Wow, just wow!
After months of hard work, Liftoff Early Access is finally out on Steam and reactions are amazing. The biggest compliment a developer can get is to slowly see a cool community grow around a game, for which we are really grateful.
A big thanks to our friends at ImmersionRC and Fat Shark who supported us to make this happen! Furthermore a big thanks to you guys; the community has been very good to us from the beginning and we hope we can repay you all with a continued support and an awesome end result. We’ll make it happen together!
A first release wouldn’t be exciting to a developer if some unexpected issues didn’t pop up. Some of our Mac users seemed to have problems downloading the game on Steam. We managed to fix the problem some two hours after release and are happy our Mac friends can now play Liftoff too! Thanks for being patient with us.
As promised we’ll keep updating Liftoff until it’s perfect. Our first update is planned for today, addressing some of the key issues people reported. This is only possible with the feedback we got from the players, so keep it coming!
This first update will include the following things:
- Gravity changes: you’re not on the moon anymore 😉
- Feedback tool is now functional
- Intensity of camera noise has been adjusted
- Options menu now includes toggles for drone OSD and default value of camera noise
- Maximum flying height in Straw Bale and Pine Valley environment has increased by some 20 meters
Of course there are many more fixes and updates to come in the future. At the moment we are focusing on usability issues and getting a camera angle feature in the game. For those of you who just can’t wait, it’s already possible to “hack” the player.xml file to mod the camera angle. Obviously, doing so is at your own risk. Changing this file might break your game if you are not careful, so make backups. We hope to get this feature fully integrated this week!
One of the best aspect of the drone community is the great camaraderie and openness. Everyone is ready to help newcomers! We would love to support this atmosphere with Liftoff too.
We are currently getting a lot of questions about hardware. Unfortunately, we are “only” software developers and don’t have access to the hundreds of different hardware setups people are using. It’s not always easy to get the right answers immediately and that’s why we need your help!
As a pro Liftoff gamer you can do us an enormous favor by sharing your experiences and writing helpful User Guides on Steam for new players. How do I get my Fat Shark hooked up to Windows 7? How do I use my controller on a Mac? We would love to see community based instructions like this one to help us out. Community members who write the best user guides will be rewarded with free Liftoff Steam keys to share with friends. We’ll also be looking at giving some users moderator rights on our Steam community.