Monday, August 15, 2016

Sub Rosa plan 8/15/16

I realize I haven't done a blog post in a while, so here's some of the things we've been working on this year.  There's more features being developed, but I try not to talk about things until they're implemented, or at least mostly planned out.

Character Models

Fi Silva has been making some really cool character models, so we can have a lot of variations in clothes and accessories.  It took a while to convert the engine from procedurally generating box people to loading .fbx models with bones, but now that the system is in we can easily load in new models.  Customizable characters is important to the game, players will be able to choose the basic look of their character (it won't be random like in Rust or previous versions).  Clothing and accessories will be bought in-game, so the richer you are the fancier the suit you can wear.

Traffic Simulation

Traffic might seem boring or unimportant, but for Sub Rosa it will create some of the more interesting situations.  For example, imagine having to tail another car, staying close enough to identify it among the traffic, but far enough to remain undetected.  Or just a standard car chase, having to weave through traffic, drive the wrong way on a one-way street.  The new traffic simulation can handle thousands of cars, all simulated on the server so every player sees the same thing.  Here's a video that probably is boring though:

City Editor

The old city editor was pretty limited, the new one is now all done in 3D, so things like hills, tunnels, subways and freeways are now possible.  The new city will be much larger also, so there will be different areas, opening up a lot of gameplay possibilities.

Building Editor

One of the main limitations with the old building format was the windows, there was only a few different sizes to choose from, and they couldn't share an edge with a doorway.  It took a lot of thought to figure out the best system for this, but it now supports multiple windows per edge, different types of doors, interior windows and mullions.  That's right kids, mullions.


One of the biggest changes is converting to OpenGL 3.3 core, which should help with performance and compatibility.  I held off on using newer OpenGL versions since I didn't want to make it incompatible with older PCs, but at this point every video card made in the last 8 years or so supports 3.3.

I've also been adding reflections for windows, cars and mirrors, as well as improvements to the atmospheric scattering and lighting.  I'll also be adding HDR support and MSAA soon.


Fixed a bug with the differential simulation.

Next Version

Alpha 26 should be ready for testing in the next couple weeks, it will first go on the beta branch in Steam, all current players will be able to play.