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Stonehearth Alpha 15: Faster, Better, Stronger

Posted by Radiant Entertainment (Creator)
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Dear Backers,

Stonehearth Alpha 15 is here, and it’s all about better performance. We have made literally hundreds of under-the-hood improvements, both large and small, to give you a game that runs more smoothly, lags less, has fewer bugs, and is just all-around snappier than ever before.

Here's some of the cool stuff you'll find packed into this release:

Spread out! Territory and settlement management is much improved. From enhanced pathfinding to better crafting to smarter enemy encounter placement, this release will allow you to build a bigger and better village than ever before, and run it smoothly. Max hearthling limit has been raised to 50.

Building upgrades! Alpha 15 boasts numerous foundational improvements (a little building humor there) to design and construction. You know those multi-story buildings you tried to get your hearthlings to build? Now they will! Well, probably. This is, after all, only Part One of significant upgrades to building, to be continued in Alpha 16 and beyond. Still, in this release, you’ll be able to tackle more sophisticated structures that build more quickly.

Better inventory management. Let’s face it: your hearthlings are hoarders. They tend to amass lots and lots of stuff. TL;DR: too much stuff interferes with performance. That’s addressed in Alpha 15. There’s now an inventory cap (based on how many hearthlings a village has) -- so now you need to think more carefully about what items you really need, and not just grab whole lot of wood and stone. (Plus, we’ll be adding gameplay elements around inventory in future releases.) Remember, a tidy village is a happy village.

New stuff to play with! Even with all the attention on performance, we haven’t forgotten to tune the gameplay and content aspects of Stonehearth. You’ll find a ton of tweaks, bug fixes, and new stuff for your playing pleasure. For instance: have a few too many things in your inventory? Have a high level Carpenter or Potter craft a trader's stall! Place the stall in the world and interact with it to call a trader to your town. When the trader arrives, click on them, or on the stall, to open a shop window. Then: Profit! Though the trader will leave after a little while (places to go, people to see) you will be able to call a new trader after some time has passed in the game.

Full release notes for Alpha 15 are here.

Alpha 16 is already well underway, and it’s gonna be awesome. (Did someone say “archer?”) Remember to check stonehearth.net for all our news.

As always, we’re grateful for your continued support!

-- Team Stonehearth

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    1. Missing avatar

      Nick on

      I backed this game at the $15 level and the pledge reward says "Digital download of the full game when it is ready for release". Does that mean when it gets to beta, or when it's all the way finished? I messaged them directly and they did not respond.

    2. lokiracer on

      @amigacooke Here's a hint.....never. This game will never see beta.

    3. amigacooke on

      I think the position is that Mac and Linux versions will come when SH enters the beta phase. When that will be is still unknown.

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      Neo on

      I want a Linux version too! Please also add the game on GOG.

      https://www.gog.com/news/introducing_games_in_development

    5. Jon on

      Any update on Linux support?

    6. Slyde on

      i miss the days when Steve Adamo would comment after every post :(

      Steve, you still out there?

    7. lokiracer on

      Stonehearth Update: We're now only 25 months behind schedule.

    8. Slyde on

      thanks guys.. please continue to send out updates to us all like this...

      I think at this point, im the only person who's still checking the comments thread daily for some reason...

    9. Leo on

      Forgot I even backed this , unreal.

    10. Andrey Petrov on

      Yay! I temporarily have a Windows install so I finally got to try Stonehearth and it's fantastic. Very much exceeded my expectations in its current state.

      Any news for the Mac/Linux versions? Last update was around Alpha 6, would love another update on that. Keep up the great work! :)

    11. BrencelJ on

      Well I'm still waiting for Linux support because I don't have a Windows PC and I wasn't even able to even try it. I have been watching ever since first Alpha and hoping for Linux release. Until now I don't even know if you will have it. Can you pleas give some ETA or something about the Linux release.