Today we’re taking a quick look at Brittle Hollow’s Volcanic Moon!
The volcanic moon that orbits Brittle Hollow and is a large part of the dynamic system that defines this planet. Over the course of the time loop the moon's many volcanoes spit out meteors made of lava. These high speed projectiles careen to the surface of Brittle Hollow’s fragmented crust and explode on impact. It is because of this that flying close to the moon increases the chances of the player’s ship being critically damaged.
Due to the extreme temperatures of the moon’s surface landing on the moon is ill advised. The lava on the surface of the volcanic moon is rendered with a unique shader that creates a dynamic variation between molten lava and cooling lava based on how close it is to a nearby shore.
The surface of the volcanic moon halfway through the time loop.
Due intense amount of lava, sculpting the surface of the Volcanic moon was a challenging task. The main objective was to make the terrain unique and distinct over time as the lava drains from the surface. Because the volcanoes are so large relative to the tiny moon, it was difficult to create terrain that wasn’t impassable due to misalignment with gravity. Much of the moon’s terrain was hand sculpted to solve these problems.
As this is a development blog, we felt we should shed some light on where the project is currently at. We are making our way to Pre-Certification for two specific platforms, which is a process that has to be done for almost every platform the game gets ported to. This means we are scrubbing through the game to remove any hiccups or unintended behaviors from assets, also known as debugging. This is a time consuming process as there are many hiccups that are unique per platform.
We’re telling you this, our wonderful fans, because our goal is for there to be a lot of exciting updates and reveals in the coming months. As we are currently we are deep in the trenches of debugging, we need your support more than ever. Please send any letters with your excitement for the Outer Wilds to our support email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s the End of This Update
Join us in another two weeks for another development update. Have a great weekend everyone!