A feature that no game calling itself sequel to Outcast should be missing is the ability to travel between different regions freely (the game world Adelpha was connected through portals - the so called Daokas).
Is it possible to transform a merely linear First-Person-Shooter like Crysis Wars into an adventure game that supports this kind of free traveling?
See for yourself:
NOTE: The morph targets for the Cutter model weren't finished, so his lines aren't lipsynched. What do you think about his voice? Should it be changed - maybe YOU can do it better?
When introducing free traveling we also had to think about following issues:
- Will the inventory/questlog of the player be kept when traveling to another level?
- Will modifications performed to the current level be remembered when traveling elsewhere?
Our solution for both of them was the development of a persistence system (check the corresponding feature for more). We were pretty much relieved when it worked out the way we imagined, since it wasn't clear whether the Crysis Wars SDK would permit such sort of modification altogether.
This and the dialogue system (presented in an earlier news post) were features not clear to be doable with the SDK - so we decided to implement them first to make sure we chose the right engine for our project.
Again we were confirmed in our choice ... while it is still a long way to go until we’ve finished the programming work (not to mention asset creation) we are at least certain now that the remaining things we want to alter are definitely possible.
You also may have noticed that some custom UI elements for the questlog were added. Under the hood we further created a Lua-driven quest system that fits our needs better than the stock mission system of Crysis Wars.
And finally we added some screenshots of the new marketplace, city walls and the tweaked Cutter model with the incredible Backpack 3000:
The next step in terms of programming will be the implementation of an improved 3rd person camera with support for proper aiming (in combat mode) and collision detection (everyone who tried Oasis surely noticed that navigating in buildings was pretty annoying).
More on that soon...
And finally some advertisement for vacant jobs:
We are always searching for motivated and talented people who want to help us release open Outcast some day and improve their portfolio along with getting experience working in a team with a professional claim at the same time. Currently we have a considerable shortage of 3D artists (modelers and the like) and besides we could need some tool programmers (C# knowledge required) and community managers (who can translate news postings and "spread the word").
Take a look at the official job announcement to learn how to apply and what the detailed requirements are.