(*insert quirky sentence here*). All jokes aside we re-started our game development cycle, and are currently one week into it. This meant setting up Unreal project again along with our source control and we restructured our folder directory.
First things first, we filled our backlog to the brim with all the tasks that still await completion. This was a very tedious task since it required us to really think about all the bits and pieces that make up for the final game.
We brought back the Throwables™, the items which you can pick up and throw away. Seeing these have physics on them, they tend to give funny results when meddled with. Following image illustrates what happens when a model is not up to scale, has a larger size and a heavier weight. For illustration purposes, the small red plates on the floor each weigh an astounding 600 kg according to Unreal Engine. We thought this was funny so here it is:
On the art side of things we swapped out the good old prototype character for Walter with 2 new characters, namely Travis and Douglas. These characters better fit our artstyle, and are more polished than the prototype character. Since we started anew we abandoned all props. The plan was to get these props back in in the first two weeks of development, but this didn’t quite work out since our prop designer has the flu.
As for the programmers, we started rethinking our class hierarchy to better fit the game design and the engines inner workings. We are talking minor things here like making object derive from one another to make code more readable altogether, and creating components for the respective interact, sabotage and repair actions (basically highly secret stuff). We had to remove our traces after we used that whiteboard that’s for sure.
This image holds the 3 levels we had in mind.
Since thursday is our unofficial kinda official team work day, we get spend some extra time in the Hive, this allows us to rapidly fire some ideas back and forth to further improve the quality of our game, this week’s session was mainly focused on getting back on track, this also meant a reiteration of the games level. We rounded up our heated discussion and ended up with 3 viable map designs which we then gracefully merged into one hell of a level. Our level takes place in a skyscraper, this opens up some new game mechanics, like throwing someone out of the window.
You may have noticed that the end statement is near, we just wanted to end this blogpost by naming all the things that we plan on doing next week. First of we need to add more props, work on the level, Next to this we will start adding a round system and we’ll get started on implementing all the interactable object that are spread around the level. So stay tuned for that, we’ll see you next week!
This is the ‘final’ sketch of the level, the blockout is in progress, and it will only be moments until the final level.
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