Well October 15 has come and gone, and we've been Greenlit on Steam!

Steam Greenlight

This of course is a very good thing, but doesn't mean that Perpetuum will be available to be purchased via Steam tomorrow. This is only the first step in the process toward that goal, a process of which we'll probably be able to tell you guys very little due to NDAs and whatnot. So keep this in mind, we'll keep you updated as much as we can.

Phew. Busy week. The upcoming patch will feature a bunch of changes, we thought it best to summarize them in a blog post.



This is the big one. The Integration Cycle Extender is an ingame, tradeable, consumable item that grants 30 days of game time to the account that it's consumed on. Players will be able to purchase ICE items from the Perpetuum website and sell them in-game to other players. This essentially gives players the option to play Perpetuum for free by acquiring game-time from others in the game.

Relating to this is a minor convenience change in the store we're currently still working on: soon you'll be able to automatically redeem your codes instead of getting them in email and having to fish them out from the spam-folder.

Character creation

With the influx of new people from Steam Greenlight we decided to spend some time polishing some aspects of Perpetuum that are first experienced by players. The most apparent of these changes is the way we're changing character creation.

Character preset selection

We want to avoid new players getting swamped with all the intricacies of the current system - we did some research into the most common character types, and created a character template selection screen for quick access to these. The old version of the character creator is moving to the "advanced" menu on this screen.

Amazon Kickstarter

Some of you know about the Amazon exclusive kickstarter campaign we're currently doing. The point was raised that the EP bonus granted by the kickstarter being only available to new accounts is unfair (not to mention the lack of an announcement and the fact that this Amazon offer is US only), so we're changing things around a bit concerning this to fix the level playingfield.

The 20,000 EP that's currently granted by the Kickstarter will from now on be granted to all accounts upon first subscription, regardless where the time-code came from.

All accounts that haven't participated in the Kickstarter will retroactively get this 20,000 EP during the patch as well. Just to be perfectly clear, this means that no EP will be removed from any account, and all those who have a non-trial account and haven't redeemed a kickstarter code will get 20,000 EP. The exclusive items granted by the Kickstarter are not affected by this.

Missing extension indicators

Smaller changes

We're adding detailed notifications to the equip window to let players know if they don't have the required extensions for an item they have equipped.

All NPCs on Alpha 1 islands will all change to non aggressive by default. This is to make sure new players don't get overwhelmed at once or during the tutorial. Affected missions will change accordingly.

Steam Greenlight

As we wrote in the last blog post, Valve has introduced the Greenlight feature to Steam about two weeks ago. This Tuesday the first 10 games have been greenlit with more coming "soon". This is very good news, as Perpetuum has been in the top 15 for more than a week now.

Steam Greenlight
We'd like to offer congratulations to the dev teams of the first 10 games to get in, and thank everyone who voted for us.

We're giving away a one year game code on our Greenlight page upon every 5% we reach, and will be giving away the remaining in a single burst if we get greenlit. So go and vote if you haven't already!

With the upcoming patch dealing with terraforming and player built settlements we also need to upgrade some of our current tools to better suit the challenges these new systems pose. The most basic such system involving the terrain is the one visualizing where players can go - the slope display.

As part of the work on the PBS patch we have upgraded the slope display so you'll not only be able to see where your robot can go, but also where robots of other classes can venture. More importantly the new slope display will also show areas which need to be flattened before a building can be raised at a certain area.

As these new tools won't be needed all the time we're making them optional. You'll be able to cycle between the different display modes using the slope toggle button.

Also, most of the server side code work on the individual PBS nodes has now finished and we're in the process of building the terraform blueprint system while the artists work on the gfx for the nodes. And before you ask, the next part of the PBS series blog should be out next week ;)

Here's a bit of a pre-xmas sneak peek on the progress of the new terrain engine. We're still heavily working on it, but the difference is already very notable. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Here's a sneak peek of some of the upcoming shader 3 changes. Keep in mind that this is still heavily work in progress, and the final version will include even more upgrades. Shadows are deliberately turned off at the moment, these images show the level of changes upcoming to the terrain engine and the water renderer.