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Games => The Last Federation => Topic started by: Tolc on April 03, 2015, 03:30:16 PM

Title: Do races die out on their own? [Bug/Feature?]
Post by: Tolc on April 03, 2015, 03:30:16 PM
Hi there,

bought this awesome game recently and reached a point in my first game where the Burlust have abyssmal RCI values and consequently a negative population growth (-12m). After many solar months their population counter decreased to 3m, but instead of decreasing further it just stays at this value. Is that intended so that a race can't die out on their own, leaving their planet without an owner? Or is it actually a bug?

I'd file a bug report on mantis, but I figured I'd ask here first if it's intended behaviour.
Title: Re: Do races die out on their own? [Bug/Feature?]
Post by: x4000 on April 03, 2015, 03:46:45 PM
Welcome to the forums!

It is, in fact, a feature not a bug.  It's impossible to have a planet or outpost without an owner, for one thing.  But also when a race is super weak, they go into a sort of survival mode, if you think about it.  After all, in all our tales of apocalypse with our own race, at least 0.01% of the population seems to survive, right? ;)
Title: Re: Do races die out on their own? [Bug/Feature?]
Post by: Tolc on April 03, 2015, 04:32:21 PM
Thanks for the quick answer and the welcome! :)

Ok, yeah that makes sense. Maybe the game should tell you that, though...or maybe not. I'm no game designer ;)

Another question if you don't mind: Do you have more plans for this game (more features, expansions, etc.) or is it feature complete in your eyes? (Not that it needs it, but more icing on the cake is always good ;))

Anyway: Keep being awesome and making awesome games!
Title: Re: Do races die out on their own? [Bug/Feature?]
Post by: x4000 on April 03, 2015, 04:57:03 PM
My pleasure!

In terms of more content for this game, I do expect to have more content for it in the future, yes.  At the moment this and AI War are our two big franchises that have staying power (AI War more than this one, but this one doing quite well for itself).  We tend to do updates to these games (if you look at the history of AI War) at the same time we do an expansion.  That way we can devote all our attention to it and get a bunch of new content and fixes and whatever in there for the base game at the same time that we're putting together the expansion, and it all comes out at once.  So those people who don't want the expansion get something new anyway, and those people who do get both things.

Right now we're pretty much tied up with Stars Beyond Reach, which my hope is will be our third big tentpole.  We'll see.  At any rate, I'm not sure if there will be another expansion for AI War or TLF this year, but if so then it will be very late year.  More likely is into Q1 next year, although that remains to be seen -- a lot of questions are out there after SBR comes out.  If SBR hits it off so majorly that we just can't focus on working on a whole new game after that for a while (too much going on with SBR, for instance), then we'd probably do the expansions for AI War and TLF sooner than later, and push our next full game after SBR into next year instead.
Title: Re: Do races die out on their own? [Bug/Feature?]
Post by: Tolc on April 03, 2015, 08:13:04 PM
Nice! Thanks for taking the time to answer me :)

I'll be waiting patiently then and good luck with SBR!
Title: Re: Do races die out on their own? [Bug/Feature?]
Post by: TheVampire100 on April 04, 2015, 12:53:47 PM
As far as I've noticed, some planets have gone down to 0 population which basically means the planet is dead. On the other hand you can still interact with them, make deals and other stuff. 0m population probably just means that there are less than 1 million people left. If you leave them some time, increase the birth rate, they might overcome this and grow back to full strength. But they are very vulnerable in this time and even a small attack would mean their end. So you should think twice before you put time and resources into them just to get squashed by another race.