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Today we’ve got a brand new update, focusing on recapping the project and highlighting some of the work that’s gone into it; we’ve got some brand new teaser realtime footage of two of our upcoming levels from ourpre-alpha build, and an in depth look at what we’re aiming to do with CryEngine3, why we went with it the engine, and what kind of tools we’re hoping to utilise from the toolset.

Posted by Squiggers on Jul 2nd, 2011

Today we’ve got a brand new update, focusing on recapping the project and highlighting some of the work that’s gone into it; we’ve got some brand new teaser realtime footage of two of our upcoming levels from ourpre-alpha build, and an in depth look at what we’re aiming to do with CryEngine3, why we went with it the engine, and what kind of tools we’re hoping to utilise from the toolset. Throughout this article we’ve sprinkled images from the development, showcasing some of our past work on the project.

Plot Overview:
1983. The height of the Cold War.

There have been growing intelligence reports that suggest a new threat is rising. Throughout the closing months of the year, there has been a startling, and well organised increase of terrorist attacks on key NATO countries, nothing like what has come before. In this climate of fear, the rumblings from across the Iron Curtain from the Warsaw pact members may not be total coincidence…

Experience the shadowy world of the Increment through SAS Sergeant John “Paddy” Casey and his 8 man team. Your decisions will prove vital in the coming days as the world slides
towards a new conflict. How will you deal with the threat, and the difficult decisions that have to be made in the coming storm?

Key Features:

  • In depth story:
    Some of the operations featured in the game are based on real operations from past and present conflicts, adapted to the time period. The storyline is based upon some real events, and a chilling whatif scenario. In our opinion, a film’s or book’s plot is meant to drag the player in, and immerse them; games should be no different. The player isalso able to choose how to deal with targets, in a similar way to how Deus Ex allows freedom of choice.
  • RPG Elements:
    The game has been described as being a cross over between an FPS and RPG with the features we’re wanting to implement. The player’s actions effect how the story develops, how their teammates deal with them, and what skills they develop - We are also implementing a skilltree system, reflecting the way specialisation with certain equipment occurs, along with giving certain bonuses to the player which complement their playstyle.
  • Firearms Combat & Weapons Advantages/Disadvantages:
    One of the key things that we want to get is hardhitting, realistic combat. All weapons have their advantages, and disadvantages to other weapons – some are lighter but aren’t as hardhitting, some may have more modification/improvement options, others may have greater range than others, but are slower firing.. the list goes on, which we’ll cover in a news article at a later date.
  • Fluid Unarmed Combat:
    This is perhaps one of the most important features that is generally missing in many titles featuring modern conflict, the ability for the player to use close combat as a plausible option – and with that comes the realistic close combat mechanics we want to implement.
  • Customisation:
    The ability to customise equipment, and the player themselves, is nothing new - but when used in conjunction with the players stats and abilities, this becomes incredibly important. Both the players equipment, skillset/weapon specialisations, and look can be developed and customised in game, so that the player’s character is suited to their playstyle.

Teaser Trailers:

Before we get stuck into why we’re using CryEngine3 for the project, lets have a look at some of the work we’ve been doing with its predecessor, CryEngine2. We’re showcasing teaser trailers that show a level in Northern Ireland, Europe, and the Artic Circle.

Bare in mind, these are from our pre-alpha build, and the quality is set to hugely increase with the arrival of CryEngine3.


Nowwe’re going to explain a bit about why we’ve gone with CryEngine3, and the upcoming Indie SDK release this summer for the project’s development. At present, CryEngine3 is one of the most technologically advanced engines available to the public, and has some top end features that are ideal for a project such as ours. Many of the reasons listed can be seen in the CryEngine3 for Cinema trailer, which I’ve linked to at the bottom of this section.

  • Top-end lighting:
    When trying to create environments, we want it to stand out – and with the lighting set up in this engine, its possible to get very, very close to realistic lighting setups, and incredibly easy to do, helped in part by the WYSIWYP system of the editor.
  • Maya Integration:
    This is a huge plus for us, particularly with our heavy use of Maya by our 3D team. The ability to link the cameras, lighting, and perhaps the most important of all for us, the rigs and animation easily with the engine makes development time much shorter; and as an Indie team with limited funds, that’s particularly important.
  • Cinematic Camera:
    Most of the features included with this tool (3D LUT Support allowing HD rendering at 60FPS or more, Aperture based DOF effects, and shutter based motionblur to name a few features) are incredibly useful for cinematic sections – which we’ll be making use of with our project, along with during PC-NPC conversations.
  • Mocap support:
    To get the most realistic animations, mocap support is ideal; particularly for unarmed combat sequences. This allows us to make full use of martial artists, and with the inengine integration we can do it simply, and quickly.
  • Rendering:
    The rendering ability of CryEngine3 is one of the best in the industry – we’re able to create both indoor and outdoor environments that run quickly and efficiently, whilst still looking fantastic.
  • Character Editor:
    As we’re focusing on character development, we need to have a system which
    allows us to make the characters look, and feel, real. The indepth animation and individualisation system for characters is ideal for us, as it allows us to fully realise that aim.
  • Coding & AI:
    As with its predecessor engine, the coding in Cryengine3 is done via C++, Lua, XML, and Flowgraphing – all methods which allow a scriptor to develop a project easily, efficiently, and most of all, allow the implementation of stable working builds regardless of the timescale. A game can look visually stunning and perform beautifully yet without good, responsive and interactive AI, the player will not be challenged nor immersed in the gameplay, as it breaks the feeling of immersion. The Increment relies upon the speed and the reaction of your comrades as well as your own personal reflexes - if they fail to react you will fail. The Cryengine 3 AI system brings your team alive in the grittiest of tactical situations, you hear, feel and express every motion no matter the scenario. And for us? That fits our design plans perfectly.

As always, we are looking for new staff to join our team of developers. We're currently looking for people with the following skillsets:

  • 3D Hardsurface Modelling
  • 3D Organic Modelling
  • Animator
  • C++/XML/Lua Coder
  • Flowgrapher

If you have one of these skills, send a PM to me on Crymod, ModDB, email me at, or post on our forums at and i'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thats all for now everyone!

IWS Team Lead

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thunderising Jul 3 2011 says:

Are you guys gonna use DX11 tech?

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Squiggers Jul 3 2011 replied:

We'd like to do so, yes.

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Prone Jul 3 2011 says:

The mapping for the "Alpine" map looks photorealistic at some points. You have created some top notch work.

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Duruk Jul 3 2011 says:

I just love Forkill level design.

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Kamikazi[Uk] Jul 3 2011 says:

Awesome levels.

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[TZP]LoNer1 Jul 3 2011 says:

I commented as "lonerforlife1" on some youtube videos, hope you appreciate it ^^

And really amazing detail! Only one question, the niva, in the Forkill map, isnt that a model from GSC from STALKER? Is that legal? i hope so, because if they find out and this is being canceled, im gonna cry. lol, btw, im only informing you. ^^

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Squiggers Jul 3 2011 replied:

Thanks for the comments, we do appreciate them. :)

Can you tell me at which point in the video it is that you mean? I wasn't aware of any work apart from Crytek's being used as placeholder assets, so I'll chase that up.

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Tpiom Jul 3 2011 says:

This is some jaw-dropping work!

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jjawinte Jul 3 2011 says:

I have to admit; this is one of the very top projects on my " looking forward to " menu. Having tracked this from the beginning - I'm sold on the teams integrity and progressive level of organization alone. " The Increment " is going to be outstanding.

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Meat-Popsicle Jul 3 2011 says:

Seriously beautiful work guys. Can't believe this is only pre-alpha.

Any chance we might see some gameplay in the near future?

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Squiggers Jul 3 2011 replied:

We've got to transfer a lot of work from CryENGINE2 to CryENGINE3, so its going to take us a while.

I'd estimate we'd have something by the time the CryENGINE3 Indie SDK is launched in August, if not sooner. :)

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CRACK_2 Jul 3 2011 says:

You guys buy CryENGINE? Maybe an stupid question

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Squiggers Jul 4 2011 replied:

Nope - we're currently moving work from the Crysis 1 SDK to the Crysis 2 SDK. Then when August rolls around, we're moving the work onto the Indie SDK, which allows us to release the work to the public as we intended. :)

Sadly we can't afford £1 million for the full engine.

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DonKluseczka Jul 6 2011 replied:

We can't afford it YET* ;-)

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aidy70060 Jul 4 2011 says:

I love you.

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reok Jul 5 2011 says:

Totally love the track of the first teaser !

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Squiggers Author
Squiggers Jul 6 2011 replied:

Do a search on Ed Alleyene Johnson on Youtube, hes one of the most fantastic violin players I've ever heard, especially live.

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leiste Jul 7 2011 replied:

And what is the name of it?

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Squiggers Jul 7 2011 replied:

The piece is called Oxford Suite No.4.

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zeroy Jul 7 2011 says:


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reok Jul 18 2011 says:

Definitely going to check it out!

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