I really want to release a demo to get a feedback on the actual game, but there are a few things that I think should be fixed before I release a early preview build:
- Redesign the hardcoded input system, I’m working on this now
- Add lights and shadows to the renderer, this will really help the player determine the depth when flying around and help immersion
- Add 2d rendering/menu, this will provide the GUI for the “press start to play” so the game know what control to accept input from
- Physics motor, this is perhaps the most important feature. This will allow the player to control the heading of the ship while the motor control the amount of torque to apply to keep that heading
- First person/cockpit view, as I pretty much already have oculus rift support, this is a given, however given the way the craft moves it might make you really dizzy.
I never really liked the cockpit view of flying and driving games. It provies a sense of realism for sure, but I never believed it provided me with a view that I liked. Enter E3 2012 and the demonstration of the Oculus Rift. Together with a helicopter like transparent sphere like cockpit the cockpit view field of view that the rift provides and the slow speed of the craft it provide a sense of realism few games can match.
This solves the where you’re heading problem, but part of the game is also to avoid hitting walls. While things needs to be tested in game I have a few ideas, a system warning that emits audio when you are on a collision course with the environment, among others.