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Hey all, some Thursday dev updates from anim-land.

CHARACTER MODELS AND LIGHTING

Last week we discussed the issues we’d been working on around how character lighting is handled – which caused characters in the anims build to glow, not get lit properly by their environment and have a blander two dimensional look.

We have now fixed this, and done a bunch of balancing to the lighting and shader coloration that everyone will hopefully find much improved.

During this process we also focused on another prominent issue: that the character pixel resolution when zoomed in was extremely blocky and lacking in detail. Due to the ways that our initial zoom system handled things, characters were too harshly pixellated. This caused them to be extremely jaggied compared to what it was in the old days, when we were rendering characters to an off-screen sprite before placing them into the world.

So, this week we’ve been doing some significant work on changing how the game handles the zoom, which in addition to fixing this issue should ultimately lead to slightly more optimized rendering of the game – as well as providing the character models much more detail to play with.

As ever, please keep in mind that we’ll continue to balance/tweak to make sure characters fit their surrounds as well as possible – as well as adjust the models themselves seeing as you can now see individual facial features much more clearly. These caveats notwithstanding, however, we’re pretty happy how they’re looking.

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The branch with this system on it isn’t complete – navigating indoors presents issues, mouse input hit-testing isn’t fixed up yet, and we’re having issues with seams between tiles when zoomed out – so it’s not quite ready for integration into the main test build. Here’s a quick video of us running aimlessly around zombies under lights to show it off though.

(Along with some new Zach Beever musical accompaniments!)

OPTIMIZATION

This week Zac has been back on optimization duty. Here’s the latest vid of him doing his routine optimization test of sequentially spawning new ten-strong crowds of zombies.

Next up, here’s a video showing further optimizations to multi-threaded rendering and Mouse Input handling where zombies are cycling through their behaviours using the new dynamic state system.

FALLING OVER

Finally, over to RJ at the ‘tying it all together’ animation coalface.

“Right now I’m working on combat animations, weapons and blood– adding stuff in and fleshing things out. One thing that’s new and that people might be interested to see in action, is an effort to make sure players can’t dash through hordes without getting slowed down.”

“As seen in the video below, we’ve now added bumping against zeds. Colliding with one or two while you’re running isn’t dangerous, you’ll just get slowed down, but try running through a horde and you’ll stumble and fall – leaving you temporarily exposed to the encroaching zeds. We might add in a few more different sorts of animations for nudges/pushes, but right now it looks like this:”

“Elsewhere this week, I’ve also been making sure that zombie behaviour is working correctly – fixing bugs with them following, thumping the environment and also behaving as expected when acting as crawlers. I’ve also added a better way for zeds to react when you drive over them and knock them over, and have added my ‘clutter’ improvements to the loot spawning system to the internal test build.”

This week’s trip to the mall from Kate. A general list of stuff added to PZ, and vids of features being worked on, is kept here– so you don’t have to plough through endless dev blogs for info. The Centralized Block of Italicised Text would like to direct your attention to the PZ Wiki should you feel like editing or amending something, and the PZ Mailing List that can send blogs like this and patch notes direct to your mailbox. We also live on Twitter right hereOur Discord is open for chat and hijinks too.

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33 minutes ago, Хибити\Hibiti [BLR] said:

I really hope to see a test build of the game next week. PLEASE!

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Sorry, not close to that yet. You are seeing little slices of footage of stuff that's in but the game simply isn't close to being fully playable yet.

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1 hour ago, lemmy101 said:

 

Sorry, not close to that yet. You are seeing little slices of footage of stuff that's in but the game simply isn't close to being fully playable yet.

Goodness me, if you guys call that, "not close to being fully playable yet.'', I can't even imagine how good is the full patch gonna be...

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22 minutes ago, Blake81 said:

Goodness me, if you guys call that, "not close to being fully playable yet.'', I can't even imagine how good is the full patch gonna be...

 

Here is a quick video taken, without 4 hours of footage capturing cut down to 30 seconds of short clips, and without me trying to avoid showing all the broken bits ;)

 

 

this doesn't even scratch the surface. We're not being modest here, the game isn't playable and took me 4 hours to make that 30-60 second video you saw. :P we're not just hitting record and getting uninterrupted footage of brilliance, outside visual glitches and problems, there are bugs and missing features making the game as it stands 100% impossible to play. And to get footage to show off the stuff that IS working requires about 20 attempts to avoid something totally broken appearing or happening.

 

We're making great progress but there's a lot to do before we could DREAM of putting it out there in public, even IWBUMs. Imagine how disappointed and angry people would be? It's not worth it, you wouldn't enjoy it and would get the experience spoilt for you. We'll release it as soon as we feel people can play a full game of zomboid in it and have a good experience and feel the anims worth the wait, even if there are bugs, it has to function as a game.

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Agreed lemmy!

 

Take your time, it will be ready when its ready and I guess even you guys dont know when!

 

Maybe at the end of summer we will see a IWBUMS build of it, if not then around halloween is my guess :P

 

Rock on guys! Great work!

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37 minutes ago, AlmostCZ said:

maybe im wrong,but wasnt supposed to be shown this week something about blade combat? T.I

 

Yeah, but it's still looking a bit patchy - so we decided to hold off till next week, or maybe the week after. Whenever TEA's done some of the groundwork that'll let us fix it up a bit.

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through my time following zomboid i learned two thibgs: programming is a nightmare, and also your dedication and passion for this game is amazing. 

just out of curiosity, will we have a lab coat? i don't like the surgery room's outfit, it only makes sense in a sterilized environment and on top of that nothing screams doctor more than a fancy white labcoat (also good for roleplaying as mad scientists. el. psy. kongroo.). 

in a perfect world where you'll add it i'd even have the preference of it being unbottoned like this

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but i'd take anything really

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I also wonder… what is gonna player vs player close range combat gonna look like? i was searching some topic to ask in,but didnt found one.

so is there gonna be like atleast weapon block option,oh is ir gonna look same like now or…? :huh:

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1 hour ago, Burger_Time said:

The problem is we're not talking about LoL.

so then let us close the underwear in the PZ :).  Like a bunny costume that does not have open spaces.
And let's detele the game gowns - it lewd)

When I see Riven cosplayer, I look at something vulgar?)

 

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