Narcosis is a first person survival horror, taking place in the gloomy and cold abyss of the Pacific Ocean. After a disaster, all your crew is dead. Equiped with your atmospheric diving suit (ADS), your knife and your torch light, you'll have to find your way through an hostile and gloomy environment.

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3 comments by Dionix on Aug 16th, 2013

Hi, i'm Benjamin, visual artist for Narcosis. I have decided to do a (almost) complete overhaul of the first rocks assets we had (those featured in the trailer). I wanted to get close to the look of the volcanic/reef shaped rocks found in the abyss. For this, I have experimented different workflows until I got a result that satisfied me.

First I start by assembling in 3dsmax decimated sculpts of old rock models to obtain an interesting cluster of shapes :

I then proceed to merge the shapes in Zbrush (using Dynamesh), and sculpt. Then I applied different noise filters to obtain this blobby, porous aspects of the ocean reefs :

Since we need to keep an intricate shape for those kind of rocks, I then decimate the model in zbrush while keeping a fairly high topology and then unwrap it. In 3dsmax, in then use pro optimizer to create levels of details without damaging the UVs too much.

The rocks are using a shader which procedurally applies sand based on the vertical direction of the world, which allow us to rotate the same assets and get a different look, which is interesting to give variety. The sand is then masked to appear in the cracks and cavities of the rocks, resulting in a better visual result.

Here are some screenshots of the rocks in-game :

Hope you like it and see you soon for the next article !

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Guest Dec 26 2013, 11:02pm says:

Got about a week before it officially becomes 2014. Just a simple "yes it's still being actively worked on" would make my day :)

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chenvid Jan 12 2014, 5:34pm replied:

Yes, it's still being actively worked on. *Very* actively, in fact. We're @NARCO2IS, and at, just in case you'd like to tag along...

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Sikiewz Nov 22 2013, 4:33pm says:

OMG!! It looks sooooo cool! Hope you'll do it

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QDB Aug 29 2013, 6:22am says:

Hey guys,

Thanks for the kind comments :) We don't show off a lot of material but yes the dev goes on!

The reason we don't show off a lot of stuff is mainly because showing content / writing articles takes time, and we prefer to use our time making the game itself!

Besides, because it is a survival horror, we don't want to spoil the game experience. If you want to know what lies in the abyss, you'll have to dive in!

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Gzegzolka Aug 17 2013, 6:14pm says:

Looks very cool, I hope You will finish it one day :)

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staR-Kron Aug 17 2013, 8:42am says:

guys this project looks fantastic. I cant wait to see more of this. Great setting, nice atmosphere and beautiful graphics.

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Minecraft420 Aug 16 2013, 10:48pm says:

Cool, look awesome.

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ramzaq Jun 3 2013, 1:21pm says:

You continue this project?

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QDB Jun 10 2013, 8:58am replied:

Of course !
We are not updating here because we prefer to spend our time on the project itself.
We will post soon new stuff.

Thanks for your interest :D


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