SITREP - Week 017

published Friday, 2 Sept. 2011, 14:00 by Reese

Second most rainy summer in Denmark since they started to measure that annoying wet thing from the skies. Fortunately Sci-Fi is created in dry docks behind a desk, inside.. with coffee.. and stuff. SITREP time. /Reese

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Team debriefing

Kim
Kim (ZPSHicks)
Game Director

"I've begun modeling one of our cave environments and have blocked out and animated an artificial sunlight crane; all to help establish a scale and feel of things. I've additionally started tweaking a new terrain setup that'll help us ground the combat areas inside the artificial cave system and are testing various light and weather setups, tree configurations and other performance related challenges.

We're extremely excited about these highly dynamic environment options and what they'll bring to our multiplayer experience. We are confident that the dynamic adjusted game-modes will be our first competitive edge in Deadlock and we're are really looking forward to opening up our doors to the development of Deadlock; when we all start playing and we are able to focus all our efforts and energy into making the experience better and better every two-week Sprint moving forward.".

heks
Mikael (heks)
Lead Programmer

"OFFLINE - Vacation"








Scribblehead
Jesper Andersen (Scribblehead)
Concept Artist

"Hi there, the team has asked me to put out a few words about myself - i'm frankly not very good at talking about that subject, i'd much rather rant about why there's no hot coffee next to me right now!

I'm often referred to as Scribblehead, my online nickname, though my real name is of course Jesper Andersen, and i'm proud to call myself the newest member of the IM team.  I'll be your second visual guide to the world of IM along with the very talented Mr. Cotta!

So a little about myself; i'm 28....thats old, for some people standards. I started my professional career at 21 as a conceptual artist, when i was hired by Crytek to work on the Crysis series - after leaving germany and having worked as a freelance artist for a while, i'm now looking forward to completing a Masters degree in design. As far as interests i don't think i'm any different than many other artists (or at least concept artists) out there, though i have an obscene obsession of Vinyls....
Another thing is that i'm a huge fan of the science fiction movies made in the 1970's and 1980's, give us back the clunky keyboards and chunky doors, instead of fancy holograms.

At the moment I'm hard at work on the different elements of the ITO facility, we're still discussing the scope of things - but the team has got some huge plans in the making, and frankly I'm quite amazed at how high the bar is set already. 

Also i'll soon have some more info up on my work flow and a step-by-step process, stay happy folks!".


"An empty desk. Heks we miss you; please stop your vacation and come home :)"
"An empty desk. Heks we miss you; please stop your vacation and come home :)"

Anders
Anders (cptKickASS)
Game Artist

"Back at the office on fulltime. The Character controller is moving forward. I have mainly been testing how the build in animation system in unity is. Thank good there are so many great examples (Running Man been one of them) on how to build  your movement in Unity. Additive animation can take you far but not to the goal, so I have been experimenting with Ik setups for snapping hands and weapons. It has really spawned alot of ideas for how to control the weapon setup, and making it easier to implement all the Customized weapons we are planning for

Crysis 2, Done".

Jess
Jess (NecroSonic)
Level Designer

"Following the new training facility blueprint and the cave concept that were featured in the Picture of the Week I set forth to create a number of different bunkers and structures. The idea is that these may simply be drag and dropped into the cave areas as we see fit. At the moment I am trying to do a handful of different types that may serve as templates so that each of these may be used multiple times by customizing them to fit the given context.

The biggest difference in the levels will be whether they are mostly indoor or outdoor environments. By outdoor I mean “out” in a big cave with trees, artificial sunlight etc. While all levels will be placed in a big cave we have the choice to make each level more indoor themed or outdoor themed.

We may either create bigger buildings that will house many players and most of the action or we may choose to do smaller buildings (like the ones I am creating at the moment) and have most of the fighting going on in the cave and have the smaller buildings serve as bunkers and outpost. So it is a question of the degree of man-made vs nature environment. In the end I am sure that we will do both some indoor and some outdoor levels as well as some in between, but what would you like to see first?"
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Nicolai
Nicolai (Reese)
CEO & Composer

"Finalizing a score for.. well, something really really cool I guess ;)

I was thinking of putting up a Dev Blog / Audio Blog next week featuring this score, its development progress and ideas/thoughts, although Kim is trying very hard at the moment to convince me of creating a Video Log instead for some odd reason. I'll get back on that when we make a decision.

First my cake,- now my coffee?? I hate you guys".





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2 years, 7 months ago

Artificial sunlight crane, very cool!

Question for Scribblehead, where do you get your inspiration from?? :)

Question for cptKickASS, will guns just snap to your hands or will you really pick them off the floor? (I think Crysis had the snap system)

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2 years, 7 months ago

I shall perform time travel, first go back in time and buy a ticket, write down the winning ticket, then go back in time again, win, and give the money to ZPS and repeat!

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2 years, 7 months ago

Video blog would be really cool, Nicolai =)
It's good to see you guys growing! Welkome to the ZPS, Jesper!
Cant wait to see some outdoor levels, with some light and character animation :D
A.D.

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2 years, 7 months ago

AdaptiveMass:

Thats a tough question actually, i get a lot of inspiration from Anime and manga, especially Otomo katsuhiro's AKIRA has had some influence on me, along with Ghost in the shell/Appleseed.
I tend to get inspired by gritty 'sci-fi' movies, blade runner is cliche, but always great to come back to - these days i'm looking at a lot of the stuff Ron Cobb has done, especially his work on the Deepcore complex in 'The Abyss'.
Also having just watched OUTLAND with sean connery, for the 47th time this year, i'm feeling very inspired :D.

I should go pay for my copy of the game too now i think :P

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2 years, 7 months ago

@Scribblehead, nice! just wondering:D

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2 years, 7 months ago

Good log.

But they took your cake, and now your coffee priveleges?! Oh, the horror!

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2 years, 7 months ago

Yay!

G500 mouse! :-D

Got that for my labtop :-)

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2 years, 7 months ago

Even though I am perfectly fine with audio logs, which, for obvious reasons, usually contain much more information, people mostly prefer some kind of video log. As a solution, there might be a video log with just concept art switching on the background (so that it would not drain Nicolai's creative power, which is needed elsewhere :-)

Outland!! You're my man, Scribblehead :-) Great forgotten movie with fantastic oldschool design and atmosphere.

Jess: I have seen mostly concept art of outdoors sections, Kim is working on a sunlight crane and you're working on small building sections. Sounds like there's a mood to do the outdoor level first. As an artist I know that doing what I like right now is the greatest advantage of being independent so my answer is this: Do whatever you want to do first so that you can give your whole heart into it. The result of this is what I want to see first :-)

Inverse kinematics? I hope the characters don't try to frustrate Anders by constantly taking funny poses :-)

Dynamic adjusted game-modes - this combination sounds interesting :-)

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2 years, 7 months ago

Gods it been a long time since I saw Outland, but hey we need the IM to kill berserker addicts at Saturn, definitely !

I'm looking very forward to more of Deadlock, and the dynamic content. I though "Bulleye" was done very good, with all the dynamic enviroment, I hope we can get more of the same in Deadlock.
BTW anybody remember the deadmatch map in Halflife 1, where you could start a countdown, and then everybody had to get inside the bunker or die.

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2 years, 7 months ago

^^^ above post gives "Journey to saturn" an all new meaning ?B:-)

also a question that i've been wanting to ask:

do you think that 0-Gravity would fit and could be incorporated in the game(s) ?

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2 years, 7 months ago

@kabber: do you think that 0-Gravity would fit and could be incorporated in the game(s) ?

About zero-g; no comment at this point, but you'll be swimming around flooded laboratories in space, thats for sure! :)

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2 years, 7 months ago

thanks for the reply

sounds awsome.

just thought about it for some reason.

maybe because of the dev. name Zero Point Software?

Zero Point Energi --- Zero Point Gravity!

heh it even rimes ?B;-b


in all seriousness. take your time about Deadlock and use it good. so more and more will open their eyes to ZPS and IM. i know that it will be awsome when you realese the next instalment for the public IM's

keep it up, keep it right, keep it all very tight! ?B;-D

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2 years, 7 months ago

All this stuff is very cool, when your not... busy, your probably very busy but when you have a couple of minutes you should do do this stuff quite alot, just give your thoughts and say what you've been doing, it's nice.

Keep up your brilliant and hard work and about the composer releasing the soundtrack just to give samples of it etc, I think it's a good idea, you should do this, ask gamespot to feature it aswell as having it on your site.

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