State of Game #5

This patch brings significant enhancements to the user interface, including a major redesign of the skill page and the introduction of the “Player Card” to better organize the Player Inventory. The game world has been updated with new traps and puzzles at points of interest, a redesigned Witchfire Glade, and direct access to dungeon and raid entrances without the need for teleportation. Networking improvements feature better server-client interaction, fixes for connectivity issues, and an anti-cheat system. Additionally, the in-game admin tools for server owners have been upgraded with enhanced player management, quick access commands, custom spawn tools, and new teleport options, making server management more efficient and user-friendly.

UI Improvements:

We will start with user interface improvements. Enhancing UI readability is a very important task to ensure you don’t get lost in all the information on your screen. To make navigating through the UI more comfortable, we have made significant changes. It is still a work in progress, so bear with us. The skill page has undergone a major redesign, which is essential before we introduce the vampire race. Keep in mind that this is just an early bird version, and the overall look can change during early access.

We have moved many elements from the Player Inventory to a new page called “Player Card”.
Skill Page

 

Player Inventory now is all about items

World Changes:

  • Traps and puzzles at POI locations
  • Teleport to dungeon has been removed (Dungeon and Raid Entrances are now accessable without using teleport)
  • Witchfire Glade redesign

Networking:

  • Improved Server-Client replication and respond speed on characters.
  • Fixed issues with client can’t connect to server after being kicked during low network performance
  • Working on new server browser
  • Working on Dedicated server support (p2p will be used for coop sessions in future)
  • Working on config files for Dedicated servers

Anti-Cheat:

Anti Cheat has been Implemented

Admin Tools for Server Owners:

We are also working on enhancing the in-game admin tools for server owners. These tools are currently a work in progress, but we are committed to making server management more efficient and user-friendly. Here are some of the key updates and features you can expect:

  • Enhanced Player Management: Controls for managing players directly in-game.
  • Quick Access Commands: A set of quick access commands for common administrative tasks, broadcasting messages, and adjusting game settings on the fly.
  • Spawning: Custom spawns for events, items, NPC’s without leaving the game.
  • Teleport tools

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Team

State of Game #4

In the latest update we’re excited to introduce revamped player models, offering an array of enhanced customization options for both female and male characters, complete with body morphs for increased diversity. While vampire character customization features are still in the works, players can immerse themselves in over 100 new clothing and gear options to further tailor their characters to their liking. Prepare to experience immersive weather effects, such as dynamic rain and interactive water surfaces, alongside optimized audio and lighting within interiors. And don’t forget to navigate the night sky with our realistic star map, guiding you through your nighttime explorations. Welcome to the latest update of “The Dark World: Edge of Eternity”! Now, let’s dive into a few screenshots.

New player models:

  • New female model: New and improved look of female models for player character customization.
  • New male model: New and improved look of female models for player character customization.
  • Female body morphs: Body morphs for female body customization.
  • Male body morphs: Body morphs for female body customization.
  • Vampire character customization:(W.I.P won’t be available for 2.9.0)
  • Vampire character morphs & transformation:(W.I.P won’t be available for 2.9.0)
  • Over 100 new clothes/gear pieces for new characters
  • Improved body physics for new models

Weather effects on environment:

  • Rain Effects: Experience immersive rain effects as droplets cascade down window glass, adding realism to interior environments.
  • Dynamic Puddles: Watch as puddles form on terrain, reacting realistically to footsteps and rainfall.
  • Interactive Water Surface: Interact with water surfaces as raindrops create ripples and disturbances, enhancing realism.
  • Interior Player Detection: Enjoy optimized audio and lighting within interiors, as the game dynamically adjusts sound levels and darkens interiors when you’re inside.
  • Realistic Star Map: Look up to the sky and navigate with a true-to-life star map, aiding in orientation during nighttime exploration.

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

State of Game #3

Dear Players,

We are thrilled to bring you the latest update on the development of TDW. As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance your gaming experience.

One of the key areas of focus in this update is the audio and world sound design. We recognize the crucial role that sound plays in creating an immersive gaming experience, and we are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of the audio contributes to the atmosphere and immersion of the game world. From ambient sounds that bring environments to life, to dynamic sound effects that react to player actions, our goal is to transport players into the heart of the action and make them feel truly connected to the world around them.

In addition to enhancing the overall audio experience, we are also implementing a new feature: radio messages. As players navigate through the game world, they will receive radio messages from Guardian HQ, alerting them to important world events, warnings, and updates. These messages will add an extra layer of immersion and realism to the gameplay, as players feel like they are part of a living, breathing world where events unfold in real-time.

Overall, the transition to Unreal Engine 5 and the focus on audio and world sound design represent significant steps forward in our ongoing commitment to delivering a top-tier gaming experience.

Our focus on environment and sound design goes beyond mere aesthetics; it’s about crafting an experience that immerses you deeply into the world of the game. One of our key objectives is to ensure that you become intimately familiar with the soundscape of the game, allowing you to effortlessly recognize audio cues that signal danger or opportunity.

To achieve this, we’re meticulously designing our environments to emit distinct sounds that resonate with the player. Whether it’s the ominous growl of a lurking predator or the subtle rustle of foliage in the wind, each sound serves a purpose, guiding you through your journey and heightening your sense of immersion.

Our goal is to train your ears to instinctively react to these sounds, so you can quickly discern when danger is near or when the perfect hunting opportunity arises. For instance, a radio message informs you about witch activity, and shortly after, you hear the sound of a horn in the distance where witches spawn, indicating that it’s probably deadly to venture there. Conversely, the melodic chirping of birds may signal a tranquil moment ripe for exploration and discovery.

But it’s not just about environmental sounds; it’s about integrating dynamic audio cues that respond to your actions and the events unfolding around you. For example, the intensity of the soundtrack may escalate during intense combat sequences, amplifying your adrenaline and sense of urgency. Similarly, subtle shifts in ambient sounds can indicate changes in weather patterns or the proximity of valuable resources.

By seamlessly blending environment and sound design, our aim is to create an intuitive experience that draws you in and keeps you engaged from start to finish. We want you to feel like an integral part of the world, attuned to its rhythms and nuances, and ready to face whatever challenges come your way.

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

State of Game #2

Introducing the latest update, “State of Game #2,” for “The Dark World”! While this version is still in development, we’re excited to share our progress as we transition the game from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5. This update focuses on laying the groundwork for enhanced visuals and performance, with dynamic foliage interactions, revamped NPC and event spawners, and the implementation of Discord Rich Presence for seamless community integration. Stay tuned as we prepare to unveil these exciting enhancements, including revamped designs for the game introduction and main menu, bringing us closer to an even more immersive gaming experience.


UE4 (Legacy)

No Changes



UE5 (W.I.P) build:0.2.9.000

Visual Improvements:
This is an example of how a new approach provides us with new possibilities to enhance visuals and performance, even as the game logic expands. Foliage now reacts to wind and interacts with the player with sound and/or movement as they walk through it, creating a more immersive look and feel when you are playing the game.


NPC & Event Spawner Overhaul:
We’ve revamped all spawners for NPCs. NPC entities are no longer loaded in memory all the time, as was the case in the Legacy version, which caused low performance. The new spawners now utilize player proximity, time of day, moon phase, and weather conditions for spawning, resulting in improved performance. With these new spawners, we can now have over 5000 NPC spawns with minimal impact on performance.

Here’s how the new spawns work for different types of NPCs:
Human NPC spawns only during the Day
Vampire NPC spawns only at Night
Werewolf NPC spawn only during a Full Moon
Witch NPC spawn only when there is Fog outside

World Event Spawners for Airdrop, Helicopter Crash, and Missions use a random timer (e.g., the Helicopter Crash spawns once during the day and once during the night)

Dynamic Visual & Audio Player Warnings during gameplay
Audio: Air raid sirens sound warning players in cities one in-game hour before sunset.
Visual: Dynamic visual warnings during gameplay


Discord Rich Presence:
We’ve implemented Discord Rich Presence functionality, which means that now, when you’re playing “The Dark World”, your Discord profile will display your current in-game activity. This feature enhances the gaming experience by allowing you to share your progress and engagement with friends and the wider gaming community directly through Discord.


New Digital Gods Login & Inventory System:
Take a glimpse at the revamped designs for the game introduction and main menu, showcasing enhanced visuals and improved user interface elements.

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

The Dark World: Edge of Eternity Patch 272

Patch 0.2.8.272

In this latest update (UE4 – Legacy), we’ve fine-tuned Buff & Debuff stats on items and bid farewell to the Christmas Event. Several optimizations were made to enhance the overall gaming experience, including tweaks to the crafting recipes of “Hi-Tech Workshop” and “Wooden Beam,” as well as fixing the item weight and sell price for “Empty Can.” Our attention to detail extends to fixing building collisions at Osijek – East Location and resolving issues with weight updates after reaching maximum inventory weight. Thanks to the valuable input from InuYasha, we’ve addressed crafting recipe discrepancies and potential fixes for Hotbar items. Additionally, we’ve removed the Load Game option from the multiplayer pause menu, as it is intended for singleplayer use only.

Looking ahead to UE5 (Work in Progress), exciting additions include new building models designed for more dynamic gunfights, doors opening away from players to ensure smoother movement within buildings, and the introduction of breakable glass mechanics that react to various damage sources. The DG Launcher features, encompassing login, player inventory, shop functionality, and player profiles, are also in the pipeline.

UE4 – Legacy

  • Buff & Debuff stats tweaks on items
  • Removed Christmas Event
  • World optimization tweaks
  • Fixed crafting recipe for “Hi-Tech Workshop” (Thanks to InuYasha)
  • Fixed crafting recipe for “Wooden Beam” (Thanks to InuYasha)
  • Fixed item weight and sell price for “Empty Can”
  • Fixed building collision at Osijek – East Location (Thanks to InuYasha)
  • Fixed weight update after reaching maximum inventory weight (Thanks to InuYasha)
  • Possible Fix for Hotbar items not calculating proper damage and durability (Thanks to InuYasha)
  • Removed Load Game from multiplayer pause menu (It is used for singleplayer only) (Thanks to InuYasha)

UE5 (W.I.P)

NEW:

  • New buildings models (designed for third person for more fluid gunfight)
  • Opening Doors away from player (more fluid movement trough buildings and prevents player to stuck between door and wall)
  • Breakable Glass (glass react/break on any damage, etc. projectile, explosion, spells or jump trough window)
  • DG Launcher features implementation (login, player inventory, shop, player profile)

LIST OF ALL NEW FEATURES IMPLEMENTED SO FAR:

  • Digital Gods Standalone Launcher
  • New World map and Minimap (high quality map, fog of war, player markers and notes, map grid, landmarks and many more).
  • Player Movement (Locomotion, Vaulting, Climbing…)

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

 

 

Patch 0.2.8.245

Dear Guardians,

In the spirit of gratitude for your continued support, we come bearing even more exciting news! While we diligently work on upgrading to Unreal Engine 5 to elevate your gaming experience in Panonia, we’ve decided to make this journey even more accessible for everyone.

We’ve lowered the price of the game until the release of the Unreal Engine 5 version. This is your golden opportunity to seize your copy at a more affordable rate and embark on the adventure that awaits within the treacherous territories of Panonia.

Your support means the world to us, and we want as many players as possible to join us on this epic quest. So, don your armor, sharpen your blades, and venture forth into a world where destiny unfolds amidst power, vengeance, and survival.

Now, a piece of the new legacy update has been unveiled. As we immerse ourselves in the realms of Panonia, let’s take a moment to delve into the latest improvements and fixes that come with the Unreal Engine 4 version.

Here are the patch notes for your perusal:

This patch introduces several new settings, including mouse sensitivity and invert options, alongside fixes for UI issues and improvements to game optimization. Additionally, it adds a “Report Bug” button, main menu warnings for external links, and a festive Christmas event. The update also includes visual fixes for companions and optimizations for world loading speed.

Legacy Unreal Engine 4 Version:

– added Mouse Sensitivity Setting
– added Invert Mouse Horizontal & Vertical Setting
– Fixed Pause Menu
– Fixed UI not showing correct build
– Fixed UI Elements Overlap on some screen resolutions
– Fixed Inventory UI leak out off screen on certain resolutions
– Added “Report BUG” button in game
– Added Main menu warnings when opening external links
– Optimization tweaks related to NPC’s
– Fixed Companion visuals
– Added Christmas Event
– Optimization tweaks related to world loading speed

Unreal Engine 5 (W.I.P)

First and foremost, we’re in the process of transitioning the game to our dedicated launcher, and as part of this move, we’ll be discontinuing its availability on Steam following the engine upgrade. The rationale behind this decision is simple – we aim to offer you our games at more affordable prices. This strategic shift allows us to optimize costs and pass on the savings directly to you. Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we strive to make our gaming experience even more accessible.

Prepare to be amazed by the latest additions in our upcoming version! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting new features:
– Digital Gods Game Launcher
– New World map and Minimap (High quality Map, Fog of war, Player markers and notes, Map grid, Landmarks and many more).
– Player Movement (Locomotion, Vaulting, Climbing…)

 

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

 

Digital Gods Launcher – Screenshot

Into the Dark – Patch 0.2.8.227

Dive into the enhanced world of Panonia with this Patch! We’ve spiced up character classes, bid farewell to the Halloween spooks, and introduced cool features like Night Vision Goggles. The Human Zone got a facelift too—no more Vampires or Werewolves hassling you, just a peaceful life behind concrete walls.

Oh, and did we mention usable buffs? Spice up your gameplay with strategic power-ups for specific durations. Enjoy a sleeker interface and other tweaks for a smoother ride.

Join us on this Panonian adventure—your feedback makes it all the more epic. Let the gaming begin!

Character Class and Talents:

Introduction of Starting Gear and Stats: Character classes now come with unique starting gear and stats to provide a more immersive gameplay experience.
Race and Class-Based Talents: We’ve laid the foundation for talents specific to each race and class, adding depth and strategy for the future character development.

Event Changes:

Halloween Event Removal: The Halloween event has been removed from the game.
Achievement Adjustments: Achievements tied to the Halloween event have also been removed.

New Items and Crafting:

Night Vision Goggles (NVG): NVGs are now available and can be acquired from the Nisha trader or crafted using a specific recipe.
Improved Character Customization: Enhancements have been made to the character customization interface for a more user-friendly experience.
Bow Fix: The issue where the bow could get stuck has been resolved, ensuring smoother gameplay.

World Changes:

Vampire and Werewolf Adjustments: Vampire and Werewolf spawns have been removed from the Human Zone (Sector A), altering the dynamic of encounters within this area. Now, if you don’t want to engage with the horrors of Panonia, you can enjoy a peaceful life inside the walls.
Human Zone Rework: The Human Zone (Sector A) now features a diverse range of NPC spawns, including the Human Friendly Army, Traders, and various Animals.
Concrete Wall Construction: A concrete wall is now under construction around the Human Zone (Sector A), providing a safety and rest from your day of hunting.

Item Tweaks:

Item Adjustments: Various tweaks have been made to certain items, optimizing their functionality and balance.

New Feature – Usable Buffs:

Temporary Buffs: A new feature allows players to use buffs for specific durations (half an hour, one hour, two hours, and six hours). These buffs enhance character stats and can be strategically employed during gameplay.

User Interface Tweaks:

UI Enhancements: Several tweaks have been made to the user interface, improving overall usability and visual appeal.

These comprehensive changes aim to enrich the gaming experience, offering a more diverse and engaging environment within the realms of Panonia. We appreciate your continued support and feedback as we strive to enhance and expand the game. Enjoy your adventures in the ever-evolving world of Panonia!

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

Unleashing Magic and Innovations: Patch 0.2.8.105

The most recent update to the game brings significant enhancements and new features. Two new traders, Nisha and Azriel, have been introduced, expanding the in-game economy. Players can now expect smoother interactions with companions, as issues with companion dialogue have been addressed.

The user interface has undergone a substantial overhaul, improving the overall gaming experience. Item tooltips now provide information on item values, aiding players in making informed decisions. In terms of optimization, there have been notable improvements, with GPU usage reduced by half, leading to better performance on a variety of systems.

In the world-building aspect, the addition of electricity in houses and buildings enhances the immersive quality of the game. Crafting enthusiasts will appreciate the new blueprints for light switches and lights for base building, expanding creative possibilities.

Exploration has become even more captivating with the inclusion of a train rail in the human zone, and players can now make use of trains for transportation. Elevators within buildings make navigating them more convenient.

The introduction of a skill tree that unlocks magic abilities adds a new dimension to character progression. Magic abilities, alongside item buffs, offer fresh gameplay experiences.

The inventory user interface has seen changes to enhance usability, and NPCs have become more rewarding, now dropping coins as loot. Learnable recipes have been added, and lab desk and grinder recipes have been updated for crafting enthusiasts.

Several bug fixes are in place, ensuring a smoother gameplay experience. For those in the Halloween spirit, an exciting Halloween event has been added to celebrate the season. All in all, this patch brings a multitude of improvements, additions, and fixes, enhancing the game’s depth and engagement.

– Added Nisha and Azriel traders
– Fixed dialogue with companion
– Reworked some elements of UI
– Item tool tip now showing item worth
– Fixed item rarity is displayed at trader
– Added temperature, season and current weather state at world info panel
– Greatly improved world optimization (GPU Usage is halved down)
– Improved optimization related to lights in the world
– Small changes related to game economy
– Fixed hotbar not displaying item rarity properly
– Added Apple Tree (There is a 50% of chance to apple tree drop an apple on Hit)
– Code optimization related to Timers
– Chat now displays current player Area
– Added Electricity is houses and buildings
– Added crafting blueprint for light switch and light (Base building)
– Fixed Minimap compass and world map pointing west instead of north
– Added Directional Damage Indicator
– Added Damage Taken Screen Indicator
– Added Hunger and Thirst are now blinking red when state is lower than 25%
– Compass has be reworked
– Fixed collision blocking player in Military Base “Pampas”
– Added New Resources
– Added New Crafting Recipes
– Changes to item stats
– Mushrooms can be cooked now
– Insects can now be eaten
– Train rail has been added in human zone
– Added Train transport (Train stops on every station (POI))
– Added Elevator into buildings
– Skill tree can unlock use of magic
Added Magic
– Added Item Buffs
– Inventory UI changes
– NPC’s now drop coins
– Added learnable recipes
– Lab desk recipes updated
– Grinder recipes updated
– Fixed water storage not filling water in bottles
– Fixed improvised liquid machine recipe
– Fixed Quest “Ghara Survival Training”
– Added Halloween Event

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

“Death is but the doorway to new Life”

See you in game, The Digital Gods Dev Team

Patch 0.2.8.072 – “QoL Improvements”

In our latest patch, we bring numerous enhancements that will enrich your in-game experience. Key changes include an extended duration of hunger and thirst, adding depth to your struggle for survival. We’ve also optimized real-time map rendering, improved the in-game world, and introduced new locations like the mysterious “Witchfire Glade.” Additionally, you can now better organize your weapons as they are displayed on your character. There are new weapon types, various optimizations, and fixes, along with support for guilds in the social menu.

– Increased duration of hunger and thirst
– Increased decay time for fresh food
– Holstering weapons added (Hotbar weapons and items are now displayed on character)
– Optimization related to real-time map render
– World optimization tweaks
Fenris “The Unleashed” now has 0.03% to drop Exotic weapon
– Fixed Fenris “The Unleashed” spawns on 2 locations
– New Location “Witchfire Glade”
– Added crafting recipe for Dungeon Key for “Beast’s Burrow”
– City names are now displayed on the map
– Fixed map markers (Rotated correctly)
– Removed Water Source markers from world map (Now visible only on minimap)
– Added 2 new markers for Restricted Area Locations
– Added Fire Department Building
– Added Church (Church bell rings every full hour)
– Added Port Hangar Building
– Fixed Furnace VFX
– Added 12 new weapons
– Weapon grade now increase weapon stats properly
– Training map redesigned
– Main menu redesigned for better performance
– NPC health bar is now visible in dark
– NPC Boss health bar changes
– Fixed World Boss has too much armor
– Fixed Bullet impact VFX on Werewolf and Vampire NPC’s (Blood Splatter)
– Partially fixed issue with Crafting Station not saving items (IMPORTANT: See known bugs bellow)
– Fridge keep your food fresh 10x longer
– Chat has been greatly expanded
– Added social menu
– Added guilds
– Codelock and simple lock has been fixed (Codelock display color now change when door is locked/unlocked)
– Added missing keybindings in settings menu
– Added Water Bottle returns Empty Plastic Bottle after being used (Suggested by lamerascal)
– Added Player list with View Profile and Add as Friend steam options
– Added gold coins in loot and spawn table
– NPC name colors added:

  • Boss NPC – Orange color
  • Friendly NPC – Green color
  • Aggressive NPC – Red color
  • Neutral NPC – White color

– Implemented Steam player informations into Social menu
– Spelling correction for loot containers (Thanks to lamerascal)

 

Known bugs:
– To avoid loss of items in crafting tables, create server > save game for the first time > load game. (Now everything should be working correctly.)
– In some cases NPC plays animation in dead state
– Some options not working in character customisation
– Map is currently rendering in real-time until we finish mapping and drawing new.

We look forward to you enjoying these new contents and upgrades, and we thank you for your support as we continue to develop our game.

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Team

Patch Notes 0.2.8.056

In this patch, we’ve dedicated ourselves to enhancing the gameplay experience in “The Dark World: Edge of Eternity.” We’ve diligently addressed a range of issues, beginning with ensuring proper NPC spawns. The addition of a formidable Werewolf World Boss, Fenris “The Unleashed,” promises an exciting new challenge for players.

To ensure a balanced and engaging combat environment, we’ve meticulously corrected damage values and multipliers for all weapons. Our goal is to provide you with a satisfying and immersive combat experience.

Diving deeper into the realm of challenge, we’ve elevated the lethality of Vampire and Werewolf NPCs, making encounters with these formidable foes even more intense.

User experience has also been a focus. We’ve addressed the absence of hotbar icons, resulting in smoother and more intuitive gameplay.

Loot mechanics have undergone fine-tuning and fixes, promising a more rewarding and captivating gameplay loop for all adventurers.

Additionally, we’ve undertaken a comprehensive redesign of the Osijek safezone, offering a fresh and immersive environment. A new location, Osijek – West, invites exploration and discovery, expanding the world for you to immerse yourself in.

Our commitment to enhancing the User Interface is evident in minor yet impactful alterations. Navigation and engagement within the game have been made even more intuitive.

Further enhancing your journey, the InGame Map has undergone refinements and now functions correctly. Introducing new map markers, we’ve aimed to facilitate navigation and encourage discovery.

Acknowledging the importance of performance, we’ve implemented optimization tweaks. These refinements ensure a smoother performance, contributing to an uninterrupted and immersive gaming experience.

Changes:

– Fixed NPC Spawns
– Added Werewolf World Boss (Fenris “The Unleashed”)
– Corrected damage values and damage multipliers on all weapons
– Enhanced lethality of Vampire and Werewolf NPC’s
– Included missing hotbar icons
– Adjustments made to loot and fixes
– Redesigned Osijek safezone
– Introduced a new location (Osijek – West)
– Minor alterations related to User Interface
– Slightly improved and now functioning correctly InGame Map
– Added new map markers
– Optimization tweaks for smoother performance

Thank you for your continued support and valuable feedback. As you continue your journey through The Dark World, we hope you thoroughly enjoy these enhancements.

Play on and embark on epic adventures!

Death is but the doorway to new Life

See you in game, The Digital Gods Team