A bit late as usual, but here is last week’s saturday screenshot.
A shot of a character in the new volcanic environment, that is still being developed. If you’re not following me on Twitter, you might notice the slightly different character. I’ve indeed reworked them, something I’ll talk about longer in a future post. But for now:
Quick post to show the last screenshot saturday screenshot I uploaded. If you follow me on Twitter, there are good chances that you already saw it some weeks ago, but I posted it on Reddit’s /r/gamedev only last week.
It’s a very simple screenshot, nothing fancy about it, since it’s mostly showing the color rework and UI modifications that I was talking about in earlier posts.
It’s been three weeks since my last post, time for another recap.
While the two first weeks that will be covered were mostly oriented on getting big systems working, or on improving existing systems, this last week has been the occasion of working on a multitude of minor details that need to be ready for an interesting user experience. I’m currently working on making a first test version for a few concurrent users. If successful, I might try to gather more people – even if there’s nothing to do in the game at the moment outside of fighting each other or mobs – to check how the server application will handle a real load with real network latencies. At the moment, I’m still targetting a few hundred concurrent users.
But for now, here are more screenshots of recent development:
I keep (slightly) improving graphics, adding some details here and there, modifying colors… It was the case for the sky, that is now a bit closer to what a sky should look like:
I improved the water depth feeling, and added some algae:
Mostly for testing purpose – at first – I added character collisions using terrain tiles as the base for them. I’m still testing them and need to improve them a bit, but so far I’ve been quite happy, since they give an extra TRPG feel, especially with the grid and tile indicators I’m currently using to make them obvious:
I took some time to test the render of low-resolution low-contrast textures on the terrain. On one hand, it’s satisfying to have more details, but on the other hand, it tends to make non-textured objects less attractive. I’m still not sure whether or not I’ll go for this textured style – if you have an opinion, I’ll gladly hear it. So far, most people had a preference for the simple color style over the textured one:
I’ve reworked large parts of the biome and LOD system, and optimized a bit the graphic engine. It allowed me to improve by two to four the previous framerate, for a similar view range. It now allows this kind of scenery with the default settings:
And in the most recent images I uploaded to Twitter, I’ve shown a bit more of the characters, that have been reworked to include tails for some races, and the keyframes for the future dual weapons: