Themes
Report article RSS Feed Devblog #12 - The Greater Good

After having been locked in a basement for 10 months, we're finally back - and we've brought goodies! In this devblog we go through the inner workings of our internal demo as well as talk about some new developments in the mod. Last, but not least we have six new shots for everyone to see!

Posted by shaviro on May 17th, 2011

After having been locked in a basement for 10 months, we're finally back - and we've brought goodies! We are fully aware of our nature as a silent team, but it's not a result of a lack of progess. It's quite the contrary. We love to release information and media, but we would much rather work on the mod than planning/writing these devblogs. 10 months is a long time though, even for us. So let's get down to business!

User Posted Image

The internal demo, as we call it, is going exceptionally well. As of this update, we have 6 out of 8 maps ready for the first phase of internal demo development. Details will follow later in the devblog on what this internal demo is and how we work. The observant reader might have noticed that we said "6 out of 8 maps" and anyone with basic knowledge about the mod knows that it's a 3 episode project with 8 maps a' piece, so what's going on? It is true that we initially aimed for 3 episodes, but when (January 2009) we started work on the internal demo - which basically meant restarting all level design for Episode 1 - we quickly realized that this could be it.

The task would be too big to handle for a team as small as ours and if we wanted to release something, we had to aim a little lower. So what we did was to focus on Episode 1 and its 8 maps, treating the other two episodes as if they didn't exist. We haven't shrunk the story and it still spans over 3 episodes, but we will only tell the first part of it. We haven't completely ruled out making the last two episodes, but it's not something we spend much time thinking about these days. The good part is that episode 1 will be completed. That's as much a 100% guarantee as a modding team can provide.

User Posted Image

And now on to the Internal Demo ramblings.
First of all, we would like to make it clear that it is exactly as it sounds; Internal. We will not release anything until the episode is finished, polished and ready to go. It's done when it's done. With that out of the way, we can proceed to the inner mechanisms of the internal demo. We have split up the map creation process into three phases.

User Posted Image


Phase 1
The first phase is basically about getting the maps in a stage where you can play them, complete with monsters, functionality and puzzles. They basically need to get into a stage where you, in an unfortunate event, _could_ release the maps before phase 2 and still have a solid product. The maps are, after phase1, a nice and balanced playthrough, but perhaps lacking the extra story details and polish you would expect from a top notch game (or mod). This phase is the longest of the three.

* Plan out the maps
We have the story and we know the locations. Now it's time to plan the maps in terms of areas and puzzles. We usually draw the areas before mapping them.

* Build them architecturally
The actual geometry is built, so the entirety of the level is architecturelly complete.

* Make it playable from start to finish

The map is sealed. Visportals are placed. Doors are inserted. Puzzles are scripted. Gui placeholders are made. After this stage, the entire map should be available for testers to play.

* Monster placement
The initial monster placement is done. The different set-pieces, encounters and spawn-ins are placed/scripted. Rough balance test takes place.

* Sound placement
Rough sound placement stage. The bread and butter sounds are placed; machines, wind, echoes and so forth.

User Posted Image

Phase 2
The second phase contains the last content for the mod. The content made in phase 1 is improved upon and new content is inserted. This is especially a phase for polish, narrative and graphical user interfaces. This phase, while extensive, is shorter than the first. This is the phase where we take it from MOD to GAME.

* Implement narrative
The maps have, of course, already been planned and created with the story in mind, but things like PDAs, e-mails, dialogue as well as scripted events that propel the story are implemented at this stage. Phase 1 has prepared the levels for this.

* Fine polish for the areas
The levels are inspected in an area-by-area fashion, writing plans for each. Some may need a lighting makeover. Others need more details. Outside areas will need to have simple brushwork replaced with models. A few areas might get removed or even added. After this stage, everything should be looking sharp and ready-to-go. This also applies for monster encounters, puzzles and so forth.

* GUI work
The placeholder guis will be replaced with better, more graphic versions that integrate seamlessly into the world and help contextualize the puzzles. Main menu, PDA and other larger GUIs will also be touched up/altered.

* Sounds, voices & Music
The final direction of the sound, dialogue and music is done(inserted).

User Posted Image

Phase 3
The mod is basically done, but we want it to be the best it can be, so we go through the content again - improving what we can within reason. This phase is the shortest of the three. It can't be allowed to eat up much time. It's a fine balance.

* Performance optimization
This is something that's done throughout both phase 1 & 2, but this is the final pass where everything needs to play smoothly. Minor adjustments are made.

* Final balancing
Any smaller problems with the play are dealt with here.

* Final polish...of everything
We go through the areas again, making sure everything is up to speed.

User Posted Image

We hope you enjoy the screenshots and feel a little better informed about what's going on with the mod and where it's at in the development process.


visit our homepage
Please join us here too:
ModDB icon Twitter icon Twitter icon

Post comment Comments
--JoKeR--
--JoKeR-- May 17 2011, 1:10pm says:

really cool
but i want some more concreate information about the maps and news monsters etc.

+1 vote     reply to comment
AJ_Quick
AJ_Quick May 17 2011, 1:17pm says:

those screenshots sure are.....dark

+3 votes     reply to comment
DarkStarLive
DarkStarLive May 17 2011, 4:38pm says:

Will you post the mod on Desura when finished?

+1 vote     reply to comment
geX
geX May 17 2011, 4:46pm replied:

Maybe, maybe not. We will take a look at what possibilities we have when we get there.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Woolybear777
Woolybear777 May 17 2011, 7:56pm says:

Really great update!

+1 vote     reply to comment
RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet May 17 2011, 9:14pm says:

Excellent mapping and models/texture work guys, great update... thanks...

+1 vote     reply to comment
ice_trey
ice_trey May 17 2011, 9:18pm says:

exciting news :) Umm is it a "patch 1.31 MUST-be-installed"?

+1 vote     reply to comment
geX
geX May 18 2011, 3:58am replied:

Thanks :)

And yes you would need the latest patch to play phobos.

+1 vote     reply to comment
SPY-maps
SPY-maps May 18 2011, 5:03am says:

WOW!!!
talking about eye candy,
thos screenshots are pure eye candy!!
can't wait to play this one!!!!

leon

+1 vote     reply to comment
ice_trey
ice_trey May 18 2011, 9:34am says:

aah ok, then i guess ill have to only watch vids of others playing it, cuss the retarded 1.31 ghey patch will not be installed on my puter, 4 times i have installed it and 4 times i had to uninstall it cuss it s-u-c-k-s, almost as lousy and worthless as the Far cry 1.32 patch

+1 vote     reply to comment
nbohr1more
nbohr1more Jun 16 2011, 10:10pm replied:

@ice_trey

The original 1.3.1 patch (1.3.1.1302) was broken and caused many problems. Not long after id Software issues a replacement patch 1.3.1.1304. If you install the later patch, you shouldn't have any problems.

We (The Dark Mod) host a copy and reference this in our Wiki:

Dramthethief.com

0 votes     reply to comment
0Buzz
0Buzz Jul 10 2011, 9:46am says:

Looks really good!, very polished levels but maybe a bit too dark in some shots(?). Keep up the good work!.

+1 vote     reply to comment
grouchbag
grouchbag Apr 3 2013, 11:57pm says:

I just think it's so beautiful! Hope It will play with D3 BFG.

+1 vote     reply to comment
downlode
downlode May 26 2013, 3:50am replied:

Afraid it will probably only work with original Doom 3, BFG uses a whole different file system, I don't think there are any user mods {yet, if ever} that work with BFG.

+1 vote     reply to comment
downlode
downlode May 26 2013, 3:46am says:

This looks very promising, stunning screenshots. I'll be right over here, trying to wait patiently.

+1 vote     reply to comment
grouchbag
grouchbag May 26 2013, 4:36am says:

Okay,thanks.I just bought Doom 3 bfg & gave away d3.I'll just buy a used copy of D3 & ROE to play it.Thanks very much for answering.Good luck on this & future projects! :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

News
Browse
News
Report Abuse
Report article
Related Mods
Doom 3: Phobos (Doom III)
Doom 3: Phobos Doom III - Single Player First Person Shooter
Related Games
Doom III
Doom III Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter
Related Groups
Team Future
Team Future Developer with 6 members