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December 2nd, 2019, 13:04
The latest dev diaries for the Starflight Remake look at strange alien encounters and the creation of alien communications.

Are You Friends of the Elowan?

(Originally posted by Marvin 20/12/2018 HERE)

The Thrynn have been born. They were pretty easy to create since there were already a few pretty decent gecko and lizard models out there on the Internet. I found one that I could use, but it was in Maya format. So I installed Maya for the sole purpose of exporting the model out into the FBX format. I imported the model into 3D Studio Max and then started my work on it. The only thing I really did to the model was to elongate the snout a bit and to bend the body so it looks like he is standing upright. I also rigged and skinned the model so it could be animated in Unity. This is what the Thrynn looked like in the original game:



I also built the eyeballs and created the cat eye texture maps for them. I used the body texture maps that came with the model nearly as-is - the only change being the general color tint. The original color was brown/tan, and I tinted it to green since that is the color the Thrynn appeared in the original game. For the background, I found some interesting looking sci-fi wall and used that.

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December 2nd, 2019, 15:46
Now this is something interesting.
Starflight was a masterpiece BACK THEN (heck I still have the C64 floppies!) -- but dunno if it could succeed NOWADAYS, after Mass Effect.

I sincerely hope this remake would remain a small, humble project, so the developers won't get psyched with "new exciting features", "next-gen looks" and "new market demands".
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I see a massive endorsement deal coming
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December 3rd, 2019, 02:51
I don't know about Mass Effect but can it succeed after Star Control: Origins?
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December 3rd, 2019, 08:25
I remember playing the Sega Genesis version when I was a kid. I'm not sure if it was a port of the first game or the sequel, but I had a lot of fun with it.

I'm definitely interested in a remake, but I hope they inject a little more variety than the originals had. I spent way too much time mining for minerals.
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December 3rd, 2019, 11:06
Developer has been MIA for over 6 months now. Promised to return though…
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December 3rd, 2019, 11:27
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
I remember playing the Sega Genesis version when I was a kid. I'm not sure if it was a port of the first game or the sequel, but I had a lot of fun with it.
FYI, it was a console port of the first game, with better graphics, easier controls, etc. Personally, I prefer the Genesis version too, as the original is somewhat awkward to play.
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December 4th, 2019, 15:57
I worked in a piano shop and this game was loaded on the only pc in the building. I probably played it for 1000 hours..in beautiful CGA.
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December 4th, 2019, 16:09
I also played the Genesis version of Starflight. Fond memories of those days when the sega/ cd vaguely touched on rpg/computer gaming. We got Dungeon Master 2, EoB (sega cd), M&M2 (gen), Star Control (gen), etc.
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