TRAINS

Steam. The screech of metal on metal. The smell of coal. A heavy chugging noise. Something otherworldly enters the scene. Speeds none have dared dream of before. A shrill whistle cuts through the morning mist. Except at FICSIT inc. we honor the past by striving to become the future! FICSIT inc. trains will have all the appeal of the classic steam train, while more clean, efficient, powerful, and awesome! They’re just plain bigger and better. Choo Choo.

ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE

Because trucks just aren’t reliable enough.

Throw away those outdated, inefficient vehicles you’ve used until now, and make place for the fastest, smoothest, coolest mode of transportation yet: trains! All you need to do is build some tracks, connect them to power, plop down one of these bad boys, and go! You’ll never be late again, nor will your cargo!

TRACKS & SWITCHES

Because there’s never just one way to do something!

Tracks have a built-in (curve-)ruleset to prevent any future train-accidents, because that’s how much we care about you and your cargo! Switches allow for even more complexity and efficiency, especially when using multiple trains. And there’s more! Train tracks transport electricity, which powers the trains and can be used to connect power circuits of outposts and factories alike!

FREIGHT PLATFORMS & FREIGHT CARS

Unlimited transport capacity for your unlimited dreams.

Want bigger trains? No problem! Freight platforms are modular and can easily be connected to and expanded upon! The viable building surface is the limit! What does that mean? Unlimited transport capacity. That’s right, all they need is to be connected to a train station. From that point on, they’ll do all the hard work for you! Unloading, loading, counting, you name it!

TRAIN STATION & AUTOMATION

Train stations without those pesky delays!

Personalise your train stations with the new FICSIT Incorporated ‘If you name it, you claim it’ feature! Trains can be programmed to load and/or unload whatever cargo you want from whichever station you want, whenever you want. Connect power to the train station and everything will be good to go!


tIER 7

FICSIT Inc. is proud to present a brand-new, radical power source, and an entire generation of new parts! R&D has toiled long, hard hours to get this technology to you, so now it’s your turn. Your factory will be going from beast to monster!

NUCLEAR POWER & WASTE

150MW? Those are rookie numbers

Strap in, folks, because we’re going nuclear! From fuel rods, to power, to waste, every step in this journey is incredibly rewarding! Just be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear when handling the enormous amounts of power. We’ve also generously provided complete freedom to deal with nuclear waste in any way you wish.

URANIUM

These brand-new parts look normal, but looks are certainly deceiving!

An exciting challenge awaits! Factory-building is a piece of cake for skilled pioneers such as you, so we’ve provided you with something rare and radical! All uranium-based resources and parts are radioactive, making skin-to-object contact 100% lethal, so keep your distance! How will you solve this problem?

BAUXITE & ALUMINUM

Strong, radiant, smooth. Just like you!

More complexity? Check. More advanced parts? Check. More work? Check. More fun? Super check! Oil and steel are so yesterday. Build a new tomorrow with aluminium and its derived parts! There’s so much to gain here we can’t even list it in this small textbox!

MINER MK3 + CONVEYOR MK5

Why do it better when you can do it faster?

Advancement in the parts department means that we can take some regular boring stuff and make a newer, faster version. It’s time to shine with the brand new Mk3 miner. Double that efficiency! But there’s more! The new Mk5 belts and belt lifts can transport up to 780 parts per minute, oh my! And don’t worry if you can’t see the improvement. It’s because your factory is going faster than the eye can see!


END GAME AREAS

We’ve been working hard on getting unfinished parts of the level up to par with the rest. It’s a lengthy process but we’re getting there! This time we focused on end-game biomes like the Swamp (East) and the two biomes on top of the big middle plateau: Red Jungle and Bamboo Fields. They’re not done yet, but they’re a whole lot better, and they’ll support all the other new content.

NEW BIOMES

The new areas are now full of rare resources and exploration rewards, but we didn’t necessarily make it easy to get them. Swamp and bamboo fields lend themselves easily to building outposts, while the jungle is an exploration-oriented maze. Each have their own challenge. Just keep in mind that they might change in the future!


 

FULL PATCH NOTES

Patch Notes: Early Access - v0.2.1 - Build 101665


Hey Pioneers!

Here it is. The update that brings you all the Tier 7 content and Trains! Get ready to build even bigger factories with 11 new parts, some of them among the most complex in the game so far, and haul large amounts of resources across the entire map via train cargo. :D

We’ve had this content on the Experimental build for a little while now and all the nasty bugs should be taken care off. There might still be new bugs popping up, but we’ll be patching the build over the next few weeks as necessary. We’re aware that the trains aren’t as smooth as we would like for clients, but we’ll continue improving them! 

Hope you all will have a blast with this update! <3


NEW CONTENT

  • Trains

    • Trains are unlockable in Tier 6. Now go and set up your next level resource transportation! 

    • Set up a timetable for your trains and choose which freight cars should load or unload their cargo at each station.

    • Set up a locomotive at each end if you want it to be able to go back and forth between stations, or just build a loop instead.

    • Build extra locomotives if you’ve added too many freight cars for a single one

    • If you connect power to one station, all other stations along the line will be powered as well so no need for a long power pole connection to your outposts

  • Tier 7

    • Nuclear Power. Take your power production to the next level with Nuclear Power Plants, but be wary of the radiation! You’ll also have to deal with the Nuclear Waste you are producing.

    • Craft a Hazmat Suit in the Workshop to keep yourself safe from radiation.

    • Bayer Process. Now it is time to integrate Bauxite into your production pipelines and set up the production of several new parts. 

    • Speed up the mining with the Miner Mk.3

    • Transport things faster than ever with the Conveyor Belt Mk.5

    • We also added a few alternate recipes for the new content

    • Overall there are 12 new resources added to the game. Let’s see how big your factories will grow with incorporating all of them!

BALANCING

  • Doubled Circuit Board stack size

  • Tweaked resources in several areas

    • Red Jungle (Plateau northwest of Grassfields)

      • Added Bauxite, Uranium and Coal

    • Bamboo Fields (Plateau north of Grassfields)

    • Added Bauxite and Coal

  • Swamp (Northeast of Grassfields)

    • Completely overhauled resource placements and added new nodes

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an on load crash related to the Small Stinger

  • Fixed crashes related to Arachnophobia Mode

  • Fixed an issue with chat blocking input over other widgets

  • Spore Flowers now properly react to client players

  • Dragged inventory objects now center on the cursor

  • Fixed the fall damage issue with Landing Jelly

  • Alien Armour Plates dropped by the Flying Crab Hatcher are now visible for client

  • Fixed the MAM getting locked on ongoing research if the time was corrupt

  • Conveyor Pole holograms now show properly under the Conveyor Belt for client

  • Changing the Network Quality setting now requires a reload of the save or returning to the main menu before taking effect (this is to mitigate some issues and crashes related to changing Network Quality runtime)

  • Adjusted the Conveyor Lift building clearance to build downwards more easily

UI

  • Updated the style of the item pick-up notification

  • Updated the style of menu window tabs

  • Updated the launch button

  • Tweaked the damage animation of the Health Bar

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • Adjusted dropping items from inventory. They will now stack together if possible and should find clear places to be dropped around the player.

  • Added a Codex feature that allows you to check up on the cost of Recipes, Buildings and Equipment wherever you are (open with X)

  • Added a search bar for the Craft Bench & Build Menu

  • Added a checkbox to only show affordable items in the Craft Bench

  • Changed several Conveyor Belt speeds:

    • Mk.4 450 to 480 items per minute

    • Mk.5 660 to 780 items per minute

  • Mergers and Splitters are now stackable on even ground

FACTORY

  • 8x1 Foundations added

  • Nuclear Power Plant added

  • Tweaked shadows on last LOD of Conveyor Belts

  • New parts

    • Aluminium Ingot

    • Alclad Aluminium Sheet

    • Heat Sink

    • Radio Control Unit

    • Turbo Motor

    • Battery

    • Uranium Cell

    • Electromagnetic Control Rod

    • Nuclear Fuel Rod

    • Iodine Infused Filter

  • Hazmat suit now craftable in workshop

WORLD

  • Overhauled the Swamp visuals and gameplay (Northeast of Grassfields)

  • Added Bamboo Fields area

  • Added Red Jungle

  • Overhauled the Dune Desert visuals including fog & lighting (Northeast corner of the map)

  • Updated gameplay in the Desert Canyons (North and east of the Northern Forest)

  • Updated tons of environmental assets


WILDLIFE

  • Added the Elite Stinger (spider-like creature). It is very prominent in the Red Jungle

OPTIMISATION

  • Network optimisation of Conveyor Belts

    • Reduced conveyor network footprint

    • Message size reduction

      • (most messages reduced to an 8th in size, but depends on the specific conveyor/use case. But even the largest messages are far under 50% in size)

    • Replication Frequency & Priority Tweaks

      • (Should result in more effective use of the data/reduced overhead, and less issues in moments of data congestion)

  • Improved item pickup from conveyors

    • Added server rollback states and version tracking on interactions for improved precision (pinpointing exact items should work now even on high ping)

    • Added client side prediction for improved responsiveness

  • Improved item placement accuracy on conveyors

    • Guaranteeing the pattern of items on conveyors to closer match that of the server

    • Compensating for delays or earlier than expected add/remove events over time, minimising popping and drifting

    • Added extra compensation animation as items are just about to move out of a conveyor

  • Current side effects/future work on conveyors

    • The overall reduced replication frequency combined with the visual compensations can make seams between two connected conveyors look a bit weird atm. Will be fixed soon, along with yet another significant reduction in net replication data.

    • Some popping in the start area of a conveyor can still be observed at times as we currently prioritise to remove popping in the end of the conveyor and responsiveness. This will be tweaks and improved as we go and see more real use cases.

    • We might consider reducing the data of initial replications on a conveyor, making their start state stream in over time instead, to reduce spikes in network data when loading into a game with a lot of conveyors close by

    • Reduced network data on session join for clients

  • Fixed a bunch conditional replication (replication dependency):

    • Generalised and improved the system to be used in more places easier

    • Made this system work better with saving games

    • Player equipment only  replicate when actively equipped, and unequipped equipment is ignored.

    • Improved conditional replication to not trigger when it’s the server triggering interactions (The server already have the real state and don’t need to hook up for additional replication)

    • Made all inventory slots use the conditional replication, significantly reducing replicated data across most buildings

    • Refactored Overlocking and made it use the dependency system

    • Added/Moved more replication to the dependency system for:

      • All manufacturers

      • All storage Buildings

  • Improved the data footprint of replicating Factory Building legs/supports

  • Removed far distance shadows in the persistent levels?

  • Optimised Pond, River and UnderWaterSurface materials

  • Grouped Factory ticks

  • Added waterfall LODs

  • Optimised the green “Snakelegs” Tree (primarily used in the northern parts of Grass Fields

  • Implemented some minor ways of offloading initial client load times

  • Fixed some network related clamping on the Conveyors

  • Fixed collisions and optimized lots of environment assets