DevLogs #13: Improved Builder Tools, UI, and Creative Concepts

Realm Updates

As many of you know, we recently transitioned into the product phase Alpha. A team of professional testers have been diligently testing every function and space within Realm. We’ve found and fixed many bugs and will keep you posted as we continue to improve our product and prepare it for the hands of our community.

We brought back the QuantPod airdrops this week with a $LUNR Token drop sponsored by LunarCrush. We will be launching a social influence competition in partnership with Lunar Crush this week, so stay tuned for more details!

As we continue to prepare for the launch of our public Beta, we will continue to roll out more regular communications and marketing activities for our community to enjoy. This week we announced our upcoming Bi-Weekly Newsletter and incoming Podcast series. We have a major marketing campaign in bound, and exciting partnerships to unveil to our community. We can’t wait to show you more of what we’ve been working on!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled Dev Logs:

Improved Builder Tools

Realm was built to empower individuals to build the world of their dreams. Our custom builder tools are a core component of our overall product offering, and one that we are continuously improving. We are developing new sets of items and building modules that players can use to efficiently customize their Realms.

This week, we built out a timber construction module set and added PBR textures to our realm builder assets. You can see in the above video how easy it can be to build beautiful and complex structures in Realm.

The modules are created in Blender and are standardized to a 4x4m grid. The variety of elements including platforms, trusses, corner pieces etc. are versatile enough to suit many different building scenarios. In the clip we have only used base modules, however there will be additional module categories that are based on a smaller grid size and will contain decorative items.

You can imagine the versatility that these builder tools will have, and how many different styles and structures our users will generate within Realm!

UI and Graphical Improvements

In the above video you can see the new chat stream that has been integrated into our GUI. Subtle design elements like this are important pieces of optimizing the overall gaming experience, or QoL (Quality of Life) in gaming terminology. The purpose of this feature is to enable players to see incoming chat messages in real time without having to interrupt gameplay by opening up the chat feed. This is just one of many subtle improvements that we have designed and are implementing.

Beyond the purely aesthetic changes, we are implementing a series of improvements to boost the feel and functionality of playing in Realm. This includes our user interface, additional indicators in the chat and inventory menus, and several at-a-glance QoL features.

Realm is utilizing OpenGL ES 3.0 for our mobile app rendering. This enables us to make use of certain higher-end shader functions that further improve our UI and in-game effects. For instance, we apply blur effects to our primary UI elements, allowing you to see through the popups, maintaining the continuity between the Metaverse world and the notifications.

Sky Racing Transport Ships

In building out our Metaverse, there are many layers of complexity that we must design for. If you’ve been following these updates carefully, you may remember when we first unveiled our Racing Engine. Weeks later, we showed you our first few Racetrack Styles and several more iterations. Pretty soon, you’ll see how you can build and customize your own racetrack worlds, and even get to racing! As we’ve fleshed out the concepts for racing within Realm, we’ve had to answer important questions, such as — how do players get to and from our central racing hub where they can meet players, optimize their vehicles, and sign-up for races?

Concept Rendering of a Transport Ship for our Racing World

This transport ship is designed to serve that very purpose! We think it’s pretty cool, and hope you’ll agree! Our goal is to make a truly awesome Metaverse that is fun, engaging, aesthetically pleasing, and uniquely beautiful.

We can’t wait to see you there!

About Realm

Realm is a mobile-first, play-to-earn, social impact driven Metaverse that allows gamers, players and artists to create their own personalized NFT microverse. Creators can bring unique music, art, and games into their realms. Whole living worlds can be minted as an ERC-1155 NFT and traded on the OpenSea Marketplace. Alternatively, players can discover, trade, collect and view NFTs in the environments and experiences their creators imagined.

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