30th June Progress

July 1, 2013 in News

Hi guys,

So today is a Sunday. Which means it’s our day off and of course we spend our day off working on Starbound!

During weekends we allow ourselves to work on things that aren’t part of the beta todo list. It’s a good way of going fresh and motivated into a new week.

So, the secret feature Bartwe has been working on. What is it?

It’s an entire in game music system!

You’ll be able to craft musical instruments including a trumpet, violin, guitar, piano and drum. Once you’ve got one of these instruments you’ll be able to hit various keyboard keys to play different notes. But more interestingly the instruments are able to read abc notation. Which you can read about here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_notation

Essentially you’ll be able to share tunes with each other as regular text. Copy and paste them into your Starbound directory and your player will use his instrument to play the song in game. You’ll be able to play songs in multiplayer and even synchronize different instruments with each other to form a band.

Here’s a really early video of a song played on a trumpet. The animation isn’t finished and looks a little bad. And the timing isn’t quite right yet. But it gives you an idea!

Excuse the pop up in there, no time for pretty videos in daily updates!