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    Patch 1.0.4 - February 9, 2019

    This is a patch that includes a handful of fixes to improve overall stability before the weekend. [AS-6140] - Fixed an issue that would cause game audio to play through Oculus Tray Tool if it was running rather than speakers or headphones. [AS-6138] - Reduced the number of times the game pings our backend service with Achievement progress. This is a speculative fix to the ongoing issue of Retro Suits not appearing for some Early Access / Game Preview players, which is caused by a failure of the service to properly retrieve your account inventory. Made some targeted performance optimizations in the Terrain and Multiplayer systems. [AS-6131] - Put guards around the most commonly occuring low-level crash, improving overall stability of the game. Fixed a crash that would happen if speedy players attempted to open the catalog before their Astroneer had fully spawned in the world. Fixed a rare, but annoying crash that would occur if a player deformed terrain then quickly exited the game, preventing the game from saving their terrain changes properly. We also deployed version 1.0.3 to Xbox and Windows 10. Users should see performance improvements across the board, as well as fixes that were supposed to be in the game on day one. Now that this build has passed certification, we have been approved for the bypass group on Xbox which will allow us to deploy builds much faster. We thank you for your patience! We will be working to bring the Steam and Xbox versions of the builds in parity ASAP. KNOWN ISSUES Client desync and performance drops on all platforms. We are working hard to address this issue, it is at the top of our list with all of the other optimization we are currently doing. Exiting Tractors will sometimes cause clients to catapult into space and subsequently suffocate. Vehicles will sometimes not respond to input, causing repeated enters and exits before resuming normal operation Some modified terrain nodes will sometimes lose collision, causing players to quicksand into them. Retro suit will sometimes be unselectable for some players. Not being able to download the game via the Windows 10 store. (we require the latest version of Windows 10 from October, so download that first and then you should be able to purchase the game Crashing on loading before the start menu No QOL for accessibility. We are working through a potential timeline to add QOL features for accessibility like colorblindness, mouse acceleration, and rebinding of all keys. We will release that timeline as soon as we are complete! We are working furiously to get through these and many more issues! Please keep the bug reports coming in so we can continue to prioritize. Thanks!
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    Astroneer 1.0 is live!

    After 2 years of early access, we are finally here! Watch the trailer: this has been an amazing journey and we cant wait to keep developing with you all.
  3. Hey Friends! I wanted to just post here to share some news and be really transparent...unfortunately we had to make the unpopular decision to cut dedicated servers for 1.0. As time counted down we realized that shipping them was just not feasible to keep our current date and we were cutting the feature down to it's bare bones just to make it. We would rather not do that, so we are going to continue work on them and then release as soon as they are ready after 1.0. I will do my best to keep everyone updated with a timeline, but we are still as excited about them as ever because we want cross play and larger multiplayer counts. Totally understand that this is disappointing news, but I hope people will understand our reasoning and enjoy the rest of the awesome stuff that is coming in the 1.0 update. I will try and answer questions as they pop up here!
  4. Steam 'Early Access' players will receive this update November 14th, 2018. Xbox 'Play Anywhere' players can also expect this patch to hit their consoles or Windows 10 machines throughout the day November 14th, 2018. Update 0.10.5 contains a Tech Test of a new planet using an early version of Terrain 2.0, a new suit only for Early Access and Play Anywhere players, and bugfixes for the main version of the game. This will be the final early access update before 1.0! UPDATES & INFO Exotic Moon Tech Test This build includes a first look at an early version of Exotic Moon. We are using it as a stress test for Terrain 2.0, the new technology we are using to generate planets. This planet is an earlier unfinished version than the current development one, so it will be missing large parts of the gameplay loop. You should expect to encounter bugs and missing gameplay. If you do, please report them on our forums so we can track major issues as we go through our bugfix phase before 1.0! No amount of feedback is too small! You can access the build by scrolling left on the starting menu space ship and loading "Terrain Tech Test" Because the planet has missing decorators, effects, research, and resources, Exo Dynamics has provided the Astroneer with 100k bytes, and an experimental development plinth that provides all necessary resources to craft items. Consider this an EXTREMELY loose test for players who want "Creative Mode" type experience. Please give us feedback on what you would like to see included if Astroneer added a dedicated creative experience after 1.0! Also, the planet has a fixed seed, so every player of the game will experience the same exact planet. Share your favorite mountains, caves, craters, and with others and directions on how to get there using the Astroneer's compass! "Retro" Suit Unlock As a gift to everyone who supported us throughout development, a new suit has been added to the game! This “Retro” suit is exclusively for Early Access and Game Preview players of Astroneer as a thanks for your ideas, bug reports, feedback, and encouragement. Anyone who owns the game before 1.0 will receive the "Retro" suit, and we have no plans for making it available to post 1.0 players. Thanks so much for your support thus far! BUGFIXES The following live issues have been fixed as of version 0.10.5.0: [AS-3717] - Addressed an issue where some players were unable to join a Multiplayer game on Xbox One. We will keep monitoring to see if the issue persists, please let us know on the forums if you are still encountering this problem. [AS-3983] - Fixed a bug where clicking on the opened Backpack while holding down a terrain modifier key breaks cursor selection [AS-4003] - Fixed a Multiplayer bug where Client players could not start the Soil Centrifuge from the control panel [AS-4047] - Fixed a bug where the Chemistry Lab would stop functioning mid-print if a player was holding enough resources to perform crafting twice [AS-4088] - 3-Seat modules should now be appropriately facing outward when printing directly on an Extra Large Rover. [AS-4602] - Fixed a rare, but annoying crash that occurred when players attempted to shred a second non-empty Oxygen tank with oxygen in it after shredding a non-empty Oxygen tank. INFORMATION! Release Date Just in case you missed it, Astroneer now has a solid release date, February 6th, 2019! While we hoped to release the game into 1.0 right after the two year anniversary of our Early Access + Game Preview release in mid December, we have made the tough decision to delay the game 6 weeks to make sure we meet the quality bar we have for what we consider a polished 1.0 experience. The game is all but finished, but we ate up too much of our bugfix and performance time that we had slated for the end of development, and feel the few extra weeks of work will allow us to make Astroneer 1.0 a polished experience. We hope our players will understand! For more context about the decision, check out our developer Q&A that we posted on Youtube today, and then check out the release date announcement trailer to see just how different Astroneer is: Price Increase We always said we would revisit this once we got closer to 1.0, and now that we are here, it is time! Astroneer will be officially moving to a 1.0 launch price of $29.99 USD on November 19th 2018. Our 19.99 price point was always seen as a discount because the game was unfinished. Just as a reminder, Astroneer 1.0 will include 7 entirely new planets with multiple brand new biomes, new vehicles, modules, items, suits, and an exploration based experience! This also includes around a years worth of completely free content updates. You can view future content being considered on our roadmap. That's all for now! This final update is a bittersweet one, this Early Access journey has been an amazing experience, and we cannot wait to deliver an incredible game on February 6th that we can all be proud of having worked on together. Thanks so much from every single member of our team. -jt
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    Astroneer 1.0 QOL suggestion thread

    Lots of good stuff to chew on here, we have definitely had bigger conversations on the team about a few topics including: 1. Storms 2. Holding big objects 3. Remembering Terrain Tool mode 4. Flattening storage via a use action 5. Pointing 6. Compass changes There are a ton more, but just wanted to thank people for all of this great insight. No promises about these, but it is good to see what little stuff we can polish up before we get to 1.0
  6. We have been specifically tight lipped about this as it is a 1.0 feature! We have been pretty open about most of our EA development, but this one will definitely be better if we don't list it out ahead of time.
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    Astroneer 1.0 QOL suggestion thread

    HEY EVERYONE! This is all amazing feedback. going over it with the team so we can pick out stuff that is doable for 1.0! Thanks for all the great responses and keep them coming!
  8. Hey friends! We were having this discussion internally, so I wanted to throw it out here to get more feedback. Part of our work while we are getting to 1.0 is to finally fix quality of life changes we have been meaning to make for a while to reflect a polished 1.0 product. What qualifies as a Quality of Life improvement? See the criteria below: A change that addresses a mismatch between design intention and player expectation. A change that uses or changes only existing systems Has low disruption to other features and systems in the game Examples of ones currently on the list: 1. Changing worklights and generators so you can see the power plugs that pop out on their deployable platforms before placing them 2. A "use" action for medium storage to make them go flat or stand up 3. Oxygen tanks in aux slots should be rotated 90 degrees so you can see how full they are QoL improvements are not new features, new systems, overhauls to design, or critical bug fixes. So if there are some small things that have been bothering you, or don't match up with what you think a thing should do, or something that could be WAY better with just a small tweak, drop it in here! Thanks!
  9. Whoa! A lot to unpack in this thread. I will begin by saying, patch notes are meant to be as thorough and comprehensive as possible. Every team member goes in and adds their work during an update to keep track of what is being changed and what isn’t. In the case of a big update like this, unfortunately some changes fall through the cracks. That isn’t us saying we want to hide anything from anyone, it is just a miss on a rather large list of changes. Comparing us to Warframe is a bit of a stretch, we are a 17 person team compared to a AAA group with tons of support. I would venture to guess they have an entire team dedicated to comms whereas we have.... me. I totally get your feedback though, and am talking to the team about making sure changes don’t slip through the cracks in the future. As far as the discord vs forum thing, I read both every day, and I agree that the forums are still our main place to disseminate information. Patch notes get dropped here first, they rank on google (where most of our traffic comes from) and we link to here everywhere we post them. That being said, discord is also an awesome place for the team to directly interface with players in real time, and will become more and more integrated into our communications as we grow. As always, I appreciate feedback, especially critical because it helps us get better, so keep it coming. I think Wyvyrias does a great job keeping our various contact points moderated on a daily basis, I would read a lot less feedback if I didn’t have him keeping me afloat.
  10. Post feedback, suggestions, etc here! Looking forward to seeing what you all have to say!
  11. LOOKING FOR 0.10.5.0 PATCH NOTES? CLICK HERE Steam 'Early Access' players will receive this update September 6th, 2018. Xbox 'Play Anywhere' players can also expect this patch to hit their consoles or Windows 10 machines throughout the day September 6th, 2018. Update 0.10.1 contains a complete overhaul to the crafting and progression systems, including new resources, minerals, recipes, modules, and a new shuttle! New Crafting Progression Astroneer now has multiple stages of crafting progression! In order to prepare for new items that will be added in 1.0 as well as creating a progression that encourages exploration, we have overhauled the progression of crafting. There are now new resources in the world to gather, completely new craftable resources, and a new resource type, Atmospheric! Now, in order to craft everything in the game, Astroneers must travel to different planets. Progression now happens in a few stages: Stage 1: Gathering resources with your terrain tool. In addition to the existing in-game resources, there are several new mineral deposits found throughout the world, and different densities of those resources on different planets. Stage 2: Smelting and Refining resources. Like the current version of Astroneer, step two requires smelting and refining materials. There are new smeltable resources, be sure to check their UI card for more details! Smelter has been renamed “Smelting Furnace” More resources can be smelted Stage 3: Extracting resources from soil. This system has gotten a complete overhaul. Rather than just extracting all resources, the newly dubbed "Soil Centrifuge's" role is now to help Astroneers extract common resources without all of the manual labor. This should allow players to focus on finding rare resources and automate the process of gathering items like compound and resin. Mineral Extractor has been refactored into the “Soil Centrifuge” Centrifuge provides easy access to common and uncommon resources but no longer can create all resources. Stage 4: Compositing two resources together. Stage 4 now requires some science! In order to create rare composite resources, Astroneers must use the "Chemisty Lab" to combine resources from the above steps. Rare resources will now sometimes require a specific atmospheric gas to create. Hydrazine Catalyzer has been refactored into a “Chemistry Lab” Brand new resources can be crafted by combining multiple resources together Some high-level resources require an Atmospheric resource as a type of fuel Stage 5: Collecting Atmospheric Resources. As mentioned above, Atmospheric Resources are a new resource, and the new Atmospheric Condenser is the way to gather them. Not all atmospheres have every gas, and some have higher concentrations of gases than others, so make sure to visit new planets in order to collect all gases for crafting! Fuel Condenser has been refactored into the “Atmospheric Condenser” Visuals for the module have been completely replaced Allows you to collect different resources from the planet’s local atmosphere Different planets have different resource availabilities! New Resources and Recipes A new ore has been added - Sphalerite. Sphalerite can be smelted into Zinc, and is found above ground and below ground on most planets. New types of resource deposits have been added - Quartz, Clay, and Graphite. Quartz can be smelted into Glass Clay can be smelted into Ceramic Organic can now be smelted into Carbon. Coal deposits have been removed from the game and any existing Coal nuggets have been migrated to Carbon nuggets. The Medium Generator now uses Carbon! The following new crafted resources can be created at the Chemistry Lab: Rubber Plastic Aluminum Alloy Tungsten Carbide Graphene Diamond Hydrazine Silicone Explosive Powder Steel Titanium Alloy Nanocarbon Alloy The following new atmospheric resources can be gathered using the Atmospheric Condenser: Hydrogen Argon Methane Nitrogen Helium Sulfur To enable early game exploration of new planets, two new items have been added: the Solid-Fuel Thruster and the Small Shuttle. The Solid-Fuel Thruster is unlocked in the Catalog for 500 Bytes and is printed from the Small Printer for 1 Aluminum and 1 Ammonium. This disposable thruster will enable you to take a one-way trip to another planet so you can collect the resources you need to complete your crafting progression. For your convenience, it prints to a small package that fits in your backpack, so be sure to take spares with you if you want to make round trips! The Small Shuttle is unlocked in the Catalog for 1500 Bytes and is printed from the Vehicle Bay for 2 Aluminum. The Small Shuttle works with both the Hydrazine Thruster and the Solid-Fuel Thruster. Recipes for many of the objects in game have changed! The goal of these changes is to give each item a clearer place in the crafting and gameplay progression. We hope players will now have a much more gratifying sense of progression as they unlock and craft new technology! Because this is such a big change for the game, we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the forums. General Changes The Catalog has received a visual redesign! We heard your feedback loud and clear on this, and with all the new recipes, we decided to overhaul the catalog and the information provided within. We hope that players will now make better informed decisions when spending bytes and planning out progression! It now shows the required print resources to help you decide how to spend your hard-earned bytes To further streamline Research and Printing, researchable items have been arranged by the printer type they come from (Backpack, Small Printer, Medium Printer, Vehicle Bay) instead of their gameplay role. All Fabricators have been renamed to Printers. Collectible power nuggets and oxygen nuggets have been removed from the game! To mitigate oxygen “rescue” moments, oxygen filters are unlocked by default and resin deposits are more common. To mitigate power collection, the collectible nuggets surrounding hazards will collect as organic for small power generators. Miscellaneous Hovering over the required Resource holograms on printers now displays information about obtaining that Resource in their Tooltip. There are tons of new things, so this should help players find the resources they need! EXO Wrecks and fallen Astroneer backpacks now have a chance to grant the newly added resources. See you in the stars fallen friends. Byte values of researchable items have been adjusted Byte costs of purchasable items have been adjusted Bugfixes The following live issues have been fixed as of version 0.10.1.0: [AS-2487] - Fixed a bug where the Smelter sound loop would persist for Client players in Multiplayer games after smelting has finished [AS-2676] - Fixed a bug where the Client player in Multiplayer games was unable to hear the Smelter when it was active [AS-3330] - Fixed a bug where the Client player in Multiplayer games was not able to see the preview holograms while printing Medium and Large Rovers [AS-3341] - Fixed a bug where Vehicle Bay will pop to center of the Shelter once it has been unpacked [AS-3362] - Fixed a minor issue with the Medium Solar hologram which appeared too bright in the Catalog [AS-3363] - Fixed a minor issue with the Terrain Analyzer image clipping through the background of the Catalog [AS-3419] - Control + Click shortcut should once again work on the Landing Zone control panel [AS-3426] - Fixed a bug with the item pads of small objects becoming separated from the object under certain conditions [AS-3461] - Fixed an issue where Fireworks explosion became visually offset with the rocket [AS-3465] - Smelter will no longer drop items to the ground when queuing up resources [AS-3509] - Items will no longer fall out of world when packages are unpacked upside down [AS-3522] - Fixed a bug where the green light on the side of certain module packages did not light up [AS-3523] - Fixed a bug where Printers were not prevented from printing when items were placed in the center of the preview hologram [AS-3541] - Fixed a long term usability issue where Smelter slots did not have priority over platform slots for placing ores for processing. [AS-3571] - FIxed a visual issue where the Medium Storage became unskinned for a brief moment when unpacking [AS-3602] - Fixed a number of localization issues in the Quick Help menu screens [AS-3608] - Fixed a number of objects whose holograms appeared too large in the Catalog and caused readability issues with localized text [AS-3647] - Fixed a bug where the Small Fabricator could finish its current printing process while being stowed in the backpack [AS-3665] - Resources found in the white resource caches now show UI information cards [AS-3669] - Exit key is no longer present in the shuttle UI when in orbit [AS-3739] - Fixed an issue that occured when the player died with the research catalog open which caused previously unlocked items to show as locked and unpurchasable after respawn. KNOWN ISSUES: You should not be able to slot anything in the Chemistry Lab tray. Doing so will brick the Chemistry Lab once you start the process. We will be fixing this in a hotfix. For now, make sure to leave the tray empty when creating items. UPDATE: The above known issue has now been fixed in 0.10.2! The hotfix has been deployed on Steam and will be deployed on Xbox once it goes through cert! Thanks for reading! This is a big change for the game, and we would love your feedback. Use this thread to give us your thoughts!
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    Update 0.9.2 - August 6th 2018

    alt and ctrl click work as "insta click" substitutes.