The past week hasn’t been that productive for the game, since I have had a lot to do at work. This means that the planned finished of the task for via routes hasn’t been done, and I hope that it will be done by the end of next week.
I have so far implemented most of the backend parts, so now it is just a matter of getting the GUI parts implemented, which is also why I don’t have any screens to show.
For the data it is very nice to see that the community are contributing with a lot of new data, so now we have a lot of new airliner logos, airport logos and airlines 🙂
As written last blog update we are focusing on implementing features requested by the users. This means that we are currently implementing a lot of tasks which might be considered minor, but as long as it brings value to the game it is great.
One of the areas where we have started to add new features is on the aircrafts, where an aircraft now has a condition level which is influenced by the distance the aircraft flies. If the condition is below a certain level, the aircraft will not be allowed to fly, which is why we have also implemented the possibility of doing maintenance on the aircraft.
Another thing implemented is to being able to assign an aircraft direcly when creating a new route and also a button on the routes page where it is possible to quick assign an aircraft to the route.
And speaking on buttons we have also added tooltips for some of the buttons, since it was a little confusing what the different buttons were used for.
As you might have noticed on the screen it is now also possible to convert a passenger aircraft to a cargo aircraft.
For ordering of aircrafts we have also implemented so all aircrafts aren’t delivered on the same day, and it is also possible to specify on which day the delivery should start
And we have reimplemented the possibility of selecting to pay on delivery and also a discount if ordering multiple aircrafts at once
The only major thing we have planned for this version is the use of through/via flights which will take a little while to implement. As soon as that has finished I am planning the next release. Before the release I will need a few testers to test the new features for stability and usability, but that will be announced in the forum when the time comes.
A lot have happened since the last blog update. We have released two more fix packs, so we now consider version 11 to be as stable as possible. This means that we now have started developing version 12.
For now the focus is on implementing a lot of the requested features from the users, starting with the smaller ones. All the changes can be seen in the ongoing changelog in the forum: http://theairlineproject.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=1308
A couple of the new features are the possibility of asking an airport to upgrade its custom to international
And also the feature of assigning an aircraft directly when creating a new route
Lastly we have started using https://pjank42.itch.io/theairlineproject to manage the downloading of the game. This is done both because it is possible to get more statistics on the file downloads and also to be able to reach a broader audience. The forum will be still be the main source for information regarding the game.
In the past couple of weeks we have managed to release the latest version (version 11) as well as releasing a fix pack for the release.
The version has changed a lot to the existing demand model, which means that some part of the game still needs to be tweaked in order to get everything to work as planned. This is a work which will be focused on in the next release(s) where we will also optimize the newly created schedulers.
On the bug side it seems like the fix pack has fixed almost all bugs, but we will wait with the creation of the new version for the next week, until we are sure that the current version is stable.
The roadmap for version 12 looks at the moment like this:
- Research and Technologies
- Charter Flights
- Operating flights
- Optimized AI (was also a part of version 11)
- Stopover Flights
- Countries before 1950
Beside those things we will also try to implement as many as possible of the requested features.
This weeks blog update will be very short, since the this past week the focus has mainly been on finalising the route scheduler, so now we are ready for the internal testing of the game. If the testing goes well we are still planning to do the release by the end of next week. While the testing is ongoing we will also try to optimize some of the minor things reported, but it will only be things that we know will not be able to break the game.
We have also looked at the subsidiary feature and tried to change a few things, to get it to work more correctly. One of the things we have implemented is the possibility of transfering airliners not used between the main airline and the subsidiaries.
Currently we are working hard to get the game ready for the next release, which is still scheduled for the end of this month.
One of the tasks we are still missing, is the possible of scheduling ahead of time based on the different season, so a route might have one more departure in the summer than in the winter.
We have also started on implementing two of the features which were a part of version 1, since we needed it for our new demand model.
The first one is advertisement where we have create a first take on it with a minimal of options, but it is still working and influences the demand for a route/the airline.
The second one is reputation where the airline is getting a score based on the service levels and prices. This is also the first take and will be implemented further in the later releases.
One of the aspects which has been missing from the game is an overview of the statistics for the human routes. This has now been implemented, so it is possible to see some statistics for filling degree, market share and passenger type. It has also been implemented so it is possible to see some flight specific statistics to compare against opponents operating the same route.
On the AI side I have tried to optimize the way the CPU airlines buys its aircrafts and also tried to add a more intelligent way of selecting its destinations. I hope it is noticeable in the next release which is still planned for the end of this month.
As the last part of this weeks blog I can tell that we now has the first piece of ingame music 🙂 Thanks to picoo000 who provided the music for the start menu, so please check that out.