Alpha V2.1 has now been uploaded to steam. It houses a lot of fixes from testing as well as the major room redesign below. Several testers are currently in and there has been great feedback as well as some bugs received. Thank you to those who have participated it truly means a lot.
Also I am currently looking into an automated method for providing alpha keys for those who preorder via the humble app located on the buy the sentient page. Hopefully will have news on this very shortly. In the meantime you can take a look at the Changelist notes to get a grasp of the fixes and changes.
Room Layout Improvements
One of the major pieces of feedback from testers was some of the rooms looked too complex in terms of design and in some cases clashed with the objects in the room. There was also mention of some of the rooms looking alien in nature as though they didn't seem to fit with the overall ship.
Although the game is science fiction the ship is still based in a form of a reality so things cannot be too over the top. In order to truly get the feeling that this is a real ship the overall ship rooms have been redesigned to a simpler format. There are still design choices to choose from however the designs are more uniform in nature while maintaining the ability to at a glance know what room is what based on the colors used. The bar for instance still maintains its purplish tone while the bathrooms remain a greenish tint. Based on feedback if some of the old designs are wanted they can be added back into the game with relative ease as choices and customization is a big factor in the game.
These are not the only visual improvements for the objects and rooms in the works and more will be added in the push to steam release in the coming months.