ΔV: Rings of Saturn released in Early Access 8 months ago, and in that time we have been steadily adding new features and gathering data points from you - our dear players. Now, these points of data make a beautiful line - as of today ΔV is officially feature-complete. Game has all the major features and major mechanics in place, all what's left is to hunt remaining bugs, polish up everything and - of course - add more content: ships, storylines, dialogs and upgrades.
Ship dealer is here!
The biggest new feature by far, and something everybody’s been waiting for, is the ship dealer. This is your hub for buying and selling ships to fly. Drop a pretty penny on that brand-new upgraded beauty off the showroom floor, or opt for a junker that will need a little love, but which could see you in a new ship, sooner. Even buy a ship just for that awesome name, if you like.
With the dealer in play, the Eagle Prospector is now available for purchase. A lot has gone into polishing this girl up, with a lot of community effort going into feedback and fine-tuning. The Eagle is produced in the Free States of Earth, and comes with a free cheeseburger, side of cheesy bacon fries, a pickle, and a internal combustion mass driver in the glove box. It also has its own distinct HUD that, as an added bonus, measures everything in freedom units. She also comes with a beast of a grinder on her prow that will chew up asteroids, and a cargo bay markedly larger than the K37’s - big enough to swallow some smaller asteroids whole.
Some changes were made to the way upgrade menus work, in order to prevent exploits, and this is a change to how things have been done previously, so it’s worth explaining. Because you can buy a ship with damaged equipment for a lower cost, we can no longer let you swap out damaged equipment for the full price in the upgrade menu. Instead, we refund less money for damaged equipment and charging you time, just as if you were replacing it via the repair menu. If you switch back to that equipment, instead of getting a damaged part back, you are getting a part in pristine condition.
The road ahead
What next? We will focus now on adding more content. The ships you can fly, upgrades you can install, story events you might encounter and dialog trees to spice up your ringdives. There is still work ahead of us, but this time the progress will be smoother, with updates more frequent - yet smaller. Every few days you should see a new upgrade or event, so make sure you turn these auto upgrades on!