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Title: Route Finding Update
Description: A.K.A. Pathfinding

K Arthur90 - March 17, 2009 10:18 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Mod Michael)
In this week’s update, we’ve implemented an extremely frequently-requested improvement to route-finding. This should particularly improve the playability of the game in laggy situations.

For a long time (well, forever really) it has been the case that when you click to move somewhere, your character would occasionally run in the wrong direction for a few steps before turning around and going to the point you actually selected. Fixing this has been a popular request for a long time. It might sound like a simple task, but in fact it was very difficult, which is why we hadn’t managed it until now.

To fix the problem we have had to move the route-finding calculation onto our servers, so that the route is always calculated from the correct spot. However, before we could do that we had to upgrade all of our servers to be able to handle the extra computations required! We’ve finally made this investment, and have been able to update the route-finding accordingly.

We think this is a great example of a small change which should make a big difference to how the game feels to play.

Mod Michael
Game Engine Developer

starwolf_ftw - March 17, 2009 10:43 PM (GMT)
I don't get it, is this supposed to make us stop running backwards and such when we are lagging?

K Arthur90 - March 17, 2009 10:56 PM (GMT)
Not only we we lag, but also when we are running and change course. For the system to calculate the new route, it had to go back to the last square he was so it could calculate the new route. Now, the system calculates the route changes on the fly.

Biizurk - March 17, 2009 10:58 PM (GMT)
I wasnt exactly begging for this update... :huh:

starwolf_ftw - March 17, 2009 11:02 PM (GMT)
Well, hopefully this means no more wasted run.

K Arthur90 - March 17, 2009 11:04 PM (GMT)
Agreed with Biizruk. Not much of an update, but the new quest makes for it.

Chuffa - March 18, 2009 10:34 AM (GMT)
Might help if wars get laggy..

animal magik - March 26, 2009 08:21 AM (GMT)
It's actually pretty usefull... saves run energy, and what if you're in a hurry to get somewhere? It's pretty frustrating when you're going somewhere and you only go backwards.

dflame58 - March 26, 2009 04:49 PM (GMT)
yah it i really use ful.

u can run all the way around the slayer tower in one click. and same for slayer dungeon u click less to get to the end

Koli53 - March 27, 2009 09:31 PM (GMT)
Not so useful update.. :)

str_of_dom - March 29, 2009 09:22 PM (GMT)
i aint really fussed.

Deasthana - March 29, 2009 09:34 PM (GMT)
Not so useful update..

Well after dying because of the previous route finding thing... i'm really glad they finally decided to change it...

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