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  1. [center][u][b]A project update![/b][/u][/center] The post precessing shader system is now in our xna game engine and this should allow us to do some pretty funky stuff in regards to how the game looks. At the moment we have added a kind of fake shadow falloff which really makes a tonne of difference. With the screenshots below we've cranked up the fogging pretty high just to show it off as an example but we'll be peeling this back alot more. We can also change the RGB values of this too [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] Exciting - sadly we now have a few months of AI coding now so that will probably be it for updates - atleast for a good while. [center][img]http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg578/MarcPilkington/fog1.jpg[/img][/center] [center][img]http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg578/MarcPilkington/fog2.jpg[/img][/center] Ta ta for now and thanks for looking.
  2. Well definatly look at that, I'm pretty sure we're doing that but I'll mention it to him and see what he says. Cheers Ravyne.
  3. It's all polygon based which is enough for what we're trying to do, I'm only the artistic brains behind the project though so I only have a rudimentary view of the engine stuff haha, but thanks for the question [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] ---edit! Oh! you mean the old school way they did it I'm guessing? No haha I had spoke with Ken Silverman when the game was in a very early stage of development but decided to go down the normal poly route and that gives us some advantages with the current graphic devices. We just thought it would be better to fake the effect with modern technology (i.e programmable shaders iun the graphic pipeline for post processing effects - one of these will be depth relative lighting which should be good).
  4. Yeah, our tools are getting better all the time, there wont be varied floor and ceiling heights sadly so levels are flat like Wolfenstein (the varied ceiling and floor heights is something we plan to add in for a later project) but theres still lots of scope to build nice looking environments and desgin some devious levels [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] We're making the game outside of work hours so its always tough to squeeze in the dev time but we've done pretty well I think in regards to the style of gameplay we're trying to achieve.
  5. The project has been going pretty well, really getting the most out of the 1-bit alpha textures which really allows me to add layers of detail and even rooms with windows! It just means levels will really be alot more interesting than your basic Wolfenstein maze affair. I hope you enjoy the screenshots below I hope to make a small video soon so stay tuned for that. [center][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/level_details.jpg[/img] [b][size=3](Layers of detail using alpha images)[/size][/b][/center] [center][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/level2.jpg[/img][/center] [center][size=3][b](Simple corridor from level 2)[/b][/size][/center] [center][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/windows.jpg[/img][/center] [center][size=3][b](Using alpha images to create windowed rooms)[/b][/size][/center]
  6. Currently sat in my room feeling rather miserable. Not good. . .
  7. [center][size=5][u][b][color=#000080][font=tahoma,geneva,sans-serif][font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif]Trigger Man[/font][/font][/color][/b][/u][/size][/center] [color=#000000]It's been a busy weekend and I thought I'd finish it with a post here. [/color] [color=#000000]Currently in development is a fast paced, action fps very much in the style of Wolfenstein 3D and the classic Doom. We've been developing a whole new engine from scratch and the tools to go with constructing levels and setting up weapons and enemies. The game's target platforms are XBOX indie and the many PC online distribution networks (which still need investigating) and it's been in development for about 7 months and we're on target for a good prototype by May. It's all sprite based as you can imagine, so it's time for screenshots![/color] [color=#000000]Work complete to date:[/color] [color=#000000]6 enemies (42 sprites per character)[/color] [color=#000000]4 weapons[/color] [center][color=#000000][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/new_hud.jpg[/img][/color][/center] [center][b][size=3](New HUD graphic)[/size][/b][/center] [center][b][size=3][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/walls.jpg[/img][/size][/b][/center] [center][size=3][b](1-bit alpha walls allow for a lot of extra detail in the levels)[/b][/size][/center] [center][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/trigger4.jpg[/img][/center] [center][b][size=2](Every retro fps needs an elevator room)[/size][/b][/center] [center][b][size=2][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/trigger2.jpg[/img][/size][/b][/center] [center][size=3][b](Cargo room)[/b][/size][/center] [center][b][size=2][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/map.jpg[/img][/size][/b][/center] [center][b][size=2](Editor tool - screenshot of the tool here is abit out of date and has changed abit)[/size][/b][/center] [center][b][size=2][img]http://blacktreeuk.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/scuttler.gif[/img][/size][/b][/center] [center][size=3][b](Sample enemy)[/b][/size][/center] It's hard work but we're slowely getting there, and it's only getting better. Well thanks for looking at this post, everyone's time is important and it means alot. Mark.
  8. Walter Hill has to be one of fav directors: The Warriors, Southern Comfort, Trespass, 48hrs & Brewsters Millions to name a few.