Načrti za prihodnost

Saj veste, kako gre s hobiji sčasoma, spreminjajo se. Ta projekt Remake je že dolgo naš hobi, a ker se vse stvari spreminjajo na tem svetu, se spreminja tudi ... Zadnja izdaja (r6720) je bila zelo naporna. Jaz in Lewin sva še vedno na dopustu zaradi resnega kodiranja KaM Remake.

Kar bom povedal, nas že dolgo muči. Pred nekaj meseci smo ugotovili, da smo se tako zelo naveličali pikselizirane 2D grafike, nemirnih animacij in neskončnega toka popravljanja napak (in neskončnega vrelca idej za dodajanje novih hiš in enot, ki jih nismo mogli dodati), da smo se odločili postaviti tega do konca.

Nekaterim od vas morda ne bo všeč, toda tisti, ki so močni po srcu, naj nadaljujejo:

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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