This week we’re switching over to a new Status Report format, and merging in some of the community focused features from the dev hub into a single weekly report. We’ll need to work a few kinks out over the coming weeks, so bear with us as we get this new format to the structure we want. 0.56/0.57 Development continues over on the experimental branch – the team is rapidly approaching a candidate ready for a stable branch update.
This weeks Status Report features info on E3, goals for the 0.56/0.57 stable update, and some outstanding charity efforts by DayZ community members.
And remember – the latest news and info on DayZ development is always available via the Dev Hub.
Those watching the experimental branch over the last few weeks have seen a high frequency of updates, configuration changes, and restarts as the development team ramped up volume and stress testing in preperation for the stable branch update. Strong gains in server side performance were made, and thanks to player stress testing on experimental branch – critical issues were identified in the performance of infected AI. With the gains in over all performance (server side) with player and simulation handling, we were able to isolate and identify the AI related issues – and the gameplay programming team is hard at work on resolving those issues.
In the mean time, as development continues – a firm red line on server side performance for stable branch has been established. This is to ensure an enjoyable experience, as well as reduce the amount of noise to signal ratio on the feedback tracker, and greatly improve the quality of repro steps, and critical identified issues coming in from that branch.
Over all, we expect that the experience will be significantly more enjoyable than 0.55 (but not where we want it to be for the release from Early Access)
In the interest of getting an update to stable branch as soon as possible, work on the programming side will continue internally on several key issues identified by players on that branch in 0.55 / 0.56 experimental.
– Intelligent spawning per building / Item per building capacity limits
– AI Performance costs (Infected – Animal)
As these systems are actively being worked on by the gameplay programming team – the stable branch update will have the spawning of infected, and the persistence disabled on stable branch servers. This is only a temporary measure while these two issues continue to be worked on, and we’ll see both base building, and infected return with a vengeance as soon as possible.
- Brian Hicks / Lead Producer
DayZ Lead Producer Brian Hicks will be speaking about modding, and DayZ server hosting at the AMD PC Gaming Conference [www.pcgamingshow.com]Tuesday June 16th.
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