It's the second of Friday Frontier. Today we want to talk about the two massively different environments you'll be in when you play the game. And also, what their differences are.
So you start the game in a safe station. You need to unlock all stations to escape. You need to move to the next station which means going outside.
Out there in the dust storm, there are lots of things that can go wrong. You're on an alien planet with constant dust storms. You're just a small part of the world and we want you to feel that. Everything you'll encounter is huge and the distances are vast. The enemy is a giant alien snake that can flatten huge buildings. It's constantly looking for you and roaming around the map. We want the snake to be a real living part of the world so we won't teleport it at any condition. He'll look for you through his senses and it'll react to your actions.
Distances are vast, so reaching your objectives is harder. We'll give you some transportation options but they'll have some kind of drawback
Bridges, broken roads, mountains, etc.
Devices that require power to operate. For example, the road might be blocked by an energy barrier and you need to power it somehow to lift the barrier. Though, due to the game's immersive-sim nature, there'll probably multiple ways to solve these types of problems. (Check out our last Friday update for more info about power mechanics)
Weather changes. Heavy fog, no fog, acid rain, strong winds, etc. (This system not decided for sure)
We're still working on the outside mechanics. On the inside, there are plenty of mechanics for the player to interact with so we want the same amount of interesting stuff for the outside.
Finally, after a scare from that snake, you made it to the station. But the journey is far from over. There are one or more giant centipedes crawling around the station. They can kill you much faster than snakes. For them, you need to use stealth mechanics or plan around their movements. We're thinking of giving tools and traps for dealing with these creatures. Maybe you can disable, hurt or kill them. But you can be sure that it won't be easy. Once you unlock the station, they'll escape and you'll have some time to relax.
Objectives are much closer but the threat of centipede is much higher so you need to be much more careful while moving
Like on the outside, there will be power ports inside the station as well. But their effect will be much more limited and local.
Hazard System. Some pipes might be broken and they'll leak their stuff outside. For example, this can create fires, radiation, freezing temperatures. You'll need to work around them. (This system not decided for sure)
We want to make every station unique in some ways. In the story, this is already the case. We want each station's situation to affect the gameplay and your plans.
The overall gameplay loop of the game, at its core, is like this:
So we might say that there's a third environment. One where you're safe and have time to plan and craft stuff before moving out to the next station. The game will be relaxed in terms of giving you an objective. So it won't be a linear experience. You can decide which station you want to go to next and how you'll deal with the obstacles ahead. We want to make every experience unique.
So that's it for today's update! Sorry for the long post. The next ones are probably not going to be this long. But tell us what you think!