Blog

Embark is now in Early Access on itch.io

The Kickstarter might have failed, but the response has still been awesome.

With the release of version 0.24, embark is now available in Early Access on itch.io. New in the build are trading, and barrels which allow you to store more than one item per block (a much requested feature). The “attack waves” have also been completely redone. Now all creatures start the game living on the map grouped in various factions. The factions will trade with you and only attack if they get unhappy. The factions system is still very basic, it will be fleshed out more in the coming updates.

Thank you for supporting Embark!

Resources

Plants

Farming is a large part of Embark. To produce a reliable supply of food, your farmers need to constantly tend to their crops. Plants require water, nutrients, and the correct temperature to grow.

Ores

Dig deep to find different types of ores for your industry. not all ores can be processed from immediatly. Some metals are difficult to smelt and will require lots of learning before it can be smelted.

Workshops

Cook exquisite meals, brew tasty drinks, carve beautiful statues and deadly weapons.

 

Terrain Generation

The terrain in Embark is generated using 2 levels. The first level is at the planet level. The planet is generated with the help of the Libnoise library. Then the map generated is modified by hand. Biomes, temperature, precipitation, and other macro level details are also captured.

The next level would be individual “tiles”, the planet is divided into 512 tiles. Each tile is large at 4km^2 of area. The terrain in the individual tiles use the info from the planet level as a base but add various bits of fine detail depending on the biome type. The player isn’t restricted within a tile but is able to travel between tiles, but be warned the tiles get progressively more hostile.

The initial alpha release of the game will focus on game play at ground level. There will be caves but they will be very basic. A complex cave system complete with underground rivers will be added before release.

In the first version of the game the simulation will only focus on a single tile at a time. But eventually the plan is to allow players to create networks of towns and fortresses which are simulated on the macro level. We feel that by mixing both hand painted terrain maps and procedural generation we can create terrain which has the best of both worlds.