Blood Omnicide is a project to recreate Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain in 3D. The main goal is to save original game feel and provide nearly same gameplay and balance. There will be some improvements & innovations, just because of nature of porting. The most critical ones will be optional in order to not violate the game experience. The second goal is to provide a game SDK that is open for modifications and additions so Omnicide can be used as a base for expansion packs and mods created in the world of Blood Omen.

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3 comments by mean_person on Nov 21st, 2012

In today's update:

Stuff that was done in summer/autumn 2012 and in Blood Omnicide 0.1 progress at whole.

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Chapter I: Retrospective.

Blood Omnicide v0.1 being in development for almost 3 years now. It was started as a map pack and features update to the demo version. With time, we got large response from community: the critics, opinions and requests. Many of them was right and we decided to add new features to the plan for v0.1: raising overall quality, get more blood omen-like gameplay (and restore things that was missed), add real-time physics for destruction and interaction, improve multilanguage support and add new faithful features to extend gameplay. Making all that stuff required us to re-visit the whole project skeleton. There is very little amount of things that was left unchanged since demo was released.One of side effects of that major re-route was growing entropy. You can't significantly change many things without adding chaos to the structure. Big improvements demand new improvements, making rewrite cycle last longer. For example: by increasing lighting quality, we got nice surface shading and it starts to demand high definition textures. Once high definition textures was done, it was clear that sprites, even being upscaled with advanced techniques, start to look blury and misfit with map environments. It requires to upgrade all sprites to models. Models require rag doll animation for nice death scenes... STOP. Improvements without any doubts is nice thing, but thats too much work to do in single update. It is unacceptable that too much features will throw project into remaking hell, holding it away from the release.

Chapter II: The plan.

After all reflections we've decided to dedicate summer and autumn to stabilizing Blood Omnicide development - finishing up stuff that is not done and cutting out some most slow progressing features (such as first person viewport, models for all characters and so on).

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The task list was:

  • Lock the texture quality level at 8x (8 times higher than original tiles) and make all textures looks same.
  • Finish mausoleum retexturing.
  • Fix and polish lighting technique.
  • Start the spirit forge and blood fountain themes.
  • Start with finalizing Wilderness location.
  • Temporarily disable code parts which is not required by the current game progress, lowering amount of supported code.
  • Fix and lock progress for all new game features until v0.1 will be out.

Chapter III: Result.

Massive texture update, about 300 HD textures were produced (with normalmaps and gloss maps that would be around 800 textures). ~20 new map models, and many existing ones (~70) was updated to use smoothing groups (recent version of Darkplaces .MD3 exporter - a tool created to export map models got support for smoothing groups). Wolf cave and wilderness location got progress, test colored materials for location prototyping was added etc.

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On the rendering side, global sun light to simulate sunset/sun dawn was added. Q3map2 (map compiler) got new ambient occlusion technique for lightmap calculations, this new techique produces both highlight and darken effect. World textures (such as town signs) can be translated now. Blood Omnicide Development Wiki was created in order to increase effectivity of team work.As one of results, we would like to present a new gameplay video:


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Blood Pill v1.01

Blood Pill v1.01

Nov 23, 2011 Archive Tool 2 comments

Blood Pill utility is updated to version 1.01, changes including:

Blood Pill v1.0

Blood Pill v1.0

Nov 3, 2011 Archive Tool 1 comment

A tool that was originally written for Blood Omnicide installer. It can be used to view the data stored in pill.big - main file of Blood Omen. Blood Pill...

Bloody Sounds of Omnicide

Bloody Sounds of Omnicide

Feb 24, 2011 Audio 1 comment

Containing all current modified music for the Blood Omnicide music.

Blood Omnicide Demo

Blood Omnicide Demo

Jan 29, 2011 Demo 1 comment

Blood Omnicide Demo - second release of project. It consists of two very first chapters of game - Prologue and Arrival to Pillars. Additionally Magic...

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miless
miless Oct 20 2011, 2:30pm says:

Keep it up bratoushky

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Sep 21 2011, 6:54pm says:

Been a few months, but awesome work guys.

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Valaquen
Valaquen Sep 18 2011, 10:28am says:

I have to say, this looks amazing. The video with the time lapses really, really impressed me, and I hope you include some nice cut-scenes showing off your 3D Nosgoth. The first-person shot of Kain running through the forest at the end was wonderful, too. How cool it would be to be able to switch between overhead and first person views. I hope you get a 3D modeller for your characters, and generally can't wait until this is released!

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x246h00--r5
x246h00--r5 Sep 6 2011, 4:19pm says:

проект BO развивается и весьма бурно - рад за вас, ребята :3

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Takaneshi
Takaneshi Aug 31 2011, 6:24am says:

This is so goddamn amazing. I've played Blood Omen when I was a child. And now it have 3D graphic. Keep it up.

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darkside9199
darkside9199 Aug 27 2011, 4:58pm says:

Oh my god
this is awesome
too many HQ models
this is great!!!!!
i played this mod and,... it's AWESOME

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l0d1z
l0d1z Aug 19 2011, 11:41pm says:

This is awesome!
keep up the good work =)

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*memory-on-Goldberg*
*memory-on-Goldberg* Aug 19 2011, 5:03am says:

another great update Buddys. *Thumps up*!

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RequiemLux
RequiemLux Aug 18 2011, 5:36pm says:

*_* cool new updates! love this project

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ID0
ID0 Aug 11 2011, 1:54pm says:

It's awesome. I wish you luck!

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