August 1, 2018

Summer update

Hi everyone, we're back with another post about what's going on with SuperTuxKart development. While many of you will be anxious to know about the status of networked multiplayer, it will not be the focus of this post. But we can reassure you it is still a priority and that we are making progress, albeit slowly due to having few developers. Rather in this post we'll round up some of the smaller improvements that have been done since the release of 0.9.3.

Six-player vertical splitscreen

8-player splitscreen multiplayer and dividing vertically
It's now possible to play splitscreen with up to 8 players! Also you can choose to divide the screen into vertical viewports, and the UI elements will scale better according to how many players there are. Do note that you are likely to need good hardware to display everything. Thanks a lot to Ben Krajancic alias Fantasmos.

Bubble gum timeout indication and rescue change

Indication of bubblegum shield ending
The bubblegum shield will start flashing before the shield pops due to the time expiring, which will be helpful to know for example if you consider running over a banana to get some extra nitro while you still have the shield. Thanks again to Fantasmos.

New skidding particles
We now have cooler skidding particles thanks to QwertyChouskie.

Nicer looking rescue
Rescuing now has the bird put you down in addition to picking you up thanks to Fantasmos.

 Yellow cabbie Tux

Colorization of player kart
In the options screen you can now choose to colorize your kart differently with a slider.

Android input improvements
On first run on the Android version of the game you will now be prompted to choose if you want to use the accelerometer for steering, and the accelerometer steering also takes screen orientation into account. We also have better gamepad support, and if there's a physical keyboard available we won't show the on-screen keyboard where applicable. The normal race UI will be used if there's no touch screen present.

Miscellaneous notes
  • The handicap option is now better at evening things out for two human players at different skill levels
  • The sound effect in nitro challenge when you reach the required amount now works if you have used nitro during the race, and a new one has been added for when you go under it again if you spend some nitro
  • Finish times are now more correctly calculated, especially for ghosts in ghost replays
  • If you try to connect your account to the Internet and you have the option disabled, you will now be prompted to enable it
  • A nitro boost bug has been fixed: if you stop pressing the nitro button quickly, the nitro will keep boosting your kart for the duration of the minimum consumption time (previously, the nitro was used but the speed boost stopped)