Mini Update #4: Future Plans

Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome back to another Mini Update. As mentioned in the latest devblog, today we’re going to talk a bit about the short term plans and goals for the project. However, I’m also going to throw in a part at the end to talk about our new forum and some of the interesting discussions on the Microbe Stage we’ve been having recently. Let’s begin!

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Devblog #13: The Engine Dilemma

From outside the project, it might appear as if things have moved slowly over the summer. But we’re still going. The trouble with this period is a lot of work has gone into under-the-hood changes – that is, the Thrive game engine.

Before we delve into the issues with the engine, we should tell you about a few visible features that have been added. New programmer zyad137 gave us the suicide button, a handy device for offing yourself if you run out of ATP or want a change of scenery. He’s also provided notifications for organelle pickups and improved AI, and is working on a hints system to help players understand what they should do next. Developer crodnu also added improved camera zooming ability.

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Devblog #11: A New Thrive For A New Year

Is it too late to say happy New Year? Probably, but we’ll do it anyway. Happy New Year, and as 2017 takes its first steps we’re happy to present another update to Thrive: version 0.3.3.

A flashy new GUI, more realistic health and reproduction systems, and the first steps towards evolution are the flagship features, and you can read all about them below, alongside our recent podcasting efforts and plans for 2017.

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Devblog #10: Call to Action

Your Game Needs You

If you haven’t seen our previous Devblog, Thrive version 0.3.2 is out. That’s good news for us, since it means we can commence with a little something we’ve been planning for a while: a whole load of outreach. It’s time to spread the tenets of Thrive throughout the internet until everybody is buying our blue jeans and listening to our pop music.

And guess what? You can help! Read on to find out how…

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Devblog #6: Ask Us Anything

Devblog 6 Image

What’s this? Three Devblogs in just over three weeks? Madness!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be holding several AMAs (Ask Me Anything) on our subreddit, one for each main developer. Read on to find out more about the AMAs, what else has been going on in Thrive’s development, and what on Earth the image above means.

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Devblog #5: Thrive vs Species

Evolution aficionados, get excited. It’s time for the simulation smackdown of the century, as two up and coming biological games go head-to-head in a battle of truly Darwinian proportions.

In the red corner – Thrive, an open-source project from Revolutionary Games aiming to show the player the wonders of life as they guide their species from the tidepool to the stars.

In the blue corner – Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution, a single developer’s quest to simulate evolution by natural selection as accurately as possible, an effort already making waves in the gaming world.

Who will come out on top? Can this introduction get any more dramatic? Is this actually just a few people amicably asking each other questions about their different approaches to crafting an evolution-based game which will ultimately result in an overall increase in knowledge and understanding with no real aspect of competition?

Read on to find out!

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Devblog #1: No, We’re Not Dead

Membranes

Greetings, Thrive followers. This is the first in a new set of official devblogs on the Revolutionary Games website – if all goes to plan, new devblogs should be posted here about once a month, covering everything that’s been going on behind the scenes in Thrive’s development.

This initial devblog covers: where we’ve been and why you haven’t heard from us, our new forum structure, the complete plan for the Microbe Stage, musings on AI, and making cells look more like cells and less like honeycombs.

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