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5 comments by Zumf on Aug 29th, 2014

Hi, guys. It's Marcin, Technical Artist here again with a shiny, new update for you. It's been a while since we showed you any of the new gameplay systems and so we thought we would give you an update on the reimplementation of the environmental destruction in the world.

Our main aim with destruction has always been to create a fully interactive environment. That doesn't always mean that everything can be fully destroyed, but instead we make sure that you can make your mark on everything within the world. This includes rocks and foliage, varying from little clumps of grass to massive trees.

As the world of Pharus 7 is a terraformed landscape, it is a merging of both familiar Earth-like terrain and alien landscape, where anything not fully destroyed will grow back over time. Everything you 'mine' in Eden Star provides you with resources in one form or another. Rocks, mineral deposits, or crystals contain alien mineral materials, while foliage and trees provide more organic substances such as rubbers or fibers, which you can use in the construction of outposts and equipment. Smaller foliage will not produce materials but can be absorbed as energy to power your kinetic RMD abilities. In essence, when you finally land on Pharus 7, we want you to know that everything you see can be used.

The art direction allows the destruction to feel fluid, natural, intuitive, and make you feel powerful. As you will spend a lot of time deconstructing and farming the world to survive we want it to look and feel awesome as you do it. There are a lot of firework-inspired particles put in place to reward every interaction.

The making of this system has been a lot of fun, but we definitely hope that it will be even more fun to play it. In any case, we are very happy for you guys to see our early progress on this and we really hope you like it. As always, everything you see and read here is a work in progress and as such is subject to change. Thank you all so much for reading and continuous support and see you next time.

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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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Lupus_of_nox_noctis
Lupus_of_nox_noctis Oct 17 2013, 9:56am says:

Hi guys, Sorry to bother you with this question but your game looks absolutely fantastic, Like nothing ive ever seen before and im really really excited.
But what will happen if you guys dont hit your kickstarter? Im really worried :/

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Oct 17 2013, 6:55pm replied:

Hey Lupus, thanks for your message - the Kickstarter is only one way to realise the full scope of Eden Star. The focal goal at the moment is to promote that as much as possible via youtube bloggers actually getting hands on with the tech demo and playing the early build so that people can see it! We have also started to line up access to the Tech Demo via Desura, Steam and also the Indie Bundle profiles that will be accessible via the Eden Star site - without the cash injection the development takes longer. With Kickstarter we have the opportunity to create the full vision of the game.

Spread the word!

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SinKing
SinKing Oct 8 2013, 6:06pm says:

If the destruction is not scripted (at all), does that mean players can get stuck in a map because they made a mistake destroying too much? Or will there always be multiple ways out?

Also, will you have quicksaves? Seems like the way to go with this kind of experimental destruction. However, if you wanna stream your maps it's pretty hard to implement quicksaving (in UDK), as far as I know.

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Oct 8 2013, 9:32pm replied:

Hi SinKing, the whole idea of Eden Star is that you can destroy and build, so getting stuck is only a matter of thinking your way out of the situation/selecting the right tool for the job - getting stuck has not been an issue in testing so far! :)

Eden Star is not created in the UDK, the combat tech-demo is created in full UE3 source code and so we do not anticipate there being any issues with the save system for the full game. Thanks again for your input!

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DuDFPS
DuDFPS Sep 12 2013, 9:58pm says:

Wow, it's awesome o.o I would like to share it on my YouTube channel! I'm Argentinian and I would like to share it in the Spanish community! :D Waiting to play it some time, and tracking the game! :)

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GamesInquirer
GamesInquirer Sep 12 2013, 6:31pm says:

Congrats. Great new video too! Just curious though, why make the project about Eden Star: Pre-Alpha and not just Eden-Star, with eventually a Steam Early Access type early alpha release? It seems like a separate project in this way, unless you can later just rename it to Eden Star when the time comes rather than make an all new separate Steam entry for it.

Also, are you implying you'll release the pre-alpha/demo as soon as it's approved through Greenlight? It's not really explicitly stated so you might want to be more clear about it.

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Sep 12 2013, 7:19pm replied:

Thanks GamesInquirer! The Greenlight name can be changed/renamed when we need to as you say. One of the joys of being indipendant is that we do not have to commit to a date on the pre-alpha tech demo quite just yet... but, we will be showing it off to the public really soon along with bugs, no optimisation/properly balanced gameplay and it will only include basic features (although I think it's still pretty fun to play right now!) - it will be there with all it's beautiful warts on show and then downloadable eventually too :)

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GamesInquirer
GamesInquirer Sep 12 2013, 7:32pm replied:

Cool! Well, I'm sure this will be approved on Greenlight so I won't say good luck with that, but with the eventual Kickstarter campaign :)

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