Archive for September, 2013

Work In Progress – Human Guards

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The new more Arx-like guard model is taking shape nicely. Here is the concept image created by Tox.

Arx – End Of Sun – Human Guard Concept

Nemyax, our skilled and talented Blender modeller, has been hard at work transforming this concept image into a working model and animating it.

Arx – End Of Sun – Human Guard In Blender

Using Nemyax’s custom coded .MD5 file format exporter, We then set about getting this model into the game engine. One of the many battles IDTech4 modders face is the dreaded articulated figure setup, or ragdolls as they are more commonly known. Here is a screenshot of the ragdoll configuration process. Those who have ventured here know it is a tedious and treacherous journey to a properly working ragdoll. You can spend many hours tuning the setup. It is not a fun time, and has to be done for all the AI models.

Arx – End Of Sun – Human Guard - Ragdoll Setup WIP

Here you see one of our many, many test levels. We have the new guard AI in the map and running around. We are also testing the ragdolls in the water and by throwing them down the stairs.

Arx – End Of Sun – Crappy Human Guard Test Map

Work In Progress – The Ylside Predecessors

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The knights that you may have seen in our second demonstration video who are protecting the Human Outpost, were always intended for another purpose. They were to be the first incarnation of the ‘Ylsides’, predecessors to those that you may fondly remember from the first Arx. Now we have been able to make great progress with our new more Arx-like human guard models we are able to re-task these models. When they spot an enemy, namely you! – they power up and run fast with you as their number one target. Here we are experimenting with their power up visual effects. Their armor is far less cumbersome than that worn by the Ylsides in the first game, but that does not make them any less dangerous.

Arx – End Of Sun – Knight Render

Arx – End Of Sun – The Ylside Predecessors

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