It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated my blog, many things have changed in my life and for the better. I’ll start off by saying the support I’ve received for this project has been nothing short of amazing, the team of volunteers that formed around me, assisting in all aspects of community management, software support, gameplay tips and ideas (deep breath) I cannot thank you enough, without your support Commander would be a skeleton of what it is today! Another round?
Violet Exchange is now being tested for the final time before I release it to Patreon. Violet will provide the mapping data to Commander clients who possess the server key, it will allow them to visualize all objects on a map. A nice zoomable map with no limit on what you can display, foundations, players, dinos and all the stats associated to each. In addition, you can manage your server with discord bot commands, my favorite is the “Report Crashlog Kill PID” command, admins will come to appreciate this feature.
Glider is sitting on the shelf at the moment, there is too much going on with Commander and Violet for me to allocate any time to it. Its possible the new mapping control will be transplanted into Glider, hopefully making the manual keyframing less clunky.
So many things I wanted to finish but was unable to, it’s being the busiest year of my life! (No Kidding)
I have coded an updater into Commander, so it will let you know when a new version is available.
More work will be done following this release, finalizing the leftovers and tweaking the interface to the general publics liking.
Basically, if I held on to this any longer, I was going to be lynched O.O !
The Painter has had some much needed love and now represents the ACTUAL colors in-game.
New Commander version to drop this weekend.
(including all the bits I was unable to bugfix and complete).
I cannot sit on this any longer, the time is now, 184.108.40.206 has been a good donkey. Time for a Horse!
More changes to the savefile structure, we’re now on version 9. This means the mapping system in Beta 4 is now broken until Beta 5 🙁
The joys of being 3rd party means I’m always chasing the tail, but never far behind 😉 HiVE had another substantial update and RCON gets more functionality, windowed mode had some issues that have been reproduced and should be fixed for B5. I’ve also opened Glider for the first time in months, added a visual timeline and currently in the process of developing a better keyed control system (ie, pause mid glide, hard cuts, Acceleration control, 4k output etc). The Discord Bot that controls Ark server instances is very good, nuff said 😉
While on a roll..
Mapping system, Wildcard snuck in a map version change so we’re now on v8. Good to know, fixed.. We move on.
Infinite Stats and God Mode buttons are back for those who like finite control, purists rejoice! Also fixed an issue when searching for dinos on the map, you’ll find that ptero now.
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For the launch of ARK: Survival Evolved, Wildcard partners Snail Games have teamed up with the award-winning PIXOMONDO team, including Executive Producer Mandie Briney, the VFX Supervisor from Game Of Thrones Sven Martin, and CEO Thilo Kuther, who worked closely with the creative team from JOJX, including father+son directing team Rocky+Jackson Morton and EP Joe Care to create the concept, the script, to execute this cinematic and thrilling trailer bringing the ARK: Survival Evolved world to life.
Time for a little update that’s long overdue, it’s been super busy in my household of late. So much so my wife has stepped in to assist with inquiries (Thank you Tiania!), Commander has proven to be quite popular and I intend on continuing it’s development well into the future.
The current state of version 1.0.7 is 95% complete! I’ve had some teething issues with the new mapping system but this is now under control, just needs some UX lovin’.
Glider will receive more programming hours soon, as I begin to wrap up Commander for beta testing. Some things have been removed which may upset some, but rest assured it will return better than ever. Much talk about Dark & Light also, we’ve been watching the scene closely and may consider covering more games but 1.0.7 will still be strictly Ark only.
Patreon! yes! I have a Patreon creators page to help with the costs of hosting the Commander backend and the upcoming Hive Library (in 1.0.7). I also co-found an Ark PVE community on Discord and have dedicated servers that we play on. Commander support is also available on our Discord, pop in and say Hai!