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Great news! Crowdfunding for SpaceEngine has reached its first milestone - $15,000. As mentioned on the funding page, this means that I am now able to move away from my day job and start working on SE full time. My hope is that SpaceEngine 1.0 will see light within a year, though the exact time is impossible to know for sure. The next funding milestone is $80,000, which will fund the development of the single-player space exploration game.

As you may notice, I was forced to increase the amounts needed for different goals. The original estimates were too optimistic. Based on further analysis and experience, I have come up with the current goal list. It is much more realistic than the original, and it should be very possible to achieve the goals listed at the given amounts. This version is the best possible representation of the current plan, though is still possible that the amounts or the goals themselves might be changed in the future. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you all very much for your support!

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Achieved Goals


$300

Oculus Rift support
Stereoscopic 3D support


$3 000

Nvidia SLI support


$5 000

AMD CrossFireX support


$6 000

Joystick and gamepad support
Full multi-monitor support


$15 000 - Freeware SpaceEngine 1.0 Planetarium

Fund SE development full-time for 12 months
Supporting Oculus Rift, 3D displays, multi-monitor setup
Joystick and gamepad support
Ambient music and sound effects
Expanded catalogs of known astronomical objects (Tycho-2, SDSS, ...)
Deferred shading pipeline
3D water, clouds and rings
Procedural nebula and galaxy models
Particle effects: accretion and protoplanetary disks, weather effects, volcanoes, ship engines exhaust
Enhanced scripting system and visual path editor for creating interactive educational tours
Spherical mirror projection for home planetariums


Immediate Goals



$25 000 - Linux support

Native support for Linux


$40 000 - Mac OS support

Native support for Mac OS


$80 000 - Single player space exploration game

Gameplay based on space flight simulation, space exploration, research and building
Realistic spaceflight physics with both hardcore fully manual controls and handy semi-automatic controls
Various spacecraft models
Build ships, space stations, and bases on planets
Collecting data about celestial objects using probes and satellites


Long-Term Goals


$120 000 - Online space exploration game

Module-based ships with a 3D constructor
Players can name planets that they have discovered
Server database for worlds discovered by players
A database search function for finding a planet by certain parameters


$150 000 - SpaceEngine SDK

SpaceEngine as a graphics library for third party companies
WYSIWYG editor for all types of objects


$250 000 - MMORPG Sandbox Game

Space combat system with realistic physics
Unlimited capabilities for players: research, building, trading, fighting
Colonizing and terraforming planets, building cities
Destruction of enemy ships, cities, and even entire planets
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Nah, not interested. Star citizen seems much more fascinating, in addition this is a one-man team??? Even at $250k, the quality won't beat the $43 mil (almost $44 mil) quality that Star Citizen will bring. Just my opinion though.

Looking at the gallery, it just seems to me that the pictures don't even look that great. Even just as an exploration only, I'm not impressed and I love anything about space.

Edit: my 800th post!
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If this is really a one man operation, I must say that's quite the amazing work you've done! (Even a small team is impressive, really)
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Nah, not interested. Star citizen seems much more fascinating, in addition this is a one-man team??? Even at $250k, the quality won't beat the $43 mil (almost $44 mil) quality that Star Citizen will bring. Just my opinion though.

Looking at the gallery, it just seems to me that the pictures don't even look that great. Even just as an exploration only, I'm not impressed and I love anything about space.

Edit: my 800th post!

Star Citizen isn't going to support planetary exploration though, at least not at launch.

And the images are quite amazing considering the scale of the engine, I think. Star citizen will be more about small map with instances for dog fighting, rather than exploring a massive universe. Though if it is, then I might consider buying it!
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If this is really a one man operation, I must say that's quite the amazing work you've done! (Even a small team is impressive, really)
Star Citizen isn't going to support planetary exploration though, at least not at launch.

And the images are quite amazing considering the scale of the engine, I think. Star citizen will be more about small map with instances for dog fighting, rather than exploring a massive universe. Though if it is, then I might consider buying it!

You haven't been following it, have you? Star Citizen is going to be massive, much much much more involved then dog fighting wink.gif I think it will contest with EVE Online nicely biggrin.gif

Take a look http://starcitizen.wikia.com/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions
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You haven't been following it, have you? Star Citizen is going to be massive, much much much more involved then dog fighting wink.gif I think it will contest with EVE Online nicely biggrin.gif

Take a look http://starcitizen.wikia.com/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions

If it ever actually gets finished, then I agree.
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I'm not impressed and I love anything about space.

I don't believe this.

As someone who loves anything about space I think Space Engine is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. The scale is absolutely breath taking. Being able to explore absolutely anything you see is, by definition, is EPIC.

Plus, as some one who has played for HOURS it is quite fascinating some of the planets and systems one can find. Whats even more incredible is that it's physics based too! I've found a planet the other day that was half life supporting Earth like and half solid ice...why? Because only one side of the planet faced it's star.



I mean, how is finding something like this NOT awesome?

Meh...either way...opinions are opinions I guess. It's just that, everyone I've shown it too thought it was amazing...the ones that are nerds like me nearly came in their pants. I just don't see how someone can't...redface.gif

Here's some pics of just some of the things I've found:









Either way, I certainly hope this continues to get better and better. They've already added some rudimentary space ship support. Definitely need a beast PC for it (RAM disk or nice SSD highly recommended!) to run, what I would consider, well. My sig system does a pretty decent job but could definitely use some work.

But hey, what can one expect when you're processing an entire universe?
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If it ever actually gets finished, then I agree.

It will be released as a full game next year. Most games takes two - three years to make. And the size of this game, the wait is totally worth it and very much normal.
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I don't believe this.

As someone who loves anything about space I think Space Engine is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. The scale is absolutely breath taking. Being able to explore absolutely anything you see is, by definition, is EPIC.

Plus, as some one who has played for HOURS it is quite fascinating some of the planets and systems one can find. Whats even more incredible is that it's physics based too! I've found a planet the other day that was half life supporting Earth like and half solid ice...why? Because only one side of the planet faced it's star.



I mean, how is finding something like this NOT awesome?

Meh...either way...opinions are opinions I guess. It's just that, everyone I've shown it too thought it was amazing...the ones that are nerds like me nearly came in their pants. I just don't see how someone can't...redface.gif

Here's some pics of just some of the things I've found:

[snip]

Either way, I certainly hope this continues to get better and better. They've already added some rudimentary space ship support. Definitely need a beast PC for it (RAM disk or nice SSD highly recommended!) to run, what I would consider, well. My sig system does a pretty decent job but could definitely use some work.

But hey, what can one expect when you're processing an entire universe?

Okay, you changed my mind lol...those pics on the site were like snip-its and not large at all....so I didn't make a very accurate judgement.
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Exploration for exploration's sake? YES PLEASE.

Why are there not more non linear games like this?
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You haven't been following it, have you? Star Citizen is going to be massive, much much much more involved then dog fighting wink.gif I think it will contest with EVE Online nicely biggrin.gif

Take a look http://starcitizen.wikia.com/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions

I didn't see anything there talking about the actual size though. Space Engine, as it's been estimated, is like 25% the size of our actual universe. Might be larger now.

Either way...you can explore every star, every planet surface, every moon, every galaxy to it's fullest. You will literally find things that you will NEVER EVER see again if you just leave it behind you for more than a couple seconds. You'll constantly find stuff that will never ever be found by another human being. When you have billions of galaxy with billions of star systems...

So yeah...it terms of scale Space Engine has yet to be matched and I don't think it ever will. I mean, it's an entire universe...how can it be?

Nor do I see Star Citizen being anywhere near as large. Unless they plan on having some sort of procedural universe themselves?
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Nah, not interested. Star citizen seems much more fascinating, in addition this is a one-man team??? Even at $250k, the quality won't beat the $43 mil (almost $44 mil) quality that Star Citizen will bring. Just my opinion though.

Looking at the gallery, it just seems to me that the pictures don't even look that great. Even just as an exploration only, I'm not impressed and I love anything about space.

Edit: my 800th post!

Star Citizen is going to take millions of years to release all the while they will be collecting on our money. I'm starting to not like Kick Starters now... They are SO unpredictable -- What the hell are they really even doing man ? They sell us a big HOPE that the game will be good, but that's all it is.

This is a Jordan Belfort business, sell anything and make it sound way worth it.

I've donated already, about 60 bucks... I think its been pissed away... NO ONE including me can actually prove the game will be released...
    
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