Sailaway Update V.0.9.020 – Performance updates & a new horizon!

Hello Pioneers,

This update focuses on an issue we believe is the main cause of players crashing when a large number of boats are on screen at once, with a particularly large community race to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Race on the horizon we want to get these performance improvements in place to make this as smooth as possible.

Performance Improvements

Multiple improvements have been made to how Sailaway handles textures and memory allocation, this should stop the root cause of the crashes people are experiencing.
Alongside this improvement there has also been work done to speed up the various background tasks Sailaway computes while you sail, these refinements should lead to better performance on certain hardware.

Horizontal Horizon

We know this is something that has been bothering many of you so we have adjusted the horizon so that it straightens up after a short time, this should hopefully make playing a bit more comfortable.

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Bug Fixes & Other Improvements
  • Fixed player’s avatar icons becoming distorted/corrupted
  • Boom is now centred when the mainsail is not raised
  • Rain particles no longer appear to be coming from inside the boat
  • Jib and Halyard hotkeys should now work again
  • The Gameplay menu has been adjusted to show what settings affect one boat or all boats
  • You can now disable extended ingame boat tooltips via Gameplay > Show Tips
  • Fixed an issue where all boats would seemingly get entered into a started challenge

As always If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy sailing,

The Sailaway Team

 


Sailaway Update V.0.9.019 – An increase in weather accuracy and more fixes!


Sailaway Update V.0.9.018 – Bug fixes for multi-crew issues

Hello Pioneers,

There have been some wonderfully detailed posts on issues found while trying to multi-crew a boat in Sailaway, these have enabled us to narrow down what is causing them and deploy some fixes. Thank you as always, we have a wonderful community.

This update makes the following changes/fixes:
  • When the boat owner logs off another member of the crew should now seize control of the boat faster.
  • Boats would continue to steer towards the heading set first but they should now update according to any subsequent adjustments from other crew members.
  • Teleporting a boat should no longer leave the crew behind at the previous position.
  • During a race marks should no longer only detect the owner of the boat, it should detect all crew members.
  • All crew members now get mentioned in chat announcements regarding that boat.
  • All crew members will now receive the badge for the race or challenge they are completing.
In addition to these multi-crew fixes we have also adjusted:
  • The previous boat speed restrictions in high wind have been revised.

Any kind of networking related issue is hard to track down so please do report back to us on the forums regarding multi-crew performance since this update.

If you have a bug you would like to report, please follow the guide for ‘How to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

 


Sailaway Update V.0.9.017 – New music, audio and gennaker customisation plus some bug fixes!

Hello Pioneers,

Today we are adding more music to the game along with some new audio and customisation options plussome bug fixes.

Gameplay Music!

Created by Francisco Perez (who also created the main menu music) we now have music for when you are sailing. There are currently six tracks that play depending on the type of weather you are sailing in, from calm sunny days to exciting high winds!
We would love to hear your feedback on having music in the game, would you like more?
If music isn’t your thing or you prefer to listen to your own then you can turn this off by reducing the music volume to 0 in the audio settings menu.

New Audio

We have recorded some new audio for a few effects, there is new audio for the water, sails flapping and ropes being eased and pulled.

Dual Gennaker Colours

There are 4 new customisation packs that allow you to use 2 different colours on the gennaker like so:



Bug Fixes

  • Adjusted navigation lights to increase their visibility at longer ranges.
  • Other boats in your fleet should now travel again while you are online.
  • Adjusted the way map images are loaded to hopefully reduce the chance of them turning white.
  • The missing horn sound when completing a race is restored!
  • The large trench of water behind the boat has been smoothed out.
  • Dolphins no longer appear when anchored.
  • Boat speeds in massive storms were too high so have been reduced.
  • Foam near the boat was affected by boat shadow too much.
  • The Main traveler was operated from the wrong side of the 50′ cruiser.

If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

 


Sailaway Update V.0.9.016 – Racing marks hot fix

Hello Pioneers,

We know there have been some issues with passing marks in races for a while now and we have been trying to get to the bottom of the issue. This update has made some changes to the way passing race markers is detected so we are hopeful to see some improvements but only more race testing will tell.

Please report any feedback and bugs in the Bug Reporting Forum.

In addition, we would like to remind players that if they experience a crash during gameplay to please send us the log file that is generated before you start the game again as these files usually provide us the cause of the issue so we can fix it. Details of how to find this file can be found HERE
Please email this log file to [email protected]

This update also fixes the Jib Furl not appearing in the Q/E line cycle of the 50′ Performance Cruiser.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

Sailaway Update V.0.9.014 – New boat, new tutorials, steam achievements and a few secrets….

Hello Pioneers,

This week’s update brings a whole host of new features!

New Boat

Introducing the new 50′ performance cruiser! This high-performance sailing boat is ideal for long range trips and racing at speed. It’s now available to sail in Sailaway!

New Features

You can now earn Steam Achievements! Some of them are retroactive too so make sure to start up the game and see what unlocks.

We’ve created 6 new sail trimming tutorials, these cover the following topics:

  • Curve depth – The theory behind having a flat or deeply curved sail
  • Curve position – The theory behind having the deepest curve at the front of your sail or more towards the centre
  • Top of the sail – The theory behind pulling the top of the sail closed or making it more open
  • Controlling the depth of the sail – Which trim lines to use to change the depth of the sail curve
  • Positioning the sail curve – Which trim lines should you pull to move the shape of the sail towards the front or the centre
  • Opening/closing the top – Which trim lines will open or close the top section of the sail

You might spot a few more additions, but you’ll have to find them for yourselves 😉

Bug Fixes

We’ve been fixing localisation mistakes over the last week so most reported errors should now be addressed.

Known Issues we are currently working on:

  • Race Buoys not appearing and race times glitching (we suspect these are linked). This one is taking a while to fix but we’re working hard to identify the cause.
  • Issue where other boats in your fleet sometimes stop sailing while you are online

If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

Sailaway Update V.0.9.012 – New Liveries!

Hello Pioneers,

In this weeks update we’ve got some new Liveries for you as well as some new features! This patch also addressees some of the issues you may have reported recently.

New Liveries!

6 new liveries have been added to the game that can be used on the Cruiser, Mini-Transat & Catamaran.

These liveries can be applied via: Main Menu > Boat > Edit boat appearance > Select Customization Pack. Here’s a preview:

New Features

Navigation Lights
These have been a highly requested feature for a while now so we are pleased to announce they are now available!  They will automatically turn on at night.

User Created Races
In the Races menu there is now an option to show races created by players, we have had lots of volunteers (thank you!) to help us test creation of these and invites will be going out as soon as we have completed work on the back end to support them. Races these testers create will appear in this new area.

Telltale Customisation
You can now adjust the color of the telltales on your sails.

Bug Fixes

  • Sheets are now automatically pulled in beginner mode
  • Main sail was too transparent on the Cruiser
  • Some hotkey names were incorrect
  • Hotkeys were interfering with certain text input fields
  • Deck and cabin are no longer too ‘glossy’ when using a dark colour

 

Known Issues we are currently working on:

  • Race Buoys not appearing and race times glitching (we suspect these are linked)
  • Issue where other boats in your fleet sometimes stop sailing while you are online

If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

 


Update V.0.9011 – Bug fixes and a call out for budding race makers

Hello Pioneers,

In this weeks update we’ve focused on bug fixes! This patch addressees some of the issues you may have reported recently.

We need testers

Some of you may have seen the latest community race we announced earlier today. We’d love for you to be able to create and share your own Sailaway races in-game, so we’re working to expand race-making options!

To do that we require a number of budding race creators to help us test our race creation tools! If you are interested in testing these new features for us, please let us know but completing this short Google Form. We only need a handful of testers so not all applications will be successful.

Patch V.0.9011

New Features
Hot Key customisation has been enabled in this patch but is still a work in progress. You can find this in Options > Gameplay. Let us know what you think!

 

Bug Fixes

  • Water droplets now cover the whole screen for wide screen users
  • Fixed the issue where boat hulls became transparent in certain situations
  • Improved saving of boat customisations
  • Fixed the issue where boat/port names copied onto other boats
  • Adjusted lights on lighthouses and buoys
  • Catamaran windows no longer overlap the water
  • Fixed US flag colours
  • Added ‘Red Ensign’ UK flag
  • Various improvements to stop various reported game crashes

If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’ and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy Sailing,

The Sailaway Team

 


Update V0.9010 – The first wave of visual updates are now live!

Hello Pioneers,

Work has been ongoing over the last few weeks to start to polish up the visuals of Sailaway, this update starts to introduce some of that work while the rest continues development. It also has a whole bunch of bug fixes!

Improvements:

  • The boat camera is now upright when you orbit around the boat
  • The input fields in the ‘About me’ tab of the user profile have been merged into one field that allows more text.
  • The bow and stern spray particles have been improved
  • The shader for the underwater part of the hull has been improved
  • There is more nuance in the base sky color which makes the sky a deeper blue
  • A new lens flare for the sun and the moon
  • Clouds have more depth
  • Sea foam has been improved and made more random
  • The waves had a straight line of foam at their tips, which is now gone and more realistic
  • The shadow of the boat on the water has been improved
  • The irregular surface of the ocean is now constantly changing and more realistic
  • The normals of the water surface have been tweaked for a more realistic appearance
  • The video settings for Anti-Alias and Depth of Field have been separated

 

New Features:

  • New livery for the Mini Transat
  • All boats (except the Mini Transat) now have a configurable country flag at the stern
  • You can also place your nation’s flag in your sails in any size or shape you like
  • The camera will now automatically focus on what you are looking at (can be switched off in the Video settings)
  • Added a color correction filter that will make a bright day more vivid and will desaturate on cloudy days or at night (can be switched off in the Video settings)
  • The main menu has background music – Until now Sailaway has not had any soundtrack so this menu music is our first chance to get feedback from players on if they would like more music in the game, please let us know!

 

In addition to these improvements we have also fixed the following issues:

  • Crew members could not see the race buoys or participate in the race chat channel
  • Waves would make sudden jumps or drops every now and then (not 100% fixed yet, but a whole lot better)
  • Terrain beyond sky horizon was dark
  • The boat scale of the boat name on the cruiser was incorrect
  • Moon phases were incorrect
  • The name of the next tutorial was not localized
  • When changing sails in the trim tab the chat box will no longer open
  • The catamaran lines now have their sounds back!
  • Some tutorials had lost their localized text
  • The on-screen water droplets are now back!
  • On lower resolutions you could not scroll to the next page to select boats on the second page (which is why some people could not find the catamaran)
  • Sun lens flare was not always aligned with the sun
  • The shader that painted the boat name had incorrect lighting
  • You could see the water projected on some parts of the hull of the Cruiser and the Caribbean Rose
  • Lighthouses would sometimes appear high in the sky
  • The sea reflection camera had incorrect clear flags which would sometimes cause a part of the sea to have a black reflection

As always If you have a bug you’d like to report, please follow the guide for ‘how to report a bug’and post a new thread in the Bug Reporting Forum.

Happy sailing,

The Sailaway Team

Update V0.9009 – Catamarans are now playable in Sailaway!

Hello Pioneers!

We’re pleased to be able to share the first new boat to be added to Sailaway.

Starting today, you can take to the seas in style with the new Catamaran. Modelled perfectly on it’s real world counterpart, the Catamaran features the iconic double hull design for extra stability in the toughest waters.

Put the new boat to the test in a race or just see how far you can travel, don’t forget to share your screenshots and stats with us too!

This update also marks the point at which the game is no loner playable outside of Steam. If you still haven’t moved your account across, here’s a handy guide to help you: https://www.sailawaysimulator.com/steam/

We hope you enjoy the new Sailaway Catamaran!

Happy sailing,

The Sailaway Team