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New features including layered animation with bone weighting, ragdoll animation integrated with normal animation, active falling script with flailing and protection, and painful death script with ragdoll writhing.

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Here is the latest in our new weekly Overgrowth alpha format! David himself took some time to illustrate the traditional changelog in video form.

Don't forget that you can help support us, try out our weekly alphas (such as the one in the video), and chat with other preorderers in the Secret Preorder Forum by preordering Overgrowth.

Be sure to watch it in HD!


The features highlighted in the above video are as follows (among some extra ones thrown in for good measure):

- Layered animation with bone weighting
- Ragdoll animation integrated with normal animation
- Script control of ragdoll strength
- Script control of animation layers
- Script access to torso orientation
- Active falling script with flailing and protection
- Painful death script with ragdoll writhing
- New Overgrowth icon
- Objects can specify if they spawn in the ground or on the ground

Thanks as always for all the support! See you guys in IRC and the forums.

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Elementalist
Elementalist

That is some crazy awesome animation tech, especially the ideas for pain and protective ragdolls. Looks amazing.

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bikkebakke
bikkebakke

ye, other companies really need to learn from this .D

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SPTX
SPTX

Getting better and better.

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valatmir
valatmir

Lol 2:10

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Otreum
Otreum

It's getting more and more like Euphoria, only Wolfire won't have to fork out a bunch of cash to use Euphoria, nor will they need to learn it. They can just develop their own system without all the fuss :)

I have to say that every update by these guys, I am more and more amazed, there is always something new added to the engine with every update which is outstanding work for such a small team :).

I'm looking forward to seeing future updates on this active ragdoll, it's really interesting stuff.

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Daystranger
Daystranger

Well said!
Its laughtable that some "company" is charging for lines of code that some indie dev wrote in his free time.
Yeah I know not the SAME lines, but result is good enough to compare.

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Expack
Expack

I would like to add that according to the information on the Euphoria website's demonstrative videos, Euphoria procedurally generates in real-time such things as self-preservation, character stability, grabbing onto ledges and other things in order to prevent dying or losing balance, etc. (See Naturalmotion.com )

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Otreum
Otreum

I hate to give the impression that I thought that Euphoria is bad software, in fact, there is more chance of me purchasing a game if I see that it uses Euphoria.
I love Euphoria physics and think that sort of system should be used in more and more games, so it's great to see wolfire working towards something similar (even if they don't create all the features that Euphoria has), without having to spend loads of cash that they really don't need to.

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SecretImbecile
SecretImbecile

Don't fool yourself. The overgrowth system is only really a middle-ground between ragdoll and euphoria.

This system is very good, and will be excellent when tweaked correctly, but euphoria is a product well worth investment to major game developers

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Assaultman67
Assaultman67

Exactly, its got a ways to go ... especially from going from a ragdoll state to an animated state.

Right now they seem to have nailed the animation to ragdoll ... but I haven't seen the reverse yet. (If they plan on implementing it)

Its the ability for the ragdoll to pick itself up off the ground in a convincing manner and go back to an animation state that makes euphoria so hyped (overhyped maybe?)

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Hoizen
Hoizen

I would love to see that wolf face punch at 1:59 in slow motion O.o.

And these devlogs continue to impress me.

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yourgrandma
yourgrandma

like this? Youtube.com

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Metalspy
Metalspy

This is all awesome and cool and stuff, BUT.... can you please stop using Turner as a test dummy? :( The poor guy must've broken all his bones multiple times by now.

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josemlopes
josemlopes

The pain "animations" are awesome. I really like Euphoria, it is sad that it isnt used a lot in video games although this one is already looking better with the blending of the animations.

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MarcusM
MarcusM

Damn, you did such awesome job with all the animations!
Keep it up, it is looking epic!

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janpec
janpec

Are you kidding me?!!!!
This animation technology you guys got there is amazing. I think that later on Phoenix engine could power some serious sword fighting game. With that current animation and ragdoll tech would be awesome.

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JHudson
JHudson

simply awesome

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Craka_J
Craka_J

Very impressive, as always.

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Serygala
Serygala

Just preordered.... I sure hope I will work in a creative group like you'rs once in the future :D

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luch174
luch174

i just expect them to go 'fff.. aaaahhh..' (family guy) haha

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

Yeah... it's working and it's AWESOME. :D
You guys just made it! Congratulations.
Now I'm really going to buy this game!

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Xencer
Xencer

Oh my god this is so amazing, you are extremely talented!

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Colossal_Dragon
Colossal_Dragon

RAGDOLLS!

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NightSage
NightSage

Impressive! Who needs euphoria(sp?)now eh?

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Paxton
Paxton

I laughed constantly at this. It's so glorious. ; o;

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Jokerme
Jokerme

Very very nice effects. Amazing.

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RedBeardedGriff
RedBeardedGriff

This game just gets more and more awesome with every update. The ragdoll effects are very impressive.

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jjawinte
jjawinte

Outstanding code application(s). You just keep taking these animations straight up from one level to the next. I admit that I envy your skills.

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Savci
Savci

Be careful with the wolves' feet and the ground (especially if it's bulky). Often slips inside.

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Splinesplitter
Splinesplitter

Where do I report animal abuse? :O

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DuxWonder
DuxWonder

Exceptional work, gentlemen.

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Dra6o0n
Dra6o0n

A cool idea to work with the active ragdolls is consciousness.
This means it's possible to knock out a character and they won't protect themselves from being hit.

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Dra6o0n
Dra6o0n

Instead of just painful deaths, you can have "knockdown" states where the characters will be unable to fight for a short duration. Kind of like a stun, but it usually is where the character is mortally wounded or in pain.

Maybe they can get up to fight in their injured condition, but be limited in terms of actions.

It would be cool to see some "sacrifice" actions like after being stabbed by a sword, you use it to DRAW the sword user in, forcing your opponent to be unable to use their sword.

You could even use this a way to counter "deaths" by making it possible for characters to attack to kill you as their last attempt, knowing they will die (after being stabbed from the front, if they got a knife they'll try to use it, or if they have no weapons and can use their arms, they'll try to strangle you).

How it works is that upon being taken to a "near death" state by your opponent. They can choose to finish you off or leave you there. You have a small chance of recovering based on how bad you were damaged, so if they leave you alone, you can use that to your advantage. If they choose to finish you off, you have the option to carefully time a well placed counter and attempt to kill the person trying to finish you off (kind of like feigning weakness).

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Aprch
Aprch

Genius!

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