New SRV, mission improvements and emotes coming in Odyssey update 8
A new update is landing for Odyssey that brings more variety to interiors, a new SRV model, emotes, mission improvements and new engineers!
This dev update starts with the most requested features and bugs reported via the Frontier issue tracker.
FPS performance in Odyssey
With the bulk of navmesh optimisations now in place with Update 7, alongside a number of other changes, FDev code team is now looking at further optimisations with an immediate focus on lighting, slated for release in Update 8. Further work is also underway for Update 9.
Anti-Aliasing on Foot
In Update 7 Frontier improved anti-aliasing on planetary terrain in close-up. Further improvements will arrive in Update 8 with other areas looking for improvement in future updates.
FPS stuttering at on-foot settlements, apparent after Update 5
FDev identified further improvements to the navmesh to be made in Update 8 which are believed to substantially improve instances of stuttering upon disembarking at a settlement.
Ship-Launched Fighter Potential Exploit
Frontier made changes to address this issue for Horizons in this month’s 3.8.5 release. These will be coming to Odyssey in Update 8. Additionally, FDev plans to address a number of other issues in Update 8 development.
Upcoming Updates and Content
Please note: These are at varying stages of progress. This is not an exhaustive list of everything that is being considered. They are not final, so they are subject to change. With that said, here’s a look at just some of the features and content in consideration, to go alongside the other development work required for future updates.
The team have been incredibly busy working not only on optimisations and fixes but to bring new and exciting content to Odyssey. You can see a preview of some of the features slated to release in Update 8 below
You asked for them! Update 8 will bring a new way to not only express yourself, but also physically communicate with a series of emotes coming to the game. The full set features the following emotes: Wave, Applaud, Point, Agree, Disagree, Stop, Go and of course Salute. These emotes are context sensitive so can be directed towards fellow Commanders. The ‘point’ emote will also provide in-world makers to highlight points of interest/objectives to other Commanders in your Team.
As mentioned in Development Update 3, the following ships will all receive an extra seat to enable four Commanders to board them: Anaconda, Beluga Liner, Federal Corvette, Imperial Cutter, Type 9, Type 10, and the Alliance Crusader.
Odyssey Engineers in Colonia
For those far from the bubble in Colonia, the release of Update 8 will add four new Engineers for Commanders to visit, offering various ways to enhance your weapons and suits.
With Update 8, Megaships will receive interiors for Commanders to visit once they have docked. These interiors will offer various services that can be found on stations such as Vista Genomics and Frontline Solutions. Rescue Megaships will not feature interiors at this time.
Horizons Cosmetics in Odyssey
From Update 8 you will be able to use your flight suit cosmetics with Odyssey’s suits.
Mission Additions and Improvements
Missions in Odyssey will receive additional features in Update 8. These include hostile agents attempting to intercept you while en-route, contacts you can meet at settlements, and NPCs attempting to use shuttles to flee to Hyperspace!
Twin-Seat Combat SRV
A new twin-seat combat SRV is in advanced development! A full reveal including a deep-dive into its features and capabilities can be expected closer to release.
Further Mission Additions and Improvements
This will add further mission variety and elements, making the gameplay experience much more dynamic.
Fleet Carrier Interiors
Following the incredible reception to the announcement of Megaship interiors, Fleet Carrier Interiors will be coming to Odyssey in the coming months! You can expect more details on these very soon.