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Action Cam Feature Added in Sons of the Forest Patch 04

Sons Of The Forest Patch 04
Sons Of The Forest Patch 04
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Endnight Games has released Patch 04 for its survival horror game, Sons of the Forest, which includes several new features and various improvements. Despite the hype dying down, Sons of the Forest was one of the most wishlisted games on Steam, surpassing even major titles like Starfield, which is a remarkable accomplishment for an indie game.

Despite being released in early access, the survival horror was positively received upon its launch a few months ago, and Endnight Games’ commitment to updating and improving the game has kept it in good standing. Just a short while after the release of its third major patch, which added a rideable electric unicycle and numerous other assets, the game has received another significant update in the form of Patch 04.

The latest update, Patch 04, for Sons of the Forest has introduced several new features and a significant number of improvements. The Action Cam item and the first found footage tape are the standout additions, while players will now be able to name their save files and discover a new point of interest. The patch also includes a long list of bug fixes, such as resolving issues related to multiplayer gameplay and fixing the “bad state” bug that occurred when players spam the weapon’s hotkey while simultaneously opening a door with a keycard.

Additionally, Kelvin, the AI character in the game, has received a much-needed tweak in Patch 04. The update allows Kelvin to carry two logs simultaneously, as well as complete building shelves. Kelvin has been a welcome addition to the game as a helpful companion, especially during solo playthroughs, despite some initial issues.

Currently, survival games that offer co-op and multiplayer modes continue to be popular, and there are numerous options available for players from both big and small studios. Sons of the Forest is a great example of a game that offers a very challenging environment for players to explore, and it’s clear that the developers are dedicated to keeping their sequel an enjoyable experience for the gaming community.

Patch Notes For 04 Update

New Features

  • Action Cam’ item
  • First found footage tape
  • Point of interest discovery laptops
  • Ability to name save games
  • Pop-up messages for kick and ban notifications in-game.

Game Improvements

  1. Kelvin’s log carrying capacity has been increased to two, allowing for more efficient wood-gathering.
  2. Night vision goggles have been enhanced, providing players with a brighter and clearer view of their surroundings during nighttime.
  3. The snow crash cutscene now features snow impact effects, adding a more realistic touch to the game’s visuals.
  4. The demon boss intro animation featuring Timmy is now longer, providing players with a more immersive gaming experience.
  5. Virginia with high sentiment will now visit the player more frequently, allowing for more opportunities to interact with her.
  6. Villages now feature more spots for cannibals to stand watch or sit around, adding more depth to the game’s environments.
  7. Muddies are now more prone to flee when scared, providing players with a more challenging gameplay.
  8. Cannibals now have new animation variations for running and lunging attacks, making them more evasive and unpredictable in combat.
  9. Cannibal creepy and leaf armour will now be visibly damaged and knocked off when hit, adding a more realistic touch to the game’s combat mechanics.
  10. Female cannibals will now display more realistic behaviours such as drinking blood from village troughs, cheering for their family members, and occasionally dancing to radio music.
  11. Male cannibals will now sometimes bash the dead bodies of their enemies, adding more variety to their behaviours.
  12. Skinned small animals such as rabbits, squirrels, eagles, ducks, seagulls, and land turtles will now have more realistic visual effects.
  13. Deer and Moose with low health will sometimes lay down and rest, adding more realism to the game’s wildlife.
  14. The addition of a wetness amount per character provides a more realistic touch to the game’s immersion, increasing when characters are submerged in water or cleaning and reducing over time when not.
  15. Dead bodies now get washed in water, providing players with more realistic visuals and enhancing the game’s immersion.
  16. Increased bleeding and damage caused by hitting the front body of deer provides players with a more challenging and realistic hunting experience.
  17. Bird flight speed has been increased by a small percentage, adding more realism to the game’s wildlife.
  18. The end mutant now wears a torn silver jacket, adding more visual variety to the game’s mutant enemies.
  19. Ducks have been added to the golf course, enhancing the game’s environments and adding more variety to the wildlife.
  20. The addition of a north arrow guide to the mini-map provides players with a more user-friendly navigation experience.
  21. Ballistic impact effects from other players are now visible in multiplayer, providing players with more realistic combat mechanics.
  22. Armour is now dropped if the player does not have enough available space for it when cycled off being worn, adding more realism to the game’s inventory system.
  23. Grenades and bombs will now play a water explosion effect when thrown in water, adding more realism to the game’s combat mechanics.
  24. Dead cultists now wear bloody clothing, adding more visual variety to the game’s enemies.
  25. More flower wreaths have been added to some dead cultists, enhancing the game’s visuals and providing more variety to the game’s enemies.
  26. New binder props have been added to security rooms, enhancing the game’s environments and adding more depth to the game’s storytelling.
  27. The lighting in bunker residential has been improved, providing players with a more immersive visual experience.
  28. The armour rack LOD has been improved, enhancing the game’s visuals and improving the performance of the game’s assets.
  29. Binoculars, night vision goggles, wire, and lightbulbs have been added to the quick select slots, providing players with more efficient access to their equipment
  30. The 3D printer readouts have been improved to update more accurately.
  31. Fallen Log E has been scaled down to 65% of its original size.
  32. Fixes have been made to the open edges on the cliff above the golf course.
  33. A new lake has been added to the golf course.
  34. Kelvin is now able to finish building shelves.
  35. Logs in storage holders now have LODs (level of detail) set up.
  36. All current ponds and lakes have been added to the updated GPS map.
  37. Location pins have been removed from the opening cutscene laptop screen.

General Fixes

  • Players can now achieve the “I Dream of Sushi” achievement again.
  • Fixed an issue where the game would hang when switching from an empty slingshot to another ranged weapon with swappable ammo.
  • Fixed a bug where spamming a weapon hotkey while opening a door with a keycard could put the player into a bad state.
  • Animal Hide and Tech Mesh will now be grayed out in the grab bag when interacting with an armour rack.
  • The rebinding for back action has been removed.
  • Fixed a lone life jacket floating in the sky.
  • The option menu can no longer be opened at the end of the loading screen.
  • Some missing player disconnected notifications have been fixed.
  • Players can now drink from deep bodies of water.
  • Crafted spears will no longer fall through cave floors.
  • When a storage structure is destroyed and stored pickups are spawned, they are now spread over multiple frames to ease performance overhead and create less frame stutter.
  • The left side UI notifications will no longer stop showing up after the player dies.
  • Trying to equip the left hand item light is now blocked when the player is in another action.
  • Colliders are now enabled on dynamic pickups sometimes.
  • The pause menu will no longer add force to players on ziplines.
  • Fixed some initialisation issues that caused DLSS to not be enabled by default/after resetting settings.
  • Added a harsh slope limitation to block riding Knight V up steep slopes.
  • Localisation credit names have been added, and the font for fallback characters has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where players could crouch while riding Knight V.
  • Players can no longer dismember a dead cannibal without destroying the armour on the limb first.
  • Fixed an issue where big hut destruction sometimes left a floating corpse and standing walls with no collision.
  • The quick select bag will no longer get stuck in the player’s hands or get stuck in a bad state if triggered at the exact same time as the player begins swimming.
  • Fixed Kelvin carry radio position.
  • Multiplayer clients will no longer see muddy cannibal hit reacts with standing glitch frames.
  • Muddy cannibal leaf piles will now be visible for multiplayer clients.
  • Multiplayer clients will now see Kelvin carried arrows properly.
  • Multiplayer clients will no longer do the first note long animation on the first interact with Kelvin.
  • Clients can no longer see or interact with a “ghost” Kelvin not at his real position.
  • Virginia washing in waterfall will now occur at more waterfalls around the map.
  • Virginia’s GPS will now retain the assigned icon when given to her.
  • Virginia or Kelvin will no longer get stuck in a sitting animation.
  • Thrown small rocks will no longer fall through the ground when bouncing.
  • Silenced pistol shots will no longer be heard as regular shots by other players.
  • Fixed a case where players could get stuck in the skinning action.
  • Shovel attack will now slow down when low stamina.
  • Fixed the wrong ceiling panel in bunker entertainment.
  • Destroying a defensive wall log with a spike will now use the right model for the spawned pickup and solve the scaling issue.
  • Cutting a defensive wall spike will now work in some cases.
  • The scaling of destroyed rock reinforcement pickups has been fixed.
  • Destroyed defensive wall spikes of quarter logs now work properly.
  • Destroying ramps a solar panel is on now spawns a pickup.
  • Placed solar panels now have collision.
  • A specific case where connecting Electric Wires would not work has been fixed.
  • A bug causing an incorrect count of light bulbs and solar panels received on pickup has been fixed.
  • Rectified an error that allowed placing a Beam between two structures on misaligned grids, causing a stretched or compressed Beam.
  • Resolved an issue where placing a Lookout Tower was blocked if a Defensive Wall was already present underneath it.
  • Fixed a problem where placing Pillars on top of Ramps was blocked by a one-sided apex.
  • Removed a switch mode UI prompt that was redundant and ineffective when placing a Defensive Wall Gate.
  • Fixed a multiplayer issue where clients were unable to build anything or receive construction updates from the host.
  • Fixed a bug where snow and wetness occlusion, as well as solar panel initialisation, were not functioning correctly for tree structures.
  • Fixed a case where removing an electric wire caused the underlying power grid system to malfunction and prevented it from splitting into two as intended.
  • Rectified an error that caused an invalid snap point (red arrow) for a leaning Beam.
  • Fixed a problem where loading a saved game could prevent certain features, such as placing Ramps, from working correctly.
  • Fixed a situation where a free pillar in the middle of a grounded beam grid led to degenerate leaning beam placements.
  • Rectified an issue where destroying a solar panel support did not remove the solar panel attached to it.
  • Fixed a bug where drinking while holding multiple log planks resulted in a broken animation state.
  • Resolved a problem where non-log items spawned by the construction system fell through the ground.
  • Rectified a situation where destroyed log pickups had oversized collision.
  • Fixed a bug where destroyed non-log element pickups did not match the visual physics in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the collapse of a structure applied a delay between elements, even if it did not produce a pickup, resulting in unexpected behaviour when destroying a firewood stack, for example.
  • Resolved some issues with leaning Beams on slopes from Walls that were displaying an incorrect lift preview prompt and were being placed awkwardly.
  • Fixed a bug where removing a pillar supporting a Beam that was also supported by a Wall caused some snap points to be missing.
  • Resolved a multiplayer issue where players entered a broken state if killed while starting to climb a rope.
  • Fixed a problem where placing a stick or rock path appeared for remote players while being placed, leading to game-breaking issues.
  • Resolved a multiplayer issue with physics doors that prevented clients from locking them if they were stuck open on the host side.
  • Fixed a situation where players could remove chairs and benches from under seated AI or remote players.
  • Fixed destroyed defensive walls built with non-full Logs that reverted to an unsharpened state.
  • Resolved a problem with the element collapse order for apex and one-sided apex, ensuring that top elements break before lower ones.
  • Fixed a situation where one-sided apex behaved oddly when hit with a repair tool.
  • Rectified an issue that prevented placing a Beam from a Pillar to the top of a Leaning Beam if there was another linked Beam.
  • Fixed a bug where Leaning Beams were not repaired correctly.
  • Resolved an issue with Beams supported by a low Ramp that prevented the removal of the Beam and led to a degenerate Pillar placement.
  • Fixed a multiplayer issue where players could simultaneously dismantle a Log from a Wall and add a Wall Beam, resulting in a floating Beam.

Audio Fixes

  • Improved the precision of sound location for some sounds in multiplayer to avoid low-quality audio output.
  • Fixed an issue where other players could hear double impact sounds while using a shovel or repair tool.
  • Added impact audio when hitting the Cannibal armour.
  • Fixed the reload audio for the Pistol so that it doesn’t produce a duplicate sound.
  • Adjusted the terrain and motor levels of Knight V for better gameplay experience.
  • Tweaked the fade time of gunshots in the opening crash sequence.
  • Added gunshots to the Demon Boss sequence to enhance the gaming experience.
  • Added new audio for Demon Boss attack and hurt sounds for the intro, along with a new music sting audio.
  • Tuned the waterfalls of all sizes and water spots for more realistic and immersive sound effects.

Sons of the Forest can now be accessed in its early access version on Windows PC.

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