We're getting obscenely close to a playable alpha for those who donated to the KS....
What a week it's been ladies and gentlemen. My focus during the last few days was UV mapping firearms, which I am finding to be a grueling, time consuming task. I've taken some time to actually start texturing them, as well. Swain and I have been working like crazy to get as much done as we can, he's been cobbling together the melee combat system while I've been just producing content.
We're still on to do a live Q&A tomorrow (saturday 23rd) at 1pm eastern time, be sure to check it out! We'll be talking about Nexus 2 and watching people play Chibi knight! http://www.twitch.tv/pn2podcast
Friday update time, guys. This week in the world of Team Madness I've been plugging away like a madman at more character animations, filling out the lengthy list of things we'll need by the time we get to a playable beta. Running anims, death anims, wounded, staggers, zombie sprints, melee attacks, and some parrying have been done today, if you check out tumblr (http://teammadness.tumblr.com/) you can see some gifs of newer stuff I've been up to. On the side of that I've begun uv mapping all the firearms.
Swain and I have just about settled on a health/armor system for Project Nexus 2 that is a departure from the more traditional healthbar set up that was seen in the first game,and with that, Swain has been busy turning a bunch of crazypeople notes and conversations into legitimate code. On top of that he's been implementing the material sent his way by me.
And as the cherry on top, check out this here track Devin's been cobbling together for the game: https://soundcloud.com/locknar/meltdown-wip
Friday's update involved animated gifs, and some really, REALLY cool stuff that The Swain is working on to make the wound system all the more awesome. Check it out over on the twitter:
Really cool stuff, guys.
Did somebody say.... submachineguns? This last work week was spent designing a spread of bullet sprayers and their modifications. It's cool to see the notes come out like this, especially because it'll open us up to more cross modification parts (mp5 front ends on mac11s, and stuff like that.)
The move to philly occurs next week, from then on I expect progress to accelerate further, but until then, enjoy the promise of a very bullet-y future!
Friday update day! Guns! Lots of guns! Well, not that many. We decided that tossing out all our placeholders was the way to go, so remember the stuff from the videos? Gone. The week was spent drawing out a weapon's list, complete with matrices that describe which gun parts will work with which frames, including weapon parts that can be changed out with others (Example: AK47 barrel/magazine replacing parts on an m16, or a thompson .45acp drum magazine in a Stery Aug). Then work was set to work getting out a modest spread of pistols. Many of these have high variety of weapon specific modification, like extended barrels and magazines, and then you have things like silencers, red dots, rails, and buttstocks that can be placed on an array of them. in the 3x3 picture we have, top left to bottom right; Desert Eagle, Glock19, fictional .460 rowland magnum modeled after an oversized 1911 (because it's cool, shhh), FN FiveSeven, H&K Mk23, Browning HP, PPK, Ots-33, and the 1911a1.
Also a move date has been set; Krinkels will be in Philly on dec 3rd, from when work will start getting FAR more coordinated.
Welcome to my city mockup, a work in progress that is, believe it or not, wrapping up right now. The 3d part of this hasn't taken nearly as long as it has to have drawn up (and thrown out) copious amounts of building and structure placement planning artwork/charts. If you've been curious about what I've been grinding on til I redline the proverbial engine, it's this. The worst part of it is that thi sis just going to serve as a mockup that swain and I will be refining further and further as we progress through each subsector of the game (see all dem walls?) But if we pushed through it like I do my cartoons the whole thing would be a disjointed mess, and while that works for the animation, it does not feed this beast proporly. Over time these little buildings and horizonless universe will develop and change, I just gotta be more on it when it comes up keeping you guys informed, admittedly.
No, we didn't skip the country with the dosh. Long story short the cash from Kickstarter took a little while longer than we expected to hit so Swain and I had to fight off the bills with a little side work (that delicious starving artist lifestyle). At present Swain is feverishly cobbling up an editor for me to use to actualize the mountain of maps and concept art that I've been banging out. Having never planned something of this scale, this step of development has been a learning experience, as well as a hell of a lot of fun, I won't lie.
We keep working. Somewhere in the next 3-5 weeks I'll be in philly, working under the same roof with Swain on this which with severely accelerate development. You can only get so much of an idea across in text or over Skype. The giant gnarly stack of conceptart, maps, notes, characters, ect all will be transforming into a game over the months, and it's going to be pretty rad.
Pic related, a whole bunch of really ugly broadstrokes world map art:
Dat madness day: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/madnessday2014
At any rate, I'm sure you've been keeping up with the Project Nexus 2 facebook:
As well as the Project Nexus 2 development forum:
But if you haven't (for shame) I'll give you the long story in a short version; dispite the fact that there wasa a handful of bogus pledges, we're on track to get the budget we need to make this happen. By mid-late October I will be in philly working side by side with swain to actualize this project, and frankly, I couldn't be happier. Thank you EVERYONE who chipped in to make this development possible. You've saved swain and I from menial freelance hell so that we can better serve you.
ANOTHER MADNESS DAY IS UPON US, FRIENDS. The series is over a decade old, born and raised on Newgrounds. My my my, how time flies....
And once again, the fans have crawled from the Newgroundsian woodwork to make it a killer one, and we're just starting! Be sure to check out each and every entry, some really killer ones coming through so far: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/madnessday2014. Madness wouldn't be where it is today if it weren't for the fans, this much is a solid fact, so show them some love.
There is also time left on the Project Nexus 2 Kickstarter! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/500655604/madness-project-nexus-2
I mean, shit, look at these assholes that came straight from the concept art folder. A replicating mess of a mag agent and a deformed zombie mag that eats corpses for strength. You know you want a piece of these guys so get in on that Kickstarter for your early access beta, which could be available as soon as winter!