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16 comments by wsworin on Sep 18th, 2014

StarForge Release


We are proud to announce that we are releasing StarForge today! After many years of hard work, dreams and determination, we are releasing the 1.0 of StarForge. This would not have been possible without the help of the community, fans, and supporters of our game through its various phases over the years.

Two and a half years ago, Will and Steve were working out of a basement part time on the game, and then the game exploded online, giving us the opportunity of a lifetime to finally make the game we've always wanted to build. A year after that, we managed to increase to a team of 4 developers. And after the launch on Early Access, managed to build a small company which has been working to bring you the StarForge release today. This would not have been possible without the hard work and efforts of a tireless development team, and your continued support.

We understand that at times we bit off a bit more than we could chew, and certain areas took quite some time to build and test. It goes without saying that this has been a vast learning experience for us all. We really appreciate everyone's patience and support during the development stretch. We are glad to have participated as one of the first few games to launch the Early Access section on Steam, and to learn and develop with the community over the past year and a half. We plan to exit Early Access within the next few days. We also plan to no longer sell the Founders Club upon, or shortly after release, depending on how quickly Steam can remove it. We only want the Founders Club to contain exclusive rewards for early supporters.

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We believe we have put in some super cool and innovative technology and gameplay, including an Infinite Procedural World, Voxel Digging, Real-Time Atmosphere, Procedural Asteroids, Tunnels, Caves, Mountains, Biomes, Physics Movement, Vehicles, Tons of Guns, Creatures, and Objects, and so much more! All of this works with both single player and multiplayer. It has been a labor of love, we are glad to have progressed this far, and we really enjoy playing the release version. We will continue to monitor the game, and plan to do another update in the future with bug fixes. Further updates will depend on future sales of the game.

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Over the past few months, while in Beta, we have fixed the majority of the critical and major bugs, and this release contains hundreds more bug fixes and many new features.

- New Tile Sets: Monolithum, Detrite (Founders Only), Interior hull (Founders Only)

- New Vehicle : Space Copter

- Water/Lava Plane Generation

- Dedicated Server Performance

- Procedural Asteroids

- Atmosphere Shaders and Cloud Improvements

- New Doors : Monolithum, Titanium, Graphene

- New Creature: Sand Sloth

- Desert and Badlands Vegetation

- New Collectable Plants

- Swimming

- 19 Song Original Soundtrack Completed

- Dynamic Loading Screen

- Frame Rate Optimizations

- More realistic Terrain and Biome Generation

- Blocks Have Better Performance

- Badges (Founders Club, IndieGoGo)

- More Dedicated Server Console Commands and Config Options

- Community can now host their own dedicated servers of Creative or Survival. Please visit this link which has the info you need on hosting your own dedicated server: Starforge.gamepedia.com

- 200 + bug fixes

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We've also finished and implemented our IndieGoGo and Founders club rewards. IndieGoGo backers must link their account in-game in order to receive their digital perks; Steam purchasers do not need to worry about this as all updates are channeled via Steam.. As for the Digital Rewards (wallpapers, art book, strategy guide, soundtrack), we will be providing a link to the download for these in the next month as we are still putting the finishing touches on them. We will release another blog post about that when they are done.

The hard assets (T-Shirts, Posters) for IndieGoGo backers are also being developed. We have already reached out to everyone involved regarding these rewards. If you are an IndieGoGo backer or Founder on Steam and have questions or concerns about your name being listed, please email us at sworin(at)codehatch.com. We will periodically be adding in the new names as we receive them.

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Thanks again for all your support. We hope you enjoy playing the release!- The Code}{atch Team

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romnus
romnus May 6 2012, 1:12am says:

Looks like the registration page is fixed, I will definately be making a purchase! :D Thanks for bringing us such an awesome game! :D

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romnus
romnus May 6 2012, 1:21am replied:

I just bought Founder, and I have 999,999 Hatch points... Awesome! Thank you for making such an amazing game, I am happy to be a founder, and I look forward to seeing the progress you guys make on an already amazing looking game :D

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wsworin Creator
wsworin May 6 2012, 2:46am replied:

Thanks for becoming our first founder romnus! I put your name up on a new credits section on our website(it's under the Game Info tab). You'll get your unique weapon variations once we release the base weapons. It will also be listed in the game too when the base game is released. If you don't want your name listed let me know.

The store and everything will be ingame once we release the base game, so it will be easy for you to spend those points on the new content as it arrives. We hope to release an early version of the base game in a few weeks. And we have tons of paid and non-paid content indev right now. :D

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CodeHatchling Creator
CodeHatchling May 6 2012, 2:07am replied:

Many, many thanks bro. :D You're our first founder club member. Congrats! <:

We have lots in development that will be coming out soon. :)

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romnus
romnus May 6 2012, 9:59pm replied:

Awesome, I sent you an E-Mail with my real name. I have never been immortalized in the credits of a videogame before, Thank you for this oppurtunity. I am of coarse EXTREMELY excited about the game, and all the unlocks and things, but being in the credits is also a nice perk. :P Also, I can't wait to check out the soundtrack and silas. You guys have done an amazing job, and I hope you get more founders soon. :D

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bedie
bedie Mar 27 2012, 1:57am says:

I love everything about this game. Obviously, lots of hard work and thought has gone into this. Keep up the good work! Oh, and the theme music is great. :) code}{atch will indeed be one to watch.

I too would be happy to give you money to help you to continue to work on this project. I was wondering, though, do you accept cookie donations. ;)

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wsworin Creator
wsworin Mar 27 2012, 9:35pm replied:

Thanks! Haha, yes food donations will most definitely be accepted. ;)

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daneco
daneco Mar 24 2012, 9:09pm says:

This is going to be really huge if all goes well. :) I love what I've seen so far. And the tech demo is preety fun. In the building one, in a matter of minutes I arranged a level that I would actualy try. :P I'm going to love this game!
ohh, and good luck! :)

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Expack
Expack Mar 21 2012, 1:04pm says:

Dang it, man! I wish I had the time to apply for play-testing this game, but I'm too busy ATM with my job, my playtesting position with the Tiberian Genesis mod team, and my life to dedicate time for serious play-testing duties with another game.

Regarding the footage you have available, HOLY SHOOT!!! This looks like it could turn out like Minecraft mixed with the gameplay of Star Wars: Battlefront II and III (III was supposed to have seamless planetary transitions, meaning you could take your starfighter from the ground into space and vice-versa)!

Also, how might one donate some money to you guys? I'd imagine there are some people, myself included, who would seriously consider doing so if there was a way.

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romnus
romnus Mar 23 2012, 9:33pm replied:

I would like to donate, any way you could accept any alpha funding, like minecraft did? :D

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wsworin Creator
wsworin Mar 24 2012, 2:52am replied:

Thanks for your interest guys, our ground to space transitions are in realtime and down the line we want to put flight in some form or another. I personally find NASA and the space program interesting, so I kinda think that if we did flight it wouldn't be the start and stop kind but rather have momentum and have to land like a shuttle would on an airstrip that you would have to build. :)

So then totally a team could build in outer space then battle a team down below on the planet or a team building underground. :|)

As for donations, that is really sounds great but I think what would be even better for everyone is we are gonna add a simple store in the next couple of weeks that will have a great promotion for very early alpha supporters. Since were gonna be F2P were gonna sell points that can be used to buy heroes, skins, and sandbox packs.

But since were mostly doing the groundwork for the game right now and back end stuff, the store would be like a preorder of points of sorts. With perhaps a few bonus put in it on top of the great deals like Minecraft had in its indev phases. That way by helping us out earlier we'll reward you in time with some really cool stuff down the line in SF.


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romnus
romnus Mar 26 2012, 8:05pm replied:

sounds great, I can't wait to give you money :D This game is going to be huge, like minecraft, I just know it. You will be millionares! :D

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