Stellaris Dev Diary #188: Necroid Characters & the Art process

Stellaris Dev Diary #188: Necroid Characters & the Art process

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Gee, its a good thing you actually read the DD, clicked on the twitter link that said patch notes, and noticed the MASSIVE amount of stuff that will be in them next week..........
First, i didnt waste time reading this dd.
Second, that picture means absolutely nothing and if you believe otherwise you are incredibly naiive or just blind. In 2 years we had massive patchnotes, yet everytime the major problems werent fixed.
 
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This is nice to see something form the Art Director, but what about gameplay?

When we will see solution to the unemployment problem in the game for authoritarian empiers? Isn't it obvoius that species with the authoritarian trait, should have the easiest way to force unemployed pops to take available jobs within their empire without waiting for migration or without doing it manually via thousands of clicks?

When players, who like to play wide will see tool called e.g. 'the planet designer' similar to the ship designer, which could help them to set up and implement planet building templates???
 
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Is the greyscale version of that protrait in the game? Honestly that looks infinitely creepier than the coloured ones.
 
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Gee, its a good thing you actually read the DD, clicked on the twitter link that said patch notes, and noticed the MASSIVE amount of stuff that will be in them next week..........
Go ahead and copy the 2.6 patch notes into Word and tell me it's not at least as long as what we'll see next week. Size of the patch notes means nothing for the problems deeply rooted in the game's design.
 
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*looks at the like-dislike ratio on the latest DD*

Paradox, take note of this.
Approximately half of the people who are dedicated enough to this game to get accounts and come to the forums here are pissed enough to hate you talking about art.

Maybe, instead of shilling the latest DLC, you should be talking about the bugs you'll be fixing? I mean, if you have the patch notes, that should be easy, right?
 
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So you design them with legs or without legs?

We design them without legs. Would love to go full body for characters, but since that would require extra effort that would not make it in, we prefer to put the effort where it shows.
 
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The very long patch notes list is letting me be fairly optimist about some AI improvement, since all those printed sheets should cover more than the new mechanics introduced with the species pack.

But I'd also really like to see more of those species portraits, I presonally appreciate to see something like a vampire or at least something similar to a Stargate's Wraith. I never mind more portraits and species for the game universe, but I very rarely play non humanoids.
 
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I really do enjoy this type of insight into the art dev process. Just really bad timing. My apologies to the art team for the really crappy position Paradox leadership has put you in by having this great content be so poorly timed.

To not even have any acknowledgement at the end of these DDs is just so frustrating. Something as simple as "We know there are other topics you are interested about. We hear you and we plan to share details in the next couple weeks" would have already helped. But no, Paradox throws their art team as cannon fodder so they don't have to address the bigger issues.
 
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Are there going to be portraits that look like there is something sticking out that shouldn't (I'm thinking zombies with protruding bones but in a more general way, like a visible internal organ or something)?

If they are truly alien, how could you tell if something was meant to be internal?
 
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I wish I could do two reactions; a positive to the art team for providing insight into their interesting creative process that tries to account for a diverse fanbase, and a negative to whoever's been putting off years of much requested QoL changes and fixes for another flavour pack
 
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This one looks neat.(Danger Noodle)
 

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Some very nice design previews - looking forward to seeing the final ones. Some of these would make some nice and poetic Fallen Empire portraits - not only is their empire decrepit and decaying, but their bodies too...
 
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If they are truly alien, how could you tell if something was meant to be internal?
If they're sufficiently un-alien to look like they're made of meat, even really unhealthy meat, they're going to have some kind of body-envelope layer, be it skin, exoskeleton, whatever.
 
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Well, you can see the pages of the patchnotes on the twitter. The patchnotes are really long, like 5 pages long, which means, either a lot of new game features, or bug fixes. New civics and origins shouldn't take up too much patch note space, I think.
They did not talk much about fancy new game mechanics, and the changes to modding has been good, but not overwhelming. So, I am optimistic for a large amount of bug fixes, and optimizations for the next update.

Honestly i wish i had your confidence but they said that they don't want to talk about "big features" and that they weren't going to be released with necroids. 5 pages looks just bugfixes for me not improvements but well, i may (and wish) be wrong.
 
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The first regular weekly dev diaries we've had in a long time! I mean four in a row is impressive.

All on one single species pack. Wow.

Keep the substantive information coming, boys. Maybe next week we'll get to see a diseased crab claw.
 
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Dev diaries are supposed to be interesting to read.

The bug fixing process is... not interesting to read about, most of the time. When it is, it's usually because the bugs are weird and funky and have interesting (but bad) consequences.

I say this as a programmer who – in a professional context – finds fixing a bug more satisfying than implementing a new feature.

At this point the vast majority of players care about having a playable game. We are way past the point where art interests us. The game has a lot of cool art or events. But this does not matter when the game is broken in way too many areas.
 
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5 pages looks just bugfixes for me
many of the game's current shortcomings are severe enough to qualify as bugs, so...
At this point the vast majority of players care about having a playable game. We are way past the point where art interests us.
Either they fix it, or they don't.

If they don't, writing a dev diary about fixing it is just handing everyone a stick to beat them with.

If they do, the dev diary was unnecessary, because the bugfix update proves they were doing something.
 
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Is there a skeleton-like portrait in there? I have been wanting one.

EDIT: I just want to make Golden Bat, TBH.
 
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