Update 0.5 – Multiplayer!

Got a new update for you folks. The big feature of this update is the long-requested co-op multiplayer, today is truly a red letter day. Multiplayer uses Steamworks and is drop-in, drop-out, so you should be able to join your friends games through the friends list or the new multiplayer menu from the main menu. Right now the multiplayer is exclusively peer to peer, but we’ll be looking into the option of dedicated servers before too long. We’ve done quite a bit of testing and things seem to be working pretty well, but multiplayer is a very complicated feature so definitely let us know if/when you run into issues.

We’ve decided to bump the version number to 0.5, because in a way we feel like the addition of multiplayer brings Signs of Life to about the halfway point. Almost all of our technical challenges are solved, and we’ll be able to focus on mostly content and bugfixes from now on.

Multiplayer

  • Added drop-in, drop-out multiplayer. Enabled by default, so you should be able to drop right into your friends’ games.
  • Players join in the middle of the surface of the planet
  • Players show up as a blue dot on your minimap and also show up on the GPS device
  • Added a multiplayer join menu to the main menu which shows your friends that are currently playing, you can also join through the friends list
  • Added an in-game multiplayer menu that allows you to disable/enable multiplayer as well as turn on/off auto join (by default it asks for permission when a friend tries to join your game)
  • Added a player listing to the top right of the screen when the inventory menu is open and you have other players on your server
  • Added server-wide chat, opened by pressing T while in game.

New Content

  • Added a new underground creature
  • Added Rubbery leg and boot armor based on the above creature
  • Added Rock creature arm and glove equipment
  • Added a Burst Rifle
  • Added several new hairstyles
  • Hairstyles (including facial hair) are now gender agnostic
  • Updated sheep graphics, sheep are now shearable with scissors
  • Added/changed several sound effects
  • Added rubber wood materials and craftable blocks. Not much use for the rubber wood materials yet, but we’ll add more over time.
  • Added a flying javelin throwable weapon
  • Added a tomahawk throwable weapon

New Recipes

  • Burst Rifle – 1x Steel Gun Parts, 5x Plastic
  • Flying Javelin – 1x Laminous Wing, 1x Stick, 1x Bone
  • Tomahawk – 1x Bone, 1x Stick, 1x Plant Fiber
  • Rocky Arms – 1x Rock Lips, 1x Rock Core, 4x Wool Padding, 2x Leather Strap
  • Rocky Gloves – 2x Rock Lips, 2x Wool Padding, 2x Leather Strap
  • Rubbery Legs – 4x Rubbery Skin, 2x Organic Joint, 4x Wool Padding, 2x Leather Strap
  • Rubbery Boots – 2x Rubbery Skin, 2x Leather Strap

Recipe Changes

  • Smelting recipes are now displayed in the crafting menu
  • LED recipe material requirements reduced significantly
  • LED crafing recipe output changed to 3
  • Copper Wire recipe output changed to 3
  • Black Powder recipe output changed to 3
  • Rubber recipe output changed to 3
  • Plastic recipe output changed to 3
  • Unrefined glass smelting recipe output changed to 3
  • Launcher Parts now require the material printer
  • Crafted blocks recipe outputs changed to 5

Gameplay Changes

  • Screwdriver and scissors are now equippable, and you must right click things while they are equipped to use them
  • Made crossbows more accurate on the first shot, but less accurate with multiple bolts loaded
  • Arrows and bolts now have a chance to break when they strike creatures or surfaces
  • When arrows and bolts break, they have a chance to drop some of the materials used in their crafting
  • Cracked arrowheads can be smelted into ingots
  • Increased goat jump height
  • Holding RMB now loops the melee attack on the pulse rifle
  • Auto organize containers no longer get sorted inside of matching containers
  • Material grinder no longer allows you to drop items on it directly in the inventory
  • Fixed the clicking hitbox of the wooden door when opened
  • Fixed some issues with thrown items and made their trajectory a bit better
  • Tweaked the graphics of the rock creatures
  • Added new item drops to the rock creatures

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some issues with creature AI
  • Prevented creatures from attacking the player while they are respawning
  • Tweaked the main menu to work better on low resolutions
  • A bunch more we forgot about

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