon
   Cassius moon ferry landing enhanced and moved to an island
   Reworked Brutus planet with terrain fixes and an LOD version added for better orbital views
   Updated resources and foliage on Nox moon to use new foliage tech + spotter system
   Waypoints created for some Nox moon resources
   Fixed falling through Nox moon terrain and on some other players

Fixes and Additions
   Fixed various bugs with capturing and holding territories
   Reworked background Audio when spotter ability is active
   Visual Improvement with LOD shadows
   Fixed issues with two AIs being spawned in the same region
   Changed how animals spawn on the planets - with less randomness, and more logic
   Fixed the camera rendering line showing in the distance when flying in space ships
   Fixed grass not appearing correctly in a distance when on a vehicle
   When flying above the planet - can now see trees in a very long distance
   Greatly increased performance when flying near the ground in a space vehicles
   Fixed issues with player rotation in the vehicles breaking with passengers
   Fixed atmospheres not showing for other planets while on moons
   Fixed various issues with missing vehicles or items
   Fixed one vehicle turning into another
   Fixed a large number of exploits and inconsistencies with various items and components
   Fixed double marker and components appearing in the base
   Reworked the Options menu - with new layout, still a bit of polishing left
   More various performance improvements with foliage rendering
   Fixed terrain sometime glowing during the night on Beta Prairie
   Fixed issue with Mechs floating in the air or in space
   Crosshoair cursor is now properly scaled based on window resolution.
   Crosshoair in the spotter mode appears larger
   Spotter navpoints adjusted to scale both text and icons better
   Fixed base containers not showing interaction prompt.
   /Stuck command to get player unstuck can now be used on players even on the Solo server in the chat


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Re: Stars End
« Reply #76 on: December 20, 2020, 12:50:13 AM »
Updated 50 - Big Christmas Update
Sat, 19 December 2020



Hey Everyone,

First of all we wanted to wish everyone great Holidays ahead! Today`s update includes some Christmas themed installation located on Clayton planet in Beta Prairie. Hope everyone has fun and safe holidays ahead. And our team plans to release at least 1 more update over the Holidays.

Over the past couple of weeks we had many new players join Stars End, and with a higher player population we`ve received a lot more feedback. So with out 50th update we focused on fixing, polishing and improving various aspects of Stars End based on player feedback, bug reports and suggestions.

For example we have complete reworked crafting based on overwhelming player requests to make character free to do other stuff while crafting.

In addition we started work on making other planets in the star system more playable but this is just the first steps, and we still recommend Beta Prairie as the main planet.

In our next major update we will be finally introducing new characters with much higher visual fidelity, but first we have one more bug fixing and improving update coming up in a few days.

Thanks for your continuous support, and lets take a look has to offer:

Christmas Updates
   Christmas celebration area is setup in the middle of Clayton
   Christmas area comes complete with lootable gifts with cake ingredients
   New Christmas gift crafting recipe enabled

Reworked Crafting
   Crafting no longer restricts player movement - close crafting window to move
   Unless inside the vehicle player speed is reduced to walking only while crafting
   It`s now possible to craft at multiple workstations at once - but using the same crafting ques
   Player can no ride in vehicles, sleep, and perform any other action while crafting at workstations or refinery

Setting up New Planets
   Planet audio added to Caliban and Cassius
   Waypoints, resources, AI and additional fixes on Caliban
   Underwater rocks added on Cassius
   Cassius ferry landing enhanced and moved to an island
   Reworked Brutus planet with terrain fixes and an LOD version added for better orbital views
   Updated resources and foliage on Nox to use new foliage tech + spotter system
   Waypoints created for some Nox resources
   Fixed falling through Nox terrain and on some other players

Fixes and Additions
   Major performance improvements
   Fixed being unable to setup Crews on solo
   Player can now see waypints to all his spawn points even in other systems
   Can now respawn on any claim, and not just in the system in died in
   Fixed various issues with waypoint appearance in space (minable nav points are to be fixed in a follow up update tomorrow)
   Changed how horse stamina recovers, horse takes 30 seconds to start recovery when parked
   Fixed a bunch of bugs related to resolution and full screen changing
   You can no longer open looted container - makes it easier to keep track of looted once
   All NPCs in the game use new interaction system stated above
   Fixed container sounds not being effected by volume control sliders
   Fixed various bugs with capturing and holding territories
   Stealing will always give at least some items.
   Reworked background Audio when spotter ability is active
   Visual Improvement with LOD shadows
   Fixed issues with two AIs being spawned in the same region
   Changed how animals spawn on the planets - with less randomness, and more logic
   Fixed the camera rendering line showing in the distance when flying in space ships
   Fixed grass not appearing correctly in a distance when on a vehicle
   When flying above the planet - can now see trees in a very long distance
   Greatly increased performance when flying near the ground in a space vehicles
   Fixed issues with player rotation in the vehicles breaking with passengers
   Fixed atmospheres not showing for other planets while on moons
   Fixed various issues with missing vehicles or items
   Fixed one vehicle turning into another
   Fixed a large number of exploits and inconsistencies with various items and components
   Fixed double marker and components appearing in the base
   Reworked the Options menu - with new layout, still a bit of polishing left
   More various performance improvements with foliage rendering
   Fixed terrain sometime glowing during the night on Beta Prairie
   Fixed issue with Mechs floating in the air or in space
   Crosshoair cursor is now properly scaled based on window resolution.
   Crosshoair in the spotter mode appears larger
   Spotter navpoints adjusted to scale both text and icons better
   Fixed base containers not showing interaction prompt.
   /Stuck command to get player unstuck can now be used on players even on the Solo server in the chat
   No longer allowed to place a claim marker in a PvP area (aka hubs).

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Re: Stars End
« Reply #77 on: December 30, 2020, 01:51:28 AM »
Updated 50.2 - Major Fixes & Happy New Year!
Tue, December 29, 2020

Hey Everyone,

Over the past 10 days we had a perfect storm with various factors outside of our control resulting in a pretty bad build that ended up live. To make long store short - the development tool we use to upload files to Steam had two big issues - once Steam disabled http string, and later Steam updater started skipping updating certain files.

We had been working with Steam support to resolve this issue, and after a very long and frustrating week - we are back, with ability to properly update Stars End, and fix the build.

We would like to with everyone the best best for the New Year ahead. Really hoping things will pick up for everyone soon!

You will find a lot of new in today`s update, as it also included the progress made for the Christmas update, that never got properly released.

Aside from fixing all the bugs - like cutting trees, or placing objects, we have complete reworked crafting based on overwhelming player requests to make character free to do other stuff while crafting.

In addition we started work on making other planets in the star system more playable but this is just the first steps, and we still recommend Beta Prairie as the main planet.

In our next major update we will be finally introducing new characters with much higher visual fidelity, but first we have one more bug fixing and improving update coming up in a few days.

Thanks for your continuous support, and lets take a look has to offer:

Holiday Updates
   Christmas celebration area is setup in the middle of Clayton
   Christmas area comes complete with lootable gifts with cake ingredients
   New Christmas gift crafting recipe enabled

Reworked Crafting
   Crafting no longer restricts player movement - close crafting window to move
   Unless inside the vehicle player speed is reduced to walking only while crafting
   It`s now possible to craft at multiple workstations at once - but using the same crafting ques
   Player can no ride in vehicles, sleep, and perform any other action while crafting at workstations or refinery

Setting up New Planets
   Planet audio added to Caliban and Cassius
   Waypoints, resources, AI and additional fixes on Caliban
   Underwater rocks added on Cassius
   Cassius ferry landing enhanced and moved to an island
   Reworked Brutus planet with terrain fixes and an LOD version added for better orbital views
   Updated resources and foliage on Nox to use new foliage tech + spotter system
   Waypoints created for some Nox resources
   Fixed falling through Nox terrain and on some other players

Fixes and Additions
   Greatly improved appearance of foggy and rainy weather on beta prairie
   Fixed last remaining bugs with
   Spotter mode that shows nav points now has a new mode - double click the middle mouse button to toggle it permanently on or off
   Fixed using respawn pill while in a vehicle removing the vehicle
   Various fixes for AI sometimes not spawning
   Pressing F now Takes All loot in the open container
   Fixed being unable to setup Crews on solo
   Player can now see waypints to all his spawn points even in other systems
   Can now respawn on any claim, and not just in the system in died in
   Fixed various issues with waypoint appearance in space (minable nav points are to be fixed in a follow up update tomorrow)
   Changed how horse stamina recovers, horse takes 30 seconds to start recovery when parked
   Fixed a bunch of bugs related to resolution and full screen changing
   You can no longer open looted container - makes it easier to keep track of looted once
   All NPCs in the game use new interaction system stated above
   Fixed container sounds not being effected by volume control sliders
   Fixed various bugs with capturing and holding territories
   Stealing will always give at least some items.
   Reworked background Audio when spotter ability is active
   Visual Improvement with LOD shadows
   Fixed issues with two AIs being spawned in the same region
   Changed how animals spawn on the planets - with less randomness, and more logic
   Fixed the camera rendering line showing in the distance when flying in space ships
   Fixed grass not appearing correctly in a distance when on a vehicle
   When flying above the planet - can now see trees in a very long distance
   Greatly increased performance when flying near the ground in a space vehicles
   Fixed issues with player rotation in the vehicles breaking with passengers
   Fixed atmospheres not showing for other planets while on moons
   Fixed various issues with missing vehicles or items
   Fixed one vehicle turning into another
   Fixed a large number of exploits and inconsistencies with various items and components
   Fixed double marker and components appearing in the base
   Reworked the Options menu - with new layout, still a bit of polishing left
   More various performance improvements with foliage rendering
   Fixed terrain sometime glowing during the night on Beta Prairie
   Fixed issue with Mechs floating in the air or in space
   Crosshoair cursor is now properly scaled based on window resolution.
   Crosshoair in the spotter mode appears larger
   Spotter navpoints adjusted to scale both text and icons better
   Fixed base containers not showing interaction prompt.
   /Stuck command to get player unstuck can now be used on players even on the Solo server in the chat
   No longer allowed to place a claim marker in a PvP area (aka hubs).


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Re: Stars End
« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2021, 03:26:55 AM »
Major Updates Incoming
Wed, January 13, 2021



Hey Everyone,

We got very exciting three weeks ahead! Having completed several major projects that were in the works for months, we are ready to finally take Stars End to the Alpha milestone later this month. Here`s a preview of the upcoming updates.

Update 51 - Fixes & Space vehicle updates
This week we are releasing major update 51 - that includes few dozen fixes to various issues that were still plaguing Stars End, as well as a major rewrite of the space vehicles. You will be able to do horizontal lift of and landings now, with auto-pilot options for both take off and landing.


Update 52 - New Characters
Next week with our 52nd update we are finally releasing the brand new characters. These would be used both for the player character, and all the NPCs. Here`s a small preview (note it`s a low quality editor screen)



Update 53 - Prologue Sequence
As we continue with our 53rd update - we will be revealing new intro sequence taking place on the Titan Generation Ship, with player waking up from stasis onboard of this capital ship, interacting with NPCs, getting some backstory and making his way down to the Beta Prairie planet in the landing capsule.

Update 54 - Alpha Milestone
And finally with the 54th update - tying up some loose ends, adding more visual improvements and completing work on making other planets more playable - we`ll finally reach the Alpha milestone.

Road to the Beta Milestone
From that point on for rest of the year we`ll be working on adding a lot of additional content and features, having the base foundation of the game more or less complete, and hopefully reach be beta milestone towards end of the year.

Thanks for your continuous support, and we can`t wait to share all these exciting updates with you!

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Re: Stars End
« Reply #79 on: January 17, 2021, 01:08:46 AM »
Update 51 - Landing, Performance, Fixes
Sat, 16 January 2021


Hey Everyone,

We got very exciting three weeks ahead! Having completed several major projects that were in the works for months, we are ready to finally take Stars End to the Alpha milestone later this month.

Today`s update includes few dozen fixes to various issues that were still plaguing Stars End, as well as a major rewrite of the space vehicles. You will be able to do horizontal lift of and landings now, with auto-pilot options for both take off and landing.

Next week with our 52nd update we are finally releasing the brand new characters. These would be used both for the player character, and all the NPCs. You can see a small preview of the new characters here:




We`ll follow up with introducing new intro sequence in the 53rd update. Taking place on the Titan Generation Ship, with player waking up from stasis onboard of this capital ship, interacting with NPCs, getting some backstory and making his way down to the Beta Prairie planet in the landing capsule.

NOTE: There are two known bugs effecting only new characters (reload fixes this) - new characters might experiences tree trunk not falling, or a fire effect appearing when collecting resources - we expect this to be fixed within 24 hours

Thanks for your continuous support, and lets take a look at the patch notes

Important Fixes & Additions
   Major performance boost across all systems and specs
   Additional performance improvement when playing in 4k
   Started work on fixing the big performance drain after playing for 10+ minutes - FPS dropping
   Fixed various issues with vehicles disappearing and expiring too fast
   Fixed various issues when canceling production in crafting ques

Takeoff and Landing
   New landing/takeoff system which is activated with a space bar
   Vehicles remember the last landing state and allows you to 'take off'
   Press Space to land when the prompt shows either on terrain or claim
   Vertical thrusters added and work when using vertical thrusters or when landing/taking off
   Landing gears now show on all ships automatically when within landing range
   The player also gets some info on where you are landing about vehicle expiry
   Ships now align to the surface of planets and landing pads when selecting auto landing

Fixes & Additions
   Fixed trees waypoints not appearing at the appropriate height, sometimes even being underground.
   Rock and Trees now always show gathering symbol when near them with the correct tool
   Fix for items issue when placing/dropping them on the ground
   When using Pick Axe in FPS mode the animation was reworked so camera no longer goes up and down
   When riding horse in FPS mode the animation was reworked so camera no longer shakes
   Fixed issues with some sits in space ships not working
   Improved visual quality of some of the trees
   Fixes various issues when trying to use beds
   Fixed issues when on dedicated server if a player had a radio on
   Fixed exploit with players not in crew placing items to gain access to another crew
   Reworked all the in-game interaction to the new system
   Added landing to claim as a separate type of action

Balance Changes
   Added new Bed item to crafting
   Major rebalance of all AI creatures with different attack values
   AI is now much easier to fight, especially with smaller creatures
   Rescalled the fox creature
   Fixed issues with new players starting at locations without bushes
   Plant resources added around all pod wreckage on BP
   Edited the pod crash site to remove the wood from the rock foundation
   Disabled Christmas park in Clayton.

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Re: Stars End
« Reply #80 on: January 20, 2021, 02:32:02 AM »
Update 51.5 - Follow Up
Tue, 19 January 2021

Hey Everyone,

We have a smaller update today, to wrap up and polish some features from the Update 51 that we released last weekend.

This update improves landing and takeoff functionality and fixes various smaller issues across the board. We have also looked into resolving new character gathering bugs, and shortcuts.

We are working full speed on adding the new characters to the game, with finishing touches now, and expect this major update to go live in a few days. All the characters in-game, including player character will be updated to new high resolution model and textures, with additional options like facial hair, race, and a lot of new clothing.

Fixes & Additions
   Fixed the bug that would create a fire effect when collecting resources
   Fixed trees sometimes not falling when chopped down
   Updated Landing gear on and off audio
   Ship landing and takeoff now use the H key
   Fixed dismounting or standing up from the vehicle sit when typing F in the chat.
   Fixed frigate position when landing - so it doesn`t hang in the air
   Landing and takeoff popup moved much lower on the screen
   Also made the window opacity much lighter

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Re: Stars End
« Reply #81 on: January 22, 2021, 02:12:29 AM »
Update 52 - Performance
Thu, January 21, 202


Hey Everyone,

As we are putting finishing touches on the new Characters, we have another solid update today. Our 52nd update represents weeks of work that were spend on optimization and performance improvements.

This update focused on two main areas - improving overall FPS everywhere in the game world, as well as fixing all the memory drains e.t.c effecting performance over time. You might have noticed before you would start the game with solid FPS, but within a few minutes FPS would greatly drop.

On average you should expect to see +10 to +20 FPS depending on visual quality settings. In addition FPS should not degrade as you continue to play the game.

We can`t wait to share the new characters with you - hopefully by Monday we`ll be good to go - worst case - end of next week.

And for this update - we are going to skip the lengthy patch notes, as it would include dozens of very technical changes, so lets keep this simple:)

Fixes & Additions
   Major improvements to performance
   Fixed performance degrading over time
   Fixed memory leaks effecting performance
   Fixed issue with players inventory being empty for a while when logging in

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