Main game changelog

Most notable changes to the game Rolled Out! will be documented in this file. Some part of the game are versioned separately from the game version however (such as config formats), and such have their own changelogs.

The format is based on Keep a Changelog

[0.5.4.1] - 2021-07-30 - Bug fixes and more beginner levels

It’s 0.5.4.1 Why are we delivering this patch in parts? What does this mean for you, the player? Does Veronica from my math class actually like me, or am I reading their signals wrong? Well, we’re going to answer a few of these questions, at least. For now, let’s talk about 0.5.4 part 1.

Never rolled an animal in a ball before? Good. That’s normal. But it means you might have some trouble playing this game… Twilight has been hard at work to make a new set of beginner levels to help players new to the genre develop some animal-filled ball rolling abilities. Crue has also been hard at work improving the menus experience for controller players. It’ll be a lot easier to adjust your bindings through the in-game menus, now.

What’s going on?
So as far as Patch 0.5.4 goes, what’s going on? What do we have behind the curtain that didn’t make the cut for this release? To start, we’ve gutted all of the engine’s math, and substituted it with our own! Because, historically, any time we’ve run into a problem with an existing system, our solution has been to remake it from scratch. This is an insane practice, and you shouldn’t use us as inspiration.

So, we’re implementing something called Fixed Point Math. Most 3D math is done using ‘floating points’, which are a computer’s way of representing a number with a fraction. But they aren’t always deterministic between different computer types - doing the same calculation across different processors might have a slightly different result. Fixed Point Math will eliminate that divergence, so what happens on your computer will happen in the same way on your buddy’s computer, and their buddy’s computer, ad.infinitum.

Having this level of consistency in our math is no easy feat, but it makes things like replays and multiplayer possible. Your gameplay, replays, and your friend’s gameplays will all sync up perfectly based on inputs alone. This is all in service of allowing us to have stable, low latency replication, alongside consistent replays. And if we do it right, you won’t notice a difference in how the game plays or feels.

It isn’t ready quite yet, though… we have to replace a lot of math in our code, and it’s long and tedious work. Consequently, we opted to split what would be patch 0.5.4 into three parts. Part 1 is more levels, and open communication about what we’re up to. Part 2 is finally getting Fixed Math in your hands, and then part 3 will be the long awaited multiplayer update. We hope you’re as excited as we are, until then please enjoy the new levels.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask us on Twitter, or on Discord!

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

  • (The game calls itself v0.5.4 for this version)

Added

  • 15 new beginner friendly levels

  • Added left and right arrow graphics to the options menu

  • Added checkbox graphics to the options menu

Changed

  • Changed the Ball Trails button to say coming soon when clicked

  • Wormholes which aren’t being actively rendered now use an opaque material

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that caused some levels to display a soft lock message after restarting a stage from the pause menu

  • Fixed being unable to navigate off the Customize Ball Window with a controller

  • Fixed being unable to adjust controls in controller mode

[0.5.3] - 2021-06-04 - The online leaderboards update

Felt cute, might upload our times later. It’s the long-awaited Leaderboards Update! Leave your friends in the dust as you rush through every stage at maximum speed! As soon as the update goes live you’ll be prompted to opt into the leaderboards. So opt-in and start running for your spot on the top of the leaderboards. As always, your feedback has been instrumental in our development. So please, keep requesting features and reporting bugs via the suggestions chat in our Discord, and via our public GitLab!

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • Online leaderboards now exist
    • Log in with steam

    • Submit times/scores for stages and courses

    • View top times/scores for stages during gameplay (There’s a new option to view a mini leaderboard in-gameplay, defaulted to off)

    • You’ll be asked if you want to participate in the leaderboards on first launch after the update

    • View leaderboards at https://scores.rolledoutgame.com

  • Animal voices get their own volume slider now, instead of being grouped in with the announcer volume

  • The timer now plays a ticking sound every second

  • If the game suspects you managed to get into a softlock position, you will now be prompted to pause and restart the stage

  • The UI now has various hover and press sound effects
    • If you don’t like these, they have their own volume slider too

  • There’s a new accessibility option to always show the ball trajectory

Changed

  • The customization UI has been reworked to fit in with the rest of the game’s style

  • Camera turn multiplier can only be set to a limited handful of fixed values now

  • The default stage tilt multiplier was changed from 0.65 to 0.6

Fixed

  • The texture mishap in 4-D has been fixed

  • Fixed specular in Touch Activation

  • Fixed goal collision in the Desolation world

  • Fixed collision issue in Frantic

  • Fixed misaligned spawn and goal locations in Peek-A-Boo

  • Fixed Unreality world lighting

  • Various UI quirks have been fixed
    • Scroll bar handles no longer extend past the end of their background

[0.5.2] - 2021-04-24 - The accessibility update

Custom balls? New stages? Accessibility options? You want it? It’s yours my friend, so long as you have enough bandwidth. In response to your feedback we implemented some accessibility options. Stage tilt multiplier should help people who are prone to motion sickness, and you can now dim the backgrounds on a per-world basis! If you’re looking to express yourself a bit, we’ve also enabled the ability to pick and recolor your ball! Now you can roll around in a spike ball, or a cube, or even a series of floating orbs combining to make a singular orb! Remember to keep sending us your feedback, as it’s extremely valuable in determining what gets tackled next!

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • Warp goals (goals with a warp_distance > 1) now have particle effects

  • There’s a few accessibility options now!
    • Stage tilt multiplier is now an option, if you want to reduce the amount of tilting

    • You can dim the brightness of backgrounds per-world now

  • New stages:
    • “Abduction”, located in Candy Factory

    • “Crescent Rider”, located in Candy Factory

    • “Dart Cannon”, located in Candy Factory

    • “Ramp Rush”, located in Candy Factory

    • “Sierpinski Seesaws”, located in Virtual Reality

    • “Twin Inversion”, located in Ice Cave

    • “Neapolitan”, located in Heavenly Chamber

    • “Diving Wire”, located in Vortex

    • “Double Helix”, located in Vortex

    • “Perpetual Passage”, located in Vortex

    • “Gyro Engine”, located in Desolation

  • When focusing, you now get a trajectory visualization

  • Added character/ball color customization - the UI’s a little jank right now (it’s an old holdover from September 2019 ;3)

  • Your character is now displayed on the minimap, over your ball

  • In the pause menu, you can now restart an arcade course from the beginning

  • Exiting from practise mode will now drop you into the practise menu, instead of the title screen

Changed

  • Changed layout of the following stages:
    • Tripledecker

    • Obstacles

    • Canister

    • Gyro Engine

    • Little Seesaws

    • Sandy Panels

    • Watch Your Step

    • Return

    • Pathing

    • Holes

    • Crescents

    • Roiling

  • Adjusted cycle of the following stages:
    • Safe Zones

  • Reordered the ‘Standard’ and ‘Challenge’ courses slightly

  • Menuing on the pause menu can now focus disabled buttons - this should help with not hurting muscle memory when, say, you want to change options while “restart stage” is disabled

Fixed

  • Character rotation should be less jittery now (This was caused by ball rotation and character rotation being desynced, the former happing at a fixed 120 Hz and the latter happening every frame)

  • Fixed sunlight specular for the ball on MasterMap

  • Fixed wind particles disappearing seemingly at random

  • Fixed the live preview for camera options being broken in 0.5.1

  • Fixed camera pitch calculation not accounting for the user’s pitch offset when determining max angle

[0.5.1.1] - 2021-04-07 - Fixed Fling Ring visuals

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Fixed

  • Fixed “Fling Ring” having way too much bloom

[0.5.1] - 2021-04-06 - Whole bunch of bugfixes and responses to your feedback

Patch 0.5.1 is mostly focused around responding to player feedback regarding some stages, fixing some options, and correcting some of the more obvious bugs. Your best scores are now saved, and menu music has been added! We also fixed a couple of crashes, did a couple of things that may help increase performance, and even changed how your times are displayed. Please continue to provide feedback and bug reports through the Discord, email and GitLab!

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • VSync is now a toggle in the options menu

  • When playing a course in arcade mode, the UI now shows what stage number you’re on

  • Selected worlds/courses are now highlighted when browsing the practise/arcade browser UIs

  • When stage config parsing fails, you now get a message dialog explaining why

  • Added a toggle to disable wormhole see-through - may be useful on low-end machines

  • Added “Are you sure?” dialog when trying to exit out of gameplay

  • Added in-game log for indexing/stage errors (Hit F4 to toggle between hidden, errors-only, and all messages - hit F5 to clear)

  • Best course scores are now saved

  • Added menu music - it’s the Tranquility music for now

  • Fallout volumes are now functional

Changed

  • The framerate cap slider in the options menu now goes up to 240 (up from 120), beyond that makes the framerate unlimited

  • The default framerate cap has been changed from unlimited to 120

  • The coin count in the game HUD now uses at least 2 digits, to line up with how the life counter uses at least 2 as well

  • Improved lighting in Desolation

  • Tranquility BG shrunk dramatically

  • Ice Cave BG shrunk dramatically

  • Changed layout of the following stages:
    • Sticky Floors

    • Conveyor Belts

    • You Will Love This Level

    • Carved Tube

    • Seesaws

    • Springs

    • Tunnel Fall

    • Back & Forth

    • Get Over It

    • Tiltstacles

    • Icy Bridge

    • Wire To You

    • Landscaping

    • Canister

    • Planeswalking

    • Turning Wire

    • Squiggly

    • Touch Activation

    • Pattern

    • Watch Your Step

    • Funnel Cake

    • Flower

    • Crescents

    • Skate Tricks

    • Interwoven

    • What Goes Up

    • Walkways

    • Branches

    • Levels

    • Teacups

    • Swervy Pistons

    • Hourglasses

    • Beholden

    • Centripetal Jumps

  • Changed cycle in the following stages:
    • Jumpy Options

    • Fling Rings

    • Archway

    • Peek-a-boo

    • Not-So-Quicksand

    • Sunken Wire

  • Reduced wind strength in the following stages:
    • Crosswind

    • The Cure

  • Made latter two seesaws in “Foursquare” a little less aggressive

  • “Snake” renamed to “Wavelength”

  • “Link” renamed to “Basics”

  • “Conveyer Belts” renamed to “Conveyor Belts”

  • “Icey Bridge” renamed to “Icy Bridge”

  • “What The Hell Do I Name This Thing” renamed to “Decomposition”

  • “Quicksand” renamed to “Not-So-Quicksand”

  • “Punched” renamed to “Swervy Pistons”

  • The “Course complete!” dialog now shows milliseconds to 3 decimal places, instead of 2

  • Times in the UI are now formatted like 00h 00m 00s 000ms, instead of 00:00:00.000

Fixed

  • You can now unlimit the framerate again from the options menu if you change it from the default

  • Fixed crash if there was no audio device to output music to

  • Fixed bug where input was occasionally ignored for a frame after the timer started

  • Fixed some randomized announcer lines never playing

  • Ticking is now paused when loading in world backgrounds - this should help with spin-in cutscenes appearing to start halfway through their animation on weaker machines

  • Fixed geometry hole in “Crescent”

  • Fixed geometry hole in “Decomposition”

  • Fixed random erronous gravity flips in “Inverse”

  • Fixed missing touch platform material animations in most touch platform stages

  • Fixed broken animation in “Roiling”

  • Fixed missing goals in “Destruction”

  • Fixed flipped wormholes in “Planeswalking”

  • Fixed flipped wormhole in “The Cure”

  • Fixed crashes in “Scoopers”, “Tracks”, and “Blades”

  • Fixed missing stage previews

  • The game icon is now the Rolled Out! icon, instead of the Unreal Engine one

  • Input button states are now cleared during loading sequences - no more holding W before a loading time and having the menus go crazy when it finishes loading

  • Minor sizing tweaks to the arcade menu

  • Fixed various crashes/issues in the arcade mode menu, where it was possible to start a course beyond its end, or try and start a null course

  • If you finish an arcade course but don’t start at the beginning, the run is disqualified and scores are not saved

  • Fixed best times/scores not being saved

[0.5.0.1] - 2021-03-26 - Hotfix for controller diagonal inputs being too weak by default

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Fixed

  • The default joystick axis multiplier for ball movement is 1.5, up from 1.0. Old input bindings with a ball movement multiplier of 1.0 will be changed to 1.5 (though you can change it back if you prefer, and the game won’t change it again).

[0.5.0] - 2021-03-22 - It’s the Early Access release!

With this, the stage config spec was updated to v0.3.0.

  • Uses stage config v0.3.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • Added a loading screen during game startup/map switches

  • Bumpers and springs now make sounds when activated

  • The Desert Ruins world now has its own music

  • The Tranquility world now has its own music

  • A “Continue in freeplay” button when you run out of lives in arcade mode

Changed

  • Removed non-functional restart button/leaderboards from the arcade menu for now

  • The bloom option now goes Off/Low/Medium/High/Epic/Cinematic, instead of being a checkbox between Off and Low

  • Several changes to several stages to improve quality of life in either aesthetics or difficulty curve

  • Auto-bound controllers now also can use X to focus. This only applies to new controllers, not ones that have existing bindings saved already.

  • The speedometer numbers are almost black now, instead of red (closed to a typical 7-segment LCD, except no 7-segments yet)

  • Fixed not being able to press any button on the title screen after backing out from gameplay

Removed

  • The motion blur option was removed - it doesn’t even look right at any intensity, the ball always ends up blurred despite always being in the center of the screen due to how Unreal handles motion blur.

Fixed

  • Fixed crash when twiddling with sliders in the options menu mid-gameplay

  • The bloom setting now persists between runs of the game

  • Character now animates correctly again

  • Character spawns facing the right way

  • Warp goals (goals with a warp_distance that isn’t 1) now work

  • The speedometer no longer halves when in focus-mode

  • The zoom level text (the ?x text in the blue circle next to the minimap) now shows the actual zoom level (1x/2x/3x), instead of being fixed at 1x.

  • Pressing the back bind when focused on “START” button in the practise menu takes you back to the level grid, not the world list

[0.4.5] - 2021-03-18

  • Uses stage config v0.2.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • You can no longer rapidly pause, again (there’s a 1s delay after pausing where you can’t pause again)

  • Added a small watermark indicating that this is a beta

  • Saved/InputBindings.json is now saved when you quit the game, instead of only when opening up the bindings menu

  • Springs now animate in the direction of their impulse when touching them (just visually, their collision doesn’t change)

  • Conveyors can now follow the UVs of an object (See the stage config changelog for more info)

  • Material scalar/vector2/vector3 properties can now be animated (See the stage config changelog for more info)

  • You can now speed up the stage spin-in (default bindings are return/spacebar on keyboard, or A on a controller)

  • Controllers now work on Linux

  • You can now adjust settings during gameplay, from the pause menu

  • Finishing a course/running out of lives now shows a UI with your time and score, instead of booting you to the main menu

  • Added a button in the options menu to edit input bindings

  • The custom levels buttons now directs you to the documentation

  • On Linux, the game now forces windowed mode (this is currently a workaround for an engine bug where unmiminizing the game crashes - in windowed mode, the game won’t auto-minimize when you tab out)

  • You can now hit F2 anywhere to report a bug

  • Several new stages added

Changed

  • There have been breaking changes in the stage config, see the stage config changelog for more info

  • Spin-in camera has been adjusted to consider height

  • Many stage updates

  • Updated spawn particle/sound effects

  • UI should scale better now across various resolutions

  • You can no-longer retry during the spin-in (so the speedrun strat is no longer to burn your lives for a faster spin-in)

  • The Arcade mode courses have been re-structured for better difficulty progression and flow.

Fixed

  • The minimap no longer disappears on respawn

  • Stage thumbnails are now cached so we’re not hitting your drive whenever needing to reload them - should also fix the issue of absurd memory usage when flipping through practise mode pages

  • Removed small invisible collision underneath wormholes

  • XInput controllers should no longer have 2 bindings for the pause menu (causing the pause menu to open and close on the same frame) - You might need to delete Saved/InputBindings.json if that file exists after updating

  • You can no longer bind internal navigation keys in the input binding menu

  • Goals/coins/etc. disappearing near the edges of the screen is no longer a thing

  • On Linux, RuntimeAssets will be renamed to all-lowercase on startup. This should help with the case where you may have installed the Windows version of the game (with Proton) which had uppercase runtime asset filenames, and then later switched to the native Linux version.

[0.4.4.5] - 2020-11-19

  • Uses stage config v0.2.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • A transparent dither mask is now applied on opaque stage surfaces which are likely obscuring vision to the ball, to increase visibility in some situations

  • Known controllers are now auto-mapped on on launch/when plugged in

  • There are new keybindings for menu navigation - you should be able to use any controller to navigate the UI now, once bound

  • Aurora effect added to BG in Foggy Mountains

  • Wind VFX and sounds are now in

Changed

  • Radius = 49.9 -> Radius = 50.0

  • QuicksandFloorScaledRestitution = 0.2 -> 0.15

  • QuicksandFloorConstantRestitution = 0.40 -> 1.0

  • BaseFriction = 0.521124240782063 -> 0.62

  • BaseIceFloorFriction = 0.9512195131592563 -> 0.95

  • BaseQuicksandFloorFriction = 0.38528175472354714 -> 0.15

  • BaseStickyFloorFriction = 0.017108391564441952 -> 0.017

Fixed

  • Stage tilt no longer animates when paused

  • Minimap now functions more correctly, including gravity floor levels… on first load. After that, it vanishes
    • Also fixed far-clip-plane issues on the minimap

    • VR materials show up too now

  • The field-of-view through wormholes now matches the main field-of-view

  • Prevented stage objects from being culled near the edges of the screen

  • Coins now respect the player’s gravity direction when collected, instead of always animating towards the world’s up direction

  • The mouse cursor should now always be visible on menus

  • The arcade menu now displays the correct best time for the selected course

  • The game no longer crashes if you hit “START” without selecting a level in the practise menu

[0.4.4.2] - 2020-10-29

  • Uses stage config v0.2.0

  • Uses course config v0.1.0

Added

  • New material for ice surfaces

  • New models for bumpers and switches

  • Camera settings (FOV, pitch offset, height offset, distance offset, turn rate multiplier)

Changed

  • The pause binding now activates when you press the key, instead of when you release it

  • Focus mode can no-longer be used when not in gameplay (eg: during the spin-in/after you’ve goaled)

  • Pressing escape will now pause the game by default (in addition to the Q keybind)

Fixed

  • The quick-retry binding now works again to retry a stage

  • Coins hide after picking them up

  • The speedometer now says ??? if you’re going above 999 speed units, instead of truncating

  • Manually restarting in practise mode resets the score and coin counters now