The Cosmotic Mission has been patch with an update to the loader of the Living Quarters.
This was actually quite an interesting trouble shoot because I had thought my loader was not working correctly because it would stall in the activation stage of the newly loaded level.
I combed through the loader code, finding some room for optimization but ultimately it was not the loader. It was a massive job during the initialization of some of the objects in that scene.
Then I went through texture sizes and mesh colliders. None of those seemed at fault. I isolated the issue down to it being just the larger mesh objects. Which surprised me because the vertex count was only around 10k and that should have been addressed in the loader. So what was it?
It was a shader! I use a highlight effect to show interactions. That highlight effects pre-calculates a manipulation to the vertices that on large meshes brings Unity to it’s knees. So what to do? Turn off the effect? limit the poly count? I’ve got a better idea.
Turn off mesh read/write on the larger objects. Ta da! Yes the effect isn’t as prevalent on those objects but they also have a base that does function well.
So there you go. If you haven’t already gotten The Cosmotic Mission, please support a great game by downloading it now. Piloting a drone in space in room scale is awesome!
As of this morning a new version of The Cosmotic Mission is live on the Oculus store.
New levels in a new galaxy with new obstacles and new collectables all with a new interaction.
What New Interaction?
We got feedback that while trying to solve some of the more challenging levels, it was getting tedious to go back into the ship to launch or restart the drone. So I made it a button. By hitting the ‘Y’ button. (Left hand – top button on the touch) it triggers this function.
“So I made it a button”
Press the ‘Y’ Launch/Restart Button
Has the level started?
No, level has not started: Pressing the ‘Y’ button launches the drone and starts the level even if your outside the ship
Yes, level has started: Pressing the ‘Y’ button restarts the level
Where you inside the ship or outside when you restarted the level?
I’m Outside: When restarting, the drone will auto launch
I‘m Inside: When restarting, the drone will not launch
… this has become my favorite button.
Boo, long load times when going to the Living Quarters. How else are you going to check out what collectables you’ve unlocked. Well for now, you’re going to have to wait. It takes about 15-20 secs to load. Ugh, that’s like forever.
We are going to use an asynchronous load for that oh-so-juicy living quarters content so you don’t have to wait. err… but for now you’re going to have to wait for update. #ironic.
We are pleased to announce a major update to The Cosmotic Mission early access on April 30th, 2019. This will be the last major mission update. After this update there will be a content lock down until full release is launched.
This update includes the discovery of an additional galaxy with multiple Cosmotic Crystal site locations. These locations have increased debris and obstacles so it will be even more challenging to collect the Cosmotic energy.
Without this energy, your chances of coming home are marginal.
Warning – New Crystals
Be on the lookout for a newly discovered, highly unstable crystal spotted this in the area of the new galaxy. Take precautions, for this crystal appears able to emit a lot of force that could damage the drone and other Cosmotic Crystals.
We’ve already sent out canisters for you to collect to aide in your mission to the new galaxy. This includes synthetic crystal fragments of the newly discovered crystal for you to study. As well as provisions for your long mission back to earth.
There will be new software transmitted to your ship adding functionality and drone controls. This adds more control and better launching routines to ensure your mission success.
Get It Now
This early access days are numbered. We have many more details about the full release in coming days. Get your copy today before it goes to full retail value at the Oculus Store.
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