OverDose is a class, team& objective based multiplayer game set on a post apocalyptic Earth, were the Confederate Marine Corps and Marauders battle it out for supremacy over the destroyed cities of a war torn world. Using idTech2 as a base, we are writing our engine from the ground up to take advantage of modern day graphical options and details levels to bring you eye popping class based multiplayer mayhem. This isn’t just war... Its an all out apocalypse!

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Building a world is only half the battle... Destroying it is where the fun is at!

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One of the best things about building a world I find is making it look like it could actually exist. You can spend hours alone on just looking for inspirational material that get your creative juices flowing, whether you are creating a house, a road, a building or an entire city. The internet is full of images and inspirational designs that can help you along the way. But with OverDose, we have to go one
step further. Obviously like any other game we need to build the world we want to play in, but OverDose has a small catch... Once you build it, you gotta destroy it. See, in OverDose, the world is left in ruin. Hundreds of years of nuclear war has left the planet scared and down right disgusting. Walls are decaying, metal is rusted, and resources are limited. As you can see in our first shot, we are trying to make the world look lived in, old, damaged. Tin cans and debris line the floor, boxes and junk clutter the halls, walls are broken to the extent of revealing what’s behind them. All of these make the world look decayed:

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Another area that really works well when creating such a theme is working with decals. Decals are strips of texture that are blended over where needed to give extra detail. Notice how around trims, edges and metal we add a small layer of dirt and rust? This helps break up the blandness of a wall so that instead of a door just appearing from nowhere, it actually looks set into the wall:

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Damage isn't confined to the walls. Floors and ceilings are another great area where you can make things look lived in. Would a tile floor survive after years of life? They hardly last a decade these days, so wouldn't they crumble too?

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Finally, a great way to enhance a lived in feel for a level is to add a lot of clutter. Boxes, crates, bottles, cans, pipes etc all work well to make a level look like its part of a world. Every item tells a back story and just enhances the feel of your world even more:

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There are so many things you can do with a world to make it look post apocalyptic, destroy walls leading into other rooms, create blood smeared walls and floors with bullet holes and casings that hint at past battles, burn and scar materials in your world, set fire to things to create dynamic lighting etc Anything is possible these days, and the more you think up, the more believable your world becomes.

I hope this latest sneak peak has given a little more insight into where OverDose is heading and the art direction we are taking. As always, comments are welcome, so please ask any questions you like and the team will try and get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks for reading.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

You guys are doing some really kick *** stuff with Q2 engine!

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Lez
Lez

Thats some fine looking detail.
Love the hole in the wall.

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey

Great attention to detail. Looks too good to be idt2!

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83

Really looking good.

I guess those wall will be physicalised, for that matter?

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SinKing
SinKing

I wonder how taxing your engine is on the GPU. What'sthe lowest system specs the engine can run on? Couldn't it be used to develop homebrew for PSP?

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva

Homebrew on the PSP...? Hell no. Its much higher detail than the Doom 3 engine. Its using per pixel lighting with shadow maps for a star, thats 6x the requirments per light pass as it is. It would be hard to get running on a 360 or PS3, never mind a PSP.

OverDose is very scalable, with everything have optional quality settings, and only a select few things can not be disabled at all for cheating reasons. But most of it, even the shadows, can be lowered in quality for better performance.

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Samuk
Samuk

Look at the mod am working on (Solitude), thats pushing the PSP (while keeping it at a high framerate). There's no change this would work.

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binkbankbonk
binkbankbonk

you have to be kidding

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

Excellent work on the mapping, textures and hole in the wall. One of the best I have seen. Holes in the wall that is... lol.. top marks...

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva

lol, do I get a "hole in the wall of excellence" badge :p

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Daystranger
Daystranger

Oh yeah!
Definitely!
But shadows are way too pixelated for me...
Maybe some smoothing techniques?

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva

EVERY screenshot so far has shadows with ZERO filtering, because the code isn't 100% perfect yet. I've got a test shader with an 8x PCF filter and it looks spot on. Resolution and smoothness of shadows is fully tweakable by the player, so don't worry about visuals or performance on that, but great question, glad you asked that.

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koddak99
koddak99

This is the quake 2 engine?! lol , wow ^^

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bwilliam
bwilliam

superb

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ausbushman
ausbushman

Looks really good guys.

One thing that I notice about games that get to this sort of visual detail is that the specular highlights begin to make things look plastic. Depending on the material, the highlight varies a lot however many games seem to slap on a general shader which highlights all their materials the same.

Are the materials your scene using the same specular highlighting algorithm? Will you be changing this in the future?

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva

Our materials all use a high quality spec path that includes colour. There is no "set" way to do spec. We have the power to not only control the colour and brightness per pixel of the spec map but also the power (Brightness per stage) and the scale (Size of falloff per stage).

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SinKing
SinKing

I thought the engine would require some power, it certainly looks like it. So there's really not much left of Tech2, right? How is the editor, does it use standard editor? How did you cram all the new stuff in ;)?

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva

Theres nothing left of id tech 2 really, its all new clean faster code.

The editing tools can be seen in various images, but the tools are advanced. The Level Editor is more advanced than Q4Rad (But you can use D3/Q4Rad, GTK etc), the tools are really easy to use too.

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83

But it was based on it? Even so, great work, cant wait to see how level editing and modding will be.

The engine will support particles right?

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva

Erm...? When OD was "born" it was "born" on the Q2 engine, so its a Q2 engine game.

And will is support particles...? It supports scriptable particles like Doom 3 does, only much more expanded. Did you really think we would do all this and not have a particle system? Even our old Quake II Evolved had one ;)

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