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#1 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:54 PM

Altitude0 – Plane racing at height 0 (PC game work in progress)

Our team (my partner and I) want to show our first work in progress gameplay video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBYf7h28ezo

Altitude0 (A0) is an arcadish plane racing game in development for Windows PC, flying close to the ground between gates as fast as you can.

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It can be quite challenging to avoid trees while flying just above forests. So it’s important that you think and feel like an air race pilot, maneuvering your plane swiftly in the air, rolling and spinning to avoid obstacles.

Currently, it has a single player mode, but we plan to add a multiplayer mode too. Still a lot of features to add, but it’s quite shaping up. As it progresses, we will show more gameplay videos. Also a playable demo will be out soon.

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We are working on website: http://www.altitude0.com

Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


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#2 Laury   Members   -  Reputation: 131

Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:59 AM

Hi!

Your game looks cool!
Any demo available or dev blog? Posted Image

I think you should post it as a picture of the day to get more attention and feedback.

Keep on going!

#3 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:31 AM

@Laury: Thank you for your encouraging words.
We are a small team of 2 people and it is handful to work on this game and try to spread the word about it at the same time.
But pieces are falling together and we are going to release a demo soon, hopefully in a month time.
About dev blog: It's finally running although not much yet. As it goes I will post the progress status at http://www.altitude0.com

Picture of the day is a good idea and I will post something as more final features are in. I guess I didn't feel it was ready yet.
Thanks again.

Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#4 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:19 AM

Hi guys,

We have been working our butts off to get our upcoming game demo ready. We finally released an official teaser trailer of Altitude0 as a demo is getting closer to be out. Hopefully this helps get interest in the game. Enjoy!


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#5 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:04 AM

Hello,

We'd like to finally announce a closed beta testing of Altitude0: Lower & Faster.

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There are just a few requirements to participate in the testing:
  • Altitude0 is an online plane racing game therefore we will ask you to create an online account and share results with other players online.
  • You should be able to speak some English to let us know about problems regarding the game you may discover. If you can read this then you qualify :)
  • Your computer should have decent graphics card (NVidia or AMD). Currently graphics cannot be cut down much for lower end machines, will be fixed in the future.
  • You don't mind reporting bugs & once in a while random game crash (super frustrating to us).
  • You like racing games (planes, cars, carts, we like them all).
The main goal of Altitude0 first beta version is to achieve best possible times on different tracks and share results online with other players. Each race result is recorded and replay is shared with other players online.

Closed beta version should be ready by 22nd of November (Thanksgiving Day for our US friends). The reason we are announcing it in advance is that honestly we don't know how many people are willing to participate in the testing and how our servers will handle all the data. So in the beginning, we will start with a limited number of players and gradually open the game to more players if everything goes OK.

If you want to be the first to play Altitude0: Lower & Faster, please join the beta program: the sooner, the better. Join beta program at our website http://www.altitude0.com

We also welcome and accept your top-notch ideas & suggestions to make the game better.

Thanks for your help and reading this far. :)
DareM

Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#6 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:15 AM

Hi all,

We have first update ready since Altitude0 beta testing started.

Here is a list of what the update includes:
1. Controls:
We implemented simple (standard) controls other than the professional ones. It should be easier for most players to play Altitude0.
2. Controllers:
Different controllers are supported: keys, 360 controller, RumblePad 2 and other generic game pads
3. A quick track was added. You can start racing easier before you can advance to the longer tracks. Now each track has different difficulty level.
4. Graphic quality control:
Graphic quality control will help better support different computer configurations.
5. Benchmark feature:
Try out simple but useful benchmark tool in the Altitude0 Launcher under Settings menu. It will help you quickly find out how well your computer can handle Altitude0.
6. Miscellaneous fixes:
Some game rules have been changed and plane adjustments were made.

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If you haven't created an online account, please do so. That way your replays are going to be automatically shared with others.

There are some small fixes which still need to be done, but this version should be quite playable. More features will be added before the game goes to open beta. As more updates are available, we will let you know.

Otherwise, whoever is interested in testing A0, please join us (http://www.altitude0.com).

Thank you for trying A0 and helping us improve it.
DareM

Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#7 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

Altitude0 developers wish you all the best in 2013!

Check out our burning greeting card.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p84NglmLIFI

 

Cheers,
DareM


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#8 DpakoH   Members   -  Reputation: 927

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

very nice game indeed, congratulations! :) one question though - did you write your game from the scratch or used some 3rd party engine? (i couldn't figure that out from your devblog)



#9 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:27 AM

@DpakoH: Thanks. This is our custom game engine. The grunt of the work is handled by terrain and planting library we call GroundWiz RTS - in development for a long time.


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#10 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:56 AM

We have second Altitude0 beta version ready.
We made some adjustments and fixes to plane physics: throttle was implemented properly. Manual rudder was also added with professional controls.

It's still a closed beta version. But whoever is interested in testing, please join us on our website. Thanks.
 


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#11 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

The latest version of Altitude0 looks quite stable. We would like to invite new players to join us here: https://www.facebook.com/altitude0

This may be a chance to invite your friends to play the game. Maybe one of them can beat your replay or you can beat their records.


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#12 jbadams   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 17682

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

Looks pretty cool!  smile.png   I'm sure plenty of people would love to hear more about the technology behind your development if you're willing to share.  What language(s) did you use?  Do you use any common middleware libraries?

 

If you're after a bit more exposure perhaps you could consider submitting some images to our Image of The Day gallery.



#13 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

@jbadams: Thank you for your comment.

 

Some info about Altitude0 tech part. Language used is C++ but I also embedded Mono C#.

Mono C# is used for gameplay,menus and high end stuff, code in trenches is C++ only.

 

Game uses Bullet physics, including some soft bodies for flags.

To get airplane physics running I was learning from JSBSim (open source flight model), a lot of headache but worth it. Certainly I was cutting some corners because we didn't want to end up with a dead serious simulator.

 

Graphics, currently DirectX9 and DirectX11 are used for rendering but OpenGL should be easy to add, maybe in the future.

On top of that comes nature rendering: terrain & vegetation - we call this module GroundWiz RTS. This is really the sugar to it all and another headache - all those plants.

 

About Image of The Day - we posted our game in the gallery before... here:

http://www.gamedev.net/page/community/iotd/index.html/_/altitude0-plane-racing-at-height-0-r238


 


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#14 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

Hello,

 

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It's been a while since the last major update to Altitude0 and this time the focus was gameplay.

New race modes:
- Other than time race where goal is to be ahead, we added item collecting mode (collect thumbs up items), where goal is to collect as many items as you can in a limited amount of time. Another addition is checkpoint mode where time pressure makes flying even harder; check out track 'Mountain High'.

New game rules:
- Race rules: every race your must fulfill a certain task for result to count, otherwise pilot is considered disqualified.
- Achievements: extra tasks that change depending on your current status. Achievements also bring rewards, like extra tracks and other goodies.
- Acrobatic points: game will reward players that can fly daringly: low flying, knife edge, rolls, loops, dives, etc.
- License mode: goal is to improve your pilot status. Advance your pilot license by collecting license achievements, racing points and completing different challenges to get ahead.
- Racing level: as you complete races, you collect racing points and improve your racing level.

We welcome everybody to join the closed beta at http://www.altitude0.com/

Cheers,
DareM


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#15 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:41 AM

Some screenshots from canyon scene:
We are creating new tracks on the canyon scene. We are testing to finalize them.

 

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Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#16 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:51 PM

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Hello,

 

Final closed beta version is now available to beta testers!

 

The update includes the following:

  • New canyon environment and tracks
  • Real-time online multiplayer: (first become A0 pilot to join real-time online multiplayer race).
  • More gameplay features: new achievements, licenses, racing levels
  • In-plane view and numerous fixes

Problem discovered just before this update:

Multiplayer mode has some sound issues (choppy music & sounds). We will try to fix and update multiplayer as soon as possible. 

 

Hopefully online multiplaying can start soon. Currently you can visit online lobby and rooms but you will probably find them quite lonely :) You can try playing with your buddies and we scheduled some race for coming Saturday - check multiplayer lobby for more info.

Multiplayer is still in the starting stage and we hope it will be fun to play soon.

 

In the meantime, please let us know if you find some bugs or have suggestions when testing the game.

 

Thanks,

DareM


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#17 Darkhog   Members   -  Reputation: 114

Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:16 PM

Interesting. While I prefer real simulators than arcade flyers, cow trailer sold me.

 

What will be cost?



#18 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 28 June 2013 - 03:01 AM

@Darkhog: glad to hear somebody beside us developers liked the cow trailer joke. Certainly we are the minority, haters' camp was much stronger. 

Otherwise, price will be decided soon, but we will try to keep part of game free for online play.

 

Cow supporters unite! smile.png


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#19 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 29 June 2013 - 02:35 AM

Just a quick note to Altitude0 beta testers:

We scheduled our first multiplayer race on June 29th, Saturday 20:00 UTC.
We need a couple of players to test multiplayer. At least two of us will be there, got to start somewhere icon_e_smile.gif. So if you have some time on Saturday and don't mind trying out "buggy" racing, please come around. Also ask Google on how to convert 20:00 UTC to your local time zone.


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com


#20 Dare   Members   -  Reputation: 311

Posted 13 July 2013 - 03:01 AM

Closed beta is ending and game will go open beta in a couple of days. If you participated in the closed beta, we would like to offer you premium content for free. For that, just become A0 Pro pilot license holder. Cheers,


Altitude0: Lower & Faster - Air Racing Extreme
http://www.altitude0.com





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