Quickly following the 0.73 Alpha release from a couple of days ago, Alpha update 0.735 has just been released via Steam to all Alpha players.
This patch includes the continuation of performance related fixes that we’ve been working on, and config changes related to community feedback following Alpha 0.73:
- Performance improvements
- Population growth boosted by farms
- Default growth rates and income from tax increased
The last release didn’t boost performance to a noticeable degree, but we’re very confident the changes included in this release will!
Population growth boosted by farms
The population growth boost from constructing additional farms has been reintroduced (it has been refactored in a way that gives us more control over adjusting it in future):
- Default farm +1%
- Small farm +0.8%
- Extended small farm (tech-level 2) +4%
Default growth rates and income from tax increased
The consensus among both players and ourselves was that the restrictions to growth/income caused by the last update were too severe. Both have been increased 2.5x to take them closer to the levels seen before the latest changes (Syntis have been adjusted separately, taking into account the additional disadvantage they saw due to their lack of influence from happiness).
Work on controlling growth will continue, but separately to the main galaxy for now, and in combination with additional gameplay features we have planned.
Once Alpha players have had a chance to evaluate this latest release, please let us know what you think in the forum. Thanks 🙂