Hey there, long time no see :-)
Its been way too long since i posted here, so here’s a quick one to let you know that i am still working on this!
Things are a little more stable at the moment, and while the weather is getting really hot, i’m putting aside a few other (outside) jobs and im going to spend more time working on this. So hopefully i will have more frequent updates leading up to Christmas.
At the end of Feb i’m off on a holiday for a week to an island called Langkawi. Its off the West coast of Malaysia and is really beautiful. This will be my first international holiday, so im quite excited about it, and the holiday will also be a bit of a celebration for my girlfriends 30th birthday. While im there, i plan to not only take lots of photos of the surroundings, but im going to take as many high res photos of leaves, plants, trees, and the landscape, to hopefully use as textures for this project. I recently sold my Samsung Galaxy S2 and bought the new Nexus 4 (only cost me $35 in the end), so ill be getting some cool PhotoSphere 360’s as well.
I dont know how many of you have been keeping up with Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3, but these games are looking really good and I can’t wait to play them. Crysis 3 in particular, because if they have sorted the terrain issues and allow maps as large as i need, i will most likely be porting the project over to the Crysis 3 SDK.
Anyway, for this little update i just have a shot of the Raptor Canyon that’s in the third level of Trespaser, Industrial Jungle.
I also have a comparison shot of the same area as it looked in the original game.
I tried to place a few Korean soldiers around to give a sense of scale, but because im unable to adjust the draw distance of these entities, they were actually out of visible range. The helicopter should give you a good indication of the size of this valley though, but take notice that its a much larger helicopter than what the original game had and is just a placeholder.
Looking around you can see a lot of ledges and little areas that you might be able to get to. There are a lot of places you can climb to if you have the skill and patience to try, and you will most likely be rewarded with some items or a special object. The punishment for falling will be either a serious injury or death, but if you do manage to survive, you will need to climb all the way back up again, which could involve a lengthy walk back up to the top. I’m the kind of gamer that tries to get into hard to reach places, and i hate not being able to get to an area i can see. So i’m designing these areas to be as explorable as possible, and provide additional replay value for when you return to them later.
The top middle shows the new area that overlooks this canyon. From that position, you can look over to the other side, where there will be a slight misty waterfall, and an obscured view into the JP3 aviary area. This aviary area will be filled with cloud and mist, but you will be able to see some of the cage frame protruding through the clouds. There will also be a little bit of mist in this canyon too, which is what provides the moisture for all the moss and other vegetation.
I wanted a bit more detail in my version of the canyon. I want to try to give it the appearance of plants growing on the walls, with water trickling through cracks with moss around the wet areas, and lots of debris thats fallen in over the years. I want it to look dangerous, with high walls and lots of hard sharp rock everywhere, but also give it a touch of beauty as well. It will be great to walk in here and see the raptors notice you and start circling you below, and to hear the sounds change to include a big open echo.
The texture work will improve over time (i have limitations to adhere to), and more vegetation and decorative objects will be added that will spice things up a bit. Dont forget the dino’s too. The harsh mid day light makes things look very bland anyway, as all shadows are cast straight down and do little to add any additional detail.
I’m in no way finished with this area, i just thought i would show it off for this post because its what im currently working on.
Anyway, that’s it for now, i need to go to bed, but ill hopefully have another post soon!