We're in beta!

Michael Samyn's picture
I'm very excited to be able to announce that the project to remake The Endless Forest with contemporary technology has reached the beta stage. This means that the game now includes all the features of the original, but still contains many bugs that need to be fixed. Backers have received a download link to the new build.



You can read a summary of the remake project on the development log.

Happy Easter!

Michael.
Starling's picture

Hello! Thankyou for the

Hello! Thankyou for the update! It's so exciting seeing the new forest develop, it's come so far. <3

I do have a couple questions, is the head-turning with camera feature planned to be re-implemented in later releases? I love this feature a lot! You move the camera and your head looks with it - and if you hit C then your deer looks into the camera.

Another one I was curious about is if the "animation-blending" (as discussed here) is planned to be added too, though I know you specified in the comments this would be after everything else is done. I found an Unreal page here which may explain it better, as I'm unsure I was clear enough on what exactly it was, back in my original comments.

Thankyou again for all your hard work Smiling

P.S your fundraising page isn't working/loading at the moment
Draak's picture

I found a pretty severe bug

I found a pretty severe bug where if you jump into the pond or river your character begins to vibrate intensely and you cannot leave the water at all.



I was able to get out finally by fighting the controls and flinging myself out of the pond.

Will any gameplay videos be

Will any gameplay videos be released soon?
Mozdog's picture

Its crazy on how far things

Its crazy on how far things have gone since the start of the project, despite there being slow downs and whatnot at times. I am truly rooting for a further successful future for the game, and it will only get better once the bugs and other weird things are worked through! I also wanted to give a few quick notes about things that I have experience/noticed so far in the new beta, as a few others have already mentioned some major bugs already lol.

I could definitely tell that there was a frame limiter in place in the beta now as things ran more normal and didn't make my PC into a jet. It does help a lot, though I do get screen tearing occasionally. A future suggestion could be a optional vsync option, if that might be possible for the remake it could help that even further. Certain settings also do not seem to save after quitting the game, most notably forest density option is reset back to lowest option upon starting the game again.

Though really other than those I have noticed personally, it is a nice place that the remake is at for being the first beta, and obviously theres going to be bugs and whatnot that will be worked out in time. Thank you Michael and Auriea for the hard work over the years for making this happen during your busy times, as always looking forward to what comes next!
Draak's picture

I want to add that I found

I want to add that I found the game to run smoother, but it still needs optimisation because it had my gpu running at 80%+ it even cracked the 90s at some point. I have a feeling a game like this shouldnt be doing that.
Michael Samyn's picture

The head-turning with the

The head-turning with the camera should already work in the beta. I love that feature too. But let me know if there's something wrong with it. Thanks for reminding me of C to look at camera!

I'm not sure if I will be able to implement animation blending as it was. Because that was actually a bug. Lol.

The problem with the fundraising pag is probably the confusion between http and https on our server at the moment. http://endlessforest.org/fundraising should work
Michael Samyn's picture

Yes, I need to look at that

Yes, I need to look at that camera logic in the pond. And at the physics of climbing out.
Michael Samyn's picture

Thanks for the

Thanks for the suggestions!

I'll look at the saving. The forest density is really just a gimmick to me. Because I want to forest to look similar to the original. The possibility for denser forest can be used in future expansions.

Thank you for the encouragement!
Michael Samyn's picture

Our own computers are

Our own computers are actually too old for testing this properly. But I will look into further optimization.
Mozdog's picture

Thank you for all of the

Thank you for all of the responses Michael, I wasn't 100% sure of what the forest density's purpose was but makes sense that the default setting is the original forest look. But of course we shall see what will be possible, at least we should have a good amount of people in the community to be able to help find stuff and give suggestions! Smiling
Starling's picture

The head-turning with the

The head-turning with the camera should already work in the beta. I love that feature too. But let me know if there's something wrong with it. Thanks for reminding me of C to look at camera!

Ah, well the head turning doesn't seem to work at the moment in beta unfortunately! This is why I assumed it wasn't implemented yet, but good to know that it is Laughing out loud

I'm not sure if I will be able to implement animation blending as it was. Because that was actually a bug. Lol.

Very sad to hear : ( Do you mean some form of it will be in the game or will it not be in at all? (Apologies if I'm misunderstanding)
Urschanabi's picture

Thank you very much for all

Thank you very much for all the hard work, the weather changes in the beta look beautiful!
And I love all those tiny little details, like the sound of the splashing water when the deer steps in de Drinkplaats. Also, a huge thanks for adding more languages to the menu.

Sorry to hear that the animation blending may not be implemented, it's such a big part of the in-game communication. At least I hope it will be possible to assign hotkeys to the actions in the next build, 'cause it takes too long to navigate through the action bar. Btw, the nuzzle action is still missing, please don't forget to add it! <3

Looking forward to be able to use P for taking screenshots too, as well as other frequently used keyboard buttons. As far as I remember, Esc for Menu and Ctrl for hiding the action bar used to work in earlier alpha versions, but now they don't.

I've also encountered a weird bug when my avatar suddenly becomes invisible for me (other players see me, though). It has happened once after I drank from de Drinkplaats, once when I sniffed another deer and a couple of times while I was just running around. Neither relogging, nor reconnecting helped, so I had to restart the game.

Oh, and I was wondering, what's that graffiti at the Ruins?

Signature © Draak
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alcinda's picture

I really hope animation

I really hope animation blending (and assigning emotes to the f1 hotkeys) still has a chance to be implemented in the remake! Even if it was a bug in the original, it has become an integral part in how the community interacts with one another in-game and it'd be a huge shame to lose that. Sad

Will more options be added into the menu, since we're still missing some from the original? And would it be possible to add an option to remove the glow ring for PC's that might not be able to handle it?

And as far as the deer locomotion goes, will that be polished more in the next/and or final version of the game? Since it's pretty janky/sluggish/slide-y at the moment, and it gets pretty bouncy if you try to interact with objects like the playground.

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The head-turning with the camera should already work in the beta. I love that feature too. But let me know if there's something wrong with it. Thanks for reminding me of C to look at camera!

I can also attest that this does not work at the moment. I'm additionally having trouble turning into a fawn because I'm unable to press the button for it, but I still see others using it fine so I'm not sure what the issue is there.

Some things: Can not access

Some things:

Can not access the menu via esc unless running in admin mode.

No way to run in window unless you move the resolution slider down and then check run in window. This option is also selected when running the game by default. It has to be unchecked and rechecked first.
^ Same for the fawn option.

e: Nice news
Aivilo's picture

I'm so excited to see

I'm so excited to see this!
Michael, would it be helpful to you for us to compile a list of bugs etc. somewhere (now or in future releases)? I know tracking down bugs and their sources can take a lot of effort, and I feel like something like a Google Form would be a lot more useful to you than the general chaos of the forums, and I know the community would be happy to pitch in with providing details on potential causes and so on.

Happy Easter to you and

Happy Easter to you and Auriea and congratulations on making it into the beta stage this quickly.
Your hard work is very much appreciated.

One question: Is the old version going to be shut down when the new one gets released?
I feel like more people should speak up on the importance of animation blending if that'll be the case.

Quoting a dedicated player from another thread,
11dollarbills wrote:
"I feel the animation blending is such a huge part of the storytelling community playing TEF.
The ability to combine different animations is so fluid and unique in TEF, and has let players add a virtually limitless amount of tonality and variance to each encounter while in the Forest."


A minor bug regarding how the Tin set Mask works in the Old Forest Viewer:
It won't show up on the avatar unless the avatar is wearing the Tin set Horns.
The New Forest Viewer got no such problem, though.
Evern's picture

Woo, thank you Micheal!

Woo, thank you Micheal!

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Simply by doing what you all

Simply by doing what you all love you have shared a one of a kind experience for many to appreciate and escape to. Thank you for all you do!
Michael Samyn's picture

Thank you for all the

Thank you for all the encouragement!

I will set up a better way for you to submit bug reports when I'm ready to deal with them. At the moment my own lists are long enough to keep me busy. Smiling

As for the animation blending, I will look into this when the rest of the game is close enough to completion. But, I cannot make any promises. I do not know if I will be able to replicated this bug in the new engine.

And yes, the idea is to shut down the current game completely once the remake is good enough to replace it. With any luck we can do this before Microsoft gets around to do it for us.

Thank you for the responses

Thank you for the responses and the intensive work, Michael.
Already excited for the new forest.
clairdelune's picture

Hi, I need some help please!

Hi, I need some help please! Me and my mom found this Forest world ten years ago, and she had a deer there, her name was IndigoClaire. She had candles and the furt was all black. She really loved her, but she forgot her password nor the username, and I would really like to help her find it again. Im not a cheater and I don't have any evil particular reasons for why Im doing this, Im trying to get to that account for a very long time now, but I guess that I dont know what to do anymore, because even the email to which we could possibly get the password or username we no longer use so... I made her a video few years ago, so you can see the piktogram there : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oupSwpR1nYs

I would be so happy if anybody could helped me...

Thank you sincerely <3
clairdelune's picture

Hi, I need some help please!

Hi, I need some help please! Me and my mom found this Forest world ten years ago, and she had a deer there, her name was IndigoClaire. She had candles and the furt was all black. She really loved her, but she forgot her password nor the username, and I would really like to help her find it again. Im not a cheater and I don't have any evil particular reasons for why Im doing this, Im trying to get to that account for a very long time now, but I guess that I dont know what to do anymore, because even the email to which we could possibly get the password or username we no longer use so... I made her a video few years ago, so you can see the piktogram there : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oupSwpR1nYs

I would be so happy if anybody could helped me...

Thank you sincerely <3

Hey, clairdelune. Here's the

Hey, clairdelune.

Here's the pictogram I pieced together from the clip:
IndigoTear

Is this the one?

You can reach the developers through this email: the.endless.forest[at]tale-of-tales.com.
Tell them all you remember about the account, show them the video, and I'm sure they'll help you recover it.
Just one thing: it may take them a while to reply, so remember to have patience.

Good luck!
tossercook's picture

this is exciting!

this is exciting!

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clairdelune's picture

Omg yes!! That's the

Omg yes!! That's the pictogram! Thank you so much! I will try to login with it, I think it might work. Smiling <3 You are the best, thank you so so much! <3 God bless you! <3

You're welcome. Glad to help)

You're welcome. Glad to help)