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Re: Ylands
« Reply #105 on: October 01, 2021, 01:00:07 AM »
Dev Diary #195 Showing off Achievements
Thu, 30 September 2021

Hey there, Ylanders!


While polishing and reworks are in full motion and 1.8 is coming along very nicely, we want to show off another new feature!

Speaking of showing off, we want you to be able to show off too, which is why we are bringing Achievements! Achievements are a form of in-game milestones, which you can obtain by completing certain tasks. It can be a matter of exploration, crafting, fighting or anything else really. These Achievements will only be a part of Exploration and we hope that PC players will be happy to hear that these will be connected to Steam so you can earn in-game and Steam Achievements at the same time!



To keep things interesting, there will be two kinds of Achievements in terms of how much information you get about the tasks you need to perform. One type will tell you what you'll need to do to receive this particular Achievement, while allowing you to track progress on that Achievement. And to not ruin the surprise, several Achievements will be hidden until you've completed them!

And to make showing off your Achievements easy, you will find Titles alongside some of them! Titles will be displayed next to your nickname in messages, menus and of course, in the game! There will be plenty of them to choose from, even though not all Achievements will come with a Title.


That's it for this week, everyone!

Stay classy, Ylanders!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #106 on: November 05, 2021, 12:14:50 AM »
Dev Diary #200 Above and Beyond the Ylands Horizon
Thu, 4 November 2021

Hey there, Ylanders!

We're starting this Dev Diary with the usual greeting, but this Diary will be a bit different, because we're celebrating the big number 200
! 🥳🥳🥳
So this week, we'll be looking back a little bit, but also, we'll look at what lies just ahead of us too. It's a long one but it's also worth reading through!



The Ylands team has been hard at work since the very beginning, but especially the last few updates, we have stepped up the consistency and brought you many cool new features. Whether you've been with us since the start of the Ylands or you're a recent addition to our fantastic community, we want to remind you of some of these features.


A journey of discoveries

Let's venture into the past and have a look at updates 1.3 - Watery Water
and 1.4 - Creative Call
. These updates brought a lot of features to the Editor part of Ylands, which might not have been the most popular decision back then, but allows us to fully utilize the potential of Ylands in the most recent updates. With 1.4, maaaaaany new assets were also introduced, such as all of the Atlantean assets! Creators Club was also established! Are you a member?

In 1.5
we got the Editor and the platform into a state that we were happy with and we started Enhancing Exploration
(yep, that was the name of the update!) and created one big Exploration world for your adventure to take place. This was the update, where editor features allowed us to start working on a better Exploration because every update from this point on would bring a huge new feature to Exploration.




With that said, it feels like 1.6
came out yesterday. And believe it or not, it's been over 7 months since Trading Territories
. With this update we fixed many issues that Exploration had and which were heavily requested by the community, on our part, it was also a confirmation that we are serious about focusing on Exploration much more. Trading Territories also brought vendors into the game, which is particularly useful if you're planning big projects and want to get the necessary resources. Speaking of big projects, 1.6 made sure that Random Encounters make more sense and they became biome-specific.

Marvelous Mysteries, the 1.7 update
, was jam packed full of new features, improvements and fixes (this Dev Diary is already long enough, so we're only gonna list a few of them). Yet another example of what wouldn't be possible without all the Editor features we have worked on in the past are Mystery Ylands. These yland-sized mysteries, puzzles, dungeons, stories or anything else you want to call them, are incredible creations that will draw you in and won't let go until you've solved them! With 1.7, our mobile players can also enjoy the wonders of Exploration and what's more, switching between mobile and PC is possible. And in case anyone is not sure if they want to commit to the Exploration DLC, we added a demo, which isn't time limited so adventurers can take as long as they need to decide! Not forgetting about our talented creators, we also continue improving Editor tools, this time it was Object Brush, which makes it easy to span a large number of objects over any terrain.

In between updates,
we also added over 4500 unique entities to the game, ran Creator Competitions, streamed Ylands, answered your questions in various Q&A streams, gave out goodie packs, asked for your feedback, released several patches, showed you a bit of what goes on behind the scenes and well, released 200 Dev Diaries.

A perfect transition from what was to what will be is provided by Aleš Ulm, the Project Lead of Ylands
: "Seeing how much we've improved the Exploration during this year makes me incredibly proud of our team. In a way, we're returning to a path that we left at some point and we are getting closer to the game we've always wanted to make with every passing day."


What lies ahead?

Next week is the week we'll finally get to share all the hard work with our players, who can look forward to larger maps, animal companions, Achievements and Titles, Exploration tutorial, mass pick up of items, multiplayer rework
and oh so many more quality of life improvements
that you, the players, have asked for. Oh, and a beautiful new main menu
, it not only looks good but it is functional!

We're extremely excited about this update, not only because it symbolizes all that Ylands has achieved and how far we've come, but also because we believe you will love it as much as the CEO of Bohemia Interactive Marek Španěl
, who beautifully summarized the journey and told us what he thinks about 1.8 - Awesome Achievements: "A small team of developers started a new project eight years ago that later turned into Ylands. Little could we imagine what an incredible journey it had started. Sometimes, it felt like we were reaching something extraordinary and unique. Sometimes we got utterly lost on the way, and everything looked bleak and hopeless. With update 1.8, I feel like we are getting close to the game's original vision. I think we are only a few more updates away until we can fully realize the nearly infinite potential of Ylands. Big kudos to the entire team for making it happen and the incredible community that stays with us. I hope you will enjoy update 1.8 as much as I do, and I am very much looking forward to what is beyond the horizon. Stay classy, Ylanders."





Looking beyond the horizon

Speaking of what is beyond the horizon, as we're nearing the release of 1.8, it would be appropriate to tease a little of what is to come in 1.9 and 1.10. All we're gonna say is that in 1.9 we will explore the ocean a bit more
and give it some love and by 1.10 we will work on lore and everything we love about Ylands
. Any guesses what that might be? 😉

What we can't forget to mention is to say thank you. Thank you
to all of our players who have been with us since the start, thank you
to our players who joined during major changes happening in the game, thank you
to players who have joined more recently and stuck around and thank you
to all future players who will bring a fresh new outlook to the world of Ylands. We can already see an uptake in new players and we hear your positive feedback on the changes we've been making, which makes us not only extremely happy but also very motivated to keep going and to keep bringing more amazing stuff to Ylands!

One big thank you also goes out to the team who's worked on Ylands. Without your hard work, there would be no Ylands, so thank you!


A lot was said, but as always, one more thing left to say in this Dev Diary and that is...

STAY CLASSY, YLANDERS!



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Re: Ylands
« Reply #107 on: November 20, 2021, 12:07:34 AM »
Dev Diary #202 New Beginnings
Fri, 19 November 2021



Hey there, fellow Ylanders!

This Dev Diary comes out on Friday. Not because we would be resting after we released the update 1.8, but quite the opposite. We‘ve been busy talking to you, listening to your feedback, checking your bug reports and working on a patch, which will come out next week and will fix some minor issues and imbalances.

So far we‘ve been extremely happy with how this update turned out. We are getting some really nice messages about the progress Exploration has made and once again we are seeing the return of players who left because Exploration felt abandoned.

Right now we KNOW that we are on the right track and we‘re going to keep walking it. We‘ve just finalized our update goals for the next year and yes, every single update planned is going to improve Exploration in a major way or fix what doesn‘t work as intended.



So what can you expect to come first?

First quarter of 2022 will see us improving many things related to ships and sailing. We will take you to dangerous places below the sea surface and bring, once again, a large number of improvements based on things you‘ve been asking for.

Welcome to the new era of Exploration - we‘re glad you‘re here with us to witness it :)

Stay classy and healthy, Ylanders!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #108 on: December 16, 2021, 11:15:02 PM »
Dev Diary #206 Happy Holidays!
Thu, 16 December 2021



Hey there, Ylanders!

The holidays are approaching fast and it is time to for us to spread the words of thanks.

First, we would like to thank you, our players, for your support, creativity, kindness, loyalty, and all the good vibes you've been sending our way. It is the source of energy that continues to motivate us and push us forward. Your feedback gives us valuable information and helps us improve Ylands. So thank you for that and please keep doing what you've been doing, we appreciate it very very much!

Secondly, I'd like to give a big thanks to the developer team. If it wasn't for your hard work, persistence, creativity, positive outlook, and team spirit, the game would not be the same. We are incredibly excited to work together in the upcoming year and bring our players new and improved features and big doses of awesomeness.




The holiday season is a time of peace and rest, so don't forget to stop for a moment and take a break from your day-to-day life and enjoy the little things in life. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and love.

We also wish you, Ylanders, to stay healthy, happy and classy!


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Re: Ylands
« Reply #109 on: January 06, 2022, 11:33:36 PM »
Dev Diary #207 Ylands in 2022
Thu, 6 January 2022


Hey there, fellow Ylanders!

With the first week of the new year, we meet again to talk about all things Ylands! We hope all of you spent the holidays relaxing, playing games and having fun with your loved ones and so you're ready to dive into what 2022 brings (hopefully things that are much better than the last years). We at team Ylands are already at full speed working on the very cool update 1.9. Next week's Dev Diary will get back to talking about what you can expect to find in it, but for now, I would like to take the opportunity and mention what we've managed during the last 12 months.

2021 was a big year for Exploration. Just like we promised in 2020, much less focus goes towards the Editor which we consider powerful enough already (even though when it comes to user-friendliness there's still some way to go) and started changing and expanding Exploration. Now, a year later, we have a lot to show.





We've made the maps much larger. We made literally hundreds of improvements and fixes to the multiplayer experience. We made a list of all the most sought-after features and improvements you suggested and many of them you can either already find implemented or present in the upcoming 1.9. Ylands is already quite a massive game and so even when you add dozens or hundreds of improvements it's very likely that you still see things that need to be fixed or improved.

Speaking of things that we still have uncrossed on our list - we know you want things like the return of the first-person camera. Don't worry, we hear you and 2022 will, just as 2021, show that we are serious about making things right.

As much we've been trying to improve in everything we do, there are still some things we didn't manage to do right. One of the most important probably is communicating how the game has changed to players who come back after months or even years. Especially those who supported us when we were a premium title during the Early Access (or even earlier than that). We're failing at letting them know that even though the game is now Free to play, it's because of the Editor and minigames so that everyone can play with it and have fun and the game core, the Exploration, is still paid, which hasn't changed.

To name a specific case where we failed - we just found out about a player who has bought the game way back to support us and when they returned, due to a technical issue on our side the game indicated that they need to buy the Exploration DLC. At that point, they had all the right to be angry at us. And this is something that we must make sure never happens again.

If 2022 shows us anything, it's that we remember you guys and we will do a much better job at appreciating you. Thanks for staying with us.

So much for today's Dev Diary and the next week, we'll get back to discussing cool new features. Until then...


Stay classy and healthy, Ylanders!


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Re: Ylands
« Reply #110 on: January 28, 2022, 11:51:44 PM »
Dev Diary #208 Hey there, Ylanders!
Fri, 14 January 2022


Hey ther... wait, what? The greeting is in the title of this Dev Diary?

I guess there has to be a reason for that. Well, let's explore what that reason might be!

Finding the right friends is the best thing that can possibly happen to you. And being friends as much as we are colleagues here at the Ylands HQ, we only wanna support the sentiment. Right now, finding a fellow Ylander on the map is no easy feat. "The southern part of the map, but a bit to the east next to the tier 1 yland and then turn right at the shipwreck". Sounds familiar? Yep, we know it's a complicated task to guide a friend to you.

But that will be no longer! This is going to be the end of all the verbal navigation because from 1.9 onwards you will be able to see your friends and clanmates on the map! As long as you're on the same map, you'll be able to see each other. That should make your sailing days run a bit more smoothly since you won't have to spend time looking for each other on the map.



And how have you been doing with collecting your Achievements? Sounds like an abrupt change of topic? Nah! This will be another way to flex your shiny Titles that you earn by completing certain Achievements, as these will be visible on the map as well! So better hurry to get that Title that you want to flex with in front of your friends!

Well, Ylanders, this was a quick update on how the work on 1.9 is going. We hope that you're as excited as we are about this watery update!

What are you curious about? If you have questions about 1.9, let us know in the comments!

Till next time, Ylanders!


Stay Classy!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #111 on: February 02, 2022, 11:36:09 PM »
Dev Diary #209 Deep Down, Like Super Deep Down
Thu, January 20, 2022


It's high time we parted the watery curtain a bit more and gave you another look at what lies below the surface of the Ylands sea, right under the surface and also deep, like super super deep.


The sea floor is now a barren wasteland. But we said enough, no more, we need to breathe some life into the underwater world. For a while, we've been telling that update 1.9 will be all about water, so there's no better time to introduce underwater biotopes!

We're working on 6-7 (this may still change!) different biotopes such as coral reefs or kelp forests, which will be specific to the relevant biomes. This, in practice, means that you won't find a coral reef in colder climates such as the Arctic Biome, but will have to sail over to the Tropical Biome to discover the wonders that corals have to offer. Coral reefs, naturally, are full of life, which is a topic for another Dev Diary, but for now, can you guess which biotopes we're going to introduce to the underwater world of Ylands?





And to make things even more interesting and more exploration-worthy, we've increased the ocean depth to be 5 times the current depth. That's adding oh-so-much-more space to be explored. How much do you think you can explore before your air runs out? Again, a topic for another Dev Diary (wink)

Well, that's it for this week, Ylanders! Don't forget to...

Stay Classy!


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Re: Ylands
« Reply #112 on: February 02, 2022, 11:37:42 PM »
Dev Diary #210 Sail-abrate good times, come on!
Fri, January 28, 2022

Hey there, Ylanders!

As you probably know, the next update coming to Ylands will be all about adventures on and below the sea. And as such, it would not be complete without additions and edits to how ships work.

Any proud captain would know how important a ship's name is. The name of a ship can be an indication of what its adventures on the sea are going to be a like and elevates it from an anonymous vesel to a personalized creation.

Now that you've built your own ship named and set sail fro the first time, you should really take care of it! Be careful about sailing in bad weather, because if you get caught in a storm, your ship will get damaged. At the same time, if you steer your ship to shallow waters, the edge of an yland or another ship, your ship will take damage and you will have to fix it up if you wish to continue on your journey without worries.


(screenshot by ilp0tt1)


Fixing a ship is a matter of skill and resources. You will need a special tool to repair your ship and also specific materials to patch up the holes that your ship had sustained. In order to avoid damaging your ship and to help you be a better informed captain, you will be able to monitor the ship's HP, the water depth below, the current speed and much more using special ship devices.


This is just a quick look into what ships will be like in the upcoming update! Speaking of naming things, what do you think the 1.9 update will be named? Let us know what you think and what your tips are and until next time...


Stay classy, Ylanders!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #113 on: February 12, 2022, 12:10:38 AM »
Dev Diary #212 Things that keep coming up...
Fri, 11 February 2022

A longer Dev Diary, where we summarize topic that keep coming up in reviews and discussions.

Hey there, fellow Ylanders!

In today's Dev Diary we would like to talk about some things that players often comment on in their reviews or forum posts.


REVIEWS

Speaking of reviews - during the last year, we saw the average current game reviews score raise substantially. Seeing the average rating rise some 20 % and keep going is a clear indication that we've managed to turn the ship around and things are improving - and we would like to thank you for your support and the trust many of you put in us when we said things would change.

Apart from us not giving Exploration as much love as it deserved in the past, the main complaint players state in the review is often related to the game being free to play with Exploration being a paid "DLC" and the presence of monetization. So we feel like we should talk about this.


EXPLORATION AND F2P

Even though we're now fully focused on Exploration, Ylands is still a platform as well. We have a very sophisticated Editor and Workshop, where anyone can create, share and play each other's creations for free - with the emphasis put on "for free". We want everyone to be able to do this, it makes absolutely no sense to put these tools behind a paywall. That's the reason why Ylands went F2P, with Exploration remaining a premium segment.

Now you might ask "So why didn't you make it two products instead and didn't keep Ylands Exploration as a premium title?" and that would be a very good question. The answer will become obvious once we release 1.10 later this year. But in a nutshell: our ultimate goal is to continue to create the Exploration world while also giving players the option to create their own "areas" within that world. within these "areas", they wouldn't be bound by materials scarcity or their skill to build something ingame, but to let them create their own Exploration adventures in the Editor. The Exploration and the Editor have a future together. Make no mistake, if you're interested only in the "original" Exploration you won't have to worry about anything else. If, however, you feel like creating an yland in the Editor and have other people visit you, we will give you the option.



(screenshot by spiritchaser28)


MONETIZATION

And that leads us to the other topic, which is monetization. For obvious reasons, this is always a controversial topic but we feel it might be a good idea to summarize what Ylands monetization is about.

Firstly, it's important to say that ever since we introduced monetization, it has remained the same - players can purchase only cosmetic items that have no impact on gameplay.

Monetization was never really a priority for us:

Not only, after years of development, there's still very little content for players to buy (which, funnily enough, we get some complaints about as well :) ), we actually even removed entire categories of objects that players could originally buy (weapon skins, armor skins) and let all the players have them for free (while, obviously, fully refunding everyone who has ever bought one).

We never promoted our in-app purchases, which we believe is, when it comes to games with some sort of in-app purchases, rather rare. You never see a pop-up window urging you to buy a new pet or costume or anything and even when there's was a 50% off of everything in our store, in the game you could tell only by a tiny text over the the Store tab button and a Dev Message. We are doing our best so that players who are not interested in buying anything don't feel pressured in any way.


FUTURE OF MONETIZATION

So this is how it's has been for years now, but what about the future? Are there any ugly surprises waiting for you?

Nope.

We will keep adding costumes and pets. Not in huge amounts and only when we feel like we have some good ideas for those. Just like we've done up until now.

We will be reworking Blueprints (and merging those with Compositions) so that you can create them in the Editor and let you, the creators, sell them to other players for coyns, so that you can buy things you want or pay for rented servers this way. This is why we're keeping monetization in the game - we want a functional ecosystem where those who create nice things are rewarded.


NFTs

And last the last thing - we've seen some people mentioning NFTs. So where do we stand with those?

We don't like them. We don't want them in our game, and as far as we know, neither do you. The way we see it, they don't bring anything that wouldn't be in some way already possible in games and have no plans whatsoever on implementing those.




And that's it for today! Thanks for reading all the way here, thank you for your support... and stay healthy and classy!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #114 on: February 19, 2022, 11:54:15 PM »
Dev Diary #213 Feedback, please!
Thu, February 17, 2022


Hey there, Ylanders!


The Ylands HQ is super focused on 1.9 and we can't wait to bring you more info on the upcoming update, and we hope you're as excited as we are for all things sea-worthy! We're also constantly thinking about what lies ahead which is what brings us to today's Dev Diary topic.

Last week, we answered some questions that kept coming up and we didn't want to leave them unanswered. This week, we'd like to switch the roles and ask you some questions. We have some general questions about your style of gameplay, but also open-ended questions, where you can anonymously give us your feedback about anything and everything in the game. The questions are short and will only take a few seconds to answer, also none of them are mandatory, so feel free to answer only those you're comfortable with!

This feedback helps us stay on track and every comment you leave for us will be read and discussed.


You can find the feedback form ▶️ HERE ◀️ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgpQgCvRa5Nyb5k__Jr4HIWSilpXASzGF2C_KEoK5KaUauOQ/viewform



Thank you so much for your help and please let us know what you'd like to read about in the next Dev Diary!

And don't forget to Stay Classy, Ylanders!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #115 on: March 12, 2022, 12:25:38 AM »
Dev Diary #216 Roadmap 2022
Fri, 11 March 2022

This year's roadmap is finally here!

Hey there, fellow Ylanders!

For quite a long time we've been promising you the Ylands roadmap showing what to expect until the end of this year, so, without further ado, here it is.


Before we tell you a bit more about what you're seeing, there are three points we would like to make.
•   What you see mentioned in 1.9 is ready and you will get it quite soon. As for the other two updates, please bear in mind that those are plans, not promises. Even though this is what we're planning/working on, many of these things still require a substantial amount of prototyping and testing and some features, like the Blueprint overhaul, will need a lot of feedback coming from you. If we're not happy with the state of some feature or if it needs major changes based on your feedback, instead of delaying the whole update, the feature can slip into the next one.
•   The second thing is quite obvious and related to the first one. Most of the 1.10 features (not to mention the 1.11 features) are still in the very early phase, so with many features we won't be able to discuss details just yet. We feel it's better, at this point, to say that we simply don't know instead of providing information that can become obsolete at the very next design meeting.
•   Thirdly, please understand that these are really only some of the features (although the major ones) and each update has usually dozens of various additions and improvements and hundreds of fixes. There are so many things that we plan but are not named (like Exploration resource balancing, gamepad support, improving clans etc. etc.). So if you don't see "your" feature in this list, it doesn't mean we're not working on it.


So, now to the updates themselves.




UPDATE 1.9

The upcoming update 1.9 is pretty clear - we've already talked about most of the things it brings and very soon you will be able to try it out yourselves.


UPDATE 1.10

In update 1.10 we would like to create something like "parallel" Exploration. A world where you will be able to fully unleash your creativity by letting you import ylands created with all the features that the Editor offers. Anyone will be able to travel from the "real" Exploration world to the parallel world or within the parallel world and ... explore. If you are not interested in this parallel Exploration world, you can just ignore it and you will never be bothered by it. However, those who decide to travel there and explore other players' creations, will be rewarded.

We can imagine how many questions this brings - from "what if players break the original Exploration by bringing in the things from the parallel one" to "won't the parallel Exploration be filled with half-made and broken ylands that will just be a waste of time". Don't worry, we'll discuss this with you in detail in the upcoming weeks.

The Blueprint overhaul is something we've been promising for a long time. We want to merge Blueprints and Compositions and give players an option to create Blueprints in the Editor that they (and others) will be able to use in Exploration. So far, it's been us who players had to buy Blueprints from, but this was never our primary goal. So with the new Blueprints, it will be you, the players, selling what you create to others for coyns. There's no reason why those skilled creators shouldn't, for example, be able to pay for the server they rent with the coyns they make from selling their creations. It goes without saying that for any Blueprint to be built, the players will still need to gather all the ingredients, there's no easy way around this - nice things always require some effort. :)

As for the Crafting improvements, there's not much to be said. We already have something cool that makes crafting UI way more intuitive - unfortunately, it came a bit too late to be included in 1.9.


UPDATE 1.11

And that gets us to 1.11. Dark Dungeons are something new to Ylands. Imagine dangerous places where you will venture to search for artifacts, slay new monsters and learn more about the world of Ylands, about its lore. We hope that whether you venture to the darkness alone or with friends, you will enjoy more interesting enemies and a fixed/improved combat system.

FPS camera is the single most requested feature. When we removed it, we said it was temporary and that it would return - and it will.

We are planning to make some improvements to Playlands as well. Not anything big, though, just some changes that would make it possible even for single players to have fun without having to play with others. We see it as an option for you to pass the time when tired of exploring or waiting for your friends to come online.

This is a lot and it's only understandable that you will ask questions and provide your ideas. We won't definitely be able to answer all of them, but we'll do our best to read them all!

Have a great time and stay safe and classy, Ylanders!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #116 on: March 25, 2022, 11:43:39 PM »
Dev Diary #218 Sea you underwater!
Fri, 25 March 2022


Hey there, Ylanders!

If things go right, the next Dev Diary you'll read will be about the successful release of update 1.9.

Once again, it is a big one. For a long time, the seas were just dull places with not much to do. With 1.9, though, you will get various gorgeous underwater biomes with interesting Random Encounters
and resources. You will craft pieces of diving equipment to reach deeper places and travel to other regions to get specific fish while avoiding deadly sharks.



All this - and all other features and fixes both big and small - are based on feedback and wishes you've provided us with. Also, many of these features were tweaked based on the specific feedback you provided by playing the Experimental build of 1.9 in the past few days. These adjustments are either already present in the 1.9 update you'll get later next week or they're being tested and will be introduced in some of the future patches.

This time many of you decided to help us with fine-tuning the update before its release, so let us thank you again. Getting your feedback is a tremendous help and that's why for 1.10 we will focus on cooperating with you even more and in earlier stages of the development process.

We hope that when you get your hands on Ocean Odysseys
you will like what we've created together.

So see you underwater next week and until then... stay healthy and classy!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #117 on: April 21, 2022, 11:21:32 PM »
Dev Diary #220 Those tiny, annoying things...
Thu, 21 April 2022



Hey there, fellow Ylanders!

Most of the features and tweaks and fixes you find in Ylands' updates do come from your feedback. However - we are players as well. And we play Ylands as well. And yes, from time to time we too get angry and frustrated by what we experience.

Some time ago we had an internal poll where we asked the team what small, easy to fix things annoy them the most. Because those are minor issues that shouldn't take that long to fix or implement, you will very likely see some of them fixed in the next update. So, here are some examples of what the devs themselves put on that list:

•   Show particle/visual effect on workstation while something is being crafted in it
•   When I travel into a new Yland, spawn the ship in the 'free-to-travel' zone instead of outside of it so that I can change my mind and immediately travel elsewhere without needing to turn the ship around and sail into the travel zone again.
•   Be able to light a torch in hand without going to inventory
•   Button to dismiss all "NEW" notifications from crafting
•   Allow players to change weapons when reloading (crossbow or any weapon). Often I'm stuck reloading when I want to fight.
•   Make it more obvious that the player is receiving damage


Do some of those annoy you as well? Are there other things that you think could be easy to change but would make a difference?

Next week we can talk about any ideas you throw at us. Until then stay healthy and classy!

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Re: Ylands
« Reply #118 on: May 24, 2022, 11:48:23 PM »
1.9.0.2 Patch Changelog
Tue, 24 May 2022



Patch 1.9.0.2 release notes

    The Exploration option in the main menu was overlapping
    Tutorial's bugs fixed
    The translations string could be seen in the chat
    Ship engines won't turn on in several cases



Additions

[YLD-36592] Added: A new touch button for switching between sails and engines when the ship has both. The mobile button will work with a simple tap, the PC binding will still use a right-mouse hold.
[YLD-36629] Added: Drop item hotkey binding for inventory.
[YLD-36986] Added: When clicking an ingredient in the workstation screen's recipe, the player is now actually provided with some info.
[YLD-36986] Added: Non-craftable items' warning about the item being found in the world will now also show the description for the item, providing the player with a bit more info on where to find it.
[YLD-37005] Added: Unequip button to inventory's right panel, the logic for swapping equip and unequip buttons.
[YLD-37009] Added: Drop function for animal milking/shearing with full inventory.
Added: Separate actions for switching to engines and sails to allow for separate predicates and icon binding - for touch only, the desktop will still have the previous toggling through the hold.
Added: Text note about not working on protected scenarios into "Others can download and edit" editor setting on-hover hint.


Tweaked

[YLD-36435] Tweaked: Mobile: Updating removes friend/clan options in the chat system.
[YLD-36682] Tweaked: Sails are now transparent when the player is behind them.
[YLD-37054] Tweaked: Editor: you get now error when you try to playtest the game with an empty Entity template or Game logic template.
Tweaked: Increase oxygen coral occurrence in UW biotopes.
Tweaked: Compositions for vendors now contain indestructible entities to prevent deconstruction.


Fixes

[YLD-34704] Fixed: Random encounters: cave encounters spawn without any entity.
[YLD-35621] Fixed: Missing names and colons in GAME chat and CLAN chat
[YLD-36276] Fixed: The client could sometimes not reconnect when he tried to respawn while having his pet summoned.
[YLD-36409] Fixed: No more problems with connecting exploration games with sandbox games.
[YLD-36424] Fixed: Harvested oxygen coral plant instantly change to fresh one when placed.
[YLD-36443] Fixed: Some animals cannot be placed on the first try.
[YLD-36562] Fixed: Pipe Block's 3rd channel is now colourable.
[YLD-36573] Fixed: The custom instruction parameter doesn't inherit the custom colour of its parent tile.
[YLD-36647] Fixed: Floating hints should have all elements correctly vertically aligned (e.g. the holding text etc.).
[YLD-36682] Fixed: In some scenarios, sails are not transparent.
[YLD-36739] Fixed: If you redeem explore DLC, you will get a costume and pet after restarting the game (now it happens immediately).
[YLD-36767] Fixed: There is no error when referencing objects from Group referenced with Group template which is marked to destroy the group on export.
[YLD-36768] Fixed: Animators do not work in Random Encounters.
[YLD-36779] Fixed: Item description in mobile inventory can no longer be scrolled out of the screen.
[YLD-36790] Fixed: Fish Net Grip.
[YLD-36911] Fixed: Leopard shark is slower than the rest of the sharks.
[YLD-36941] Fixed: Pulsing/Glowing Mushroom Trees and Pulsing/Glowing Polyporus Trees don't react to wind at all.
[YLD-36960] Fixed: Redundant 3rd colour layer of the harvestable Brown Kelp plant.
[YLD-36968] Fixed: When the air tank is equipped from the vicinity, the air is not refilled.
[YLD-36978] Fixed: Some strings in Skill Editor in the Editor are missing translation.
[YLD-36993] Fixed: Combat music should stop now properly when teleporting.
[YLD-36995] Fixed: Locked Oxygen Harvester can be normally used.
[YLD-37001] Fixed: Marble block 1x1x2 wrong loads.
[YLD-37015] Fixed: Insufficient glow of harvestable Red Kelp plant.
[YLD-37077] Fixed: Underwater cave REs spawn in the middle of the room instead of the floor.
[YLD-37148] Fixed: Account link: create new account button does nothing if you are not in the home window.
[YLD-37279] Fixed: Loot containers not spawning in deep water (voxel -2 or less).
[YLD-37285] Fixed: Sometimes ships are teleported away after they are spawned into the world.
[YLD-37287] Fixed: /r command to reply was not working.
[YLD-37288] Fixed: Whisper command remembers the wrong user.
[YLD-37302] Fixed: Exploration 2: Mutated alphas are defeated when they are despawned during the day.
[YLD-37482] Fixed: Correct NPC names in chat
[YLD-37484] Fixed: Hint for dropping an item will not be present on the Cube screen.
[YLD-37504] Fixed: Random Encounters: Crates of REs in underwater caves may be inaccessible due to clipping into terrain
[YLD-37938] Fixed: Untranslated texts found in the Exploration mode news popup.
Fixed: Several bugs in the tutorial.

[YLD-36824] Fixed: Editor: Global variables created in the referenced entity in Template GL.
[YLD-37026] Fixed: Editor: Exception after deleting entity with a faulty script and using the Game Log search bar.
[YLD-37124] Fixed: Editor: Exception after placing some entity into NPC's inventory.
[YLD-37268] Fixed: Editor: animated GLs/Entities as part of Group template prevents playtest.

[YLD-36571] Fixed: VS: Custom instruction variables do not have always the correct custom colour.
[YLD-37034] Fixed: VS: dynamic trigger zones can slow down clients.
[YLD-37128] Fixed: VS: array variables with specified type have wrong embedded tile in the menu.
[YLD-37130] Fixed: VS: there is an error when deleting the last switch branch.
[YLD-37228] Fixed: VS: Infinite exception when spawning from Group Template a group with delayed function in its child.
[YLD-37238] Fixed: VS: it is not possible to hide in properties previously shown global variables.


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Re: Ylands
« Reply #119 on: May 27, 2022, 11:21:23 PM »
Dev Diary #225 Ship, Boat and a Giant Urchin
Fri, 27 May 2022


Hey there, fellow Ylanders!

Today we would like to tell you something about new assets that you will be able to find in 1.10.

You will be able to find a lot of new underwater objects such as Giant Starfish, Giant Sea Cucumber, Giant Sea Urchin... and many more things that may or may not be also Giant.

Speaking of underwater assets - we are fully aware that in the 1.9 we pressured players too much to go into depths and get ingredients for various recipes, even such that would be possible to craft without those. That is something we are planning to adjust for 1.10 as part of a massive rebalancing which, we believe, will address a lot of issues you've been reporting. We plan to talk about that in the next Dev Diary.



To make travelling the seas more fun in 1.10 you will also find new ornated ships bows, big steam and ylandium engines and a brand new motorboat. To make it easier to sail to other ylands there's a new primitive ship waiting to be crafted.

Based on your feedback we'll be releasing also objects that are not related to sailing such as a glass door or a scroll.

That's it for today and we're looking forward to talking to you next week when we'll discuss the general improvements planned for Exploration. Until then have fun and stay classy!

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