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Hey folks :)

We just uploaded a first version of the new "Sandbox settings" update on the tester branch!
What has changed in this new version?

New features:

  • New ability, Insect collecting
  • Insect in the swamp can now be collected and swooped if the Nicheling has the Insect Collecting ability
  • New animal type “Defender Bear”
  • New animal type “Peaceful Bear”
  • New gene Bat Head
  • New gene Savanna Horns
  • New gene Bat Wings
  • Nicheling names can now be customized via a file
  • Gem colors can now be customized via a file
  • Added new sandbox settings:
    • Age and pregnancy duration settings
    • Start animal amount and gene settings
    • Damage and healing multiplier settings
    • Food and nesting material start amount settings
    • Blind gene mode setting
    • All genes unlocked setting
    • Tribe size limit setting
    • (Achievements are disabled if you play with custom sandbox settings)
       

Improvements:

  • Added exhibiton mode 
  • Unlocked genes are now highlighted in the mutation list
  • Added gene name to gene unlocked message
  • Reduced amount of Balance Bears that can spawn
     

Fixes:

  • Apes can no longer move through jungle rivers
  • Wild Nichelings drown themselves less often
  • Moved tailfin body part a bit to avoid collision with water body
  • SetGene and SwitchGender console command should no longer break the game or cause bugs
     

Some things are still missing, we're working on them:

  • New gene Sticky Tongue
  • Termit hills in Savanna
  • (Maybe) Basic options to deactivate field occupants (aka switch off the rogue males)
  • (Maybe) Very basic options to create challenges
     

How you can customize the animal name setting:
Open the file: C:\Users\username\AppData\LocalLow\Team Niche\Niche - a genetics survival game\AnimalNames.ini
Add new syllables and names, don't forget to save.

How you can customize the gem colors:
Open the file: C:\Users\username\AppData\LocalLow\Team Niche\Niche - a genetics survival game\ActionPointColors.ini
Add new colors, don't forget to save ^^


Please help us to test if all the new things are working!

To do so, you can head over to Steam.
Right click on Niche in your game library, select properties, open the Betas tab, enter the password.
The password is: NicheTesterBranch
Select tester_branch from the drop down. The game should now be updating. If now, restart Steam.
Happy testing and please report all bugs here. Thank you ❤️

 

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1 minute ago, Skysplash8 said:

ICE ICE BABY NO SCHOOL BECAUSE OF ICE ICE BABY

I tried playing on the Testing Branch, but the game crashed and Windows is taking a long time to report the problem and close it. 😧

I tried again, but same as before, though it closed a lot quicker this time. 

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19 minutes ago, ValkyrieWolff said:

I've had this creeper follow me on two different islands now...it's uh....just a little unsettling

Niche - a genetics survival game 28_02_2019 11_10_53 PM.png

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I have started a safe file with 13 strength Nichelings that kill this dude really quickly.

 

Also where does the defence bear show up?

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Just now, Snowy Owl said:

question, in the bat head stats it says -1 seeing but my creatures still see normal is this a bug or does the normal eyes cancel the -1 seeing?

I'm going to guess that it's a bug, since when you look at the stats you can see that the minus one hasn't been applied

 

2 minutes ago, Jojo said:

I have started a safe file with 13 strength Nichelings that kill this dude really quickly.

 

Also where does the defence bear show up?

If that's the one Bostonlobstah found, it appears to be a grasslands type of biome?

Meanwhile, in the land of experimentation, the return of the goddess of winter! (or a close ish copy of her, since I don't actually have any records of what her stats were. Also a restart has added my custom colours into the game, not sure what happened there)

Niche - a genetics survival game 1_03_2019 12_50_46 AM.png

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2 minutes ago, Snowy Owl said:

 

tried that, nothing works, i'm giving up. not worth the work

It didn't work for me initially either, and then I restarted niche (and steam I think) and then all of a sudden I was just clicking through the colours and saw my custom colours. Maybe it'll just start working randomly for you too

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Wait a second...

10 hours ago, Philo said:

Bad Wings

ALERT, ALERT! NEW ADDITION TO THE DICTIONARY INCOMING! @Lilytuft , ADD THIS IMMEDIATELY! 

 

Ah, yes. Nicheling genes. The wonderful snouts, like Digging Truck and Purrsnot. And those new wings, Bad Wings. I don't know why they're called that, they seem pretty cool to me.

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