Figured I would come in here and introduce This game as I think its a great game and imagine it as a nice platform for modding.
Wayward Terran Frontier was the original project, and it was meant to be a multiplayer cooperative galaxy exploration RPG where players could command a big space ship as a team and explore the galaxy looking for loot and adventure. The first kickstarter didn’t work out, but the team gained an artist through kickstarter so we decided to rebrand and redesign the project as Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls, a single player space exploration and adventure RPG.
You play as a human captain stranded in an uninhabited star system that happens to be full of conflict and mystery. There was a cancelled terraforming project in this system which has left behind an abandoned yet habitable planet and a lot of infastructure. There are multiple factions which have set up shop in the area for different reasons, for some reason an elite paramilitary organization has been commissioned to protect the abandoned planet, and other groups have moved in to support their efforts and profit off of local resources. Your task, given to you by the AI that woke you up, is to land a ship on the abandoned planet, and it won’t be easy.
The gameplay centers around an upgradeable space station where the player can use a special matter furnace to convert raw materials into new ships and weapons and equipment. The station also offers a risk-free home base for the player to engage in crafting, farming, and ship design activities between adventures.
Outside the station the player will find a large semi-procedural solar system with asteroid belts, space stations, ice fields, pirate raiders, civilians going about their daily lives, and deadly mercenary forces patrolling for people like you. The game is very open in design with a focus on free exploration. There is a huge amount of space to cover and there are interesting things hidden everywhere for the player to find.
Game Engine Specs
The game engine is completely custom, built on .NET and the XNA framework.
Infinite world + hand made content: The world is divided into massive sectors with different biomes that procedurally generate environments. Then our team manually enters those areas and hides loot, enemies, secrets, and story elements as if it were an easter egg hunt.
All objects enterable, alterable, creatable: Game objects use a data structure where meta-data is embedded into the artwork which allows object interiors to be created on the fly. That means we can have hundreds of thousands if not millions of objects in the universe, and while each object you see has the overhead of a sprite, entering the object instantly generates a full interactive, destructive, and meaningful interior complete with moving parts, loot, fancy atmosphere and energy calculations, and sometimes enemies. That also means any ship you find can be captured, reverse engineered, modified, and created by the player.
Insane combat damage model: Ships don’t have hitpoints, they have modules linked to tiles. When you shoot a capacitor it can start fires that will spread across the ship consuming oxygen. When you shoot a reactor it can explode sending pieces of the ship flying off into space. When you shoot the bridge you might hit the captain and end the fight immediately. Ships are considered dead when their crew is dead.
Data driven design: Objects really are sprites, and can be put directly into the game with nothing more than an image editor. We want people to use the engine for creating their own content.
The game is being tested by friends and family. We are preparing a version for press that we hope will be done real soon, if you are interested in a review copy you should register on the store and send us a message with the contact us form: contact us
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