Natural Selection 2 is the sequel to the popular Half-Life mod Natural Selection. It is built on our own engine and will be distributed through Valve's Steam platform.
In NS2 this structure will allow the marines to purchase weapons and equipment. Like the NS1 model, we wanted to make sure that it was approachable from all sides, to allow as many players as possible to access it at the same time. It's an important structure, so we also wanted to insure that it's easily noticeable by first time players. Hence it's increased size, and the addition of a rotating holographic gun projecting from the top.
We also went with a more interactive design, so, as a marine approaches the structure, the side closest to them unfolds and opens up, welcoming them in. The arms scan the marine, running diagnostics, assessing and repairing armor damage and injuries, while the marine links in via their helmet HUD. When no one is near the structure, it remains nicely folded up, protecting it's delicate machinery and electronics, and taking up less of a footprint in the environment.
When an item is purchased the arms essentially become 3d printers. The requested item has been scanned offsite, and downloaded into the structure, and then it is printed instantly into the marine's waiting hands as soon as it is purchased.