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KSP Weekly: What a week!

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Welcome to KSP Weekly, everyone. What a week! A big week rounded off by big news: The Kerbal Chronicles, the Localization Pre-release and of course the Making History Expansion. We are very excited and we hope you are, too. With all these announcements we can also start sharing more information in these weekly updates, something we’ve been dying to do over the past few months, so without further ado, let’s begin.

The whole team has been working impossibly hard to get the Pre-Release ready in time. There’s still polish to do, but most of the gremlins have been slayed now. The core QA team have found it harder and harder to play KSP in multiple languages as more and more of it was localized. However, the language specialists came to the rescue, not only in providing refined translations, but also reporting the problems we could no longer read. We owe them a debt of gratitude. Now it’s over to the many players who are now able to enjoy KSP in their own language, and we hope there are not too many mistakes. Please let us know via our bug tracker. The big news is now out of course, and we are now free to not only talk about the other project, but shift more effort into testing the expansion out. Things are looking great so far. Parts are sublime, and the layouts for the editor are exciting for the creative possibilities they will offer.

QA expert and poet, sal_vager, wrote a little poem to express his excitement about the Making History Expansion, maybe even given some further details between the lines…

The expansion was revealed, as you can see

With many new parts to fill the tech tree

Plus mission creation and historical flights

That we can share, and play through the nights

Vostok, Gemini, Apollo and more

Crafted by Roverdude, so no eyesores

Drag n drop editor, weave your own story

The Mission Expansion, making history

Robbonaut, our game designer, might be the most excited of us all, since he can finally talk about what he’s been up to after months working in silence! Yes, you’ve guessed it - he’s been working with the team on the new expansion. And like all of us, he is really looking forward to showing you all what we have in store and of course talking more in the coming weeks about all the exciting features we have planned!

The programming team had a very busy week, too. They’ve been working on localization: refactoring code, adding tags to strings and lots of bug squashing to get as many kinks ironed out of the Localization Pre-Release as possible, which is looking good, but with plenty of work to go. And now, with the help and eyes of the wider community we’re sure that all new languages will have the same Kerbal experience to offer.

But yes, now that the big announcement is out devs, who during all this time have also been working on design and development of Making History, can talk about the expansion work in future KSP Weeklies!

To give you a taste of the work that has been done: Roverdude focused last week on finishing up our new American 1.875m lander modeled after the Apollo LEM.  And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a screenshot.  Usual caveats that all parts have to make it through QA, etc. Some interesting things on our LEM - RCS is built in, it supports a crew of two Kerbals, and while it lacks a reaction wheel (depending on RCS for maneuvering), it does have space for LFO, and can be connected to either a 1.25. or 1.875m stack.

We also want to take this opportunity to give a huge shout-out to all participants of The Kerbal Chronicles contest. We’ve said this already but Art3misa, Badie and UomoCapra really enjoyed reading through all of the participant’s articles. They were incredible and although not all made it to the final magazine, we really encourage you to read them, because they are worth it. You can do so by visiting this thread.

And, of course, if you haven’t seen the final magazine… check it out!

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We had a blast working on it, specially Leticia, our lead artist, who, as you imagine worked on the awesome art of the magazine.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to join us on our official forums, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned for more exciting and upcoming news and development updates!

Happy launchings!

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Rune    4362

Whoa. That LM looks sick! And the fact that it heralds 1,875m parts is a big reveal indeed. Well, you got me hyped, that's for sure.

 

Rune. Now excuse me, I have a magazine to read. :)

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Dafni    574

The LEM looks very nice! Cant wait

 

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Frozen_Heart    1605
Posted (edited)

1.875m parts opens up so much, as in kerbal scale that corresponds to so many rockets.

 

Falcon 9, Atlas V, Soyuz, Shuttle SRBs, and lots more would fit quite nicely there.

 

Hopefully there are some nice 5m tanks for the Saturn V lower stages.

Edited by Frozen_Heart

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themonk    2

Does this mean a Saturn V of my very own to that I can crash and burn???

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KerbalSaver    191
Posted (edited)

I said that it was the mission editor I cared about, not the parts, but if all of them look that good I may have to reconsider my opinion.

 Edit: any chance we can get a peek at that beauties IVA view?

Edited by KerbalSaver

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Rune    4362
Posted (edited)
10 minutes ago, Frozen_Heart said:

1.875m parts opens up so much, as in kerbal scale that corresponds to so many rockets.

 

Falcon 9, Atlas V, Soyuz, Shuttle SRBs, and lots more would fit quite nicely there.

 

Hopefully there are some nice 5m tanks for the Saturn V lower stages.

Considering that LM seems to need a 2.5m fairing, and that would make the S-IVb 3.75m... yeah, I'd say 5m parts are also kind of implied, if the proportions are to be kept. Then again, if we need three stages to lift off from kerbin, the F-1's are going to be crap, or the tankage is going to be made of lead.

 

Rune. I'm quite interested to see what they did there.

Edited by Rune

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KerbalSaver    191
Posted (edited)

That's just sneaky. I love it.

Spoiler

The details of the mission builder are hidden in the Kerbal Chronicles.

 

Edited by KerbalSaver

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StrandedonEarth    2004

Well, that certainly gives me something to look forward to, and that is a sweet-looking LEM. We need more of these combined parts to cut down part counts

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mcirish3    251

Since I got ignored in the other thread on this topic due to rapid post progression.

 

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klgraham1013    2495
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2 hours ago, SQUAD said:

Roverdude focused last week on finishing up our new American 1.875m lander modeled after the Apollo LEM.  And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a screenshot.

As cool as the LEM is, having the RCS built on eliminates some of the lego-ness from the part.  It's not as bad as the Goliath, but it did make me shrug a little.  Not to much mind you, but let's not lose the lego fun of KSP.  The art still looks great.

Don't get me wrong.  Still fairly excited for 1.3.  I think it could be the final version I've been waiting for.  Seems an appropriate time to consider expansions.  The mission builder will help me create the career mode (with other mods) I've wanted to play from the beginning.

Edited by klgraham1013

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passinglurker    1384

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Excuse me but I gotta go drop some money in @CobaltWolf's pocket or I fear I won't be able to buy this DLC with a clean conscious. :/

(Before anyone says it I realize this is a minute detail and may not be the final final product but it still reminded me that donation buttons are a thing)

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Dman979    3314
12 minutes ago, klgraham1013 said:

As cool as the LEM is, having the RCS built on eliminates some of the lego-ness from the part.  It's not as bad as the Goliath, but it did make me shrug a little.  Not to much mind you, but let's not lose the lego fun of KSP.  The art still looks great.

Well, you could always add more... :D

Will this part be only DC-available? Will there be non-DLC 1.875m parts?

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EBOSHI    385

I welcome the fact that there have been many announcements to further expand the world of KSP.
I hope that the pre-release test will proceed smoothly, and I hope the information on the expansion pack will be seen little by little this weekly news.

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regex    8869

Hrm... The LM looks pretty good but that grey kind of scares me, makes me think that the garbage can styling isn't going anywhere. That's a shame. 1.875m form factor sounds promising though.

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passinglurker    1384
1 minute ago, regex said:

Hrm... The LM looks pretty good but that grey kind of scares me, makes me think that the garbage can styling isn't going anywhere. That's a shame. 1.875m form factor sounds promising though.

It certainly isn't helping the games fractured aesthetic if it looks like ooold mk1 can "stock-a-like" as opposed to making an attempt at the more modern "pork-a-like".

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050644zf    50

The expansion looks awesome.

BTW, will it add some Chinese or Japanese parts?

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legoclone09    2303

With how great that LEM looks, it seems we have developer capability for an art pass.... and that's awesome!

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AlphaMensae    246
15 minutes ago, regex said:

Hrm... The LM looks pretty good but that grey kind of scares me, makes me think that the garbage can styling isn't going anywhere. That's a shame. 1.875m form factor sounds promising though.

 

12 minutes ago, passinglurker said:

It certainly isn't helping the games fractured aesthetic if it looks like ooold mk1 can "stock-a-like" as opposed to making an attempt at the more modern "pork-a-like".

Yep, that was bound to happen with Roverdude making the parts, they're going to resemble the original stock parts (and his own MKS parts) rather than the Porkjet parts, let alone something from FASA, Blue Dog Design or Raidernick.

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T-Red    14

Kerbal Chronicles HTML and PDF versions seem to have very low resolution.

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rudi1291    126
Posted (edited)

The Apollo LEM looks nice, but i wonder will it have 2 crew or just 1? It looks to small for 2... 

Will be interesting to see the soviet styled parts

Edited by rudi1291

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MiffedStarfish    910

Wow. Now my restored faith is confirmed with that part.

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Majorjim!    5971
Posted (edited)

The LM model does indeed look great! Thank you for the screenshot.

 I too am a tad concerned it is more duplo than lego but ho hum, the pack is what the pack is, a recreation of sorts.

 It will come in handy for those with slower PCs I suppose. Like a few others I have already made my own LM that I wont be giving up! It probably took as long to make as that model did. :D

 I look forward to seeing the other parts, heres hoping for more structural parts.

Edited by Majorjim!

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