Yesterday we released the 0.83 patch which should give you a pretty good idea of what we’ve been all over the last week. So we thought in this week’s dev diary we’ll take a closer look at Minor Factions.
The Beyond Dark galaxy is a vast, strange and amazing place. Different species dwell in every corner of this world. Some of them appeared in this galaxy as if from nowhere at an already advanced stage of their development.
Others are only just taking their first steps towards the stars and the great unknown. All kinds of sentient beings are emerging from all kinds of planets. And we are ready to meet them.
“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” ― Arthur C. Clarke
Are we alone?
In real life we constantly ask the question: are we alone in the universe?
Who knows. But if we’re not, who are these extraterrestrial creatures ?! What do they look like ? What do they like to eat ? 🙂
We have millions of examples throughout our culture and pop-culture. Tons of literature, hundreds of movies and cartoons – and of course video games. But creating our own species is what really excites us.
Bringing new life to the galaxy
Currently we have only four main civilizations in our game – and at the same time they are the only inhabitants of this galaxy. And two of them are humanoid…
So it was inevitable we would introduce minor factions. A variety of planets with different terrestrial ecosystems gives us an opportunity to bring many of our ideas to life, literally.
Minor factions will make colonization way more interesting! As you travel to new planets you will encounter these new species as native populations.
Some of them will be peaceful, others will try to kill (or eat) your colonists. Some will be good at mining, others may steal your credits on a regular basis! Minor factions will have their own positive and/or negative features. Maybe not from the start, but eventually. 🙂
We have a lot more ideas for them. Likewise, individual leaders could rise to prominence in the game, different technologies to emerge, and rewarding missions… It’s all possible, BUT we’ll have to wait a little bit.
I (Mel) love all this guys! It’s so great to see new life forms in different books, TV series or in games. But my favorite alien will always be Alf 🙂 And don’t believe what you saw! He loves cats.
Our famous Loopzilla loves Aliens… Yes. Aliens with a big A. He thinks they look like him 🙂
What is your favorite alien species or individual ? Maybe you want to see someone specific in our game ? Share your thoughts with us.
And as a small bonus we want to show you this short gameplay video that introduces asteroid mining process. Enjoy:
P.S. Here we have some wiki pages we put up yesterday following the release of the 0.83 patch: