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5 comments by SharkYbg on Mar 24th, 2015

Hello again Star Wars: Battlecry fans!

A lot of you have been wondering what's been going on and it's finally time for some news. It's not quite as easy to show off progress like code so we have been quiet lately. Your ongoing support really makes us want to give something back though so we thought we'd share a quick summary of what we've been doing for the last months. Don't worry though, there will be screenshots.

After the last update which mostly consisted of art we took a step back and assessed what needed the most work to get this game into a more playable state, including all those features we love from the Star Wars: Battlefront games. So we've decided to focus our core team on that. With our team size (we're looking for any type of game artist!) that meant our artists became our programmers so there was only minimal progress on the art side.


That said, what is it exactly that we have done?

Maybe the biggest task was the game modes. That includes just general logic like how to award points, kills, deaths etc, some more complex stuff like how teams are handled and how that works together with the player classes and putting all the pieces together to make it usable for any player. For example creating menus and UIs for the players to select their class/team/spawn point.

Apart from that a lot of work has gone into fleshing out the classes we want to have in the final game, including their weapons and equipment. For that we're using a lot of the models from First Strike as place holders until we can get around to get our own high quality versions into the engine. Another struggle to overcome was animations. With such a small team we of course would like to be as efficient as possible with our time, so we decided to develop a semi-procedural animation system for the weapon animations. That allows us to skip a lot of smaller animations by blending reusable animations with IK directly in the engine.

Since the wall of text is starting to form nicely we will cut it and we thank you if you've gotten to this point. We hope this will shed some light on what's been happening lately.


Now, after reading all this it's time for some pictures to award you for your attention. It's not much but it shows roughly what we want Cloud City to look like. Note that this is very heavy WIP and there's practically no even close to finalized models in there. Everything you see is subject to change.





Until the next time and as always, may the force be with you!

The Star Wars: Battlecry team

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thefinalhack
thefinalhack Dec 11 2014, 8:58am says:

When the Alpha is released you should do another reddit AMA. It'd be great for publicity!

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rocknroll237 Creator
rocknroll237 Dec 12 2014, 1:01pm replied:

That's not a bad idea actually, we could set one of those up at some point!

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IOSirus
IOSirus Dec 7 2014, 8:55am says:

Do you know when you will have the first playable version ready for the public? I'm just wondering since your original release date was back in 2013. Now it seems that we won't get it until mid 2015.
Thanks

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rocknroll237 Creator
rocknroll237 Dec 12 2014, 1:11pm replied:

Most projects like this take a lot of time (we have had issues with engines, documentation and other things as Mandosis says) but we'd rather have delays and be a bit late and deliver something awesome that can easily be improved upon, than rush into anything.

Besides, we want this game to be built up by a community who shape it and make it what it is over a long period of time - other games (e.g. CoD) that have a smaller development time are often replaced shortly afterwards and left alone (albeit with a few DLC releases). We're providing an open platform through UE4 which should make the game more enjoyable and allow people to create custom content and have a say in how things should be run.

That said, there is always the possibility that you can visit the other end of the spectrum where you take far too long to release a game and it becomes vapourware. At the stage we're at at the moment and with the awesome progress we've made, this is pretty unlikely!

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Mandosis Creator
Mandosis Dec 7 2014, 1:17pm replied:

We had quite a few issues with CryENGINE 3 that was limiting what we could do such as the missing documentation. Because of that we switched to Unreal Engine 4. We started fresh and so far we have more done in a few months than we had done during our entire time with CE3. It will take a bit longer to get something playable out but it will be worth it in the end.

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GeneralAdrian
GeneralAdrian Dec 6 2014, 7:48am says:

Hoping for a christmas update! :)

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Mandosis Creator
Mandosis Dec 6 2014, 9:55pm replied:

We are planning on having an update sometime near the end of the month

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thefinalhack
thefinalhack Dec 6 2014, 5:33pm replied:

I concur.

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ToaOnua16
ToaOnua16 Dec 1 2014, 10:08pm says:

This looks amazing, I can't wait, nice job!

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Truebladed404
Truebladed404 Nov 25 2014, 1:08pm says:

Happy Thanksgiving Eve's Eve :D

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Schlechtwetterfront Creator
Schlechtwetterfront Nov 5 2014, 5:24pm replied:

We'll be using new voice overs. What exactly they'll be saying, we'll see...

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Truebladed404
Truebladed404 Nov 6 2014, 7:29pm replied:

*reads above, stops copy-pasting sound files from battlefront 2*

:P

Someone has to say at least one thing that will catch off and be an annoyingly common joke among players that gets old fast and echos ten years in the future as a meme!

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