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In this post we will have a look at the galaxy holomap. From the whole galaxy to clusters of stars, to planetary system or even your ship, the holomap will be your guide to explore the galaxy.

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Welcome to the second post on the gameplay of Skywanderers ! This time we will have a look at an element that takes an important place in the game : the galaxy holomap !

The world of Skywanderers consists in a galaxy of around 100 000 light years in diameter. It is made of several billions of star - if you want to find your way into this immensity you will need a solid map ! This is where the galactic holomap comes into play.

Galaxy in full

The holomap is a cliche in the science fiction imaginary. From Mass Effect to the latest Starwars ep.7, it helps to create beautiful and uplifting moments. In the case of Skywanderers, it also act as a the promise of the game : all of this is real, you can fly anywhere you want. All this worlds are yours to take ! (except Europa of course). But it is not simply designed to be pretty, it is actually a real fonctionnal map !

When you open the galaxy map it will show in full. At this stage the only stars visible are super-giant stars, that can be 100 000 times brighter than our sun! You can zoom several levels to see more stars.

Zoom on holomap

Oh my god it is full of stars

Once you found a star that you like, you can assign it as a warp target, or you can select it to view its planets orbiting around. Then you can continue again : select a planet, then view its moons. You can even find your spaceship or other ship or stations, and select them to visualize them !

Zoom on a star

This is our spaceship as seen in the previous post :

Spaceship holomap

This was for the galaxy holomap as it is in the game right now. Of course in the future more features will be added as more gameplay elements will be implemented, like scanning for resources, anomaly or threats.

On a technical side this galaxy is made from a volume texture generated with compute shaders, and then raymarched in real time. Each time the player zoom-in a new volume texture is created on the fly.

I hope you liked it, see you in the next installment !



Hey, I think I've seen your game on reddit before. Anyway, it looks great! Love the galaxy map's nebula-ish effect. I'll be watching this one.

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tsunamayo Author

Thanks ! Stay tuned I will try to post more often on indieDB.

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