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What the hell have I been up to?

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Hey guys :-)

Sorry for not posting anything here for so long. I've been really busy, and I'm sort of working on two projects now :-) For info about Urban Empires see the bottom of the post [grin]

Sooo what have I been up to?

The project is not announced publicly yet, and I don't really plan on doing so until a public version of the game is nearly ready for release. The game is also unsigned, so I guess I'll be looking for a publisher soon. Otherwise I'll self publish this one. Hopefully some publishers will be interested in it :-)

I have scheduled 4 months to work on this project, artwork is 80-90% complete, and the code is probably 60-70% complete after about 1.5 months of work :-D

I'm happy about that. This project also has about 5% of the budget Urban Empires had ;-) And is similar in terms of 'SCALE!'.

I have been coding for about 8-9 weeks now and I've got a lot done.

All I'm going to say is '64 player online xxxxx combat, where you get to build your own xxxxx'...basically. With a few twists, etc. :-)

Terrain WIP image from earlier tonight -


UPDATE: Some of the 'things'...this is all early WIP stuff...


In the last few weeks I've...

- Design / Spec artwork
- Draft concept art
- Game engine core [ input, win32, scripting, misc, etc. ]
- 128-bit HDR rendering pipeline and asset management system
- '1 million' particle gpu based imposter/particle system.
- GPU based instancing system for foliage/trees, etc.
- Model loading / rendering with color/norm/spec maps on all objects.
- Terrain lighting / ambient occlusion algorithms.
- Soft shadows & a 'new' sort of hybrid shadowing/lighting system :-o [ more later ]
- 90% All necessary in-game shaders
- Minimap rendering / generation
- Volumetric clouds
- Network code infrastructure
- Water rendering / shading
- Video playback
- 10 million other things I'm forgetting


That's it for Mystery project 1


Aaaaand as most of you know that I've been working on a multiplayer RTS/Action gangster game, Urban Empires, for many years now. Well I'm still working on it...but I'm going to release that small project first. :-)

There are many reasons for me doing this. I'm sorry for the people eagerly awaiting the release of Urban Empires ( hehe )...it will be here soon enough :-)

Due to my *cough* lack of entries all my sweet stuff has fallen off the main journal landing page...

Fortunately you can click the month links at the right side -> to get to all the other entries :-)

OR YOU CAN CLICK THIS TASTEY LINK



- Danny
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All I'm going to say is '64 player online xxxxx combat, where you get to build your own xxxxx'...basically. With a few twists, etc. :-)

Hmm, five missing letters. I hope it's "smurf".

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"mecha" is my guess.

why not more info about Urban Empires? Seems that project is >12 months overdue at this point.

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Whuh-bwuh-what?! Any possibility of an ETA on UE? What's going on??? I suddenly feel very cold. =( *shivers*

Nice shots of the new project. Is that a fortress I see? Tell me this is a multiplayer fortress building game and I'll be a very happy man. However, I think I may be speaking for the multitudes when I say I'm gettin' impatient for some UE action. ;-)

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I just had to start working on another smaller project, for many reasons. UE is a massive fckload of a project. I'm still going to release UE, nothings changed in that regard. This new game adds maybe 4-5 months to a ~5 year development cycle, it's about the same to me.

:-)


BTW. I updated the post with some of the 'things' you can build...there's a lot more to the game I will talk about later on....

This is all early WIP stuff...

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I've just been looking at all your firearms. I'm a bit concerned that the tank models might be based on stuff you have in your yard.

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I've just been looking at all your firearms. I'm a bit concerned that the tank models might be based on stuff you have in your yard.


No, I keep my porsche parked in my yard.

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I've just been looking at all your firearms. I'm a bit concerned that the tank models might be based on stuff you have in your yard.


No, I keep my porsche parked in my front yard. lol. :-D

Sorry, no tanks. I just prefer assault weapons, as a collector.

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