Video: AI and Simulation
Here's a little video showing off some of the AI and simulation that will bring the world to life:
Firstly we have a bit of the IMP bot (place holder art) digging out a new area for the colony. The robots have a complex priority system to ensure that they always carry out their tasks in a useful and efficient order. They also break off into teams to accomplish goals faster and more effectively than when acting as sole agents.
I'm working to build natural, realistic animal behaviours for the creatures: The chickens are seeking out the warmest and brightest areas of your base to nest in and will cluster there to lay their eggs. The AI isn't perfect yet, at the moment they get a bit too overenthusiastic in their search for the brightest, warmest things and end up joyfully, and quite fatally, dousing themselves in lava!
The final part of the video shows an accelerated time-lapse of the planet's surface. I'm simulating day/night cycles, clouds, fog and eventually weather types. The plants grow depending on the amount of light hitting them. There will eventually be a full ecosystem complete with flora and fauna simulated on the surface layer, presenting threats and challenges but also plenty of opportunities for science and exploration.
We are now in the final week of the Kickstarter and we need a really big push to reach our goal. Please spread the word about the game. Thanks for your support!