Community Update #4.5

Standing in GRAV World This excellent screenshot was taken by Steam user Merdok

Welcome

Welcome to a quick edition of our community updates. We would like to start out by saying thank you to everyone that has reached out to us about the Streamer Starter Kit program. In total, we have given out keys to 26 streamers/YouTubers. We are very excited for all the new streamers to show off GRAV to new audiences. If you’re a streamer and want to apply for our Streamer Starter Kit, you can do so by checking out this post With that being said, we are going to take a look at some streamers that are playing GRAV (and giving away a few copies) this week. We also mentioned our big upcoming update (official name is coming soon) earlier this week. At the bottom of this post, you can see some new screenshots of the new starter planet.

Streamer Starter Kit

Since launching our trial Streamer Starter Kit program, we have seen a ton of great responses. This has been very exciting and we have been able to coordinate some special giveaways with a few streamers this week. Below are streamers that will be giving away 1 copy of GRAV each day until this Friday (8/25), so be sure to check them out.

New Starter Planet Screenshots

Below, you can see some more screenshots of the upcoming starter planet. When we are able to, we will break down each major update/change that is coming with the future update. For now, we leave you with these screenshots.

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This wraps up our quick Community Update. As always, you can submit your screenshots, artwork and videos on Steam or on our social accounts: GRAV FB and GRAV Twitter.

Till next time, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Introducing The Streamer Starter Kit

Want More Visibility on Your Stream/YouTube Channel? We’re Here to Help.

UPDATE 8.24

// Since launching this program, we have had a ton of requests and want to thank everyone that has reached out to us! You guys are great. However, with this flood of requests, it ha made it very hard for us to reply to everyone in a timely manner, so if you haven’t been seen a reply from us, we apologize.

We have also seen a bit of confusion (most likely due to the way we worded the process), so we want to take the time to clear a couple things up.

1.) This program is open to everyone. However, not everyone will get a key. When you message us, it’s more of an application. We evaluate everyone individually. There are no requirements, so you may have only 25 followers, but get a key. We just want to make sure that we aren’t giving keys to users that have either A – just created a profile for a free key or B – user has an old profile, but doesn’t use it and are only linking to it to recieve a free key.

There are other reasons, but we don’t want to bore you with a long list.

2.) We have had a few people message us about reviewing GRAV. We didn’t mention reviewers in the Streamer Starter Kit becuase we didn’t think about it. However, we are always open to sending keys to individuals that want to review GRAV. Keep in mind, this is an application process as well. We just want to make sure your intentions are real. Other than that, you will most likely get a key :)

Once again, we want to thank everyone that has reached out to us. It has been pretty exciting and we look forward to seeing more people covering GRAV. //

Original

Earlier this month, Steam user BA_Bass created a new group called the GRAV Steam Team. We were very excited when we found this and have decided to create a new way to help promote any streamer that wants to cover GRAV. We are calling it the Streamer Starter Kit. We are not limiting this service to just streamers. YouTubers are also welcome.

Basically, we are willing to give *anyone that wants to cover GRAV a GRAV Steam key to giveaway on their channel. We will also promote anyone that covers GRAV by mentioning your streams/channels on our social media profiles. There are no follower requirement to take part in this. We want to help all of you, just as much as you help us. We are giving away a minimum of 1 Steam key per user. However, if you have a decent following (this will be evaluated on a case by case basis), then we are willing to give you many more keys to giveaway.

Keep in mind that this will initially be a trial run. If too many people take advantage of this program (sell keys, not actually stream GRAV etc…), then we will end this program. However, if everyone can be honest and transparent, then we have no problem making this a longer term thing.

As stated above, there are no follower requirements. However, we would like to have open communication with anyone that wants to receive a free key. We aren’t saying we want to hold your hand throughout the process. We would simply like to know when you will be streaming and/or releasing your video on YouTube so we can mention it on our social media accounts. Also, we do not require that you say only nice things about GRAV. GRAV is an early access alpha game, so if there are things you don’t like about the game, you are free to voice your opinion. In fact, we would love to hear about your ideas and experiences with GRAV. You can do this by being active on the GRAV Steam Community, or by taking part in our on-going surveys by sending an email to logan.williams@nullbitmonstergames.com with the subject line “GRAV Survey”.

To receive your Streamer Starter Pack, all you have to do is send an email to streaminfo@nullbitmonstergames.com with a link to your Twitch/YouTube channel (from the same business email address that is on your Twitch/YouTube channel), how many followers you have (remember there is no minimum), when you want to stream/upload video and any other notes you want to add. We would prefer that you use the subject line “Streamer Starter Kit”, so we can more easily find your email and get your key(s) to you that much faster.

We hope to see many participants and if you don’t stream, but know people that do, we would love it if you could spread the word!

Till next time, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Major Update Teaser

Underwater in GRAV

 

Hello GRAV players,

Today, we have good news and slightly bad news. First, the slightly bad news is that we won't be pushing out the next patch as soon as previous patches.

The good news is that the next patch/update will be a major one. When I say major, I mean it's pretty serious. Today I will leave you with a few notes and a screenshot. Make sure to follow our Twitter account because we will be releasing many spoilers in the future on this account.

Major Update Notes:

  • New Starter Planet
  • New UI/Inventory
  • More Enemies
  • Weapon Cost/Progression Rebalance
  • And Much More…

Lastly, we have some more unrelated, but very cool news to announce tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Community Update #4

Horse HeadsGet ready to prance around with these sweet new hats! Coming soon…

Welcome

Welcome to the fourth edition of Community Updates. Before we begin, we want to thank everyone that has participated in our recent survey. Your answers and suggestions have been nothing less than excellent. We are incredibly appreciative to have such a passionate community. If you haven’t participated in our survey yet, you can still do so by sending an email to logan.williams@nullbitmonstergames.com with the subject line GRAV Survey (only if you want to). Also, as you can see from the image above, we are adding some sweet new hats soon. We also have some more cool teasers that we will be showing off tomorrow on Twitter and Facebook, so stay tuned.

Twitch & YouTube

Recently, we found a very interesting thread in the Steam Discussions from Steam user BA_Bass where he discusses starting a stream group. Since the creation of this group, we’ve seen some new streamers playing GRAV on Twitch. This includes Bwana, Daopa, Bandhelix, BA_Bass and others. We’ve had a lot of fun watching these streams and we look forward to many more. In fact, we’ve been throwing around some ideas on how to encourage more people to stream GRAV, so stay tuned because we should have an announcement on this soon. Also, you should definitely check out this Let’s Play series from YouTuber Larry Chupacabra. You can see the first episode below:

Cool Bases

While looking through recent screenshots, we found a massive amount of excellent bases, so we thought it would only be fair to show off some of the outstanding bases that caught our attention.

red-green-baseRoyal Bouch Dag’s colorful beast of a base.

marvelous-baseUNAVAILABLE’s truly marvelous base.

cool-base-placementCheck out the cool placement of this base by the holy piece of sh*t (keeping it family friendly).

green-beast-baseCheck out this cool greenroom (get it?) by Spacial Buckets

red-yellow-baseHere’s another superbly colorful base by Steam user Marchi

Random Awesomeness

There was just too many great screenshots to choose from. Because of this, we have decided that the best way to describe the images below is to just call them random awesomeness.

wingsuit-green-landscapeThis beautiful screenshot was taken by malibu

dancing-with-crewHere’s MK and his crew going hard in the paint

exploring-on-moon79RoNiNCZ cruising on the moon

This wraps up our fourth Community Update. As always, you can submit your screenshots, artwork and videos on Steam or on our social accounts: GRAV FB and GRAV Twitter.

Till next time, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Community Update #3

GRAV in ColorRoyal Bouch Dag has taken advantage of the new color options by creating this really cool looking base. You can check out more of his colorful creations in this thread.

Welcome

Welcome to the third edition of Community Updates. With Patch 21, we added the ability for you to change the colors of your bases. In this update, we will check out some new stylish bases and we’re also going to check out project Citadel and other random awesomeness. Let’s get to it.

So Many Colors!

It’s only been a few days since Patch 21 launched and we’ve already seen some really stylish bases pop up.

Colorful Base Another view of Royal Bouch Dag’s base.

Colorful Dance OffThis dance off comes courtesy of Steam member N.O.shotgun

Green BaseThis green beast is another remarkable creation by community member Klipwc

Selfies

Sometimes when exploring, building and surviving, you have to take a step back and get a few selfies in.

Moon SelfieThis very cool Moon selfie comes from community member Murdok

Cave Selfie19RoNiNCZ taking a quick selfie break before venturing out in pursuit of rare loot.

Wood SelfieBad joke in 3..2..1……Got Wood? Ba dum tss! You can thank Cane Skretteburg for provoking that terrible joke.

Project Citadel

If you haven’t already heard of Project Citadel, you should definitely check it out. Klipwc and friends are currently building a full city for free running. The overall design is based off of Hangsha of Dues Ex. You can see a rough design of the city entrance below. For more information about Project Citadel and a recap of day 1, see this thread.

Project Citadel Entrance

Giveaway and Let’s Play

If you haven’t purchased GRAV yet, you should definitely check out these videos. One of them by MineDatFunky shows a trailer of GRAV. He is also giving a away 2 copies, so you could end up winning a free copy of GRAV! The other video by YouTuber Commander ChaosWulff is the first episode of his exploring GRAV series.

This wraps up our third Community Update. As always, you can submit your screenshots, artwork and videos on Steam or on our social accounts: GRAV FB and GRAV Twitter.

Till next time, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Patch 21 Notes

Colored Bases

Hello everyone! Patch 21 is upon us, so it’s time to go over the latest additions and improvements.

Improvements

In this patch, we’ve included a new weapon, new player job, base items, improved loading screens and more. The full breakdown is below:

Nexus Buster

EMP Shield Buster

The new item can be placed near enemy area totems and drill platforms. When it’s charged, it will temporarily bring down shield generators that are in range.

Ladder and Wooden Structural Support

These base items function exactly as they sound.

Customize Your Rooms

Now you can customize the colors of your rooms!

Anti Vehicle Gun

Anti Vehicle Missiles

This new weapon was included in our patch 20 notes, but didn’t make it in time. However, it’s included with this new patch. It’s perfect for taking out vehicles with its strong and homing missiles. Keep in mind that this weapon is significantly weaker against non-vehicles.

Loading Screen Enhancements

Loading screens are now faster and show ProTips created by community member Rusty. If you want to add your tips, post them on the forums and we will get them added.

Hotbar Can Hold Additional Actions

The hotbar can now hold 3x as many actions via shift and control modifier keys.

More Hit Impact Sounds

More objects now have hit impact sounds.

You Can Now Force Planet Rotation

In Solo Play, if your planets are not rotating when you use the Stargate’s ‘Force Planet Rotations’ button, you can now hold shift and click ‘Force Planet Rotation’. This will reset the planet manager’s data. This should allow you to then use the ‘Force Planet Rotation’ button and have the planet/moon rotate.

Balance

Below are items that have been changed to add more balance to GRAV.

You Can Disable Base Decay

We’ve added server launch option to disable base decay should server operators choose to do so. Add ?DoBaseDecay=0 if you want to turn base decay off.

More Base Decay Info

Base decay value of harvesters has been increased to 4 days. Also, base decay times are now a multiple of the item’s level. For example, the default decay time is 48 hours, but a level 2 item decays in 96 hours and so on. Lastly, Drill platform decay time has been increased to 4 days.

Various Cost Reductions

Large Vehicle construction, running and ammo costs have been reduced. Also, area totem construction costs have been reduced.

Relaxed Build Restrictions

Build restrictions on area totems and drill platforms have been relaxed since they are now vulnerable to shield busters.

Bugfixes

As with all patches, we’ve included many bugfixes. The full list is below:
  • Players in the outside world who are in cave/instance state will now take damage.
  • Fixed bug allowing ‘invisible’ base items to be built.
  • Fix for a case where Invis Stim looked active but the game didn’t think you were invis
  • Fixed player logs getting corrupted causing new entries to be unreadable thereafter
  • Fixed resources in ice caves being too dark.
  • Fixed some resources in ice caves not being mine-able. -SHOUTOUT: Rustytunes
  • Fixed outdated check to stop people healing when falling. -SHOUTOUT: L33T
  • Fixed the locator always having the same elements for E and BE. -SHOUOUT: Prophet
  • Fixed refined materials not showing up in your inv nor storage bins. -SHOUOUT: Royal Bouch Dag
  • Fixed server crash when destroying rooms on top of extremely high support structures. -SHOUOUT: cartographer and L33T
  • Fixed client incorrectly thinking there was not structural support when on top of very tall structures. -SHOUOUT: L33T
  • Fixed Science Station having incorrect mesh for some resources. -SHOUOUT: Bobdamek
  • Fixed vehicles not decaying. -SHOUOUT: Rusty
  • Fixed issues that could cause ‘ghost vehicles’ that were not enterable. -SHOUOUT: Rusty
  • Fixed being able to use jetpack with no resources. -SHOUOUT: L33T
  • Fixed being able to create roomless teleporters. -SHOUOUT: Rustnots
  • Fixed being able to trigger a build attempt when in an invalid spot.
  • Fixed idlers not being kicked in some scenarios. -SHOUOUT: L33T
  • Fixed a case where walls and floors were not being removed from PhysX during construction of neighboring rooms.
  • Laser fences now damage vehicles. -SHOUOUT: Lusty
  • Fix being able to build rooms underneath other rooms with foundations. -SHOUOUT: Rusty
  • Fix being able to use Guardians to blow up generators that are close to the walls of a protected base.
  • Fixed having to equip a weapon before getting ammo at armory or drops for it. -SHOUOUT: Rusty
  • Fixed Drill Platforms getting incorrectly refunded in some cases. -SHOUOUT: Rusty
  • Stargate ‘Force Planet Rotation’ button no longer needs ‘iamacheater’ to make it work in Solo Play. -SHOUOUT: Klipwc
  • Fixed MP games not having the correct localized monster names. -SHOUOUT: DonYanmo and Eveaustria
  • Fixed tundra caves not have proper levels or spawn types.
  • Fixed rooms not updating physics collision when neighboring rooms were destroyed. -SHOUOUT: Klipwc
  • Inventory and Storage Bin UI optimizations.
  • Bubble Shield: No longer do damage to the bubble shield when shooting from the inside to the outside. -SHOUOUT: KyoKing
  • Improved Centurion tank ground clearance. It now has no trouble going up ramps and steep inclines.
  • Fixed exciting bug causing loading screen to pop up when destroying things in caves.
  • Fixed an issue causing rooms to refuse to build in situations they should have allowed. -SHOUOUT: Rusty
  • Add missing WearSelectedGearSet 6 to the keybinds. -SHOUOUT: luvhateluv
  • Fix base items that were not decaying listing 2+ days for decay time instead of inf.

For more information on this and future patches, visit our patch discussions thread on Steam. Till next time on BitBog, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Community Update #2

Standing Proud Drop Cards proudly posing in this excellent screenshot.

Welcome

Welcome to the second edition of Community Updates. In this update, we’re going to explore various ways you’ve been playing GRAV. This includes cool bases you’ve built, places you’ve explored, the things you’ve had to do to survive and we even take a look at a sweet dance competition. Also, at the bottom of this post, you will find a list of shoutouts to community members that have helped us on improving GRAV. If you want to send any ideas or suggestions, you can do this in the Steam discussions. Without further ado, let’s check out what you guys have been up to.

Build

The core fundamentals of GRAV are build, explore, dance and survive. First, we’re going to look at some cool structures and bases that you’ve built.

Excellent Base Steam user Klipwc sitting in front if his very intimidating base.

Ramp Pyramid With our recent patch #20, we added new ramps and Qvon took this new addition to the next level by creating a pretty sweet pyramid. We salute your creativity.

Well Protected Base atherelm looking up at this well-situated base.

Explore

We can definitely see how much you love exploring everything GRAV has to offer. We had no problems finding excellent screenshots. Below is just a small sample of what we found.

To Worlds Uncharted This beautiful screenshot was taken by SHADOWFRAX appropriately tagged “To worlds uncharted…”

Wingsuit Exploration WestwardAmoeba as he flies through the GRAV world using his wing suit.

Monocycle at Night AiD speeding through the night on his monocycle.

Monocycle During The Day Another cool screenshot from GrandaddyKush taking his monocycle for a spin during the day. What he does at night, we can only speculate…

Dance

Dancing is a unique aspect of GRAV and we love seeing all of you getting down with your sick dance moves.

Dancing GRAV Players SelfleS taking a break from the dune buggy to get down. Sometimes you just gotta dance.

This video is pretty hilarious and we recommend you check it out. It shows YouTuber CeScO EightyFive having a sick dance competition with some friends.

Survive

Survival comes above all else and as we see from the screenshots below, it sometimes makes us do things we wouldn’t normally do.

End of Battle The Collector showing us how serious survival is.

Take This However, sometimes survival makes us come together to aid others. Kaizerdorah showing us how it’s done.

GRAV player surviving Kaizerdorah’s warning wasn’t a lie. However, Briskethead looks well equipped for the fight.

Shoutouts

We’re dedicated to constantly improving GRAV and we greatly appreciate all the feedback that we get from the GRAV community. Below are some future additions that will come with patch #21 and we would like to leave a few shoutouts before we close this edition of Community Updates. For more shoutouts and the latest patch information, check out this thread in Steam discussions.

  • -IMPROVEMENT: Loading Screens now show some ProTips created by Rusty! If you have any tips please post them on the forums so we can include them. -SHOUOUT: Rusty

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed an issue causing rooms to refuse to build in situations they should have allowed. -SHOUOUT: Rusty

  • -BUGFIX: Add missing WearSelectedGearSet 6 to the keybinds. -SHOUOUT: luvhateluv

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed rooms not updating physics collision when neighboring rooms were destroyed. -SHOUOUT: Klipwc

  • -BUGFIX: Bubble Shield: No longer do damage to the bubble shield when shooting from the inside to the outside. -SHOUOUT: KyoKing

  • -IMPROVEMENT: DEU Localization updated! -SHOUOUT: Maxunit

  • -IMPROVEMENT: LOD for teleporter room particle effects. -SHOUOUT: Rusty

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed being able to use jetpack with no resources. -SHOUOUT: L33T

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed being able to create roomless teleporters. -SHOUOUT: Rustnots

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed idlers not being kicked in some scenarios. -SHOUOUT: L33T

  • -BUGFIX: Laser fences now damage vehicles. -SHOUOUT: Lusty

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed the locator always having the same elements for E and BE. -SHOUOUT: Prophet

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed refined materials not showing up in your inv nor storage bins. -SHOUOUT: Royal Bouch Dag

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed Science Station having incorrect mesh for some resources. -SHOUOUT: Bobdamek

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed some resources in ice caves not being mine-able. -SHOUTOUT: Rustytunes

  • -BUGFIX: Fixed outdated check to stop people healing when falling. -SHOUTOUT: L33T

  • -IMPROVEMENT: Add additional Crafting Material Categories: Essence, Stim Mats, and Star Material -SHOUTOUT: L33T

  • -IMPROVEMENT: Allow weapon reloading when falling. -SHOUTOUT: Rusty

  • See You Next Time

    This wraps up the 2nd edition of our Community Updates. We hope you all enjoy these updates as much as we like making them. As always, you can submit your screenshots, artwork and videos here in the chat, on Steam or on our social accounts: GRAV FB and GRAV Twitter.

    Till next time, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Community Update #1

Hammerhead Exploring World

Hammerheads in the wild and free running in GRAV!

Welcome

Welcome to the first edition of our community updates. From now on, we will be keeping a closer eye on the community and sharing any awesome findings. This includes artwork, screenshots, videos or anything else that shows off your experiences in the GRAV worlds. If you have any artwork, screenshots or anything else that you would like to share with us, you can reach us by posting to our BitMonster Twitter account, GRAV Twitter account, Official GRAV FB page or by sending an email to info@nullbitmonstergames.com. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Flying Through GRAV

We recently released patch #20 and with it came the addition of the hammerhead, a new jet vehicle. Since we added the hammerhead to GRAV, we've seen some really great screenshots of it in action (this includes the screenshot above from Steam user Klipwc).

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Steam user Marchi exploring with his new hammerhead.

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Another cool screenshot from Steam user Vittrax.

What About The Other Vehicles?

We haven't forgotten about the other vehicles in GRAV and you haven't either.

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SHADOWFRAX enjoying his dune buggy.

Monocycle-grav

Very cool screenshot of the Monocycle in action from Kaizergidorah

Quick Dance Party Break

dance-party-grav This dance party break is brought to you by Xander and his crew.

Forget About Vehicles, Free Running is Where It's at

Well not really, but this video from the above mentioned Klipwc is pretty amazing. We applaud your creativity!

YouTuber Spotlight: Fork

If you're looking for an entertaining YouTuber, look no further than Fork. His YouTube channel features many Let's Plays and he even showcases various indie games on his series, Indie Bytes. You can see episode #1 of Fork & Jam exploring GRAV below.

See You Next Time

This just about wraps up the 1st of many community spotlights. We've enjoyed checking out the videos and screenshots you the community have created and we look forward to doing this a lot more. Also, if you haven't seen our new social profiles for GRAV, you can check them out here: GRAV FB and GRAV Twitter.

Till next time, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.

Patch 20 Notes & Sneak Peeks

NEW_Planet

Hello everyone!

Patch 20 will be here soon, so it’s time to go over what additions you can expect to see. However, before we dive into all the new changes, it would be cool if you checked out our new Facebook page specifically created for all things GRAV: facebook.com/playgrav

New Starter World

As you can see from the screenshot above, we will be adding a new starter planet. No more fighting higher level enemies right out of the gate. This will not be a part of Patch #20. Look out for this new starter planet in future updates.

Anti Vehicle Weapons

Get ready to even the scale with these new anti vehicle weapons. The new anti-aircraft turret should help balance out flying vehicles and the new anti-vehicle handheld weapon should help players take on vehicles on the go.

Anti Air Turret Anti Vehicle Gun

Portable Shield

With all these new weapons, we want to make sure you get an extra line of defense.

Portable Shield

New Jet Vehicle

Speaking of vehicles, get ready to explore new worlds in new ways with the Hammerhead!

HammerHead Jet Vehicle

Cool Ramps

Staying on topic, we’ve added ramps for your enjoyment. What are you waiting for? Get out there and take your Dune Buggy on some sweet jumps.

Ramps

New Pet

Say hello to the new pet XP Bot.

XP Bot

Before we let you get back to playing GRAV, we wanted to show you a sneak peek at some heads. This is a work in progress for upcoming character customization options. Character Customization Work in Progress For more information on patch 20, and to stay up-to-date on all future changes to the ever changing world of GRAV, visit our patch discussions thread on Steam. Till next time on BitBog, EXPLORE BUILD DANCE SURVIVE.