Developer Log #58

Howdy Folks!

Thanks for the great feedback on Update 25 :: New Horizons. Now that the more critical issues have been patched up, I’ve started work on Update 26. Update 26 will continue to expand and improve upon surface side content.

Surface Resources

Resources are getting an overhaul and you’ll no longer be able to mine anywhere or infinitely. This will make expansion and resource acquisition on the surface more varied and engaging.

Each surface side resource deposit will come in varying depths. This determines the quantity of a resource and what is required to mine all of it. A resource can be mined by either an expedition team, mining vehicle or mining platform, with each being able to mine deeper.

Deep resources could still be mined by an expedition team, but the expedition team will only be able to acquire resources closer to the surface. A resource deposit could then be mined further by a mining vehicle or mining platform.

How these resources appear on the map and additional scanning mechanics are in development.

Surface Construction

I can’t say too much about it at this stage, but surface construction is in development. This will include new surface side structures and construction mechanics.

Points Of Interest

There are currently far too many POI locations and far too little variety. I had originally planned to just add more POI location types to increase variety.

While this is still something that will happen I’m also re-working how POI locations are generated on the map. POI locations will have a limit to how many times they can appear on the map. This means some repetition will occur, but far less so.

There are a few repeatable POI locations that have a random chance of several different types of rewards. I’m working to create new POI locations that are targeted towards specific rewards. This will help to decrease the need for repeatable POI locations as well as offer more overall variety.

The end result will be less POI locations, but more unique POI stories and rewards.


The colonist, understandably, was something that was coded very early on in development. It’s seen a lot of additions to it, but I finally got around to breaking it down and re-working colonist data. The rework focused on splitting the visual elements of a colonist from the underlying data that represents a colonist.

What this means is the ability to better handle colonist data without having them visible in the facility. Starting colonists can now have their data generated before leaving a stasis capsule.

Starting colonists will now have a predefined job role with proper attributes. While these colonists can still be assigned other job roles they will at least start out being good at something.

In a future update this will allow me to provide control over starting colonists in the new game interface.

There are a lot of things being worked on for Update 26 and I’m really excited about all the changes and additions. I’m actively working to get Update 26 ready for the experimental branch and hope to have something ready next week.

Thanks again for all the great feedback and if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Feedback Survey, now is a great time.

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Howdy Folks!

Thanks for all the great feedback and reports. Patch Update 25.4 is now live on Steam. The update is a small, but important, update to address some critical issues that have been reported.

Construction Queue

While this update focuses primarily on bug fixes, I did sneak in a minor addition to the Construction Queue. Line items now only show management buttons for the item the mouse is hovered over. There is also a new deconstruct button that allows you to quickly remove items from the construction queue.

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If you haven’t already checked it out and have a few minutes to spare, be sure to take the Update 25 Feedback Survey. Let me know what you like and what you don’t.


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Release Notes

  • Added Cancel Construction button to objects Construction Queue window
  • Construction Queue now only shows interaction buttons for the item the mouse is over
  • Fixed: Wild plants selected for harvest are no longer selected after loading a saved game
  • Fixed: Storage container capacity meter doesn’t change after installing a storage expander upgrade
  • Fixed: Issue with selection collider on Hexagon BookCase
  • Fixed: Deconstructed objects dropping double resources in some instances
  • Fixed: Game crashes to desktop when loading save game that has many poi locations on the map
  • Fixed: Colonists not hauling to storage if the item quantity of the items on the ground is greater than the available/remaining storage amount
  • Fixed: Some game data not properly destroyed when quitting to menu or loading save. This causes newly loaded games to load incorrectly.
  • Fixed: Incorrect object placement when dragging mouse while placing objects in some instances.

Howdy Folks!

There has been a whole lot of new Mercury Fallen players and a lot of great feedback. Thank you to everyone, as always, for the amazing feedback on the game. Knowing what you like, what you don’t and where you get stuck helps to improve the game in various ways.

Patch Update 25.3 provides improvements to the UI, various tweaks and some bug fixes. See the release notes below for the full list of changes.

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Release Notes


  • Added pop-up tip that shows when first opening the colonist management screen. This will show the first time a save game is loaded as well, but only the first time.
  • Added brightness game setting
  • Improved visibility of help button on info panel sections
  • Craft queue items now show total amount of output item stored/available under output button
  • Aquarium now shows hover warning icon if out of fish food
  • Updated Points Of Interest guide topic as information was no longer correct as of Update 25
  • Updated Builder job role description
  • Updated various tooltips to provide additional information.


  • Fixed: Game becomes unresponsive if blood fish die from starvation in aquarium
  • Fixed: Fish food still being consumed even after fish are harvested
  • Fixed: Fish food amount in aquarium not saving/loading
  • Fixed: Tooltips cut off at edge of screen in some instances
  • Fixed: Tooltips not appearing on tab section buttons
  • Fixed: POI story window cut off on some ultra wide resolutions
  • Fixed: Construction button bar overlaps vehicle action buttons on ultra wide resolutions
  • Fixed: Colonists planting crops in a diseased crop field
  • Fixed: Colonist becomes idle and stops performing any tasks if unable to find a path to recharge an EMG
  • Fixed: Aquarium generating internal error if loaded from save game before construction has been completed

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