Null Grav is a modification of the Unreal Tournament 3 engine, and is loosely inspired by the book Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. Null Grav features members of Mobile Armed Null-Grav Tactical Assault Corps, or M.A.N.T.A. Corps, an elite squad of soldiers that act as an orbital and sub-orbital police force similar to SWAT. Since its inception, MANTA Corps has neutralized countless terrorist situations, defused bombs, rescued hostages, and destroyed pirate and smuggler ships. When not out in the field, the soldiers of MANTA Corps spend their time training in a special zero-gravity chamber, located inside their space station headquarters, that gives Null Grav its name. This chamber is designed to train the soldiers for a variety of high-risk and dangerous missions that might involve space combat. To achieve this goal, the chamber is capable of being highly customizable, with the ability to swap out various structures inside the chamber to make for unique arena configurations.

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2 comments by WOLFhellfire on Feb 6th, 2009

We finished up our presentation last night, in hopes of attracting new people to our mod while getting more feedback directly from some game developers. The developer from Cheyenne Mountain gave us some good insight on where we should be headed and what we should steer clear of. He liked a lot of our features, the wall walking in particular. Sam Dieter from Rainbow Studios liked that we had a business aspect to our whole project.

- Josh, Lead Programmer

We finally had our presentation Thursday night. Wow, was that nerve-wracking! Right until the end we were working hard on our mod. We knew a lot was expected of us here at Collins College.
But we weren't prepared for just how much attention our little game had gained! Every chair in the large room we presented in was filled, and there were still people lining the walls. There were at least a dozen people from the game industry there, representing companies like Rainbow Studios, THQ, D3, and Cheyenne Mountain. From what I'm told, there were also scouters in the audience taking notes, which is very exciting to us.
Nervous as hell, we set up our computers and began. And we rocked the house! Everyone seemed very impressed with what we had to offer. But they were completely blown away when we unveiled the actual gameplay - not just in Unreal Tournament 2004, but in UT3 as well. And not just game mechanics (wall walking, etc.); we had our player model in game, with customization options. We had a working Capture the Flag map. We even had a full single-player level, with scripted sequences and voice dubbing recorded in a sound booth.
Afterwards, we opened the floor for questions, and received some very positive feedback. A couple members of the game industry offered some constructive critiscism, and gave suggestions on how to improve our mod.
With feedback like that, and the continued support from the ModDB community, I feel confident we can push this game further and make it better. Publisher funding, here we come!

- Owen, Project Lead

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CockyBoi
CockyBoi Dec 3 2009, 1:08pm says:

Wow, so impressive design of characters!

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Geodav
Geodav Feb 27 2009, 4:48pm says:

starting to shape up guys ;)

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Zedrion
Zedrion May 19 2009, 10:50pm replied:

Hmm starting to shape up you say? wheres the updates. i loved the way this is looking but hows it going guys?

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WOLFhellfire Creator
WOLFhellfire May 26 2009, 6:38pm replied:

A lot of the project is split up into parts so they can be done in sections and less time. Owen should be able to give you a idea on how things are turning out.

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CloudAge
CloudAge Feb 12 2009, 4:23pm says:

This is looking sweet! loved the books!

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RED-FROG
RED-FROG Jan 25 2009, 3:13pm says:

oki, character in-game, first weapon in-game. Tracking now.

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Solostaran
Solostaran Jan 21 2009, 10:15pm says:

If the enemy's gate is down, then this will be a great mod! Will "freezing" be a feature and, if so, will collision and physics allow players to use advanced tactics such as those employed by Ender's team near the end of their training run? I've never played U3, so I don't know whether or not the engine could support such things.

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pWEN Creator
pWEN Jan 21 2009, 10:52pm replied:

The enemy's gate is indeed down. :)

Freezing is indeed a feature, one that we actually already have implemented in both the UT2004 and UT3 versions of our mod.

Unreal has a command system built in, where you can order other players and bots to do certain things through pre-set voice commands. We haven't looked too heavily into it yet, but it's something that's planned to be a major part of the game. Especially since there's a per-round based ranking system. The better you do the previous round, the higher up the food chain you go, until you're the one giving orders.

Beyond those features, there's wall walking, zero gravity, and customizable players and levels. We'll also be implementing a class system to give things a more tactical feel...

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Solostaran
Solostaran Jan 22 2009, 8:53pm replied:

Sounds fun! In fact, it might even be worth getting UT3 for.

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RED-FROG
RED-FROG Jan 18 2009, 7:49am says:

So while it's now UT3, this one is dead?
It's still saying TBD, and it's still in the UT2004 section.

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WOLFhellfire Creator
WOLFhellfire Jan 19 2009, 10:30am replied:

The mod has been moved over to the UT3 board now.
I'm knee deep in coding the customizable loadout screen.
The alpha release is still yet to be determined for the mod.
Most of the source has been updated to the new engine. By Wednesday, the RPLrifle and RPLpistol should be in the game.

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RED-FROG
RED-FROG Jan 19 2009, 11:05am replied:

well, have fun with the new engine then :P

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