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Explore Procedural Worlds In This Unity Spaceship-building Game

In StellarDrive, you gather materials, customize your own spaceship, and explore procedural planets, moons, and ring systems.

StellarDrive is a Unity-powered first-person low-poly game where you manage fuel, oxygen, and warp capabilities to travel across the vast distances of a galaxy.

Currently, it's in the alpha stage of development with the following features:

  • A spaceship-building system with panels, cables, and levers
  • Realistic gravity simulation and planetary rotations
  • 2 planets, a moon, and a ring system to explore
  • 1-4 players online co-op
  • Beautiful programmer art

Check out some gameplay screenshots and videos below:



Recently, StellarDrive's developer Curious Owl shared a new video featuring a planet-surface-to-galaxy view on Reddit that immediately received a lot of attention from people asking development-related questions and sharing feedback on the game:

As Curious Owl explained, there's no tutorial specifically for this as it's a mix of different techniques that you can incorporate together:

"The planet is made using a technique called quadtree on a cube sphere. You can google these terms to see how it works. As for the planet's shape, it's calculated with noise functions (simplex noise) and math operations on top (like min() or max()).

As for the galaxy, it's generated using a noise function that is warped by a swirly rotation, and its rendering is done using ray-marching."

If you're interested in building something like this for yourself, the developer recommends checking out these resources:

And if you want to stay updated on the game's development, follow Curious Owl on X/Twitter and join the dedicated Discord channel.

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