Tequila Works dev blog explains RiME’s delay, will include in-game achievement system

With yesterday’s announcement of RiME’s Switch release date, we wanted to take a moment to update all of you on what’s going on behind the scenes with development, why we couldn’t release this version in May with the other platforms, and what we’re doing to maintain platform parity. It’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive in.

First, some history. The decision to go multi-platform was made a few months before it was announced last year. At that time, work was only underway on the PC and Xbox versions of the game. The Switch SKU had not yet entered active development.

Work began in earnest on the Switch SKU in August of 2016. Given that this was a new console, we made a bunch of educated guesses as to the work that would be involved porting it over to the new hardware. Some of these predictions turned out to be right, and some of them turned out to be wrong. Unfortunately, we didn’t know that they were wrong until work started to “wrap up” earlier this year.

The end result was that the port wasn’t living up to our quality standards, and we made the decision to delay the Switch version while we figured out what it would take to get things to where they needed to be. This involved a lot of testing various approaches and rework of art content. When we finally had a path forward, it became abundantly clear that we would need to delay again; the fixes were taking a lot of time to implement.

Right now, the teams at Tantalus and Tequila Works are busy optimizing shaders, fixing bugs, and getting the game ready for our submission to first party review. It takes about two months when all is said and done to actually get the game on store shelves after that point. If all goes well, this will be the last time you hear from us on this subject.

One final note, we’re doing everything in our power to preserve the gameplay experience from other platforms. This means that all of the optimizations we’re chasing do not involve re-working levels. We feel that this is the only viable approach for our players. RiME is a special game, and everyone should have the same experience regardless of their platform of choice. In fact, in order to ensure that the same level of narrative parity is in the game, we have built an achievement system into the game, so that the significance of certain key moments is not lost.

With that, we’ll get back to it. We thank each of you for your patience, and hope that you find the wait worth it when you have a chance to play RiME on the Switch – at home or on the go – this November.

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5 things policymakers should consider when building out autonomous capacities

Smooth traffic in crossroad. Concept for advantage autonomous technology. 3D rendering image. (Simply shading)

Autonomous transportation has been on a tear recently. Maybe it’s fascination with Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk. Maybe it’s excitement about the future. Regardless, the news flow has been a torrent. Most of the automotive majors – GM, Nissan-Renault, Jaguar, and Volkswagen, to name a few – have all made big announcements around autonomous… Read more »

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Open Thread for night owls: At Netroots Nation, Warren says fight, fight, fight to unrig the system

And she didn’t say fight among yourselves.

The senator from Massachusetts gave a rousing, upbeat, 31-minute speech in Atlanta at Netroots Nation Saturday morning. You can watch it all here starting at 47:00. Or you can read it all below. Any transcription errors are mine.  

Before i begin, i want to say a word about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, DACA.

The fights that we fight for, they matter. In 2012, because of the persistence of many of you in this room, 800,000 young men and women were protected from deportation. Because of you, because of your work, and because of DACA, dreamers who are as American as you are promised a chance to work and a chance to live without fear of being ripped away from family and friends. And, at the home most of them know, the chance to build a future.

And now, President Trump will make a decision on DACA. Dreamers’ future hangs in the balance. This Tuesday, August 15, people are mobilizing to protect dreamers. So, Let’s not sit back. Let’s stand together and say, President Trump, let dreamers stay! They are our friends, our family, and our future. Give dreamers the chance to fill their dream. That is what we want to do. [Strong applause]  Yeah. You bet. Yeah.

These fights matter, these fights matter, and that is why it is good to be back at a Netroots Nation. i love it. Thank you Mary and Eric and thank you Arshad and thank you the entire Netroots Nation’s team for bringing us together again. 

You know, it is a great treat to be here in Atlanta, the hometown of a man who has taught us the importance of necessary trouble, my friend and my hero, John Lewis. What a man.

I look out in this room and I see 3000 progressives, people of every race, gender, religion, and color, all committed to building a better future. I look out here and I see Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. Yeaaah, Trump’s worst nightmare, but also a big threat to everyone who kind of likes things the way they work right now. 

A few weeks ago, i read an op-ed in The New York Times from a so-called Democratic strategist, and the title was “Back to the center, Democrats.” [loud booing] Sounds like some other people read it, too.

It was all about how we have to stop caring about—quote—”identity politics.” And how we have to stop waging—quote— “class warfare.” According to this author, the path forward is to go back to locking up nonviolent drug offenders and ripping more holes in our economic safety net. I even got a shout-out. Apparently, I am the face of the problem. So is Bernie.

But let’s be really clear here. The real power, the real threat is not me. It’s you. All of you. Yeah. It is your energy, your passion, and your commitment to our values that threaten the bland business-as-usual establishment.

Now we have been warned off before. We have been told Give Up!, keep your heads down, act like a grown-up, keep doing the same old, same old.

Here is what is interesting. After this was published, instead of a lot of ferocious back and forth and piling on, this time, no one cared. Big yawn. Why? because the Democratic Party is not a going back to the days of welfare reform and of the crime bill. It is NOT going to happen.

Are we clear on that? We are not going to go back to the days of being lukewarm on choice. No, we’re not. We’re not going back to the time when universal health care was something for Democrats to talk about on the campaign trail, but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected. And we are definitely not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street.

Nope, we’re not going back. Democrats are headed forward. We are looking ahead and we will not, we shall not, we must not allow anyone to turn back the clock. […]

Warren continues after today’s regular night owls featureS

Here’s what’s coming up on Sunday Kos…

• Canada proves Americans’ gullibility is costing us dearly—Here are my solutions, by Egberto Willies
• ‘Freedmen,’ an alternative to HBO’s alternative history, ‘Confederate,’ by Jon Perr
• Poking a cornered animal with a stick is not good diplomatic policy, by Mark E Andersen
• Persistent wildfires raging in Greenland signal a changing Arctic climate, by DarkSyde
• Rise of the younger voter: millennials’ growing power, by Sher Watts Spooner
• The false dichotomy that conservatives want us to believe, by David Akadjian
• She got arrested protesting Trumpcare: Interview with disability rights activist Judith Heumann, by Ian Reifowitz
• Talk about Procter & Gamble’s ‘The Talk,’ by Denise Oliver-Velez

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At on this date in 2010—Architect of health insurance mandate leads GOP 2012 field:

As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney basically wrote the blueprint for health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama this past March.

Now, as a likely contender for his party’s presidential nomination in 2012, he’s leading the field, according to the most recent Clarus Group survey conducted last month. Romney gets 26% of the GOP vote compared to 21% for Mike Huckabee. Newt Gingrich is at 14% and Sarah Palin as at 12%.

The cognitive dissonance is deafening: GOPers have declared the health insurance mandate public enemy number one, but more of them support the guy who helped make them become reality than any other candidate. Sure, Romney now tries to pretend he hates the mandate, but he passed into law as governor, embraced it during the 2008 primary campaign, and he wouldn’t be able to walk away from it in 2012.

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for “Netroots Radio.”
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