This Game Engine Wants To Build Entire Planets

The kids at Outerra aren't out to do much. Only create a game engine that can create entire planets for you to mess around in.

An indie project, the goal is to build a "3D planetary engine for seamless planet rendering from space down to the surface". Which means build a whole planet, letting you start it in orbit then fly it all the way down to the surface, with no loading times and no artificial walls.

Once the planet is rendered, Outerra claims to then be able to run, well, a game on top of it, with vehicle physics and 3D object importation ready to go.

It's an ambitious goal, one that's been the dream of game designers -- including mythical space MMO Infinity -- for decades. Hopefully these guys can pull it off!

Outerra [Official Site, via PC Gamer]

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    Futuristic fighter jet game.

    WOOT! Sins Of A Solar Empire style :D

    Add that to Supreme Commander, then bundle that into sins of a solar empire and you'll get the greatest game ever made period....

    Hmm, impressive.
    Now we just need Bethesda to recreate Tamriel, and we'd have a game you'd never, ever finish.

    That is bonkers.

    Only one planet? Try a Galaxy:
    Another tech demo in their 'technology' section on their engines site:

    Something like this combined with something like the X Universe.


    tech demos are my favourite demos

    Why has no-one mentioned something like Mass Effect? Imagine a whole galaxy of fully explorable planets!

    Space Engine and Infinity: Quest for Earth have been doing this for at least half a year and a couple of them, respectively.

    looks good.. but the sky could also do with some clouds..

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