Author Topic: Astral Horizon  (Read 2529 times)

Astral Horizon
« on: 03 Mar 2018, 13:24 »
Astral Horizon is a project I've been working on for a while now. I love any sci fi that is set in space and had to do something to scratch that sci fi itch.
Here are some of the features I've already implemented:
- Sand box style open galaxy to explore.
- Many stations and planets to discover with the ability to dock at stations and land on planets.
- Several ships to fly and/or buy.
- It is entirely up to the player how they want to earn credits to progress. You can scavenge, mine, trade or take on jobs legitimately or illegally.
- Many colourful characters to meet throughout the galaxy.
- A story to follow at your own pace.
- Ship cockpits can be customised/personalised by buying new equipment with the credits you've earned.

There are lots more features that I'm cramming in to this. So much so that the sheer ammount of variables to keep track of is scrambling my brain. But I will get it finished. I'm too far in to it to give up now and I'm loving it which is great because all the scripting never feels like a chore.
Plus constantly thinking of new worlds etc to explore is sooooo much fun.
I'd say I was approximately 45% of the way to completion.

I've also added a ton of references and plays-on-words to the game. For example about 50% of the planets are named after planets from all sorts of sci fi movies, games and books.

Approaching Acheron(LV-426):


Looking for illegitimate work in Mos Moya on the planet Tantooit (<-see what I did there):


I'll post more updates as things progress.

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #1 on: 03 Mar 2018, 13:49 »
This looks amazing. Can't wait to play it.

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #2 on: 03 Mar 2018, 13:55 »
I feel like abusing my moderator powers and forcing you to post more screenshots (only because I really want to see more of this)!

In all seriousness; this looks/sounds great!

I have long wanted to make an AGS Privateer and this sounds just like it!

Keep up the good work!

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #3 on: 03 Mar 2018, 15:56 »
Wow. This looks incredible!

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #4 on: 04 Mar 2018, 05:07 »
Hnnnnggggggg uuunnngggggg

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #5 on: 05 Mar 2018, 21:31 »
Looks amazing!
Good luck!

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #6 on: 05 Mar 2018, 21:38 »
Thanks for the positive first impressions.

I feel like abusing my moderator powers and forcing you to post more screenshots
Your wish is my command.

After the initial cost of a mining laser for your ship, mining asteroids for ore can be quite lucrative:


Just docked at Unicore minerals orbital base station. Time to sell some of that ore:
« Last Edit: 05 Mar 2018, 21:51 by Two Tales »

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #7 on: 06 Mar 2018, 02:37 »
Basicaly just Mass Effect AGS.






And i really like Mass Effect:).

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #8 on: 06 Mar 2018, 17:44 »
For my, sound and looking like Wing Commander: Privateer, and I like a lot that game.

Now I  mark you and follow your progress GOOD LUCK. ;-D

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #9 on: 06 Mar 2018, 22:50 »
Looks amazing! I love open world games where you can just live "your" life!

One thing though: I'm not really hot on the idea of naming stuff in the game as parody/tribute references to other sci-fi properties. The game looks strong enough to stand on its own two feet without such gimmicks. I feel you have a chance here to create your own unique universe the player can get immersed in and that such references would weaken that feeling of being in a real and vibrant world of its own.

Just my two-cents but I, for one, find that kind of thing to get old pretty fast and ends up detracting from my enjoyment of games rather than adding to it.

Best of luck of course! I want to play the shit out of this game either way!

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #10 on: 06 Mar 2018, 23:18 »
Amazing +1 :D

I also agree about nostalgia. It's like a millstone.

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #11 on: 07 Mar 2018, 00:36 »
This is a very promising project!! :cheesy:

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #12 on: 07 Mar 2018, 16:13 »
Wow the screenshots and the description just blow my mind! :shocked: I'm totally looking forward to your game.

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #13 on: 08 Mar 2018, 02:58 »
OHOHOH what beautiful graphics! Can't wait to see more of the gameplay and backgrounds!
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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #14 on: 12 Mar 2018, 14:17 »
Thanks everyone.

One thing though...
I'm glad you brought this to my attention. I was so busy having fun with it I didn't stop to think that it might not appeal to everyone. Maybe I'll tame it down a bit.

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #15 on: 14 Mar 2018, 16:45 »
Thanks everyone.

One thing though...
I'm glad you brought this to my attention. I was so busy having fun with it I didn't stop to think that it might not appeal to everyone. Maybe I'll tame it down a bit.
I would appreciate this too. I'm no big fan of references myself and always prefer a "closed" game-world without too much "pollution" from pop culture. Most definitively I would play this stunning beauty of a game nonetheless, but maybe with a tiny bit less pleasure. ;)

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #16 on: 14 Mar 2018, 18:26 »
https://www.myabandonware.com/game/wing-commander-privateer-219

A lot images that remember your game. I search for those now, TIME to remember. :cool:

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #17 on: 14 Mar 2018, 22:59 »
I was so busy having fun with it I didn't stop to think that it might not appeal to everyone.

Yeah, it's easy to get carried away with one's own in-jokes, but this game looks like it deserves to be a rank higher than parody material.

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #18 on: 27 Apr 2018, 12:34 »


I've had to make the galaxy map smaller than originally planned simply due to over-ambition and the need to actually get this project completed but I believe I have made the systems within this galaxy large and diverse enough to encourage exploration and give different players different experiences.
For example, this is Jendo...



...a small forest planet that is located in a rather open space in a system and following the storyline will not lead you there so some players may not even come across it. For those that do find it they will be able to land and attempt to communicate with the indigenous wildlife which could prove challenging:



Saying the right things can prove beneficial to both sides. Then again, some players may give up and leave empty handed.
« Last Edit: 27 Apr 2018, 12:38 by Two Tales »

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #19 on: 27 Apr 2018, 12:36 »
Hnnnnggggggg uuunnngggggg

Uuuunnnnngggggggg

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #20 on: 27 Apr 2018, 13:27 »
Your portraits are amazing!

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Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #21 on: 27 Apr 2018, 14:13 »
Not sure I like the Gungan style speech but everything else looks absolutely brilliant!!  8-)

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #22 on: 27 Apr 2018, 16:28 »
Your portraits are amazing!
Most of the portraits are from a downloadable portraits assets pack. I've just done some minor editing and recolouring to suit my needs.

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #23 on: 27 Apr 2018, 16:37 »
Most of the portraits are from a downloadable portraits assets pack. I've just done some minor editing and recolouring to suit my needs.
Well they are certainly appealing!

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #24 on: 28 Apr 2018, 14:50 »
I don't have much to comment I'm just waiting for this to come out.

Re: Astral Horizon
« Reply #25 on: 01 Jun 2018, 15:26 »
After detecting an unknown signal from a nearby planet you land to take a closer look.
This also reveals one of the ships available to the player.
I should probably mention that all screens are a work in progress and subject to change/modifications.