Eco Alpha 5 Released. New climate change model and lots more.
We’ve left Alpha 5 in the oven a bit longer to get it more polished, and today it’s ready to be released! Check it out at strangeloopgames.com/eco, where you can pick up the alpha version and give it a try.
New in Alpha 5:
New climate and ecosystem model, tracking ground and air pollution, global temperature from CO2 released, sea levels rising, deforestation impacts, biomes that change, dynamic irrigation, and much more.
Avatar creation and customization, with clothing as a new item type.
Added turkeys, bison, and foxes to the ecosystems.
New web browser map visualization; Can view most aspects of the world, such as populations of various species and pollution levels as they change over time. View animations of global temperature rising, or any statistic changing. Use it to propose arguments in the law system
Power system, both burning fuel for campfires or generating electricity from a generator and power grid.
Significant tech-tree work: new skills and crafting items
Tons of polish, bug fixes, and other small features.
We’re cruising along towards beta, and then the Steam release after that (after which all purchasers will get a free Steam key).
We now have a public discord for chatting about Eco and its development. You can join the Eco discord here: https://discord.gg/ge3JDp2. You can also join us in the forums here.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us, been amazing seeing the community grow and getting tons of great feedback. Keep it coming, and feel free to email us directly. You can also follow us on Facebook where we will be posting daily updates from the team here.
Onwards to Beta!
"New web browser map visualization; Can view most aspects of the world, such as populations of various species and pollution levels as they change over time. View animations of global temperature rising, or any statistic changing. Use it to propose arguments in the law system"
This reminds me very much of the legendary Bucky Fuller's idea for his Worldgame Globe to be constructed outside the UN buildings in NYC (IIRC something like that) which would have been to display all sorts of information and projections about world distribution of resources, wealth, health etc etc. :-) That made me smile.