Dual Universe addresses upcoming updates to the game’s Lua programming language


When it comes to making things happen in Dual Universe, like opening doors or docking to constructs, the Lua programming language used in the game is the engine that makes it all hum, and that engine is getting some tuning according to a dev blog. The post outlines some minor adjustments that have been made, like logic changes regarding what’s considered the center of a construct for rotation purposes, the removal of quaternions, and additions to the Lua API related to docking.

A follow-up dev blog was released earlier today. “There are some future backend radar changes in the planning stages now,” Novaquark writes. “In preparation, we have made some improvements to the Lua implementation of the radar. These should not only have a usability benefit, but also improve performance as we reduce the usage of JSON strings to deliver payloads in Lua in favour of tables and values.”

In other DU news, the monthly newsletter once again points in the general direction of the Apollo and Ares updates, shows off community creations, and asks players that run marketplaces and in-game shops to submit information about their wares for a “shopper’s resource” edition of the community-focused Helios Bulletin newsletter.


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Edward Nigma

D/U is trash. They repeatedly punch their player base in the nuts and wonder why they’re unpopular. PvP is a joke. It requires no skill. You fly at an enemy ship and pray that you put more guns on your ship than they did and the RNG gods favor you. You can’t even build what YOU want, because every engine, fuel tank, cargo box, etc, is identical. Play eve if you want PvP, or empyrion if you want to build. At least you don’t have to deal with people stealing everything due to RDMS “features”…

Ardra Diva

yeah my fear is this will end up in the PvP dustbin of history. Why someone doesn’t have the foresight to bring PvE back in a big way is a mystery to me. All the games that are good at such are as much as a decade old now (or more).


If they release a PvE or PvP-optional ruleset server this game would be my game for a long time. I’d even learn the ins and outs of Lua and sit around programming AI for fun. If New World is such a smash hit surely this game would be as well.

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Huh. It’s been an age since I’ve played with game engine code but did they give a reason why they removed quats?