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5 Months Into the New Engine - Before & After Screenshots

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BlackLodgeGames

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It's been awhile since I've made an announcement here on GameDev.net, and that's because I've been too busy working overtime literally 7 days a week programming and extending Daath Galaxy. During that time, I've successfully implemented the following features into Daath Galaxy:

  • Lock picking (both for containers like chests, as well as for doors)
  • Visual waypoints for quests and destinations
  • Visual feedback on where to look when you're being attacked from behind or the sides
  • Item system is done, 500 items are live in game, and crafting system is also done
  • All elements in periodic table have been implemented as crafting items, as well as many other crafting recipes
  • Quest system and journal is live
  • Saving/Loading system fully implemented (with reinitializing problems for some scene specific events)
  • Terrain workflow and graphics majorly upgraded
  • Hundreds of little tiny things too numerous and specific for a general list like this

    Here's a screenshot with elements in view, as well as a waypoint showing the location of the exit. This is all in the Unity editor itself, as I didn't feel like recompiling the game for one screenshot:
    item_waypoints.jpg

    I've been working my butt off 7 days a week, every week for months, working over time hours, eating ramen and just barely scraping by (thanks to the generosity and patience of my landlord.) I'm approaching the 2 year anniversary since I started working on Daath Galaxy full time. 2 years of (self-induced) suffering for what I love. 2 years of being completely broke because I made a decision, a commitment to my desired profession regardless of what it costs me, be it health, sleep, sanity, relationships, and/or money. In fact, I've lost more of those things due to this game than anything else in my life, which is saying a lot (I've had an eventful, crazy first half to my life.) Taking on a project of this scope is not realistic for most people, but given my dedication and skill-set, the game is moving at a breakneck pace (actually much faster than my revised August 2014 roadmap.) I can't do it alone though, so I'm going to need your help. For now, you can really help me out by just taking a few moments to vote for Daath Galaxy on Steam Greenlight please!

    I have a list of about 50 things left to do before I can ship out a playable tech demo of the first galaxy. My goal is to run a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign using the live playable tech demo as a free download. That will also be my first actual marketing campaign, and I intend to switch over to full time promotion during that time period, to try and secure funding to keep development rolling smoothly through the rest of 2015.

    So here are some comparison shots of progress on previously featured screenshots:

    comparisons_daathgalaxy_dev_intro.jpg

    comparisons_daathgalaxy_dev_start.jpg

    comparisons_daathgalaxy_dev_bridge.jpg

    The intro title sequence has undergone many revisions (it's my testing scene for new animation effects) and currently looks something like this:

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title001.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title002.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title003.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title004.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title005.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title006.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title007.jpg

    DaathGalaxyX64_DX11_title008.jpg

    Anyway, I just wanted to push an update out to this site because it's been awhile. I want to let everyone know that development is going better than expected, is constantly progressing, and that I will be back in the near future with more substantial updates showcasing some of these specific implementations within the game. Please subscribe/follow on Facebook, Twitter, Steam, or where ever else I have a presence where you'll be able to follow along. Thanks for reading.
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