I am currently working on the shaders of my game engine and I wanted to give you a short update. In the images below you can see part of an officer’s quarters. The upper image shows the scene with the old shaders and the lower images shows a similar scene with the new shaders. As you can see, the objects appear to be more three-dimension than before, especially the lockers on the left side.
This is the current version of the shaders and there will be more improvements before the Beta version! 🙂
Hello everyone! I wanted to share the latest work of Dobrin with you: scientists. I don’t want to reveal their roles in the game yet. Let’s just hope they won’t be too mad 😀
I spent the last four weeks on two major topics: terrain rendering and animation system. There are still some open topics for the terrain rendering part, but I think I can show you some previews about the planetary missions soon.
The animation system is finished and works perfectly fine as far as I can tell. I bought several sets of motion-captured animations and I am able to use them with the models Dobrin makes for me! This means I can animate the PCs and NPCs in almost any way, which is a major milestone for the game engine. If everything works well, I can show some images or a small video at the end of next week!
I wish everyone a happy new year! I hope you had a great 2016 and looking forward to an amazing 2017! This year will be very exciting for me with the upcoming release of this video game project: I will provide more information and screenshot during the next weeks. Stay tuned!
Until now, the game’s content was loaded before starting or continuing a game. Using a multi-threading approach this was pretty fast and I could access any content during run-time directly, because I knew it was already loaded when the game was initialised. However, there is one major drawback: with an increasing amount of content (especially models, textures and sounds), the memory usage became too big.
Therefore, I have re-written the Content Pipeline. Some basic stuff is loaded before the game starts using my old multi-threaded approach. The main content, like the models used for a starship’s interior, are loaded when needed. At the moment I use a synchronous multi-threaded approach to make sure I don’t get any bad race conditions.
This way, the time required for starting a game is reduced, the memory usage after starting a game is cut down by 70% and the loading time when loading a new spaceship is only a few seconds! Yay!
You all know this situation: You are flying through the outer space, killing some bad guys, completing some totally random and stupid quest, getting some lame rewards, looting some useless junk and suddenly your cargo hold is filled to overflowing. But that’s no longer an issue!
I had some time in the last days to complete the loot and trade mechanics for the game. The trading window offers some easy-to-use slider to adjust the number of goods in your cargo hold. You can always see the amount of money you need to spend for buying goods or the money you will get for selling stuff. The total balance for a trade is visible in the bottom right right on all tabs. Trading items works in a different way. Items can be dragged and dropped between your cargo hold and your trade partner’s cargo hold. The relevant values are also shown as tool-tips.
I wish each and everyone of you a merry and peaceful Christmas! I hope you have the opportunity to spend some time with your loved ones!
Sometimes, a spaceship lacks the requirements you need. But you don’t need to worry about a wrong fitting anymore! Engineers have the power and the tools to retrofit your spaceship!
When you are in a star system with a space station, your engineer can use his knowledge to retrofit your spaceship. For example, he can replace small rooms like Crew Quarters with botanical gardens.
Do you know this situation: You are flying around in the universe, jumping from one star system to the next one and suddenly you noticed that you forgot your deep-frozen food? Don’t worry anymore! Now, you can grow your own food!
I’ve added the Botanical Garden as a new room option for all spacecrafts. Each room gives enough food for three of your crew members or officers! The image below shows some of the available designs for the new room.
There are many aggressors in the outer space – like space pirates. They want to capture your space ship, enslave your crew and sell them to dark underworld lords as cheap slaves. Make sure your ship is well-equipped and your crew is ready for action.
Dobrin just sent me some images how the space pirates will look like in the upcoming game! I can’t wait to include them in the game and to implement the NPC combat system!