Update 0.41

  • Added a 7th quick slot for throwable items
  • Added separate buttons on the HUD for the wrist light, wrist scanner, and AGIS hints
  • Wrist light gadget and AGIS activator removed from scroll slots
  • Wrist scanner and wrist grab laser moved to Gadgets scroll slot
  • Changed slot 1 to the “digging” slot, right now it basically just holds the dig laser and picks
  • Tweaked the UI a bit for low resolutions
  • Seeds now get autosorted into forager pouches properly
  • Fixed another crash related to players who previously used resolutions higher than 2048×2048
  • Sunlight now penetrates less through denser blocks
  • Fixed some issues with world generation
  • Tweaked the crafting category buttons a bit
  • Fixed a bug that could result in your key bindings not saving
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in some ant deposits dropping steel
  • Reduced time between shots for the pump shotgun
  • Fixed a crash related to explosions
  • Fixed a bug/exploit related to salvaging ammo that is already in a weapon

Update 0.40

New Content

  • Added female gender option to character creator
  • Ant Biome – Added to newly generated worlds

    • 5 new creatures, including one mini-boss
    • A new melee weapon
    • 2 new throwable weapons
    • 4 new deposits
  • Energy Slicer – Voted on by the community, this gun uses energy to fire and pierces through up to 3 creatures

  • Salves – Equippable devices/accessories
    • Regenerative Salve – A salve that grants a small boost to health regeneration.
    • Influx Salve – A salve that grants a small boost to energy regeneration.
    • Burn Salve – A salve specially designed to make you fire resistant. Grants 25% fire resist.
    • Corrosive Salve – A salve that grants 25% resistance to that gross spitter goo and other corrosives.
  • Tonics – Drinkable and throwable, uses fullness and grants various effects
    • Clarity Tonic – Cures negative status effects
    • Blast Tonic – Explodes if thrown or if you drink it. Don’t drink it
    • Heal Tonic – A strong heal over time. We will likely eventually replace this with something more realistic like bandages down the line, but we already made it so we figured we’d throw it in the game for now
  • Added new clothing items

    • Black Leather Jacket
    • Black Tank Top
    • Black Sports Bra
    • Red Skirt
    • Red and White Shirt
    • Yoga Pants
  • Added Biometric Scanner Device – When equipped, it shows the health of creatures in the world
  • Added GPS Tracker – When dropped in the world, this item creates a long-range GPS signal visible on any standard MEG tool map
  • Added Tech Blower – Blows items and mobs around, consumes energy
  • Added Tech Portable Grill – Can be carried around in your inventory, and once it is placed in the world and deployed it can be used as a heat source
  • Added Mortar and Pestle tool, required for some recipes
  • Added D6 Polymer, a new material that is made by refining plastic with anthracite as an additive.
  • Added a few AGIS tutorial/info popups
  • Tweaked the Pioneer Station a bit, including adding a new room to the barracks

Gameplay Changes

  • Reduced held flashlight energy cost from 4 to 2 per second
  • Reduced wrist light energy cost from 3 to 1 per second
  • Wrist laser energy cost reduced from 5 to 3.5 per second
  • Bows now do up to 50% more damage when fully drawn
  • Bows now take 50% longer to draw
  • Arrows and other ammo are now salvaged as a stack
  • Increased speed of bullets and updated some projectile effects
  • Magnum round damage increased from 15 to 18
  • Beds now advance the time from night to day and from day to night and fully heal the player
  • Beds now weigh 100 pounds
  • Guns, bows and crossbows should now automatically pick a new ammo type if they run out of ammo and you attempt to fire
  • Laser pistol no longer requires you to find the blueprint in-world

Recipe Changes

  • Black Powder, Propellant and Thermite Charge recipes now requires a mortar and pestle tool
  • Replaced Steel with D6 Polymer in most furniture requirements
  • Added D6 Polymer requirement to Tech Bed and Tech Terminal recipes
  • Replaced Steel requirement with D6 Polymer on the Magnetic Inductor

UI Changes

  • Items that are crafted or picked up with the grab laser are now highlighted in your inventory
  • Added item name hover tooltips to items in containers and other menus
  • Increased maximum font size for item requirements in the crafting and build window

New Recipes

  • Ant biome melee weapon (1x Ant Queen Claw Segment, 5x Ant Chitin, 5x Ant Ichor)
  • Ant biome grenade (1x Ant Chitin, 1x Ant Ichor)
  • GPS Tracker (4x LED, 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Rough Topax, 1x Copper Wire, must be found in-world to get the recipe)
  • Energy Slicer (1x Steel Gun Parts, 4x Bronze Ingots, 1x Microchip, 1x Copper Wire, 1x Large Battery)
  • Salves
    • Regenerative Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 4x Juicy Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Influx Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 4x Bloo Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Burn Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 4x Bana Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Corrosive Salve (2x Unrefined Glass, 15x Spitter Extract, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
  • Tonics
    • Empty Tonic Vessel (1x Unrefined Glass, 1x D6 Polymer)
    • Clarity Tonic (1x Empty Tonic Vessel, 1x Strange Herb, 2x Bana Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Heal Tonic (1x Empty Tonic Vessel, 1x Strange Herb, 2x Juicy Fruit, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
    • Blast Tonic (1x Empty Tonic Vessel, 1x Strange Herb, 2x Biofuel, Tool: Mortar and Pestle)
  • New Clothing
    • Black Leather Jacket (3x Hide, Tool: Scissors)
    • Black Tank Top (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Black Sports Bra (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Red Skirt (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Red and White Shirt (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Yoga Pants (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
    • Orange Shorts (3x Cotton Bolt, Tool: Scissors)
  • Flare Gun (3x Plastic, 2x Iron Ingots, 4x Tin Rivets)
  • Biometric Scanner (1x Microchip, 1x Steel Ingot, 2x Plastic, 1x Unrefined Glass, 1x Medium Battery)
  • Steel Machine Parts (3x Steel Ingots, Tool: Material Printer)
  • Tech Blower (12x Plastic, 1x Steel Machine Parts, 4x D6 Polymer, 1x Large Battery, 12x Steel Rivets, Tool: Material Printer)
  • Portable Tech Grill (1x Steel Machine Parts, 4x D6 Polymer, 1x Large Battery, 2x Copper Wires, Tool: Material Printer)
  • Mortar and Pestle (1x Log, 1x Stick, Tool: Saw)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would result in the cricket drone being disabled before you get to it
  • Fixed some issues with world generation that would lead to strange holes under bases
  • Possibly fixed a bug that would result in lost items when dropped in the world
  • Projects that are destroyed should now always drop a power core if it is required to build it or has a power core installed at the time it is destroyed
  • Fixed some animation issues related to moving the mouse very close to the player’s head
  • Possible fix for rare crash during crafting, not totally sure as I can’t replicate the bug myself
  • More fixes for floating grass/foliage near bases
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in the enemy damage noise being too loud
  • Fixed a bug that would result in the player getting stuck in an animation after falling through a platform
  • Fixed some animation issues with the bed
  • Fixed a bug that was causing the big chicken to not fly away at the end of a fight
  • A bunch of other things I forgot about
  • Fixed a bug that could result in items in the wrong place if you closed the inventory menu while dragging an item
  • Fixed a bug with item pickup notification and blocks
  • Impalers can no longer spawn on the bottom of platforms
  • You should no longer be able to knock around Impalers
  • Fixed some missing/inaccurate item names

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback, so don’t be shy!

Update 0.39

New Mechanics

  • Eating – Food is now equipped and eaten by left clicking. You can also throw food by right clicking if for some reason you feel the need to do so.

Gameplay Changes

  • Picks have been moved from the melee scroll slot to the gadgets scroll slot
  • Added saltpeter deposits to newly generated worlds
  • Impalers (spike dropping guys) now have a set number of spikes they can drop, and then need a period of time to re-grow more spikes inside of its body.
  • Eased landing restrictions on pod, lands sooner now
  • Corrosive damage (spitter pistol) should now ignore armor on naturally armored creatures

UI Changes

  • Added hover tooltips to items in the world
  • Added item pickup notification, can be disabled by turning off tooltips

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug related to maintaining momentum after death
  • Fixed an issue related to the firestarter/grass seeds/chicken feed getting stuck on when used in the quickslot
  • More work towards a fix for the crash on launch experienced by some players
  • Fixed a bug related to the comm junction and right clicking an inserted battery
  • Energy explosions should now do AoE damage

Update 0.38

New Mechanics

  • Shields – Equipped in the equipment window similar to armor, shields can be used at any time by pressing left-alt by default.
  • Encumbrance – Heavier and bulkier armor will now affect your movement speed, dodge roll and backjump distance. If you like spreadsheets and graphs, then you will like this link.
  • Item Weight – This isn’t technically a new feature, but as we’ve added item weights to more items it will probably start becoming more apparent sooner rather than later. Right now, melee weapons, armor and shields have item weights, but in the coming patches more items will have item weights. This will be a long-term balancing act, so definitely let us know your feelings.

New Content

  • Shields – Wooden, Copper, Iron, Tin, Bronze, Silver, Steel and Jewel Tiers
  • Leather Whip
  • Thrown Dynamite and placeable Dynamite bundles

UI Changes

  • The crafting menu has been reorganized and additional filtering buttons have been added in order to make navigating the recipes easier.
  • Added a defense display bar to the bottom of the equipment window
  • Added an encumbrance display bar to the bottom of the equipment window

Balance Changes

  • You are now immune from damage while dodge-rolling
  • Hog bite damage increased from 25 to 40 damage
  • Puncher (Armored orange guy with the tongue) damage increased from 25 to 50 and now blocks player movement unless dodge-rolling.

Bug Fixes

  • Possible fix for blue screen issue experienced by some players
  • Wrist laser now properly uses energy while digging blocks from the background
  • Fixed an issue that would cause your selected weapon to switch to the wrist light or map after a dodge roll or holstering the weapon
  • You can no longer use your wrist gadgets while respawning
  • You can no longer place/remove torches outside of your grab range
  • Fixed an issue with the required energy display for some weapons that would result in the wrong amount being displayed when max energy was increased with a battery
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the thermite gun/flare gun sound effect at the character select screen
  • A lot of other small things that I forgot to write down

What we’re up to

Heya folks, the results are in on the last poll and it looks like the TNT will be the next throwable weapon added to Signs of Life. Here are the final results:

Which of these things would you like to fling at enemies?

  • TNT (51%, 50 Votes)
  • High Explosive Grenade (31%, 31 Votes)
  • Concussion Grenade (18%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 99

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We’ll add it to the top of our list, and should have it ready before too long =)

Last week’s winner, the leather whip is pretty much finished but we’re not quite ready to push the update because we’re working on some other fun stuff that isn’t quite finished yet. Here is an animation and a video with the whip and the shield we’re working on:

And lastly but hardly leastl..ly here is the next new item poll:
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Which of these sweet pistols would you like to see added to Signs of Life?

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As always, we’d love to hear from you, so don’t be shy =)