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Ertlov
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Posted: 30th May 2016 09:11
Actually, we are going to start the first half-open BETA on wednesday with the first version that has all voice overs and puzzles inside.

We could use 4 or 5 trusted forum members with GG experience to play that oen through, and additionally a LUA specialist who can take a look at our custom scripts, if they could be optimized even more.

Right now LUA takes 18 - 39 % of the system ressources, which seems quite high.
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Posted: 30th May 2016 17:42
Looking forward to Wednesday!
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Open Beta you say? Um... is there a place to sign up?
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Posted: 30th May 2016 22:14
half-open, I said. I will select from the board members a handful to run through the game.
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Posted: 31st May 2016 13:44 Edited at: 31st May 2016 13:45
The first Internal Steam Beta has been uploaded.

Keys to the chosen ones will go out tomorrow, as promised!







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Posted: 31st May 2016 22:30
I like your progress on this. Keep us posted! When do you envision this to be complete? I mean the whole thing, not "just" the beta.



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Posted: 31st May 2016 23:40
Content & Feature complete: On my birthday (5th of June).

Release: Whenever that one is polished and debugged.


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Excellent! I really like how "believable" the environments are, entities aren't just sporadically placed. Looking forward to more.
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looks sweet m8 really liking the look of this one
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Posted: 1st Jun 2016 21:24
The first batch of Steam invites is out in the wild. Check your pm's, fellas!
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Addendum: All Bug reports please via Email to
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Posted: 3rd Jun 2016 10:16
New Steam build uploaded. And I have 3 beta keys for internal testing left, if someone is interested
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Posted: 3rd Jun 2016 14:15
I,ll give it a test if you want, it would be good for you to find out how it runs on a
lower spec comp like mine.
Plus I like to try and break things.
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Posted: 3rd Jun 2016 14:56 Edited at: 3rd Jun 2016 14:58
I am pretty sure it won't even run on lowest settings properly on our CPU. An i5-2430M is what we have filed in the Steam Store page as absolute minimum.
But I will send you a key to find our
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Posted: 4th Jun 2016 12:14
Bad News:

We are still waiting for the last delivery of voice overs, so the next Beta on Steam will most likely be uploaded tomorrow.

Good News:

We are polishing and implementing still missing content in the meantime.





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Posted: 6th Jun 2016 10:10 Edited at: 6th Jun 2016 10:21
New Beta build 0.213 live on steam.

You have to start a new game!

Please report bugs here or via johannertl@gmx.at

Changelist:

- added new music
- reworked music logic to adapt more to the players surroundings
- All children's shacks now feature furniture and labels
- Hans Kammlers house and father's house feature furniture and game logic needed to complete the game
- New ending unlocked
- New encounters added
- Fixed "frozen player" bug when reading father's military record
- Fixed drowning bug
- Fixed suicide ending
- Added brother's ending and final documents to prove innocence
- Added two testing savegames (one after arrival, one after entering the schoolyard)
- removed the placeholder "head of the emperor" item, bunker can now be ONLY unlocked with the emperors head from the cathedrale.

New timeline:

Feature complete Beta ETA: 11th of June
Polished / bugfixed / optimized Beta: 18th of June
Steam Release: 24th of June
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Posted: 7th Jun 2016 09:51 Edited at: 7th Jun 2016 09:51
@Ertlov,

If you have any beta keys left or would like an FPSC classic user to browse eyes over the project, feel free to send something my way.....*wink wink*

(the wink means a steam beta key, but, shhhhhhhh. I won't tell anyone, if you don't.)

Cheers

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Posted: 7th Jun 2016 15:03
Check your PM's, the key is all yours.

And for all others, check out our new Facebook Page.
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Posted: 8th Jun 2016 16:01
Preparing for E3 with a longer ingame video instead of a trailer.

Does it give away too much?

Please keep within these boards and do not share the link yet, it's the first iteration and not publically listed.

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Posted: 8th Jun 2016 16:46
I think it doesn't give away too much, but i think theres some kind of "no go" in the video. At 2:11 theres the steam overlay, i dont think this belongs in this kind of video for the E3.
Apart from this, the video looks nice
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Posted: 8th Jun 2016 19:50
Ah, indeed!

Thanks for the keen eye!
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Posted: 9th Jun 2016 15:55
I think you might also want to watch the strafe movements while in the cutscene on the boat. I am no sailor, but, I know that unless there are extreme waves, boats don't typically go sideways.

Good looking video. I like the voice over.

Cheers

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Posted: 9th Jun 2016 17:48
keep the Video Feedback coming, and also the beta reports. We are now fixing many issues reported by you and it's really helpful!
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Posted: 9th Jun 2016 21:09
A quick report,..

In EA213 health regeneration is not working for me.

CPU usage is around 70% on my G530, not 100% like I thought.

Memory usage is around 6.75 GB though, quite high, so it's 8GB minimum
for this game.

Changing graphics settings from high to medium or low dose not give me any extra
fps,...this is the only game I have played in GG, or any other game where that has
happened,...very strange,...I know my card is not the best but I should be getting more
fps than I am, not sure why not ?.

I have not completed the game yet,....can't find some keys, lol, but I will keep looking.
Anyway, as I was wandering around I took a few screens, ( that don't give anything
away I think ), so feel free to use them for promotional purposes if you want.
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Posted: 9th Jun 2016 21:43
6.75GB ?! That shouldn't be even possible with a 32bit exe!
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Quote: "6.75GB ?! That shouldn't be even possible with a 32bit exe!"


Maybe my task manager is lying to me then,...a bit more this time 6.87GB,..
only Fathers Island and task manager running, nothing else.
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very beautiful!
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Posted: 11th Jun 2016 22:58
Been testing this game for Ertlov and i have to say its a lovely piece of work and shows GG off in a very different and complex light, if im honest the genre isnt normally my sort of thing, but i soon was really getting into the story etc (and doing a few silly things like killing myself lol) very cool game Ertlov scenery is just sommat else and for a game of this type to keep me interested. gotta be a winner m8, very best of luck with releasing it and i'll be sure to give it the thumbs up
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Quote: "Been testing this game for Ertlov and i have to say its a lovely piece of work and shows GG off in a very different and complex light"


I agree. Could I ask you what fps you are getting on your comp ?. Your graphics are a bit
lower than mine but your cpu is way better than mine,...I am sure Ertlov would like to know
this,....and as testers we should let him know everything,....good or bad.
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Posted: 12th Jun 2016 02:30 Edited at: 12th Jun 2016 02:34
Next Beta to be expected tomorrow. HUGE additions and several fixes from your last reports.
Trying to speed optimize as much as possible, but honestly, the game logic itself feeds most on the systems, not the visuals.
We still fine-tune them, too.
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Posted: 13th Jun 2016 11:00
New Beta 0.225 uploaded to Steam and waiting for your feedback.

Changelist:

- Added content, scenes and puzzles
- Cleanup sprayed objects
- Added game logic to complete "good ending"
- New Intro
- New "good ending" outro
- New "suicide ending" outro
- 87 Bugfixes
- reduced texture stretching on steep mountains
- 25 - 30% more performance on Intel systems
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@Ertlov, did you by any chance receive my feedback from a previous beta? Just wondering because I didn't get a reply.
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Posted: 13th Jun 2016 13:55 Edited at: 13th Jun 2016 14:01
Yes, it is partially already incorporated here in the latest beta

Edit: And you got mail.
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Posted: 13th Jun 2016 15:02 Edited at: 13th Jun 2016 15:08
It's looking very good going by that video, i'm impressed.

One thing though, and it may just be my preference, but when the voice over is running it's a little quiet against the background music, i'm thinking maybe you could fade the music down a little while the voice over is playing, that would make the story easier to follow, at least for me.

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Posted: 13th Jun 2016 15:35
The new version has already a new intro with improved voice filtering and sound mix.
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Awesome

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Posted: 15th Jun 2016 09:10
new steam build is broken. do not update, we are investigating.
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Posted: 15th Jun 2016 10:20 Edited at: 15th Jun 2016 10:20
Bug found, hunted down, fixed and Steam build beta 0.228 live.

Change list:

- All Endings unlocked (one outro video still WIP)
- Added a new point of interest
- Added new transparency routines for school and blue door
- fixed lowfps warning (thank you, lee!)
- lowered the chance of accidentally triggering 2 voice overs at once
- improved light sources range
- memory optimization by 22MB
- 15% more fps on mid- to high end systems

Please keep testing (start new game!) and posting here your findings, or sending emails. We are moving towards release candidate quickly.
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This looks fantastic. Definitely buying this.
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i loved it just had me laugh out loud. its great to hear so much voice, a great bonus, it makes for a great game i think you have a brilliant mind for gaming, i love the quips and ironic comments. brilliant. i noticed the steam person too. not really concentrated on boating. now we have xbox game pads maybe get a smoother move. but i enjoyed it.
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Thank you guys, thank you very much. As this turned from a small side project to a full-scale game without me noticing soon enough, and taking into consideration that it swallowed far more time and money than I had expected, I am really happy you like it.

Please keep testing!
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Posted: 15th Jun 2016 17:10
EA228,..a few quick things,...
No increase in fps or performance at all for me,...but given that my old dual core
comp is 5 years old now, ( Passmark Rating 2,357 ) and my card ( Passmark Rating
1,391 ) I think we can put it down to that, lol.

In the school the text prompt to pick up the metal rod appears while you are over
it on the floor above, also the door still disappears when opened.

I noticed a tree floating above the ground,...see pic, also I think you could reduce
the number of trees by about one third,...it would still look nicely detailed enough
but would increase fps and reduce memory usage a bit,....it's worth thinking about.


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Posted: 15th Jun 2016 17:39
can you give me the location of the tree?
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See pics.
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Posted: 15th Jun 2016 19:12
found it, fixed it, thank you.
The door and the tool too, will be fixed in RC1.
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Posted: 16th Jun 2016 11:04 Edited at: 16th Jun 2016 11:21
Please, all testers with Steam Beta access:

Try to complete the game with any ending except the suicide one until tomorrow evening and report your findings. We aim for a RC1 by sunday.

And for all of those without Beta Access, get your insight here:

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Very, very cool. Well done and good luck with launch.
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Posted: 16th Jun 2016 14:22
Thanks a lot!

However, credit also goes heavily to our FPSC / GG veteran Disturbing13, who took care of the cinematic graphics now!
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Posted: 16th Jun 2016 22:46
Attention - all non-xbox-controller-users playig the latest build:

open the Setup.ini and set xbox=1 to xbox=0

We had to set it to 1 for a steam test run by valve if we really support controlers.
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Thanks for involving me in the project! I'm truly honored to be involved with such a great project! I hope steam sales go through the roof!

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