Odd Pulsating Gray Ball

Trevor Goddard shared this bug 2 years ago
Reported – Awaiting fix

I'm playing on the star system preset and landed on the edge of what I assume to be one of the pole and saw some weird pulsating gray ball out of the corner of my vision I'm assuming that this is a glitch or bug but I don't know in a weird way it looks like a gray tumbleweed.

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Keen Software House: QA Department

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I forgot to mention that it was during what was like a blizzard

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I have exactly the same thing.

Earth-like planet. Star System map (Survival) but I landed in a temperate region nowhere near either of the poles.

There is rain & lightning in this area (Weather effects are enabled for this world.)

The "object" is a semi-transparent black & grey pulsating sphere, smaller than a 1x1x1 small-grid block, half burried in the ground. It grows & shrinks rhythmically, as if deliberately animated.

It cannot be collided with or interacted with in any way.

To my knowledge it was not present when I landed - it appeared at some later time. My game world has perhaps 6 hours played & was created on the 2nd July.

Game version is current. 1.195 + all hotfixes.

Some screenshots of it as I found it...

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1455176775005980652/F24FD140CF296C0CA80F41B95586818631D7E1B5/

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1455176775005983126/912B0614CF8EC2D9E389DCEB14B2AA291D1A47A7/

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1455176775005986119/1A80207303F3A443CCA63A46A8F0330A7009423A/

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1455176775005987528/DD4B135C37724CFD6D06F0F3D8A9D75FCDE73312/

This screenshot shows an attempt to "dig it out" of the ground with a hand drill. As you can see, it persists & hangs in the air, even with nothing supporting it....

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1455177030598321988/439F27FE966B4B8E7EFABF2286DBFC50688981AC/

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I too got attacked by the kung fu ball. it appears to have a bush-like texture, and alternates it's texture between pulses, as if it's turning inside out (which it probably is)

this is on a multiplayer server, and persists between relogs.


close up of the textures attached

videos of the ball (taken on 2 different days):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C-MJ6SLgCnQ_WI6S9HJc_rZp412GLxsa/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n4TE4u6sV9bN1MpJ_pJLZdtGFjCMHm-m/view?usp=sharing


Like CptSavarus, I too tried to dig it out of the ground.

im concerned this is some part in a greater mystery. the mysterious pulsing tumbleweeds. the hidden balls of fluff. The Music of the Spheres. george bush 2. who knows?

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I too have found te orb on the eartlike planet from the easy moon base world. attached are the pictures from where the orb is located. The map was created before the snowplanet was introduced in the game.

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Same.

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Hello, All!

I see this has been commented on again recently although appreciate it is an old thread. Is anyone able to provide a save file with reliable steps to reproduce this issue? If so, please could you please do so?

  • You can access your save files by typing %appdata% into your Windows search bar and you will be redirected to the hidden Roaming folder. After that just follow: \Roaming\SpaceEngineers\Saves. There should be a folder with your SteamID and your saves.
  • Please zip the file and attach it here. If you are having difficulty attaching files you can optionally use Google Drive. When sharing a google drive link please make sure it is set to be downloadable by anyone with the link.

Kind Regards,

Laura, QA Department

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Hello,

Attached a copy of the save in creative mode at the spot the ball was discovered in my earlier post, it is still located at the same spot. i placed an arrow at the location. My gpu is a nvidia rtx 2070 super and my intel uhd 630 integrated graphics card shows the same behaviour.

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Hi Laura,


Unfortunately, I don't think your request is possible, as exiting a save and returning will make the orb go away. It appears to be a bug that happens only while the game is playing, possibly some invalid garbage collection or something, but whatever the cause it is not saved with the rest of the game state.

Perhaps if anyone sees one again, we could provide the game logs? It's possible that a caught exception resulted in the orb artifact, which may be getting logged to file. Where are the logs? Do I need to take action to turn on logging proactively?

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Mine WAS being saved with the game state. Exiting & re-loading did not make it go away, nor did eixting & re-launching the game. It was persistent in the world, through many re-loads and always appeared in exactly the same spot.


Unfortunately my GPU is burned out & until I can get a new machine, I have nothing to play the game / do more testing on and no way to upload my save where the bug is present - if I even still have that save on file.

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Hello, All!

Thank you so much for all the information and videos/images. Thanks to Niels and the save, I was able to reproduce the issue and have reported it internally :) That was a huge help.

Kind Regards

Laura, QA Department

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I made a bug report about this, got redirected here. The issue is still alive and well. Clang only knows what this is lol.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doZsCB4ptbc

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