As promised I released Maia 0.50 this week. Here's a video of me playing through the current build:
This is the most stable and playable the game has ever been. As well as implementing whole raft of new features, I worked hard through the bank holiday and managed to kill all the critical bugs plaguing the game and also nail a massive one third of the issues in our tracker.
The game, whilst still very rough around the edges, has begun to come together really well. Watching robots get angry with the colonists, seeing the Megacephalalgia creatures enforcing their territory, it's all starting to look quite alive.
Last night I did a quick livestream and played a two and a half hour game without a crash or critical bug. We witnessed some really interesting and surprising emergent behaviours. At one point an IMP was carrying an occupied bodybag to the storage room, found it full, and then proceeded to walk to the furthest edge of the base, discovered a quiet corner and then hid the body in a dark side passage. I'm still absolutely creeped out by it and I have no idea how the robot decided to do that.
On the feature front the new climates, custom map generation and the Utility Robot are the biggest changes. Whilst we never made the stretch goal for the robot designer, I did agree with your feedback that we should work in more variation and roles for the robots. The Utility Bot is what I've come up with. The generic base is designed so it can mount all sorts of tools. In this build this allows you to create a useful repair robot, but it is designed to work with any logic we give it. For instance I could stick the top of the turret on it and suddenly we have a hunter killer droid. Alternatively a small radar to create a mobile weather research station or perhaps even some mining explosives and we have a remote activated demolition system.
I'm currently working on rebuilding the roadmap now we have reached the critical 0.50 milestone. There are a lot of big features still to go and a whole load of important small ones. For the former the first person mode, proper support for multiple bases, one off missions, the campaign etc. For the latter, the list is almost endless, but has the things that will make the game infinitely replayable such as more player choices and interaction, more subtlety in the AI, more items for the base, more research perks, more complex interactions between agents and of course lava. Lots of lava!
If you have any feedback on the game, or the updates, or anything! Do let me know. I'm very keen to kill every single bug in the tracker over the coming weeks, so report everything that catches your eye. Also if you are a Steam user, leaving us reviews is also super helpful as it's feedback for us and also helps potential new players figure out if the game is for them.
That's all for now. I'll be back with another post when we've pinned down the next update!