Between the Stars is a roguelike game where you play as a captain of a military spaceship. The final goal is to get to the capital of the Republic to defend it from the attack of the outer worlds. During the journey you will have to make decisions that will affect your ship and crew, buy and upgrade weapons and systems of your ship and fight with enemy ships.





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A few weeks ago I was researching how to show damage on ships. I found a gif of the game "Everspace" that I liked a lot.
In this gif you can see how the damage is shown in Everspace:


As you can see, the effect is amazing but how do they do it? Well, looking closely I guess that there is a shader with two main textures, one normal and another damaged. Also there is a noise texture used as mask to uncover the damage.

Knowing that, I tried to make my own shader to show the damage.
My first step was to create a noise texture to use as a mask of damage textures and increase the incidence of the mask as the ship was damaged:


Then I added an emission texture to show sparks and burned areas. In addition I added another noise texture to simulate the flicker of the sparks:


At this point the shader looked great, but something was missing. I added a particle system to make the sparks move and look like the ship is losing material.
This is the final result:


I know it doesn't look so good as the damage of Everspace, but I'm very proud of how it looks considering that Between the Stars is being developed only by myself. I hope you like it.

Introducing Between the Stars

Introducing Between the Stars

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Hello everyone. My name is Francesc Romero and I'm from Barcelona, Spain. I'm the developer of Between the Stars. I started to develop Between the Stars...

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Stinger90
Stinger90

well that and where can i download it?

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TheBullet Creator
TheBullet

Thanks! There's no demo yet :(

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Stinger90
Stinger90

i have only one word for this wow

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tethor
tethor

this is amazing, i already love this game!

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

This looks super cool!

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TheBullet Creator
TheBullet

Thanks!!

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I want assaults and battles in #space stations so I'm working on a 3d A* pathfinding. The first test: #indiedevT.co

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I'm feeling dizzy

6hours ago

This star and this planet look great! #games #indiedev #IndieGameDev #madewithunity #scifi T.co

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A nice #explosion

Jun 27 2017

More procedurally generated captains. Only girls this time. #madewithunity #scifi #indiedev #gamedev #gamesT.co

Jun 27 2017

Leaving the #space station. #madewithunity #indiedev #gamedev #scifi #IndieGameDev T.co

Jun 26 2017

In Between the Stars every #game has a different star map. #madewithunity #indiedev #gamedev #scifi #IndieGameDev T.co

Jun 26 2017

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