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Our final major update for the month, featuring a frenzy of map screenshots!

Posted by QuarterLife on Jan 20th, 2010

City17: Episode 1


Today marks our final major update for this month, and the day we enter 'crunch' mode, where all of our content is locked down as we make our final 'push' to complete the mod. We've saved the best for last though! This update is bursting with juicy map media!

While C17 still doesn't have a concrete release date, we'd like to officially say that it will likely see it's release before Summer. This means that we're still aiming for a Q2 release

Map media

Improved eye textures

We've redesigned our eye textures to give them a much more realistic presentation. To achieve this, we completely revamped the eye textures to be much higher resolution, and we've spent some more time tweaking our shader parameters for the eyes, which involved harvesting actual pure baby eyes.

The eyes on the left of this screenshot feature our updated texture. Both eyes have the shader improvements applied.

We've actually borrowed much of this technology from Team Fortress 2, but saying we got them from babies pleases the Heavy greatly.

New team members

To get City17: Episode 1 out on time, Gear has taken on a some new team members, including a few voice actors, a couple modelers, and another programmer! A list of all current Gear members can be found below.

  • MrTwoVideoCards: Project Lead, Head Mapper, Particle Artist, Texture Artist
  • Mess: Mapper, Composer, Sound Engineer
  • Zipfinator: Mapper, Particle Artist
  • 1/4 Life: Lead Programmer
  • Sam Za Nemesis: Lead Modeler, Animator
  • Sortie: Programmer, Distribution
  • .Cyberkave: Programmer
  • diwako: Texture Artist
  • Sn1pe: Animator
  • Bites: Modeler
  • Da Big Man: Sound Engineer
  • fps_NoobKiller: Composer
  • VESS: Concept Artist, Voice Actor
  • Anachron: Modeler
  • Phillip Marlowe: Voice Actor
  • Leo Leonidas: Voice Actor
  • Edli: Voice Actor
  • KG: Lead Bug Tester
  • Pelpix: Artist

Updated ModDB theme

City17: Episode 1 now has a custom ModDB theme, thanks to Alex Malkin of Alexmalkin.com. Let us know what you think in your comments, and be sure to check out the summary page as well!

On the horizon...

That's it for this update! Stay tuned; in the coming weeks we'll be releasing a gameplay video, and some videos demonstrating FaceAPI and it's benefits to immersion and game play.

City17: Episode 1
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EricFong Jan 20 2010 says:

Awesome, good luck there City 17: Episode one creators.

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ciastoludek Jan 20 2010 says:

There will be no Episode 3 this year... But who cares! We've got City17!

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Kris015 Jan 20 2010 says:

Awesome! Can't wait to play it!!! :D

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LORDDEREX Jan 20 2010 says:

Awesome :)
Maybe it will end up with the same system req as FakeFactory 10 :D
Anyway, still going strong and are hunger for info have been yet again filled.

Keep up the good work :)

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Mess Creator
Mess Jan 20 2010 replied:

thanks for the comment :D

due to all the stunning optimization work by our environmental artists and coders, if you can run Episode 2 well, you'll be able to play C17 just fine :)

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MrtwovideoCards Creator
MrtwovideoCards Jan 21 2010 replied:

Unlike Fake Factory, we do not require you to have 4GB of ram installed into your system, or be running on a 64bit operating system.

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SolidFake Jan 20 2010 says:

not what I understand under "bursting with juicy map media" but still impressive
The theme should maybe have at the top a vision of the city, like the wall stretches from down to up and at the top where you have those warning tile you should make an overview of city 17, like you did it at the start of this article, just wider :)
Also is it just me or is the wall texture not seamless?

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QuarterLife Author
QuarterLife Jan 20 2010 replied:

The vertical line you're seeing in the background is intentional.

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damagefilter Jan 20 2010 says:

I'm looking forward to release. You created some awesome work.

And for the style ... I dunno, but I don't like the background of the body part...
I think it looks too tiled.
All in all, great theme though.

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MrtwovideoCards Creator
MrtwovideoCards Jan 21 2010 replied:

Could be less tiled, I agree.

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Croco15 Jan 20 2010 says:

Those maps are awesome.

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Metalspy Jan 20 2010 says:

Those eyes are pretty err.. creepy :/ :P

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MrtwovideoCards Creator
MrtwovideoCards Jan 21 2010 replied:

It's the stare.

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DragonNOR Jan 20 2010 says:

I think you should pale the lips a bit, right now the guy in the news update looks like he's wearing lipstick. That is unless if thats the intended move :)

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MrtwovideoCards Creator
MrtwovideoCards Jan 21 2010 replied:

Only intention was for the eyes, we choose a random model to use.

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Radu_IceMan Jan 20 2010 says:

Nice eyes! Is that a 4096 x 4096 iris texture?

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MrtwovideoCards Creator
MrtwovideoCards Jan 21 2010 replied:

Just 512x512, we didn't want them to be incredibly over fillrate.

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TwoToes Jan 20 2010 says:

Really looking forward to this one.

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Armageddon104 Jan 20 2010 says:

Great news! I love the eyes!

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Spare Jan 20 2010 says:

Looks like a tasty update.

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Jesternz08 Jan 20 2010 says:

Looks nice, sizable team you have got there :) good luck!

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awesomepossum Jan 21 2010 says:

Love the screen shots

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MrtwovideoCards Creator
MrtwovideoCards Jan 21 2010 replied:


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Killer_man_1996 Jan 22 2010 replied:

Everybody it's falling in love with them... :)

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ATIXIUM May 15 2010 says:

Any news on this mod or whats up??

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