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Welcome to 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!

KSP Enhanced Edition

We are getting closer to the release of KSP Enhanced Edition’s first DLC; History and Parts Pack, as well as a console-optimized free update. Releasing on March 21, both the History and Parts Pack and the free update are filled with content, including new parts, revamps, suits and features that console players will be able to enjoy for the first time! The History and Parts Pack will cost $9.99 USD on both PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.

Mun Launch Site

Alongside the Woomerang Launch Site, Dessert Complex and the Island Runway, console players will get an additional launch site in the DLC not currently available on PC: the new Mun Launch Site. Check it out!

PC 1.7 Update

Our work on the 1.7 update for PC progresses and we are determined to fill this release with content and improvements that will continue to advance the KSP experience in various ways.

Galaxy Cubemap replacement

One long requested visual enhancement our team has implemented is the replacement of the game’s galaxy cubemap. Our artists carefully crafted this environment map to reflect a nicer color palette and more defined celestial objects, all while respecting the original star positions. You will also notice that we’ve doubled the resolution and no color bandings or other weird distortions are visible.

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Parts

The revamping of older parts is an ongoing endeavor of ours, and the 1.7 update won’t be lacking in them - this time around focusing on small engines.

RV-105 RCS Revamp

One of the small revamped engines is the RV-105 RCS Thruster Block. This has received a well-deserved makeover and will display brand new textures and emissive maps, as well as an adjustment to its geometry. This way these small monopropellant thrusters will not only continue to help us with attitude control and linear motion, but look great while doing so!

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New 3.75m and 5m Nose Cones

We also took the time to include a couple of highly requested nose cones to fit on the 3.75m in diameter Kerbodyne S3 and the 5m in diameter S4 fuel tank series, the latter one exclusive to owners of Making History. The extra-large Mk12A and the huge Mk16A Protective Nose Cones, look similar, but that won’t stop them to make your enormous rockets and crafts a little more aerodynamic.

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New Features

Altimeter mode toggle

Aside from the visual enhancements mentioned above, we are including a long requested quality-of-life feature in this update that will allow you to toggle the altitude mode from Above Sea Level (ASL) to Above Ground Level (AGL) by simply clicking on the altimeter box. It’s important to mention that we are evaluating our players’ feedback and making some adjustments to the UI, so stay tuned!

Scrollable PAW

Another small quality-of-life feature we’re adding to the game is the addition of a scrollbar to the Part-Action-Window. This will keep the PAW within the bounds of the screen when there’s too much data to display, something that might come in handy for players who use mods and sometimes saturate the PAW with lots of information.

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* note that this screenshot is demonstrative only

The Bug Hunt

As part of our ongoing effort to reduce the number of bugs and issues that inevitably arise when dealing with such a complex game as KSP, our team is constantly at the task of finding and fixing existing bugs, as well as preemptively eliminating any issues that have arisen during the development of update 1.7. Among the various bugs that are no more, these ones stand out:

We fixed a visual problem with the PQS normal maps that caused planets to have mismatched normals seams when seen from orbit. The team also fixed a bug where symmetry would break animations on some parts and another that locked the ‘Return to KSC’ button at the top of the altimeter during flight scenes. The thermal overlay that was rendering on parts with lights was also fixed, alongside a hilarious bug that caused the launchpad flagpole to explode when a Kerbal fell off the top of it.

Meet the team

This time in our Meet the Team section is the turn of programmer Bjorn Askew, also known as BJ, who some of you might have gotten to know if you followed our Making History Streaming Event last year. BJ is an experienced programmer who has worked in high profile studios and AAA titles. Here are a few words from BJ himself:

Worked as a games programmer for 10 years. Currently terrified that the little pink men from Duna might be spying on him.

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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New galaxy cubemap?

YES!

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No more frantic switching between cockpit and exterior cam while landing?

SAD.;.;

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Cool

 

On 12/5/2018 at 6:28 PM, UomoCapra said:

Hello Bughunters!

The bugtracker has a feature you can use to upvote reports and thus help us order the issues by user relevance (Upvotes).

With this feature you can help us to find relevant bugs you think are important. Let’s the hunting begin!

Now what about addressing the bugs you so enthusiastically asked the community to prioritise for you? There's quite a few bugs which have been upvoted, however, I haven't seen any marked as "Ready to Test" for 1.7...

 

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1 minute ago, Yakuzi said:

Now what about addressing the bugs you so enthusiastically asked the community to prioritise for you? There's quite a few bugs which have been upvoted, however, I haven't seen any marked as "Ready to Test" for 1.7...

The public tracker is updated once the version is released. There are currently about 50 bugs marked as Ready to Test from previous versions if you want to confirm any of those.

 

 

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Finally, a redone skybox! These recent updates are improving things that have been crappy since Alpha. Good job SQUAD!

Also good to see an update for console players fast approaching, have fun with those new parts guys!

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Awesome! I am really looking forward to more console content!

 

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The galaxy skybox was arguably the most visually out-of-date asset in the game. Thank you very much for updating it! It looks great! 

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I am genuinely impressed with that galaxy map. It's been a while since any of the new art from Squad has impressed me, and finally this really does the job. Wow. Looking forward to seeing that in every game.

It'd be nice if the stars could be defined as points of light instead of dots on a texture, so that they would always look good when you're zoomed in. It would also allow the game to set the exposure right automatically, dimming first the milky-way texture, then the dim stars, then the mid-stars, and then when you're looking at the Sun, the bright stars. Planets could also be set as points of light, like in Distant Object Enhancement, and be seen from a distance.

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and for 1.8, clouds and/or weather!

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9 minutes ago, GregroxMun said:

It'd be nice if the stars could be defined as points of light instead of dots on a texture, so that they would always look good when you're zoomed in.

Yeah, this. It makes a big difference to actually reduce the size of the 'blobs' for the larger stars (something that plagues my Deep Star Map skybox)... which makes me wonder what free use image the skybox has been referenced from as you most likely would not paint those stars as large as that; it'd be interesting to know if its from a real data set.

Its a bit too bright for my taste but anyone who feels the same can always turn it down with a mod such as Distant Object Enhancements so its not an issue.

It would have been really cool to get a HDR cube map implementation but I guess thats a Unity 2018 thing so here's hoping to the future: https://docs.unity3d.com/Manual/LookDevHDRIView.html

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9 minutes ago, GregroxMun said:

It'd be nice if the stars could be defined as points of light instead of dots on a texture, so that they would always look good when you're zoomed in. 

a dream I have as well...

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1 minute ago, Poodmund said:

Yeah, this. It makes a big difference to actually reduce the size of the 'blobs' for the larger stars (something that plagues my Deep Star Map skybox)... which makes me wonder what free use image the skybox has been referenced from as you most likely would not paint those stars as large as that; it'd be interesting to know if its from a real data set.

Its a bit too bright for my taste but anyone who feels the same can always turn it down with a mod such as Distant Object Enhancements so its not an issue.

It would have been really cool to get a HDR cube map implementation but I guess thats a Unity 2018 thing so here's hoping to the future: https://docs.unity3d.com/Manual/LookDevHDRIView.html

 Apparently the Pleiades is somewhere in the skybox.

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I'm really happy with the progress, you have, @SQUAD.

Looking forward your great work!!:D

The KSP is the most addictive game, and the best decision I've made when I bought it!

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Loving the new skybox! Seems to breathe a whole lot of life into the space scene!

 

And it's great to hear that consoles are getting their due soon, munar launchsite and all! They've been waiting so long.

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Nice!

I'm really pleased with the direction KSP development is going in.

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Looking forward to playing with the new parts and launching missions from the mun.

Also, only 8 months after the the last patch for consoles. Please don't let this be it for 2019.

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If you're revamping the RCS clusters, can you make them with five thrusters instead of four? I always end up using mods for the RCS clusters because of that

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Just now, juanml82 said:

If you're revamping the RCS clusters, can you make them with five thrusters instead of four? I always end up using mods for the RCS clusters because of that

Perhaps as a variant that'd be good, but for most cases you should be able to get by with four sets of four. (or eight sets of four).

You can always add a linear port to get that fifth port.

The variant we *really* need is a 45 degree rcs thruster.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, SQUAD said:

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It looks amazing.I love it  @SQUAD!

Edit:wow i just gave Squad the 23.000 like

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Very cool! Looking forward to the new looks and features :)

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13 minutes ago, The Dunatian said:

Nothing will make me buy a DLC.

Why not?

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