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Maia is a new god game from indie developer Simon Roth.
Maia is a new god game from indie developer Simon Roth.
8,115 backers pledged £140,481 to help bring this project to life.

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Pressure Drop

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Hello backers

It's update time!

Maia 0.55: Pressure Drop

Maia 0.55 is now live on Steam and the members area. This latest build introduces complex creature and ecosystem simulation changes, vast improvements to object and room placement, research perks that twist the gameplay in interesting new directions, as well as an total overhaul of the settings and saving menus. There’s also a bunch of interesting new items such as portable solar panels, flares and most importantly, useless decorative trees.

Here's me playing a bit of the latest build.

There's a full list of changes on the Maia blog.

Live stream

I'll be doing a livestream from 4pm today. Join us to discuss the game and its development, see the latest build in action and even see me fix a few bugs. I do one almost every Friday, so be sure to follow me on Twitch.

Development site.

In case you missed it, we now have a development site that has an up to date listing of my changes to the game's code repository, so you can now watch the game come together as it happens.

0.56

The upcoming update will again be focusing on ensuring the player gets enough information from the game and fixing a lot of the rough edges that come up in feedback. It's also going to incorporate first aid, emergency medicine, complex illnesses, colonist rescue and a more complete set of items in the medical room. If I have time I will also be implementing meal preparation and meals as social events in the colony. The plan is to have 0.56 out in just over a month.

As always feel free to send me all your feedback. Steam reviews are also very appreciated.

And do get in touch if your key was lost or never arrived due to angry spam filters!

Cheers

-Simon

Celsius

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Hello backers!

Just a very quick update...

Live Stream

Firstly I'm doing a live development stream every Friday now. They started a few months ago, and they've now become a popular weekly fixture. This week's is starting at 1600UTC... so in half an hour!

Update 0.54: Celsius

The update is now out on Steam. The update is massive and introduces the new thermodynamic simulation, new GUI and customisation options, AI balancing, hundreds of bug fixes and even a new mission. There's a full update blog here detailing it and also a video below!

Members area build will be up soon. There has been a slight delay due to issues on the Linux build caused by GLVND that are frustratingly out of my control.

Development

We also have a new development site so you can observe my changes to the game's code and art repositories as I work on the next update.

Thats all for now! Quick, come join us for the livestream!

-Simon

Feedback Loops

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Hello backers

It's update time! 0.53 is now up on Steam and currently uploading to the members area.

This month's release is focused on the player. Looking at places where the game was falling down and seeing what I could do to immediately improve game-play and make everything more engaging.

First up is the brought-forward smelting mechanic. You now need to break down minerals to create building materials. The smelter requires interaction, so player actions are now closer linked to the building process. This also gives the player a better overview of their own production abilities, as it forces an awareness of materials and mineral stockpiling.

Colonists lost on the surface vent their confusion giving the player a better indication that they are stuck.
Colonists lost on the surface vent their confusion giving the player a better indication that they are stuck.

One very useful feature is the new manifest screen. I never want a big global GUI for the game, as of course it would never make sense to show “Amount of food” or “Litres of water”, when they can be in many forms, and many places, often entirely inaccessible. However I did want to have the colonist's keep a manifest of the people and contents of the base. So now the manifest screen provides a brief overview of the bases contents filling the information gap, and reducing the feeling of being swamped.

Air vents are probably the coolest addition for me, as they allow the player to take full control of the atmospheric simulation. You can vent in or out of a room, or circulate both ways. This lets you do interesting things, such as using the hydroponics as a big atmosphere generator, or vent a room out quickly to choke a fire.

Colonist skills and selection. Picking colonists is an important piece of player choice that I've been wanting in the game for some time. Now the colonists have over sixty skills, each having a small effect on game play. In later builds they will be able to learn new skills on the job, rounding out their personalities and giving you a reason to get more attached to them.

There's also lots of other small features, from several types of new lamps, to AI fixes, optimisations across the board and improved sound effects from Nick.

Oh-vive-vore

0.54 is now on the books. I will again be focusing on player choice, interaction and engagement, rather than getting hung up on completing the roadmap in a linear fashion. I think it will be a big leap forward towards completion.

I'm also getting Paul Dean back on the project to edit and consolidate all my recent writing efforts and to help bring together the ten hour campaign, so we can get you guys testing it.

As always. Do get in touch with any ideas, issues or concerns. I have a few emails from people with lost keys, that I've just spotted. I'll be sending fresh ones out shortly.

Thanks

-Simon

In, Robot

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Hello backers!

How are you all doing?

I've just polished off the 0.52 update! It's up on Steam and the members area. Here's the full update blog from Caroline and myself.

In, Robot

The key goal with this release was fixing as many bugs as humanly possible and as humanely as possible. Specifically the issues that made the AI do things that were annoying to the player or slowed down progression. All the lock ups and weirdness should be out of their systems now.

The next feature is the adding of new food types and growth systems. Generating food is no longer just a case of dealing with fruit trees and chickens. You will need to grow a varied set of crops. Each plant type is accurately simulated, so will grow at different speeds and react to different conditions. You'll need to balance the energy needs of your colonists diets against that of micro-nutrients and the effect on moral that a bland diet might have.

The next feature is the long awaited first person mode. You can control robots, turrets, colonist suit cameras, and even... doors. It's particularly useful for quickly moving your IMPs and Utility Robots around the base quickly to respond to emergencies.

Here's a video of me showing off some of the features.

Counting the Eons

Our next release will be a few days into the new year and will add more GUI and interaction polish, first aid and new features to the medical room, domestication of alien fauna and colonist-pet interactions, plus a load of new items to place around the your base. Check out the road map to see where we are with remaining features.

Today is the last day in the office for us as Caroline and Hannah head off for their holiday breaks. We're all having a few glasses of Schloer this afternoon. Such decadence!

I'll be working a lot more polish into the game in the coming months, so let me know if you have any feedback on the latest build, Steam reviews are also very appreciated!

Have a good weekend!

- Simon and the team.

State Of The Art

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Hello backers!

It's update time.

Alpha 0.51

Maia 0.51 is now out on Steam and the members area. It's another really big release. Fixing a lot of the issues and omissions from the previous milestone and adding some cool new features. It also adds full 64 bit support with 32 bit compatibility for Windows. The full update blog by Caroline has all the detail.

Most notably, I have been creating some stand alone single player missions. For me these will help in the preparation for adding the campaign to the game and in testing the sandbox. For you, these will challenge your ability to get a solid base up and running and to deal with unforeseen events and emergencies.

Other changes include the chickens which now have a more detailed AI with their own wants and needs. They will eat, rest, roost, socialise and explore, and need to be fed if you want them to be a decent food-source. Despite all this they still love to self immolate.

The AI needs have also been overhauled. For instance colonists can now differentiate different pieces of research equipment and tasks, so they don't build all the easy things first and then forgot to build a terminal to ever actually do any computation.

BERK BERK BERK BERK BERK BERK BERK. BERK BERK BERK. BERK?
BERK BERK BERK BERK BERK BERK BERK. BERK BERK BERK. BERK?

On GUI and input, the email system is much improved and important emails now open immediately for the player. There are new warning emails for events like solar storms and mission success/failure screens that take you back to the menu. When mousing over an item, or placing it, there's now a lot more information about the item so there's a lot less estimation involved when planning your base.

In interaction, picking up and dropping build orders now makes more sense. In interaction mode you can click a hologram to pick the item up, re-engage build mode and move it. Right clicking drops out of that building mode. No need to press keys or the on screen buttons any more. There's a lot of things like this that need smoothing out, but soon the game's interactions will start feeling a lot more fluid.

Roadmap

I've put together a provisional road map for the next few milestones. This details all the large features and changes that are incoming to the game as we take it to completion.

There's a lot to do but we now have a nice solid build to implement those features and depth into.

I'm hoping to get at least one major update out by the start of December and another before the holidays. I'll keep you updated!

-Simon