Thrive's progression system

I’ve found what I believe to be a minor problem with the way the current game feels. And that is that it progresses in a step-wise like manner. I’d want to hear your thoughts on this and whether you agree with it.

The evolution, the menu, and patches play an important role in this step-wise feeling.


Whenever you collect enough resources, one can modify himself and allow other species to mutate. However, the way in which this happens, gives the evolution “cheap feeling”. I am not referring to the evo algorithm itself, as it is quiet an impressive one. But rather to how the creatures evolve in step-wise manner and out of sight of the player, which gives the impression that you are entering a new level. Rather than a natural feeling world in which creatures evolve alongside you.


Every time you progress, the game world fades out and the player is taken to a screen separated from the game world. While the “Next” button directs the player to the following stage. These two things add to the sensation as if one is playing through a level.


The player can also select the new patch he wants to be in from the menu. By selecting a new patch, you will be teleported to this new area. When combined with the previously mentioned features, thrive takes on the appearance of a game with level progression.

What are your thoughts about this?

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Well, Patches are revamped in next update, that will make patches “Regions” instead of Enviroments (by that I mean that 0.5.9 patches can be, for instance, ocean region with “sub-patches” inside of them, such as ocean surfacce or ocean floor, while pre-0.5.9 patches are just generalized enviroments all over the planet with connections to each other).
To the Thought of thrive having this “Leveling system”- In Thrive, you only play as your organisms in small time gaps with 100 Mil years (for now) between them, durning which you and other organisms evolve. Menu is used for player to change their organism in those 100 Mil years periods.

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Will there be manual movement to these patches in the future, or is the current system the intended one?

Well, we will see if those patches move when planet generation is added

I think they are asking if you will still teleport to those patches or if you will be able to swim around and explore.

I believe this is intended to stay, due to the minimal distance a singular microbe is able to move in it’s lifetime compared to macroscopic organisms and environments


I think it would be cool if you could travel to other patches without the migration, the migration should still be a viable option. Though this would make it feel more immersive, it would downsize your teenie weenie body, so probably not, maybe there should be some zones in the region so that you can travel to different areas, to make it feel more immersive, while not traveling that great of a distance.

Also, will patches change over time, I know that glucose rapidly drops over time and they have the O2 and other gas levels in the water fluctuation (hopefully) in the future, but I think that the map of the patches shouldn’t be fixed, but move a bit in a random (ish) direction. As in the menu map, it would make it much more immersive, like one of those details you don’t notice for a while but is fantastic. As in shifting landmasses but water.

Do we even have tides? Or any water system? It would be nice for them to implement (and maybe amp, if already) waves//water currents. Just nice quality of life features.

Anyway, that’s my opinion.

What if you had to collect different resources to get different parts? Like needing glucose and phosphate to get a nucleus.

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I should mention that moving between patches in real time is on our wishlist for later stages, though I can make no promises on it’s eventual fruition.

As for the microbe stage, it will not be a thing. A single lake is massive beyond comprehension for a microbe, and traveling it’s entirety would be impossible in it’s lifetime outside of specialized migration methods that would not be applicable to active gameplay.


Will there be a disease in thrive, as there should be, but how do you simulate that?

Great question, and one I’m afraid I can’t provide a concrete answer for at this time.

Viruses and disease has been brought up many times in development, but we have yet to seriously discuss and explore it as a concept.

I for one, would very much like to see it become a feature someday.

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Disease bar for each organ. As the bars fill the organ gets less effective. If it fills up the organ fails. Different diseases fill up different bars faster or slower.

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I feel that the perfect thrive is one where you can design the immune system, it is one of the most complicated systems, and the most insane in any animal.

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That and diseases would be a great way to not render competing microbes obsolete once you get a stage ahead

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It is probably too complex to do on programming level.

Not neccicerilely, all you have to do is design a cell, plop it in, characterize it, assign it a value, then compare it to the deseases value.

If yours is above you dont catch the desease and or are able to fight it off.

If under, a hidden value characterized as an overclocked mode, will compare to new value if you caught the desease, allowing for a chance to see if you fought off the desease.

Like auto evos fitness value

I feel like in terms of the overall feel, trying to make thrive feel more like a game with arbitrary levels, is going in the wrong direction. For example in microbe stage going to the editor and exiting preserves the microbes and clouds nearby to give some amount of continuity between the previous and next generation.

So like are you saying that the current system provides a need for the player to evolve, and race against the auto Evo?

I fail to understand how that is relevant? There’s been a couple of discussions before of decoupling the going to the editor from reproduction:

Is this a duplicate thread in the end or what?

eh, idk either crossed my mind

How progression works, will most likely changes as we progress through the stages. How things currently are work for microbial to multicellular. Things will have to change a bit once we hit aware, but I’m uncertain how that will work out.

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