No tropic comes without some heavy tropical rainfalls and thunderstorms. These will be top notch and will come progressively like a full cinematic experience. This will be polished but here is just a sneak peak of what you can expect. I wanted to have rain, splashes and puddle ripples. No need to re-create the wheel, Rivermill’s Realistic Rain Storm has done the work and is available in the Asset Store. Their basic settings are not optimized (12000 particles!) and the lightnings are […]

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Day and Night cycle.

Stage 1 is almost complete! There are still B level things to do, like the Rain (almost done) but I will do it when I will be bored later by the upcoming milestones. This stage took 2 months. I estimate the first beta to be for January 2018 with the game starting to be playable in September 2017. Doing a game is like climbing a mountain, you need to do it step by step, without looking at the top of […]

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You have probably noticed that the video I make can be quite slow. It is because with Unity trees, I get 10 FPS on my I7 / Nvidia 950M laptop. I have a very good procedural Jungle, but Unity show its limits. Who is going to play a game that is running at 5 FPS? Another problem is the low quality of the billboard from the Unity trees system, reminiscent to the 8 bit times it seems. They are using […]

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Glass will an important material for the buildings, specially the ones from the “elite” – normal buildings will be shacks. So I was shopping for a great glass shader and I found Crystal Glass from qq.d.y. This set of shaders is great and easy to use, except for two major problems They do not react to Global Illumination which is a big issue in a environment with day/night cycles. They do not support an opacity map to simulate dirt. In one word, […]

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I love Playway Water System… but the ones who really knows me, are aware that I have some experience with water shaders! 90% of the work made by Playway is a complex and powerful framework, that can save presets, and manage the different shaders. 10% is made in the shaders themselves. This shader seems to be done by a good mathematician. FFT/Gerstner waves are the best and in general, the water is moving great. But here is a list of things that […]

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I though that clouds would be easy, I would eventually buy some assets and go, but that was not the case. 3 days fighting with clouds and here is the result. Everybody knows that tropical storms can be dramatic and I want to have those in my game.  I tested several solutions: Toz Clouds: this thing is looking good in the demos, but in practice it was really awful in game. Trashed. Volumetric Clouds: ok but the shape is more […]

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Sound Fx 3D spawning

Since I want to have a procedural world, I also decided to use World Creator to spawn sounds. I would use some specific species of tree to handle a corresponding sound. For example Bamboo have sounds with water, and high trees, have more windy sounds. The result is dynamic 360 degree soundscape that is as complex and diverse as the procedural is visually. Put your headphones on and look at the video!            

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The Elite / Starting Pod

One Publisher “Barking Dog” has made an amazing pack that is fitting exactly what I needed for the technology part of the game. The action take place in the future, after an almost total destruction of the world. Some survivors are isolated on an Island in East Asia. So there are mutants because of the Radiations, but also they are gone down to the medieval times because nothing is working. However, there are some machines that are still self maintaining […]

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Some progression with the Tropical Environment. Now I am spawning particles everywhere, according to rules of course. I have also optimized and it is faster. Occlusion culling is doing a great job and saves me about 5 frames.

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What about the name?

My first idea was Liberty City, because it is exactly what the name means. Helas, too many people have done things with this name and it would not be possible to find it on the web because too generic. Then I though, “since it will be heavily inspired by the city of Pattaya, I should call it something like Yattapa”. My first research for a logo convinced me that it was a bad idea. Then slowly I though “I waited so […]

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