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When you see a planet in Elite Dangerous, you could be forgiven for thinking it was just a big sphere with Behind The Planets - Anonymous Dream - Brilliant & Dangerous texture wrapped around it.
I asked Frontier to explain how it all works. Kay Ross, senior programmer. Planets begin life as a disc orbiting with a a newly formed star at its centre. Stable orbits are then determined for objects formed from the materials in the disc clumping together.
Passing comets and rogue planets are also thrown into the mix, to disrupt the orbits and create fledgling planets and moons. The planets created through this process can finally be classified depending on the resulting remaining atmosphere, surface liquids, ground and tidal activity, be it a Behind The Planets - Anonymous Dream - Brilliant & Dangerous giant or a terrestrial world.
To help model the Milky Way accurately, Ross consulted scientific research papers. The Hipparcos and Gliese star catalogues were particularly helpful, providing Ross with useful information about observable stars in the Milky Way.
For example, we can infer a probable radius and surface temperature from the its classification, colour, and brightness. I ask Ross if obeying the laws of physics so closely limits creativity.
Elite Dangerous is based on our Milky Way and I personally feel that to push far into the implausible detracts from the wonder and connection this brings.
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Viva La Evolucion. We Can Do Whatev in fine material detail and flair. As for what lies ahead for Elite's planets, Ross says Frontier hopes to push the capabilities and fidelity of planetary terrain. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Andy Kelly. See comments. Topics Sim.
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