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KSP Loading... A closer look into Update 1.6

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Welcome to the second edition of our official newsletter, KSP Loading… !  Do you want to learn about all the current developments of KSP? Here’s the place to be, so let’s get started!

Update 1.6

Kerbal Space Program 1.6: To Vee or not To Vee is right around the corner, and as with every release the team is very busy wrapping up the final details. As part of our new update delivery plan, To Vee Or Not To Vee is a free update that will be packed with content: Part Revamps, New Features, and more. Here are some of the things we have been busy with for the last few weeks…

Part Catalogue Revamps

Fuel Tank Adapters

Let’s start with more part revamps. As you have noticed, with this update we took the task of giving some well-deserved attention to several fuel tank adapters that, in all honesty, looked a bit outdated to say the least. Last time we showed you the revamped TVR Stack Couplers, well, this time it is the turn of the O.M.B. Demolition Enterprises TVR-400L Stack Quad-Adapter, which, despite its similarities to a TVR Quad-Coupler, allows for a single 2.5m in diameter rocket to branch into four separate 1.25m stacks. Our artists remade this part’s specular, diffuse and normal texture maps, and created two additional variants to match the different variants found in other Rockomax sized parts.

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Revamped Nose Cones

Nose cones have helped your rocket stacks reduce their drag for a long time, but were in need of some well-deserved attention. Our artists gave a facelift to the C7 Aerospace Division’s Small Nose Cone and Goliath National Products’ Protective Rocket Nose Cone Mk7, the Aerodynamic Nose Cone and the Advanced Nose Cones - Type A & B. All these nose cones got brand new diffuse and specular texture maps. Additionally, the colliders of the Protective Rocket Nose Cone Mk7 were revised and, with the exception of the Small Nose Cone, all have new variants to match with your preferred style.

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The Mk2 Lander Can IVA

Last time we showed you a preview of the revamped Mk2 Lander Can, but there was an aspect of this cockpit we kept under our sleeve: its IVA! Our artists carefully modelled this IVA to match the new dimensions and to give our beloved Kerbals space to perform experiments and store their board games and snacks!

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The “Poodle”

Originally based off the Payload Assist Module (PAM), the Rockomax RE-L10 “Poodle” Liquid Fuel Engine is a favorite among players for vacuum operations due to its high specific impulse and thrust. It’s because of this popularity and its outdated look that we decided it needed a makeover, so we turned it into a dual combustion chamber closed cycle engine that will continue to excel at landings, orbital insertions and transfers. As you can see, our artists completely redid the engine’s geometry and created brand new texture maps, giving the “Poodle” a very cool and modern look that matches the engine’s versatility.

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The “Terrier” 

An outstanding engine for orbital maneuvers and landings, the LV-909 “Terrier” Liquid Fuel Engine is also a veteran that received a heavy aesthetic makeover. For this engine the artists completely reworked its geometry and carefully placed some nice details on the engine combustion chamber. Brand new textures maps were also created for the “Terrier” and we are including three variants for you to choose from, including bare and truss mount versions. The new emissive texture (heat map) for the throttle animation of this engine looks pretty awesome, too!

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New Features

New Idle Animations

To give Kerbals even more personality, we are including several animations for idle Kerbals. These animations will trigger randomly after 10 seconds of inactivity and make taking Kerbal group photos as difficult as on Earth.  

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Hiding EVA Helmet

There’s another neat feature included in the upcoming 1.6 update.  You will now be able to remove the Kerbals’ Helmets, as well as their neck ring! But be careful, there is a reason why Astronauts wear Helmets for space travel…

via Gfycat

Dynamic Cube Maps

With Update 1.5 we introduced a new shader that made some parts’ metallic bits interact with light. However, the way this shader looked inside the VAB/SPH and outside in the environment differed significantly. With the upcoming 1.6 update we are adding Dynamic Cube Maps to flight mode. These cube map textures are consistently updated to represent a dynamically changing environment, so metallic parts, such as the Probodobodyne Stayputnik will now also reflect the surrounding environment on their surface.

Delta-v per Stage and Delta-v Tool App

This feature is the Crown Jewel of Kerbal Space Program 1.6: To Vee or not To Vee and probably one of the most requested ones. With the upcoming update you’ll be able to visualize the delta-v value along with a range of other technical data for each stage, as well as the overall delta-v of the vessel natively. Additionally, we are including the Delta-v Tool App: A tool that will allow you to set the vessel environment for how delta-v is calculated in the VAB and SPH. Check the video below to learn more!

The Bug Hunt

The team has also been busy with some good ol’ bug sweeping for both the base game and the Making History Expansion. So far, more than 60 items (between bugs and feedback) have been resolved for update 1.6. For instance, some players were having trouble with the dV calculation and handling of stages with multiple engines and asparagus staging in the Burn Time Indicator; now that has been fixed. The team also corrected an issue with drills; now these can only operate and generate ore when deployed with proper surface contact. The Making History Expansion is also getting a good deal of bug squashing. You’ll be happy to hear that a Null-Reference Exception is no longer generated when changing the “Location” settings in the “Spawn Vessel” node with the described procedure in the Mission Builder. Additionally, Kerbals will now appear swimming in the correct position when spawning on bodies of water. We also took this opportunity to do some rebalancing for the Wolfhound, Cheetah, Kodiak, Mastodon, Cub, Skiff and Bobcat LFO engines. Finally, we want to remind you, dear bughunters, that the bugtracker includes a feature you can use to upvote reports and, thus, help us order the issues by user relevance (Upvotes). Click here to learn how to use it.

KSP Enhanced Edition

As we disclosed in the last edition of KSP Loading…, we are currently working on a substantial update for KSP on consoles and it will include various items that the PC version currently has. It is important to note that there always will be differences between the PC and console versions. For instance, if we were to bring Update 1.5 to consoles, we would have to do an entirely new port, something that would take a massive amount of time and resources to achieve and would detract from the overall progress of the game. Instead, we are working on a console-optimized update that will take bits and pieces of all updates we have released after 1.2.1; some of the ones that people like the most. Just to name a couple examples, this next update will include several revamped parts, the variant switcher, and a number of other things that we will be revealing along the way.

We know that console players also want to enjoy new content and we are aiming to provide our players with a content-filled package that not only will solve known issues, but give console players more reasons to continue playing KSP from the comfort of their couches.

Meet the team

We also want to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new Lead Designer, Paul “Maxsimal” Boyle, who has been an avid KSP player since the 1.0 release. Here are some words of his own:

Hi! I’ve just joined the team very recently, but I’ve been working on games as a software engineer and designer since 2002. I’m a huge KSP & rocket fan - the realism mods really hooked me. And I’m a general nerd-about-town of the sci-fi/ fantasy/ video game/ boardgame/ tabletop RPG/ wargame/ computer/ physics/ you name it type.  I also travel a lot and hang out with my better half and our cats to pretend I’m halfway normal.

I’m really looking forward to helping you explode our favorite little green people in new and exciting ways.

Finally we want to remind you that you can share and download missions on Curse, KerbalX, the KSP Forum and the KSP Steam Workshop.

That’s it for this edition. 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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FIRST!

Good to see that the Terrier is influenced with Porkjet's. But will be pleased to see an one-nozzled variant of the Poodle and narrow-windowed variant of the Mk2 lander can.

The Small Nose Cone and Advanced Nose Cones were fine as they were. All that was needed for those are more variants for Advanced cones just to match the new texture variants.

And classic Aerodynamic Nose Cone and Mk7 Rocket Nose variants - for nostalgia.

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28 minutes ago, SQUAD said:

some rebalancing for the Wolfhound, Cheetah, Kodiak, Mastodon, Cub, Skiff and Bobcat LFO engines

Oh wow! Does it mean the Wolfhound stops being an imbalanced über-engine?

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WOW!

My particular favourites are the Mk2 Lander Can and the Terrier — those are great! The nosecones look sharp too.

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28 minutes ago, SQUAD said:

to pretend I’m halfway normal.

Hah! You can’t fool us!

Nice looking update, the dV implementation is pretty slick and the Terrier looks hot! Hopefully “right around the corner” means in time for Christmas holidays. But hey, don’t rush it, I’d rather get a good update later than a buggy update sooner. 

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Just now, Pand5461 said:

Oh wow! Does it mean the Wolfhound stops being an imbalanced über-engine?

It could well mean that! I don’t think I’ve ever been hyped for the nerfing of an engine :P

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Awesome looking IVA O_O

The revamps look good in general :)

 

eh, rebalancing MH engines? :0.0: how? does it mean everything I've launched with pre-1.6 MH engines will suddenly turn into a failed mission? that's worrisome :/

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Strange choices with the nose cones. Will we still have the plain un-greebled versions? Detail is nice and all, but it can sometimes attract attention to the wrong places. I'd like if these new textures were added as variants on top of the existing ones. Imo it mainly concerns the advanced nose cones and the C7 NCS tip. (Though without seeing them attached to rockets etc. it's hard to tell how good they'll look)

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Also a Buran-style variant texture for the Mk3 spaceplane cockpit would be awesome :P

 

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Finally it's my turn to lament the loss of an old part---the old Terrier's gold foil cone will always be iconic for me. Would love to see a variant inspired by the old style.

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4 minutes ago, HebaruSan said:

Finally it's my turn to lament the loss of an old part---the old Terrier's gold foil cone will always be iconic for me. Would love to see a variant inspired by the old style.

Makes me wonder if the variant system is able to support different colours and different engine layout variants at the same time.

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The new feature are really looking nice, and I do look forward to seeing them. But I'm really worried. The bugs in this game are building to a point that it's almost unplayable, at least for me. Game stutter (frozen for 3 - 5 seconds every 20 - 30 seconds), memory leakage, progressive refresh degradation, LT-2 landing leg bugs, Large Landing gear bugs. The 1.5.1 defect list is long and getting difficult to work around. Please take an extra month or so and get the core game working better! Pretty Please!!

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21 minutes ago, HebaruSan said:

Finally it's my turn to lament the loss of an old part---the old Terrier's gold foil cone will always be iconic for me. Would love to see a variant inspired by the old style.

I will miss the stripes. I was expecting a revamp to hint at those at least.

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26 minutes ago, HebaruSan said:

Finally it's my turn to lament the loss of an old part---the old Terrier's gold foil cone will always be iconic for me. Would love to see a variant inspired by the old style.

You win some, you lose some. Despite the loss of some of the old Terrier’s character, it’s still a pretty nice-looking engine.

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1 hour ago, SQUAD said:
The “Terrier”  image

 

 

Wow, very nice. I like that you managed to retain the gold/black theme a bit. Glad to see the Porkjet-esque part variants as well. I really can't wait to see how this will all look when put together. I'm not as into the greebled structural components (adapters & Fuel Tanks) I'm afraid, though they might end up looking fine when everything is complete.

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Hi Maxsimal! Really nice update, I really like it already.

You are doing a great work!
As a part of this update (or the next one or so) will we get a stock "real plume" effect? It looks unnatural that we have the same rocket exhausts in the atmosphere and in space as well.

Will you have something for the skybox as well? I also would like to ask, if these revamps will increase the memory/CPU usage, or they will not have a huge impact?

Best wishes, and keep up the good work!

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Love the new designs. The MH engine re-spec is really exciting!

@RoverDudeAny chance you can share the new MH engine specs? 

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2 minutes ago, Tyko said:

Love the new designs. The MH engine re-spec is really exciting!

@RoverDudeAny chance you can share the new MH engine specs? 

That's for @Maxsimal to share, not I :)

 

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I like the new engine bell shapes on the vacuum engines.  Their shape always bugged me before since real world vacuum engine bells need a "taller shape" than atmo engine bells, and in KSP they were the other way around with the poodle and terrier having shorter fatter nozzle shapes than the skippers, mainsails, swivels, and reliants.

I also get why the poodle was changed to two nozzles - because that's really the only way to make the nozzle  have the right shape while still keeping the overall part height similar to what it was before - by making the nozzle smaller overall, which then means you need more than1 of them to make it look believably powerful enough.

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Digging the new look, even if it means having to learn what everything looks like in the parts panel all over again.

Is there any chance that a future update will ditch the per-part texture variations and go to a universal coloring scheme? Instead of finding out that, dang it, the Titan/Arianne/whatever texture just isn't available for a particular part can we go to a system where the player can pick a main color and accent color for each part?  It'd make it *so* much easier to create visually distinct vehicles.

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1 hour ago, HebaruSan said:

Finally it's my turn to lament the loss of an old part---the old Terrier's gold foil cone will always be iconic for me. Would love to see a variant inspired by the old style.

The orange-and-black palette keeps continuity, to some extent. The shrouded version could definitely inherit more of it, though.

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2 hours ago, SQUAD said:

With the upcoming 1.6 update we are adding Dynamic Cube Maps to flight mode.

Oh.

2 hours ago, SQUAD said:

These cube map textures are consistently updated to represent a dynamically changing environment,

Oh!

2 hours ago, SQUAD said:

so metallic parts, such as the Probodobodyne Stayputnik will now also reflect the surrounding environment on their surface.

Oh YES!

Delta V? TWR? Helmet removal? Nah! Can do it myself! at least the first two.

This makes me really excited for this release!

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Why did you have to change the advanced nose cones and the small nose cone? In my opinion, the old versions were actually better.

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2 hours ago, SQUAD said:

Dynamic Cube Maps

With Update 1.5 we introduced a new shader that made some parts’ metallic bits interact with light. However, the way this shader looked inside the VAB/SPH and outside in the environment differed significantly. With the upcoming 1.6 update we are adding Dynamic Cube Maps to flight mode. These cube map textures are consistently updated to represent a dynamically changing environment, so metallic parts, such as the Probodobodyne Stayputnik will now also reflect the surrounding environment on their surface.

RIP framerate.

More stutter for the stutter god!

 

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3 minutes ago, sh1pman said:

RIP framerate.

More stutter for the stutter god!

Can be turned on/off. Up to you to use it. 

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