"In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it"

The modification is loosely based on the movie "Equilibrium" with the main focus of the work being based upon implementing a new combat system similar to the "gun kata" seen in some of the action scenes of the movie. The "Gun Kata" allows the player to take on several adversaries at the same time with dual weapons and gun them down in unison, much like what we see in the action movies of today where the hero wields dual handguns and shoots at different targets with each hand. This sort of stylish gun battle is what you can expect to see once the mod is released to the public.

The mod's focus is pure action and style, if you like shooting enemies and gunning them down in the coolest way possible then this mod just might be what you've always been looking for!

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1 comment by Rico21745 on Jul 2nd, 2012

Introduction

Hello folks!

So first of all, allow me to introduce myself. My name is David Rico, and I am the project director for Rebirth. Of course, seeing as this is an indie game, I also wear many hats, such as 2d artist, Particle Effects creator, SFX guy, Animator, and Programmer. Mainly though, I am a programmer so most of my posts will likely revolve either around that, or around progress updates as new features are added to the game. 

Some of you may have played the last thing I released to the public, a Max Payne 2  Total Conversion titled "Hall Of Mirrors". HoM was a conversion based on the movie Equilibrium, focused entirely on the implementation of a stylish combat system similar to the one seen in the movie. 

Anyways, since then, I sort of had to buckle down and do a bunch of Real Life stuff, ending with me currently working as a Software Developer during my day job. At night, my job is managing the wonderful team trying to bring this game to life, as well as coding and internet-yelling at people to get work done. Mostly coding though, owed to the fact that we have a great team full of dedicated folks who somehow manage to juggle work, RL, and working on this game in their offtime, unpaid. I cannot say enough about the team. 

Now, enough about us, let's get down to business!

Rebirth

Let's start with the basics. If you want of an idea of what the game will be like, you may want to read about some of the games and works that influence us as developers. Here's a short list of games and movies/books that influenced us: 

  • Silent Hill
  • The Road
  • STALKER
  • EvE Online
  • Fallout 1 and 2
  • I am Legend 
  • Ultima Online

You may look at that feature list at the top of our page and say "Egads! These guys are crazy, this isn't an 8bit sidescroller!" 
 
Yes, we are all too aware that this will take a lot of work, and have already scoped out most of the project, and are actually nearing a single player prototype.  Yes, it would be far easier to go "oh we're indie, here's an 8-bit zelda throwback clone with some zombies and stuff" and call it a day. But I personally don't really think being indie means we get to skimp out on art. Yes, we don't have anywhere near the resources someone like Epic may have, but the graphics must fit your game, and our game's theme is gritty, dark, and dangerous, and 8-bit graphics and cubes just simply aren't very threatening, at least not to me. You can only do so much to make a cube skinned like Cthulhu look threatening. 

 

Current Progress

I have a pet peeve. I hate people who announce stuff as soon as they think it up. There's nothing worse than hearing about a game or movie, and learning that its 10 years away from becoming a reality. In addition, being the realist that I am, I also know that the majority of indie games/projects die a horrible flaming death within the first few months when inexperienced people learn that yes, making games is a lot of hard work, and that no, you can't be an "idea guy" unless you have a ton of cash to throw at people. 

As such, I come with good news. We didn't just start this thing a week ago. We've been working on it for a few months already, went through an engine switch, restructured the team, and all the joys of indie game development. We are now working steadily and adding new features as well as art every week and a lot of core gameplay systems are in prototype stage. 

We will talk more about this later, for now just know that we are steadily making progress and have set up internal milestones, the first being an internal proof of concept simple prototype, to make sure the gameplay ideas we're throwing around are sound, and fun. Nothing sucks more than finding out your game sucks after two years of work, right?

Today's Update

Any game with RPG elements usually has a GUI and inventory of some sort, and we are no exception. I have some interesting ideas on how to do the GUI for the game, but for now, we needed a prototype to test all the systems related to your inventory. As such, I put my sub-par art skills to work and quickly wipped up an inventory window, some item icons, and a HUD to use for development. I expect a lot of these will change later in development (I am even considering not having a HUD at all and letting players know what's happening by looking at their character). Anyway, just keep in mind these are very much a WIP as we are not even at alpha stage yet:

 PreAlpha GUI

In the picture above, you can see a few things. First of all, I toyed with the idea of having a grid for your inventory. I quickly shot the idea down, after remembering how much I hated grids in inventories. I much prefer an UO type inventory, where you can just throw stuff into a bag and you are limited by carrying capacity, not "space" like in Diablo. As such, expect to see us use some sort of inventory that lets you carry anything, up to an X weight max, determined by your stats/character. 

In the current iteration of the inventory, you can simply drag and drop items from the bag into your equipment slots. Dragging a rifle into the weapon slot, equips your weapon, as you'd expect. Dragging it form the equipment slot to the bag, unequips it.

You may also consume items by right clicking them. These may be food, water, health, etc. Ammo is simply held in your inventory and used up by weapons as needed, currently. More complex systems may be implemented later, but for now, simplicity is key while we prototype our gameplay.  

Looking above, you see our health bar and equipped item bar. Like I said, I'm toying with the idea of removing these later on, and allowing you to see how hurt you are based on how bloodied your character actually looks in the game.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed our first post. I know its fairly verbose, but I figured that since we sort of just popped up a few weeks ago, people may be interested in knowing more. Expect me to update this more frequently. I'll do my best to showcase features as we go. After all, isn't the beauty of indie games the fact that they're mostly transparent? 

Until next time, please tell your friends about us! Nothing inspires us more than your support!

-Rico

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The modification is loosely based on the movie "Equilibrium" with the main focus of the work being based upon implementing a new combat system...

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Grayfaux
Grayfaux May 2 2008, 8:51pm says:

Personally I thought this mod was better than EQ Gunkatas, the Gunkata in this game seemed to be much faster and more fluid.Also in EQ Gunkatas as opposed to HoM ,I thought it was difficult to actually hit enemies with the moves and stuff. Anyway Two Thumbs up.

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MAX76549
MAX76549 Apr 3 2008, 8:57am says:

how do i install the mod?

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HITMAN0586
HITMAN0586 Mar 14 2008, 2:29pm says:

Oh god, why all of you people think that EQ Gunkatas v3.0 was stolen?
Can anybody explain why do you think that please?

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BuZZeR
BuZZeR Mar 1 2008, 10:45am says:

I've got an error in the window, when I starting the game with your mod:

"Exception in engineInit:R_Script: Can't parse assignment to variable "SlotIndex"
in [attributes]/[Cleric.txt]!
Assignment: "slotid_cleric" Format:"%d""

Any solutions?

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Hellmonkey1982
Hellmonkey1982 Feb 17 2008, 3:21am says:

alright i got some really really good news. i saw a mistake that the devs made (maybe it's mine for installing the upgrades mod FYI but it was nothing like this)

and it involves huge blood explosions when you trow a grenade. it rocks man. and now this is much much MUCH better than gunkatas 3.0

a mistake that did something good!

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Rico21745
Rico21745 Feb 27 2008, 12:42am replied:

No mistake, I put it there as an easter egg of sorts :-P

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Hellmonkey1982
Hellmonkey1982 Jan 28 2008, 12:17am says:

oh and i almost forgot. this mod has certain features that gunkatas doesnt. so ill give this mod more credit for that.

its a great mod anyway. considering that it started it all and stuff.

the features are:

ability to use the weapons the soldiers use.
Great music. (gunkatas has that too but i like the trailer music alot.)
last but not least. it started it all!

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Hellmonkey1982
Hellmonkey1982 Jan 28 2008, 12:14am says:

Played the mod, it was OK but it wasnt as good as gunkatas. the only reason this one isnt as good is because this mod is outdated. i know that it would be a awesome mod (even better than gunkatas) if it was still updated.

but gunkatas was a steal. you guys are the original.
im not complaining about this mod. im just saying it would be alot better if it was updated.

i know your not going to do it. but ill accept and respect that.
I hope you have good luck with your next mod!

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DJ_T
DJ_T Jan 22 2009, 8:32am replied:

yeaH man...it sucks tHe team sHouldn´t continue supporting tHe fans of tHis awesome movie...

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Hellmonkey1982
Hellmonkey1982 Feb 12 2008, 7:43pm replied:

i almost forgot. the best part about this mod is that the gunkatas are different than gunkatas 3.0

so they both are just as good.

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