Submitting Alpha 1.4

I am now sending Alpha 1.4 for certification. The internet connection I have here is very slow, so the process is very frustrating. I hope it won’t corrupt it :-)

Alpha 1.4 adds clay, bricks and various items you can make from bricks. Clay is not easy to spot, because it mostly occurs underwater in warm wetlands. Occasionally you may also find a layer of it shallow underground.

But the main change in this release is definitely the new save file format, which reduces the number of files created. This should help a lot with slow loading of large worlds (20MB+). Your old worlds will be automatically converted to the new format on first load. Any old world in the list (before conversion) will also have a small 1.0 tag appended to it. Once it is converted, the tag will be gone.

There is a bunch of smaller changes in 1.4 as well. I increased the density of coal, iron and copper because a lot of people seem to have problems finding it. Limestone has now a more distinct texture, and is also rarer.

Alpha 1.4 will likely hit the marketplace towards the end of next week.

In the meantime animals work is going ahead, but there is still a lot of stuff to do.

28 Comments

  1. jriot10
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 18:25 | Permalink | Reply

    I better mine all those fields of limestone before it goes away then!!

    • code5
      Posted January 2, 2012 at 04:19 | Permalink | Reply

      I have yet to fund any limestone :( but then again I’ve been mining at the bedrock level

      So basalt is like dirt? In the sense that you can’t craft anything using it?

      • jriot10
        Posted January 2, 2012 at 16:12 | Permalink | Reply

        code try just looking around. I never find it underground.

  2. Blade402860
    Posted December 31, 2011 at 22:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow thanks so much for working during your vaction! I hope you can get the animals done soon.

  3. jriot10
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 00:28 | Permalink | Reply

    What animals are you going to add? Or is it a suprise? Are you going to add any aggresive animals to the game when animals comes out.

    • Posted January 1, 2012 at 20:39 | Permalink | Reply

      I have some plans but would like to not talk about it until I’m sure it’s going to work :-)

  4. SS Vaiyn
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 09:56 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey I was wondering if the blocks are 10×10? I think that’s how the blocks are measured in minecraft. I was wondering because it seems like the blocks get bigger and wider when you closer to them, when minecrafts stay the same regardless. I know this isn’t minecraft haha, I was just curious.

  5. Jerome
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 17:17 | Permalink | Reply

    what about multiplayer? :)

    • Posted January 1, 2012 at 20:42 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jerome. Animals and proper survival mode have to come first.

  6. the_masteriii
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 21:54 | Permalink | Reply

    What about adding lava, gold and diamond? would be really cool if you would add those things, so we can collect them to make weapons or armour out of it later :)

    • Posted January 1, 2012 at 23:44 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi the_masteriii. I don’t want Survivalcraft to be a 1:1 Minecraft clone. Gold & diamond already exist in Minecraft, so I will probably have to come up with something else (that also better fits the survival concept).

      • the_masteriii
        Posted January 2, 2012 at 13:04 | Permalink | Reply

        ok fine then :) but what about lava? would it be possible to add lava? because it would be a good alternative light source and I also need lava so bad for a project..

      • jriot10
        Posted January 2, 2012 at 16:13 | Permalink | Reply

        Even if you need lava for a project there is no way to make buckets to carry it around yet.

  7. kenkesey8
    Posted January 1, 2012 at 22:08 | Permalink | Reply

    Please tell me that you are going to work on multiplayer after the animals! I have a few friends who also have the game, and we are very-very eager to hear about it… It would be absolutely amazing to have multiplayer SurvivalCraft.

    • Posted January 1, 2012 at 23:41 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi kenkesey8. I can’t tell what I’ll be doing after survival & animals yet, these are pretty big in their own right. But multiplayer would be really cool, I fully agree :-)

  8. EHuntley
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 17:18 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Kaalus,

    Great work so far! Love the game and the hard work you constantly put into it.

    Quick questions: Can anything be crafted from Gravel or Basalt? Also, will current worlds be automatically updated to include new block types or will I need to create a new world to see them?

    Thanks!

    • Posted January 3, 2012 at 10:31 | Permalink | Reply

      Hi EHuntley. There are no recipes atm that use gravel or basalt. The old worlds will automatically be updated, bar the usual limitation: all areas in the old world which were modified in any way (dig a block or place a block) will not have the new generation code applied.

  9. Posted January 2, 2012 at 21:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey kaalus :)
    to have some animals would be great , but a multiplayer to play together with friends would be amazing :) The Game is good enough , to get an really cool Multiplayer Mode. Better than some boring animals in survival Mode . I know , animals and other Stuff might be a hard work for you , but remember the Multiplayer Mode after that pls.
    Sry for my Englisch , im from Germany :)
    Gruß Marc

    • hypernova
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 00:14 | Permalink | Reply

      Multiplayer would be so much more LAME then a proper survival mode I mean why do we even need multiplayer? I play this so I can craft my own things other people will just mess it up if you want multiplayer go play minecraft I want to have trouble surviving not trouble fixing what others have done id be so much more worth it if kaalus just focused on making a great single player survival experience maybe after many many more updates and some help from Microsoft ( yes thats right devs more or less can’t make multiplayer games) it might be an option, but everyone would benefit from him focusing on singleplayer, i would have yelled at you if you were English considering most of the comments in this blog are taken up with your question, take the two directly above your post for example come on people! Take 5 more seconds to look at things and you won’t waste kaalus’s time over and over again by making him answer this stupid question!

      • morqus
        Posted January 3, 2012 at 01:23 | Permalink | Reply

        Yeah i know what u mean my friends would just mess everything up it

      • zxcvbad
        Posted January 3, 2012 at 01:25 | Permalink | Reply

        Lava would be amazing

      • jriot10
        Posted January 3, 2012 at 04:13 | Permalink | Reply

        I see your point hypernova but if Kaalus makes a multiplayer mode that doesn’t mean that you have to play it.

      • hypernova
        Posted January 3, 2012 at 08:34 | Permalink | Reply

        So? You don’t think I no that? I didn’t say it was a bad idea, I was saying there are to many people asking for it and not enough people noticing that the answer is all around them and that its simple logic that if kaalus focuses on single player for now it will benefit everyone

      • jriot10
        Posted January 3, 2012 at 20:48 | Permalink | Reply

        Some people want multiplayer more than they want singleplayer especially since there is only one windows phone game with true multiplayer out there.

  10. hypernova
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 22:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Again did I say people didn’t want it? Focus on what im saying, if kaalus waited to do it, he could get help from Microsoft making many millions of times easier it will also be better quality multiplayer, and instead of him working tediously to try and get multiplayer together himself he could focus on adding more to the game thus giving more free time to kaalus, more options for us, sc could become far different from mine craft so more people would get it ( if seen many “reviews” that say its to close to mc so they won’t support sc) that benefits kaalus and us, and if multiplayer comes out after all this it will make multiplayer much better its so as I said b4 its win win if kaalus went down the single player road for now

  11. jriot10
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 01:35 | Permalink | Reply

    And didn’t i say that people did want it? There are already two comments on this page alone plus hundreds of others on other posts. Also if you look in the forum there are a bunch of different topics about multiplayer. So my point is is that if Kaalus makes it now, yay. If he doesn’t then he doesn’t.

    • hypernova
      Posted January 4, 2012 at 04:11 | Permalink | Reply

      “Some people want multiplayer more than they want singleplayer” that what you said so yes you did say people wanted it and in this entire post your going on as if I don’t no that people want it when I do…i pointed out the logical reasons as to why its a better idea to focus on single player and survival instead of multiplayer, i don’t mind what happens the game will be great no matter which one kaalus decides to do but it just makes sense to hold off on multiplayer for now

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