My recent task working on the MMORTS game Novus Aeterno, along with the rest of the art team, was to make space less boring. In reality its very empty and black so we have been working on some ideas to make it feel more dynamic and interesting the first of these concepts is already in my gallery called "Solar Winds" this 2 image sheet is one of many.
The first is a concept for a Pulsar, a very rare and very powerful spacial anomaly, you will be lucky, or unlucky, if you find one of these in the game but they are very pretty and very violent spinning at a billion billion RPM and rotating slightly firing huge gamma rays out of each pole as it spins. Also known as the lighthouses of space... Only vastly more dangerous.
The second is a concept for large Antimatter Rifts, similar in appearance to Aurora you find on Earth only huge and not very pleasant if you were to fly though it. These would be dotted around systems or in the backgrounds.
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