It's been six long months since we have had a release of Alien Arena, and with good reason. We initially set out to get a new version out earlier this Spring, but dangit, we just kept wanting to do more. Four new maps? Nope, make it twelve! One new player character? How about two, plus a boatload of new skins! Did I mention that we added a new "super" weapon? How about getting jiggy with some excellent new bot AI? We pretty much hit every aspect of the game, and with force.
To help with what we at COR are considering possibly the most epic release of Alien Arena to date, we have launched a brand new website and forums at Red.planetarena.org , chock full of new media that truly gives the game some justice.
One of the most exciting features of Alien Arena: Reloaded is the new weapon, the "Minderaser". In this video, we explain how it works, and give some examples of what it can do.
We have also created two brand new player characters, the Martian Overlord, and the Martian Warrior:
As I mentioned, there are twelve new maps included in this release, with a heavy emphasis on CTF and Team Core Assault. I will detail those maps in another news post prior to the release.
The renderer received some love as well. Some of the highlights include subsurface light scattering effects, god rays from sun objects, normalmapped oozing/dripping liquids, rain on visor effects, conditional shaders, and quite a bit more. A good amount of optimization was implemented as always, further increasing the speed of the engine and allowing for even more detailed arenas.
Alien Arena : Reloaded Edition is set to be released in just a couple of weeks...