For the first time in 3 years, the game was upgraded from Unity 2018 to Unity 2020 LTS. The engine has changed a lot since then and I really needed to step forward and upgrade everything. The final puzzle piece that needs to be updated is the Game Server which uses an old version of https://www.colyseus.io/
The game starts to take shape, custom avatars for each user and experience were implemented, as you can see on the screenshot below and all this data is now tied live to each user in our database instead of placeholders.
The upper left element which displays your experience in the universe and the game is also undergoing a redesign since it was designed in a rush in late 2019. Below you can find the new concept for this element.
I've also included a bonus rough sketch for the upcoming friend list feature.
Although the UI plays an important role for any game, as of now, I am working on the backend side of the game again because I've had a minor setback. I tried to test the game with a friend of mine, but it did not run well on his lower end laptop which resulted in a bad experience. The game needs some optimization since this kind of frame drop is unacceptable for a "level" with just 2 ships and the terrain.
Stay tuned for more updates! I would be happy to answer any questions over twitter, just tweet @planetofpirates