Rebirth

Rebirth is a survival horror sandbox game with a focus on procedural environments and dynamic AI. Influenced by games such as STALKER and Silent Hill, all set in a sandbox world ready for players to explore. 

Day

Scavenge. Hunt. Explore.

Afternoon

Fend off a group of survivors who found your house. Reinforce the barricades, check to make sure you have enough batteries for your flashlight.

Night

Survive. 

Rebirth is a game about survival. The world is in shambles, shattered to the core due to a mix of mysterious events. The air is barely breathable, society has crumbled and governments have toppled. What will you do when your way of life no longer exists and strange beings roam the earth?Do you have the will to survive?

Features

  • Procedurally generated world – There will be a large amount of buildings and places that are procedurally generated to keep gameplay fresh and interesting each time you play.
  • Living, breathing eco-system. AI with goals and advanced behaviours, such as actively searching for you when they lose sight of you, searching key locations for food, etc.
  • Emergent gameplay – Random events scattered throughout the world. Your house may be raided or attacked one day, or you may find a map leading you to a loot cache… or a trap!
  • Survival based gameplay – Scavenge during the day. Find food, weapons, medical supplies, ammo, and scavenge for shelter. Try to survive the night to see the light of the next day.
  • Procedural Horror, immersive atmosphere and dynamic scares!
  • Various enemy types, all with different behaviors and objectives. No “This Enemy is a bigger version of that guy who does more damage”. A core philosophy is to make each enemy have a role and be special in their own way.
  • Full body awareness.
  • Barricade existing buildings, set up defenses and generators using items you collect and the environment around you.
  • Meaningful death.
  • RPG elements – Your character can become more specialized as time passes and they get more experienced.
  • Mind-warping horror system. Your fear shapes the world around you…
  • Collect information and piece together the origins of the disaster.

Future planned features

  • Social game play dynamics: Your most dangerous enemy may be humanity itself. Will others help you, or hunt you?
  • Multiplayer – After most mechanics are complete.
  • Rebuild society and craft your own items and possibly buildings (later releases).
  • Completely procedurally generated environments
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3 comments by Rico21745 on May 19th, 2014

Let's start things off with a visual shall we?

He's dead Jim

So we have been quiet for a long time. What gives? Well mainly I have been working on the game a lot, as you can probably see, we've had quite a bit of an overhaul visually. I've also done quite a bit of footwork creating some really cool tech that we're going to be showing off in the near future, tech that will power a lot of Rebirth's systems. 

Take melee for example. 

I'm tired of FPS melee systems where you swing a thing in front of you and it does X damage. Aren't you? I like some interaction when I swing my pixels around the screen, and I personally need some depth if I'm expected to whack things over the head with a bit of copper tubing or what have you. I also want it to feel pretty satisfying. 

I expect most gamers would agree with this point of view. 

So I set out to create a melee system that meets a few key criteria:

  • Has depth
  • Is fun
  • Is interactive beyond left click and aim center of screen at guy
  • Is satisfying
  • Rewards skill

How does Rebirth's melee system rise to the challenge? Let's tackle that one by one.
 

It has Depth, Interactivity, Rewards skill

In Rebirth, we currently only have one weapon implemented, the trusty rusty machete. When designing the system, I tried to keep future expansion in mind, but first let me explain how the machete works. 

The machete currently has 4 different attacks (mainly constrained by animations, which is why we don't have more yet). Each attack is performed based on the direction on the keyboard you press in combination with the mouse button. LMouse + forward performs a stab move. LMouse + left performs a backhand swing. 

Why do you care which way you swing? Aren't they all the same? 

No. Weapons in Rebirth (as well as enemy melee attacks) are physically simulated. This means that you only hit an enemy if your weapon actually makes contact with them. Each enemy also has a multitude of hotboxes on each body part, each having a different damage multiplier. Headshots do more damage, whereas body blows or limb blows do less. 

If a monster swings its claw at you, they only hit you if that claw touches you. If it swings two claws, if only one claw hits you, you take 1/2 the damage you would have taken. 

It's physically simulated

If you swing hits more than one body part, you do damage for each part you hit. Thus a long swing hitting multiple body parts does more damage than just clipping an arm. 

But there's more to it than that.

In addition to that, the damage done by a melee weapon is fairly low. If someone pokes you with a stick accidentally, it's annoying right? But if someone stabs you with said stick, it really hurts, yes? What's the difference between a poke and a stab?

Velocity. 

So in Rebirth melee weapons do damage as a function of the swing's velocity. If you manage to hit an enemy at high velocity, you very well could chop their head off in one blow, or cut them in half entirely. In fact, I've had a ton of fun running at full speed to charge an enemy, jumping up and then landing a blow as I come down on an enemy's head, chopping it clean off. I can't wait to let you all play around with it!

You want to know what else is physically simulated? Blocking. 

You can block hits at any time with your weapon, but the success depends on how you catch the blow. Blocking with make an enemy recoil back but their claws are still deadly weapons so you can still take damage even if you block, if you are not careful about it. The block button (currently right click) brings up your weapon in a blocking stance, but it does not guarantee a successful block, that only happens if YOU make it happen. 

It's fun and Satisfying

So if you add all of the above together, you get a fairly fun system. Then we add the dismemberment on top of that and you have a REALLY fun system. There's nothing as satisfying as blocking a hit, sever a head clean off, dodge to the side and have an enemy hit another enemy as they swing at where you used to be, then with a backhanded blow, sever both torsos clean off with your blade. 

What's Next?

I'll probably do another dev diary about the melee system this time. The mechanics are cool to talk about on paper, but I really feel like it would be better explained on video. I'm also going to start being more active posting news and media since I feel like our art assets are finally at the standard we'd like to hit for Rebirth. 

There's a lot cooler stuff coming soon, keep your eyes peeled and please tell your friends and the media about us! 

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GhostOne7
GhostOne7 Oct 27 2012, 6:38am says:

nice game you have here im following you hope you good luck

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Domo_Skully_
Domo_Skully_ Oct 27 2012, 1:57am says:

AWESOME

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Rico21745
Rico21745 Oct 27 2012, 1:18am says:

Trailer has been posted!

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MrFidelmios
MrFidelmios Oct 8 2012, 11:16pm says:

Horror? Indie? SP & MP? Good Graphics? Mac? AMAZING

If you add maybe a small customization to it, perhaps with guns or armor, maybe a small tiny RPG element you could probably charge $20 for it, free would be good to, but you should probably go for $20 so long as the story is good and mechanics are smooth.

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Scottvrakis
Scottvrakis Oct 6 2012, 12:25am says:

God I wanna play the Alpha/Beta SO BAD!.. Will this game be First-Person? Third? Second? Top-Down? I wonder? As long as the Character Customization is In-Depth. I'd give out a minimum of 40$. Shut up and take my money!

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Rico21745
Rico21745 Oct 8 2012, 10:52am replied:

First and Third Person.

First person will have full body awareness. THis means being able to look down and see your feet and torso. I'm also considering adding in the ability to check your health just by looking at your wounds on your body.

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Scottvrakis
Scottvrakis Oct 18 2012, 10:56pm replied:

PM Me when an Alpha/Beta is available. I'd LOVE TO PLAY IT!

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Rico21745
Rico21745 Oct 5 2012, 11:41am replied:

Hi DeususCorp,

Thanks for the support, I'm always really happy to hear from people interested in the game.

Be sure to check out the steam greenlight discussion area, or talk to me here, if you have any feedback or suggestions! Its hard for me to upload media and news as often as I'd like, since it always takes a few hours, which I often would rather spend coding up some new features. Too many hats on my head methinks. Anyone know someone good at video editing who will work for free? :-)

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DeususCorp
DeususCorp Oct 5 2012, 3:23pm replied:

First bit of feedback I can give you: it's always an exciting experience when a developer actually comments with you directly on how you're feeling about things! It's certainly not a deal-breaker, and obviously developers have far more important things on their plate than to chat up the community, but to actually be in contact with the developers and feel like your input matters is excellent.

It's something that larger studios don't have the luxury of doing, sadly... but definitely something that makes a big difference.

Anyhow, the only other thing I would comment about is on your thoughts on doing a video devblog up there in the description. I for one would love to catch a glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes. See how you test a mechanic, or design a weapon, or decide on world design. It doesn't matter to me if it looks like a AAA or like you cobbled it together out of cardboard right now. It's still a work in progress... and it already looks brilliant enough that I'd throw my money at you today.

Anyhow, that's just my two cents!


Oh. As an addendum: I'd love to hear more about this building my own buildings bit. Perhaps that'd make for a good entry in a video devblog, eh?

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Rico21745
Rico21745 Oct 5 2012, 4:02pm replied:

No problem, one of my goals is to respond as often as I can and to communicate with the community all the way through development. I'm no game studio, just me building a giant codebase on my own and some artists helping out with art as they can.

Regarding devblogs: yup, I'm off the grid atm due to no internet but once that is resolved and I don't need to go places to use the web, I'll try to put together the first devblog. It'll likely focus on the AI features I've been working on this month, such as the ability to hear, see, and look for you. No "fake" AI here, my aim is to make these guys react to you in some really cool ways.

Regarding the building aspects: I'm working on barricading existing buildings this month, then next on my roadmap is persistence of the game world. After that, I have crafting on my plate, so it might be a little bit before I can show anything on that end, but be certain I will!

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