Navigating the Galaxy Map: On the Neox Sector and its different Regions [DEV BLOG #11]
By now, most of you will have heard that Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore will differ from its predecessor in quite a few aspects. On the one hand, the next GOF game will introduce a number of features that have not been part of the series before and that will have a huge impact on your gaming experience. On the other hand, some of the stuff you enjoyed in the past will not be part of the new installment anymore – at least upon launch. But that is no reason to be worried. Despite its slightly different approach, Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore will of course be a thundering outer space epic! And it will be jam-packed with cool references to the earlier GOF games as well as apt reinterpretations of cherished key assets. Today, we will tell you a bit more about the realization of one such asset, namely the revamped galaxy map.
The zoomed-in close-up of the Anchorage location shows you the "arena" hot spot plus a little wrap-up of the area's history. The text is still a placeholder.
Bleick, our Art Director, summarizes the main ideas behind the design and realization of GOF3’s galaxy map as follows: “Structure-wise, the galaxy map consists of three layers. First, we have atmospheric background nebulas in 3D that move with a cool parallax effect when you turn your device. Second, we have locations like solar systems, hazardous zones or solitary planets depicted as holograms and equipped with mission symbols. Third, we have zoomed-in close-ups of these locations that let you see the actual hotspots you can visit. They include biotech facilities, pirate hideouts, military docks, wreck fields and many other impressive (and often dangerous) vicinities. Visit them and dive straight into the action!”
The bright 'n blue Trim area is already accessible in this screen shot while the rogue 'n reddish Porros region is still locked.
And there is more. When you start playing the game, the only area you see is Trim – the threshold between the known universe and the newfound Neox Sector. A close look at the galaxy map of this area tells you that eons of years ago something immense must have happened there. All solar vapors have all been pushed to the edges of the area and the center is almost void. Could this be the result of a cataclysmic explosion that took place in this part of space long before we even knew of its existence?
Engraved into the galaxy map's tapestry, this "message of interest" gives you additonal insight into the horror and dangers of the Neox Sector.
If you move to the right from Trim, you will arrive at Porros, a polluted industrial region which you can only enter after you have cleared Trim’s boss tree. But even before you have access to it, the galaxy map already tells you quite a bit about Porros. Its reddish color scheme literally screams danger. And the holographic messages that flare up all over the area hint at unidentified distress calls, unexplainable EMP readings and other reasons to be worried. According to Bleick, these little details are more than just a bunch of nice accessories. They also foreshadow important lore and story elements.
You can access the galaxy map via the Manticore's commando bridge... just tap onto the hologram in the center of the screen.
Of course, Trim and Porros are not the only regions of the Neox Sector. The further you advance into its dark heart, the more obscure your surroundings will become. And the more mysteries you will unravel. But it is still too early to talk about this in detail. So for the time being, we hope you enjoyed this little piece on the galaxy map of Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore. As always, we are looking forward to read your comments and enter into a lively dialogue with you. So if you have questions regarding the game in general or the galaxy mal in particular, just shoot.
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