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Hey All, I'm Steve Z, one of the 3D artists working on InnerSpace:
InnerSpace is an exploration flying game being developed for PC, Mac, and Linux. Set in a world where physics are inverted, explore a setting of interconnected, inverted spheres. Each is an interior world of once-inhabited islands surrounded by water, where gravity pulls outwards, away from the center. Piloting an agile craft, take the role of an unnamed cartographer to explore the various bubble-worlds, collect relics, and encounter each bubble's unique patron deity- all in order to discover more about the universe, its history, and its future.
What it Looks Like
The player collects Relics like these, which are used to deliver the narrative and provide cultural insight :
Also the plane is a submarine and we have giant boss creatures:
And your wings are swords. Use them as tools of offense, interaction, and further exploration:
What it Sounds Like
- Successfully Kickstarted in December, 2014
- Greenlit in January, 2015
- First playable demo at SGC 2015
We're currently working on finishing up our second demo by the end of the year, as well as preparing for our next appearance at PAX South.
Feel free to reach out to me, or any of the other PolyKnight developers, over twitter or here. We try to be pretty active and love hearing from devs & fans.
- InnerSpace Itch.io page (WIP atm)
- @ZappForThat - That's me ^_^
The last two weeks of development have been crazy, not only because of the end of the year, but also I'm graduating from Uni soon. Needless to say I, and the rest of the team, have been busy. We also had to announce ( Kickstarter update) that we would would be delaying the project a bit. We'll be releasing in May 2016. Here's what I've been up to:
Made a glass shader with distortion effects. We're using these to allow the player to look into or out of the towers. Also some may or may not be breakable ;)
A prism shader I made for our Ice world. There are a few cool things that are happening with it, but I think I'm most proud of the "fake" geo-based lightshafts. They sample the dominant light vector so, no matter the light direction, the lightshafts are always casting in the correct direction. The glass shader was built from this.
Finally, Here's a brush that I threw together last night. It duplicates geo along a spline and is super useful for making: snakes, trees, roots, tunnels, ropes, etc. It'll speed up my workflow quite a bit and we've got a few plans for it already in the works ^_^
Update 12/24/2015: Quick Gamefeel Video
A quick post showing progress on the 'gamefeel' and one of our primary mechanics: Stalling.
Think of it like drifting a car, but in the air. Stalling lets players make super sharp turns and helps navigation in tight spaces. The player is able to move in one direction while aiming the plane in another. As the plane stalls out it also charges a boost which, upon button release, launches the player in the direction they're looking. I'm not a video editor; you've been warned:
Update 1/3/2016: Breaking Stuff!
Happy 2016, I hope this year is a productive one for everyone. The PolyKnight crew and I have seen a lot of progress on the player-driven interactions. To be honest, one of my biggest fears is that players won't enjoy the gameplay as much as the visuals or the idea. With that in mind it feels particularly nice to make as much progress on that front as we have. It's really starting to feel like a game
Here's a recent addition (as in I just finished it and couldn't wait to share). It's an example of a more intricate interaction than I've shown previously.
Along the same lines as above, here is some destructible glass:
I've also begun work on blocking out this statue:
Very VERY WIP, but I'm looking forward to logging my development of it here. The concept art was done by the excellent Eric G. He's our concept artist, level designer, and general idea guy; you should definitely give him a follow if you haven't.
Update 1/22/2016: PAX South Demo prep
I've been in crunch mode for about a month now, jamming on getting the PAX South demo ready to go. Lots of progress, lots of good things, lots of work. Here's some stuff:
Finished this guy:
Made a world-space oscillating shader. Allows for smooth movement in the more organic models without adding actual animations. It's great for simple cloth or adding "rolling wind" to trees across a landscape. This coral uses it for movement and bloom:
Relic collection is pretty essential to the experience. Each relic has a form of interaction and helps players learn more of the lore. Here's a mostly finished one. (I want to save the interaction results for those who play the game ;) You can see the oscillation in the grass/embers too.
I spent a day getting out marketing material together for the Steam and Humble Storefronts. Here's the cover image:
Anyone else going to PAX South? We'll be at Booth 17084.
It's gotten a bit quiet around here lately. While this post seems to pull a good amount of views, comments have trailed off. Are Y'all having the same experience?