Work in Progress #7 Modelling and Texturing

Posted on 15/04/2016 at 5:00PM UTC

If you missed H1Z1s Modelling and Texturing stream with Sr. Character Artist Satoshi Arakawa (@three_delite) yesterday, you can catch it in full right here!

Producer's Update April 12th

Posted on 13/04/2016 at 1:05AM UTC

Hi everyone, 

The Test server has been getting a few updates over the last week and now it’s time to bring all of that to the Live servers. The update should be coming tomorrow 4/13. 

We are making some changes about the recursive destruction based on your feedback. We will be taking this feature out of tomorrow’s publish to do some additional design work before implementing it again. Thanks to everyone who took the time to jump onto the Test server and provided feedback. It’s this type of player interaction that we hope to foster more of moving forward.

Right now we are working on a few new things for Just Survive that you should see come to the Test server in the near future. We’re in the process of integrating our AI system (used currently with zombies) into the other creatures of the world (Deer, wolves, bears..etc). This change should address a lot of issues we are experiencing with wildlife currently. We will be applying the limited area build rules to all PVE servers. If the base decay works as planned and frees up the world from cluttered bases we want to start increasing zombie density by raising global NPC caps.

The update will come with a full player and world wipe. With the dupe bug fixed and the base decay being added we think now is a great time to jump back in to Just Survive and stake your claim. Patch notes for the update will be coming soon. Keep an eye on Reddit and our social channels for that announcement. Thanks!

Producer's Update April 8th

Posted on 08/04/2016 at 10:00PM UTC

Hi everyone, and thanks for taking the time to give this a read.  I know that many of you have poured countless hours into H1Z1 and all of the developers thank you for that. 

I am going to change the format up a little bit this week to put a focus on relevant topics to either provide visibility, clarification, or context on anything happening within the game.  Let me know what topics you want to see discussed through Twitter @H1Z1KotK, make sure to use #H1Feedback.

Ignition

We have delayed our next test of Ignition because we were wrestling with a couple of nagging bugs, and I did not want to put up a test scenario with a known problem that would have prevented us from collecting the feedback we need to make it better.  We’ve had several internal playtests, and Ignition is playing much smoother today than it was last week, and we will be scheduling another public run on Test servers as soon as we can.

Removal of Vehicles in the Box of Destiny

Let me provide some context as to why we made this change.  We did have an annoying bug with the vehicles and tombstones causing some real chaos in there.  While we properly fixed the explosion bug, we also talked about the current box of destiny experience and felt that vehicles were a detracting experience.  We received lots of feedback saying that it was fairly obnoxious to have cars flying all over the place, running into you, along with all of the other things that were happening.  We really feel like the experience is better without them for now.  In the future we are looking at revamping the box of destiny and will have a better plan for the role vehicles will play there.

Removal of Fog

To provide context on the recent changes to fog (not poison gas, but fog).  Many players were complaining about the fog effect and its implementation.  Instead of leaving it as is while we work on a proper fix, we decided to remove it for now while we work on it in the background (as the proper fix will take some time).  When we have an implementation that we are happy with, we will put it back up.

Gunplay

Definitely seeing the notes and reports of weapons not behaving as expected.  Currently, the team’s highest priority is looking into these issues.  We are running every single weapon through a test matrix to provide us data on how it is performing and uncovering anomalies that may exist.  I will continue to provide updates on this as we work through it.  Right now we are gathering the data, looking at bullet travel, and hit registration.  From there we can move on to obstructed paths, exploits, and other areas of the gunplay.  The shotgun is definitely exhibiting some unintended behavior and we want to be sure that all of the weapons are consistent and predictable.

Recent Bug Fixes

The team is still focused on bug fixes and quality of life.  We tweaked the bombing runs around air drops, something happened where they occurred too frequently, so we made an adjustment.  We are rolling out some fixes to the spectator cam along with some other smaller bug fixes.

There will be a small update heading out to King of the Kill today with some of these changes in it as we begin to roll into our weekly update cadence.

March Art Wrap-Up

Posted on 01/04/2016 at 5:00PM UTC

Don't forget to take part in the discussion about this video on the r/h1z1 subreddit.

Producer's Update March 31st

Posted on 31/03/2016 at 4:40PM UTC

H1Z1 Quick Hits for March. 31st, 2016 

Hi everyone! 

Steve George (@ShockDev) here with a quick update regarding H1Z1: Just Survive. I know some of you are thinking, “Wait a minute, why isn’t Executive Producer Chris Wynn writing this?” Simple. Chris and I share many duties across the H1Z1 franchise, but Just Survive is my primary focus so it makes sense that I provide the dev updates for that team and give you insight into how things are coming together. 

To begin, I want to thank you all for transitioning with us when we spun-off Just Survive and King of the Kill as two separate products back in February. The overarching goal has always been to regularly iterate on Just Survive based on its exclusive needs. The reality is we still have many issues to resolve which are pertinent to both games. This is the main reason you are still seeing live updates for both products in synchronization. We are two separate teams; however, there are many of our technical process that can be synced with one another, which is why for the time being you will see some hotfixes that address issues on both titles. 

Also, thanks to those of you that helped us identify duping issues. We’ve identified it internally and are actively working to get that fix in game 

Current Focus for Just Survive 

Base building is an important part of Just Survive. We want you to feel like you’re staking your claim in this world. Base building in its current state has left the world cluttered and messy. We hope the following changes will help keep the atmosphere of Just Survive more aligned with our original design for the game. You can expect more changes and features added to base building in the future. Some upcoming additions: 

Base Decay 
There has been a lot of discussion on our end regarding ways to keep the world free of derelict bases and other structures. One of the things we’ve identified is the length of time it takes for a base to decay and disappear. Keep in mind while you are reading this, we’re not trying to make it more difficult to maintain your bases. In Just Survive, we have property which we want you to build on but there should be some general guidelines to the use of this property. We believe that if you want to own a base in the world, you need to login and play at a reasonable frequency. At this time, with “reasonable,” we mean about once a week. Going forward, anything beyond this play frequency will result in your base decaying. So, in a nutshell, log in weekly and repair your base at a bare minimum and this change should have zero effect on you. 

Base Destruction 
Recursive base destruction is being turned on. What does this mean? When something is destroyed, anything attached to that unit is also recursively destroyed. So if you build a stack of items on top of each other and destroy the bottom one, everything above will also destroyed. This may sadden those of you that build stairways to heaven or those that use sleeping bags as roof tiles, but those are examples of unintended functionality. More importantly, this feature will help facilitate cleaning up the world and mean no more random floating base elements 

Limited Base Building Servers 
Due to positive community feedback on the matter, we’re converting 5 more servers (2 EU) to limited base building worlds. The following servers will all be converted to PVP worlds: 

•Decay 
•Fiend Fire (EU) 
•Axe Away 
•Barricade 
•Belgrade (EU) 

Release timing for these changes: 
Tentatively April 6, 2016 

Additionally, you can expect an update to the Live servers with more bug fixes very soon. As always, for this post and those in the future, I look forward to feedback from the community! 

New Trees for the New Map

Posted on 15/03/2016 at 6:50PM UTC

Producer's Update March 10th

Posted on 11/03/2016 at 1:00AM UTC

Hi everyone, and thanks for taking the time to give this a read. I know that many of you have poured countless hours into H1Z1 and all of the developers thank you for that. We are in a phase where we are regrouping and refocusing, so your dedication is really appreciated.

I wanted to start a weekly update to share some visibility into what the team is currently focused on and highlight some of the latest work. I will write this up every week and shoot to post an update each Friday. If I am out of the office then I might not be able to write up an update, but I will try and get the news out when it will not happen.

It will be pretty brief, I am prioritizing speed and timeliness over a beautifully written piece. I just want to get a more regular system in place to provide updates out to all of our players. Each week I will provide a brief update on the current priorities and focuses for the teams, along with updates to the next planned update.


With that out of the way, let’s take a look at what the King of the Kill team has been focused on over the last week.


Ignition available for testing this weekend!

Our new mode in King of the Kill, Ignition, will be up on our test servers starting Friday, 9am PST until Monday morning, 9am PST.

At the start of the match players will find themselves on an ATV with explosives strapped to them. Players will need to quickly come up with a strategy for scavenging for gear to defend themselves and to make their way to one of a limited number of safe areas. If they are not in the safe area at the end of a countdown, their explosives will detonate and eliminate them from the match. There are fewer safe areas each wave, so the action only gets more intense as players fight over the remaining areas.

I really recommend trying it out. We will gather all of the feedback that we can from this test, make some changes and iterations and then find a good time to do it again. I see us going through a few iterations of that before it will be ready to go onto our Live servers.


Bug Fixes and changes (in the patch that went out overnight)

  • Prone spamming round 2 to fix the prone, crouch exploit that came out on the test servers
  • We removed the FOV camera change when sprinting
  • Hot fixes for an updated patch going out as soon as we can - Status
    • We are still working on the camera fix for inside buildings, the melee bug, and standing in truck beds. Our plan is toget those fixed as soon as we can and push another patch. My expectation is that will happen early next week along with some other fixes that we are tracking down.
  • We put in some server optimizations to shorten queue times.
  • Distinct audio now plays based on where your opponent was hit to provide feedback on whether you struck them in the body, head, hit armor, or hit a helmet.
  • Our new and improved gas visuals are no live. The impending gas ring now looks a lot nicer than it used to.

Current Focus for King of the Kill

The King of the Kill team is shifting some resources over to focus on console support to build up that game for the launch this summer. There is the underlying tech and rendering that is being worked on, as well as controller support (PC and consoles) and UI. Gameplay wise we have some work happening around recoil and a lot going into a brand new HUD.


Next Planned Release

Tentatively April 13, 2016

Source: h1z1.com

Producer's Update & February Art Wrap-Up

Posted on 05/03/2016 at 1:50AM UTC

Chris Wynn (Executive Producer) has just published the second of the new weekly "Producer's Updates", you can check it out below, they have also published the February Art Wrap-Up video which can be seen below too.

Hi everyone, and thanks for taking the time to give this a read. I know that many of you have poured countless hours into H1Z1 and all of the developers thank you for that. We are in a phase where we are regrouping and refocusing, so your dedication is really appreciated.

This week’s update will be a little more brief than last. I have decided to split these in half and one week will just talk about Just Survive and then the next week talk about King of the Kill and continue to alternate like that each week.

Before I jump into what’s to come for Just Survive, there is one overall topic that I wanted to address first and that is in regards to trade delays on Steam. We are watching the player feedback on this topic and discussing internally. For context, we instituted trade delays to deal with significant organized fraud being attempted against the marketplace. That fraud is bad for the game, bad for the company, and bad for players. No one wins. That being said, timers for trade lockouts are adjustable, and we will make changes going forward to try and find that balance between convenience and fraud control. No updates to the timers this week, but this is something that we will use data and your feedback to determine in the next several weeks and see what we can learn there.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at what we changed in Just Survive this last week. All of these changes are now on their way to our Test servers and will be pushed to the live servers on March 9th.

Bug Fixes

  • Silent bullets should be gone, you should hear those suckers now.
  • The popping up on a door to teleport to the roof glitch is gone. For now, to fix this we simply removed doors from the top floors of buildings. We are closing in on a proper code fix to this issue, but went ahead and removed the doors to get rid of the exploit.

Current Focus for Just Survive


For the most part, the team was very reactionary this week. We attempted to push an update that included the new zombies (Screamer, Gasser, and Exploder) and zombie AI last Friday. This update failed internally and as we started to unravel it, we determined that it would be easier to cease that effort and begin getting ready for a full update to our test servers which had not happened in some time. We are in the final stages of testing that update right now. This update will include some cool things, including the stuff that I discussed last week.

  • New zombie types as discussed previously.
  • Better zombie AI, way harder to deal with zombies now.
  • On the Cerberus and Bandit servers in the US region, these are the two servers where we are going to test the restricted base building. You will not be able to build a base near an urban area and will need to move out into the country a little bit. Both of these servers will be PvP, and you will see this functionality when we push the update up to our Live servers on March 9th.
  • Visuals are being upgraded across the board, from animations to our new map (codenamed Z2) which still has a lot to do but is looking fantastic. You can check out some of the work in progress here 

Next Planned Release

Tentatively March 9, 2016

Source: h1z1.com

 

Adding Variety to the Horde

Posted on 02/03/2016 at 1:25AM UTC

Producer's Update February 26th

Posted on 27/02/2016 at 2:00AM UTC

Hi everyone, and thanks for taking the time to give this a read.  I know that many of you have poured countless hours into H1Z1 and all of the developers thank you for that.  We are in a phase where we are regrouping and refocusing, so your dedication is really appreciated.

I wanted to start a weekly update to share some visibility into what the team is currently focused on and highlight some of the latest work.  I will write this up every week and shoot to post an update each Friday.  If I am out of the office then I might not be able to write up an update, but I will try and get the news out when it will not happen. 

It will be pretty brief, I am prioritizing speed and timeliness over a beautifully written piece.  I just want to get a more regular system in place to provide updates out to all of our players.  Each week I will provide a brief update on the current priorities and focuses for the teams, along with updates to the next planned update.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at what the H1Z1 teams have been focused on over the last week.

 

Bug Fixes that affect both games

We are increasing our focus on quality of life issues and getting focused on fixing a lot of the lingering bugs in the game.  Here are some of the fixes that we made over this last week.

  • Helmets are the same now, no differences between motorcycle helmets and military helmets, they will behave the same.
  • The camera is now a lot better to use for looking up and down.  This is great for looking at items on the ground, the player head is not so obstructive for picking up objects.
  • The shotgun has been tuned and fixed.  We believe you will not see any more ghost bullets.
  • Prone spamming is out.  There is now an animation cost to going prone and standing up.
  • Real 3d models are in the world for pickups.  No more wondering if it is a regular backpack or military backpack.  What you see is what you get.
  • There is a hit indicator on the reticule, be sure when you hit and do not hit an opponent.
  • AU servers should now have shorter queue times.

 

Current Focus for Just Survive

The JS team has been working on introducing new zombie types (3 brand new zombies) and enhancing the AI.  In addition they are now able to pull from our full library of wearables so zombies will have way more variety in them.  I don’t have an ETA at the moment, but we are working on putting up a couple of servers that will have restricted base building areas around the populated areas of the game to see how that plays out and address issues that we see around base building.

Bug fixing will become a larger focus for the JS team, I have read some quality of life posts on Reddit and other places to help prioritize where the fixes will go, so if you have posted any bugs that you have seen then I probable read it and incorporated it into our plans.

 

Current Focus for King of the Kill

For KotK we have a new mode prototyped and will get out to our test server in a few weeks for large scale testing.  Most of the KotK focus is on gameplay balance and fixing bugs like the ones above.  We are paying attention to what you all are telling us and will continue to have bug fixing as a priority.

 

Next Planned Release

Tentatively March 8, 2016

Source: h1z1.com