It has been about 3 months since our last release, 0.4.0, saw the light of the world. Measured against the 1.5 years that lie between 0.4.0 and the version before that, it feels like 0.4.0 released just yesterday. Despite this, we hereby announce our latest release: Thrive 0.4.1.
To someone not following the project closely on our more active platforms (community forums and Discord) it may appear Thrive has fallen into a long, dark slumber. Nascent life extinct, factories gone cold, space relics left scattered about the cosmos.
But all is not as it seems. Life stirs below the surface.
The purpose of this Devblog is to state in no uncertain terms the second most repeated of our mantras (right behind no underwater civs):
It’s TJWhale here again to talk about realism and Thrive and sort out some common misconceptions. What do we mean when we say Realism? What we mean is that a proposed feature is within the laws of physics and chemistry …
Thrive has a great team. There’s a lot of talent working on this game and there’s also a lot of commitment, people really care. Recently I have been promoted to Microbe Stage Design Lead, which is a role that used to exist but had lapsed. As a team we decided it is important to have a way to finalise decisions and having a Design Lead for this stage gives us this.
Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome back to another Mini Update. It’s time for us to cover some of the upcoming gameplay changes that are going to be included with the next release. We’ve got a lot to cover, so we’ll split this into several parts. Today’s update will mostly cover gameplay changes to the compound system and features associated with it.
Hey guys, Nick here, and welcome back to another Mini Update. Today we’ve got a longer update as it’s a post from one of our recent discussions on the Microbe Stage that we felt would be interesting to share. Instead of talking about any technical aspects of the development this time, we’re instead going to focus on some of the science behind the game’s design. What’s the topic? Planetary evolution.
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!
If you were to graph Thrive’s progress since its inception, you’d probably have a slow but steady background rate of development with occasional spikes in activity. This is quite similar to the evolutionary concept called punctuated equilibrium, where species remain static for millions of years then change dramatically over short time periods in response to rapid ecosystem change.
Nowhere is this demonstrated better than the last few months of the project. As I write (hello, this is Oliveriver by the way, which will become important later) we’re about to break this website’s record for number of visits in one day after several months of comparative nothingness. Why? What’s happened? What do we do next? Read on to find out…