Given as it’s Easter Monday we’re afraid that all the Zomboid team have been doing family stuff and have been absent from their usual workstations, so it’s a somewhat limited Mondoid this week. We have a few items of note for your informative pleasure, however.
Firstly, after a lot of debate both within the team and on the Steam discussion page between players we’ve decided to take the metalworking system discussed last week in what’s best described as ‘a more Zomboid direction’. RJ will be starting work on the new approach tomorrow, so we won’t go into detail until it’s nailed down, but the gist is that it’ll concentrate far more on ‘working’ scavenged metal so that the forge doesn’t become a magic ingot box.
Next up, we’ve had some more positive results from our optimization tests on older laptops – which have given us further confidence that the upcoming animation revamp won’t impact too much on players with lower end hardware.
Speaking of which, also for the animation update, Binky has been reorganizing the texture mapping on the characters. This sounds in itself boring, but in reality it leads to a lot of options with characters that were previously off limits, for example blood and gore overlays on both characters and clothing, as well as providing us with a few more optimization options for the 3D models.
Before we part, then, here’s a look at Binky’s new man. Doesn’t he look shiny?
Thanks all! We hope those celebrating had a good Easter. Normal service will be resumed next week.
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