State of the Game 2021

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Greetings dinosaur hunters!

The end of year 2021 is here. Let’s have a look back at the past year! But before we even begin to look at all the changes we want to say a huge thank you to our great community! The feedback we’ve gotten has truly made an impact on the game and we are grateful for the attention everyone is giving.

We gathered a video to showcase the changes to the environment during this time:

Game updates

A total of 11 updates were published:

  • 0.82 Loot Box Update - January 7th, 2021
  • 0.83 Raptor Update - January 30th, 2021
  • 0.84 Mechanics Update - February 6th, 2021
  • 0.85 Giganotosaurus Update - March 10th, 2021
  • 0.86 Binoculars Update - April 25th, 2021
  • 0.87 Small Patch - May 2nd, 2021
  • 0.88 Open World Update - May 31st, 2021
  • 0.89 Fast Travel Update - June 16th, 2021
  • 0.90 Cretaceous Update - November 12th, 2021
  • 0.91 Anniversary Update - December 5th, 2021
  • 0.92 Christmas Update - December 21st, 2021
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Summaries of improvements

Dinosaur species count: From 7 to 12

New dinosaur species: 

  • Utahraptor
  • Giganotosaurus
  • Carnotaurus
  • Gallimimus
  • Pachycephalosaurus

Reworked dinosaur AI with new behaviors

  • Carnivores smelling and looking for hiding player
  • Smaller carnivores may hide and commence surprise attacks
  • Dinosaurs behaving as a group
  • Big carnivores faster takedown of herbivores
  • Big carnivores may fight each other
  • T-Rex may stalk player and do a surprise charge
  • Most dinosaurs try to escape when hurt enough
  • Dinosaurs stand still sometimes
  • Improved player detection logic
  • Triceratops threatens player before attacking
  • Pteranodon flying in irregular flight paths and stopping attack once hit
  • Dinosaurs have improved logic for interiors

Rare variants of all dinosaurs were introduced

Dinosaur ragdolls

Dinosaur hit reactions

New weapon: .700 Double Rifle

New items:

  • Binoculars
  • Dinosaur callers for seven dinosaurs
  • Camouflage net
  • Tracking device
  • Energy pack

Multiple improvements to the environment:

  • Improved all basic textures
  • New bushes
  • New trees
  • New river
  • New rock formations
  • New special locations
  • New story locations
  • Improved existing special locations
  • Improved ocean rendering
  • Butterflies flying around
  • Terrain tessellation

Bullet penetration

Trophies, score and leaderboards

Render distance increase

Dynamic ambience sound system

Hunting buddies: You spawn closer to your friends

Fast travel

Auto movement keys

Loot boxes

Dinosaurs bleeding and could die of bleeding

New hit areas: Lungs and armor (for Ankylosaurus)

New in-game UIs

  • Reworked shop UI visuals with clear categorization of items
  • Different tabs in UI to quickly swap between different views
  • UI indicators for how detectable you are
  • Trophy harvest screen rework

Missions

New contract variations

Story notes

Tracking improvements

  • Tracks showing more clearly on the ground
  • Dinosaur bleed marks
  • Dinosaurs create footprints more often

Character customization

Shotgun pellet shot

Many new game settings were added

Many Steam achievements added

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Conclusion

For this article we tried a year old build of the game at version 0.81. It truly felt like a different game! Immediately we were missing auto walk, crouch toggle, fast travel and other things we had gotten used to by now. And the irritating micro stutters were back. 

All in all we have to say it was an amazing year. We are already excited for this year and hope you stick with us on this journey! We are already working on the first update of 2022 and will be making many more updates this year. What would you like to see this year?

Happy New Year everyone!

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