Homing Lasers!


#1

What about lasers that act kind of like rockets?
When they’re launched they curve outwards before turning in towards the enemy.


#2

i dont think the GSB engine can do that,alltho it would be insanely cool to see dozens of lightning bolts arcing like that while melting some enemy ship :stuck_out_tongue:


#3

So long as it was specific lasers that did this and not EVERY laser, yeah, that would be cool.
I love ideas that are proposed just to improve the look and feel of the battle scenes.


#4

Not every laser, and I certaintly don’t want it to be gamebreaking…but just a laser that curves out, curves in towards target, then speeds up and tries slamming into it. I don’t want them to be beams either…

This looks a lot like what I was thinking about.

I want them to be a slower firing rate, but you get the idea.


#5

Three cheers for creativity. It would look great, but homing light beams?

It would kill the physics model for me - curving light? Light travels in straight lines.


#6

But charged particles need not.
Easily manipulated magnetic forces can be used to curve particle beams.


#7

@Ramcat - it is posible to bend light according to the current knowledge level of physics :slight_smile:
Use enough gravity and you can change the path of the photons. For example - Its one of the methods they use to detect distant planets and how large it is (gravity lensing or something).

Sooo . . maybe homing lasers use a combination of Photon and Graviton emitters to guide the beam to the target ??

Anyways, i would like to see homing lasers, but maybe only for a race as their unique weapon. (ie swarm have the converging beams)


#8

Does anyone know if missiles could be modded to look like small laser blasts?


#9

I’m all fine with beams that somehow bend, but please don’t call it lasers. Sure light can blend thanks to gravitational lensing (actually light doesn’t bend, space-time does, light still travels in a straight line through it), but how do you CREATE gravity at the desired location so that the beam hits its target? Call it whatever you want, but please, not lasers.


#10

While it has all the looks of a homing energy weapon, this method is not 100% perfect . . .
I will keep working on it, given time I might be able to come up with something better. . .


Not much better



#11

Otti… out of curiosity,what game is on that 2nd screenshot?


#12

I have noooo idea…
I just used google to find it. Lemme see if I can…

Oh! It’s from another Indie developer. It’s called Inferno.
digitalquarters.blogspot.com/201 … ferno.html

How about Photon Cells? Light Bombs? Energy Cells? Something along those lines.


#13

That looks rather cool!