Triverse 0.6 introduces a new melee claw part, simpler repair capabilities, and various tweaks to improve gameplay balance.
The new claw part has a short range, ignores shields, and inflicts significant damage. It somewhat complements the launcher from the previous version, which also inflicts heavy damage but cannot fire at close range. When placed on a fast unit, claws could be useful against mobile shielded units where cannons and torpedoes are ineffective. Similar to other parts, claws inflict more damage according to their power level (which is determined by their proximity to cores). Claw units are best countered from a distance using cannons or EMP, although the steering AI needs some improvement in staying out of claw range.
The claw attack range is similar to workers using beams to repair or salvage, but worker beams are omnidirectional whereas claws have a limited frustum similar to cannons or EMP. I considered avoiding an extra part and just using external cores for melee, but that would probably overload cores with too many different uses and add ambiguity to their intended role.
Repairing parts is now less tedious. Previously it could be done by placing new parts over any damaged ones, but now you can just press the wrench button (or
R key) to order a unit to stop and wait for repair. Similar to construction before, any nearby worker units will repair damaged parts of units with repair orders. And since repair is an order, it can be cancelled (which is now mapped to
Part construction now uses the repair mechanic too. This means you can immediately cancel construction and get a fully-functioning unit, although it will be fragile unless allowed to repair. This could be a bit too exploitable, so eventually a damage threshold might be needed to prevent parts from functioning when damage is excessive.
Meanwhile, other areas of the game needed balancing. Survival mode difficulty ramped up too fast, and EMP could too quickly and too arbitrarily alter the course of a battle. So now the difficulty ramp is slightly less steep, EMP effects are hopefully a bit less variable, and units now avoid EMP blast epicenters with more priority. Workers have a longer cooldown after claiming cores before they can act again, reducing the frequency of back-and-forth claims battles.
Another balance topic is large versus small units. Large units are generally less mobile and are easier to hit compared with small units. With the introduction of torpedoes, they are even more vulnerable. To compensate, I’ve begun to look at how larger units could shelter turrets inside. Previously, cannons and EMP could target parts that fulfill these criteria: (1) exterior (one or two adjacent parts), (2) facing the turret, (3) within turret frustum. However, there has been no check related to line of sight and whether parts are between the turret and target, which could be important if large units have turrets inside them.
With this release, parts are now marked as occluded or not based on nearby parts within a unit. Occluded cells cannot be targeted, but they can still fire outward. For simplicity, this is not really proper occlusion using projection/raycast/etc and is instead just based on a morphological close operation to determine which parts are ‘inside’ the unit. The result is that you can now build large static units with turrets inside that can fire outward while protected from cannons and EMP.
- Melee claw part
- Repair order
- Part occlusion
- EMP unpower effect is weaker
- EMP shield effect is stronger
- Increased worker cooldown after claiming cores
- Reworked construction to use repair
Shift+Qto rotate CCW
Shift+Eto rotate CW
- Remapped rotatations to
- Temporarily removed
- Singly-connected launcher range was too short