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Cardinal Directions in Roblox

Cardinal Directions in Roblox

Aug 29 2019, 9:26 AM PST 5 min

Out of the box, Roblox’s day/night cycles are the only system for determining geographic north within your games. Examining the path of the sun as it moves across the sky, we can see that the sun moves in a line. We experience the same thing on Earth.

sunrise

On Earth, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The same behavior is mirrored on Roblox. This means that when you develop features of your game that rely on geographic directions, you need to match the movement of the sun to the cardinal directions used in your game.

This can have multiple applications, but the most common is an in-game map. When you need to know cardinal directions, keep in mind that the sun rises from the + X direction and sets in the - X direction in Roblox. Given that information, we can also determine north and south! North will be in the + Z direction, making south the - Z direction! Use the table below to see the directions in the shape of a compass.


+ Z
North
- X West East + X
South
- Z

Now that you know how to use cardinal directions in Roblox, go out and see what you can do!