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A little detour was taken, but now things are back on track with more performance and less memory usage. Also, the new recycle module is done.

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Space Stations Progress

Performance Upgrade

As I was testing with bigger and bigger objects, the space stations proved to be an excellent benchmark. I couldn't resist to implement some performance tweaks. As I was checking the code for hotspots, I realized that my caching method for segments wasn't actually turned on, which means that every time a segment comes into vision, the complete lighting was recalculated. Turning that feature on speeds up the loading process of segments multiple times!

Memory

I also did some upgrades to the memory management of segments. After a few bit fiddling tricks I managed to squeeze a segment in even less space, resulting in a way better scalability

The Recycling Module

This module is the first "active" inventory module in the game. If a player places modules in it, the recycling module will automatically convert that object over time into a more valuable module, which can either be used, or sold in the shop. In the future, this module will be used to create unique items.

User uploaded ships

The first user uploaded ships are on the site for everyone to download. Also, feel free to upload your own creation to star-made.org

Here is the Party-Ship S9, a funky glowing disco cube with deadly missiles:

Party Ship S9

Here is the HSS-Frost, a ship with a hull of harvested ice blocks (not available in shops). Very impressive!

MSS-Frost

What comes next

Next, I'm going to tackle some long awaited features, first and foremost: block orientation. The technical basics are already implemented, but the logic and the graphical representation is still missing.

Thanks for playing StarMade,
- schema

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