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general update (7 replies and 4 comments)

jackwilliam
2 years ago
jackwilliam 2 years ago

just wanted to check in after a few weeks of silence on the forums, hows steam working? how are the tunnel boats coming along?

how is everyone else enjoying the game?

Todd Wasson
2 years ago
Todd Wasson 2 years ago

Steam was amazing for a week or two, enough sales to continue working on it, but then it pretty much fizzled out. I knew it'd drop quickly after the first few days, but not this much. Last week's sales were half what it was the week before and yesterday there were no sales at all (none today so far either). So unfortunately things are not looking good. I'm still sticking it out to do the tunnelboats at least regardless of what happens with sales.

Right now I'm developing a new mesh generation system for the tunnels that's spline based and much more advanced/flexible than what came before it. It should be possible to generate more than one mesh from these definitions, so there'd be a low poly version for the physics like we have now, but then a much higher detail version for the graphics to hopefully make things look nicer. This will only be used for the tunnels and maybe whatever comes after that (provided sales pick up with the tunnel release). The old (current) boats will stay the same.

Our F1 tunnel boat driver contacted me recently and wants to help out any way he can, so there will be top notch feedback available throughout at least to keep things as true to life as possible.

nicholasfrancis
2 years ago

Hi, Todd.
Just thought id say hello and check on things!
Hope everything is well!
Nick

jackwilliam
2 years ago
jackwilliam 2 years ago

this forum has been pretty quiet recently, hows everything going/ everybody doing?

Todd Wasson
2 years ago
Todd Wasson 2 years ago

Tunnelboat work is still underway and will be for awhile yet. You can see some news periodically about it over in the Facebook group, most of it the last month has been about the new mesh generator:

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/405024603032224/" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/groups/405024603032224/</a>

(Group name is Design it Drive it : Speedboats so if this link is goofy you can just search on Facebook for it).

jackwilliam
2 years ago

thanks, hope all is going as planned

Todd Wasson
2 years ago
Todd Wasson 2 years ago

Tunnelboats have been released. 🙂

Check out the home page here and follow the store link to the Steam store to see more.

Jon
2 years ago
Jon 2 years ago

Hi, I haven't played my game in a while but now when I try to play it the game is just staying on the home screen.. How can I get that problem solved?

nicholasfrancis
2 years ago
nicholasfrancis 2 years ago

Hey Todd! Just re instralled DDS and when I click play on steam or click on icon it says
the Game crashed... any ideas

If I'm not boating, i must be asleep!

Todd Wasson
2 years ago
Todd Wasson 2 years ago

Sorry guys, didn't see these posts. If you're having problems please email me at <a href="mailto:support@speedboatsim.com">support@speedboatsim.com</a>. We need to get you on the Steam version of the sim if you're not already.

nicholasfrancis
2 years ago

Hi Todd,
i am on steam!
I ended up re downloading and its working now!
Hows the new Hull coming?

Todd Wasson
2 years ago

Great! Glad you're on Steam and things are working.

New hull update is coming along well. Think there are just a couple more small things to do and then it'll be beta time to tune things up for release.