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Woohoo, the page has been uploaded and is now open to the public.
We decided to put the page online now, even though we know some things still needs expansion and polish, but we just could not wait any longer to let you all see what we are working on. :-)
If something is broken or difficult to understand please let us know, either here or in the forums.
The render now supports the newest 3D technology, as seen in movies such as James Cameron’s Avatar.
Below you can see two screenshots from the game demonstrating this. When you click on the images they will open in anaglyph red/cyan mode, so you can get an idea of the effect, with a simple pair of traditional 3D glasses.
IF you have a PC and monitor capable of using the more modern shutter-glasses you can download the images in .jps format here - Tank and US Truck 4×4.
A JPS file is a stereoscopic 3D JPEG file and can be viewed with the NVIDIA 3D Vision Photo Viewer.
We would like to thank Phil Scott and Phil Wright from NVIDIA for their support and supply of hardware to make this happen.
I’ve finally created an ICE compound that will make it way easier to setup the powercables in the background. The compound takes 2 attach points (nulls or any other geometry) and a cylinder. The cylinder is then stretched between the points and bent. Simple stuff but the ‘old’ way of setting this up with spline extrusions was just too slow and cumbersome.
The Compound works well with the master-system/XSI-deltas so only one ‘base’ wire is needed for the entire game :-)
The assault mission has been extended with more capture points. The capture points are linked, forcing the attackers or defenders to capture them in sequence. The church and police station represents ownership of the town. If these to points are held for 2 minutes the town changes ownership, and this is reflected in real time in the strategy game. Holding down the ‘tab’ key (show score board) will also display an overlay of strategic information based on which team you are on and what your teams objective is. Blue lines represents assets owned by your team, red lines for the enemy’s and yellow line for viable targets. Looking forward to trying it out in the next game session :)
I’m currently experimenting with an automated realtime LOD (Level of Detail) generation. Normally in games the level builders will create a simpler version of the objects used in the game to be shown when far away. This is needed to keep a high framerate as the number of objects that are visible increases with the viewing distance, and the number of objects and their complexity directly impacts the performance of the rendering.
As we plan to have destruction and fires built into the game, we require a system that can capture the result of these modifications to the world instead of having the level builders doing a predefined set of objects, hence the automated realtime LOD system that I’m currently working on.
Here are some very early first screenshots showing a technique called volume slicing where the model is projected onto a set of billboards that is then drawn instead of the objects themselves. The nice thing about this technique is that it doesn’t require any expensive analysis of the objects. The bad thing is the cracks that is obvious when viewing the model from angles that are not orthogonal onto the billboards. I’m currently considering to combine this with relief mapping to reduce the cracking.
Here are a few links to papers that deals with automated LOD generation