The word “archive” sometimes evokes images of dusty old books of little interest. But in a post-apocalyptic world, when nearly all knowledge got lost, an archive is a treasure-trove of precious wisdom! The Tau Station archive is a key part of your CORETECHS, expanding with new data as you progress in the game. Best of all, this vital feature is now getting a digital makeover with a new interface, and a big content rework…
The April update introduced new status icons; showing your current status for VISA, VIP, and Bodyguard protection at a glance. The forthcoming archive update is another part of our major round of polishing work, again based on citizens’ Community feedback. We’re also working on further improvements and comfort features, such as a rework for the Side Jobs and your entire CORETECHS. For now, let’s have a closer look at the Archive 2.0.
First, the team started with a significant reorganization of the info contained in your archive. Some topic headings will remain the same, such as affiliations or genotypes, but with newly updated content. There will also be plenty of brand new topics introduced for the first time. The sneak peek of the main menu below reveals one such new category. Do you spot it?
So far, these changes amount to around 10,000 words worth of content which has either been edited or newly created, spread across 10 (so far) main categories of knowledge. Entries are now longer and more detailed, but also better organized. Our narrative team is super excited to share all this new and updated lore with you!
The new desktop UI
The biggest UI change for all versions (desktop, tablet, mobile) is that your archive will use the “full screen” mode that was first introduced with the combat changes in the major December update.
The new layout will use card-style navigation, similar to what you already know from The Market or Port. We hope you like the combination of pictures and texts for a more intuitive navigation.
The new UI for mid resolutions
For mid resolution devices like tablets, the “cards” indicating main topics will be smaller; but of course you’ll still have full access to the same information.
New Layout for all Topics
Once you select a main topic via the card menu shown above, you’ll dive into the updated content, organized across various sub-entries. This experience is improved by a new interface with a comfy navigation, reworked structure and additional art.
The main topics can be toggled on the left while at the top of the screen you can see sub-entries for the current topic.
The new mobile UI
Last but not least, also mobile users will get an updated UI for the archive, encouraging everyone to learn more about what happened in Tau Station.
And, as mentioned earlier, there’s still more to come! We hope you will enjoy this (upcoming) update for the archive.