the erupting volcanic moon
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.
The volcanic moon seen from the surface of Brittle Hollow.
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!
10/2/2018 12:23:02 am
Hello! Since you asked, I just want to tell you a little about why I am looking forward to the game you guys have been making for all these years.
10/2/2018 12:24:22 am
(for more on that, see my Braid mod, "Braid: More Now Than Ever"), I am just an ordinary human living on Earth and not knowing where my life is going to go, and hoping that he can still have time to play clever little games and kick back and shoot the shit with his old college pals, now that everyone is graduated and all our lives are starting to pull in different directions. And besides, when it comes to exploring the actual cold inhuman vast universe, what does it mean to do that? Space exploration means making space legible, making it traversable, making it safe, making it cozy and habitable -- so it is like they say in the stories after all, that going out and seeing new things and gaining new knowledge and standing on mountaintops is only one side of it, since real exploration and expansion is the process of transmuting strange weird scary things into things that are comfortingly human-like and human-scale. Anyways, the point is that playing your game (which I first played on my own, then excitedly introduced to my friend from college), which would have been utterly delightful under any circumstances, was under my particular circumstances the kind of thing that gets wrapped up in all the thoughts and emotions of a situation and acts to somehow tie them together or solidify them or etc. Later that week I received a letter of acceptance from the aerospace grad school at CU Boulder -- somehow the most competitive school I applied to was the only one that accepted me. This not only acted to lock in my future career trajectory, but also ensured I would spend the next two years in Colorado, giving me an extended lease on being together with many of the friends I had made.
3/2/2019 05:40:21 am
In this amusement, your central goal is to explore every one of the bubbles and move to the following dimension.
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