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.
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Throw away those outdated, inefficient vehicles you’ve used until now, and make place for the fastest, smoothest, coolest mode of transportation yet: trains!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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
8x1 Foundations added
Nuclear Power Plant added
Tweaked shadows on last LOD of Conveyor Belts
Alclad Aluminium Sheet
Radio Control Unit
Electromagnetic Control Rod
Nuclear Fuel Rod
Iodine Infused Filter
Hazmat suit now craftable in workshop
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
Added the Elite Stinger (spider-like creature). It is very prominent in the Red Jungle
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 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