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9 comments by Zumf on Jun 20th, 2014

One of our main design ideals for Eden Star is that the player should always be able to make their mark on the world. Weapons should do damage to anything they hit, and if it does not break, there should still be some visual evidence of its effect.

Something we’ve been having fun with recently is the destruction of vegetation, and making it look believable and (as always) awesome. The following images are a taster of the flora concepts that make up the more lush areas of environment.



When a player sweeps an energy beam over a forest, it would be easy to just make the foliage take damage, disappear and be replaced with a shower of particles, but that isn’t really satisfying for us. The foliage we’re working on has various damage states, and if it is not completely destroyed, can grow back.

Hopefully, this will mean that players will not accidentally transform whole forests into deserts during a firefight!



Combined with the physically reactive nature of our foliage, deforestation never felt so good!
It may be possible to absorb energy from vegetation, so if you find yourself in a forest surrounded by enemies, you have some resources to defend yourself.



This system also allows our levels designers flexibility when creating areas of the world and allows a more dynamic experience. Foliage assets will begin games in different states which in turn not only provides a different visual experience each time you play the game but a different playing experience.

For example, when you first walk into an area you may find many mature plants which have a high energy value when absorbed, but if you restart the game the plants in the same area may not be fully-grown, which means you will not receive the same amount as energy as before.

For gameplay reasons, regrowth of foliage currently happens quite quickly. We are balancing regrowth rates, energy values and the amount of damage each plant can take as we test internally.

If you'd like to tell us what you think, and if you've got some cool ideas, speak up and be heard on the forums!

There's also:
Steam Greenlight
Steam Group
Eden Star Subreddit

As always, if you haven’t already, you can play the Pre-alpha Combat Tech Demo now by pre-ordering Eden Star here!

Only $15 gets you the UE3 Tech Demo and full access to the UE4 based Alpha and beyond!

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stephenmbanham
stephenmbanham Dec 19 2013, 4:11pm says:

Hey! We're doing an Indie Of The Year special series on the Top 100! And we featured your game!

Check it out? Youtu.be

Thank you so much in advance! and we hope you like the video!

Alot of team effort went into it! So if you could help us out and spread the word we'd be so grateful and thanks again for your amazing game!!!

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Feb 22 2014, 9:05pm replied:

Sorry for the delayed reply, the video is great Stephen, thanks again for your support!

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soldat15
soldat15 Dec 19 2013, 8:34am says:

Looks awesome, sure I'll buy and support. Keep it up guys

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Guest
Guest Dec 12 2013, 4:26am says:

voted !

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Arcental
Arcental Dec 6 2013, 8:51pm says:

looking forward to playing this game :D

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gty14
gty14 Dec 3 2013, 9:41pm says:

This game has been on my watch list for ages now and i have enjoyed the every update i have only 0one question though, do the backers get the full game when its released or will we have to buy it full price?

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Dec 3 2013, 11:59pm replied:

Hey gty14,

Backers get ALL updates and releases including the final product! Massive thanks for your ongoing support :) We can't wait to get the Tech Demo into your hands! Keep in touch for an announcement soon.

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gty14
gty14 Dec 4 2013, 6:15pm replied:

Cool thanks for the quick reply, i look forward to playing it!

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Guest
Guest Nov 19 2013, 5:40pm says:

This seems very similar to StarForge. I don't know how to feel about this.

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Nov 20 2013, 4:41pm replied:

I can see that! Fair comment :)

I suppose it's a bit like BF3 and MW3, however I think that when you have games that are similar in many ways, it doesn't mean that you should feel either positive or negative about them. Certain games often draw inspiration from one another but that doesn't mean that it's a bad thing, i.e. Elite + Wing Commander, Command and Conquer + Total Annihilation... All of this aside, Starforge is awesome but Eden Star is a different slant on the genre from a gameplay perspective and was not inspired initially by SF. We can also say that it will also contain story elements and features that are very unique to ES. That said; I do hope you find your 'feels' on the matter :)

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