New hints for NMS NEXT

u forgot to mark this possible gas planet.Screenshot_4

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Certainly looks like a gas planet, although the circular object to the left of the top of the Atlas looks sort of like a crater. I’m thinking it is a moon or planet in front but it’s hard to tell.

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but gas planets like Jupiter has some circular characteristics toodownload

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Yep, good point.
Massive storms on gas planets would be an interesting/deadly encounter in a little starship. :grin:

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the problem is that we can’t land on gas planets, maybe they will put some rare resources on the gas planet’s atmosphere so we can colect it in the middle of the storm. that should be cool, but it’s just speculations.

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There is actually already a short thread discussing Gas Giants? over here…

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oh, didn’t see it

Or a giant storm :sunglasses:

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one thing I want on this game is to see asteroids from a fair distance so they don’t pop up on my face!:upside_down_face:

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There is some talk of new ships but I think the fighters pictured look pretty much the same as the variations we already have. Maybe the one with the wing tip spikes is something I’m not sure I’ve seen on a fighter.
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Player characters look pretty interesting.
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That does look like an asteroid grouping in the upper left and it is being seen from the planets’ surface.

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Is there a chance that that mountain is actually a volcano? :thinking:

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I’m not sure if the game mechanics will allow for that kind of animation (lava flows and explosions) but an extinct volcano with smoking fissures would certainly be a possible landscape feature.

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Volcano is a thing that this game needs, cause it’s very common on planets

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Yeah those ships on the cover don’t look too different from some of the ships we have now so I wouldn’t take it as confirmation of new ships. Ringed planets are cool, it must mean they got some planets to have proper rings. The planet at the back does kind of look like a gas giant…here’s hoping it serves some purpose or was added on top the number of planets already generated rather than taking away from that.

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See I thought the same thing about lava flows and stuff like that in NMS… but then I thought back to Sean Murray mentioning something about a new cloud tech that he was working on…
Now if they do have some type of volumetric cloud tech then maybe just maybe they can use that same volumetric tech to make lava flowing or even water streams…

My tinfoil hat is on lol

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Knowing what little I know of programming, a decent code to program clouds “could” be repurposed to animate lava by changing its opacity and color. And it shouldn’t be too crazy to register damage based on passing through the lava. However, I can’t see how you would go about making the “thickness” of the lava so you won’t just walk through it like its non-existant. I guess coding the character to react to lava by slowing down its moving animations. Or making it easier by just letting the character die. It is lava after-all and not Super Mario 64 where you could touch the lava repeatedly. Lol.

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Lava is kind of rubbery like melted plastic IRL and there are some vids on YOUTUBE that show people fooling about, tapping it with their shoes and stuff.
For NMS, perhaps simply having smoking lava filled craters using with deadly water-based graphics as the mechanic would work. You fall in, you cook. Simple. No swimming and massive damage.
Given all planets have a watertable to utilise as a lava flow height, maybe a primordial type biome IS possible. Rivers of moving lava would only require a code similar to the gooey masses some plants and rocks have.
I’m thinking it is possible…just not yet.

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Blue dots on planet look like hyperspace entry points for the freighters. You can see where there is a blue line from them that aligns with the freighters (responding to earlier query).

I am not sure that the planet is a gas giant, it looks like a standard planet seen from a moon, or vice versa. What I think it may hint at is new cloud formations and massive asteroids. Possibly with the ability to land on them and mine rare elements.

Flowing rock graphics are already in the game on some types of iron, etc. You would just need the damage and collision set up. SM has talked about ‘rivers’ from the beginning and there are lots of terrain features that look like river beds without the water. If you can create rivers with water, it’s an easy step to create rivers of lava (or anything liquid).

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