Posted by Data in Cortex Command - June 2nd, 2011

Hey gang, today I want to direct your attention to this very interesting project that I am personally excited about and feel has a lot of potential:

As you can see, it’s a very impressive voxel, or ‘atom’-based 3D engine running smoothly on regular medium-spec hardware. The advantages and gameplay possibilities enabled by simulating the interior volume of the game world’s terrain and objects (as opposed to only the surfaces like in most games) should be clear to any fan of Cortex Command, Minecraft or Terraria – games entirely built around freely digging into and building with a world’s atomic matter of different materials.

As challenging as it has been for me to build a custom 2D physics engine to handle destructible atomic terrain in Cortex Command, I can appreciate the very promising progress that Branislav Síleš, sole author of the Atomontage Engine, has made on tackling the third dimension at such high (and variable) resolution! Check out this video where he shows off how the volumetric matter can be removed to expose hidden structures beneath:

Amazing stuff! This is still an early prototype with only a solo man working on it, but I would love to see this technology mature to a point where we could one day use it to develop a future sequel of Cortex Command (3D? ;)).. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to build an underground bunker in one of those gorgeous, procedural hills and defend it against enemy forces landing from orbit?!

If you’re feelin’ me, then I urge you to consider donating and supporting Branislav’s project here! It will improve the chances of him not having to take on outside investment in exchange for control/ownership of his project – something that probably would hurt the chances of a CC 3D happening. In other words: let’s help him stay indie!

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7 Responses to “Support the Atomontage Engine!”

  1. Airburst - # June 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Even though this isn’t the blog post I was hoping for, it looks really cool.

  2. Natti - # June 3rd, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Oh god, he’s hinting about a 3D Cortex Command!

  3. FoiL - # June 3rd, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I guess my choo choo is not accepted.

  4. Madmax - # June 4th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Oh wow, I was wondering when something like this was going to be made. I really hope a demo gets released.

  5. zalo - # June 5th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I just donated $10 to a worthy cause.

    This is a great engine, and I hope that he does change the face of the 3D content industry (Literally!)

  6. macattack - # June 5th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Yeah, i knew about right since video one on youtube. I may donate some cash soon.

  7. matty406 - # June 7th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Who wants to see this in a Red Faction game?
    I want a demo of this so bad, so I can blow things up.