Plannen voor de toekomst

Je weet hoe het gaat met hobby's in de loop van de tijd, ze veranderen. Dit Remake-project is al heel lang onze hobby, maar zoals alle dingen in deze wereld veranderen, verandert dat ook... De laatste release (r6720) was erg vermoeiend. Lewin en ik zijn nog steeds op vakantie van serieuze KaM Remake-codering.

Wat ik nu ga zeggen, houdt ons al een hele tijd bezig. Een paar maanden geleden beseften we dat we zo verveeld raakten door gepixelde 2D-graphics, zenuwachtige animaties en een eindeloze stroom van bugfixes (en een eindeloze bron van ideeën om nieuwe huizen en eenheden toe te voegen die we niet konden toevoegen) dat we hebben besloten om hier een einde aan.

Sommigen van jullie vinden het misschien niet leuk, maar degenen die sterk van hart zijn, moeten doorgaan:

Decision was made. Starting with it was hard, so we had to have a few glasses of wine (made earlier by a fellow Farmer chap, stomping on pink pixely grapes). Hold on to your seats – we decided to create a radically new game!

We have discussed over what should it be – an FPS shooter in Lauenburg ruins, Arcade Walheim, even a racing game in the Moorbach suburbs (I have some race games experience, even a few car models in my garage). All that looked promising and refreshing after KaM. But I guess everyone is bound to his fate, so we ended up right where we have started – on an RTS genre. Could be boring once again, but we figured we might change something in the recipe.

First things first, we headed to the drawing board. (Pardon our lines, we had wine, remember?)

We had no napkins, had to draw on a whiteboard

The game’s logic needs to become fully rectangular, preferably in green lines. House outlines have to become red to stand out on the screen. Something has to become blue, but neither of us could remember what exactly, so we have started working and hoping to figure it out later on. And most importantly, no change is complete without changing left-side menu into a bottom-side one. Ever!

With all that planned well ahead we have butchered the 2D render and everything around it and threw it away (in the most brutal way possible). Also had to dispose of any unwanted witness serfs and builders. Houses were demolished and rubble cleaned up. New tins with paints were opened and plywood sheets ordered. Meet the Next Knightly RTS prototype:

Building from grounds up

Of all things, we are using the same game engine. Porting Delphi code to Unity or Unreal Engine would take months of work, and we don’t have time for that. With a team of just two guys, we need to be efficient. Lewin is working hard on new design ideas, balance and gameplay pace. I’m focused on adding a 3rd dimension to the engine, visual design, 3D modelling and animation.

Hammering plywood

Using the latest OpenGL technology the game will feature 50% more dimensions, spherically harmonic trees, physically based resources and lots of facial hair for Recruits. And of course good perspectives on Android, iOS, OSX, *nix and PC versions from the single executable!

This a long road ahead. We might bump into some problems, but hopefully we will overcome them like we did before. Wish us luck!

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