With Instruments of Destruction, a physics-based vehicle sandbox is to appear this year, in which you can build your own destruction machines in order to then lay everything down to rubble. Behind the project is Luke Schneider, who was already the lead tech designer at Red Faction: Guerilla.
Destruction physics and vehicle construction are the focus: Similar to Teardown or the N64 classic Blast Corps your job is to pull down houses and other objects. While the physics in Blast Corps was kept rather simple, Teardown relies on a better calculation of the destruction physics. In both titles, however, it is not possible for you to build your own vehicles. Instruments of Destruction changes this and sets itself ambitious goals.
Limitless freedom in the sandbox
Instruments of Destruction is scheduled to appear in Early Access on Steam in the fourth quarter of 2021. An advanced physics-based destruction system is promised, in which every structure in the game can be demolished piece by piece.
Every little object in the game world should be part of the physics system: With the exception of decorative plants, every element in the world is designed to interact with one another. The machines built could not only tear down houses, but also level and compact the ground underneath. In a first teaser video, the extent of the destruction can already be seen clearly:
Instrument of Destruction: Teaser shows the destruction physics of the sandbox
Building your own machines should be easy and intuitive: Before you can marvel at the physical madness, you build your own destruction machine. There are various components to choose from, which will be expanded in the course of Early Access. An intuitive system is also promised, with which the appearance and controls can be easily adjusted. Similar to Scrap Mechanic, joints and splinters can be installed, which enables countless constructions.
If you are into physics madness and want to swing the wrecking ball now, you should take a look at Teardown. You can find out how good the game is in Early Access in our test:
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Instruments of Destruction has numerous role models and yet is unique
Having your own sandbox in which vehicles can be built doesn’t sound like something new at first. Scrap Mechanic, Trailmakers and Stormworks: Build and Rescue offer a similar principle. Another game is added with Besiege: In this game, the player builds medieval siege machines and then destroys castles. The teardown already mentioned relies on the physically correct destruction of the environment as possible.
With Instruments of Destruction you should be offered more freedom. You build the machines yourself and are then allowed to try them out in a sandbox. On Steam the developers write that at the current time more than 40 parts are available for construction, as well as four completed levels. Before the release, the number of levels should increase significantly.
During the early access phase and for the final release, more mission objectives, an editor for structures, levels and islands will follow.
In addition to a first teaser, some screenshots were also published, on which self-made machines and the destruction of buildings can be clearly seen:
Instruments of Destruction ansehen
What do you think of Instruments of Destruction and what are your expectations of the game? Let us know in the comments!