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Hi everyone - Ty here.

So behind the daily bug fixes, we’ve been working on a 1.4 content update with more substantial improvements and more stuff to play with.

This content update comes with cross-expansion integration between Biotech and Ideology, improvements to gene modding and gene inheritance, changes to pollution management strategies, and extra polish for various gameplay elements and UI.

It’s nearly done and is now up for testing on Steam’s unstable beta branch. Everyone’s invited to test it, and we’d love it if you could share any bugs or issues you find on the official RimWorld Development Discord[discord.gg]!

To get access to the unstable branch, go to your Steam library, right-click RimWorld and select "Properties", then select the BETAS tab and choose branch unstable. Restart Steam if your game does not automatically update.

It should be compatible with all savegames and (generally) with mods. But being the unstable branch, there will still be bugs and missing pieces (which is of course why we’re testing it).

Everything in the update is listed in the changelog at the bottom of this post, but let’s take a look at some key elements.

Cross-expansion integration We’ve been following feedback across the community (Reddit, Steam comments, Twitch, YouTube, and our insightful testers on Discord) to try to make sure all the details are covered. It’s a very complex game at this point, so there are quite a few details - having feedback from tens of thousands of people is frankly invaluable from a design perspective.

One theme that’s come up is the desire for integration between expansion packs. Originally, I was a bit hesitant to put this in because I worried it would feel like locking one expansion’s content behind another expansion. However feedback seems to indicate that people want it, and narrative-wise, it would make a ton of sense if the ideoligions from the Ideology expansion had beliefs about xenohumans, sanguophages, children, and so on. So I decided to work on this.

I’ve found over the years that the wrong way to design Ideology precepts is to just think of something that seems fictionally reasonable and implement it blindly. You end up with mechanics that “make sense” but aren’t actually storyful or fun. Instead, we decided to take a “goal experience” approach to the design: We wrote down a list of the specific play paths and role-play stories that players might want to explore, and which would also be fun. Then we created precepts that specifically open up those play paths:

Belief issue - Bloodfeeders: The vampire lord with human worshipers is a classic idea. So are the vampire hunters. This precept changes peoples’ attitudes towards people with the bloodfeeder gene (which in Biotech means only sanguophages, though you can of course create your own bloodfeeder xenotypes).

Those who revere bloodfeeders will want them around, love them, and be fine with being fed upon. Those who revile bloodfeeders will hate having them around, despise them, love killing them, refuse to become them, and hate themselves if they are one. Bring on Dracula’s thralls.

Belief issue - Child labor: We always had the idea of players being able to choose to invest more or less in children - to decide between using them as workers or fighters, or trying to strengthen their development with a rich and free childhood. Now ideoligions can have opinions on how this ought to be done.

Those who encourage child labor will have children who work faster and not like assigning children to recreation. Those who disapprove of child labor will have children who learn faster, but adults won’t be happy if children are assigned to work.

Belief issue - Mechanoid labor: Machine worshippers need to be able to live off the labor of their electrically-powered buddies. When an ideoligion has mechanoid labor enhanced, mechanoids controlled by its mechanitors will work faster, but colonists will work slower (because why should a human have to do a machine’s job?)

Belief issue - Growth vats: Ideology has technology worshippers and technology haters, and they need to be able to interact with growth vats as well as biosculpter pods.

Those who see growth vats as essential will grow quicker in the vats, but be unhappy with (yuck) natural reproduction. Luddites who see growth vats as prohibited refuse to build them and will be unhappy having them around, and especially having kids inside.

Belief issue - Preferred xenotypes: Whether it’s a baseliner purity cult or a fur-only yttakin tribe, some beliefs may place a certain xenotypes over others. An ideoligion can have up to three preferred xenotypes. If there are no preferred xenotypes, there is no effect, just like in older versions. However, if any xenotypes are preferred, believers will be happier with a colony of their preferred xenotypes and have a higher opinion of them, but a lower opinion of others. They’ll also try to refuse becoming a non-preferred xenotype and be quite bothered if they end up as one.

More generally, we linked xenogene implantation to the existing body-modding precepts, so those who love or hate body mods will appropriately love or hate having xenogenes as well (note this doesn’t affect germline genes, so you can still have e.g. a body purist impid ideology).

Those with beliefs about autonomous weapons will extend those beliefs to the use of mechanoids as well.

Other notable features Xenotypes breed true: Previously, there were sometimes broken-looking cases where parents with germline genes would have a child that lacked many of them. We removed some metabolism limits for baby gene generation and made the algorithm that generates baby genes from parent genes more flexible. This means that your gene-modded humans will pass down their genes completely and reliably.

Loosening the economy around gene-modding: Previously, making custom xenotypes during game setup worked well, but it was quite hard to actually do genetic modification during the game. Getting your hands on the genes and building all the infrastructure was quite costly and sometimes hard to justify from a game advantage perspective.

We’ve tuned some systems to make gene-modding more viable. Now, quest rewards come with a lot more genepack options and they’re available earlier in the game. We’ve reduced the xenogerm shock from extracting genepacks which will speed up your extraction efforts. We’ve also changed how certain genes apply traits so that you can stack effects together and create more diverse xenotypes. This is an ongoing tuning effort and we’ll be watching and dialing in the numbers to try to make gene-modding useful, moderately costly, and narratively-interesting.

Polux tree seeds: These new special seeds can be acquired in a few special ways. They’re rare to find, but with them you can plant a polux tree at a place of your choosing. Collecting polux trees is a new alternative way to suppress and remove pollution (besides the atomizer) in the late game (after it builds up in the early/midgame).

Pollution dumping diplomatic responses: There are a variety of ways to deal with pollution - freeze it, erase it in the atomizer, let polux trees neutralize it, just make less of it - or export it. We’ve added more depth and sensibility to diplomatic responses from other factions when you dump pollution off-map. Whether you’re dropping pods of pollution straight onto their homes, or dumping them off of a caravan, or launching toxic packs into the ocean, other factions will notice and respond more consistently and interestingly. At the most basic level, this means goodwill impacts. However, there is also a small chance of new faction retaliation in response to you dumping pollution in the world - they might send punitive attacks, or even drop some pollution back onto you. Together with the polux tree seeds, we hope that this will balance the choice between different pollution management methods and make that decision more interesting, while also de-emphasizing micromanagement-heavy strategies. It also adds a bit of narrative flair to have other factions respond directly to your actions.

Player-made xenotypes spawn in the world: Player-made xenotypes will now spawn in the world! Your customized pig/cat/dog hybrid no longer needs to be alone. Basically, in various random spawn situations like crash pod survivors or refugees, there is now a chance that the arriving person will spawn as any xenotype in the world. That includes modded xenotypes, as well as xenotypes created by the player. (Note: Not every player-created xenotype file is considered - only those if the xenotype is referred to in an ideoligion or the player used it for a starting colonist).

And the changelog below lists a pile of other smaller changes and fixes - go read it!

Here’s hoping that the unstable branch isn’t too unstable and we can release it to everyone pretty soon. We’ll be testing for mod compatibility and watching for gameplay feedback. Everyone’s invited to test and I’m very thankful for all feedback we can get. If you’re like to help out, please join the RimWorld official development discord[http//url%3Dhttps].

Please join the discussion on Reddit as well.

The creative story continues - We’ve learned a ton from feedback so far and I hope we can learn more going forward. And don't hesitate to leave a review on Biotech!

Thanks all,

Ty

Unstable build changelog Note: Some items may not be fully functioning in the unstable test, but below is the target changelog for the full release.

Recent patches to the unstable build:
- Unstable build update 1.4.3548

Big new stuff Added precepts related to bloodfeeders:
  • Revered: “Bloodfeeders should be worshipped.” Positive mood effects for having bloodfeeders in the colony. Negative thoughts from bloodfeeder deaths. Positive opinion towards bloodfeeders. Not bothered by being fed on.
  • Reviled: “Anyone who drinks blood to survive is a monster.” Negative mood effects for having bloodfeeders in the colony. Positive thoughts from bloodfeeder deaths. Negative opinion towards bloodfeeders. Will not absorb or implant bloodfeeder genes from xenogerms.
Added Ideology precepts related to child labor:
  • Encouraged: “Children build character through work. It’s important for everyone to contribute.” +20% child global work speed. Negative mood offset for adults while a child has recreation assigned.
  • Disapproved: “Childhood is sacred. We should let kids play like kids.” +20% child learn rate factor. Negative mood offset for adults while a child has work assigned.
Added mechanoid labor Ideology precept:
  • Enhanced: “Why should we work when we have machines?” +20% mechanoid work speed. -8% colonist work speed.
Added Ideology precepts related to growth vats:
  • Essential: “We have the technology for safer childbirth and faster childhoods.” 30% quicker growth speed in growth vats. Negative mood when naturally pregnant or with a child outside of a growth vat.
  • Prohibited: “Growth vats rob children of their childhood.” Unable to build growth vats. Negative mood when growth vats are in the colony or children are in growth vats.
Added a new category of precept: Preferred xenotypes.
  • Up to 3 can be chosen at any time. This includes player-created xenotypes. When chosen, believers will be happy to be and be around preferred xenotypes. Believers will be unhappy when they or others are of other xenotypes. Believers will not accept becoming a non-preferred xenotype via reimplant ability or xenogerms. Single-xenotype NPC factions have a chance to generate with this belief about themselves.
Other:
  • Xenogenes count as artificial enhancements for body modders/prosthophobes.
  • Autonomous weapons include colony-controlled mechanoids for precepts.
Smaller new stuff
  • Added child tribalwear.
  • Added an auto load toggle for genepacks. When off, the genepack will not be taken to a gene bank.
  • Added an option for selecting “no trait” on growth letters some of the time if there are more than two trait choices.
  • Added a UI button for absorbing xenogerms of appropriate targets, to help players understand that this option exists.
  • Added social thoughts for giving a lesson to a child and the child receiving a lesson.
  • If a child is unarmed and hasn’t participated in combat at all, raiders will treat them similarly to harmless livestock. This means the raiders will deprioritize them as targets and not hunt them down. It makes unexpected combat more survivable for kids, opens up those “porkchop hiding in the shed” stories and might create some rimworldy strategies.
  • Melee raiders now ignore non-combatants that aren't in LOS when choosing new targets (previously only ranged-attack raiders did).
  • Factionless pawns can spawn with any defined xenotype including those from mods and those which are player-created. Player-created xenotypes must be referred to in an ideoligion, or used as a player starting colonist, to spawn.
  • Added more varieties of yttakin pawn kinds. This means more variety of yttakin raiders and traders.
  • Display recipe ingredient counts on recipe float menu option tooltip.
  • Gases can travel through vents.
Miscellaneous
  • Reduced the power needed for the wastepack atomizer to 400 W.
  • Reduced the work needed for the extract hemogen operation to 500 (from 1500).
  • Adjusted bandwidth costs for scorcher to 1 and lancer to 3.
  • Increased the health of the mechanitor's remote shielder ability to 75/150/225.
  • For the purposes of precepts, autonomous weapons include colony-controlled mechanoids.
  • Increased the availability of gene packs from various traders.
  • Increased frequency of genepacks in quest rewards.
  • Xenogenes count as artificial enhancements for body modders/prosthophobes.
  • Increase the apocriton's health, armor, and damage
  • Apocriton can now cast resurrect without line of sight. This should make him less cheesable in narrow hallway contexts and a bit more scary overall.
  • Yttakin factions no longer get desired apparel precepts, because they’re uncomfortable in all clothes.
  • Buffed furry tail minimum comfy temperature offset to -10 (from -5).
  • We now allow the kind trait to apply in addition to other violence-related genes.
  • Cribs no longer require any research, so tribal colonies can use them in the early game.
  • We now display market value on colony mechs’ inspect pane.
  • Pawn apparel generation takes into account min and max temperature stats per individual pawn rather than per xenotype. This means that yttakin will be less likely to spawn with parkas (they generally don’t need them) and so will look cooler.
  • When a bloodfeeder feeds on a person, the hemogen they gain is now related to how much blood was left in the target. This solves some logical incoherencies, and an exploit that involved keeping a deathless blood-farm and bloodfeeding on them over and over.
  • Reduced the impact and duration of gene loss shock from the gene extractor.
  • As people grow up, their aging rate now smooth scales from child age rate to adult age rate over several years. This prevents the problem of having a lot of 13-year-olds in the colony after raising children.
  • Renamed "child raiders" storyteller setting to "child enemies" to be more accurate.
  • If child enemies are disabled in the storyteller settings, refugees with children will not betray and attack (because that makes children your enemy). We reduced the chance of children spawning in refugee hospitality quests to mitigate balance impact of this.
  • Allow modifying the “child aging rate” and “babies are healthy” storyteller settings even if children are disabled, in case there are already children in the game.
  • Display recipe ingredient counts on recipe float menu option tooltip.
  • Added a "(disliked food)" parenthetical warning on the right-click menu when telling colonists to feed themselves or a patient a food that the eater would dislike. This helps players predict what will happen.
  • A caregiver feeding a patient will now feed them ideologically-venerated food sources if there are no non-venerated food sources.
  • Improved formatting of the research project content source line in the research UI.
  • When a deathless pawn takes damage that would have been lethal and falls into a deathrest coma instead, as an additional consequence they lose 3-6% of XP in a random skill. This should make non-death less trivial for these characters and preserve the sense of risk and danger. We’ll tuned this ongoing as needed.
  • Super-mechanoids cannot be called when there is already another super-mechanoid on the way.
  • Player is given the choice to set mechs to escort when a mechanitor leaves a map.
  • Hemogen UI gizmo no longer displays when multi-selecting pawns, to reduce clutter.
  • Ability UI buttons can now shrink like psycasts if there are too many, to avoid covering the screen.
  • Update the wording of the stillbirth letter to be a bit clearer about the choice of naming the baby, and allow the player to decide not to name the baby.
  • Fathers now get a negative thought if their child is stillborn.
  • If a baby is stillborn from a surrogate mother, the gene-mother gets a negative thought.
  • Updated the apocriton's description to note that it has a jump launcher.
  • If player sends a pregnant colonist on a “pawn lending” quest in a shuttle, and she gives birth during the quest, the baby will be returned with her instead of being kept by the questgiver.
  • Psychic bond now gives a small amount of psychic sensitivity so that it makes more sense, and as an interesting extra bonus.
  • Psychic bonds can now be created during lovin' instead of just on romance attempts. This means that two people who were in a relationship when the gene was implanted can now form a psychic bond after one gets the psychic bonding gene.
  • Psychic lances can't be used on mech bosses (because they trivialize the fight).
  • Added a thing category for mechanitor body parts (used on stockpile config etc.)
  • Updated textures for all super-mechanoid chips to look more appropriately ultratech than archotech.
  • Added a toggle for the glower color picker to disable the darklight-related UI elements for modders that want to re-use the dialog for other things.
  • Pawns away on a PawnLend quest won't have their lactating condition expire if there are any babies with them that can feed.
  • Show birth letter for babies born from lent colonists in a PawnLend quest.
  • Babies born during a pawn lend quest: If a baby is stillborn they are sent to the colony immediately for burial.
  • Display conditional stat affecters from ideoligions in stats page.
  • Optimization: Improved performance of AnyMechsInPlayerFaction and CompOverseerSubject.
  • Add dev tool to add ideology development points.
  • In the 'Completed scan' message sent when subcore scan is cancelled, changed 'cancel load' to 'cancel scan'.
  • Subcore scanners: Added confirmation dialog when cancelling a scan that can kill the occupant.
  • Added description to "force xenogerm implantation" command.
  • Shuffle inherited genes before adding them. Added a debug tool to spawn a baby given two parents.
  • Bringing babies to a safe temperature jobs can now be interrupted.
  • Kid tribalwear no longer lists skin layer twice.
  • Added an alert which displays deathresting pawns who can be safely woken.
  • Gene extractors will cancel extraction and eject the victim if they are without power for a cumulative 24 hours.
  • Update the lactating hediff's description to mention that it reduces fertility.
  • Lactating no longer prevents pregnancy but just applies a 5% fertility factor to the pawn.
  • Update the fertility stat to read back any hediffs that are modifying fertility.
  • Mood related genes no longer force traits. They apply a separate mood offset.
  • Learning genes offset global learning factor of a pawn instead of forcing traits.
  • Beauty-related genes offset pawn beauty directly instead of forcing traits.
  • Speed-related genes offset pawn speed directly instead of forcing speed traits.
  • Added a toggle to the hemogen gizmo which allows configuration of whether or not a pawn can ingest hemogen packs to desired hemogen level.
Fixes
  • Fix: Tribal children who grow up in a colony don't get the 'natural' meditation focus type.
  • Fix: Lamps unconnected to a power grid do not properly have reduced power consumption once advanced lights is researched until you reload.
  • Fix: Ripscanning doesn't kill pawns if colonist instant death in difficulty settings is 0%.
  • Fix: Pilgrims coming to venerate a relic cause charity believers to get unhappy regardless of outcome.
  • Fix: Unwaveringly loyal inspect pane text not appearing for slaves.
  • Fix: Kills with body part weapons like knee spike and power claw don't satisfy kill satiety.
  • Fix: Custom xenotypes show up with relationships that make no genetic sense.
  • Fix: Hair color genes have a chance to not be passed on.
  • Fix: NullReferenceException when beginning role change in extreme temperatures.
  • Fix: Xenotype icon selection scrollview not working correctly.
  • Fix: Some broken word replacement in the grammar code run on labelNounPretty.
  • Fix: Gaining growth points with letter pending.
  • Fix: Grand altar draws rotated.
  • Fix: Bloodfeed can be used on pawns in mental states.
  • Fix: Wastepack cocoon infestation storyteller setting appearing in the wrong spot.
  • Fix: Apocriton appears in mech clusters.
  • Fix: Destroyed pawns can cause issues with deathrest building inspect strings.
  • Fix: Genes requiring other genes can be skipped for child genes generation.
  • Fix: Atomizer looks like it's rotated wrong by default.
  • Fix: Pawns ignore allow zones when hauling to transport pods.
  • Fix: HypothermiaRevealed tale displays death by cold even if the subject did not die from hypothermia.
  • Fix: 'No colonists can do this surgery' message appears even when there is a colony paramedic mech.
  • Fix: Farskipping a pawn into a range of an expired proximity sensor will trigger it again.
  • Fix: You can start as a psychically deaf mechanitor.
  • Fix: Second funeral is offered if corpse is destroyed after burial.
  • Don't maintain labor progress bar effecters if the pawn is not on the map anymore.
  • Don't maintain effecters for non-suspended world pawns.

Originally posted by fureshyu

Ludeon Studios is truly my favorite dev team. They not only communicate but they listen and can change their stance if it further enriches the game.

These days I’m honestly disillusioned when it comes to game support. Yes most studios communicate or have some sort of community manager. But rarely do they take into consideration the feedback players pose after a patch. Even rarer does the creator of the game put themselves into the public light.

Thank you Tia and everyone at Ludeon for creating and continuing to develop our favorite colony simulator (and also modders who contribute to the longevity and replay-ability).

You're very welcome and we appreciate the props. We're trying and it's good to have that be noticed :)

Originally posted by massive-business

I hope there's an option to turn off player made xeno type spawns because I play with a super OP everything buffed deathless race that would be incredibly unfun to be raided by.

They won't appear as raiders, just random miscellaneous people in other situations.

Originally posted by Kr4k4J4Ck

These are all great changes, but will there be balance changes done for the solo mechanitor route? It was so off-putting that I haven't even tried it again since the first week of release.

I found it kinda insane that you had to research the 3rd mech tree to get fabricator for something as simple as cutting stone chunks. It made 0 sense to me why in my solo mechanitor most of my time was spent cutting stone blocks or sitting at a deep drill trying to get platsteel deposits, when the whole playstyle is supposed to revolve around having these mechs do the work for you.

I just don't see myself ever doing this route again unless for some reason I want to cut stone chunks or deep drill for 90% of my run.

I saw that the fabricator can now cook which is a good step, but it's still so far into the research line that it doesn't make sense. (unless this was changed recently which I missed).

A good change would be to have a Fabricator be an early mech, but with a skill point cap of maybe 4 or 5, and then something with the Plasteel requirements because if you don't get lucky and don't have time for deep drilling, again more RNG. You have to wait for traders and slowly and I mean slowly buy everything.

An option my friend I and thought about was having weaker/stronger? mechs be built out of different material. Maybe Uranium mechs would be a lot slower but more tanky etc.

We want there to be progression through the tech tree, which means not just having every worker mechanoid available from the start. This is going to remain the same.

There are definitely econ development paths that don't require your mechanitor to spend all his time cutting stone chunks or deep-drilling plasteel. It's a kind of weird extra-challenge playthrough and requires some adaptation - doing the same development path as a normal colony would be slow for sure. So come at it another way. Build less walls, or use something besides stone blocks (which are inherently very slow) in the early game, or trade more, etc etc. Use less plasteel and focus on other resources, buy more of it, etc. Push faster to higher tech. There are tons of options.

Originally posted by Studly_Spud

Thanks Tia! A question on genepacks; is it intended that genepacks cannot be sold direct from bank? Meaning that we must always hit "eject all" when a trader comes along, then rebank afterwards.

This would make perfect sense - will consider for this or a future update. Thanks for the feedback!

Originally posted by steamedbean-

A suggestion. Can we directly sell gene mods from the gene bank without ejecting them first?

It would make a ton of sense - will put this in our design queue for consideration.

Originally posted by FiraFoxy

These changes all look really cool - I understand the reluctance with cross-expansion content that Tynan had initially, but I do think it only makes sense to have many of these precepts relating to Biotech to help the "RP" aspect of colonies a lot more.

I have a small, minor question about a weird Biotech / Ideology interaction that seems to be a bit broken and bugged. If you have male Furskin pawns, with the "Beardless" gene and/or with your Ideology set to only use the "no facial hair" appearance at the Appearances at the bottom of your Ideology, the male Furskin pawns will be unhappy with their appearance until you get them a Styling bench and change their style - however, on doing this, the beards tab will be empty, because of the Beardless gene.

Thus, any Beardless Furskin male pawn will be permanently unhappy and get a small mood penalty, because the "no facial hair" isn't a valid option for them. I don't suppose it'd be possible to add "no facial hair" as an option for Furskin pawns to stop this interaction? It's either that or remove Beardless as an option with Furskin if that's the game development vision for Furskin pawns, though I imagine people would prefer to have more choice, rather than less (but that may just be my bias speaking, the in-game lore and universe isn't mine after all!)

I've been searching around for other comments on this conflict but haven't really seen much about it, so, figured it couldn't hurt to ask. I've been absolutely loving Biotech and this impending update looks set to make it even better! Player-made Xenotypes showing up ingame especially is going to be really cool I feel, and I also really like the sound of the change to smooth out the 13-year-olds-everywhere problem too.

We will look into this. Could just be a little design hole/bug.