Doom 3: Phobos is a 1 episode project which continues the story in Doom 3. It is set in between Doom 3 and its expansion pack, Resurrection of Evil. Doom 3: Phobos will feature more variation than the original 2004 game, and will bring back more of the traits that made the original Dooms successful. Doom 3: Phobos has evolved into a very extensive and ambitious project. We are well on our way of creating an unofficial expansion pack of top quality.

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The last month has been kinda quiet at the Team Future 'office'. It's been Christmas, and like any other mod team, working people are having time off to see family and enjoy the holiday. But it has also been busy in the way that we recently were contacted by a German magazine called PCAction. They wanted to include us in their next issue, and we were more than happy about that. This, however, doesn't mean that all you non german people can't see the pictures. No,

Posted by Kristus on Jan 15th, 2009

The last month has been kinda quiet at the Team Future 'office'. It's been Christmas, and like any other mod team, working people are having time off to see family and enjoy the holiday. But it has also been busy in the way that we recently were contacted by a German magazine called PCAction. They wanted to include us in their next issue, and we were more than happy about that. This, however, doesn't mean that all you non German people can't see the pictures. No, we are in fact going to release these on our site together with an update or a devblog, like this.

So. At the end of this devblog, you'll see two high resolution screenshots from Episode 1. We know we haven't been too kind with the high-res shots. We have actually only released one, but bear with us. They are coming. As for the rest of the devblog, we would like to talk a little about three individual maps from Episode 1 that we have been working on the last month's time.

We have also got a few new members. Isilme and Steevah. Steevah has been with us for a little while now. And since he is a concept artist he already did some concepts for us. Isilme is a new prop modeler that we hope will help us flesh out our maps with great looking props. On to the maps.

E1M1 - Mars City (geX)

Even though I'm the only one writing about this map it doesn't mean I'm the only one working on it. When this map is done all the level designers will have worked on it. This fits nicely together with our idea about us getting the best out of each other as mappers. And this will really help you have a great start with Doom 3: Phobos. Since this is the first map of the game, we want you to get to know the world and feel very quickly when you first enter it.

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With this map we are also explaining a lot from the original doom 3 games. Like where did all the magazines and half-eaten burgers come from? Where did people live and relax? This map is going to show you more of mars city that you would think would be there. This will help you feel that this is a city, and not just some random facility where people only work at. People actually live on mars, but they can't do that in labs only.

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We are aiming at having E1M1 be kind of like a sandbox. You actually don't have to go visit all these areas, since you will only have one real goal that you can achieve fairly fast, but that doesn't mean that you can't look around and maybe even find new goals to complete. And this will also help you immerse yourself into the world of doom 3 even more than before.

E1M2 - Electrical Sub-Systems (DoomUK)

Once again, this level has been a collaborative effort between several team members, passing the baton between each other and taking turns to add geometry and layers of detail.

E1M2 can essentially be divided into two areas: Administration and Electrical Sub-Systems (ESS). While most of my contribution to the level has been focused around the industrial ESS sector, shaviro and bkt produced a large amount of work towards the Admin section. This gives the level a fitting amount of contrast in atmosphere.

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As far as the aesthetics of ESS go, we wanted to capture the industrial themes presented in Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil, but giving it a flavour of our own. Towering heavy machinery, gloomy corridors and a myriad of pipelines are all present, but with with a new take in regards to lighting.

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Concerning gameplay, E1M2 has a good mix of horizontal and vertical level design philosophies. We came to a conclusion that D3: Phobos is not just a corridor shooter, and this level captures this attitude.

E1M3 - The Landing Terminal (shaviro)

Episode 1 Level 3 is a level that has been a long time in the making. It has briefly changed hands between geX, DoomUK and me. The level itself takes place in and around a landing terminal. This terminal is connected to a hangar on one side, and Mars City (including E1M1 areas) on the other. The hangar in E1M3 is a more official route to and from Mars City than the one seen in retail Doom 3. It's because of this that we chose to make an actual landing terminal where "travelers" would wait for scheduled lifts off Mars.

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Not at all unlike E1M2, these considerations have resulted in two predominant styles: Mars City and Maintenance. Mars City style is a polished, friendly look that has already been seen in Doom3. Maintenance is the more gritty look where you get all your pipes, shadows and other Doom cravings. Another area of this level is an outdoor area in the center of the map, where you can see the top of the hangar doors as well as the buildings you roam. We have already shown this area in the Arachnotron shot. The monster and its combatants are actually standing on the hangar doors.

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E1M3 is going to have a large focus on environmental puzzles. The level is like a jigsaw puzzle that will slowly be put together in order to progress.

That's it for the maps. As promised, here are two high-resolution shots:

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Come back for another new update coming soon.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson Jan 15 2009, 7:52pm says:

so far so good :]

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Kristus Author
Kristus Jan 15 2009, 9:35pm replied:

Only getting better. :)

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Spooboy
Spooboy Jan 15 2009, 10:53pm says:

I still love this engine, and from what I see this mod is very intriguing. Very unique storyline cant wait to see more.

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DaveTheFreak
DaveTheFreak Jan 16 2009, 5:15am says:

Especially the second shot of E1M1 looks very nice and fresh, not too much Doom 3 like. All in all very promising and just one thing is bothering me a bit, the old Doom 3 textures. If you'd use some new (high res), it'll look a bit better. But still I'll wait for the release and about PCAction, it's a great magazine in Germany which really cares about the modding scene, had some articles as well with my mod. ;) And by the way: have you thought of implementing new shaders kinda like parallax mapping or Bloom?

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shaviro Creator
shaviro Jan 16 2009, 5:32am replied:

Thanks for the nice comments :)
Well. Recreating all the used Doom3 textures would be quite an undertaking, but yes I agree. It would improve the visual quality a lot. About bloom and other post processing; Yes. We certainly have considered this, and while we would want a certain degree of bloom and the likes, we are of the opinion that "no bloom" is better than "bad bloom", so we are taking a lot of care in finding just the right bloom and values :)

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PytoX
PytoX Jan 16 2009, 7:35am says:

Nice mod guys!

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K Jan 16 2009, 9:38pm says:

Very professional.

Really looking forward to this!

All the best to you and your team.

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udm
udm Jan 17 2009, 1:10pm says:

Tfuture.org

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

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DonBot
DonBot Jan 23 2009, 9:17pm says:

i am very tensioned. images are very promissing. this mod could be very spezial.

greetz.

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