Philip has put a lot of effort into improving the visual effects in SR2. This past week, he worked on the sun and I couldn't wait to get his changes so I could do some in-game photography.

He also improved the atmospheric effects significantly over the past few weeks. The shader he's been working on is based on real-world physics and uses parameters like atmospheric density to realistically render the effects.

All of the atmosphere's parameters are available via XML if you want to get your hands dirty and customize its look. It does take some skill, as some of these settings are particularly sensitive.

Or, you can just wait until we release the planet builder. Did we mention that we intend to make a planet builder? Well, we do. It's one of the major features that we will focus on after the Early Access release. There will be a new section on the website where players will be able to upload their custom planets and download other player's planets.

So, we haven't talked about our release date for a while. The last date we mentioned was Q2, but if you've paid attention, I've started saying "this summer." Realistically, I don't see any chance of SR2 entering Early Access before July. I'm hesitant to even pick a month at this point, because I've been so wrong in the past. Sorry we keep slipping. We are working as hard as we can and trying to make this game as good as we can for the initial release. I promise it will be worth your wait!

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    Add clouds!

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    @dvergErgeth
    “So, we haven't talked about our release date for a while. The last date we mentioned was Q2, but if you've paid attention, I've started saying "this summer." Realistically, I don't see any chance of SR2 entering Early Access before July. I'm hesitant to even pick a month at this point, because I've been so wrong in the past. Sorry we keep slipping. We are working as hard as we can and trying to make this game as good as we can for the initial release. I promise it will be worth your wait!”

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    Early access, please. 😿😿😿😿

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    @Cape6 good idea

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    28 Cape6

    Anyone notice, "the only planet that has life... that we know of..." does this mean aliens will be in the game?

    +2 2 days ago
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    @JoshMan yeah i have to agree. I see no point in it rather than publicity

    2 days ago
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    Wow this looks awesome.. This is probably gonna be the best space simulator on android..
    I really hope they add astronauts though!

    2 days ago
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    @mikethespike056
    You probably can mak a giant hot planet very far away and his moons can be the size of planets...

    +1 2 days ago
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    😃😃😃😃 Realeased in July? Do it on July 8th pls. Just try to (I want it as a birthday present🎂)

    2 days ago
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    Is there gonna be collision detectors for if you crash into something?

    3 days ago
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    206 MyMessage

    Wow! Planet builder! This is definitely worth waiting for! Thanks for all you hard work guys! @AndrewGarrison

    3 days ago
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    Any chance of making another solar system using the planet builder? Like to make interstellar travel

    3 days ago
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    who misses Pluto oh I'm mean smpluto ;( what ever you say it I will love if that old planet came into the game vote if this is a good idea :) btw if that does something don't juge me I joined a few days ago k

    3 days ago
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    100 IzzyIA

    Looks great, but will my iPad be able to run it?

    3 days ago
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    34 JoshMan

    @MarkWatney personally, I can't speak for anyone else, but this may not be the best place for the only semi-related retelling of tbe adventures from the Martian. It would be funny if it was unique to the post, but they're not, at least not past "space". Not sure if I'm alone in this.

    3 days ago
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    Could you please try to get this out by the end of July, it would make an amazing middle school graduation gift! Thanks, no mater when you get it out though, it will be amazing

    4 days ago
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    @JoshMan k

    4 days ago
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    Holy ----. I can't believe I pushed up part of the roof of the rover... I was crushed in Rover 1. I broke one of my ribs...

    4 days ago
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    (BIOSENSOR: HEART RATE NORMAL)
    (BIOSENSOR: BLOOD PRESSURE NORMAL)

    4 days ago
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    34 JoshMan

    @hidhach it looked like from the fairings post that there was a seperate detacher part

    4 days ago
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    @AndrewGarrison that is cool the first game lacked both things so I am happy to see an improvement.

    4 days ago
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    @AndrewGarrison will detachers/decouplers be a seperate part from the fuselage or will they be fuselage that you could set to be detachable?

    4 days ago
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    112 Mod

    @JoshMan I know, it's been a while and was wondering about new ones.

    4 days ago
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    34 JoshMan

    @Mod there was a blog post a few weeks back, check it out! :)

    4 days ago
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    34 JoshMan

    @Champ9961 haha dont get too excited. Other posts have used it, but andrew jas said its a place holder

    4 days ago
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