Slime Rancher FAQ - Please Read!

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Slime Rancher FAQ - Please Read!

Postby Nick » Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:09 pm

What can I expect during Slime Rancher’s Early Access period?
We realize that a lot of developers have structured their Early Access in different ways so we would like to ensure you know what to expect with Slime Rancher’s Early Access:

Slime Rancher will receive two different kinds of updates throughout its Early Access development: minor patches and content updates.

Minor patches will generally fix bugs and make other minor adjustments and changes to ensure the current Early Access build of Slime Rancher is fun and stable. Minor patches will always be identified by the third number in our version numbers. Example: 0.2.2, 0.2.3, etc

Should we need to do a quick, impromptu patch, it would be denoted with a letter. Example: a quick patch to 0.2.3 would be 0.2.3b

Content updates are more significant updates to the game that may include: new slimes, new areas to explore, and other new game features. Content updates will always be identified by the second number in our version numbers. Example: 0.3.0, 0.4.0, etc.

(And a quick note regarding version numbers in case you're not familiar with them: they will not necessarily 'add up' to 1.0.0. In other words, Slime Rancher could jump from v0.5.0 right to v1.0.0, or it could even go up to v0.34.0 if needed before jumping to v1.0.0)

Because we don’t want players getting burned out waiting for new content, we’ll be sure to make an announcement when new content updates are made available. Simply sign up for our newsletter and we’ll mail you when something has been added worth checking out. In the meantime, feel free to play other awesome games or explore the Not-So-Far Range in your own backyard!

We’re setting these expectations because Monomi Park is a small, independent developer. And while we think Slime Rancher is shaping up to be a great game, content takes time to build and we want to ensure everyone knows what to expect as they embark on this journey with us.

Is there a development roadmap?
Yes, a broad development roadmap can be found here.
Please note that this roadmap is subject to change.

How can I contact support?
Please send support requests to support@monomipark.com and one of our Monomi Park support agents will be happy to assist you. Please provide as much detail about your issue as possible!

I found a bug in Slime Rancher, how can I report it?
Press F2 in game to submit a bug report. Be as descriptive as possible with your report so we can try to reproduce it. If you cannot start the game in order to use the in-game bug reporting mechanism, you can instead email bugs@monomipark.com.

I purchased Slime Rancher from the official site, where is my Steam key?
Visit https://www.humblebundle.com/home/purchases and select 'Slime Rancher.' Your Steam key will be available along with download links for the latest DRM-free version of Slime Rancher.

Does the DRM-free version of Slime Rancher auto-update?
No, in order to update the DRM-free version of Slime Rancher you need to re-download the game. However if you use your Steam key, the Steam version does auto-update.

Will Slime Rancher support other languages?
Slime Rancher currently supports English, German, French, Spanish, and Russian, with more planned for the future.

Will game saves be wiped at any point during development?
Our intention is to never wipe saves or make them incompatible with previous versions of Slime Rancher. While it is possible that given the unpredictable nature of game development a situation may arise that could affect save files, we will do everything possible in order to prevent it.

Is Slime Rancher coming to consoles?
Slime Rancher is available now for Xbox One!

Will Slime Rancher support multiplayer?
Since we're seeing a lot of requests for a multiplayer feature from all our new (and awesome/handsome/beautiful) players, we thought it would be a good idea to address it.

Most of Slime Rancher's development was done by two people (we're four now, thanks to your support!) so a lot of decisions were made early on to allow two developers to make a game in a realistic timeframe. One of those decisions was multiplayer vs singleplayer.

Multiplayer is inherently more complicated and time-consuming to develop. And the hundreds of physics-enabled slimes bouncing around on screen needing to be in sync across two or more clients is a fantastically difficult problem to solve. So we decided to focus on solid single player experience.

For this reason we currently have no plans for multiplayer. However, anything is possible in the future if we continue to see the same level of wonderful support from players as we do now. So thanks for everything so far!

So in short, multiplayer is not ruled out, but we can't promise it either. And it is worth restating that multiplayer with all of the physics in SR is a very hard problem. SR is a very unconventional game and multiplayer support would require a very creative solution.

I have a great idea for a feature in Slime Rancher, where can I post it?
You can share your ideas, give feedback and more on our official forums.

Can I stream or make videos of Slime Rancher?
You are free to stream or create videos of Slime Rancher. You are also free to monetize your videos in all the standard forms of video monetization. You are, however, prohibited from selling your video footage to third parties, etc.

We would also really appreciate links to where your viewers can purchase Slime Rancher, like our Steam page.

Will the Xbox One version of Slime Rancher support Xbox achievements?
Xbox achievements will be enabled after Slime Rancher leaves Game Preview. At that time, all achievements earned in-game will instantly become Xbox achievements!

Are the PC and Xbox One versions of Slime Rancher the same?
Yes, our aim is to keep both versions in sync. However, at any given time there may be a few days difference during Xbox build certification.

Can I mod Slime Rancher with modding tools?
Though we may support modding one day in an official capacity, we are currently focused on delivering the game we've planned for our players. So our stance on modding at Monomi Park is that there is no official means to mod Slime Rancher at this time and we do not officially support it. You are free to do it on your own, but we are under no obligation to support you in doing so or any issues you encounter with your altered game. This bears repeating: by modding your game you may be forfeiting support from Monomi Park if you experience technical issues.

The reason for this is we have little way of knowing what was done to your game and cannot use development time attempting to solve it. Monomi Park is a small studio and there are no resources available to assist you with a modded game.

Additionally any mods that are used to simply access unreleased content is very much frowned upon. We're working very hard to deliver exciting content updates to our players and distributing mods that allow access to incomplete versions of this content is bad for us and for players waiting patiently for it.

It is also worth stressing to those who are unfamiliar with modding that any mod runs the risk of destroying your game state, can include security risks to your computer and data, and has the chance of not functioning with future game updates.

As a final thought, we don't want to give you the impression that Monomi Park dislikes mods or modders. But we are currently in an Early Access development period where we are trying to deliver a stable, solid experience to our players. Mods simply greatly complicate things and we don't have the resources to manage them that at this time. We hope you understand.


What are Slime Rancher’s system requirements?
While exact system requirements are still a work in progress, minimum specs are:

Windows
OS: Windows XP(SP3)+
Processor: 2.2GHz Dual Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 512MB VRAM
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 1 GB available space

Mac
OS: OSX 10+
Processor: 2.2GHz Dual Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible, 512 MB VRAM
Storage: 1 GB available space

SteamOS + Linux
OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ or equivalent
Processor: 2.2GHz Dual Core
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible, 512 MB VRAM
Storage: 1 GB available space
Sound Card: ALSA compatible


When I try to play Slime Rancher the camera just keeps spinning. Help!
This is often caused by a gamepad being plugged in but not used or controller emulation software running in the background. Additionally, disabling ‘vJoy’ drivers in Control Panel/Devices and Printers may also fix this issue. If all else fails, try toggling 'Disable Gamepad/Joystick Input' in the options menu.
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