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    Lightbulb Camera & Control System Preview and Guides

    Camera and Control Introduction

    General Presentation - Dennis Antonsson
    My name is Dennis Antonsson and I am currently the Product Owner for the Entropia Universe Platform. I have been with MindArk for about 9 years, following my education in Game Design and Computer Science. I started out in Quality Assurance at MindArk and then moved on to Game Design and later became a Producer which was my role for about 1.5 years. In late 2018, I was the assigned the position of Product Owner for Entropia Universe, which means that I am the primary person responsible for the project, coordinating the efforts of the design, balancing, art and development teams.

    For some time the MindArk team has felt that the existing camera and control system results in confusion for many new participants, along with frustration and unnecessary limitations for many current and veteran participants.

    Several existing features (for example, Next Target and switching between camera modes) have issues with consistency and undesired side effects on other features or systems.

    The current state of the camera and control system also imposes limits on many of our design ideas and the impacts the implementation of desired new features.

    A few months ago, in October, MindArk hosted a workshop at its offices in Gothenburg for 8 members of the community to test drive an early version of the new camera system and provide feedback.

    Our overhaul of the camera and control system, focused on several important goals:
    • Simplify and streamline the system by minimizing the number of controls and Action Library items required for the most common usage scenarios.
    • More closely integrate the existing cursor and aim mode systems.
    • Create a default control system that is familiar for new participants who are accustomed to “standard” layouts encountered in other popular games.
    • Offer customization and key mapping for all new features and Actions, where possible.
    • Retain as many existing camera and control modes and features as practical: First-person mode, aim mode, third-person mode, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

    Changes and New Actions
    Lock Target (TAB key by default)
    Next Target has been replaced by a new Action called Lock Target. The functionality of this Action is identical to using the left mouse button to click on a target. Priority selection among multiple potential targets depends on the direction of the camera center (targeting reticule in Aim Mode) and relative proximity. Repeating this Action with a short time frame will cycle through available targets. Lock Target does not target avatars.

    Interact (F key by default, or RMB in cursor mode)
    Interact is a context-sensitive Action performed on the currently selected target. If the current target is a vehicle, Interact will cause your avatar to enter the vehicle. If the target is a fruit on the ground, your avatar will pick it up. If the target is a creature, your avatar will move to interaction range and enable Auto Use Tool if possible. Holding the Interaction key for a couple of seconds will open a context menu for targets with valid secondary actions available.

    Camera Transition (C key by default)

    Alternate the current camera mode from first- or third-person. Holding the Camera Transition key for a couple of seconds will enable Personal Camera mode (see below).

    Abort/Deselect (ESC key by default)
    Aborts the currently selected action or tool, depending on current state.

    Ready and Relaxed mode are used much more in the new system, and it is made clear when an avatar is in one of those modes. Run speed is higher while in Relaxed Mode (i.e. with no items equipped).

    Upon launch, the new camera and control system will use the new default settings. However, all previously existing key bindings have been saved for reference in a text file in the directory where Entropia Universe is installed. We recommend that everyone try out the new default settings to get a proper feel for the new system and features, and then customize later.

    Default Actions and Key Mappings
    Key - Command
    W - Move forward
    S - Move backward/Towards camera
    A - Move Left/Strafe Left
    D - Move Right/Strafe Left
    Space - Jump
    Alt - Switch Aim/Cursor mode
    E - Auto use tool
    R - Ready/Relax tool
    TAB - Select Target/Deselect Target
    F - Do prefered action
    F Hold - Open context menu
    Mouse Wheel - Zoom in when in “Ready” (to scope if available)
    Z - Toggle Scope (when available)
    C - Camera Swap
    C Hold - Activate Photo Camera
    1,2, 3 etc - Switch tools on action bar
    Middle Mouse Hold - Rotate camera
    Q - Auto run
    Mouse 4 - Auto run
    Left+Right Mouse - Move in cameras direction
    ESC - Aborts auto use tool and then selected target

    Aim Mode
    Left Mouse - Use tool
    Right Mouse - Interact/prefered Action

    Cursor Mode
    Left mouse - Select target or interact/use tool on an already selected target
    Right Mouse - Interact/prefered action or open context menu
    Right Mouse Hold - Rotate camera/Open context menu if mouse not moving

    Other changes
    • Slope run speed penalty has been removed. Avatars cannot traverse slopes higher than 60 degrees.
    • Double clicking a target now performs the preferred action rather than defaulting to the Item Info action.
    • Removed the ability to drag out status bars. This feature caused many unintended issues and problems, and is no longer needed.
    • Improved target outlines for increased visibility.
    • Improved mouseover information for targets.
    • Hit confirmation feedback on targets.
    • Visual indication when a target is in range.
    • Terminal interfaces now automatically close when an avatar walks away beyond a certain distance.
    • Added a new Photo Camera mode, a detached-view follow camera fully controllable with the WASD and arrow keys. Field of View can be adjusted using the Z key + scroll.

    ***These notes are not yet finalized. Full details will be published in the Version Update release notes.***

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    The implementation of the new Camera & Control system is fast approaching. To assist participants in getting the most enjoyment and usability from the new features, our team has prepared a trio of video guides.

    Our team is eager to receive feedback from the community while we put the finishing touches on the new system.

    Last edited by Dennis|MindArk; 02-15-2019 at 12:09.

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    Elite Haruto Rat's Avatar
    Jul 2013
    Cunning Haruto Rat
    fode et fuge
    In the current system, having your inventory open and in focus interferes with Tab and Backspace keys and doesn't let you use items or execute functions assigned to these two keys.

    Please check this before making any of these keys default for anything.

    Unrelated: the new font for damage messages is certainly an improvement.
    Rodent of the Multiverse

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    Elite John B Knight's Avatar
    Jul 2007
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    John Black Knight
    Titans of Space
    I hope you have considered to also close terminal windows when players get summoned away from a terminal and dont actually walk.
    I hope the indication for targets being in range is also visible in space when using a gun turret.

    I hope that these new systems come additinally to all the other overdue updates - we are still waiting on spaceship features from 8 years ago and transport missions to give ship owners opportunities back that were taken -

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    Stalker San's Avatar
    Aug 2007
    That freaking cold place (in RL)
    Sandal San Tolk
    Blog Entries
    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis|MindArk View Post
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    [*]Slope run speed penalty has been removed. Avatars cannot traverse slopes higher than 60 degrees.
    Why is this felt necessary? The run speed adaptation to slope angle is a feature adding realism which once caused effort to implement, I can't see a good reason for abandoning it now. And the cutoff means that some areas are no longer accessible at all unless by vehicle, if allowed in the respective region. It's been a fun little thing since forever to climb steep summits and enjoy the view, avatar attributes influencing climb speed allow for comparison. Not to speak of reaching mobs or mining claims. Please reconsider throwing all this away, ideally add a climbing animation used automatically upwards of said angle.

    Thank you for the detailed communication.
    Last edited by San; 02-02-2019 at 21:07.
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    Elite Alainax's Avatar
    Dec 2010
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    Alaina Bonnie Knight
    Titans of Space
    *waits with baited breath that it will all work smoothly in space, particularly in pilot and gunner mode*

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    yes, yes, yes so y'all are the hottest skill'in team in the universe....
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    Old Alpha Detritus's Avatar
    Sep 2016
    Detritus the Troll
    Looks like some much needed and welcome changes, thanks for the details and previews!
    Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. - Terry Pratchett

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    Look nice I like that loot is not behind the message center

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    Space update next please!!! Give us some iron missions in MA OWNED SPACE!!! it will be good for everyone MA and the Community both.

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    Stalker TheRock's Avatar
    Oct 2006
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    Inverted Southway - City of peace


    Looks nice for sure. More smooth. I hope it will be same for the hard little mobs such as ripper snapper or other small ones taht currently are hard or impossible to aim at.

    How will this be for pvp? Mind to show a little video of that too?
    Same goes for mining i guess

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