Performance Update Part 1 and Cosmetics!

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Performance First!

Welcome back to Genfanad, everyone!

This week's (delayed) update comes to you with a whole load of behind-the-curtain changes that will make your playing experience more enjoyable.

First off, we've upgraded our client to more modern JS and upgraded our dependencies. This should not only get some performance benefits, but also fix a lot of the inconsistency issues where the client would not load for players.

Secondly, our character rendering code has been rewritten from scratch. Most players should be able to see a significant performance improvement, especially when lots of characters are on screen.

And thirdly, the terrain and building rendering code has been streamlined to combine all of the textures into a single one. This should give our level designers more freedom to design more interesting areas, without the performance cost associated with swapping textures all the time.

There's a few other small performance tweaks in this update, but this is definitely not the end. Overall, we're definitely still concerned with loading times, and will be working to bring that down in the months to come.

Shinies! Cosmetics!

As we've promised for a while, we have finally added support for cosmetics. The cosmetic vendor is in the town of Coyn, and all players can visit them to get a free cosmetic item of their own!

Players who have items they have unlocked in past testing sessions, through the kickstarter, or otherwise, can pick those items up from the cosmetic vendor as well!

Aside from that, we’ve also got a new area opened up Southwest of the Peridot Area, so don’t forget to take a little exploratory walk through there. Oh, but don’t forget to bring some weapons!

We’d be mi-thrilled to offer you some new Mithril weapons! Some monsters now drop LQ Mithril Shortswords and Shields, so keep an eye out for that.

Thank You!

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve opened up a Patreon!

Currently, this is the only way to support the game monetarily, so if you’re ever considering helping us out in exchange for some cool rewards like top-secret behind-the-scenes posts, weekly devlogs, and exclusive polls (and potential in-game cosmetics) consider supporting us.

We just wanted to give a quick shoutout to all of our Patrons. You guys are the best. Thank you for aiding in the development of this quirky little game!

Patrons at the $10 tier and above can get their own shiny version of the cosmetic that everyone receives today!

Be sure to read the full patch notes over at Discord, and we’ll see you all again next week. Thanks again to everyone who has stuck around, and everyone new who's just now hopping in!

We're not ready for you to play yet, but we'd love to tell you when we are!

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