Notes and News From the Stream, 7/16/2013

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  1. Undead Sanya

    Undead Sanya Here To Help

    If you couldn't make the livestream, here are the notes I typed up:

    During the chat, Jeff reminded everyone that the price of honesty and transparancy is sometimes that we can't do a thing we've said we wanted to do. But we just aren't wired to NOT talk to you while we're still trying to find our way. That means sometimes we will talk about wanting something, and later discover it can't be done. We try to distinguish between wants and promises, and to trust you to know the difference.

    For example, a player asked during the chat "could we bring along an NPC on missions?" Jeff says that's the second most requested feature... and so we're putting it in TU3. And that's a promise.

    Another of our most popular requests -- being able to toss rucksacks into vehicles -- is not happening in TU3, but we're still seeing if it's possible to add sometime in the future. That's a want :)

    Speaking of things we want but cannot do: Brant says, short version, zoomable sniper scopes aren't possible because of the way the game loads. The whole map doesn't load at once, just the bit you're actually in. Stuff that is far away loads in at a very low resolution if it loads at all. In other words, what you saw through a scope would be ugly as sin, and if you shot the blocky low res thing, the game might not be able to register it as a kill. Thus, no true sniper zoom in State of Decay.

    Will the PC version have enhanced graphics? Higher res? Improved framerate? Yes. A high end PC can do all those things, so we're modifying the game to support those things. The PC version will not have different content or features, however.

    What the PC version also won't have are modding tools (for time/testing reasons), but we have no objection to mods or modders, and we look forward to seeing what our PC players come up with.

    Speaking of the PC version, Jeff confirmed that we are going to be taking part in Steam's Early Access program. That means we will be doing a controller-only PC version in advance of the final release for the purposes of feedback. The final version of the PC version will of course have keyboard/mouse support.

    Finally, he confirmed that it would be out in 2013. We'll be more specific as soon as we can.

    We teased a little sandbox stuff during the chat! Jeff said, "The goal of sandbox is to provide an unbounded experience, one with no victory condition that ends the game. The way we do that is to continue to have a world with finite resources, but find out 'how long can I stay alive.'"

    Without going into too much detail (although details are coming within a week), you start in the world, build your community, clean the valley out - and when it runs dry, you can leave with some portion of your community and go to "the next valley." The next valley is the same map, repopulated with resources...but harder. More zombies. More difficulty. Just...more.

    What else is coming? Jeff promised everyone a first round of TU3 patch notes this week. He also said the future of the SOD world is under active discussion with our publisher, but we can't say anything beyond that. As soon as we can, Brant will be required to don bells and dance a jig on the live stream.
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  2. Averryy

    Averryy Got Your Back

    Aww someone should have asked a time frame of both TU3 & sandbox.

    Never mind, real cool that you guys keep us updated and entertained with your streams!
  3. Sounds great so far.Looking forward to the Sandbox mode
  4. Undead Sanya

    Undead Sanya Here To Help

    We can't guess on sandbox because we're finalizing the features this week.

    TU3, I should have a guess on pretty soon.
  5. sajuuknights

    sajuuknights Starting Off

    sound very interesting see how far I can go before a massive horde of zombies overwhelms me. I take it that at some point I will be overwhelmed and my characters start to die off....there will be one last survivor and if he dies its game over... I LOVE THAT !
  6. Sharkey

    Sharkey Starting Off

    SWEET, glad to hear you guys are looking into the vehicles carrying rucksacks! Had I been there I would've asked about the numbering/labeling of outposts on the screen so we know which outpost we're abandoning, it's just guesswork right now. Stoked to hear about the 'new game+' style of the sandbox mode! =D
  7. Undead Sanya

    Undead Sanya Here To Help

    Also on the wishlist :)
  8. e5futter

    e5futter Here To Help

    I know this is probably over the line...But I don't care...Snip it (Oh dear god that sounded bad...I meant the picture!!) Sanya if you want to :p


    Awesome news. :D (Not the picture....The Top post...)
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  9. sajuuknights

    sajuuknights Starting Off

    been playing gta 4 with hd textures and mods. tried some ENB but they don't work to will. aside from that happy to here this game will be out soon. will keep and eye out for it. see what the price is going to be and see what graphic options they are coming out with.
  10. e5futter

    e5futter Here To Help

    Also. (I know you said that more info will be out soon about Sandbox, But I wanna ask this anyways.) You said that

    Does this mean we start off alone?
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  11. Good to know that players who own a good PC will get some nice graphics from the game :)
  12. toupz

    toupz Starting Off

    This is amazing news!!!

    AcidPANTALONES Starting Off

    I'm still dying to know how exactly sandbox mode would start you off. I mean, we don't get a Lily Ritter to man the radio... do we?
  14. Any explanation in the stream about how outposts work?
  15. Stevilknievel

    Stevilknievel Banned

    I'm definitely buying the pc version now to see what its like, but I'm glad they are making the effort to make gameplay smoother.

    MAJOR WARPATH Starting Off

    Wish it could be done on the 360 version. Nice livestream and I like the option to bring along an npc. Curious to see what other improvements will be on TU3.
  17. Ahhh at last something on the PC release date : "Finally, he confirmed that it would be out in 2013. We'll be more specific as soon as we can."
    I guess it's still difficult for you to say, but thanks to have sort of admitted that we could expect it this year... or a bit later, beginning 2014, if you encounter more troubles than expected as the "would" indicates. So basicaly that means your are probably aiming december/christmas 2013. Well, that's my opinion, but I hope you'll announce it earlier than that.
    Anyway I'm glad to have bought an Xbox cause it's a long time to wait.

    Also all my congrats on the way the sandbox mode should work : that's probably the best way possible in my opinion. I just hope the trigger to pass from one valley to the next will not be 100% empty map because I would hate to be blocked just because of 1 ressource somewhere on the map that I can't find because it's too well hidden or too difficult to get because of infestations all around.
  18. Yall is the best. Cant wait for them sandbox mode.
  19. Wasn't being able to drive with rucksacks in the back of the truck removed from the game early on? Why not leave it in until loading them is finished?

    This is great news. Also sounds like I'll need to buy an xbox controller for pc and practice with it.
  20. Not what i expected from sandbox xD but this is actuall better i guess :D
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