Since I came back from vacation I worked on a few things in my Starflight 1 remake.
The first thing I worked on was the star effect – you know, the really bright thing at the center of each solar system. I think I made something cool. I actually re-used some code that I developed for a different project for a different company about 15 years ago.
Then I also created the very beginnings of the planet terrain generator. Right now, all it does is load very coarse bitmaps created from screenshots taken by people helping me out. Eventually, using those bitmaps as a starting and reference point, my remake will create beautiful modern life-like planets. But for now, it’s just the raw original screenshot image.
I also refactored the code quite a bit – it’s a lot cleaner now. Oh yeah, the planets also actually orbit around the star and rotate about its own axis (with a tilt, even!) It does this at a compressed time of roughly 50 real hours = 1 game year.
Take a look at the video and let me know what you think!