We’ve seen amazing development progress since our last post, here are just some of the things we’ve added to Beyond Dark in the past month.
Improved Galaxy Generation
Being a space strategy MMO with millions of planets in a persistent universe, we wanted Beyond Dark’s strategic views to make it easier to navigate the near infinite galaxy. Firstly, we created named sectors and improved our galaxy generation algorithm:
Battle History Integration
We also worked on making it easier to show where battles have taken place. Plus we added the concept of layers, where players can turn on and off different elements on the starmap to declutter it and focus on whatever the player chooses to do.
Intuitive Movement and Waypoint Setting
We improved movement to have a simple left-click to select fleet and left click to issue a move or intercept order. It is also possible to set multiple or cyclical waypoint paths for patrols, or to carry supplies back and forth between planets and systems.
When choosing a destination, as the mouse moves information is given about the length of time to travel and fuel needed at the selected warp speed.
We also made the interception algorithm more intelligent, so that the pursuer tries to predict the target’s heading, making interception more efficient and more likely.
Enhanced System Visuals
We improved the high-level information available when mousing over an explored planet and made some general visual improvements.
We started improving the shipbuilding screen, making it easier to use. In Beyond Dark, once you have researched components you can also design your own ships. Each planet can have one shipyard (which floats in space above the planet). Each shipyard gets its own production queue.
We aim in a future update to show the ship actually being built in space by robots over the planet with a shipyard.
Planetary Structure Designs
Finally we started concepting planetary structure artwork for various civilizations. Over the next few weeks we’ll be turning these into a reality.
Recently Added FAQ Page
We’ve added an FAQ page that explains a bit more about the game and covers some of the topics that people have brought up.
We’ll give another update with more screenshots and videos very soon!
For only a short while longer we are offering a free Beta invite to the public, we have had over 10,000 signups already, meaning that the Beta Andromeda galaxy will be incredibly lively. Join thousands of others in the Beyond Dark universe by claiming your free Beta invite.