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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2019, 11:28:22 AM »
Build #66 - Fixed character drift, teleport to last loco and more!
20 MAR - ALTFUTURE


Hey all,

We've got several controls-related fixes today!

Fixed player character drifting in moving trains:

For nonVR players (or those playing using smooth locomotion in VR), your character will no longer drift and suddenly move when they are supposed to be standing still in moving vehicles. You should also no longer be pushed up the tender as easily if leaning in VR.

'Teleport to Last Loco' menu button:

Using a menu option, you can now teleport back to the last used locomotive. Later on when we add the caboose, it will provide an option to teleport to it as well, making it an essential tool to teleport back and forth between two ends of a train (or map, if strategically located?). This feature is still in experimental phase.

Other features (invert mouse):

Those of you who wished to invert mouse Y-axis can now do so with the console command debug.InvertMouseY and setting it to either 'true' or 'false'.

We've also fixed an issue from previous build where quitting the game while using smooth locomotion in VR would mess up player position on game load.

Full changelog:

Controls:

- Fixed nonVR player drifting when in moving vehicles
- Fixed player being nudged onto tender sometimes in steam locomotive
- Added “teleport to last loco” button to main menu (experimental)
- Added console command to invert mouse Y-axis
\ Debug.InvertMouseY (true/false)
- Fixed smooth locomotion save-state causing faulty game load as of #65

See you soon with another update!

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2019, 12:13:16 AM »
Build #67 - Shunter remote, fixed lost items and more!
3 APR @ 6:29PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hi everyone,

Today we’re adding one of the first community unlocks http://www.derailvalley.com/visibility/ , the Shunter Remote Controller! Thank you all for making it possible by spreading word about Derail Valley! There’s many more to come!

Shunter remote controller:

Many of you wished to be able to control the shunter remotely, and now you can! The shunter remote controller is an item that can be purchased in shops. It has buttons and joysticks that are all fully interactive in both VR and nonVR. In nonVR additionally it can be used with keyboard, featuring some new controls listed below.



The remote runs on a battery that can be recharged by a solar-panel (it needs sunlight!). It is range limited to about 300m after which it gradually begins losing signal.

The remote can be used to drive two locomotives from the cab of one, until proper Multiple-Unit support is added in the future (which requires us to implement player-owned locomotives and upgrade system first). Needless to say, implementing the remote involved a lot of technical advancements that will be useful with future features.

Fixed lost items problems:

We are aware of all your problems with items since item storage was added. There have been some bugs or unfinished features that lead to items seemingly or literally disappearing. With this build that should no longer happen and you should always find your items either in your inventory or in the nearest Lost and Found shed.

In addition, dropped items will be easier to spot, as they are now getting highlighted if you empty-click in nonVR, or telegrab in VR.

New keyboard controls, VR item belt:

NonVR version got more train driving keyboard controls, such as horn, coupler, etc. These were necessary in order to make the shunter remote controller operable with keyboard only, but may also help some of you who map joystick peripherals to keyboard controls. Support for keyboard control configuration via .ini file is coming soon.



For VR we’ve added belt points, where you can store items. This makes it easy to, for example, carry a map or a shunter remote in front of you while keeping your hands free.

Old Bob summon button:

For those of you who have unlocked the Old Bob’s vehicle, you’ll be able to summon it at any point with a menu button. The menu will soon be slightly redesigned to accompany features like this with smaller button form.

--- Full changelog: ---

As usual, there are many more changes! Have a look at the full changelog:

Shunting remote:

- Is an item that can be purchased in shops
- Makes it possible to remotely control a shunter
- Features interactive joysticks and buttons (VR and nonVR)
- Can be used with keyboard controls in nonVR (when equipped)
- Features solar-powered battery mechanics
- Features limited wireless range with signal loss
- Includes various technical reworks and improvements to be used in future features

Controls:

- Added keyboard controls for all train commands
- Added belt item points (VR)
- You can place items to belt points for quick access
- Provides hands-free item interaction (useful for shunting remote)
- Fixed nonVR player being dragged by moving train if teleporting off of it
- Fixed camera flickering when teleporting in nonVR

Items:

- Hand-held items are now saved to inventory, rather than falling to world
- If inventory is full they are sent to L&F shed
- Reduced item spawning distance in L&F sheds to 50m
- Updated Player.GiveEssentialItems console command
- Now adds lost items to inventory if there’s space, else to L&F sheds

UI:

- Added menu button to refresh Lost & Found
- Added menu button to summon Old Bob’s vehicle (once unlocked)
- Added tooltips to menu
- Reworded many options
- Added highlighting nearby items (VR: telegrab press, nonVR: LMB click)
- Added build number to main menu

Railway:

- Fixed glitches with clipped shadows occurring on some parts of the railway
- Fixed railway LOD sometimes appearing (e.g. at Machine Factory)

Save-game:

- Fixed job loading errors, potentially causing other bugs

That’s it for now, see you next update!

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2019, 12:15:39 PM »
Build #68 - Key bindings, dumpsters, fixed tutorial bug and more!
4 APR @ 11:03PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hi everyone,

Earlier today we hotfixed a tutorial bug some of you were experiencing, introduced in last night’s update. In addition to that hotfix, we’re now also adding a few more features:

Configurable keyboard controls:

We added basic support for key remapping. It can be done either by editing keybindings.ini file located at Derail Valley\DerailValley_Data\SaveGameData or using console command “bind”, supporting multiple bindings per action. See changelog below for more details on how to remap keys.

Dumpsters and buying essential items:

Bought too many items? Not to worry, as now you can permanently delete them from every spawning again by throwing them away into yellow dumpsters. In addition, all previously “essential” items can now be purchased in shops, apart from wallet, the true essential item.

Shunter remote manual:

Some of you didn’t have enough information to deduct how to pair the remote. Now when you buy it you will also receive a short manual explaining just that and a few of its other details.

Apart from that we made a few more improvements to the game. See the full changelog below for more details:

--- Full changelog: ---

Build #68 - April 4, 2019:

Items:

- Fix broken tutorial due to item falling through ground (introduced last build)
- Added Item Dumpster
\ Dumpsters can be used to permanently delete your items
\ They can be found next to each lost and found shed
\ Purchase-able items tossed into the dumpster will be deleted if player moves 200m away
\ Job booklets tossed into the dumpster will be deleted immediately (same as trash bin)
- All previously “essential” items can now be bought in shops (except wallet)
- Player.GiveEssentialItems became Player.GiveWallet
\ Backup command in case there was a bug with the save-game that deleted the wallet
- Optimized world map, no longer calculating player position if 5m+ away from player

Shunting remote:

- Added shunter remote booklet manual
\ Buying the remote will now also issue the manual
- Fixed LED bars showing fully empty when there’s still slight control input

Controls:

- Editing keybindings using text editor:
\ Start game at least once to generate keybindings.ini file
\ Edit the file in text editor to remap keystroke(s)
\ The file is located at Derail Valley\DerailValley_Data\SaveGameData\
\ Supports multiple keys to be assigned to one action
\ The changes will apply at next game start
- Editing keybindings in-game using console commands:
\ “showbinds” to see all current key bindings for reference
\ “bind” followed by action and keystroke(s) (e.g. “bind moveForward W UpArrow“) to remap
\ Automatically updates keybindings.ini file
- Added steam whistle key control (default: num+)

World:

- Fixed floating L&F sheds at Sawmill and City SW

Shunter:

- Fixed levers jumping into place after a moment when entering the shunter

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2019, 12:03:53 AM »
Build #69 - Fixed steamer issues from last build
5 APR @ 3:26PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hi everyone,

Today's a quick one. Last night's fixes caused some errors in the steam locomotive making it unusable. This build fixes it. Enjoy!

Full changelog:

Steam locomotive:

- Fixed coal not being accepted into the firebox (introduced in last build)

Shunting remote:

- Made buttons easier to press in NonVR

Console:

- Player.GiveWallet command now forces wallet into inventory (or L&F if no room)

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2019, 12:36:31 PM »
Build #70 - Removed trees from tracks, non-physical shovel, better brakes & more!
10 Apr @ 9:52pm - Altfuture


Hi everyone,

We have several notable fixes today!



Removed vegetation from tracks:

All of it. Trees, as well as rocks, will no longer appear on tracks. Moreover, we’ve been able to gain quite a visual improvement too. With the new approach the gravel texture previously painted next to tracks to remove vegetation is no longer necessary. This brought a lot more track-side texture variety, and allowed us to bring vegetation closer to the tracks, making all environments feel more authentic.



In the future, once aged tracks are implemented, this will also allow us to make abandoned tracks somewhat more overgrown than others.

Fixed vegetation blinking:

One of the most obvious issues with the game was that, when transitioning to a new area vegetation would blink for a few frames. This made hangs a lot more noticeable than they really are. As of this build vegetation will no longer blink.

Non-physical shovel (VR):

We know that shovel in VR is often wonky. Until it’s reworked, there’s now a temporary setting in Misc submenu, that lets you interact with coal in a way that doesn’t involve physics. This means that lags or losing tracking will no longer launch your coal into orbit.

Braking cars no longer buckle:

Despite simulating train brake you’ve all experienced cars buckling and sometimes causing derailments in turns when braking. All the cars shared the same braking power, however their mass differed. Being heavier, some cars would push against the light ones as they had a harder time stopping.

Now, car brakes are automatically adjusted for car and cargo mass, ensuring that the entire train brakes with mostly the same force.

More bug fixes:

Many of you wrote to us about bugs with jobs stuck in inventory and loader levers not working. Both of those issues are now fixed.

Full changelog:

World:

- Removed vegetation and rocks from tracks
\ Removed need for gravel texture next to tracks (more natural track-side)
\ Allowed bringing vegetation closer to tracks
- Fixed vegetation flickering at terrain loading
- Fixed terrain bump at lake loop

Jobs:

- Fixed non interactable levers on load/refill machine (introduced recently)
- Fixed being unable to take out job booklets from inventory (introduced recently)

Steam locomotive:

- Added non-physical shovel option for VR, making coal stick to the shovel
\ Can be found in settings, under the Misc submenu
\ Can be switched on and off during gameplay

Cars:

- Brake strength now automatically adjusts for car mass (no more buckling)

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2019, 11:44:05 PM »
Build #72 - Loading screen, pocket watch, fixed starting underground and more!
19 Apr @ 7:02pm - Altfuture

Hi everyone, we have some exciting changes today!

Reworked game loading:

We reworked the way Derail Valley is being loaded, preventing issues such as falling through terrain at game start. It now shows a loading screen with progress percentage, completing all loading before you actually start playing. VR players: note that the loading screen will only appear on the monitor, not in the headset.



Pocket watch:

You can now buy a watch in shops, letting you measure time, using either its stopwatch or timer functionality. This is useful when chasing your job time bonus! When used as a timer, the watch will ring when it counts down to zero, even if it’s in the inventory.

In VR the watch is placed a bit inconveniently high in the store, but note that in due time we will rework the shop layout.



Other notable changes:

- Parked trains no longer slide on slopes
- Potentially made game playable on undefined controllers (e.g. Pimax with Vive)

Our focus is now on hazmat jobs and related improvements!

Full changelog:

Build #72 - April 19, 2019:

System:

- Reworked game loading
\ Now shows loading progress (screen only)
\ Fixes player falling through terrain when starting game
\ Smoother experience after game loads in

Items:

- Added pocket watch
\ Can be bought in shops
\ VR controls: Button - start/pause, Knob - set time
\ NonVR controls: LMB - start/pause, Scroll - set time
\ To use as stopwatch, start at zero time
\ To use as timer, start at set time
\ Alarm goes off when timer runs out
\ Works while in inventory too
\ Gets its status saved during play
- Save-game can now track item-specific states

Trains:

- Trains no longer slide when parked on a grade
- Increased coupler strength 50%

Controls:

- Potentially fixed undefined device controllers not working (e.g. Pimax with Vive wands)
- Fixed walk/run speeds in nonVR being increased in a recent build

Misc:

- Added pages about derailing and item storage to DV Guide
- Fixed crash when using teleport console commands while being on a vehicle
- Halved job validator cooldown

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2019, 01:26:50 PM »
Build #73 - Bug fixes, increased loco remote range
25 APR @ 9:22PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hi everyone,

While we’re heavily working on the upcoming big hazmat update, we'll try to release a few more bug fixing patches in the meantime, such as today's one:

Bug fixes:

We fixed an error that may have been the cause for VR bugs such as being unable to take items out of belt-points or items falling through ground. We also fixed the orientation of some items in VR being broken when held. Players in NonVR can now see the teleport gizmo once again.

Other tweaks:

- Increased shunter remote range and battery drainage
- In NonVR lighter lid now opens using the scroll wheel

This change comes with more items being moved to use the scroll wheel soon, as item selection will be reworked to function with keys 0-9.

--- Full changelog: ---

Bug fixes:

- Fixed an error potentially causing all belt and item -related problems in VR
- Fixed teleport gizmo not showing in NonVR
- Fixed pocket watch clock hands sometimes clipping into the watch body in NonVR
- Fixed some items having wrong orientation when picked up in VR
- Fixed some items having wrong orientation in belt in VR

Locomotive remote:

- Increased locomotive remote range
- Updated locomotive remote battery usage

Items:

- Lighter lid now opens and closes using the scroll wheel in NonVR
- Lighter is no longer guaranteed to light up on first try in NonVR

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2019, 12:38:32 AM »
Build #74 - Mouse-look, Number-key item equip, Fixed track joint sounds and more!
3 MAY @ 10:51PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hi all,

We've squeezed in more bug fixes and a few NonVR features this week, while working on the big hazmat update.

Mouse-look:

Press Left Alt and you can aim and interact with particular joysticks and buttons of items in hand. Many of you asked to be able to use the locomotive remote with your mouse, and now you can!

Mouse-look now also lets you view items while zoomed in (RMB), such as your map or your watch.

Number key item selection:

Pressing keyboard numbers 0-9 now automatically unequips your current item and equips another, like in most FPS games.

Other notable changes:

- Fixed missing track joint sounds
- Use mouse wheel to turn booklet pages (rebindable to keyboard)

--- Full changelog: ---

Controls:

- Added mouse-look feature to NonVR
\ Press ‘Left Alt’ to toggle on/off
\ Useful for operating items in hands using mouse, such as the loco remote
- Keys 0-9 now automatically equip items from the requested slots
- Booklet pages are now turned with the scroll wheel in NonVR
- Made scroll wheel controls bindable to keyboard (for those without the wheel)
- Updated item hover highlighting to highlight more sensible parts of items
- Fixed lighter lid being controllable with the scroll wheel when not held

Sounds:

- Fixed track joints not playing sound when crossed over by wheels
- Fixed pocket watch sounds sometimes being spatially incorrect

UI:

- Reworded “respawn” to “restart” in UI texts
- Updated job booklets to better format cargo names

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2019, 12:18:36 AM »
Build #75 - Bug fixes, NonVR inventory improvements and more!
8 MAY @ 6:28PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hey all,

We have a new round of bug fixes this week!

Fixed save-game player position corruption (VR):

Some VR players were getting their save-game corrupted. This could happen if you selected "restart at nearest station" while on a train. The game could then teleport away from the world and subsequently save this player position. The game could no longer load this position, effectively rendering the save-game corrupt. This is now fixed, and if you were affected, the game will now be able to fix your save-game and spawn you at tutorial depot.

Further NonVR inventory improvements:

You've surely at some point moved selection to an item, while already holding another item. Pressing Tab would then return your selection to original slot. This is now improved so that the game will auto-stash your current item to the first empty slot and automatically equip the newly selected one.

You may have noticed that with some items it's no longer possible to scroll through the inventory, because they use mouse wheel when equipped. This is now possible to override by holding Alt, which forces inventory scrolling.

Mouse-look can now be used in either toggle or hold modes, depending on how long you hold the Alt button pressed. Leaving the mouse-look range will now smoothly blend held item back into position.

These are the highlights for this update, but there are many more small fixes and improvements - make sure to read the full changelog below!

--- Full changelog: ---

Bug fixes:

- Fixed bug with “restart” button moving player into the sky in VR and corrupting savegame
\ Also prevented loading screen freeze at 71%, for affected players (savegame auto-fix)
- Fixed a bug that could prevent the game from starting on first launch after installation
- Fixed some booklets not being placeable in VR belt
- Fixed an error with VR belt
- Fixed loading screen background image not preserving aspect ratio when resizing window
- Fixed incorrect boxcar normal map export
- Fixed items not giving back scroll wheel focus when destroyed
- Fixed pocket watch alarm sound playing at the player's position even when the watch is somewhere else
- Fixed pocket watch crown and watch hands sometimes being misaligned
- Fixed low initial player position in tutorial

Controls:

- Alt-scroll now forces inventory scrolling
- Tab now unstashes selected inventory item even when you already hold an item
- Mouse-look can now be toggled with a single key press, or activated when holding the key
- Fixed steam whistle being activated when using locomotive remote horn using keyboard

Items:

- Items now animate into place when leaving mouse-look mode
- Improved lighter lid closing interaction with the fire
- Lighter fire can no longer be extinguished by clicking
- Increased the success chance of lighting the lighter
- Fixed map indicator sometimes spinning
- Added “job” suffix to job booklet item name

Misc:

- Updated DV Guide and Controls NonVR pages with latest info
- Reduced tender hatch spring resistance

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2019, 12:24:14 PM »
Build #76 - Stability fixes, cars cargo, bug fixes and more!
15 May @ 6:41pm - Altfuture


Hi everyone,

Today we have some notable stability improvements:

Stability & crash fixes:

Following some testing with the community over the past few weeks, we upgraded Derail Valley to Unity version 2018.3. For some players this could be major news, as reportedly it eliminates rare crashes during gameplay and removes the annoying crash dialog when quitting the game. Those with older-generation CPUs will be thrilled to know that Derail Valley no longer has a SSE4 requirement!

Apart from stability, the upgrade also brought slight performance and appearance boost to terrain rendering.

Cars cargo:

Loaded autorack are now filled with shiny new cars! Being the last cargo type missing a model, these little cars will bring a lot of color to the sight of Machine Factory and Harbor!





As usual we made various more bug fixes for VR and NonVR! Some of them include no longer dropping items out of belt when grabbing them accidentally, no longer inventory getting bugged when taking money in VR, job booklets saving as regular inventory items, and lots more!

--- Full changelog: ---

Build #76 - May 15, 2019:

System:

- Upgraded Unity to 2018.3
\ Improved performance (terrain rendering optimization)
\ Removed SSE4 requirement (can be played on older CPUs, e.g. Phenom II)
\ Should fix crash when quitting game
\ Should fix rare in-game crashes for some players
\ Slightly Improved terrain graphics

Cargo:

- Added cars cargo models

Jobs:

- Job booklets are now saved as items, preserving inventory slots and job ID
- Fixed inventory bug in VR, caused by validating booklets or taking money
- Restart button now deletes all active job booklets (previously only from inventory)

Controls:

- Fixed colliders on loaded cars not working properly when teleporting onto them
- Fixed items easily falling from belt in VR when accidentally grabbed (e.g. loco remote)
- Fixed belt slot sometimes disappearing in VR
- Decreased locomotive remote battery consumption
- Fixed a bug when dropping an item during the mouse-look exit animation
- Fixed grabbed items having incorrect velocity when dropped after teleporting to a moving train
- Fixed Bob’s vehicle brakes not working (keyboard)
- Fixed a bug with shunter exhaust which could make player get stuck in the air if stepped on

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2019, 12:10:47 AM »
Build #77 - Fixed tunnels, various bug fixes
22 MAY @ 6:19PM   - ALTFUTURE


Hey all,

We've got more bug fixes this week! There are many more changes in progress, but they are mostly piling up for the big Hazmat update coming next month, so stay tuned!

Fixed impassable tunnels for good:

As "caved in" tunnels have been a recurring issue, we took the time to entirely rework how the game determines tunnel holes. This change should eliminate the possibility of trains hitting terrain in tunnel entrances, and also prevents visual glitches where holes would disappear, fully or partially.

There are still a rare few tunnels placed in such a way that terrain can be still seen in them (e.g. east of Harbor), but this will be fixed separately in the next world update and is now harmless.

Bug fixes, improvement to controls and performance:

We're continually working on bug fixes, and the goal is to reduce them to the absolute possible minimum by the time Hazmat update rolls out.

Notable highlights are that we fixed frequent CPU spikes in VR (actually caused by third party code, thanks for this video), as well as the bug in NonVR where items would drop out of hands and become unable to be picked up again, among other fixes.

--- Full changelog: ---

Railway:

- Reworked tunnel entrances
- Fixed tunnels missing holes sometimes (looking caved in)
- Fixed colliding with terrain at tunnel entrances sometimes
- Fixed tunnel holes being visible (terrain faces sticking out of tunnel walls)

Performance:

- Reduced CPU spikes in VR, caused by 3rd party code (console, VRTK)

Controls:

- Fixed being unable to teleport to shunter from its right cab side
- Fixed a bug where mouse-look could make held item untakeable
- Fixed mouse-look being usable during stashing/unstashing animations
- Fixed locomotive remote battery indicator showing as not charging

Misc:

- Fixed car ID plates having no spaces in cargo names
- Load machine now displays its corresponding track’s ID


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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2019, 05:19:20 PM »
Build #78 - Optimized item spawning, alt-tab pause, many bug fixes
20 JUN @ 3:54PM   - ALTFUTURE

Hey everyone,

For many months now, we've been working on an upcoming major update, known as the "Hazmat update". In the last few weeks the whole team's been working on it exclusively, so the number of isolated fixes ready to release in the meantime was limited. Still, today we've accumulated enough of the fixes to constitute an in-between update.

Notable improvements:

Today's update mostly focuses on bug fixes, such as:

- Fixed the camera tilt bug
- Fixed VR belt points taking items when they shouldn't
- Optimized item spawning
- Alt-tab now pauses the game
- Pause stops the sounds too

Progress on the upcoming Hazmat update:

Despite being called "Hazmat" (short for Hazardous Materials cargo), the update will include a lot more. We grew the scope, so its primary mission would be to reach a stable version - as if we were releasing Derail Valley for the first time. Apart from explosions, the main improvements will include the overall fidelity and game-play improvements (more goals, more challenges, better tutorial). This will involve a complete coupler rework, speed signs, new licenses, among many more additions. We will have dedicated news posts for each feature subset, as we near the update release.

At this point, most of the core features for the Hazmat update are near completion. About two weeks ago we started testing them and are now doing optimizations and general polish. That's the current status, but note that this will take a while. There is no release date estimate yet.

In the meantime we are likely to release a few more smaller bug fixing updates, such as this one!

Full changelog:

Bug fixes:

- Fixed the recent bug with camera tilting while in a locomotive cab
- Fixed VR belt point getting stuck in grab mode
- Fixed sound playing when the game is paused
- Improved prevention of falling through ground when teleporting to steep slopes in VR

Misc:

- Optimized item spawning
- Game will now pause when switching windows (alt-tab)
- Controls booklet now dynamically adapts to current input device
- Fixed being unable to zoom with a booklet in hand in NonVR
- Extended remote controller battery life
- Command debug.toggleui now also disables in-game tooltips (NonVR)
- Shunter’s reverser can no longer be changed when throttle is applied, in NonVR
- Increased NonVR crosshair and interaction text font size on high-res screens (e.g. 4k)

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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2019, 11:36:03 PM »
Build #79 - Valve Index support, bug fixes
3 JUL @ 6:37PM   - ALTFUTURE
Hi everyone,

Today we have another small update, while the major one is in progress.

Valve Index support:

For the SteamVR version of the game we added support for Valve Index, or namely its unique controllers. With Index you can grab and let go of items and levers in Derail Valley by physically squeezing or letting go of the controllers, which are attached to your hand by a clever strap system.

Apart from that, the behavior is mostly the same as with other kinds of VR controllers. We couldn't take advantage of finger tracking unfortunately, as this isn't supported by the third-party VR input system that Derail Valley is based on, yet.

Bug fixes:

We fixed some of the most pressing recent bugs, namely the locomotive remote being unusable in VR, and the cars appearing sunken through the rails.

Progress on the upcoming Hazmat update:

In case you missed it, we wrote a bit about the Hazmat update progress in our Build #78 news post. We're happy to say that we've solved some major obstacles since (got massive explosions working, made a notable performance improvement and got coupler & derailment overhaul working), and the update has been shaping up nicely, day by day.

Full changelog:

Controls:

- (SteamVR) Added support for Index controllers (legacy, no finger tracking)
- Fixed being able to get stuck moving in VR smooth locomotion, when no input was given

Bug fixes:

- Fixed locomotive remote joysticks being difficult to grab in VR
- Fixed some cars having bogies appearing off-tracks until touched with another car


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Re: Derail Valley
« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2019, 02:51:36 PM »
Status Report - Progress on the 'Hazmat' update
12 AUG @ 11:25AM   - ALTFUTURE

Hi everyone,

With the next update increasingly becoming a hot topic, a proper status report post is due. Technically, our statement didn't change much from the last Steam post, but it's time to reiterate. We frequently respond to questions about the progress on Discord[discordapp.com], but understandably not everyone can follow that.

As most of you know, for several months now all of the team has been working on the first upcoming major Derail Valley update, titled “Hazmat.” Due to notable code differences between the game versions, we stopped releasing small updates to the public version and are entirely focused on completing the Hazmat one instead.

The Hazmat update will be big, and despite its name, will include a lot more than just hazardous cargo. We’re treating this update as if we were releasing the game for the first time, except this time around we have a lot more time to properly address things than when the game was originally released. We'll make everything in it as ready as reasonably possible, before announcing the release date.

Knowing it would take a while, we weren't sharing many details about the update in order not to prematurely over-hype it. It is still too early to know the exact contents of the update which is why we've been quiet, but when it does get announced we’ll need half a dozen video updates just to showcase the highlights.

I'm glad to say that, even though there were some very tedious, difficult and risky hurdles to overcome, at this point most of them are behind us. The update is progressing very well and we’re doing internal test builds on a weekly basis. Almost all of the core features and changes are now complete and usable in-game. For a while now we’ve been in the phase of testing, resolving bug fixes and doing general polish and balancing.

Our primary focus with this update was about giving the game a focus on gameplay, with more goals to strive for as a player, and more challenges to overcome - however, to achieve that, we had to make a lot of changes to the game that would otherwise make it unfair. Therefore, we’ve entirely revamped how derailments work, how couplers work, how you retrieve items, we’ve added speed signs and made a ton of core improvements that are yet to be revealed. With Hazmat we aim to get Derail Valley to a state where we can focus on adding new content, rather than the bug fixing.

That concludes this status report. The release announcement will still take a while, but if things go according to plan, it should be the next post coming from us!

-Slobodan


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