A few updates

Discussion in 'Ember Art & Design Updates' started by Grummz, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Grummz

    Grummz Administrator Ember Dev

    We didn’t post a Friday update last week, but I thought I would pop in and let you know what we’ve been up to.

    A lot of game development is tedious and unexciting. We are doing a lot of clean up. I cleaned up project directories and Unreal builds. Alejandro has been cleaning up and prepping the human models. Joe and Tommaso and I have been working on a plan to get the new Omniframe efficiently. More specifically:

    1) Human models are 160,000 polygons. We are building them this way for future cut-scene use. But we decided to also prep a lower polygon 30,000 or so, for ease of animation. You see it’s very slow to animate a 160k poly figure, so we needed a lower poly one to animate. We are also going to use the 30k version for our in-game highest LOD model, and let software called Simplygone to auto generated the rest of the LODS. The humans also needed to be stripped of their temp hair, and lower poly teeth created, as well as tongues. Status: DONE. We have the high poly and low poly masters ready, albeit untextured and without hair, but good for animation.

    2) We went back and forth between a custom Maya rig and blend using a popular human rigging system called HumanIK. In the end we used a HumanIK system and added custom controls for our facial experessions. Now that the human models are prepped with low poly versions, these will finish rigging and be ready shortly. We do plan to have some out of Omniframe animations, like when your suit is destroyed or you leave the suit to enter a building or new suit.

    3) Omniframe cleanup. Starting from Tommaso’s great high Rez model, we have to now prepare new low-poly meshes from this and clean up the high-poly to make it optimal to bake normal maps. Normal maps are what trick the eye into seeing more detail and curves than is actually there in the high poly. Normal maps make a low poly model look like a high poly. This is not an easy process. Joe first started by creating a colored guide that showed which pieces need the most rework or new work done. I’m currently working on a collar plate to see how long it takes to create a low poly and unwrap it for baking UVs. Our intention is to divide up the work to make it go faster.

    4) I’m interviewing a modeler for a more low-poly and texturing work. Looking for people with prior game industry experience that can hit the ground running. If you know someone who has done game ready models for shipping games before, let me know. We need the extra help in texturing too. So looking for those who can texture characters or hard surface in Substance Painter.

    5) Jetpacks. I’ve started fooling around with the Unreal base project, to add some jet packing models. Going to do this while we wait for art to complete. I will hook up a variety of ways to do jetpacks and see which method I like the best. Then I plan to get Justin’s help (the original designer of the beta jetpack) to test the feel and give me his opinions.

    6) Music. Bross has started in on the music for Em-8ER’s thumper encounter. Nothing to hear just yet as he is recording and sourcing instruments first to explore a feel for the music.

    That’s our update for now. I’ll keep you posted. Reworking the Omniframe is most critical path for us right now.
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  2. LorNaDoS

    LorNaDoS New Member

  3. Skube

    Skube Tsi-Hu Hunter

    Yis can't wait for to get mah hands on the full demo
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  4. Roadkill

    Roadkill Tsi-Hu Hunter

  5. EvilKitten

    EvilKitten Gatestrider - Firstclaimer

    The middle of the race is never as exciting as the start or finish line. Good to hear from you again Grummz :)
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  6. Terib.Shadow

    Terib.Shadow Well-Known Member Greeter Omni Ace

    Things advancing slowly but surely, now to wait for the next update.
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  7. Faeryl

    Faeryl Firstclaimer Base Commander Greeter

    Love the updates @Grummz , even if there's no art to show.
    These updates are awesome too (it's just that people love drooling, er, I mean looking at art). ;)

    Where is the LOVE button? I'd like to formally request a "love" button to be added to the forums; so we can share the love with Grummz and all the devs! :D:cool:

    8 FOR EM-8ER :cool::cool::cool:

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  8. SomeUnregPunk

    SomeUnregPunk Emberite

    hmm.... there's an easier way to do that without much trouble.
    Take one paper bag and using a black marker, write out "Crixa Labs" on the bag.
    Place bag over your husband's head.
    Kiss the bag while your husband takes a selfie.
    Post the picture.


    oh and thanks for the updates.
  9. Jaunn

    Jaunn Deepscanner


    Can't wait for the demo !
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  10. Angel

    Angel Tsi-Hu Hunter

    This makes me really happy :)

    This game I'm soo hyped for
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  11. Despair

    Despair Firstclaimer - Death Reaper - Frame Founder

    Every update is good update
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  12. Wyntyr

    Wyntyr Firstclaimer

  13. Dr. D

    Dr. D Deepscanner

    Power on!

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  14. Pandagnome

    Pandagnome Well-Known Member Kaiju Slayer

    How i see it

    1) baldy characters = aerodynamic shiny head, ready for crash dummy time
    2) Slanted grins and smirks even pouts for selfies ....no please no selfies :D
    3) fast baking maintaining curves = flexibility while cooking fast :eek:
    4) epic action poses 360 degree's, beautiful
    5) Brppprwwwrrrrooooowwwwrrrrrhhhhhhh the sound it would make as it goes up.
    6) A single saxophone getting everyone in the mood...while the rest find their music notes

    Neat update for next time if possible some pictures of action posers in cosplay, musicians & jetpacks!
    thanks :D
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  15. Daynen

    Daynen Active Member

    Progress is progress. So long as the path is still clear and we're not lost in the woods, every step is one closer to success.
  16. DinsdaleP13

    DinsdaleP13 Firstclaimer

    Any update is a good update. Keep up the good work.

    Just a minor bitch though, could we unpin previous updates when a new one is posted?
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  17. EvilKitten

    EvilKitten Gatestrider - Firstclaimer

    Just to note here:



    So no Friday update today, check back in middle of next week :)
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  18. Silv3r Shadow

    Silv3r Shadow Gatestrider Max Kahuna Kaiju Slayer

    Love hearing the progress. I have a question though. I understand how they function, "Most players will travel using skim mode on their Omniframe." But How customisable will the jetpacks be? (or will they be customisable?) I understand making the game to be kickstarter ready, and time + resources can be utilised on more important features, thanks. :)

    (On a side note, "All backers get CHROMA jetpack jets. Control the color and other options of your Omniframe's jumpjets (final game launch)", cosmetics isnt what im referring)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
  19. Djepetto

    Djepetto Deepscanner

    Ok, thanks. Good to hear from ya. Thought there'd be a playable mock up by now, or am i confused? What's the hold up? I'm loving all the updates but it seems we're going in circles. At this rate i don't see a playable mock up until the holidays this year. Still very excited about the project...just seems a tad behind schedule.

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