Hello everyone! Welcome to the 208th issue of the RoVerse Development Newsletter, where we keep you updated on the progress we've made over the past week.
This week, Idyllic has continued to work out the kinks preventing the deployment of Capitals to the Dogfight Alpha, making good progress on editing the code to support the new features such ships will add to the game.
Adding the ability to edit Capital ships using the same menus as the fighters was a relatively straightforward task, however, they were not designed to allow editing of two ships simultaneously - your currently selected Fighter, and your currently selected Capital. Editing either sets the ship and it's turrets to the current, rather than working in parallel. This required a significant amount of work to correct, to be able to save the latest edits to a Capital ship, but not overwrite the edits to your current fighter.
The work on these edits is ongoing, but we are optimistic about their success. Capital ships will be flying through the skies in no time.
The new dogfight gamemodes saw their first larger-scale test in this week's community dogfight, where we found a few bugs, fixed a few others, and overall had a great time. The new elimination and killerball gamemodes were particularly successful, including the killer-spectate mode. Though not yet perfect, they are working well enough to stay in the gamemode rotation.
Here are a few shots of me spectating the ship that killed me.
It has not escaped our notice that this newsletter is, in fact, the 4-year mark of this great project. From our humble beginnings we've come quite a long way, and we're going to take a bit of time to review where we've been, while we continue to work towards the future of RoVerse.
We now travel back to the far-off year of 2016!
In the beginning, there was a map. A map, and a dream. A dream of an expansive galaxy in which the plethora of Sci-fi clans could participate. They could capture territory, and build structures, and dominate the galaxy.
It started with a space station...
...and a spaceship.
Structures were built,
and more and more ships were added to the collection.
A dogfight was created to showcase the ship mechanics, and act as a proving ground for all the features we wanted to include.
We thought bigger, creating whole planets to invade and conquer.
And vehicles with which to do the conquering.
Systems were generated and regenerated.
Features were added, things that made the experience better.
Planets went amazing places.
And ships became customizable.
The dogfight expanded, with new maps and new ships - contributed by our amazing community.
Things changed colors.
And structures at long last were built.
And the station, once nearly empty yet full of potential, came to life. Home to every player who has flown across the skies of RoVerse.
We've certainly come a long way, and we are as dedicated as ever to continuing to bring this project to life. We want to thank everyone who has helped us get to where we are today, and we hope that they will continue to join us as we move forward on this highly ambitious, but definitely achievable goal.
See you in the stars, pilots!
The community dogfight continued again this week, with members of the community coming together to blast each other out of the sky. Here are a selection of screenshots from the event - send in your own if you have them. Join us next week at 8pm EST and earn double credits for the duration.
This week in the dogfight there were 165 kills, 98 with beam, 29 with plasma, 18 with railgun, 11 with auto, 9 with laser, and 0 with torpedo. The most dangerous ship was the Excalibur, with 49 kills, followed by the Iridium with 38. The most dangerous map was Pillarum with 114 deaths, followed by Classic with 29.
And now, the moment you've been waiting for...
The three players that topped the leaderboard were FangABXY, with 57 kills and 14 deaths and a 4.07 KDR; IdyllicDestroyer with 38 kills, 34 deaths and a 1.11 KDR; and ExPharaoh with 27 kills, 6 deaths, and a 4.5 KDR. They have unlocked the exclusive ship Stratus Sprite in the Alpha Dogfight. Nice work pilots!
If you'd like to check out the rest of our data, you can find the spreadsheet here: Phase 1 Data (Week 52)
Each week we compile a Q&A section here whenever there are any new questions posted on the RoVerse Community group wall or in the Community Discord Server. Be sure to join if you have any questions about RoVerse:
ROBLOX Group: https://www.roblox.com/My/Groups.aspx?gid=2948290
Discord server: https://discord.gg/npxBGwJ
Q1: A mobile helipad on a tank chassis?
A1: What you're describing sounds an awful lot like a surface-bound version of a small Capital, which wouldn't be all that useful. No, helipads will be built on the surface and be designed to land ships coming in from space, not move those ships across the planet's surface.
Q2: Will you be able to sell a construction kit for your ship?
A2: Yep! Our blueprint system will allow ship designers to sell their ship designs, without having to deal with a large-scale manufacturing system to produce them. However, if they happened to run an organization that sold pre-built ships, their might be a premium on their designs.
Q3: Can we steal blueprints?
A3: Yep! Blueprints can be raided from ship inventories, or station rubble, which gives any player access to contraband ships, if they're in the right place at the right time. Battlefield salvage could be very lucrative.
Q4: What is the RoVerse explanation for respawning?
A4: We have decided that it would be much more interesting for factions to put forward their own lore regarding the mysterious process by which players reappear after they die, be it high-technology or something more mystical.
Q5: Can I play without being in a faction?
A5: Of course! RoVerse is open to all, however, some of the bigger-scale activities like galaxy-conquering and station-building will be out of reach for the solo player. But that doesn't mean there won't be plenty to do for those who wish to strike out on their own. You can mine, trade, go on quests, hunt bounties, upgrade your ships, all in the name of adventure!
You can support us by joining our Community Group or Discord server! So far, the community has been absolutely amazing, supportive, and very friendly. We are very appreciative of all the support you guys show us!
If you want to catch any of our developers streaming, you can always follow our official Twitch channel here!
Remember, we are always looking for new, talented builders, scripters and artists! If you’d like to help us you can always get in touch with us through RoVerse_Official on the ROBLOX website, or by contacting an Administrator in the community Discord! Don’t worry, we don’t bite!
Vaktus: Leader of the Vaktovian Empire and head of the RoVerse Project