SITREP - Week 032

published Wednesday, 8 Feb. 2012, 16:40 by Reese

Slowly and steadily Deadlock is evolving into the most immersive first person shooter ever.. and now we can almost shoot each other ;)

New SITREP standard

Our current Deadlock release process consist of 2 to 3 week sprints. In order to optimize our production-flow we have decided to rearrange how we do our community updates; hence this Friday's missing SITREP. When we release an updated Deadlock version this includes a Battle Report (changelog, article etc.); our SITREP's will continue, but on a mid-sprint release schedule.

So:
Every 2-3 weeks (sprint): An updated Deadlock version is released
Every mid-sprint: A SITREP is released

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Read last SITREP [Here]

 

Team debriefing

Kim
Kim (ZPSHicks)
Game Director

"Let's put this new in-depth mid-sprint SITREP to the test, shall we! :)

One of my commitments this sprint was/is to create a new series of intense bullet impact effects and have already managed to get my hands plenty dirty setting up and tweaking particle systems for metal, concrete, crates, glass and soil.

Besides the obvious joy of creating realistic particle systems in general .. I've also really enjoyed staging a few particle elements with a transparent Vertex Lit material shader; partially allowing us to have light affect particles (still very crude, but enormously potential with further iterations in the future) ... I must confess that I've already spent several hours just emptying magazine after magazine into a concrete wall on the Playground map; to satisfyingly observe how the debris smoke are lit by a flickering red ceiling light. :)

I've additionally started iterating on a marine 1person / 3person tazer impact effect for our in-dev "get paralyzed and paralyze others" game loop and will also be revisiting the Mainlines map before the update next week as we're committed to creating a new cool "war zone" weather mode.".

heks
Mikael (heks)
Lead Programmer

"First part of this sprint I spent on working with Nicolai on the weapon firing tech. We ended up delivering a pretty decent design for how-to easily expand the audio immersion for weapons in the future.

Since then I've mostly been working on getting the code ready for the kill and be killed loop.

After todays mid-sprint testing session (coinciding with the SITREP now) I have a few concerns regarding our build & deployment pipeline. Proclaiming that it is error-prone and cumbersome is a gross understatement. Automation is what is needed but once again we'll have to carefully plan it, so we do not lose momentum on the game-side
".

Scribblehead
Jesper Andersen (Scribblehead)
Concept Artist

"SARA: Entry mismatch. Subject appears to be offline. No record stored this week".









Gert stopped by the office last week and we all gathered around the computer for a good rundown on all the things we're currently working on! The two unknowns in the picture are Maria and Claus (Kims wife and kid) and if heks (camera guy) had yelled SMILE, we could've looked more picture-friendly! :)
"Gert stopped by the office last week and we all gathered around the computer for a good rundown on all the things we're currently working on! The two unknowns in the picture are Maria and Claus (Kims wife and kid) and if heks (camera guy) had yelled SMILE, we could've looked more picture-friendly! :)".

Anders
Anders (cptKickASS)
Lead Artist

"New week old features. In order to get our lights to work in multiplayer I had to rework the code as a state-machine. It took longer then expected, but i finally have it working for our SITREP today. At the same time I have been working on our camera setup and a script to control post image effects so that we can show impact in FPS. Next week is going to be all about ragdoll".




Jess
Jess (NecroSonic)
Level Designer

"SARA: Entry mismatch. Subject appears to be offline. No record stored this week".







Nicolai
Nicolai (Reese)
CEO & Composer

"This sprint has been pure joy and (j)awesomeness. I've personally learned a huge amount of basic coding and so far (with some help) I've successfully developed and implemented a system for handling footsteps, movement and impacts sounds; all triggered and based upon different surfaces and materials. Oh yeah, I (we) did create a nice little weapon firing "loop' and end" script as well with some pretty nice immersion features I'll get back on at a later stage.

For the rest of the sprint I will be working  with the audio part of the kill and be killed loop and some more tech stuff. The coder police (heks) require that my code always stays clean and nice so that will probably get some attention as well before we release.".

Picture of the Week 0052 - Week 06 February 2012
First proper mid-sprint build test on our staging server; a lot of new sounds and particles help establish one hell of a dynamic environment and we're just getting started! :)
First proper mid-sprint build test on our staging server; a lot of new sounds and particles help establish one hell of a dynamic environment and we're just getting started! :)

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2 years, 2 months ago

I think this kind of update could work. I like hearing how it's going, but I also like for you guys to work. Lol.

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2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the update. Can't wait for the next version of Deadlock.

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2 years, 2 months ago

The next version of Deadlock needs crosshairs.

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2 years, 2 months ago

Holy cow, those particle effects look amazing. That plus the sound (honestly, Deadlock's sound is already AAA+) should make for impressing battles and a realistic feeling of bullets hitting the ground around you.

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2 years, 2 months ago

yay! updates!

Agreed that the picture of the week looks awesome. Keep it up guys!

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2 years, 2 months ago

Why does the picture remind me of Sea World, even though I have never been to Sea World?

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2 years, 2 months ago

I'm wondering if you could put the mask the player is wearing into a more dynamic position in game, so it shakes a tiny bit when running, shows glare on the glass the player is looking through when looking at the sun, and gets dirt on the glass too.

Oooh! I don't know if game devs have ever done this, but there is something known as holographic sound where a real life test dummy is set up with a microphone in each ear. The audio is synchronized and put into stereo sound and it sounds VERY realistic with headphones. Is this possible to do in a video game?

Here's a really good example of holographic audio:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSHmfjs-lQ
&feature=fvsr

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2 years, 2 months ago

I cant help to notice ZPS has been showing lot of their balls lately.
Keep up the good work. I cannot wait :3

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2 years, 2 months ago

Sounds good, I am looking forward to the next sprint.

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2 years, 2 months ago

I love this game.

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2 years, 2 months ago

The bots are back...gather your discount furniture, we'll need to set up a barricade

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2 years, 2 months ago

Keep the updates coming guys i can't wait to kill some fellow Marines!

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2 years, 2 months ago

Come on guys, I'm very excited......:)

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2 years, 2 months ago

Welcome Y47 !

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2 years, 2 months ago

Great work, deadlock is moving along nicely. But I'd really like to see a crosshair in a future update :D

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2 years, 2 months ago

thanks for cleaning those bots away. it was getting annoying ^^

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2 years, 2 months ago

Game is good but i dont have money because i live in croatia and i cant afford spearhead or frontline unit to play deadlock

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2 years, 2 months ago

Or to play chapter 5

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