(High resolution rendering)
The ships now have thick interior lines to seperate the two main areas that can be painted and I reduced the amount of bright glow around the outside so that the paint schemes dont look too white, although this does make them look more flat.
Weapon turrets, shields and engine trails can be customised to the colour you want as well.
Heres screenshots showing some different colour variants:
Some colours look really awful (black, dark colours) due to how they are multiplied with the base texture, so I may just provide a very large selection of colours that are suitable (but still moddable if you want to edit them) rather than using an unrestricted RGB colour picker to choose.
I was considering making projectiles, missile trails and weapon effects customisable so you can see if it is an enemy firing or one of your own ships. However I think its good to see the type of weapons the enemy is using just from its visual effects (yellow for cannons, red for lasers etc.) so not sure I will change this...
Let me know what you think!
Hi Stuart, looking good! Personally I think Grey.png and BlueOrange.png look awesome. I'm a big fan of customizing your ships, adds the personal touch to your armada of doom. If you need testers, let me know.ReplyDelete
I always liked the Homeworld style (engine trails are your team color, and weapon effects are their own color), at least that is how I remember the Homeworld style!ReplyDelete
I quite like Green.png.
Must agree, the engine trails gives the game so much more atmosphere, loved it Homeworld too!Delete
The only issue with fully free color customization could be that you won't be able to distinguish between the different objects, missiles, fighters, etc. Maybe specific color scheme for different engines, yellow tones for rockets, engines light blue, lasers red/green tones, and so on?
Definitely avoid letting people chang weapon colors. ( unless they are doing a Mod to your game) You need to be able to identify what weapons are being fired so you can adapt your game play.ReplyDelete
Star trek online beta everyone has pink lasers and torpedoes in space... you couldn't tell if it was photon or quantum. some people didn't like it.
Think I will leave weapon colours how they are so they cant be customised. (except from modding) I will be able to make each weapon type more unique this way and the particle effects will look a lot better.Delete
I like the idea of an specific color for the different weapon styles... Stuart you are killing me I can't wait to play this >.< If you need an idea for the stargate effect maybe you have to see any episode of Stargate SG-1,Atlantis ect xDReplyDelete
Yes I have seen all Stargate episodes! :DDelete
For the jumpgate effects I'm thinking more, bright flash then ship disappears rather than the ships going through a portal.
Ah yes like EVE Online, is very similar... like a ships converted into energy and shooted though stars :P The effect can be very easy I thinks, the ship can turn into a small white ball and then the inside of the gate flashes in white and !Bam¡ finish the ship has been transported to the next system.Delete
The duration of the entire effect can be 1,5seconds and it's pretty (In my imagination ofc)
Hey Stuart, just started last year of uni (Bsc Games Programming), my dissertation is going to be on the scalability of component based engines (using PPL for multi threading on the CPU and C++ AMP for GPU). What library did you use for all your multi threaded code ?ReplyDelete
I'm using Microsoft's Parallel Patterns Library that is included with Visual Studio 2010.Delete
Nice so you are using PPL, I guess you be releasing the source code seeing as you intend to sell this when it's done and fair enough that makes sense. Do you have any plans about doing a blog/article/interview/anything in which you might talk more about the game's code in the future? (Barto again btw)ReplyDelete
No I wont be releasing the source code, I assume thats what you meant.Delete
I will maybe do a technical article about the code in the future once the game is finished, but I'm not sure how well I'll be able to explain it all though. :D
You should definitely put this on Steam's Greenlight as soon as you have a playable build!ReplyDelete