Devlog #103: Astroleap; Anti-Grav Movement

3 min readDec 5, 2023

Welcome to Devlog #103 — Another week of building awesome gaming tech over here at Realm! It’s been a busy week over here at Realm with many awesome product developments in the pipeline.

As usual you can catch the founders AMA bi-weekly, with the next one occurring next Weds 13th December at 3PM UTC over on X for a chat about the latest developments in the Realm ecosystem.

Now, lets check out the dev:

Astroleap: Anti-Grav Movement Mechanics

We’ve been diligently working on the upcoming anti-grav pads, and they’re set to make their debut in the Metropolis by the end of the week. Functionality-wise, they are in full working order, as demonstrated in the clip where we test them in the Crescent Ring’s asteroid field. This testing environment is quite extreme due to its three-dimensionality and fragmentation, but as you can see, it’s also a lot of fun. There will be two types of this new Smart Object: the directional and the multi-directional anti-grav pad.

The directional pad, as shown in the clip, ignores the player’s incoming direction and launches them in the direction the pad faces. This gives builders maximum control to precisely steer other player avatars. Theoretically, this means you could create a continuous chain of pads, launching players from one to the next like a pinball machine until the player decides to exit it by pressing the jump button to cancel or simply air-walk out of the pad trajectory.

On the other hand, the multi-directional pad is more akin to the Hovr jump pads and is usually positioned flat on the ground. This version of the Smart Object takes into account the incoming direction of the player, who will continue traveling in that same direction but may reach potentially astronomical heights depending on the defined bounce strength and flight duration.

Creating a Smart Object for in-house use is one thing, but making it user-friendly for inclusion in the realm builder tool is another. And that’s precisely what we are working on now, i.e. defining which variables we want to expose to give builders maximum control in the creation of their realms using the new anti-grav pads. Trust us, this is going to be an epic step towards awesome movement and incredibly creative realms!

We hope you are as excited as us about the progress in developing the anti-grav pads, and also digging the breathtaking views of our new enviornments for Crescent land holders!

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