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A few weeks ago i was thinking to myself that this remake will take some time to complete and it would be nice if i could give you something to play with until NBKE release. So the DKER (dungeon keeper engine remastered) was born

Posted by Lucífer on Feb 4th, 2009

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Ok, here's the story: A few weeks ago i was thinking to myself that this remake will take some time to complete and it would be nice if i could give you something to play with until NBKE release. So the DKER (dungeon keeper engine remastered) was born.

What is this you ask?

Well the GOLD dk1 release featured a new executable which supported 3d accelerated graphics through Direct3D 5. And that allowed me to do the following:

- write a DLL which contained system wide hook
- when DK1D3D the DLL takes the control over some very important D3D functionality - it replaces process dll imports with my own ones - then i take over the control<!--emo&:)--> icon_smile.gif<!--endemo-->.

And what can i do with that?

- force the game to run in higher resolutions
- replace 2D sprites with proper 3D models
- replace old texture atlas with new one (this is what i already did)
and other GFX stuff....

Here are some screens for comparison:

Original:

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With NBKE texure atlas:

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Original wall, see how blurry it is?

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And a wall using NBKE atlas:

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So if anyone's interested i can make this improvement downloadable. And i wont be developing this any further since it's just a proof of a concept. And if there's anyone who would like to continue with this (replace 2d sprites with 3d models, higher resolutions, particle systems...) i can provide full source code. Now my full attention moves back to NBKE.

-Yours truly, IKSLM.

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Arxae
Arxae Feb 5 2009, 2:36am says:

oooh nice :)

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st.ern
st.ern Feb 5 2009, 10:30am says:

veeery nice idea. but i need the original dk1 for that right?
i lost my cd a few years ago..

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Lucífer Author
Lucífer Feb 9 2009, 6:20pm replied:

Yep, you can probably get it from under-dogs, it is pretty much freeware now.

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