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Jumping into the 3d era (or: how we learned to not be that flat anymore.) A long time has passed since we released our last developer video and really, it was about time this changed. The new developers video features a topic that we have been working on for some months and we are proud to finally have it in a shape to present it to the public: 3D models.

Posted by Lexx2k on Mar 6th, 2010

FOnline: 2238 Announcement, Jumping into the 3d era
(or: how we learned to not be that flat anymore.)

A long time has passed since we released our last developer video and really, it was about time this changed. The new developers video features a topic that we have been working on for some months and we are proud to finally have it in a shape to present it to the public: 3D models.

We decided to move the FOnline engine from a pure 2d to a 2.5d engine, due to the fact that sprite editing is a long and tiresome job. With every change on the player characters, it is nesaccary to edit more than 10.000 single images, even if it's something simple like a different hair color or a new armor type. The use of 3D models helps us in developing more and diversified content in a shorter timer span and still keep the look and feel of the original games.

After the release of the first 3d model converter for the Van Buren models (Van Buren - the code name of the cancled Fallout 3 by Interplay, for the ones who don't know it), we thought it was a great idea to reuse the material we could get out of the tech demo that has been released in 2007. Even if not complete, the build featured character models with already more than 90 animations and a lot customisations for body type or hair and beard styles.

In the third developers video, Anton "Cvet" Tsvetinskiy, FOnline main programmer, is talking about the details of how the new 3d critters are working and will work in the future of FOnline: 2238. Check it out:


The first update-wave will introduce 3d models for the animal creatures, such as models for the rats, ants, venus mantrap, thorn slinger, desert stalker or the lovely rad toads. Also a big content update is going to hit the server, which includes new game features and quests for both, PvP and PvE-friends.

In combination with this, the server has to undergo a full wipe. This will happen in approx one or two weeks at most, when the update will be available on the public server.

As an appendix, beside the video, here are some actual ingame screenshots:

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- Cvet & Rotators

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Hakkon
Hakkon Mar 7 2010, 5:53am says:

nice 3D in 2D hehe

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ciastoludek
ciastoludek Mar 7 2010, 5:59am says:

This is a dream come true!

NExt time make the subtitles a little bigger. I don't know Russian too well :P

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ciastoludek
ciastoludek Mar 7 2010, 6:14am says:

Oh and you should also make this possible in single player!
That would be the greatest mod ever...

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cunamo
cunamo Mar 7 2010, 6:18am says:

godlike

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ultraguy
ultraguy Mar 7 2010, 10:09am says:

to be honest i cant see a differents, could someone point it out

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Sebbeman
Sebbeman Mar 7 2010, 1:48pm replied:

"The new developers video features a topic that we have been working on for some months and we are proud to finally have it in a shape to present it to the public: 3D models."

Maybe you should try reading the article next time.

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Sixers2329
Sixers2329 Mar 7 2010, 2:21pm says:

Freakin sweet

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wolfpack99997
wolfpack99997 Mar 7 2010, 3:40pm says:

Hm...I kinda liked it better in the 2D era, but I guess it's just a matter of personal taste since I tend to prefer the old graphics over the new ones. Still, it's nice work of what you did =) I'm sure you guys will come up with great models for this.

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Hang-Lip
Hang-Lip Mar 15 2010, 5:03am replied:

same here

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kertins
kertins Mar 7 2010, 6:54pm says:

i cant w8 for this. its gonna be so cool

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Kamaz91
Kamaz91 Mar 10 2010, 4:08am says:

i waiting for fully 3D Fonline. but this is a good start for this. Really nice.

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