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We have finally released the promised video showing up the planetary terrain engine with seamless landing / take off. This video is a 4 minutes long and shows the latest status of the Infinity engine. This is a major step in the project. A lot still has to be done, of course, but we are going to focus

Posted by Betelgeuze on Dec 21st, 2005

We have finally released the promised video showing up the planetary terrain engine with seamless landing / take off. This video is a 4 minutes long and shows the latest status of the Infinity engine. This is a major step in the project. A lot still has to be done, of course, but we are going to focus on the user interface and gameplay, and will develop in parallel other features for the 3D engine ( volumetric clouds, reflective water, vegetation ).

Infinity video release!

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3 New screenshots have been added to the moddb profile, for more new screenshots and information, go to the infinity website at Fl-tw.com

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Michael
Michael Dec 21 2005, 11:12am says:

I like space things, it's nice to see something as nice and detailed.

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Quanhan
Quanhan Dec 21 2005, 10:45pm says:

That just rocks, if only to shot down Derek Smarts argument over seamless planet transition. Can't be done my ***, my 486 was doing it with Frontier First Encounters.

I can't wait to explore Infinity.

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Alone_In_The_Dark
Alone_In_The_Dark Dec 21 2005, 5:11pm says:

Looks sweet, hope my new computer gets here this xmas, then i'll have something to look forward to! :D 100 billion planets, wow!

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Varsity
Varsity Dec 21 2005, 12:08pm says:

That's some damn impressive technology, but the planet seems way too small and the atmosphere way too thin. Will they be like that in the final game?

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bart2o
bart2o Dec 21 2005, 12:25pm says:

Looks very interesting. I hope that this project won't die ;)

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Dec 21 2005, 12:29pm says:

Thanks!

The size of the planet is possible in real-life and everything is scaled as realistic as possible.
Keep in mind those things are still WIP and we still have to work atleast 2 years on Infinity.

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Michael
Michael Dec 21 2005, 1:03pm says:

Wow dude, I checked the video, nothing short of amazing.

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Stardog
Stardog Dec 21 2005, 2:13pm says:

That was pretty amazing. Finally seamless planetary landings like in the good old days!

What kind of other details, such as buildings, will you be able to put on the planets? Or will there not be any detail such as that?

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Dec 21 2005, 2:20pm says:

that is incredible, congratulations on a fantastic technology

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Dec 21 2005, 2:29pm says:

The game will have more than 100 billion planets, we are going to do everything we can to make every planet exciting to visit and explore.
You will be able to find citys, forests, primitive alien life forms, volumetric clouds, weather and storm effects,...

An early test for example shows its possible to generate hundrets of trees:
Fl-tw.com
This screenshot is very old and was only a test, its nothing compaired of what the final version of Infinity will like like!

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MeGa_BaSTaRD
MeGa_BaSTaRD Dec 21 2005, 2:35pm says:

ok this is amazing...

i've always wanted to play a game where i can really travel from planet to planet...
just awesome...

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Dec 21 2005, 2:45pm says:

Thanks :D, all credits go to Brebion(aka InfinityAdmin).

In all the recent space games it wasn't possible to land on planets in real-time, our vision is to make that possible again with the next-gen game Infinity. We try to make a games that all the Elite fans have been waiting for for years.

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BKlegend
BKlegend Dec 21 2005, 2:48pm says:

Simply amazing, voting for infinity now.

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Sebastos
Sebastos Dec 21 2005, 3:16pm says:

very nice

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pvtbones
pvtbones Dec 21 2005, 6:44pm says:

very very very nice, althought I'm not sure about the stars to be honest, seems to "twinkle-ly?"

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nzMM
nzMM Dec 21 2005, 8:43pm says:

Have you played Masters of Orion Betelgeuze? If you havnt you should check it out. That game rocked. This offers a wicked opportunity for some classic Masters gameplay in a massive 3D realtime environment! MoO involves much that you talk about in the FAQ, managing science and tech, trading, fleet battles, politics, et cetera.

I look foward to seeing more progress reports. So far this look beautiful, i hope the gameplay can match teh aesthetics!

Merry Xmas All.

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TKAzA
TKAzA Dec 21 2005, 9:58pm says:

the engine is amazing cudos to the coder

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Dec 22 2005, 4:03am says:

thanks again!
@Pvtbones: Most of the 'twinkling' is because of the video, but the stars will also twinkel a little in-game because every star is only 1 pixel.
@NzMM: No I havent played MoO but ive played a lot of other space games. The Elite games are our biggest inspiration.

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