Our programmer untrustedlife has been working hard on a prototype that models the microbial ecosystem. At this point, it's basic, but beautiful to watch in action. From a few original microbes in a resource-rich environment grow dozens of strains and hundreds of individuals that compete over resources that are continuously being depleted as they try to maximize their own progeny.
All of this is occurring in a real-time fluid dynamics simulation where the environment is continuously turbulent and nutrients and cells are sent on diverging paths through the liquid environment.
We're very proud of this prototype, and believe it's an excellent way to investigate the ecology of microbe stage. We plan on implementing more varied bacteria, introducing genetic mutations, and making it easier to see which strains are different from others in the future.
Controls are simple- Once you've gained a flagella through endocytosis (soon to be changed to mutation), you can move your cell by clicking and holding LMB on the location you want to move to. However, the current is quite strong, and you'll have to plan your route carefully in order to get where you want. To speed up time, press F1, and to kill your own cell, press F3.
We hope you'll enjoy this and gain insight into the deeper-level environment simulation we plan to include in Thrive.
Once again, thank you for your support
~sciocont, Revolutionary Games Team Lead