We have spent some time this month working on the updated version of TIMEframe, but we are still making progress with Lacuna Passage too. In December we gave everyone a look at the early designs of IRA, our Intelligent Remote Assistant computer system. We now have the design and layout complete for IRA’s entire section of the Habitat.
Besides IRA’s multi-purpose robotic camera arm the unit is equipped with a docking station for the datapad, a 3D scanning platform, and multiple server and maintenance racks.
IRA is just a small portion of Foundation Hab, and we are really excited to show the finished product. Just to give you an idea of the scale, here’s a work-in-progress shot of the exterior of Foundation Hab:
As you can tell, the Hab has been a large and complicated part of our art progress with multiple artists contributing to its design. Once the Hab is complete we will begin work on the Lab and placing all the elements of Foundation Base.
And of course you won’t be able to leave Foundation Base and explore the planet’s surface without your trusty EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) suit! We are working with our concept artist Luke Kremer right now to nail down a design we are happy with, and we are really pleased with some of the design iterations so far.
We really want this suit to provide mobility and dexterity for anything Mars has to offer. The player will need to repair equipment, traverse dangerous terrain, and even escape the occasional dust storm while on the planet’s surface, but we think this suit will be up to the task.