Category Archives: Retrovirus

Patch v1.0.5748 (October 2013)

- Optimized shaders.
- Optimized mesh on corruption tendrils used throughout the game.
- Added option for allowing buffered frames for mutli-gpu machines.
- Added GPU load display to options screen for determining hardware bottlenecks.
- Improved performance on all levels, 5-30% on most machines.

Retrovirus and Sol Survivor are FREE this weekend through Steam!

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You read that right!

Both Retrovirus and Sol Survivor are going to be available to play for free on Steam from the 3rd-7th! Let's get everyone and anyone to play from your brother, his friends, his friends aunts and uncles, to the ghost of Gary Gygax, to even Kevin Bacon; because at this point I think there's a connection somehow. If you wind up liking both of our games you can purchase them for 60% off during the sale!

Be sure to jump on this deal while it is hot! 

http://store.steampowered.com/sale/freeweekend_sol_retro

Game Night 9/19 @ 6PM PST!

Yup, we're getting Game Night back on track! Come on out for our latest session on 9/19 @ 8pm!

Check out the group link from Steam:

http://steamcommunity.com/games/227800/events/1981871470505263340

Enter the Oculus Rift

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The excitement for the long awaited arrival of inexpensive Virtual Reality has been growing since the success of the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. Cadenza was one of the backers, and I've been experimenting with a Rift development unit for about a month now. It presents a fantastic view into game worlds, complete with a new set of challenges to overcome.

The quality of the Rift device itself is very high for a development unit. It's origins as a cell phone screen taped to ski goggles is still apparent, but the solid plastic frame and quick setup go a long way to communicate that Oculus is serious about putting these in the hands of gamers. Importantly, it's comfortable to wear and can be used with headphones. The Rift is so lightweight that it's barely noticeable. Though after extended use and one's neck is beginning to feel the extra effort of looking around, it's understandable why Oculus is working to shave off grams.

The most noticeable limitation is the low resolution. Spreading 720p over a wide field of view results in very large pixels. Oculus has already demonstrated a 1080p version at E3 this year, so it's really only a concern with these early units. The combination of low latency sensors and some fancy math behind the scenes results in very convincing head tracking. Testing on demos that poorly scale the view or buffer frames has brought on some motion sickness in minutes. But I've been able to play for hours in games with proper care given to their Rift integration. Experimenting with new demos can feel a bit like astronaut training.

The SDK comes complete with source code and samples. Simple games could get up and running with the Rift in hours, while more complex games will require more effort to integrate. I'll go into detail on how we added Oculus Rift support to Retrovirus in the next post.

Patch v1.0.5731 (July 2013)

- Added Oculus Rift support, available in new 3D options tab.
- Added interlaced and red-cyan anaglyph 3D modes.
- Added weapon depth option for finer control over appearance in 3D Vision.
- Added editor mod manager.
- Added option to hide the Hud.
- Added mouse axis to control bindings.
- Added stick sensitivity and acceleration options.
- Added vignette tint when hit with marks from other players in multiplayer.
- Removed self damage from Seek splash off of enemies.
- Simplified publishing workshop mods.
- Changed video playback to Theora.