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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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gty14
gty14 Aug 11 2013, 9:05pm says:

Just wow! one question have you tryed out for greenlight on steam, you would be chosen for sure this game looks amazing even at this stage. look forward to playing a product :P

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raeldrikp
raeldrikp Aug 8 2013, 7:30am says:

Uh hey, been tracking for sometime, but I just realized something. Recently (few months back) heard about Leap Motion, and just receieved mine a few days back. It was a bit odd in the beginning, and there is a lack of apps atm, but the accuracy of the device is incredible (within 4 ft). Could you guys possibly develop support for it?
Leapmotion.com
I mean its cheap enough to be considered just another mouse/controller, so a lot of gamers might pick it up and it doesnt take up much space.

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DaxU
DaxU Aug 3 2013, 5:39am says:

wow!is that jedi force?worrying about computer now,what about system requirements?

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AJSorvillo
AJSorvillo Aug 2 2013, 8:25pm says:

I am impressed. So far it looks like you have a very nice game coming along.

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Lobuscus3362
Lobuscus3362 Aug 2 2013, 7:21pm says:

is it gonna be free

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T Aug 3 2013, 1:23pm replied:

We have a long term dream to make the game free to play and with a solid reason to do so (this has been FULLY designed and mapped out and we believe it would work really well as a fun and involving experience) - mainly to help us to continue funding the project in harmony with those playing it. In reality we are currently also planning for a pay to play title with options to purchase additional content with little/no restrictions on the content.

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Guest
Guest Jul 28 2013, 9:53am says:

Can't wait to see more !!! The universe you created is beautiful !

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HUDuser
HUDuser Jul 6 2013, 2:44pm says:

This already looks freaking amazing and you barely even have anything to show! Definitely adding to my watch.

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Squared55
Squared55 May 24 2013, 9:06pm says:

You know those game ideas you have in your head hoping to play/make someday? This is one of mine. Very excited! :)

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T May 24 2013, 9:41pm replied:

Thanks for your support Squared55 - please share your ideas thoughts and crits, we genuinely want to make this into something that the community can drive forward. Very much looking forward to giving people a home under the new website.

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