Hello everyone! Welcome to the seventy-seventh issue of the RoVerse Development Newsletter, where we keep you updated on the progress we've made over the past week.
With a short development week because of the new year, we weren't able to finish too many projects completely, but we do have some nice demo work of features and builds that are still in-progress. We've got a demo for constraint-based vehicles, a second ship in the Garfish line by Sae'tzar, and a Small Capital by Vedrakkerous. Let's get started!
Last week we demoed an updated map of the galaxy, with generated systems of planets and asteroids and stars, and we got some decent feedback from our community. With that advice in mind, we are looking to implement a few more unique features, hand-selecting systems that these odd phenomena would look good occurring in, rather than leaving it all to a random number generator. Things like binary stars, planets orbiting black holes, and systems with weird orbits, will definitely be included to give those locations in the galaxy a bit more interest. And we don't want to spoil every secret, so expect more cool stuff than those listed here.
IdyllicDestroyer had a bit of time to work on some side projects, and he took on creating a constraint vehicle system to test how well such a system would work, if such a system could be used for our needs and wants, and how robust a system could be. The results, Jango's APC with a 6-wheeled chassis, and a very promising start towards a working vehicle system.
There are still things we'd like to improve, including traction on slopes and smooth terrain, straightening out the wheels that got off-center, and we look forward to affixing turrets to the top.
While the applications of such a system at the reduced scale of planet surfaces remains to be seen, he doesn't expect it to take more than some refined tweaking of numbers and very careful placement of constraints.
Up next is the second ship by Sae'tzar in the Garfish line of Capitals, with the Blue Fin. This Capital ship is a bit larger than its cousin, but with a thinner profile, and more high-powered gun mounts. He's made some good progress on the ship so far, with the finer details, like the center strip and some lighting work, remaining to be completed.
Also on the roster of ships completed, is this Capital built by Vedrakkerous, inspired by the Black Knight Satellite. The Obelisk class capital is a Small Capital, designed not to blow your enemy out of the sky with its firepower, but by using stealth tactics to complete missions without disturbance.
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: Will ships available for purchase have different tiered models, like a Base Model with basic tech, and an Advanced Model with the best tech but much more expensive?
A1: As we have it planned currently, the purchasing of a ship and its improvements are very modular and separate, though we might consider a bundle discount in the future. The ship models may also be configurable with stat points that can be allocated to engine power, weapons, of shielding, much like we plan for handheld weapons, though that remains to be seen.
Q2: Will there be mounts fast enough to evade enemy fire.
A2: While we don't have any immediate plans for mounted creatures, it is something we may eventually look into. It would be quite exciting using local fauna as a means of transportation, taking advantage of a species' special skills in traversing its home terrain, but for now, we'll stick to getting vehicles to work.
Q3: Will the technology of the RoVerse Galaxy adhere to any notions of realistic space exploration technology available shortly after the present era?
A3: We want to keep the universe we've created as open as possible to applicant factions, as long as they have a sci-fi focus. In the Sci-Fi spectrum, there is everything from incredibly advanced unknowable technology, to more realistic tech that could be expected to appear in a century or two. And we want to cater to both of these factions. So whether in your factions lore, you shoot good old-fashioned bullets at things, or the most advanced cosmic rays, you'll find a home here, and everything will be balanced out to ensure that everyone has their fair shot at galactic domination.
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!
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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