logo
logo

‘SpaceEngine’ is like a free ‘No Man’s Sky’ modelled after the real universe

avatar
Ralph Knotts
Aug 27, 2016 13:00
img

You won t find any alien outposts, cartoonish creatures, fluorescent flora, or multi-tools to mine imaginary minerals with.

SpaceEngine is a universe, a tremendous tract of empty space and more explorable worlds than anyone can comprehend.

The program boasts the entire Hipparcos catalog of stars, 10,000 known galaxies, and practically every recorded celestial body from asteroids to exoplanets.

Russian astronomer-cum-game developer Vladimir Romanyuk knew he could never write enough code to represent the entire universe.

So, in 2005, he began methodically populating his simulator with sets of data from astronomical catalogs.

Procedural generation may be this season s video game buzzword, but believe it or not, the concept isn t new.

collect
0
avatar
Ralph Knotts
Aug 27, 2016 13:00
guide
Zupyak is a free content platform for publishing and discovering stories, software and startups.