As you most likely know, the development of Sahara engine (and actually any game’s graphic engine) is a constant and never ending process of research, testing and improvement of existent or adding completely new features to the basic functionality. We’ve already put to good use our world editor before, pushing it to the limits and creating quite an intricate landscape, but this wasn’t enough: our game designer and level designers always wanted to create more complex locations with lots of vertically split terrain levels and non-linear paths, also increasing the scale of each level significantly. Old locations seen in our videos and in playable alpha were deemed too small, so the next prototype level for the Outpost 74 and its surroundings where the players will start their adventure on K’Tharsis has grown about 9 times in size. When increasing the playable and explorable territory like this you obviously will encounter some performance issues – so we came to the conclusion that we need to rework the terrain generator completely. In the last weekend a new stable version was compiled and we have tested it thoroughly, exploring the borders of the playgrounds our new tech can deliver.
Hi everyone, my name is Alexander, I’m a team lead and lead programmer of Exoplanet: First Contact, and the creator of Sahara Engine. From now on, members of our team are going to share more info about ourselves and about our contribution to the project.