Glass And Gore!

I hope everyone had a good holiday season and New Year! I’ve been kept busy with work responsibilites and hadn’t had time to make a meaningful update and for that I am sorry. Usually it calms down after the busy holidays but this year it seems to have been extended!

The screens I’m posting today aren’t as far along as I had liked. I wanted to have more detailed and complete versions to present but I figured I would just get something out there for now since it has been months since the last update.

I am very happy with the visual style of the project so far. It’s more realistic than the previous game but still has the same sort of ‘lived-in grime’ look! It took me some time just to nail that down but I think the effort was worth it.

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Obviously, these are works-in-progress but those familiar with Out Of Hell 2009 will recognize these areas. This is basically how I am approaching this project; heavy referencing but altered just enough to make it a new experience.

Before I end the post, I have to vent a couple of gripes about UE4. Though I think it is the most powerful and versatile engine available to Indies, there are some things that seem like a step backward to me.

1: Decals – The decal projection system is AWFUL. Decals don’t even show up in non-dynamically lit areas without workarounds. Give us more options for projecting onto surfaces like box and spherical instead of just planar. I know that we can rotate the gizmo 45 degress to compensate but that just stretches the decal and it looks ugly.

2. BSP – Everything but the props you see here is BSP. I know that it’s an old-school method of building maps but it has its advantages. Please give us better BSP tools and texture mapping options! It’s UE4 but the BSP tools aren’t that much more advanced than UE2x.

I had to go back to the old method of building the map in BSP because the process of building a map in an external program has many drawbacks. Any small changes to geometry need to have UVW maps and lightmap channels tweaked, exported and then re-imported into the engine again. It’s slow, tedious and makes dealing with massive levels a big pain.

3. Lightmaps – In UE2x, shadows were baked into mesh vertices so I didn’t have to waste time making lightmap channels which is a tedious process for EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE. OF. GEOMETRY!

Yes, I know UE4 can do this automatically but it doesn’t do it all that well in many cases. I don’t understand why this was taken out? Just leave it as an option for anyone who wants to approach it that way.

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8 thoughts on “Glass And Gore!

  1. And just for nostalgia reasons I’m listening to Mictlan. Now if only the mod would stop crashing on my high end PC.

    1. If it’s nostalgia you’re after, you’re going to love ‘CLASSIC MODE’. It’s an option I’m thinking of including that will only allow you to save after playing through an entire level, cap the frames to about 10-15 and also havinbg the game randomly crash while loading a map!!!!

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      1. As much as I miss the big slideshow that OoH was, I’m still grateful someone found a way to fix the low framerate, which I think was around the time I still had my Phenom II and a mid range GeForce card. But I have some good news. After reinstalling Windows 10 for the third time Out of Hell doesn’t crash after beating three levels. πŸ˜€

  2. Speaking of nostalgia, here’s a blast from the past of an old trailer!

    It’s quite fun to see the differences the older versions had

    1. MY GOODNESS, HOW DID YOU EVEN MANAGE TO FIND THAT?!

      I remember the moment when I put that thing together! I was so proud of myself for recording enough footage. I didn’t have any free music so I just took a sound effects CD I had, grabbed some effects from it and slowed the sounds down so that they would sound ‘creepy’.

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