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EA.0.24 is now live!

EA.0.24 is now live!

Hello,
I’ve been a not inconsistent on the subject of when 0.24 would release, first saying the 15th and then the 22nd. I’ve found an issue with building duplication that I wanted to have fixed, so I’ve decided to push a smaller version of 0.24 through today. The next version will then follow march 29th.

Changelog EA.0.24

New stuff
– Added third density of 2×2 residential buildings.
– Tooltip for modifiers added to panel.

Tweaks
– Plop costs adjusted (up). Primarily for tier two and tier three production.
– Hydrogen power plant given consumption priority. Also fixed that it wasn’t added as an economy unaffected building.
– Super absorbent production increased.
– Pre and grammar school, clinic, hospital and police department are now prioritized labour consumers, ie. will be prioritized when it comes to being given labour.
– Commercial and industrial labour demands adjusted up a bit.

Bug fixes
– Found bug causing duplication of buildings. Affected buildings is the 2×2 middle class first density commercials. If this happens, the file size will have bloated and loading will be slow. This autoresolves if you load the city now. First time around loading will be a bit slower, a text (“Resolving duplication…”) will be displayed and the progress bar will stop before reaching 100%. Just wait this out and the problem will be fixed and resaving the city will make load times normal again. Depending on how many duplication have occured, this might take a while. Should it fail to remove all duplicates, reloading the city should resolve the remaining problem buildings.
– Fix for advice when unemployment is high or there is a shortage of labour fixed.
– Fixed bug where hydrogen was not persistent (ie. needed to be produced every time step instead of the surplus being stored).
– Fixed lighting on bridges.
– Fixed the citizen board from requesting the same policy twice. Also added a cool down so that things aren’t requested too often.
– Fix for road connections not working when roads were placed in a u-shape.

Other
– Adjusted top bar sliders to use the entire slider.
– Policy cost data is loaded as soon as policy window is opened (assuming things have been calculated).

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The third density of 2×2 residential buildings has been added into the game. This means 2×2 residences can now start holding fairly large amounts of people. In the upcoming version their demands and the density checks for when a building can grow will be adjusted.

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Building plop costs have been increased slightly, in particular for later stage buildings. Consumption priority has also been changed to ensure that some buildings are stocked with labour first – this is to avoid central utilities from not having any labour. Commerce and industry now also requires slightly more labour.

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The building duplication is due to the deprecation of the effector type in the previous vesion. This is due to a script accidentally being left on two buildings. If these buildings were in a city, they would result in two buildings being saved each time, meaning new buildings were added exponentially. If this has happened in a city, the save file will be bloated and take very long to load. Performance will also be affected. This will be fixed automatically when loading a city, which means initially loading a city will take a bit longer.

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I’ve also added modifier descriptions to the modifier window to avoid cramped tool tips. Fixed lighting on bridges and also road connections not working properly when roads were placed in a u shape in tight corners.

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EA.0.23 goes live!

EA.0.23 goes live!

Hey!
A new version will be live in a bit.

Version EA.0.23
New stuff:

– Hydrogen production plant added.
– Hydrogen power plant added.
– EffectorType deprecated.*
– First iteration of clouds added.
– Additional props added to production buildings.
– Absorbent building modified and made shorter allowing them to be stacked and making them more space efficient.
– Absorbent building props added.
– Climate effects added (humidity, heat, wind). Primarily affects wind and solar farms, as well as food production facilities and water production.

Tweaks/minor additions:
– Food requirements rebalanced for residential buildings. Overall demands are now lower, but the highest tier had mistankenly been set to low requirements, so they now have higher food demands (in line what they should have had). Conversely, the fourth tier had very high demands, but now has lower.
– The board of citizens now demand changes to welfare levels and enacting/repealing specific policies.
– Conglomerates can now demand adjustments to the financial transactions tax. Preparations made for hotel tax level demands as well.
– Some minor tweaks in the building information panel.
– Cost and effect of policy adjusted (costs generally adjusted down and effects slightly up).
– Research tool tip now displays description in the text bar at the bottom of the research window when hovering over research icon.
– Fixed wages not displaying in stats window.

Controls:
– Camera spin/tilt controls removed.

Other:
– Polish translation expanded.
– Lighting from street lights improved.
– Fog override fixed so that retro levels have the proper fog color regardless of chosen theme.
– Fixed bridge description being incorrectly mapped in english.
– Reordered some of the production buildings in the menu.

This time around, there aren’t that many new additions. I’ve been putting quite a bit of work into refactoring code and improvement overall performance. There’s also been quite a bit of work put into simplifying code so that the upcoming additions (primarily new zone densities, hotels and also ideology-specific buildings) are easier to implement and maintain.

The hydrogen resource now has a production facility. Currently hydrogen is only used in the newly added hydrogen power plant, a pricey, but clean way to produce big amounts of electricity. These two new buildings can be seen below. Also in the picture, the absorbent building has been made smaller so that it’s easier to stack together.

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*The effector type has been deprecated. This was essentially building type groups checked when placing a new building (good/bad nearby buildings). Previously, when a building had all nearby good buildings and no bad buildings it would run at 100% efficiency. This has now been redone to work in tandem with the local area effects system. Local area effects account for 40% efficiency, presence of all required good buildings another 30% and the lack of bad buildings another 30%. This change also allows being informed exactly of what building is required or is considered a bad neighbor, instead of buildings being grouped. This is a big change to one of the core systems of the game, so there might be some minor unexpected issues. Also, in the old system, each type of building would only be counted once, so having two pollutant power plants near a residential building was just as bad as having one. Now, each bad neighbor is counted, while good neighbors are still only counted once.

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Climate effects have been added. In campaign, challenge and free roam levels, these effects don’t affect things greatly. There might be a shorter period when there is less wind which means less output from wind farms for example,but overall, these effects are discrete. They are more prominent in the retro mode levels where the levels are themed. Ruined earth for example is dry, windy and warm, so farms are affected a bit, solar farms and wind farms are a good choices for electricity production etc.

Graphics are currently not a high priority, except when it comes to optimizations, but there are some new building props added, a water tank for example. Street lights now emit light as well.

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Policy costs and food demands have been tweaked. Since the addition of coffee, cocoa and tea, the food/drinks demands of buildings has gotten rather costly. So I’ve adjusted most demands down. But in checking through all demands, I noticed the upper class residential buildings were not scaled properly, so they now demand slightly more food than before. The fourth tier on the other hand, demanded way too much, so their demands have now been lowered substantially. Policy costs were way to high compared to their effects, so cost and effects have been tweaked to make them more viable. The citizens now also demand specific policies be enacted or repealed. Keeping citizens happy will prevent them from making too many demands.

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There’s been some minor fixes on top of all this, fog having the proper color in the retro levels for example and some other bug fixes (listed above for the most part, but also some really minor stuff aside from those).

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The next update, 0.24, is scheduled for march 22nd or 23rd. Planned for this update is a new controls tutorial, which sadly didn’t make it in this time around along with some additional controls fixes and simplifications. I’ll also be focusing heavily on adding the foundations for the features listed in the latest road map so that most of it can be finished around summer this year.

Current state of version ea.0.23

Current state of version ea.0.23

Hello!

This week, I’ve started reworking the effects and costs of policy. This should make them more viable as an option when players want to expand the levels of education or crime prevention for example. When it comes to the effect on labour availability, the majority of policies have already been fairly well balanced both in effect and cost, so these have largely been left as they were.

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Weather effects have been added. In most free roam levels, challenges and the campaign, weather has very little effect on production etc. But in the retro stages, weather settings are set to vary greatly, so in the ruined earth scenario water production will be lower due to dry conditions, but solar farm electricity output is higher due to heat/sun. Over time I intend to develop this system a bit further, adding a very basic climate factor (high pollution, pushes heat in the bubble the city is built in).

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Controls continue to be a focus, and in a move to simplify the controls of the game the spin controls have been removed. I’ll also be replacing the current camera movement tutorial with one that incorporates being able to test the different modes currently available and to set which one the player prefers. Additional tweaks will be made and I hope they will to simpler, but still versatile controls.

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A new clean power plant will be added in the next update, hydrogen power plant. This one requires the recently added hydrogen resource which can be produced in the Hydrogen plant seen below. This allows for substantial amounts of electricity produced (more than solar and wind) and can preserve a bit of space as opposed to wind and solar, but it is also a bit more costly.

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I’m also overseeing the current buildings and some will be seeing minor changes. The absorbent is one of these. I’ve found that it takes up too much space (height-wise) and as such it has now been made smaller. It still produces as much as before, but can now be “stacked”, allowing more of them in a small area and making them more viable in bigger cities as well.

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The 0.23 version will be live next sunday (march 8th) and feature the above as well as a few other tweaks and additions. I’ve started working on the 3rd density for the 2×2 residential and commercial zones, but they are still some time away from being finished (possibly for 0.24 scheduled for march 15th).

Version 0.22 goes live! Preschools, breweries and wine makers enter the game.

Version 0.22 goes live! Preschools, breweries and wine makers enter the game.

Hello!

Version ea.0.22 will be live soon! Here’s what’s new since last update:

New stuff/tweaks:
– Added two new retro themes – Ruined earth and snow earth. They will be tweaked further over time.
– Preschool added.
– Preschool added into demand tree of residential buildings. Theatre, library and museum removed. Citizens will continue to want to have schools nearby, even as the system for calculating education levels is changed.
– Preschool funding option added into policy window.
– Brewery added.
– Wine maker added.
– Beer, wine and hydrogen resources added.
– Entertainment and culture added as local area effects. Views for entertainment levels and culture also added.
– Local area effects weight increased. As more things get moved from the old system of requiring nearby buildings only (called the effector system), it will become more important to keep an eye on having enough buildings to cover crime prevention, health etc. in the city overall, rather than near specific buildings. The weight has increased from 25% to 33%.
– Residential, commercial and industrial priority sets for local area effects changed. The priority sets determine what a building type finds more important. Essentially a weighting system to allow commercial buildings to prioritize low crime over health levels for example.
– Density 4 and 5 now require nano structs to grow.
– Tax effects on industry and commerce differentiated between tax tiers. For example, low tier commerce used to be affected by high tier commerce tax rate. This is now changed.
– Policies targeting industry and commerce used to affect tax revenue. Now they instead affect efficiency, which in turn affects revenue. This makes the connection between policy and effect more clear. Descriptions of policy effects are coming in an upcoming version to make it more clear what affects what.
– Effector capture radius made slightly smaller (This is the radius to check nearby good/bad buildings).
– Education is now calculated from number of available seats (what is seen as produced in schools etc.) and average coverage (local area effect).
– Similar to education, health calculations have now been similarly adapted.

Minor stuff:
– Added more conditions for domestic advisor advice for missing food/drinks. For example, if you have no legume, but also no middle class citizens, the message won’t trigger.

Bug fixes:
– Fixed nullref error when citizen is assigned building with no registered bads or goods.
– Fixed world constraint not working properly in retro mode.
– Fixed bug where advisor entries were not closed properly.
– Fixed cost display output bug where values for output would somehow “stick” between different buildings.
– Fixed alternate skybox themes fog setting.
– Ambient sounds trigger fixed.
– Centrifugal particle extractor locked from start as it should be. Researched building after all.
– Lots weren’t displaying efficiency, now fixed!
– Fix for issue where on commercial zones and industrial zones, tax revenue would not display.
– Fixed non-duplicable notices (the little things that pop in on the right side of the screen) from displaying more than twice at the same time.
– Fixed default settings for camera control buttons not displaying correct text on first time entering game.
QoL:
– Replaced cycling buttons for resources in trade panel with a window for selecting resources.
– Scroll wheel to move camera blocked when panels are open.
– Pausing and then unpausing with space now returns to previous speed instead of x1.
– Labour requirement now displayed in cost info. This is the requirement when building functions at 100 %.
– Return camera to horizontal position button added in bottom bar.

Other:
– Swedish, French, Spanish and German localisations complete! Russian localisation is ongoing. Polish localisation in beta added.
– Updated jewelry, diamonds and nano structs icons.

This version adds a few new buildings. First off, the preschool. This building is required nearby residential buildings. This is the first building featuring a 3×3 foot print, a size that will become more common in upcoming buildings.
With the introduction of the preschool, the way education is calculated has been changed. Before, education was calculated on a city wide level based on education “produced” in schools and libraries etc. Basically a pop / education type formula. Now education also uses the local area effects. You still need to “produce” enough education to cover the amount of students in the city, but also make sure that there is coverage locally.

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Health was already moved to the local area effects system, but now also takes into concern how much healthcare is “produced” in total, similarly to how education works. Unlike before, you can no longer spam schools and hospitals in one area of the city to cover all health and education needs.

I’ve now also added culture and entertainment as local area effects. Currently, very few buildings produce entertainment and culture (museum and theatre). In upcoming versions there will be more of these types of buildings added, among them a stadium, a pub and an opera. These kind of buildings will accept the new resources beer and wine that are produced in the brewery and wine maker (suirprise!). These buildings have been added, along with the resources, so although they currently aren’t required in the city, you can still produce and trade them.

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There are also a couple of QoL improvements, among them a button to reset the camera orientation in game, a fix for default controls when starting the game the first time. The cycling buttons for what resource to trade in a long term contract have also been removed. Instead clicking the resource opens a window where you can select what resource to trade. This is more accomodating now that the number of resources has increased and will continue to increase.

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Localisations are finally updated as well! Swedish, French, Spanish and German have all been updated. Russian is underway and there is now also a beta version of polish. More work on localisations and fitting all text elements nicely will be done for the next version. If you find anything that is incorrect, just post in the Discord or in the forum what it is that seems to be mistranslated or mapped incorrectly in game.

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Lastly, the way policy affects commerce and industry has been changed. Before, policies generally affected taxes revenue only. Now they affect the efficiency of industry and commerce, which in turn affects revenue. This makes the effect of a policy more visible to the player. How taxes affect the overall efficiency of an industrial or commercial building has also been changed. Before, regardless of what tier building, they would be affected by an average of the tax levels of all three tiers. Now each tier is only affected by it’s respective tax rate. For the second and fourth tier, a mix between low/mid and mid/upper class taxes apply, depending on the density of the building.

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What’s up and coming in ea.0.22

What’s up and coming in ea.0.22

Hello,

As there is no update of the game today, this will be a fairly brief devlog featuring what has been done this week and what will be done leading up to the update to 0.22 next sunday.

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First of all, two new retro type levels will be added. Pictured in this log is the ruined earth scenario. I’ll be working to implement a type of climate offset for each of these scenarios meaning specific buildings will be affected in certain ways due to the setting of the scenario. For the ruined earth that would be more sun = better power production from solar farms and farms but lower output from absorbents.

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As I redid the calculations for crime etc., some buildings were removed as demands for residential buildings to grow. Since then I’ve also received ideas for adding both culture and entertainment into local area calulations so that more buildings can be removed from demands. This means that you won’t need quite as many of, for example, clinics, but you will still need to provide enough health care to the city in one way or another. This, in my opinion, adds more realism and flexibility in building so I will be added this into education as well, and the upcoming culture and entertainment effects. Initially there won’t be many building alternatives to add entertainment and culture, but I plan on adding pubs, opera buildings, stadiums and more.

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These new buildings will use a set of newly added resources – beer and wine. These will be made in a new building each, the beer and wine maker buildings. I’ve also added hydrogen as a resource. It will be a while longer until it comes into use, but it will be used as a resource in a new green power plant added later on.

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I’ll be adding a preschool into the next version of the game. This will output education and will be used as a variation for other education buildings once education is moved into the local area effects system. The preschool will be one of few education buildings demanded by residents nearby, but will come with a smaller 3×3 foot print.

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Bug squishing continues. As does minor QoL fixing like locking the scroll wheel function when a window is open.
Come next version the french and german localisations will be updated (the whole game will be properly translated). Spanish and Russian translation is ongoing and should be finished shortly thereafter. There’s also a polish translation in the works!

EA.0.21 goes live!

EA.0.21 goes live!

Hello!

Version EA.0.21 will be live in an hour or so. What’s new you ask?

Minor additions:
– Added option for scroll wheel function – move forward/backward or zoom in/out. Settings balance against horizon and setting scroll wheel function to moving forward/backward basically means you can accomplish almost every movement option necessary to move around the city. If you prefer combining mouse and keyboard this can be done as well.
– Modifier tool tips added. They’re currently a bit undersized, but I will address this at a later stage.
– Camera follow on build option added. When enabled, the camera will follow to the last item built when placing roads, blocks or multi placed buildings.
– Added spacebar to pause and resume game
– Added intermediate tutorial about how to enable advisors and citizen reps for additional information. Also shortened and updated the other tutorials.

Major changes:
– Code that handles connections had gotten a bit mixed up with controls for traffic. Now they’ve been properly separated and traffic now also runs parts of the code threaded to improve performance. The performance improvement should be fairly noticable, especially in large cities. There will be fixes for cars going off road later on, but this is not a priority at the moment.
– Changed how time progresses in game. Before the game changed Unity Time to accelerate, which affects a bunch of other things, among them physics. This was a bit hacky so I’ve now changed it over to an internal time function. This means that framerate isn’t affected as much when running the game in 2x, 4x and 8x speed.

Minor changes:
– Global time tick starting value increased. This just means that when loading a city, more values are updates right away, rather than with a delay.
– Domestic advisor advice conditions changed a bit (less spamming of certain messages now).
– Multi building placement UI fixed. Might add some additional bling over time.
– Changed how modes are handled in game, to prepare for further expansion of different modes and to make code more easily managed.
– Added extra condition for overwriting how many campaign levels and challenge levels have been completed so this data can’t be overwritten with null.
– Increased draw distance for props.
– Bloom strength setting added in options menu.
– Added night lighting to dot decoration.

Bug fixes:
– Some issues with modifiers fixed.
– Fixed some ui placement issues in 16:10 aspect ratios.
– Fixed not being able to build roads over roads. This was a new bug introduced after redoing some of the construction mode code.
– Fixed issue with minister of labour staying quiet most of the time!
– Fixed random placement of islands in retro mode on load.
– Line, dot and circle hedge decoration tiles description fixed.
– Fixed a building counting bug that overstated the number of zones in the city.
– Fixed issue when conglomerates leave and don’t properly hand over their property to remaining conglomerates. If this issue has been present in your city, it would have likely caused stagnation and other weird issues. When loading a city, this will be resolved automatically by reintroducing conglomerates for buildings that were left without owners.
– Fixed issue where bridges sometimes couldn’t be built despite there being enough space.
– Fixed focus distance.

Focus this week has been tweaks and bug fixes. I’ve received a host of feedback on bugs and issues that I’ve focused on addressing. I’ve also started refactoring code, as this is long overdue and there’s code that needs fixing for performance and stability reasons.

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I’ve continued work on performance related to 2x-8x game speed. The game has now moved away from using UnityEngine.Time to speed up and instead uses an internal clock to speed up the intervals at which calculations are performed. That way I don’t have to use the hackery I had to keep physics time stable. I’ve also started cleaning up the connectivity class – this checks what roads are connected to which buildings. Over time, code that is only remotely related to connectivity has ended up in this class, for example position checking for vehicles. The class has now been cleaned up and now only contains code relevant to connectivity. Position checking for vehicles is now in the traffic manager and has also been moved to a thread which improves performance quite a bit, especially in large cities.

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Controls have been a continued focus, and I’ve now added scroll wheel function to the options menu allowing the scroll wheel to either zoom or move the camera. I find that controls are now quite stable and functional and you can basically get around a city using only the mouse.
I’ve also added an auto follow function, so that when roads are placed, the camera will automatically pan to the last road placed. There will be some further tweaking to this, but it seems to work fairly well most of the time.

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A new tutorial has been added, this basically descibes where information can be found in the game and some of the common issues that will be facing a city. I find that tutorials should become less necessary, the more advisor, citizen rep and econopedia entries are added. There will, however, be more tutorials coming in the future. These will take a while to make as I intend on making lengthier ones.

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A number of bugs have also been fixed. For example, at times when a conglomerate leaves the city, buildings would not be transferred to a new conglomerate. This meant these buildings were left “hanging” and could cause null ref errors and stagnate the city. This has been fixed and if the city was in this state, the “hanging” buildings will be given a new owner on load. Aside from this, there have been some minor bugs fixed, like not being able to place roads when starting from an existing road (which you could before, and now can again).

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Next update will be in two weeks as I’m moving onto some bigger additions and will need more time to work these into the game.

Version 0.2 goes live!

Version 0.2 goes live!

Hello,
It’s time again for another update! This time around I’ve focused mainly on QoL improvements and fixing some issues introduced alongside the local area effects added a few updates ago. As many times before, the images are a bit random, as most of the work done is “under the hood” kind of stuff.

Version EA.0.20
Minor additions/changes:

– Local area wealth is now a part of property value (this in turn affects property tax revenue). Property value calculation now also takes into account the size of a zone in a better way than before. Mini zones used to be overvalued compared to standard zones.
– Conglomerates can now leave a city if they are unhappy with how things are going. This transfers their property to another conglomerate. Transferred property will be valued at less than before for a short period of time meaning property tax revenue takes a hit!
– Conglomerate happiness penalty when one of their buildings has been demolished increased.
– Tooltip trigger time lowered
– Atmospheric particle filtration plant requires 120 low skilled labour instead of 150.
– Water rationing policy added.
– Additional labour policies added – Worksite safety legislation and Employee funds (make people happier, but adjusts labour demand down a bit).
– Eco footprint reduction for buildings policy added. This lowers water and electricity use at the expense of the building owner.
– Citizen reps now hint the presence of bad buildings near their home, or the lack of good ones. They also share some policy related advice.
– Additional financial advisor topics added.
– Fixed some issues relating to raycasts not hitting objects as expected allowing blocks to be demolished if they only had decorations on them for instance.
– Campaign levels with trade objectives now count long term trade as well as short term.

QoL fixes:
– Click and drag placement. Initially for 1×1 sized buildings. There will be some additions to this over time (not only allowing 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 buildings), among them a better and fancier UI for where you are placing buildings. The current UI marker for the area where construction will be done misbehaves a bit and doesn’t scale properly at times.
– Cancelling placement of buildings with right click now checks if there has been camera movement. Cancelling is only done if the camera has remained still, allowing players to pan/rotate (depending on button assignment) while building. This is a prototype solution, so feedback is appreciated!
– Added to options menu default time of day setting : day/night cycle, always day, always night. This is applied on newly started cities.
– Time of day setting now saved per city. If you have for example always day on, then this setting will be saved.

Performance:
– Using 2, 4 or 8x in game speed has gotten laggy over time. I’ve started working on fixes for this (it’s not one isolated issue). The fixes I’ve implemented in this version should improve things fairly substantially, but more fixes will come.
– Panel ui update redone so that they update on changed info rather than fixed time tick.

Bug fixes:
– Fixed issue where healthlevels would affect growth preventing growth. This was a remnant of the old way of calculating health, before local health calculations were added.
– Fixed issue with drop down options (save slots etc.) not saving properly.
– Fix for certain policies not displaying costs and not enabling properly.
– Retro mode: Rocks would be placed randomly even when a city is loaded. This has now been fixed.
– Cost of buildings not always displaying properly now fixed (production buildings have a cost regardless of effiency).
– Health display in top bar now responds properly to changes in the city wide health level.
– Fixed bug where on extremely rare occasions a thread would try to access Unity main thread specific methods.

Other:
– Updated german localization for certain achievements.

As mentioned previously, the multi-building-placement tool has been in the works for a while and is now functional for 1×1 buildings. There is a slight issue with the marker showing where buildings will be placed – I’ve not bothered with this since the concept will be overhauled in the upcoming update anyway. I intend on working on making the system work for buildings of other sizes too, but this will most likely not be for the upcoming update.

The whole thing can be seen here:
https://twitter.com/CorrectureGames/status/1223670185040785408

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Before, when right clicking, building placement would be cancelled. I’ve not attempted to make a system that checks if the button click was made to move the camera or not. If the camera moved, the placement tool will not cancel. If the camera was still, it will cancel the placement tool. This should hopefully make building while moving around a lot a bit easier.

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When adding the local area effects, the calculations for health levels were moved from citywide to local. The citywide health level is then calculated as a mean of all local health nodes. Unfortunatly, I didn’t clean out all the old code and some of the new values were instead fed into old methods which affected residential growth. This meant that health was essentially counted twice and multiplied and would sometimes prevent growth. This has now been fixed and growth should now be easier to achieve once wealth, education, fire safety and health is high enough and crime and pollution low enough.

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Speeding up the game has gotten a bit laggy over time. This is due to many new systems being added into the game and running calculations for each becomes more taxing when done faster (of course). I’ve started optimizing things now and there should be performance improvements in this version. More work is required, however, and will done over the course of the upcoming few updates.

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Lastly, there are some minor changes, such as conglomerates now possibly leaving the city if they are very unhappy. Advisors and citizen represenatives now have additional advice topics, and more will come in upcoming updates. Time of day default setting can now also be set in the options menu and is also saved in the city save file, so you load the city with the setting you left off with.

Next week, other than fixing the remainder of UI work for the multi building placement, I will work on some new buildings and resources as well as prepare the newly added text items for translation into German, Spanish, Russian and French. If you know any of these languages and want to help out, drop a note in the Discord!

(Build from an Atmocity player!)

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What’s new in version 0.19?

What’s new in version 0.19?

Hello!

Time for another devlog and another update!

Version EA.0.19

Controls
– Fix for camera balancing to horizon. Before, when rotating the camera around itself, sometimes the camera would start tilting or glitch out. Now it stays stable at all times. NOTE: This needs additional work to function well when the camera has been tilted manually.
– Fix for planar movement mode camera movement slowing down when camera facing down or up. Speed is now also more consistent than before.
– Options menu updated to clarify rotation and movement options.

Minor feature additions and tweaks
– High currency value now affects local economy.
– Citizen reps now give some advice on what they feel could be improved.
– You can now click home and work icons in the citizen reps panel to view the rep’s home or place of work.
– Local area effects now affect residential, commercial and industrial buildings differently. High fire safety is more important for industry than for residences for example.
– Local effect distance fall off adjusted. Basically, the further away (for example) a police department is, the less of an effect on crime it has.

Major bugs fixed
– Global economy was inconsistent between saving and loading a city. This has now been improved and cities should load with economy and demands developing in the same way every time. There are some additional tweaks necessary in order to fix it further.
– Fix for master economist achievement. It would sometimes trigger based on a resource group demand curve instead of the global economic status.

Minor bugs fixed
– Tooltip sometimes “getting stuck” fixed.

Other
– Global time step lowered a bit (economic status changes a bit faster).
– Atmofleet now emits a particle when leaving the atmosphere.
– Traffic and props hidden when enabling a view mode.
– SFX volumed adjusted.
– Adjusted music trigger conditions.
– Super absorbent now plays proper sound when clicked on.
– List of owners in owner view pushed together a bit more so that it doesn’t overlap with menu if opened at the same time.

As mentioned last week, I will be updating the game more frequently, but with smaller updates for a few weeks. The reason for this is to get some much needed QoL improvements into the game without too much delay.

Focus this week has been to start adding in some control improvements. This time around, there are no new additions, but rather fixes to existing control schemes. There has been an issue where rotating the camera upside down would sometimes cause the camera to tilt even when the control mode is set to not allow tilting. This has now been fixed and enabling “balance against horizon” will keep the camera stable at all times.
When enabling planar movement, previously when the camera was rotated down, the speed of movement would drop. This has now been fixed and movement speed is now constant. This mode has also changed name from “planar movement” to “Relative to camera rotation/Relative to horizin”.

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I’ve also fixed the global economy not being consistent between saving a city and loading it up again. Before, a city could be enjoying an economic boom, then suddenyl a recession next time the city is loaded up. There are still some related issues left to be fixed, primarily related to how labour is distributed across industry, this requires additional work to fix, so a fix will come later.

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Citizen representatives are now given a home and a work place (unless they are unemployed), that can be viewed. They now also give you advice about things that they feel need to be addressed in the area they live in or policy that affects them. There will be more advice items added over time.

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The local area effects are now handled differently. Instead of them being added upp similarly for all types of buildings, they are not given weights that depend on whether the affected building is a residential, commercial or industrial building (or other). Fire safety is more important to industry than residence for example. The effect distance falloff is now a bit steeper.

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I’ve also started adjusting the system for placing buildings to allow for click and drag multiple building placement. I’m hoping to get this fully done for the update next weekend.

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For next week’s update I also hope to get more advisor and citizen rep advice added, an intermediate tutorial and another set of control options/tweaks.

EA 0.18 is live!

EA 0.18 is live!

Hello!
Version 0.18 will be live in just a minute. It’s been a while since the last update so this is a pretty comprehensive update.

Changelog 0.17 > 0.18

Version EA.0.18

Major updates
– Local area effects added. This system will get tweaked over time, but currently crime, education, health, wealth, fire safety and pollution levels are calculated. The area effects affect quality of life for residents and businesses and will lower efficiency in a building by up to 25%. Specifics on some of the effects can be found below. Education and wealth effects are currently not updated to the new system, but can be viewed in game.
– Crime level calculation changed. Now it is based on the result of the local area effects of crime after policy effects are applied, as opposed to a calculation of total population minus policy effects.
– Similarly to crime, health is now calculated based on the result of the local area effects of health after policy effects.
– Fire safety is now also based on the sum of local effects of fire safety.
– “Other safety” is now the sum of crime safety, fire safety and welfare availability.
– View modes changed to accomodate for the addition of local area effects. Instead of cycling through modes, button now opens a menu with the different modes. Cycling can still be done using the tab button.
– Advisors added. Unlocked when building city hall. Advisors will give tips on things that need to be adressed in the city. This is the first iteration, so it’s a basic implementation. More help topics and features will be added over time.
– Citizenreps added. The current implementation is very barebones. In upcoming versions you will be able to get advice from the reps regarding things that they want adressed in their neighborhood and display their places of work and their homes.

Minor updates
– Value of exports and imports (and trade balance) added into trade panel.
– Middle and upper tier residential, commercial and industrial buildings no longer require clinics, fire departments and police departments. Instead, buildings built in areas with high crime etc. will receive a penalty (see local area effects above).
– Added a 0.5 size vactrack piece. Vactracks will be getting a slight overhaul in one of the upcoming versions, so it might be a good idea to not go wild building massive vactrack systems as they might break!
– Now only one City hall, National bank, Customs house and lab is allowed per city. Saved cities with more than one of these buildings are not affected.

Tweaks
– Building range increased slightly.
– Costs of policies tweaked, specifically those aimed at crime and health.
– Tax on pollution formula tweaked and overall simplified.
– Happiness from health is now calculated in a different way.
– Trade balance now affects currency strength.
– High currency affects wages and labour demand.
– Onclick sound volumes tweaked.

Major fixes
– Fixed issue where sometimes a good/bad building would not register when built in very densely packed areas.
– Fixed bug where in certain locations, buildings would incorrectly register a nearby good or bad.
– Reduced food shelf life research effect fixed. Incorrectly increased food consumed, rather than reduce. Drinks consumtion is now also reduced.
– Building unlocks were bugged out at times – fixed!

Minor fixes
– Lab given resource priority (similar to how farms and power plants have priority).
– Incinerator was incorrectly affected by the global economy. This is fixed now.
– Destruct hologram fixed for city hall.
– Fixed bug where display price of goods would not match up with actual revenue/cost when selling/buying resources.
– Collider for recycling center fixed.

Possible fixes
– Menu crash bug hopefully fixed.

Other
– We’re back to the usual spring/summer theme!
– Lighting adjusted to make “underside” of cities brighter.
– Cross fading applied for LOD:s. This makes LOD groups fade in, rather than pop in. This also means I’ve been able to switch LOD distances and make high poly versions of buildings visable only from close distance.
– Tweaked tree shader
– Swedish localisation updated.
– Fallbacks to english added for missing translations in German, Spanish, French and Russian to avoid missing texts. The missing translations will be added in an upcoming update making all localisations equal and complete (for now).
– Atmofleets spruced up a bit.

First of all, the update adresses a handful of bigger bugs related to buildings not registering properly or incorrectly registering as a nearby good or bad building. Building unlocking from population targets being reached were also bugged out at times before, this has now been fixed.
There’s been a crash bug that occurs sporadically when going to the main menu from a city. I’ve not been able to reproduce the issue after making some changes to how threads are handled, so that should hopefully be fixed now.

The biggest change in this version is how crime, health, pollution and fire safety is now calculated on a local level, instead of a city wide basis as it was before. Education and wealth levels have also been added into this system, but education is still calculated based on city wide values as before, and wealth currently has no function. They are viewable in the view mode though, so you can still see for example which areas are poor, and which aren’t.
More tweaks to these systems will be made over the course of the upcoming versions.

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Advisors have been added. Currently they only discuss a handful of issues, but more help entries will be added in the upcoming few versions. This system will serve as a sort of tutorial for issues as they arise in a city. Advisors are available once a city hall is built. On the subject of city halls, from now on, only one city hall, customs house, national bank and lab is allowed per city.

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Similarly to advisors, but available at all times as long as population conditions have been met, is the system with citizen representatives. Currently, the implementation is very bare bones and you will only see the reps in the rep panel, but they will not provide you with any information. This system will be expanded upon in the upcoming few versions and finalized fairly soon.

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A smaller addition is that trade balance will now be displayed in the trade panel. For smaller cities this is not relevant, but once there’s a large amount of goods moving in and out of the city, keeping an eye on the trade balance can be important as it will affect the value of currency, which in turn affects wages etc.

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The upcoming few versions, aside from focusing on advisors and citizen reps, will be geared specifically towards QoL improvements, localisations and tweaking and improving the controls and adding more control schemes. These changes will be added into smaller updates released on a weekly basis, starting next sunday!

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On the upcoming version

On the upcoming version

Hello!
Long time no log! Aside from holidays taking up time, I’ve been under the weather for much of the past two weeks, but it’s finally getting better. Devlogs will now be back on a weekly basis.

The next version of the game, 0.18, will be going live next sunday (the 19th). This is a bit later than I had planned at first, and due to my recent bout of illness. Moving forward beyond that version, I’m hoping to get back to more regular updates and will be taking some time off of my day job to allow for more dev time.

In the upcoming version, a few completely new systems will be introduced. They will not be fully finished, but usable and active.
First off, local area effects will be added. The current effects are: Crime, education, fire safety, health, pollution and wealth. These effects will work in tandem with the building requirements, but overall, the number of required nearby buildings to grow a dense city will be fewer. For example. Buildings will no longer require nearby clinics, police departments and fire departments. Instead, a densely packed area will get less fire safety and thus over time require a fire department to improve the situation. All these effects are calculated in sum, and if a building is in a polluted area with high crime and no fire safety etc, then it incurrs a 20% effeciency penalty (might change over time).

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Each building, when built, gets local area effect nodes around it. Each building adds or subtracts the local area effect, for example crime. If an area is dense, then a lot of crime is added. Each building then gets an average of each node’s values. Below is an image of buildings negatively affected by nearby pollution.

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I’ve also started adding citizen representatives. These are a sample of citizens from your city. Currently you can only see their stats and view their home and place of work. In future versions they will provide you with information about their neighborhoods so that you can tweak them and improve them. They will essentially advice you about local area effects and give advice on policies that affect them negatively.

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Advisors will also be added in with version 0.18. Currently, their topics of advice are rather limited, but over time I will add more and more into it and they should be able to provide players with a lot of information about issues in the city. Unlike the citizen representatives, their main focus is city wide rather than local, and they will be geared more towards optimizing the entirety of the city and maximizing ouput.

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Currently there’s only a placeholder image for the avatars, but there will be actual images of advisors and citizen reps once I have a good idea of what kind of style I’m going for. Any ideas? Shoot!

The winter theme will also be shifted out, so now we’re going back to the usual spring/summer theme. In future version, the seasonal themes will be toggleable in game.

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That’s it for this week!