Part of our visual evolution recently included the lasers. They’re much nicer to look at now than the debug raycast we had. :) All players start with the same mining laser that has a primary and alternate fire (ignore that he currently shoots straight from his chest. We haven’t done his mining laser art yet. :P)
Dematterising Laser: Primary fire of the standard mining laser everyone starts with. It disintegrates anything you point it at into usable ‘matter’. Good for drilling the environment and destroying unwanted buildings and blueprints.
Matterising Laser: The alternate fire is a matteriser, adding nano-particles of matter to whatever you point it at. Can be used to build blueprints, repair buildings and create dirt, all from the matter reserves you’re carrying.
GDC is getting really close now.. ..looking forward to chatting with people about PixelJunk 1-6! :D